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Dropbox offers first-class support for Ubuntu

Popular cloud storage vendor Dropbox recently announced huge price cuts for its premium Dropbox Pro product. The changes represent a substantial increase in the amount of storage available per Dropbox account (one terabyte) for the same monthly fee.

UK government snubs Microsoft Office, moves to open standards

Earlier this year we covered reports of a UK government proposal to adopt open source and open standards-based software across all of their departments. In short, they were seeking to reduce reliance on a very limited selection of IT vendors, and an associated huge spend on the Microsoft Office software suite.

"I Love Product Activation!"

Said no business owner, ever. In working with clients, we're exposed on a regular basis to the questionable practice of vendors forcing businesses to prove the authenticity of expensive proprietary software – which the business has legitimately paid to use.

WordCamp Auckland 2014

Apertura Designs recently attended WordCamp Auckland 2014 – the local (Auckland-based) gathering in the global series of conferences for WordPress customers, developers and enthusiasts. We heard from a fantastic series of speakers covering a variety of WordPress applications. Of particular interest were the sessions with a small business focus, some highlights of which we're covering in this blog entry.

Zero-cost business website management using your smartphone

In previous blog entries we've highlighted the incredible benefits of using an open source content management system for your business website. In particular, websites hosted on WordPress.com come with a tonne of great features—including automatic search engine optimisation. In this blog entry we'll take a look at another compelling advantage of using WordPress: easily managing your website for zero cost from your smartphone or tablet.

Optimising WordPress.com websites for search results

We've recently blogged about the benefits of basing your business website on an open source CMS such as WordPress—especially when compared to other closed source alternatives. While recently assisting business owners on getting their websites up and running, we've been asked about how well WordPress.com-hosted websites work with popular search engines—such as Google and DuckDuckGo.

Cool tools: Thunderbird Saved Search folders

Continuing on in our series of Thunderbird power tips, today we're going to highlight the Saved Search folders feature. This is especially useful for small business owners wanting the same functionality offered by Microsoft Outlook – but without the cost, complexity, limited operating system support, and licensing hassles.

Adobe Creative Cloud outage costs businesses time, money

Small businesses paying to use Adobe's rental-only Creative Cloud product were left reeling after a recent outage resulted in their staff being locked out of the software.

Ubuntu running on Dell Latitude business laptops

We've recently been trying out Ubuntu running on Dell's next-generation Latitude range of business-class laptops. In particular, we have been using the Latitude 15 3000 model – an affordable device particularly well-suited to small business use.

Adobe Muse vs. open source for business websites

We've recently been fielding queries from folks on the topic of building business websites using Adobe Muse, a web design application that is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite.

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