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Ericka Chickowski

Ericka Chickowski

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Self-described tech geek Ericka Chickowski also writes for Consumers Digest, the Los Angeles Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

30 Recent Stories

Building a Business on Storytelling and a Spoken-word GPS

Building a Business on Storytelling and a Spoken-word GPS

Broadcastr pins people's stories to a map of the world, creating a collective living history.
January 13, 2012 in Magazine
Five Tools for a Smarter Business

Five Tools for a Smarter Business

Smaller companies can enjoy the benefits of business intelligence software without the overhead. Here are a handful of resources that make it happen.
November 10, 2011 in Tools & Services
A Business Plan Tool That Helps Size Up Your Odds of Success

A Business Plan Tool That Helps Size Up Your Odds of Success

Enloop pushes the emotional clouds out of the startup process to give entrepreneurs a clear view of their business plan.
September 8, 2011 in Your Business Plan
Ways to Back Up Your Smartphone

Ways to Back Up Your Smartphone

You know how important it is to back up your business computers--but what about your smartphones? Here are some of the best services and apps for preventing loss.
July 27, 2011 in Mobile
Six Tips for Surviving a Cyber Security Threat

Six Tips for Surviving a Cyber Security Threat

How to thwart threats to your company's computer system.
July 26, 2011 in Security
Cybercriminals: A Look at Their World and Their Threat to Business

Cybercriminals: A Look at Their World and Their Threat to Business

A disturbing look at the far-reaching depths of the cybercriminal network--and what you can do to make sure the bad element stays out of your company.
July 26, 2011 in Security
Apple's iPad or the Samsung Galaxy? Small-Business Users Debate

Apple's iPad or the Samsung Galaxy? Small-Business Users Debate

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is one of the first real credible tablet challengers to Apple's iPad. But are its more limited apps a hindrance or an advantage?
June 22, 2011 in Mobile
Why You Shouldn't Wall Off Your Web Content

Why You Shouldn't Wall Off Your Web Content

Content gates hold you back from connecting with customers, says marketing strategist David Meerman Scott.
May 24, 2011 in Building a Website
The Pros and Cons of Cloud-Based Amazon Web Services

The Pros and Cons of Cloud-Based Amazon Web Services

In this month's Can't Live With/Can't Live Without column, two business owners explain their opposing views on the remote computing service for web sites.
May 24, 2011 in Startup Basics
E-Signatures Streamline the Contract Process

E-Signatures Streamline the Contract Process

E-signatures streamline the contract process
February 22, 2011 in Technology

Business Owners Weigh In on Facebook Messaging

Don't be a Zucker. Facebook's new e-mail messaging system might help you better manage your contacts -- or waste your time.
February 22, 2011 in Online Marketing
Using Online Video to Market Your Business

Using Online Video to Market Your Business

Use online video to market your business. Here's to hoping you don't have a face only a mother could love.
January 25, 2011 in Online Marketing
MacBook Air: Early Adopters Debate Its Merits

MacBook Air: Early Adopters Debate Its Merits

Business users of Apple's new MacBook Air say it's the unit they've been waiting for. But it's price can be a deterrent.
January 25, 2011 in Technology

Website Analytics Tool Omniture: Love It or Loathe It

Omniture, a website analytics tool, has legions of fans who use it to understand user behavior metrics and site stats.
November 23, 2010 in Magazine

Time to Run

Mobile apps that'll track your billable hours.
November 23, 2010 in Magazine

A Guide to Business Mobility

Choosing a mobile service? Here's how to decipher the plans, available devices and jargon from the major carriers.
October 20, 2010 in Magazine
Keyboards to Type Home About

Keyboards to Type Home About

These Bluetooth-enabled keyboards will ease the pain of typing on your smartphone.
October 20, 2010 in Office Tech
Is it Time to Dump Office?

Is it Time to Dump Office?

Five things to keep in mind when assessing free alternatives to Microsoft
October 20, 2010 in Apps & Software
To See or Not to See?

To See or Not to See?

Videoconferencing is more popular than ever, thanks to the ubiquity of broadband and increased acceptance of remote working.
October 20, 2010 in Technology
How Secure Are You?

How Secure Are You?

The majority of small businesses are still plagued by cyber attacks, lost devices and poor backup and recovery processes.
September 21, 2010 in Entrepreneur Magazine
Voice Off

Voice Off

Features like call routing, screening and voice-to-text functionality--and the lack of a price tag--give Google Voice strong appeal to more than 1 million users. Others can't get over the quirks. Some
September 21, 2010 in Entrepreneur Magazine
Three Business Professors and the Innovators They Inspired

Three Business Professors and the Innovators They Inspired

How educators are influencing a new generation of entrepreneurs
September 21, 2010 in Startup Basics
Attacking Curiosity

Attacking Curiosity

Poisoning search terms with infected links is a new favorite hacker trick. Make sure your business doesn't fall prey.
September 20, 2010 in SEO | Search Engine Optimization

Time to Upgrade

A new study finds a big lean toward new tech investment.
August 24, 2010 in Entrepreneur Magazine
Beware the Bitter Twitter

Beware the Bitter Twitter

Here are some dos and don'ts in using social networks for communicating.
August 24, 2010 in Social Media
Where Healthcare Meets Wireless

Where Healthcare Meets Wireless

West Wireless Health Institute is kick-starting innovation in two realms that need each other's help.
August 24, 2010 in Business Ideas

The Hard Truth About Software Licensing

Don't be guilty of unknowingly pirating software.
July 19, 2010 in Apps & Software
6 Must-Have iPad Business Apps

6 Must-Have iPad Business Apps

Here are our votes for some of the latest and greatest productivity-enhancing apps.
July 19, 2010 in Office Tech
Angels Stay Safe from the Law

Angels Stay Safe from the Law

SMBs and startups can celebrate the failure of some proposed financial reforms.
July 16, 2010 in Angel Investors

Customize Your App

Where to go to create a mobile strategy that will set you apart
June 21, 2010 in Apps & Software