Author Archives: Joy LeMarche

Joy LeMarche

About Joy LeMarche

When Joy LeMarche is not playing with new gadgets, she’s writing about them. She can be reached at lemarchejoy@gmail.com.

Four Ultrabooks Rising To The Top

Ultrabooks

If you’ve been watching the laptop market recently, you’ve noticed the buzz around “ultrabooks,” a new breed of laptops coming out from every major PC manufacturer. Ultrabooks blur the lines between notebook, tablet and high-powered machine; they go for around $1,000 (give or take) and have evolved significantly since their big introduction earlier this year.… Read More →

Five Great Apps For Mobile Finance

Mint.com screenshot

Mobile finance is about to boom (some say we’re already there). You may have dabbled a little with your own bank’s mobile app for easy money transfers and to check balances. Or you might be quite savvy with Google Wallet and PayPal on your phone. There are a myriad of new apps to help you… Read More →

The New iPad Vs. iPad 2

iPad
March 16, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Tech

I heard a colleague pondering out loud the other day about the new iPad. He felt that because this tablet is now three generations in, it’s probably time to get one. So I asked him, “Why get the new one when you can get an iPad 2 refurbished for half the cost?” (In case you… Read More →

Add Streaming Devices As Inexpensive Additions To The Office

Streaming Devices

Streaming media has become a regular part of many home entertainment choices, with folks (myself included), choosing Netflix, Amazon, and HBO Go instead of scheduled programming or even On Demand. And now many streaming devices have gaming channels, music, and the ability to run personal apps like Facebook and Picasa. Streaming media devices can also… Read More →

The Best Of The Consumer Electronics Show, CES 2012

CES 2012
January 18, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Tech

Another year, another Consumer Electronics Show. Forgive my late “best of” blog; I had to rest a little after this year’s show. Every year I tell myself I’ll have a plan of attack, and every year I find myself wandering way off track and aimlessly between the halls — no bother as it’s hard to… Read More →

2011 Holiday Gadget Guide

2011 Holiday Gift Guide
December 6, 2011 by in Columnist Spotlight | Tech

2011 Holiday Gadget Guide It’s that time of year when companies start thinking about what shwag they will bestow on employees, colleagues and clients. ‘Tis the gift that keeps on tweeting? If you’re like many executives, you have a list of who will get a card, a list of who will get a box of… Read More →

Online Productivity Tools For Small And Large Businesses

Online Productivity Tools for Business
September 6, 2011 by in Columnist Spotlight | Tech

Online productivity tools: There is a growing category of apps that aim to help businesses be more productive. The problem is, it’s such a broad category and includes hundreds of different solutions depending on what is needed to be more “productive.” An IT department in a large company, for instance, has a very different idea… Read More →

Social Media Etiquette for Businesses

Social media etiquette for business
August 11, 2011 by in Executive Lifestyle | Tech

Social Media Etiquette I follow a lot of companies on Twitter and Facebook. Especially technology companies that put out frequent updates and are good about keeping customers informed of said updates, and bugs, promotions, beta tests, etc. In a nutshell, I think it’s pretty cool to engage with the companies this way. I was absolutely… Read More →

Online Collaboration Tools Keep Executives Connected And Productive

Online collaboration tools - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

By all accounts, the five-day work week is rarely applicable to today’s business world. For that matter, the standard brick-and-mortar office in which the entire team converges and collaborates Monday through Friday, 9-to-5, is becoming a thing of the past. Even in some of the largest enterprises, teams are spread out from coffee shops across… Read More →

Three Tablets Ready for Work

Samsung Galaxy Tab

In a very short two years the tablet market has lit up like a wildfire and business executives have a plethora of options. The iPad still reigns supreme, with an estimated 80 percent of the tablet market. But that could change very soon with Android’s Honecomb platform, built just for tablets and now available on… Read More →

Cases That Do More Than Protect Your iPhone And iPad

Dodo Case

Three. That’s the number of times I’ve damaged my iPhone from dropping it. Twice it suffered a shattered screen, and the last time the back cracked. Due to my apparent clumsiness you can imagine the care I use in handling my iPad. For someone like me, a sturdy case is in order. But even the… Read More →

Keeping Your Business Email Safe Is Critical

Hackers

What do TiVo, Marriott, and Best Buy all have in common? A hacker. All of these companies had their email databases hacked into during the last two weeks. If you’re a customer of these companies, you may have received an email informing you of the breach, and advising you not to open any “suspicious” emails… Read More →

Getting Rid Of The Wires

Wireless Charging Pads: Which are best?

This used to be a pie-in-the-sky proclamation — the idea of charging all of your gadgets without plugging them into an outlet. Less than five years ago there was a lot of chatter about this tech on the horizon, and now it’s on store shelves. And not just one solution is available. Consumers actually have… Read More →

The Best And The Brightest From The Consumer Electronics Show

Modlet power saver

They say that after a nuclear war the only survivors will be cockroaches. And so, after the big hubbub of a large tradeshow such as CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, where companies new and old come out with their newest wares — literally bombing us with their incredible, revolutionary, game-changing technologies — I… Read More →

Consumer Tech Products To Expect In 2011

Apple's iPhone4

The first week of January can only mean one thing: what’s coming out in consumer tech in the next year. Last year at the Consumer Electronics Show (the mecca for new gadgets) there seemed to be two prevailing themes: 3D TVs and smart phones. We all saw how well 3D TV went over. (Really, you… Read More →