Tom Coombe


Tom Coombe

Tom Coombe is a staff writer for Small Business Trends and has worked in the news business for the last 15 years, most of that time in the Lehigh Valley.

Tom has done the morning news for WDIY in college, launched AOL’s Patch.com in Easton and covered everything from murder to municipal government for the Morning Call. He’s talked about apes with Jane Goodall, blogged about TV shows and written music reviews. Tom has also freelanced for WFMZ, the Produce Marketing Association and a number of other publications.

A native of Schuylkill County, Tom divides his time between Easton and Lower Bucks County. He graduated from De Sales University in Center Valley.



Look Who’s Making a Smartwatch Now — Casio

The company that made the calculator watch famous -- and still cool -- says it's entering the smartwatch arena. Casio indicates that consumers should expect its first foray into smartwatches next year.



Company Makes Bubble Wrap Without the Pop

Kids, pets, and light-hearted adults are aghast at the news of the apparent end of popable Bubble Wrap. While that's not entirely true, the new bubble wrap being introduced should be welcome new to small businesses that do a lot of shipping.



Tweeter in Chief: Obama Twitter Account Gets Heavy Engagement

When President Obama took to Twitter, he got more followers in the first four hours than actor Robert Downey Jr. had when joining in 2014. But what business owners will want to take note of is how the Tweeter in Chief uses his new platform.



Intelliverse Will Track Your Gmail — Everywhere

Intelliverse is launching a new email tracking plugin for the Google Chrome browser. The app tells users when a recipient opens their message, what they open it on and where they're at when they do it. The company already has a similar app for Outlook users.



7 Ways Cloud Computing Makes You Better at Your Job

Are you using the Cloud in your small business? If not, you could be missing some huge opportunities. The Cloud helps your company leverage big data. It allows your staff to access data from and work from anywhere. Here are a few other ways cloud computing makes you better at your job.



WixHotels Integrates MyAllocator to Massively Market Hotels Online

Web building tool Wix introduced WixHotels as a way for hotel owners who used the tool could let customers know about the rooms they have for rent. Now a new partnership will let them market hotels online and that information quickly and efficiently to the world.



Your Surface 3 Can Now Have Windows 10

Microsoft recently released some updates to the Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 tablets that will allow them to run the new Windows 10 operating system. Read more about the capabilities this new functionality will bring.



Lenovo ideacentre Stick 300 is a PC in the Palm of Your Hand

A PC on a stick isn't exactly a new concept. Still, Lenovo is hoping to bring increased portability to Windows-based computers with its new Lenovo ideacentre 300. And if the size of this new PC doesn't impress you, it's certain the price will.



Does Your Brand Sound Too Much Like Facebook?

Watch out. Big companies are becoming ever more protective of their brands with aggressive action against startups who's names, at first blush, would seem to bear only a casual resemblance. Take, for example, the case of Designbook. It's only similarity to its more popular rival seems to be the fact that it is a social network with the word "book" in it's name.



The FCC Assigns Someone to Field Net Neutrality Complaints

The FCC has shown its willingness to enforce a new rule upholding the concepts of net neutrality and disallowing a system that would charge premiums for higher speed Internet. The agency has named a new ombudsperson who will field complaints from users including potentially small business owners.



Samsung Galaxy S6 Now Available from AT&T

AT&T has announced an exclusive deal for its users on the Samsung Galaxy S6 active. This is a version of the company's critically-acclaimed flagship smartphone.