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    Review: Birst brings DIY to BI

    Posted August 14, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    With straightforward data access, automated modeling, and easy reporting tools, cloud-based Birst Enterprise is the data warehouse for the rest of us
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    Working together: 3 new team collaboration tools

    Posted July 23, 2014 - 4:15 pm

    Three new services -- Flow, Glip and Slingshot -- try to enhance the ability of teams to converse and collaborate using a variety of tools.
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    Google Drive leads in features, lags in ease-of-use

    Posted May 30, 2014 - 11:23 am

    Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides comprise the most powerful online productivity suite, but significant shortcomings remain.
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    Office Online review: Great for Word and Excel, not PowerPoint

    Posted May 7, 2014 - 1:13 pm

    Word Online and Excel Online are surprisingly capable, but PowerPoint Online and Office document compatibility are still half-baked
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    4 Office for iPad alternatives

    Posted April 24, 2014 - 2:39 pm

    The lengthy wait for an official Office solution for the iPad gave rise to several capable all-in-one office apps that cost little to nothing, many of which are still available.
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    PowerPoint for iPad review: Close but not quite there

    Posted April 3, 2014 - 3:07 pm

    PowerPoint for iPad is very nice as far as it goes, it doesn't go far enough.
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    Tax apps for iOS review: File your taxes on your iPad or iPhone

    Posted March 17, 2014 - 3:03 pm

    Don't have a Mac you can use to file your personal taxes? No problem. If you own an iOS device, it may be all you need to settle up with the taxman. Both H&R Block and Intuit offer apps for the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch that, depending on your needs, will do the job and do it well.
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    Microsoft Office 365 vs. Google Apps

    Posted January 13, 2014 - 3:08 pm

    Web browser or Office suite? Microsoft's and Google's office productivity and collaboration clouds pit rich and complex against simple and lean.
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    Version 3.0 of Nimble's CRM helps you find connections and keep them

    Posted August 13, 2013 - 1:30 pm

    Nimble 3.0 brings a nice package of new features, helping you stay on top of your networks.
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    LibreOffice 4 liberates you from Microsoft Office

    Posted July 1, 2013 - 11:55 am

    If your needs don't include macro and programming compatibility, this office suite might just wean you away from Microsoft.
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    Back up your website: 10 WordPress plugins that keep your data safe

    Posted March 14, 2013 - 7:24 am

    WordPress may be a popular CMS, but its built-in backup isn't ideal. Here are 10 plugins that can help you keep your entire site safe.
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    Office 365 Home Premium review: Is Office better by subscription?

    Posted February 2, 2013 - 8:13 am

    Office 365 Home Premium, Microsoft's new subscription-based version of Office 2013, lets you use your applications anywhere. But does it really cost less than the client version?
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    Microsoft Office 2013 features new look, prices

    Posted December 6, 2012 - 2:47 pm

    Although consumers and businesses are turning more often to Web-based software and mobile apps, many millions still depend on Microsoft Office to get their work done every day. The folks in Redmond want you to use Office wherever you go—on your PC, your tablet, and your Windows Phone handset. To that end, Microsoft is pushing deep integration between its desktop applications and your data, stored on Microsoft servers.
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    Quicken 2013 vs. Mint: Is Intuit's free service better than its flagship software?

    Posted November 9, 2012 - 3:56 pm

    When it comes to using your computer to manage your money, Intuit's Quicken lineup was pretty much the only game in town—until the upstart cloud service Mint.com came along in 2006. Mint can do almost anything Quicken can do, but it's free and you don't need to install any software.
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    10 e-commerce platforms make selling simpler

    Posted July 3, 2012 - 10:37 am

    We take a hands-on look at 10 e-commerce tools that can help businesses large and small sell products and/or services online. Insider (registration required)
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    Review: Up close with NetSuite's deep ERP

    Posted June 13, 2012 - 10:55 am

    NetSuite offers extensive ERP, CRM, and other business management functionality to organizations that recognize the value proposition associated with SaaS
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    Enterprise Hadoop: Big data processing made easier

    Posted January 18, 2012 - 7:21 am

    Amazon, Cloudera, Hortonworks, IBM, and MapR mix simpler setup of Hadoop clusters with proprietary twists and trade-offs
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    VDI shoot-out: Citrix XenDesktop 5.5

    Posted January 5, 2012 - 12:29 pm

    Citrix XenDesktop shines with unmatched flexibility and all the desktop virtualization bells and whistles
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    VDI shoot-out: Citrix XenDesktop vs. VMware View

    Posted December 14, 2011 - 7:14 am

    Citrix XenDesktop 5.5 and VMware View 5 vie for the most flexible, scalable, and complete virtual desktop infrastructure
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    Finestra manages virtual desktops with panache

    Posted November 28, 2011 - 9:18 pm

    If Finestra Virtual Desktops (free/donationware) hadn't crashed on me once or twice, it would've scored at least a half star higher than the 3 stars that I gave it. It's that elegant and suited to the task. The program allows you up to 100 virtual desktops (four's plenty for most folks), has a host of options so that you can control which programs open on which desktop, etc., and even makes great use of the Windows 7 live window thumbnails.
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    First look: Oracle NoSQL Database

    Posted November 16, 2011 - 7:14 am

    Oracle's take on the distributed key-value data store is fast, flexible, and enterprise-grade serious
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    Four Netflix alternatives tested

    Posted October 8, 2011 - 8:59 am

    A couple of recent customer-service snafus by Netflix pushed many users to look for an alternative way to enjoy video services. First Netflix hiked its prices by 60 percent, and later it split its services into two different companies.
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    Phone camera shootout: 13 Android phones put to the test

    Posted September 1, 2011 - 11:16 am

    Over the past month, how many photos have you taken with your smartphone versus your stand-alone camera? Sure, for special events or portraits, you’ll probably want to use an advanced point-and-shoot, an interchangeable-lens camera, or a DSLR--but when you’re on the go, a phone with a good camera is more than sufficient. At the very least, you’ll want a phone capable of taking photos that are decent enough to share, whether it’s with your Facebook friends or via email to your relatives.
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    Wi-Fi hard drive doesn't live up to its promise

    Posted August 5, 2011 - 2:13 pm

    The Kingston Wi-Drive is a neat idea but could do with some polishing.
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    SugarCRM keeps you closer to your customers

    Posted November 25, 2008 - 4:28 pm

    In trying economic times, it's critical to keep your business in close contact with customers. CRM applications such as SugarCRM help ensure that your sales stay on track.
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