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    Studiometry 10.0 grows as your business does

    Posted January 2, 2013 - 12:08 pm

    Studiometry 10 is a business management application aimed at small businesses and designed to help track and manage projects, create quotes and invoices, and make sure you're getting paid on time.
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    GNOME 2: Still king of the Linux desktop

    Posted December 28, 2012 - 8:53 pm

    It seems fair to say that Linux users enjoy a degree of choice that's unmatched by the proprietary players in the desktop computing world, what with the wide variety of both distributions and desktop environments from which they can choose.
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    17 best apps to download for your new Windows 8 tablet

    Posted December 26, 2012 - 10:54 pm

    The first time you boot up your shiny new Windows 8 tablet and witness Microsoft's live tiles in all their constantly shifting, multi-hued glory, it's only natural to want to dive into the Windows Store and try a few apps out for yourself. Just one problem, though: There are tens of thousands of Windows 8 apps available, and Microsoft doesn't do a great job of directing people to the cream of the crop.
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    Ten apps for your new iPad

    Posted December 26, 2012 - 9:51 pm

    Separating the truly great apps from the weird and wacky ones can be tough. Here are a few of our favorite apps to get you started.
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    Review: Evernote 5.0 for Mac improves an already-indispensable service

    Posted December 22, 2012 - 8:40 am

    That interesting Web article. The emailed order for your new Mac. The snapped picture of the label as a reminder of that terrific pinot noir you just drank. A quick audio note you make with your phone. Those hundreds of downloaded PDFs of bank, brokerage, and utility company statements. You’ve got the information—heck, you’re practically drowning in it. Now you need somewhere to put it. You need an Everything Box. That’s a program that can store and sort those clippings and files, index them for easy search and retrieval, and allow you to add your preferred organizational structure as well, whether it be to group similar kinds of information into collections, or add metadata such as tags or categories.
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    Review Acer Iconia W700: tablet, meet desktop

    Posted December 22, 2012 - 8:05 am

    Windows 8 opens up some interesting design possibilities for computing devices, and Acer's Iconia W700 epitomizes the hybrid desktop/tablet or modular small PC possibility. The W700 can be used as a normal Windows 8 tablet, but ships with a docking station/stand and Bluetooth keyboard that allow you to use it as you would a normal touchscreen PC. It's a good idea that, unfortunately, isn't perfectly implemented.
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    7 low-cost videoconferencing services: Which is best for your meeting?

    Posted December 19, 2012 - 8:35 am

    Remote colleagues and friends are the norm today. We look at 7 online services that help you keep in touch.
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    Review: Windows Azure shoots the moon

    Posted December 19, 2012 - 7:17 am

    Microsoft's cloud wows with great price-performance, Windows toolchain integration, and plenty of open source options
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    5 addictive (and free!) browser games for holiday hijinks

    Posted December 17, 2012 - 5:00 pm

    Office productivity plummets during the holidays. Many people take extended vacations, and some businesses just plain shut down. And the employees who actually show up to work? They while away the hours playing casual games on their workstation web browsers.
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    The 5 best Windows 8 tablets and laptops you can buy today

    Posted December 17, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    The clamshell laptop is finally joining the beige desktop in the museum of computer artifacts. The basic hinged design made its first appearance in a device called the Grid Compass way back in 1982, so no one can scoff at the clamshell's longevity. Nonetheless, times are finally changing, which means it's time for the pure clamshell laptop to ride off into the sunset.
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    Raspberry Pi, Cotton Candy, and MK802 II face off in this battle of pint-size PCs

    Posted December 17, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    They're incredibly small and surprisingly powerful: We tell you what these devices are capable of, and how well they perform.
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    Acer Aspire V5 review: beauty and no brains

    Posted December 15, 2012 - 8:45 am

    The Acer Aspire V5 isn’t a bad-looking machine, considering its price point. It’s heavier than it looks, but that heaviness translates into denseness, which translates into the machine feeling sturdy and stable. It almost looks like an Ultrabook – it’s relatively slim, it has a simple, sleek overall design, and an edge-to-edge glass display. But does this laptop’s performance live up to its prettiness? Read on to find out.
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    Samsung ATIV Smart PC: Samsung hits the Clover Trail

    Posted December 15, 2012 - 8:35 am

    Whether Samsung is trying to confuse buyers into thinking they’re buying a laptop, or can’t make up its mind what it is, the Samsung ATIV Smart PC is (mostly) a tablet. Sure, it’s got a nearly full-size keyboard, but the keyboard is included as a detachable accessory. The slender tablet, just 9.9mm thin, is only three ounces heavier than an iPad. Even the CPU, the Atom Z2760 (“Clover Trail”) is Intel’s attempt to take on ARM-based CPUs. Users expecting a laptop may end up disappointed.
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    Lenovo ThinkPad Twist review: a great business tool

    Posted December 15, 2012 - 8:25 am

    Lenovo’s ThinkPad Twist is the latest in a string of Windows 8-running tablet-laptop hybrids, and it’s a little different from the competition. Mainly, it’s a business-oriented tablet-laptop (excuse me, tablet-Ultrabook) hybrid that stays true (sort of) to the ThinkPad line’s traditional, if somewhat boring, aesthetic.
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    3 Windows 8 ultrabooks: lightweight and powerful

    Posted December 15, 2012 - 8:05 am

    While much of the attention surrounding the long-awaited introduction of Windows 8 has focused on the latest tablets and convertibles, ultrabooks seem to have been lost in the frenzy. But although they aren't Transformers that can assume several computing personalities, ultrabooks tend to be lighter and less expensive -- and, for most business users, more useful.
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    Acer Aspire M5-481PT review: jack of all trades, master of none

    Posted December 15, 2012 - 8:03 am

    A year and a half ago, the Acer M5-481PT would have been a revelation. A Windows 8 Ultrabook, the M5 sports a third-generation Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 6GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive (with 20GB SSD cache), a 14-inch 10-point multitouch screen, and a DVD-RW drive. It’s an impressively robust hardware package, especially for its budget pricetag of $800.
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    Review: Take Command 14 command line utility is easier to use than PowerShell

    Posted December 8, 2012 - 8:35 am

    Serious geeks spend a lot of time at the command line. But Windows' antique command line doesn't even resize properly, and it takes a mouse command to paste into (hitting Ctrl+V will just result in ^V being printed). Microsoft's answer to this is PowerShell, an alternative command processor bundled with Windows from XP SP2 to Windows 8. PowerShell can do lots of things, and its default console application is an improvement, too, because you can resize it--but you still can't select text using the keyboard, paste with Ctrl+V, or even resize its font quickly. Plus, the PowerShell command processor itself is not easy to learn, and you may have to adjust your computer's security settings to be able to use it. Take Command 14 is a $100 utility (30-day free trial) that proves the Windows command line really doesn't have to feel this ancient or be this complex.
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    Review: the ups and downs of iTunes 11

    Posted December 8, 2012 - 8:32 am

    As you're undoubtedly aware, Apple released the latest version of iTunes recently--iTunes 11. And it's quite a bit different from the versions that came before, at least in its appearance. I'm joined today by Kirk McElhearn, the guy responsible for Macworld's review of iTunes 11.
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    InPaint removes unwanted elements from your photographs with a few clicks

    Posted December 8, 2012 - 8:30 am

    It's all happened to us at one point or another. We take what we think is a great picture on holiday, and when we get home, we discover that a total stranger has walked right into the middle of the shot. Or you have been holding the camera in such a strange way that your fingers were in front of the lens, partially obscuring the view. Before you start crying and begin deleting the photos, try InPaint ($20, free feature-limited demo) to see if you can get rid of those unwanted elements.
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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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    iTunes 11 adds cool features, but can be jarring to longtime users

    Posted December 5, 2012 - 10:16 pm

    iTunes 11, whose delayed release fueled much speculation about last-minute changes following an internal reorganization at Apple, sports the most radical alterations to the program’s interface since its inception. Previous upgrades to iTunes were incremental, adding features and tweaking the interface, but iTunes 11 puts a whole new face on the software. In addition, iTunes 11 seems to be designed more for playing music than for organizing it—a slightly anachronistic approach, given the prevalence of portable devices.
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    Best products of 2012: Business and productivity

    Posted December 5, 2012 - 9:33 pm

    We select the year's best products for getting work and business done.
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    Six free databases with commercial-quality features

    Posted December 3, 2012 - 4:44 pm

    Free or open source databases run hundreds of millions of public-facing and private applications worldwide, but how effective is this technology and how do these products compare? For answers, we reviewed six popular free or open source database products: Microsoft SQL Server Express, PostgreSQL, Oracle's MySQL, MariaDB, Apache Derby and Firebird SQL.
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    Collaborating and videoconferencing over the cloud with OmniJoin

    Posted December 3, 2012 - 4:31 pm

    We review Brother's OmniJoin Web and videoconferencing service.
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    Best products of 2012: entertainment

    Posted December 1, 2012 - 8:45 am

    We saw a bevy of digital entertainment technology in 2012, but quantity rarely signifies quality. For every fabulous video game, HDTV, and pair of headphones that we evaluated this year, there were probably ten products that weren't worth the impossible-to-open, sealed-plastic clamshell enclosure they were shipped in.
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