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    How to tell if your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn efforts are paying off

    Posted April 1, 2013 - 12:50 pm

    Expion wins our test of eight enterprise-grade social media monitoring tools
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    Google Keep vs. OneNote vs. Evernote: We name the note-app winner

    Posted March 28, 2013 - 3:58 pm

    Which note-taking tool stands above the rest? We pit Google's upstart software against the heavyweights from Microsoft and Evernote.
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    Free Video Call Recorder for Skype records unlimited video and audio for free

    Posted March 25, 2013 - 3:58 pm

    Free Video Call Recorder for Skype is a simple yet effective utility that makes it easy to record both audio and video Skype calls.
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    Fear of Facebook: 7 free apps that guard your privacy

    Posted March 18, 2013 - 6:53 am

    Facebook users are constantly being told that their privacy is under siege. Here are seven apps that can help secure your personal data.
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    SocialBro analyzes your Twitter community

    Posted March 8, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    SocialBro is a handy tool for analyzing your Twitter community, and its free version boasts a slick interface.
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    Webmail war: Gmail vs. Outlook.com vs. Yahoo Mail

    Posted March 1, 2013 - 10:22 am

    The three most popular free Web-based email services have all seen big changes recently, from revamped interfaces to advanced features. Does Google, Microsoft or Yahoo now deserve your webmail business?
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    Review: Office 365 turns up the heat

    Posted February 27, 2013 - 12:34 pm

    Latest blend of Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync servers in the cloud combines an excellent feature set with easier setup and management
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    Office showdown: Microsoft Office 365 vs. Google Apps

    Posted February 20, 2013 - 5:22 pm

    The war between Google and Microsoft is heating up. Each tech giant offers a productivity suite serving the essentials for serious work online: word processing, spreadsheets, email, and calendars. Should you ally with Google Apps for Business, or root for Microsoft's Office 365 for Small Business?
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    Hands on with Facebook Graph Search: Interesting, but disappointing

    Posted January 24, 2013 - 5:12 pm

    When I first heard about Facebook Graph Search, I expressed some doubts about how useful the feature would be for churning out practical results. Now that I have access to the feature, those doubts about whether most Facebook users will get much use out of it have only intensified.
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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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    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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    iOS app review: Readability provides convenience for mobile reading

    Posted December 1, 2012 - 8:35 am

    Oftentimes throughout the day I'll run across interesting blog posts or other web pages that I simply don't have time to read at that moment, or would prefer to read at my leisure. Several "read-it-later" services are available to address this need and Readability is one well worth looking at.
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    WordPress for iOS stands out for bloggers on the go

    Posted December 1, 2012 - 8:25 am

    If you run a WordPress blog--as millions of people do--the platform's Web-based management is thorough and easy to use. However, if you want to post to your blog from an iPad or iPhone, using a browser to do so can be a bit cramped. Instead, turn to the WordPress app from Automattic. A recent update has given this free app a clean and functional interface for accessing your blog.
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    The Room is an iOS game so good, it's scary

    Posted November 22, 2012 - 8:05 am

    The Room for iPad is a fascinating game. You're in a room with a well-locked safe, and your goal is to get that safe open. The game makes the story more detailed than that, but The Room's storyline is its least interesting aspect. The fun comes from the hours of puzzles and challenges required to break open the safe, coupled with the game's delightfully creepy ambience.
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    Review: iPad mini gives you most of an iPad at half the size

    Posted November 10, 2012 - 8:35 am

    When the iPad debuted, many called it "just a big iPod touch." Most soon realized that such claims were misguided, as the iPad turned out to be much more: more powerful, more capable, more useful, more everything. Instead of being arithmetically bigger than the iPod touch, the iPad offered exponentially more of what was good about it.
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    Review: Fourth-generation iPad is faster, stronger, better

    Posted November 8, 2012 - 4:15 pm

    The release of the fourth-generation iPad so soon after the third-generation iPad may have come as a surprise to even diehard Apple watchers, but the device itself won't. By now, we all know what an iPad looks like, and the fourth-generation iPad looks nearly identical to a third-generation iPad--which itself looked more or less like the second-generation iPad.
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    Tablet deathmatch: iPad Mini vs. Nexus 7 vs. Kindle Fire HD

    Posted November 5, 2012 - 4:28 pm

    A new generation of small tablets has reinvented entertainment on the go, but which is best? Find out now and gear up for holiday gift-buying
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    Skype turns the Internet into your own personal telephone line

    Posted October 25, 2012 - 11:51 am

    Skype is a free software app that for most people needs no introduction. It has been on the scene for nearly a decade and has transformed the telecommunications industry by offering a cheap way to make long distance phone calls.
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    Web-based conferencing comes of age

    Posted October 22, 2012 - 11:49 am

    As more people telecommute, having a reliable way to connect via desktop video conferencing takes on greater importance. And for employees working in the office, Web-based meetings are a cheaper and less time consuming alternative to business travel.
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    Review: Miso for iOS

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:40 am

    If you find yourself bored while watching TV, add some spice to your viewing by making a game of it. Miso brings competition to social TV through points. It also offers extra content for some shows. And while you get some social features on all iOS devices, the app only offers its full complement of tools for iPhone and iPod touch users running iOS 3.2 or later.
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    Review: GetGlue for iPad

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:30 am

    GetGlue started as Foursquare-style check-in app for TV--you could let others know what you're watching and get awards for your show check-ins--but the recently updated iPad app (which is compatible with any iPad running iOS 5.0 or later) adds more ways to interact and discover new shows. Although the interface could be more intuitive, these new features work well, and its large user community makes GetGlue the most engaging of the social TV apps available now.
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    Review: TV Guide Mobile for iOS

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:20 am

    TV Guidehas earned cred in television listings--the company has produced a printed guide of TV show listings since 1953. However, the way we watch TV has changed quite a bit since then, and the app that bears the company's name attempts to keep up with the times. If you like a traditional list-type guide to find what's on, TV Guide's free app is a solid choice. The app makes it easy to find what's new and if streaming versions are available, though its social features lack in comparison to other TV companion options.
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    Review: BuddyTV for iOS

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:15 am

    BuddyTVstarted as a website that let users comment on their favorite shows. Then the company made this model more mobile with its iOS app and added some tempting features, like integrating a remote for some DVRs. Unfortunately, the flaws in the current version of the app overshadow any advantages BuddyTV offers.
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    Review: Into_Now for iOS

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:05 am

    Based on its concept, Into_Now is what social TV should be--a fun, innovative way to share what you're watching with others. But one thing is missing: enough people participating in the conversation.
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    Web conferencing showdown: What's the best software for online meetings?

    Posted September 24, 2012 - 11:59 am

    It's become a maxim of modern business life: Your most important meeting of the year won't take place in a conference room, but rather online with all attendees viewing a common computer screen.
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