Julie SartainPCWorld

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Add sizzle to your PowerPoint presentation with shapes and special effects

Toss out those text-heavy slides and revive your deck with customized graphics.

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Make your PowerPoint presentations pop with charts, graphics, and images

We all know what a picture's worth. Make your message memorable with these design alternatives.

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From data to doughnuts: How to create great charts and graphics in Excel

With Excel's versatile chart tool, putting together data visualizations is as easy as pie (groan).

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How to edit PDFs in Microsoft Word

For light PDF users, everything you need is in a tool you use every day.

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How to create 3D Worksheets in Excel 2013

Need to summarize a set of worksheets? Excel's 3D reference feature makes it easy.

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How to create and share custom Style Sets

Make your document stand out by creating your own one-click formatting.

Google quietly, selectively builds speedy Internet access

Google got 1000 applications for its first installation of gigabit-speed Google Fiber. SInce then, things have moved a bit slower.

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Does your IP address betray you to data-harvesters?

In today's world of hackers, stalkers, and cybercriminals, not to mention government spy programs and commercial sites that collect data about you in order to target ads, does your IP address rat you out to these information-gatherers?

Virtual reality: More virtual than real

Remember virtual reality? The idea that science could create a virtual world of sight, sound, smell and touch was hot two decades ago, then completely fizzled out.

Feds Crack Down on Data Brokers

Last month, for the first time ever, the Federal Trade Commission stepped in and spanked a data broker, in this case it was Spokeo, to the tune of an $800,000 fine for selling personal information to employers and job recruiters without taking steps to protect consumers under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

5 Hot Social Networking Sites

Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are at the top of the social networking heap right now, but challengers are springing up all the time, hoping to catch the next big way. Here's a look at some of them.

Internet2's Top 10 Firsts and Other Achievements

Let's take a look at the major achievements and first in the life of Internet2.

Five Reasons You Don't Need Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft's touted new features are minor, yet the price is steep for Office 2010. Numerous alternatives will do the trick without taking a bite out of your business budget.

Google App Inventor Opens Android Possibilities

The potential for users to bring helpful business tools to Android smartphones is limited only by their imagination.

Motorola Droid X: Unique, or Just Another Smartphone?

The Motorola Droid X, set for release on Thursday, may stand out from the pack of smartphones, including the iPhone 4.