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For more than 20 years, Rick Broida has written about all manner of technology, from Amigas to business servers to PalmPilots. His credits include dozens of books, blogs, and magazines. He sleeps with an iPad under his pillow.

Six ways to cope with flaky hotel Wi-Fi

If a troublesome network is keeping you from getting your work done, consider these other options.

YouMail Business Edition: Smarter voicemail for business

The popular visual-voicemail service now caters to professionals by offering multiple lines, a bigger inbox and smart greetings that address callers by name.

Spruce up your Facebook chats with fancy emoticons

Forget boring old smileys. This site lets you pepper your chats with bullet holes, Bob Marley, cute quotes, and lots more.

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How to switch between Ribbon views in Office 2013

Microsoft's new suite gives you the option of hiding or downsizing the toolbar in favor of more screen estate.

SlideShark broadcasts slideshows from your phone or tablet to the Web

No longer limited to just those people in the room with you, this iOS app now shares your slide decks with the world.

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The "Other" Facebook inbox you didn't know you had

You might just have a boatload of unread messages waiting for you.

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EVault offers 100GB of free cloud-based backup

This service offers enterprise-grade protection and 10GB of storage per user per device.

App Spotlight: KiteDesk aggregates your cloud accounts and social media

This app/Web service is great for managing multiple Google, Twitter, and other accounts, but it needs a few small tweaks.

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Reduce tab clutter in Chrome with OneTab

This incredibly handy extension not only consolidates lots of open tabs, but also dramatically reduces memory usage.

Build beautiful slide decks on your iPad with Haiku Deck

Who needs PowerPoint when you can generate slick presentations with this free app?

How to disable Office 2013's start screen

If you want to get straight to work, here's an easy way to bypass the new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint startup windows.

Convert video files for free with WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

Normally $49.95, Digiarty Software's utility can be yours free of charge, no strings attached.

App Spotlight: Scan business cards straight to your Salesforce account

Newly updated Business Card Reader for iOS can export scanned cards to your Salesforce CRM database.

Poll: Is Windows 8 worth the hassle?

Some people love (or at least tolerate) the new OS, some hate it. Time to weigh in with your thoughts.

Three easy ways to find the Windows 8 Control Panel

If you're having a tough time finding this important feature in the new Windows, here are three super-easy options.