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FileMaker 13 review: Venerable database gets a style and accessibility update

For over 20 years, FileMaker has made its mark as a cross-platform database. Fortunately, the software continues to improve.

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Report: Windows Phone update to add Siri-like personal assistant

According to reports, Microsoft's "Cortana" is a go, as are notifications, which will put Windows 8.1 on par with rival mobile OSes.

Google Sheets adds offline spreadsheet editing for Chrome users

You can now tinker with Google Sheets spreadsheets away from the web. FINALLY.

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Meet Slack, a chat tool with collaboration talent to spare

Save your team from the chaotic mishmash of email, chat, and other discrete communication tools. Slack's file sharing and its ability to integrate cloud services make sharing information much easier.

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Microsoft to deliver Office 2013 SP1 in early '14

Microsoft delivered both Office 2010 SP1 and Office 2007 SP1 about 13 months after their respective original editions’ debut. Office 2013 SP1 is expected in February.

13 highly productive Android apps that play nice with your PC

These killer Android apps make it easy to get things done on the run.

Google introduces Helpouts to connect experts with advice-seekers via video

Google has launched a new tool that connects people with experts over live interactive video for free or paid advice, while adding a revenue stream for the company in the form of transaction fees from providers.

Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK review: This tiny PC punches high above its weight class

This miniature computer outperforms machines many times its size, but you should be aware of what's not included before you buy one.

Subscription apps come to Microsoft's Office Store

Microsoft is adding subscription pricing for apps in its Office Store, besides opening eight new store fronts.

Get back to work! Great software for reducing distractions

Text editors fill the screen. Utilities block time-sucking sites. All in the name of keeping you busy with the task at hand. Try one of these handy tools to keep you focused.

I was a webcam zombie! How to look alive and professional in Web meetings

Your Web conferencing look could be scarier than you realize. These simple tips will help you look your best.

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Review: AwayFind lets eagerly anticipated emails find you

AwayFind notifies you via voice, text, or push notification when you receive important email messages. It's easy to use and works well, but it can't anticipate email's surprises.

Tech For Life - Classroom Tech

These high-tech notebooks and gadgets—plus one piece of software—will help you stay on top of your study game this semester.

Hands-on: iWork for iCloud beta almost as good as Mac, iOS versions

The new online versions of Apple's productivity-suite apps are surprisingly robust. In fact, they're good enough that you may sometimes forget you're using a Web app. Jeffery Battersby has our hands-on preview.

Google retires the classic Gmail composition interface: How to make the new one more usable

The Gmail composition interface you've used for years is officially gone, but fear not! You don't have to stare at a small box in the corner forever.

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Feedly raises $500,000 in 8 hours selling RSS reader subscriptions

The Feedly RSS service raised half a million dollars Monday, pulling in an average of more than $62,000 in subscriptions each hour over an eight-hour span.