DocSync Tackles Document Scatter

Let's see, where's that Word document, PDF, spreadsheet or PowerPoint preso? Did you leave it on Google Drive? Save it to DropBox? Maybe it's somewhere on your computer or iPad?

The proliferation of cloud services and mobile devices gives you lots of options for storing and sharing documents, but keeping track of them can be difficult. For iPad users, DocSync offers a remedy: An app that lets you browse, search for and organize files in popular business formats regardless of whether they are on your computer, the iPad, or a couple of leading cloud services. But what you can do with the files is somewhat limited.

I tried out version 1.2, which supports DropBox and Google Docs. You simply set up a DocSync account and authorize the app to access your DropBox and Google Docs account to get going. To also view documents on a Mac or PC, you must first download and install the DocSync VM software, specify the document folder you'll want to access remotely, and log in using the credentials you created on the iPad. By default, the software will run in the background, and you'll be able to access documents as long as the computer is online. DocSync VM also tracks your document upload history.

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Prezi: The 3D Alternative to PowerPoint

A Prezi 3D presentation is a single very large image with small elements you move around and zoom in and out of.
Prezi is having the biggest impact on business presentation tools since Microsoft’s PowerPoint took us from transparencies to computer monitors. The three-year-old company made a splash in 2009 with its Prezi software, and now the company has introduced a new version of its cloud-based software that has an even cooler feature set.

Prezi’s original claim to fame was the way in which it allowed a presenter to pan and zoom around a contiguous presentation, versus the serial one-slide-at-a-time productions that conventional programs such a PowerPoint allow. The latest version of Prezi adds two new features: 3D backgrounds and fade-in animations.

In a Prezi presentation such as this, you'll first see only the area inside the green circle. Click in that area, and the slide will zoom out reveal the entire scene.
When you use a 3D background for your presentation, Prezi creates a parallax motion for the image. Now when you pan around and zoom into the presentation, the background image adjusts accordingly, as though your text and other presentation elements were floating inside the background. With fade-in animations, you can reveal elements in your presentation slowly by having them fade into the frame, instead of showing the frame with all the elements already in it.

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Download Firefox 14.0.1 for Extra Browsing Security

Six weeks to the day after the release of Firefox 13, Mozilla on Tuesday unleashed the next iteration of its popular browser.

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Rather than Firefox 14, however, it's actually Firefox 14.0.1 that was released yesterday--named that way apparently to avoid the confusion that might otherwise arise from the fact that Firefox 14 for Android was launched a few weeks ago.

So, on Tuesday version 14.0.1 of both Firefox and Firefox for Android was released, synchronizing once again the two versions of the open source browser.

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Google Rolls Out Chrome for Android and iOS

Google's Chrome browser now claims 310 million active users, the company announced at its I/O developer's conference this week, nearly doubling the number it had at this time last year.

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In the upcoming months, however, that's likely to increase even faster thanks to the browser's official arrival on Android and iOS.

Not only did Google roll out the first stable version its popular browser for the Android mobile platform this week--taking it out of beta at last--but on Thursday it unveiled a version for the iPhone and iPad as well.

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Firefox for Android Gets a 'Screaming Fast' Upgrade

Mozilla on Tuesday rolled out a brand-new version of its popular Firefox browser for Android that's designed to deliver faster performance, a fresh new look, and Flash support, among many new features.

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“The new Firefox for Android is a snappy and dynamic upgrade to mobile browsing that makes it faster and easier to get where you want to go on the Web,” reads the official announcement on the Mozilla Blog.

Designed for smartphones running Android 2.2 or later, the new Firefox 14 for Android is now available in the Google Play Market as a free download.

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Get a Sneak Peek at Firefox's New 'Australis' Interface

Mozilla announced in April that it planned to unify the look of its Firefox browser across desktop and mobile platforms, and on Monday a developer working on the project posted an early preview of the resulting new “Australis” interface.

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While Firefox developer Madhava Enros posted some mockups of the new look when the original announcement was first made in the spring, this week Mozilla Software Engineer Jared Wein took those images a step further with a close-up look at the Australis tabs currently being added to the Windows version of the open source browser.

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Android Tablets Beating Out iPad in Business and IT: Report

Apple's iPad may still be considered the king of tablets in many quarters, but new research data casts a shadow of doubt over how long that will continue.

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In fact, a full 44 percent of first-time tablet buyers in business and IT plan to purchase an Android device in the upcoming 12 months, compared with just 27 percent planning to go with an iPad, according to a new study from IDG Connect (IDG Connect is part of IDG, which owns PCWorld.com).

"The rise in tablet usage and increasing prevalence of BYOD is set to have a fundamental impact on IT and business over the next few years,” said Kathryn Cave, editor at IDG Connect, in a press release announcing the results. “These findings signify changes in work mobile consumption and market leadership in the tablet arena.”

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