3 Reasons to Check out Adobe's Creative Cloud Subscription for Your Business

3 Reasons to Check out Adobe's Creative Cloud Subscription for Your Business
If you’ve ever wanted to utilize Adobe’s Master Collection of creative tools in your business, but blanched at the suite’s $2,600 price tag, take a look at Adobe Creative Cloud. This new subscription service delivers full access to the company’s Creative Suite 6 on a monthly or annual basis for a fraction of that price.

Subscribers will also gain two HTML 5 applications--Muse and Edge--that aren’t available any other way. And you needn’t worry about being tied to your Internet connection while you’re using them: You can download and install any application in Adobe’s CS6 Master Collection of design, Web, video, and digital imaging tools and use it offline as long as you remain subscribed.

Significantly Lower Cost of Entry

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Alternatives to Google Maps for Webmasters and App Developers


A street view in Google Maps (click to zoom).
When Google announced last year that its popular Google Maps service would no longer be provided free of charge to websites that consistently served more than 25,000 requests per day, website and service developers began looking for alternatives. We've put together a list of services that can help your business save money and improve your online map whether you exceed the Google Maps API limit or not.

If you want to develop a mobile application or a website that incorporates maps or directions in a big way, you'll probably want to start fresh with an alternative to Google Maps, especially if you aim to produce an ambitious application or expect lots of visitors to your website. If you're running a small business and your use of the Google Maps API extends just to showcasing directions to retail locations, you shouldn't need to worry about switching, as you are unlikely to reach the 25,000-visits-per-day limit, unless you want to implement your own features in your maps or make them look a certain way.

Google is allowing for occasional increased use by charging only businesses that hit the 25,000 daily requests limit for 90 days consecutively. So Google won’t penalize you if a newspaper runs a story about your business and you see a corresponding spike in map requests for a week.

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Firefox 13 Beta Gets a Speed Boost with SPDY by Default

Mozilla on Thursday launched the beta version of Firefox 13, the successor to its newly launched Firefox 12 browser that promises to be most notable for enabling the SPDY alternative to HTTP by default.

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Designed as a successor to the HTTP protocol, SPDY not only reduces the amount of time it takes for websites to load, but it also encrypts all communication with SSL so as to make browsing more secure.

SPDY has actually been included Mozilla's free and open source browser since Firefox 11, but this is the first time it's been enabled by default.

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Firefox 12 Puts an End to Annoying Updates

Mozilla's Firefox 12 browser made its official debut on Tuesday, featuring a nearly silent update process as one of its most important new features.

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“We put a lot of work into making the Firefox update experience easier,” explained the official announcement on the Mozilla Blog on Tuesday.

From now on, “once a user gives explicit permission to Firefox on their first installation, they will not be prompted again for subsequent releases,” Mozilla says.

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Leaked Office 15 Video Touts Cloud Features

Leaked Office 15 Video Touts Cloud Features
In a leaked promo video for Office 15, Microsoft seems eager to take on Google Docs and Apple's iCloud with its own online sync features.

“It's your Office. It goes wherever you go,” says the short video, which was posted by Rafeal Rivera of Within Windows. When users sign into Office 15, the video says, they can easily pick up where they left off on any device.

As detailed in previous leaks, Office 15 users will be able to sign in to several Web services, including SkyDrive, Flickr, Hotmail, and Windows Live Messenger. There's also a new online service in Office 15 called “My Office,” but how that works is still unclear.

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How to Not Spam Twitter: 5 Tips

How Not to Spam Twitter: 5 Tips

Editor's note: This story originally misstated that Twitter took legal action against Adscend Networks. We regret the error.

Twitter served notice to spammers earlier this month that it's beefing up its anti-spam measures, and it has filed a lawsuit against five "aggressive tool providers and spammers" to keep its feeds clean. How can you keep your business off of Twitter's radar while still conducting some form of commerce using the tool? These five tips can help.

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Keeping Track of Your Expenses: Three Apps to Check Out

If you run a micro-business, you're likely stuffing your receipts into a file cabinet and hauling them all out at tax time for your accountant to sort out. But there’s a better way. These mobile apps let you take a picture of your receipt and save it to an expense entry. It's important to look for a package that lets you take a pictorial record of your receipts for a couple of reasons.

First, it helps you organize yourself at tax time. It will take you minutes to generate the necessary reports for your accountant as opposed to days of receipt-entering. Secondly, a photo record of your receipts is added insurance against fire, flooding, or other potential calamities that your receipt collection may run into.

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