App Spotlight: KiteDesk aggregates your cloud accounts and social media

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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.
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Gmail. Dropbox. Facebook. Twitter. If you're like many busy business folks, you're frequently bopping back and forth between these and other cloud/social-media services. And if you have multiple accounts for any of them, the hassles only increase.

KiteDesk aggregates all your cloud and social services under one roof. That means you need to use only one iOS and/or Web app to view all your feeds, email messages, files, contacts, and more.

I did most of my testing on an iPad, though you can just as easily sign in via your Web browser. There's no cost to use KiteDesk (and no advertising that I can see, so I'm not sure what the revenue model is here); all you do is give permission for it to access one or more Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and/or Yahoo accounts.

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Build beautiful slide decks on your iPad with Haiku Deck

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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.
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You're on the train to work. Inspiration strikes. You've just figured out how to double market share and save the company. Now you just have to sell the idea to the team.

Sure, you could pull out your laptop, wait for it to boot, run PowerPoint, and start the slow, laborious process of building a killer presentation.

Or you could pull out your iPad, run Haiku Deck, and start the fast, fun process of building a killer presentation -- and finish it before the train reaches your stop.

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How to disable Office 2013's start screen

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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.
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There's a lot to like about the new Office 2013. Heck, some might argue that Outlook alone is worth the price of admission.

One thing that bothers me, however, is the startup screen that appears when you launch Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. It's a nice addition, and a quick way to access recent documents or create a new one using a template, but it's not how I like to work.

Fortunately, it's fairly easy to configure Office to bypass that screen for the aforementioned three programs. Here's how, using Word as an example:

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App Spotlight: Scan business cards straight to your Salesforce account

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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.
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Of all the magical things a smartphone can do, I rank business-card OCR among the highlights.

Think of it: Instead of manually transcribing each and every card into your phone or desktop address book, you simply snap a photo and presto: an app transcribes everything for you.

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LogMeIn limits freeloaders to 10 PCs. So what?

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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.
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A little over a week ago, LogMeIn Product Specialist Sean Keough announced a change to the company's LogMeIn Free remote-access product: Instead of using it on unlimited PCs, customers would be limited to 10 PCs each.

As a longtime fan of LogMeIn Free and a self-proclaimed cheapskate, you'd think I'd be outraged by this decision, as lots of other users have proclaimed to be. (Look no further than the comments section beneath Keough's post.)

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Create gorgeous animated business presentations with Prezi

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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.
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How can I put this delicately? Your presentations? Bo-ring.

It's not that your slide deck isn't chock full of useful information. It's that they've seen it all before. At the first sign of a static PowerPoint frame, their eyes glaze over.

To really engage your audience, show 'em a Prezi. This nifty presentation tool creates dazzling custom animations that make ordinary slide decks look like, well, ordinary slide decks.

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App Spotlight: Ringya turns printed contact lists into smartphone contact lists

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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.
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Possible slogans for Ringya, a new contact-management app for Android and iOS:

"If you like it then you shoulda put a Ringya on it."

"One Ringya to rule them all."

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