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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WordPress unveils hosting package for small businesses

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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For as long as I can remember, WordPress has been synonymous with blog hosting—mostly consumer blog hosting.

Although the company offered Pro plans for users who need more than the basics and enterprise options for the big boys, there was nothing in the middle for the SMB crowd.

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Tackle overloaded Google Apps Gmail accounts with FreeSpace

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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Google Apps offers cash-strapped small businesses a lot of bang for the buck, but one app that can cause problems is Gmail.

Specifically, each Google Apps account affords just 25GB of Gmail storage, meaning it's not uncommon for users to bump into that ceiling—especially if they're on the receiving end of a lot of attachments.

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Four productivity-boosting replacements for stock iOS apps

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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If you're an iPhone user, you're no doubt familiar with stock apps like Calendar, Mail, Notes, and Reminders. These are key tools in any mobile worker's arsenal, and yet all four have room for improvement. Some would say a lot of room.

Below I've rounded up four great alternatives to the aforementioned apps, all of them with an eye toward boosting your productivity.

1. Replace Calendar with Fantastical

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Create a storefront in 60 seconds with Planet Soho

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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If you run a one-man shop and you're looking to sell a product or service, you have a few options. You can build an e-commerce site from scratch, which requires time and expertise, or you can go with a turnkey marketplace like Etsy, which might not be a good fit for your product (unless it's a tea cozy).

Somewhere in between lies small-business management service Planet Soho, which now offers Soho Storefront: a quick and simple way to create an e-commerce site for hawking your wares.

Designed for "the smallest of small businesses," Soho Storefront officially launches next Tuesday as part of the company's Soho VIP package, which includes business amenities like professional designed group emails, secure cloud storage, various documents and templates, and so on.

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App Spotlight: TigerText promises to keep text messages private and secure

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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Many businesses take pains to ensure that company emails stay private and secure, but CIOs and IT managers often overlook another popular form of communication: text messages.

A typical SMS is subject not only to hacker interception, but also basic theft: an inbound text remains on a user's smartphone until he or she deletes it. Likewise, it stays on the carrier's servers for who knows how long.

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Five surprisingly great things about Outlook 2013

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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I've made no secret of my dislike for Microsoft Outlook. In fact, last year I announced my plans to "divorce" Outlook in favor of a smaller, faster mail client.

Alas, because a lot of the writing I do centers around Microsoft Office, I've stuck it out with Outlook, at least on one of my PCs. And over the weekend I made the move to Outlook 2013, which debuted last month as part of the new Office 2013 suite.

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