Four reasons you don't need the new Microsoft Office

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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As you've no doubt heard by now, Microsoft Office 2013 has arrived. So has Microsoft Office 365. Some would argue that the latter is the better deal, but I'm here to tell you don't need either one.

Office, of course, is the software suite that drives the business world. Most small shops rely on it for its core-three apps: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. With that in mind, here are four reasons you don't need the new Office:

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App Spotlight: FineReader Touch brings multi-lingual OCR scanning to iOS

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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There are plenty of apps that can turn your phone into the equivalent of a mobile scanner, using the camera to take snapshots of various documents, then letting you file and/or share those documents.

Ah, but what if you need more than just scanning and sharing? ABBYY's FineReader Touch for iOS performs OCR on the fly, converting printed documents into text you can edit, search, and more.

This isn't the first app to offer such convenience, but it may be the most multi-lingual one: FineReader Touch supports an impressive 42 languages, from Abkhazian to Ukrainian. In fact, it supports up to three different languages in the same document.

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Targus Touch Pen adds touch capabilities to any Windows 8 laptop

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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It's official: navigating Windows 8 with your mouse, well, bites. But do you really need to chuck your existing laptop and buy one with a touchscreen?

Maybe not. The Targus Touch Pen converts any laptop LCD into a touchscreen, albeit one that relies on a special stylus for input.

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How to record calls on your smartphone

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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Whether you're conducting an interview, hosting an important conference call, or trying to trick a criminal mastermind into revealing his plans for global domination, you'll need a way to record your phone calls.

If you have a smartphone, you’re in luck: There are apps for that. And even if your phone isn’t especially brainy, it can record any inbound call easily and at no cost.

Before you get your Watergate on, it’s important to note that different states have different rules when it comes to recording phone conversations. Your safest and smartest bet is to let all parties know in advance that the call is being recorded, and to get their consent while you’re on the call (so that you have a record of it). Both Google Voice and Call Recording Pro inform the person you're calling that the call is being recorded.

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Get a free shared workspace for your small business

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 truly believe that effective organization and communication can make the difference between business success and business failure.

Okay, but how do you organize and communicate effectively? As any carpenter would tell you, the right tool for the right job. In this case, the right tool is a shared workspace—an intranet, if you want it in tech-speak—where employees can view, monitor, talk about, and collaborate on company projects.

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How to choose a mobile charger

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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Happiness is a fully charged battery. Of course, if you travel regularly, you know just how quickly your phone, tablet, mobile hotspot, and other gear can run out of juice.

That's why I consider it essential to pack a portable charger, which lets you extend your runtimes without having to seek out an AC outlet (or put extra strain on your laptop by siphoning power from its USB ports).

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Master Microsoft Office keyboard shortcuts in a flash with KeyRocket

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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KeyRocket

Think keyboard shortcuts are a waste of time? Think again: Every time you use your keyboard instead of reaching for the mouse, locating your cursor, navigating to a button or menu, and clicking, you're saving anywhere from 2-10 seconds.

Do that 20 times in an hour and you've saved as much as three minutes—maybe even a little more. Over the course of a day, that's upwards of 25 minutes. Over a week, more than two hours.

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