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

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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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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App Spotlight: Receipt scanner Piikki is free, today only

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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Receipts are the bane of my existence. I'm constantly misplacing ones I need to file for expense and travel reports. Isn't this the 21st century? Why do we need to save bits of paper anyway?

In the future, I'm sure all business expenditures will automagically find their way into the proper reports, probably through some mashup of RFID, Bluetooth, and Excel 2063. In the meantime, there's Piikki for iOS, which converts snapshots of your receipts into expense reports.

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ChargeCard: A smartphone sync cable for your wallet

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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Earlier this week I told you about the ChargeDr, a great little accessory for anyone who routinely travels with a tablet.

It's not the only handy item I uncovered at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. I was also instantly enamored with the ChargeCard, which syncs and charges your mobile device, yet fits in your wallet.

If the name sounds familiar, it's because the ChargeCard debuted last summer as a Kickstarter project. On the CES show floor, near-final production samples were on display, and I was lucky enough to get a sample for review.

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Finally, your laptop can charge your tablet

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've ever traveled with your tablet, you've probably discovered an inconvenient truth: Your laptop's USB ports don't supply enough juice to charge that tablet.

That's why, for example, you see a "Not Charging" message when you plug an iPad into a typical USB port.

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App Spotlight: Speek brings hassle-free conference calls to iOS

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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The days of rushing back to your desk just so you can set up or join a conference call are over.

Back in October, I told you about Speek, a hassle-free conferencing service that was browser-based. Today, the company unveiled Speek for iOS, an app version of the service that leaves the browser--and your PC--out of it.

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How to edit PDFs in Word 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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Word 2013 brings a fair number of new features to the word-processing table, but one of the most welcome (and business-friendly) by far is the capability to edit PDFs.

Previously, that would require Adobe Acrobat X Pro or some other pricey utility. That's because a PDF is technically an image file, and converting that image back to text (especially if has graphics mixed in) requires some fairly sophisticated OCR.

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