App Spotlight: Receipt scanner Piikki is free, today only

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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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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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App Spotlight: Insightly for iOS makes CRM mobile

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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Insightly for iOS

You might have the best sales, marketing, and support teams on the planet, but without a solid customer relationship management (CRM) system, your business isn't going to get very far.

Thankfully, there are loads of affordable, small-biz-friendly CRM services out there, and one of them, Insightly, is hoping its new mobile CRM app will help tip the scales in its favor.

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The five best business freebies of 2012

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 best things in life are free: hugs, moonlit nights, belly laughs.

But the best things in business always cost, right? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Turns out there are plenty of great business freebies, and I'm not just talking about the swag bags you get for attending a $3,000 conference. I mean actual, honest-to-goodness free stuff, like apps and services built to help small-biz folks boost their productivity—and hopefully their bottom lines.

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