Three smart ways to use the iOS Shortcuts feature

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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Typing on my iPhone keyboard is not my idea of fun. (Oh, for an Android-style Swype or SwiftKey Flow option.) That's especially true when I have to type the same things over and over again, like my e-mail address.

You know the drill: You install a new app, then have to register or sign up for some kind of account, always with an e-mail address and password.

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App Spotlight: Call Bliss turbocharges iOS Do Not Disturb feature

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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When iOS 6 arrived earlier this year, it brought with it a handy new feature: Do Not Disturb, which blocks calls and alerts that arrive during designated hours.

Call Bliss adds a number of business-friendly features to Do Not Disturb, effectively making your iPhone smarter about who can reach you, where, and when.

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Manage all your social-network contacts in Cobook for 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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Gone are the days when you kept all your contacts in one place. Nowadays they're probably spread out across not only your address book, but also your social networks.

Cobook for iOS puts your local and social-network contacts under one roof. In other words, it unifies the data from your address book and your Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter accounts.

It's a simple matter to set all this up. Just give Cobook permission to access your contacts (it doesn't upload anything, a nice change from some other address-book replacements), then do the one-time permission drill for whatever networks you to plan to include.

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Get a free 25GB Box account when you sign up for Hojoki

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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Do you spend a lot of time hopping around between various Web-based productivity apps, like Basecamp, Dropbox, Google Calendar, and Twitter?

What you need is an aggregator, a centralized hub that gathers all your Web apps under one roof for faster, easier access. That's Hojoki in a nutshell, and if that's not enough incentive for you to give it a try, how about this: Sign up for a free Hojoki account and you can get a free 25GB Box account.

Let's start with Hojoki itself. The service can connect you with some 25 other services, everything from Beanstalk and Chatter to Pocket and ZenDesk (plus the various heavyweights mentioned above). The only really glaring omission is LinkedIn.

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App Spotlight: Make meetings more productive with Less Meeting

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 know what's wrong with meetings? Exactly: everything.

Less Meeting for iPhone and iPad promises to boost meeting productivity by automating and simplifying some of the toughest chores: planning the meeting, taking notes, assigning action items, and so on.

The app is a companion to the Web service of the same name. With that service you can schedule meetings using a Web interface or Outlook plug-in, then sync your calendars across Google Calendar, Outlook, and the app.

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App Spotlight: Airport Guide helps you find your way

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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Smart business travelers keep an arsenal of apps at their fingertips to help with any situation. Hence, HipMunk for booking flights, Hotel Tonight for booking hotels, TripIt for keeping tabs on all your travel reservations, and so on.

Here's one more to add to your travel folder: Airport Guide - iFly (available for Android and iOS). True to its name, the app provides information for over 700 airports worldwide—ideal for anyone who spends a lot of time schlepping through terminals.

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How to hire a graphic-design pro on the cheap

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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Does your Web site need an overhaul? Do you need a company logo for your startup? How about a sales brochure or even some product packaging?

Sounds like it's time to hire a professional designer. Just one problem: they're expensive. Worth it, yes, but sometimes your budget is at odds with your needs.

Enter 99designs, which crowdsources your graphic-design job to give you a potentially unbeatable deal.

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