Design beautiful PowerPoint slide decks with Slidevana

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If your slide-deck design skills are anything along the lines of basic, fair, or middling, check out Slidevana.

I'm guessing the name derives from "nirvana," which is what the developers are hoping you'll feel once you get a look at the product. Slidevana offers some 150 templates and themes for use with PowerPoint or Keynote, and they're all gorgeous.

The collection includes templates of all kinds: lists, comparisons, tables, maps, timelines, and a wide range of diagrams (everything from pyramid to funnel to quadrant). The idea, of course, is to choose what you need, then plug in whatever data you have.

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Dropbox for Business launches, offering single sign-on

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Cloud-storage provider Dropbox announced today the introduction of Dropbox for Business, a team-oriented version of the service with a particularly IT-friendly feature: single sign-on (SSO).

Dropbox, of course, allows users to archive, share, and access files across multiple devices: desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and so on. Over the years it has grown synonymous with online file storage, arguably beating out every other service for mind-share, if not actual number of users.

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Speek eases conference calling hassles for Windows Phone

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Speek for Windows Phone 8

If that headline sounds familiar, it's because I wrote a similar one back in January about Speek for iOS. It's an app that brings conference-call creation and management to your smartphone.

At that time, I'm sure at least some folks were hoping for a Windows Phone version. Hope no more, because Speek is now available for Windows Phone 8.

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Doodad SIM cards deliver international data on the cheap

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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International travel is enough of a hassle without having to worry about insanely high roaming charges, which is exactly what you'll pay if you try to check e-mail, use maps, or pull down some Web pages.

A new service called Doodad aims to minimize the hassles and expense of international data. The company sells prepaid SIM cards you can pop into your smartphone or tablet for flat-rate data access in any of 54 countries.

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YouMail Business Edition: Smarter voicemail for business

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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YouMail has long been a champion of smartphone users, offering visual voicemail on phones that lack it and better visual voicemail on phones that include it.

YouMail Business Edition takes the service up a notch by catering to professionals who might want an even better voicemail experience, both for themselves and their callers.x

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SlideShark broadcasts slideshows from your phone or tablet to the Web

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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For anyone who gives presentations on the go, an app like SlideShark can be a tremendous asset. With it you can pack PowerPoint slide decks into your iPad, then plug the latter into a TV or projector for easy, laptop-free slideshows.

Last September, SlideShark made its way to the iPhone. And this week, the app learned an even more impressive new trick: broadcasting.

SlideShark Broadcasting works just like it sounds, sharing your presentations over the Web to everyone you invite to view them. Attendees don't need the app or any kind of SlideShark account; they can join your presentation via the Web, a tablet, a phone, or pretty much any Internet-connected device.

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EVault offers 100GB of free cloud-based backup

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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Most small and medium businesses (aka SMBs) have some sort of backup solution in place, but not all have made the move to a cloud-based option—perhaps because of price, and perhaps because of concerns about security.

Seagate's EVault tackles both head-on by offering 100GB of enterprise-grade cloud backup free.

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