Free ebook teaches IT pros the Windows 8 basics

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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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If you handle the IT chores for your business, you've no doubt heard by now that Windows 8 is a little, um, different.

For example, there's no Start button. The traditional desktop has been supplanted by a tile-heavy, tablet-style interface. And what's this whole Charms bar thing?

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Five Dropbox-savvy apps for iOS

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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Cue for iOS.

By all accounts, Dropbox rocks. It ranks up there with sliced bread and chocolate fountains, offering simple cloud storage that syncs across your various devices.

But part of what makes Dropbox such an invaluable business tool is the way it integrates with different apps and services, especially those aimed at boosting your productivity.

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Get a $600 email marketing package for $49

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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The maxim is as old as business itself: work smarter, not harder.

The same could be applied to email marketing. Instead of randomly lobbing messages at customers and potential customers, send them targeted, actionable missives based on their behavior.

Marketing service Vero promises exactly that kind of "smarter" messaging—usually to the tune of at least $50 per month. But right now they're running a promotion with AppSumo: a full year of Vero email marketing for $49.

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Can Skype really take the place of a face-to-face 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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It's the ultimate business hack: Instead of traveling to meet with a client, a design team, or anyone else you need to see face-to-face, you stay put and set up a video call instead. The technology is there—Skype, WebEx, etc.—and it can save you considerable time and money.

Indeed, think of what's involved in the typical business trip. Airfare. Hotel. Rental cars and/or taxis. Lunches. Dinners. And at least a day of your time, if not the better part of a week.

A videoconference, on the other hand, requires only a few minutes of setup, some equipment you may already have, and the time it takes for the actual meeting. Like I said: the ultimate business hack.

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Get a totally free point-of-sale system for your small business

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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It goes without saying that Square has revolutionized payment processing for many a small business—but it's not the ideal solution for every small business.

For one thing, it doesn't accommodate cash. For another, it doesn't print receipts (not without a third-party printer, that is). And it requires you to own a smartphone or tablet, hardware not every business owner can afford.

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Make ridiculously easy conference calls with Speek

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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Traditional conference calls can be a huge hassle. There's the phone number, the password, and, if a Web site is involved, a registration (which itself often requires yet another password).

Speek promises hassle-free conferencing calling--and from what I've seen, it delivers.

It works like this: You sign up for an account, choosing a custom username that'll double as your unique URL. For example: Speek.com/pcworld.

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A faster, easier, tree-saving way to share documents

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 can't tell you many times I've gone to a trade show and been handed a folder full of product information—stuff I wanted, but certainly didn't want to carry around.

Sure, I could always say, "Email that to me," but then there's the hassle of handing over my email address and relying on the company rep to remember.

In an ideal world, I'd just wave my phone at the info and presto: instant copies downloaded to my device.

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