App Spotlight: Maluuba for Android is like Siri—without the backtalk

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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There's something pretty brash about an Android app that calls out the competition right in its own name.

Maluuba: Your Siri Alternative is exactly that—a voice-powered helper app that can do everything from checking the weather to scheduling appointments to finding the closest Fedex box. And unlike Siri, it doesn't yammer on and on; it just works.

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App scanner tells you if a mobile app is safe—before you install it

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 that Android app you're about to download? It could be a security risk.

No doubt you've heard stories of apps infected with malware, but there's also the risk that comes from apps exposing your personal information.

Indeed, according to security researchers at ThreatLabZ, "up to 10 percent of mobile apps expose user passwords and login names, 25 percent expose personally identifiable information and 40 percent communicate with third parties."

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How to move from Gmail to Outlook.com

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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So you’ve decided you like the cut of Outlook.com’s jib, so much so that you’re ready to ditch Gmail and move your mail into Microsoft’s camp. Easier said than done, right?

Actually, it’s less complicated than you might think. In fact, you can keep your Gmail address active while still managing all your messages in Outlook.com. Here’s how to make your move.

Sign up for Outlook.com

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Four Web-based scheduling tools for small businesses

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 your business involves meeting with clients, you know what a hassle scheduling can be. Doesn't matter if you're a real-estate agent, a financial advisor, or a contractor—appointment management can be a full-time job.

Before you hire someone to tackle that job, consider a Web-based alternative. Wouldn't it be great if your customers could simply visit your Web site, check your availability, and schedule their own appointments -- no receptionist required?

I've rounded up a quartet of online-scheduling services designed for exactly that purpose. Their core function is to post your available time slots so clients can choose the one(s) they want. Some go further by collecting payments, sending out reminders, integrating with Facebook, and so on.

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The single best travel accessory you can buy

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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Like a lot of folks these days, I routinely play "office" in my local coffee shop. On any given day, I'm surrounded by 10-20 other teleworkers similarly tethered to their laptops.

But you know what's interesting? Not many of them bother with a mouse.

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App Spotlight: WorkFlowy comes 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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WorkFlowy for iOS

They don't teach organization at business school, yet it's as vital to business success as any other skill. Take it from someone who's chronically disorganized.

Or was, until WorkFlowy came along. This browser-based tool provides the simplest possible structure for organizing your tasks and ideas, yet once you start using it, it's impossible to live without.

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Psst! Your terrible profile photo might be visible to people you email

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 routinely receive emails from PR reps who want me to write about various products and services.

What most of them don't know is that I can see them. Specifically, I can see their social-network profile pictures.

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