App Spotlight: Sign documents on the go with HelloSign

Rick Broida , Macworld

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HelloSign for iOS.

We live in an increasingly paperless world, but just try to get someone's signature without one or more sheets of letter-size stock. Whether you need to collect signatures or fork over yours, it usually means dealing with printed matter.

Or maybe not, if you sign up for HelloSign. This service and its companion app for iOS make it surprisingly easy to sign and send documents electronically. Best of all, it's free.

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Five ways to remember people's names

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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Are you bad at remembering names?

Most people are. And yet it's a business skill that's vital to master. People like hearing their name, and the more someone likes you, the more likely they are to do business with you.

So, how can you get better at remembering the people you just met? Motivational speaker Michael Angelo Caruso offers five suggestions in "How to remember names." Here's an excerpt:

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How to move from Hotmail to Outlook.com

Rick Broida , TechHive

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Late in July, Microsoft unveiled Outlook.com, a new Webmail service designed to take the place of the aging Hotmail.

For anyone still using the old service (and as of July of last year, some 360 million users were signing into their accounts every month), this undoubtedly raises some questions -- not the least of which is, "What's going to happen to my old account?"

As of right now, you can still sign into your Microsoft Hotmail, MSN, and Windows Live accounts. Eventually, however, Microsoft will shut them down -- all the more reason to make the move to Outlook.com right now.

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Get a free domain name and Web hosting for one year

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 rare new business that wouldn't benefit from a home on the Web. Quite the opposite: If someone goes looking for a business like yours and doesn't find at least a simple Web site for it, well, that's a customer who's probably going to a competitor.

You might think that setting up shop online costs an arm and a leg, but it's actually one of the most affordable aspects of running a business. In fact, sometimes it doesn't even cost a dime.

For a limited time, Google is offering a customized domain name and one year of Web hosting absolutely free.

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App Spotlight: CrowdCall sets up free conference calls in seconds

Rick Broida , TechHive

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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Love 'em or hate 'em, conference calls are a part of business life.

They can also be a hassle to set up, especially if you're on the go. Suppose you're sitting in a hotel room, for example, and you need to get everyone from sales on the phone pronto. Are you really supposed to slog through a Web-based conferencing tool just to arrange the call?

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Three surprising ways iOS 6 can boost your productivity

Rick Broida , Macworld

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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With all the hubbub about the iPhone 5, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that there's a new iPhone operating system as well, one that's free and available for all iPhone owners starting today.

Usually you don't think of an operating system in terms of productivity, but iOS 6 does bring a few welcome improvements to that table. If you're wondering whether or not it's worth upgrading (trust me, it is), check out these three ways iOS 6 can help you work smarter.

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Get a free domain name and Web hosting for one year

It's the rare new business that wouldn't benefit from a home on the Web. Quite the opposite: If someone goes looking for a business like yours and doesn't find at least a simple Web site for it, well, that's a customer who's going to a competitor.

You might think that setting up shop online costs an arm and a leg, but it's actually one of the most affordable aspects of running a business. In fact, sometimes it doesn't even cost a dime.

For a limited time, Google is offering a customized domain name and one year of Web hosting absolutely free. (Don't let the "Michigan" in the accompanying screenshot throw you; the offer is also available in other states.)

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