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Review: AwayFind lets eagerly anticipated emails find you

AwayFind notifies you via voice, text, or push notification when you receive important email messages. It's easy to use and works well, but it can't anticipate email's surprises.

Review: Cloze prioritizes email by strength of relationship

Cloze takes aim at email overload by organizing your correspondence by your relationships. This app for browsers and iOS offers some interesting insights into the people you interact with, but it's far from perfect.

The best Windows 8 business apps for portable productivity

Consumers are the firm focus of the Windows Store, but business owners can find plenty of finger-friendly apps designed for portable productivity.

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Review: Version 3.0 of Nimble's CRM helps you find connections and keep them

Nimble 3.0 brings a nice package of new features, helping you stay on top of your networks, and find the right people to contact at the right times.

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Review: Notable.ac lets teachers and students share slides and notes

Notable.ac makes it easier to share notes and make comments. It's a much better solution than having dozen (or hundreds) of people trying to copy the teacher's slides by hand.

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Review: Audio Notetaker lets you sit back and listen while it takes notes

If you've ever felt like you're missing too much of a presentation while trying to take notes, Audio Notetaker can shoulder the burden for you. It breaks recorded audio into speech bars so you can make annotations right on the speech itself.

Review: Sketch on Skype with whiteboard add-on IDroo

Skype's great for chatting, but it could be more collaborative. With the IDroo whiteboard add-on, you can communicate visually.

Review: Mailstrom puts you in control of your email

Mailstrom analyzes your inbox to show you what you need to clean up, and offers some useful tools to help you do so. It's Web-based and works on any IMAP account.

OCR makes short work of digitizing your docs

These four programs and a free online service make it easy to turn your paper documents into editable digital ones. Which one to use depends on what you need to accomplish with it.

Review: Abbyy FineReader 11 Professional Edition does clean OCR and is easy to use

Abbyy FineReader 11 Professional has the same strengths and foibles as Nuance's competing pro edition. Though a snap to use, it's a little more expensive than similar programs.

Power up your PDFs with these five free tools

Your PDF could just sit there, or you could use one of these free tools to edit, reformat, extract data, and more.

Review: Microsoft's Office Mobile for iPhone app will disappoint most users

Good news: Microsoft finally released an iPhone app for Office. Bad news: It's not the kind of app we were hoping for.

Anything but PowerPoint: Five fresh presentation alternatives

Knock their socks off and seal the deal with presentation tools that give you new takes on the same old slides—from eye-catching imagery to data visualization that goes way, way beyond the pie chart.