Don't-Miss Productivity Stories


Most Mac Gems are Mac software, but I occasionally cover a Web service if it's especially useful, and today's Gem, NudgeMail, is just that. If, like me, your...

How the Cloud is Failing Mobile Workers

Smartphones and iPads are made for use in the cloud, but the business cloud apps are unusable for mobile workers.

Fast Fixes for Office Annoyances

Frustrated by Office irritations? Follow our quick tips for adjusting settings in Word, Outlook, and more.


Google Voice: The iPhone User's Guide

Google Voice may not be a VoIP service or a way to call over a Wi-Fi or 3G data connection, but it does offer several ways to save time and effort.


Virtual Office Pro Combines Phone and Meeting Services

The 8x8 Virtual Office Pro, a browser-based software tool, handles fundamental office communication, but it lacks innovative extras.


QuickBooks 2011 Adds Mobile and Web Access

The latest version of Intuit's small-business accounting software includes a simplified setup process as well as useful but costly smartphone and online access.

Book review - Learn Spreadsheet Macros

If you love using macros in spreadsheets, OpenOffice macros might suit all your needs

Mindjet MindManager 9: Great for Project Managers, Others Have Little Need to Upgrade

The latest version of this mind-mapping software creates Gantt charts from your maps. But there's little else compelling in this update.


This app provides enough functionality to justify installing it if you are already a Dropbox user, but it leaves a lot to be desired for new users.

Google Goggles

This ambitious Augmented Reality search app can be very useful when used within its limitations.


Evernote mostly succeeds as a note-taking app, but performs best when used in conjunction with the desktop app and Web browser plug-in.

Wapedia: Mobile Wikis

If you have an Android phone and need a Wikipedia browsing app, then Wapedia by Taptu may be the right choice.


ReQall advertises itself as a voice-enabled, location-aware To-do app on steroids; however it disappoints with an awkward, complex user interface that lacks key functionality.