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Microsoft unveils Office for iPad

Microsoft’s Office is now available for the iPad as a collection of three apps: Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Microsoft made the announcement at a press conference in San Francisco hosted by Satya Nadella, his first since being appointed CEO.

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Fleksy launches public SDK, ups the ante on smart keyboards for iOS

With another big third-party keyboard launch, Apple could finally feel some pressure to consider integrating other keyboards with iOS.

Shred it all: Putting paper shredders to the test

Which paper shredder provides the most pulverizing power?

Evernote upgrades make sync four times faster

Evernote has completed upgrades to its servers, making synchronization four times faster for users -- with more improvements to come.

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Vigo Bluetooth device nudges you awake, saves you from dozing off

This new wearable sees you when you're sleeping and knows when you should be awake.

Bumped Off: Bump and Flock to shut down this month

The mobile file-sharing apps will disappear on January 31. The move comes after Google bought Bump four months ago.

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10 great apps for your new iPad Air or iPad mini

That new iPad you got for the holidays will seem a little barren until you start adding some apps. We can tell you what you should download.

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Vesper: Elegant Notes review: A pleasantly simple and useful note-taking iOS app

Vesper doesn't have a lot of features, but its simplicity makes it easy to focus on your note-taking instead of fussing with the app itself.

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5 apps that ease your commute

Steer clear of traffic snarls, overcrowded trains, and more with these tools.

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Report: Windows Phone update to add Siri-like personal assistant

According to reports, Microsoft's "Cortana" is a go, as are notifications, which will put Windows 8.1 on par with rival mobile OSes.

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PDFpen Scan+ review: Scanning app for iOS is very good at OCR

You can use PDFpen Scan+ on your iPad or iPhone to scan documents and images, as well as perform optical character recognition.

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Meet Slack, a chat tool with collaboration talent to spare

Save your team from the chaotic mishmash of email, chat, and other discrete communication tools. Slack's file sharing and its ability to integrate cloud services make sharing information much easier.

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Make iPhone actions easier with Launch Center Pro

Launch Center Pro helps you get more out of, and do stuff more efficiently with, your iPhone or iPod touch. This week's video shows you how.

Make iPhone actions easier with Launch Center Pro

Launch Center Pro helps you get more out of, and do stuff more efficiently with, your iPhone or iPod touch. This week's video shows you how.

Google introduces Helpouts to connect experts with advice-seekers via video

Google has launched a new tool that connects people with experts over live interactive video for free or paid advice, while adding a revenue stream for the company in the form of transaction fees from providers.

I was a webcam zombie! How to look alive and professional in Web meetings

Your Web conferencing look could be scarier than you realize. These simple tips will help you look your best.

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No time to waste: 9 apps to avoid long waits

Hate to wait? Get in line. And then get through that line as quickly as possible thanks to these handy apps.