2010 Articles

Five Reasons You Don’t Need Microsoft Office 2010
by Julie Sartain, PCWorld; Jul 15, 2010 9:20 AM

Have you looked at the new Microsoft Office 2010 yet? How many of its few, new features does your company really need? And are these features worth the investment? Here are five reasons your company doesn’t need to purchase Office 2010.

1. No More Upgrades

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You can access the Microsoft Web site right now and purchase …

Google App Inventor Opens Android Possibilities
by Julie Sartain, PCWorld; Jul 14, 2010 12:21 PM

Despite the belief of some skeptics that Google’s new, free development software, App Inventor, will flood the Android market with useless apps, it’s not necessarily true that this product will lower the bar for application development.

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Admittedly, some of the home-grown applications people create …

Motorola Droid X: Unique, or Just Another Smartphone?
by Julie Sartain, PCWorld; Jul 13, 2010 4:07 PM

On June 23, Motorola introduced the Droid, set for release this Thursday, calling it “a pocket-sized home theater.” That’s an interesting slogan for a phone. I can appreciate the feature, but how does it benefit the average worker? I can see the advantage for advertising agencies, multimedia firms, and maybe film critics, but what about the rest of the companies who just need a good, dependable phone?

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Every time I read the news, there’s a press release for a new smartphone, laptop …

BlackBerry OS 6 and Protect Are on the Horizon
by Julie Sartain, PCWorld; Jul 12, 2010 2:37 PM

Research in Motion plans to release two new products later this summer. The release dates are unknown for the BlackBerry OS 6 operating system and BlackBerry Protect, a free data backup and protection utility, as are some key details about how the products will work.

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BlackBerry users are hoping that the new products will be backward-compatible, so …

Galaxy Beam Projector Phone Looks Worth the Wait
by Julie Sartain, PCWorld; Jul 9, 2010 1:53 PM

Smartphones are getting smarter every day, but a built-in Pico projector is the smartest addition to a cell phone so far, especially for any company that provides instructor-led training, product demos, or sales presentations. Imagine showing up at a conference with your company’s sales demo, armed with a pocket-sized device that projects a 50-inch presentation onto the wall. That’s cool and efficient.
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The phone is from Samsung and it’s branded the Galaxy Beam …

Which Browser Is Best for Your Work?
by Julie Sartain, PCWorld; Jul 8, 2010 3:03 PM

Net Market Share’s recent Web browser statistics show Internet Explorer remaining the most popular, with 60 percent of the market share, which includes versions 6, 7, and 8. Firefox 3.6 comes in second at 24 percent, and Google’s Chrome 5.0 is holding third place at 7 percent. It appears that Internet Explorer has a huge lead, but look out Microsoft, open-source alternatives are nipping at your heels.

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Mozilla Firefox won approval from IBM when it announced last week that Firefox was …

Why E-Readers Are a Worthy Business Investment
by Julie Sartain, PCWorld; Jul 7, 2010 12:39 PM

A Silicon Valley product development consulting firm called the Nielsen Norman Group (not to be confused with the Nielsen ratings company) published a study last week comparing reading performance with a book to reading with an e-reader. The results–which are suspect because there were only 24 people in the test group–find that users of the Kindle 2 and iPad read 10.7 percent and 6.2 percent slower, respectively, than on paper or with books.

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There are too many missing factors to take this study seriously. For example …

Five Reasons to Consider the Cius for Your Business
by Julie Sartain, PCWorld; Jul 6, 2010 9:58 AM

The Cisco Cius business tablet, announced in late June, appears loaded with features to impress mobile workers from the corporation to the classroom.

Weighing 1.5 pounds with a 7-inch display and an HD Soundstation docking unit, this multifunction device looks impressive, with some features similar to those of the iPad. The Cius advertises an Intel Atom 1.6Ghz processor, 32GB of flash memory, and the Android operating system, plus Wi-Fi, 3G/4G data, Bluetooth, 720p HD video, and eight-hour battery life.

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