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An Adobe Reader update worth the download hassle

For the first time I can recall, there's an update to Adobe Systems' free Reader program that merits a reaction beyond resignation. The new Reader X, released yesterday, includes three valuable features. The first is a new layer of defense against increasingly common attacks on this widely used Portable Document...

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 19, 2010; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Productivity, Security  
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Google offers mobile editing on Google Docs -- with many restrictions

This morning, Google announced that smartphone users could use its Google Docs site to edit documents on the go.

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 17, 2010; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Mobile, Productivity  
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Mint Data offers an interesting, iffy peek at spending

Intuit's Mint personal-finance Web application has become a simpler, less-stressful replacement for desktop financial-management programs like its own Quicken or Microsoft's (discontinued) Money. This site has also allowed Mint to amass an impressive warehouse of data about the spending habits of its users -- which the company says it anonymizes...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 28, 2010; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Finances, Productivity, The business we have chosen  
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Intuit shutting down Quicken Online, but will move some users' data to Mint

Intuit is closing the Quicken Online Web-based personal-finance program it developed before buying the competing site Mint, but along the way it's giving users of that application some withdrawal pains.

By Rob Pegoraro  | July 23, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Productivity  
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At WPC keynote, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer has his head, heart in 'The Cloud'

Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer had a mostly full Verizon Center applauding his vision of the company's future in a keynote that opened the company's Worldwide Partner Conference. But Ballmer's roughly 30-minute speech also served to illustrate his employer's challenges. Ballmer structured the keynote around the theme of Microsoft moving...

By Rob Pegoraro  | July 12, 2010; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Gadgets, Mobile, Productivity, The Web, Windows  
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Microsoft Office 2010: A cry for help?

Pardon the melodramatic headline, but I've had this thought bouncing around my head since I first installed Office 2010 -- the subject of today's column -- about two weeks ago. It's not just that Microsoft faces serious competitive pressure from the likes of Google, Apple, open-source developers and such startup...

By Rob Pegoraro  | June 18, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Gripes, Productivity  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Microsoft Office 2010 arrives in stores, Rob Pegoraro , June 15, 2010
Intuit ships new version of Quicken for Mac, Rob Pegoraro , February 25, 2010
Intuit to Buy Mint, Collecting a Competitor, Rob Pegoraro , September 15, 2009
iReview iLife, iWork, Rob Pegoraro , February 5, 2009
Google Checks Off "Add To-Do List to Gmail" , Rob Pegoraro , December 9, 2008
Nuance and MacSpeech's Spoken-Word Performances, Rob Pegoraro , November 6, 2008
OpenOffice 3 Is Here. Can You Tell?, Rob Pegoraro , October 14, 2008
 
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