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Human resources departments with small budgets can turn to a growing variety of free and low-cost mobile and web-based applications to increase efficiency and cut costs. Here’s a sampling of what’s available:

Online interviews are an increasingly popular option for employers, as video technology has become simpler and cheaper—essentially free with services like Skype. Follow these tips to successfully conduct video interviews while avoiding potential pitfalls:
Google has released the latest version of its free Search app for iPad users. It offers voice recognition search and Google instant, which displays results as soon as you begin to type.
There’s a new kid on the block competing with Instapaper, the app that lets you save and store information across the web and mobile de­­vices.
If you struggle with coordinating electronic schedules with people who use different tools for scheduling, Tungle might offer a solution.
Outlook is the workhorse that keeps the wheels moving every day. But what if you could add some power to those wheels with a few add-ons? Here are a few you might want to try to help integrate social networking, control spam, slow the email overload, track and sync email, and zip attachments ...

The trouble with Facebook, Twitter and the lot is that they’re constantly changing. This is wearisome to those who use them and off-putting to those who don’t. That said, you know you should take the plunge for the sake of your career. Here’s a primer:

Dropbox, the popular free cloud-storage utility that allows you to keep your files in sync among several devices and computers, introduced the new Dropbox for Teams, a service for businesses.
Three websites that will keep you up-to-date on the latest technology:
More employees in your organization—including you, possibly—are using iPads for business purposes. Courtesy of the editors at our sister newsletter Office Technology Today, here are some of the best apps to help maximize productivity in your workplace.
A recent question posted on the Admin Pro Forum offers this advice on using Adobe...
Two nifty tools: one that helps business travelers get more done, and one that helps executives get more done by avoiding travel.

Think beyond Evite with these three digital greeting-card sites: Paperless Post, Pingg and Punchbowl.

In some professional corners, people are gravitating to digital business cards. The advantage? No more piles of cards to sort through. Check out these three online tools to create your own online card:

You may have heard about Google+ by now. But did you know about these other cool features from the search giant that are currently available for Google Chrome browser users?
Are you considering publishing a newsletter or starting an email campaign to reach out to customers, clients or fans? Try one of these three services:
Key to engaging in the Twitter conversation is developing a healthy-size list of followers—people who sign up to see your posts in their Twitter stream. And one of the best ways to do that is to write such ­content-rich tweets that others retweet them. Tips for writing Twitter posts that others will retweet:
Scroll down a web site one screenful at a time ... Keep emotions in check at work with DING ... Let social media help you network before a conference ... Save people time by telling them how to skip the voice-mail instructions when they call your cell phone.
Social media can be a tool to save you time and actually help your business. Here are five suggestions from OpenForum.com to get more out of it:
Facebook and other social net­working web sites are signifi­cantly changing the way people com­mu­ni­cate—and that communication isn’t always merely personal. Em­ployees sometimes post comments criticizing their jobs and employers. Tempting though it may be, think twice before punishing employees for online behavior that you think maligns your organization.
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