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Oracle Magazine
July/August 2010



News, views, trends, and tools

Magnetic Rescue

Next time you drop a screw from a rackmount server into a mess of cables and metal brackets, don’t panic. Just reach for the LED Magnetized Telescopic Rescue Stick. With a quick pull, it extends to 2 feet in length, ready to reach anything magnetic and in need of rescue—even a screwdriver. A built-in LED lights up when the Rescue Stick is extended to illuminate dark spaces and tiny crevices. US$4.99 .


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Work Smarter

Need to squeeze more out of your workday? Here are four smartphone apps that can boost your productivity.


Capture text, photos, and Websites with your smartphone or computer, store them in the cloud, and access them anywhere. Free-US$45/year (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Palm, Windows Mobile).


This app enables gesture-based ad hoc data exchange between smartphones—imply “throw” and “catch” photos, contacts, documents, and more, even between platforms. Free (iPhone, Android).

Documents To Go

View, edit, and create Microsoft Office documents on your smartphone; synchronize with desktop, laptop, and cloud services. US$7.99-$49.99 (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Palm, Windows Mobile).

Dragon Dictation

Hate your smartphone’s keyboard? This app converts spoken words into text or e-mail. Free (iPhone, with an e-mail-only version for BlackBerry).

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“What most people don’t realize is that inspiration is a precursor to leadership. Inspiration is even a precursor to motivation. Inspiration, in fact, is a new category for business.”

Terry Barber , author of The Inspiration Factor: How You Can Revitalize Your Company Culture in 12 Weeks (Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2010)

Ego Check

In a survey of 443 office workers in the U.S., 69 percent said they had searched for their own name on the internet—a practice sometimes called “egosurfing.”
Source: Accountemps,

iPad Goes Enterprise

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to buy an Apple iPad, Citrix has just that. Citrix Receiver for iPad lets you access Windows applications (including those from Oracle) running on a virtual desktop or inside a traditional Citrix server-hosted session. Citrix Receiver is a universal client for accessing corporate resources such as XenApp or XenDesktop sessions, and is supported on Windows PCs, Macs, and Apple’s iPhone. Available in the Apple iTunes Store. Free .

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