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Liane Cassavoy is a veteran technology and business journalist. She contributes regularly to PCWorld and has written about business issues and products for Entrepreneur Magazine and other publications. She is the author of two business start-up guides published by Entrepreneur Press.

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Review: Gmail Notifier Pro offers notifications and a whole lot more

Gmail Notifier Pro offers desktop alerts when you have new emails, social network updates, calendar items, and more. It also works as an email client, but lacks refinements in that department.

Review: Fakers App sniffs out fake Twitter accounts

The Fakers App is an easy way to find out which of your Twitter followers might be fake. It also allows you to see which fake accounts are following your friends and rivals...but it can get expensive.

Review: FB Checker finds fake Facebook friends

FB Checker is a free application that helps you identify fake Facebook profiles. Its tools are a bit limited, though, as it only scans photos.

Review: Mailstrom puts you in control of your email

Mailstrom analyzes your inbox to show you what you need to clean up, and offers some useful tools to help you do so. It's Web-based and works on any IMAP account.

Review: Instagram Explorer puts Instagram on display in Windows 8

Instagram Explorer for Windows 8 is a dedicated app for the Modern UI. It doesn't allow you to take or edit photos, but you can browse them to your heart's content.

Review: Smideo HD 2013 makes smart-looking video slideshows

Smideo HD 2013 makes it (mostly) easy to create slick slideshows. You can add video and photos to the project, but Smideo doesn't always offer a lot of hand holding to users.

Review: SocialSafe keeps your social data safe

SocialSafe is a handy utility that backs up all of the information you post to various social networks. It's easy to use and surprisingly fun for a backup tool.

Eight things you didn't know your Windows Phone could do

Windows Phones may never be as cool as an iPhone or as open as an Android, but that doesn't mean they don't offer cool features, too.

10 great Android apps you should be using, but aren't

Move over Angry Birds. Sayonara, Spotify. Here are the apps you should have on your Android device right now.

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Review: Keeper keeps your passwords safe, but it can be pricey

Keeper can help you keep your passwords safe from prying eyes, and allows you to share them securely. But it's not as user-friendly as some of its rivals, and it can be expensive.

Review: iTunes Library Toolkit tidies up iTunes

ITunes Library Toolkit offers a host of features for cleaning up and maintaining your iTunes library. It can add files automatically and delete dead links, but doesn't always offer you perfect control.

Review: Glipho makes blogging social

Glipho aims to become a "social publishing engine" for bloggers. It's neatly organized and easy to use, but right now, at least, Glipho's social reach is limited by the size of its own social network.

Review: iTunes Folder Watch does what it promises

ITunes Folder Watch is an inexpensive utility that helps you monitor what does— and doesn't—get added to your iTunes library. It only does one thing, but it does that one thing very well.

Review: SearchYourCloud offers easy searches, adds security

SearchYourCloud brings quick and relevant searches to cloud-based storage, and offers a security boost, too. At $25, it's pricey and it's not always easy to use, but will prove a worthy tool for business folks.

Review: Springpad serves as your virtual personal assistant

Springpad makes it easy to save, share, and organize your digital information. This free service lets you "spring" information from the Web, photos, notes, and more, and organize it into notebooks that you can share if you'd like.