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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.

Review: Virtual Piggy makes e-commerce child's play

Virtual Piggy is a free service that allows children to shop online safely and securely. It's relatively easy to use, and allows for plenty of parent-child communication, but it's a bit buggy.

Unhand that phone! Texting tools for the big screen

Stop peering at that teeny screen and fumbling with Lilliputian keyboards. These five PC desktop texting apps and services let your fingers fly, your eyes relax, and your thoughts flow.

Review: Mysms works with Android or iPhone to let you text from your PC

Although mysms's compatibililty with both Android and iPhone is appealing, its PC component is awkward.

Review: BrowserTexting works fine for SMS in a browser, but so do free options

Two-part solution BrowserTexting lets Android phone owners text from a desktop browser. It works nicely, but it lacks anything to make this $10 product better than free competitors.

Review: DeskSMS doesn't rise above the other desktop texting apps

If you use an Android phone and want to text from your desktop, DeskSMS will do the job. However, others do it cheaper and more prettily.

Review: MobiTexter lets Android phone owners text from their PCs

MobiTexter helps you stay in touch with phone-bound contacts from the comfort of your PC. It works well if you have an Android phone, but doesn't support other phone OSs.

Review: DivX Stash stores Web videos for mobile viewing

DivX Stash lets you store links to Web videos so you can view them later on your PC or mobile device. It's a great way to get your videos organized, but it stumbles a bit with Hulu content.

RoboForm's Start Page feature adds ease of use to this password manager

Manage your digital life—including passwords, profiles, and more—with this handy utility.

How to keep 'work from home' employees accountable—without spying

We all hear the jokes about employees not-really-working at home. If you're not sure what remote employees are up to, use these tech tools and management tips to get the most out of them and take the worry out of your work-at-home policy. (Surprise: Spying is not the best answer.)

Review: MediaMonkey organizes your MP3s

MediaMonkey is a free media organization and playback application for Windows users. Its interface is a bit heavy on the text, but it offers many handy ways to clean up your digital media collection.

Review: CloudMagic lives inside Windows 8

CloudMagic's excellent search service is now available as a native app for Windows 8's still-often-called-Metro interface. It still delivers top-notch search results, but it's limited by Windows' own design.

Review: PC Booster 2013 may speed up slow PCs

PC Booster is not going to cure everything that ails your PC, but it can give you a good idea of its overall health.

Review: SocialBro analyzes your Twitter community

SocialBro is a handy tool for analyzing your Twitter community, and its free version boasts a slick interface. But the app works reliably only in Google Chrome, and it continually pushes you to upgrade to a paid version.

Review: PerfectRegistry aims to speed up your PC

PerfectRegistry is an inexpensive program that's designed to speed up your PC by optimizing your registry. It's not a perfect fix for all PCs, but it does offer some useful tools.