Michael AnsaldoFreelance contributor, PCWorld

Michael Ansaldo is veteran consumer and small-business technology journalist. He contributes regularly to TechHive and writes the Max Productivity column for PCWorld.

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3 new Cortana features that can tackle common tasks

Boost your productivity with recurring reminders, voice control of your PC and apps, and more.

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The cord-cutter's guide to watching the NBA playoffs

How to watch all the hardwood heroics without paying for a cable subscription.

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4 powerful productivity features in the Windows 10 Creators Update

With recurring reminders, more touch gestures, and enhanced security, the latest Windows update makes it easier to get things done.

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3 Chrome extensions that let you track to-do's from your browser

No more toggling between browser tabs for the tools you need. These extensions put everything you need on one page.

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3 Windows 10 apps that will boost your productivity today

Manage your notes, projects, and passwords more efficiently with these tools.

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3 ways to break your smartphone addiction and get back to work

These apps use everything from cold facts to tough love to keep your smartphone use from killing your productivity.

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How to watch baseball online

Watching Major League Baseball without a cable subscription can be as difficult as hitting a hard slider. Our cord-cutting guide will help you hit the sweet spot.

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Best second-screen apps for watching Major League Baseball

Geek up the grand old game with data feeds, social media, and other interactive enhancements.

on techhive.com

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3 IFTTT alternatives for task automation

These tools streamline simple tasks and complex workflows to help you reclaim precious time.

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How to catch March Madness without paying for cable TV

Our cord-cutter's guide will show you how you can watch every game in the tournament for free.

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Ezviz Mini 360 Plus review: This little security camera covers a lot of ground

Thanks to its pan-and-tilt and motion-detected tracking features, not much will evade this camera's eye.

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3 tools that easily unsubscribe you from emails

Email subscriptions can quickly overwhelm your inbox. Use these services to clean up the mess.

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Airmega 300S air purifier review: Clean air comes at a high cost

This smart air purifier monitors air quality in real time, adapts to the environment, and can be controlled with a smartphone app. But its price tag might make you swoon.

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How to get notifications of specific Gmail messages on your Android phone

Try this trick to stay on top of important email while staying out of your inbox.

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Netgear Arlo Pro review: A great home security camera you can use indoors or out

Netgear's truly wire-free IP cam brings welcome flexibility to home monitoring.