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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4 simple note-taking apps for Windows 10

When you want to quickly capture simple information, Evernote and OneNote can be overkill. Reach for one of these no-frills note takers instead.

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Dropbox Paper vs. Evernote: 5 productivity features compared

Both of these work tools let you create, share, and collaborate on documents—just not equally well.

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3 tools to help you keep your new year's resolutions

Create the habits you need to ensure you meet your goals.

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Best home security camera: Our favorite tools for keeping an eye on the home front

A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

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EZVIZ Husky review: This weatherproof camera gives you an eye on the outside of your home

EZVIZ brings the easy setup and operation of the Mini indoor camera to its high-res outdoor model.

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How to watch all of the NFL playoff action and the Super Bowl without cable

Options abound for checking out all the championship action on whatever screen you choose.

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4 ways to block political posts on Facebook

Maybe you've made a political post or two (or more) on Facebook, or maybe you're trying to hide from them. Post-election chatter is one of social media's biggest productivity pitfalls. Here's how to silence the noise.

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Netgear Arlo Baby reimagines the baby monitor for the smart-home set

The latest camera in Netgear's security camera line aims to bring parents more peace of mind.

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4 Gmail Labs features you should be using

Email can be adventurous! Make your Gmail inbox more productive with experimental add-ons like Undo Send, Canned Responses, and more.

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D-Link DCS-2530L Full HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera review: The second time is the charm

This new iteration of D-Link's wide-angle Dropcam clone overcomes its predecessor's weaknesses.

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Best webcam: Upgrade your video calls with higher resolutions and better features

With smartphones, tablets, and laptops all sporting built-in webcams these days, a dedicated one might seem unnecessary. But picking up our top choice will bring you unmatched clarity and low-light performance when chatting with your nearest and dearest—or a job interview panel.

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Creative Live! Cam Sync HD review: Crummy video tanks this HD webcam

This "hassle-free" budget camera probably isn't much of an upgrade over your computer's built-in webcam.

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Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 review: An HD webcam for the cost-conscious

This budget model delivers 720p recording and video chat for under $50.

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Microsoft LifeCam Studio review: A hi-def webcam for business or pleasure

With stellar resolution and excellent design, this high-end LifeCam is suitable for a variety of settings.

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Logitech C615 HD review: This camera hits the sweet spot between features and price

The C615 delivers excellent video and audio, versatile camera angles, and a portable design with a modest price tag.