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Richard Baguley has been writing about, testing and breaking technology for the past 20 years. He has written for Wired, Macworld, USA Today, Amiga Format and many others

Five tools to bring the Start menu back to Windows 8.1

The OS upgrade fixes a lot of things, but the classic pop-up Start menu isn’t one of them. These utilities—four of them, free—can fill the gap. Whether you prefer a plain Start menu, a customizable one, or loads of extras, one of these programs can give you the Windows 8.1 you wanted in the first place.

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Classic Shell 4.0 review: Free utility restores the full Start menu that Windows 8.1 didn't

Classic Shell adds the features back into Windows 8.0 and 8.1 that Microsoft took out. It also adds many useful enhancements to the Windows Explorer.

Premiere Elements 12 review: A compelling choice for video newbies

New features in Premiere Elements 12 will be great for beginning videographers, but existing Elements users can easily skip this version

HP ElitePad 900 review: A rugged Win 8 tablet for business road warriors

This mil-spec tested tablet can take punishment, but its performance is held back by a slow processor and a small amount of memory.

Sony VAIO Fit 15 Touch review: Great display, but lackluster performance and battery life

This hefty notebook has an excellent screen and plenty of storage space, but it delivers only mediocre performance and battery life.

Review: Zombies!!! makes for gruesome Windows 8 gaming fun

Based on a board game, Windows 8 game Zombies!!! is fun and cartoony. Although up to four can play at once, it's bloody enough that it's not a good choice for a family barbecue (depending on the family).

What’s the best way to charge your mobile devices?

Does it take forever to recharge your phone or tablet? The charger you use may be to blame.

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Mobile batteries: Everything you need to know

Ever wonder how batteries work? Find out more about how batteries keep your devices powered.

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10 tips to keep your mobile devices charged and happy

Your mobile devices contain batteries that are miracles of engineering, holding amounts of energy that their predecessors couldn’t come close to equaling. Properly using this potential can help your mobile batteries last longer on the road. Here are our tips for optimum battery performance.

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Tablet apps for photo pros

What do pro photographers use on their tablets? Find out which apps help them take better shots.

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Must-have apps for photography nuts

Tablets can be a valuable complement to your camera, or a capture tool on its own.

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Keep your mobile device clean

Tired of all the grunge on your screen? Follow these steps to clean your mobile phone or tablet—and keep it that way.

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Must-have Android tablet accessories

These Android tablet gadgets are size-agnostic, and provide the perfect complement for your tablet.

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PowerDesk

PowerDesk freeware file management utility gives you more tools than Windows Explorer. Search files over multiple drives; compress, encrypt and password protect files from within the application; manage folders and drives.

CloneMaster

Find and remove duplicate files on your hard drive, network drives, and removable media.