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For more than 20 years, Rick Broida has written about all manner of technology, from Amigas to business servers to PalmPilots. His credits include dozens of books, blogs, and magazines. He sleeps with an iPad under his pillow.

How to bypass the Windows 8 password screen

Tired of entering your password every time you boot your PC? Here's how to turn that option off.

How to adjust the page zoom in Word 2010

Are you constantly seeing different documents at different sizes? The elusive zoom tool holds the key.

Take Microsoft Office 2013 for a 60-day test drive

Not sure if the latest Office update is worth the money? Here's your chance to try it for two months before making a decision.

App Spotlight: CallFlakes automates phone-call follow-ups

Every time you hang up a call, this clever Android app swings into action, giving you a choice of seven useful follow-up tasks.

Send Web pages to your Kindle with new Firefox add-on

No longer limited to Chrome users, the Send to Kindle extension is now available for Firefox.

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Skype's new workspace portal aims to boost small businesses

The awkwardly named 'Skype in the workspace' connects you with experts, consultants, and possibly even new customers.

Take a free online course in Windows 8 basics

This five-hour video class teaches you everything you need to know about migrating to, navigating, and understanding the new OS.

The business benefits of a big monitor

Can an extra-big LCD really make you more productive? And how big is too big?

Three simple rules for buying a new laptop

How much RAM do you need? How much storage? And how important is the processor, really?

Become a Skype power user with our 7 must-know secrets

These tips and tricks can turn Skype into an even more powerful tool for saving money, streamlining meetings, and improving your overall business.

Five must-have business apps for the iPad Mini

It may be smaller, but Apple's new tablet is no less capable of running productivity-boosting apps.

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Five important Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

The new OS brings some new shortcuts to the table, and learning these five might help you navigate more easily.

Free ebook teaches IT pros the Windows 8 basics

Get the first 11 chapters of the upcoming reference book, "Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals."

Peek behind abbreviated Web links with Unshorten.it

Not sure where that tiny URL will lead? This handy service/browser extension will tell you if it's safe.

Five Dropbox-savvy apps for iOS

Dropbox is not an island. Find out how it integrates with some of the top iOS productivity apps.