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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.

Three quick ways to ease your transition to Windows 8

Or: "How to make Windows 8 look and act more like Windows 7."

App Spotlight: StreetBid sends custom postcards to your customers

Forget plastering neighborhoods with flyers. This iPad app (coming soon for other platforms) gives small businesses some clever tools for custom marketing.

Why Mailbox for iOS is a better email app for business

The beta wait is over: Now everyone can get this excellent Gmail companion app. Here's why you should.

Turn an RSS feed into a 'Star Wars' crawl

The aptly named StarRSS takes your favorite feeds to a galaxy far, far away. Call it the cure for the common RSS.

Black Menu for Chrome puts all your Google services a click away

This handy extension lets you access Gmail, Calendar, Maps, Google Drive, and a lot more with just one click.

How to enable Family Safety features in Windows 8

Microsoft has added some nifty new features to Windows' parental controls. Here's how to get your child's PC set up.

Design beautiful PowerPoint slide decks with Slidevana

These plug-and-play templates for PowerPoint and Keynote will make you look like a presentation guru.

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How to restore Google Chrome's missing buttons in Windows 8

If you've installed Chrome in the new OS, you've probably noticed something missing: minimize, maximize, and close buttons.

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How to switch back to Firefox's old download manager

If you're not happy with the new download manager that debuted in Firefox 20, it's easy enough to recover the old version.

Dropbox for Business launches, offering single sign-on

This new feature promises to make life easier (and more secure) for users and admins alike.

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How to decrease the spacing in Chrome's bookmark lists

No, you're not imagining it: Google just starting padding your bookmarks. Here's how to undo the change.

Speek eases conference calling hassles for Windows Phone

This free app lets you create and join calls right from your handset. It's not even available for Android yet.

Doodad SIM cards deliver international data on the cheap

If you're heading overseas with a smartphone or tablet, this service makes it easy and affordable to get your fill of data.

How to uninstall apps in Windows 8

Once again, Microsoft has managed to add a level of frustration to what should be a simple task.

How to fast-charge your iPhone or iPad using a standard USB port

Free utility Asus Ai Charger works a little black magic to make your iDevices charge faster.

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