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Contributing Editor Yardena (Denny) Arar is a San Francisco-based freelance writer, avid online shopper, media junkie, consummate foodie, and proud possessor of a private pilot's license.

Fix Your Wi-Fi: Free Tweaks and Major Overhauls

Your old Wi-Fi network can't cut it anymore? Here are some fixes for everything from dropped signals to choppy music and video.

Toshiba Satellite L635-S3104: An Uninspiring Budget Workhorse

The Toshiba Satellite L635-S3104 provides good hardware, including a built-in DVD burner, at an affordable price, but performance is mediocre at best.

Toshiba Mini NB305-N600: Style Over Substance

This high-end Toshiba netbook boasts good looks and decent battery life, but its poor performance and uninspired hardware specs don't justify its price premium over competitors.

Cisco Unveils a Linksys 802.11n Wi-Fi Router For Every Budget

The latest refresh of E-Series line features five products ranging in price from $60 for the 2.4GHz E1200 to $180 for the E4200 dual-band gigabit router.

Zyxel's Versatile Travel Router Supports Wired and Wireless Broadband

The Zyxel MWR211 lets you use almost any carrier's USB modem to create a hotspot, which can potentially save you money and improve coverage.

Tunebug Turns Tabletops Into Boom Boxes

Tunebug turns pretty much any hard surface into a decent speaker for digital music

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A Better Way to Put Phone Video on TVs

A standard called MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) allows the TV to charge your smartphone via an HDMI connection and deliver video to the set.

Tunebug Turns Tabletops Into Boom Boxes

Tunebug turns flat surfaces into speakers.

4G: Why Wireless Carriers Promote and Dread It

Wireless providers are aware that the faster and more efficient LTE technology that's coming will not be enough to address the onslaught of bandwidth demand.

Wi-Fi Alliance to Certify Hotspots

The Wi-Fi Alliance is working on a cure for hotspot overload.

Acer Aspire One 522: A Great Netbook for Lightweight Computing

Built on AMD's new Fusion platform for netbooks, the Acer Aspire One 522-BZ897 delivers great battery life and solid multimedia, but flops in computing power.

Intuit TurboTax Home & Business: Comprehensive Help for Sole-Proprietor Taxes

TurboTax Home & Business's attention to detail and excellent data-import features make it the package of choice for sole proprietors with complex tax situations, but it's expensive and it might be overkill for some sole Schedule C filers.

Taking Care of Business Taxes

We looked at packages from H&R Block, Intuit, and TaxAct to determine how well they help small businesses prepare tax returns.

H&R Block at Home Premium: Good Choice for Self-Employment Tax Returns

H&R Block at Home Premium delivers great value for small-business owners whose tax situations are basically straightforward but who would appreciate access to a human being for a question or two--or audit support, if need be.

2nd Story Software TaxAct Deluxe: Affordable, Basic Tax Help

Catering to price-sensitive customers, TaxAct Deluxe provides all the forms and does all the math. If you need serious advice and guidance, however, TurboTax and H&R Block at Home are both worth the extra money--especially for small-business owners.