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Amazon rules Gartner's magical box

Either Amazon or Google may offer the better cloud deals, depending on the analyst

Google gives Android developers new tools for tracking app performance

Now in alpha, 'Fetch as Google' aims to help developers confirm that an app URI works and see how Google renders it

US Senate leader pushes to extend NSA phone dragnet

The Senate may work into the weekend to find a deal on extending portions of the Patriot Act

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Microsoft begins to update Outlook.com with add-ins, Clutter, more

Remember the add-ins that Microsoft began pushing at its Build conference? They're just beginning to roll out.

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Google to change Maps search system after offensive White House results

Some searches for racist terms that previously triggered the White House now return nothing.

US Senate leader to push for vote to renew NSA phone dragnet

Senators could vote on a Patriot Act extension bill as soon as Friday

PayPal hypes its mobile strengths ahead of IPO

One-third of all PayPal transactions now come from mobile, the company says

HP sells majority stake of China server, storage business to Tsinghua Holdings

The companies are forming a joint venture called H3C to sell HP enterprise hardware products

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Debunked: Your SSD won't lose data if left unplugged after all

Internet: Your SSD likely won't lose data when unplugged. So says the man at the heart of the confusion over SSD life.

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Mail merge master class: Exporting Outlook contacts to Excel for data management

Part One: Start with exporting your Outlook contacts to a .CSV file.

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Review: ShortcutFoo turns you into a keyboard hotkey ninja

Serious pros use keyboard shortcuts all the time. There are usually hard-won, the product of years of practice with an application. But here's the good news: You don't have to spend years to master all of your favorite application's most arcane shortcuts.

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Dell Latitude 12 E5250 (Broadwell) review: A small, sturdy workhorse of a laptop

This 12-inch business laptop may be easier to fit into a bag, but it's not much lighter than its 14- and 15-inch cousins.

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Seagate 4-bay NAS review: Competent workgroup storage inside a classy chassis

With a tightly focused feature set, a good-looking design, and good performance, the NAS Pro hits the mark for workgroups. But a relatively sparse app store and pricey camera licenses limit its usefulness as an all-in-one SMB server solution.

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Corsair Voyager Air 2 review: Wireless media streamer adds cloud storage sync to its repetoire

The syncing works only with Dropbox and Google Drive for now, but it's a cool new perk on this redesigned media-streaming hard drive.

QNAP TurboNAS TS-251 review: Lots of power, but not enough memory

QNAP put a super-powerful CPU in this networked storage device, but you'll need to upgrade its memory to take full advantage of it.

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QNAP TS-251 NAS box review: Fast and versatile, but short on memory

High-end NAS boxes tend to be expensive. QNAP’s latest is the most capable in its price range, but it comes with a few caveats.

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Snagit 12 review: The premier screen capture tool for Windows

Snagit remains essential for graphic designers, developers, and anyone else who works with image and video captures.

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WD My Passport Wireless review: This hard drive is lightweight and affordable, but short on endurance

WD is a bit late to the wireless storage party, but its new drive brings some goodies.

The best tablets for getting work done in 2014

If you don't think you can be productive using just a tablet, you haven't tried the right tablet.

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Asana review: a full-featured task manager for iOS devices

The new mobile app for Asana's popular task management service lets iPhone and iPad users run their collaborative undertakings on the go.

Netgear Nighthawk X6 802.11ac Wi-Fi Router review

Netgear's Nighthawk X6 router can operate three independent wireless networks at once, including two on the 5GHz frequency band.

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WD My Cloud Mirror review: Your private cloud, now with built-in redundancy

This NAS device uses RAID 1 to provide more secure storage.

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Samsung ATIV Book 9 (2014 Edition) review: This laptop sounds as gorgeous as it looks

The audiophile features are no gimmick, but do they justify the price tag?

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Todoed makes creating task lists as easy as a right-click

Can't be bothered to write down a to-do list? Todoed lets you create tasks by highlighting text followed by a right-click.

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Dropbox vs. Carbonite: The difference between cloud-based storage and backup

You can use a cloud storage and syncing service like Dropbox or Google Drive for backup, but you have to understand the limitations.

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Streamline keyboard shortcuts even more with Sticky Keys

Tired of constantly hitting that Windows key when you want to take multiple screenshots? Try using Sticky Keys instead.

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How to turn Evernote into a handy read-it-later service

Evernote has a great browser extension called Clearly that helps you clip articles for later in a reader-friendly view.

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How to send Gmail attachments to Dropbox automatically

Use this trick and you'll never have to wade through your inbox for buried files again.

Which cloud personality are you? Three ways to approach online storage

Not sure how to deal with sticking your stuff in the cloud? Determining your cloud 'personality' can help.

The one way to upload folders to OneDrive in-browser

If you'd rather not copy entire folders to the cloud using OneDrive integration on the desktop, be warned: Browser support is a bit hit and miss.

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How to use cloud storage's hidden, helpful power tool: Robust file version histories

Lost some work on a document you saved to Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive? Don't worry! All three services automatically save older versions of edited documents.

Free up space on your hard drive using your cloud storage's selective sync option

This tip is not for the privacy cautious, but if you need to make space on your hard drive try offloading infrequently used files to the cloud.

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What you need to know about the cloud

We all talk about the cloud, and most of us use it. But some basic understanding can help you use it better.

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