Reduce tab clutter in Chrome with OneTab

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OneTab for Chrome.

I don't know about you, but I keep a lot of tabs open in my Web browser (Google Chrome). For me it's work thing: I'm constantly opening new tabs while I research various topics I plan to write about during the day (or even the days to come).

However, as with all browsers, Chrome tends to get sluggish the more tabs I keep open. Plus, more tabs equals more clutter: once I get to around 10, it gets difficult to sort through them and find what I'm looking for.

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Convert video files for free with WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

Do you have a video that needs converting? You know, one that you downloaded or encoded in a particular format that's not compatible with a particular device?

Google around and you can find a smattering of freeware utilities designed to convert files to different formats, but they tend to be out of date and of varying quality.

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Poll: Is Windows 8 worth the hassle?

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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Windows 8 is a hot topic these days.

Not since Vista has a new operating system generated so much controversy, and I'd argue that Vista wasn't nearly as divisive as Windows 8 has proven to be.

Regular readers of this column already know my position: I don't like it. I've tried it on laptops and tablets alike, and every time I come away asking myself the same question: Why? Why did Microsoft make so many UI changes that offer so little benefit to the user?

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Three easy ways to find the Windows 8 Control Panel

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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Right-click the lower-left corner of the Desktop to activate this menu.

Anyone new to Windows 8 knows that there's a learning curve, especially when it comes to seemingly simple things like shutting down your PC or enabling the hibernate option.

Indeed, if you've ever gone looking for the Control Panel, you know that it can be a little elusive. You might think, "Oh, I'll just hit the ol' Charms Bar and tap Settings," but, alas, Control Panel doesn't appear in that list.

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Three great alternatives to Google Reader

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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.
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Not again, Google!

First you announced plans to shut down iGoogle, the popular but apparently not profitable Web portal, and now comes word that Google Reader will be next to get the axe.

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Use Twitter to get real-time customer service updates and info

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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Yesterday, digital-comic-book reseller Comixology held a promotion offering a whopping 700 free comics—first issues of old and new series ranging from The Avengers to The Fantastic Four to Spider-Man.

For a total cost of $0, you could read these gems on the Web or your PC, tablet, or smartphone.

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