Block online spoilers with Unspoiler for Google Chrome

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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The Web can be a dangerous place for the spoiler-averse. You can't so much as look at Facebook, Twitter, blogs, or news sites without learning what happened to Walter White, who bought it on "Game of Thrones," and so on.

That's fine if you're all caught up, but if you're trying to avoid headlines, comments, and other revealing info about a particular show or episode, you practically need to impose a Web blackout.

Or not, if you're a Chrome user and you install Unspoiler. This clever extension filters out all online mentions of specified TV shows, meaning you can continue your browsing and social-media activities without worrying about spoilage.

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How to set up two-factor authentication in Evernote

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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It seems like every day you read about another password security breach. It doesn't matter how robust your actual password is; if a hacker makes off with an entire password database, he can potentially access your account.

That's why an increasing number of sites and services are turning to two-factor authentication (also known as two-step verification), which adds a second level of security to individual accounts.

Evernote started offering this option a couple months ago, but only for users with a Premium subscription. Now, however, Evernote offers two-factor authentication for all account holders. Here's how to set it up:

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Get link previews right inside Gmail with iFramely for Chrome

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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If you're tired of jumping away from your Gmail inbox every time you click a link to a Flickr page, YouTube video, or even just a Web page, check out iFramely.

This Chrome extension embeds Web content right inside your Gmail email messages so you can view it without having to open a new tab or click away from Gmail proper.

iFramely works this bit of embed magic for over 900 services, everything from 500px and Flickr to Twitter and YouTube. (It wisely ignores links from "marketing bots.") It can also pull content from everyday Web sites, like, say, PC World.

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How to choose a USB hub

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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If you purchased a new laptop recently, especially an Ultrabook, you may have noticed a certain dearth of USB ports. Indeed, my Samsung Series 9 has just two of them. Two! A mouse here and an external hard drive there, and bam, no more ports.

Fortunately, it's a simple matter to add extras. In fact, you can daisy-chain something like 67 million USB ports off of just one, so your expansion options are fairly endless.

And if you've shopped around, you've no doubt seen USB hubs in all shapes, sizes, and prices. How do you know what kind to buy?

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How to fix Gmail sync problems in Outlook 2013

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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Regular readers know that I'm less than fond of Microsoft Outlook, which I consider a bloated, confusing, often buggy program. But I'm sort of stuck with it, and I'll admit I was pleasantly surprised by the various improvements in Outlook 2013.

However, there appears to be a bug in the way OL 2013 syncs with Gmail, and if you've run into the same problem, it can be a huge pain.

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How to ease the transition to a new email account

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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Reader Greg is switching Internet service providers, meaning he's giving up the email address he's had from that provider for many years. He wants to know how he can simplify the transition to his new address.

Although that kind of move is a lot easier than moving to a new home, it can still be a hassle. Here are some suggestions for smoothing the process.

1. Don't lock yourself into your ISP's domain. For example, if you're moving from, say, SBC to Comcast, you might be tempted to use your new Comcast email address. That's fine, but what happens if you decide to switch to a different ISP again? You'll face the same hassle all over again.

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Google Chrome update: How to access apps and recently closed tabs

Rick Broida , PCWorld

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Just last month I pointed out three handy (but often-overlooked) Google Chrome features, one of which was how to access tabs you've recently closed.

Today, Google rolled out a Chrome update that not only relocates that useful option, but also simplifies the browser's new-tab interface.

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