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TAudioConverter review: Put a nice face on open-source audio transcoding

This front end for the latest audio codecs lets you convert and rip audio from video with ease.

Show, don't tell: 6 great tools for capturing, annotating, and sharing screenshots

Screenshots are invaluable in daily office life, whether they're for shiny product pages or just to better explain a technical issue you've stumbled on. Here are six excellent (and mostly free) screenshot tools.

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Wondershare MobileTrans Review: Windows utility makes phone upgrades a lot easier

Wondershare MobileTrans easily copies data from your old phone to a newer one--everything from contacts and call logs to texts, photos, videos, and music. It's not cheap, but it works well.

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Review: VirtualBox 4.3 goes touchy-feely for Windows 8 virtualization

VirtualBox 4.3 now supports touch in its virtual machines, bringing the venerable application up to date technology-wise. Mostly.

Review: f.lux makes your computer usable at night

Staring into a monitor late at night can make it hard to fall asleep later. There's a solution, and it's free.

Review: WinZip 18 stays light on its feet with new Express add-ons

WinZip 18 comes with optional add-ons that may mean most users never see the main application window.

PCs fail. Be ready with the best boot-drive programs

When disaster strikes, you need a plan for booting up your PC. These utilities can help restore order in times of crisis, allowing you access to your operating system and all of your data again.

Five tools to bring the Start menu back to Windows 8.1

The OS upgrade fixes a lot of things, but the classic pop-up Start menu isn’t one of them. These utilities—four of them, free—can fill the gap. Whether you prefer a plain Start menu, a customizable one, or loads of extras, one of these programs can give you the Windows 8.1 you wanted in the first place.

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Classic Shell 4.0 review: Free utility restores the full Start menu that Windows 8.1 didn't

Classic Shell adds the features back into Windows 8.0 and 8.1 that Microsoft took out. It also adds many useful enhancements to the Windows Explorer.

Share, snapshot, and stream your games with these 7 tools

Games are better with friends (or at least when you're proving your chops to admiring strangers). These tools let you broadcast your gaming prowess. Now go out on the Net and get your game on.

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BootRacer review: Utility will time your PC boot, but won't speed it up

BootRacer is a simple, free download that will time and record your PC's startup time. If you need to actually speed up the boot...well, that's on you.

pNotes review: Make sticky notes simple or fancy

A cross between a sticky-note programs and a richer-format notepad program, pNotes is a free utility well worth installing.

Metapad review: Replace WordPad with this tiny, full-featured notepad

Designed to completely replace the Microsoft's WordPad, Metapad has the small size and big feature list to make the change appealing.