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Boot-Optimizer RapidStart Does Little You Can't Do Yourself

Utility RapidStart does what it says it will do, and does it with a slick interface, but advanced users needn't bother with it.

Chrome Add-on Morphine Saves You Time by Banking It

Morphine's concept is solid and interesting, and could work well as a system-wide utility that tracks all browsers and is more difficult to circumvent.

Browser Add-On WasteNoTime Helps You Stay Focused While You Work

Available for Google Chrome and Apple Safari, this extension lets you set time limits for browsing distracting websites, but its shortcoming is it can be easily circumvented.

Browse in your own little safe cocoon

Cocoon and Cocoon+ let you browse the Web privately and securely.

SkyDox lets you share and collaborate, easily

SkyDox Business Edition offers a host of easy-to-use tools for file sharing and collaboration.

NTI Echo Clones Hard Drives and Partitions

Easily copy your hard drive with straightforward single-task utility NTI Echo.

Back Up Gmail on Your PC with Gmvault

A capable, free, cross-platform tool, Gmvault makes backing up and migrating Gmail accounts a breeze.

Type Less, Write More with PhraseExpress

PhraseExpress corrects spelling, expands acronyms, and even does math.

Acronis True Image Home 2012 is a One-Stop Backup Solution

Save your personal data with Acronis True Image Home, the most comprehensive backup and restore tool on the market.

Better Explorer Improves File Management on Windows 7 (and 8 Preview)

Now in Beta 1, Better Explorer shows excellent file management abilities with more stability.

Best Apps of 2012: Top Replacement Apps for Android and iPhone

No need to settle for the apps that came with your Android handset or iPhone. Assistant, GroupMe, and other capable replacements offer extra functionality.

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Best Apps of 2012: Top Business Apps for Android and iPhone

Business Calendar Free, GoodReader for iPhone, and other apps can help you stay on top of everything you need to do throughout the workday.

Best Apps of 2012: Shockingly Useful Apps for Android and iPhone

Any.Do, GasBuddy, and other practical apps can turn your Android handset or iPhone into an indispensable tool.

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Update Drivers Easily With Driver Reviver

This free utility rates the age of your drivers from 'old' to 'very old' to 'ancient.'

SpeedUpMyPC Does What It Says...But Is The Price Right?

SpeedUpMyPC is a system tweaker and optimizer that actually works in most regards.