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Free Chrome extensions power up Gmail

From keyboard shortcuts to inbox managers, these handy Chrome extensions make a good email program even better.

Review: Work with Gmail without even opening it with Checker Plus

This handy Chrome extension allows you to read, reply or delete emails without ever having to open the Gmail web page.

Review: Track and follow up emails with Right Inbox for Gmail

Right Inbox for Gmail is a simple-to-use service that automatically reminds you to follow up on emails.

Review: Give Gmail an extreme makeover with Gmail Offline

Gmail Offline allows you to use Gmail without an Internet connection, and makes the web interface for Gmail look more like the Android version

Review: Write better-formatted messages with Markdown Here

This Chrome extension lets you make your Gmail messages look nicer with fancy formatting.

Webcams that mean business: Brother's NW-1000 HD VideoCam vs. Logitech's BCC950 Conference Cam

Logitech's BCC950 ConferenceCam and Brother's NW-1000 Webcam deliver corporate-quality videoconferencing with SMB price tags.

Review: Master Gmail's Keyboard Shortcuts with KeyRocket

Offers quick reminders of the keyboard shortcuts that can turn you into a Gmail master.

Unhand that phone! Texting tools for the big screen

Stop peering at that teeny screen and fumbling with Lilliputian keyboards. These five PC desktop texting apps and services let your fingers fly, your eyes relax, and your thoughts flow.

Review: Mysms works with Android or iPhone to let you text from your PC

Although mysms's compatibililty with both Android and iPhone is appealing, its PC component is awkward.

Review: BrowserTexting works fine for SMS in a browser, but so do free options

Two-part solution BrowserTexting lets Android phone owners text from a desktop browser. It works nicely, but it lacks anything to make this $10 product better than free competitors.

Review: DeskSMS doesn't rise above the other desktop texting apps

If you use an Android phone and want to text from your desktop, DeskSMS will do the job. However, others do it cheaper and more prettily.

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A week with Feedly: A Google Reader junkie's journey

After an extended test drive, a longtime Reader addict finds Feedly to be a more-than-serviceable replacement.

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RoboForm's Start Page feature adds ease of use to this password manager

Manage your digital life—including passwords, profiles, and more—with this handy utility.

Review: Freemake Video Downloader grabs any video with a URL

This standalone utility will download any video you can grab a URL for, and it can download directly from YouTube.