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12 easy PC tasks you should be doing (but aren't)

The excuses end here! Get your PC into tip-top shape by performing these 12 simple tweaks.

How to fast-charge your iPhone or iPad using a standard USB port

Free utility Asus Ai Charger works a little black magic to make your iDevices charge faster.

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28 fantastically helpful online tools and utilities

The Internet isn't just about tech news and grumpy cats. When it's time to actually get stuff done, one of these website could prove to be a life-changer.

Convert video files for free with WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

Normally $49.95, Digiarty Software's utility can be yours free of charge, no strings attached.

ModernMix runs Modern apps on the Windows 8 desktop

A Michigan developer last week started selling a $5 utility that lets Windows 8 customers shun the new Modern UI by running apps on the classic desktop.

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Google posts compression code Zopfli to speed downloads

Google is open-sourcing a new general purpose data compression library called Zopfli that can be used to speed up Web downloads.

Speed test! Five PC clean-up utilities: Do they really work?

Vendors say their system clean-up utilities can speed up everything from creaky Windows XP installations to brand new Windows 8 machines. We test five to verify the lofty claims.

Review: Connectify Hotspot turns your laptop into a hotspot

Connectify Hotspot provides the tools to act as a software router between whatever internet connection you provide and the other computers connected to your laptop.

Review: Batch rename all of your files and MP3 music with File Renamer

If you have lots of photos, music or other files, renaming each one individually can be a tedious task. File Renamer allows you to rename them all in one go.

Review: Use online data store Pastebin from the desktop with this handy portable app

Pastebin is a site where you can store massive data dumps for public use. Whatever your requirements, you can now use the site with a handy portable app.