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  • 9 Gmail tips that will let you take a long lunch

    I've used practically every Web-based e-mail program, from Hotmail to Yahoo to Chick Mail (seriously), and I have to say Gmail is awesome. But it could be better.

  • How to win prizes on Twitter

    New contests surface every day on Twitter, with a large variety of prizes up for grabs. Recent contests have given away everything from netbooks to gas cards to $25,000 for a new car. Twitter giveaways are like the lottery, only your odds of winning are dramatically higher, and you can enter as many contests as you want without spending a dime. With some strategy and a little patience, you'll soon discover how addictive Twitter contests can be--especially when you start winning cool prizes.

  • GPS: A stalker's best friend

    Let's face it: A GPS device can be a godsend.

  • Protect your e-book reader

    As more people turn to e-readers, which are particularly handy for travel, a variety of screen guards and cases have hit the market, as have accessories such as clip-on lights and decorative decals. We looked at a variety of them this month.

  • When XP is discontinued

    A reader wants to know if XP will still be safe after Microsoft ends support in 2014

  • Troubleshoot Windows remotely over the Net

    Whether you're an IT pro or the go-to geek in your social circle, often the biggest hassle in fixing a computer problem is simply getting to the PC that needs help.

  • How to use Google Buzz

    On Tuesday, Google announced Buzz, a new social networking service integrated with Gmail. On Wednesday, you probably mashed your F5 key waiting for it to arrive in your Gmail account--and maybe you even tried to cut in line. By Thursday, you were likely worried about the privacy issues. Well, if you're buzzing about Buzz, we have the tips you need to make it work for you. And if you're wishing it would buzz off, we'll show you how to remove it from your Gmail account.

  • Google Buzz: A privacy checklist

    If you've heard of Google Buzz, chances are you've also heard about some of the privacy concerns that surround it. The social media service offers some cool ways to share photos, links, status messages, and more with fellow Google Buzz users. But if you're not careful, you may end up sharing more than you expect.

  • Make your new PC hassle-free

    There are steps you should take to make a new PC as hassle-free as possible.

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    Turn off Windows 7 'compatibility mode' for iTunes

    Back in December I told you about Windows 7's little-known application-compatibility troubleshooter, which I'd used to try to resolve a problem with iTunes.

  • USB interferes with boot

    Richard Purdy's PC won't boot when he has a flash drive plugged into it.

  • Facebook tips and tweaks

    I like using Facebook to keep tabs on my friends, but I don't like the endless stream of "so-and-so took this quiz" and "Joe became friends with Jane" messages.

  • Simplify Facebook, Twitter with Brizzly

    Brizzly provides a clean, simple, ad-free interface for Facebook. Twitter, too.

  • Add Facebook chat to your Firefox sidebar

    Already this week we've looked at reducing feed clutter from your Facebook home page and downloading entire Facebook photo albums with just one click.

  • Master Google Android: 40 tips and tricks

    The first time you use an Android phone, one thing becomes immediately clear: You're not in Cupertino anymore.

  • Use your console gamepad with your PC

    Mario can't rescue the princess without his Fire Flower. Mega Man can't beat Dr. Wily without his Mega Buster. If you're going to save the world, you need the proper equipment--and a keyboard and mouse just won't cut it. Fortunately, you can get pretty much any mainstream console gamepad working on a PC, so you won't have to shell out megabucks for an X-Arcade TankStick to bring back your gaming glory days.

  • How to: Save and retrieve Attachments

    Today, let's look at a very common source of confusion for novice users: saving and retrieving file attachments.

  • Windows IQ: learn your laptop's power settings

    My aunt recently told me about a problem with her new laptop: Whenever she'd step away from it for more than a few minutes, she'd close the lid. Upon returning, she'd open the lid, only to be faced with a blank screen and no response from the mouse or keyboard.

  • Stream your social life on your smartphone

    Though your mobile phone keeps you more connected, it can also make things more complicated. Using a cell phone to track e-mail, text messages, instant messages, voicemail, Facebook, and Twitter can be a burden--after all, these social networking applications attempt to shoehorn Web 2.0 resources onto small devices that weren't designed with Web 2.0 in mind.

  • The data with the music

    When you pop an audio CD into your PC's drive, your media player software (iTunes, Windows Media Player, or whatever) downloads this information from an online database.

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