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    The Day 2 keynote at Google I/O was no match for yesterday's Android keynote (though it did have people skydiving again), but Google delivered when it came to Google Docs: At long last, Google Docs has offline editing. The update has been added to Google Docs as of today, but you'll need to take a few steps to enable it.

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  • How-Tos: How to Manage Your Business's Online Reputation

    As a small-business owner, you're no doubt aware that virtually everyone turns to the Internet to conduct research before buying goods or services. And on the Web, your business is only as good as everyone says it is. In 2011, Inc. magazine reported that 97 percent of consumers used online searches to find local businesses. The information about your business that's available on the Web is absolutely critical. If you're not keeping a close eye on your company's online reputation, you might as well hang up a "Sorry, We're Closed" sign.

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  • How-Tos: Run 64bit Windows XP on a Windows 7 PC

    Running a virtualised version of Windows XP on a Windows 7 PC can be useful for running legacy software programs. But the most popular way of doing so limits you to 32bit XP, and therefore on 3GB RAM. Here's how to run 64bit Windows XP on a Windows 7 PC.

  • How-Tos: Stop Windows taskbar disappearing

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    The joy of owning a new PC can easily turn to heartache should it be compromised by malware or a scam. Here's how to keep a new PC or laptop safe.

  • How-Tos: Fix Windows problems remotely using Google Chrome Remote Desktop

    If you need to help a friend fix a PC problem but can't be there in person, Chrome Remote Desktop lets you connect to their computer and control it. Here's how to add the app to your browser and get up and running.

  • How-Tos: How to sell products with Google Checkout

    You'll attract more customers if they can pay in ways other than PayPal. Here's how to set up a Google merchant account and use the Google Checkout store to sell products online

  • How-Tos: How to Edit Images for Free

    If you work on the Web, you've probably been asked to do some simple image editing, even if your job has little or nothing to do with the artistic side of things. The standard image editors that came with your computer are fine for basic tasks, but complex editing typically requires the more sophisticated functions of Adobe Photoshop. This can be a problem, since Photoshop's $600 price tag is rather hefty.

  • How-Tos: Identify and fix a failed Windows update

    If your PC or laptop is constantly trying to update, it may be that a Windows update has failed. Here's how to fix a failed Windows update.

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  • How-Tos: Store and sync files online with Microsoft SkyDrive

    Microsoft has revamped its SkyDrive online storage service. Now you get 7GB of free space, plus compatibility with Macs, iOS devices and Windows Phones. With free access to the Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote web apps and real-time collaboration on documents, there's no reason not to sign up. We show you how to get started.


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