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    Everyone has to remember scores of usernames and passwords these days. We show you how a simple free utility - KeePass - can store and manage them safely for you.

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    As giant retailers such as Gamestop, JC Penney, and Nordstrom opened--and quickly shuttered--Facebook storefronts over the past six months, many analysts declared Facebook's e-commerce effort to be a failure. People come to Facebook to catch up with family and friends, they reasoned, not to shop for goods and services.

  • How-Tos: How to Control Your Facebook Privacy Settings

    Facebook's privacy settings are confusing by design, often hiding similar settings in totally different menus and defaulting to unnerving levels of public sharing. Ensuring that you share the right information with the right people can be difficult, and Facebook even has a few specialized settings that will override your other privacy settings if you aren't careful. Luckily you can take control of your privacy on Facebook fairly quickly once you know what you're looking for.

  • How-Tos: Speed Up Searches--And Reduce Typing--With Drag and Drop Search

    Drag and Drop Search is a free Chrome extension that offers an elegant solution to a common problem: Searching on the website that will give you the answers you need. Google is a great engine, but there is no reason to go through it for everything. If you're after quick facts and figures, you might be better off searching Wikipedia directly; if it's videos you're after, then a direct YouTube search might let you find them faster. If you'd like to get a sense for a place, searching for it on Flickr will show you what it's like. With Drag and Drop Search installed, you only need to select a term, then drag and drop it on the name of the search engine you'd like to use.

  • How-Tos: Use Google Voice to Send Text Messages From a Tablet

    Last week I offered up three things you should know about Google Voice, including its very cool option of sending and receiving text messages from within your browser.

  • How-Tos: How To Ignore Your Email Without Losing Your Job

    One of the simplest ways to be more productive during working hours is to reduce the time you spend on maintenance tasks like checking your e-mail. These tasks break your concentration on more important work, and a recent study from UC Irvine suggests that checking your e-mail less often can help reduce stress and raise your level of concentration at work.

  • How-Tos: Get started with SoundCloud

    Whether you're looking for new music to listen to or want to upload your own for critique, SoundCloud is one of the best online resources. We show you how to get started with the free service.

  • How-Tos: Why Your Business Still Needs Newsletters

    Marketing gurus pushed email newsletters hard back in the days before social networking. If you believe everything you read online these days, you'd think that Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other Web 2.0 services have left such vehicles in the virtual dust. Not so. Nor has the scourge of spam destroyed newsletters' effectiveness. Email marketing still achieves huge results--and pairing an effective email newsletter with a social media campaign can snag many more customers for your business than relying on social media alone.

  • How-Tos: How to Stop Your Social Networks From Distracting You

    Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and other social networks help you stay connected with friends and family, but it's easy to overdo the connecting and end up distracted and unproductive. Worse, many social networks notify you every time someone tries to interact with you, making it even harder to concentrate on productive tasks. Turning these helpful reminders off can be tricky in some instances, but setting up a way to tune out mobile and e-mail notifications is well worthwhile. Here's how to stop your social networks from distracting you, so you can get your working life back on track. And don't worry--you can still peek at your Twitter page once in a while.

  • How-Tos: Get started with Tumblr

    There are scores of free blogging tools and websites, so it can be tricky to work out which is best. Here we explain how to get to grips with a relative newcomer: Tumblr

  • How-Tos: Seamless transitions your music from Mac to iOS effortlessly

    Back when I had a morning commute, I would often pop in some earbuds before hopping on the bus and rock out to one of the many tunes on my iPhone as we rode through Chinatown. The problem, of course, came when I reached my desk mid-song: Did I pause and try and find the song on my Mac's iTunes library? Or did I continue to listen through my iPhone, only to look up hours later and realize I'd drained my phone's battery when I should have switched to my desktop?

  • How-Tos: Add Dropbox, Google Drive, or SkyDrive to Windows' Send-To Menu

    Dragging and dropping isn't always the fastest way to handle file operations. Either you have to open and arrange two windows, or you have to navigate Explorer's folder tree, which many users find confusing.

  • Video: Video: Why cloud printing is the next big thing

    Cloud Print lets you print emails and photos from your phone and tablet. Here's how to print on the move

  • How-Tos: How to Learn to Code for Free

    In days gone by, all you needed to make a website was a Geocities account and some basic knowledge of HTML. Maybe you'd throw in a bit of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) if you wanted to get fancy. Times have changed, though, and now people build websites using at least one advanced coding language. Programming is a noble pursuit, but if you want to build apps and services for the Web, you need to learn one of these popular languages.

  • How-Tos: Get started with Pinterest

    Pinterest is a digital corkboard that shows other people what like from around the internet. Here's how to create an account and use the website.

  • How-Tos: Send video messages the easy way via Mail

    FaceTime and Skype make it easier than ever to keep in touch with family, friends, and co-workers. However, video calling isn't always convenient for everyone: Many folks still don't have cameras connected to their computers, and many others don't want to. In these cases, consider sending a short video message to your favorite people--you'll find that 30 seconds of video can convey much more emotion and nuance than any amount of text.

  • How-Tos: Work offline on Google Docs

    Google Docs is great - if you have a live internet connection. But what if you don't? We examine the options for working offline.

  • How-Tos: Change Gmail's Button Icons Back to Text

    Maybe it's because I don't like change, or maybe it's because I hate it when software developers assume that everyone can figure out their cryptic icons, but I wasn't a fan of Gmail's recent makeover.

  • How-Tos: Collaborate with Google Docs

    If you’ve ever tried to put together a document collaboratively then you’ll know the headaches involved. Google Docs is a great way to work on a document simultaneously with others. Here's how to do it.

  • How-Tos: Get started with Google Docs

    Google Docs is a free online office suite. It's not as powerful as Microsoft Office, but it doesn't need to be. We explain how to use it.


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