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Get Office, Dropbox, and your photos to work together on your iPad

Terry Asp works in Microsoft Word on his iPad. But he can't insert a photo from his Dropbox account into Word. In fact, he can't insert one from his OneDrive account, either.

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How to send Gmail attachments to Dropbox automatically

One of the pitfalls of Gmail's generous storage limits is the temptation to use it as a warehouse for all your email attachments. That seems like less of a good idea when you have to wade through your inbox for that report you need for the weekly all-hands in 15 minutes. But processing the daily influx of messages from clients, colleagues, and friends takes long enough without having to stop and manually save each attached file you receive. Fortunately, you can create an automated workflow to do it for you.

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Design a sharp typographic logo, even if all you have is TextEdit

Logos are notoriously difficult (and costly) to design, yet they're mission critical for any business. Instead of using graphics, try a typographic approach instead. Typographic logos, like the ones shown here--some inspired by tips in Before & After--are both timeless and classy. In this column, you'll learn tips for making one yourself, which programs to use, and how to make one in a word processor.

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Bloatware: Why computer makers fill your PC with junk, and how to get rid of it

Bloatware, crapware, shovelware: No matter what you call it, the junk that PC makers dump onto new PCs is nothing short of a mess. The situation was thrust into the spotlight last week when it was revealed that several Lenovo PCs were preloaded with "Superfish" adware that actively left users vulnerable to attack. The software compromised secure HTTPS web connections in a quest to inject ads on the sites you visit... and make Lenovo a few nickels.

SOFTWARE | MOBILE | TELECOMMUNICATION

5 Chromebook tips and tricks to fine-tune your productivity

While Chrome OS started life as a simple, stripped-down browser and little else, Google's operating system now has tons of tools, tweaks, and customizations that let you tailor your Chromebook to your specific workflow needs.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS | CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

How to turn your old phone into a basic PC for cheap

Your old smartphone has a greater destiny than your junk drawer. Believe it or not, you can turn it into, say, a mini-PC or media streamer. Assuming it packs both USB On The Go support (OTG) and a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) compatible port, there's a ton of additional functionality lurking under that its hood. Heck, you can even use a smartphone with a broken screen for this.

COMPONENTS

How to fix a laptop's broken screen (with many caveats)

A broken laptop screen takes all the fun out of using your PC. And it can be expensive to fix.

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Unlock Windows 10's hidden, powerful GodMode tool

The legendary GodMode tweak returns in Windows 10. Here's how to activate it.

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Your Photos for OS X questions answered

Last week I offered a first look at the developer's beta of the Photos app, which is included in the just-as-beta OS X 10.10.3 developer's release. Unsurprisingly, my inbox was flooded with questions. Let's get to some of them now.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS

How to reset your Mac's NVRAM, PRAM, and SMC

When your Mac starts acting up, you'll probably run through some common troubleshooting procedures, such as restarting it, running Disk Utility, and perhaps performing a Safe Boot. Your repair repertoire should also include a couple of additional procedures that can occasionally eliminate otherwise inscrutable problems--zapping the NVRAM and resetting the SMC.

Expert Opinion

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Apple doesn't need its own gadgets to dominate the smart home

If you believe the weekend rumors, Apple will announce a connected-home platform next week at WWDC. But before you get too excited about an iThermostat and an iFridge and an iCamera watching you sleep, consider this: If Apple does get into the home-automation market, that doesn't necessarily mean it'll make smart-home gadgets of its own.

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Justin.tv goes off the air

With all signs pointing to a Google purchase of Twitch, the company behind Justin.tv has shut down the live video service.

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Verizon fires back at FCC over data throttling

The FCC called out Verizon for its plans to throttle customers with unlimited data plans who use the most data, so the carrier responded.

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Business faces backlash after threatening $500 fines for negative Yelp reviews

Businesses who don't know how to manage their social media presence should remember that the Internet can be vicious.

Latest Product Reviews

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Key Ingredient kitchen tablet review: Yummy recipes can't rescue this crummy tablet

Meatballs. Giant bacon-wrapped meatballs. The Key Ingredient Recipe tablet suggested this fantastic idea to me when I searched for a meatball recipe. It's a good thing the meatballs were tasty, because that's about the only thing this tablet gets right.