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HARDWARE SYSTEMS | SOFTWARE | VIRTUALIZATION

How to run Windows programs in a browser tab for free

Most of the time we focus on helpful tips for Windows users, but today's article will also appeal to anyone with a Chromebook. A company named Cameyo is known for its software that lets you run Windows program from a USB stick, but it also offers a virtualization service that lets you run full-blown Windows desktop programs in a browser for free.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS | SECURITY

Recover a stolen laptop, or prepare for the day your laptop is stolen

Sylvia Chepkurui asked, "Can I recover my stolen laptop using the serial number?"

SOFTWARE

Ask the iTunes Guy: Solving all your playlist problems in iTunes 12

Playlists are one of the best, and most creative ways to organize music in iTunes, and to listen to music on your iOS devices. But sometimes, it can be hard to figure out how to make complex playlists. In this week's column, I look at three questions about playlists, both standard and smart. And I also look at an issue where album art, for some albums, changes on iOS devices.

INTERNET | SECURITY

How to keep your email private with PGP encryption on your Mac

In our last episode of Private I, I explained the basics of public-key (PK) cryptography, a way to scramble messages in a way that only someone possessing a particular key can decrypt, without that key ever having to be publicly disclosed or shared. It's an effective system that has no known theoretical exploits, and currently deployed implementations are considered robust.

INTERNET | SOFTWARE

How to stop Ubuntu from sending your desktop searches to online retailers

When you install Ubuntu the Unity desktop will send your searches over the web by default, showing you products you can purchase from Amazon and other retailers, including eBay. Oh, you searched for Firefox? Did you mean you wanted to purchase a Mountain Equipment Men's Firefox Jacket from Amazon? No thanks, Ubuntu--I just wanted to launch Firefox.

SOFTWARE

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.

SOFTWARE

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.

SOFTWARE

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.

SOFTWARE

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.

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.

Editors Pick

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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.