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10 Tips to Make Your Laptop Run Faster

Regular maintenance can help assure that you get the most out of your laptop investment. Virus scans, upgrading to an SSD, and more can all help your tried-and-true laptop run like (almost) new, possibly getting you extra years before you have to buy a new one.

TurboTax Returns After Security Breach, But Watch Out for Phishing Scams

TurboTax was forced to issue a brief shutdown last week, upon spotting a series of fraudulent returns made with its software. But now that it's back online, will you still trust it with your tax return?

Check Yo' Self: 5 Great Personal Finance Apps, Sites, and Tools

When it comes to managing your money in the digital age, you have a lot of options. Older software mainstays have been joined by web and mobile applications, all promising to be the only tool you need for getting – and keeping – your finances in order. We rounded up the best, most affordable choices for different financial objectives and styles.

How to Avoid Identity Theft When Filing Your Taxes

Did you know that almost 1,000 Americans could become victims of identity theft when they file their taxes? Fortunately common sense and strategic measures can help cut the chances of this happening. We got an expert to give us some tips for making sure your Tax Day doesn't result in identity theft.

Microsoft Unveils Windows Tablet, Walks the Line Between Tablet and Ultrabook

Microsoft took a page from the Apple playbook this week when it scheduled a mystery announcement that resulted in the Surface Windows tablet, its first foray into slates. The new tablet-laptop hybrid will optimize the much anticipated Windows 8, and it will come in two flavors. But how does it stack up to the competition, namely the iPad?

Necessary Tools for Burgeoning Photographers: Free Photo Editing Software

With every generation, digital cameras get better, but that doesn't mean everyone's snapshots are picture-perfect from the start. Some of the more well known image editing software options, like Adobe Photoshop, are expensive, have a steep learning curve, and may be overkill for many shutterbugs. But these free photo editing software and apps are easy to use and will turn your image into a masterpiece in no time.

The Contract-Bound Xbox: $129 More Than Buying a Console & LIVE Separately

Microsoft officially announced its new contract-based Xbox promotion yesterday, which entails getting the 4GB console with Kinect for just $99 — if you sign up for a 2-year Xbox LIVE Gold membership in the process. But the prospect of being locked into a static LIVE membership plan, with unchanging rates, raises the question: Is this intriguing promotion actually a deal at all?

Microsoft Bets Heavy on Tablet Hybrids, Apple Laughs in Response

New data suggests that tablet sales are expected to surge and replace PCs as the computing device of choice. That might explain Microsoft's push to put its Windows 8 operating system on hybrid tablets that convert into a laptop-like device. But Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks the idea is preposterous. So who's right, and what do consumers really want from their tablets?

Erase Your Data: How to Prep Your Gadgets to Sell or Recycle

By now you know all the benefits of recycling your old gadgets. Not only is it better for the environment, but it might even put some extra cash back in your wallet. However, before you trade-in your old tech, we recommend ensuring all your personal information has been erased. We've listed some steps you can take before recycling or selling your used gadgets.

Skip Newt's $50 Photo Fee, Get a Pic with a Presidential Candidate for Free

Yesterday, news spread that Newt Gingrich's campaign had decided to charge $50 a pop for photographs taken with him at a campaign speech in Delaware. Now, we don't report on political issues, as we are, after all, a shopping website. But we do report on deals. And we just couldn't help but point out that there are some more thrifty options available for our Republican readers out there.

7 Deadly Energy Sinners: The Energy Hogs Hiding in Your Home

Look around your own home, and you'll find power guzzling electronics and appliances in both likely and unlikely places. But by making some fairly painless changes, you can see big savings: in energy, cash, and yes, saving the planet. Here's a look at some of those power-hungry appliances, and what you can do to be more efficient and economical without backbreaking hassle.

New Year, New Software: Get Help with Your Taxes, Learn Italian, and more

Your "festive" rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" last weekend signified hope, wistful longing, and determination to get the most out of 2012, but it also means that another fiscal year is in the books. And that means that the taxman will soon come a-callin'. Luckily, we've got software deals of all sorts in today's roundup — which includes a discount on a tax return program, as well as software for more creative pursuits (which should help break up all those numbers you'll be crunching).

5 Editors' Choice Camera Deals Worth Snapping Up: Canon, Nikon, & Panasonic

We've got some great bargains up for grabs this week on three of the most trusted brands in photography: Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic. Every single deal ranks as an Editors' Choice, and we're spotlighting merchandise at a variety of price points for both the advanced photographer and the hobbyist shooter. We bet you can picture yourself taking advantage of at least one of these fabulous camera deals.