David ChartierContributor, Macworld

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David has been covering Apple and how to get the most out of its products since 2005. Now a freelance tech writer, he runs Finer Things in Tech, jots down thoughts at DavidChartier.com, occasionally starts outlining the great American tech novel, and might still get to snowboard Breckenridge one more time.

Eight great Gmail tips

When it comes to managing your email, Google’s free Gmail is easily one of the most efficient tools around. Here are eight tips for using some of its best features.

STM's Vertical is a solid, though small, laptop bag

STM's Vertical is a solid bag at a competitive price, though if you're the type of mobile warrior who needs extra space in your bag, it might not be for you.

Master Google+

Sure, Google+ mixes some of best features of Facebook and Twitter into one social networking site, but is it really worth learning? David Chartier shows you how to squeeze the most out of the Google+ experience with tips and add-ons.

Incipio's Weekender Nylon Travel Bag combines a backpack, a messenger bag, and a carry-on

Incipio's Weekender strikes a good balance between a backpack, a messenger bag, and carry-on luggage. It offers solid construction and a comfortable design that lets you bring all your travel gear--clothes, gadgets, and gear--in a single, roomy bag.

Cloak secures your Internet traffic without the hassle

Connecting to public Wi-Fi networks can be risky. Cloak gives you the benefits of a virtual private network (VPN) without the usual setup, configuration, and activation hassles.

How to deal with Twitter overload

Drowning in tweets? You don't have to unfollow a slew of people just to restore sanity. Instead, turn to plentiful apps, options, and tools to manage Twitter with grace.

The Sanction offers weatherproof protection for your laptop

Bags built to withstand the elements are rare, but The Sanction's top-notch construction and weatherproofing will help your laptop withstand a storm.