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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.

Day One is a polished journaling tool

Bloom Built has put together a polished journaling tool for storing your personal thoughts and experiences.

Incase Compact Backpack

If you don’t need to carry a lot of extras and aren’t bothered by the slim protection afforded your iPad, the Incase Compact Backpack is a good choice with enough color options to stand out in a crowd.

Reeder for Mac 1.1.2

Reeder for Mac is a breath of fresh air in the crowded market for Google Reader and RSS clients, offering a healthy dose of features polished up with an interface that shows the program's iOS roots.

WaterField Designs MacBook Air Wallet and Travel Express

If you're looking for a streamlined, quality MacBook Air case, you can’t go wrong with either Waterfield's Wallet or Travel Express.

How and why to search Twitter

Need to monitor tweets about a major event? Want to know when customers are griping about you? Learn how to search Twitter and you can.

PrintCentral Pro 2.0 adds Google Cloud Print support

The iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad can now print to any printer around the world, thanks to new support for Google's Cloud Print service.

Q Backpack

Strange design choices for notebook padding and accessory pockets don't do any favors for a bag that otherwise sports some of Timbuk 2's more clever innovations.

Omni Group releases OmniOutliner for iPad

First teased at Macworld Expo 2011, OmniOutliner for iPad, a modern mobile companion to its older Mac sibling, is now available in the App Store.