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Review: TopXNotes brings top-notch note taking to your Mac

TopXNotes is an app for serious note takers, with an impressive array of features that provide an excellent user experience.

Gmail will sort your email for you with new automatic labeling

Google announces a new kind of inbox for Gmail that automatically sorts messages into categories, or “tabs.”

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Why aren’t digital calendars smarter?

Jason Snell thinks our digital calendars should be smarter than those of the paper variety.

Taptu

A week with Taptu: A Google Reader junkie's journey

Another week, another Google Reader alternative. Will Taptu live up to the promise? (Hint: no).

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Type special characters in OS X

Your Mac’s keyboard makes it easy to type any of the standard characters—the ones used most frequently in everyday typing. But OS X lets you use hundreds of special characters that don’t appear on your keyboard’s keys. This video explains three ways to access special characters in OS X.

Remains of the Day: We happy few

Yahoo and Apple may be the latest superhero team-up to hit Silicon Valley, while Apple could be considering plans to space-ify its retail stores. And Steve Jobs's life is translated into yet another genre.

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A week with Feedly: A Google Reader junkie's journey

After an extended test drive, a longtime Reader addict finds Feedly to be a more-than-serviceable replacement.

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Tax time! We name the best PC-based solutions for filing your returns

Web-based filing may tempt you, but more complex financial situations require full-fledged software.

on pcworld.com

After Reader, which Google services will be next to fall?

Even if you won't miss Google Reader, its untimely demise should leave you worried about the future of other Google products.

Stop drowning in apps

Your Mac, your iPad, your iPhone--are they all drowning in apps? If you can barely navigate your home screen, it may be time to find and delete apps you don't use often.

Review: Doo brings powerful and easy document search to OS X

Tired of wondering where the documents that get lost on your hard drive go? Despite a few minor kinks, Doo brings powerful search to your Mac, coupled with interesting cloud features and excellent ease of use.

Make the most of the Spotlight menu

The easiest way to access OS X's powerful Spotlight search technology is using the systemwide Spotlight menu. But chances are you aren't getting as much out of this menu as you could be. In this video, Dan Frakes show you a few tricks for making the Spotlight menu more useful.

AppMachine unveils do-it-yourself visual app builder beta for beginners

Have an idea for a mobile app, but lack the development chops? AppMachine can help.

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Expo Notes: BuzzCard gives your blogs, podcasts that polished video edge

Video service offers easy, affordable identity and branding for individuals and small companies who publish on YouTube.

BitTorrent invites testers to help fine tune its new Sync file-sharing program

BitTorrent asked Thursday for crowd-sourcing ideas from its more than 100 million users for a new program for file sharing across multiple computers called Sync.

on pcworld.com