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Labels are Gmail's secret weapon that let you organise your inbox on your own terms. Once they're set up, they do most of your message processing automatically and make it easier to skim through your inbox. If you're not using labels in Gmail yet — or not using them with any kind of method — here are 6 ways you can start organising your inbox immediately.

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The last thing you want when you settle down to binge-watch Orange is the New Black is buffering or lag on your Netflix video stream. With that in mind, these are the tricks you need to be aware of to minimise the chances of that happening. Most of these tips apply to any video streaming site, so you can reuse them for Hulu and YouTube too.

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As the end of the year draws near, thoughts turn to family gatherings and celebrations — and the obligatory tech support session for your not-so-computer-savvy relatives. If you want to maximise the good you do and minimise the time you spend doing it, here are five steps to focus on.

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If you're paying for premium software, chances are there's a free alternative out there you could use instead, with features just as good as the ones you've become accustomed to. Whether you fancy a change from your usual application-of-choice, or you're just on a tight budget, these are the free software apps you need to know about.

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Google provides a lot of helpful, free services, but they often come at the cost of privacy. You might love Gmail, but you have to suffer through targeted ads; you may enjoy using Google Maps, but you have to give up your location privacy. Signing up for Google's suite of apps almost always involves some degree of data collection, but you should at least try to limit the amount of spying the company performs on you. Here's how you can keep using Google's apps without constantly getting spied on.

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There's a growing amount of tech out there, from apps to wearables, designed to help you keep tabs on your children: where they are, what they're up to, who they're talking with, and so on. Here's how to watch what your kids are up to without making them feel like they're constantly living in a surveillance state.

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We could all use a little more time in the day, and that means you shouldn't be wasting time navigating through menus or punching through keyboard commands while you're at work. Luckily, there are a bunch of apps available for Mac and Windows that will help you get work done faster. These are our picks for the best time-saving apps.

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The number of ways you can use Excel is countless, and so are the number of features packed inside Microsoft's most popular number-crunching application. Whether you're a casual user or an Excel expert, it pays to know everything that the program's capable of, and here are 18 easy tricks that can make a difference.

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Movies and TV shows come and go on Netflix on a regular basis, which means you might be half way through your favourite flick when it gets yanked from the service. The solution? Buy all your own content and set up your own private cloud-based streaming service you can get at from any computer or device.

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Microsoft Word is a beloved application used by typists all over the world. The program is packed with with all kinds of features, many of which you might never come across when you're typing up a report, short story, essay, or whatever else you might be working on. To help you uncover some of the lesser-known tricks the software is capable of, we present a bunch of our current favourites. Here are 18 tricks that will turn you into a master of Microsoft Word.

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Sometimes you don't want your messages to live forever. Maybe you have something secret you want to tell someone, or maybe it's something time-sensitive. Or maybe you just don't want to be trapped by the permanence of the digital age. Whatever the reason may be, here are three tools you can use to go all Mission: Impossible.

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Android apps have arrived on Chrome OS. Right now they can be run on three Chromebook models, a number that will increase during the rest of 2016 and into the start of 2017 (Google has a full list). To save you the wait, we got hold of an Asus Chromebook Flip to show you how the Android experience works on a Chromebook.

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Nothing is more important to us than our precious digital photos, so keeping them stored safely in the cloud is crucial. The problem is, both Apple and Google have great photo-storage services, and it's hard to know which one is actually better. Here's how Apple Photos and Google Photos stack up against each other.