Michael Ansaldo

Freelance contributor

Michael Ansaldo is veteran consumer and small-business technology journalist. He contributes regularly to TechHive and writes the Max Productivity column for PCWorld.

4 Chrome extensions that make you more productive in Gmail

4 powerful productivity features in the Windows 10 Creators Update

4 powerful productivity features in the Windows 10 Creators Update

With recurring reminders, more touch gestures, and enhanced security, the latest Windows update makes it easier to get things done.

How to break your smartphone addiction and get back to work

How to break your smartphone addiction and get back to work

These apps use everything from cold facts to tough love to keep your smartphone use from killing your productivity.

4 password managers that make online security effortless

4 password managers that make online security effortless

From complex-password generation and storage to auto-login and syncing across desktop and mobile devices, these programs make it so easy to keep your sensitive info safe.

10 truly classy tech gifts for $50 or less

10 truly classy tech gifts for $50 or less

These hot-ticket holiday items won't bust your budget. You'll be sure to delight any gadget-lover, and still have money left over to buy something cool for yourself.

4 email managers that can sort, organize, and delete

4 email managers that can sort, organize, and delete

Email managers let you weed out junk mail, triage messages, and turn them into tasks.

Try these 5 undiscovered Google Drive tricks

Try these 5 undiscovered Google Drive tricks

Leverage these little-known features to work without an internet connection, keep track of document changes, and more.

7 clever mobile apps to conquer procrastination

Call it a disease, a bad habit, or a character flaw, but procrastination spares no one from its strangling grip. Just search "procrastination" in any mobile app store, and you'll be rewarded with a glut of solutions that...

Will Microsoft Respond to the Samsung Galaxy Tab?

This week's unveiling of Samsung's Galaxy Tab stoked the already formidable fire lit around tablet devices by Apple's iPad. And with several other contenders coming to market in the coming months, tablets should be a common sight in...

Android Overtaking iPhone and BlackBerry

This week, research firm Gartner announced that by year's end Google's Android will rocket past both Apple's iOS and Research in Motion's Blackberry in popularity.

What the Dell/HP 3Par Buyout Really Means

The bidding war for 3Par ramped up this week when HP raised its offer to $30 per share, a $3 increase over Dell's bid, bringing the bidding to $2 billion. Dell had launched the opening salvo in mid-August when it had offered just over...

Facebook Places vs. Foursquare: Who Has the Business Edge?

Facebook's unveiling of Facebook Places is an obvious banshee cry to Foursquare and other location-based check-in services. As with those services, Facebook Places allows users to share their location and discover new hot spots by...

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