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From ultrabooks to netbooks, computers are shedding their optical drives. If you still use an occasional CD or DVD, you don’t have to buy an external optical drive –  you can share another computer’s optical drive over the network.

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Once a week we round up some great reader tips and share them with everyone. This week we’re looking at a cheap DIY setup for “scanning” film negatives and slides, animating GIFs with Android, and pushing RSS feeds to your Kindle.

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Are you tired of switching to a new tab when you need to add an image, interesting fact, or other item to your document in Google Docs? Then you are definitely going to love the new Research Pane feature that has been added to Google Docs!

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Think you know the answer? Click through to see if you're right!

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In addition to syncing your bookmarks, extensions, history, and other settings, Google Chrome now syncs your tabs between computers and devices–no tweaks or third-party tools necessary.

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Quinine, a compound found in common tonic water, is UV reactive. While you could simply be content to watch the bottle glow under a black light, this fun kitchen experiment infuses gummy candies with the glow-in-the-dark prop...

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Have you ever wondered what happens when you send an email? This fun interactive slideshow from Google shows you the entire journey your Gmail letter takes from beginning to end.

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When the water fountain in their hackerspace broke down, Dave and Craig weren’t content to just fix it–they upgraded it to dispense Brawndo: The Thirst Mutilator.

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