How to control remote PCs for free now that LogMeIn Free is dead

Sad news: LogMeIn Free is no more. For nearly a decade, it was my go-to tool for remote PC control — not just my PCs, but also those of far-flung family members needing occasional help. Alas, LogMeIn announced yesterday that, effectively immediately, there’s no more free lunch. The next time you sign into your LogMeIn […]

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Get e-mail manager eM Client 6 (Win) for free

eM Client 6 is a free and full-featured e-mail client and contact manager. (Credit: Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET) As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of ditching Microsoft’s pricey Office suite in favor of cheap — or, better, free — alternatives. My top pick at the moment remains Kingsoft Office 2013. Of course, when […]

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Get a 4,000mAh mobile charger for $16.99 shipped

This slim black slab offers 4,000mAh of mobile power for your devices. (Credit: Accessory Power) Quick housekeeping note: After much deliberation, I will no longer be spotlighting deals from 1Sale (formerly 1SaleADay). I’ve heard from too many readers who’ve had too many unhappy experiences with the company. Although a lot of daily-deal sites are slow […]

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Get a Vizio 70-inch TV for $1,498 shipped

Why, yes, you can watch Amazon Instant Video content on this “smart” Vizio TV. It’s just one of the many available apps. (Credit: Amazon) You can be a cheapskate and still buy expensive things. Case in point: For a limited time, Amazon has the Vizio E701i-A3 70-inch LED HDTV for $1,498 delivered. It typically sells […]

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Get a Dell C1660w wireless color laser printer for $99.99

The Dell C1660w offers wireless color printing for under $100. (Credit: Staples) Quick question: I thought yesterday’s $34.99 Fitbit Zip deal would be hugely popular, but it didn’t seem to generate much excitement. For future reference, were you not all that interested in the product? Did the cashback “hoop” seem too large to jump through? […]

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Get a Slingbox Solo for $39.99 shipped

Finally, a Slingbox for a reasonable price. (Credit: Sling Media) The Slingbox belongs to a small group of electronics that’s almost universally beloved despite having exorbitant price tags. Also in that group: Sonos music systems and TiVo DVRs. Slingbox deals are rare, even on older models. In fact, I don’t recall ever seeing one for […]

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How to score 50GB of free cloud storage from Box

(Credit: Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET) Cloud-storage service Box already beats the likes of Dropbox and SkyDrive by offering 10GB of free storage to anyone who signs up for a personal account. (Those two competitors give you just 2GB and 7GB, respectively.) That’s pretty good, but it just got way better. As you may have heard […]

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Get a Fitbit Zip fitness tracker for $34.99

The Fitbit Zip. (Credit: Fitbit) I’m fairly excited about today’s deal, in part because it’s a Cheapskate exclusive, and in part because it’s the lowest price I’ve ever seen on this particular product. For a limited time, you can get a Fitbit Zip fitness tracker for $34.99, shipped (plus sales tax). That’s after taking advantage […]

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Get a year of SOS Online Backup for $19.99

(Credit: SOS Online Backup) A friend of mine recently asked whether she should pay to have her laptop repaired or just buy a new one. Repaired for what? The hard drive had died, taking all of her data with it. If you don’t have some kind of cloud-backup solution in place, you’re facing the same […]

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Get a Toshiba Canvio Connect 1TB portable hard drive for $59.99

(Credit: Toshiba) The day of the desktop hard drive would appear to be over — at least for terabyte-size drives. Now, for about the same money, you can get a smaller, USB-powered model that’s just as fast and way more travel-friendly. To wit: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Newegg has the Toshiba […]

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