Stories by Christopher Null

The top 14 hidden features in Windows, iOS, and Android

You may think you're a high-tech power user who knows all the nooks and crannies of Windows, iOS, and Android, but let's be realistic: There could be at least a few undocumented (or poorly documented) commands, control panels, and apps that have slipped by you--maybe more than a few.

Twenty-five best business software tools and services

Anyone who says their business "runs itself" probably owes a great debt of gratitude to a small army of software applications and Web services that tirelessly feeds the machine from behind the scenes. From creating and storing documents and staying on top of e-mail to keeping the books and getting teams working together, it takes a lot of code to run a business, or at least to run it well. But setting up your company isn't as easy as just fishing apps out of a barrel. You want the best you can get, and at a price that isn't through the roof.

The eye-catching Asus P527 cell phone

Festooned with features, the Asus P527 phone (US$570 unlocked, as of April) is near perfection--on paper. Its big 2.7-inch LCD and spacious keypad are immediately eye-catching, and under the hood the P527 includes wi-fi, GPS, an FM radio, and even remote desktop-control features. It's too bad that the P527 is so slow that it will try the patience of even the most enthusiastic user. The various quirky and buggy applications don't help.

50 ways to make your software do more

Stuck with a boring browser? Wish that Word could handle more tasks? Feel hemmed in by Photoshop? You don't have to toss (or upgrade) your existing software to get new features and tools. Sometimes a plug-in, an add-on, or even a simple tweak can enable your computer to do tricks you never even thought of before. We rounded up more than 50 of our favorite tools and tips for unlocking extra value from popular browsers, productivity applications, and multimedia tools.