Melanie Pinola

Melanie Pinola is a freelance writer covering all things tech-related. A former IT admin and occasional web developer, she is also the author of LinkedIn in 30 Minutes, a Lifehacker writer, and the Mobile Office Technology expert at

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of ITworld, its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Amazon Prime just got both better and worse

The tech companies with the best employee satisfaction and work-life balance

All work and no play don't make for very happy employees. Some tech companies have better work-life environments than others.

How to hide or block unwanted updates in Windows 10

How to hide or block unwanted updates in Windows 10

Microsoft has made updates mandatory and automatic for Windows 10, but a new tool lets you hide updates you don't want installed

Why you need a password manager (besides saving your passwords)

Why you need a password manager (besides saving your passwords)

Password managers can do a lot more than just save your logins

Tablets Might Actually be Increasing PC Customer Satisfaction

Tablets might actually be boosting the rate by which consumers appreciate their PCs. As tablets gain market share, overall customer satisfaction with the PC industry is actually picking up.

Ballmer Quotes Microsoft Surface Pricing: $300 to $800

In the suspense-filled lead-up to the release of its Surface tablets, Microsoft has declined to discuss how much the devices will actually cost--until now, at least.

Microsoft Patents an Advanced Multi-Touch Stylus

The humble stylus may be getting a radical makeover, with powerful touch and other sensors built into the tablet and smartphone accessory, according to a Microsoft patent recently approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Next-Generation Laptop Touch Keyboards and Touchpads on Their Way From Synaptics

The touch experience on laptops is about to get a whole lot better. No, we're not talking about touchscreens on Windows 8 laptops and Ultrabooks again. This time it's about more advanced touch technologies in trackpads and even...

Top Back-to-School Laptops

Top Back-to-School Laptops

Do you need to help a family member choose a back-to-school laptop? Are you having trouble deciding what to purchase? Here are some suggestions.

Which Ultrabooks Have User-Replaceable Batteries? Too Few

Many of the new Ultrabooks have batteries that are difficult or impossible to replace. If that bothers you, check your model before you buy.

USB Group Approves New One-Size-Fits-All Charging Method

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has approved a new method of power delivery that provides for up to 100 watts over a USB cable -- enough to power your laptop, monitor and more.

Amazon Readying Multiple New Kindle Tablets, According to Staples

Amazon has big plans for its coming onslaught of tablets to compete with Apple's iPad and Google's Nexus 7. Reuters reports Staples US Retail president, Demos Parneros as saying there are five or six upcoming tablets, among them a...

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