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The 10 hottest Five Apps lists of 2015

The year's top posts cover everything from data recovery tools to podcast software to digital photo editors. Here are the highlights.

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Over the past 12 months, we've explored a wide assortment of time-saving apps, money-saving solutions, labor-saving add-ons, and tech tools that might just save the day (and your job). We've looked at apps for field techs, admins, developers, Web designers, end users, executives, project managers, and road warriors. There are apps for clueless newbies, power users, rookie techs, and seasoned IT pros. Check out this list of the most popular posts and see what's out there for you.

1: Five tech emergency apps you should always carry with you

Be ready for any tech crisis you encounter in the field. These apps will help you cope with a wide range of problems.

2: Five versatile apps for the one-person IT shop

Operating a one-person shop can be rewarding, but it has its challenges. Here are five apps to help make the work more manageable.

3: Five more data recovery tools that could save the day

Maybe it was hardware failure or user error or a malicious attack... but you don't necessarily have to kiss that data goodbye. Here are some apps that just might get it back for you.

4: Five lesser-known Google Apps to make your digital life easier

From a form generator to a trend tracker to a cloud printer app, these free tools will expand your capabilities and save you time and effort.

5: Five apps for managing your receipts

Keep your receipts organized and stay on top of your expenses with the help of these handy apps.

6: Five apps for saving money on flights

Whether you travel a little or a lot, these apps will enable you to find the best available prices on airfare.

7: Five tools for defragmenting your hard disk

You don't have to settle for Windows' built-in defrag options. Here are five commercial tools that offer an assortment of extra features.

8: Five free apps to help monitor battery life

Use your power for good. These five apps will help you estimate how much time your device has left for a variety of tasks.

9: Five Linux desktop distributions with a great future

If you're looking for a new Linux distribution, don't let the choices overwhelm you. This list of rising distributions will get you off to a great start.

10: Five apps for tracking project milestones

There are plenty of ways to track projects, but some tools are better than others. Here are five reliable apps that make it easier to stay on top of your milestones.

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Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic and is now senior editor for Tech Pro Research.

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