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    We all know that we're supposed to get our HDTV sets calibrated by an expert if we want them to look their very best. (We also know that we're supposed to floss daily.) But in this era of THX-approved presets and LED-backlit 3D TVs, how much difference does a professional calibration make? I decided to find out for myself with my new LG 60PZ750 plasma TV.

  • How-Tos: How to check how much space is left on the memory of a Google Android device

    Smartphones, such as those running Google Android, all come with internal storage space for users to stash their pictures, videos, music and apps. Many handsets even offer the ability to increase this storage through a Micro SD card.

  • How-Tos: How to set an MP3 as a ringtone on a BlackBerry

    Most smartphones come with a selection of ringtones these days, and BlackBerry's are no exception, but there's nothing like putting your own stamp on a handset by using one of your own MP3's as a ringtone.

  • How-Tos: How to back-up your contacts to a SIM card on a BlackBerry

    A large proportion of smartphone owners choose to save their contacts to the phone rather than their SIM card because SIM cards offer a limited space when it comes to the number of characters you can have in names, and the type of information that can be included, pictures for example.

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  • How-Tos: Playing nice with GarageBand for iPad

    Apple touts its GarageBand for iPad application as a great way to play and record music without the need to learn scales or time signatures. Musical newbies aren’t the only ones interested in using the $5 app, however. GarageBand for iPad appeals to seasoned musicians, too. And those with significant investments in recording equipment may be wondering which, if any, of their existing gear will work with the portable version of GarageBand. I decided to grab my trusty iPad, my iPad camera connection kit, and powered USB hub and plug in whatever I had around to see what would work.

  • How-Tos: How to implement a factory reset on a BlackBerry

    Smartphones often contain a lot of personal data, such as emails, contacts and even sign-in details for social networks such as Facebook, and BlackBerry's are no exception

  • How-Tos: Learn to use gestures in Lion

    Lion’s support for gestures—tapping and swiping fingers on a Multi-Touch trackpad—isn’t entirely new. OS X has supported gestures in some form for several years. Even so, many of us still haven't adopted gestures as a way of interacting with our Macs. Maybe we don't have the right Multi-Touch hardware. Or maybe the mouse-plus-keyboard interface is burned so deeply into our muscle memory, we've seen no reason to switch.

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  • How-Tos: How to upload pictures on Twitter

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  • How-Tos: Back up your iTunes media files

    As time goes by, and our digital media collections grow, we need to ensure that we don’t lose the music and video files that we’ve spent our hard-earned dollars (or, in the case of ripping our own CDs and DVDs, considerable time) on. Music, videos, and audiobooks can add up until your iTunes library fills your hard disk and then some. In addition to storing the original files, you have to make sure you keep backups, because in many cases you can’t download such files again.

  • How-Tos: How to transfer music from your iPod to your Mac (without downloading software)

    A 5-step guide on how to access your iPod's music files without downloading specialist software.

  • How-Tos: How to use Windows Character Map tool

    Windows’ Character Map utility is helpful for finding and copying various special characters

  • How-Tos: How to uninstall apps from a BlackBerry

    If you've got a BlackBerry smartphone, then you've probably already made use of one of its greatest features – the ability to install third-party software from BlackBerry App World, RIM's app store.

  • How-Tos: Tame Lion's Mail

    The Lion version of Apple Mail ( Macworld rated 4.5 out of 5 mice ) not only alters the email program's overall user interface but also changes numerous features behind the scenes. Some of these new or revised features behave in ways one might not expect, but with a few key pieces of information you'll be ready to use them to their full potential.

  • How-Tos: How to check your Android device for malware

    The amount of malware designed to infect mobile phones running Google's Android has surged, security researchers have revealed.

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    Apple (for some reason) don't want you to transfer your music from your iPod back to your PC. But here's how you do it.

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    Initially taking a screen grab from your Smartphone might seem a bit pointless.

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    Video chat is all the rage these days, thanks to new services such as Google+ Hangouts and Skype/Facebook integrated video chat. Video chatting is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends--seeing loved ones' faces on a computer screen is almost like actually being there.


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