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    Before the Internet, passwords played only a tiny role in everyday life. Think about it: Except for your ATM PIN, what important codes did you need to remember? Probably none. But now, you can’t click a link without hitting another site that requires a password. Doesn’t matter if it’s a big-name destination like Google Docs or Mint.com, or a smaller, more private site such as your local library or company intranet. You want in? Password, please.

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    Do you have an ageing laptop that you want to save from the recycling center? With a few software and hardware upgrades, you could bring that old notebook back to life and possibly avoid having to plunk down cash for a new laptop or a secondary device such as an Apple iPad or an Android tablet.

  • How-Tos: How to back-up your contacts to a SIM card on an Android device

    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: How to add photorealistic rendering to your sketches

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  • How-Tos: Fix problems with Fast User Switching caused by 'RtlGina2.dll'

    A component of Netgear's wireless adaptor software called RtlGina2.dll causes problems with Windows. After a reader wrote in to explain the problem, our Helproom editor stepped in to help out.

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  • How-Tos: How to remove red eye using Windows Live Photo Gallery

    There's nothing worse than uploading your digital snaps to your PC, only to discover that in that perfect photo, you or one of your subject's has red-eye

  • How-Tos: Restore a 'Missing' icon to your Windows 7 taskbar

    Reader Jim wrote in with this problem: "Somehow I've lost the icon for Internet Explorer in my Taskbar and can't figure out how to restore it.

  • How-Tos: Tips for taking great smartphone photos

    You probably don't carry your fancy-pants DSLR camera with you all the time, but your smartphone--along with its built-in camera--is in your pocket everywhere you go. That's why these days the most popular camera used to upload photos to Flickr isn't a camera at all, but the iPhone.

  • How-Tos: Speed up repetitive emails with Gmail Canned Responses

    No matter what line of work you're in, chances are you've got at least a few common questions that always land in your inbox. If you're a Gmail user, you can use a little Labs add-on called Canned Responses to take the drudgery out of those replies. Rather than type out the same response over and over again, Canned Responses lets you type it once, save it, and then apply it to any given e-mail at any time.

  • How-Tos: How to download and install apps on a BlackBerry

    If you’ve got a BlackBerry device, then one of the best features you’ll want to utilise, is the ability to download apps to your handset.

  • How-Tos: How to take a screen grab on an Apple iPhone

    Initially taking a screen grab from your mobile phone might seem a bit pointless. But if you're having problems with your phone, or you're unsure how to do something on your handset, it's a great way of 'explaining' what you can see. It's a relatively simple process on Apple's iPhone and it doesn't require any extra software. Here's how

  • How-Tos: How to prepare your comic book for printing

    The is the second of a two-part series on how to create and print a comic book or graphic novel on your Mac. Part one was published on Friday, July 29th.

  • How-Tos: Travel Smart: The Best Tech Gear for the Road

    Editor's note: Former computer security consultant Anil Polat has set a goal of traveling the world indefinitely, while blogging about his tech-fueled experiences at foxnomad.com. Given his on-the-go lifestyle, Polat has strong feelings about what to look for in digital tagalongs. Here's what he recommends.

  • How-Tos: How to take a screen grab on an Android device

    Initially taking a screen grab from your Smartphone might seem a bit pointless. But if you're having problems with your phone, or you're unsure how to do something on your handset, it's a great way of 'explaining' what you can see

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    As PCs get more powerful and easier to use, the challenges involved with upgrading them have remained about the same. For the novice, a hard drive upgrade can appear downright daunting. For more experienced tinkerers, the upgrade itself may be easy, but it's easier still to overlook factors that could streamline the whole process and better protect both the hardware and the data stored on it.

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    Putting a new hard drive or SSD into a laptop may seem like an impossibly complicated task, but it's actually very simple. Find the existing hard drive, pop it out, stick the new one in.


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