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  • How-Tos: How to secure your smartphone and tablet PC when travelling

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  • How-Tos: How to register Outlook so Mobile Device Center picks it up

    I used to sync my Dell Axim x50v’s emails, calendar and contacts with Outlook 2003. Having now upgraded Microsoft Office, the attempted synchronisation brings up the following error message: ‘Microsoft Outlook is no longer installed so Windows Mobile Center cannot continue to run’. I’m using Windows Mobile Device Centre 6.1, Microsoft Outlook Professional Plus 2010 32bit and, on my Dell Axim, Windows Mobile 2003 (Second Edition). Can you help me get things back to normal, please?

  • How-Tos: How to play iTunes on a Google Android device

    Got a new Google Android phone or Google Android tablets? You probably want to play all your music and video on it, but if you're an iTunes user, you'll find it's not as simple as transferring your iTunes account.

  • How-Tos: How to make Word 2003 your default word processor

    I find Microsoft Office 2010’s ribbon interface unintuitive – particularly in Word. I installed Word 2003 alongside the 2010 product, but the newer version still seems to be the default software for text documents. If I accidentally launch Word 2010, a message pops up reporting: ‘Configuration process – configuring Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010’. This message remains onscreen for more than a minute. Is there any way to stop this screen appearing and make Word 2003 the default?

  • How-Tos: How to troubleshoot display problems in Windows 7

    When I turn on my Windows 7 64bit computer, the monitor’s display often shifts about an inch to the left, leaving a gap down the righthand side. The manufacturer suggested downloading and installing the latest drivers for my ATI Radeon HD 4600 graphicscard, but this hasn’t fixed the problem. The only solution appears to be to keep restarting the machine until the problem disappears. Can you help me find a permanent workaround?

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    You want a faster system? Put faster parts in it. That's the simple an­­swer to a question that every PC owner asks from time to time. But replacement parts aren't free, and cash-strapped computer enthusiasts know that the key is to put their money where it counts most.

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    Not all varieties of slowness are created equal. If computer-to-computer file transfers or web page loads are bugging you, consider focusing on your wireless network configuration instead of mucking about in Windows or inside your computer case.

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    Adding a second screen to your PC or laptop gives you more space to multitask: you can browse the web, check emails and complete work tasks, all while displaying your video or photo slideshows on a second screen.

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