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    My Packard Bell PC running Windows Vista is unable to download files. I've spent a lot of money on software to fix the problem, but it hasn't worked. I'm at a total loss!

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    By now, you're used to watching all kinds of video via the Web. You get caught up on your favorite TV shows with Hulu, enjoy a movie or two with Netflix Instant Watch, maybe even sneak in a cat video or two (or a dozen) on YouTube during your lunch break at work. You're used to searching the Web to find what you want to watch when you want to watch it.

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    When I press the Back button to cycle through a multi-page online catalogue, Google Chrome has started producing warning messages. I also find that extra tabs open containing a message about 'flag switches'. Is my machine infected?

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  • How-Tos: Bugs & Fixes: Troubleshooting Final Cut Pro X

    Coinciding with this week’s release of Final Cut Pro X, Apple has posted well over a dozen new Knowledge Base articles detailing various quirks of the new software. I’ve summarized the key issues below. I follow that with a brief look at users’ largely negative assessment of the update.

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    The motherboard is probably the most complex PC component to upgrade, but modern operating systems and standards have taken much of the pain out of swapping in a new one. (Even so, ancillary issues such as software activation make the task of upgrading a motherboard more annoying rather than less.)

  • How-Tos: Upgrade Your CPU

    Upgrading your CPU can be a frustrating experience, even though the physical acts of removing an old processor and installing the new one are pretty easy. The more difficult questions to answer are these: When is the right time for me to upgrade a CPU? What processor will give me the best bang for the buck?

  • How-Tos: How to add Favourites on iPlayer

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    Tablets make the perfect home for digital ebooks and purchasing then reading them can be done in mere minutes. Here's how to purchase and read e-books on a tablet.

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    The BBC's online catch-up TV service, iPlayer, allows web users to watch programmes that have already been broadcast on their PC for up to 30 days after their first transmission.

  • How-Tos: Password management systems: How to compare and use them

    With username and password prompts coming at users with every personal and professional login, every once in a while they're bound to forget which combinations go with which access requests.

  • How-Tos: Find and play high-resolution audio on the Mac

    Everybody is familiar with high-definition video these days, which packs more visual information (more pixels) into the shows you see on TV and on Blu-ray discs. But you may not know much about high-resolution audio, which offers music in formats with clarity and fidelity that can be superior to that of CDs. I took a look at the current offerings, and how you can play these high-resolution files on a Mac. Here’s what you need to know.

  • How-Tos: How to change the download destination folder in Safari

    When you download files from the web to your PC, they are automatically stored in a folder, the location of which is set by your browser automatically. However, it is very easy to change this location yourself

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    When you download files from the web to your PC, they are automatically stored in a folder, the location of which is set by your browser automatically. However, it is very easy to change this location yourself.

  • How-Tos: How to change the folder files are downloaded to in Internet Explorer

    When you download files from the web to your PC, they are automatically stored in a folder, the location of which is set by your browser automatically. However, it is very easy to change this location yourself. We've already shown you how to change the folder items are saved to in Firefox 4, but here's how to implement the change in Internet Explorer 9.


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