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    Whatever else you do with your Android tablet, and there are plenty of options, you are going to want it to know the current time and date. That information is very important. It is used by a range of applications. For example when you open the calendar on your tablet it automatically goes to what it thinks is today.

  • How-Tos: How to connect to a Wi-Fi network on a Google Android phone

    Smartphones allow users to surf the web, download apps and check emails from their handset. However, this can be costly when it comes to using data, especially if you don't have an all-you-can-consume package. A number of Google Android handsets also come with Wi-Fi connectivity. By using Wi-Fi instead of data, you'll ensure there's far less damage. Here's how to connect to a Wi-Fi network from your handset.

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  • How-Tos: Pull Excel data into Word 2011 docs

    One of the handiest things you can do with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) in Office 2011 is to share data between two different Office apps. For example, let's say you want to embed data from Excel in a sales report you're writing in Word. VBA is the tool you'll want to use to make that happen.

  • How-Tos: How to customise an Android tablet's home page

    One of the great things about tablets is that they can be personalised to your own tastes and needs. If you think about your mobile phone, perhaps you have used a favourite photo as the wallpaper and put links to important people or information on the home page. The same concept applies to a tablet, except that with a much bigger screen and a wider potential array of uses, the possibilities for personalisation are that much greater.

  • How-Tos: How to set an MP3 as a ringtone on a Google Android smartphone

    Most smartphones come with a selection of ringtones these days, but there's nothing like putting your own stamp on a handset by using one of your own MP3's as a ringtone. Perhaps you want to hear your favourite song on a regular basis or you simply want to distinguish between different callers without having to look at the screen to see who's trying to get in touch. Using MP3s as ringtones will let you do this, and it only takes a few simple steps to turn them into ringtones.

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    Like many of us, you've probably got hundreds of CDs lying about the house. By making digital copies of these CDs, you'll be able to ensure your entire music collection is available on your PC, so you can listen to it while you're working on your PC, transfer it to your smartphone or even stream it across your home network.

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  • How-Tos: How to clean up the temp folder in Windows

    To keep your PC in good working order, it's important to ensure that any clutter and unused files are removed on a regular basis. This includes files in the temporary folder, as they were once necessary but are now not being used. You can either use a tool in Windows or do it manually. We show you how to do both.

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  • How-Tos: How to use Facebook on a Google Android device

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