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    I get lots of questions about playlists: how to create them, how to work with them, and how to organize them. In this week's column, I look at several questions related to playlists, and I also tackle a bonus question about syncing music to an iPod shuffle.

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    Back in the good old days, when you started watching a YouTube video, the entire thing would download (or "buffer") in the background, thus ensuring a relatively smooth playback experience.

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    Creating your own custom apps has never been easier than it is today. Thanks to an abundance of smart frameworks for Web, desktop, and mobile development, anyone with the right mindset, focus, and determination can build cool, data-driven apps for almost any platform. But getting started can be daunting for a would-be coder. In this article, we'll explore how to get started in app development.

  • How-Tos: How to solve the 10 most common tech support problems yourself

    Whether you're dealing with your dad's decade-old computer or your own custom-built gaming rig, troubleshooting PC problems is a part of everyday life. Before you make that $50 support call, though, try your hand at homebrew tech support. We spoke to some of the best support reps in the business about the most common problems they fix--and how you can do it yourself.

  • How-Tos: 4 Client-Side Web Storage Options That Replace Cookies

    Several standards exist for storing large amounts of data in a user's Web browser. Each has its benefits, tradeoffs, W3C standardization status and level of browser support. All are better than cookies.

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  • How-Tos: Make the most of your day off with these simple tech to-dos

    This long weekend has no shortage of things to do--weed the garden, clean the rain gutters, deal with that pile of bills you've been neglecting. Whew! But while you're at it, don't neglect your tech chores--your tech gear needs a little love, too! With that in mind, here are a few things to tidy up your digital life.

  • How-Tos: How to use a VPN service

    Whether you are at home or out with a laptop, tablet or smartphone, someone could be spying on your internet activities. Use a VPN to stay safe, secure and anonymous. It can even unlock blocked websites and services. Here we show you how to use the free Hotspot Shield in Windows and SurfEasy for Android.

  • How-Tos: Move data from Android phone to SD card

    We explain how to move apps from Android phone to SD card, how to move files and photos from Android phone to SD card, andhow to save files to the SD card on your Android phone.

  • How-Tos: Automator workflow of the month: Automatically file downloaded items

    Like all good Automator workflows, this one is hatched from something I find to be an annoyance. I download a lot of files--disk images, songs, pictures, and books. All of them go into the Downloads folder within my user folder. After downloading them I don't always retrieve these files, but rather let them molder away for days or weeks. When I finally get around to using them, I rummage around in this folder, which now contains hundreds of files. Wouldn't it be easier if all the disk-image files were in one place, pictures in another, and so on? With Automator you can make that so. Here's how.

  • How-Tos: Hands-on: Parallels Access runs your Mac apps on your iPad

    Parallels is best known to Mac users as one of the handful of companies--including VMWare and a couple of others--that make apps enabling you to run Windows on your Mac. Now the company is entering a much more crowded niche: Its new iOS app Parallels Access lets you connect to a remote Mac from your iPad and so "run" Mac apps on your tablet. In doing so, it joins the likes of GoToMyPC, LogMeIn, TeamViewer HD, and [SplashTop

  • How-Tos: How to take screenshots on an Android phone

    You just made it to the top of the leaderboards in your favorite game and want to show off to your buddies. The problem is, most of them live far away and there's always the chance you'll be knocked off the board by some punk kid before you get a chance to brag about your exploits. The easiest way to flaunt your victory is to take a screenshot of your accomplishment and send it to your friends. There's just one problem: You have an Android phone and you don't know how to take a screenshot.

  • How-Tos: Saving YouTube videos for offline viewing

    Watching a YouTube video typically requires an Internet connection, but with a little preparation the videos can be saved for later offline viewing.

  • How-Tos: How to check your CPU temperature

    We explain how to use the free SpeedFan utility to check your CPU temperature, as well as other temperatures in your PC and monitor fan speeds.

  • How-Tos: Downgrade from Internet Explorer 10 to IE 9

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  • How-Tos: Fix colour balance on old display

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  • How-Tos: Should I boost my PC's memory?

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  • How-Tos: Fix power surge damage to PC

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  • How-Tos: How non-Dropbox users can send files to your Dropbox account

    As any Dropbox user knows, it's pretty easy to share a cloud-stored file with someone; just click the share icon to get a link you can distribute as needed.


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