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    Mobile malware is getting lots of attention these days, but you can’t forget about your PC’s security—after all, you probably still use it to pay bills, shop online, and store sensitive documents. You should fully protect yourself to lessen the chance of cybercriminals infiltrating your computer and your online accounts, capturing your personal information, invading your privacy, and stealing your money and identity.

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    For tens of thousands of entrepreneurs frustrated by Washington's arcane legal rules for raising business capital, Kickstarter has been nothing short of a red-tape weed whacker. The crowd-funding website lets individual investors pledge money directly to inventors and artists, handily upending the complex and often impossible process of raising financing one person at a time.

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    Printing anything from anywhere is no longer fantasy. In fact, it's often a necessity if using a smartphone, tablet, or laptop is an essential part of your daily workflow.

  • How-Tos: Prepare your business for digital disaster

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  • How-Tos: Customise the Windows 7 logon screen

    In Windows 7, it's relatively easy to change the default background to have your own photo on the logon screen. With a quick registry tweak, your custom image will be shown each time you log on or off your PC.

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  • How-Tos: Create iMovie titles or watermarks with creative overlays

    iMovie ’11 offers many options for styling title text—more than you probably realized. But what if you want even more control over how text appears? Or maybe you want a custom graphic or logo to appear in the corner of your video. With an image editor and a small amount of trickery, you can easily do so.

  • How-Tos: How to add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 free of charge

    Earlier this year I suggested that because Microsoft was unbundling Windows Media Center from Windows 8, fans of the former should avoid upgrading to the latter.

  • How-Tos: Maximize your first 30 minutes with Windows 8

    You've successfully installed Windows 8. You're staring at the Start screen, in all its flat-tiled glory, and it all seems completely alien based on your previous experience with Windows.

  • How-Tos: How to watch Microsoft Windows Phone 8 launch live

    Microsoft is launching Windows Phone 8 today so here's how to get live coverage of the event.

  • How-Tos: Mac 101: Your input devices

    For the last few weeks I've casually thrown around phrases like "hover your cursor over," "press the Command key," and "swipe to the side on your trackpad." And while I'm fairly confident that such suggestions are well within your powers to understand, it's possible (likely, even) that you, your keyboard, mouse, and trackpad are not on entirely intimate terms. Let's do something about that now.

  • How-Tos: Create cool video titles in Final Cut Pro X

    If you edit video, you probably use titles—to introduce a topic, identify a speaker, or perhaps credit actors and crew. Title design goes beyond just the choice of words. Fonts, colors, size, graphic elements, and animation all combine to establish a tone that can unify, support, and enhance your entire project.

  • How-Tos: How to update your Galaxy S III to Jelly Bean right now

    Sick of waiting for the Jelly Bean update for your Galaxy S III? We show you how to update manually with an easy, five-step guide.

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    Microsoft is preparing to launch its latest operating system so here's how to get live coverage of the Windows 8 event.

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