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  • Video: Video: Sharp's new robot vacuum talks back, takes pictures, streams video to your phone via Wi-Fi

    The "Cocorobo," which goes on sale in Japan from June for about 130,000 yen, or £1,012, navigates with three ultrasonic sensors and includes Sharp's Plasmacluster air filtering technology. The company plans to develop hardware add-ons so it can interact with other appliances.

  • How-Tos: Protect Yourself From DNSChanger

    In July the Internet Systems Consortium will permanently shut down DNS servers deployed to serve as temporary surrogates for rogue DNS servers shut down as part of Operation Ghost Click, an FBI operation that brought down an Estonian hacker ring last year. If your PC is one of the more than 1 million computers infected that carry DNSChanger you might unknowingly be relying on one of the FBI's temporary servers to access the Internet, and if you don't eliminate DNSChanger from your PC before the FBI pulls the plug on its servers, you'll be left without Internet access. Read on to learn how to discover whether you're infected with DNSChanger, and what you can do to eliminate it from your system.

  • How-Tos: How to Deal With Tech Distractions

    Having trouble focusing on your work? You're not alone: The advent of smartphones, tablets, and Twitter has made staying connected to the flow of information seem seductively simple. All you have to do is leave your email inbox open in one tab, have Facebook or Twitter open in another, and set your phone to beep whenever you have an appointment to ensure that you stay productive without missing a single meeting or status update.

  • How-Tos: PC Tips: Use Sleep Mode to Save Money, Skip 'Safely Remove'

    Every now and then I come across great PC tips and share them with you. A few months back I told you how to put Linux on a USB drive (and why you'd want to), and how to bypass Windows Updates. Today I've found some interesting research on using Sleep Mode (vs. leaving a PC running), plus a great tip on how to quickly remove USB devices without hassling with the "Safely Remove Hardware" routine.

  • How-Tos: Beam photos in iPhoto for iOS

    Whether it's using Brushes, adding special effects, or simply making basic edits, iPhoto for iOS offers a great degree of flexibility for editing photos on your iPad or iPhone. But aside from the ease with which you can edit photos, the mobile version of iPhoto offers users an unusual advantage when it comes to sharing.

  • How-Tos: 5 Essential iOS Apps for Photographers

    My friends call me a camera snob because I prefer digital SLRs and typically turn my nose up at camera phones. But lately, I've fallen in love with my iPhone's camera; more and more, I find myself snapping photos with my phone. One obvious advantage that a smartphone like the iPhone has over a traditional camera is portability. I've always got my iPhone in my pocket, while my Nikon often languishes at home. But another great advantage is apps: It's easy to add new features and capabilities to your iPhone by installing a free or inexpensive app. To do the same thing with a traditional camera, you'd need a degree in electrical engineering. Last year, I told you about five reasons photographers should love the iPhone. The apps I mentioned back then are still great, but this week, I've rounded up five more iOS apps that I highly recommend.

  • How-Tos: Restore data from a backup

    Everyone hopes they won't suffer a hard disk crash, but it pays to know in advance how to restore files from your backup should you find yourself in that position.

  • How-Tos: How to back up your PC and laptop

    With so many computers containing your stuff, backing it all up can be a headache. Fear not, as our ultimate guide to backup will explain how to easily back up your PC and laptop. We'll help you put a proper backup strategy in place that will ensure your precious photos and documents stay safe.

  • How-Tos: How to Edit Office Documents on Your Smartphone

    Although office suites have been available on mobile phones for more than a decade, touch interfaces have made them much simpler and more efficient than before. Now, iPhone and Android users wanting to work with office documents while on the go have at least three great options each, and two of them in common. This guide will walk you through the process of choosing an editor and getting started in editing documents on your smartphone.

  • How-Tos: How To Make Your PC Distraction-Free

    With tons of desktop real estate and the processing power to run practically as many apps as you can open, it can be challenging to stay focused on a single task while using your PC. Luckily, in recent years a number of new tools have been developed to help you create a distraction-free workspace at home or in the office. These apps and tools hide unused windows and menus to help you focus on what's important and be more productive.

  • How-Tos: Use Google Voice to Send Text Messages From a Tablet

    Last week I offered up three things you should know about Google Voice, including its very cool option of sending and receiving text messages from within your browser.

  • How-Tos: Remotely transfer iPhoto images to iPhone

    Reader Robert Zavod would like greater access to his photos from his iPhone. He writes:

  • How-Tos: How To Ignore Your Email Without Losing Your Job

    One of the simplest ways to be more productive during working hours is to reduce the time you spend on maintenance tasks like checking your e-mail. These tasks break your concentration on more important work, and a recent study from UC Irvine suggests that checking your e-mail less often can help reduce stress and raise your level of concentration at work.

  • How-Tos: Like Windows Media Center? Don't Upgrade to Windows 8

    As we reported earlier today, the "default configurations" of Windows 8 will not include Windows Media Center. Likewise, Windows 8 won't offer DVD playback capability.

  • How-Tos: Get started with SoundCloud

    Whether you're looking for new music to listen to or want to upload your own for critique, SoundCloud is one of the best online resources. We show you how to get started with the free service.

  • How-Tos: Why Your Business Still Needs Newsletters

    Marketing gurus pushed email newsletters hard back in the days before social networking. If you believe everything you read online these days, you'd think that Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other Web 2.0 services have left such vehicles in the virtual dust. Not so. Nor has the scourge of spam destroyed newsletters' effectiveness. Email marketing still achieves huge results--and pairing an effective email newsletter with a social media campaign can snag many more customers for your business than relying on social media alone.

  • How-Tos: How to Stop Your Social Networks From Distracting You

    Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and other social networks help you stay connected with friends and family, but it's easy to overdo the connecting and end up distracted and unproductive. Worse, many social networks notify you every time someone tries to interact with you, making it even harder to concentrate on productive tasks. Turning these helpful reminders off can be tricky in some instances, but setting up a way to tune out mobile and e-mail notifications is well worthwhile. Here's how to stop your social networks from distracting you, so you can get your working life back on track. And don't worry--you can still peek at your Twitter page once in a while.

  • How-Tos: How to Buy a Router

    Are you still using the router that your Internet service provider gave you? If so, you might not be getting the best results possible. Routers that ISPs provide tend to be older models running custom firmware, and the download and upload speeds from these routers may not match the speeds you pay for.

  • How-Tos: Thunderbird update deletes messages

    Having trouble with Mozilla Thunderbird? A reader installed a Thunderbird update that caused all his messages to disappear, and change mail preferences. Here's how to recover from a Thunderbird disaster.

  • How-Tos: How to protect your iPhone from theft

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