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  • 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

    Anti-theft iPhone advice, and top tips to stop thieves disabling Find My iPhone

  • How-Tos: Get started with Tumblr

    There are scores of free blogging tools and websites, so it can be tricky to work out which is best. Here we explain how to get to grips with a relative newcomer: Tumblr

  • How-Tos: Safely Remove USB Drives Just by Unplugging Them

    Most Windows users have become conditioned over time to never unplug a USB flash drive or hard drive without first clicking Safely Remove Hardware in the System Tray.

  • How-Tos: How to Design a Brochure Using Microsoft Word

    When you need to rustle up a quick brochure to promote your business, you might think that using a dedicated desktop publishing program such as Adobe InDesign or Microsoft Publisher is the best way to go. But if you're familiar with Microsoft Word, you may have little reason to invest in--and learn how to use--an expensive publishing program to handle this task.

  • How-Tos: Seamless transitions your music from Mac to iOS effortlessly

    Back when I had a morning commute, I would often pop in some earbuds before hopping on the bus and rock out to one of the many tunes on my iPhone as we rode through Chinatown. The problem, of course, came when I reached my desk mid-song: Did I pause and try and find the song on my Mac's iTunes library? Or did I continue to listen through my iPhone, only to look up hours later and realize I'd drained my phone's battery when I should have switched to my desktop?

  • How-Tos: Use UK Quicken with Windows 7

    A UK reader wrote to us asking how to use Quicken with Windows 7. Our Helproom Expert was happy to advise.

  • How-Tos: Difference between 32bit and 64bit Windows

    In an answer to a previous query, our Helproom Editor explained to a reader how he could run GWBasic on a 64bit Windows 7 PC. But as another reader subsequently pointed out - a simpler solution might be to simply run a 32bit version of Windows. Here, our Helproom Editor explains how to run 16bit software on a 32bit installation of Windows, as well as pointing out some of the major differences between 32bit and 64bit Windows.

  • How-Tos: How Switching to VoIP Can Save You Money

    You probably can't turn a corner in the office without hearing about Voice over IP--a popular, cheap, and effective way to provide telephony to businesses. The premise is simple: Instead of using the existing telephone lines in your building, or having new ones installed, you push all of your voice, teleconferencing, and video traffic through the Internet.

  • How-Tos: Use a switch to add more ports to router

    No spare ports on your router? Our Helproom expert explains how to use a switch to add additional wired ports to a broadband router.


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