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  • How-Tos: Ten things to do with your new Mac

    Perhaps you lucked out this holiday season, and instead of unwrapping an itchy sweater or a Dunkin' Donuts gift card, you tore the wrapping paper off a brand new Mac. And perhaps this is the very first Mac that you've owned. Don't be afraid of your new computer; you're leaving behind a world of headaches, and this new Mac is your Excedrin.

  • How-Tos: New year's resolution: A backup plan

    You've heard the advice countless times, but it is oh so easy to ignore: You simply must back up your Mac. If you don't back up your files, it's a question of when--not if!--you'll lose something important or irreplacable. Instead of making a hard-to-keep New Year's resolution like losing weight or exercising more, this year resolve to do something that only takes a smidgen of willpower to get started and then mostly takes care of itself: Make--and manage--regular backups of your computer.

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    GoDaddy has raised the ire of the Internet--again. The Web domain registry firm is one of many publishers, studios, and other copyright holders who signed on in support of the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), according to a list published by Gizmodo.

  • How-Tos: How to control your PC by voice

    The devil makes work for idle hands, but the past decade has seen several advances in voice-recognition software that aim to ensure our mouths rather than hands do the talking when using a PC or smartphone.

  • How-Tos: How to control your iPhone 4S using Siri

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  • How-Tos: How to add a new User Account in Windows 7

    Microsoft's Windows operating system allows users to create User Accounts that tells Windows which files, folders and programs the person the PC can access, as well as retaining personal preferences such as the particular theme that's being used.

  • How-Tos: Best Bets for Photo Sharing Sites

    How do you share your photos? When I was a kid, "photo sharing" often meant sitting in a photo booth and then giving away the picture strip that it produced. (See how to make a modern, digital version by reading "Turn Your Digital Pictures into a Photo Strip.") Of course, these days, the easiest way to share photos is by posting them online at a photo sharing site.

  • How-Tos: Copy updated files, and retain or dump the originals

    A reader wanted to transfer some files from one PC to another using a USB drive. Many of the files were newer versions of files already on the drive. Our Helproom Expert explains the hassle-free way to transfer the files without losing data, and also how to replace the old files with new.

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    We explain how you can post as yourself on a Facebook page of which you're an admin.

  • How-Tos: How to create multimedia albums with impact on iPad

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  • How-Tos: How to print 3D models

    We explain how to turn a sequence of photographs into a virtual 3D model you can manipulate onscreen and even turn into a solid object.

  • How-Tos: Recover files lost when you reformat a hard drive

    Accidentally reformatted a hard drive with important documents and files on it? Fear not, says our Helproom Expert, all is not lost.

  • How-Tos: How to tell whether your copy of Windows is genuine

    A reader wrote in to tell us he had paid a technician to build a PC. The PC builder did so, but installed the operating system under a volume licence. As this is legal only in a corporate setting, our Helproom Expert explained how to tell if the copy of Windows is geniune.

  • How-Tos: Help! My laptop's webcam isn't working

    The webcam stopped working on a reader's laptop running Windows 7. Our Helproom Expert was happy to advise.

  • How-Tos: How to use Bluetooth peripherals with Windows 8

    Many Windows 8 users have reported problems with keyboards and mouses that connect via Bluetooth. Our Helproom Expert advises one reader.

  • How-Tos: Create a perfect holiday playlist

  • How-Tos: How To Use Dropbox to Edit Text On Mobile Devices

    With clients for every mobile and desktop operating system and tons of great functionality, Dropbox makes it easy to share files from basically any device.

  • How-Tos: How to create a perfect Christmas playlist

    Christmas music and eggnog have this in common: they should only appear during the proper season. Break them out during a mid-summer celebration only if you want to immediately poop the party. Fortunately, you can ensure that your festive music is played at the right time - and in the right way - at Christmas. The avenue for doing so is iTunes's smart playlists.

  • How-Tos: Stream video from Roxio Creator to Archos TV+

    When a reader had a problem streaming video from Roxio Creator 2009 to his Archos TV+, our Helproom Expert was happy to help.

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    When a reader wrote in asking for advice with an IE install that keeps crashing, our Helproom Expert told him how to diagnose problems with Internet Explorer.


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