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  • 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.

  • How-Tos: Struggling With Tablet Repair Complications

    I’m an American working for the U.S. government and assigned overseas in Italy. Around Thanksgiving, I bought an Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 tablet from Overstock.com and had it sent to my FPO mailing address. When the tablet’s screen died a while later, I opened two Asus support tickets: one on the Italian site and one on the U.S. site (since I purchased the tablet from an American vendor). Asus in Italy merely asked, “Did you buy the tablet in Italy?” I wrote back and explained the situation, but never got a reply. An Asus rep in the United States told me that they could fix the tablet, but would return it only to a family member or friend in the United States, since the company does not ship to AFO or FPO addresses. This would add eight to ten weeks to the total turnaround time for the repair. Can you help?

  • How-Tos: Add Dropbox, Google Drive, or SkyDrive to Windows' Send-To Menu

    Dragging and dropping isn't always the fastest way to handle file operations. Either you have to open and arrange two windows, or you have to navigate Explorer's folder tree, which many users find confusing.

  • How-Tos: Unable to connect to Proxy Server

    Having trouble connecting your PC to a wireless network? If you are getting messages about the proxy server, it could be that your PC is attempting to use a proxy server for some reason. Our Helproom Editor explains how to solve this problem, as well as what the Wrench menu is, in Google Chrome.

  • How-Tos: Windows 7 volume control moves to centre of screen

    When you click an icon in Windows 7's taskbar, does it move to the centre of the screen? That's what happened to one reader. Our Helproom Expert solved the problem.

  • How-Tos: How to Create a Bootable Mac OS X Flash Drive

    A bootable Mac OS X thumb drive comes in handy when you need to troubleshoot OS issues for yourself, your family, or your friends. It's also extremely useful for keeping your basic setup consistent across multiple computers, if you find yourself switching hardware regularly; and I've had fun in the past setting up a bootable USB keychain loaded with all the apps and files I need to turn any Mac-compatible computer into a viable media center quickly and easily.

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    Cloud Print lets you print emails and photos from your phone and tablet. Here's how to print on the move


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