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  • How-Tos: How to Boost Your Smartphone Battery Life

    Do you know where your smartphone is? Unless you're using it to read PCWorld.com, your phone is probably plugged into an outlet somewhere to charge, because the battery stinks. You can find plenty of good reasons why your smartphone battery sucks, most of which stem from the failure of lithium ion batteries to keep pace with the exponentially increasing power demands of rapidly evolving smartphone technology. Thankfully, plenty of tips and tutorials are available to help you wring every last drop of juice from your smartphone battery, and such tricks can be distilled down to two critical steps: Configure your smartphone for maximum battery life, and then download a reliable and trustworthy battery-optimization app.

  • How-Tos: Stop Windows from Rebooting After Automatic Updates, 2011 Edition

    This is an update of a post from a couple years ago. Recently I migrated to a new PC, but neglected to update the settings as described below--and suffered the same consequences. Curse you, Microsoft--again!

  • How-Tos: How To Lock Down Your Wireless Network

    If you operate a wireless network for your home or business, it's important to ward it against opportunistic hackers seeking to steal your data or hijack your Wi-Fi for their own nefarious purposes. We spoke to Steven Andrés, CTO of security consulting firm Special Ops Security, to learn about the best ways to lock down your Wi-Fi. To get started, you'll need to log in to your router's administrative console by typing the router's IP address into your Web browser's address bar. Most routers use a common address like 192.168.1.1, though alternatives like 192.168.0.1 and 192.168.2.1 are also common. Check the manual that came with your router to determine the correct IP address; if you've lost your manual, you can usually find the appropriate IP address on the manufacturer's website.

  • How-Tos: How to protect a smartphone against malware

    Smartphone malware has surged by 800% in last four months. PC Advisor explains how you can secure you mobile phone against future attacks.

  • How-Tos: How to delete business pages on Google+

    This week, Google made the business version of its Google+ social network, available worldwide, allowing web users to set-up pages for their companies that contain information and photos, as well as joining the Circles of their clients and customers.

  • How-Tos: A Potential Fix for the Outlook 'General Failure' Error

    Back in July I promised to help track down a solution to the "General failure" error that appears in Outlook when you click a link embedded in an e-mail. Judging from the number of pleas for help I continue to get from readers, this problem hasn't gone away. And it appears to affect users of all browsers, not just Firefox or Internet Explorer.

  • How-Tos: iPad printing to an unsupported printer

    A reader who wishes to remain unnamed shouldn't be so shy, as this is a perfectly lovely question. He or she writes:

  • How-Tos: How to enable Home Sharing on an iPad

    Home Sharing is a feature in Apple's iTunes that allows PC users to share their digital music and video libraries with up to five other computers located in the same household.

  • How-Tos: Protect a wireless network without using a password

    One contributor protects his Wi-Fi network without using a password.

  • How-Tos: How to set-up a Google+ for business page

    Google has finally rolled out the business version of its Google+ social network worldwide.

  • How-Tos: Help! My PC can see only 3GB of RAM, 8GB is installed

    When a reader complained that his PC could utilise only 3.25GB of the 8GB RAM he's installed, our Helproom Expert was quick to diagnose the problem: a 32bit version of Windows 7.

  • How-Tos: Can I use an older software licence key with a newer product?

    A reader wanted to know if she could use her older BullGuard Internet Security licence with an updated version of the software. Our Helproom Expert explains.

  • How-Tos: Troubleshoot Google Chrome Bookmark Syncing

    Google Chrome has issues marrying up bookmarks on its desktop and mobile versions of the browser. Here's how to reunite them

  • How-Tos: How to convert a hard drive from FAT32 to NTFS

    A reader wrote in asking if there was a way of converting an external hard drive from FAT32 to NTFS without losing the data stored on it. Our Helproom Expert explains.

  • How-Tos: Help! A Windows update won't install

    A reader found his PC was getting stuck on a particular Windows update. Our Helproom Expert explained how to break the cycle.

  • How-Tos: How to back up Windows Mail

    A reader wanted to know how he could back up his Windows Mail messages and contacts to another PC. Our Helproom Expert explained.

  • How-Tos: How to Repair a Corrupt Windows 7 Installation

    Every operating system needs an occasional repair job, and Windows 7 is no exception. Whether the source of the problem is corrupt data, a particularly brutal piece of malware, or some other serious issue, you'll occasionally have to reinstall your copy of Windows.

  • How-Tos: Automatically Load Programs and Documents When You Start Your PC

    On any given day, reader Stephen works with several different files in several different programs. His hassle is having to restart these programs and reload these documents every time he boots his PC:

  • How-Tos: Managing battery life for iOS 5 devices

    Apple's concession Wednesday that an iOS 5 glitch is behind the battery problems experienced by some iOS devices is welcome news. Not only does it mean help is on the way--Apple promised it was working on a fix--but it also lets iOS device owners who've been experiencing battery drain know that they aren't imagining things. As someone who's had to troubleshoot a power-mad iPhone 4S, I'm happy to hear that I'm not crazy. Not about this, anyhow.

  • How-Tos: How to deal with a hot laptop

    Our Helproom expert explains how to prevent a laptop overheating, and gives a reader tips on how to deal with a laptop that is running hot.


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