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  • How-Tos: How to play your Xbox 360/Playstation 3 through a laptop screen.

    It's annoying isn't it? You can watch DVDs and play PC games on your laptop and the picture quality is great, but there is no quick and easy way to play connect your games console to your laptop and play with it using your laptop screen.

  • How-Tos: HDMI vs. Component Video

    A "Comcast gentleman" told Shari26 to replace her HDMI cables with component ones. She asked the HDTV & Home Theater forum for advice.

  • How-Tos: Take great underwater shots

    Brightly colored landscapes, intriguing sea life large and small, and the shadowy hulks of rusting shipwrecks are only some of the photographic subjects that await you and your underwater camera. There are few places more beautiful to photograph but, like scuba diving, underwater photography requires an understanding of this strange but intriguing environment.

  • How-Tos: How to back-up SIM contacts to a memory card on a Google Android device

    While backing-up the contacts on your smartphone to a SIM card is a great way to ensure you don't lose names, numbers and emails if your handset has to be wiped, it doesn't protect you if you lose the phone itself.

  • How-Tos: Create a Keyboard Shortcut to Insert An E-Mail Address

    Reader Richard is tiring of typing his e-mail address. Every time he logs into a site, shares an article with someone, registers for an online forum, and so on, he has to type it in. So he wants a keyboard shortcut than can "paste my e-mail address into everything." And while he's at it, how about a second shortcut that will paste in his nickname/username?

  • How-Tos: Restore Snow Leopard's three-finger swipes in Lion

    Back in the glory days of Snow Leopard, three-finger trackpad swipes could help you navigate the Finder: A three-finger swipe left took you back one step in your Finder navigation; three fingers right brought you forward again. In Lion, of course, three-finger swipes perform a very different function—they navigate between spaces. (You can change that gesture to a four-finger swipe in the Trackpad pane of System Preferences; note also that if you enable three-finger drag, then Lion enables four-finger swiping automatically.) Hints reader rbrough discovered an intriguing way to restore Snow Leopard’s old behavior on an as-needed basis.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade a PC's motherboard

    If you want to keep your PC current, sooner or later you'll have to replace its motherboard. PC Advisor explains how to relieve the pain of that process.

  • How-Tos: Build a Gaming PC for Under $1000

    When you build a gaming system, it should be all about frame rates. The reality, though, is that most people don’t have the unconstrained budgets to wring out the maximum performance a game can deliver.

  • How-Tos: Choose an underwater housing for your digital camera

    Taking pictures underwater is one of the most exciting (and challenging) photographic adventures you’re likely to undertake. When you’re playing in, on, or under the water, choosing the right equipment is critical when the only thing standing between your camera and water is a few millimeters of plastic or aluminum sealed with a sliver of an O-ring.

  • How-Tos: How to jailbreak an Apple iPhone running iOS 4.3.4 or above

    There are thousands of apps in Apple's iTunes app store that bring extra functionality to the iPhone.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade a PC's processor

    Upgrading a desktop processor might sound intimidating, but it's an easier (and cheaper) way to boost your PC's speed than you think. PC Advisor explains how to upgrade your PC's processor.

  • How-Tos: Jailbreaking 101:Tools for Hacking Your iDevice

    So you’re thinking of jailbreaking your iOS device are you? The process of hacking your iDevice is simpler than ever but with so many different hardware, firmware, and software combinations out there, choosing the right jailbreak tool for your configuration for you can be a bit daunting if it’s your first time. Here’s a guide to picking the right tool for you.

  • How-Tos: How to use a download code in iTunes

    If you don't know how to redeem your download code properly it could end up costing you a few quid.

  • How-Tos: How to jailbreak an Apple iPhone running iOS 4.3.3

    There are thousands of apps in Apple's iTunes app store that bring extra functionality to the iPhone.

  • How-Tos: How to Calibrate Your HDTV

    We all know that we're supposed to get our HDTV sets calibrated by an expert if we want them to look their very best. (We also know that we're supposed to floss daily.) But in this era of THX-approved presets and LED-backlit 3D TVs, how much difference does a professional calibration make? I decided to find out for myself with my new LG 60PZ750 plasma TV.

  • How-Tos: How to check how much space is left on the memory of a Google Android device

    Smartphones, such as those running Google Android, all come with internal storage space for users to stash their pictures, videos, music and apps. Many handsets even offer the ability to increase this storage through a Micro SD card.

  • How-Tos: How to set an MP3 as a ringtone on a BlackBerry

    Most smartphones come with a selection of ringtones these days, and BlackBerry's are no exception, but there's nothing like putting your own stamp on a handset by using one of your own MP3's as a ringtone.

  • How-Tos: How to back-up your contacts to a SIM card on a BlackBerry

    A large proportion of smartphone owners choose to save their contacts to the phone rather than their SIM card because SIM cards offer a limited space when it comes to the number of characters you can have in names, and the type of information that can be included, pictures for example.

  • How-Tos: How to check my iPhone memory

    A quick guide to show you how to find out how much memory your iPhone has left.

  • How-Tos: Playing nice with GarageBand for iPad

    Apple touts its GarageBand for iPad application as a great way to play and record music without the need to learn scales or time signatures. Musical newbies aren’t the only ones interested in using the $5 app, however. GarageBand for iPad appeals to seasoned musicians, too. And those with significant investments in recording equipment may be wondering which, if any, of their existing gear will work with the portable version of GarageBand. I decided to grab my trusty iPad, my iPad camera connection kit, and powered USB hub and plug in whatever I had around to see what would work.


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