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    Have a question about digital photography? Send it to me. I reply to as many as I can--though given the quantity of e-mails that I get, I can't promise a personal reply to each one. I round up the most interesting questions about once a month here in Digital Focus. For more frequently asked questions, read my newsletters from January, February, March, and April.

  • How-Tos: Can I Wirelessly Connect My PC to My HDTV?

    Ernest Valdez, Jr. asked how he could wirelessly send a video signal from his computer to his HDTV.

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    I'm writing today's post on my Android-based Acer Iconia A500 tablet. But no, I'm not tapping slowly around an on-screen keyboard. Instead, I grabbed an old USB keyboard that was laying at the bottom of a junk drawer in my closet, and I'm typing as fast as I would on my desk-bound machine. For tablet-based productivity, this is an awesome experience.

  • How-Tos: Using iTunes' Restore From Backup command

    Earlier this week, my friend and Macworld colleague, Dan Frakes, posted a series of tweets lamenting a frustrating problem he was having with his iPhone. It began with a seemingly innocuous act: charging his iPhone overnight. The next morning, Dan's iPhone had "reset"--with the result that the ordering of his home screen icons was jumbled and all his painstakingly assembled folder organization was gone.

  • How-Tos: Watch iOS videos on your HDTV

    With a single attachment, you can turn your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch into a video player that mimics an Apple TV ( Macworld rated 4 out of 5 mice ), Roku player ( Macworld rated 4 out of 5 mice ), and other video players. And it even rivals those dedicated devices for quality.

  • How-Tos: Use AppleTV video caching for faster AirPlay viewing

    One of my favorite features of iOS 4.2 (and later) and the second-generation Apple TV is that if I've taken photos or video with my iPhone, I can use Apple's AirPlay technology to stream those bits of media directly from my iPhone to the Apple TV—I don't have to first sync the media to iTunes or iPhoto. This makes it easy to, for example, show my mother-in-law the video I took of my daughter's first "solo" bike ride at the park.

  • How-Tos: Smartphone Video Tips: Shooting, Editing, and Sharing

    A few decades ago, even a short, amateur film cost hundreds--or thousands--of dollars to make. And your friends couldn't see it unless you invited them over and set up the 16mm projector.

  • How-Tos: Dealing with iPhone duplicates

    Reader Michael Beaudoin is frustrated with an iPhone that has too much information on it. He writes:

  • How-Tos: Clearing up iPhone sync confusion

    Reader Simon Tanner was caught unaware by the not-entirely-clandestine relationship between his iPhone and Yahoo. He writes:

  • How-Tos: How to turn a flat-panel monitor into a digital photo frame

    I have a redundant 19in flat-panel display that I can’t bear to throw away. Is there a simple way to turn it into a picture display?

  • How-Tos: How to convert DVDs to play on a WDTV box

    I need some advice about video conversion. Using DivX Converter, a WDTV Live drive and a large hard drive, I’ve copied my entire DVD collection to disk. I’ve been reading about the H.264 format, however, which apparently retains the same quality at a lower bitrate. I’m interested in switching DivX Converter for Handbrake, which is free. Will it really give me the same quality with smaller file sizes, and is it only beneficial for HD video?

  • How-Tos: How to: The Top 10 Tech Tutorials of 2010

    One of the key functions of the PC Advisor website is to help technology users. We offer free tech support in the Helproom Forum, and hundreds of technology tutorials both big and small. Search around on PC Advisor and you'll find advice on everything from ultra-techie niche problems, through simple home entertainment setup to tips on keeping your PC in tip-top condition.

  • How-Tos: How to set up a 3D HDTV

    If you've forked out for a 3D HDTV , you're going to want to be able to show it off. Check out our guide which will take you from step one (setting up your screening room) all the way to the end (choosing what to watch).

  • How-Tos: How to use Annex M to increase upload speeds

    In a recent story you said Annex M could increase ADSL 2+ broadband upload speeds at the expense of download speeds. I use Slingbox to stream UK TV programmes to my daughter who lives in France, but my average upload speed of 0.37 megabits per second (Mbps) is inadequate for streaming fast-moving action, such as football. I'd be happy to sacrifice some of my 6Mbps download speed to improve quality at her end. How can I do this?

  • How-Tos: How to fix faulty drivers when your headphones cut out

    The sound output to my headphones frequently cuts out while listening to music using Spotify. Error messages report that my sound card isn't working or my headphones haven't been detected, but closing the pop-ups or relaunching Spotify usually fixes the problem.

  • How-Tos: How to alter the size of icons in Windows XP

    I have a Linx Net-TV box running on Windows XP and connected to a 40in Sony LCD TV via an HDMI cable. Only the 1280x720 setting provides a proportional picture in fullscreen mode when watching BBC iPlayer and similar TV on-demand services, but this creates an oversized display that's awkward to use for other tasks.

  • How-Tos: How to watch videos in Internet Explorer, Windows XP

    I'm having trouble getting embedded videos to display in Internet Explorer on my Windows XP PC. Microsoft Fix-it Center solved the problem with my Administrator account, but not my Standard account.

  • How-Tos: How to make photo slideshows look good on TV

    DVD slideshows that I've created in Windows Movie Maker and DVD Maker display fine on my PC, but look awful on my TV. I used the 720p burn option.

  • How-Tos: How to play iMovie videos on a PC

    I created a DVD using iMovie HD6 on a MacBook. How can I get it to play in Windows XP? The disc isn't recognised in either of my PCs or laptop, but plays fine on my TV

  • How-Tos: How to find lost iTunes files

    When I got my PC back after being repaired, everything that was on it before was still there, except iTunes. I'm worried I'll lose the playlists on my 30GB Apple iPod classic if I plug it into my PC after reinstalling iTunes.


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