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  • How-Tos: Make the most of your day off with these simple tech to-dos

    This long weekend has no shortage of things to do--weed the garden, clean the rain gutters, deal with that pile of bills you've been neglecting. Whew! But while you're at it, don't neglect your tech chores--your tech gear needs a little love, too! With that in mind, here are a few things to tidy up your digital life.

  • How-Tos: Use a netbook as a server

    We explain how to use a netbook as a server, as well as some of the down sides of a netbook/server. Here's what you need to know about using a netbook as a server in your home or office.

  • How-Tos: Turn a photo mistake into a great shot

    Not every photo is a keeper. Indeed, a lot of the pictures you take probably turn out to be duds--perhaps the exposure is way off, the white balance turned everything blue, or you accidentally shot into the sun and your subject is in shadow. Whatever the reason, the good news is that it's not hard to rescue many of those shots. The next time you have some photos that you're not happy with, see if any of these tips can help turn a loser into a keeper.

  • How-Tos: Cleaning up an ebook library with Calibre

    Reader Susan Erich seeks a bit of organization in her literature. She writes:

  • How-Tos: Monitor splitting problem

    We fix problems experienced when using a monitor splitting cable to use two monitors when your PC has only a single display output.

  • How-Tos: Factory reset a laptop

    If your laptop is running slowly or has a virus, you can reinstall Windows automatically from a recovery partition. Here we explain how to factory reset a laptop.

  • How-Tos: 10 Back-to-School Laptop Buying Tips

    Today's students need a good dose of technology to do their best work. But the market for consumer tech is both crowded and confusing. Before you invest in a laptop--and, yes, you should get your student a laptop--here are 10 important considerations.

  • How-Tos: How do I get Sky Now TV?

    Sky Now TV gives you internet streaming access to Sky Sports and Sky Movies so here’s everything you need to know about Now TV.

  • How-Tos: How to perfect your photo's colors by adjusting white balance

    Most people distinguish good photos from bad photos based on just a handful of factors: the focus, exposure, framing, and color balance. And while the first three are pretty obvious, color balance is the most mysterious. As a result, many snapshooters pay little or no attention to it, and that's too bad--it's easy to adjust, and can have an enormous effect on your photos.

  • How-Tos: Windows 8 video app of the week: 4oD

    4oD allows you to watch not only current shows, but also TV programmes from Channel 4's vast archive

  • How-Tos: Become an internet sensation by making a vlog

    There’s no need for a fancy studio or expensive lighting and audio equipment either, it’s possible to become an internet sensation using just your laptop or tablet

  • How-Tos: Controlling your home with your laptop

    Invest in home control equipment and use a laptop or tablet to control the devices in your house through the power of the network

  • How-Tos: Use a network drive to store everything centrally

    With a network drive all the computers in your house can access all the music, video and other documents you might have without needing to switch rooms

  • How-Tos: Make and share playlists on Spotify

    Spotify has some great features that make listening to and organising your favourite tracks really easy

  • How-Tos: Convertible laptops and the joy of text

    One of the advantages of turning your laptop into a tablet is that it makes reading books much more comfortable

  • How-Tos: Use your laptop to secure your home with a network camera

    Thanks to wireless networks and webcams it’s possible to keep an eye on what’s going on inside your house even if you are thousands of miles away

  • How-Tos: How to use on-demand TV on your laptop

    Nowadays, there’s no need to be home at a specific time to catch your favourite - you can sit down to enjoy a programme wherever you are

  • How-Tos: How to sell music online

    Here's how to sell music you have made online, via iTunes, Google Play and other digital stores, and how to sell your CDs and vinyl online.

  • How-Tos: Watch TV on your laptop remotely using Slingbox

    Slingbox is a network video tool that allows you to take your home TV setup with you no matter where you are in the world

  • How-Tos: How to use a Macbook's FaceTime webcam

    If you've got a MacBook then you might want to make use of its built-in camera. Here's how to use a Macbook's FaceTime webcam.


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