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  • How-Tos: How to Use Your Android Tablet as a Secondary Display

    If you own an Android tablet, you probably get most of your real work done on a desktop or laptop PC, and use your tablet primarily for casual Web browsing and content consumption. But you can use your tablet to improve your productivity, too. Since a tablet is essentially a portable touchscreen, why not repurpose it during work hours as a secondary display?

  • How-Tos: How to Recharge Your USB Gear Faster

    Most smartphones, digital cameras, MP3 players, and other small gadgets have one thing in common: They can charge via a standard USB port.

  • How-Tos: Playing Amazon Instant Video from iPad to TV

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  • How-Tos: Tablet Encryption 101

    Today’s workplace is becoming increasingly agreeable to the BYOD (bring your own device) concept: Employers are finally giving the green light for staffers to use their own equipment for work while they're at the office. For businesses, it's cheaper to let employees bring in their own laptops, smartphones, or tablets, since that cuts down on the need to purchase hardware (though not on the need to support it). Regardless, businesses seem to have little choice in the matter, since many employees are bringing their devices in whether they have permission or not--and some people are knowingly breaking the company’s security policy in doing so.

  • How-Tos: How to plug in a laptop to a TV via HDMI

    Here's you how to use an HDMI cable to connect your Windows laptop to an HDTV so you can watch anything you can view on your laptop on your big HD screen. We'll also show you how to control your HDTV from your PC.

  • How-Tos: How to Install Ice Cream Sandwich on Your Kindle Fire

    With a vibrant 7-inch IPS display and a 1GHz dual-core processor, the $199 Kindle Fire can make for one lovely tablet. With a bit of work--but no hardware modifications--you can set up Android 4.0 on your Kindle Fire and thenceforth use the device as a powerful general-purpose tablet despite its incredibly low price. Email, games, Web browsing (with Chrome for Android or any other browser)--the Kindle Fire can do it all.

  • How-Tos: How to watch the London 2012 Olympic Games online

    The London 2012 Olympic Games is under way, running until 12 August. As the home broadcaster of the sporting action in the UK, the BBC has pledged to broadcast a staggering 5,000 hours of coverage, utilising all its digital channels. With all that content on offer, you won't want to miss out. Here's how to catch up on-demand or watch live online the London 2012 Olympic Games.

  • How-Tos: View PC desktop on TV via USB

    Our Helproom Expert explains how to use your TV as a large monitor for your PC or laptop.

  • How-Tos: How to watch Apple WWDC 2012

    Apple's worldwide developer conference (WWDC) is set to kick off today at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The event will feature a keynote speech from Apple CEO, Tim Cook and you can watch live coverage right here at PC Advisor.

  • How-Tos: Ditch Your Contract, Save Money With Red Pocket Mobile

    While I was in Europe last year, I brought along an unlocked phone and purchased refillable SIM cards as I hopped from one country to the next. It was incredibly simple: I bought a SIM card from a carrier such as Orange or Vodafone, picked a voice-plus-data plan, and paid for the SIM card, and I was out the door with a fully functional smartphone. A few SIM-card-only vendors are here in the United States, but I've never been satisfied with their plans, their coverage, or their small data caps--until I tried Red Pocket Mobile.

  • How-Tos: How to Edit Office Documents on Your Tablet

    Can a tablet replace your business laptop? Probably, if you're willing to load it up with the right apps. If you're considering carrying an iPad or Android device around instead of your laptop, you're most likely concerned about sacrificing the functionality of a full PC--especially the office software that allows you to view and edit documents.

  • How-Tos: Scanning Negatives, Shooting the Moon, Fixing the Colors in a Photo

    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.

  • How-Tos: Flash and Lighting Tips From the Pros

    Cameras are like sunflowers: They thrive on light. And when there isn't enough light to go around, you need to add some of your own--that's where your camera's flash comes in. Looking for ways to take better flash photos? You should learn to master your flash's various modes and settings, of course. But it's also important to understand how your flash works--the "physics" of flash photography, as it were. I've rounded up nine ways to improve the often harsh and contrasty photos that happen when your flash fires.

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  • Video: Video: Sharp's new robot vacuum talks back, takes pictures, streams video to your phone via Wi-Fi

    The "Cocorobo," which goes on sale in Japan from June for about 130,000 yen, or £1,012, navigates with three ultrasonic sensors and includes Sharp's Plasmacluster air filtering technology. The company plans to develop hardware add-ons so it can interact with other appliances.

  • How-Tos: 5 Essential iOS Apps for Photographers

    My friends call me a camera snob because I prefer digital SLRs and typically turn my nose up at camera phones. But lately, I've fallen in love with my iPhone's camera; more and more, I find myself snapping photos with my phone. One obvious advantage that a smartphone like the iPhone has over a traditional camera is portability. I've always got my iPhone in my pocket, while my Nikon often languishes at home. But another great advantage is apps: It's easy to add new features and capabilities to your iPhone by installing a free or inexpensive app. To do the same thing with a traditional camera, you'd need a degree in electrical engineering. Last year, I told you about five reasons photographers should love the iPhone. The apps I mentioned back then are still great, but this week, I've rounded up five more iOS apps that I highly recommend.

  • How-Tos: How to Edit Office Documents on Your Smartphone

    Although office suites have been available on mobile phones for more than a decade, touch interfaces have made them much simpler and more efficient than before. Now, iPhone and Android users wanting to work with office documents while on the go have at least three great options each, and two of them in common. This guide will walk you through the process of choosing an editor and getting started in editing documents on your smartphone.

  • 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: How to Connect Your HDTV and Smartphone With MHL

    Are you wondering what it means to own a smartphone, tablet, or HDTV that's MHL-certified? Here's how MHL works, and how it can benefit you.

  • How-Tos: Skynet Espionage Begins: Unmanned Drone Creates 3D Models

    Autodesk's newest creation is a mashup of futuristic technologies GeekTech just couldn't pass up. The company managed to create a full 3D model of its offices using photographs captured by an unmanned aerial drone. The project was a quick demonstration of what the company could do with its new 123D Catch software and the results are impressive.


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