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    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.

  • How-Tos: How to Root Your Verizon Galaxy Nexus

    If you're anything like me, you always have to have the latest and greatest piece of technology. Unlike me, though, you may not be eager take that shiny new gadget and unlock, root, install a custom OS, or brick it in the name of progress.

  • How-Tos: How to Buy a Smartphone for Your Business

    Shopping for a new smartphone is tough: With so many phones out there, finding the best one for your work life and your personal life can be headache-inducing. This guide highlights business features among the different operating systems, explains the best specs for business, and offers advice on the apps you should download once you purchase your smartphone.

  • How-Tos: Bugs & Fixes: Problems pairing iPhones to Bluetooth audio systems

    If you have an iPhone, but your car's audio system doesn't have Bluetooth support, stop reading now and go update your system. The technology is that good. By pairing your iPhone with your car, you have the absolute best, most convenient way for hands-free talking on a phone while driving. There's no need for a headset of any kind. Nor is there any need to fumble with your iPhone when you want to make or answer a call. It can all be done from the dashboard controls or (in some cars) entirely by voice. As a bonus, the sound is typically louder and clearer than from a headset, allowing you to more easily overcome road noise.

  • How-Tos: How to watch Sky Go on a laptop or PC

    Sky Go is a service which allows you to watch live and on-demand TV while on the go on a number of different devices.

  • How-Tos: How to Stay Below Your Data Cap on Android

    Studies suggest that Android users consume the most data--which is great news for the tech industry, but perhaps not so great for the user who has to pay that pesky wireless bill at the end of each month.

  • How-Tos: Four Easy Tricks for Better Photos

    There are about a million books about photography on the shelf of your local bookstore. I should know, because mine is one of them. But you don't need to remember a book's worth of tips and tricks to improve your photography; for the highlights, you might want to play with an online camera simulator. And when you get right down to it, there are just a handful of easy things you can do to make a dramatic improvement to your photos.

  • How-Tos: How to Install the Silk Browser on Any Android Device

    One of the coolest features of the Kindle Fire is Amazon's proprietary Silk browser, an application designed to leverage Amazon's massive server resources by precaching Web pages and delivering them to you faster--in theory--than any other browser. It works by preloading all the content (including music, images, and video) on popular websites to Amazon's remote servers first, and then delivering the entire package to your mobile device in a single stream of data. Amazon calls it a "cloud-accelerated" browser, and it's the first of it's kind.


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