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    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.

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    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.

  • How-Tos: Organising photos, fixing dark prints and photo format queries

    Have a question about digital photography? Send it to Dave Johnson and he'll do his best to answer it in his monthly Digital Focus column

  • How-Tos: Connect Your Tuner-Equipped PC to Your HDTV

    On Monday I told you how to turn your PC into a DVR by connecting an inexpensive, antenna-powered TV tuner. I also said I'd be back on Wednesday to explain how to connect that PC to your TV. Then I plumb forgot.

  • How-Tos: When new apps and old iOS devices don't mix

    Reader Steve Paulson finds that old and new iOS devices don't always mix in pleasing ways. He writes:

  • How-Tos: Use Google Voice for Android to Slash Your Smartphone Bill

    Smartphone plans are tricky when it comes to voice service. You can either go overboard and have a thousand or more extra minutes that you won't use every month, or lowball your usage and count your minutes near the end of each billing cycle to make sure you don't exceed the cap. However, if you set up Google Voice and Groove IP on your Android smartphone, you can reduce your voice usage significantly by routing calls through your smartphone's 3G or 4G connection--or, if you're willing to depend on Wi-Fi connections only, you could even ditch your cell service entirely. I'll show you how.

  • How-Tos: The Top 10 Photo Techniques of 2011

    Being a photographer is sort of like being in school--in a good way. There's always something new to learn. (Or if you prefer, you could just let your photo editor do most of the hard work for you.) As I write my very last Digital Focus of 2011, I thought it would be fun to take a look back and round up the ten most essential articles. If you're looking to brush up on some photography techniques over the holiday break, here are my recommendations.

  • How-Tos: Ten things to do with your new Mac

    Perhaps you lucked out this holiday season, and instead of unwrapping an itchy sweater or a Dunkin' Donuts gift card, you tore the wrapping paper off a brand new Mac. And perhaps this is the very first Mac that you've owned. Don't be afraid of your new computer; you're leaving behind a world of headaches, and this new Mac is your Excedrin.

  • How-Tos: How To Use Dropbox to Edit Text On Mobile Devices

    With clients for every mobile and desktop operating system and tons of great functionality, Dropbox makes it easy to share files from basically any device.

  • How-Tos: Stream video from Roxio Creator to Archos TV+

    When a reader had a problem streaming video from Roxio Creator 2009 to his Archos TV+, our Helproom Expert was happy to help.

  • How-Tos: Meet the Hassle-Solving USB Cable, Cheaper Edition

    Last week I told you about the Magic Cable Trio, a 3-in-1 USB charge/sync cable with connectors for micro USB, mini USB, and Apple devices (like the iPhone and iPad).

  • How-Tos: Know your last-minute holiday shopping deadlines

    It might feel like you've just finished that last helping of turkey at the Thanksgiving, but the calendar doesn't lie: The holidays are just about here. You've got less than a dozen shopping days until Christmas. Hanukkah starts even sooner--December 20--and even Kwanzaa is right around the corner, beginning on December 26. It seems like plenty of time to get your shopping done, but not if you're relying on online shopping or buying customized tech gifts. If you still have gifts to order, pickup, or send, observe these deadlines to ensure that your gifts are delivered before 2012.

  • How-Tos: How to Stream Digital Media From Your Windows 7 PC

    With the immense popularity of digital cameras, smartphones, and tablets for taking pictures and capturing video, and the wide availability of affordable digital music and movies, many people have amassed enormous collections of digital media. Much of that media typically finds its way onto a PC or mass-storage device of some sort--and, unfortunately, it can sometimes go unused for ages. Flipping through pictures or videos and relaxing with some good tunes is always appealing, but sitting in front of a PC isn't the ideal way to enjoy such content.

  • How-Tos: How to set up an Amazon Kindle

    Amazon's Kindle and other eReaders have surged in popularity over the past few years.

  • How-Tos: 5 Steps to Prepare for the Ice Cream Sandwich Update

    New phones and tablets with Android 4.0, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich, are just around the corner, and carriers are also announcing which current models will be upgradable, most likely in early 2012. Many of the new features and updates will be great for business users.

  • How-Tos: Five ways to create and send holiday photo cards

    The holidays are fast approaching and so is the pressure to send out your annual greeting cards to update family and friends about your fabulous life and beautiful children. We looked at five of the best, most user-friendly options that make it easy to design and send photo cards. Starting with the Apple programs you already have on your Mac or iOS device, and ending with sites you may not be familiar with, here's a walk through a veritable winter wonderland of photo card-making options.

  • How-Tos: How to Root Your Kindle Fire

    Amazon's Android-powered Kindle Fire e-reader/tablet has arrived, which means only one thing: Eager Android enthusiasts everywhere will buy one and hack it so they can get superuser access, or "root" it. Root your Kindle Fire, and you can potentially install a custom Android ROM that lets you use your Kindle Fire as a full-featured tablet, install and use Android apps that require root privileges to add features and access your Kindle's system guts, and more. (You can even add support for the complete Android Market, but that's a separate guide.)

  • How-Tos: BlackBerry Tip: How to Avoid a "Bricked" or "Nuked" BlackBerry

    The modern BlackBerry smartphone can be "quirky," to put it mildly.


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