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  • How-Tos: Bulk delete email on an iPhone

    Reader Arnie Goldstein asks the question that every iOS user has had flit through their mind at one time or another:

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    Having problems viewing photos from your PC on your TV? Our Helproom Expert can help.

  • How-Tos: How to Recover a Lost Phone, Tablet, or Laptop

    The bad news: At some point, your cell phone is likely to go missing. Whether it falls out of your pocket in a cab, or you leave it unattended in a public place for a few seconds only to have it swiped by someone with sticky fingers and low moral fiber, your phone is vulnerable. In fact, according to a report from security software company Symantec, 36 percent of U.S. consumers have had a cell phone disappear on them.

  • Video: Video: how to take out an eBook from your local library

    ...in the US at least. Thousands of libraries across the US can now loan ebooks through Amazon. They can be delivered to your phone, iPad, Kindle or PC/Mac and are free with your library membership. Check your local library for more details.

  • How-Tos: Turn Any Photo Into a Pencil Sketch

    I've often wished I could draw. My drawing abilities stopped evolving in kindergarten, so my drawings of people remain the stick figure variety. That's why I like the fact that I can capture portraits with my digital camera--no drawing skills are required. And for those occasions when I want something that looks like a drawing, I can easily take a full-color portrait and turn it into something that looks like a pencil sketch with just a few clicks.

  • How-Tos: How to watch BBC iPlayer on your TV

    Online catch-up TV services such as the BBC iPlayer and ITVPlayer are great if you've missed a programme when it was broadcast and also forgot to set your PVR or VCR (admit it, we known some of you still use video cassettes).

  • How-Tos: How to find and replace a missing video codec

    A reader wrote to us complaining that she couldn't get video files to play in Windows Media Player. Our Helproom expert diagnosed a missing codec, and set about solving the problem.

  • How-Tos: How to build a DIY media server

    Access music, video and photos from anywhere in the house. We show you how to create a home media server from an old PC

  • How-Tos: How to set up a dedicated home media server

    With a dedicated box, you can access music, video and photos from anywhere in the house. We show you how, using a WD TV Live Hub.

  • How-Tos: HDMI vs. Component Video

    A "Comcast gentleman" told Shari26 to replace her HDMI cables with component ones. She asked the HDTV & Home Theater forum for advice.

  • How-Tos: Take great underwater shots

    Brightly colored landscapes, intriguing sea life large and small, and the shadowy hulks of rusting shipwrecks are only some of the photographic subjects that await you and your underwater camera. There are few places more beautiful to photograph but, like scuba diving, underwater photography requires an understanding of this strange but intriguing environment.

  • How-Tos: Choose an underwater housing for your digital camera

    Taking pictures underwater is one of the most exciting (and challenging) photographic adventures you’re likely to undertake. When you’re playing in, on, or under the water, choosing the right equipment is critical when the only thing standing between your camera and water is a few millimeters of plastic or aluminum sealed with a sliver of an O-ring.

  • How-Tos: How to Calibrate Your HDTV

    We all know that we're supposed to get our HDTV sets calibrated by an expert if we want them to look their very best. (We also know that we're supposed to floss daily.) But in this era of THX-approved presets and LED-backlit 3D TVs, how much difference does a professional calibration make? I decided to find out for myself with my new LG 60PZ750 plasma TV.

  • How-Tos: Video Chatting for Newbies

    Video chat is all the rage these days, thanks to new services such as Google+ Hangouts and Skype/Facebook integrated video chat. Video chatting is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends--seeing loved ones' faces on a computer screen is almost like actually being there.

  • How-Tos: Tips for taking great smartphone photos

    You probably don't carry your fancy-pants DSLR camera with you all the time, but your smartphone--along with its built-in camera--is in your pocket everywhere you go. That's why these days the most popular camera used to upload photos to Flickr isn't a camera at all, but the iPhone.

  • How-Tos: How to convert videos for a phone or tablet, for free

    If you've got a library of downloaded videos and want to play them on your smartphone or tablet, you might find out they're the wrong file type. Some tablets and phones can only play specific file types, and only a few devices support high definition files. The easiest thing you can do to get these files playing is to transcode them to a different file type and resolution that matches your device. Our software of choice for this purpose is Handbrake -- it's a lightweight, powerful and very easy to use video transcoder that works on Mac OS X, all flavours of Windows and Linux.

  • How-Tos: Run a small business from your smartphone

    You know that running a business can be tough. Luckily, you have technology on your side.

  • How-Tos: How to Get Any File to Playback on Your Android Phone

    Android may be a versatile OS, but the little green robot can run into trouble when it comes to certain file formats. RAW photo formats such as .NEF won't show up in the default Android's image and video Gallery app. Even common video file formats such as .AVI and .MKV will stop most Android phones in their tracks.

  • How-Tos: How to rip audio from your Blu-ray discs

    [Editor's note: The MPAA and most media companies argue that you can't legally copy or convert commercial DVDs for any reason. We (and others) think that, if you own a DVD, you should be able to override its copy protection to make a backup copy or to convert its content for viewing on other devices. Currently, the law isn't entirely clear one way or the other. So our advice is: If you don't own it, don't do it. If you do own it, think before you rip.]

  • How-Tos: How to Work Outdoors

    Laptops, tablets, and smartphones are supposed to make us mobile: Freed of cumbersome desktop technology, we can work anywhere we want. Why, then, don't you see legions of people at parks, beaches, or even sidewalk cafes typing away on their laptops? Mainly because they simply can't see their screens.


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