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    Nothing lasts forever – especially not in the realm of hardware. If your Smartphone, Tablet or hard drive has long passed its prime and you plan on selling it, you should make sure to permanently erase your data from it. Here's how to do so for each individual device.

  • How-Tos: How to track lost Laptops and Smartphones with Prey

    Few situations are quite as terrifying as having to leave your laptop at a café table for a quick visit to the restroom – and with good reason. Theft is a nasty, but ubiquitous risk. Luckily, by installing Prey, you can track, control and find lost devices if should ever come to that. Here's how.

  • How-Tos: How to stop your laptop's screen turning off when your phone is charging

    If you charge your smartphone from a laptop, it can be annoying when the laptop goes to sleep if you are inactive. But you don't want your laptop to become an insommniac, as that will wear out its parts. Here, our Helproom Editor explainst how to stop your laptop screen turning off when your phone is charging.

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  • How-Tos: How to check the spec of your Android Jelly Bean phone or tablet

    Readers often want to know how to check the specification of their phone or tablet in Android Jelly Bean. If this information isn't easily available online it's possible to work out the specification yourself. Here's how.

  • How-Tos: How to move from iPhone to Android

    Things to consider before moving from an iPhone to an Android phone. How to transfer contacts, calender, photos, video and music from iOS to Android.

  • How-Tos: How to unlock an Android phone/tablet

    It's wise to use a security measure to protect from unauthorised access your Android smartphone or tablet, whether you use a pattern, PIN, password or face lock. But what do you do when you forget your own access code?

  • How-Tos: How to monitor and manage your PC from any smartphone or tablet

    It's 2013, and computing has entered a new age of mobility. If you're still wasting time trudging over to your PCs to perform routine maintenance, check for software updates, and power down every night, you haven't gotten with the program.

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  • How-Tos: How to run Android apps in Windows

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  • How-Tos: How to download YouTube videos to Android

    If one of the things for which you enjoy using your Android tablet is to watch YouTube videos, the need to be in range of a Wi-Fi hotspot can be a pain. And if you have a mobile data connection, watching those old favourites time and again can quickly put you over your monthly allowance. The solution is to download YouTube videos to your device for offline viewing. Here's how.

  • How-Tos: How to turn your Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 into a digital photo frame

    Daydream is a new feature in Android Jelly Bean 4.2 that in essence turns your Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 into a digital photo frame, displaying a slideshow of images when idle. It can also display a clock, Google Currents articles or colours. Here's how to set up Daydream on Google's latest Android tablets.

  • How-Tos: How to turn your Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 into a family PC

    Jelly Bean 4.2 is an incremental upgrade over 4.1, but it includes some useful new features - notably, the ability to set up multiple user accounts. This enables the Google Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 to become true family PCs, offering unique working environments for every member of the household. Here's how to set up user accounts on the Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 tablets.

  • How-Tos: How to use Sky Go for Android

    Sky Go makes Sky TV available live and on demand to Android phones and Android tablets. Here's our guide to using Sky Go on Android.

  • How-Tos: How to transfer music and files to Android smartphones and tablets

    Our step by step guide on how to transfer music and files to an Android smartphone or tablet from Windows or Mac.

  • How-Tos: How to set up email on Android phone or tablet

    Learning how to set up email on an Android phone or tablet is pretty simle. Here we break it down into steps that are so easy to follow, you can't possibly go wrong.

  • How-Tos: Large file problem with Android MicroSD card

    If you are having problems copying a large file on to an Android phone, our Helproom Editor can help.

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    Here's our guide to getting the Amazon Appstore for your Android smartphone or tablet.

  • 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?


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