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    Android phones and Android tablets cannot connect to Ad Hoc networks, by default. Our Helproom Editor explains how to use third-party Ad Hoc enablers, as well as how to how to set up your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot and connect your laptop to it.

  • 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.

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  • 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: How to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

    Google announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at its I/O conference Wednesday, promising improved performance, expandable notifications, resizable widgets, higher-resolution contact photos, offline dictation, some improvements to the camera app and keyboard, voice and predictive search, and more. You want it, right? So how do you get it?

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  • How-Tos: How to import Euro 2012 fixtures to an Android phone, tablet

    Get ready for Euro 2012 by importing and syncing all of the tournament's fixtures to Gmail and your Android device.

  • 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: 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 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: 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: How to browse recipes on an Android tablet

    Every high-tech kitchen should have a tablet on which budding chefs can quickly pull up their favourite recipes, whether they're stored on the web, jotted down from memory, or recommended by others. ChefTap for Android does exactly this; here, we show you how to use it, making your cooking instructions easily accessible, and your time in the kitchen far less stressful.

  • 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: Install antivirus on Android phones and tablets

    With every new smartphone release, handsets are getting more powerful and more popular. They're also rammed with personal information that hackers want to steal. Make sure you keep your details safe by installing antivirus software.

  • How-Tos: How to connect a 3G phone to laptop

    Connecting or ‘tethering’ a smartphone with 3G connectivity can be an excellent way of getting internet access on your laptop when you’re out and about and there’s no WiFi available.

  • How-Tos: How to make your own microSIM card for iPhone or iPad

    A number of devices require a microSIM card rather than a traditional full size one including Apple’s iPhone 4S. Although you can request a microSIM from your mobile operator it’s easier and quicker to make your own.

  • 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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