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  • How-Tos: Set up your addresses in Messages

    When you set up the Messages app in iOS or OS X, you must supply it with an active Apple ID. But a single Apple ID can be associated with multiple phone numbers and email addresses, and the iMessage system enables you to send and receive messages to and from any email address or iPhone number that’s associated with that ID.

  • How-Tos: How to Deal With Panda, Penguin and Other Google Algorithm Changes

    In an effort to improve search result quality and punish black-hat SEO, Google has been making big changes to its algorithms, and more updates are likely on the way soon. Here's how to prepare.

  • How-Tos: How to share family contacts

    Reader Walt Bischoff and his spouse--like all good couples--would like to share more of their lives with one another. He writes:

  • How-Tos: How to print anything from anywhere: Your ultimate guide to mobile printing

    Printing anything from anywhere is no longer fantasy. In fact, it's often a necessity if using a smartphone, tablet, or laptop is an essential part of your daily workflow.

  • How-Tos: Create iMovie titles or watermarks with creative overlays

    iMovie ’11 offers many options for styling title text—more than you probably realized. But what if you want even more control over how text appears? Or maybe you want a custom graphic or logo to appear in the corner of your video. With an image editor and a small amount of trickery, you can easily do so.

  • How-Tos: Create cool video titles in Final Cut Pro X

    If you edit video, you probably use titles—to introduce a topic, identify a speaker, or perhaps credit actors and crew. Title design goes beyond just the choice of words. Fonts, colors, size, graphic elements, and animation all combine to establish a tone that can unify, support, and enhance your entire project.

  • How-Tos: Broadband doesn't work unless I pick up the phone

    When a reader contacted us to tell us his broadband connection worked only when he lifted the receiver on his phone, our Helproom Editor explained that it was probably a problem with an ADSL filter. Here's how to fix broadband that works only when you lift up the phone.

  • How-Tos: How to move from Gmail to Outlook.com

    So you've decided you like the cut of Outlook.com's jib, so much so that you're ready to ditch Gmail and move your mail into Microsoft's camp. Easier said than done, right?

  • How-Tos: Save the Web's best bits for later with Pocket

    One hassle I'm constantly dealing with is how to remember and return to all the interesting reading material I find online.

  • How-Tos: Master VLC, the ultimate Windows media player for power users

    Let's just rip off the Band-Aid and get the bad news out of the way: The standard version of Windows 8 won't include Windows Media Center or the ability to play DVDs by default.

  • How-Tos: How to share documents with iCloud

    The new dream in computing is keeping all of your files in "the cloud," on remote servers that you can access from anywhere at any time. Apple's cloud-based syncing and storage service, iCloud, debuted in June 2011. Still, only since the release of OS X Mountain Lion that enough applications have started to support iCloud document syncing for this feature to be useful. Working with iCloud is fairly simple, but you need to know the ground rules if you plan to start storing your documents in the cloud.

  • How-Tos: How to get great audio in iMovie '11

    Audio can be the most important part of your movie, and bad audio can ruin the cinematic experience for viewers. Background noise, low sound, or obtrusive music can all make your film or video unwatchable, even if it's shot beautifully.

  • How-Tos: Automatically save Gmail attachments to Dropbox or another cloud service

    Reader Meg wants to know how she can save her Gmail folders to her Dropbox account.

  • How-Tos: How to Add a Cover Photo to Twitter

    Twitter announced several new features today, including new mobile versions and an updated profile page that features a header photo. Here's how you can upload one.

  • How-Tos: Simplify your cashback searches with the Ebates Toolbar

    It was just last week that I explained how to keep unwanted toolbars out of your browser. Today let's talk about one you might want to put there on purpose.

  • How-Tos: Filtering faked email messages

    Reader Paul Lomauro is receiving email that he'd rather not. He writes:

  • How-Tos: How to keep your office organized

    There's little hard information on the subject--and some of the evidence is conflicting--but it seems logical to say that a disorganized office leads to a lot of nonproductive time spent looking for stuff. One study from Brother found that workers waste, on average, 76 hours per person per year looking for misplaced items on their desks. And years ago, NEC-Mitsubishi said that cluttered desks can cause mental and physical stress, both as a result of frustration with the mess and owing to poor posture while working around all the junk.

  • How-Tos: Simplify the Web with these free Chrome extensions

    A Web page can be a busy place. Numerous elements vie for your attention. Animated banners, comment threads, buttons, and options you never use all conspire to detract from whatever you're trying to read or view. It doesn't have to be that way: Below are four free Google Chrome extensions that give the Web some breathing room. By stripping away extraneous content or highlighting what's important, these utilities will help to make your browsing more peaceful and focused.

  • How-Tos: 7 Ways to Dress Up Your Company's Facebook Page

    Facebook can be a great marketing tool and communications outlet, but there is only so much that you can say in brief status updates and plain-text fields on your About page. If you really want to put Facebook to work for your business, you'll need to explore the option of adding tabs--clickable images of extra pages--to your profile. Done creatively, tabs encourage visitor engagement and showcase your content. They let you post quizzes and polls, and they can display your content from other social networks, such as Twitter and Pinterest.

  • How-Tos: Dropbox Two-Step Verification: Hands On

    Two-step account verification is a hot topic after hackers nearly wiped out the digital life of tech journalist Mat Honan recently, and Dropbox is the latest online service to enable the added security measure.


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