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  • How-Tos: Why Your Business Still Needs Newsletters

    Marketing gurus pushed email newsletters hard back in the days before social networking. If you believe everything you read online these days, you'd think that Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other Web 2.0 services have left such vehicles in the virtual dust. Not so. Nor has the scourge of spam destroyed newsletters' effectiveness. Email marketing still achieves huge results--and pairing an effective email newsletter with a social media campaign can snag many more customers for your business than relying on social media alone.

  • How-Tos: How to Stop Your Social Networks From Distracting You

    Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and other social networks help you stay connected with friends and family, but it's easy to overdo the connecting and end up distracted and unproductive. Worse, many social networks notify you every time someone tries to interact with you, making it even harder to concentrate on productive tasks. Turning these helpful reminders off can be tricky in some instances, but setting up a way to tune out mobile and e-mail notifications is well worthwhile. Here's how to stop your social networks from distracting you, so you can get your working life back on track. And don't worry--you can still peek at your Twitter page once in a while.

  • How-Tos: Get started with Tumblr

    There are scores of free blogging tools and websites, so it can be tricky to work out which is best. Here we explain how to get to grips with a relative newcomer: Tumblr

  • How-Tos: Seamless transitions your music from Mac to iOS effortlessly

    Back when I had a morning commute, I would often pop in some earbuds before hopping on the bus and rock out to one of the many tunes on my iPhone as we rode through Chinatown. The problem, of course, came when I reached my desk mid-song: Did I pause and try and find the song on my Mac's iTunes library? Or did I continue to listen through my iPhone, only to look up hours later and realize I'd drained my phone's battery when I should have switched to my desktop?

  • How-Tos: Add Dropbox, Google Drive, or SkyDrive to Windows' Send-To Menu

    Dragging and dropping isn't always the fastest way to handle file operations. Either you have to open and arrange two windows, or you have to navigate Explorer's folder tree, which many users find confusing.

  • Video: Video: Why cloud printing is the next big thing

    Cloud Print lets you print emails and photos from your phone and tablet. Here's how to print on the move

  • How-Tos: How to Learn to Code for Free

    In days gone by, all you needed to make a website was a Geocities account and some basic knowledge of HTML. Maybe you'd throw in a bit of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) if you wanted to get fancy. Times have changed, though, and now people build websites using at least one advanced coding language. Programming is a noble pursuit, but if you want to build apps and services for the Web, you need to learn one of these popular languages.

  • How-Tos: Get started with Pinterest

    Pinterest is a digital corkboard that shows other people what like from around the internet. Here's how to create an account and use the website.

  • How-Tos: Send video messages the easy way via Mail

    FaceTime and Skype make it easier than ever to keep in touch with family, friends, and co-workers. However, video calling isn't always convenient for everyone: Many folks still don't have cameras connected to their computers, and many others don't want to. In these cases, consider sending a short video message to your favorite people--you'll find that 30 seconds of video can convey much more emotion and nuance than any amount of text.

  • How-Tos: Work offline on Google Docs

    Google Docs is great - if you have a live internet connection. But what if you don't? We examine the options for working offline.

  • How-Tos: Change Gmail's Button Icons Back to Text

    Maybe it's because I don't like change, or maybe it's because I hate it when software developers assume that everyone can figure out their cryptic icons, but I wasn't a fan of Gmail's recent makeover.

  • How-Tos: Collaborate with Google Docs

    If you’ve ever tried to put together a document collaboratively then you’ll know the headaches involved. Google Docs is a great way to work on a document simultaneously with others. Here's how to do it.

  • How-Tos: Get started with Google Docs

    Google Docs is a free online office suite. It's not as powerful as Microsoft Office, but it doesn't need to be. We explain how to use it.

  • How-Tos: Use Your Browser as a Productivity Tool

    If you spend time online as part of your daily routine, you know that staying productive while browsing the Web is a challenge. Fortunately some great websites and browser extensions are available to help transform your browser into one of the most powerful productivity tools in your arsenal. Elsewhere we've discussed how to avoid tech distractions in your daily life; in this article we'll discuss three of the most popular productivity and time management systems, along with some great browser modifications to help you stick to them.

  • How-Tos: Safe-Shopping Plug-In, YouTube Pause for Later

    It's time for another batch of Web tips. Last time I told you where to find user guides and compare camera sizes online; this week I'll tell you about a couple super-useful browser plug-ins.

  • How-Tos: How to create a personalised cookbook

    Whether you’re just discovering the pleasures of cooking or are an established domestic god or goddess, you’ve probably plenty of recipes scattered about your kitchen. Armed with Photobox's photobook service, we aim to organise your kitchen.

  • How-Tos: How to back up and restore with Crashplan

    No matter how often we bang on about it, there will always be some people who neglect to back up their valuable data. But it’s an important task, so we’ll repeat our advice: fail to back up, and you’ll risk losing everything stored on your PC. Here, we show you how with Crashplan.

  • How-Tos: How to watch Sky Go on a laptop or PC

    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.

  • How-Tos: Get online with low-cost internet access

    If you are not online and you would like a cheap web connection, this guide is for you. We tell you how to get cheap mobile or fixed-line broadband, how to get an email address, and how to install a web browser.

  • How-Tos: Problems with Vodafone Mobile Broadband 3G dongle

    Advice for problem with Vodafone Mobile Broadband's 3G USB dongle. Although it can pull down data from the internet, you can't surf the web. Our Helproom Editor can help.


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