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  • How-Tos: Convert audio to other formats

    Audio files come in a number of different formats. Some are lossy, such as AAC and MP3; they save space compared to the original files, but some of the original data is lost during compression. Some formats are lossless, such as Apple Lossless, FLAC, and SHN; these files can be converted back to their original form without the loss of a single bit. Finally, some are uncompressed, such as WAV and AIFF; they represent the exact data from a CD or a master.

  • How-Tos: How to surf the web more quickly in Windows 2000

    I run Windows 2000 and Ubuntu on a dual-boot machine. In Ubuntu, using Firefox 3.0, my download speed is around 6 megabits per second (Mbps); in Windows 2000, it's just 0.9Mbps. The upload speed isn't affected, and I get about 0.7Mbps from both operating systems. I've checked these figures repeatedly over several days. I use the TalkTalk Essentials package and a wired connection. Can you offer a fix?

  • How-Tos: How to sync your iPod with Spotify

    Last week, Swedish music streaming service Spotify revealed it plans to rival Apple by giving all of its users the ability to manage the tracks stored on their iPods.

  • How-Tos: Create Free Custom Motivational Posters with Motivator

    You know those motivational posters you often see in offices, the ones with the signature black border and pithy sayings like, "Possibilities: Today the sidewalk, tomorrow the sky"? (You have to imagine a skateboarder catching some air in that one.)

  • How-Tos: Smartphone Video Tips: Shooting, Editing, and Sharing

    A few decades ago, even a short, amateur film cost hundreds--or thousands--of dollars to make. And your friends couldn't see it unless you invited them over and set up the 16mm projector.

  • How-Tos: Dealing with iPhone duplicates

    Reader Michael Beaudoin is frustrated with an iPhone that has too much information on it. He writes:

  • How-Tos: How to integrate with the cloud

    Without a solid cloud integration strategy, data quality quickly becomes a problem. Here's how to make the cloud work for your business.

  • How-Tos: How To Save Time By Searching Google By Date Range

    Yesterday, a curious thing happened. Amid widespread jubilation over the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden, a wave of Facebook and Twitter users responded with a message of peace attributed to American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. It began: "I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy."

  • How-Tos: How to ensure your website stays live forever

    My website contains the only accounts of several historical events. I’m 77 years old, and wonder what will happen to these pages once I shuffle off this mortal coil and fail to keep up payments to my ISP. Please advise.

  • How-Tos: Clearing up iPhone sync confusion

    Reader Simon Tanner was caught unaware by the not-entirely-clandestine relationship between his iPhone and Yahoo. He writes:

  • How-Tos: How to access Facebook using a secure connection

    Facebook has improved user account security by providing the option to access the social network through a secure HTTPS connection. With more and more of us using Wi-Fi hotspots to access social networks, this secure mode is a useful means to protect our information.

  • How-Tos: How to limit access to your Facebook profile

    We all know the dangers of giving away too much information about our personal lives on social-networking sites such as Facebook, so it's important to accept friend requests only from people you know and trust, locking down your profile from strangers. But sometimes this isn't enough, and we want to keep certain details from particular groups of friends - that our boss or our mum might see dubious holiday snaps or messages written on our Facebook Wall is a daunting thought.

  • How-Tos: How to connect to Wi-Fi on a Google Android tablet

    If your Google Android tablet is not connected to the internet then there are lots of things you will be unable to do. Without an internet connection your tablet is a static device, you can only use it as a self contained piece of equipment and it is limited by the applications and services which were on it at the time you bought it.

  • How-Tos: How to design a business card

    Setting up a business is costly, but there are ways to bring down the outlay. Here, we show you how to design and print your own business cards with Moo.

  • How-Tos: How to get more from Mozilla Firefox 4

    Firefox 4 represents a sea change. A lot of work has been completed behind the scenes to make the browser faster, both under the hood and in terms of user friendliness. Every change that Mozilla has applied has been considered with swifter, simplified and more efficient web browsing in mind. Here, we provide a simple guide to help you find your way around the best of Firefox 4’s new and old features.

  • How-Tos: How to set up a business website

    Provided that you have a good idea, the web can help you quickly make a splash. An online presence is a must, whether your company is a one-man band or employs dozens of staff. Here, we’ll look at how to set up an online shop using 1&1 MyBusiness Site.

  • How-Tos: Archive and Access Old Tweets with TweetBackup

    TweetBackup does exactly what its name implies: backs up your Twitter posts (a.k.a. tweets). It's a free and easy service, and it has the potential to prove very handy.

  • How-Tos: How to use Twitter on a Google Android device

    Staying up-to-date with Twitter is quick and easy on a Google Android device such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

  • How-Tos: Creating iTunes account without a credit card

    Parent and reader Karen Haas has a new iPod touch owner in the family. She writes:

  • How-Tos: How to remove troublesome Internet Explorer add-ons

    QUESTION My Windows XP PC is experiencing problems with Internet Explorer 8.0 add-ons. Microsoft’s Mats Run program shows that the browser is running 36 add-ons. I don’t recognise most of these items and would like to remove them, but they aren’t listed in Manage add-ons. Can you help?


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