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  • How-Tos: How to manage and repair your Android apps

    Tablets, smartphones, and PCs look different on the outside, but on the inside they rely on the same components: a processor, a GPU, memory, and a storage volume that holds an operating system, device drivers, and applications. Your phone and tablet have smaller screens and fewer peripherals than a typical PC has, but you still end up tapping and clicking your way through your data before pulling out a keyboard--albeit a virtual one--to get real work done.

  • How-Tos: Type faster on your iPhone by using shortcuts

    The keyboard on the iPhone and iPod touch can be a bit fiddly to type on, and although the autocorrect system is remarkably good, you can still save time by setting up custom shortcuts. Here's how to do it.

  • How-Tos: How to pick the right fitness device for the great outdoors

    You own hiking boots, skis, snowboards, a kayak, a scuba regulator, climbing gear, and too many other contraptions to strap to the roof of your all-wheel drive vehicle. Gadgets today can keep you on track as you enjoy outdoor activities--and they can also play a key supporting role in proving your claim of the most ski runs crammed into a powder day.

  • How-Tos: How to pick the right fitness device for swimmers

    Swimming a fantastic, low-impact form of exercise; and these days, fitness technology has plunged into the pool (or pond, or ocean, or lake). Like most other forms of exercise, swimming has undergone a high-tech upgrade. Now you can find tech tools to help you track your progress in the pool. Though the category isn't as expansive as running or cycling--mainly because relatively few devices can withstand repeated submersion in water--swimmers are by no means left out in the cold (or heated) and wet.

  • How-Tos: How to improve smartphone battery life

    Fed up with those low battery warning on your smartphone? We offer some simple tips and tricks you can use to eek out extra hours of use, including dimming the screen plus some other nuggets you probably don't know about. UPDATED: 12th April 2013

  • How-Tos: How to tether a Google Android phone

    Connect to the internet when you're on the go by using your Android smartphone as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Learn how in our step-by-step guide. UPDATED: 11th April 2013

  • How-Tos: Use a BlackBerry as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot

    Quickly and easily set up your BlackBerry smartphone as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.

  • How-Tos: How to use an iPhone as a Wi-Fi hotspot: configuring Personal Hotspot

    Connect to the internet when you're on the go by using your iPhone as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Learn how in our step-by-step guide.

  • How-Tos: How to get Google's new Play Store app right now

    Google has begun rolling out an updated Play Store app on Android devices which is expected to be available "over the next few weeks". Here's how to get the app right now.

  • How-Tos: How to use a Windows Phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot

    Connect to the internet when you're on the go by learning how to use your Windows Phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot.

  • How-Tos: How to get Facebook Home on your Android smartphone

    Here’s how to get Facebook Home onto your smartphone.

  • 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.

  • How-Tos: How to update Android apps

    So you've got loads of apps downloaded and installed on your Android smartphone or tablet but can't see how to update them. Find out in our how to update Android apps guide.

  • How-Tos: How to watch Samsung Galaxy S4 launch live

    Join us for live coverage of Samsung's highly anticipated Galaxy S4 smartphone launch on 14 March.

  • How-Tos: Protect your Gmail account with Google's two-step authentication

    If you want your Gmail account to be as safe as possible, using the optional two-step authentication is the way to go. We'll show you how it works and what it involves.

  • 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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