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  • How-Tos: How to purchase an app from the Android Market

    As well as offering thousands of free apps, the Android Market, which is Google's offical app store for smartphones and tablet PCs running its Google Android operating system, also offers plenty of paid-for apps that are priced from 62p upwards.

  • How-Tos: How to create QR codes

    We provide practical advice on how to generate QR codes that send smartphone browsers to your website, then include them in your documents.

  • How-Tos: How to use the iOS Reminders app

    The arrival of iOS 5 last fall brought with it the ability to manage your to-dos in the form of the built-in Reminders app. Reminders won't threaten the many task management utilities available from the App Store--Apple's built-in tool is really geared more toward storing simple lists for shopping, packing, and the like. But there are some time- and location-based tricks you can master with Reminders on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Here's a quick guide on how to make the most of the app.

  • How-Tos: When new apps and old iOS devices don't mix

    Reader Steve Paulson finds that old and new iOS devices don't always mix in pleasing ways. He writes:

  • How-Tos: How to set live wallpaper on a Google Android 2.2 device

    Smartphones offer plenty of customisation tools, ensuring you can personalise the device so it looks exactly how you want it.

  • How-Tos: Send Google Calendar Alerts to Any Cell Phone

    Jonah Langlieb asked how to send Google Calendar notifications to any cell phone.

  • How-Tos: Use Google Voice for Android to Slash Your Smartphone Bill

    Smartphone plans are tricky when it comes to voice service. You can either go overboard and have a thousand or more extra minutes that you won't use every month, or lowball your usage and count your minutes near the end of each billing cycle to make sure you don't exceed the cap. However, if you set up Google Voice and Groove IP on your Android smartphone, you can reduce your voice usage significantly by routing calls through your smartphone's 3G or 4G connection--or, if you're willing to depend on Wi-Fi connections only, you could even ditch your cell service entirely. I'll show you how.

  • How-Tos: Ten things to do with your new Mac

    Perhaps you lucked out this holiday season, and instead of unwrapping an itchy sweater or a Dunkin' Donuts gift card, you tore the wrapping paper off a brand new Mac. And perhaps this is the very first Mac that you've owned. Don't be afraid of your new computer; you're leaving behind a world of headaches, and this new Mac is your Excedrin.

  • How-Tos: How to control your iPhone 4S using Siri

    Voice commands offer an alternative way of controlling your iPhone 4S. We explain how to pitch requests to get the response you want from Siri.

  • How-Tos: How To Use Dropbox to Edit Text On Mobile Devices

    With clients for every mobile and desktop operating system and tons of great functionality, Dropbox makes it easy to share files from basically any device.

  • How-Tos: Three quick iMessage tips

    iOS 5 introduced iMessage, a new capability within your iOS device's Messages app that can send text, picture, and video messages to other iPhones without counting against your carrier's messaging plan. What's more, iMessages actually works with any device running iOS 5, meaning iPad and iPod touch owners can get in on the messaging fun, too.

  • How-Tos: Meet the Hassle-Solving USB Cable, Cheaper Edition

    Last week I told you about the Magic Cable Trio, a 3-in-1 USB charge/sync cable with connectors for micro USB, mini USB, and Apple devices (like the iPhone and iPad).

  • How-Tos: Know your last-minute holiday shopping deadlines

    It might feel like you've just finished that last helping of turkey at the Thanksgiving, but the calendar doesn't lie: The holidays are just about here. You've got less than a dozen shopping days until Christmas. Hanukkah starts even sooner--December 20--and even Kwanzaa is right around the corner, beginning on December 26. It seems like plenty of time to get your shopping done, but not if you're relying on online shopping or buying customized tech gifts. If you still have gifts to order, pickup, or send, observe these deadlines to ensure that your gifts are delivered before 2012.

  • How-Tos: 5 Steps to Prepare for the Ice Cream Sandwich Update

    New phones and tablets with Android 4.0, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich, are just around the corner, and carriers are also announcing which current models will be upgradable, most likely in early 2012. Many of the new features and updates will be great for business users.

  • How-Tos: How to make the most of iOS 5

    We explain how to upgrade an iDevice with Appleā€™s iOS 5 operating system and take advantage of its impressive new features.

  • How-Tos: How to move from ringtone folder to message tone folder on iPhone 4?

    Sometimes in life, and I can't stress the word sometimes enough, having a 'wacky' SMS tone can be worthwhile.

  • How-Tos: How to secure a smartphone

    Antivirus is one thing, but much more important is to make sure you can remotely locate, lock and wipe your smartphone.

  • How-Tos: Transfer files to your iOS device remotely

    Reader Jim Ross seeks a slicker way to add files to his iPad. He writes:

  • How-Tos: How to enable Home Sharing on an iPhone

    Home Sharing is a feature in Apple's iTunes that allows PC users to share their digital music and video libraries with up to five other computers located in the same household.

  • How-Tos: BlackBerry Tip: How to Avoid a "Bricked" or "Nuked" BlackBerry

    The modern BlackBerry smartphone can be "quirky," to put it mildly.


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