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    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

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  • 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.

  • How-Tos: How to Boost Your Smartphone Battery Life

    Do you know where your smartphone is? Unless you're using it to read PCWorld.com, your phone is probably plugged into an outlet somewhere to charge, because the battery stinks. You can find plenty of good reasons why your smartphone battery sucks, most of which stem from the failure of lithium ion batteries to keep pace with the exponentially increasing power demands of rapidly evolving smartphone technology. Thankfully, plenty of tips and tutorials are available to help you wring every last drop of juice from your smartphone battery, and such tricks can be distilled down to two critical steps: Configure your smartphone for maximum battery life, and then download a reliable and trustworthy battery-optimization app.

  • How-Tos: How to protect a smartphone against malware

    Smartphone malware has surged by 800% in last four months. PC Advisor explains how you can secure you mobile phone against future attacks.

  • How-Tos: Managing battery life for iOS 5 devices

    Apple's concession Wednesday that an iOS 5 glitch is behind the battery problems experienced by some iOS devices is welcome news. Not only does it mean help is on the way--Apple promised it was working on a fix--but it also lets iOS device owners who've been experiencing battery drain know that they aren't imagining things. As someone who's had to troubleshoot a power-mad iPhone 4S, I'm happy to hear that I'm not crazy. Not about this, anyhow.

  • How-Tos: Updating a stubborn iPod touch to iOS 5

    A reader who wishes to remain anonymous is having some difficulty downloading iOS 5. He writes:

  • How-Tos: How to watch Sky on a PC

    Digital TV means there's much more to watch on TV than when Brits just had access to the five (or in some cases four if you lived in an area where it was impossible to pick up channel five) terrestrial channel.

  • How-Tos: Troubleshooting a battery-sucking iPhone 4S

    Last week I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with my new iPhone 4S, as I relied upon it for email, web browsing, and Twitter. It was not a completely satisfactory experience. And it wasn't because it sucked down the battery like its life depended on it (which, of course, it did). Over the course of an hour when the phone was supposedly idling its charge would drop 20 percent and the thing ran hot.

  • How-Tos: Free Your iPhone or iPad From the Tyranny of iTunes Syncing

    Previously, one of the great irritations of owning an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch was that you were constantly forced to plug in your phone or tablet to move data from your computer to your device. New features in iOS 5, however, finally allow you to sync all your data without having to go through your computer.


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