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  • 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.

  • How-Tos: Moving to an iPhone 4S

    Congratulations, you've braved the lines, delivery wait times, or in-store negotiations to snag yourself a brand-new iPhone 4S. But before you get to playing with your new device, you'll probably want to set it up. Thanks to iOS 5's step-by-step activation process, Apple's made it pretty simple to get started; but just in case you need some extra help, we've put together a comprehensive guide for activating your new iPhone, transferring data from your old phone, and some suggestions for exploring your 4S's new features.

  • How-Tos: Bulk delete email on an iPhone

    Reader Arnie Goldstein asks the question that every iOS user has had flit through their mind at one time or another:

  • How-Tos: Up close with iOS 5: Wireless syncing and updating

    One of the best parts of iOS 5--regarding device management, at least--is that you no longer have to connect your device to your Mac or PC when you want to sync your information or download a subsequent software update. There are two features at work here: iTunes Wi-Fi Sync and Software Update.

  • How-Tos: How to disable roaming on a BlackBerry

    Being able to browse the web from your smartphone when you're on the go is a great function, whether you want to catch-up on work emails while you're on the train or simply make your friends jealous by posting pictures of how you're sunning yourself to Facebook when you're on holiday

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade your iOS device to iOS 5

    iOS 5 has hit the stage, and eager users everywhere are getting ready to upgrade their devices. If you're concerned about the upgrade process, or simply want to know all your setup options before making the big switch, let us help you upgrade your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to iOS 5 with this step-by-step guide.

  • How-Tos: How to disable roaming on an Apple iPhone

    Being able to browse the web from your smartphone when you're on the go is a great function, whether you want to catch-up on work emails while you're on the train or simply make your friends jealous by posting pictures of how you're sunning yourself to Facebook when you're on holiday.

  • How-Tos: How to disable roaming on a Google Android 2.2 device

    Being able to browse the web from your smartphone when you're on the go is a great function, whether you want to catch-up on work emails while you're on the train or simply make your friends jealous by posting pictures of how you're sunning yourself to Facebook when you're on holiday.

  • How-Tos: How to adjust the screen timeout on a BlackBerry

    Smartphones have a screen timeout built into them, which works in the same way as a screen saver on your PC, temporarily suspending the screen or making it appear black while the device is not being used.

  • How-Tos: How to adjust the screen timeout on a Google Android 2.2 device

    Smartphones have a screen timeout built into them, which works in the same way as a screen saver on your PC, temporarily suspending the screen or making it appear black while the device is not being used.

  • How-Tos: How to adjust the screen timeout on an Apple iPhone

    Smartphones have a screen timeout built into them, which works in the same way as a screen saver on your PC, temporarily suspending the screen or making it appear black while the device is not being used

  • How-Tos: How to move my iPhone back-up to a new PC

    Apple's iTunes allows Apple iPhone users to back-up the content stored on their smartphone to their PC.

  • How-Tos: How to adjust haptic feedback on a Google Android 2.2 device

    Haptic feedback is a useful function on touchscreen smartphones as it alerts the user their command on the handset has been recognised and processed through vibration.

  • How-Tos: How to see which applications are running on a BlackBerry

    BlackBerry's, like many smartphones, offer the ability to have apps running in the background. While the Messages, Phone, Browser and BlackBerry Messenger apps won't drain your battery or affect the performance of the handset, other apps may well do.

  • How-Tos: How to see which applications are running on an iPhone

    When Apple released iOS 4 last year, iPhone users were given the ability to multi-task

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

    A tablet PC is a great way to surf the web, read emails and even catch-up on TV while you're on the go, especially since its much more comfortable looking at a tablet's larger screen compared to the smaller display of a smartphone.


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