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  • How-Tos: 9 ways to bolster public relations and media outreach

    What good is having a business if no one knows about you? But how do you get the word out? Public relations is one of several proven ways for organizations to connect with their target audience, and is often (much) more cost effective than advertising. But how can you ensure that your press releases and PR efforts are getting to the right people?

  • How-Tos: Mac 911: You are not an Apple ID! You are a Free Person!

    The problem of identity is a deep one: how do we know who we are? Apple's problems with identity stem from its superannuated Apple ID system, which carries with it the detritus of generations of past technological choices that it wears around its figurative neck like an albatross.

  • How-Tos: How to connect printer to iPad or iPhone

    We explain how to print from an iPhone or an iPad using AirPrint, and via third-party printer apps.

  • How-Tos: How to edit PDFs for free

    How to edit PDFs. Free software and online tools and services which enable you to comment and annotate PDF files, and even edit the text in a PDF file or replace it completely. We show you how to modify any PDF. h

  • How-Tos: How to Sync Google and Outlook Calendars

    Google recently pulled the plug on its Outlook calendar sync utility, so what is the alternative? Here are a few suggestions on how to sync your Google and Outlook calendars.

  • How-Tos: How to market to millennials (it's not easy)

    In Las Vegas, if you're not new and fresh, you're old and boring. Casinos thrive on youthful energy and young executives flush with cash. Nightclubs buzz into the wee hours, chock full of hard-partying millennials, not stodgy Gen-Xers in desperate need of their beauty sleep.

  • How-Tos: Use Gmail's hidden colored stars to better organize important emails

    There's nothing like a nicely organized Gmail inbox to take the stress and worry out of your life. But there's one area of your email that may not be as well organized as it could be: Gmail's Starred section.

  • How-Tos: How to use your favorite mobile messaging service on your PC

    It's ridiculous how many different mobile messaging services are out there right now. Looking at my own phone I've got Blackberry Messenger, Facebook Messenger, Hangouts, Line, and WhatsApp installed, all to communicate with different people in my life. Most of these services are mobile centric, but many of them have desktop counterparts too--making life easier when you're stationed in front of your PC.

  • How-Tos: Windows Live Mail stores your messages, but where? Here's how to find them

    Ed Faris asked where Microsoft's Windows Live Mail program stores his email.

  • How-Tos: How to keep your email private with PGP encryption on your Mac

    In our last episode of Private I, I explained the basics of public-key (PK) cryptography, a way to scramble messages in a way that only someone possessing a particular key can decrypt, without that key ever having to be publicly disclosed or shared. It's an effective system that has no known theoretical exploits, and currently deployed implementations are considered robust.

  • How-Tos: Gmail mass email tips: Avoid the spammy look with the personalized touch

    Gmail contact groups are great for sending a single email message to a specific set of people, but what if you want to give each email a personal touch, such as with a newsletter or promotional offer? Unlike Microsoft Office, Google's productivity suite doesn't have a native mail-merge feature you can leverage to do this. But don't sweat it: With a little help from Google Sheets and a free downloadable script, you can personalize bulk email messages in Gmail in minutes.

  • How-Tos: How to track changes in Microsoft Word without going insane

    If you've ever opened a document that had more strikeouts than a beer-league ballplayer, you're familiar with Microsoft Word's "track changes" feature. It's one of the most useful tools for collaboration, but in practice a marked-up document can quickly overwhelm with its tangle of additions, deletions, and comments all displayed in multiple colors--one for each contributor. It's enough to make you want to put a big red "X" on the whole thing.

  • How-Tos: Create User Account in Windows 8 and Windows 7: make User Account an Admin

    Microsoft's Windows operating system allows users to create User Accounts that tells Windows which files, folders and programs the person the PC can access, as well as retaining personal preferences such as the particular theme that's being used. Here's how to create a User Account in Windows 8 and Windows 7: how to make a User Account an Administrator in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

  • How-Tos: How to use cloud storage's hidden, helpful power tool: Robust file version histories

    Cloud syncing services earn their keep by letting access your files from anywhere and with any device, but did you also know they can be lifesavers for people who stick to a single PC?

  • How-Tos: This is not spam: How to create bulk emails in Microsoft Outlook 2013

    You're not a spammer. You're someone who needs to communicate with a large list of clients or subscribers. Plenty of services promise to simplify bulk emails for your email marketing campaign, but the best solution might be a tool you're already using every day.

  • How-Tos: How to get more customers to your online store

    If you have a small business selling products or services online, a website alone isn't enough. How do you promote it? How can you ensure you appear in search results? Does it work on smartphones? Here we offer our top tips on making sure you're not missing out on customers.

  • How-Tos: 7 Ways to Use Social Media to Attract Holiday Shoppers

    How can social media help businesses drive traffic to their ecommerce or bricks-and-mortar sites this holiday season? CIO.com posed that question to dozens of marketers and social media experts. Following are their top seven strategies for how to use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube to engage customers and get them -- and their friends -- to check out (and hopefully buy) your holiday offerings.

  • How-Tos: 10 ways to give better presentations using PowerPoint

    You have to give a presentation, and you need advice. You've come to the right place. In this article we offer tips on giving a great presentation using PowerPoint. How to use PowerPoint well, and how to give a confident presentation.

  • How-Tos: 10 more do's and don'ts for faster SQL queries

    Everyone wants faster database queries, and both SQL developers and DBAs can turn to many time-tested methods to achieve that goal. Unfortunately, no single method is foolproof or ironclad. But even if there is no right answer to tuning every query, there are plenty of proven do's and don'ts to help light the way. While some are RDBMS-specific, most of these tips apply to any relational database.

  • How-Tos: How to make webmail your default email in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera

    How many times have you clicked an email address on a webpage instead of copying it only to accidentally start Outlook or another desktop mail client?

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