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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: Reinstalling Software Leads to Loss of Key Feature

    I bought an audio editor called WavePad from software maker NCH in February 2010. It worked fine until a month ago, when I received messages saying that the "14-day trial was about to expire," though I'd purchased the software already. I contacted customer service at NCH and spoke to someone who restored my software, but then the crossfade feature (which I use often) didn't work. At this point I broke down and bought an NCH priority-support package. For reinstalling my version of WavePad, the company sent me a .dmg file for a Mac, which wouldn't open on my Windows computer. After a number of unfruitful calls, I still can't get the help I need. So I'm asking you for help.

  • How-Tos: Turn a PC Into a DVR, Install Software Without a DVD Drive

    Recently I've heard from a number of users who are looking for a way to cut that pricey cable-TV cord, but don't want to give up on watching and recording their favorite network shows. Turns out there's an easy and very affordable solution, one that eliminates cable (cable-TV, anyway) service entirely and frees you from monthly fees. It's called Windows 7.

  • How-Tos: How to Prepare Your Business for Pinterest

    Pinterest is a site your business should have on its radar. It's like a virtual bulletin board, allowing users to curate a collection of things they like from around the Internet into various layouts, or boards. And its popularity is booming, with 11 million reported page visits during one busy week last December--a 40-fold traffic increase over six months.

  • How-Tos: How to back-up your files in Windows 7

    When it comes to using your PC, organising how and when your data is backed-up is one of the most important processes you need to implement. Microsoft has made it very easy to set-up a back-up in Windows 7.

  • How-Tos: How to get that lomo look

    Digital cameras are better and more easily affordable than ever, yet analogue photography is increasing in popularity. We explain how to achieve that lo-fi look.

  • How-Tos: Adjust OS Xs Software Update

    Apple distributes updates to Mac OS X and some of its applications (such as iLife and Safari) through a feature in the operating system called Software Update. To run Software Update, click on the Apple (?) menu and select Software Update. It may take a minute or two for this feature to run, longer if there are updates available for download and installation. (You may need to restart your Mac, so it’s a good idea to run Software Update when you aren’t doing anything else. You do have the option to cancel if you’re in the middle of something.)

  • How-Tos: How to change the default program used to open a file type in Windows 7

    Windows will usually open a specific file type in the same program, known as the default program, all the time

  • How-Tos: How to remotely connect to a Windows 7 PC

    Remote access is a great tool that allows a PC's desktop, along with files, folders, programs and settings, to be accessed from another location with the help of a net connection

  • 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: How to enable remote desktop access in Windows 7

    Remote access if a great tool that allows a PC's desktop, along with files, folders, programs and settings, to be accessed from another location with the help of a net connection.

  • 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 turn the Firewall on or off in Windows 7

    Microsoft has built a Firewall into Windows to ensure that hackers or malicious program are stopped if they try and access your PC via the internet.

  • How-Tos: How to use Aero features in Windows 7

    Among the features from Windows Vista that the latest iteration of Microsoft's operating system, Windows 7, that the tech giant took and built-upon is Aero.

  • How-Tos: How to view your PC's RAM and processor speed in Windows 7

    If you're unsure of which iteration of Windows you're running and need to know to work out what version you have to download and install a software program, or you simply want to check the specs of your machine to decide if it's time to upgrade your hardware or not, Microsoft's Windows operating system makes it really simple to find out this information.

  • How-Tos: How to adjust UAC settings in Windows 7

    User Account Control (UAC) was a feature first introduced by Microsoft in Windows Vista.

  • How-Tos: How to turn on Windows automatic updates

    Microsoft offers an update feature in Windows that will automatically apply any security and other important updates for Microsoft software and third-party drivers to your PC, provided it's connected to the internet.

  • How-Tos: How to use Gadgets in Windows 7

    Windows 7 offers a number of mini-programs known as Gadgets that allow easy access to tools or information you use on a frequent basis.

  • How-Tos: Easy encryption with Disk Utility

    Reader Bob Ross is interested in encryption. In anything-but-cryptic fashion he writes:

  • How-Tos: Use services in Mac OS X

    One of the little-known time-saving features of Mac OS X is services—hidden, single-feature commands that you can access from a special Services menu, or, sometimes, from a contextual menu. These features are generally provided by applications—built-in OS X applications or third-party programs—and let you quickly preform actions that usually require launching additional programs and taking many steps. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about how to find, use, and manage services.


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