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    Windows Media Centre, which was first introduced in Vista and given a new user-interface and improved functions in Windows 7, is a media player designed to bring music, pictures and even digital TV and movies to one location on a Windows PC

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    As well as allowing you to listen to music stored on your PC, Windows Media Player, the media player that's integrated into Microsoft's Windows operating system, also enables PC users to burn these digital tracks to CD, providing your machine has a CD writer.

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    Here are a few practical tips for improving your computer's performance by using stock Windows utilities and a few programs you can download for free. Though the associated articles assume that you're running the latest version of Windows 7, many of them work just as well on older copies of Windows 7, Windows Vista, and even Windows XP. None of the optimization tips and tricks in this guide cost anything, so feel free to run them as often as you'd like to ensure that your computer runs lean and mean for as long as possible.

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    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: How to burn digital music files to CD in Apple's iTunes

    Apple's iTunes is great for organising your digital music collection on your PC. But what if you want to listen to those digital tracks elsewhere perhaps when you're in your car or on a stereo system that doesn't support music-streaming?

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    A reader who visited the Macworld forums would like a way to sort email based on flag color. He or she writes:

  • How-Tos: Bulk delete email on an iPhone

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  • 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: Add a Photo Screensaver to Windows with Google Picasa

    If you're not using Google Picasa to manage your photos, I think you're missing out. It's one of the fastest and most versatile photo managers/image editors currently available, and you can't beat the price. (It's free.)

  • How-Tos: How to download and try Windows 8 for free

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    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.

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    Reader Harlan Lachman finds his Mac too cluttered for his liking. He writes:

  • How-Tos: Convert PDFs to Word (and other formats)

    While the PDF file format is a great tool for sharing documents while retaining their formatting and for assuring that documents aren’t changed (contracts, for instance), sometimes you need to use the text from a PDF. You may need to copy a paragraph, a page or more, and edit it in a Microsoft Word document, or in another word processor or text editor. While you can select text in a PDF, chances are that this text will be seriously munged. You’ll often see odd breaks, or no breaks at all, and styles will be lost. There are ways, however, that you can convert a PDF to formatted text. Here’s how to do this.

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    Bassbug3 asked the Answer Line forum about removing icons, specifically those for no-longer-used programs, from the lower-right corner of his screen.

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    If you have poor eyesight and need to have documents and web pages read out to you, our Helproom Expert can help.

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    This week, an updated Apple support article offers a reminder on what to do if Mac OS X Mail keeps crashing ("unexpectedly quitting" in Apple-speak). The most likely cause is a "damaged" or otherwise problematic message. In such a case, Mail will initially crash as soon as you select the message and attempt to display it.

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