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  • How-Tos: How to shop at the Mac App Store

    Got a new Mac for the holidays? Congratulations! We bet you're anxious to get started using your new Mac--in fact, you might be reading this on that new Mac right now. The key to getting things done is to have the right software. Your Mac comes with plenty of software to get you started: Mail, Safari, iCal, Address Book, iLife, and more. But where can you find software that's not already on your Mac? One place--and perhaps the easiest source to use--is Apple's Mac App Store.

  • How-Tos: How to download YouTube videos using Safari or Firefox

    If you've spent more than a couple of hours on the Web you understand that the thing is choked with videos--from YouTube to Vimeo to news and entertainment sites. There's so much, in fact, that it's hard to watch everything you want to when you're sitting down in front of your computer. And because there is, it's not uncommon to seek ways to capture that video for later viewing on other devices or when an Internet connection isn't available.

  • How-Tos: The Top 10 Photo Techniques of 2011

    Being a photographer is sort of like being in school--in a good way. There's always something new to learn. (Or if you prefer, you could just let your photo editor do most of the hard work for you.) As I write my very last Digital Focus of 2011, I thought it would be fun to take a look back and round up the ten most essential articles. If you're looking to brush up on some photography techniques over the holiday break, here are my recommendations.

  • How-Tos: New Computer? Clear Out the Junkware

    This is an update of a post I wrote a couple years ago. Definitely worth revisiting now that most folks have unwrapped their holiday presents.

  • How-Tos: How to control your PC by voice

    The devil makes work for idle hands, but the past decade has seen several advances in voice-recognition software that aim to ensure our mouths rather than hands do the talking when using a PC or smartphone.

  • How-Tos: How to control your iPhone 4S using Siri

    Voice commands offer an alternative way of controlling your iPhone 4S. We explain how to pitch requests to get the response you want from Siri.

  • How-Tos: How to add a new User Account in Windows 7

    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.

  • How-Tos: Best Bets for Photo Sharing Sites

    How do you share your photos? When I was a kid, "photo sharing" often meant sitting in a photo booth and then giving away the picture strip that it produced. (See how to make a modern, digital version by reading "Turn Your Digital Pictures into a Photo Strip.") Of course, these days, the easiest way to share photos is by posting them online at a photo sharing site.

  • How-Tos: Copy updated files, and retain or dump the originals

    A reader wanted to transfer some files from one PC to another using a USB drive. Many of the files were newer versions of files already on the drive. Our Helproom Expert explains the hassle-free way to transfer the files without losing data, and also how to replace the old files with new.

  • How-Tos: Post as yourself on a Facebook page when you're an admin

    We explain how you can post as yourself on a Facebook page of which you're an admin.

  • How-Tos: How to create multimedia albums with impact on iPad

    Need to whip up a visual storm? We explain how to create multimedia albums with impact using Blurb Mobile on an iPad.

  • How-Tos: How to print 3D models

    We explain how to turn a sequence of photographs into a virtual 3D model you can manipulate onscreen and even turn into a solid object.

  • How-Tos: Help! My laptop's webcam isn't working

    The webcam stopped working on a reader's laptop running Windows 7. Our Helproom Expert was happy to advise.

  • How-Tos: Create a perfect holiday playlist

  • 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: How to create a perfect Christmas playlist

    Christmas music and eggnog have this in common: they should only appear during the proper season. Break them out during a mid-summer celebration only if you want to immediately poop the party. Fortunately, you can ensure that your festive music is played at the right time - and in the right way - at Christmas. The avenue for doing so is iTunes's smart playlists.

  • How-Tos: Stream video from Roxio Creator to Archos TV+

    When a reader had a problem streaming video from Roxio Creator 2009 to his Archos TV+, our Helproom Expert was happy to help.

  • How-Tos: Why does Internet Explorer keep crashing?

    When a reader wrote in asking for advice with an IE install that keeps crashing, our Helproom Expert told him how to diagnose problems with Internet Explorer.

  • How-Tos: Automatically synch files between two PCs

    Our Helproom Expert explains how to use and edit the same files across multiple PCs.

  • How-Tos: Uninstall entries from your PC's Registry

    Just because a Registry Cleaner tells you to remove entries from your PC's Registry, you may not want to. However, reader Edward wants to get rid of three entries that CCleaner regularly picks out, and our Helproom Expert is glad to show him how to permanently uninstall entries from your PC's Registry.


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