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    You probably don't carry your fancy-pants DSLR camera with you all the time, but your smartphone--along with its built-in camera--is in your pocket everywhere you go. That's why these days the most popular camera used to upload photos to Flickr isn't a camera at all, but the iPhone.

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  • How-Tos: Reverting Safari 5.1 to 5.0.3

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    If you want to give your digital photographs an 'arty' feel then converting a colour image to black and white is one of the best ways to achieve this.

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    If you've got a library of downloaded videos and want to play them on your smartphone or tablet, you might find out they're the wrong file type. Some tablets and phones can only play specific file types, and only a few devices support high definition files. The easiest thing you can do to get these files playing is to transcode them to a different file type and resolution that matches your device. Our software of choice for this purpose is Handbrake -- it's a lightweight, powerful and very easy to use video transcoder that works on Mac OS X, all flavours of Windows and Linux.

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    Whenever you read a PC review or a component review, benchmark results typically accompany it. Such results are most often in the form of numbers, such as a score or a frames-per-second total. Sometimes they're relative, in that the result is posted as a multiple of some reference system or number.

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  • How-Tos: How to manage Bookmarks in Internet Explorer 9

    Bookmarks, which are known as Favourites in Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9, are a great tool for web users

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    This month our Helproom editor helps readers with upgrading a PC's motherboard, graphics card and memory, software problems with Google Chrome and Windows 7, and downloads that just won't... well... download!

  • How-Tos: How to manage your browser bookmarks in Firefox 5

    Bookmarks are a great tool for web users. By simply pressing Ctrl and D or hitting Bookmark this page goes into the Bookmarks menu, web users can save a site so they can access it at the click of a button rather than trawling through hundreds of pages

  • How-Tos: How to View Any File in Windows

    Right out of the box, Windows 7 and Vista let you preview most mainstream and multimedia file types. To find and activate the preview function, go to Windows Explorer (click Start and type explorer.exe in the "Search programs and files" box) and click the Preview icon in the upper right corner.

  • How-Tos: Add Hollywood-Style Intros to Your Home Movies

    The thing about home movies is, you gotta hook 'em at the beginning. You can't just dive right into your Cancun vacation; you need an introduction that will get viewers' attention and say, "This J.J. Abrams wanna-be knows what he's doing!"

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    JavaScript is a programming language that allows websites to offer sounds as well as interactive menus and other features.

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