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    Coinciding with this week’s release of Final Cut Pro X, Apple has posted well over a dozen new Knowledge Base articles detailing various quirks of the new software. I’ve summarized the key issues below. I follow that with a brief look at users’ largely negative assessment of the update.

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    Everybody is familiar with high-definition video these days, which packs more visual information (more pixels) into the shows you see on TV and on Blu-ray discs. But you may not know much about high-resolution audio, which offers music in formats with clarity and fidelity that can be superior to that of CDs. I took a look at the current offerings, and how you can play these high-resolution files on a Mac. Here’s what you need to know.

  • How-Tos: How to change the download destination folder in Safari

    When you download files from the web to your PC, they are automatically stored in a folder, the location of which is set by your browser automatically. However, it is very easy to change this location yourself

  • How-Tos: How to change the folder files are downloaded to in Internet Explorer

    When you download files from the web to your PC, they are automatically stored in a folder, the location of which is set by your browser automatically. However, it is very easy to change this location yourself. We've already shown you how to change the folder items are saved to in Firefox 4, but here's how to implement the change in Internet Explorer 9.

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    WNCDude asked the Networking forum about backing up one computer to another over a local network.

  • How-Tos: Dont Be a Loser on eBay

    eBay is a great resource if you're looking to buy things at a discount--with everyone competing to sell their tchotchkes and castoffs, you can often find things a lot cheaper at this online marketplace than in a brick-and-mortar store. The downside: The low price that you see on many auction-only items is rarely the price you'll pay at the end of the auction if you win.

  • How-Tos: Four Safer Ways to Pay Online

    Who has your private info? Who knows, given how common security breaches have become. And credit card information is one of the most common types of personal data we volunteer online. So what can you do to minimize credit card fraud? Well, you can't stop the break-ins, but here are four ways to keep your funds out of the hands of the bad guys.

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    Tech firms such as Microsoft and Apple often release new versions of their software including web browser and office suites. But what happens if you download thelatest version, only to find you preferred its predecessor for whatever reason

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    The toolbars at the top of your web browser allow you to access actions such as reloading a page, stopping a webpage from loading or even printing a page. It is relatively easy to customise these toolbars to ensure actions you use frequently are displayed and those that you don't often use are removed.

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    The toolbars at the top of your web browser allow you to access actions such as reloading a page, stopping a webpage from loading or even printing a page.


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