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  • How-Tos: How to easily swap files between your PC and Android device with AirDroid

    The HomeGroup option in Windows is a great way to share files and printers between PCs you have on your home network--but it doesn't support mobile devices. Until then, we'll have to make due with our own workarounds for trading files wirelessly between PCs and 'Droids.

  • How-Tos: How to rip your DVD collection for free with Freemake

    Ripping your DVDs into digital files that will play on your PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet is a great way to clear some space in your living room – and it won’t cost you a penny. Here’s how to get started.

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    Windows Explorer displayed .pdf files as preview thumbnails on Zill Niazi's old Windows 7 laptop. But on a new laptop, also running Windows 7, it displays them only as icons. Can this be fixed?

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    Even if you don't do New Year's resolutions, flipping the calendar to a fresh year is a great time to take stock of your tech habits and brush them up as needed. Unlike resolutions you have to keep all year, like working out every day, most of these technology pledges are set-it-and-forget-it. We know you're a super-smart person and you're probably doing all this stuff already, but it never hurts to double-check.

  • How-Tos: How to sync a Google Map routes between devices

    Looking for directions when you’re in your car or on foot can be fiddly and inconvenient. Save yourself the trouble by preparing all your routes on your PC before you leave, then transfer them to your smartphone. Google Maps offers easy syncing between devices, and here we show you how to do it.

  • How-Tos: Remove Microsoft account from Windows 8

    We show you how to remove a Microsoft account from your Windows 8 PC, laptop or tablet, how to add a Microsoft account to your Windows 8 PC, laptop or tablet and how to check whether you're signed in with a Microsoft account in the first place.

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    Being a technology writer (and an unapologetic enthusiast of shiny new things), I'm constantly trying out new software. I love it! ...But I don't love the after effects. An app experimentalist's PC clogs up with junk pretty fast. Every few months I have to go through my app catalog and get rid of all the detritus plugging up my hard drive.

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    Here's how to remove a message or attachment from a Facebook chat without deleting the entire conversation.

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    What to do if there is a watermark and an error message on the desktop in Windows 8.1.

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    Permanently set your Android smartphone or tablet's browser homepage.

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