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  • How-Tos: Never forget anything ever again with these 11 phone tricks

    I'll be the first to admit: "Use your smartphone to remind yourself of things" seems like a story that doesn't need to be written. Of course you can use it to keep track grocery lists, to-dos, reminders, and calendar entries. But I bet you didn't know that there are gobs of other tricks for keeping track of things with your phone. Most of them don't even require any apps--you can use your phone's built-in features. Here are a few of our favorite ways to augment your forgetful biological brain with the synthetic brain in your pocket.

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    Don’t waste time manually sorting lists in your Word documents. Word has some reasonably powerful sorting tools like those in Excel, and it can even order lists numerically as well. Here’s how to do

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    What to do if you're fed up with adverts playing as soon as you open a web page. Here we show you how to stop videos and media from autoplaying when you open a website in Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

  • 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.

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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.


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