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    Want Hassle-Free PC in your inbox? Of course you do! One option is to subscribe to PC World's Power Tips newsletter, which includes, among other things, this very column.

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    Is it illegal to download YouTube video for personal use? Many people would answer that question by suggesting it's something of a 'grey' area. Actually it's pretty black and white.

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    What to do if your paid-for online or store order is not completed when a company goes into administration, such as Jessops. Credit card refunds are your best option.

  • How-Tos: How to hire a graphic-design pro on the cheap

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    If you’re a savvy buyer, then you know that Christmas time is one of the best times in the calendar year to snag a bargain. The Christmas lead-up period, as well as Boxing Day sales, has proven in previous years to be fiercely competitive, and the big brands are doing as much as they can to secure your hard-earned cash for their coffers.

  • How-Tos: Restore your data from the cloud

    Online backups are a useful component of a well-balanced backup strategy. Whether you rely primarily on cloud storage for backups (see "Backup Basics") or use the cloud to supplement local backups such as bootable duplicates (see "Bulletproof Backups"), it's crucial to understand how you will go about restoring your data after disaster strikes.

  • How-Tos: Set up Time Machine in Mountain Lion

    If you value your data—whether it’s some perfect photos you took last weekend, your entire music collection on iTunes, or your draft of the next great American novel—you must stay on top of regular system backup. One of the easiest ways of doing so is to use OS X’s built-in backup program, Time Machine. Time Machine works with your Mac and an external drive to save important documents, photos, and system files regularly. Apart from keeping spares of every file, Time Machine maintains a record of how your system looked on any given day, so you can easily put everything back the way it was if something goes wrong.

  • How-Tos: How to get Google Maps back

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  • Video: Video: 5 reasons to choose Android (and one reason not to)

    We offer five reasons why increasing numbers of tech users are choosing Android smartphones and tablets, and explain why Google's Android may become the dominant player for some time to come.

  • Video: Video: Sharp's new robot vacuum talks back, takes pictures, streams video to your phone via Wi-Fi

    The "Cocorobo," which goes on sale in Japan from June for about 130,000 yen, or £1,012, navigates with three ultrasonic sensors and includes Sharp's Plasmacluster air filtering technology. The company plans to develop hardware add-ons so it can interact with other appliances.

  • How-Tos: How to Deal With Tech Distractions

    Having trouble focusing on your work? You're not alone: The advent of smartphones, tablets, and Twitter has made staying connected to the flow of information seem seductively simple. All you have to do is leave your email inbox open in one tab, have Facebook or Twitter open in another, and set your phone to beep whenever you have an appointment to ensure that you stay productive without missing a single meeting or status update.

  • Video: Video: The Byte - Kindle Touch 3G, European Commission targets cybercrime, flat TV shipments, UrbanSitters.com

    Amazon's Kindle Touch 3G e-reader will start shipping with free internet access on April 27. The European Commission will get tough on cybercrime. Flat panel TV shipments are projected to drop. UrbanSitters.com connects parents looking for caretakers in a number of cities across the US.

  • Video: Video: The Byte – Britannica stops presses, Xperia Sola floating touch, Android to overtake iPad, Microsoft Cliplets

    After 244 years Encyclopedia Britannica will stop publishing its flagship books and concentrate on its digital offerings. Sony’s new Xperia sola lets users interact with the phone without touching the screen. While the craze this week may be around Apple’s iPad, Android based tablets will lead the market by 2015. Microsoft Research showed off a technology it calls Cliplets, which combines still and dynamic images. Nick Barber is a multimedia correspondent for IDG News Service.

  • How-Tos: How to Set Up a LinkedIn Company Page

    If you or your customers are using a social network for pure business purposes, chances are good that social network is LinkedIn, which boasts more than 150 million business users.

  • How-Tos: What to do when an online PC purchase goes wrong

    With the reports today that MESH Computers is in difficulties, many PC buyers will be concerned about making an online purchase, and what to do when it goes wrong. Here's how to protect yourself when an online purchase appears to have gone wrong.

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    PC Advisor explains the selling regulations that exist to protect your purchase online, and what to do if you are unhappy with a product you have purchased over the web.

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    IT departments are kept busy when it comes to providing systems, tools and procedures that turn the vague concept of collaboration into a real business benefit.

  • How-Tos: How to use budget cuts to get a leaner IT system

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