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Published: Tue, 04 Jun 2013 12:05:42 +0000

 



IPhoto Library Manager 3.5 Adds Faces, Places Compatibility

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

For those who cannot live by a single iPhoto library, Fat Cat Software's iPhoto Library Manager is like the One Ring to Rule Them All. Except, we aren't talking...



10 Killer Texting Tricks

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Text messaging isn't just kid's stuff anymore. Use these amazing online tools to turn any SMS-capable phone into a productivity powerhouse.



How Do Tech Terms Become Legit?

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Are the words we use every day -- like podcast, mashup, and blogosphere -- good enough for mainstream dictionaries?



30 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do on the Internet

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

The Web is learning new tricks every day. These surprising sites and services will help you solve problems and save time--and one might even make you a star.



Computing Center - Share This Site

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Share This Site lets you e-mail a friend or associate and offer them a friendly reference to content you think they would be interested in.



Store It on the Web

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

These 17 free and low-cost services make it easier than ever to back up and share your files online.


















5 Easy Hacks for Your PC and Wi-Fi Network

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Speed up your CPU and graphics card, add advanced features to your wireless router, boost your network's range, and tweak your PC's power consumption for extra efficiency.






How to Repair a Corrupt Windows 7 Installation

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Windows 7 may be Microsoft's best desktop OS to date, but it's not immune to problems and corruption. We show you how to repair a misbehaving Windows 7 installation using the In-Place Upgrade option.



Busting the Biggest PC Myths

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

We expose the bad advice that wastes your time and money.


















Repair Your Startup Drive

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

How to get around Disk Utility's dimmed Repair Disk button



32 iPad Tips and Tricks

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Master your new iPad with these quick tips and handy iOS shortcuts.



How Do I Gain Administrator Access Without a Password?

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Anthony Venable purchased a used PC from a business going out of business. They didn't give him the password to the one administrator account.



Make Chrome Show a Home Page at Startup

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Google's browser gets some things right, but the startup page isn't one of them. Here's how to go "home" when you run Chrome.



Get Your Free Music Online

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Here's a roundup of free and legal music sites you may not know about, plus some art projects for the summer.



Give Your Wi-Fi Network Wider Range, More Speed

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Four approaches to improving your wireless network.



Expand a Wireless Network's Range

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Buffalo and D-Link repeaters boost access point signal's strength and distance.



Secret TiVo Tips and Tweaks

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Whether you want to check the time or add more channels or storage to your favorite digital video recorder, we can show you how.



The 50 Greatest Gadgets of the Past 50 Years

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Here's PC World's official (and entirely idiosyncratic) list of the top tech gadgets of the last half century.






How to Enter Your PC's BIOS

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Need to change your computer's boot order or access other advanced settings? Here's how to access the BIOS (basic input/output system).



DirectX 11 Now Available for Windows Vista

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

It's not just for Windows 7 anymore.



101 Fabulous Freebies

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

The best things in life aren't just free--they're indispensable. Case in point: these outrageously useful downloads, sites, and services.



Who Knew Excel Could Do That? Ten Top Tips

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Make your spreadsheets work harder and give them a polished look with these nifty tricks.



Microsoft Office 2010: A Simple FAQ

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Microsoft has officially unveiled its Office 2010 software suite, and the upgrade boasts plenty of changes.



How to Improve Your Wi-Fi Network's Performance

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Get answers to your questions about boosting the speed and range of your wireless network.






How to Create a Bootable Mac OS X Flash Drive

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Creating a bootable thumb drive that will run Lion and fit in your pocket is easy. This simple guide walks you through the necessary steps.



Wrap Your Phone in Tin Foil: Massive Solar Storm Is Coming

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Our sun is ramping up its solar activity right about now: Look for an increase in solar storms in the next couple years.



Hack Your Streaming Set-Top Box

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z




Five Top Tips for New IPhone Users

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

If it turned out that the big lump at the bottom of your stocking wasn't in fact coal, but rather a happy, shiny new iPhone...



How to Use Gmail Filters

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

With the help of Gmail filters, you can automatically sort your incoming email.



Deal Finders

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Next-generation shopping sites aim to help you find great prices on the best products, from sellers you can trust. Which ones deliver?



Back Up a Bootable CD or DVD

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

A41202813 asked the Answer Line forum for the best way to turn a bootable optical disc, like a CD or DVD, into a file that you could burn back into a bootable disc.



How to Forward Ports on Your Router

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Your router can sometimes get in the way of your favorite multiplayer games or chat programs by inadvertently shuttering certain network ports. To fix that problem yourself, follow our simple guide to port forwarding.



Will the Real Spam King Please Stand Up?

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Many vie for the title, but only one can be crowned the true Spam King, Bane of Internet Users.



Use LinkedIn to Get Employers' Attention

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

In a bad economy, job hunting is even more challenging. Using LinkedIn, you can boost your search and connect with contacts who might help you land a new gig.



Soonr 3.0 Online Workspace Adds Tools, Projects Workspace

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Soonr on Wednesday announced the release of Soonr 3.0, a new version of its online workspace software for Mac OS X, Windows...



Five Quick Fixes for Internet Connection Hang-Ups

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Dead Net connection? Use the power of the Windows command prompt to get back online fast.









Top 5 Basic HTML Editors

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Build Web pages in minutes with these point-and-click text editors.









Home Office: Show Your Screen to Tech Support

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

When the help desk is no help, send them a picture of your screen.



How Hackers Hack

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

The tricks hackers use, and what you can do to foil them.






Do More With Digital Photos

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Fix, manage, share, print, shrink, and stitch: These 22 tools let you get more out of your digital snapshots than ever. And you don't have to be a tycoon to afford them or a photo pro to use them.






Apple iPhone 4S: The Good, Bad, and Unknown

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

The iPhone 4S might look very similar to last year’s iPhone 4, but some intriguing specs and features are hidden under the hood.



How It Works: Hardware MP3 Players

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Your digital audio is now free to roam, away from your PC. Here's how hardware MP3 players work.



The VoIP Players

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Who's who in Internet calling?



Tips to Keep iPhone 4S Battery from Draining Fast

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

People find that the "Setting Time Zone" element within Location Services in iOS seems to operate when it doesn't need to, resulting in excessive battery drain.



Lock Down Your PC

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Hackers. Spammers. Even rogue coworkers and employees. How can you keep the bad guys out and the good data in? Safeguard your system's perimeter with these 29 beyond-the-basics security steps.






How to Use Skype for Voice and Video Chat on Your Android/iOS Device

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

You can use Skype on your iPhone or Android smartphone to save money and minutes. Here's how.



Frequently Asked Questions About Microsoft Excel

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Your most nagging questions about the world's most popular spreadsheet: Answered, at long last.



Cheap Laptop Batteries: Good Deal or Risky?

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

You can save up to 50% with an aftermarket battery for your notebook -- if you dare.



New Attack Cracks Common Wi-Fi Encryption in a Minute

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Japanese researchers have developed a way to crack WPA encryption in about a minute.



Mobile Computing Tips: Getting Your Gear Through Airport Security

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

What to expect, and how to avoid problems and embarrassment.



Megapatch for Windows: Do Not Ignore

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Two of the most serious attacks could happen right under your nose.



50 Fixes for the Biggest PC Annoyances

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Windows gone wacky? Hardware gone haywire? Software gone screwy? Take a deep breath--help is here.



How Do I Know When a Virus Hits My Computer?

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Detect and eliminate viruses and worms that manage to sneak past your antivirus utility.



Grand Theft Auto... Stolen!

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

New version of popular game leaked before its October 26 release.



Is an Internet Phone Right for You?

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

VoIP services are cropping up all over the place. We answer your questions about this new breed of phone services.



Three Reasons the iPhone 4S Is Better for Business Users

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Apple unveiled details of the highly-anticipated iPhone 4S--including a number of features and functions that can make the Apple smartphone ideal for some business users.






Resizing Your Digital Photos

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Resize manually or with tools, for e-mail or for the Web.



Import Your Contacts to Gmail

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Add Outlook, OE, and Windows Mail contacts to your Gmail address book in two steps.



The Button as Last Resort

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

In these Mac 911 blog entries I tend to stick with tried-and-true advice: If Problem A occurs, Solution B should put your right (and, if not, Solutions C and...



iPhone 4S Battery Life: How Does It Compare to Other Smartphones?

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

The iPhone 4S’s battery life span is high relative to many other phones in our sample, but the Samsung Epic Touch 4G is the clear winner.



How to Create and Mount an ISO Disc Image

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Need to copy a CD or DVD to a disc-image file? Here's how to create an ISO in Windows.



How to Use Google Voice on Your iPhone or Android Smartphone

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Google Voice is an excellent app for streamlining phone calls, sending free text messages, and reading voicemail. Here's how to set it up.



Fast Fixes for Common PC Problems

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Struggling with dead components, a recalcitrant Windows, and uncooperative applications? Our easy hardware repairs, simple software remedies, and quick tweaks will put your PC in the pink.



78 Ways to Make Software Do More

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

With these tips and tools, your everyday applications--from Office to IE, Firefox to ZoneAlarm--can become faster, more powerful, and easier to use.






Restrict Wireless Access

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Keep unknown clients off your network with these basics.



Troubleshoot a BIOS or CMOS 'Checksum' Error

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

If you're getting errors when you boot your PC, the problem may be nothing more than a dead CMOS battery. Fortunately, they're cheap and easy to replace--on desktops, anyway.



Android App Alert: Mobile Defense Hits the Market

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Want to protect your Android phone in case it's lost or stolen? An app just made widely available makes it easier than ever -- and it won't cost you a single cent.



5 Ways Tablets Are Better than Laptops or Smartphones

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Tablets fill a flexible role somewhere between laptops and smartphones. Here are five reasons to choose a tablet for your mobile computing needs.



Understanding Wi-Fi's Two Spectrum Bands

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

The evolution of communications is about taking one kind of thing and making it better, faster, and more reliable. USB 1 evolved into USB 2; FireWire 400 morphed...



Buy the Right SD Card for Your Camera

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

If a new digital camera is on your shopping list this season, you'll also need a memory card to store photos on. While some cameras come with a small starter...



The Quickest Way to Make Several Folders at Once

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

A shortcut makes multiple folders; change your 'Open With' list; spiff up your Command Prompt.



15 Ways to Block Annoying Ads and Pop-Ups

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Had enough of blaring ads, dopey pop-ups, and annoying fly-in Flash ads? Get rid of them with these super ad and pop-up blockers. Most won't cost you a nickel--and you can try them all for the price of a download.



Sith? Jedi? This New Color-Changing Lightsaber Lets You Be Both!

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

Can't decide on your destiny? Choose all the Jedi and Sith colors with this DIY lightsaber.






Fix an Error 51 With the Cisco VPN Client

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

One of the most-used programs on my Mac is the Cisco VPN Client, which is what I use to connect to Macworld's VPN when posting...



Remove an Email Address in Gmail

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

MLStrand56 asked the Answer Line about something that should be easy: How do you delete an email address in Gmail?



How to Change Your Web Browser Home Page

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

You can easily change the home page in Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.



Hacking's History

2013-06-04T12:05:42Z

From phone phreaks to Web attacks, hacking has been a part of computing for 40 years.