TIPS & TRICKS

11 Uses for an Old PC

Just because you bought a new PC doesn’t mean you have to throw away the old PC. Here’s how to make the most of an older computer.

You’ve finally gone and bought a new PC. It has a boatload of memory, lots of cores, and a fast, modern graphics card. But now your old PC sits in a corner, and although you know it’s just a machine, it seems to be sulking like a puppy that missed its morning biscuit. It’s weird, but you feel guilty with the whole idea of throwing it out.

After all, it’s perfectly functional. When you first bought it, it was near state-of-the-art. If your new PC replaces one that’s really on its last legs, by all means, take it to a reputable electronics recycler. But it’s amazing how many users ditch perfectly good machines when they pick up a shiny new system.

You can do plenty of things with an old PC besides sending it to the recycling heap. Let’s take a look at a few ways you might put that old system to work.

How to backup your Android data

We encourage everyone to take time to make sure all of your data is backed up, whether you’re the IT manager for a large international company or a grandparent enjoying your first photos of a new baby grandchild. We’ll show you the different software and hardware solutions that exist to keep the data stored on your Android device safe and the different ways use an Android device to back up all of your other important data.

3 Ways To Maximize Battery Life For The Apple iPad 2

When you’ve already invested the necessary $400+ dollars to buy the Apple iPad 2 you shouldn’t have to worry about spending another $100+ replacing the battery in a years time.

My top 5 favorite iphone travel apps

IPhone, which earlier started as a craze, has now become a necessity for many people. The number of apps that you are available with make your life a lot more facilitating. Everyone has his own unique requirements for particular type of apps but thanks to iPhone, that it never disappoints us. I travel a lot to different parts of the world and my aim has always been to get those iPhone apps which facilitate my trip. Today, I am going to share my favorite top five travel apps that I highly depend on to make my every trip memorable one. Do try these apps for your travel too for a safe, enjoyable and trouble free journey.

How To Synchronize Apple iPad 2

If you want to sync your Apple iPad 2 so you can put some music or videos from your PC, you are at right place. Read carefully and follow the instructions how to sync your iPad 2 and PC.

Apple iPad 2 sync

How To Connect My iPad 2 to a Network?

To get on the web, your iPad must first connect to a network that offers Internet access. To make this easy and seamless, your iPad comes with internal hardware that enables it to detect and connect to available networks.

iPad 2 comes in two versions:

- iPad with WI-FI: This type of iPad can connect only to Wi-Fi wireless networks

- iPad with WI-FI + 3G: This type of iPad can connect to Wi-Fi wireless networks and cellular networks.

Understanding Wi-Fi networks

Wireless devices such as Apple iPad 2 transmit data and communicate with other devices using radio frequency (RF) signals that are beamed from one device to another. Although these radio signals are similar to those used in commercial radio broadcasts, they operate on a different frequency. The most common wireless networking technology is Wi-Fi. There are four main types – 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n (we will not explain these types in details, it is enough for you to know what types exist). Apple iPad 2 supports all types of wireless types which means it can take advantage of the fastest wireless networks out there, particularly those based on Apple’s AirPort Extreme wireless acces point.

Understanding cellular networks

If your iPad is a Wi-Fi + 3G model, it means not only can your iPad connect to Wi-Fi networks and hot spots, but it also can make use of a cellular network if no Wi-Fi is within range. There are two specific types of cellular networks: 3G and EDGE (again, we will not explain in details). Unfortunately, although you can often ride the Wi-Fi train for free, there’s no such luck when it comes to cellular networks. Your iPad’s 3G chip won’t work unless you plug a micro-SIM into the iPad’s micro-SIM slot (located on the left edge of the device when you hold it in portrait mode).

5 Resolutions for the Biggest iPhone and iPad Headaches

Bugged about a lousy app buy? Grappling with Game Center? Here are five fixes for the worst annoyances you’re likely to encounter on your iPhone or iPad.

No question, the iPad and iPhone are amazing devices. But the iOS operating system isn’t perfect. For example: How come AT&T rebills customers every month for cellular data service without asking? Do you really have to buy a AirPrint-compatible printer to print via your iPad? Can you get a refund from Apple on an iTunes purchase?

Apple gadgets have their pain points. The good news is that where there’s a will, there’s a workaround. With that in mind, we look at five iOS solutions to five confounding iOS headaches.

5 ways to work faster in Windows 7

Master these features to boost your productivity in Windows 7

In Windows 7, Microsoft added a variety of features that make users more efficient and productive than with previous versions of Windows, but there can be a small learning curve for some of them. If your job is supporting the growing number of Windows 7 users, pass along these seven tips to help them work faster and get more done — or use them yourself to boost your own Windows 7 efficiency.

1. Get the most out of Jump Lists

Jump Lists are one of Windows 7′s secret efficiency weapons. With previous versions of Windows, the Start Menu displayed a list of recently used files that users navigated to with one click. But this list linked to only certain file types, and it showed only the last 10 files, quickly cycling items off the list.

The Jump Lists in Windows 7 take the Recent Items concept and apply it on an application-by-application basis to give you fast, one-click access to the files you’ve used most recently. A little arrow to the right of the application name in the Start Menu indicates the presence of a Jump List. You hover over the application to expand the Jump List and see a list of the recently opened files for that program; click the one you want to open it instantly.

Windows 7 Jump List

The number of items maintained in each Jump List defaults to 10, but you can expand it to up to 60 in the Start Menu settings: Right-click on the Windows taskbar and select Properties, then click on the Start Menu tab in the Properties window and select the Customize button. At the bottom of the Start Menu customization area, you can set the number of items to display in the Jump List. Whatever you set it for, though, will be the setting for all Jump Lists. There is no way to customize it on an individual program basis.

The six biggest myths of cloud computing

We run down the top six myths cloud computing detractors tell.

1. It’s insecure

People are afraid of losing control,” says Leandro Balbinot, CIO of Brazilian retailer Lojas Renner. But “just because your data is somewhere else, doesn’t mean it’s less, or more, secure,” says Accenture CIO Frank Modruson. Test, monitor and review. That’s the only way to mitigate risk in or out of the cloud.