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Forget Google Glass and the elusive Apple iWatch -- Samsung was the one to keep an eye on when it came to wearable tech in 2013.
Motorola's Moto G is a game-changing phone -- check out our handy hints and tantalising tips and familiarise yourself with the super-cheap Android mobile.
The virtual ink had only just dried on our guide to installing CyanogenMod when Google dismissed the official app from the Play Store.
The Xperia Z1 is arguably Sony's most accomplished smart phone to date so if you're one of the lucky individuals who own one, you'll want to know how best to exploit its power.
These tips will bring you right up to speed with what's new and updated in Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 8.1.
Android 4.4 KitKat users can create and edit Microsoft Office files without even having to open the Play Store.
Google's Nexus 5 is here, and it's pre-loaded with Android 4.4 KitKat. Take a look at our best tips, hints and tricks.
Android 4.4 KitKat comes with a new camera app and there are some neat new features that you should make yourself aware of.
If the new Android 4.4 KitKat features aren't to your taste, here's how to undo the changes Google has forced upon you.
Want to use your phone to record stunning time-lapse videos of clouds streaking across the sky? Andy shows you how.
Mercifully, there are ways of removing BlinkFeed from your life, and you don't even need to root your phone.
Use our guide to gain root access to your HTC One.
Here, we offer up 25 top tips for the HTC One, which are sure to make ownership of this flagship Android blower a pleasure, not a pain.
Take more control over your Samsung Galaxy S4 by using our guide to help you root it.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 might just be the most feature-packed smart phone ever. Here's how to make the most of it.
If you're lucky enough to have a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S4, you're no doubt itching to make the most of its brilliant camera.
The Note 2's brilliant split-screen capability lets you use two apps at once, but it doesn't support many. Here's how to get more.
If your Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 won't boot, or you just want to restore it after a spot of rooting, we've got you covered.
There are loads of differences in BB10, the latest version of the BlackBerry OS, so a generous helping of tips and shortcuts is in order.
Had enough of customised Android? Or has your Note 2 been bricked while you've been tinkering with it? You've come to the right place.
We explore the murky depths of the Google Play and Samsung stores to find brilliant apps that use the Note 2's S Pen stylus.
Sony's top of the range Android phone for 2013 is a waterproof pocket rocket -- here's 25 quick tips for getting the most out of it.
Nokia's Lumia 620 is fantastic value, and could well be your first foray into Windows Phone. Here's 10 things you might not know it can do.
Tired of the Amazon Appstore's meagre selection? Help is at hand -- we show you how to install the vast Google Play Store on your tablet.
If you want to install other apps and use Android as it was meant to be used, you'll need to root your Kindle Fire HD. Here's how.
Amazon doesn't offer Google's services on its app store, but it's not too tricky to install them yourself. Here's now.
The brilliant Nexus 4 is well catered with custom ROMs -- special versions of Android that make things faster, smoother or more intuitive.
The Kindle Fire HD's central carousel is a jumbled collection of everything you've opened recently -- let's find out how to tidy it up.
As a fearless Android enthusiast with your eager mitts on Google's new super phone, you'll be champing at the bit to root it. Here's how.
Frustrated at being stuck on boring old Android Gingerbread? Once you've rooted your Galaxy Ace 2, you can zip to brand-new Jelly Bean.
The Ace 2 is a tidy little smart phone for a reasonable price, but there's much more fun to be had. Let's start by rooting it.
You can make your Windows 8 PC look unique -- not just with live tiles, but with colours, background patterns and lock-screen wallpapers.
Use these tricks, tips and tools to get the most out of Apple's tiny tablet.
The Nexus 7 doesn't have an SD card slot, but it's easy to use an SD card reader to transfer your photos.
Unlock the full potential of your HTC One X with our guide to rooting.
Not sure which ROM to run on your HTC One X? Check our five of our favourites.
Rooted your Galaxy Note 2? You'll be champing at the bit to try out new software -- we've tested five of the best stable ROMs.
Android 2.3 is available for the Raspberry Pi -- here's how to download and install it on the micro-computer right now.
These 25 handy hints will enable you to get the most out of your bargain of a quad-core Jelly Bean monster.
New to Windows Phone 8? Read our top 25 tips to help you get started and make the most of your new blower.
If you're the proud new owner of a jumbo-sized Galaxy Note 2 and want to play around with customs ROMs, you'll need to root it. Here's how.
Time to get creative with your computing -- here are our favourite fun things you can do with your Raspberry Pi.
If the Raspberry Pi has set your coding passions alight, but you need a little advice on setting it up, you've come to the right place.
Can't afford a photography course? Not a problem. Our 50 essential photography tips will help you get more familiar with your pocket snapper.
We show you how to use two free apps to sync the files on your computer with your phone and let you access it while you're out and about.
Want to snap some super pics on your smart phone? We take one of this year's top Android handsets, the HTC One X, and show you how.
HTC's mighty One X is more than just a powerhouse -- its Sense interface is packed full of useful tweaks and handy features.
We reveal how to water down or ignore some of Windows 8's more controversial features and restore functionality you thought had vanished.
The wait is over -- the official release of Windows 8 is available for you to upgrade your Windows PC. Follow this guide on how to do it.
Android is the mobile equivalent of Windows -- hugely popular and open to security threats such as malware. Here's how to keep safe.
Installing a custom ROM can bring big benefits but what happens if it all goes wrong? Here's how to recover your bricked S3.
Install a custom ROM on your Galaxy S3 and you could get a faster, fancier phone with longer battery life. Here are the five best ROMs.
Get your S Pen at the ready and take down some of these tips on getting the best out of your Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
If you can't wait for the Android Jelly Bean update to reach your phone, follow this guide and install a custom ROM on your Galaxy S3.
We've rooted around in the jungle of custom ROMs for the Google Nexus 7 so you don't have trawl the forums. Here's our top six.
Hook up an Android tablet to your computer as an easy alternative to buying a second screen, with this handy guide.
Want to squeeze your current SIM card into your brand new iPhone 5? Check out our DIY guide to find out how.
Here's how to take the drudgery out of transferring all your films, photos and music from your old computer onto your shiny new Mac.
Windows can be scary place if you're no computer expert and your PC goes wrong, but most glitches can be solved by following these tips.
Here's how to easily send apps to your shiny new Android Jelly Bean phone from a PC, then update, manage or remove them if they misbehave.
Apple's latest operating system for iPad, iPhone and the iPod touch is its smartest yet. Here's our top 50 tips to get the most from it.
Your smart phone's a clever gadget but it can't play your vinyl collection (yet). You'll need to record it to MP3 first. Here's how.
Want to play some hot-looking new games but don't want to spend a fortune on a PC? Step this way for everything you need to know.
The Google Nexus 7 packs a decent battery, but if you want to eke even more enjoyment out of this fine tablet, follow this guide.
You don't have to splurge on a pricey media server to stream films and songs from your PC to your iPad or iPhone. Do it for free like this.
If you're brave and like to tinker, rooting your Google Nexus 7 could unleash the potential of this powerful Android tablet. Here's how.
Did you know you're only a hop, skip and an app from being able to record calls on your Galaxy S2? Find out how with our handy guide.
The excellent and cheap-as-chips Google Nexus 7 is a powerful little Android tablet. Get the best out of it with these top tips.
Want to print directly from your Galaxy S2? You're just an app and our how-to guide away from mobile printing nirvana.
When your phone does a Tom Daley and somersaults into the bath, you'll need a solution, fast. Keep these tips in mind for when it happens.
You've got a pocketful of megapixels and a phone with a punchy processor, now put your Android to use making a movie with these top tips.
The most neglected feature of Windows since it landed in 1995, Task Manager has finally received some love in Windows 8. Here's what's new.
With just a few quid, you can buy the apps and accessories needed to become an iPhone movie-making auteur.
Got Apple gadgets spilling out of every pocket, satchel and rucksack? You'll want all your calendars and settings synced then. Here's how.
If Apple's strict app approval process puts you off developing apps, why not start by learning to code for Android? Read this how-to guide.
Got your hands on a Galaxy S3 but it's locked to a different network? You need to unlock that beast. Here's how.
Turn the £20 Raspberry Pi mini computer into a XBMC media centre for watching iPlayer, 4oD, ITV Player and Demand 5 with this guide.
If you fancy using extra-powerful apps and custom software on your Galaxy S3, you'll need to root it. Andrew Hoyle explains how.
Windows 8 chooses its default players to run your music and video but what if you want different programs to open your files? Here's how.
If you'd rather be taken to the traditional desktop interface upon booting up Windows 8, not the new Start screen, follow this handy tip.
Turn voice to text with the nifty Dictation feature built into the new version of Mac OS X, Mountain Lion.
If you're finding it tricky accessing safe mode in Windows 8 Release Preview, here's the solution.
Worried about handing over personal data via apps you use in social networks like Facebook and Twitter? Take control with this guide.
Connect your gorgeous iPad display to a desktop computer to use it as an impressive second monitor over Wi-Fi.
Unless you love annoying folk on the bus by blasting out tinny dubstep, you'll want to hear your tunes through a good speaker. Here's how.
Up to your eyeballs in various cloud services like Dropbox and SkyDrive but can't share your files across all of them? Here's how.
From muting incoming calls by turning your S3 over to grabbing screenshots, try exploring the new Samsung Galaxy's nifty motion settings.
You don't have to lug decks across town any more to mash up some tunes at a party. Just whip out an iPad and start DJing with this guide.
If your heart sinks every time your favourite web service has its passwords hacked, protect your growing list of logins wiith LastPass.
If you want to send large image, video or song files from one Galaxy S3 to another, Samsung has come up with S Beam. Here's how to use it.
Security should be at the top of everyone's priority list when it comes to smart phones. Fortunately it isn't difficult to implement.
Fed up of your Android phone spluttering to a stop after a few hours' fun? Eke out a little more battery time with these handy tips.
Polish up on your Chrome skills and get the most out of Google's web browser with our 50 top tips.
With the launch of the Windows 8 operating system on the horizon, what better time to get into app development? Here's how to get started.
Having dropped Google's Maps like a hot potato, Apple's brought its own take on turn-by-turn navigation to iOS 6. Here's what to expect.
Apple's new anti-social networking function on iOS 6, Do Not Disturb, allows you to silence incoming phone calls. Here's how.
You don't have to look any further than your iPad to build a pounding electro tune. Follow this guide to using ReBirth and get producing.
Everything you need to know about installing and getting the most out of Microsoft's Windows 8 Release Preview and its Metro interface.
Amazon won't let you to change the screensaver images on its Kindles so follow this guide if you're fed up of the pre-installed gallery.
Getting to grips with Windows 8? Here's how to get the People and Photos apps grabbing your friends' pics and info from all your services.
As the official launch of Windows 8 looms, and with the Release Preview now out in the wild, here's our guide to using the new Metro UI.
Have you installed a custom ROM on your Android but now want to get back on the straight and narrow with the official ICS OS? Then read on.
Been up to no good playing around with your phone's firmware, have we? Left with a lifeless plastic brick? Revive your S2 with this guide.
When your phone goes walkies, you'll wish you'd installed security software to lock it down and find it. Do it now with this handy guide!
NFC tech on mobiles is set to take off in 2012, with a surge in NFC-enabled handsets. Here's our guide to using NFC tags with your Android.
The built-in sharing tools on iTunes make it easy to listen to a library of music on several machines on your home network. Here's how.
Google has made it easy to export documents, pictures and social postings should you want to switch to an alternative service. Here's how.
Not impressed by the Ice Cream Sandwich Android upgrade on your Samsung Galaxy S2? Then go off-piste with an unofficial interface.
The Kindle is far more capable than Amazon lets on. Here's 10 little-known features to make your ebook experience even more rewarding.
Spotify now lets you embed tunes in websites. Here's what it looks like and how to do it.
Your smart phone's not smart enough for ya, huh? Boost your Samsung Galaxy S2's dexterity using the excellent Tasker app.
Frustrated by the homescreen launchers pre-loaded onto your phone? Looking for a purer Android experience? Then check out Launcher Pro.
Not just another time-waster's tool, Twitter is a powerful way to network and share info. Here's our guide for rookies and old hats alike.
Are you making best use of the Social Hub on your Samsung Galaxy S2? Follow this video guide to become a social networking god.
Install Android Ice Cream Sandwich on your Galaxy S2 before Samsung officially gets around to releasing it. Now with video walk-through!
Did you know every search item or link you click in Google is recorded? Learn how to delete your search history.
Here's how to stream music and video from your phone to your TV though your PlayStation 3, via the niftiness of DLNA.
Using the Samsung Galaxy S2, we show you how to stream your music on any Android or iDevice via the Google Music cloud storage service.
Good browsing doesn't just depend on a high Mbps -- in this video guide we show you how to setup a fast and stable connection.
Why waste your pocket money on the latest ringtones for your iPhone when you can make your own for free with this handy 30 second video guide?
You'll quickly realise that your powerful new Android smart phone has a shorter lifespan than a mayfly. Here's how to prolong the battery.
Android phones know where they are, but add a few apps and they'll tell you where to go, how to get there and what to expect when you arrive.
Ever considered switching your OS from Windows to Ubuntu? Wait, don't run off in fear! Follow our step-by-step guide and reap the benefits.
If you've just bought an Android phone, we've put together 50 tips on how to get the most from your new Google-powered device.
Want to stream music, photos or video from your PC onto your TV or games console? Find out how with our handy guide.
If you're a streaming and download junkie, you risk busting your monthly broadband data limit. Here's how to keep track of your usage.
If you secretly live in fear of missing an episode of X Factor while on a night out (shame on you), follow our guide to streaming live TV on your phone.
We uncover the secret and easy way to add panoramic photos and Android-style autocorrect to the iPhone without touching a jailbreak tool.
Find out how to install Gingerbread on an HTC Desire without losing any data in our step-by-step video guide.
The Sixaxis Controller app lets you control games on your Android device using a PlayStation 3 controller. Watch our video to find out how to install it.
If a miscreant has purloined your Mac, you can use iCloud's Find My Mac feature to locate and, hopefully, retrieve your laptop. Watch our video to find out how.
Back to My Mac lets you connect remotely to your home or office Mac over the Internet. Watch our video tutorial to learn how to set it up.
Follow our guide to speaker placement if you want to get the very best from every beat of music you listen to.
Streaming music and movies from your home PC or Mac to your Android or iPhone is easy by simply installing Plex. Here's our step-by-step video guide.
Apple's OS X Lion is the most gesture-reliant operating system yet shipped by any manufacturer. Watch our efficiency-boosting video guide to Mac Lion's 14 new gestures.
The Reminders app in iOS 5 will let you set reminders based on location, as well as time. Here's our video guide on how to set up location-based alerts.
Make the most of the new native Twitter tools in iOS 5 with our video guide full of handy tips, such as how to tweet directly from core apps.
Watch our video to master iTunes' Home Sharing feature, which lets you access your entire music collection over your home network, giving your iPhone unlimited capacity.
There are a wealth of stunning themes out there to transform your boring old Windows destkop into something beautiful. See our handy guide to find out how.
Make sure your router is giving out the best wireless signal possible with our handy guide.
There's no need to whisper or turn off your phone -- you can borrow ebooks from home!
You don't need to buy a new printer to print from your iPhone or iPad.
We show you how to cut down on noise and use Facebook's subscription chatter to promote your own posts.
You needn't spend an arm and a leg on an iPhone 4S to enjoy voice recognition. These five free apps for older iPhones will do the job.
We show you how to setup WordPress as a basic content management system, giving you a more efficient way of organising stacks of content.
Call recording may not be built into the iPhone, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. Using the free iPadio app, our guide shows you how.
IP webcams are rapidly falling in price, making them the perfect set-up for use in a low-cost home security system.
We show you how, with the help of free software, you can have all the benefits of GPS on an older, non-GPS camera.
Watch our iOS 5 video with the 50 essential tips that will help you get the most out of the latest software for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
iCloud's Photo Stream feature synchronises your 1,000 most recent images across all of your iOS devices. Here's how to use it.
No longer must you physically connect your iOS device to your computer to transfer work files. Here's how to do it with iCloud.
Here's how to set up iCloud so you can email yourself reminders that won't get lost in your inbox. You'll never forget to buy milk again.
The iPhone's greatest flaw has long been the need to connect it physically to iTunes. With iOS 5, your iPhone and iPad can break free.
We take a closer look at the ways you can take advantage of a printer's wireless features.
Set up a free local server on your PC or Mac so you can run a new WordPress site without your work being visible to the world.
Try Windows 8 alongside your regular OS on both PC and Mac by downloading Oracle's free VirtualBox software and following our instructions.
If you want to install a custom ROM on your Galaxy S2, you'll need to root it first. We show you how to do that in seven easy-to-follow steps.
Sometimes you just don't want your grandma to see those pictures of you drunk and naked. So here's how to ensure some privacy in Google+.
Here we'll show you how to save yourself the hassle of resurrecting your digital library by backing up your Kindle purchases to your computer.
The Friend Lists feature lets you control who can see what on your Facebook page. Here's how to use it, and reap the rewards of greater privacy.
Need to make your Twitter page stand out from the crowd? What you need is a custom background, friend. Here's how to make one.
Here's how to create your very own ebook using nothing more than a few text files and the tools bundled in Mac Lion. JK Rowling had better watch out.
Mac Lion's AirDrop feature lets you wirelessly share files between compatible Macs with no configuration or set-up required. Here's how to use it.
Not all the tweaks in Apple's Mac Lion operating system are everyone's cup of tea. Here's how to reverse some of the new features that might get your goat, among other tips.
Downloading Mac Lion to multiple computers will prove a headache for some Apple fans. Here's how to save bandwidth and time when downloading your own pride of Lions.
Apple's OS X 10.7 software is currently a download only. But what if your Mac refuses to boot one morning? How do you get Mac Lion roaring again without access to the Mac App Store? Here's how.
We've put together 10 of the best hints for the powerhouse that is Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, with the aim of enriching your experience no end.
To help you survive the inevitable arrival of the zombie hordes, our how-to video is sure to keep your brain in your skull.