• Windows IQ: learn your laptop's power settings

    My aunt recently told me about a problem with her new laptop: Whenever she'd step away from it for more than a few minutes, she'd close the lid. Upon returning, she'd open the lid, only to be faced with a blank screen and no response from the mouse or keyboard.

    22 Jan. 10 10:40 Written by Rick Broida
  • Stream your social life on your smartphone

    Though your mobile phone keeps you more connected, it can also make things more complicated. Using a cell phone to track e-mail, text messages, instant messages, voicemail, Facebook, and Twitter can be a burden--after all, these social networking applications attempt to shoehorn Web 2.0 resources onto small devices that weren't designed with Web 2.0 in mind.

    22 Jan. 10 08:02 Written by Tony Bradley
  • The data with the music

    When you pop an audio CD into your PC's drive, your media player software (iTunes, Windows Media Player, or whatever) downloads this information from an online database.

    22 Jan. 10 03:11 Written by Lincoln Spector
  • Windows 7's built-in backup

    Robert wants to know if Windows 7's built-in backup program is worth using.

    19 Jan. 10 03:58 Written by Lincoln Spector
  • Snap captures video, sound, and screens

    Screen captures -- pictures of what's shown on your computer monitor -- are extremely useful. You can use them to help you explain to your associates, clients, IT, or tech support what you are seeing, or how to interact with a particular program. They're great for presentations, or to insert into larger documents. And, for us as reviewers, it makes it possible for us to illustrate our articles, so that you can see what we're writing about. But, with the right screen capture utility, you can do so much more. A case in point is Ashampoo Snap 3 (US$20, 10-day free trial), which allows you to easily capture or create video as well as still images.

    19 Jan. 10 03:07 Written by Sally Wiener Grotta and Daniel Grotta
  • Free up hard drive space, fast

    Your hard drive is full. Normally that isn't such a big deal, but what if you need to grab a coworker's files before she leaves for a vacation, or what if you want your massive overnight file download to go off without a hitch? Here are some short-term tips for clearing space on your hard drive until you have the time to do a proper cleanup.

    14 Jan. 10 08:28 Written by Patrick Miller
  • Disaster-proof your PC: image your drive

    Last week I told you how to make a new computer hassle-free; to wit, I described how to create a system-repair disc, dump the junkware, and set up security. Now that you've got your PC just the way you want it, it's time to perform what I consider to be the ultimate hassle-prevention steps: imaging your hard drive and setting up a backup routine.

    13 Jan. 10 05:04 Written by Rick Broida
  • 33 ways to speed up your PC

    We love our gadgets, but sometimes they frustrate us, especially if they're slow. There's nothing worse than PCs that have lost their pep, or slow network connections and sluggish smartphones.

    12 Jan. 10 15:14 Written by PC World Staff
  • Set up your home network, Windows 7 edition

    With Windows 7, you can more easily share files and printers across a network via the new HomeGroups feature. HomeGroups lets you connect to files and printers with a group password - if all the PCs have Windows 7. But I'll show you how to get your Windows 7 PC to play nicely on a network that also has Macs and XP/Vista PCs.

    31 Dec. 09 19:50 Written by Zack Stern
  • Android keyboard shortcuts: All the hotkeys you need

    The Android mobile operating system has an impressive set of keyboard shortcuts to help you fly through your phone without digging through the menus. A couple of quick key presses are all you need for most common tasks.

    16 Dec. 09 02:09 Written by JR Raphael
  • How to diagnose a bad Wi-Fi connection

    Network problems are the thorniest to resolve. They've been known to reduce my vocabulary to curses so strong they'd embarrass Quentin Tarantino.

    14 Dec. 09 16:27 Written by Lincoln Spector
  • How to upgrade your netbook

    Small, light and extremely portable, netbooks are ideal for computing on the move. But deciding which mini laptop is best for you isn't an easy task - particularly when every choice demands a trade-off.

    03 Dec. 09 10:10 Written by David Murphy and Carrie-Ann Skinner
  • Create waves with Google

    By now, you've probably heard mutterings about a new Google innovation known as Wave. Not content with cleaning up in the search engine arena, becoming the first name in digital maps and making its Gmail client synonymous with webmail, Google wants you to organise and share your social and business events and conflabs using its tools too.

    02 Dec. 09 06:12 Written by Jason Whittaker
  • Switching to a solid-state drive

    Prices on solid-state drives are dropping, and operating systems (particularly Windows 7) are beginning to take advantage of the potential higher speeds of SSDs, so it's a good time to consider slapping one in your computer.

    02 Dec. 09 02:55 Written by Patrick Miller
  • Shopping for a photo printer

    The holidays are upon us, which means you'll be seeing more friends and family in the next few weeks than you usually do the rest of the year. You'll be taking a lot of photos and sharing them. Rather than sending your guests a digital file by e-mail (how festive!), consider printing some photos and sending them home with bright, sharp prints. Need a printer? No problem. I've got four tips to help you make a smart choice when you go to buy a photo printer. And after you get that shiny new printer, be sure to check out my five tips for getting great-looking prints with it.

    01 Dec. 09 06:15 Written by Dave Johnson
  • Securely wipe a dead hard drive

    Hard drives almost always contain some potentially compromising information, such as credit card and social security numbers. You should always wipe a hard drive before turning it over to someone else. But that job is particularly difficult if the hard drive no longer works.

    26 Nov. 09 03:53 Written by Lincoln Spector
  • How to install Chrome OS from a USB drive

    Have you already tried Chrome OS using a virtual machine, and were less than impressed? Well now you can get a feel for how Google's Web-centric operating system will run natively on your machine. T

    26 Nov. 09 02:07 Written by Ian Paul
  • 7 Essentials for a Successful Cloud-first Transformation

    Learn from the experiences of thousands of AWS customers who have been there, done it, and transformed their organisation for the better with AWS Cloud

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    Amazon Web Services enables businesses to gain and keep a competitive edge by dedicating more of their valuable resources to their core business. Organisations leveraging the AWS Cloud benefit from a reliable, secure and cost effective environment which helps them achieve global scale and meet the demands of a constantly changing business landscape. As well as freeing up resources to focus on innovation, AWS customers can also reduce both costly capital expenditures and the overhead costs associated with maintenance of legacy hardware. In 190 countries around the world today, the AWS Cloud powers hundreds of thousands of businesses, enabling them to get to market more quickly, to better understand their customers and react to their needs and to be agile enough to pivot and align with market conditions

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