How-To

How to use fancy gestures on the iPad (and why you should)

Apple added 4- and 5-finger gestures last October, but the features don’t seem commonly used. After two weeks with my new iPad, however, I’m suddenly taking advantage of these gestures and they make the iPad experience even better. Here’s a quick list of these useful gestures.

What you need to know about the new iPad

Since Apple introduced the new iPad, we’ve been answering your questions about which device to buy, whether you should upgrade and, once you have it, which apps you should get. Which ones look best? Which data plan should you pick? Here’s what you need to know.

How to get multiple Gmail calendars on Windows Phone

While I like many aspects of the new Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5, or Mango, software, one key issue I have is lack of support for showing multiple calendars from a single Gmail account. Here’s a simple workaround to fix the problem for your Windows Phone device.

Get more from the OS X menu bar

The menu bar in OS X doesn’t just contain the menus for the application you’re currently using; it can also hold all sorts of helpful extras that can be accessed from any application with just one click, and make using OS X a little easier.

4 useful tips for working with OS X Lion’s Launchpad

Launchpad, the new app launcher in Mac OS X Lion, can be useful for hunting down apps you don’t use very often. However, sometimes it can feel bloated and difficult to navigate. Here are a few tips to make Launchpad a bit easier to work with.

Tips and Tricks: iPhoto

Welcome to another instalment of Tips and Tricks, the series of articles aiming to teach you something you didn’t know about your Apple products. Let’s continue by looking at iPhoto, and some ways of speeding up your workflow and making it easier to manipulate your collection.

iOS 101: Keep Information on Your Device Safe

Chances are, there’s a lot of personal information and data stored on your iPhone or iPad. The last thing you want is someone finding your data and using it maliciously. You can encrypt your backup, but what about if someone gets hold of your actual device?

How and Why You Should Encrypt Your iOS Backups

If you’re security conscious, or you just want your personal data to be safer, you can encrypt the backups iTunes creates of your iOS devices. You may just be hearing about this following Apple’s location troubles last week, so here’s how to do it.

Quick Tip: Type Unicode Characters Quickly

There are some Unicode characters which are useful (and fun) to be able to type. However, while some of them are readily accessible using the keyboard, most are hidden away in the Character Viewer. Here’s how to use actual Unicode codes to type these special symbols.

How To Connect iChat to MSN, Facebook, and More

iChat is a great little chat client, especially considering it’s included in OS X. However, a common complaint is that it doesn’t support IM networks such as MSN or Facebook chat. Here’s a way to chat to friends on networks which aren’t technically supported by iChat.

How to Remaster Your DVDs With Custom Options

Wouldn’t it be great if the movie would simply start playing as soon as the DVD was inserted? That’s exactly what remastering a DVD can do for you, allowing you to bypass all the trailers, menu choices and other things that prevent instant movie gratification.

How to Migrate Data From Your Old Computer to a New Mac

Once you finally get that new Mac in your hands, you’ll want to get up and running fast. Migrating all of your applications, preferences and data can be a daunting task, but there are options available to help make your transition as painless as possible.

How to Change Your Camera Import Settings in OS X

Every new Mac ships with iLife, which includes iPhoto, and automatically launches that application when you connect a camera. If you’d rather specify a different application for importing photos or video, or if you’d rather choose your importing app manually each time, here’s how.

Tips and Tricks: iTunes

Welcome to another installment of Tips and Tricks. These articles aim to teach you some handy things you might not know about your Apple stuff. Let’s continue the series by looking at iTunes, with an eye to making things easier and eliminating some clutter.

Mac 101: Setting Up Your Mouse or Trackpad

There is a myriad of options when it comes to setting up your Mac’s mouse or trackpad. The Mouse and Trackpad sections in System Preferences have helpful videos showing you how to use different features, but here’s a guide to getting those settings just right.

How-To: Equation Management in Word 2011

Math and science folks rejoice: Equation editing finally makes its appearance in Office for Mac’s Word 2011. If you’re a student or work in an academic setting, putting equations into your papers can be a pain, but now it’s a little easier.

How-To: Using Automator to Combine PDFs

OS X includes a great tool called Automator, which makes it really easy to take the sting out of repetitive tasks. Recently, I ran into a situation where I had to combine a bunch of PDF files into one. Luckily, Automator makes it dead simple.

InstaGone: Using Filters with Tweetie for Mac

If, like me, you’re still using Tweetie for Mac despite it being terribly out of date and if, like me, you’re growing increasingly weary of the never ending flow of orange-tinted hipster Instagrams showing up in your timeline, here’s a little tip that will help.

Video How-To: Uninstall Flash in Mac OS X

In light of the news that having Flash on your system could drastically affect battery life for notebooks, here’s a video showing you how to remove it from OS X if it’s already installed. It takes a little more digging than you might think.

Mac 101: Window Management in OS X

Moving from Windows to Mac is a big change, and can be a little disconcerting at first. A friend of mine described the feeling akin to being “underwater.” One of the biggest differences between the platforms is in how windows are managed.

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How-To: Get the Most From Safari

I’ll admit to having been pretty flighty about my choice of browsers in the past. Camino one month, Safari the next, Chrome the week after. Now that I’ve decided to settle down and stick with Safari, I wanted to make the most of it.

How To Add a Secure Passcode to Your iPhone

Are you one of those iPhone owners that just uses the swipe and unlock feature on your handset? With this free utility for Windows or Mac, you can add a secure, alphanumeric passcode to your handset and keep data from prying eyes.

How to Monitor Power Usage on an Android Handset

Ever wonder how much juice that application on your Android handset is really using? With this free software you can find out at the application level or even monitor the power utilized by the radios and other hardware components.

How To Add a USB Keyboard to an Android Phone

Are those puny hardware buttons or the quirky on-screen QWERTY not quite cutting it for you in Android? As it turns out, Google’s mobile platform supports USB keyboards natively. Armed with the right cables, you can add a full-sized USB keyboard to your Android phone.

5min Raises $7.5 Million

Israeli how-to video site startup 5min said today that it’s raised $7.5 million in a Series B round led by Globespan Capital…