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How to set any song as an alarm on Android

Getting up in the morning is rarely a pleasure, but doing it to the sound of your favourite song might just make it that much easier. With Smartphones becoming so much more flexible and versatile, we are able to customize them to our own personal tastes – and while being able to customize your alarm has been around for a long time, it’s always good to know how to do! Looking to get the most out of your phone? Check our…

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How to set up a new iPhone by restoring it from an older device

Macworld readers are likely quite used to restoring their iOS devices. Sometimes, you’ll need to bring your iPhone or iPad in or ship it off for repair, and Apple has to reset or replace it. Other times, you might hit a glitch—a rapidly draining battery is a common one—where the “best” remedy is backing up and restoring. But Macworld reader Jim writes in with what I think is a common scenario for which there’s an extra step that isn’t exactly…

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How to Use VPN on PS4: Three Ways to Connect Your PS4 via a VPN

Though there are no official VPN apps available for the PS4 in the PlayStation Store, there are three ways to use a VPN on PS4 to access geo-locked content, get early access to new PS4 games, improve laggy online connections and more. While it might not be as straight forward as installing a VPN on your smartphone, it’s still possible to use a VPN on PS4, and here’s where we show you how. Why would I use a VPN on…

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How to fix the location on mistagged photos

IDG The Preview app offers raw EXIF previewing, which can let you see if there’s something wrong in the underlying metadata. Mac 911 recently tried to answer a question for a Macworld reader who found some of their California photos tagged as being captured in China. The answer seemed likely that the coordinates had been tagged as longitude east instead of longitude west, although that wasn’t a perfect match. Macworld reader Susan writes in with a related question, noting that…

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How to Block Phone Numbers: Stop nuisance & Cold Calls

Nuisance calls are a daily annoyance, but without Caller ID it’s difficult to know who’s on the end of the line until you answer it – then it’s too late and you’re stuck talking. Happily, Ofcom has banned companies from withholding their number while making cold calls. BT also has a free service – BT Call Protect – that helps its customers avoid nuisance calls. It claims the service enables it to divert to a junk voicemail box up to 30…

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How to Transfer Videos to an iPad

It’s easy to copy films and TV shows to your iPad to watch on the move. Here are several different ways to transfer videos to an iPad. We’ll explain here how to copy video files from your Windows PC or laptop to your iPad so that they don’t need to be converted into a special format which the iPad can play. We’ll also show you how you can download videos without using a computer at all, so you can watch them whenever…

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Excel percentage formulas: Percentage of total, percent increase or decrease, sales tax and more

Excel percentage formulas can get you through problems large and small every day—from determining sales tax (and tips) to calculating increases and decreases. We’ll walk through several examples below: turning fractions to percentages; backing sales tax out of totals; percentage of total; percentage increase or decrease; and percentage of completion. Turning fractions to percentages Percentages are a portion (or fraction) of 100. The math to determine a percentage is to divide the numerator (the number on top of the fraction)…

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How to Screenshot on Snapchat without them Knowing

Snapchat is a hugely popular photo-sharing service that allows users to send pictures and videos to friends and family that expire after a maximum of 10 seconds. While this means that users could send ugly/funny/sometimes inappropriate photos without any ramification (or so they thought), Snapchat can’t stop people from screenshotting photos on their smartphones.  However, it seems that the developers planned for that eventuality and built a system that notifies the sender whenever their snaps have been screenshotted. Here, we…

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How to Open HEIC Files in Windows: Open iOS 11 Photos on a PC

In iOS 11 Apple has switched to the HEIC file format for photos to keep down file sizes. Which is fine for Apple users, but Windows doesn’t support HEIC. Fortunately there is a simple workaround for PC users, enabling them to open HEIC files on their computer. What is an HEIC file? If you copy photos from a recent iPhone or iPad to a PC or laptop, chances are you’ll see a lot of strange HEIC files: HEIC is the new file…

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How to Put Music on an Android Wear Watch

There a good deal of smartwatches on the market. If you don’t have an Apple Watch or a Samsung smartwatch, then chances are it’s an Android Wear model. If you’re not sure, many of the current models are listed here. The latest Android Wear watches run Android Wear 2.0, popular models such as Huawei Watch 2 and the LG Watch Sport. These watches can store music directly on them, and stream it to Bluetooth headphones. Here’s how. Step 1: You need…

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How to Read Facebook Messages in Secret

Facebook Messenger offers a number of ways to keep in touch with friends all around the world. You can call them for free using the voice or video options, group chat with people, or simply use the instant chat feature at the heart of the Messenger app. That’s all great, but what about when you’re contacted and not in a position to start a conversation? Facebook has already shown them that their message has been read. We explain a few ways to read…

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How to resize disk partition in macOS

Apple made it easier to resize partitions—logical divisions of a disk drive into separate mountable volumes with different properties—several releases of macOS ago. A Macworld reader resized their main volume to 369GB to set up a Boot Camp partition, but then realized it was too small. They wondered how to fix this. In the right circumstance, you can simply follow these steps without having to back up the entire drive, erase and reformat it, and add new partitions. Always back…

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How to get Pokemon GO Evolution Items

Pokémon Go is still massively popular, but it isn’t only hardcore players still logging in every day. The recent release of more Gen III monsters has renewed interest in plenty of others who haven’t played since filling up their Pokédex with Gen II creatures. But some Pokémon require a special item before you can evolve them, even if you have sufficient candy. There’s precious little information available within the game, so you’d be forgiven for wondering how you acquire these…

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How to Recall an Email & Stop Sent Gmail Messages

Ever sent an email and realised you shouldn’t have said something or it was to the wrong person, well there’s a way to take back that email without the recipient ever knowing. Here’s how to undo send in Gmail. See also: How to sync Google services with Windows Phone 8. After years in beta, the Gmail undo send feature is available for the masses and you can stop those drunken or just badly judged emails getting through. You’ll have to…

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How to fix Windows 10 Start Menu

Windows 10 saw the welcome return of the Start menu and while this was great news for many, others were less impressed when said menu began to misbehave. If your PC or laptop’s Start menu is locking up or becoming generally unresponsive, here’s how to fix it. You should back up any files you can’t afford to lose before you try some of the fixes listed below. Here’s how to backup Windows 10. Turn it off and on again There’s a…

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How to Delete Google Home Voice Data

The moment you can talk to something in your house and it can do everything from playing your favourite music, to controlling the lights and activating your microwave, you know the future really is here. However, you do also have to accept that there is a device in your home that is listening for its “wake word”. Which means it’s listening to you pretty much all the time. This fact can obviously make people a little uneasy and that’s hardly…

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