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How to Watch The Queen’s Speech 2017

The Queen’s speech lasts just 10 minutes, but it’s an annual tradition on Christmas Day in the UK and we’d hate for you to miss it. The Queen’s Speech has been broadcast since 1932, but Queen Elizabeth II has read it herself since 1952. As ever the message will be pre-recorded and broadcast in the UK and to all 52 member countries of the commonwealth. We’ll explain exactly when and how you can tune in, even if you’re not in…

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Excel functions: 7 ways to use Text functions to manage data

Excel’s Text functions are a major time saver if your job entails managing massive data, especially data that’s imported from other sources. Fortunately, all ASCII data is easily imported, but the format of that imported data can vary drastically from one source to another. For example, fields may be delimited, such as  with tabs, spaces, commas, or periods. Aany other characters are all preferable to spaces. That’s because spaces not only exist in between fields, they also separate words within…

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How to control kids’ screen time on Android

While Android smartphones and tablets can be brilliant ways to entertain, educate, and keep your children safe, they do have the downside of being addictive. For a parent, the sight of your little ones mesmerised by glowing rectangles for extended periods of time is not a happy one.  But, there are ways to limit this exposure and ensure that your child gets up off their backside every once in a while. We show you a few easy ways to control the…

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How to Take a Screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy Note 8

As Smartphones become more and more powerful, the ability to take and customise screenshots is becoming more useful. Snapping content and then being able to edit it, then send it on to a friend or work colleague comes with a whole multitude of uses. I’ve you’ve just got yourself a shiny new Note 8, make sure you bring your apps across from your old phone. In this guide, we’ll take you through the process of taking your screenshots on your Note…

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How to Set Pp an Amazon Fire Tablet

Amazon’s tablets are surprisingly cheap and good value, so if you’ve just received one or bought one for yourself, here’s how to get it up and running. We’ll explain how to associate it with your Amazon account, set up email and get essential apps such as YouTube. Fire tablet: Initial setup Usually, there will be enough battery power to get through the setup process and install a few apps. But it’s also a good idea to attach the bundled USB…

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Apple Photos: What do you need to do to get People to sync?

Apple promised that when we identified people in Photos in iOS 10 or macOS 10.12 Sierra, it would sync and merge this special album’s contents across all our linked devices. Oops! Well, it finally made it into iOS 11 and High Sierra, at least. Macworld reader Gerry was looking forward to this working, but finds that his various devices never sync up, no matter how long he takes or how much he observes the Photos’ apps instructions to wait. However,…

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How to Remove Android virus: Protect your Device from Loapi

Android viruses are rare, but they exist. Almost exclusively installed via dodgy apps, the best way to avoid an Android virus is to keep to the secured confines of the Google Play store. Should your device get lumbered with some malware, we will explain how to put it into Safe mode, if necessary remove the malicious app’s administrator status and then uninstall the app. If this fails a factory reset should remove the bug once and for all, though you would understandably…

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How to Block Ads in Windows

Windows 10 is a fantastic operating system with many useful features; however one of the larger changes that we’ve seen over the past few updates has been the increase in the advertising seen in the menus and home screens. In this article we’ll talk you through how to disable some of the more obvious offenders found in the Windows 10 interface. If you’d like to see our favourite tips to get the most out of Windows 10, then have a…

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How to set up HTC Vive: Top Vive setup tips

The HTC Vive is one of the best VR headsets on sale in 2017, and its success looks to continue into 2017. While the HTC Vive was initially extremely hard to come across, the headset is now available to buy in the UK from several retailers, including the likes of GAME and Currys PC World, as well as HTC itself. But how do you set it up? With a whopping 16 pieces of tech inside the HTC Vive box, it can…

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How to set up and use Android Wear smartwatches

Google’s Android Wear is one of the most popular operating systems for wearables and can be found on many of the best smartwatches you can buy. If you’ve just got your hands on one then here’s how to set up and use an Android Wear smartwatch. The setup process for Android Wear is fairly simple and straightforward but we’re here to help if you’re struggling at all. Below we’ve listed what you need to do on the watch and your…

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How to Cancel NowTV – Tech Advisor

NowTV is a movie-streaming service to rival Netflix, with a slightly higher monthly premium but access to Sky’s Cinema channels as well as its catalogue of movies (including lots of Disney titles). But perhaps you’ve enjoyed the two-week trial and you’re not sold on the service. Here’s how to cancel NowTV. Log into NowTV Click My Account at the top right of the window Under My NowTV select My Package Hit the blue ‘Manage my passes’ button You will see each…

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How to Move Contacts to a New Phone

We all have to move our contacts to a new phone once in a while, and it’s never quite as simple as we’d all like it to be. Here at Tech Advisor, we’re going to make sure that your contact moving experience is as smooth and simple as possible, so you can spend more time with your feet up over the holidays. If you’d like a more detailed look at how to set up your iPhone, have a look at…

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Is there a drawback to using Wi-Fi Calling on an iPhone?

Wi-Fi Calling is a feature that lets an iPhone effectively re-route mobile calls over the Wi-Fi network to which you’re connected—if it has the right qualities instead of using the cellular network. Most carriers support Wi-Fi Calling. Macwrold reader Steve wonders if there’s a drawback to Wi-Fi Calling. His iPhone typically picks up a stronger Wi-Fi signal than a cellular one. There’s none that I can think of, even though carriers mostly offer no benefit to you offloading phone calls…

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Fusion Drive or hybrid drive: Which one should you use?

Solid-state drives (SSDs) are expensive, especially if want a capacity above 1TB. That’s why hard drives still rule the roost, even though they don’t offer the speed of an SSD. Apple’s software-based Fusion Drive provides a compromise: it uses a small amount of high-performance SSD alongside a higher-capacity HDD. macOS caches frequently used drive-based data in the SSD, boosting performance. When deciding on a drive for an iMac I purchased earlier this year, I felt that the performance I’d get…

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Best programming apps for your iPad

Christina Mercer Christina is audience development editor. After graduating from the University of Nottingham reading philosophy and theology in 2013, Christina joined a tech start-up specialising in mobile apps. She has a keen interest in the mobile platform and innovative tech.           By Christina Mercer | Dec 11, 2017 Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Plus While the iPad isn’t the obvious hardware of choice for programmers, an increasing number of developers are making their apps compatible with the…

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Dropbox or iCloud Drive: Which is better for file sharing?

iCloud Drive isn’t quite like Google Drive or Dropbox. As with most Apple digital and cloud services, it’s tied to a single identity without much in the way of sharing. iCloud Drive’s sharing features seem a bit tacked on. Macworld reader Howard writes in asking about an aspect of this. “I was hoping also to have my wife’s iCloud drive show up on my Mac’s Finder the way I do with Dropbox. I haven’t been able to get this to…

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