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How to fix no sound over HDMI

There are a few reasons why you’re getting no sound when using an HDMI cable to your screen. Here we outline what they are and how you can try to fix the problem. Primarily we’re talking about Windows PCs, where you might want audio to come out of the speakers built into your screen. However some of our tips apply to other scenarios as well. Check Windows sound settings The first place to look is in the Windows’ notification area. If…

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iOS 12: How to use Live Listen with your AirPods

If you have MFi-compatible hearing aids, you can do more than just play music or make calls straight from your iPhone: You can also use your iPhone as a special sound-boosting microphone to help you hear in difficult situations. You simply turn on the feature—called Live Listen—and place your phone near the person you’re talking to. Say, over on their side of the table in a crowded and noisy restaurant. Your iPhone’s mic will pick up nearby sounds and send…

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What to do when your two-step Apple ID account is locked

I woke up on a Friday morning, groggy with allergies, a mild cold, and a message on my iPhone. I needed to enter my password to proceed. I did so, but only after checking that it wasn’t some kind of phishing message—the message was generated on the home screen and using iOS, not in a browser or an app. After entering my password, my iPhone said, “This Apple ID has been locked for security reasons.” I needed to go through…

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How to download any video online

With the right software it’s simple to download videos from most websites and watch them offline when it’s convenient to you. Downloading video from certain services might be against their terms of use, so do support your favourite creators by watching adverts before their videos wherever possible. Usually it’s not possible to download videos from paid-for services including Netflix and Amazon Video. Some apps claim to be able to do this, but in any case you’ll need login details. And if…

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The best meetups for startups in the UK

Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Plus A growing flock of Britons have seen the appeal of launching their own startup in recent years, with the number of new businesses jumping from 3.5 million in 2000 to 5.5 million in 2017. There are many advantages to launching your own business: flexibility, freedom and the ability to be your own boss. On the flipside, it can be a lonely endeavour, and it can be hard to gain access to good advice from…

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Do You Need Antivirus on a Smartwatch? Smartwatch Security Advice

The nature of personal tech is that devices such as smartphones, tablets and – yes – smartwatches are vulnerable to theft or hacking. If someone manages to access your smartwatch, they could likely find out all of your personal data, and in turn empty your bank account. So it is important that you secure your smartwatch. But does that mean you need antivirus? Just how do you secure a wearable device? Let’s take a look. In most cases a smartwatch…

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4 ways Android Messages for web is better than Apple Messages on the Mac (and 4 ways it’s not)

Google this week released a feature that Android users have wanted since the days of the Nexus phones: Messages on the web. Finally, Android users can log into a browser to see and send messages, just like their Apple pals. IDG Linking Android Messages with you PC’s browser is as simple as scanning a QR code. While the feature is still rolling out to phones, it’s already live on the web and it’s a snap to get started: Log onto…

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7 ways to master the new Google News and use it more like Google Reader

It’s been nearly five years since Google shut down its Reader service, and we still haven’t gotten over it. We’ve tried our share of replacements—Feedly, Inoreader, NewBlur, etc.—but between subscription fees, cross-platform compatibility, and interface oddities, we’ve yet to find anything that completely fills the void Reader left in our feeds. But Google hasn’t given up on organized, personalized news feeds. Quite the contrary: After taking several swings with services such as Google+, Google Now, and News and Weather, Google…

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How to Unlock a Secure PDF File

PDFs are useful for many reasons, but one is the ability to password protect a file so that only those with the password can view what it contains. That’s called a user password. It’s also possible to prevent people from copying, editing and printing a PDF. No password is required to view the file, but you’ll find those functions are locked out if the owner has chosen to protect the document. That’s called an owner password. The simple fact is…

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How to use Windows 10’s File History backup feature

Windows 10’s File History is an easy way to get started with backing up your personal files since it comes built-in to your system. File History takes snapshots of your files as you go and stores them on an external hard drive either connected over USB or your home network. Over time, File History builds up a library of past versions of your documents that you can recover if need be. Say, for example, you really liked a paragraph from…

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What you need to do when you inherit a Mac

The loss of a loved one is devastating. When this gets tied up with a technical support issue? Even worse. Mac 911 recently received several emails from Macworld readers who inherited, purchased, or were given computers or iOS devices by people who have passed away. They have enough password information to use the Macs successfully, sometimes for years. But then an event occurs that requires resetting the machine. Macworld reader Andrew has a Mac given to him a few years…

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How to Extract Pages From a PDF for Free

Sometimes you want to create a cut-down version of a long PDF that includes only the relevant pages. This can also reduce the file size and make it easier to share via email, which is a handy bonus. Fortunately this can be done without buying an expensive PDF editing package such as Adobe’s Acrobat DC, although Acrobat does include excellent editing capabilites that you can’t get for free. All you need is your web browser, ideally Google Chrome. However, any…

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How to Fix Any Windows Update Problem

If Windows Update doesn’t run properly and the latest patches are not installed on your system, you could manually install one of the many update packs available online that combine the latest updates in a single installer file. But this won’t solve your problem unless you want to manually install updates every time they are released. We’ll explain how you can use Microsoft’s own tools to fix any Windows Update problems you may be experiencing, and what to do if…

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How to consolidate all the images on your Mac

The “digital shoebox” was a 2007 coinage of Steve Jobs, who intended the Mac to become a digital media hub in which Apple’s programs would help you organize everything. That’s the notion that makes an analogy to having all your negatives, prints, and slides in shoeboxes in the days of film photography, and never being able to find anything. The digital shoebox metaphor remains accurate in 2018 for the wrong reason, as it’s very easy to wind up with images,…

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How to Convert Jpeg to PDF

Whatever your reason for wanting to create a PDF from one or more Jpeg images, it’s simple to do in Windows or using an online PDF converter. You don’t need to install any software, either. Convert JPG to PDF in Windows If you have Windows 8.1 or later, you’ll have a built-in PDF printer. If you have an earlier version, such as Windows 7, simply download and install Adobe Reader DC to get the same function. We’re using Windows 10…

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How to Get the Best Picture from Your TV

The latest 4K TVs can deliver such sharp images it can almost feel like you’re there. But if you’re not seeing that detail or the smoothness you were wowed by in the shop, it’s probably because you’re using the wrong settings. It doesn’t matter if you don’t own a 4K TV: the same principles apply to HD TVs as well. Here’s how to make sure everything is set up correctly. Check your sources Before you change anything, check the source…

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