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Google is the default search tool for the iPad’s Safari. To change the default search engine to another one, tap Settings –> Safari –> Search Engine, and then choose the search engine you want to use.

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Microsoft has released a beta version of the Skype client for Windows Phone. The launch of the beta marks the first time the newly Microsoft-owned voice and video calling service is available on Microsoft’s smartphone platform. Read more HERE

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Although it isn’t Dell’s first super-svelte laptop for consumers, the XPS 13 is a solid design that is garnering a lot of attention. Read more HERE

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To show the hidden music playback controls on iPad, press the Home button twice, and then swipe to the right at the bottom and you will finally see the music playback controls there. Good news! You can also see the screen orientation lock icon and brightness controls there.

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In a not so surprise but strategic move, HTC CEO Peter Chou unified the new line of Android smartphones under the “One” branding as part of his company’s strategy to “focus on the product” this year.

Under the “One” branding, Chou wants the HTC One X, One S and One V to be the only smartphones that consumers will consider whenever they want to purchase a new phone. So how exactly did he go about achieving this goal?b Read more HERE

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The best way of ejecting the CD/DVD drive on your Desktop computer or laptop is to use the Nircmd utility. You can go to http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.htmlto download the utility which is in a zip file at the bottom of the page. (Note: you have to unzip the zip file in order to use the utility).

Please follow the steps below to create a shortcut icon to use the Nircmd utility to eject CD/DVD drive:
1. Right-click on an empty area of Windows Desktop.
2. Choose New –> Shortcut.
3. In the location box, type the full path to the nircmd.exe file that you downloaded, and append the “cdrom open” command to the end of it, adjusting the drive letter to match your disc drive (For example, if the nircmd.exe file is in C:\Users, you have to type “C:\Users\nircmd.exe” cdrom open X: in the location box. (Note: “X:” refers to your CD/DVD drive letter).
4. Click Next.
5. Name the shortcut, such as “Eject CD”, in the next screen.
6. Click Finish.

 

 

 

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To solve the system crash problem of iPad, you need to press the Power button and Home button simultaneously, and hold down for a few seconds, and iPad will restart automatically.

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Please follow the steps below to create a shortcut icon to clear the Clipboard in Windows 7:

1. Right-click on an empty area of Desktop.

2. Choose New –> Shortcut.

3. Type cmd /c “echo off | clip” into the box labeled “Type the location of the item:”, and then click Next.

4. Name the shortcut, such as “Clear Clipboard”, in the next screen.

5. Click Finish.

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Please follow the steps below to remove the “Sent from my iPad” signature from outgoing email on your iPad”:

1. Tap “Settings”

2. Tap “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”, and then tap the Signature (which by default will be “Sent from my iPad”).

3. Use the” Clear ” button to remove the signature.

4. Tap “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” again. Now you will see you have removed the signature in the “Signature” section.

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If you don’t like to hear the “clicking sound” from your iPad’s onscreen keyboard, you can disable it. Tap Settings –> General –> Sounds, and then slide the “Keyboard Clicks” option to OFF.

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