Tech tricks

March 2012

Update your iPhone without wires

3:45PM | Thursday, 8 March 2012 | By Patrick Stafford You might have seen that Apple has debuted the new version of its iOS, 5.1. And while you may have needed to connect to iTunes to update before, now there’s no need.

Add labs features in Gmail

3:33PM | Tuesday, 6 March 2012 | By Patrick Stafford If you're brave, there is a way to try the latest experiments straight from the Google labs in your email account.

Turn off your start-up programs

3:54PM | Monday, 5 March 2012 | By Patrick Stafford Does your computer take forever to start each morning? Here's a way to fix it.

Turn off location-based iAds

3:56PM | Friday, 2 March 2012 | By Patrick Stafford Has the battery on your iPhone or iPad ever run low when you've needed to use location services? If so, there’s something you can do.

Look up your iCloud data online

3:13PM | Thursday, 1 March 2012 | By Patrick Stafford If you back up your data through Apple iCloud, did you know you can see your information from any web browser? If not, here’s how.

February 2012

Manage your privacy settings in Chrome

2:53PM | Wednesday, 29 February 2012 | By Patrick Stafford Many internet users are quite rightly concerned about their privacy online. Thankfully, Chrome has a great way to protect your privacy.

Backup your Kindle annotations

2:53PM | Thursday, 23 February 2012 | By Patrick Stafford Being able to annotate books in the Kindle iPad app is handy, until you accidentally delete your notes. Thankfully, there’s a really simple way to back them up.

Switch from app to app quickly on the iPad

2:20PM | Wednesday, 22 February 2012 | By Patrick Stafford If you’re an Apple user, you’ve probably updated your iPad to iOS5, but you may not have taken advantage of all the nifty new features yet. If so, here’s a way to get more from your iPad.

Set up a rule in Outlook

2:12PM | Tuesday, 21 February 2012 | By Patrick Stafford Few Outlook users know how to automatically file away their emails into folders by creating rules. Thankfully, it’s easier to do than you might think.

Check recently opened files in DropBox

2:17PM | Friday, 17 February 2012 | By Patrick Stafford If you use a DropBox with a lot of files inside, you could spend all day finding the one you’re working on. Thankfully, there’s a quicker way.