Last week, we discussed the advantages of virtual private network over leased line-based private and hybrid networks, VPN tunneling technologies and types, and also showed you a simple way of creating a VPN connection. Apart from encrypting the communication, VPN is also used as an alternative to proxy servers to secure the communication between two clients & client and server, on a network. One of the reasons why most users prefer using VPN service instead of proxy server, is that, VPN provides strong encryption, and in some cases, multi-hopping connectivity, making it very difficult for external sources to trace down the connected systems. This VPN-provided anonymity lets users access region-restricted websites, data portals, content sharing platforms etc, from any part of the world.
Ringtones — They are the darlings of the music industry and the bane of anyone subject to hearing a bad one. If you're sick of your plain old telephone ringer but don't want to download a canned tone, you don't need to spend extra money to turn your favorite song into a ringtone for your iPhone . There's a way to create ringtones in iTunes from your existing music.
The new wireless sync feature of iOS 5 makes syncing your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch via Wi-Fi with a computer running iTunes an easy matter. To get started, make sure you’ve synced your iOS 5 device with your computer via cable at least once; also make sure you allow iTunes to wirelessly sync with your device by selecting “Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi”. From here on out, you should be able to sync the device wirelessly with your computer by following the steps below. 1.
When Kennyrosenyc turns on his PC, it dies before it even begins to boot. He asked the Windows forum for help. You can't blame this one on Windows. If the PC shuts down before it tries to boot off the hard drive (or off of a CD or flash drive), then you definitely have a hardware problem. And the piece of hardware that's giving you the problem is almost certainly not the hard drive.
These days almost everyone with a cell phone seems to have either an iPhone or an Android handset. One of the easiest ways to differentiate your device from the next one is to select a good ringtone. Having a unique chime to signify phone calls or text messages proves invaluable in a crowded room or at a family gathering, but it's important to avoid the plain old system-default tones that everyone else uses. Express yourself in sound snippets by creating your own custom ringtone. It's easy. Buy an iPhone Ringtone
With the immense popularity of digital cameras, smartphones, and tablets for taking pictures and capturing video, and the wide availability of affordable digital music and movies, many people have amassed enormous collections of digital media. Much of that media typically finds its way onto a PC or mass-storage device of some sort--and, unfortunately, it can sometimes go unused for ages. Flipping through pictures or videos and relaxing with some good tunes is always appealing, but sitting in front of a PC isn’t the ideal way to enjoy such content. You may be surprised to learn that sharing digital media across different devices and platforms is quite easy. Windows 7 with Windows Media Player has built-in tools and DLNA/UPnP support for easily sharing digital media libraries with compatible devices. And allowing access to the media across a network or the Web requires minimal configuration.
If you're setting off on a road trip or a flight this weekend, chances are you're frantically searching for ways to stay connected and limit your boredom and hassles while travelling. Whether it's sniffing out Wi-Fi passwords or checking flight information, we've got your travel toolkit covered for smartphones and laptops. Photo by Daisy Geng . Trick Out Your Smartphone
Reader Edwin wants to know how to change the themes in Windows 7. Specifically, he has multiple photos he wants to use for his desktop background, but can't find a way to add more than one. If you've ever right-clicked your Windows 7 desktop and then clicked Personalize, you've no doubt encountered the themes that Microsoft bundles with the OS. These include collections of desktop backgrounds--snazzy photos that appear behind your icons.
Setting up and maintaining your home PC network is easier than ever before in Windows 7--but that's not saying much. Many networking issues still aren't easily addressed from Windows 7's control panels. That's why we've compiled a list of common networking problems and quick fixes. Reset Your IP Address
Microsoft's free file-syncing service, Windows Live Mesh (free), lets you access your home PC's files from the office and your work documents while at home, even if one of those machines is a Mac and the other is running Windows. Easy to understand and with a clear dashboard, Windows Live Mesh is a very good service for keeping your files intact, up-to-date, and available to you no matter where you are. One bonus you'll find in Windows Live Mesh that you won't get in other file-syncing services is remote-desktop functionality, or the ability to see and control one machine, such as your home desktop computer, from another. Windows Live Mesh sits under the umbrella of Windows Live Essentials, a suite of Microsoft tools and services that encompasses email, instant messaging, photo storage and sharing, and more. If you're looking to adopt a new file-syncing service and that's all, my one complaint about Windows Live Mesh is that it's difficult to escape the rest of the package.
You have an iOS device like an iPhone or iPad, you have a printer, and you want to print things—the only problem is your printer isn’t AirPrint compatible. No problem, read on as we show you how to print to older printers. In the fall of 2010 Apple released the iOS 4.2 update that included a host of updated features including support for a new mobile/wireless printing protocol AirPrint. At the time there were barely a dozen HP printers that supported the service and even though the number has grown and includes a handful of offerings from the major printing companies there are still thousands upon thousands of printers—old and new—that do not support AirPrint. There’s absolutely no reason to go out and buy a new printer when you can easily tweak your existing printer to support printing from your iOS device.
Recently I became the mostly happy owner of an HP Pavilion dm1z. I say “mostly happy” because I wasn’t thrilled with its performance. To give the system a boost, I decided to swap the pokey 5,200-rpm hard drive with a speedy Solid State Drive (SSD). The Samsung SSD upgrade kit I bought came with Norton Ghost 15--a utility that would copy the entire contents of my existing hard drive to the new drive--on CD.
Has your browser got you down? Are you sick of wrestling with Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or whatever program you use to access the Web? If all of your life's problems stem from browser annoyances, I probably can't help you--but I can give you some quick and easy fixes for common browser issues. Here's how to find a missing URL bar, sync your bookmarks across multiple devices, keep your passwords handy and secure, and save seemingly unsavable images.
1. Open Apps the Easy Way Want to launch programs in Windows 7 without lifting your hands from your keyboard? You can open any app on your PC by hitting the Windows key and typing the first few letters of the application's name (chr for Google Chrome, it for iTunes, and so on), then hitting Enter. You can also press Windows + 1 to open the first app pinned on your taskbar, Windows + 2 to open the second app, and so on.
Plugging in your phone to sync a mass of photos is a pain, and manually uploading each of them to Dropbox is far from ideal. Here's how to automatically upload each photo you take to Dropbox, immediately after you take it. Google+ has a neat feature called "Instant Upload" on Android, where it will automatically add photos you take on your phone to your Google+ albums. It's a great idea, but Google+ is hardly the first place I want to store all my photos. I'd rather have them go to my Dropbox, where I can edit them, choose which ones to upload, and more. Luckily, this is pretty simple on both Android and iOS.