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Mobile Computing and Technology Basics

Get essential mobile computing information including definitions of technology terms, how to access the Internet on the road, and what you need to protect your mobile devices.
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5 Steps to Setting Up Your New Laptop
Steps to set up a laptop so that you can ensure your programs will work properly and you can work safely.

How to Get 4G or 3G on Your Laptop
Learn how to get high speed wireless internet access on your laptop or notebook - an overview of 4G and 3G mobile solutions.

Selecting a Laptop
Information you need to know to select the correct laptop for your mobile computing needs.

Introduction to Laptop Models
Laptops are usually classified into different categories based on size, price, and other features. Here's a quick overview of the different types of laptops and the types of jobs they are most suitable for.

Chrome OS
Chrome OS is Google's web-centric operating system. Find out the major features of Chrome OS and how it compares to other operating systems, such as Windows and Mac, here.

What is Wi-Fi?
Definition and examples of wi-fi wireless technology.

Wi-Fi Connection Tutorial
Step by step directions for getting connected wirelessly

Wireless Network Set Up Tutorial
Learn how to set up and configure a wireless network at home.

Upgrade Your Home Network to Faster Wireless
Learn how to upgrade your wireless network for better speed and reliability.

How To Use Your Cell Phone As A Modem
If you have a cell phone or smartphone with a data plan, you may be able to use it as a modem for your laptop computer. Find out how to tether your cell phone to your computer so you can access the Internet anywhere you go.

How To Use Your Cell Phone As A Wi-Fi Hotspot
If you have a cell phone or smartphone with a data plan, you may be able to use it as a modem for your laptop computer. Find out how to tether your cell phone to your computer so you can access the Internet anywhere you go.

Troubleshooting Wireless Problems
Troubleshooting tips for when you can't connect to a wireless network.

Double Your Internet Speed with One Simple Settings Change
Modify one setting on your router or computer for 50% to over 100% improvement in your Internet connection speed.

7 Tips for Securing Your Mobile Gear and Data
Is your laptop, smartphone, or other mobile device at risk? Know what you need to do to keep your information and equipment safe from loss, theft, and cybercrime.

8 Things to Know About Windows 8
Windows 8 is the touch-optimized successor to Windows 7. In one quick list, find out the top improvements Microsoft has made with Windows 8.

Keyboard Shortcuts - Stay Productive and Comfortable
Learn basic, essential keyboard shortcuts for getting around Windows more quickly.

How to Sync Your Data Across Multiple Devices
Keep your information up-to-date across all of your computers and mobile devices with these email and file syncing tools.

5 Ways to Access Your Files From Anywhere
Never forget a file again with these ways to connect to your home computer or data while working on the road.

Best File Sharing Solutions
Different types of file sharing solutions and which might be best for you.

Is My Password Strong Enough?
Guidelines for making sure your password is strong enough and won't be easily hacked.

How to Backup Your Gmail
Set up a backup system for your Gmail account to make sure you can always access (and will never lose) your important emails.

Free Computer Videos
Learn how to extend your laptop battery life, add a second monitor, clean a laptop keyboard, send a fax online, and more with these quick videos.

The Best in Mobile - About.com 2011 Readers' Choice Awards Winners
See who won the title of best laptop bag brand, best android app, best web conferencing tool, and more from About.com's 2011 Readers' Choice Awards for best mobile products and services.

Can I Upgrade to Windows 8?
Is your old laptop capable of running Windows 8? Will your devices and programs still work with the new operating system? Here's what you need to know.

How to Change Your Netbook's Screen Resolution
Need to increase your netbook's screen resolution (needed for some apps to work correctly or just to see more on scren)? All that may be needed is this quick registry hack.

How to Keep Your Gadgets Cool in Hot Weather
When temperatures climb, make sure your laptop, tablet, and smartphone don't overheat or get damaged from summer activities (like visits to the beach)

Before You Buy a Business Computer: Features to Consider
Features and specs you should look for in your next business laptop or desktop computer.

Mobile Internet Access Comparison
Which Internet on-the-go option is best for you? Compare the pros and cons of using mobile broadband Internet service, wi-fi hotspots, cell phone tethering, and cybercafes.

Wi-Fi Direct - Personal, Portable Wi-Fi Networking
Wi-Fi Direct devices can be directly connected to each other without a traditional network. Learn more about Wi-Fi Direct.

FAQs About Remote Access

How to Take a Screenshot on iOS or Android
Capture a screenshot (picture of what's on your screen) from an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet with these instructions.

How to Move from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8
How to move your files and programs out of Windows XP and into Windows 7 or Windows 8 with ease.

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