Tech advice for your new smartphone, tablet or computer
Did you get a new smartphone, tablet or computer for the holidays? Lucky you!
These Computerworld stories will give you tips for new OS versions, help you find great apps and key accessories, and teach you how to safely dispose of your old devices. If you provide informal tech support to family or friends who've received new devices, some of these links could be useful to share.
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- Android phone or tablet
- iPhone or iPad
- Smartphones and tablets -- general
- Windows 8
- Laptops -- general
- Safely disposing of your old device
Android phone or tablet
If your device has Android 4.0, 4.1 or 4.2, this in-depth guide can help you find your way around the OS and make the most of its features.
Many devices are currently shipping with Android 4.1, nicknamed Jelly Bean. Find out what it adds to the mix.
If you're among the lucky few, your new device will have the most recent version of Android. Get specifics about the new features in Android 4.2 (also called Jelly Bean).
CIO.com's Al Sacco shares his favorite apps for remote-PC access, instant messaging, sports and more. Although they truly shine on the Nexus 7, many are compatible with other Android tablets as well.
Looking to spruce up your Android home screen? Check out this collection of widgets for device control, data-use monitoring, news, weather, sports and more.
Want to use your Android phone to get your tablet or PC online? Here are six apps that'll let you share your data connection in no time.
Worried that your smartphone may be vulnerable to malware or thieves? We look at five apps that can help.
iPhone or iPad
Columnist Michael deAgonia details what's new, what's changed and what still needs work in the latest version of iOS.
Here's a visual tour of the new OS's highlights.
From office suite apps such as spreadsheets and word processors to file managers and cloud services, these iPad apps will help boost your mobile productivity.
Some apps are simply must-haves, whether for their functionality, interface brilliance, or sheer entertainment factor. Macworld's Lex Friedman shares his faves.
Smartphones and tablets -- general
Start the new year right: These 10 task managers for Android and iOS can help keep your to-do list reasonable and achievable.
Start the new year right, part 2: If you need to record your business expenditures for your company or the IRS, these iPhone and Android apps can make it easier.
Start the new year right, part 3: If you're one of the growing number of people who carries a smartphone everywhere, why not take advantage of mobile apps that can help you eat right, exercise or sleep better?
These apps for iPhone, Android and other devices make your trips simpler, safer and more fun.
If you depend on your smartphone or tablet to keep up with a full day's activities, one of these mobile chargers will make sure you have a recharge handy, even with no power outlets in sight.
Security suites from McAfee, Symantec, Trend Micro and Webroot offer protection for all your devices along with Web-based management.
Which smartphones can be used as mobile hotspots? How do you get started and what should you expect? Here's everything you need to know.
Windows 8 presents a radically new interface to users, but never fear: Our comprehensive guide will help you find your way around the new OS and make the most of its features.
You may need to break old habits to get the most out of Windows 8, but it doesn't have to be a cataclysmic event. You may need to break old habits to get the most out of Windows 8, but it doesn't have to be a cataclysmic event.
Apple's latest OS X version amps up the iOS integration, but offers much more for business and personal use. We tour the most noteworthy new features.
Laptops -- general
Need a docking station to consolidate the connections to your monitor, mouse, keyboard, external drive and more? The latest crop of universal docks can connect your laptop to a variety of devices via speedy USB 3.0.
Need a bag to hold and protect your new notebook? We drop-tested 7 laptop bags to find out whether they can keep your laptop in one operating piece -- and we have the videos to prove it.
Safely disposing of your old devices
Now that recycling is mandatory in many states, it's become even easier to sell, recycle or give away your unwanted hardware.
Before you ditch a smartphone, tablet or computer, you need to make sure none of your data is retrievable. Here's how to do it.
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