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How to become a product manager

Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Plus A pioneer in music recognition technology, Shazam is one of the world’s most popular apps. The secret behind this global tech company? A team that strives to ‘deliver magic’ and constantly evolve their product offering. We spoke to Clement Haider, principal product manager at Shazam to get his insights on what makes a successful product manager and what motivates him in his role. Think you’ve got what it takes to be a product manager?…

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Troubleshoot and recover a Mac with a failed drive

Hard drives failures can happen to anyone, including Mac 911 columnists. A relatively new hard drive bit the dust, requiring days of work to get back to status quo ante. My wife has a 2011-era MacBook Pro and was barely keeping space free on its original 512GB hard drive. An upgrade made sense, and for a machine of that vintage, the cost of a 1TB SSD seemed too high. We opted for an affordable hard drive. I used a USB…

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How to stream media from your PC to your HDTV over Wi-Fi

Say you have a nice collection of media on your PC in one room, but you’d like to be able to view it on your nice big TV in another room. Windows offers a simple way to do that over Wi-Fi.  There’s actually an open standard for sharing media files across a home network. It’s called the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), and you probably already have everything you need to use it. There’s also a second, and newer, standard…

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How to Watch Sony Xperia XZ1 Live Stream, Live Blog: Sony IFA 2017

Sony is tipped to announce the successor to its Xperia XZ and XZ Premium at IFA 2017 in Berlin later today. Here are the facts you need in order to become first to know the news as it arrives. What time is the Sony IFA 2017 live stream? Sony’s IFA press conference takes place at 1pm CET (that’s 12 noon in the UK) on Thursday 31 August 2017. How can I watch a live stream of the Xperia XZ1 launch?…

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How to get out of Windows Safe Mode

You boot into Safe Mode to fix things. So it’s not right when Safe Mode ends up being the thing that needs fixing. If your Windows computer insists on booting into Safe Mode, you’ll have to figure out what’s causing the problem. What made you go into Safe Mode in the first place? I assume you did it intentionally, but how? If you did it through the System Configuration tool, that’s your problem. Press Win + R, type msconfig, and…

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How to become an Android developer

Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Plus Google’s Android operating system (OS) has been storming global smartphone sales in recent years, leaving Apple’s iOS lagging behind. In fact, 81.7 percent of smartphones sold in Q4 of 2016 were Android, with 17.7 percent going to iOS and the rest being fought over by Windows, BlackBerry, and other OS. (See the Gartner report here). So with an average salary of £50,000 and demand for Android developers growing, this could be a very smart move. Here,…

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How to delete iOS apps in iTunes for Mac to free up storage

Syncing your iPhone and iPad to your Mac is a good way to keep your devices organized. But if you like to download iOS apps, those apps take up a lot of sotrage space on your Mac. This is the case with reader Lauren King. She finds that a fair amount of storage on her Mac is occupied with iOS apps. She wonders, “Is there a way to delete them from the computer and not the other devices?” This happens…

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Stop Amazon Echo or Google Home from ‘accidentally’ ordering stuff

There’s no denying that Google Home and Amazon Echo (or the less-expensive Echo Dot, if you’re not using it for music) have changed the way we interact with our homes. Turning on the lights has never been easier, nor has it been simpler to field the latest traffic report or order delivery for dinner. The future is here, and we’re reveling in it! But the proliferation of these devices around our homes leaves room for error. Google’s and Amazon’s connected…

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How to use Cortana on Android

Microsoft’s Cortana is available on Android phones. It’s interesting that rather than being rivals, we’re seeing voice assistants popping up on other platforms more are more. The latest news is that soon – probably by the end of 2017 – the Cortana be able to communicate with Alexa, Amazon’s assistant built into Echo and Fire devices. The two companies are working together so that you’ll be able to use the capabilities of both assistants regardless of whether you’re using a…

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CrashPlan alternatives: What home users can do, from staying put to exploring other services

It’s been a week since CrashPlan decided to call it quits on its personal backup service. But CrashPlan isn’t going away—it’s just ending a program that probably wasn’t profitable. After the initial shock, home users should realize there’s absolutely no reason to panic—or even be hasty. The company will keep your data safe for an extra 60 days past the end of your current subscription, and it will keep its servers online until October 23, 2018. But it’s still a…

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