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How to turn your Kindle Fire HD into the ultimate Roku box

With the right apps and a special cable, your tablet can actually outperform a Roku. Here's how to set everything up.

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The free Lookout Mobile Security app for Android devices lets you locate a lost tablet or phone, among other options.

Essential free productivity apps for Android tablets

Get more work out of your Android device by using a free predictive onscreen keyboard, security app, file manager, Office clone, and tablet-news aggregator.

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Use CheapCast to turn your Android tablet into a Chromecast

Got an old Android tablet lying around? Here's how to repurpose it as a Chromecast receiver -- no dongle required.

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Among the hundreds of symbols on the iPad's Emoji keyboard are transportation icons and flags.

I bet you didn't know your iPad could do that

Discover the iPad's hidden keys, set it to read selected text, and get quick access to hundreds of emoticons, plus four other handy iPad customizations.

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Another look at the cracks of a broken Galaxy Nexus screen.

Turn a cracked Nexus 7 into an e-book reader

Wondering what to do with a cracked Android tablet? CNET's Donald Bell shows you how to turn the damaged device into a dedicated e-book reader.

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How to get the Google Play store on the Kindle Fire HD

Tired of the Amazon Appstore's meagre selection? Help is at hand -- we show you how to install the vast Google Play Store on your tablet.

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How to root the Kindle Fire HD

If you want to install other apps and use Android as it was meant to be used, you'll need to root your Kindle Fire HD. Here's how.

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How to get Maps, Gmail on the Kindle Fire HD without rooting

Amazon doesn't offer Google's services on its app store, but it's not too tricky to install them yourself. Here's now.

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Enlarge the default display size on the Surface RT desktop and elsewhere by selecting Medium - 125%, or choose a custom size.

Five usability tips for Microsoft's Surface RT

The original Surface combines the touch screen of a tablet and the hardware keyboard of a laptop PC, as well as old and new versions of Windows. Overcoming the inherent compromises of the hybrid design requires a few simple tweaks.

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How to customise the Kindle Fire HD's carousel and favourites

The Kindle Fire HD's central carousel is a jumbled collection of everything you've opened recently -- let's find out how to tidy it up.

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25 essential iPad mini tips

Use these tricks, tips and tools to get the most out of Apple's tiny tablet.

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How to transfer files from an SD card onto a Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 doesn't have an SD card slot, but it's easy to use an SD card reader to transfer your photos.

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