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Getting out of Auto: Understanding the different modes on your camera

So you've got a new camera and are probably getting some great shots. But if your mode dial is still pointing at Auto, you probably have a pang of guilt that you're not making the most of your camera every time you press the shutter. Here we look at modes such as Shutter or Aperture Priority, along with the sometimes daunting Manual mode, to make getting out of auto that one bit easier.Read More

Drones

Drone School 4: Orientation and precision exercises

You've got the basics of how to fly a drone under control, and you haven't managed to destroy your quadcopter yet. Congratulations! Let's get into some meatier exercises involving precision and orientation. In Drone School 4 we practice hovering in different orientations, work on bank turns and figure 8s around markers, have a crack at nose-in landing and look at a much easier and cheaper way to get your skills up.Read More

Drones

Drone School 1: Choosing a beginner quadcopter

Multicopters are one of the hottest consumer gadgets on the market, and for good reason. They're cheap, easy to fly, a ton of fun, and by far the easiest way to get into radio controlled flying. This Drone School series is our way to help new flyers get off the ground, and over the next few weeks we'll get into some exercises to build your skills and capabilities for maximum fun with minimal crashes. For starters, let's look at how to pick a good first quadcopter.Read More

Computers

How to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 tech preview via Windows Update

If you have a spare Windows 7 PC sitting around, why not put it to use to see what's in store for the future of Windows? Using Windows Update to upgrade to Windows 10 is much easier than doing a clean install and allows you to keep your settings, personal files, and most apps. It is worth noting that you can do this with Windows 8.1 too – just don't do it on your primary machine as Windows 10 is still in the technical preview, or beta stage, and it will be buggy. Here's a look at the steps involved.Read More

Computers

How to set up your new Windows PC the right way

When you get a shiny new Ultrabook, desktop, or convertible Windows computer, you'll be tempted to dive right in and get to work or play. However, there are some important steps you need to take to ensure it's clean of crapware, is secure, and filled with your favorite apps so it's ready to use.Read More

Home Entertainment

More tips and tricks for Google Chromecast

Google's Chromecast streaming device has been around for more than a year now and its user base continues to grow. We already showed you some cool ways to get the most out of your Chromecast using the Chrome browser on a computer when the device was first released and, although those tips still work, we thought it worth taking a look at the dongle 18 months on to show you even more things it is capable of using your smartphone or tablet. Read More

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