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    How to set up your broadband

    by  • July 29, 2016 • How To • 0 Comments

    Netgear router | How to set up your broadband | girlabouttech.comLove streaming TV and music? Keep the fun coming with these top tips.

    1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT SPOT FOR YOUR ROUTER
    Try to put your router in the middle of the house where it will cover the most ground, connected to the master socket where the phone line enters the building. And whatever you do…

    • NEVER put your router on the floor. It’s far happier when it’s located high up and away from your cordless telephone, microwave or baby monitor, which can all mess with your signal.
    • MAKE sure that it’s standing the way it’s supposed to, so never lay a vertical router on its side.
    • KEEP it away from thick walls and metal objects, like TVs and radiators.
    • AVOID putting it near reflective surfaces like mirrors, as WiFi signals can bounce off them.
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    How to… create a smarter garden

    by  • June 4, 2016 • How To • 0 Comments

    DEBENHAMS | HOW TO CREATE A SMARTER GARDEN | girlabouttech.com©Debenhams

    Quick, the sun’s out! But before you fire up the barbecue and put the Prosecco on ice, take a look out of the back window. Do you see a garden of Eden or has your plot lost the plot?

    If it’s the latter, don’t despair – just grab some gadgets and your outdoor space will be party-perfect in no time.

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    How to watch TV online

    by  • May 10, 2016 • How To • 1 Comment

    SONY S85 ANDROID TV | HOW TO WATCH TV ONLINE | GIRLABOUTTECH.COM© Sony

    With BBC Three now online only and Netflix and Amazon producing exclusive award-winning series, it’s time to get serious about internet TV.

    1. KNOW THE WAYS TO WATCH ONLINE 

    • LIVE Sky, BT and Virgin let you watch TV live through their BT TV, Sky Go/Sky Q and TV Anywhere apps, respectively – more than 100 channels are available on each, though not BBC channels.
    • CATCH-UP Get up to speed with previously screened shows, usually from the past month – big players include BBC iPlayer and All 4.
    • ON DEMAND Services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Now TV let you access movies and TV box sets anywhere, anytime.
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    How to protect your home with smart security gadgets

    by  • January 15, 2016 • How To • 0 Comments

    Smart Home Security | girlabouttech.comMaybe you’re going away on holiday and want to set up a system that both keeps an eye on the place and does things like turn the lights on a dusk and off at bed time. Or perhaps you’d just like to know the kids have got safely home from school. There are gadgets that will let you do all this and more, and the good news is they won’t cost you thousands of pounds or need expert installation.

    From cameras that that let you watch a live feed of your living room to sensors that can send you a message if they detect a leak, they’ll take a couple of minutes to set up, but will give you peace of mind 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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    How to… go on a data diet!

    by  • January 15, 2016 • How To • 1 Comment

    HOW TO GO ON A DATA DIET | SEAGATE | girlabouttech.comIt’s been predicted that 33.3 billion connected devices will be in use by 2020, and the world will be generating 44 zettabytes of data each year (a zettabyte is 1 with 21 zeros after it!) – that’s 5,200 gigabytes of data for every person on the planet, or about 1 million high-res photos each.

    But do we really need all of that data? Hmmm, it’s questionable. So, to help you – and me – get smart about storage, I’ve asked Sof Socratous, a Vice President at data experts Seagate to help me pull together some tips for dumping the excess data baggage, and storing what’s left in the right way. We’re calling it The Data Diet…

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    7 frankly genius Christmas dinner hacks

    by  • December 22, 2015 • How To • 0 Comments

    Christmas dinner tips | girlabouttech.comWhy I decided it would be a good idea to offer to cook Christmas dinner for 13 people is beyond me, but that’s my festive reality in 2015.

    I briefly toyed with hiding under a pile of tinsel with a bottle of sweet sherry and hoping no one would turn up, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. So, instead, I’ve taken the turkey by the giblets and come up with some foolproof, tech-themed cheats to get me – and you – through the whole ordeal. Enjoy!

    1. ORGANISE YOUR FRIDGE- FREEZER BEFOREHANDChristmas clear out your fridge | girlabouttech.com
    No one wants to be taken out by a precariously balanced brie or trip on runaway sprouts. So BEFORE you embark on your big Christmas shop, clean out the fridge-freezer so it’s then easy to organise and get to all the festive food inside.

    Throw away anything way past its use-by date, and make more room by relocating any jams, chutneys or sauces that don’t really need to be stored in there to a cool, dark cupboard.

    2. FREE UP SPACE ON YOUR HOB
    Cook your veggies in an electric steamer with multiple baskets, and you won’t just save space – there’s no need to worry about pots boiling over, either, as you just fill the base with the appropriate amount of water and then wait for the buzz when the timer runs down.

    I like to put hardier vegetables (such as carrots) in the bottom basket and more delicate ones (leafy kale or leeks) towards the top.

    3. HAVE A BOOZY TREAT READY FOR GUESTSCrockPot Saute Traditional slow cooker | ao.com | girlabouttech.comMulling wine or cider is super-easy, and a great distraction for your visitors if dinner is running late! Plus, if you do it in a slow cooker, it won’t take up valuable hob space and stays warm for the duration – this CrockPot Saute Traditional slow cooker, £55 from AO.com, can keep festive brew toasty all day.

    For a delicious mulled wine, add a bottle of red wine, a couple of cinnamon sticks, a few star anise, five cloves, a sliced orange and lemon and either 100g brown sugar or four tablespoons of honey and simmer it on LOW for a couple of hours, before switching it to the keep-warm setting.

    4. USE YOUR LOAF… MAKER!
    You’ll be amazed at what you can make in a breadmaker – from cranberry sauce to a last-minute gluten free Christmas cake for anyone with an intolerance.

    Check out my post on how Panasonic’s breadmaker can save Christmas here!

    5. HAVE A SIMPLE RECIPE UP YOUR SLEEVE
    This one comes from my mate Dan Doherty, head chef at Duck & Waffle: ‘Find an easy cake recipe that requires a few ingredients to be mixed together and then just put in your oven. You can rustle it up quickly if extra guests arrive and everyone will be impressed.’

    6. DON’T OVERCOOK THE TURKEYChristmas cooking tips | girlabouttech.com‘A turkey will continue to cook for another 15-20 minutes after you have brought it out of the oven, so cook it until it is just done and no more,’ advises chef Nick Nairn. ‘I also don’t cover my turkey, as the condensation from the foil drips back into the bird and you won’t get a crispy skin.

    ‘My tip to check that the turkey is cooked is to use a Thermapen digital thermometer (from £48) – pop it into the thickest part of the breast and waggle it around to get the lowest reading. When it reads 75°c, the turkey should be perfectly cooked.’

    For more Christmas cooking tips from Nick, read my post!

    7. DO AS MUCH AS YOU CAN BEFORE CHRISTMAS DAY
    A bit obvious, maybe, but good preparation will go a long way. I like to serve a homemade soup as a starter as I can make it in advance – it’s one of those dishes that always tastes better reheated the next day.

    Gravy, stuffing and Yorkshire puds can all be made days before and frozen – just remember to defrost them! You can also chop all your vegetables the night before and keep them in water-filled containers in the fridge, ready to cook. Amy

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    How to look after your new-season wardrobe

    by  • September 21, 2015 • How To • 1 Comment

    How to care for clothes| girlaboutech.comIt’s London Fashion Week, and time for a quick wardrobe assessment, which got me thinking – I’m sure I’m not the only one that has a dry-clean-only top lurking forgotten at the bottom of the laundry basket, or a dress I’d wear far more if it didn’t need quite so much ironing. Nor am I the first to have the colour run from a new pair of jeans and wreck the rest of the wash.

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