FIFA 12 skills and tricks guide: Make your mates look like mugs

Football. It's a beautiful game, and each year EA Sport's FIFA footie titles edge a little closer to perfection. From screaming 30-yard shots to darting runs down the wing, new physics technology and player weighting systems make this year's…

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Gerald LynchFIFA 12 skills and tricks guide: Make your mates look like mugs

HOW TO: Set up a home cinema surround sound system

From sub-woofers and surround speakers to 3D sound, the latest home system can add another dimension to your viewing experience, creating the ultimate night-in. But it's not just about having the correct equipment; it's just as important to know…

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Gerald LynchHOW TO: Set up a home cinema surround sound system

Spotify: Everything You Need To Know

It's taken far longer than American music lovers would have liked, but finally Spotify, the world's premier music streaming service, has launched stateside. Fans of the service in the UK, Sweden and across Europe have raved on about how…

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Gerald LynchSpotify: Everything You Need To Know

HOW TO: Watch Premier League football without Sky on a foreign satellite

Football fans and pub owners alike were crossing their fingers and holding their breath in anticipation, following the news that Karen Murphy (landlady of the Red White and Blue in Southsea) stood on the verge of a landmark ruling that…

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Gerald LynchHOW TO: Watch Premier League football without Sky on a foreign satellite

How To: Watch the World Cup on a PC, iPad, iPhone or Android handset

World Cup season is upon us once again! Every four years we all go crazy watching 22 men kick about a leather sphere, make heroes of goal-scoring stars and endure heartbreak when we get knocked out. And we love it!…

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Gerald LynchHow To: Watch the World Cup on a PC, iPad, iPhone or Android handset

Six steps to recording the perfect podcast

Ever wanted to hear your dulcet tones on the Internet but didn’t know where to start? Read our handy guide to recording, editing and hosting your podcast and you’ll be there in no time.

We can’t guarantee you’ll be popular, but at least you won’t stay silent.

1. Get the right hardware

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It’s fairly obvious that if you want to record yourself speaking you’ll need some way of getting audio on to your computer.

There are plenty of ways of doing this, but you’ll want to get the best quality piece of kit you can afford if you want to sound good and minimise the amount of tidying up you’ll have to do later.

Podcast Pick:

My absolute favourite mic for podcasting (and indeed many other uses) is the Blue Microphones Snowball USB mic. At around £85 it’s not the cheapest option but it’s used by professional broadcasters and podcasters alike. Simply plug it in to a spare USB port and you’ve got a quality audio recording device for vocals, instruments and ambient sounds…

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Andy MerrettSix steps to recording the perfect podcast

How to: choose the perfect blogging software

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Are you feeling the need to start a blog?

Perhaps you’ve already got an account on Blogger, WordPress.com or LiveJournal but you’re ready to host your own blog.

This Tech Digest how-to guide will help you to decide which of the many pieces of blog software and hosting options is right for you.

I’ll look at:

  1. the pros and cons of the different types of blog hosting available;
  2. the benefits of having your own domain name;
  3. a quick way to narrow down the choice of which blogging software to use;
  4. an overview of the main types of blogging software;
  5. some things to look out for when it comes to choosing a web host for your blog

Head over the jump to start…

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Andy MerrettHow to: choose the perfect blogging software

How to: search the Internet using Google and find exactly what you're looking for

Welcome to the Tech Digest guide to online search.

This guide will:

Google Basics

Though Google has an incredible array of advanced options (see next section), usually some very basic ideas will get you a long way.

Find all words

Type in two or more words to search for, separated by spaces, to find web pages with all of those words.

Example: apple microsoft finds any page referencing both “apple” and “microsoft”

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Andy MerrettHow to: search the Internet using Google and find exactly what you're looking for

SHINY VIDEO: How to get all the music and software you want for free and legally

If you’re here, it’s because you’re a cheapskate. That’s the words of free software, services and music guru Duncan Geere and if you couldn’t make it to his talk at the Gadget Show Live, then get yourself a cup of tea, a pen and paper and learn how rule the IT world without paying a penny for the privilege.

More from the Gadget Show Live 2009

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Daniel SungSHINY VIDEO: How to get all the music and software you want for free and legally