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You've got data pouring in from your connected fitness tracker, your smartphone, your smartwatch, the smart scales in your bathroom and the dieting app you use to log your meals — so how do you get all of this information in one place? It isn't easy, but here are a few pointers to help.

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If your device, your carrier, and your data plan allows it, you can turn your mobile phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot to get your laptop online. But just because it's a hotspot doesn't mean the rules of data uses don't apply. You'll still want to keep data usage down to a minimum. Here's how you can enjoy all the perks of a mobile hotspot without wrecking your wallet.

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Even as our tech gets increasingly sophisticated and intelligent, sometimes it's falling for the oldest tricks in the book that breach the security walls we've put in place — like clicking on dodgy links or shady attachments that we shouldn't. You don't have to get tripped up by these simplest of scams though, if you know what you're looking for.

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Once upon a time in the not-too-distant past, getting an email or a weather forecast popping up on a smartphone felt like magic — but now the technological novelty of these alerts has worn off. We're growing sick of the constant interruptions. Mobile notifications are undoubtedly useful, but you need to make them smart.

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If you want to enter the modern age and listen to all your music online then streaming is the only way to go. While iHeartRadio and Pandora have both become the poor man's Spotify — demanding costly monthly fees for so so music selection there's still genuine free music available online. Internet radio gives you an endless amount of free music with just a few clicks of the mouse...provided you know where to look.

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Before it started obsessing about copying Snapchat, Instagram's main goal was getting your phone photos looking their best. The app's smart image processing doesn't have to stay locked on your mobile though — you can replicate the effects in Photoshop or any photo editor with similar tools.

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You don't have to wait around like a normal person for the Creators Update to drop — it's available to download right now, if you're a Windows Insider. The Windows Insider program lets you beta test advance versions of the OS for free, if you don't mind the occasional bug, and here's what you need to do to get enrolled

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Chances are you've signed up to at least one streaming service — but are you making the most of the best-quality music on offer? A quick audit of your apps can boost both streaming and downloaded bit-rates, so you're always assured of the highest fidelity audio flowing through your pricy headphones to your eardrums. Which means you hear more of the music and a little less of the noise that can accompany lower quality music files.

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Your existence is scattered across the internet. You likely have accounts at forums you haven't been to in a decade, and social media services so bereft of users they resemble graveyards. And each and every one of those accounts is a potential avenue into your private life for a hacker. So you need to secure them.

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The web can be a lot of fun, but it's also a pretty dangerous place to venture out into — with phishing sites, drive-by downloads and other nasties lurking around every corner. If you're browsing on Firefox or Chrome you should give your browser some extra muscle for keeping you safe online by installing one or more of these security-focused add-ons.

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Ten years ago the first thing you needed to load on a brand new computer were anti-virus and malware applications. The internet was a mine field of malicious content that could infect your entire home network with one errant click. Yet things have changed dramatically. Windows has much more robust security options built in, browsers are smarter, and, hopefully, so are the users.