We’d be the first to admit using Apple’s iPad isn’t exactly rocket science, and we will also admit that Apple is at the top of its game when it comes to easy-to-use products.

But if you didn’t take the time to read the owner’s manual, we have some quick and neat tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your tablet.

From managing the sound levels of your tunes, to organization your apps, to muting in the case of emergency, we have 10 handy hints for you to work your way to iPad ninja status.

Check out our tried and tested iPad tips, and impress your friends when they come to you for help with their iPad. Be sure to let us know if there are any shortcuts you’d like to share in the comments below. More »

According to Google, Internet Explorer 8 comes in last place out of the world’s most popular five browsers in the race for JavaScript conformance. Christian Plesner Hansen, Google software engineer, is basing this conclusion on the results that IE8, Firefox 3.6, Opera 10.50, Chrome 4 and Safari 4 got in the company’s Sputnik JavaScript conformance test suite, a collection of over 5,000 tests designed to assess the level of conformance with the 3rd edition of the ECMA-262 specification.

On the left “is an experimental plot that compares five popular browsers and which we hope to update as new stable versions of the browsers are released. We created this chart by running Sputnik in each of the five browsers and then plotting each browser such that the fewer tests a browser fails the closer it is to the center and the more failing tests two browsers have in common the closer they are placed to each other.

In this example, when running Sputnik on a Windows machine, we saw the following results: Opera 10.50: 78 failures, Safari 4: 159 failures, Chrome 4: 218 failures, Firefox 3.6: 259 failures and Internet Explorer 8: 463 failures,” Hansen stated. More »

With the advent of Internet Explorer 8 Microsoft has expanded the list of ports blocked by the browser, in comparison to previous versions of IE, namely IE6 and IE7. While past releases of Internet Explorer blocked eight ports, with IE8 Microsoft has extended the list to no less than 10. This behavior is by default and is designed as an extra mitigation set up to protect end users. With its 10 blocked ports, Internet Explorer 8 trails behind rival browsers, which are blocking a more extensive list of ports.

“Internet Explorer (actually, WinINET, the network stack beneath IE) prohibits use of certain ports for HTTP(S) connections. The intent of this blocking is to prevent Cross Service/Protocol Request Forgery attacks. For instance, an attacker could use HTML Forms to send a request to an unprotected mail server such that the mail server interprets the request as a poorly-formatted, but valid request, to send an email message. Such attacks are obviously interesting to spammers and other bad guys,” revealed Eric Lawrence, a program manager on the Internet Explorer team. More »

A few months ago, my PC took over 10 minutes to start up. Now it just takes about a minute. Want to know how I did it? Here’s how:

1. Upgrade Your RAM

Yeah, the most obvious tip but people hardly upgrade it. RAM these days is very cheap, especially if you buy it through Amazon or eBay. When I checked Amazon, the price of 1 GB RAM was around $20-$30.

2. Get Rid of Unneeded Software

Most PCs come shipped with unneeded software. Uninstall all of them. I’m sure there are better alternatives to those software. For example, my PC came shipped from hp with lots of bloatware such as HP Image Zone, Norton AntiVirus 2004, Record Now! CD & DVD Burning software etc. I uninstalled all of them and replaced them with better software like Picasa and Nero.

3. Keep Only One Browser

This is part of the getting rid of unneeded applications but I decided to separate it because so many people have 3, or even 4 browsers installed on their computer. I used to do this; I used to have Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, and Safari. Now I only have Mozilla Firefox. Yes, I even removed Internet Explorer! More »

Some quick tips to get your iPhone skills slicker than the guy or girl next door. To rearrange the icons on the home page, tap and hold any icon until all the icons start to giggle. Now you can drag icons about, including on and off the Dock or between pages. Click the Home button to lock the icons again. The Dock is limited to four icons but, if you set the Home button’s double-click to call up your Contact favourites, you can remove the Phone icon from the Dock.

If you manage to crash your iPhone 3G playing with third-party apps, hold both the power and home buttons for 10 seconds to reboot the phone. Recalcitrant apps can be uninstalled using Installer.

Apple originally charged for custom ringtones but now you can create your own in GarageBand, while Windows users can follow the video tutorial at . SendSong supposedly lets you add any track in your iPod playlist to the custom ringtone list under Settings/Sounds/Ringtone, but we couldn’t get any love from it. More »