New tech device? Make the most of it

We've got apps, advice, accessories and more for devices running Android, iOS 7, Windows 8 and Mac OS X Mavericks.

'Tis the season for giving and receiving new tech devices. But don't stop there -- whether you're the lucky recipient of a new tablet, smartphone or computer, or you provide tech support to someone who is, check out and share these Computerworld stories.

We've got tips for the latest OS versions, roundups of excellent apps and key accessories, and advice on how to safely dispose of old devices. Click a link below to skip directly to your chosen topic.

Android phones and tablets

Android essentials: The first 12 apps I install on every phone

Android Power blogger JR Raphael reveals his go-to Android apps for making a phone viable as his primary device.

Android apps
5 outstanding Android keyboard apps

Make your Android device better than ever with a custom onscreen keyboard that suits your style. These five options represent the best the platform has to offer.

Android lock screen widgets: 20 excellent options

Android 4.2 lets you put widgets on your lock screen -- so which apps make the most of the feature? We round up 20 of the best.

iPhone who? 8 awesome apps you'll find only on Android

There are tons of apps on Android that are unavailable and without any equivalent on iOS, many of which make an enormous difference in the day-to-day use of a mobile device. Here are eight worthy examples.

How to make the hottest Android home screens yourself

A guide (featuring input from readers) to making some interesting and creative home screen setups that wouldn't be possible on any other platform.

Android 4.4, KitKat: The complete FAQ

After months of waiting and more than a few unofficial leaks, Google's latest version of Android -- Android 4.4, a.k.a. KitKat -- has arrived. Here's what KitKat is all about, and what it means for you.

Android 4.4 upgrade list: Is your device getting KitKat?

If you're not lucky enough to have received a phone or tablet with KitKat preinstalled, this regularly updated list reveals when you can expect it to be rolled out to your device.

Your complete guide to making the most of Android this holiday season

For even more Android help, this guide rounds up an astonishing array of tips, apps and advice from Android Power blogger JR Raphael.

iPhones and iPads

The Apple Holic's essential guide to iOS 7 secrets

Got an iPhone as a holiday gift? Read this guide to the device's less well-known tools and you'll use it like a pro.

iOS 7 home screen
7 power-saving tips for iOS 7

A smartphone without power isn't even a phone, so here are seven tips to memorize if you want to keep your iPhone or iPad working just that little bit longer.

iOS 7 tips: taking better iPhone photos

Taking iPhone pictures is pretty simple, but the results will be even more impressive with these simple tips.

Quick guide: AirDrop for OS X Mavericks and iOS 7

Hassle-free file sharing between devices is easy with AirDrop, following these simple steps for iOS 7.

iOS 7: A quick guide to using iPhone calling features

Here's everything you need to know to use your iPhone effectively to take and manage phone calls.

How to improve Siri in iOS 7

Siri is your intelligent assistant, but sometimes its achievements disappoint. Here's how to train it and use it to best effect.

A simple guide for Android to iPhone/iOS switchers

Just moved to the iPhone from Android? Here's a little info to help you migrate your digital existence.

Touch and type: 3 keyboard covers for the iPad Mini

Covers from Belkin, Logitech and Zagg offer both protection for your iPad Mini's screen and a keyboard.

12 great gifts for iPad and iPhone users

If you've just gotten an iPad or iPhone, or know someone who has, here are some great products to make the device even better.

The 7 best new features in iOS 7

Behind the radical new look and retooled user experience are some easily overlooked capabilities you'll enjoy.

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