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Google's mobile apps now lets you voice search Typing keywords to search for information on a cellphone can be awkward, but Google's mobile apps for Android and iOS let you search by speaking or by using pictures taken with your phone's camera. Voice search is built into the Google Search app, available at bit.ly/KQTCph. Google Goggles, included in the iOS version of the Google Search app and as a stand-alone app for Android, searches the Web to match the pictures you snap; photos of wine labels, logos and landmarks often work well as searchable images. Google Goggles can also act as a scanner, enabling searches for product information by bar code or QR code, adding business card details to your contacts or solving Sudoku puzzles. Google has links to download the Goggles app at google.com/mobile/goggles and tips for using the software at bit.ly/Wb3MTz. How to tame a wild mouse Q: I got a new iMac, which comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse. These accessories look slick, but the mouse cursor does all sorts of bizarre jumping around on the screen. Am I doing this or do I have some kind of feral mouse? A: The Bluetooth-enabled "Magic Mouse" that comes with Apple's new iMac computers can react to different finger movements you make when holding it. If the mouse seems to be performing a specific action like enlarging the view of a Web page, the device is probably responding to one of Apple's "multi-touch gestures." (Double-tapping the top of the mouse makes it zoom in or out of the open window on the Mac's screen.) A guide to the various Magic Mouse gestures is at support.apple.com/kb/PH11298. If you find the gestures more annoying than helpful, you can change how the mouse behaves. To do so, open the Mac's System Preferences icon on the Dock (or go to the Apple menu in the top left corner and choose System Preferences). Click the Mouse icon to get to the controls for mouse behaviour. Adjusting the mouse's tracking speed may also help the jumpy cursor. The Mouse preferences box also displays the battery's strength level. If you were not using the multi-touch gestures, a low battery may be the cause of the mouse's erratic performance; instructions for changing the batteries are at support.apple.com/kb/PH6550. If all that seems fine and the mouse is still jumpy, check the sensor on the bottom of the device for dust or debris and clean it if needed. Using the mouse in a different desk surface or on a clean mousepad may also help. Other Bluetooth devices too close to the Mac can cause interference, so if you have Bluetooth speakers, a headset or other wireless devices nearby, try turning those off and see if the mouse calms down. Making move to Office 2013 Q: If I buy Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft Office 2013 comes out right afterward, can I return the older version of the programme for the new one? A: In general, most stores will accept software returned for a refund only if the box is still sealed and the program has not been installed. Microsoft has an explanation of its own return and refund policy at bit.ly/sDDayt. The new version, Microsoft Office 2013, is expected very soon -- possibly by the end of the month. If you need the software and just cannot wait for the newest version to arrive, however, Microsoft has an offer that lets you upgrade to Office 2013 free if you buy Office 2010 now. Microsoft Office 2010 (or Office 2011 for the Mac) software bought from Oct. 19, 2012, to April 30, 2013, is generally eligible for the upgrade. You can find full details on the Office 2013 offer at bit.ly/T32u9J.

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