In this column, The computer Guys respond to questions from readers about their computers and technology.

Dear Computer Guys,

As a hobby I’ve picked up digital photography, I have lovely pictures, but my printer is printing smudged/distorted pages. How do I fix this?! — Mary Beaster, Warren

Dear Mary,

When printing on nontraditional paper, your printer may experience smudges, uneven or crooked text, and/or images/text that run off the edges of the paper. Your printer may be printing fuzzy, blurry, and/or other faint text because of dirty print heads. All modern printers have some type of printer cleaning, self-test, and/or diagnose mode that can be performed to check and clean the printer's print heads and other internal equipment used to print. We’d love to see your photographs. If you’d like, post to our Facebook page!

Dear Computer Guys,

How can I get the most performance from my smartphone quickly? I’m noticing some really slow speeds with my apps after using the phone for a while. — Phil Denoncourt, Portland

Dear Phil,

We've all been there. You have a fancy, new highly complex device that can do everything from checking your email to surfing the web. Fast-forward a month and things start to slow down; maybe the battery is getting hot, too and you’re burning through data like a madman. Well we’ve got a tip to help you get back on track! “Clean That Cache” — you might be running every app you've ever opened in the background of your phone!

For Iphone, double-click your home button.

1. Swipe from side to side to scroll through in order to find the app you'd like to close.

2. Swipe up the screenshot of the app you'd like to close. …

3. Press the Home button. …

4. Double-click your Home button. …

5. Press and hold an icon. …

6. Close your apps. …

7. Return to the Home Screen.

For Android, Press and hold the screen select button on the bottom left, then click “Clear All.”

Your phone should instantly run faster, also using a ton less power and data!

Tech Tip of the Week:

How to share photos, music, movies to any smart TV wireless on your network from your computer.

The magic that makes this happen is called DLNA, and you've already got it!

PC: This is very easy from a Windows 10 machine!

Open the Control Panel and search for “media.” Click the “Media streaming options” link.

You're almost done!

Click "turn on media sharing." Then enter a name for the computer that will show up on your network devices. This name is what shows up on the TV menu.

You're all done!

So the next time you want to show photos, video or play music to a large group of people, just select the computer on the TV menu!

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Jacob S. Smith is owner of Edgetech. This column is paid content sponsored by Edgetech.