| Dec 13, 2011
Q: What should I give the tech head on my list?
A: Something cool and unusual that he or she wouldn't think of. It gets tricky because you don't want to blow out your bank account, and because one person's "cool and unusual" is another's "dire and...
| Dec 22, 2011
This time of year, you hear plenty warnings about email scams and phishing attacks. You know not to reply to an email with your Social Security number, and you don't open email attachments from strangers. You've learned to keep your firewall software...
| Jan 3, 2012
| 1:06 PM
iTrailMap 3D ($4.99, iOS)
What it is: Three-dimensional trail maps for hundreds of resorts and ski areas worldwide. Available without an Internet connection, so they're perfect for skiers, boarders and hikers out on the trail.
| Jan 12, 2012
Q: I have always been an excellent typist. My occupation required it. I am now 77 years old and a novice on the computer. I find the flat keyboard difficult.
Why haven't the manufacturers made the keyboard keys closer to the typewriter? Any...
| Jan 17, 2012
Dear Eric: What about those new iPhone batteries? I got my iPhone Nov. 1. I was a holdout till my BlackBerry contract expired. I never bonded with the BlackBerry like my friends did, and couldn't wait to get rid of it and get the newer iPhone.
| Jan 27, 2012
Here's a question that no one has asked me lately, but I'll give you the answer anyway:
What's new with the old Kindle?
Glad you asked.
The Send to Kindle app for the PC lets you send your personal documents from your Windows computer (a Mac version of...
| Feb 2, 2012
Q: I may be asking the impossible.
I would like to convert photographs to line drawings. I am 78 years old so I can't use something that takes time to learn or might be complicated. PhotoShop exceeds my budget, and I would prefer something automatic. I'...
| Feb 7, 2012
| 5:23 PM
My City Way USA (free; iOS)
What it is: Travel-related apps covering 37 cities, each city with its own collection of restaurant finder, tour info, transit schedules, crime reports, dog park locators and more.
How it works: Choose a city, from Atlanta to...
| Feb 9, 2012
Q: Please tell me how to get out of Facebook. How do I refuse an invitation? Thanks.
A: Internet social networks are one of the most important innovations in human history. They've led to life-and-death revolutions, in addition to...
| Feb 17, 2012
Q: Saw your article recently regarding transferring documents to a Kindle. I received a Kindle for Christmas and am still getting used to it. At this point, I am only obtaining books from the local library. At the end of the lending time, the book title/...
| Feb 25, 2012
Q: I bought an iPad 1 for my wife a year ago Christmas. At the time of purchase I had no idea that this "great device" lacked the ability to print. A senior level Apple Support Tech directed me to Ecamm and their Printopia app. I opted to skip the demo...