| Apr 15, 2011
| 1:45 PM
Q: Hi Eric; It's time for us to upgrade our home computer. I have a Dell desktop. I know I want a laptop, but do I want a PC or a Mac? How do I decide? Do you have any suggestions of where to start researching? Thank you, thank you, thank you!
| Sep 13, 2011
| 12:18 PM
Name: Kanex AirBlue
What it is: A small Bluetooth receiver that connects to the Aux In of your car stereo or home music system so you can stream music from your smartphone or other Bluetooth device with the A2DP profile (a Bluetooth device bought in...
| Sep 13, 2011
| 12:35 PM
Alfred (free; iOS)
What it is: A personal assistant that remembers your dining preferences so no matter what city you're in, you have a ready answer to "Where do you want to eat?"
How it works: Answer a few questions from Alfred, such as "Where is one...
| Sep 16, 2011
| 10:15 AM
Q: Is software available to convert several .jpg files to web-ready .pcx files? Hate doing one at a time.
— Jerry, Maryland
A: XnView is a great free image converter for PC/Mac/Linux that doesn't feel like a cut-down, slapped-together mess. You...
| Sep 26, 2011
Q: Is "i-clouds" now operational? Can I transfer the songs on my iTunes account, thereby freeing up that space on my hard drive?
— Joe, via email
A: If you're referring to Apple's iCloud service, it's not available yet — Apple says it's...
| Oct 17, 2011
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Q: I have two VCRs that fell apart and I would like to have the tape placed on a DVD. Who or where do I go? Thank you for your reply.
A: Sorry to hear about your troubles, Sol....
| Oct 7, 2011
Q: I have a Microsoft Windows XP desktop computer. It is 9 years old ... still works, but I would like to update.
I like the feel of a desktop (used mostly for searching the Net, e-mail, burning CDs) but do not want the wires, speakers, etc., that come...
| Oct 11, 2011
| 2:29 PM
HBO Go (Free; iOS)
What it is: A way for HBO subscribers to watch premium content on their iPhones and iPads.
How it works: Log in through your cable subscription user name and password, and voila, top shows wherever you can get an Internet connection....
| Apr 29, 2011
Q: In your article "What is 4G?" the only carrier you did not mentioned was U.S. Cellular. What is the best 4G phone that you would recommend from this carrier?
—Mary Ann Wren
A: Chicago-based U.S. Cellular doesn't currently offer 4G phones. The...
| May 6, 2011
Q: I have an old Sharp handheld battery-powered computer that still works fairly decently. It's time for a replacement, preferably using old BASIC programming language, as I prefer to do my own custom programming. Is there anything similar out there?...
| Dec 24, 2010
So, you got the gear you wanted. Great! Or you didn't get it (bummer), and you're planning to treat yourself to what you really wanted, just as soon as you get your hands on some cash.
Here's how you can make money off your old gadgets, either because...