| Jan 14, 2011
It's official. This is the year of the tablet. Companies all over are trying to make the next iPad, a slim, easy-to-use Web-surfing machine that turns your finger into something like a computer mouse.
This overgrown iPhone without the phone has spawned a...
| Jan 21, 2011
Q: I want to buy a portable HD radio with a speaker that I can carry out to the patio or elsewhere. I have an HD radio, and I like the HD programs here in Peoria on the NPR station, but the radio is solidly plugged into the wall, the plug difficult to...
| Jan 28, 2011
Q: I am on a Navy ship called the USS Laboon. I am looking at getting an e-reader. I have seen many on the Internet and not sure which is the best. I would be using the reader while out to sea. I also wanted to be able to download books on audio, so I can...
| Feb 28, 2011
* Of the three boxes we tested, the hassle-free Apple TV is the easiest to set up and use.
* Your iTunes video library can go with you on an iPhone or iPod Touch.
* YouTube is built in
* You can stream your...
| Sep 22, 2010
Q: My 6-year-old HDTV is broken and it will cost $400-$500 to repair. Would it make more sense to buy a new one?
A: Today's TVs are more energy-efficient, meaning you'll save money on electricity bills. Some can connect to YouTube,...
| Sep 30, 2010
Q: I need to get a new computer. One for the poor person with a rich person's taste. What do you recommend?
-- Regina, Oak Park
A: I'll see your question and raise you two: What do you want to do with it? And how much do you want to spend? The more...
| Oct 15, 2010
Q: I've got a ton of old VHS tapes. How can I put them on DVD?
A: You'll need a computer that has a DVD recorder and Honest Technology's VHS to DVD 5.0, for Windows computers ($50; honestech.com) or Roxio Easy VHS to DVD, for old-school, non- Intel...
| Oct 22, 2010
Q: I'm thinking about getting a nanny cam, but I don't know what I should be looking for. Thoughts?
— Lucy, Niles
A: Most people buying a nanny cam are looking for peace of mind. Is the sitter treating my child well? Is my house OK while I'm on...
| Oct 28, 2010
| 2:32 PM
Q: I've been putting off converting my 35mm photos (negatives) to digital.
I've been looking for something I can load a stack of negatives (or photos), push a button and voila!
Know of anything on the market?
A: You want a flatbed scanner,...
| Nov 5, 2010
Is there any reliable do-it-yourself equipment to convert 8mm film? I have thousands of feet, both mine and stuff my father-in-law took as far back as the mid-1940s.
A lot is junk, but I don't know how I could edit it before it's copied given the age...
| Nov 12, 2010
Here's why we count on you readers to help us out. Maybe you remember Steve? He had stacks of 35mm negatives to scan, so he asked us to recommend a scanner. Judging by our e-mail responses, this is a hot topic for a lot of people.
We suggested the pricey...