| 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
* The availability of Amazon and Hulu Plus compare nicely to Apple TV's iTunes. Hulu Plus lets you watch many current shows.
* If you're a paying Amazon Prime customer, you can stream your Amazon video from your...
| Feb 28, 2011
"I WATCH TONS OF TV. I DON'T WANT TO WAIT FOR MY SHOWS, AND I DON'T WANT TO FOOL WITH A COMPUTER."
Stick with cable. Easy to use and costs less than buying your favorite shows episode by episode.
"I JUST WANT TO WATCH THE SHOWS I WANT TO WATCH."
| 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,...