| 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 28, 2011
Success of Internet TV — Netflix streaming accounts for most of the Internet's bandwidth during prime time — is making people think about dropping their cable company. After all, they wonder, why pay for a bunch of channels I don't watch?...
| Mar 28, 2011
What are you going to do with that can't-miss gadget idea you've had in your head all these years?
You can continue to let it sit till someone else makes it, or you can go through the hassle and expense of designing the thing, making a prototype,...
| Jul 29, 2011
As the ancient philosopher Mick Jagger once opined, "You Can't Always Get What You Want."
Q: Hopefully you can help. I have many read and unread books paid for and downloaded into my Sony e-book reader (the first model). Someone helped me transfer them...
| 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 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...
| Mar 21, 2011
Looking to energize your workouts with some high-tech-gear? We're here to help.
Swimmers have more choices than ever for underwater music players, but two of the best options out there are the Waterproof iPod Shuffle from H2OFriendly ($139.99;...
| Jul 14, 2011
Suntimer ($1.99; iOS)
What it is: A calculator that tells you how much time you should spend in the sun.
How it works: Use on-screen sliders to enter your skin type, the UV index of your location and your sunscreen's SPF. Suntimer calculates how long...
| 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.
| Jun 24, 2011
Q: Hi, I hope you can help me. I was wondering if there is a recording device like a VCR, except it would record to a hard drive. I have satellite service at home and use their DVRs and love them. We travel a lot in a motor home, and sometimes want to...
| Jun 20, 2011
Q: I have about 800 slides I took during a post-college, pre-grad-school road trip to Alaska in 1979. I would like to put it all on DVD(s) with music from the '70s. I have both a Dell and a Mac. What is my best route? Thanks.
| Jul 2, 2011
The next summer blockbuster can be in your backyard.
With a projector, a makeshift screen and proper planning, you can host your neighbors for al fresco DVDs and a side of Wii Sports Bowling. To pull it off on the cheap, you need your own projector, or...