| Oct 29, 2011
Q: Should you buy refurbished electronics?
A: With the holidays coming up and the economy crushing your wallet, it makes sense to consider less-expensive toys as gifts — for yourself as well as others. You won't be giving up much, either: Even...
| Nov 8, 2011
| 2:33 PM
Swackett (free; iOS)
What it is: A weather app that uses icons to suggest what to wear based on conditions
How it works: Type in the city or postal code you're interested in to find hourly and daily forecasts, with highs, lows, "what it feels like"...
| Sep 3, 2011
Q: I am searching to replace my dropped/broken point-and-shoot film camera (was a Nikon but have had other brands). I have not ventured into digital because I always wear polarized prescription bifocal dark glasses outdoors, which requires my switching to...
| Sep 9, 2011
| 3:32 PM
Q: I need help on a good music program. I would like to buy (not free sites such as Limewire) and download only music I desire. I hear folks talk about iTunes, but that and VCast seem to be directed to my cellphone. I want to download to my PC. Other...
| 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...
| Nov 14, 2011
Q: I would like your opinion as I'm undecided about which of the following two laptops to buy: Toshiba, $579, 6 gigabytes of memory, i5 processor, 750 gigabyte hard drive, 15.6-inch screen, Windows 7; or HP, $479, 4 gigabytes of RAM, i3 processor, 640...
| Nov 21, 2011
Q: Where can I find a good-quality piece of equipment to transfer my collection of self-recorded great music cassettes to DVD?
I have checked a number of products online that get poor reviews.
Thank you for your help.
| Nov 29, 2011
| 2:12 PM
Name: The Callet
What it is: A rubbery holder for your BlackBerry or iPhone with pockets on the back to carry credit cards, dollar bills, a driver's license and similar-size items.
The good: The Callet just might replace your wallet. Its no-nonsense...
| Dec 6, 2011
| 1:19 PM
Skype WiFi (Free; iOS)
What it is: A way to connect to the Web via pay-by-the-minute Wi-Fi hot spots around the world. You pay the charges using money in your Skype account.
How it works: Say you want to surf the Web in an airport, but your 3G or 4G...
| 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...