| Jan 27, 2012
Here's a question that no one has asked me lately, but I'll give you the answer anyway:
What's new with the old Kindle?
Glad you asked.
The Send to Kindle app for the PC lets you send your personal documents from your Windows computer (a Mac version of...
| 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 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 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...
| Dec 22, 2011
This time of year, you hear plenty warnings about email scams and phishing attacks. You know not to reply to an email with your Social Security number, and you don't open email attachments from strangers. You've learned to keep your firewall software...
| 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.
| Jan 12, 2012
Q: I have always been an excellent typist. My occupation required it. I am now 77 years old and a novice on the computer. I find the flat keyboard difficult.
Why haven't the manufacturers made the keyboard keys closer to the typewriter? Any...
| Jul 22, 2011
Q: How can I dispose of a dysfunctional La Cie external hard drive so that stored data cannot be retrieved?
A: If all else fails, take a sledgehammer to it and beat it to a plastic-and-metal mess (make sure you're wearing eye protection!)....
| 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...
| Aug 6, 2011
When S.S. asked recently about disposing of a hard drive so that its data couldn't be retrieved, I didn't imagine the number of emails I'd get.
I suggested seeking out an e-Steward, a recycler certified by the Basel Action Network as a greener recycler...
| Sep 29, 2008
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Chicago Tribune Newspaper Party
Eric Gwinn, The Gadget Adviser
Emily Nunn of Good Eating, 'Fake Foods'
Maine South H.S. Marching Band
| Jul 10, 2010
Name: MobiTV iPhone app
What it is: A free way to watch shows from Fox News, Comedy Central, NBC Sports and other programming — most of it recorded — on your phone. The free app, downloaded 1 million times from the Apple App Store, gives...