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Tired of watching those commercials that run before videos online? A new service called SkipIt lets you bypass some of those commercials, but it’s going to cost you. Continue reading

IKE from Sterling, AK writes: How fast does high speed Internet access have to be to watch Internet TV without waiting for buffering? I have DSL but have to wait for loading and buffering to watch YouTube videos. Continue reading

As part of a push to encourage girls to pursue science and technology related fields, the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles has teamed with Women in Games International to create a new merit badge for young video game developers. Continue reading

Anna from Payson, Utah writes: I would like to get rid of having to type in a long password every time I open windows 8. I have tried several methods to get rid of the password but nothing is working, like typing in a big long thing with lots of letters in it starting with an N I believe then going to settings and user. Can you tell me of an easy way to get rid of the password I must type each time I open windows 8. I am the only user on this computer so I have no need for a secret password. Thank you so much for any help you can give me. Continue reading

Your in-vehicle electronics could get you killed -that’s why the government whats automakers to disable devices that enable in-vehicle texting, Internet access, mapping and other potential distractions. Continue reading

Microsoft announced that it’s ready to reveal the next generation of Xbox on May 21 at a even it promises will reveal a new generation of gaming at an event on the company’s Xbox campus in Redmond Washington n May 21. They have a countdown clock to the big event posted on their website. Continue reading

Tony from New York City writes: I use a desktop computer with OS Vista and IE 9. On some websites, I am told that I am using an out dated browser. I am using the latest browser for Vista. Do you know why I am getting this message and what can I do about it? One site in particular, AMC, does not even let me use at all because it says my browser is too old! Continue reading

Question: How do I get rid of the commercials that play before I watch a video online? – Thomas Continue reading

Saving An Image From PowerPoint

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Michele from San Diego CA writes: I have another question regarding desktop pictures. I receive emails with Microsoft PowerPoint slide show attachments containing pictures I want to use for desktop backgrounds on my PC. How can I capture pictures separately from PowerPoint? Michele, it’s pretty easy… Continue reading

Adjusting Line Spacing In Word 2010

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Natalie from Florida writes: You recently wrote about adjusting Line Spacing in Word 2007. Can you also write about Adjusting Line Spacing for Word 2010 as I could not use the instructions that were for Word 2007. Thank you very much. It seems that the more features they add to Word, the more difficult it becomes to do simple tasks like line spacing. Here’s out to find the necessary settings in World 2010. Continue reading

In The News 4-26-13

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

In The News 4-26-13: Strong support in the House and Senate for an Internet sales tax could mean online retailers could soon be required to charge state sales tax for purchases and Comedy Central is teaming up with Twitter for a comedy festival. Continue reading

Twitter Launches #music Service

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Social networking site Twitter has launched a new music service called #music. The service mines people’s activity on Twitter to find out which songs are the most popular and to find new artists who are rising in popularity. Continue reading

App Gratis, a service that lets users know about free app for iPhones was pulled from the Apple App Store and the app’s push notifications were disabled. Continue reading

Remember standing at the magazine rack reading comic books while your mom did the shopping? Well, I sure do, all all these years later I am still a huge comic book fan. Comixology is a free app (though most of the content costs) that brings your favorite comics and graphic novels right to your phone or tablet. Continue reading

Question: I’ve been receiving an-email newsletter for several years and suddenly two weeks ago, they stopped coming. I went to the website to sign up for the newsletter again, but it says that I am already subscribed. What’s going on? Answer: The most likely culprit is that the spam filter for you e-mail service or program decided that the newsletter looked like a piece of unwanted junk mail or spam. Here’s how to fix it. Continue reading

Flixster Now Available On Xbox Live

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Popular movie app Flixster is now available to Xbox LIVE subscriber in the United States. Users will also have access to their UltraViolet movie collections and access to movie rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster joins Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, epix, ESPN, GameSpotTV, Hulu Plus, Netflix and other video services along with multiple music services and, of course, games. Continue reading

Google Fiber – Google’s super-high speed internet service which is so far available in the Kansas City area – is taking on Cable and Satellite providers by adding a long list of premium channels to the list of service available. Continue reading

Ungrouping Messages In Outlook.com

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Enid writes: Steve, you sent out advice for ungrouping messages for Gmail, but I do both and cant find the change for Hotmail/Outlook. I hate this bunching as it winds up sending messages to people who’ve previously been copied as one continues in conversation and THAT’S A REAL PROBLEM if you say something in error. Thanks. Hello Enid, I’m glad you asked the question, as I have a new Outlook.com account and I am no fan of grouping. So walk through it with me while we fix my account. Continue reading

Firefox Autofill Not Working

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

I started using Foxfire and have a problem. Using Explorer my standard fill in forms retained my data and all I had to do was click to pull it up. With Fox Firefox only some forms will retained the data. Do I have a switch set wrong? If so how to I fix it. Firefox HELP has not given me an answer. Continue reading

Can a tablet keyboard measure up? I check out the Type Keyboard for the Microsoft Surface Pro. Continue reading

In The News 4-19-2013

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

In The News for 4 -19-2013 – Google gives more info on Google Glasses, the computer you wear on your face and the IRS says your private electronic communications aren’t private at all. Continue reading

With the end of support for Windows XP only a year away, Microsoft is encouraging businesses to upgrade now to a newer operating system by offering a 15% discount through their Get2Modern offer. Continue reading

More and more Americans are saying goodbye to watching traditional television. Are you ready to cut the cord to the antenna, satellite and cable to become a Zero TV home? Continue reading

Richard asks: When I tag a photo of someone on Facebook, it won’t go to their site. How do I fix this? Answer: If I understand you correctly, when you tag someone in a photo, you’d like it to post on their News Feed or Timeline. Here’s how it works… Continue reading

Recently, a family friend said to me in frustration, “I wanted a picture of my granddaughter and they said it was Tweeted and Instagramed. What does any of that even mean?”

For those of us who frequently use social media, we throw around newly-created verbiage like Tweeted, Facebooked and YouTubed like everyone should understand. This is a little list for those of you, like the very sweet nun who called me last year for social media advice, don’t “even know what a FaceTwit is.” Continue reading

Microsoft ended support for Office for Mac 2008 on April 9. The company reminded users in a blog post on their website. Office for Mac 2008 will continue to function on computers, but Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates or bug fixes. Continue reading

In The News for 4-12-2013

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

In The News for 4-12-2013 – Broadcasters worry about “Zero TV” homes, the new Xbox expected to be unveiled soon and no GPS while driving in California. Continue reading

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