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Question: I bought a Kindle Fire 2nd generation tablet. I click on a video and it says I don’t have Adobe Flash, but does not say how to get it. I am very disappointed in it. It is an Android. – Mike Answer – This should be a quick fix. Continue reading

Getting Rid of an Old Hard Drive

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Did dunking my old hard drive in the sink get rid of the datat? How do you get rid of the data on an old hard drive? Not by giving it a bath, but by using these tips. Continue reading

They say only two things in life are certain: Death and Taxes. I’d like to add another to that list: batteries will always cost a fortune. Sanyo, the makers of the Eneloop brand of rechargeable batteries, promises to change that. I put these batteries to the test for a year. Here’s what I found… Continue reading

Help! My Computer Won’t Stay In Sleep Mode

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Ken from Kimberley B.C. writes: I bought a store built desk top recently loaded with a new copy of 7, and right from new, it doesn’t want to stay in the sleep mode. I have gone through my power options and nothing seems to work. Even clicking on “sleep”, it only shuts off for a few seconds, then comes back on. Help! Continue reading

Help! My Android Tablet Has No Instructions

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Looking for some instructions for using your new Android tablet? Here are some suggestions on the best places to search for help. Continue reading

Move Your Router, Improve Your WiFi

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

If the WiFi signal in your home isn’t that great and there doesn’t seem to be any technical problem with your router, computer or WiFi provider, it might just be where you have the router located in your house. Continue reading

Best Software To Upgrade Hard Drive?

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Paul from NW Chicago Suburbs writes: What is the best way to copy all the information on one hard drive and put it on another when upgrading to a larger hard drive, including the Windows XP Pro operating system. I want to go from a mechanical hard drive to a SSD… Continue reading

Help! Soda Spill In Laptop

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Help! I spilled a soda on my laptop keyboard. Now some of the keys won’t work at all. Is there a way to get it clean? I’m not very good with computers, so I need a simple explanation. Continue reading

MIcrosoft General Manager Panos Panay says the company will restock the Surface Pro in stores by Saturday, February 16. Customers were disappointed when the devices sold out early in the day on the product launch day. Continue reading

Many years ago, a wise engineer gave me the best tech-support advice I’ve ever received. He said that if something isn’t working, always ask yourself two things… Continue reading

Laptop Battery Needs Replacing: Help!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

What if your computer keeps telling you that your battery is no longer useful and needs to be replaced? Mine does that every day, but I can’t afford a new one. Answer: Contacting the manufacturer for a replacement can cost hundreds of dollars. I’ve got some good news: you can probably find one for a lot cheaper. Continue reading

I’ve heard hackers are using home security cameras to spy on people. Should I be worried? Answer: A flaw in some TRENDnet security cameras was publicized last year along with links that allowed anyone who felt like it to click on them and look into the homes and businesses of thousands of security camera users. Continue reading

Old PC & New PC: Can I Use Both?

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Sandy from Sparks, Nevada writes: I have a new laptop that came loaded with Windows 7. My desktop, which I love and adore, is loaded with the original (and updates, of course) of XP. I have no plans of changing the desktop, its still working great, but the laptop is new and I’m wondering if I will have an compatibility problems between the two since they are both hooked up to the same router and wireless printer. The laptop is still in the box, not set up yet…. Answer:The good news is if your older computer is… Continue reading

Want to save up to $200 a year in a few simple steps? The government says the average U.S. household spends close to $2,000 on energy costs every year. Up to 10% of that bill is paying for appliances and gadgets that are left plugged in when not in use. Find out how a power strip can help cut those costs… Continue reading

CES 2013 saw the first hands-on with the Surface Pro from Microsoft. This tablet is not the Surface released months ago running a limited Windows 8 RT edition, but the full desktop version of Windows 8 with support for all of the hardware & software of a traditional laptop. Dell however released a far more interesting… Continue reading

Jack from Worthington, OH writes: My laptop has a built-in wireless LAN adapter that I currently use. Can I plug in and use an external adapter (the USB kind) without interfering with my built-in adapter? Will it upset the future use of my internal adapter? What about my encryption and security settings? Answer: The most common complaint in regards to Wi-Fi is related to losing or having unreliable connections. Each… Continue reading

The Best Handsfree For Your Cell Phone

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

One of the most popular accessories for a cellular phone is a headset. A headset allows you to keep your hands free while still talking on the phone. Many states require headsets if you want to use a phone while driving, but how do you choose the right one? What options are out there and what are the benefits of each? Continue reading

Older PC: Upgrade to Windows 7 or 8?

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

For many people, using Windows XP or Windows Vista this is an important decision to make. Do you choose Windows 7 knowing that it’s not the latest and greatest, or do you choose Windows 8 and force yourself to use the new interface? Continue reading

Back Up That Hard Drive

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

How to back up to that new external hard drive. Continue reading

Use this tip to recover your forgotten wireless network password or reset a forgotten router password. Continue reading

Where To Get Drivers For Windows 8

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

You’ve just upgraded to Windows 8 or bought a PC with Windows 8 on it and you need a driver for your hardware. What do you do? Where do you go? Take a deep breath and read our easy guide on where to find the latest drivers. Continue reading

Camera Phones Vs. Point-and-Shoot Cameras

Monday, December 17th, 2012

This holiday season, the sale of conventional point-and-shoot cameras is expected to be much longer than previous years. One major reason why is the proliferation of cell phone cameras that many people consider good enough to replace the point-and-shoot. Is the cell phone camera good enough? Are all the cell phone cameras basically the same? What does a point and shoot offer that a cell phone doesn’t? Continue reading

Speaker Shopping: What To Look For

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Whether you own a state-of-the-art desktop, tablet, smartphone or iPod, chances are that the built-in speakers aren’t delivering the best quality sound. For times when you’re hosting a big party and want to share your music collection with large groups of people, it is essential to have high-quality speakers to ensure that your guests can fully enjoy high-end, quality versions of their favorite tunes. Nevertheless, before you head to your local electronics store or start searching the web, here are a few basic tips to remember for choosing the perfect speakers to really amplify audio, regardless of what device you own. Continue reading

The Dual Core Duel

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Which is better for Kamal? Single core? Dual core? Quad core? Here are some guidelines to help him decide. Continue reading

DVD Stopped Working – How To Replace?

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

If your DVD/CD drive has stopped spinning discs, the motor may be defective or burnt out. This isn’t that big of a problem if you have traditional desktop computer, as replacement DVD drives are fairly inexpensive. Continue reading

How many missed opportunities do you think the above people had due to not being able to take credit cards? In today’s world, very few people carry around the amount of cash they used to and want to put everything on credit card or debit card. Continue reading

Will Windows 8 Enable Touchscreen?

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

David Schulz from New York writes:

Do I need a new monitor on my desktop PC to use the touchscreen capabilities of Windows 8, or does the software enable any monitor to be a touchscreen? P.S. I am currently run XP – not Vista or Windows 7. Continue reading

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