Decisions, decisions


Q. I can’t decide whether to buy a tablet or laptop. How can I decide?


A. The differences between modern laptops and tablets are fading fast. They both handle basic computer tasks just as well. A laptop is going to be larger with a keyboard that’s better for typing, while a tablet is going to be more portable with a longer battery life. Learn more about choosing between tablets and laptops, including how to make a tablet more like a laptop.

Great apps for Windows 10


Q. I got a Windows 10 tablet for Christmas, but I don’t know what apps are good. Any suggestions?


A. You can get the usual ones like Skype, Facebook and Netflix, but there are plenty of others. Take a look at Duolingo for learning new languages, Office Lens for fast document scanning without a scanner, or Telegram Messenger for secure communication. Download other apps you’ll love on Windows 10.

Keep better track of receipts


Q. I have shoeboxes of receipts I’d like to toss. How can I digitize them to free up space?


A. You could use a general scanning app like CamScanner (Android, Apple; Free) to capture them and then organize the images manually. However, there are apps and services like Wave and Shoeboxed that are designed to capture and store receipts. Learn more about these and a few other options.

Bonus: Android digital assistant


Q. I have an Android smartphone. Is there anything that works like Apple’s Siri?


A. Not many people realize that Google has its own “Siri” called Google Now. Not only does it handle voice searches, it learns your habits, locations and likes to present you information you need to know before you ask. Find out how to turn it on for your smartphone and get started using it.


Kim Komando hosts the nation’s largest talk radio show about consumer electronics, computers and the Internet. Hear it locally at 94.3 WSC News Radio noon-3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to www.komando.com. Kim also posts breaking tech news 24/7 at News.Komando.com.