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

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.

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

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.

I tried photographing fireworks last year and it didn’t turn out well. How can I make it work?

Shooting at night is hard enough, but bursts of light make it even harder. You want to set the camera for long exposure, which means a tripod is a must to prevent blurring. Turn the ISO down to 100 and set an aperture of f/8 to f/16 for the best results.

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

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.

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

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.

It’s getting colder and my energy bill is already through the roof. Any ideas to bring it down?

Your first step is going to be getting a programmable thermostat if you don’t have one. This lets you heat your house only when you actually need it. If you go for a smart thermostat, it can even learn your daily habits for even better control.

I received an email saying my cellphone number is about to be made public! Any telemarketer can now call my phone unless I register it with the government’s Do Not Call list within two weeks. What right do they have to do this?

Relax, it’s a hoax. The FTC says that, no matter what, unsolicited telemarketing calls or robocalls to cellphones are illegal. If you’re getting them, file a complaint at donotcall.gov or 1-888-382-1222.

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