Last week’s top 5 best-selling laptops on Amazon

best-selling-laptopsEvery few days I receive an email asking me which brand/model of laptop is the best selling laptop currently on the market.

I certainly don’t mind looking it up for folks whenever I’m asked, but I thought it might be a good idea to simply post the 5 best-selling laptops on Amazon from the previous week every Monday.

If you’re wondering why so many people inquire about the “best sellers”, it’s because it makes them feel better about their own purchase if they choose a popular model with plenty of great reviews.

With that in mind, here are last week’s top 5 best-selling laptops on Amazon: [Continue Reading]

Q&A: Can I force my Google Play account to require a password for every purchase?

google-play-logoQuestion from Michelle H.:  I sometimes loan my phone to my 9 year old son so he can play a game, and I recently found out that he sneaked into the Google Play Store and bought several games without my permission.

We had a long mother-son talk and he assured me that he won’t do it again, but I’d really like to force the Play Store to ask for my password for every purchase. Is there a way to do that?

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

7 tips for photographing beautiful autumn landscapes

autumn-thumbnailFall is one one of my favorite times of the year, and with the first official day of autumn less than a month away, many of us have begun planning our “leaf peeping” and fall photography activities.

If you plan to get out and photograph this year’s fall colors, here are seven tips that can help you capture better images during what I believe to be the most beautiful of the four seasons: [Continue Reading]

Do you use Microsoft Messenger? If so, you’ll soon have to start using a different messenger service.

microsoft-messenger-logoMicrosoft has announced that they’ll be shutting down the Microsoft Messenger service on October 31 of this year.

That means if you use MS Messenger to chat with your friends, you’ll need to migrate to a different messaging service before that date.

Current MS Messenger users will automatically be transitioned to Skype, the popular audio/video calling and messaging service that Microsoft recently purchased. But if you’d prefer not to use Skype, there are plenty of options available to you, including these heavily used services: [Continue Reading]

Q&A: Why does my camera say the battery is low immediately after it finishes charging?

canon-powershot-sd630-batteryQuestion from Roger T.:  I have a Canon Powershot SD630 digital camera that I’ve had for several years. When I bought the camera I also bought an extra battery because at that time I was taking a lot of pictures on a regular basis.

The camera was working fine when I stopped using it about 8 months ago (I bought a Canon DSLR), but I recently pulled it out of the drawer to take a few snapshots.

Well, long story short, it didn’t work. It tells me the battery is low every time I turn it on. It does this even after the battery finishes charging to 100%, and it makes no difference which battery is installed.

It seems unlikely to me that both batteries would have gone bad at the same time. Do you think the problem is with the camera? And if it is, do you think it’s worth repairing?

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

Review: Audio Technica ATLP60 USB Turntable

audio-technica-atlp60-usb-turntableDo you enjoy the retro sound of music played from a good old fashioned vinyl record? Or do you have a stack of old LPs and “single” records that you’s love to transfer onto CDs?

If the answer to either of these questions is yes, a high-quality USB turntable will allow you to listen to your favorite vinyl records using the latest in modern audio technology.

I have checked out several very nice USB turntables, and one that I really like is the Audio Technica ATLP60 USB.

The sound quality produced by this turntable is superb, and the built-in pre-amplifer lets you plug it directly into a set of powered speakers or a stereo system with standard phono inputs. [Continue Reading]

HP recalls power cords for 6 million HP and Compaq laptops. Is yours one of them?

hp-logoHP has just announced the recall of approximately 6 million power cords belonging to HP and Compaq laptop owners in the USA and Canada.

The reason? They tend to overheat, leading to melting insulation – and even fires in some cases.

The “brick” section of the power cord and the wire that’s permanently attached to it appear to be fine. It’s the cord that plugs into and detaches from the “brick” that’s defective. [Continue Reading]

Google releases 64 bit version of the Chrome web browser

chrome-os-logoGoogle has finally released a 64 bit version of their popular Chrome web browser, and after putting it through its paces it appears to be a lot faster and more stable than the 32 bit version that we’ve all been using for so long.

Let me tell you, this is one fast browser!

There are other enhancements in the new version as well, one of my favorites being much crisper text on high-DPI monitors. But the increases in speed and stability are by far the most important of all the enhancements. [Continue Reading]