Q. There are several new tablets coming out. How do they compare to the iPad 2?
A. Samsung, Toshiba and HP are all releasing new tablets. These are called the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Thrive and TouchPad, respectively. In terms of hardware and operating systems, they’re all equal or superior to the iPad 2. Plus, they’re the same price or slightly less. Where the iPad 2 has the edge is the Apple ecosystem. There are more apps, and it’s easier to get content. Plus, Apple has iOS 5 and iCloud on the way. These further integrate the iPad with your other Apple gadgets. No other tablet can entirely match that yet. Visit www.komando.com/news for a detailed tablet comparison.
Q. My Internet provider has a plan that includes a static IP address. It looks like it costs extra. Do I need one?
A. An IP address is your computer’s address on the Internet. Most residential Internet plans use dynamic IP addresses. Your IP address will periodically change. For most people, this isn’t a big deal. However, sometimes you want that address to be permanent. For example, some people have home-based Web servers or security cameras. It’s easier to access these remotely with a static IP address. You’ll always know your computer’s address. If you don’t need a permanent address, don’t bother paying for one.
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