June 9, 2011

Kim Komando answers your smart phone, computer questions

The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — Q. I keep hearing that a new iPhone is coming. When will it arrive and what will make it different than the current iPhone?

A. Yes, a new iPhone is on the way. Apple releases a new one every year. Typically, that happens at the World Wide Developer Conference. This year the conference starts June 6. However, there are rumors the next iPhone might be pushed back to September or later. The iPhone always generates a lot of rumors. It does and doesn’t support 4G. There will or there won’t be an 8-megapixel camera. It’s got an edge-to-edge screen or maybe a smart bezel. You’ll be able to buy it from T-Mobile and Sprint, or not. It’s nearly impossible to make a solid prediction. All that’s known for sure is it will be faster, sleeker and a hot seller.

Q. My niece is going to be earning extra money by scanning family photos. What kind of equipment will she need?

A. Well, she’ll obviously need a computer and scanner. Any modern computer can handle photo scanning and organizing. Most modern scanners will work fine for photo scanning as well. There are even scanners specialized for easy photo scanning. However, most of those are limited to 4-inch x 6-inch photos. She’ll want to scan the photos at 300 dpi, at least. That will allow for good quality prints later. If she wants to blow up the photos, try 600 dpi. Remember to wipe down the scanner glass with a microfiber cloth occasionally. This will remove oil, dust and hair for a cleaner scan. 

Q. I have a Google Android phone. I heard that hackers can steal my information with Wi-Fi. What is going on?

A. There was a flaw in the way Android handled apps. This was mostly confined to Google apps like Contacts and Calendar. For automatic syncing, the phone created identification tokens. Unfortunately, these tokens were sent over an unencrypted connection. A properly equipped hacker on the same Wi-Fi network could snag them. They could use them to log in to your accounts. Google recently fixed this flaw by making a change to its servers. Now, all token communications are encrypted so hackers can’t snoop. You don’t need to do anything with your phone.

Q. How can I change wallpaper in Mac OS X?

A. Changing the wallpaper isn’t terribly difficult in OS X. Click the System Preferences icon on the dock. Then click the Desktop & Screen Saver icon. Select the Desktop tab for wallpaper settings. You will see a list of wallpaper folders and wallpaper image preview thumbnails. Click on a thumbnail to set it as the wallpaper. To add new wallpaper folders, go to the wallpaper list. Click the Plus button at the bottom. Browse to the folder containing the wallpaper. Select it and click Choose. You can now select your custom wallpaper.

Q. Is it possible to increase the text size on Web sites?

A. All Web browsers let you adjust Web page zoom levels. This will make the text larger or smaller. To do this, press CTRL + + (plus) or CTRL + - (minus). You can reset the zoom to 100 percent with CTRL + 0 (zero). Just note that in Internet Explorer you have to use the zero from the upper number row. You can also hold down the CTRL key and scroll with your mouse’s scroll wheel. This will increase or decrease the zoom, depending on the scroll direction. Firefox and Chrome will remember unique zoom levels for specific Web sites. Internet Explorer will apply the zoom to all Web sites.

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