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May 6

Is it time for an iPhone? Help a somewhat Luddite decide

Finally, after a number of years of lugging around books, cameras, dumb phones, an iPod and an iPad, I'm thinking it might be time to streamline my daily life a little and cross over to the smartphone side. Because I use the iPod and iPad heavily already, I'm not really considering anything other than an iPhone, but I have questions, mostly about what it will do to my iTunes library. [more inside]
posted by FavourableChicken at 8:58 AM - 9 answers

May 5

Help me choose a replacement for my lost phone

I lost my LG G3. What smaller sized Android phone do I replace it with? Before I entrust my phone self to the kids at the Verizon Store, please give me some advice. . [more inside]
posted by CtrlAltD at 1:34 PM - 12 answers

Historically, what's the difference between Aux and Phono?

I've got a 1970s Nikko STA-5050 receiver/amp with tape, aux and phono inputs. Nowadays aux and phono seem to be used interchangeably but I know they used to be different specs. [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 12:30 PM - 12 answers

Solar Power for an Apartment Dweller?

Could anyone suggest a resource (a person or a website) or give me a clue about where to get advice about installing a solar cell or two? This is in Nashville, TN; local resources would be awesome! But 'net based stuff works, too. Google searches and YouTube videos have me confuddled about what might work/how to install something for my apartment - most of the information is for homeowners; the 'portable' solar power systems are aimed at preppers/folks who are concerned about power outages. [more inside]
posted by LOLAttorney2009 at 10:29 AM - 14 answers

May 4

Where to buy a smart ring in the San Francisco Bay Area?

I'd like to buy a smart (bluetooth, Android) ring for my BF for his birthday, which is only a couple of days away. Google shows a few websites selling these but no actual shops. Anyone know of a physical location where I could buy one of these? Thanks!
posted by Lettuce_Leaves at 1:34 PM - 1 answers

iPad Pro or iPad Air 2?

My 2nd gen iPad has finally given up the ghost after half a decade. With tax rebate in hand, I am considering a purchase of a new one. But which? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 12:12 PM - 9 answers

Files on my phone that my PC can't see

I have a 3rd generation Moto G with Android 6.0. When I connect it to my PC with a USB cable, there are files that exist on the phone - mp3's and photos - that are invisible to my PC. There are other mp3's and photos on the phone that are not invisible. Why can't my PC see these files? Is there a way to make them visible? Is there a faster way to move these invisible songs and photos from my phone to my PC than copying them to Google Drive and then downloading them? [more inside]
posted by Redstart at 6:25 AM - 3 answers

May 2

Does everything have to be so creepy all the time?

A few weeks ago I bought some stuff at an Ann Taylor Factory outlet for the first time in my life. I did not give them my email address. I started receiving marketing emails from them nonetheless later that week, to my main gmail account. [more inside]
posted by something something at 1:21 PM - 9 answers

May 1

Receiving Over the Air Channels in Haiti

How can I watch over the air broadcasts on a projector in Haiti? [more inside]
posted by sicem07 at 7:59 PM - 0 answers

iPhone weirdness: please explain

Mr. BlahLaLa and I each have an iPhone 4s -- same phones we've had for years. Just in the last few days we're experiencing a weird phenomenon when both phones ring at once. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 12:06 PM - 6 answers

Options for torrenting, while sharing zero bits?

Hello, all. Anybody who knows me will tell you, I am all about privacy. I'm an American, I want my privacy, and I want to come and go as I please, without feeling I'm being tracked by anyone. So, as a general technology inquiry, I would like to ask you, what would a persons options be if they wished to download a torrent file without sharing a single bit? [more inside]
posted by tellUwut at 1:34 AM - 10 answers

April 28

Excel Question

Is it possible in excel to create a formula that says "if a value in this column is in this range of numbers, put label x in a different column." [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 6:34 AM - 4 answers

April 27

Help me post music samples on our church website

I am pastor of a church that does many weddings each year. For years, we've provided couples a CD with 20 brief samples of classical/sacred music recorded by our church organist. This allows the couple to easily select music for every part of their ceremony, but I think it might be easier and cheaper to just post these online. Can you guide me in posting 20 or so samples of 1 minute or less on our website so we avoid the cost of copying CDs? [more inside]
posted by rdauphin at 8:53 AM - 6 answers

April 26

My ISP thinks I downloaded GoT, but I didn't. What's going on?

I guess Canadian ISPs are starting to contact pirates to say that their downloading has been detected, and warning them that the copyright holder has been notified. I just got one of these popups, and it says they caught me downloading the season 6 opener of GoT last night. Except I don't download torrents, haven't ever seen an episode past season 1, and nobody else has access to my network. What's the explanation? [more inside]
posted by GhostintheMachine at 5:54 PM - 16 answers

How can I optimize my new wireless listening experience?

I just purchased some Jaybird X2 wireless headphones and I listen to them through my Galaxy S6 smartphone. Problem is....the sound just isn't either loud enough or clear enough for my liking. [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 5:00 PM - 5 answers

Hello Muthah, Hello Faddah

Does it make sense to put my parents on our wireless plan, and if so what's the best way to do that? [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never at 1:14 PM - 8 answers

Best practice for charging my cell phone to maximize lifespan?

I recently upgraded my cell to a Galaxy S7 Edge. My previous cell phones had removable batteries, and I preferred keeping a fully-charged backup battery on me or swapping batteries out and charging the batteries separately. The new phone has no removable battery, and I would like to make sure I'm charging the battery in the best manner possible to prolong the life of the phone, but my google-fu is turning up some conflicting information. Please help me figure out an optimal charging method to avoid shortening the battery's lifespan. [more inside]
posted by hootenatty at 10:32 AM - 9 answers

April 25

Another option instead of Hangouts?

Is there another text app (besides Hangouts) that will let you use your Google Voice number to text from and receive? I use my GV number as my main number, that way, I never have to change my number with people, should I get a new phone number. I just really don't like hangouts.
posted by Amalie-Suzette at 11:11 AM - 5 answers

April 24

google voice incoming calls

I am a sex worker (legal). I got a google voice number to mask my real number, so that I can still be reached on my regular cell but its number will not be known. I am on a family plan and am wondering, if I answer an incoming call that was patched through the google voice number, will my google voice cover number show up on the billing statement? I don't make outgoing calls with it. It is paramount for what I do to be discreet to the others on the family plan.
posted by anonymous at 5:06 PM - 6 answers

Metafilter, Please VOIP Me!

I'm considering some big cost-cutting changes to my home utilities (cutting my cable, changing up my telephony, etc.) but I'm a worrier. So - talk me into replacing my land line with VOIP service. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:23 AM - 23 answers

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