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February 21

Bluetooth headset with replaceable batteries?

I'm looking for a Bluetooth headset for use with my Android phone and PC, for video chat, with good audio quality. Are any available that have user-replaceable batteries? I'm having trouble finding any that are still being made. [more inside]
posted by Hither at 11:11 PM - 0 answers

Need Water-Proof Stainless Container-Like Necklace

So I have something written that I want to wear - so it needs to have a screw-off top, with a rubber/plastic ring to keep all moisture, dirt whatever out - it just needs to be about 1 inch or maybe even less - not heavy, and made from either stainless steel or sterling silver. Where can I find something like that - what is it called? Thank you!
posted by watercarrier at 9:10 AM - 13 answers

February 20

Should I cooperate in extending a patent?

Years ago, I worked as a programmer at a technology incubator owned by a bigger company. The company routinely filed patents on new ideas. Now one is up for renewal/extension and I've been asked to sign off on that but don't know if I want to cooperate. [more inside]
posted by myotheraccount at 3:12 PM - 13 answers

February 19

What smartphone would you buy?

I'm a newbie to smart phones and want to buy the best one I can while avoiding pitfalls. I don't even know what I don't know about them, enlighten me please! [more inside]
posted by mysterious_stranger at 11:30 PM - 20 answers

Getting my first cell phone. What should I know?

I'm 35 years old and thinking of getting a cell phone for the first time when I move from Farmington to Portland, Maine. I've avoided cell phones all my life; I hate the idea of being accessible all the time. Nevertheless, I think it's time. [more inside]
posted by jwhite1979 at 2:40 PM - 29 answers

February 18

Day 1 Blogging

Help me set-up my first personal site in under 24 hours. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit at 7:55 AM - 13 answers

February 17

Guilty as (Not) Charged

My iPhone won't charge. Is this fixable, or do I need to buy a replacement? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen at 9:24 AM - 16 answers

February 15

How do I maintain multiple country specific telephoen numbers?

I'm traveling more internationally, right now between the US and the UK. I have an unlocked phone and switch SIM cards daily based on where I am (so I can check text messages/missed calls from the other number). This is getting annoying. Is there a Google Voice or other magic that makes this moderately less painful? Ideally I'd like it to make it easy for people to call/contact me on either number even if it is more cumbersome for me to make international calls from wherever I am. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 7:56 AM - 13 answers

February 14

Mystery Device

What is this intriguing device I noticed at a friend's house? Friend has no idea. It's about 6 inches in length. It was patented by Holland Mfg of Willamantic, CT, and a Google search suggests it might have something to do with 19th century silk manufacturing. Ideas?
posted by baseballpajamas at 2:18 PM - 5 answers

PC Selection. Difficulty level: Paralysis by Analysis

It's time to replace the household PC. I'm a programmer, I use PCs all the time, but I have not paid attention to PC hardware specs in maybe a decade, so I'm lost in a sea of mostly equivalent choices. [more inside]
posted by SemiSalt at 7:42 AM - 26 answers

February 13

not all HDMI is the same?

I have a Samsung LCD TV. New Apple TV works fine with it. 3 other devices refuse to display a signal: Chromecast, WDTV+, and some other digital box which has been (erroneously?) disposed of. All of the above were connected via a standard HDMI cable, no adapters needed. It's not a problem with the cable (I've experimented with different cables). What gives?
posted by wutangclan at 5:24 PM - 5 answers

How much location information can you get from cell phone caller ID?

Is cell phone caller ID linked to the caller location, or to the area code? Is there a way to disable all location information? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:40 AM - 8 answers

Web Cam Audio Source Question

I'd like to include some audio in a web cam broadcast, but right now all I can do is play the audio out of my speakers to the web cam mic, which of course sounds terrible. Is there a way I can stream the audio directly into the broadcast from, say, iTunes or some other application?
posted by Enemy of Joy at 11:23 AM - 6 answers

Help Me Set Up a Database for Document Offers

I'd like to set up a web-based system that will allow me to enter document records and make them available to multiple groups of logged-in users on a set schedule so they can select documents they are interested in. After all is said and done, I want to be able to access a sorted list of the documents so I can get them where they need to go easily. [more inside]
posted by hmmnathan at 8:55 AM - 2 answers

February 12

Something like arduino for people with poor vision

So, I am getting into Arduino as something to tinker with. And it seems like something my elderly father would also really enjoy futzing around with. [more inside]
posted by jeribus at 2:41 PM - 3 answers

How do I free up my phone for more games?

I love puzzle games, like The Room, Room 2, Monument Valley, Tiny Bang Theory, Botanicula, all those kinds of things (I have, in fact, gotten many recommendations from others' previous AskMes). The thing is, these games all add up memory-wise. I have finished them once, but know that I will enjoy returning to them in the future after I've forgotten some of the bits. How do I move them somewhere else to free up memory in the meantime? Or can I just delete them and download them again later? [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel at 1:14 AM - 9 answers

February 11

Need a new hub for my living room 2.1 sound system. Audiophiles, help!

I'm simplifying my audio setup to a bookshelf speaker/subwoofer system in my living room, after a Peachtree Nova/Ohm Walsh MicroTall setup for several years. I'm looking to spend around $350-400 on an amp/receiver and have several requirements and questions about how to choose the right equipment. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 at 3:52 PM - 3 answers

Itunes Alternative

Can anyone recommend an alernative to Itunes for ripping CDs, organizing music files, creating playlists, and moving them to my Ipod? [more inside]
posted by marxchivist at 11:23 AM - 5 answers

Email forwarding for a domain without hosting

I have a domain which is hosted by Bluehost. However, after some time the only thing I use it for is to forward email addresses to my main gmail address. Is there a cheap and reliable alternative which just provides email forwarding?
posted by Stark at 1:41 AM - 8 answers

February 10

How to get podcasts on IPhone 5s

I just got an iphone and I go into itunes but I cannot figure out how to get podcasts, like I do on my ipod. any tips? thanks
posted by TRUELOTUS at 1:41 PM - 11 answers

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