Creepy permissions for Android apps

Sdlmd downloaded an Android app that wanted access to Contacts, even though it had no legitimate reason to check on friends and relatives. What can be done?

An obscenely slow Internet connection when you're paying for a fast one

Interronator is paying Time Warner for 20mbps Internet service, but is only getting about .7 (note the decimal point).

The dirty and dangerous side of tech

Your gadgets may be full of stuff that hurts the environment, other people, and maybe even you.

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I've got a dead key on my keyboard

Vaibhav Jadhav's keyboard won't type the letter T.

4K HDTVs Explained

MLStrand56 asked the HDTV & Home Theater about these new 4K HDTVs. "4 thousand WHAT???"

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Prepare an old PC for a new owner

James R. Miller has a new computer and will be donating his old one. He asked for advice about preparing his old PC for the transition.

How do I get POP email in Windows 8?

Richard Howell replaced an old computer with a Windows 8 laptop. His mail provider only supports the POP email protocol, which Windows 8's email program doesn't support. What's he to do?

Where can I rent 3D Blu-rays?

Douglas Kelner has a 3D HDTV and 3D Blu-ray player. He doesn't like buying discs, and wants to know where he can rent 3D movies.

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Malware or false positive?

Davikokar launched a program even though Norton warned that it was a Trojan. A subsequent hard drive scan revealed nothing bad. Davikokar then asked the Antivirus & Security Software forum if Norton had given a false positive?

I must run this program on computers other than my own

Lyman E Bertsch needs to run an application on a relative's computer. Installing the program isn't an option. Can Lyman run the program off a flash drive?

Old vs. new Microsoft Office file formats

Ankush khandelwal asked about compatibility issues between files created in different versions of Microsoft Office--specifically the big changes in file format that came with Office 2007.

How important is Aero?

Pete Wells' aging computer doesn't support Aero. Should he upgrade his graphics card?

The best way to watch Netflix

Darryl asked if he could stream video from Netflix (and presumably other services) through his laptop, and then wirelessly to his HDTV.

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TrueCrypt vs. encrypted .zip files

Trinu, who keeps sensitive data inside AES-encrypted .zip archives, asked the Answer Line forum about the advantages and disadvantages of switching to TrueCrypt.

Streaming video to DVD

Paul Brandenburg asked how to save a streaming video and burn it onto a DVD.

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