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Your Questions About Tablets Comparison

Mandy asks…

how to get microsoft office activation key from already installed?

I have Microsoft Office 2010 installed on my laptop and want to add it to my tablet. The version is good for 3 computers. I ordered it online and received the disk in the mail but not the activation code. The code was sent to an old e-mail address that I don’t have anymore. Is there a way to find the activation code on an already installed version?

steve answers:

I used to use the Magical Jelly Bean key finder for that. (Yep, that’s really its name.) Looks like the author decided to make it a paid app rather than free since then: http://www.magicaljellybean.com/product-key-finder-win7-office2010/

Comparison chart at: http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/ Doesn’t look like the free version opens much of interest any more. The free version worked great for Windows XP and Office 2003, so I’m sure the new version works. It’s just not free any more.

Jenny asks…

What is the difference between Kindle Fire and an Ipad?

Can a person also download/read books in an Ipad? What is the best device/tablet that can be used for reading books? What is the difference between the Kindle fire and the regular grey kindle?
Thank you..

steve answers:

There’s a very good user review here, from an owner of both iPad and Kindle Fire HD. It’ll help you decide:


I say the Kindle Fire HD. Not only it is much cheaper, but also the Kindle is actually doing better than the iPad on some areas. Let me try to give a comparison between them.

IPad advantages (over the Kindle Fire HD):
- Bigger 9.7″ screen (Kindle is 8.9″ screen max)
- Best screen resolution (Retina display is 264ppi, Kindle is 254ppi)
- Rear view camera
- GPS (but Kindle Fire HD 4G model has GPS as well)
- More app selection (iOS)

Kindle Fire HD advantages (over the iPad):
- Better Dolby audio speaker (the newest iPad still has mono speaker, not even stereo)
- Dual band, dual antennas WiFi (iPad is Dual band, single antenna)
- File transfer with computer directly via USB cable (not for iPad)
- Lighter in weight, more portable
- Kindle only features like Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, Kindle FreeTime, X-Ray for movies and books, Text-to-Speech to read a loud books, etc.
- 4G LTE subscription plans are cheaper (a comparison can be found on the Kindle’s sales page, for the Kindle HD 4G model)

Kindle Fire HD is even better than iPad when you use the tablet for streaming video and watching movies, as it has dolby audio speaker and dual antenna WiFi. Another thing I like for Kindle is their digital content supply, including books, magazines, music, movies, TV shows, etc. IPad is good on these as well, but any videos and books you bought on iPad can’t be used on non-Apple devices, while things you bought from Amazon can be used on other computers or tablets (including iPad).

The latest regular grey Kindle e-readers don’t have audio function, so you can’t use the Text-to-speech function on those Kindles to read books aloud. The latest Kindle Paperwhite has touch screen, but control is still more convenient on the Kindle Fire. Quite a lot of users reported the anti-glare screen of Kindle Fire HD is quite good for reading as well.

Yes you can download and read books on the iPad, and you can install the Kindle app to read Kindle books on iPad as well. IPad’s biggest advantage is on the apps. The Appstore of iPad has been developed for years, so it has a great selection of apps. However, on the Kindle Fire, apps are not really that limited (there’re over 60K apps), and many users find all popular apps that they really need are there. You can also sideload quite a lot of Google Play apps (i.e. Android apps) on the Kindle Fire, many reviews have mentioned the steps and it’s quite easy. But if some apps are really important to you and you can’t find them on the Kindle, then iPad should be your choice.

Hope that helps.

Laura asks…

Why does my wife want an iPad when she already has a Kindle Fire?

I think it’s a bit ridiculous, they serve the exact same purpose. She won’t even consider an Asus tablet which I think is superior and cheaper. I told her she has to try to sell the other device when she buys the new one.

steve answers:

I have both an iPad and an Android tablet (a Xoom). There’s no comparison. IOS is years ahead of Android in tablets, plus the Android apps are far inferior to this in Apple’s App Store. My Xoom is practically unusable. The only reason I still have it is that I can’t in good conscience give it to any family members. She’ll be able to install the Kindle app on the iPad and access all of her content.

Sandra asks…

How much is a wacom tablet?

I got photoshop CS5, but I would like to buy a tablet to draw with it, how much would one cost and would someone also help me to use it?

steve answers:

First, you’ve got to decide what you need in terms of size, quality, brand, etc… Try reading this comparison article:


The Wacom Intuos4 lineup is pretty popular. The Small starts at $229, and the XL is about $800. If that’s too much, try looking for a used one, maybe even an Intuous3, which is probably sufficient for your needs.

Ken asks…

How do you make a MMORPG and or a 2d game?And what is the difference between 2d and 3d games?

What programs can I download for free to get me started?
What program should I buy to make the game I would market?
Will I be able to use my own illustrations if I make a 3d game?(i’m purchasing a graphic tablet soon)
Are Gta4, Red Dead Redemption, WOW, and Runescape 3d games?

steve answers:

I disliked “The’s” answer, but i gave him a +1 because most of what he said I agreed with.

The problem here is your grasp and skill. If you’re asking how you can make an MMORPG, I am sorry to burst your bubble, but you just failed before you even started.

Making an MMORPG is not just downloading a program, put some icons and graphics together and then a month later, a game pops out. This isn’t the same as breeding a chicken to lay eggs for you.

Making a basic game:

- you can use things like Construct Classic, GameMaker, Torque, Unity 3D, but they all require some level of logic even if most of them are object-based
- you need to understand what graphics are used for what, what file types for what, how to use file types with what apps
- you need to know how to deploy the game and program it in what platform and its basic requirements
- you need to know the legalities of it
- you need a copy writer, lawyer, etc, etc

Making an MMORPG takes:

- the understanding and skill to create the database that store that information
- the web services that calls the game client
- the security apps that secure the line
- the server operating system that houses the game files


This is a very in depth and complicated topic better discussed when you’re older or if you have the ability for it. If you cannot even understand the fundamentals that an MMORPG is very complicated to make, then you have a problem here. Differentiating between 2D and 3D will be the least of your worries.

PS: I am not trying to hammer down on your dreams, but I’ve worked in game development before and have heard a lot of kids say they wanted to create so and so game, but ultimately 99% of them fail before half the game is even complete and these kids actually devote a lot of their time researching and knowing the basics.


Take a look at my answer for a different question: http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ArtlabLDO_gGEadwpp1eBnbBFQx.;_ylv=3?qid=20120524022848AAI7rDs

This talks about social networking web sites. If you read what I said there, even a web site can be complicated to make. What do you think an MMORPG would take in comparison? Most likely a lot more work.


However, to try to encourage you to go after your dream, start off with one of the following:

Construct Classic
Construct 2 HTML5
GameMaker HTML5
GameMaker Studio
Torque 2D
Torque 3D

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Your Questions About Lenovo Tablet

Maria asks…

Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Specs?

Please mention all the pros and cons. Also, does it even have a Disc Drive? What’s the RAM of that beauty?

steve answers:

Lenovo’s IdeaPad U1 is quite the clever combination of multi-touch tablet and laptop. When you ditch everything but the screen for the slate-like tablet section, the device is to switch processors and operating systems.

When both halves of the U1 are together, it runs on Windows 7 on a Intel Core 2 Duo SU processor, but when you split them up, the tablet will use a custom version of Linux and a Qualcomm ARM Snapdragon processor. This means that you’d be getting the best combination of power and battery life for each scenario. Other than that neat setup, the U1 brings 4GB of RAM (512MB in slate/tablet mode), two USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, VGA, HDMI, 4-in-1 memory card reader, and a 1.3-Megapixel camera.

Ruth asks…

Does Lenovo x60 tablet have finger touch?

I have recently bought a Lenovo X60 tablet / laptop. However the touch screen only works with the stylus and not my finger. Is there a way around this?

steve answers:

Here is a Link that will have information or provide you with support, if not you could

try a search there is help and information out there it is not always easy to find…


Source: CompTIA A+ Certified Computer Professional

Donna asks…

how to fix earphone jack in lenovo 7” ENTERTAINMENT TABLET?

how to fix earphone jack in lenovo 7” ENTERTAINMENT TABLET.it fell out of of the cover and now when i put the earphone inside we hear it from the speakers plzz help :(

steve answers:

You can either try and push it back in, but that might break it. You more then likely would have to open up the tablet and put it back in the tablet.

Carol asks…

A good Tablet laptop?

Anyone happen to own a tablet laptop? If so, what do you recommend? I’m thinking of purchasing one but I have no idea which one to buy. I’m thinking something skinny and light and easy to travel with. Name and brand will be helpful. Thanks!
what about Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3T

steve answers:

Lenovo X201. It is the best tablet laptop out there.

The HP touchsmart has too many issues associated with it. The trackpad is horrible, the glare on the screen is vexatious, it is a very slow laptop, their is a lot of bloatware.

Jenny asks…

Cheap and Cheerful Windows 8 Tablet?

I am looking for a windows 8 tablet, but I don’t want a Windows RT tablet as I would like to install steam, does anyone know of such a tablet?
thank you.

steve answers:

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 [RECOMMENDED]
Asus VivoTab Smart
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet

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Your Questions About Laptop Cases For Girls

Sharon asks…

Gift? Laptop?

Im thinking of giving my 10 yr old little girl..well she’ll be 10 in feb…but i shop early for x-mas…anyways…do u guys think a laptop(apple) 13 inch…would be to much?

steve answers:

Three items. Is she mature enough to take care of an item like that? Plan on getting a good warranty for replacement of parts should there be damage. Have a good carrying case to give protection when transporting. If all three of these are taken care of, you should always monitor usage until she has a full understanding of dangers of internet use. Be especially cautious of what she gets into such as MySpace. It is not a bad thing of itself just some of the users she may encounter. My six year old graddaughter has her own new PC laptop and no internet access. It is used for educational programs.

Chris asks…

What action will be taken in this case?

There is no evidence of this girl(15) and the guy(27) having sex with each other. The police have just found a couple of nude pictures of a girl (who looks a lot like me) in his laptop…but it is NOT me,it is some porn model. And I have denied all charges that I had any sex with him. What action will be taken in this case? He and I both are denying that we had sex.

steve answers:

If the district attorney decides the case is worth pursuing then the guy and girl will be subjected to all court proceedings that go with a child endangerment case. Being as though they both are denying that sexual acts it may not make it to court,but it has to be investigated.

Nancy asks…

Information about civil court case…. girlfriend v mum?

my girlfriend is due to go against some people to get her laptop back, or the costs.

but, I am the only witness that can prove that she left the laptop there, and that they never let her take it, but….. it’s my mum that she’s google against. I have not spoken to her for over a year now, as I never got on with her when I was younger. I don’t really want to have to see/speak to her again for personally reasons. could I write a statement to use in court, and sign it, or do I have to go to court.

also, how long do you think the case will last in court?, there’s nothing really complicated to the story or anything like that.

if I don’t go, my girlfriend, and her dad, will probably start arguing with me, but I’d rather that than have to go to court, as I don’t want to go, but I want my girlfriend to get this laptop back.

what do you think the chances are of my girlfriend getting the laptop back if in don’t go?

also, in Scotland, you cannot get a solicitor for civil matters.

steve answers:

Your girl’s the plaintiff so the onus is on her to prove her case.

She can call you to court as a witness which means appearing and telling the truth.

You do not have any obligation to talk with your mother. Just give the facts as you remember them.
Direct your testimony to the judge only.

Most small claims (civil) cases are heard in a single session and the judge goes with the preponderance of the evidence. If you are estranged from your mom and she kept the laptop, your girl should be made whole with the laptop itself or financial compensation related to the laptop type and age.

Ruth asks…

Programmes messing up on laptop?

So whenever I open MC Powerpoint, MC Word, or Matchware Mediator on my laptop, the programme freezes and says it’s not responding. It comes up with a little message from Windows (usual stuff, wait, restart, or check for solution). Anyone know what’s wrong or how to fix this? Thanks.

steve answers:

The most major problem with programs freezing and also for laptops turning off is heat. Laptops are very susceptible to heat this is because they are so compact heat has a hard time dissipating.

Most young people girls in particular like to place their lap top on a pillow or blankets while using them to be comfortable. Look on the bottom of your lap top and you will see a very small fan opening. If this is plugged with blankets, pillows etc there is no cooling taking place. This greatly shortens the life of a laptop. Causing it to freeze programs and shutting down for protection from over heating.

Always place a laptop on a open hard surface. Try to elevate the back of the laptop not blocking the fan opening to allow cool air to circulate better. Purchase a laptop stand to use especially when being comfortable in bed or laying down on your knees etc. One with fans in it is even better. Lastly often check the fan screen opening being sure there is no lint or trash blocking the cooling fan; keep it clean!

In some cases it could be a virus or too many things running in the background but heat is the big killer of flat tops.

Lisa asks…

HELP!? girls holidaaaaay!?

im going on my first girls holiday to bulgaria in september…

ive not a clue what to pack in my suitcase.. im seriousD:


steve answers:

Try looking up on YouTube “HOW TO PACK FOR SUMMER VACATION” by thestylediet. Bring a camera, any iPods/tablets and if you have one, a laptop. 2 jumpers and a scarf in case it’s cold, 2 pairs of jeans ASWELL, along with the content o. The video. :)

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Your Questions About Google Laptop Reviews

Laura asks…

how do I change camcorder video to computer?

I have a Canon 2R80 and I’m not sure what I need to transfer files to my laptop.

steve answers:

ZR80, a miniDV vcam (also, Digi-8) must be DV~Firewire400 ~IEEE1394* cable-connected to a pc or mac to upload video thru video editing** or capture application while vcam is ON PLAYBACK. Most (digital) tape vcams have 4-pin DV ports; BUT before cable* purchase, check computer for DV port {VCAM@4-pin=>firewireCABLE=>PC@ 4pin? Or 6pin?}. If none, install firewire card: pci for desktop or pcmcia / express for laptop.
* http://h71036.www7.hp.com/hho/cache/315100-0-0-225-121.html <<How to make a Movie
** http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/getstarted/default.mspx
~ http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308464

Some options to share your movie:
a. Upload to YouTube
~ http://www.google.com/support/youtube/
b. Burn to DVD disc: use DvD authoring app (DvD Maker; Nero; DvD Flick, etc)
~ http://www.windowsdvdmaker.com/guides/Beginner/

Upgrade to intermediate video editing** application accdg. To need & skill level
~ http://video-editing-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

Sandra asks…

What are free video editing programs (or at least a trial) that have the following effects?

SPeed up and sppeed down effects
and to play the video backwards
(i have a windows 7 laptop)

steve answers:

Video Editing Software Review
1.Capure video
2.Edit video
3.Share video

Steven asks…

how to do a factory reset on an hp windows 7 laptop?

My laptop has been acting stupid for the past few months, and a friend of mine suggested I do a factory reset. I understand I’ll lose some stuff, but I’m putting everything I want to keep on a flash drive. I looked a little on Google, and it said something about a disk. I don’t think i have a disk, but I can look for one. Can someone tell me how to do a factory reset both with a disk AND without one?

steve answers:

If you made a set of recovery disks you can use them. If not this information will help, Hey, that is a great question, thanks for coming to answers, I hope this information helps.

HP support Forum this site will help with your problem or problems, and information that you may need…





People First! That’s my motto at Yahoo Answers. I am dedicated to providing you with an excellent experience. I am here to answer your questions and resolve any problems you may have. We promise to persevere in finding a successful resolution. You are my focus. Resolving whatever issues that brought you to Yahoo Answers is our mission.
Hey, If the above information helped or you appreciate the effort, volt best answer…
F-11. This will take you to a HP support window, click system recovery. It will take some time to complete…

This site is very good for computer…
Http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softw… and click CHECK NOW it will do a lot of repair for you and you just wait for it to finish…

Creating Recovery Discs and or repair disk, Saving a Recovery Image to a USB Flash Drive in(Windows 7). Just go to back and you can do it there.

Call hp pre-sales support @ 800-752-0900
Call technical phone support @ 800-474-6836.

Wire less printers

Pleae download and run HP Print and Scan Doctor utility which should resolve most of
printing issues.



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Ken asks…

Can I use my laptop as a camcorder?

I have a 10 week old puppy that is currently outsmarting me in getting out of his pen. I cannot figure out how he is doing it and my camcorder only has a 45 minute recording capacity. I need about 3 hours. I don’t need streaming live, just a video that I can review after getting home. I am computer ‘dumb’ but follow directions well so, please, very simple clear instructions. Thank you!

steve answers:

Yes, you can. Try Vitamin D – it’s a webcam security software that only records when it sense movement. I think it’s still free – do a quick google search to find it.

John asks…

My new computer with Windows 8 will not allow me to download certain certain programs?

I have a new Toshiba laptop with Windows 8. I paid for the Just Cloud program and when I click on the download button it’s say’s “unable to download”. It also wouldn’t let me download or install the adobe flash. Any tips?

steve answers:

I’d never heard of this program, so I visited the website and was immediately suspicious. It sounds too good to be true. Unlimited storage, etc. It’s free supposedly… There is no reference to fees anywhere I could find. Yet, apparently once you sign up, they charge for the service. Reputable cloud services are clear in how much storage is free and how much it costs to buy more storage.

There a lot of complaints about Just Cloud online. Do a search for just cloud complaints and you can find them.

I suggest you call your credit card company and cancel this bill while you can. This should be no problem since you can’t even download their application.

Then, get one of the reputable cloud services that provide cloud backup and syncing to multiple devices.

I use Dropbox. You get 2GB of storage free and Dropbox just got a 5-star review at www.CNET.com, so you know it’s reputable.

Google Drive provides 15GB of free storage and more storage is cheaper than Dropbox, but it doesn’t have the syncing capability. I prefer to have my files on my computer and in the cloud… Not just in the cloud so I went with Dropbox. Dropbox also allows you to set up separate folders you can share with friends. For example, you might want to share photos with relatives, but not give them access to all your other files.

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Your Questions About Hp

Chris asks…

What’s the difference between the adult versions of HP and the childrens?

I have the entire series of the HP in the children and my dad recently got me The Goblet of Fire in the adult version. I read it and I didn’t see a difference between the childrens and the adults.

steve answers:

The only difference is the cover. They made it more appealing to adults. The text, chapters, and everything else are the same. It’s the only cover that’s different. So there is no difference, really.

You can Google Harry Potter Adult Covers and see all the different ones for each book. There are a lot of different version of the HP books and I’m actually want to collect them all…

David asks…

How to connect a HP printer to a new network?

It’s a HP officejet 6000 wireless. I know when I first got it I had to put a disk in to connect it to my computer. But, that disk is long gone. Unless I go search my brother’s entire house for it.

steve answers:

You can find software for your printer on HP official website.


Good luck.

James asks…

Where do i buy an HP Pavilion dv7 with a 24hr processing and shipping?

I need to get an Hp Pavilion dv7 notebook for my cousin’s birthday. It is almost a grand and will be over with the shipping fee. I thought of Walmart, but do not think they would ship it that fast with the amount in question. I mean it would take more time for credit card verification and all that jazz. I would like to know, which popular and secured store could get such order delivered in 3days time?

steve answers:

Hi policyofmankind,
You can buy HP Pavilion dv7 on Amazon, here is the link
It’s safe. Http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00400OSLI?ie=UTF8&tag=digitsy-post3-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00400OSLI

Mary asks…

How do I set up a HP Photosmart C4580 to a wireless network without software?

I have a HP Photosmart C4580 printer, It has been installed on my laptop but now I wish to set it up on a wireless network but no longer have the printer software. Can I still set it up ??

steve answers:

Yes you can… Assuming you use DHCP on your network and don’t use security. And, unfortunately using DHCP, your printer’s IP may change requiring you to “Add a Printer” each time.

So instead, download your drivers and software for YOUR printer from HP for free here…


And, if you need help, here’s a “how to video” from HP…



Lizzie asks…

How do I register my hp compaq laptop computer?

I have a hp compaq laptop that I never used that I got 2 years ago and don’t know how to register it.

steve answers:

Just go to the hp official website.There u will find the option.

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