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Your Questions About Samsung Infuse

Maria asks…

Should I get the HTC Inspire or the Atrix 4G, or should I just wait for the Samsung Infuse and Galaxy S2?

I want a new phone, and right now it”s between the HTC Inspire 4g or the Motorola Atrix 4G; which of these phones is better as far as having the best multimedia features? Or should I wait for the Samsung Infuse and the Samsung Galaxy S2 since they’re coming out soon and which one of these phones do you think will be better?

steve answers:

Try to get hands on with one that works and then see what one fits you better

Thomas asks…

when i recieve picture messages how do i save them on my samsung infuse?

i just bought a samsung infuse 4g and when friends send me picture messages it only showes the play buttton and i cant figure out how to save the pictures to the phone…

steve answers:

All the messages are automatically saved into your phone. If you want to save just picture to your gallery, then just hit the menu option, save to phone.

Sandy asks…

Samsung infuse screen not working, how do i fix it?

Just yesterday i bought a new Samsung infuse considering my Samsung mystic’s screen kept getting uncalibrated. Well today just recently my infuse‘s screen started acting weird. I try to touch a certain thing and it instead does something completely different. Its barely the second day and its already getting messed up. I tried looking for a calibration setting but there was none. How do i fix it?

steve answers:

You might try to just factory reset it by going to settings, privacy and factory data reset. I havent heard of any problems with the phones so maybe you just got a random bad one. You should be able to take it back to where you got it and exchange it for a new one since yours messed up on the second day, usually you have 30 days.

Paul asks…

How do I transfer music from my google account on my Infuse to an iphone?

I currently have a Samsung Infuse smart phone and a lot of music on my google account that I don’t want to lose, I am going to switch to an Iphone 4 that I just got and I don’t know how to transfer my music or maybe just get to it with my new phone? Any help here? Thanks!!

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Joseph asks…

I want to trade my Samsung Infuse for iPhone 4?

I want to trade my AT&T Samsung Infuse 4G for a white iPhone 4 8gb AT&T… What would be the best way to do so?

steve answers:

Not sure why you would want to to be honest. I personally know 3 people who own I-phones that are looking into droids right now. And why on earth would you put 8gb in your description when the infuse will load a 64 gb class 6 micro SD card, and has 16bg internal memory? Not to mention droids are so much easier to root and therefore actually use the phone to its FULL potential, not just what the carriers want you to have. I have a rooted infuse with stock gingerbread OS with all At&T bloat removed and CWM recovery.
I would keep it and LEARN how to make it better, but that is just my opinion.

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Your Questions About Macbook Black Battery

Donald asks…

What is wrong with my MacBook display?

All of a sudden my screen is all black went I power my machine on. If I see it from an angle, I am still able to see me desktop, but the screen is all black as in completely dim. Even the back Apple logo is not lighted up? Unfortunately my Apple care insurance ran out this last year.
There is nothing wrong with the brightness. If I see it from a certain angle, my brightness bar is all to max’d out.

steve answers:

Its sounding like your having a video card issue..
Im sorry your apple care ran out.. Lucky for you
i am an advisor for apple care.

First let me say NO prefs will keep your apple Logo on the
cover from lighting up. That is a hardware issue.

*Try these steps – unplug everything from it – take out the battery if is not built in
Then hold the POWER BUTTON 5 seconds.
*Plug the charger in if you have too, then you are gonna reset the PRAM – hardware
Find the keys command/apple key then option , P, R,
Turn the power on and hold those 4 keys down – YOU have to do it FAST
Do not try to hold the power button and these keys it has to be AFTER.

*This will be successful by the sound of 2 start up chimes then you can let go.
You will hear the first one BUT keep holding till you hear it again.
Aftr that if it is not severe damage it should go back to normal.

Donna asks…

how to safely remove smudges from my macbook screen?

its backlit lcd if it makes a difference. also, how can i keep the battery “healthy” so it lasts more charges?

steve answers:

If you ask, the mac store will give you a black cloth to clean your mac screen with. It really cleans my computer. But you cannot get the cloth through the mac store on line. Hope this helps.

Sharon asks…

What would be the best laptop for graphics and the processor?

My budget is around £600/£700. I looked at a few in pc world and on ebay and they all seem to have only the minimal graphics card. I will be using the laptop for programs like AutoCAD and 3DS max design I know I will require far more powerfull specs but I can update later.

steve answers:

Hey im selling my mac on good condition !

- Machine Type Macbook 5.2 ( July 2009 release )
- Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13GHz FSB 1066.
- 250GB HDD SATA2.
- VGA nVidia Geforce 9400M 256M dedicated VRAM ( good for 3D , game 3D )

- 10/100 LAN port
- Airport Extreem Wireless ( OK )
- Slot -in DVD RAM ( original )
- 2 port USB ( OK ) , 1 port Firewire , bluetooth ( OK )
- I-Sight Camera ( OK )
- Mac OS Leopard 10.5.8
- Battery original Apple ( 4 hours stand by, cycle count 130)
- Adaptor original Apple ( White , cablel and converter )
- Sound integrated di motherboard ( OK )



PROCESOR CORE i3 330M 2.13 GHz
HARDISK 500 GB 5400 rpm
VGA NVIDIA 310M 512 Mb

just choose you like its at your budget !!!

Carol asks…

Which dell is best for a community college to a university student?

School work, school projects, some internet browsing for entertainment and some music and i repeat NO GAMING!! what is important is not the screen size but the memory, battery life, comfort while typing, and core or whatever those things are. Yes I am ware of the macbook pro and its too expensive. I think a dell would suit me. I have gotten so far as the insperon but the little details are confusing.

steve answers:

Get what I got. With 2 gigs of Ram, my results show 1 gig which I upgraded from Frys.

Inspiron 1520 Notebook: Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 (2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB/4MB cache)
1 90W AC Adapter
1 15.4 inch WSXGA+ Notebook Screen with TrueLife
1 9 Cell Primary Battery
1 8X DVD +/- RW w/dbl layer write capability
1 Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
1 Jet Black
1 3945 802.11a/g Wireless Mini Card
1 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
1 120 GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
1 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz (2 DIMMs)

This laptop is great. Especially the screen resolution.

Or you can get a Vostro 1500 for less, with the same specs. Vostros are identical to Inspirons except for the color. Vostro’s are solid black.

Daniel asks…

Which laptop is best for me as a college freshman?

I’m starting college in the spring, and was wondering which I should purchase. I was looking at macbooks. What’s the difference in a macbook air and a macbook pro? And how many gb hard drive do I need? I know nothing about computers. So please help. I just know I will use it for all my school work, and store all my music, pictures and videos. and for my social networking. thanks :)

also what about IPads? Are they good for college?

steve answers:

Ok let me start. So your starting college. Now its time to get a laptop. Have an older brother who started college and bought a laptop too!!!! I know he put a lot of work into it so I would recommend a laptop with a lot of memory. Your going to have to take it practically everywhere. So it must be lightweight. Also not just for school but you also want it for looks. It has to be nice and cool. Lol . Try to make sure to get an antivirus. You dont want to end up having to replace it because of a nasty virus. You should get one with a lot of battery life. You might have to take it to school and you really dont want to have to charge it in class. Ipads are more of an entertainment product if you ask me so I would say no, Just go with a laptop. The main difference in the 3 computers are the processor and the casing.The difference is that the Macbook is not made of aluminum but more like a hard plastic. It has a slightly slower processor and you can only upgrade to 4GB of RAM.
Macbook Pro is made of precision unibody aluminum enclosure. The processor is one of the fastest you can get in a laptop. The screen bezel is also black to make the screen color pop and make watching movies more enhanced. It includes a SD card slot, Firewire 400 & 800. The RAM is upgradable to 8GB. Macbook Air is very light and thin. Good Processor and great keyboard and screen that’s similar to the Macbook Pro. However, no firewire and no DVD drive is a major drawback for someone who wants to burn movies or create movies by importing DV video.

For a college student, I highly recommend the Macbook Pro 13″ or 15″.

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Your Questions About Gucci Watches

Donna asks…

How to get my watch fixed?

I have a Gucci Watch, and its an older one, but not too old. It needs to be De-Magnitized, and i want to wear it again. Where should I take it to get it fixed thats close to Charles Town, West Virginia? Or Virginia. Please Help!

steve answers:

Call Gucci they can give u a certified dealer/repair shop
973.360.0907 thats the phone number

Helen asks…

How much do Gucci Watches cost?

I’m 15, and for my moms birthday I bought her a used Gucci Watch. I only paid $30 for it at the thrift store. Now that I think of it, I can recall seeing Gucci referenced in several movies… doesn’t that mean they cost a lot? If so, how much do they cost usually? Would my mom like it? Would you appreciate it from your kid?

steve answers:

Did it say Made in Italy? Not fake.
Did it say Made in China? Fake.

China, after all, is the fastest growing luxury market in the world.
The 10 Most Counterfeited Products in America http://finance.yahoo.com/news/the-10-most-counterfeited-products-in-america-180942491.html

I would appreciate ANYTHING my children give me, but it doesn’t mean they’re my style and was reckon to wear it! Just as they don’t NEED to wear everything I bought for them. I once visited NYC, and bought YS a Sean Combs label shirt, it cost $98. But I never saw him wear it. I have a feeling, he gave it to one of his Asian friends – who adore Sean Puffy Combs!

Robert asks…

Where is the best place to sell a rolex in pittsburgh?

I have a rolex and a gucci watch that were passed down to me by my grandfather. I want to sell them, but I want to make sure someone doesn’t rob me. Does anyone know of any good places?

steve answers:

Used jewelry store or the guy on the corner.

David asks…

I need advice on how to be a ebay wholesaler?

You know the ones who sell everything from flashing key chains to gucci watches. Infomation on dropshipping and overseas contact would be a huge help. I’ve done all the research i can on the net and can find no more :-( Ive seen lots of “buy this wholesalers list” but i bought one before and it was crap.

steve answers:

Okay.. First off.

Say NO to dropshippers. They are a hassle, and unless you find someone offering items that do not exist on ebay yet, you are wasting your time.

I’ve been selling on ebay for 2+ years now, and have been pretty successful. But, You are best to find somewhere you can buy multiples of one item, and a very low price. Good luck with google, it took me a whole year to find a wholesaler i was satisfied with.

Garage sales, auctions, and antique shops are really the way to go. You find unique items, and usually at a really low price. When you get into the name brand stuff, there is so much competition, with so much customer base, you would probably be way in over your head and go belly up.

Just my personal advice, but know that ebay success doenst happen over night, or even over a month :)

Good Luck. :)

Lisa asks…

How much is this Paolo Gucci watch worth?

I have a stainless steel Paolo Gucci watch with a gold-plated face that also has a diamond at the 12 o’clock position. I don’t know anything about watches, but I’m listing it for sale or trade.

How much do you think it’s worth?

Picture: http://images.craigslist.org/5N45G85J73Ec3G13M4c7f88e0427b324c1b98.jpg

steve answers:

Probably 150-200 dollars. Around there. It looks in good condition too.

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Your Questions About Tablet Comparison

Nancy asks…

Do you love your tablet/fire?

What do you have(a nook or a kindle) and whats great about it?Im looking into buying something like that and i really don’t know exactly what to buy.opinions please on nook tablets and kindle fires!

steve answers:

Not really.

You should type “Nook tablet and kindle fire comparison” into Google. It will give you the pros and cons of each, and the similarities and differences between them. On that basis, you can decide what it is you want most from it and choose which you prefer.

There’s no point in someone telling you which one they prefer as everyone is different and looks for something different in a tablet.

Laura asks…

Which tablet is best for me?

I am a high school student looking for a decent tablet (not something super fancy or over the top) that has…
-Extra storage
-Easy to bring around
-Reasonably priced (less than $300)
-Decent app selection (google/android)
-Reads pdf files quickly
-No camera
-Good battery (8-10hrs)
-Headphone outlet
-High definition
-Something that is made to read books/ long texts on
-Not the ipad/ipad mini!
-No add-on keyboard

Thank you and sorry if there are too many specifications!

steve answers:

I suggest you look at this tablet comparison of most popular tablets under 300 bucks:


Kindle Fire HD would be the best option regarding all what you need from a device. But you do have a Front facing camera on it (no rear facing camera).

- Other than that you have 16/32Gb storage space. I prefer you go for the 32Gb version. It is still under $250
- 7″ screen is pretty portable as you can carry it around easily
- Yes
- Amazon app store has around 90k apps plus you can side-load apps from google play store whenever needed
- PDF’s work good
- It only has front facing HD camera
- You can get around 11 hours battery backup
- Headphone jack is there
- It has stereo Digital Dolby speakers
- 1280*800 HD display
- It is made specifically as an eReader tablet
- Not an iPad or Mini
- Pretty reliable
- The on-screen keyboard is good enough but if you type a lot then you might need one

Hope this was helpful!

Michael asks…

what is a good drawing tablet?

Ok I want a drawing tablet that shows you on the tablet what your drawing it also has to be pressure sensitive(the pen) Any ideas? Oh and something that comes with a drawing program like photoshop or something.

steve answers:

The tablet that shows your drawing right on the tablet’s only Cintiq.


There’s 2 versions of Cintiq.
Cintiq 21UX
Cintiq 12WX

And here’s the comparison link.

Betty asks…

Tablet PCS?? Please Help!!!?

I want to get a tablet laptop (one of those laptops with the rotating screen that is touchscreen) but are they any good??

I’m an arty student so anyone who has or has used one before would you recommend this laptop?

If so can you recommend any?
Im looking for one with good memory as i will want to install software such as Adobe photoshop and Illustrator also a good processor so the laptop runs fast.
I can spend up to £1000 (im English aswel so if the laptop could be in pounds not dollars! Please Help!!! =)

steve answers:

Tablet pcs tend to be much more expensive than ordinary pcs because of the extra tablet features so your budget of a £1,000 is realistic. They tend not to have very fast graphics in order to save battery power and some come with slower hard drives than ordinary laptops for exactly the same reason. Some don’t even include cd/dvd drives.

I think the best budget tablet pc at the moment is the HP Pavilion TX2000 series – this has a reasonably fast processor and better than average onboard graphics – very attractively designed, it has a dual active digitizer and touchscreen which means you can use it with a stylus pen (for drawing, taking notes etc) or even your fingers – it has HP’s own media software for photos,music and videos in addition to Vista media center – this tablet pc is exceptional in that it includes a spare second battery which is usually very expensive and very hard to get hold of! It also has a lightscribe dvd burner, mini remote control and webcam.


TX2130 (older model – not so fast)


More about this tablet pc from HP’s own site


Possible drawbacks:
1. Perhaps a little heavy to use in tablet mode (but then lighter tablets have fewer features and cost a lot more)
2. Screen a little grainy (this is typical of touch screens – also be aware that if you want a screen that is viewable outdoors or in direct light, you will have to pay a lot more) However, there is nothing stopping you from using a good quality LCD monitor and attaching the tablet to it for more graphics intensive work.

My advice: if you can see a tablet pc in the flesh and actually hold it, DO SO!

Studenttabletpc – US centric but a great resource


Reviews/forums for advice:



http://www.tabletpcbuzz.com/ (section for artists/designers)

Tip: If you purchase Office 2007 Home &Student Edition you get OneNote – a great note taking software that allows you to take notes in digital ink and these notes are searchable

To give you some idea of price comparison:
Refurbished Toshiba tablet


Refurbished Dell tablet

Mandy asks…

Kindle Fire vs nook tablet?

So I’m thinking about getting one of these for my birthday do I can take it with me to college. Is a e-reader a good idea for college textbooks? And which is better kindle or nook? My cousin has the kindle fire and I really like it but I haven’t seen a nook before so I need help deciding between the two. Any other recommendations? Thanks *oh and I really want it to be tablet-like so yeah

steve answers:

Hi jazzyy, don’t listen to all those Amazon trolls like George Y and Rose D (there are hundreds of them on Amazon’s payroll posting at Yahoo Answers) that post untruth about the “great” Kindle Lemon. You need to understand that Kindle Fire is really such a badly designed lemon that cannot be fixed with any software updates. What use of apps if they load maddenly slow or what use of movies if the playback is choppy? Known issues with Kindle Fire are that it runs hot to touch, video playback is jerky, touch screen is not responsive and it takes 2-3 touches to register, power button placement is very poor and is prone to accidental power off, all the hype of Silk browser is not true where the browsing is actually slower than on other Android tablets, Wi-Fi connection gives a lot of trouble to users on it, etc. Amazon’s own web site has hundreds of reviews (over 1900 already) of Kindle Fire’s new owners that gave it 1 or 2 star reviews and over 1,000 of 3-star reviews because of choppy/laggy experience they got from this underpowered device.

Nook Tablet has Cloud storage as well as all your apps and ebooks you get from Nook store are stored there as well as on your device. Also, Nook app store has thousands of apps as well and Netflix has many more movies than Amazon store. Nook Tablet is much better without a doubt, it’s a class above Kindle Fire. All pro reviewers on the web clearly voiced that Nook Tablet is a much better device with superior performance compared to Kindle Fire. It’s got Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Angry Brids, etc., the best battery life (30% better than Fire), the best non-glare laminated screen (no lamination on very reflective Fire screen), double the RAM and space for apps/photos/movies than on Fire, microSD slot and a microphone for Skype (not on Fire), physical volume controls on the side (not on Fire), very smooth video playback with excellent screen, and very fast apps load (unlike on Fire).

Consider this pro side by side review to back me up:
We streamed Netflix side by side with the Kindle Fire, and head-to-head comparisons were very favorable to the Nook–it simply looked better. Both tablets have the same app, but the Nook Tablet’s picture looked more vivid and detailed. The Nook Tablet also has physical volume controls on the side, which come in handy–the Kindle Fire strangely lacks them. The screen, which is a higher-quality IPS display than the Kindle Fire, really shows off Netflix and Hulu Plus to amazing effect…
It’s the best screen on a budget tablet that I’ve ever seen. More storage–both onboard (16GB) and via microSD expansion–and the ability to read EPUB files could be big news for those who want flexibility. There’s plenty of expansion room, and you’ll have a hard time running out of space for your apps or your magazine downloads.

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Your Questions About Google Laptop Chrome Os

Lisa asks…

Is Google Chrome OS good?

steve answers:

Chrome OS is good with chrome book or a notebook with similar hardware configuration…
If you’re planning to install it on your Laptop, don’t do it or you’ll mess your hardware and your data. Even being very precautionary.

Also, Chrome OS is good for business class people who have a great interaction with internet, keeps their files, presentation everything over internet.

And, Chrome OS is designed to access internet fast and rapidly, and so it has no applications.

Ruth asks…

When is the Google OS coming out for the PC?

If/When is that craz-ay OS from Google coming to ordinary laptops, I heard it’ll be out for netbooks and such later in the year, but I’m wondering when its coming out on PCs and such.
Yes I used and such a little to much in the post.

steve answers:

Google is developing an OS and is changing their browser “Chrome” to an OS right now Android is their current OS for Mobile devices but don’t know when the browser will become the OS it was kinda a surprise to me really that they decided to make Chrome into an OS you would think that the OS would still be Android even for computers

John asks…

Lenovo G580 15.6-Inch Laptop vs. Samsung Chromebook 550?

I am looking to get a laptop, and I’m planning on using it for working (Word documents, PowerPoint, etc.) along with surfing the web. Which one of the laptops that I mentioned should I get?

steve answers:

Google Chromebook: you do every thing through the browser and is stored in the cloud online.
You can not add software to the Chrome OS like MS Office etc.
About Chrome devices http://support.google.com/chromeos/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=177870

Buy a Windows laptop for work and personal use. Http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/home.to?utm_expid=1188295-3

George asks…

question about Chrome OS…?

Okay, i know not many people know much about it but maybe you have heard something i havent…i didnt do much research on it…is chrome OS only going to be for netbooks or is there going to be a downloadable OS for laptops and desktops too?

steve answers:

The Google OS is going to be preinstalled in netbooks – some manufacturers are going to release the netbooks. Their first step is mobile version – its a huge success.
Next, the OS is just like going to be like chrome. From Google news forum, they said it is not going to have heavy OS – its going to be like Ubuntu-more lighter than it.

It is downloadable to laptops/Dtops. You can install
1. Chrome OS in hard drive from a USB/flash drive.
2. You can virtualize Chrome OS

For step by step installation guide, pls find detailed steps under

Donald asks…

What’s different between Google Chrome and Chromebook (OS)?

I would like to get a new computer. I’m considering getting a Chromebook, but I don’t really know what it’s like. Is it really just like Chrome for Windows, or do you get something different on startup? What are the differences between the two?
I’m just looking for the differences between the OS and the Desktop one. Does the Chromebook browser have the same look? And can you have multiple Chrome windows open?

steve answers:

Wow – lots of problems with the existing answers here.

Inaccuracy #1: The Chromebook does not have Windows (or anything at all from Microsoft) on it.
Inaccuracy #2: It does not come with a special version of Chrome – it’s the identical codebase as Chrome on Win/Mac/Linux with one small exception – the only plugin allowed to run (for security reasons) is Flash. For other plugins (like Java – which are notoriously insecure), solutions like Rndr from the Chrome Web Store work well (basically hosting the Java plugin elsewhere).
Inaccuracy #3: There is absolutely no virus scanner on the machine because… Guess what.. You can’t have a virus on a machine where you can never run an application.

So, given all this, why get a Chromebook? The question comes down to use case – if any of the following are important to you, then a Chromebook may be right for you:

- Fast – Get up and running quickly (from completely off to being online in less than 8 seconds – no other computer in the world can do that). And, because there’s nothing else running (like other applications, etc.), the browsing experience is very fast.
- Long battery life (Chromebooks have longer *real* battery life than any laptop on the market – charge it in the morning and the battery lasts the entire day – literally)
- Shareability – when a user logs in, a completely encrypted partition is created for the user so if someone comes over – you can literally hand this to them and they can’t see anything from any of your web sessions and nothing they do will affect how you run the Chromebook the next day — it’s been called the most shraeable computer in the world.
- Security – Absolutely no viruses, worms, etc. Further, it’s got a technology called verified boot which checks every bit of the OS upon boot every single time to make sure nothing has been changed or corrupted.
- Always up-to-date – no concept of, oh god, I’m still on Windows XP – I’ve got to migrate to Windows 7, blah blah. Boot and you’re running the latest – period.
- No data loss – since this computer forces you to live in the cloud (e.g. Music online, pictures online, docs online, etc.), if you leave it in a taxi or it gets run over by a truck, you lose nothing – not a day’s worth of work. Just get another and continue where you left off.
- Sync – Which leads to this point – all your settings, your themes, bookmarks, extensions, whatever are synced to the cloud so if you log in to another Chromebook somewhere, it’s as though it’s yours.
- Lower cost – because it’s just the web, need a lot less powerful machine so you can get one for $300ish.
- Offline – yes, there are thousands of offline web apps that work great even if you’re offline – even hundreds of games.

So, basically, a computer that lets you skip right to the good stuff and leave the days of old-school work alone.

Hope this helps.

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