Yes, you can still use those old iPhone ear buds
Q I love my old wired ear buds. Will I still be able to use them with the new iPhone 7?
A: The iPhone 7 includes a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter in the box. Belkin has announced a different solution, the Lightning Audio and Charge Rockstar ($40). It has two lightning ports so you can charge and listen simultaneously. Other companies are sure to follow. You also could pick up a pair of Apple’s wireless AirPods ($159).
Q I was listening to your national radio show, and a man called who wanted to know how to organize his 4,000-wine-bottle collection. After telling him about some great options, you mentioned a site to hire part-time workers. Can you tell me more about that as a way I can earn extra money?
A: TaskRabbit lets people post simple jobs online such as organizing wine, assembling furniture, home cleaning, grocery shopping or help moving. You can sign up as a “Tasker” and make money completing those tasks. TaskRabbit is moving toward on-demand work. With its new options, tasks can be confirmed in five minutes and completed within 90 minutes.
Q I’m buying a house, and my title company needs me to fax several pages. I don’t have a fax machine. Help!
A: Sign up for FaxZero. You can send up to five free faxes a day, provided the documents are three pages or less. Each document will be sent with a cover page that includes an ad. If you need to send more, FaxZero sends up to 25 pages (plus an optional cover page) for $1.99. You could also use an app such as CamScanner that turns your smartphone into a scanner, copier and fax machine.
Q I was dusting, and now the screen on my HDTV has streaks. Is there a better way to clean electronics?
A: Don’t use sprays or cleaners on the screen. Many brands contain ammonia, which can ruin the screen surface. You want to clean a screen with a microfiber cloth; avoid paper towels because they can cause scratches and nicks. For more stubborn smudges and fingerprints, lightly dampen a cloth with distilled water; don’t pour water directly on the screen. You can also mix water in a 1-to-1 ratio with white vinegar or rubbing alcohol for a deeper clean.
Q My best friend and I have traveled for her birthday since college, but I can’t make it this year. How can I do something special to make up for it?
A: Use Facebook’s birthday video cam to record a video for your friend. In the Facebook app, visit your friend’s Facebook page on her birthday. When you add a post to her wall, you’ll see an option to record a birthday video. The birthday video cam allows you to record a message up to 15 seconds.
The Lightning-to-3.5mm headphone jack adapter for the new iPhone 7 Plus