Yes, you can still use those old iPhone ear buds

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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

Kim Komando

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