Fluctuating online prices stump shoppers

By: Anne D’Innocezio

Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for shoppers to “buy low.”A growing number of retailers are using software that changes online prices based on demand, competition, inventory and other factors. The main goal is to undercut rivals when necessary, and raise... READ MORE

Fairfax volunteers offer free tech advice

By: Rebekah Sewell

Fairfax county resident and avid music fan Bill Behnke, 69, was having some iPod issues. His son-in-law had set him up with the popular “Internet radio” station Pandora, which can be listened to on multiple digital devices, including computers, smartphones and tablets. But he couldn’t get it to play in his car.Unlike traditional radio, Pandora allows users to select the... READ MORE

PCs, laptops aim to compete with tablets

By: Brandon Bailey

A year ago, pundits were declaring the personal computer dead. Smartphones and tablets were cannibalizing sales, and the once-revolutionary PC seemed unnecessary — and boring.Sure, a smartphone is great for checking emails, snapping photos and playing games. Tablets are perfect for watching videos and shopping online. But don’t count the PC out just yet. Manufacturers are... READ MORE

How to manage your health records online

By: Eleanor Laise

Doctors and hospitals traditionally have been the gatekeepers of patients’ medical records. That’s changing as a growing number of digital tools place these records at consumers’ fingertips.Patients can now view their medical records, download them to a computer or mobile device, and organize key information such as allergies and drug side effects. They also can use these... READ MORE

Digital fitness monitors promote health

By: Harvard Health Letter

The latest trend in high-tech health puts control in the palm of your hand. It’s called digital fitness monitoring, and it comes in the form of tiny gadgets that you wear or place in your pocket.“If you’re already motivated to exercise or eat differently, the monitor is a great tool to track your progress and help you understand where you need to make changes,” said... READ MORE

Free map apps help drivers and walkers

By: Anick Jesdanun

Many people use smartphone apps to map their drive to dinner or find a less-congested route to work. But did you know that you can use them for public transit, too? You can even access some maps when your Internet connection is down, such as in the subway, or if it’s spotty. Here’s a look at what leading free map apps can do for you, whatever mode of transportation you... READ MORE