Making money on YouTube
Q. My boys, ages 11 and 12, are visiting relatives in China and have been making great movies on their journey. Is there a way they can make some money with these videos?
A. There are lots of people making millions on YouTube. It's a matter of getting something to go viral. So where do you start? Most viral videos tell a story, spark emotions, are awe-inspiring, funny or a combination of these.
They are usually between 45 seconds to 2 minutes. You should submit your videos to a site like No Entry Fee Festivals or Vimeo.com. If either of these sites pick up just one of your videos, you will be all set. Otherwise, keep your YouTube page up to date and keep the content flowing. You will want to post at least one new video per week to keep your audience engaged.
Windows tablet to replace an Android
Q. I recently bought an Android tablet for work and have been very disappointed. It doesn't work with the programs I need, such as QuickBooks and Microsoft Office. Are Windows tablets better at handling this type or work? If so, which one do you suggest?
A. The Surface Pro 2 is like a laptop in tablet form. It runs a full version of Windows 8, meaning it will run any Microsoft program. Of course, it's a laptop price starting at $900. Depending on your budget, that might be a little steep. You might be better off getting a bulkier, but still fast Windows laptop for $500 to $600.
Wireless ways to lock up
Q. I think I heard that there was a new wireless keyless door locking system introduced at the Las Vegas tech show a few months ago. You could control it with an iPhone or iPad. Do you have a link to any information about this system?
A. Not only was Kevo at The Consumer Electronics Show this year, it won the 2014 CES Innovations Award, and also featured on the show "Shark Tank."
This system turns your iPhone 4s, 5, 5c and 5s (support for other phones is still in development) into your house key, although you can also opt to get a key fob if you wish to keep smartphones out of the equation. You just need to get the Kevo app and keep your phone in your pocket or purse. When you want to get into your house or office, simply touch the lock to open it. It's as easy as that.
However, you will need to pay for the special lock, which is around $200 and some change. The upside to Kevo is that you can give out an unlimited number of keys, so if you run a large office or warehouse, giving out multiple keys to employees won't be a problem.
Rearrange your monitor for comfort
Q. I have to strain my eyes to see text on my monitor. Am I sitting too far away?
A. Possibly. Try tinkering with your font size before you arrange your monitor, though. In Windows, go to Control Panel >> Appearance and Personalization >> Personalization >> Adjust Font Size.
For Macs, go to Apple >> System Preferences >> Universal Preferences >> Seeing.
For ideal comfort, your monitor should be about an arm's length away from you. Adjust it so the top of the screen is at or just below your eye level. Of course, make sure your monitor is pointed away from any glare that could reflect off of it for maximum comfort.
An underwater camera for vacation
Q. I'm going to the Dominican Republic for my 25th wedding anniversary. We plan on doing a lot of snorkeling, so I was wondering what kind of underwater cameras are out there and what kind I should get?
A. You have a couple of options. Most point-and-shoot cameras can get the job done when you add a waterproof casing. But since it's a special occasion, the Go Pro is the highest standard for these types of cameras. Go Pros can be a little pricey (The GoPro 3+ is $400), so if you want a similar camera for a little less, you can try the Garmin VIRB, priced at $300.
Kim Komando hosts the nation's largest talk radio show about consumer electronics, computers and the Internet. Hear it locally at 94.3 WSC News Radio noon-3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to www.komando.com.
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