J. D. Biersdorfer And, The New York Times

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Upgrading? Here’s What You Can Do With an Old Mobile Device.

Before you retire that smartphone or tablet to the bottom of a drawer, there are ways to get more life out of it around the house. → Read More

Turn Your Phone Into a Fitness Coach

You don’t need a smartwatch or an activity tracker to monitor your exercise, nutrition and other health information. → Read More

5 Ways to Get More Out of Android 11

The current version of Google’s mobile operating system includes several features that can make life easier and a bit more whimsical. → Read More

5 Tips to Take Command of Your iPhone

Recent updates to Apple’s mobile operating system offer new ways to open apps, chat with friends and interact with your device. → Read More

Create a Digital Commonplace Book

Readers have collected their favorite literary lines for centuries. Now compiling a portable word scrapbook is easier than ever. → Read More

How to Have a Fully Remote Family Thanksgiving

Skipping travel this year to stop the spread of Covid-19? Here’s how to digitally reimagine the holiday, from meal prep to after-dinner activities. → Read More

Your Trusty Maps App Can Help You Navigate the Pandemic

Apple and Google have added handy features for these uncertain times. → Read More

How to Dig Up Family History Online

Digitized newspaper archives and hyperlocal historical sources can help you understand how your ancestors lived. → Read More

Space Out and Explore the Universe Without Leaving Home

If NASA’s new 2020 missions have inspired an interest in science and celestial objects, these apps and sites can open a whole new batch of worlds. → Read More

Create Your Own Digital Comics Whether You Can Draw or Not

Even if you can’t draw a stick person, you can still express yourself and tell stories through the time-honored tradition of sequential art. → Read More

How to Digitize Your Most Important Documents

If you have some spare time at home and want a productive project, consider creating a digital archive of your personal papers. → Read More

Get the Most Out of Your Fancy Smartphone Camera

The latest Apple and Google models have software that automatically enhances your photos, but you can also take control to get your perfect shot. → Read More

Put Alexa and Siri to Work

Voice-activated helpers can automate life’s little chores, once you get the hang of them. → Read More

Get Those Records, Tapes and CDs Onto Your Smartphone

Ready to convert your older analog audio to more portable digital formats? Here’s how to make it happen. → Read More

How to Get the Most Out of Your Digital Wallet

Payment apps can speed up register checkout and replace that paper and plastic clogging your billfold. Here are six steps to make them work for you. → Read More

Can You Draw This? Of Course You Can

Sketching is a form of visual thinking that exercises the mind and body, and it’s easy to turn your tablet into a portable art studio. → Read More

Where to Find Native American Culture and a Good Read

Birchbark Books & Native Arts, owned by the novelist Louise Erdrich, provides indigenous-language guides, literature and crafts — and the latest best sellers. → Read More

Collecting Your Thoughts Is Good. Organizing Them Is Even Better.

Today’s apps, services and hardware make it easy to jot, sketch and save the things that inspire you. → Read More

Get More From Your Letters With Custom Stationery for Print or Pixels

Even in today’s digital world, notes sent under a formal letterhead can help get the right message across. Here’s how to make your own powerful design with just a few keystrokes. → Read More

How to Add Hollywood Special Effects to Your Videos

With your smartphone, inexpensive software and a bit of cloth or paper, you can make your own “green screen” movies. → Read More