J. D. Biersdorfer And, The New York Times

J. D. Biersdorfer And

The New York Times

New York, NY, United States

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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

A Southern Bookstore Serving Up a Little Bit of Everything

For bibliophiles with plenty of time to browse, Richmond’s Chop Suey Books offers a feast of “gently used” books packed into its two-floor store. → Read More

How to Take Music Lessons Whenever (and Wherever) Works for You

Playing an instrument can be a rewarding hobby, but if finding the time and a teacher is a challenge, many apps can help get you started. → Read More

How to Make a 3-D Model of Your Home Renovation Vision

Before you get out the hardware, use software like free floor-plan apps and augmented-reality tools to sketch out the ideas for your remodeling projects. → Read More

Where the Thirst for Literature Meets the Thirst for Beer

Books & Brews — a combination bookstore, nanobrewery and “place for people without a place” — has found its own place in Indianapolis and beyond. → Read More

How to Rescue, Repair and Revive Old Family Photos

If the march of time is eroding your personal picture archive, give your beloved images new life. → Read More

Record and Share Your Family History in 5 Steps

Holiday gatherings offer a great time to create a multimedia digital archive of interviews with your relatives so they can share their memories with the current — and future — branches of the tree. → Read More

How to Find the Video Games of Your Youth

The classics can take you back in time — and are probably easier to recapture than you think. → Read More

Manage Your Digital Magazines

You can clear the clutter from your coffee table with electronic editions of your favorite periodicals. → Read More

Make Several Gmail Addresses Out of One

Thanks to the way Google processes your mail, you can modify part of your address for different situations and still get all your messages. → Read More

Help a Fellow Mac User With Remote Tech Support

Just like Windows users, Mac owners have ways to share and control another computer over the internet to give a quick assist online. → Read More

Keep Your Electronic Communications Really Secure

Standard SMS text and email may not protect the privacy of your correspondence, but apps that encrypt your chats lock up your messages from those who might read them. → Read More

Going Vertical for Instagram’s New Video App

IGTV, the company’s new venture, allows longer videos, but your clips need to meet a few requirements. → Read More