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Q. My kid has his heart set on getting a Nintendo 3DS for his birthday. I read your blog on it and it does look like a great machine, but for not that much more money, I can get him a basic iPad that can do so much more than a 3DS. Any suggestions?
A. The Nintendo 3DS is a fantastic gaming device with breakthrough technology (See, Nintendo 3DS: David’s Review!). Two of my children bought the 3DS and they love it.
Good news for you, the price of the Nintendo 3DS in the US is being slashed as of August 12 from $249 to $169, which makes the price difference of the Ninento 3DS and the lowest priced iPad much bigger. If your child has his heart set on the Nintendo 3DS, and you can wait until August 12 to buy it, you will save a lot of money.
For those who have already purchased a Nintendo 3DS at the original price (such as my children), or plan to purchase one before August 11, Nintendo is going to try to make it up to their customers for the drastic price drop. Nintendo will give Nintendo 3DS owners 20 free 3DS games if they have purchased their devices by August 11. For more information, click here: Gizmodo.
Q. How do you delete photos from an iPhone?
A. Whether you want to free up space on your iPhone or remove embarrassing images, it’s important to know how to delete photos from your iPhone.
To delete a photo you have taken with your iPhone, go into the Photos app, press on Camera Roll, find the picture you want to delete and press on it. When it opens on your iPhone, press on the picture and a trash can icon will appear on the right side of the menu bar at the bottom. Press the trash can icon and a pop up window will appear asking you to confirm that you want to delete the picture.
To delete a photo from your iPhone that you didn’t take with the iPhone, you will have to adjust your sync settings in iTunes. With your iPhone attached to your computer, go into iTunes and click on the name of your iPhone (for example, “Lady Gaga’s iPhone”), and then click on the Photos tab at the top of the page.
From there, you can check which folders on your computer you wish to sync folder from so they are copied onto your iPhone. You can either select All Folders or Selected Folders. Click on Selected Folders and then choose the folders you want to sync to your iPhone. Click Apply and your iPhone will be synced with only the photos in the folders you have selected.
Q. The head of our department is moving to a different job and we want to give him a really special gift to thank him for being a great boss. Everyone wanted to get him a Kindle because he loves reading books. We took up a collection and ended up getting much more than a Kindle costs. So we wanted to get him some Kindle books but didn’t know how to do it so he could keep the books on his Kindle. Someone said we could put the books on her Kindle account and sync our boss’s new Kindle to her account but that doesn’t sound like it would work very well. What do you suggest?
A. Great idea to get him a Kindle! I’m sure he will love your generous gift. To add Kindle books to your gift, consider giving him an Amazon gift certificate. This way, he can choose the books he wants, and also he can add the books to his Kindle account.
If you want to give him a specific Kindle book, go to Amazon, find the Kindle book you want to give him, and click on Gift This Book on the right side of the listing. Enter his email address and he will be able to download the book to his Kindle.
I don’t suggest that you sync his Kindle with someone’s account from your office. If his Kindle is synced with someone’s Kindle account, he will lose all of his books when he transfers his Kindle to his own account.
Many families share Kindle accounts, so if anyone else in his family has a Kindle account, he will probably want to sync his Kindle to the family account so other members of his family can share in the Kindle books as well.
I hope your boss enjoys his Kindle!
Does the upcoming price drop on the Nintendo 3DS entice you to get one? Do you delete photos from your iPhone to add space or remove embarrassing evidence? Have you ever given a Kindle book as a gift? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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