RCS Messaging

Dear PropellerHeads, I upgrade my Android smartphone every couple of years but it seems like text messaging is virtually the same as it was a decade ago.  What’s the deal? A:  The deal is, you’re right.  While there are a lot of cool things phones have...

Dark Matters

Dear PropellerHeads: My new laptop has a bright screen, which is great during the day but causes eye strain after hours of use. Is there a way to save my eyes without stepping away from the screen? A: Yes! But first, a warning: Do not microwave grapes. (Seriously...

Computer Jargon

Q: My boss keeps asking me if I have enough “spare cycles” to work on new projects. I know what she’s asking, and I know this is a computer term, but where does it come from? A: In what can only be described as Dilbert cartoons come tragically to life, your boss is...

Social Media

Q: I would describe myself as a reasonably happy and very active user of social media. I have read a few articles that suggest too much social media use can lead to depression. Is that something I should be worried about? A: A few things to mention before I address...

Online Movie Reviews

Q: I don’t want to waste my time or money seeing a bad flick, but I don’t like the movie critic in my local paper. Who are the best movie critics on the Internet? A: Well, “best” is a relative term. The movies I consider to be this year’s “best” may not match your...

Bandwidth Throttling

Q: I noticed some streaming services are buffering more than normal on my phone, my kids said something about the throttle. When did cell phones get engines? A: Mobile phones don’t have traditional engines, per se, but do have processors that determine how fast they...