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Move Over, Picasa

Q:

I have a new iPad and am trying to learn how to use it. Is it possible to move any of my Picasa photos and/or my music over to this thing?

A:

Assuming your music is on your PC or Mac, it’s easy to move it to your iPad. Just install Apple’s iTunes software, and perform a sync. You can move all or some of your music. Picasa is a Google service that isn’t directly supported by Apple.

However, there are a number of iPad apps that will let you view photos in the Web version of Picasa and do other things. Just go to the app store and search for “Picasa.”

Q:

Is there a product that syncs calendars over all or most products?

A:

Google Calendar, which can be used via a Web browser, will always be up-to-date, regardless of whether you add, delete, or change an event. You can access it in Web browsers on PCs and Macs, iPhones and iPads and, naturally, devices powered by Google’s own Android operating system.

If you’d rather use dedicated calendar apps instead of a Web browser, Google Calendar can also be viewed and managed via programs like Outlook on Windows, iCal on the Mac, and the built-in calendar apps on iPhone, iPad and Android.

Q:

We are on vacation in the U.K. with an iPhone and noticed that AT&T billed us for data charges for use of a free Wi-Fi hot spot.

Is this typical? The company says it is “looking into it.”

A:

An AT&T spokesman says: “You should not incur international roaming charges for usage on a free Wi-Fi hot spot.” I’ll say. Cellular carrier data plans, even when used at high extra rates overseas, are about use of the cellular networks, not other companies’ Wi-Fi services. They should do more than “look into it.”

Write to Walt mossberg@wsj.com.


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