Help File: Gloves that work with touchscreens; buying a Comcast cable modem
Q: My iPhone's touchscreen doesn't work when I wear my gloves. Do I have any options to frozen fingers?
A: The screens on iPhones and other smartphones, like the click-wheel controls on iPods, use a capacitive design that relies on your fingertip's ability to conduct electricity.
Regular gloves interrupt that circuit, so you'd either need a pair that lets you temporarily expose a fingertip or a set that incorporates conductive material.
Gloves by Freehands ($18 and up at http:/
Two more expensive and effective gloves have silvery conductive fabric sewn into the tips of the forefingers and thumbs.
Echo Touch's sport glove ($30 but out of stock at http:/
North Face's E-Tip men's gloves ($40) have a more snug fit that allows finer control. But the stylized circuit-board pattern across each palm and the power-on symbol adorning each thumb give them a Borg Nouveau look that some might see as a turnoff.
Comcast raised its modem-rental charge to $5. Is it worthwhile to buy my own modem?
Sure. Cable modems start at around $60 in stores, and you can probably beat those prices online. Just make sure whatever you buy appears on Comcast's list of approved modems (http:/
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