Slate's Farhad Manjoo answers your questions about Verizon and the iPhone, Facebook, and more.

Your tech questions answered.
June 11 2010 4:27 PM

Will My iPhone Dreams Ever Come True?

Slate's tech-advice column on whether Verizon will ever get the iPhone, spying on your kids on Facebook, and more.


If you've got a burning tech problem you want solved, please send a note to, with "I've got a tech question!" as the subject line. (Your question may be edited.) You can also read previous "Dear Farhad" columns.

(Continued from Page 2)

Dear Farhad,
I need to keep three small children entertained on a long plane flight. I'd like to find some way to let them watch movies, but I'm not sure my laptop's battery will be up to it. Should I buy an iPad? Portable DVD players? Also, how do I split the audio between them? I don't want to bother other passengers.

—Keeping My Sanity at 30,000 Feet

Dear 30,000 Feet,
Forget the iPad. It's too expensive for your needs, and it doesn't have a DVD player, which leaves you at the mercy of iTunes for movies. I'd go with portable DVD players. You can pick them up for as little as $60—buy three and you won't have any fights. I'd also recommend purchasing noise-canceling headphones. Standard headphones would need to be turned up too loud to overcome the noise of the plane, and that's not good for young ears. With noise-canceling headphones, kids can keep the DVD volume much lower. Also, of course, be sure to take along lots of DVDs. If you subscribe to Netflix's three-at-a-time plan, you can let each of the kids choose a movie beforehand. Good luck!



Like Slate and Farhad Manjoo on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.