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Your daily tech update from American's digital pro, Kim Komando. Stay up on the latest tech news with Kim's trusted advice, opinions and actionable tips — all in one minute.
23 hours ago
Why Macs are about to get a whole lot faster
Apple is making a big change that means its Mac computers are about to get much more powerful and whole lot faster.
2 days ago
Why cord-cutting may no longer be the cheapest option
Years ago, consumers dropped cable in droves for cheaper streaming options. Now, streaming companies are capitalizing and prices are creeping up. Could going back to cable actually save you money?
5 days ago
Practice social media distancing for a real Independence Day 2020
Social media's promise to bring us closer has failed miserably. This holiday weekend, I encourage you to step away from all the timelines, comments and messages. You'll thank me later.
6 days ago
The Facebook advertising boycott
After years of arrogance and ignorance, Facebook is finally paying for letting terrorists, child molesters and racists run rampant. The cost could be enormous.
7 days ago
Are there alternatives to Facebook?
Millions have ditched Facebook and its toxicity. If you're craving community online, there are some other options. Here's what you need to know.
Jun 30, 2020
Delete your data from Google - but there's a catch
Google says it will now automatically start deleting user data, by default for new users and with a quick settings change for the rest of us. Now one question remains: Can you ever truly erase what Google knows about you? I wouldn't bet on it.
Jun 29, 2020
Is Microsoft changing the face of retail?
Stores around the country have closed temporarily in the face of the pandemic. But now Microsoft is shutting down nearly all of its retail stores for good. Is this the future of retail?
Jun 26, 2020
How your iPhone tracks everywhere you go
Want proof that your iPhone keeps track of every place you go? There's a little known-feature hiding your movements. Here's how to find it.
Jun 25, 2020
Turn off political ads on Facebook
Facebook has a long, sad history of maintaining any semblance of credibility when showing ads on the site. Now, you can silence political ads and those from organizations like Super PACs and other paid messages.
Jun 24, 2020
Contact tracing hoax spreading through Facebook
People across the country on are high alert for news about coronavirus contact tracing apps coming to Apple and Android phones. One rumor, in particular, is making the rounds on social media. I've got the facts.
Jun 23, 2020
After 13 years, major change coming to Apple's home screen
Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference kicked off this week, and there's a big change coming for everyone who owns an iPhone: A brand-new way to use and organize your home screen. Kim has the details.
Jun 22, 2020
5 most important tips for video conference calls
Maybe you're on video calls all day long. Maybe they're infrequent on your schedule, reserved for only the most important meetings. Either way, Kim's got five tips to help you look and sound your best.
Jun 19, 2020
The new form of sextortion during the coronavirus lockdown
Sextortion scams are frightening. You get an email claiming a hacker has evidence, often in video form, of you in rather compromising positions. A new form of the scam is spreading, and it could have horrible ramifications for those targeted.
Jun 18, 2020
How lies survive on social media
Radio shows like mine, newspapers, magazines and virtually every other form of media are held accountable for publishing something libelous, false or dangerous. That's not the case for social media platforms, and I say it's time for that to end.
Jun 17, 2020
How 5G will bring super-fast internet into your home, wirelessly
Getting high-speed data lines into every home is expensive — and a reason why many people don't have fast connections at home. If you live in an area not wired with fiber, rest assured: 5G is going to change all that.
Jun 16, 2020
How this year's California wildfires could hurt you and your business
With the pandemic sending employees home to work, our reliance on the internet can't be overstated. This year's wildfires in California could bring major disruptions, and that could affect you, no matter where you live.
Jun 15, 2020
50 years ago this month, the picturephone arrived and quickly disappeared
Half a century ago, with great confidence, AT&T launched the world's first video phone. It goes without saying it did not take off. Here's what happened.
Jun 12, 2020
With $30B at stake, IRS issues dire scam warning
For months cybercriminals have been cashing in on our collective coronavirus fears. Their schemes haven't let up, and now the IRS is warning of a new, convincing scam spreading that could take even more money from the pockets of Americans.
Jun 11, 2020
Why working from home may be here to stay
Dr. Anthony Fauci says the coronavirus has become his "worst nightmare." As health experts predict another spike this summer, those of us working from home can expect to stay put for a while longer.
Jun 10, 2020
Twitter gets serious with 5G conspiracy postings
Social media platforms are hotbeds for conspiracy theories, fake news, hate, violence and all manner of despicable content. Now Twitter is putting its proverbial foot down to at least one of these, and it's high time.
Jun 9, 2020
The reason you can't use your own Netflix account
How many friends and family members have your Netflix login? Sharing streaming services is common practice, but you might find yourself locked out of your own account if too many people are watching at the same time.
Jun 8, 2020
Bluetooth speakers for your phone that won't listen in
If you want to listen to music through your phone without headphones, you need a speaker. But what if you don't want Alexa or Siri listening in through devices like the Echo or Apple HomePod? I have the solution: Bluetooth speakers.
Jun 5, 2020
Facebook now allows bulk deleting - but are the posts really gone?
Facebook's long overdue new tool lets you archive or delete posts in bulk. Now the question is, are they actually gone for good? I wouldn't bet on it.
Jun 4, 2020
A glimmer of good news from all the looting
If there is any good news from the lawlessness in America’s major cities, it’s this: Apple is making monetary contributions to help victims of police brutality, while the looters of Apple stores got much more than they bargained for.
Jun 3, 2020
Fake Facebook protest videos seen by millions
As protests took place across the U.S., millions were watching on Facebook Live. If you turn to social media for news, I have a warning about what you'll find.
Jun 2, 2020
Move over, Crayola: Try your hand at naming colors
Today's screens can display 16.7 million colors, and all those colors need names. Head to colornames.org to add your suggestions to the list and vote for others. Some of the latest? "Grandma Made Me Buy This Dress" for a nice dusty pink and "Diluted Limes" ... You can guess what shade that one is.
Jun 1, 2020
The humble, simple voice phone call makes a comeback
Think back a few months. How often did you ignore calls and opt to communicate via text, email or social media message? Now, months into the pandemic, good old fashioned voice calls are through the roof.
May 29, 2020
Can President Trump really regulate Twitter?
President Trump signed an executive ordered aimed at limiting the legal protections that shield social media companies. The question now is how will he enforce it?
May 28, 2020
How cutting the cable brought us right back to where we started
A decade ago, we started saying "no more" to expensive cable and satellite service. Now, there are more streaming services than ever to fill the void. And they'll put a dent in your wallet as much as, say, a traditional cable bill.
May 27, 2020
Local TV stations are being scammed by Amazon, and you are too
Tune into your local news station and you may see a segment that feels surprising if you keep up with the tech world: A feel-good story about Amazon's happy employees. The truth? Amazon produced the entire segment. Now, how did this get on the air?
May 26, 2020
Researchers hit fastest internet speed ever
We all want better, smarter and faster. Researchers in Australia hit a new record internet speed that hits faster out of the ballpark. The team logged speeds of 44.2 terabits per second — fast enough to download 1,000+ HD movies in less than a second.
May 25, 2020
Honoring those who sacrificed everything
This Memorial Day, join me in taking a moment to show respect to those who embody the spirit of duty, honor and selflessness in the service of America.
May 22, 2020
Why that COVID contact tracing text is a scam
Don't be surprised to hear from coronavirus tracers who track the spread of the disease. But if you were one of the millions who got a text that you've been exposed to COVID-19, it was probably a scam. I'll tell you what tipped me off.
May 21, 2020
Will DJI drones disappear from American skies?
There are nearly 1.6 million drones registered in the U.S., according to FAA estimates, and DJI holds nearly two-thirds of the American market. Now this Chinese company's products could be pulled from shelves. Why now? Listen to find out.
May 20, 2020
5 tips to look your best while video conferencing
Your daily Zoom calls aren't quite the same as being on television, but you still want to look your best, right? Take a cue from broadcasters with these five tips for looking great on camera.
May 19, 2020
Uber gives us an idea of the massive hit to the US economy
A few months ago, Uber was on top of the ridesharing world. Fast forward to today and the demand has dried up — taking thousands of jobs along with it. The massive cuts at Uber give us a glimpse at what's happening to the U.S. economy as a whole.
May 18, 2020
The pandemic and the fall of celebrity status
The pandemic has brought innumerable changes. Among them, a shift in how much we really care about fame and celebrity. As our priorities shift, so too does what we care about. Has health finally overtaken wealth?
May 15, 2020
The best games to play on Zoom this weekend
Ah, another weekend ... at home. Fire up your video chat service of choice, gather a few friends and have a game night. Here are a few low-tech options to make your high-tech hangout more fun.
May 14, 2020
Facebook moderators collect damages after suffering PTSD
With all the horrible content that actually makes it onto Facebook, I've wondered what gets filtered out and who does the job. It's a team of moderators, and Facebook is paying out millions of dollars to compensate them for mental health issues developed on the job.
May 13, 2020
Twitter's ridiculous PR ploy
Social media platforms are hotbeds for fake news. What is Twitter's latest plan to battle false and dangerous info? A warning that leaves me asking ... Really? That's all you got?
May 12, 2020
How working from home could land you in jail
Remote work scams are nothing new. Conning people who are looking for work is a trick much older than the internet. But this one takes it to a whole new level. Here's what to watch for if you're using the web to find a new WFH gig.
May 11, 2020
An open letter to Apple's CEO, Tim Cook
Coronavirus has interrupted Apple's China supply chain, and now those jobs are moving to Vietnam. I have a better idea. Listen up, Tim Cook. I know a country that could really use the work.
May 8, 2020
Need to know how to do or fix something? YouTube to the rescue
Before coronavirus, finding an expert — or just someone handy — to do a difficult task for you was a no-brainer. What about now that inviting strangers isn't your home isn't an option? Do-it-yourselfers are turning, in droves, to YouTube.
May 7, 2020
Dangerous coronavirus theories alarming doctors
If you rely on social media alone to stay informed, I have some bad news: You're making a dangerous mistake. Medical professionals across the country are alarmed at how many people are sharing bogus theories that the COVID-19 pandemic is all hype. These ideas aren't just ridiculous — they're dangerous.
May 6, 2020
Back to the office: The new normal
Reopening America's businesses will be no small task. You can bet there are some big changes in store when your office opens its doors again. Here's my take on what's to come.
May 5, 2020
Apple's iPad pandemic comeback
In the 10 years it's been around, the iPad hasn't changed all that much. But if you haven't seen what Apple's tablet has to offer in a while, take note. With the right accessories, the iPad can function as a computer — one you can carry around a lot easier than a laptop.
May 4, 2020
Top 4 coronavirus scams people are falling for
You can only avoid scams if you know exactly what to look for. Scammers are using the coronavirus to create new versions of their old tricks. Don't fall for them.
May 1, 2020
YouTube allows Chinese conspiracy videos on Patient Zero
Rumors spread quickly, and conspiracy theories even faster. An American Army reservist is being terrorized following videos and social media posts claiming she's the one who brought the coronavirus to China.
Apr 30, 2020
The most brazen COVID-19 blackmail scam yet
I know, I know — another coronavirus scam. But this one is the most brazen yet. You won't believe what hackers are banking on scared people falling for. The worst part? It's working.
Apr 29, 2020
Coronavirus and the collapse of the 'sharing economy'
The "sharing economy" — think Airbnb, VRBO and rideshare companies like Uber — is reeling. March was brutal but just wait for April numbers. Will these businesses bounce back?
Apr 28, 2020
How to spot and stop cyberthieves after your stimulus check
Cybercriminals have their minds on one thing right now: Getting into your wallet. And they're working very hard to steal your $1,200 stimulus check. I'll tell you how to stop them in their tracks.
Apr 27, 2020
How the new 6GHz Wi-Fi affects you
The FCC just opened a brand new Wi-Fi band. Translation? More, better and faster Wi-Fi in our homes and offices. But don't get too excited just yet — you'll have to wait at least a few months to start using it.
Apr 24, 2020
The prepper billionaires of Silicon Valley
Think back to Y2K. Remember the people who stocked up with years of food, water and supplies? Those doomsday preppers have long been the object of ridicule, but now Silicon Valley billionaires are joining their ranks.
Apr 23, 2020
Apple iPhone SE 2020 review
Top-of-the-line smartphones can cost you more than the average mortgage payment. Apple's more affordable option goes on sale tomorrow, and that begs the question: Is the $400 SE worth the money? Here's what I think.
Apr 22, 2020
How Netflix became what ABC, CBS and NBC always wanted to be
An estimated 37% of the world's internet users use Netflix. Think about that number. The big television networks certainly are. Can anything compete with the streaming giant?
Apr 21, 2020
COVID-19 changes America's shopping habits - perhaps forever
We've seen the shopping tide shift in recent years. In 2019, online spending beat out traditional in-store retail for the first time. Now, as people are relegated to shopping for everything but essentials on the web, those numbers are growing at a staggering pace.
Apr 20, 2020
Major companies are hiring - here's how NOT to get the job
Unemployment is skyrocketing, and major companies are desperate to hire qualified employees. Before you jump into action, I have a warning: Scammers are at the ready, waiting for job seekers to slip up. I'll tell you the safe way to find work.
Apr 17, 2020
Amazon struggles as consumers buy more
Look at Amazon's profits over the past 15 years, and the graph looks pretty close to exponential. From 2013 to 2019 alone, the company jumped from $89 billion in net revenue to $280 billion. Now, the huge demand — and all the money that brings — is a problem. Here's what Amazon is doing to try to keep up.
Apr 16, 2020
Protect yourself from cybercrime targeting Netflix customers
Hundreds of websites, all using the word Netflix, have popped up in the last two months. Their collective goal? To trick unwitting victims out of money and steal some data in the process. I’ll show you what to look for.
Apr 15, 2020
Where Zoom went wrong and where you should go now
Zoom has exploded in popularity over the last few weeks as meetings moved onto the web. But the sudden growth, and lacking security, has organizations from the Department of Education to the FBI saying no more.
Apr 14, 2020
4 compelling reasons why 5G cannot spread or make coronavirus
Maybe you've seen this conspiracy theory on social media or YouTube: 5G is causing or spreading the coronavrius. Don't fall for it. I've got four scientific facts to set your mind at ease.
Apr 13, 2020
From Google and Apple: New tool to fight COVID-19 or invasion of your privacy
Apple and Google are teaming up to develop technology that will alert you if you have come into contact with anyone infected with coronavirus. This "Contact Tracing" could be used by more than 230 million Americans who use an iPhone or Android smartphone. Is this a necessary tool or an invasion of privacy?
Apr 10, 2020
Coronavirus and the comeback of the old-fashioned phone call
Humans are social creatures, and we're all missing in-person connection. Texts and emails just don't cut it during this time of isolation. We're turning to our smartphones for, you guessed it, making actual calls.
Apr 9, 2020
YouTube and the 5G coronavirus rumor
YouTube is full of garbage. Sure, there are helpful videos, too, but there's no denying the trash you can find. The latest conspiracy theory spreading on the video site is getting lots of attention — and YouTube has had enough.
Apr 8, 2020
Even major news outlets fooled by fake coronavirus posts
Social media is loaded with videos of those who are sick, those who have lost loved ones and hopeless medical professionals. One in particular, a real heartbreaker, caught the attention of CBS Sunday News and Sen. Bernie Sanders. What they didn't realize? It's a fake.
Apr 7, 2020
The astronomical increase in spam
Statistics surround the coronavirus pandemic — from growing infection numbers to the time we're all spending online. Everything from streaming to cybercrime is through the roof, and spam is no exception. You won't believe just how much.
Apr 6, 2020
Coronavirus conspiracy theories on social media
In times of crisis, we're all searching for reliable information. My advice: Steer clear of, well, most of social media. Here are some of the bizarre conspiracy theories nuts are spouting off right now, from government power grabs to 5G's role in spreading the virus.
Apr 3, 2020
Working from home? Avoid unsafe electrical setups
At work, your office has all the outlets you could need. At home? Well, that's not the case for many of us. If you're working from home, don't miss this warning.
Apr 2, 2020
What you need to know about 'Zoombombing'
College classes, companies, churches and friend groups are turning to Zoom to stay in contact during pandemic. It makes connecting with others easy — but if you skip a few key steps, you're opening yourself and your meeting participants up for some serious online trolling.
Apr 1, 2020
How to have a virtual dinner party and maintain social distance
Cities are on lockdown and we have to keep our distance. Inviting friends over is out of the question. That doesn't mean a dinner party is off the table, though. Here's how I plan to host a virtual get-together this weekend. Join me!
Mar 31, 2020
The epidemic of scams
Across the world, people are getting sick at an alarming rate. That's not the only thing increasing. Scams are on the rise too. Phishing sites alone have increased 350%. Here are four scams you need to watch out for. Warn the people you love, too.
Mar 30, 2020
Why rural Airbnbs are the superstar of vacation rentals
Across the country, Americans are staying put. One-third of America is under lockdown, and the travel industry is quiet. There's one outlier: Rural Airbnbs. Why are these properties still attracting renters?
Mar 27, 2020
Working from home: Best tech to get, part 2
If you've transitioned to working from home, you know the hurdles. It's harder to keep in touch with coworkers, you're probably feeling isolated and you don't have the same resources you have access to at the office. There's one tech upgrade that will make the transition easier, and it's worth it if you're home for the foreseeable future.
Mar 26, 2020
Can you get coronavirus from Amazon and other deliveries?
Let's cut to the chase: Delivered packages aren't sterile. You need to take some precautions if you're ordering from Amazon, Walmart or any other online shop. I'll tell you exactly what I'm doing to keep germs out of my house.
Mar 25, 2020
Working from home? Turn off Alexa, Siri and your computer's camera
It's no secret smart speakers are always listening. In fact, assistants like Alexa accidentally listen in nearly 20 times a day on average. If you're now working from home, there's a critical privacy step you need to take.
Mar 24, 2020
Working from home - Best tech to get right now, part 1
Working from home, with any hope of productivity, starts with the right equipment. If your network isn't set up for success, you won't be either. Start with your router.
Mar 23, 2020
Watch out for these coronavirus scams
Fake news isn't all you need to worry about. Scammers and cybercriminals are using our collective fears against us. Think twice if you get any of these calls, and do not — under any circumstances — hand over your credit card info.
Mar 20, 2020
Is it safe to order online and touch your mail?
Can you get the coronavirus just from getting your mail or picking up a delivery? You can never be too careful. I'll tell you the steps I'm taking right now to minimize exposure.
Mar 19, 2020
Social media once again fails America with fake news
Real news can spread fast online. Fake news spreads even faster. There are so many hoaxes, rumors and flat out lies circulating right now. Don't fall for this one that went out to millions of people.
Mar 18, 2020
What about the TV remote?
Wash your hands, wipe down your phone, clean your keyboard. Check, check, check. But we're forgetting about arguably the dirtiest thing in our homes.
Mar 17, 2020
Internet providers promise to keep you connected - even if you can't pay your bill
Our reliance on the internet is stronger than ever as news of the coronavirus pandemic spreads. Internet service providers have stepped up to make sure no one loses their service during these trying times.
Mar 16, 2020
Should you cancel your hotel, Airbnb or Vrbo reservations?
There's a lot that's not known about the spread of the coronavirus right now, including how long the virus remains dangerous on household surfaces. That's why you should think twice about keeping those rental reservations.
Mar 13, 2020
Why my staff and I are now working from home
News is changing by the minute, and there's a lot of fear in the world right now. I've made the choice to send my staff home to work, for one very important reason. Whether or not you're in an office, there's a step you should take to protect yourself as the coronavirus spreads.
Mar 12, 2020
You can't trust everything you hear
Cybersecurity 101: Don't click links from an email sender you don't trust. Stop downloading attachments that seem fishy. Double check website URLs before you enter info. Here's a new one to add to the list: Think twice before you act on a phone call. Voice cloning is easier than you think to pull off, and it could cost you.
Mar 11, 2020
Wash your hands - but what about your smartphone and keyboard?
Wash, rinse, repeat. You can clean your hands to keep germs at bay, but what happens when you touch your electronics? You're dirty all over again. I'll tell you what to do for every keyboard and screen you use each day.
Mar 10, 2020
Spotting fake COVID-19 cures and price gouging
The internet is awash in so-called cures for coronavirus. Not so fast. There is no cure. I've got the scoop on what you really can trust online — and the proven ways to stay healthy as the virus spreads.
Mar 9, 2020
COVID-19: Working from home and your home network
Across the country, businesses are sending employees home to work and kids are staying home from school. Are you ready? Step one, don't panic. Step two, listen to this podcast to know exactly what you need to do to prepare your home's network.
Mar 6, 2020
Getting your business ready for coronavirus
Businesses across the world are closing up shop and sending employees home to get their jobs done. If you own or work for a small or medium-sized company, are you prepared for that scenario? I've got a few essentials you can use to make the transition easier.
Mar 5, 2020
Murder for hire on the Dark Web
The Dark Web is a scary place to be. There are some frightening things hiding in recesses of the internet, including hitmen ready to beat or kill someone for enough money. But these murder-for-hire sites aren't quite what they seem.
Mar 4, 2020
What happens if you suddenly stop using Facebook?
How much time do you spend scrolling through Facebook? Now, imagine life without it. Does it seem miserable, missing out on what your friends and family members are up to? Or does the very idea give you a sense of relief? Here's what happened when a group of people gave up Facebook for a month.
Mar 3, 2020
How to get the most accurate map for tracking COVID-19
You can't turn on the TV, listen to the radio or get online without seeing coronavirus news. But what can you believe about COVID-19, and what are just rumors and false information? I have a free source you can trust for the most accurate, up to date info on the spreading virus.
Mar 2, 2020
Tools to stop harassing phone calls
It seems like spam and robocalls never stop on landline and mobile phones. There are a few simple ways you can quiet the noise — no downloads, apps or payment required.
Feb 28, 2020
Facebook's ads promising to 'cure' COVID-19 (coronavirus)
In uncertain times, we search for answers we can trust. Unfortunately, Facebook isn't the place to look if you want to protect yourself from the spreading coronavirus. Here's my advice on how to educate yourself about what lies ahead.
Feb 27, 2020
The latest dangerous internet "challenge"
There's always a new dumb challenge making its way across the internet. Choking down dry cinnamon? Check. Eating Tide Pods? Yep. You'll never believe the one making the rounds right now on TikTok. It's seriously dangerous.
Feb 26, 2020
Hide your Amazon purchases and don't spoil the big gift surprise
There's no denying Amazon Prime is ideal for gifting. You can find just about anything, and shipping is lightning fast. But what if you share an account with your spouse or another family member? Do you just cross your fingers and hope they won't log in and spoil a surprise? There's a better way!
Feb 25, 2020
Apple's new over-the-ear headphones coming next month (for $400)
Apple's AirPods took the world by storm in 2016. For years, it was hard to even get your hands on a pair. Now Apple is launching over-the-ear headphones for the first time — and if insiders are right, they'll be here very soon.
Feb 24, 2020
The Ring doorbell problem
Smart home tech is convenient, but when does that convenience outweigh security? The Ring video doorbell has hit the tipping point. You won't believe what info the Amazon-owned company is sharing with Facebook.
Feb 21, 2020
Coronavirus is upending travel, helping on-demand video
There are so many questions surrounding the coronavirus outbreak in China. Chief among them, how many people are infected and how many have died? Chinese officials are reporting infection numbers, but no one quite trusts that information. One thing is for sure: The stock market isn't the only thing taking a hit right now.
Feb 20, 2020
Fed up with robocalls? Sue scammers for $3K a pop
Check your call log. How many robocalls did you get this week? How many today? If you're fed up with the constant mobile harassment, there's an app you should know about. Robo Revenge lets you give scammers a taste of their own medicine.
Feb 19, 2020
Tax time: Do it now but make sure your computer is protected from hackers
Tax aren't due for a couple months, but you shouldn't wait. Identity thieves are already on the move. When you're ready to file, I've got two essential steps to make sure you do so safely.
Feb 18, 2020
Reuniting a mother with her lost daughter
Technology drives the way we communicate with the people we care about. Just think about the last time you texted an "I love you." But how does tech factor in when we've lost someone? Virtual reality is opening up new possibilities for how we remember a loved one who has passed away — and how we grieve.
Feb 17, 2020
HQ Trivia: How scammers and cheaters killed the once popular fad
Not much beats big prizes if you're looking to attract an audience online. Add in the thrill of competition, celebrity hosts and lots of water cooler talk, and you've got a winner. But HQ Trivia, the hit app that launched in 2017, just couldn't last. Here's what happened.
Feb 14, 2020
How scammers are using the coronavirus to steal and defraud
Where there's fear, scammers are quick to follow. The coronavirus has people across the world scared, and criminals are taking advantage. If you're seeing texts, emails and social media posts claiming there's new information you need to know, think twice before you click.
Feb 13, 2020
Macs now more attacked than Windows PCs
If you're a Mac user, you probably believe you're less at risk online than Windows users. Hate to break it to you, but that "common knowledge" just isn't true anymore. If you have a Mac, don't miss this — you may be more exposed to hackers and cybercriminals than you realize.
Feb 12, 2020
More confirmation social media harms teens
I've been warning for years that social media is truly harmful to kids and teens. Yes, popular platforms are full of predators that should have been banned for good long ago. But there's another danger you need to know about if you have a teen at home.
Feb 10, 2020
Even though you're not a terrorist, homeland security is tracking you
It's no secret apps profit from your data. You sign up for an account and details like your usage and location are compiled and sold. You know greedy advertisers are snapping up that info, but there's another big buyer: the U.S. government.
Feb 10, 2020
Why peer-to-peer car renting is one of the worst ideas - ever
Sharing is caring, right? Well, not always. Peer-to-peer car rental apps allow you to rent your car to a perfect stranger or the other way and around. And honestly, that's a terrible idea. I'll tell you why.
Feb 7, 2020
How old should your child be to own a smartphone?
There are countless decisions to make as a parent, and today's technology adds even more choices. One of the biggest? When your child should get his or her first smartphone. The choice is up to you, but I have some recommendations for kids under 10.
Feb 6, 2020
The long, slow, torturous death of BlackBerry
We've all got iPhones and Androids now, but before that, the BlackBerry reigned supreme — at least in some circles. Now the iconic brand is out of the phone game, again. Is it gone for good this time?
Feb 5, 2020
How NOT to run an election
When it comes to software development and deployment, rushing is never the right answer. Just ask the company that created the tech behind the embarrassing Iowa caucus. What's the solution? I have a novel idea.
Feb 4, 2020
How the coronavirus infected the internet
Where there's fear and uncertainty, there are criminals waiting to pounce. If you're glued to your phone or computer reading about the coronavirus outbreak, be wary of news coming from anyone you don't know. I'll tell you why certain files could spell disaster for your data.
Feb 3, 2020
Finally — Congress launches investigations on dating apps
Online dating is a minefield. I'm not talking about awkward hellos, mixed signals or ghosting. I'm talking sexual predators that lurk in online dating and "hookup" apps, looking for their next victim. Now the government is stepping in to find out how protected users really are.
Jan 31, 2020
The virus and the beer
The coronavirus has people scared — there's no doubt about that. Naturally, people are turning to Google for answers. And you'll be shocked at just how much one search term is blowing up.
Jan 30, 2020
We can no longer believe what we say
Are you worried about your privacy? Do you want to protect your personal information? If you're like most Americans, you answered yes. But saying it and meaning it are two different things.
Jan 29, 2020
Coronavirus: Fake news spreading quickly
About 20% of American adults get their news through social media. And with a public health scare — the coronavirus — dominating headlines, fake news is spreading like crazy. What rumors are floating around and what should you do if you see them? I've got the scoop.
Jan 28, 2020
Do not sign up for this new social network
Long gone are the days of believing you can use major social media platforms and keep your info private. But a new option on the market takes things even further — connecting you with other users using facial recognition software. Yes, it's as creepy as it sounds.
Jan 27, 2020
NYPD works to crack iPhone's encryption
Apple and Google refuse to unlock the smartphones of criminals, so police are taking matters into their own hands. Learn how the NYPD is working to crack the encryption codes of iPhones and Android devices.
Jan 24, 2020
Why sales of DNA test kits are tanking
So much of your information is available for anyone to find. Not just your phone number, address or Social Security number — I'm talking much more personal. You know exactly what I mean if you've taken one of those mail-order DNA tests. So why are these once-popular kits taking a nosedive?
Jan 23, 2020
Looking for a new job? Listen to this first
No matter how impressive your resume, it doesn't matter if you can't get it into the right hands. And with companies using artificial intelligence to screen candidates, you need to know how to get past the bots. Don't make these silly mistakes that will curtail your search.
Jan 22, 2020
Is the U.S. about to ban Chinese drones?
Surveillance cameras are virtually everywhere, and government officials are reportedly worried they may be in the sky too. If you have a hobby drone, learn why its days might be numbered.
Jan 21, 2020
Smart contacts: Why they'll succeed where Google Glass failed
Wearables aren't just accessories like smart watches and fitness trackers anymore. A California startup has a prototype for augmented reality contacts, shown off at this year's CES in Las Vegas, that might blow all those failed smart glasses out of the water. Would you buy a pair?
Jan 20, 2020
How big is Big Tech?
We think of Big Tech in the abstract — huge companies that control vast amounts of data and make a shocking amount of money. But how powerful are they, really? The biggest names in tech are worth more than you might believe.
Jan 17, 2020
Running Windows 10? You need to update now
A serious Windows 10 flaw has the National Security Agency sounding the alarm. The intelligence agency is urging users to update the operating system as soon as possible, due to a risky vulnerability that could affect 900 million devices.
Jan 16, 2020
High-tech entertainment for your furry friend
There's not much sadder than the look in my dog Abby's eyes when I leave the house each morning. Most dog owners feel the same way, and tech companies are jumping in to help with content tailored for our furry friends. That's right — a podcast for pups.
Jan 15, 2020
Only 1 week left to file for damages in the 2017 Equifax breach
Equifax's 2017 data breach compromised the credit and personal data of millions of Americans. Now the settlement has been agree upon, and your window for making a claim is rapidly shrinking. If you were impacted, file your claim now. Here's how.
Jan 14, 2020
Should Apple help the government unlock the iPhones of terrorists?
The federal government and big tech have long battled over balancing user privacy and law enforcement access. Now U.S. Attorney General William Barr is calling for Apple to unlock iPhones involved in a terrorist attack, and the question of backdoor access looms larger than ever.
Jan 13, 2020
Old tech at your house worth big money
When you replace your tech with the latest and greatest, what do you do with what you were using before? Stash it in a drawer? Pack it up to put in storage? It's time to bust out those old devices because they just might be worth big money. Can you guess how much a first generation iPod sells for?
Jan 10, 2020
CES fails: Kim's tech misses at this year's trade show
CES, the annual tech trade show underway in Las Vegas, showcases the best of the best in the digital world. But there are always some misses in the bunch, too. Check out my list of CES 2020 fails, from a toilet paper delivery robot to a not-so-smart assistant.
Jan 9, 2020
Kim's CES picks: Innovations from big names in tech
CES is a tech lovers paradise, and journalists and fans are going crazy over all the announcements and reveals. As always, cars, artificial intelligence and impressive new gadgets are stealing the show. I'll tell you about some of this year's standouts.
Jan 8, 2020
Scam alert: SIM swapping is on the rise
You know not to click untrustworthy links or open attachments from a source you don't recognize. But some crimes are sneakier, like this scam that allows someone to take over your cell phone account — and access all your private data — before you even realize what's going on. I'll tell you how to protect yourself.
Jan 7, 2020
Online reviews: Be careful or you could get sued
You have a bad experience with a product or business, so you tap out a quick review voicing your dissatisfaction. What could go wrong? More than you might think. Reviews are big business, and companies aren't shy about going after people who leave negative feedback. I'll tell you why you may want to think twice next time you want to share yours online.
Jan 6, 2020
CES 2020: What's coming this year?
CES kicks off tomorrow in Las Vegas, with 4,000-plus exhibitors. We're in for some exciting new innovations in consumer tech, and it's not all TVs and computers. Here's what you can expect, from smarter cars to foldable gadgets.
Jan 3, 2020
Organize your messy photos
Take a second to scroll through the photo gallery on your phone, tablet or computer. I'm willing to bet it's a mess. With a couple simple tips and a little time, though, you can make it easier to find your favorite shots.
Jan 2, 2020
Are you getting the internet speed you pay for?
Ever wonder if the internet plan you choose really matters, aside from cost? It does, and I'll help you find the best one for you. Once you decide, it's important you're actually getting all the speed you pay for. I'll show you a quick way to check. (No tech expertise required.)
Jan 1, 2020
New year, same dangerous digital world
It seems like there's a new data breach or hack around every corner, and cybercriminals are always finding clever new ways to get their hands on your info. Here's what you need to know to protect yourself this new year and beyond.
Dec 31, 2019
2020 New Year's tech resolutions
The new year is upon us, and it's time to set some resolutions. Make your digital life better with three simple ideas with big impact. First up, your inbox needs help. I've got a simple way to manage it.
Dec 30, 2019
Parents: Should kids be taught to be polite to Alexa?
Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo smart spreaker was among the company’s bestsellers this past Christmas. Parents are asking if they should teach their children to say thank you and please when dealing with Alexa. What do you think?
Dec 27, 2019
Colleges tracking students via their own cellphones
Colleges are now tracking students on campus with reminders and class attendance. Is this helping or hindering students?
Dec 26, 2019
What to buy the day after Christmas
The presents are unwrapped, and the big day has passed. Let's look at the top items to buy right now — the day AFTER Christmas. I'll tell you where you can save some serious cash, from tech to decor. And don't forget next year's Christmas decorations.
Dec 25, 2019
Merry Christmas from Kim Komando
It's Christmas day across America and today, I want lay aside the consumerism and technology to express my thanks. Take a minute today and say thank you and Merry Christmas to special people in your life.
Dec 24, 2019
Stressed out? Put down your phone
Ever scroll through Facebook and feel stressed just trying to keep up? Everyone's having the perfect Christmas — or at least that's what it seems like. Social media could make an already stressful time of year even harder to deal with. Take my advice and put down your phone.
Dec 23, 2019
Still shopping? Last-minute tech gifts
Christmas is nearly here, and the clock is ticking if you've still got shopping to do. Everyone loves unwrapping cool tech on Christmas morning. I've got a few suggestions for gadgets worth the money.
Dec 20, 2019
Holidays stressing you out? Try a meditation app
If the last minute holiday rush is stressing you out, a meditation app might help you calm down. The market is packed with options, and they're raking in the bucks to relieve your stress.
Dec 19, 2019
"It won't happen to me"
Viruses aren't just bugs that spam your computer or shut down your system anymore. Hackers employ sophisticated attacks that can bring your whole digital life crashing down. Are you making the mistake of thinking cybercriminals won't possibly come after you?
Dec 18, 2019
Wait until after Christmas to buy these products
Christmas is nearly here, and that means a whole new batch of sales — starting the day after Christmas. If you have your eye on any of these products, wait just a little longer to pull the trigger.
Dec 17, 2019
3 best ways to stop advertisers from following you online
Sick of the constant barrage of targeted ads? You can't completely shut out advertisers online, but you thwart their spying efforts. I'll tell you the top three ways to get back some privacy.
Dec 16, 2019
Science fiction's 'universal translator' has arrived
Universal translators that let you connect with anyone aren't just a cool sci-fi trope. There's a real life version available for download now that interprets 44 languages in real-time. Find out how it works.
Dec 13, 2019
Don't buy these creepy tech gifts for kids
You know internet-connected devices put your privacy at risk, but just how much? These smart gifts for kids give hackers an open invitation to chat with children and even track their location. I'll tell you exactly what to leave off your shopping list this Christmas.
Dec 12, 2019
Avoid this email holiday package scam
Your holiday shopping is probably well underway, and your inbox is packed with receipts and shipping emails. This is a cybercriminal's dream. I'll tell you about a scam hitting inboxes this holiday season and what steps you can take to protect yourself.
Dec 11, 2019
Forget HR - your next interview is with AI
Hundreds of big name companies are changing the way they hire: using an artificial intelligence algorithm to rank candidates. Are you in the market for a new job? Here's what this change means for you.
Dec 10, 2019
Health trackers are recording more than you think
You know smartwatches and fitness trackers collect info on your steps, your heart rate and other health factors. But have you considered what that data could mean in the wrong hands? If you're giving or receiving wearbable tech this holiday season, don't miss this warning.
Dec 9, 2019
With Uber, everyone is taking a big chance
Rideshare company Uber just released its first-ever safety report, revealing data on the number of crashes, deaths and sexual assaults reported during its rides in 2017 and 2018. The numbers are alarming, to say the least.
Dec 6, 2019
Holiday travelers: Find hidden webcams in your rental
If you're traveling this holiday season, add this to your must-do list: Check your rental for hidden cameras. Learn how to spot tech that lets creeps watch your every move.
Dec 5, 2019
Students addicted to their phones are more likely to fail exams
It stands to reason that students who can't keep their eyes off their phones won't do as well in school as those who pay attention. But just how much of an impact does it make? You'll be surprised. Share this with a student in your life!
Dec 4, 2019
About that TV you bought on Black Friday or Cyber Monday
If you upgraded to a smart TV this Black Friday or Cyber Monday, don't miss this. The FBI warns your new television with all the bells and whistles also comes equipped with features that could bring hackers right into your home. Here's what you need to do to stay safe.
Dec 3, 2019
The big 2020 disruption: The 'tipping point' for cable cutting
Huge tech innovations have completely changed our lives in the past few decades, and there's a big one on the horizon. Streaming is no longer just an entertainment add-on. How big is it? Find out what analysts predict is coming for cable and satellite companies in 2020.
Dec 2, 2019
Appliances and electronics: Unplug when not in use?
Fact or fiction: You should always unplug your electronics when not in use. The answer is simple, but the reason behind it is a little more complex given today's technology. I'll settle the debate once and for all.
Nov 29, 2019
Black Friday: Finding the most popular video games
The Nintendo Switch is the hottest tech gift this year. And trying to find one this weekend is going to be tricky. I've got your best bet for getting your hands on this popular gaming system.
Nov 28, 2019
Thanksgiving Day: Stores open earlier than ever for Black Friday sales
Are you going to spend today relaxing with loved ones or are you ready to jump into the Black Friday madness? Deals are starting earlier than ever this year, and I'll tell you which retailers are hoping to capture enthusiastic shoppers starting at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.
Nov 27, 2019
My top 5 Black Friday tech deals
Don't fall for those mediocre Black Friday sales retailers are pushing in your face. I've got the inside scoop on what's really worth it this year. We're talking a 54" inch TV for less than $300 and a Chromebook for less than $100.
Nov 26, 2019
Best deals on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?
Black Friday isn't just a one-day sale anymore. The days around Thanksgiving are an entire shopping event, and you need some know-how to shop smart. I'll tell you the one day you can't miss if you're looking for the very best deals.
Nov 25, 2019
Before you shop online for Black Friday, listen to these 4 major safety reminders
Ah, holiday shopping. You're finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones, scoring great deals on tech you've been waiting to buy and ... avoiding scammers? Don't do it alone. I've got 4 tips to help you stay safe as you're checking things off your Christmas list.
Nov 22, 2019
Online porn heads to new areas
X-rated content on the internet is nothing new. But it is being served up in a whole new way — and its producers have their fingers crossed you'll be willing to shell out $9 a month for it.
Nov 21, 2019
Warning: Humans rights groups call Instagram a "predators' paradise"
Facebook-owned photo sharing platform Instagram is a great place to keep up with friends and family. But it's also a haven for predators looking to exploit children. If you have a daughter or granddaughter that uses Instagram, you need to listen to this.
Nov 20, 2019
2 dozen college students dump their smartphones for a week
How much time do you spend on your phone each and every day? Do you think you could give it up for a whole week? A group of college students did, and the results were so surprising you'll want to consider giving up your smartphone too.
Nov 19, 2019
Why online retailers might start calling you
You're browsing the web for a new couch, and all of the sudden, a call comes through. It's the company whose website you were just scrolling. Creepy? Definitely. Marketers have a new tactic to get to you, but I'll tell you how to stay one step ahead.
Nov 18, 2019
Cord cutting reaching 'epidemic levels' - how bad is it?
Streaming services are more popular than ever, and consumers continue to say goodbye to cable and satellite companies. Is this a blip or something much larger? The numbers could spell the end of cable as we know.
Nov 15, 2019
Apple's Tim Cook was right about the future of TV
Surely you've heard all the buzz around the latest kid on the streaming block, Disney+. It launched this week with a staggering number of subscribers. Years ago, Tim Cook gave his take on the future of TV, and he sure was right.
Nov 14, 2019
How Facebook has been quietly switching on your iPhone's camera
Think twice next time you're scrolling through your Facebook feed. We know Zuckerberg and the Facebook crew don't care much about your privacy, but a problem just discovered with the Facebook app takes that to a whole new level.
Nov 13, 2019
The next big thing in tech
There have been a lot of big fails in consumer tech over the years. Remember the exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and Amazon's Fire Phone? Add Google Glass to the list. But now all the major tech companies are going back to the drawing board to create a better version of those dorky glasses.
Nov 12, 2019
Move Alexa away from the window
There are a frightening number of ways cybercriminals can hack into our tech. But now they've got an even easier method to take over smart speakers — or really anything equipped with voice control. That's pretty scary. I'll tell you how it works.
Nov 11, 2019
Wait until Black Friday to buy these items
It's easy to get suckered into buying things you don't really need this time of year. But if you're shopping for new tech, there are a few items you really should wait to buy. Need a new TV? I'll tell you when to pull the trigger.
Nov 8, 2019
How our smartphones may be shortening our lives
Are you, like most people, glued to your phone? You know it's a time suck, it's probably hurting your posture and they're expensive to boot. But your smartphone could be doing even more damage. Here's what researchers have to say about our tech obsession.
Nov 7, 2019
Turn your phone into a dashcam (kind of)
Looking to add a dashcam to your car? It can be a pricey endeavor. But your smartphone can get the job done for free with just an app. Need more features than a free app offers? I've got you covered, too.
Nov 6, 2019
How many steps a day will keep you healthy?
You've probably heard 10,000 steps per day is the magic number to keep your waistline trim and your cholesterol and blood sugar under control. That's about five miles, and it should suffice, right? Not so fast. Researchers say the number is even higher. Lace up your sneakers!
Nov 5, 2019
Screens are changing the way kids' brains develop
Look around the next time you're at a restaurant. How many kids are quietly watching videos on a phone or tablet? Give a crying toddler a phone, and he or she is entertained for hours. But does that screen impact the way his or her brain develops? It does — much more than you might realize.
Nov 4, 2019
Airbnb is banning 'party houses' after shooting
Airbnb's CEO says the company is banning rentals marketed as "party houses" — and taking other steps to keep users safe — after a Halloween party gone horribly wrong. Now the question is, how will Airbnb enforce this?
Nov 1, 2019
How much YouTube are kids really watching?
Entertainment is more on-demand than ever, and I'm not just talking about streaming. For kids today, YouTube has replaced plain old TV, and the number watching each day is staggering.
Oct 31, 2019
Why your old iPhone may not work after today
If you haven’t upgraded to a new Apple device in a while, pay attention. Apple is warning customers older iPhones and iPads could break if you don’t take this essential step. And we’re talking fast — as in this weekend.
Oct 30, 2019
A new way to make big bucks
You've probably seen scooters from Lime, Bird and Jump popping up across the country. Have you ever wondered how they get charged and put back in the right spots each night? It's all done by people who call themselves "juicers," and they're making big money.
Oct 29, 2019
Get your tech in the spirit for Halloween
The older our kids get, the more freedom they want. Yours may be ready to trick-or-treat without you, but you probably still want to keep an eye on where they are. I'll tell you a few simple ways to use tech to make sure everyone has a safe and fun Halloween.
Oct 28, 2019
How major companies are using AI to make hiring choices
Technology isn't just changing the way we do our jobs - it's changing the way we get them, too. More and more companies are turning to artificial intelligence to help with hiring. Here's what it means for you if you're on the market.
Oct 25, 2019
3 ways to silence those annoying robocalls
Sick of those never-ending scam calls? Yeah, me too. These days, your phone rings and there's a good chance it's a robocall that feels designed to drive you crazy. Did you know your phone, your wireless provider and even Google can help you block them out? Here's how.
Oct 24, 2019
Here's exactly what Google knows about you
There's even more data about you than you realize floating around the web. One of the biggest collectors? Google. Here's an easy way to see what info is stored on Google's servers based on your preferences, browsing history, searches, purchases and more.
Oct 23, 2019
Should you trust social media influencers?
Social media started as a way to connected with friends and family and share snippets of our everyday lives. But now social media is a full-fledged business, and influencers are the pros hard at work trying to impact our buying decisions. Can you really trust what they post?
Oct 22, 2019
Microchip ID implants: Payment method of the future?
In this Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at how employers are paying for their employees to get chip implants that contain their personal data and financial info. What does this technology mean for all of us in the future? Would you ditch your credit card for an implant in your hand or finger?
Oct 21, 2019
Neighborhood watch has gone digital
Is the neighborhood block watch a thing of the past? In many communities, social networking has replaced the need for people to wander their neighborhoods. Now sites and apps are your digital connection to your neighbors.
Oct 18, 2019
Sextortion is back with a vengeance — here's what to do
Another day, another scam. But don't think this one is just the like the others. Here's how these frightening sextortion scams work and what you can do to prevent yourself from being blackmailed and harassed.
Oct 17, 2019
Protecting yourself and your family against child porn charges
When you think about someone using your wireless network, you might think lagging video or slow performance. But what about criminals using your network in ways you don't even want to imagine? It's possible, and I'm sharing a trick to prevent it.
Oct 16, 2019
Class action lawsuit: Video game Fortnite as addictive as cocaine
Hundreds of parents in Canada are preparing to take legal action against the producers of Fornite. Why? Their kids are addicted. But is the game itself really to blame?
Oct 15, 2019
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is planning wireless brain connections for us all
Mind-reading tech isn't just a sci-fi trope. It's becoming a reality, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is leading the charge. And I, for one, don't trust it.
Oct 14, 2019
Why 80% of all businesses will monitor employees by 2020
I know you're probably not too happy Big Tech is tracking you, but how often do you consider what your employer is watching? It may surprise you how much spying your company can (legally) get away with. I'll tell you why they're watching so closely.
Oct 11, 2019
The secret Apple failed to tell customers who bought AirPods
Did you spring for Apple's pricey (and easy to misplace) AirPods? If so, I've got bad news for you. Sure, they sound good, but there's an important reason you should keep your receipt handy.
Oct 10, 2019
The shocking price of your info on the Dark Web
How much do you think a cybercriminal would pay for your passwords, debit card info or even your Social Security number? The answer will surprise you. Find out your worth on the web.
Oct 9, 2019
How cable companies hit you with hundreds of dollars in hidden and unnecessary fees
Open up your latest cable bill. You may be shocked to find hidden fees you didn't realize add up to hundreds of dollars each year. Here's what to look for and exactly what you should do if you find them.
Oct 8, 2019
Why small businesses are becoming the target of choice for cybercriminals
Think the small business you own or work for isn't on the radar for hackers? Think again. I'll tell you the most common attack and exactly how to avoid it.
Oct 7, 2019
Why the government wants to prevent WhatsApp and Facebook from encrypting user messages
As Facebook is working to make its messaging more private for users, the Justice Department is ramping up the fight for backdoor access. Here's my take on encrypted messages sent through Facebook and WhatsApp.
Oct 4, 2019
Getting into digital photography with free alternatives to expensive Photoshop
If the cost of Photoshop keeps you from getting deeper into photography, I can help! I'll tell you about 3 alternatives you can use for free. And don't worry, they're beginner friendly.
Oct 3, 2019
Google's plan to help you make better, stronger passwords
Making strong passwords is a pain, but there's really no excuse to leave your accounts unprotected. Google is making it even easier for users with a new feature, and I have a trick you'll use time and again.
Oct 2, 2019
Stop your smart home from getting hacked
You'll hardly believe the nightmare a Wisconsin couple endured after a hacker took over their smart thermostat and tormented them for an entire day. There's one thing you must do to protect yourself from this kind of intrusion.
Oct 1, 2019
Why online reviews have lost their value
Gone are the days of taking product reviews at face value. Companies may be working hard behind the scenes to skew what you see. Here are three red flags to look for next time you're shopping on the web.
Jul 29, 2019
The 2017 Equifax security breach — Are you eligible for a $20K payout?
Equifax is paying big time for its 2017 data breach — to the tune of $750 million. Consumers could get up to $20,000. I'll tell you how to out if you're entitled to a payout.
Jul 26, 2019
Don't get fooled by bogus support lines
When you have a tech problem, do you turn to a Google search for the solution? That could come back to bite you with the number of scammers impersonating real companies. I'll tell you why you should do your homework next time you're looking for tech support.
Jul 25, 2019
Google Sr. Software Engineer: "Are we going to allow the biggest tech companies to decide who wins every election?"
Are tech companies politically neutral? Here's what one senior Google employee has to say about the role of big tech in politics and the upcoming election season.
Jul 24, 2019
Don't buy a new iPhone ... yet
In the market for a new phone, laptop, or TV? Not so fast. Now might not be the best time to pull the trigger. I'll tell you how to time your purchases so you're always on the cutting edge.
Jul 23, 2019
Watch what you say on review sites
Have you ever vented about a negative experience on a review site like Yelp? Be careful: You could get sued. Here's what speaking your mind on the web can lead to.
Jul 22, 2019
The lunacy of social media management
Facebook's bad decisions never fail to surprise me. The social media giant decides what users can and can't post on its various platforms, and sometimes the results leave me scratching my head.
Jul 19, 2019
The viral FaceApp is facing serious heat
FaceApp, the Russian-backed app that produces aged selfies, is under fire. Celebrities, politicians and all your friends on social media are doing the #AgingChallenge, and it could have consequences.
Jul 18, 2019
Your smartphone and Apollo 11
The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing is this weekend, and it's got me thinking about how far technology has come in 50 years. In fact, the smartphone you use to call, text and browse is light-years ahead of the technology used by NASA way back when.
Jul 17, 2019
Apollo 11 anniversary: Music that's out of this world
Ever wonder what astronauts listened to in Mission Control? If you're looking for some tunes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, I've got you covered. Rock on! #Apollo50th
Jul 16, 2019
Microchips could replace credit cards — would you get one?
Imagine paying for your next purchase with just a swipe of your hand, no credit card required. Sounds nice in theory, but would you be willing to have a chip implanted in your hand to make it a reality?
Jul 15, 2019
Why I'm no longer using Alexa or Google's assistant
Privacy concerns just keep piling up for virtual assistants, and I'm saying enough is enough. Here's why I'm done with smart speakers hanging on my every word.
Jul 12, 2019
Amazon Prime Day starts Monday, but deals are already here
If you've got your eye on a new piece of tech, now's the time. Amazon Prime Day starts Monday, but deals have already begun. I'll tell you how to find the best deals of the summer — on Amazon and otherwise.
Jul 11, 2019
A faulty iPhone battery leads to a scary situation
All phone batteries and accessories aren't created equal. An Oklahoma City mom learned that the hard way when the inside of her SUV was severely damaged after her iPhone went up in flames. I'll tell you how to avoid accidents like this one.
Jul 10, 2019
Will this wireless carrier silence robocalls?
The robocalls just keep coming. Have you been hit by the influx of phony government agency calls? If you use this a major wireless carrier, you could get some relief — if you wait a few months.
Jul 9, 2019
Is your kid addicted to screens? You can now hire someone to help
If you're a parent, you know the struggle of getting your child to put down the phone, tablet, computer or video game. Some are even enlisting help in the battle over screen time.
Jul 8, 2019
Are the browser wars about to begin again?
Yes, browsers are free of charge, but they come with hidden costs, some more than others. Find out why Kim predicts a browser war is imminent.
Jul 5, 2019
Stop 'channel surfing' on your streaming services
Looking for a good movie or a show to binge watch this holiday weekend? These sites will help you find exactly what you're in the mood for. Say goodbye to wasting time paging through menus, and spend more time enjoying your favorite content.
Jul 4, 2019
Financial independence: Working at home in 2019
There are more ways than ever to earn money from home, giving you the power to achieve financial independence. I share how to find legitimate work-from-home opportunities for workers of any interest and skill level. Happy Fourth of July!
Jul 3, 2019
Amazon Prime Day is like Christmas in July
You don't want to miss Amazon's annual sale. This year it's expanded to two days, and other retailers are getting in on the fun with their own discounts. That means even better deals on great tech and gadgets for you.
Jul 2, 2019
Teen sexting and so-called experts
As parents, we teach our kids what behavior is acceptable and what isn't — that includes what they're doing online. Find out why I'm saying "no way" to what some researchers are calling "healthy."
Jul 1, 2019
The end of the "foldable phone"?
Think back to your first cell phone — now look at your smartphone. I bet you appreciate how far mobile devices have come. But if you're waiting for the next revolution in wireless, don't hold your breath.
Jun 28, 2019
It’s 'dumb luck' you see ads for things you were just talking about
You've probably come to expect targeted advertising based on your online searches, but how else are companies discovering what products and services to market to you? This is what one CEO is saying and why I'm taking it with a grain of salt.
Jun 27, 2019
Malware is spreading — and your gadgets are at risk
You know your computer, smartphone and tablet are targets for hackers and viruses, but it's time to add the rest of your smart gadgets to the list. Here's how to keep everything from your TV to your appliances safe.
Jun 26, 2019
Risking your data at restaurants
You probably don't think twice before handing over your credit or debit card at a restaurant. But scammers are targeting your favorite places to eat, and it's putting diner data at risk. I'll tell you the best way to protect yourself.
Jun 25, 2019
Stay connected to your neighbors — through your phone
Technology is giving us all new ways to stay connected to our neighbors. Whether you're worried about crime and security, looking to buy or sell items or just want to stay in the know, these sites and apps are your digital connection to what's happening in your neighborhood.
Jun 24, 2019
Find out what Google knows about you
Google tracks you online and offline, and you may be surprised at how much data there really is on your preferences, browsing history, searches, purchases and more. Here's an easy way to see what info is stored on Google's servers.
Jun 21, 2019
Are you getting all the internet you pay for?
If webpages aren't loading, videos are endlessly buffering and using more than one device is a headache, you may not be getting the connection speed you pay for. Before you resign yourself to living with slow internet, use my quick and easy tip to find out if you should be getting more from your provider.
Jun 20, 2019
Using smartphones while driving — the awful truth
Drivers are more distracted than ever behind the wheel, and we have smartphones to blame. I'll tell you just how pervasive — and dangerous — distracted driving is.
Jun 19, 2019
Protecting the most important thing on your smartphone
If you’ve ever lost your phone, you know the pain of losing hundreds or even thousands of pictures of friends, family, pets, vacations and special occasions. Listen and learn 3 ways to make sure your photos are safe.
Jun 18, 2019
Boosting a weak cell signal in your home or office
Is a weak mobile signal in your home or office driving you up the wall? Boost your service with these tips, including one you can do right now — for free.
Jun 17, 2019
Protect yourself from hackers on summer vacation
Summer is here, and while you're prepping for a relaxing vacation, hackers are getting ready to take advantage of unsuspecting travelers. Here's how to keep your data and devices safe no matter where you're headed.
Jun 14, 2019
Emergency medical information for your kids' phones
Are your family's phones set up for ICE -- in case of emergency -- contacts? Would an emergency responder know about your child's severe allergies? Are mom and dad flagged as emergency contacts? Listen and learn how to set these up for everyone in the family.
Jun 13, 2019
Watch out for hidden cameras in your vacation rental
As a vacation property owner, frequent traveler and tech expert, Kim knows a thing or two about hidden cameras. Learn how to spot technology that could invade your privacy before you rent from Vrbo or Airbnb. You have to hear this.
Jun 12, 2019
Amazon brazenly uses your Ring doorbell videos in ads
What happens when you sign up for something and don't read the terms of service? Your personal information can end up on the internet for the world to see. Maybe the intent was good in the story you're about to hear, but listen and learn so it doesn't happen to you.
Jun 11, 2019
Revealed: Dark Web prices for stolen IDs
Take a guess -- how much do you think cybercriminals would pay for your user names, passwords and other personal data? This is one area where you want to be undervalued. Kim has the story.
Jun 10, 2019
Backfire! Sleep apps may actually be causing insomnia
Is there an app for that? People wanting a good night's sleep are downloading apps they think will help them go to dreamland. But now, a doctor in London says the apps often make us so anxious about getting sleep that we're getting full-blown insomnia.
Jun 7, 2019
Watch out for 'Air Dropping'!
Say you're sitting at a coffee shop, minding your own business and scrolling through your iPhone. Suddenly you start getting funny memes, selfies and other crazy stuff. You look up to see a group of teens laughing at you. Yep, you've been "Air Dropped." The kids can troll you any place within Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range. Here's how you can get the last laugh!
Jun 6, 2019
Delete your information from this website right now
You might be surprised to know what this website has on you -- like every place you have lived, every phone number, and your relatives' names. It's there for the world to see -- and use. Learn how to scrub yourself from that site for free.
Jun 5, 2019
Watch out for new clever scams online
June is the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, which gives online scammers another opportunity to try to separate you from your money. Hear how some of these hurricane schemes use Facebook to scam you.
Jun 4, 2019
Shocking NY Times expose about YouTube and pedophiles
You may want to think twice before posting innocent videos of your children frolicking in the pool or doing gymnastics. A disturbing report in the New York Times finds that such videos can end up on pedophiles' computer screens -- and you can thank YouTube for that.
Jun 3, 2019
Facebook doesn't care about your privacy
Every chance Mark Zuckerberg gets these days, he says privacy is Facebook’s number one concern. But in court this week, the company said its users have "no expectation of privacy." Like always, someone at Facebook is lying.
May 31, 2019
Kim helps man find $25,000 in unclaimed funds
One caller on Kim's national weekend radio show is $25,000 richer. Thanks to a tip from Kim, he found unclaimed funds owed to his family. Listen as Kim tells you where and how to look for your unclaimed money.
May 30, 2019
When do our phones track us the most? Not when you think!
We know our phones track our every action. If you assume the tracking data moves during the day, you'd be wrong. Nighttime, when you're sound asleep, is when tracking data really gets to work. But you can stop the nighttime traffic.
May 29, 2019
Smartphones can't replace real-life relationships
If you look at your smartphone more than your family and loved ones, you're not alone. But that doesn't excuse you from shutting out the real world. Learn what triggers you to grab that phone, as well as how to fight the urge.
May 28, 2019
Cable TV -- you love it, you hate it, but are you ready to give it up?
"I only watch a few channels, so why do I have to pay so much for all this other stuff?" The TV watcher's lament. But don't cut the cable just yet.
May 27, 2019
Memorial Day honors our fallen heroes, marks summer's unofficial start
This Memorial Day fly the American flag proudly and remember our nation's fallen heroes. This day is also considered the unofficial start of summer, when danger abounds if you're not careful.
May 24, 2019
Serious gamers listen up! You could play your way to big bucks
It seems like every summer your kid turns into a blob that does nothing but play video games. Believe it or not, your gamer kid could be making a fortune.
May 23, 2019
The 5G network poses a health hazard. Oh really?
Researchers generally agree that cell phones don't cause brain cancer. So why are reports suddenly springing up that the 5G network is a health hazard?
May 22, 2019
If you own or operate a drone, check to see if it was made in China stat!
Are drones doing more than flying over U.S. skies? Homeland Security warns they also may be spying for a foreign government.
May 21, 2019
Online privacy? There's no such thing to Google
He knows when you are sleeping. He knows when you're awake. He knows if you've been bad or good -- so watch out. We're talking about Google privacy policies here, not Santa.
May 20, 2019
Robocalls flood our phones by the billions
Twenty-six billion. That's how many robocalls Americans received last year. The FCC is stepping in, but blocking robocalls is harder than we thought.
May 17, 2019
Social media may have hurt an entire generation of Americans
Millennials are the first generation of Americans to have grown up in a world with social media. Singer-actress Selena Gomez is one of those millennials, and she's surveying the damage.
May 16, 2019
Social media, young people and avoidable tragedies
We hear a lot about the dangers of the Dark Web. But darkness can be found on the supposedly sunny side of the web too, and it's easy for young people to fall under its shadow on social media.
May 15, 2019
Facebook logs another major security failure
Facebook says it has fixed a major security problem that exposed 1.5 billion users to spying by hackers. What's worse is that the hack worked with a simple phone call.
May 14, 2019
Wikipedia fail after legend's death
Legendary singer-actress Doris Day died Monday at age 97. Just after her death, however, the memory of this most beloved of stars was dragged into the internet cesspool by Wikipedia.
May 13, 2019
When will Samsung get it right?
Well, at least this time no one is getting hurt. For almost three years one Samsung phone or another has been exploding or catching on fire. Now Samsung is facing another, less dangerous, but still disastrous fail.
May 10, 2019
5G has arrived, but do you live in a place that has it?
So you're all set to buy a 5G phone and start living in the fast lane. But how fast will you really be going?
May 9, 2019
Digital messaging is now open to debt collectors
Debt collectors now have more ways to reach people who haven't paid up. Along with using phone calls, debt collectors are now allowed to go after a person via text, email and social media messages. What changed?
May 8, 2019
Google showcases AI and augmented reality
Google Lens is pretty terrific as is and now it's going to get better. At its annual conference, Google announced changes to Lens and introduced several new products and updates.
May 7, 2019
Watch out for royal baby scams
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, that's the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to you peasant, had their first child yesterday. The infant may not have a name yet, but he's already become a tool for online scammers.
May 6, 2019
What not to do if your phone rings just once at night
If your smartphone rings once in the middle of the night, you've been targeted in the latest phone scam. This one is traced to Africa and it's important you don't do one thing.
May 3, 2019
Gen Z and social media doppelgangers
The nation's first generation of children to grow up in the age of social media graduates from college this year. Regrets, they may have a few. But, Gen Z has it figured out.
May 2, 2019
Millennials watch TV on their terms
Talkin' 'bout their generation. Millennials are changing the way they watch TV. It's hurting some industries but possibly helping others.
May 1, 2019
Zuckerberg waves shiny object to re-direct attention from scandals
You can always gauge how much legal trouble Facebook is in by how many shiny new toys it puts in front of consumers. Today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a re-redesign of the social media site, but does it really matter?
Apr 30, 2019
Another day, yet another data breach
Yet another story pops into headlines telling us our personal information has been leaked. This time it targets adults over 40. Better be on the lookout for phishers.
Apr 29, 2019
Fake Viagra is not a good thing
Buying drugs online without a prescription is just a bad idea in general. Fake drugs can make you sick. Or, as is the case with Viagra, you'll get more than you bargained for.
Apr 26, 2019
Facebook's new plan is frightening
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a plan. It will affect almost all of us -- and it is dangerous.
Apr 25, 2019
Put down your cellphone and live longer
Researchers have found that mobile phone use does affect our bodies. In fact, using your phone too much can shorten your life.
Apr 24, 2019
Amazon loses round 1 of the drone wars
After years of hearing about Amazon's impending drone delivery service, many Americans braced themselves for a dystopian future where Amazon drones filled the sky. Well, a funny thing happened on the way to dystopia.
Apr 23, 2019
You won't believe which book tops Amazon.com
Aspiring writers can turn to Amazon.com to get their books published. Or some enterprising folks can take a government report and publish it through Amazon.com. One such report making headlines already is a bestseller on the online giant's site.
Apr 22, 2019
Stay away from bootleg streaming devices
If you're cutting the cord to save money, don't cut corners on the streaming devices you use. Using a bootleg device to stream movies or sports could get you in trouble with the FCC.
Apr 16, 2019
YouTube fans conspiracy flames as Notre Dame blaze livestreams
One of the world's most magnificent edifices, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, came close to being destroyed by a massive fire. That was news enough. But YouTube fumbled again. I'll tell you all about it.
Apr 15, 2019
The cost of keeping Mark Zuckerberg safe
Mark Zuckerberg isn't America's sweetheart. In fact, to many people, he and Facebook personify everything that is wrong with social media. Now Facebook reveals how much money it spends annually to keep Zuckerberg and his family safe. I'll tell you all about it.
Apr 12, 2019
Alexa is always listening
Well, Alexa and Amazon are quite the busybodies. It turns out Alexa and Amazon employees don't listen only when you give a command. I'll tell you what to do.
Apr 11, 2019
Video doorbells prove popular with thieves
Homeowners across the country love video doorbells. You get to see and speak with people at your door even if you're not at home. But thieves love them too. Don't worry, we have tips on how to keep your video doorbells safe.
Apr 10, 2019
Watch out: Scammers are now targeting your paycheck
The days of Nigerian princes trying to con people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars seem like a fond memory now. Scammers aren't asking for a lot of money, but they are getting more dangerous. There's a scary new phishing scam that's out to steal your paycheck.
Apr 9, 2019
Robocalls become more elaborate
With more than 5 billion robocalls recorded in March, not only are such calls increasing, they also are becoming so sophisticated, thanks to A.I. and voice manipulation. You won't believe what they're doing now.
Apr 8, 2019
Making sense of mobile phone speeds
Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are the nation's big four mobile carriers. And if you watch their commercials, they all claim to have the fastest network speed. But according to the website Speedtest, one carrier does indeed rule them all.
Apr 5, 2019
Your face is your key at this new high-tech hotel
The future promised in so many sci-fi movies has arrived — at least in one high-tech hotel in China. Built by Alibaba, the hotel uses facial recognition to access elevators, open doors and so much more. If that kind of technology has you worried, be warned: Facial recognition tech is taking off in a big way here in the U.S.
Apr 4, 2019
Tips to lock down your phone and keep your information safe
Take note — no one is immune to hacking. As you know, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' phone was hacked and his private photos were leaked. You may not be a billionaire like Bezos, but you can take steps to make your phone hack-proof.
Apr 3, 2019
Google shuts down Google Plus
Google Plus, meet MySpace. Almost eight years ago, Google launched its own social media site: Google Plus. Now Google is quietly shutting down the site. Google Plus had been struggling with low ad revenue. How will the closure affect businesses that used it?
Apr 2, 2019
Tiny cameras are watching you
Stories about guests discovering they are being watched by cameras in Airbnbs and hotel rooms are rising around the country. Blame the increasingly tiny sizes of cameras.
Apr 1, 2019
Flip phone is all Warren Buffet needs
If you were a billionaire, what kind of phone would you have? Well, billionaire Warren Buffet may own 5.5 percent of Apple, but he doesn't own a smartphone. What are the advantages of keeping it simple?
Mar 29, 2019
Personal data vulnerable in cheap phones
You get what you pay for. The moment you turn on that new cheap phone you bought, malware and spyware in pre-installed apps start grabbing your personal data.
Mar 28, 2019
Facebook wants more of your personal data
Facebook wants to harvest your personal data, even if you're not a user. Belgium decided to be the first country to take Facebook to court over its new data-gathering plan. And it's only the beginning.
Mar 27, 2019
FCC gets tough on robocalls
Consumers are answering about five billion robocalls a month. Under pressure from the FCC, mobile carriers are now doing something about it. Why are the FCC and carriers taking so long to tackle robocalls?
Mar 26, 2019
Apple TV Plus dives into original programming
Apple has unveiled its improved Apple TV app that creates a one-stop viewing experience. And in the fall, the company debuts its Apple TV Plus filled with original programming. Listen to Kim give you the scoop on Apple's new streaming service.
Mar 25, 2019
Email scams have more information on you than ever before
Long gone are the days of bogus Nigerian princes offering you countless millions in return for mere processing fees. Today, phishing scam emails have become more sophisticated. They address you by name, know where you work and even know your correct password. Listen to Kim to learn more about these scams and how to guard against them.
Mar 22, 2019
Watch out for tax season scammers
As you prepare to do your taxes, beware of online scams. Before you download any tax software, listen to Kim's advice on what to watch out for to keep your data and your money safe.
Mar 21, 2019
Kickstarter wins and fails
Kickstarter turns 10 in April. Since then, four point two billion dollars has been pledged on almost one hundred and sixty thousand funded projects. Kim Komando looks at a few "unique" projects funded by Kickstarter.
Mar 20, 2019
Genderless voice assistants for AI
Voice assistants have typically been female. Now a company has created a gender-neutral voice. Listen to what it sounds like and tell me what you think.
Mar 19, 2019
Apple Watch can tell if you're having a heart attack
Apple was part of a study conducted on over four hundred thousand people, in order to find out if the Apple Watch can detect irregular heartbeats. The results were amazing. Once you hear this, you might turn around and get yourself an Apple Watch!
Mar 18, 2019
How Facebook, Google and YouTube management failed the world
I'm sure you heard about the horrifying massacre in New Zealand. What is most disturbing is the fact that the gruesome video of the killings was on social media for an entire day before it was finally taken down. Where were Facebook, Google and YouTube?
Mar 15, 2019
Facebook power outage: Server error or a hack?
Facebook had a major outage that was believed to be a server error. But when you think about it, servers can't be so easily misconfigured, which leads me to wonder, could it have been a hack?
Mar 14, 2019
Crazy things passengers left behind in Uber cars
If you forget something in an Uber, the good news is: you can get it back. But are you curious what people leave behind? Kim looked into it and shares some very strange things people left in their Uber ride.
Mar 13, 2019
Do AirPods cause cancer?
We thought smoking cigarettes was safe back in the day. Now we know better. But consider new tech like AirPods. Are they safe, or will we one day discover they cause cancer? Kim gives her thoughts on the matter.
Mar 11, 2019
Robot doctor tells family their loved one is dying
Receiving bad news from a doctor is devastating enough. What if you got news that your loved one is dying from a robot? This is what happened to Ernest Quintana's family when a machine rolled into the intensive care unit to give them the news. How would you feel?
Mar 11, 2019
Uninformed tech writers try to revise the "Y2K" scare
The greatly hyped, end-of-world Y2K event came and went without anybody noticing. Now, some tech writers are trying to create that same panic with the Global Positioning System (GPS). Kim looks at the latest fears behind the GPS update coming up in April 2019 and how it can affect us.
Mar 8, 2019
The future of Facebook?
After all the scandals, data breaches, and fake news Mark Zuckerberg had an epiphany about privacy and security for Facebook. He has a new vision about what the future of Facebook is going to look like. Kim looks at this vision and what the future holds for Facebook based on its past track record.
Mar 7, 2019
The last Blockbuster Video store on earth
Video stores used to be the only way to rent movies back in the day. Many people have spent a weekend evening at Blockbuster Video, renting movies and buying snacks with the family. In this day and age, technology has taken over the home movie business with streaming services. But Blockbuster isn't quite dead yet.
Mar 6, 2019
Should you buy a foldable smartphone?
Since it was unveiled, the foldable smartphone has been generating a lot of excitement. But is now the right time to buy one? Kim looks at how smartphone manufacturers are racing to bring foldable phones to the market even though it's untested technology.
Mar 5, 2019
Another Facebook privacy eye roll
When many of us signed up for Facebook, we gave them our phone number to prevent hackers from being able to access our account information. It's called two-factor authentication and Facebook used our phone numbers to allow people to look us up and even sold that info to third parties. Kim looks at how this practice is still in use even thought Facebook said they stopped it quite some time ago.
Mar 4, 2019
Parents are now using social media to help name their babies
New parents have a tough time picking names for their new offspring. It used to be going through the baby name book or checking names online. Now, it's social media. Kim looks at the impact social media has made for new parents picking the name of their child and why it has become so prevalent.
Mar 1, 2019
Are you addicted to your smartphone?
Many of us just couldn't live without our smartphones. When we can't text, check email or apps, and surf the web whenever we want, we experience frustration and anxiety. Kim looks at ways we can counter smartphone addiction to relieve the stress and anxiety.
Feb 28, 2019
The dreaded robocaller
The phone rings and you've got a fifty-fifty chance of it being a robocaller. That's right, nearly 50% of all calls are robocallers and they've been on the rise for quite some time. Where are all these robocalls coming from? Kim looks at what's behind these annoying calls and what you can do about it.
Feb 27, 2019
A YouTuber tells kids how to commit suicide
YouTube has been in the news lately and it hasn't been too good. First, it was people leaving comments promoting child pornography. Now, it's videos promoting suicide? Kim looks at the latest story about YouTube and what it means to parents and kids.
Feb 26, 2019
Incredible new car tech: What to expect this year
BMW let the cat out of the bag at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. You won't believe what drivers will be able to do with the latest technology. And it may not be limited to high priced cars. Here's a hint: it has to do with your gaze. Plus, what's new with 5G smartphones.
Feb 25, 2019
There's no end to the ways Facebook collects your info
Facebook has been in the news for quite some time about the way it has handled data from users. But this time, Facebook is not the one doing the spying. It turns out, other apps are selling all their user data to Facebook. Kim looks at the latest research about how Facebook is getting data from other apps.
Feb 22, 2019
Facebook wants to put a camera in everyone's living room
Facebook has a history of massive data breaches, bad management, and arrogant stances. Now, Mark Zuckerberg is trying to convince people to purchase their Portal Smart screen for video chatting and put them in their homes. Kim looks at what having a Facebook linked camera in your home can do with your privacy.
Feb 21, 2019
Samsung's foldable smartphone is here
Samsung finally unveiled its first foldable smartphone and it's pretty innovative. Kim looks at the new Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone, how it works, and if it will get the smartphone industry out of its rut.
Feb 20, 2019
Could your smartphone save your life?
Imagine you've just been in a car accident, trapped in your vehicle with no help around and you can't reach your cell phone. But, you can still talk so you call out for your virtual assistant to call 911. That's what happened to Nate Felix. Listen as Kim tells his story and reminds us that our smartphones could save our lives.
Feb 19, 2019
Samsung is changing the smartphone
Smartphone sales have been stagnant the last few years but Samsung plans to change all that. They plan to announce their first foldable smartphone at an unbelievable price.
Feb 18, 2019
8K televisions are on the way but the price isn't worth it
At the annual Consumer Electronics Show last month, companies like Samsung, Toshiba, Sony and LG made a big deal about their new 8K televisions. Other than the fact that there is hardly any 8K content available, there's another hard fact that will keep you from buying one.
Feb 15, 2019
A new viral challenge parents need to be aware of
It seems that every couple of weeks, a new viral challenge pops up on social media. Some of these challenges are fun, some are dangerous but this one is really making waves. Kim looks at the 48-hour challenge and the impact it's having on parents and police.
Feb 14, 2019
Authors are making big bucks selling romance eBooks on Amazon
Whether you're a fan or not, romance eBooks are extremely popular on Amazon and some authors are raking in the cash. Kim looks at the business of writing and selling love stories on Amazon Kindle and how authors are cashing in.
Feb 13, 2019
Russia is unplugging from the internet
Russia is leaving the world wide web as we know it and they have built their own independent internet which they will test this year. Kim looks at the reasoning behind Russia's decision to leave the global internet and what it will mean to the Russian people.
Feb 12, 2019
Smartphone companies are trying to wow consumers with new tech
It's a fact that people are holding on to their smartphones longer and that's caused smartphone makers some worry. Sales of new phones have flatlined and in order get people to upgrade their devices, smartphone makers are set to unveil some new features. I'll tell you what smartphone companies are doing to get consumers buying and upgrading again.
Feb 11, 2019
Four ways to stop robocalls you need to know about
There's nothing more annoying than getting a phone call from someone trying to sell you a product or service you don't want. Even worse, they use your cell minutes just to annoy you. The good news is, there are steps you can take to stop these unwanted calls and I'll tell you how.
Feb 8, 2019
Does Facebook think we’re all just a bunch of idiots?
We all know Facebook is collecting data about us, and you won't believe the reason they say they do it. They must really think we're naive. Look at Europe for example: Facebook has to play by different rules there. European countries are cracking down on what data can be collected, and for good reason!
Feb 7, 2019
Thieves force you to change your smartphone settings before they steal it
It's scary enough that a thief would steal your smartphone right out of your hand while you're using it. Now, thieves are getting more aggressive: They're putting people in a choke hold demanding they change their settings. Why? Listen to find out what's behind this disturbing new trend.
Feb 6, 2019
What's the most important thing you'd miss if you lost your phone?
If you worry about losing valuable photos if you were to ever lose your smartphone, listen up! There are many ways to retrieve those precious memories so be prepared if this day ever happened. I'll tell you how.
Feb 5, 2019
Top health news stories on Facebook are fake
Facebook turned fifteen years old yesterday and sensationalized fake news such as "bacon is as harmful as cigarettes" are still rampant on the site. A bipartisan group of scientists studied so-called health news on Facebook and the results are not surprising. Kim looks at the results of this study and offers some advice on how best to handle these stories when they appear in our Facebook feeds.
Feb 4, 2019
Quitting Facebook for 30 days can make life better
Despite all the privacy scandals, more than two billion users remain on Facebook. They stay connected with family and friends, find potential customers, and get the latest news - sometimes accurate, and sometimes not. But all those perceived benefits come at a great cost. Kim looks at a recent study that shows even a temporary break from Facebook can lead to greater happiness and satisfaction for almost everyone.
Feb 1, 2019
Making your household items smarter
Even things you own that aren't already smart, don’t have to stay that way. An inexpensive smart plug can make your dumb appliance, lamp or hair dryer smart. Kim gives some tips on inexpensive ways to start upgrading your home to a smart home.
Jan 31, 2019
Facebook got caught with its hands in the digital cookie jar
Facebook got caught – again – with its hands in the data cookie jar. This time, an app tracked just every single thing you did on your phone and sent it all back to Facebook. Kim looks at the latest privacy violation from Facebook and what their real motive was behind it.
Jan 30, 2019
You can win a car if you don't watch the Super Bowl
For may people, watching the Superbowl is about more than just game, it's also about the amazing commercials. Well, this year one automobile maker is taking things to a new level. You can win a car if you don't watch the game. Kim looks at a new marketing campaign that's all about not watching this year's Superbowl.
Jan 29, 2019
A twist on the classic phishing scam is taking over YouTube
Many people have their favorite YouTube channels as well as their favorite YouTubers that they like to follow. Well, be careful! A clever scam is spreading on YouTube that you need to know about. Here's a hint: Someone wants to give you something valuable for free. Kim explains this latest phishing scam involving YouTube.
Jan 28, 2019
Government shutdown leaves airline passengers vulnerable to the dangers of hobby drones
America's politicians have been so busy quibbling about walls and the shutdown, that they’ve completely ignored everyone who flies. Kim looks at how the partial government shutdown, as it engulfed the country, showed us for the first time how dangerous hobby drones can be.
Jan 25, 2019
An interesting twist to targeted advertising
Let's say a husband is not happy that his wife no longer wants to take part in physical relations. Instead of talking about it with her, he can now use the same strategy as big advertising companies. He can target her with online ads. In this podcast, Kim looks at a new company that offers an interesting twist to targeted advertising.
Jan 24, 2019
A robot that checks on everyone in the family
Sony's new puppy-sized robotic dog Aibo can walk around the house and check on the family. It has cameras, facial recognition, and is connected to the internet. But are we ready for that? In this podcast, Kim looks at what a robot like this really means to our privacy and security.
Jan 23, 2019
A frightening hack of a home security system
Imagine that you're sitting down with the family to watch television. As you start looking for something to watch, what sounds like an emergency broadcast alert blares from the other room. Then, there is an announcement of something frightening. In this podcast, Kim tells the story of a family who had their Nest camera hacked and why we all need to make sure we are secure.
Jan 22, 2019
There is truly no place left to hide online
Maybe you’re the one person who has never had a Twitter or Facebook account. The massive social media network computers don’t know anything about you, right? Wrong. In this podcast, Kim looks at recent research that shows that even though you have never been on social media, these companies still know what you like, dislike, and how you respond to situations.
Jan 21, 2019
Tech companies spend big money to keep their executives safe
With fame comes the need for having personal security and big tech companies are spending big bucks on keeping their executives safe. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at a recent report on the huge costs some tech companies like Amazon and Facebook are spending to keep their executives safe.
Jan 18, 2019
This data breach will go down as one of the biggest in history
Have any of your online account credentials ever been stolen in a data breach? Since breaches are so common nowadays, there's a great chance they have, whether you know about it or not. That's why it's critical to know when a massive data breach happens, so you can take action. In this podcast, Kim talks about a data breach impacting hundreds of millions of email addresses, and yours could be one of them.
Jan 17, 2019
Social engineering through the use of fake news
Social engineering is the phrase that describes how people with an agenda use real names and sites to spoof you. And it seems that no one is immune to these elaborate manipulations. In this podcast, Kim looks at the latest scheme that spoofed the world's largest asset management company as well as some news organizations.
Jan 16, 2019
A Federal judge rules that police can't force you to unlock your cellphone
A judge in northern California ruled that police can't force anyone to unlock their smartphones using biometrics like a fingerprint or facial ID. But, this case is far from over. In this podcast, Kim looks at what this decision really means and how the battle for privacy is far from over.
Jan 15, 2019
What does Google know about you?
Have you ever wondered how much Google knows about you? There is a way to find out. Learn all the data Google has on you with a few simple clicks. In this podcast, Kim looks at Google's new way for users to take a look at all the data they've collected from them whether it's Gmail, Chrome or any other Google product. The depth of the results may shock you.
Jan 14, 2019
Texts are forever
Jeff Bezos' divorce provides us with a cautionary tale: text messages are forever. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at a few of the details that led to Jeff Bezos divorce and why we all need to be aware that the text messages and images we send last a lifetime.
Jan 11, 2019
Some people are losing their life savings trying to sell on Amazon
In this day and age, many people are looking the make a little extra money to help pay the bills. Thanks to the internet and social media, it's pretty common to see an ad or a video advertising a way to make money selling online using the Amazon marketplace. However, there are people out there making money not by selling on Amazon but by selling the "secrets" to getting rich on Amazon. And many people are losing a lot of money on these scams.
Jan 10, 2019
The most expensive divorce in history
By now, you may have heard that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is getting and his wife are getting a divorce after 25 years of marriage. So, how much money are we talking? In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim talks about Jeff Bezos impending divorce and why it's the most expensive divorce in history.
Jan 9, 2019
Apple's ad is a big fat lie
Apple does not attend the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as and exhibitor, but they do have a presence. The problem is, it's a big fat lie. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim compares what Apple's ad is saying to the reality of how secure a person's data is on an iPhone.
Jan 8, 2019
CES starts today and that means a major tech makeover
CES starts today in Las Vegas and runs all week. That means that our lives are set for a major tech makeover. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim gives us a snapshot of some of the tech we'll see from CES this week and what it will mean to us over the next few years.
Jan 7, 2019
What new tech will we see from the Consumer Electronics Show?
The world's largest tech trade show starts tomorrow in Las Vegas. There will be so many new gadgets and tech on display, but there are some particular items to look for. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at what new technology we can expect to see from companies at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
Jan 4, 2019
Need to stop a carjacker? There's an app for that.
If you have an iPhone, you're probably familiar with the "Find My iPhone" app. Turns out, it can do more than just find your missing phone. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at the story of a man who used the "Find My iPhone" app to find his stolen car.
Jan 3, 2019
Netflix is changing the way we watch a movie
Netflix has released their first interactive movie. Viewers can now control the decisions of the movie's characters and take things in different directions. It's definitely a unique way to watch a movie, but is there more? In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at how Netflix's new interactive movie is also giving the streaming giant more information than just how many people have watched.
Jan 2, 2019
The 5G revolution is coming. Are you ready?
There's been so much talk lately about 5G coming in 2019. Compared to 4G, 5G is 20 times faster. It's also going to revolutionize communication. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at the impact 5G is going to have on our technology and it's more than just faster speeds on our smartphones.
Jan 1, 2019
Common tech items millennials have never heard of
If it seems like only a few years ago that pagers, VHS tapes, and floppy discs were everywhere, you are clearly NOT a millennial. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at technology that millennials have never used and maybe have never seen before.
Dec 31, 2018
New Year's resolutions for your digital life
So many of us make New Year's resolutions whether it's losing weight, getting organized, or learning a new skill. But what about New Year's resolutions for your digital life? In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim offers some resolutions we can all do to help us in our daily digital lives.
Dec 28, 2018
Spy apps are the latest weapon in relationship drama
Parents use specific apps installed on their children's devices to track their location, their web history, and more. Now, these apps are being used by suspicious partners to catch their infidelity. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at how apps meant to be used by parents to keep their children safe are now being used to spy on people's relationships.
Dec 27, 2018
Should kids use good manners with Amazon Alexa?
Amazon's Alexa was one of the most popular Christmas gifts this year. Virtual assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant are incredibly helpful but should kids be taught to say please and thank you when interacting with these devices? In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim gives some reasons why using good manners will go a long way with kids and tech.
Dec 26, 2018
What to buy the day after Christmas
Now that all the presents are opened, and the big day is past, let's look at the top items to buy right now – the day AFTER Christmas. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at the top items we should be buying now that Christmas is over from tech to decor.
Dec 25, 2018
Merry Christmas from Kim Komando
It's Christmas day across America and today, I want lay aside the consumerism and technology for once, and instead make just a few simple observations and "thank you’s." Take a minute today and say thank you and Merry Christmas to special people in your life.
Dec 24, 2018
Holiday depression - And how to fight it
For millions, the holidays are a mixed bag of emotions, including anxiety and depression. And as it turns out, social media may be partly to blame. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at new research about stress and anxiety that people feel during the holidays and what people can do about it.
Dec 21, 2018
Amazon's Alexa shares private conversations with strangers
It's no secret that our convenient digital voice assistants like Amazon Echo record and save our commands. But what if your conversations were sent to a stranger? In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at a story about Amazon Alexa sending private conversations to a stranger.
Dec 20, 2018
Facebook is handing out your data to big companies
When you use your Facebook login to access an app or a website, how much of your data do you expect them to share? It turns out that Facebook has been handing out a lot more data than we thought to big companies. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at a New York Times report about Facebook violating users' privacy rights once again.
Dec 19, 2018
Meditation apps can help relieve holiday stress
If the last minute holiday rush is stressing you out, maybe you need to get a meditation app. But, picking out a meditation app can add even more stress since there's so many to choose from. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at the meditation app market and how it's anything but zen out there.
Dec 18, 2018
Your fingerprint unlocks targeted advertising in your car
You're driving home from work, wondering what you should make for dinner. Suddenly, on your car dashboard an ad shows up for home meal delivery. Unbelievable? Not really. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at how car manufacturers are using your fingerprint for more than just unlocking your car.
Dec 17, 2018
Amazon's Alexa can now predict what you'll do next
Amazon's Alexa can now remind you to turn off the lights and feed the dog. Is this a great breakthrough or just plain creepy? In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at a new feature of the Amazon Alexa that can learn your behavior and then predict what you're going to do next.
Dec 14, 2018
Social media becomes more popular than newspapers
There used to be a time when we'd trust everything we read in newspapers, saw on the evening news and read on a website. Now, Americans are getting their news from a whole new source. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at how social media has become the new source of news for most Americans.
Dec 13, 2018
Last minute tech gift ideas for everyone on your list
Still looking for the best tech gifts to get that special someone this holiday season? There's a whole bunch of cool gadgets out there for last minute shoppers. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim shares a few tech gift ideas for everyone on your list... even your dog or cat.
Dec 12, 2018
This operating system is targeted by cybercriminals the most
Cybercriminals and scammers have changed strategies in a big way. Now they're targeting users of one particular operating system more than any other, including Windows. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at the latest study that shows which operating system is the biggest target for cybercriminals and scammers.
Dec 11, 2018
Popular smartphone apps are selling your location data
Many of the most popular apps we download on our iPhones or Android devices track our location usually through GPS or cell tower triangulation. These apps say it is to better deliver content. It turns out that's not all they're doing. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim shares research data on just how much of your location these apps are tracking and what is being done with the data.
Dec 10, 2018
Turn off this TV feature to get the best movie viewing experience
Have you ever watched a movie on your new high-def television and thought that maybe something was off with the picture? Movies are shot on film and soap operas are shot on high-speed video so the look of each is very different. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim explains this phenomenon of the "soap opera effect" and how you can turn it off to enjoy movies they way they were meant to seen.
Dec 7, 2018
The Apple Watch 4 can now take your ECG
With the latest update of its Watch OS software, the Apple Watch 4 can now take your ECG. Now you can panic in the comfort of your own home. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at the ECG feature of the Apple Watch 4 and explains the functionality behind it.
Dec 6, 2018
Before you shower at the hotel, better check for hidden cameras
Cameras are so small that they can be hidden anywhere, even in the shower of your hotel room. And that's when an extortionist can strike. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim tells the story of a woman who was caught on a hidden camera in her hotel bathroom and what happened next is truly scary.
Dec 5, 2018
Parents are using social media to pick the baby's name
A lot of new parents have a tough time picking names for their new offspring. It used to be going through the baby name book and checking names online. Now it's social media. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at the impact social media has made for new parents picking the name of their child and why it has become so prevalent.
Dec 4, 2018
When being neighborly is spying
Gone are the days of neighborhood watch groups. Now, social networking has take over as people post videos from home cameras, put up stuff for sale, and more. Is there a difference now between being neighborly and spying? In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at how neighborhoods have evolved in how information is shared amongst neighbors.
Dec 3, 2018
3 ways to stop hackers during the holidays
It’s the happiest time of the year. It’s also the busiest time, for hackers. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim gives 3 tips on how to outsmart hackers this holiday season, especially when traveling.
Nov 30, 2018
The future of virtual assistants and relationships
Virtual assistants like Alex, Siri, and Google Assistant are always listening so naturally they know if your relationship is on the rocks. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at the AI behind virtual assistants and how this technology can predict relationships and match people to his or her perfect partner.
Nov 29, 2018
Google's cheap cell phone service has some gotchas.
If you're paying too much for your cell phone service, Google has a cheap cell service for you. However, there are a few things you should know about. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at Google's cell phone service Fi and its pros and cons.
Nov 28, 2018
Neo Banks could be the future of banking online
Innovative technology affects almost every part of our lives. For instance, online shopping is more popular than going to an actual store. Now, Neo Banks are taking online banking to a whole new level. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at the rise of Neo Banks as well as the pros and cons of these all digital banks.
Nov 27, 2018
Google Maps is used to scam your banking information
Clever scammers are out with a new way to steal your money and your identity and it involves Google Maps. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at the latest tactic that scammers are using with the help of Google Maps to steal your banking information.
Nov 26, 2018
Heart transplant patient told to GoFundMe
Hedda Martin has congestive heart failure and the hospital where she is to have the transplant told her to set up an online fundraiser to pay for the operation. When the story hit the internet, people expressed outrage at the transplant center. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at the big picture of what these types of stories really mean once they go viral.
Nov 23, 2018
Three holiday shopping secrets
The 2018 shopping season is in full swing and with all the sales going on, it's time to save some big bucks. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim gives 3 insider tips on how to save the most money as we shop this holiday season.
Nov 21, 2018
Shopping tips and tricks to get the best deals
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday upon us, it's time for people to get shrewd and savvy when shopping the deals this holiday season. In this episode of Consumer Tech update, Kim gives some tips to shoppers on how to get the best price on those big ticket items everyone will be buying this year.
Nov 20, 2018
Email receipt scams to watch out for this holiday shopping season
It's the holiday shopping season and that means everyone is getting a ton of email receipts and shipping emails. However, some of these emails might not be from legit sources. It could be from scammers. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at the latest scam hitting our inboxes this holiday season and what steps we can take to stop these scammers.
Nov 19, 2018
Amazon - Too big to fail?
Over the years, we've seen big companies that have been in business a long time eventually shut their doors forever. In many cases, the rise of Amazon has been used as a reason companies don't survive. But even Amazon itself is not immune to being "too big to fail." In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at statements made by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his thoughts on the company's future.
Nov 16, 2018
Keeping gifts a secret when you shop online
Keeping gifts a secret can be difficult these days with so many people shopping online. Seeing what people purchase online is easier than you think. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim gives some tips and tricks on how to prevent family and friends from seeing what gifts they are receiving this holiday season.
Nov 15, 2018
Tech Christmas gifts that will spy on you
Smart speakers, smart outlets, baby monitors and more are all great tech Christmas gift choices for friends and family. Unless, they're spying on you. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at a recent study from Mozilla that reviews some of the top tech gifts of this holiday season and how well they deal with security, encryption, and your privacy.
Nov 14, 2018
Siri tips, tricks, and shortcuts
Siri has been a part of the iPhone since 2011 and has come a long way in the past 7 years. Starting as a voice recognition program, Siri has advanced to new levels and functionality. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim gives some tips and tricks to show how helpful Siri can really be.
Nov 13, 2018
FOMO is bad for your health
Social media was supposed to make us feel more connected with family and friends. Instead, it is causing depression and anxiety. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at new research showing that social media is driving more people to depression and anxiety than ever before due to "the fear of missing out."
Nov 12, 2018
Can pacemakers and medical devices be hacked?
Putting lifesaving personal medical devices like pacemakers and drug infusion pumps online saves lives. Doctors can know almost instantly if something is going wrong with their patients. The problem is: all these wireless devices have huge vulnerabilities to hacking. How safe are we?
Nov 9, 2018
Can you depend upon Alexa to call 911?
You can depend on smart speakers like Alexa to tell you the weather, turn off the lights and order an Uber, but can you depend on them in case of an emergency? In this Consumer Tech Update podcast, Kim gives you her thoughts on the matter.
Nov 8, 2018
World’s first baby crib with built-in iPad is for sale
Do you remember the long sleepless nights caring for a newborn? Dad Gary Taylor saw this as a business opportunity. He created a crib with a built-in iPad to keep babies occupied. Is this really the wave of the future: Babies getting nurtured by electronics?
Nov 7, 2018
Will you pay $2000 for the new type of smartphone?
Smartphone sales are declining. Better cameras, larger screens, and faster chips are not innovative enough to keep customers upgrading their phones. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at the next big leap smartphone makers are taking to bring in revenue but at a potentially huge cost to consumers.
Nov 6, 2018
Don't let laptop spyware listen to your conversations
We all know to cover up our webcams with tape so hackers can’t see what we’re doing. One laptop manufacturer took this a step further. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim talks about how one laptop manufacturer is taking steps to prevent hackers from seeing and hearing you through your computer.
Nov 5, 2018
You will be shocked by the true cost of an iPhone
Smartphones are expensive and everyone always wants to get the latest and greatest. But would you get a new smartphone knowing it would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars? In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at the true cost of owning the latest smartphone and the dollar amount is shocking.
Nov 2, 2018
Vote With Me lets you see the voting record of every contact in your phone
Midterm elections are just a few days away and a new app that is meant to encourage people to vote is also irking some voters. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at the app "Vote With Me", talks about how it works and if it is an invasion of privacy.
Nov 1, 2018
The inside scoop what to buy on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Before you rush out and buy a new TV, toys or computers, do some checking to see if any big retailers have released their Black Friday or Cyber Monday ads. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim gives some updates as to when and where to buy toys, clothes, tech and more on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Oct 31, 2018
Apple is raising its price 20 to 25 percent. Is it worth it?
Apple announced some of its new iPad and Mac computers yesterday in Brooklyn just in time for the holiday season. Along with an impressive array of upgrades to the iPad, Macbook and Mac Mini they also announced some significant price increases. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim gives some reasons why Apple products are going start costing more.
Oct 30, 2018
Apps and tech to keep kids safe trick or treating on Halloween
Halloween is a fun time of year for kids to go out all dressed up and wander the neighborhoods getting candy. But, what safety precautions can parents take to make sure their kids are safe trick or treating? In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim gives some tips on how parents can use technology to make sure everyone has a safe and fun Halloween.
Oct 29, 2018
Revealed! The biggest phishing spoofed companies and busiest phishing days
Scammers use phishing emails constantly to try and steal your data and your money. They use popular brand names so that we think we are receiving emails from those companies. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at the top company brands that scammers use as well as what days of the week scammers like to send these phishing emails.
Oct 26, 2018
Are you getting all the internet you pay for?
Does it seem like your internet connection is running slower than usual? It's easy to test your connection speed, but are you getting the internet speed that you're paying for? In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at internet connection speeds and gives some tips on how to make sure you're getting what you're paying for.
Oct 25, 2018
The real reason Google is letting you delete your search history
We've all been able to delete our Google search history in our browser but now Google is allowing users to delete their actual search data. Is Google suddenly being nice or is there another reason for this? In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim explores the real reason Google is allowing users to delete their search data.
Oct 24, 2018
Microchip ID implants gain popularity, but would you get one?
Would you get an implant in your hand or finger that has all your personal data and financial information on it? In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at how some employers are paying for their employees to get chip implants and what this technology could mean for all of us in the future.
Oct 23, 2018
Cutting the internet connection cord
Cord cutting started with people getting rid of their landline telephones and then moved on to cutting cable in favor os streaming services. Now, cord cutters are ready to make another big move. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at how people are cutting the cord across a variety of services to save some money.
Oct 22, 2018
Robots in NYC
Like a scene from a sci-fi movie, robots are taking to the streets in Manhattan to help police catch criminals. Is "Robocop" actually becoming a reality? In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at the use of security robots in New York City and how this can help keep the streets a little safer.
Oct 19, 2018
Don’t buy an iPad, Mac or AirPods... right now.
Apple comes out with new hardware closer to the holidays and this year is no exception. But what can we expect to see? In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim talks about when is the best time to buy new Apple products and what new gadgets we can expect.
Oct 18, 2018
Want to see what Apple and Google knows about you?
Want to find out what information tech companies have on you? Want to see your Google search history? Now you can. In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at how companies like Apple and Google are now offering users the ability to see what data they have collected on them.