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By Kim Komando

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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.

Episode Date
Bitcoin billionaires are losing their fortunes
You won't believe this sad tale of lost treasure. Get this: Bitcoin billionaires are losing their fortunes. Why? Forgotten passwords.
Jan 15, 2021
CES 2021: Why was it so lackluster?
Usually, CES is packed with groundbreaking tech the entire internet is talking about. This year? It all felt pretty underwhelming. Why? Here's what I think.
Jan 14, 2021
CES Hype
With Trump, Amazon and Parler taking over the headlines, this year’s Consumer Electronics Show has taken a backseat in news. Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
Jan 13, 2021
Parler and Ruthless Big Tech
If you’re one of the millions who use Parler, I’m sure you’re wondering, “What’s next?” Regardless of politics, we're watching Big Tech flex its strength.
Jan 12, 2021
Get ready for CES! You'll find some incredible tech
January always brings the annual Consumer Electronic Show. Even though it's virtual this year, you can still find some amazing stuff! Here's the insider scoop.
Jan 11, 2021
Apps to help you actually keep those resolutions
Making New Year’s resolutions is easy. Sticking with them is hard. Luckily, help is only as far away as your smartphone!
Jan 10, 2021
Ransomware attacks: You ain't seen nothin' yet
Ransomware cybercriminals aren't only after the average person. They attack in big numbers. Why? They're looking for a big payout from companies, schools and even hospitals.
Jan 09, 2021
Watch out for zombie tweets!
Old tweets can come back and bite you. Can you delete them to stop this from happening? Well, yes and no. Here's the deal.
Jan 08, 2021
New Apple tech coming soon
Apple insiders say we can expect some cool new products later this year. Do any of these catch your attention?
Jan 07, 2021
Flash is now ash
It's time to bid farewell to Adobe Flash.
Jan 06, 2021
Free fun social distancing that’s not Sirius work
The best and most wondrous objects are out tonight. Today’s tech makes it even easier to spot these beautiful stars.
Jan 05, 2021
Just don't click the link!
Welcome to the first Monday of the new year. Today, you'll learn how to start the year off right with your home network.
Jan 04, 2021
Fresh or Rotten Tomatoes?
Years ago, you turned to a local entertainment writer before checking out a movie or TV show. Now, Rotten Tomatoes saves the day! Here's how it works.
Jan 03, 2021
A wonderful use of Google Street View
It’s never easy to lose a loved one, but a simple trip down memory lane using Google Maps can help.
Jan 02, 2021
Working from home? Here's what to expect in 2021
We've finally said goodbye to 2020 and can look ahead to 2021. I bring you the most realistic predictions for tech in the coming year. It’s going to be a wild one. 
Jan 01, 2021
My 2021 tech predictions
It’s New Year’s Eve and today, I bring you the most realistic predictions for tech in the coming year. It's going to be a wild one.
Dec 31, 2020
The tech that powered 2020
Let's look back on some of the amazing tech that helped us through 2020. What helped you the most?
Dec 30, 2020
Delivery drones are up there
Sometimes the greatest advancements in tech happen with no hype.
Dec 29, 2020
3 things not to buy during after Christmas sales
Now that all the presents are opened, let’s look at the top items you’ve got to buy now. I’m giving you the post-Christmas scoop. Plus, three things to avoid until later in the year.
Dec 28, 2020
Alexa prank you’ll love
Sure, you can say, "Alexa, play my favorite song." But did you know Alexa can also play funny pranks?
Dec 27, 2020
New tech pro tips
It’s the day after Christmas and the tech is buzzing all throughout your house.
Dec 26, 2020
Christmas Day 2020
Today, let's thank the great people who made this year easier.
Dec 25, 2020
A gift you give yourself
For millions, the holidays are a mixed bag of emotions. Ease the anxiety and depression with a special gift for yourself.
Dec 24, 2020
Amazon’s capital C
Amazon’s 1.1 million employees will fill billions of Christmas wishes this year. Now, it’s worth $1.6 trillion. Here's how Amazon got to this point.
Dec 23, 2020
New law makes this internet fee on your bill illegal
Check your internet bill closely. You may find you're paying for a service that's now free!
Dec 22, 2020
Don’t listen to this if you’re scared
The Russian computer hack on America is the most serious security breach in our history. Just how bad? The implications are seriously frightening.
Dec 21, 2020
Phantom Phone Syndrome
You could be suffering from "phantom phone syndrome." Here are the symptoms...
Dec 20, 2020
Clever site to plan your streaming
Here's a clever web site that lets you know how much time you should set aside to binge a series. (Spoiler alert: It's a lot more than you think!)
Dec 19, 2020
Jeff Bezos is past his Prime this Christmas
Jeff Bezos has a net worth of $200 billion. But thanks to his ex-wife, he's starting to look more like Ebenezer Scrooge this Christmas.
Dec 18, 2020
“Halo” is it me you’re looking for?
Stay away from Amazon’s new $65 smartwatch, which is unfortunately named, “The Halo.”
Dec 17, 2020
FTC and Big Tech clash, finally
The Federal Trade Commission is finally demanding Big Tech tell us exactly how they collect and use data from their users.
Dec 16, 2020
Russian hackers hacked our hacking methods
A devastating cyber attack shook the U.S. government to its core. It's likely that the attackers came from the Russian government. Here's what you've got to do now.
Dec 15, 2020
Stop, thief!
Don't you just love the holidays? Think about the lights, carols and ... break-ins? Yep. Home burglaries peak about the holidays. Here's how to protect yourself!
Dec 14, 2020
New way to get your Amazon orders
Worried about porch pirates? Get this: Amazon will deliver all your orders right in your garage. Here's how it works.
Dec 13, 2020
One benefit to all this Google tracking
Sure, we're living in the age of surveillance. Sure, someone's keeping track of every step you take. But how's this for a silver lining?
Dec 12, 2020
Facebook’s big — this big
With two lawsuits already filed and a third on the way, the Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp business can virtually silence anyone on social media it chooses. Here’s why these lawsuits are historic.
Dec 11, 2020
Facebook’s in big trouble
Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission, along with 48 states, filed two separate lawsuits against Facebook. And when the government wins, look for Facebook to be forced to spin off both Instagram and WhatsApp.
Dec 10, 2020
Scammers never stop scamming
As the economy worsens, email scammers are hitting harder than ever. Today, let’s look at the top tricks scammers are using to separate you and your money.
Dec 09, 2020
Projecting movie theaters' future
Are the days of movie theaters about to end? Warner Bros. just dropped a bombshell that could put the nail in the coffin.
Dec 08, 2020
Don’t fall for Router Shields
Have you heard the looney rumors? Some people think 5G caused the COVID pandemic. If that's not crazy enough for you, I've got an even wilder conspiracy theory. You won't believe this!
Dec 07, 2020
$140 TVs are here
How cheap can you go for a quality TV? Here's what you can expect for a low price.
Dec 06, 2020
Guess the #1 app of 2020
Want to guess what was Apple's most downloaded app in 2020? Tap or click here to find out!
Dec 05, 2020
Free internet connection speed test
Is your internet connection as slow as molasses in January? Here's exactly what you need to do!
Dec 04, 2020
It’s Huawei robbery
Remember all the hype last year about the Samsung Galaxy Fold? Well, that beautiful disaster is back and better than before — allegedly. Here's what you need to know before you buy.
Dec 03, 2020
Secret about Cyber Monday
With the Christmas shopping season fully underway, here's a little Cyber Monday secret...
Dec 02, 2020
COVID super spreaders surprise
Tons of news reporters think we'll see a spike in COVID-19 cases because of Thanksgiving travel. But travelers aren't the only super-spreaders. Here are some places you've got to watch out for.
Dec 01, 2020
Get off your butt
This just in: Scientists just found the exact amount of time you have to exercise in a day to make up for time spent in front of a screen. Spoiler alert: You're not going to like it!
Nov 30, 2020
Secret sister scam spreading
A common scam making the rounds is the “Secret Sister” gift exchange. It’s taking over social media newsfeeds again this year. Here's how to watch out for it!
Nov 29, 2020
Can YOU solve this mystery?
Three years ago, hikers found a man dead in a tent. To this day, no one knows who he is. Today Kim's tackling the captivating mystery of the man known as "Mostly Harmless."
Nov 28, 2020
Arrr, take this you porch pirate!
Amazon boxes are on porches across America. Sadly, so are the porch pirates. Here's how to outsmart them!
Nov 27, 2020
Giving thanks
Happy Thanksgiving! Welcome to the Christmas shopping season. Here are some of the best deals to watch out for.
Nov 26, 2020
The king of small phones
We live in a world of huge video displays. Maybe that's why people find Apple's iPhone 12 so refreshing. Although it's small, it packs a huge punch!
Nov 25, 2020
Twitter’s Fleet defeat
Twitter rolled out a brand-new feature for everyone — tweets that disappear after 24 hours, with a clever name “fleets” as in fleeting thoughts. The only problem? It doesn’t work.
Nov 24, 2020
Use these passwords if you want to get hacked
Passwords are a pain, but they're worth the struggle. Finding a strong password can be tough, but I've got you covered. Here's what NOT to do!
Nov 23, 2020
The secret behind the new Amazon Pharmacy
This past week, Amazon sent a lighting bolt straight through America’s biggest pharmacy chains. Here why: The company announced it's going into the drugstore business, too.
Nov 22, 2020
Bring out Zoom + a Lazy Susan
Planning on a virtual Thanksgiving? I've got your back. Here's just what to do — and how it works!
Nov 21, 2020
She's baaaaack
Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's been out of the limelight for three years. Now she's back with a new company called Sunshine.
Nov 20, 2020
My prediction came true
Two years ago, I predicted that cutting the cable would become nothing more than an exercise in futility; that streaming was becoming just as expensive — maybe even more so. That day is here.
Nov 19, 2020
Two reasons to wait before buying a new iPhone 12
If you’re the type who loves to buy the newest tech as soon as it arrives, here’s a word of caution about Apple’s new iPhone 12.
Nov 18, 2020
Don’t get framed by free photo storage
Without question, for the past five years, the best online deal has been Google’s free cloud-based photo storage. There are now more than 4 trillion photos and videos on Google’s servers, all at no cost. But on June 1 next year, the free photo storage ends. Here are your options.
Nov 17, 2020
The anti-Twitter app
Last week I told you about Parler, Twitter’s worthy competitor. Now, going up against Twitter is no small task. But here are the reasons why Parler will succeed.
Nov 16, 2020
Guess the Big Tech company thankful for the pandemic
Despite America’s COVID related economic problems, there’s one sector of the economy that’s fully recovered. Can you guess which one?
Nov 15, 2020
New Macs pack no slack
If you’re thinking about buying a new laptop, especially as a Christmas gift, here’s everything you need to know about Apple’s new generation of Macs.
Nov 14, 2020
Another Facebook lie you shouldn’t believe
The Facebook-owned WhatsApp has a promise: Use it for all your confidential, intimate messaging — and everything you post will be deleted in a week. Now, three major reasons why you CANNOT trust them.
Nov 13, 2020
1 pro tip for video calls
If you’ve been holding out on improving your video call setup at home, might as well face it — things probably aren’t changing soon. Now you can use your DSLR camera as a video camera.
Nov 12, 2020
3 best phone chargers
For years, Apple was absolutely adamant: Unless you want to risk a fire or battery explosion, “Do not,” they said, “Use ANY other charger on your iPhone, except the one that we supply.” But today, when you buy a new iPhone 12, Apple no longer includes a charger. You have to buy your own. So, which one is best?
Nov 11, 2020
This Twitter alternative is exploding
Last week’s election proved one thing: America is split — half conservative, half liberal. And the conservative half is fed up with Twitter.
Nov 10, 2020
Joints, booze & pizza
You can always tell what America’s thinking by watching the vast array of searches on Google. Here’s what was on America’s mind last week during election night and the four nights after.
Nov 09, 2020
Guess which site sells the most of your personal data
The investigations and lawsuits launched against Big Tech have their roots in how these companies have abused your personal information. So today, a look at the most popular apps that collect and grab your personal info.
Nov 08, 2020
Best sites for free movies revealed
If you’re like most, you need a break from wall to wall political coverage. So how about the top sites to watch movies this weekend — for free!
Nov 07, 2020
1 thing the FBI does you should, too
What do you do with an old thumb drive? First and foremost, DO NOT simply give or throw it away!
Nov 06, 2020
This clever post election scam is spreading
It’s been two days since the election, and I know that you were hoping for a break from all the politics. But as the election is being contested and the lawsuits begin, cybercriminals are circulating even more online election scams.
Nov 05, 2020
Can you trust COVID temperature scanner tech?
As autumn over takes the northern hemisphere, a second wave of the COVID-19 is erupting. Today, can you trust the new tech thermal imaging scanners popping up at the entrances of public events, hospitals, schools, government buildings, airports and stores?
Nov 04, 2020
Gov’t wants Big Tech’s head
No matter who wins today’s election or how long it takes us to determine who won, big changes are coming for Big Tech.
Nov 03, 2020
This Google Search trend will surprise you
The election is tomorrow. Record numbers, about 90 million, have already voted. But one of Google’s top searches over the weekend has been: “Can I change my vote?”
Nov 02, 2020
Trick to browse anonymously on your phone/tablet
You might be familiar with private or incognito tabs you can open in your web browser using your desktop PC. But you might not know there are browsers that allow you to search the internet on your mobile device anonymously, too.
Nov 01, 2020
Musk’s plan to kill ISPs
You’ve probably heard that Elon Musk and his Space X company have been busy, launching hundreds of small satellites to swarm around the Earth orbit, supplying internet to places where no internet service exists. How much will it cost and how good will it be?
Oct 31, 2020
FBI’s 'imminent' warning
The FBI is warning all American hospitals of imminent ransomware attacks. Imminent is the actual word used by the FBI. Here's what it could mean for you.
Oct 30, 2020
Shocker: FB, Google & Twitter’s biggest fear
Yesterday, the biggest names of Big Tech testified before the Senate Commerce Committee. At times it was heated and testy — but now we know Big Tech’s biggest fear.
Oct 29, 2020
FB, Twitter & Google don’t want you to see this
If you’ve not yet seen it, you and your family should sit together and watch the Netflix documentary called, "The Social Dilemma."
Oct 28, 2020
Smart TVs track YOU
If you own a smart TV, let me tell you how smart it really is: As you watch your TV, it's watching you. And here’s what it’s learning.
Oct 27, 2020
Zuckerberg’s wanted in DC
Last week The Department of Justice filed its long-awaited antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet’s Google. The suit claims that Alphabet illegally uses anticompetitive tactics to protect advertising business for its monopoly search engine, Google. And, as I predicted, Facebook is next.
Oct 26, 2020
What’s a Zeptosecond?
We’ve all heard slang terms of how quickly something can happen, like lickety-split, got there in nothing flat, or in a jiffy. But now, there’s a new one — the shortest amount of time that CAN be measured.
Oct 25, 2020
BPMs scariest Halloween movies
With Halloween only a week away, let’s use a little “over the counter science" to find the scariest films. Spooky!
Oct 24, 2020
Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s latest fail
Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have once again barged in to lecture us on the dangers of social media. How original!
Oct 23, 2020
Political calls & texts quick fix
We’re less than two weeks before the election, and I have good news and bad news. First the good news: The number of those irritating political robocalls is declining. But the bad news is the number of unwanted political text messages is increasing. What to do?
Oct 22, 2020
Google’s in DOJ big trouble
I’ll make two predictions: First, the long-awaited Department of Justice antitrust lawsuit against Google will be big. Even bigger than the break-up of Standard Oil and The Bell System. Second: The government will win.
Oct 21, 2020
Don’t trust Amazon’s biggest failure
At this very second, roughly 42% of all customer-provided reviews on Amazon are fake. And as Christmas shopping takes hold, it’s only going to get worse.
Oct 20, 2020
Hurry, Christmas-tober is here!
It’s going to be a tough year for holiday shoppers as merchants launch a volley of unrelenting holiday sales. And the assault is already well underway.
Oct 19, 2020
3 clever ways to use an old phone
With the new iPhone 12 announcement last week, you may be thinking of upgrading. Here are some great uses for you old phone.
Oct 18, 2020
Sneaky election scams spreading
Regardless of all the media coverage, the great majority of American’s have NOT yet voted, and the races are far from over. Meaning, election scams are everywhere.
Oct 17, 2020
Passwords. Men do this more than women.
Do you and your significant other share each other’s account passwords? Most couples do. And as long as you’re together, it’s often a good idea. But what happens if you breakup?
Oct 16, 2020
Apple’s new breakthrough no one’s talking about
In 1965, a young electronics research engineer made a prediction: Every two years, the size of electronic components would shrink to let us double the number of transistors packed into a tiny computer chip. That prediction is called Moore’s Law and Apple’s new iPhone 12 proves it.
Oct 15, 2020
2 things missing in the new iPhone 12 box
The much-anticipated iPhone 12 is here, in four different models. They all come 5G-ready, with prices from $699 to $1,199. Now, here's what's missing.
Oct 14, 2020
The very best Prime Day deals
Today and tomorrow, Amazon will change holiday shopping forever by moving the start date up more than a full month. And within the next 48 hours, customers will spend over $10 billion. These are the best deals you'll find.
Oct 13, 2020
Prime Day Deals on TVs & iPads
Amazon Prime Day begins at 3 a.m. tomorrow morning. Today, tips on what to buy this Prime Day and how to find the best deals — plus what not to buy.
Oct 12, 2020
2 smartphone tricks you didn’t know before now
It seems like a new smartphone comes out every few weeks. And they have so many different functions, it’s tough to keep up with it all. Today, here are two very helpful things you probably didn’t know you phone could do.
Oct 11, 2020
Keep your keys in the fridge to prevent hackers
Remote keyless entry systems for cars arrived in 1983 with the phrase “key fob”. Today, key fobs lock and unlock, start the engine and even call for help. But they also come with a risk.
Oct 10, 2020
Black Friday starts next Tuesday
Amazon is about to change Christmas and holiday shopping forever. Big sales begin this Tuesday and continue at a frenzied pace through Christmas.
Oct 09, 2020
iOS 14 has a battery problem
If you updated your iPhone to Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 14, in the past few days you may have already noticed that your iPhone’s daily battery life has somehow grown shorter. Here’s why.
Oct 08, 2020
Most dangerous celebrities to Google
Every year antivirus company McAfee releases its official list of celebrities, starlets, and big names that, when you search them out online, you’re very likely to land on a website that will quietly install a virus — or worse — on your computer. Here's who topped the list this year.
Oct 07, 2020
Using AI to stop online exam cheating
Online learning is simply not as good as being in a classroom — and neither is taking an exam online. Universities are turning to artificial intelligence to catch cheaters.
Oct 06, 2020
Happening every minute on the internet
Let’s start the week with a look at the next 60 seconds on the internet. You won't believe all the messages shared, meetings hosted, photos uploaded and more.
Oct 05, 2020
You're charging your phone wrong
You probably have your own method for keeping your phone charged — but according to research, you’re probably doing it wrong. The way you charge your phone could be shortening the battery’s lifespan.
Oct 04, 2020
Don't pay for Photoshop
Thanks to smartphones, everybody’s a photographer. It’s easy to take quality photos with our phone’s camera. Here’s a secret: You don’t need buy expensive Adobe Photoshop to edit your photos.
Oct 03, 2020
It's still possible to get a great smartphone for under $300
We hear all the time about great new smartphones costing four figures, all the way up to $2,000. But you don’t have to pay these big bucks! You can still get a great phone for way less than $300.
Oct 02, 2020
These old iPhones are very dangerous to use
With all the manufactured hype and excitement of the new iPhone 12 coming in fewer than two weeks, let’s look at older, obsolete iPhones that pose a danger to users.
Oct 01, 2020
Foldable PC with double the screen size of an iPad
It’s safe to say Samsung’s new folding smartphone is no home run. Computer maker Lenovo is hoping that even though customers ignored folding smartphones, things will be different with their powerful new folding laptop.
Sep 30, 2020
Most voters want social media shut down during election week
What does America really think of social media and its effect on the election? I bet you won't be surprised to learn the vast majority of us want a social media break the closer we get to the election.
Sep 29, 2020
What you need to know about the new Amazon home drone
Maybe you’ve heard about Amazon’s new security drone. It’s designed to fly around, inside your home, and frighten burglars away. But here’s why some homeowners and apartment dwellers are more frightened of the drone than a burglar.
Sep 28, 2020
Free tool to spot fake Amazon reviews
If there’s one rule of thumb to follow when you’re shopping online, especially at Amazon, it’s to read the reviews. But how can you tell a fake review from a real one? Now, an algorithm will tell you in a few seconds.
Sep 27, 2020
New Alexa commands to try
One of the most popular smart speakers are Amazon Echos with the digital assistant Alexa. I’m sure you already know the basics: Reminders, news and weather. But Alexa can help in ways you might not be aware of.
Sep 26, 2020
How to remove your home from Google Maps and Google
Your home, as you see it from the street, can be seen by everyone, worldwide, using Google’s Street View. Here’s how you can make your home disappear.
Sep 25, 2020
You're being recorded on security cams much more than you think
How many times each day are you captured by security and traffic cams? Here’s a hint: It’s a lot more than you think.
Sep 24, 2020
Coping with endless doomsday headlines
Most Americans scroll through endless headlines of bad news every day. We’re left with feelings of depression or anxiety — or both. What can you do?
Sep 23, 2020
World’s first ransomware death
Last week you may have heard me talk about the expense and dangers of ransomware. Now, ransomware is responsible for its very first death.
Sep 22, 2020
How to stop your iPhone from watching you
Does your smartphone ever secretly listen or watch you with its camera? It has in the past, and it does now. But if you use an iPhone, you now have a way to make it stop.
Sep 21, 2020
How to handle unsubscribing after your free trial
It seems like wherever you turn, some streaming service, app or site is trying to sell you a monthly subscription. Here’s the free trial and if you don’t unsubscribe, you’re billed automatically. Today, how to handle it.
Sep 20, 2020
Google Maps has a unique feature for loved ones
It’s never easy to lose a loved one but a simple trip down memory lane using Google Maps can help.
Sep 19, 2020
Important news for all of America’s schools
Here is important news for all of America’s schools and the people who run them: You are the primary target and you need to listen up.
Sep 18, 2020
Big social media boycott bust
Hollywood celebrities generally aren’t known for their breadth of intellect or depths of wisdom. Which is why yesterday’s star-studded social media stunt to fight back against online hatred, was both embarrassing and worthless.
Sep 17, 2020
Apple's two biggest announcements
Each year, Apple holds four big events: spring, summer, September and sometimes, October. Yesterday, Apple unveiled a number of new products — but not a new iPhone. Here's what's coming.
Sep 16, 2020
How the COVID puppy - or kitten - scam works
As we enter the third season of COVID-19, loneliness is emerging as a major health problem. Naturally, scam artists have moved quickly to exploit and break hearts. Today, all about the COVID puppy scam.
Sep 15, 2020
Reviewers test new Samsung foldable phone - Surprise! It works
I recently reported Samsung was about to release yet another folding smartphone after its first attempt, the Galaxy Fold, was an embarrassing failure. Screens that creaked within a week and a crazy price tag. Well, the new phone is out and here’s what the critics say.
Sep 14, 2020
How to stop political text messages
The election season is heating up and you may start seeing political texts popping up on your phone. Fortunately, you can quickly make them stop.
Sep 13, 2020
Shopping trick: Save up to 70% on Amazon year-round
Prime Day, coupons and lightning deals are great but there’s another trick you might not be aware of that can save you up to 70% on Amazon purchases year-round.
Sep 12, 2020
Amazon is hiring for 33K high-paying positions
For many whose jobs were lost in the pandemic, struggling to get by is something they never envisioned. And that’s why the news I have for you today, just may be a godsend.
Sep 11, 2020
Apple patents water ejection for iPhone
If you drop an iPhone in water, you’ll find all sorts of tips on how to dry it and save it. Even then, the phone could be damaged beyond repair. Those days may soon be over. 
Sep 10, 2020
Comparison: Walmart Plus vs. Amazon Prime
Let’s compare the new Walmart Plus to Amazon Prime. From price to inventory to bonus perks, there's a lot to consider.
Sep 09, 2020
Cutting the cable: Faster, cheaper internet on its way
“Cutting the cable” never really meant cutting the cable. At best, it meant that you could unsubscribe from cable and satellite TV. But we all still need a cable to bring in high-speed internet. That's changing.
Sep 08, 2020
Labor Day 2020: Thanks to tech, our workforce has changed
On Labor Day, we celebrate the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. This year, it includes a different workforce.
Sep 07, 2020
Free dashcam apps for iPhone or Android
You can buy a stand alone dashcam for your car but if your needs are basic, a dashcam app for your smartphone could work. All you need is a smart phone, a power source, a mount for your phone and one of these apps.
Sep 06, 2020
Getting rid of old tech? Don't make this mistake
During this pandemic with time at home, many people are organizing their closets, offices and garage. Afterward, you have a sense of accomplishment and a pile of tech you can sell or donate. Just don’t make this common mistake when you do.
Sep 04, 2020
Holiday shopping amid a pandemic: What you can expect
Our first, and hopefully last, Christmas pandemic shopping season is just around the corner. What does it mean for holiday shoppers? Kim has the inside scoop.
Sep 04, 2020
Three great online resources to help your kids learn at home
If your kids are learning remotely at home, here are three top helpful online resources for you and your favorite students.
Sep 03, 2020
Great smartphones for far less than $500
After another embarrassing failure last year, Samsung will try it again: An all-new foldable smartphone, with a jaw-dropping $2,000 price tag. They’re calling the phone, “a VIP Experience.” But what about the rest of us who need a great phone for less than $500?
Sep 02, 2020
Instacart: Behind the scenes of this tough gig
Instacart is the grocery pickup and delivery service operating in more than 5,500 cities. An Instacart employee will bring you anything from booze to bananas and Aspirin to artichokes. And as it turns out, it’s one of the most demanding jobs there is.
Sep 01, 2020
Get the government's free vehicle recall alert app
If you’re driving a car or truck manufactured in the past eight years or so, you need the new free app to warn you about recalls. It could save your life.
Aug 31, 2020
5 new ways to use your Amazon Alexa
Smart speakers can be a privacy nightmare. But Alexa is designed to help in ways you might not be aware of. I've got five smart uses for your smart home assistant.
Aug 30, 2020
Sick of trash TV? Try this free documentary site
You’ve binge-watched “Ozark” and “Westworld.” Now you’re looking for something new but still can’t bring yourself to watch the Netflix reality show “Too Hot to Handle.” How about learning something instead?
Aug 29, 2020
Amazon wants to track your fitness, sleep, body fat and emotions
From the world of new gadgets, today a look at Amazon’s new Halo, a wearable wrist-device that tracks your fitness, sleep, body fat and even your emotions. Think carefully before you hit "buy."
Aug 28, 2020
Another casualty of Zoom meetings and the COVID pandemic
We all know that restaurants, nightspots, the Broadway theater and your local movie houses are suffering in a big way. If they’re not already, most will close and never come back. But there’s another major pandemic causality that most have not yet noticed.
Aug 27, 2020
Traps we fall for giving up even more of our private lives online
We all know online privacy is gone and that Big Tech knows almost everything about us. Even so, here are the top mistakes that take away what little shred of privacy you have left.
Aug 26, 2020
How Facebook allows users to sell guns online, often illegally
You know Facebook is full of junk. Misinformation, hate-filled posted, ads that lead to spammy sites ... It goes on and on. What you probably don't know is that Facebook is allowing users to sell firearms — often across state lines and, even more often, illegally. 
Aug 25, 2020
Samsung's new Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra smartphones
In America, smartphone fans are divided into two basic groups: Die-hard iPhone users and die-hard Android fans. Android fans, today’s story is for you.
Aug 24, 2020
Your smart TV is watching - but you can stop it
That smart TV in your home is really smart — maybe too smart. Unless you take steps, it’s probably spying on you and gathering information about your home.
Aug 23, 2020
Beware of this work from home scam
With so many people out of work and looking for jobs, online scammers are out in full force. Typos and phony official looking email are the least of the signs you’re dealing with a scammer. They’ve upped their game big time.
Aug 22, 2020
Can the BlackBerry make a comeback?
It was only 10 years ago that the world’s original smartphone, The BlackBerry, was at its peak. But when the iPhone arrived with its sleek touchscreen design, the tide quickly shifted, and BlackBerry failed in 2011. Could it ever make a comeback?
Aug 21, 2020
Putting Apple's mind-boggling value into perspective
This week Apple became the world’s most valuable company, with a total market capitalization of $2 trillion. Let’s put that in perspective.
Aug 20, 2020
COVID-19 misinformation: Are you part of the problem?
A recent New York Times article focused on frustrated doctors in hospitals and private offices, who are battling not only COVID-19, but also the flood of online misinformation — the conspiracy theories and the outright lies. Are you an unwitting part of the problem?
Aug 19, 2020
Why now is NOT the time to buy a new smartphone
Unless you absolutely need a new smartphone for emergency purposes, say yours was lost or broken beyond repair, wait. I'll tell you why.
Aug 18, 2020
Court says Amazon is liable for defective third-party products
Amazon got some bad news from the courts a few days ago. But here’s why this is good news for you and me.
Aug 17, 2020
Free and cheap police scanner apps for your phone
If you wanted to listen to police radio chatter in the old days, you had to shell out a few hundred bucks at Radio Shack for a dedicated scanner. Now there’s an app for that. 
Aug 16, 2020
Looking for something to watch? These sites can help
This far in the pandemic, you’re looking for something new to watch. Rather than scroll through Netflix, AppleTV+, Prime Video, Hulu, YouTube, HBO and more, there are search sites just for streaming media that you’re gonna love.
Aug 14, 2020
Are you ready to go back to the movie theater?
This week, Hollywood slowly resumed making motion pictures with Universal's $200 million dollar “Jurassic World Three: Dominion.” But are you ready to go back in to America’s movie theaters to watch it?
Aug 14, 2020
What's behind the online fraud surge?
You’re probably aware that during this COVID-19 lockdown, online fraud and cyberattacks are at an all-time high. But have you ever wondered who’s behind the attacks and were they’re coming from?
Aug 13, 2020
Scam alert: Beware of COVID vaccine emails - they're all fake
Russia’s Vladimir Putin announced yesterday that they’ve developed a COVID-19 vaccine — and that it works so well that even his own daughter has taken it. This only adds to the frenzy of scam emails being received by millions of Americans promising a vaccine. Here’s what’s going on.
Aug 12, 2020
How to find unclaimed money that may be owed to you
If you get a phone call or email saying that you have unclaimed money coming to you, don’t fall for it. It’s a scam. But one in 10 actually do have money owed to them and you can claim it at no charge. 
Aug 11, 2020
The reason behind the NSA's "find my phone" warning
Last Thursday I reported America’s top spy agency, the NSA, warned government workers to turn off their iPhone’s location services, plus Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Now, we know why.
Aug 10, 2020
Smart uses for your old cellphone or tablet
With all this time on your hands at home, I bet you’ve run across an old phone or tablet you no longer use. Don't let it sit there collecting dust. I've got some smart uses for your old tech.
Aug 09, 2020
Going camping? 3 apps you should download first
Interest in camping is at all all-time high right now, as bored Americans who’ve grown fatigued by staying home and indoors search for new and still socially distant ways to pass the time. I've got three great apps to take with you.
Aug 08, 2020
Before you shop online this weekend ...
Behind almost every online retail scam, you’ll find social media. The latest warning from the FBI is one you should take very seriously, especially if you're always looking for a great deal.
Aug 07, 2020
NSA warns: Beware of find my phone, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Are you one of the millions who frequently misplace their iPhone and then use “Find My iPhone” to hunt it down? If you are, the National Security Agency has serious news for you.
Aug 06, 2020
Survivors demand Facebook remove Holocaust-denying posts
Facebook is getting to heat for removing political ads after so-called fact-checkers complain. But, while Facebook is consumed with politics, you won’t be believe what’s allowed to remain on the site.
Aug 05, 2020
Data tracking takes a shocking twist
Troves of data are collected about you, but where does it all go? Believe it or not, retailers, insurance companies, potential employers and more use it to make judgments about you. I'll tell you how it works.
Aug 04, 2020
New research: Adults who rely on social media for news are less informed
The most effective way to get accurate news? A combination of local and national radio, television and newspapers, along with trusted sites online and experienced commentators and opinion writers. And then there's social media.
Aug 03, 2020
Are you getting the internet speed you pay for?
Before the new workweek begins, let’s make sure you’re getting the internet connection speeds that you’re paying for. Give me 30 seconds of your time.
Aug 02, 2020
Movie night at home won't be cheap
Before the pandemic, you may have planned a big Saturday night to go out and see the newest Hollywood blockbuster at a local movie theater. COVID changed that and wait until hear how much it’ll soon cost to stream a new release at home.
Aug 01, 2020
Mysterious seeds from China mailed out across the US
Americans all over are receiving packages in the mail from China that, on the surface, look like jewelry is inside. What’s really going on is an e-commerce scam called brushing.
Jul 31, 2020
America's CEO tech giants stage a big show
Webster’s defines gaslighting as a form of psychological manipulation, distorting the truth to confuse or instill doubt — until the other person questions reality. Which brings me to the Big Tech CEOs, testifying yesterday before the United States Congress.
Jul 30, 2020
Are you working more from home?
With most people working from home, are you working more hours? A new Microsoft study answers that question.
Jul 29, 2020
Are 'human' voices next for smart assistants?
Siri, Alexa, Cortana and all the other smart assistants are helpful, but they're far from human sounding. One tech company is looking to change that with realistic synthetic voices.
Jul 28, 2020
Is Amazon stealing technology?
We know the Chinese have been stealing American technology for decades. But is Amazon doing the same thing?
Jul 25, 2020
Apple's amazing future camera and why you'll want one
If you think that your iPhone camera is great now, wait till you hear what Apple is planning next. This camera won't just rival that built into phones like the Galaxy S20 Ultra — it's even better.
Jul 24, 2020
How the pandemic is wiping out America's bars and restaurants
Owning a bar or restaurant has always been risky. The chances of it failing are very high — even in the best of times. But now it’s the worst of times, and America’s restaurants and bars are being literally wiped out.
Jul 23, 2020
Study: People who like to embarrass, anger others more addicted to social media
We’ve known for decades that people are often more aggressive online than in person. But now, research from Michigan State and California State Universities proves what we already suspected: The heaviest users of social media really are trolls.
Jul 22, 2020
Zoom is betting long on the pandemic and WFH
"How long will I be working from home?" This is the question asked every morning by hundreds of millions. The management of Zoom thinks it has the answer — and it’s one you won’t like.
Jul 21, 2020
Twitter is a serious threat to our national security
Last week's massive Twitter hack, targeting tech and business leaders, shows just how dangerous a social media platform can be in the wrong hands. And I'm talking about a lot more than the $120,000 the culprits stole.
Jul 20, 2020
Back to (virtual) classes: Things you need to know
If your school system is conducting online classes this fall, I’ve put together a list of questions you need to ask before school starts again.
Jul 17, 2020
Doom scrolling: How to replace this harmful habit
Since COVID-19 took over our lives, you’re probably spending more time on news sites looking for answers — how bad is it, new symptoms, where’s the vaccine. Because so much of the news today is downright depressing, you’re now doom surfing or doom scrolling. Here's my advice on how to cut this harmful habit.
Jul 16, 2020
Get your cut of Apple's $500M iPhone settlement
Back in 2017, Apple admitted to intentionally slowing down the performance of certain phones when the battery was older or low on juice. Apple agreed to pay up to $500 million dollars in a settlement. Today, you can get your cut.
Jul 15, 2020
Facebook's inept management continues to fumble
As hundreds of companies boycott Facebook's ad platform, here’s yet another outrageous example of why Facebook management is out to lunch.
Jul 14, 2020
Income tax filing deadline is 2 days away and scammers are hard at work
Watch your email. The tax deadline is nearly here, and criminals are going all out to take advantage. You may receive a very legitimate-looking email with the logo of any one of America’s largest tax preparation companies.
Jul 13, 2020
BMW wants you to subscribe to access luxury features
New cars are roving computers, loaded with hardware, software and the ability to get over-the-air updates. It makes sense that car makers can turn features on and off whenever they want to unless you pay for them. That’s what BMW is rolling out.
Jul 10, 2020
Amazon stock: How high can it possibly go?
Amazon stock inched past the $3,000 per share mark, which put the tech giant's total market capitalization at a staggering $1.5 trillion. Now the question becomes, how big can it get?
Jul 09, 2020
The serious privacy and security risk of virus tracing apps
When the United States government officially rolls out its virus tracing app, there will be promises of increased safety and a quicker end to the pandemic. But should you install it on your smartphone?
Jul 09, 2020
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.
Jul 07, 2020
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?
Jul 06, 2020
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.
Jul 03, 2020
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.
Jul 02, 2020
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.
Jul 01, 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 30, 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 29, 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 26, 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 25, 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 24, 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 23, 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 22, 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 19, 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 18, 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 17, 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 16, 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 15, 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 12, 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 11, 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 10, 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 09, 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 08, 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 05, 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 04, 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 03, 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 02, 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.
Jun 01, 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 29, 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 28, 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 27, 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 26, 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 25, 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 22, 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 21, 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 20, 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 19, 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 18, 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 15, 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 14, 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 13, 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 12, 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 11, 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 08, 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 07, 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 06, 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 05, 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 04, 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.
May 01, 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 30, 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 29, 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 28, 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 27, 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 24, 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 23, 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 22, 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 21, 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 20, 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 17, 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 16, 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 15, 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 14, 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 13, 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 10, 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 09, 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 08, 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 07, 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 06, 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 03, 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 02, 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!
Apr 01, 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 31, 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 30, 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 27, 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 26, 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 25, 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 24, 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 23, 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 20, 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 19, 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 18, 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 17, 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 16, 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 13, 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 12, 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 11, 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 10, 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 09, 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 06, 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 05, 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 04, 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 03, 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.
Mar 02, 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 28, 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 27, 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 26, 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 25, 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 24, 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 21, 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 20, 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 19, 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 18, 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 17, 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 14, 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 13, 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 12, 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 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
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 07, 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 06, 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 05, 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 04, 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.
Feb 03, 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 31, 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 30, 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 29, 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 28, 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 27, 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 24, 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 23, 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 22, 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 21, 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 20, 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 17, 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 16, 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 15, 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 14, 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 13, 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 10, 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 09, 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 08, 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 07, 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 06, 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 03, 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 02, 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.
Jan 01, 2020
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 31, 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 30, 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 27, 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 26, 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 25, 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 24, 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 23, 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 20, 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 19, 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 18, 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 17, 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 16, 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 13, 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 12, 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 11, 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 10, 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 09, 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 06, 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 05, 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 04, 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 03, 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.
Dec 02, 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 29, 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 28, 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 27, 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 26, 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 25, 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 22, 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 21, 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 20, 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 19, 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 18, 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 15, 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 14, 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 13, 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 12, 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 11, 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 08, 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 07, 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 06, 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 05, 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 04, 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.
Nov 01, 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 31, 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 30, 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 29, 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 28, 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 25, 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 24, 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 23, 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 22, 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 21, 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 18, 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 17, 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 16, 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 15, 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 14, 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 11, 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 10, 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 09, 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 08, 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 07, 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 04, 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 03, 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 02, 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.
Oct 01, 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 29, 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 26, 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 25, 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 24, 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 23, 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 22, 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 19, 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 18, 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 17, 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 16, 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 15, 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 12, 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 11, 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 10, 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 09, 2019
Are the browser wars about to begin again?