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Running Windows 10? You need to update now - January 17, 2020

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. 

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High-tech entertainment for your furry friend - January 16, 2020More >>

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.

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Only 1 week left to file for damages in the 2017 Equifax breach - January 15, 2020More >>

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.

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Should Apple help the government unlock the iPhones of terrorists? - January 14, 2020More >>

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.

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Old tech at your house worth big money - January 13, 2020More >>

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?

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CES fails: Kim's tech misses at this year's trade show - January 10, 2020More >>

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.

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Kim's CES picks: Innovations from big names in tech - January 9, 2020More >>

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.

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Scam alert: SIM swapping is on the rise - January 8, 2020More >>

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.

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Online reviews: Be careful or you could get sued - January 7, 2020More >>

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.

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CES 2020: What's coming this year? - January 6, 2020More >>

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.

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Organize your messy photos - January 3, 2020More >>

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.

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Are you getting the internet speed you pay for? - January 2, 2020More >>

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.)

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New year, same dangerous digital world - January 1, 2020More >>

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.

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2020 New Year's tech resolutions - December 31, 2019More >>

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.

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Parents: Should kids be taught to be polite to Alexa? - December 30, 2019More >>

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?

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Colleges tracking students via their own cellphones - December 27, 2019More >>

Colleges are now tracking students on campus with reminders and class attendance. Is this helping or hindering students? 

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What to buy the day after Christmas - December 26, 2019More >>

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.

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Merry Christmas from Kim Komando - December 25, 2019More >>

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.

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Stressed out? Put down your phone - December 24, 2019More >>

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.

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Still shopping? Last-minute tech gifts - December 23, 2019More >>

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.

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Holidays stressing you out? Try a meditation app - December 20, 2019More >>

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.

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"It won't happen to me" - December 19, 2019More >>

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?

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Wait until after Christmas to buy these products - December 18, 2019More >>

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.  

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3 best ways to stop advertisers from following you online - December 17, 2019More >>

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.

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Science fiction's 'universal translator' has arrived - December 16, 2019More >>

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.

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Don't buy these creepy tech gifts for kids - December 13, 2019More >>

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.

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Avoid this email holiday package scam - December 12, 2019More >>

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.

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Forget HR - your next interview is with AI - December 11, 2019More >>

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.

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Health trackers are recording more than you think - December 10, 2019More >>

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.

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With Uber, everyone is taking a big chance - December 9, 2019More >>

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.

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Holiday travelers: Find hidden webcams in your rental - December 6, 2019More >>

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.

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Students addicted to their phones are more likely to fail exams - December 5, 2019More >>

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!

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About that TV you bought on Black Friday or Cyber Monday - December 4, 2019More >>

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.

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The big 2020 disruption: The 'tipping point' for cable cutting - December 3, 2019More >>

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.

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Appliances and electronics: Unplug when not in use? - December 2, 2019More >>

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.

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Black Friday: Finding the most popular video games - November 29, 2019More >>

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.

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Thanksgiving Day: Stores open earlier than ever for Black Friday sales - November 28, 2019More >>

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.

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My top 5 Black Friday tech deals - November 27, 2019More >>

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.

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Best deals on Black Friday or Cyber Monday? - November 26, 2019More >>

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.

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Before you shop online for Black Friday, listen to these 4 major safety reminders - November 25, 2019More >>

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.

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Online porn heads to new areas - November 22, 2019More >>

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.

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Warning: Humans rights groups call Instagram a "predators' paradise" - November 21, 2019More >>

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.

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2 dozen college students dump their smartphones for a week - November 20, 2019More >>

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.

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Why online retailers might start calling you - November 19, 2019More >>

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.

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Cord cutting reaching 'epidemic levels' - how bad is it? - November 18, 2019More >>

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 it.

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Apple's Tim Cook was right about the future of TV - November 15, 2019More >>

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.

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How Facebook has been quietly switching on your iPhone's camera - November 14, 2019More >>

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.

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The next big thing in tech - November 13, 2019More >>

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.

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Move Alexa away from the window - November 12, 2019More >>

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.

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Wait until Black Friday to buy these items - November 11, 2019More >>

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.

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How our smartphones may be shortening our lives - November 8, 2019More >>

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.

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Turn your phone into a dashcam (kind of) - November 7, 2019More >>

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.

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How many steps a day will keep you healthy? - November 6, 2019More >>

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!

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Screens are changing the way kids' brains develop - November 5, 2019More >>

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.

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Airbnb is banning 'party houses' after shooting - November 4, 2019More >>

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? 

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How much YouTube are kids really watching? - November 1, 2019More >>

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.

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Why your old iPhone may not work after today - October 31, 2019More >>

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.

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A new way to make big bucks - October 30, 2019More >>

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.  

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Get your tech in the spirit for Halloween - October 29, 2019More >>

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.

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How major companies are using AI to make hiring choices - October 28, 2019More >>

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.

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3 ways to silence those annoying robocalls - October 25, 2019More >>

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.

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Here's exactly what Google knows about you - October 24, 2019More >>

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.

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Should you trust social media influencers? - October 23, 2019More >>

Social media platforms started as a way to connect 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?

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Microchip ID implants: Payment method of the future? - October 22, 2019More >>

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?

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Neighborhood watch has gone digital - October 21, 2019More >>

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.

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