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

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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Sextortion is back with a vengeance — here's what to do - October 18, 2019More >>

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.

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Protecting yourself and your family against child porn charges - October 17, 2019More >>

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.

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Class action lawsuit: Video game Fortnite as addictive as cocaine - October 16, 2019More >>

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?

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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is planning wireless brain connections for us all - October 15, 2019More >>

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.

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Why 80% of all businesses will monitor employees by 2020 - October 14, 2019More >>

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.

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The secret Apple failed to tell customers who bought AirPods - October 11, 2019More >>

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.

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The shocking price of your info on the Dark Web - October 10, 2019More >>

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.

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How cable companies hit you with hundreds of dollars in hidden and unnecessary fees - October 9, 2019More >>

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.

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Why small businesses are becoming the target of choice for cybercriminals - October 8, 2019More >>

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.

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Why the government wants to prevent WhatsApp and Facebook from encrypting user messages - October 7, 2019More >>

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.

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Getting into digital photography with free alternatives to expensive Photoshop - October 4, 2019More >>

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.

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Google's plan to help you make better, stronger passwords - October 3, 2019More >>

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.

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Stop your smart home from getting hacked - October 2, 2019More >>

You'll hardly believe the nightmare a Wisconsin couple endured after a hacker took over their smart home devices and tormented them for an entire day. There's one thing you must do to protect yourself from this kind of intrusion.

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Why online reviews have lost their value - October 1, 2019More >>

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.

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