May 14, 2016 Leave a comment 3 surprising uses for old tech By Kim Komando, Komando.com 17,89717.8k Photo Courtesy of Shutterstock Faster! Bigger! Thinner! Revolutionary! Lighter! Breakthrough! Beautiful!Tech companies use words like these at their product announcements and in their marketing materials for a good reason. Suddenly, you just have to upgrade because not doing so leaves you stuck in the past. You could try to sell your old gadgets, but you might not get as much as you expected. Or you could be worried about the security of your sensitive information. Even wiping your gadgets might not keep them as safe as you'd hope.If you’re keeping your old gadgets, you might as well put them to good use. Here are three things you can do to put your old tech back to work.1. OLD PHONE AS SURVEILLANCE CAMERABy law, all mobile phones in the United States must be able to make emergency calls to 911, even without a wireless plan. As long as you have your old phone’s charger, you can keep it around for emergencies.There’s another thing you can do with your old phone that will help to keep you and your family safe. If your phone is a smartphone, turn it into a surveillance system.Maybe you want to watch a specific drawer, medicine cabinet, jewelry box, your cubicle at work, the door to your room if you have roommates, or what's happening in your hotel room while you're out. The only thing you need for these tasks is a smartphone (a tablet can work, too) and a monitoring app. Continued on next page1234567Next View All BREAKING NEWS, TIPS, AND MORE LIKED WHAT YOU READ? GET MORE IN YOUR INBOX FREE. Stay up-to-date the easy way. SIGN ME UP! Previous Columns Slay vampire electronics to save big money Next Columns 3 new Craigslist scams spreading now Related Articles Go back in time and send messages in Morse Code How to get rid of spam in iCal and iCloud Free posters from NASA to inspire future explorers What is the Dark Web?