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Q&A with Kim: Tackling Wi-Fi dead zones, iPhone's secret menu and more

Each week, I receive tons of questions about all things digital. This week, I'm talking about troubleshooting cellular phone reception, the risks of Kodi...
Columns March 18, 2017

How to block spam texts and messages on your phone

Ting! You’ve just received a new message. You set down your bags of groceries, dig into your pocket and pull out your smartphone. Then,...
Columns March 18, 2017

Q&A with Kim: Keep information private, filing taxes online and more

Each week, I receive tons of questions about all things digital. This week, I'm talking about filing taxes online, giving new life to an...
Columns March 4, 2017

Q&A with Kim: Finding the best airfare, Netflix secret codes and more!

Each week, I receive tons of questions about all things digital. This week, I'm explaining how to mute the microphone on all of your...
Columns February 25, 2017

5 tech myths you should stop believing

Like the old wives’ tale advising you not to go outside with wet hair or else you’ll catch a cold, everyday gadgets come with...
Columns February 25, 2017

3 router tweaks to speed up your Wi-Fi

Slow Wi-Fi is the worst. First your email won’t refresh. Your movie freezes in mid-scene. Your new app is stuck in downloading limbo. Many...
Columns February 11, 2017

Six tech hacks you need in your life

"Life hacks" are addictive. Maybe you fixed a running toilet with a paperclip, or turned a ruddy old door into a makeshift coffee table....
Columns February 4, 2017

Q&A with Kim: Nosy smart TVs, scanning receipts, debit card hijackers, and more

Each week, I receive tons of questions from my listeners about all things digital. This week, I'm covering new ATM skimmers, keeping track of...
Columns February 3, 2017

5 tech things that are a waste of money

Cleaning out an old drawer, I recently unearthed a floppy disk. I blew off the dust and smiled at the little plastic square, wondering...
Columns January 28, 2017

Keep an eye on your teen’s texting and know the secret lingo

All good parents shudder at the thought of their children being solicited by a sexual predator. Teens aren’t known for their discretion, and “sexting”...
Columns January 21, 2017

7 unexpected Amazon Alexa abilities

When Amazon's Echo first hit the market, it was basically just a voice-operated speaker. Now it's better than ever, but a lot of people...
Columns January 14, 2017

Hack-proof your life: 5 key steps to boost your safety online

At this moment, someone wants your information. Hackers covet your email account, your home address, and your social security number. They want to commandeer...
Columns January 7, 2017

Amazon Echo vs. Google Home in a virtual standoff

For decades, we've seen science fiction movies in which people talk to computers. Dave spoke to HAL, Michael Knight was assisted by KITT, and...
Columns December 24, 2016

5 infuriating tech problems and how to fix them

From the looks of it, 2017 will be a pretty amazing year for technology. But as digital tech gets more streamlined and powerful, glitches...
Columns December 10, 2016

3 things not to buy this Christmas

To help you avoid an un-merry moment, here are three gifts Santa should avoid this holiday season.
Columns November 19, 2016

7 things you should never do online

We all have bad habits, like biting our nails or drinking straight from the milk carton. While it's bad form, it won't steal your...
Columns October 29, 2016

Massive Attack: One thing your router needs now to keep hackers out

The recent massive cyber attack will happen again. And next time, it could much worse. Do this one thing with your router to keep...
Columns October 22, 2016

Hidden Costs of New Car 'Infotainment' Systems

These days, a new car is basically a computer with wheels. Trunks open automatically. Rear cameras help you reverse out of parking spaces. Sealed...
Columns October 22, 2016

3 Facebook Messenger tricks you'll love

Odds are, your friends and family are already hanging out on Facebook. That's why it makes perfect sense to use Facebook Messenger to communicate...
Columns October 15, 2016

Innovative ways your phone can help you get home safely

It's not safe to go for a walk, shop, exercise, or drive alone anymore. Luckily, you have one gadget that can let others watch...
Columns September 24, 2016
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