Smartphones in Columns

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

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

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

Protect your phone from secret spyware

All day long, your phone is churning private data through its circuitry, and if criminals can break into your phone, they can steal all...
Columns December 31, 2016

Stop unwanted calls and texts from hitting your cellphone

You can stop robocalls and junk text messages from hitting your cellphone. Here are proven ways to get it done.
Columns November 26, 2016

3 surprising uses for old tech

Faster! Bigger! Thinner! Breakthrough! Tech companies use words like these to get you to upgrade to their latest products. But what can you do...
Columns May 14, 2016

5 tech purchases you shouldn't miss in February

Like many of you, I love to shop and, like everyone, I love to save money. That means I'm always on the lookout for...
Columns January 30, 2016

Simple ways to save big money on a smartphone and cellular plan

Buying a new smartphone or cellular plan is a major headache. Trust me, I've done it myself, and even a basic comparison took hours....
Columns January 16, 2016

Stop stores and airports from tracking your movements

Did you know that for several months Wal-Mart tested a facial recognition system that can pick an individual out of a crowd and track...
Columns November 28, 2015

Freebies in your cellphone contract you aren't using

You probably pay a pretty penny for your cellphone plan. And when you're spending dozens or hundreds of dollars a month, you want to...
Columns August 22, 2015

3 ways to free up space on your smartphone or tablet

You're in the park with your family and one of the kids does something unbelievably cute. You quickly grab your smartphone to take a...
Columns March 28, 2015

5 ways to make money with your phone

You don't like to think about it, but between the up-front cost and the monthly contract payments, your phone costs you a fair bit of...
Columns March 14, 2015

The secret your cellphone company doesn't want you to know

Recently, AT&T surprised everyone when it added a new option to its GigaPower fiber Internet service: privacy. Yes, for just $29 more a month...
Columns March 7, 2015

7 great uses for an old phone or tablet

Upgrading to a new gadget always feels like Christmas morning, but it also leaves you with an old smartphone or tablet taking up space....
Columns February 14, 2015

5 more apps that make you say 'Wow!'

There are millions of apps available, but most of them are duds. Here are five that will make you say "Wow!"
Columns November 29, 2014

Free apps steal your personal data

If I glanced through your smartphone or tablet, I bet most of the apps you installed are free. We all love free apps. In...
Columns November 8, 2014

Essential security apps for your smartphone and tablet

Hackers would love to weasel their way on to your smartphone or tablet, just like they try to do your computer. That's how they...
Columns October 18, 2014

Turn your old and unwanted phone into cash

Eyeing that exciting new smartphone? Here's how to get cash for that old phone you don't need anymore.
Columns September 27, 2014
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