April 28, 2012
My Relax & Restore Giveaway has come to an end, and it's time to pick the Grand Prize winner. One lucky listener will receive a 7-day cruise in the Caribbean on the Carnival Liberty. Tune in to find out who that lucky winner is!
A little about me, Kim Komando
I host two national radio shows. My Digital Minute airs Monday through Friday. I also host a three-hour show on the weekends. My shows are broadcast on more than 460 radio stations throughout the great United States and also in 177 different countries and on every ship at sea on the Armed Forces Radio Network. Plus, I write two columns a week for USA Today.com and 82 daily newspapers on Gannett Newswire.
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Listen to my national radio show this weekend
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Then, join me for one, two or the entire three fun-filled, jam-packed hours of great talk radio about the Internet, cellphones, tablets, e-book readers, HDTVs, cameras, camcorders, apps, home theaters, computers, security, privacy, and, of course, insider tips and secrets to getting the most out of your digital life.
You have questions, I have answers! It takes just three easy steps: 1.) Call the LIVE broadcast. That's this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the East Coast, or, if you live on the West Coast, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. 2.) Know the phone number. It is, of course, toll-free 1-888-825-5254. 3.) Talk to me. That's all there is to it!
This weekend's Money Making & Saving Tip:
Are your old CDs and DVDs collecting dust? Here's a way to turn them into something more valuable.
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This weekend's Apps for your phone:
There are thousands of games available for the iPad. Some of them are worth your time while others aren't worth anything! I'll steer you to the best ones.
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This weekend's CUFF that's always cool and free:
Online advertising can help your business, but it can also be pricey. Here are some ways to put your name out there at no charge.
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Questions from my listeners' email
Choosing a TV aspect ratio
Al from Colorado Springs, CO, usually listens to my national radio show on KRDO, but he's deployed overseas at the moment. He wants to buy his kids a TV for playing video games and thanks to my HDTV Buying Guide he knows about resolution, refresh and backlighting. However, he didn't see anything about aspect ratio. What ratio should he buy?
First of all, Al, thank you for your service and sacrifice for our country. I'm always happy to help out our servicemen and women.
In fact, that's why I started Operation Komando to send care packages overseas. Due to the changing troop deployment, it's recently undergone a change. I encourage everyone to stop by that part of my website and see how you can make a difference for our troops.
As for your question, Al, aspect ratio isn't a concern with modern TVs, which is why I didn't mention it. Any high-definition television of any size will have a resolution of 1280 by 720 (720p) or 1920 by 1080 (1080p).
Both of those resolutions are the 16:9 "widescreen" aspect ratios. All high-definition movies are suited to this ratio and most modern video games are as well. So, pick a TV based on size and budget without worry.
You may have been confused if you were looking at computer monitors. In addition to 16:9, many of those also come in 16:10 (or 8:5 for the math people). Then, there are the monitors in 4:3, 5:4, 3:2, 5:3 and 17:9. I recommend sticking with 16:9 or 16:10.
Buying a TV is usually just the first step. You need to set it up and add other components. I'll tell you more.
How unlimited is "unlimited"?
Madison from Baltimore, MD, listens to my national radio show on WBAL 1090 AM. She's thinking of subscribing to Carbonite to keep her family photos safe, but she has quite a few. She wants to make sure that there isn't some catch in Carbonite's "unlimited" backup.
I don't blame you for being skeptical, Madison. There are very few companies that say "unlimited" and really mean it. However, Carbonite is one of those companies.
Before I continue, I do have to disclose that Carbonite is one of my advertisers. However, I'm also a long-standing customer. Knowing my data is sitting secure on a remote server is a good feeling.
There is one caveat to Carbonite's unlimited backup, Madison. After backing up the first 200 gigabytes of data, Carbonite does slow down your data transfer speed. This is so you aren't hogging bandwidth from other customers.
However, unless you are a professional photographer, I sincerely doubt you have that much data. Even if you do, what's a little extra time compared to peace of mind?
Sign up now for a free 15-day trial; no credit card required. You'll quickly see why I recommend this service. Plus, when you become a subscriber, you'll receive two months of service free! Sign up now!
Carbonite is the best backup service I've found. Here are some other great ways it can help you.
Manage iCloud storage
Melissa of Ferndale, MI, listens to my national radio show as a Kim's Club member. She uses an iPad and an iPhone and says her free 5GB of iCloud storage is nearly full. She wants advice on how to free up space.
That's a common problem, Melissa. Even though iTunes purchases - music, apps, books and TV shows - don't count against your storage limit, it doesn't take long nowadays to gobble up 5GB of storage space.
It's important to remember that iCloud is a syncing tool and a backup tool. You can often save a lot of storage space by disabling backups for apps that may not need it. You probably don't want iCloud to backup the Camera Roll, for example, if those photos and videos are safely tucked away on a hard drive or uploaded to a photo-sharing site.
On your gadgets, go to Settings>>iCloud>>Storage & Backup>>Manage Storage. There, you'll see a list of your apps and how much backup space they use. You can disable backup for an app by toggling its switch to off, then tapping the red Turn Off & Delete button.
If you have an iCloud mail account, it's a good idea to clear out your messages once in a while, especially ones with large attachments.
For my other readers, are you a MobileMe user who hasn't upgraded to OS X Snow Leopard yet? Apple is offering a free Snow Leopard upgrade to MobileMe customers and OS X Leopard users who want to move to iCloud.
After installing Snow Leopard, you can easily upgrade to OS X Lion (required for iCloud) for $30. Click here to take advantage of this offer.
iPhones and iPads are great on-the-go gadgets. Here are a few more ideas that will help you get the most of the devices.
- If you have the new iPad, you'll want to use apps that take full advantage of the tablet's gorgeous Retina display. I've rounded up 10 of the best.
- Depending on your needs, the lower-priced iPad 2 might be a better option than the new iPad. I explain why.
- Should you buy an AppleCare+ warranty to go along with that iPhone? I'll help you decide.
Get Savvy with Social: Keys to success with social media
Using Facebook's Audience Selector
Lisa from Oklahoma City, OK, listens to my national radio show on KOKC 1520 AM. She's planning a surprise party for a friend and wants to send out an invitation using a Facebook status update. She thinks there is a way to do this, but isn't sure how.
Well, you are correct, Lisa. Facebook has a tool called the Audience Selector that works for status updates, photo uploads and many other things.
Type your status update and then click the Friends icon next to the Post button in the lower-right corner of the status update box. You'll see a drop-down menu of audience options; select Custom.
In the Custom Privacy box where it says Hide This From, enter your friend's name. Hit Save Changes and then click Post. Everyone will see that status update but your friend.
If you want to know more about the Audience Selector, friend lists and general Facebook privacy, check out my Facebook Privacy e-Guide. It has 11 pages filled with instructions for securing and customizing Facebook. At only $4.95, it's a bargain! Download it and start learning now!
Want to know more about the brave new world of social networking? I'll tell you some things you should know.
Rookie Rundown: The start to your digital life
Picking Wi-Fi encryption
John from Tucson, AZ, listens to my national radio show on KNST 790 AM. He's taking my advice and setting up the security on his new dual-band wireless router. It's asking for two SSIDs and passwords, he assumes it needs one for each band. However, the encryption options are tripping him up. There are so many acronyms, he doesn't know what to pick.
I'm glad you're taking my advice and setting up Wi-Fi encryption, John. You don't want criminals just waltzing on to your network.
I hear you about the acronyms, though. There are hundreds in the digital world and they can make your head spin.
For Wi-Fi encryption, you want to use WPA2-PSK(AES), which stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 - Pre-shared Key (Advanced Encryption System). Hmmm … telling you what the acronym stands for doesn't make it any clearer, does it? How about I just say this is the most advanced encryption available to you.
Unfortunately, it might be too advanced if you have older Wi-Fi gadgets. In that case, you'll want to use the hybrid option WPA-PSK(TKIP)+WPA2-PSK(AES). This is a little less secure, but more compatible with older hardware.
If you have gadgets that require the older WEP encryption standard, it's time to upgrade.
As for the dual-band router asking for two SSIDs and passwords, you are correct. It treats each band, 2.4 gigahertz and 5 gigahertz, as a separate network.
If you don't have any gadgets that support a 5GHz connection, you can turn that band off. It will save you some headaches.
Wi-Fi is a popular way to connect to the Internet, and it's only going to expand. Here are some other things you should know about it.
What you can win:
Your chance to take home valuable prizes
That would be winning cool stuff in my spring contest! I'm giving away the new, third generation iPad absolutely free! It's my brand new Spring iPad Giveaway, sponsored by Carbonite. I'll give away 3 new iPads, so shouldn't you get one of them? Enter now!
Did you know that Kim's Club members are entered in many of my contests automatically - every day? Save time, increase your chances of winning and get access to all the great content from my Digital News Network.
Plus, not only can you listen to my weekend show on your schedule, you can watch it right on your computer in state-of-the-art HD video! What a deal - and it's available starting at less than $5 a month! Sign up now!
Midnight - just a few hours ago - was the deadline to enter my Relax & Restore contest. But I'm still choosing winners! This week's winner of a free one-year Carbonite Online Home subscription is:
My weekly column:
From USA Today
If you haven't checked to see how much your home is worth lately, you might be in for a pleasant surprise.
Nationally, the median list price of a single family home is $189,900, up 5.6 percent compared to March 2011, according to Realtor.com. Here's another good-news statistic: Inventory of for-sale single family homes is down 21.5 percent on the national level.
Read on to learn how even very simple technology can help patients get better. >>
Freebies: Handy free things for you to enjoy
Wouldn't it be nice to have some extra cash to do something indulgent? SheKnows wants to give you $1,000 to do just that. Open to U.S. residents 18 and older (Void in RI). Expires May 27, 2012.
Freebie of the week:
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Freebie from Komando:
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Staying safe in the digital age
CISPA bill headed to Senate
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act passed the House this week and is headed to the Senate. The bill allows Internet providers to share any potential cybersecurity and "national security" threats they detect with the government.
The part many privacy groups don't like is that it doesn't require the ISPs to maintain your privacy. They can share any of your information they like with the government, and they can also share it with other ISPs.
The government says the power would be used responsibly; however, there are only a few limits in place to enforce that. Down the road, the bill could be used for all kinds of government spying.
Like the NSA's mysterious new data center, there isn't much technologically that users can do to combat this threat to privacy. Your best option is to contact your Senator and express your concern before the upcoming Senate vote.
Killer Tip: What is Ivy Bridge?
Heavy on the technical side
I'm thinking about buying a new laptop. Is the Intel i-series still the best processor or is there something better? How fast of a processor should I buy? Thanks!
-Joe from Jackson, NC, listens to my national radio show on WJNC 1240 AM/WTKF 107.1 FM.
That's very good timing on your question, Joe. As a matter of fact, a new Intel processor launched just this week.
Code-named Ivy Bridge, it's the replacement for the current Sandy Bridge i-series processors. If you're buying a new computer, you'll definitely want to wait a bit for this one.
Read on to find out why Ivy Bridge is a good buy. >>
You can always count on me to make you smile
One day, a man walked into a newsroom claiming he had a talking dog. A reporter agreed to run a story on the dog, provided that it could actually speak.
With an air of pride, the man asked the dog, "What is just above us?"
The dog replied, "Roof!"
Understandably, the reporter was not impressed.
Somewhat worried, the man asked the dog, "What does sandpaper feel like?"
The dog responded, "Rough!"
Again, the reporter wasn't convinced.
In desperation, the man asked the dog, "Who is the greatest baseball player of all time?"
The dog answered, "Ruth!"
The reporter finally had enough, so he kicked the pair out of the building.
As they sat dejected on the sidewalk, the dog turned to the man and asked, "DiMaggio?"
The last word:
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