Each week, I receive tons of questions from my listeners about tech concerns, new products and all things digital. Sometimes choosing the most interesting questions to highlight is the best part of my job.
This week, I received questions on tracking a phone's location, Bluetooth equipped-cars, spying smart TVs and more. Do you have a question you'd like to ask me? Click here to email me directly.
Track a Phone’s Location
Q: I would like to track my wife’s location. She is never, ever without her phone. Can I track her phone, so I know where she is around town?
A: Before I answer your question, be sure that you are doing this for the right reasons. Many people keep track of their loved ones, especially children, and elderly parents. As you know, transparency is extremely important in any relationship. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, yes, there are very simple ways to track a smartphone, whether the device is yours or it belongs to someone else.
Q: I have an older car. Can I buy something that lets me use Bluetooth in my classic?
A: Almost any new car you buy nowadays is Bluetooth-equipped, so it's easy to feel left out if you are buying used or you’re driving an old-yet-dependable vehicle. Bluetooth is especially valuable in states where talking on your cellphone is a fineable offense. Luckily, there are some pretty simple ways to add Bluetooth to your ride, which should make driving feel like a whole new experience.
Spying Smart TVs
Q: My Smart TV has a camera and microphone. How do I know it’s not spying on me?
A: If you don't know anything about smart TVs, this question might sound paranoid. But these devices have caused an uproar in the cybersecurity community. Television manufacturers have tracked customers' viewing habits in the past. Things have gotten better in this regard, but there are settings you should check.
Dictation for Everyone
Q: I am a horrible typist. Can I use my voice instead?
A: You're not alone. In fact, there are so many people who hate to type on a keyboard it's amazing that dictation software isn't more popular. There are several handy apps that will translate your voice into printed words, and many of them are free. Just remember that orating your emails and term papers can require a lot of mental adjustment; and please, remember to proofread what you’ve “written.”
Secret Amazon Purchases
Q: My husband and I share an Amazon account. How can I buy him things without him knowing?
A: So how do you buy your hubby all those coveted gifts without him knowing that packages are on the way? After all, Amazon documents everything you order. But not surprisingly, the world's largest retailer is also quite aware of this problem, and there is a simple way to keep certain items private. Better yet, you can send those parcels to a physical address that your husband probably doesn’t know exists.
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