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 about how to earn money with your Apple Watch, using the best maps, how to delete your search history and more.
Do you have a question you’d like to ask me?
Apple Watch income
Q: You mentioned to a caller that they could earn money by wearing an Apple Watch. How does it work? That thing is expensive!
A: You can earn discounts and rewards with an Apple Watch. Understand, this isn’t a quit-your-job level income. The program is called Apple Watch Connected, and if you belong to (or sign up for) a participating gym, you can cash in your exercise regimen for a variety of rewards.
There are specific rules, and not every gym is enrolled. Still, this is a great way to feel healthy, live up to that monthly gym membership and earn a little scratch at the same time. If you haven’t done so already, you’ll want to sign up for Apple Pay, as this is the payment service that will handle all transactions. Tap or click here for Apple Watch gym perks.
Track a cheating spouse
Q: I think my wife has a boyfriend, but I need proof. How can I track where she goes, her phone calls and texts without her knowing? I need to catch her in the act.
A: If you’re worried about infidelity, first talk to your spouse. That said, I don’t know your situation, and maybe you’ve tried every rational approach. I never recommend spying on people — especially loved ones — but the technology does exist.
A free app called Phone Tracker can help you keep tabs on close individuals. The app is designed for tracking minors or the elderly; knowing the whereabouts of a vulnerable person can be helpful or even life-saving.
But in your situation, an app like Phone Tracker might be challenging to use because you’ll have to gain access to your wife’s phone. If she is unfaithful, she will probably guard her devices closely. Tap or click here to learn more about this free phone tracking app.
Best iPhone email
Q: I use Gmail on my iPhone. Is it better to use the Mail program that came with the phone?
A: The Gmail app you’re using is very powerful and easy to use, which is a boon for people who correspond on the go. You can also file through multiple accounts with the swipe of a thumb, which is very handy. Apple Mail comes with the phone and it doesn’t have the same reputation and ubiquity as Gmail.
You can use Apple Mail with just about any email provider, and Apple recently upped its game. Formatting options have been radically expanded, spam removal is more effective and you can easily send pictures – not as attachments, but within the body of the email – in a snap.
In short, it all depends on what you prefer. There are several ways in which the Apple Mail app now keeps pace, and even surpasses, Gmail. Tap or click here for insider secrets to using Apple Mail, including a new feature we’ve all been waiting for.
Newsletters for all
Q: I learn something new every time I tune-in to your show. How can I check out your free newsletters?
A: I’m glad my show is valuable to you. It’s important to me to keep each show and blog post unique so listeners and viewers get fresh tips and information every time. When you subscribe to my newsletters, you can pick precisely the kind of information you want, from how-to tips to significant security alerts.
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Erase Google searches
Q: I searched using a few risqué words that I’d rather not have in my search history. How can I remove these salacious words?
A: Our search history is a detailed record of our interests; it says a lot about our personalities. At the same time, a search history can be misleading or, worse, just plain humiliating. Risqué words, gag gifts, inquiries into controversial topics – they can all lead to uncomfortable questions if you share a device and its web browser.
So how do you scrub your history of awkwardness? On Google, it’s pretty easy and you shouldn’t have much to fear. Once you clear your search history, or even just a section of it, the average user will have no way to retrace your digital steps.
Also, if this is something you routinely worry about, you might consider “Incognito Mode,” which doesn’t record any of your activity. Tap or click here to erase your Google searches.
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