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Q&A with Kim: Monitoring kids’ cellphone activity, Make money online, and more

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 most difficult part of my job.

This week, I received questions about making money online, which iPhone to buy, and more. Do you have a question you’d like to ask me? Click here to email me directly.

Make Money on the Internet

Q. I get migraine headaches that prevent me from getting a real job. How can I find a job online?

A: First off, let’s redefine “real job.” If the gig is legal, you’re working hard, and the income pays the bills, it’s a real job, no matter what other people might say. Every time you see a company’s logo, you’re looking at something that started off as a crazy idea. There are plenty of scams and bad investments out there, so you’ll want to start with an online trade that’s established. Whether you’re a videographer or crafter or just have some old stuff to sell, you’ll find a shocking number of options. Click here for a comprehensive list of online money makers.

My free Komando App

Q. I love your tech advice. Do you have an app?

A: So glad you asked! In my free app, you’ll find up-to-the-minute security alerts, tech tips, and podcast episodes, as well as free buying guides and product comparison charts. You get your local weather, traffic, and sports too! Even if you don’t keep up with my show, the Komando app is a panacea for anyone interested in consumer technology and news. Click here to download my free app on iTunes. If you own an Android device, click here.

Which iPhone to Invest In

Q. I have an iPhone 5. Should I buy the 7 or wait for the 8?

A: Ultimately, this depends on whether you like to gamble. At this particular moment, the so-called iPhone 8 is shrouded in rumors, but nobody knows anything for sure, including its name. No firm information has been leaked, and tech experts argue incessantly about what they expect the next iPhone to look and act like. I would take a hard look at the iPhone 7. Does it already win you over? Could you wait three years for something better? Frankly, by the year 2020, you might already be pining for the iPhone 10. Click here for rumors about the prospective iPhone 8.

Monitor Your Children’s Phones

Q. My son has an Android phone. Is there a way I can monitor what he does on it?

A: Before I get into how to monitor your son’s phone, I do urge parents to have an open dialogue with their children about smartphones and all the trouble they can get into. Teach your children the risks of using phones irresponsibly, and clearly state what kind of behavior is appropriate, whether by internet, email, or text. If that fails, or you don’t quite trust your son’s judgment, you can commandeer his phone pretty easily. Click here to learn how to monitor screen time, block certain apps, and set a “bedtime” for your gadget.

Add Bluetooth to Older Car

Q. Is there a way that I can add Bluetooth capabilities to my older car? I would like to use my phone hands-free.

A: Many people prefer to buy older cars because they’re cheaper or give the feeling of nostalgia. But many of these cars pose challenges for people accustomed to modern technology. Manual locks are one thing, but how do you hook up your iPhone to a 1998 Nissan Sentra? Well, you’ll be amazed how many ways you can add Bluetooth to your car, and for a reasonable price. Adaptors come in all shapes and sizes, and they use familiar plug-ins to help your phone and stereo communicate. Click here for the easiest ways to add Bluetooth to your car.

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