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 the end of iTunes, how to get free video streams, where to find product recalls and more.
Do you have a question you’d like to ask me?
A post-iTunes world
Q: I’m freaking out about the cancellation of iTunes! What do I do about all my music?!
A: Don’t freak out. iTunes may be going away, but if you have the latest version of iOS, you aren’t using iTunes anyway. You will not lose any of your music or podcasts, and the switch should be effortless.
If you have been updating iTunes regularly, you are already accustomed to a slightly different design and interface with each iteration, and the transition to Apple Music will probably feel much like that. But there are some things you need to know. Tap or click here to see what the end of iTunes means for you.
Free video streams
Q: Are there other places besides YouTube where my family and I can watch free videos?
A: I hear you. YouTube is overflowing with junk, and many comment sections are overrun with armies of trolls. Try Vimeo for better quality productions and a much more sophisticated community. Generally speaking, Vimeo users really love moving pictures, and all the technical wizardry and cinematic artistry that are required to create them.
You will find some breathtaking works on there, as well as some pretentious and incoherent art films. Vimeo is an easy alternative because it works so similarly to YouTube, but there are at least four other free services as well. Tap or click here for five video sites you’ll like more than YouTube.
Delete public data
Q: Is there a way to remove my information, so it doesn’t show up in searches?
A: Want to know something shocking? I bet your name, age, addresses, names of your close relatives, and more is a click away. Scrubbing yourself from the internet is almost impossible, especially if you have a colorful legal history. Many sites rely on public records, which may reveal more about ourselves than we would like.
One of the most interesting sites is Family Tree Now, which may provide not only your name but also your address and directions to get there. You wouldn’t be the first to consider this a dangerous infringement of privacy; luckily, Family Tree Now allows you to remove your information, for free. Tap or click here to delete your personal information from Family Tree Now.
Q: I just took my car in for an oil change, and the dealership said I had a recall. Is there a website where I can sign up to get alerts about car recalls?
A: When recalls are announced on the nightly news, it’s hard to believe that anyone with a particular make and model happens to hear that headline. This may seem surprising, considering how dangerous a faulty headlight (for example) could be. Luckily, there are government services (NTHSA) and private companies (Carfax) that will help you find information fast.
Before you get started, you need to find your VIN, your car’s special serial number, and make sure that your registration is updated. From there, you can easily check whether any of its parts have been recalled, and you can even set up an alert system to ensure you aren’t driving around with a lethal flaw. Tap or click here to get recall notices for your car.
Q: Is there a way to stop autocorrect on my phone? It seems like it’s never right!
A: As you probably know, there are entire blogs dedicated to autocorrect accidents. The entire system can sometimes feel like an annoying friend who finishes your sentences but constantly guesses wrong. Some of us are grateful for those last-minute corrections because they save us from embarrassing misunderstandings.
But phone developers are aware of how obnoxious this feature can be, and of course, you can turn it off. At the same time, turning it off can be challenging to figure out, and you may route around in your settings for hours. It’s in there, but let me give you a shortcut. Tap or click here to stop auto spelling and correction on your phone.
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