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Tech Refresh with Kim Komando and Friends

Tech Refresh is your fun talk show about all things digital — the good, bad and uplifting. From what you should buy to the latest crazy internet trends, Allie, Ben, Cassidy and host Mike break it down. Listen once and you’re hooked, it’s that simple.

Latest episodes

Facebook's name change, Alexa tips, kids and social media

October 22, 2021
Facebook is reportedly changing its name, and the internet has no shortage of funny ideas. Plus, how to use your Amazon Echo to make Halloween a little spookier. And you won't believe how many parents of young kids say it's simply "too much work" to watch what they do on social media.

Android always tracking, 'killware,' digital signature

October 15, 2021
Use an Android smartphone? Bad news: New research shows certain apps are always tracking. Plus, ransomware is a huge threat to our security, but have you heard of killware? And the team has smart tech tips to make life better, including simple ways to get your real signature onto your computer or phone.

Facebook whistleblower, Windows 11 is here, dangerous TikTok trend

October 8, 2021
Who is the Facebook whistleblower? Kim has a deep dive on Frances Haugen and what might be in her future. Plus, Windows 11 is rolling out and we've got a shortcut to help you get it faster. And kids are taking a stupid TikTok trend to dangerous levels.

Software tracking everything you do, new iPhone, Alexa on wheels

October 1, 2021
Have you heard of ShadowDragon? It collects data from 120 major sites going back a decade. Yes, 10 years of info about YOU. Plus, the iPhone 13 and iOS 15 are here, along with Amazon's new smart home gear, including Astro, the Echo on wheels.

Scam texts going up, Amazon's new guarantee, the first MP3

September 24, 2021
Scam calls are on their way down, while scammy texts are increasing. Here's what to do about it. Plus, Amazon is finally taking responsibility for lousy third-party products, and Kim, Ben and Allie reminisce about the first MP3, Napster and even tapes.

Podcast pro tips, Alexa prank, Windows nightmare

September 17, 2021
Trying to get your podcast off the ground? Kim and Allie are joined by Paul Colligan, a podcast industry pro who helps new shows flourish. Plus, Kim pranked Barry with an Alexa trick you'll want to try, too, and an essential update for Windows users.

WhatsApp not so private, 3 smart tech hacks, talking duck

September 10, 2021
After years of assuring users Facebook can't read WhatsApp messages, the truth comes out. Kim, Allie and Ben offer up their favorite quick tech life hacks, including how to use your browser to earn cash. And in weird news of a week, a talking duck named Ripper has something to say.

iPhone 13, digital license, pay later on Amazon

September 3, 2021
The iPhone 13 is coming soon. Before you shell out $1K, get Kim's advice on whether now is really the time to upgrade. Plus, digital licenses are coming soon, if you live in one of eight states. And check Amazon because you might be able to break your next purchase into monthly installments.

Crypto hits $2.1T, UPS scam, quick tech hacks

August 27, 2021
Cryptocurrency shows no sign of slowing down, and there's a list of mining scam apps you need to know about. Plus, a new phishing email campaign is using the UPS and a really clever tactic to fool people. And Kim and the gang have three smart tech tips you'll wish you knew sooner.
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