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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, Kim, Allie, Ben and Matt break it down. Listen once and you’re hooked, it’s that simple.

Latest episodes

Windows drama, holiday shopping secret, fix your own iPhone

November 19, 2021
It happens like clockwork: Microsoft releases an update and the internet sounds the alarms. The latest drama involves the Edge browser. Plus, a smart tip from Ben on how to find the best prices on what you're shopping for this holiday season. And in a shocking turnaround, Apple says you'll soon be able to repair your own broken tech.

Tech news roundup, paid Twitter, speed up your computer

November 12, 2021
Get the tech news of the day in just a few minutes with Kim, Allie and Ben. Would you pay for Twitter? The social media site sure hopes so and we’ve got the details on what you get. Plus, how to speed up your computer in just a few clicks. And Matt has the slang Gen Z kids are using to help you decode your upcoming Thanksgiving conversations.

Google ad scam, take better pet photos, Ben's first 5-star review

November 5, 2021
Scammers have a clever new tactic that really works. They're creating Google ads to piggyback off search traffic; one scheme cost people over $500,000 in cryptocurrency in one weekend. Plus, tips for taking better pictures of your furry friends, and Ben gives his first five-Ben head review. Listen to find out what merited the honor.

iPhone secret tracking, train NASA AI, trade in your old tech

October 29, 2021
Bad news, iPhone users. There are two ways your phone can track you, even if you've turned off all those permissions. You can help train NASA's Mars Rover AI and we'll tell you how. Plus, a fast and easy way to trade in your old tech for money and discounts.

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.
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