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Kim Komando Daily Tech Update

Kim Komando, WestStar Multimedia Entertainment, Inc.
1011 episodes
Your daily tech update from American's digital pro, Kim Komando. Stay up on the latest tech news with Kim's trusted advice, opinions and actionable tips — all in one minute.

Disclaimer: the content and artwork of this podcast are the property of its owner and are not affiliated with nor endorsed by Audiotrails.

Is the gas pipeline hack just the beginning?

Until last weekend, you probably never heard of the 5,500-mile Colonial Pipeline. It's the jugular vein of fuel flow on the East Coast — but Russian hackers shut it down. Here's the full story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

How the global chip shortage will hurt your wallet

If you haven’t noticed, there’s a global chip shortage that’s hurting airplane and auto manufacturing. It also impacts tons of electronics. Here’s why it’s getting worse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Bank of England vs. Cryptocurrency

Today we start the week with a stern warning for anyone who invests in cryptocurrencies — straight from Bank of England. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

How to test your internet speeds

If your internet connection seems slow, don’t write it off as just your imagination. Instead, follow my advice, track down the problem and, most importantly, get what you’re actually paying for! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

What to know about the iPhone 14.5 update

If you use an iPhone, it’s important that you update the phone’s operating system to iOS 14.5 as soon as possible. Here’s why. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Facebook's fake oversight: an insult to us all

Facebook's Oversight Board exists to keep the social media giant in check. Each member gets a hefty six-figure salary ... but the money flows from a fund set up by Zuckerberg and Facebook. Can we even trust its decisions? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Biden's act for all internet is not good

For most of us, getting fast and reliable internet service is easy. The problem is remote, rural areas. That's why President Biden promised broadband for all in his $2 trillion dollar infrastructure plan. But do we really need to pay for this? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm…

How dead celebrities tweet from the Great Beyond

Did you know Marilyn Monroe has an active Twitter account? Even Elvis has one — and he's got more than a million followers! But most surprising is that both celebrities still endorse products. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Who's really making the money mining Bitcoin?

As cyber currency's value continues to climb, is it possible to strike it rich by mining it? Here are all the details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Big Tech made big money this year

First-quarter numbers for 2021 are out for the titans of Big Tech! Prepare to be shocked by how much Amazon, Google and Facebook make every single minute of every single day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Is your smart TV spying on you?

If you’ve bought a new television in the past year, it’s probably a smart TV. That means it listens for your commands to turn on, turn off and switch to the channel you want. But if it’s listening, does that mean it's also spying? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

4 ways to beef up your passwords

You can't make yourself immune to hacking attempts, but a little extra work goes a long way. Here are a few tips to strengthen your account security. Step number one will deter tons of hackers looking for a quick fix. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Uncle Sam wants to know about your Bitcoin

Bitcoin is going mainstream. You can buy a Tesla with it or use it to pay for goods on PayPal. And guess who else is noticing? Good old Uncle Sam — and he wants his cut. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Watch out for this nasty Roku scam

If you’ve cut cable and satellite out of movie night, you've probably considered buying a Roku device. It has a ton of offerings, including Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu and YouTube. It’s a popular device, which is why scammers came up with this clever scheme you've got to watch out for. Learn more …

Good news: Robocalls ending!

Most people I know don’t bother to pick up the phone anymore unless the calling number is someone they actually know. Most of the time, unknown numbers are robocalls. And for the last six months, they’ve grown especially annoying. Luckily, it looks like the tide is finally turning. Learn more abo…

Apple vs Facebook: The digital battlefield

If you’re an iPhone owner, Apple’s new update – ioS 14.5 – gives you a choice: Will you let Facebook watch everything you do online? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Gmail is lying to you

Who hasn’t sent an email that you’ve later regretted? Google now claims that it has self-destructing emails. Send a message, after a set time, the message vanishes. Here’s how it works. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Windows users: Watch out for this new threat

Windows users know that Microsoft is always releasing new updates. But Windows is still extremely vulnerable to all kinds of dangerous malware. Now, there's an even greater danger. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

5 uses for an older iPad

The new generation of iPads comes with improved screens, speed and memory. But that doesn’t mean an old iPad is worthless. In fact, there are a lot of productive ways to use your outdated tech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Paying with the palm of your hand

You've heard of opening your phone with your fingerprint or scanning your face to get on a plane. But what if you could pay for your groceries with your hand? Here's how it works. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Shocking truth over who collects social media posts

Remember the January riots at the U.S. Capitol? Many rioters proudly posted photos of themselves invading the Capitol. Many are now in jail, awaiting trial. But who actually collected all the self-incriminating social media evidence? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

7 new Apple products you're going to want

Apple announced seven new products yesterday: A purple iPhone, an Apple credit card made for teens and families, and a podcast subscription service. But let’s take a quick look at the most exciting devices. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

One Apple announcement coming today

Today Apple unveils some exciting new products, and one new term you’ll probably hear is LPTO. What does that mean? We've got the full scoop. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Bitcoin bubble is about to burst

Cryptocurrency values are skyrocketing right now. One bitcoin was selling for $62,300 at the close of business this past Friday. Plus, the value of the Dogecoin spiked by 400% this last week. Here's why it's going up — and why it will inevitably fall down. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit …

3 tips to protect your privacy

Thanks to the internet, no one has real privacy anymore. Here are three things you can do today to give yourself and your family a bit more privacy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Avoid this email mistake - it helps hackers

Most people save many emails from a variety of people. We even take the time to keep it all organized and use folders. Here's why hackers love that — and what you should do instead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Don't buy an Apple Mac or iPad this weekend

This Tuesday, Apple is unveiling new products. The company's tight-lipped about what we can expect, but we know this event will be big . Here are some of the most exciting predictions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Save a life: Talk about Tik Tok with your kids

Tik Tok challenges have been around since the site was created in 2016. These viral stunts are shared and copied by millions of people to gain social media clout. If you have kids in your family, it’s time you have the viral challenge chat. You just might save their life. Learn more about your ad…

Can you kill the internet? This Texan tried

Earlier this week, the FBI arrested a Texan man for trying to "blow up the internet." But is that even possible? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Online classes are here to stay

Watching the evening news on any given day, you would think that every parent in America is demanding that schools reopen. In reality, many parents and students love their online classes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices