Protecting Your Job From Automation & Amazing AI Voice Notes App

Handy Websites & Pros and Cons of Smartphone Insurance

Episode Summary:

In this episode, Rich DeMuro shares a variety of useful websites, apps, and tech tips to make life easier and more secure. He discusses the importance of online privacy and security, offers advice on smartphone insurance, and explores the challenges and benefits of transitioning to a "dumb phone." The show also features an interview with a digital minimalist who shares insights on reducing screen time and finding balance in a technology-driven world.


Topics Discussed:

- Rich shares several handy websites and apps, such as a Google image generator, a disposable email service, and tools for parsing information from images or text to create calendar events.

- Online privacy and security are crucial, and everyone should take steps to protect themselves, including using strong passwords, enabling multi-factor authentication, keeping software up-to-date, and being cautious of phishing attempts.

- When considering smartphone insurance, it's important to weigh the costs and benefits carefully and consider self-insuring by setting aside the monthly premium in a savings account.

- Streaming services like Disney+ and Hulu are starting to crack down on account sharing, and users can expect new features to allow account sharers to start their own subscriptions or add individuals for an additional fee.

- Transitioning to a "dumb phone" can be challenging but rewarding, leading to improved personal relationships, work productivity, and a more balanced lifestyle.


Resources and Links Mentioned:

- Google Image Generator: google.com/search/images

- 10 Minute Mail: 10minutemail.com

- Agenda Hero Magic: agendahero.com/magic

- The Points Guy Awards vs. Cash Calculator: thepointsguy.com/calculator

- BG Eraser: bgeraser.com

- Clean Text: cleantext.org

- Who Brings: whobrings.com

- Just Delete Me: justdeleteme.xyz

- Redact.Photo: redact.photo

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Major AT&T Data Breach Details & Gmail Turns 20

Topics covered:

1. Gmail has turned 20 years old and has evolved significantly since its launch on April 1, 2004.

2. AT&T has announced a massive data breach affecting 7.6 million current customers and 65.4 million former customers, with personal information like social security numbers exposed.

3. Instagram is now limiting political content by default ahead of elections, but users can change this in their settings.

4. Google Maps has added new features for summer travel, including recommendation lists from top websites and its own restaurant lists for trending places, top community favorites, and hidden gems.

5. Amazon Pharmacy offers convenient medication delivery, with same-day delivery expanding to more cities and the use of AI to streamline prescription processing and manage medication supply.

6. To photograph the upcoming solar eclipse with a smartphone, use a solar filter, take advantage of burst mode and the ability to shoot video and photos simultaneously, and focus on documenting the scene and people's reactions.


Resources and Links Mentioned:

- HaveIBeenPwned.com to check if your information has been involved in data breaches

- AT&T.com/accountsafety for information on the AT&T data breach

- Eclipsetracks.org for an interactive solar eclipse website

- The Eclipse app at https://theeclipse.company/app for finding places to experience the eclipse and a countdown to totality

- PhotowalksTV.com and YouTube.com/PhotowalksTV for Jefferson Graham's smartphone photography tips

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Apple's Antitrust Woes & How DoNotPay Uses AI to Help Consumers Fight Back

Rich explains the antitrust case against Apple.

Tammi asks why Meta’s Messenger is asking her to set up a 6-digit PIN.

Rich attends the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference to learn about assistive technologies for the disability community. InnoCaption. Caption Call. Vibio. PlayStation Access Controller. Monarch. OKO App.

Diana in Torrance wants remote desktop software to access her MacBook Pro remotely. Rich says to check out TeamViewer for free or GoToMyPC for paid. RustDesk is an open-source alternative.

Bruce in Los Angeles is looking for a USB drive that’s over 5 TB. Rich believes this is above most consumer drives, but some expensive professional drives might offer this.

Sara in Ventura says Google Play isn’t working. Rich says to restart your phone, then force close the app and if that doesn’t work you can clear the data and cache for Google Play.

Frank in Ontario is trying to connect his MacBook to multiple screens. This guide will help you find the right combination of connection port, display, and cables.

YouTube has new rules for disclosing AI in videos.

David in Los Angeles is having issues with Apple Maps getting directions when he doesn’t have a good connection. Rich recommends downloading the offline maps for his area. You can do the same on Google Maps by searching “ok maps.”

Jason Rhodes, a senior research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will explain what you need to know about the Total Solar Eclipse happening on April 8, 2024. Mentioned: The Planetary Society. Don’t forget to get your eclipse glasses!

Seraphine in Studio City can’t hear her laptop computer speakers very well. Rich recommends a pair of external plug-in speakers or an app called Boom 2.

Did you know you can hum, sing, or talk lyrics into Google, and it will tell you what the song is?

Andrew in Ventura asks why it’s hard to find iTunes purchase history. Rich says to go to reportaproblem.apple.com or create an email search filter for from:(no_reply@email.apple.com)

Rich mentioned lesser-known tra

How Your Phone Spies on You & WiFi 7 Explained

63 - March 16, 2024

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Rich talked about how much data our phones collect on us and how you can check to see which apps access what and revoke these permissions!

Shelly in Seal Beach wants a new laptop to replace her iMac.

A new website called Speedtest Performance from OOKLA helps you find the fastest internet service provider near you based on real-life speed tests.

Dr. Scott J. White, associate professor and director of The George Washington University’s Cybersecurity Program and Cyber Academy, will explain TikTok's security concerns.

Adam in Los Angeles is curious about the difference between a tower PC and a smaller desktop PC.

Roku had a data breach affecting 15,000 users.

Wayne in Yorba Linda is wondering about transferring data to a thumb drive to free up space.

Robert in Roseville, Michigan wants to know if you download TikTok does it infect your phone with spyware? Here’s info on how to delete your account or download the data TikTok has on you.

Kashmir Hill, Technology Reporter at the New York Times, will explain how our cars spy on us.

Airbnb bans indoor security cameras.

Walmart is selling a MacBook Air for $699.

Mike in Royal Oak, Michigan needs help freeing up space on an old Samsung phone. Rich says to check in Settings > Device Care > Storage and also use the Google Files app to clean up storage.

Tom in Eau Clair Wisconsin has an old Android phone that he can’t remember the lock pattern for. It contains thousands of dollars of crypto. You might be able to use Google credentials to unlock it. Rich also mentioned Graykey.

Gary in Irvine has a lot of email attachments he wants to download. Rich says to check out a helper app to help extract attachments.

Dwight Silverman, freelance tech columnist for the Houston Chronicle, will explain what we need to know about WiFi 7.

Google Chrome is

Apple Vision Pro Thoughts & App To Clean Up iPhone

Rich talks about his initial experiences with the Apple Vision Pro.

Once again, there is talk of a TikTok ban in the U.S.

Janice in Redondo Beach hates the update on the Apple Watch and wants to know if she can go back. It’s not easy, but Rich recommends checking out the very thorough User Guide Apple publishes for its products. Open the Books app and search product + user guide and look for the guides published by Apple.

Jose Briones is a “digital minimalist” and runs a website called dumbphonefinder.org. Resources mentioned: Unpluq and Brick App.

Rod in Los Angeles wants to know the value of updating software and registries.

Mark in Lake Elsinore needs a new cell phone and doesn’t want to spend a lot of money. Rich says to check out the OnePlus Nord line and the Pixel 7a.

Meta blamed their two hour outage on a technical issue.

Instagram is upgrading messaging with the ability to edit messages, pin chats to the top of the list and turn off read receipts.

Jenny in San Diego wants to know how to stay connected overseas and is HippocketWiFi a good idea. Rich also mentioned Airalo for eSIMs and Solis Hotspot, but you have to buy it.

Craig in Des Moines wants to know if his Samsung S24 has satellite emergency help. It doesn’t, but Rich recommends going into Settings, then Safety and Emergency, and setting up all the emergency features there.

OldNews.com lets you search through millions of old newspapers for events, names and more.

Janko Roettgers, author of the Lowpass newsletter, which talks about the future of entertainment and why you should download VLC.

Richard in Lancaster has a Windows 7 computer and wants security software. Rich says Avast still supports Windows 7 but you need to be aware of the security implications.

Rob is going from a Samsung to an iPhone and wants to transfer his data. Rich says the official Move to iOS app will do the basic job, but Dr. Fone and AnyTrans will give you more control over the process.

iOS 17.4 now has more emoji and podcast transcripts, and you can see more battery information for the iPhone 15 models.

Cathy in Denver wants to know if she should still update her laptop from Windows 7 to Windows 11. It might install, but it might not run smoothly. Here’s the Windows Checker to see.

MacPaw launches the CleanMyPhone App for iPhone to declutter photos.

If you pay for Spectrum TV Select Plus, you can get

Travel Booking Hacks & Make an Old Laptop New Again

Rich talks about how he books his travel, including his tips and tricks for finding the cheapest flights and best hotels.

Benjamin in Pacific Palisades wants to know if he should upgrade his DSL connection to fiber.

Netflix is no longer allowing existing customers to pay through Apple, they will need to provide a credit or debit card directly through the Netflix website.

Kate Kozuch, managing editor at Tom’s Guide, joined to talk all things Mobile World Congress.

John in Carlsbad wants to know how to get Pandora without ads.

Jamie in North Hollywood wants to know how to open his camera by tapping the back of his iPhone. It’s an accessibility feature called Back Tap. Turn it on by going into Settings > Accessibility > Touch, and tap Back Tap. You can actually set a double to triple tap to do all kinds of things! Samsung has this feature, too. On Pixel, it’s called Quick Tap.

There’s a privacy warning going around about the Journal app on iPhone sharing your full name and geo-location with strangers. It’s bogus. Here’s the explanation.

Rich reviews the OnePlus Watch 2.

Steve emails and says he’s getting a notification to update my Google Chrome Browser from a company called Hot Cleaner and is wondering if it’s legit. Rich says it seems like a malicious extension. Check and delete them.

Andrew in Moorpark wants to know why smartwatches call their on-screen widgets complications.

Jerry near New Jersey wants to know how to find the direct URL for a radio station.

Leo Roberts, of The Laptop Elf Project, will discuss how to make an old computer new again with Chrome OS Flex.

Robert asks how to reinstall his macOS operating system. Rich mentioned a clean install, Disk Drill, Disk Utility and there’s a helpful tool called Mist submitted by listener Michael.

Google Maps gets glanceable directions.

Consumer Reports warns about major security flaws in cheap video doorbell cameras.

HP launched a new all-in-one printer subscription plan.

Ford EVs can now access Tesla’s supercharging network and they’re giving owners a free adapter until June 30.

Uber Teen Rides is now available in all 50 states, including California.

Debra wants to know how to correct her Google Maps address listing.

Tim is getting conflicting info about us

Best Web Browsers to Protect Your Privacy & Preventing Payment Card Fraud

Rich talked about the AT&T outage and the healthcare hack this week, and how it got him to thinking about having a backup plan.

International authorities busted a major ransomware hacking group called LockBit and released free software to help victims unlock their files.

Thurman in Massachusetts wants an alternative to the Thunderbird email app. Rich recommends checking out a website called AlternativeTo.net.

Bill in San Diego wants to retrieve text messages from his deceased sister’s phone. He has the passcode. Rich recommends the iMazing App.

Rose in Los Angeles looking for more information about Google’s Results About You feature. Rich mentioned DIY opt-out guides at DeleteMe and HaveIBeenPwned.com

Vivian in Menifee says she is locked out of her iPhone because she forgot her passcode.

Ring stops selling its Car Cam.

Google is pausing its Gemini AI image generator until it can get things right.

ZJ in Anaheim wants to obscure his home on Google Maps. Rich says to follow the directions here. Find your home on Street View and tap Report a Problem in the lower right-hand corner. Here, you can request to blur out your home. Google says they will “review your report as fast as we can.”

Chris in Long Beach wants to know if auto-generated passwords are a good thing. Rich recommends using a password manager and also setting it as the Autofill on your iPhone or Android.

Arthur Edelstein of PrivacyTests.org, open-source tests of web browser privacy

Pam in Ventura is worried about her credit card being hacked. Rich mentioned some ways to protect your card number including using Tap to Pay and the chip when possible. And when shopping online protect your number with a one-time use number from a service like Privacy.com.

Samsung released a major software update for the S24 series that improves the display and camera.

Samsung will bring its new AI features to older flagship phones including the S23 series in March.

Elsa in Playa Del Rey, CA says be careful with fraud alerts. Most of the time banks won’t call, so if you get a call be aware it could be a scam.

Alan in West LA wants to know how to get a streaming service for his parents in a simple way. Rich recommends Fire TV stick.

Apple Sports is a free new app that lets you choose your favorite sports teams and see when they’re playing, scores, betting odds and more.

Checking for Personal Data on the Dark Web & Managing iCloud Storage

Rich talks about helping out a colleague get his computer back up and running. It took longer than he expected and Disk Drill was a savior.

Cam in Los Angeles wants to know about how to find their information on the Dark Web. Rich mentioned Hayley Kaplan for investigations, but also mentioned tools including Google’s Results About You, Google One Dark Web Monitoring and Mozilla Monitor, which he’s tried. Other resources include https://haveibeenpwned.com/, Experian and Norton.

People are already returning the Apple Vision Pro and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the $500 Meta Quest 3 is better for most people.

Steven in Bakersfield wants to know the best ways to stay connected on an upcoming International pilgrimage. Rich mentioned Airalo.

OpenAI unveiled Sora, a new text-to-video generator that uses AI and early clips look pretty incredible.

Mark in San Diego is having trouble accessing his Outlook account after doing an update. Rich says to reset the program and also check to be sure you have enough storage in your account.

Google Photos has a new feature called Photo Stacks.

Victor in Santa Barbara wants to know if the Outlook app, which is replacing Mail in Windows, will support Earthlink email.

There’s new malware for the iPhone called GoldPickaxe.

Android has added features called Android Safe Browsing and Live Threat Protection to help keep you safe from malware and phishing links. Here’s how to turn them on.

Samsung says they will put out a software update in late February to address screen and camera issues on the Samsung S24 series.

Mark in Woodland Hills can’t get a Firefox shortcut to delete from his Windows desktop.

Bob O'Donnell, the president, founder and chief analyst at TECHnalysis Research will explain what AI PCs are all about.

Johnny in Hacienda Heights is wondering if he should leave 1Password for Apple Password Manager. Rich mentioned free third-party alternatives including Bitwarden and Google Password Manager.

Verizon is making auto-pay customers use checking accounts or their own Visa card to get the $10 monthly discount. No more debit cards.

Google has a new feature that will call you when a customer service rep is available to talk for major companies like airlines and insurance.

Michelle in Mi

Chicago Auto Show EVs & Stopping Your TV from Spying

Rich talked about going to Chicago for the Auto Show and how it’s great to see the auto revolution in person. See his highlights here.

He mentioned a company called Emergency Safety Solutions that is trying to eliminate disabled vehicle crashes.

He also mentioned upgrading his TV for the Super Bowl and recommends going OLED if you can. Also, he discovered modern TVs are spying on you with a feature called Automatic Content Recognition. Google the manufacturer of your TV along with “turn off ACR” to find directions on how to turn it off.

Angie in Riverside wants wired internet in her home. Rich recommends trying a mesh network first but if that doesn’t work, try searching for an installer on Yelp.

Rich says the Super Bowl will be in 4K and explains how to watch or stream it.

Emily Dreibelbis, EV Reporter at PCMag.com will chime in on the Chicago Auto Show

Sam Abuelsamid, auto analyst at Guidehouse Insights will chime in on the Chicago Auto Show

Drake Moschkau, auto content creator will chime in on the Chicago Auto Show

Dan in Carpenteria, CA wants to know if there is a way to change TV stations automatically.

Louise wants recommendations for an outdoor TV. Rich says Sunbrite or Samsung Terrace are the popular picks, but you can find cheap outdoor TV’s on Amazon, too.

Disney+ will start its password-sharing crackdown this summer.

Rich mentioned the MyShake earthquake app for alerts.

Judy in Yucipa is getting a text message that says her service is going to be deactivated. Rich says it’s bogus.

Dee asks what’s the best antenna to get for over-the-air channels. Rich recommends popping your zip code into the website at AntennasDirect.com and seeing what they say.

Rich says there is a lot of information about you floating around online, including your address, phone number, passwords and more. There are a few ways to remove it. Google Results about you, Google Dark Web scanning and Mozilla Monitor can help you reclaim your online privacy.

Guy from Moorpark has another solution for making any TV outdoor, a company called Apollo Enclosures.

Ring is raising prices on its subscription service starting March 11, 2024.

Ring has a powerful new video doorbell that gives you Pro-level features but with a battery. The Ring Battery Doorbell Pro is $230 and ships March 6.