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Pig-butchering scams cost Americans $4 billion in 2023. Think you were targeted?
Score amazing deals on the stuff you need, like clothes, electronics and household items.
Running late? Kim Komando explains how to share your ETA on the go with this handy hidden maps app feature.
Is it cheating if you chat with an AI bot? Tech expert Kim Komando helps a woman whose husband has a new … friend.
Sure, they’re called cookies, but there’s nothing sweet about pervasive online tracking.
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The social network X (I still think of it as Twitter) has always had its seedier corners, but now Elon Musk has officially said porn is OK on the platform. And to keep your, uh, activity private, they’re now hiding likes, too. Coincidence? Yeah, I don’t think so.
Running into X-rated images is not going to be OK with millions of X users. If your kid is on X, you should walk them through these steps. If you don’t want to see … well, whatever people start posting, pop into your settings, too. It’s easiest to do on your computer.
To turn off the NSFW stuff on the web:
On the Privacy and safety menu, there’s also a Mute and block option. Use this to hide certain words, hashtags and accounts you don’t want popping up on your timeline (or your kids’ timelines).
Pro tip: NSFW means “not safe for work.” Yeah, use your imagination and you’ll know what kind of pics that means.
If you’re setting up these filters for your children rather than yourself, they can turn them right back off again. Don’t sneak in and do it — have a frank chat about why these settings should be adjusted. A good conversation can do wonders.
If all else fails, though, there are stricter options.
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These kitchen tools and gadgets will make your life easier … and they’re all under $10. Sweet. 
With all these deals, you could say I’m on a roll. I know, I’m sorry.
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Invasion of privacy? CJ Sveen says his home insurance was dropped after aerial pics were used to spy on his property. Plus, Russian troops smuggle Starlink, Android’s new “Find My Device” feature, and the crazy lengths one hacker went to avoid paying $100,000 in child support.
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If you haven’t so far this year … Get your free credit report. Go to AnnualCreditReport.com or call 1-877-FACTACT (1-877-322-8228). And tell everyone you know to stop paying for this!
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Stop letting Big Tech decide what emails you see: StartMailis my pick for privacy-first email. It’s super easy to switch over your contacts and mail, or you can treat it as a fresh inbox for only your VIPs. Save 60% now with my special link. Btw, I get no residuals if you buy.
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OK, OK … Number 3 in Rwanda. But hey, that’s something, right?!
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Don’t use this word when texting: Replying with only the word “sure” in a text is now seen as sarcastic, rude or dismissive. The younger crowd expects a bit more enthusiasm in those replies. It’s safe for agreeing to errands, but for invites? Try “Absolutely!” Bonus points for adding emojis. 😃 Fo shizzle!
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TikTok isn’t the only Chinese app to worry about. A shopping app, downloaded by millions of Americans, uses sneaky tactics to monitor users. We spoke with Titan Crawford, founder of the Facebook group PDX Stolen Cars, which has helped recover over 3,000 stolen cars in Portland.
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On this day in 1903, Henry Ford started his company with 10 investors and how much in startup cash? Was it … A.) $1,800, B.) $13,500, C.) $28,000 or D.) $54,000?
Click here for the answer!
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It’s not a typo: Your phone always gets a name or word you type wrong. Here’s a trick: When it pops up (usually in quotes) above the keyboard, tap the word. This adds it to your phone’s dictionary. Works on iPhone and most Androids!
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Did you know your smart speaker can double as a safety device? Here’s how yours can alert you to smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, even when you’re not home.
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To one winner in Frontier’s free-airfare-for-a-year contest. Another 100 folks will win a $1,000 voucher. You have until July 2 to enter. Hope you win!
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If your late-night Zillow scrolling has gotten more desperate lately, you’re not alone. Home prices are going bonkers. In the past decade, home values shot up 47.1%, beating out the 2010s and 1990s. U.S. home prices are expected to rise another 1.6% over the next year alone. And I found a few markets that are growing nearly five times faster than that.
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Stalker alert: A North Carolina man used Snapchat’s live location feature to track down a woman in an attempted kidnapping. He found her in a parking lot and held her at gunpoint before she convinced him to let her go. The creep has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Please, turn off location sharing in your apps.
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Wi-Fi master: Angry IP Scanner keeps track of everything connected to your network. It scans for IP addresses and other information about the devices connected. It helps troubleshoot tech issues and catch hackers or moochers since it pinpoints unknown or suspicious devices.
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What inspired the iconic ding sound that welcomes you when booting up a Mac computer? Was it a … A.) Tibetan singing bowl, B.) Beatles’ song, C.) Cash register opening or D.) Classical piano key note?
Check out the answer here!
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🤖 Glimpse into the future: AI has replaced 52% of copywriters, but there’s a new role to fill: Making content sound more human. ChatGPT and others generally sound too formal, choose odd words and invent facts. Writers, all is not lost!
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YOUR dog might pee in the pool, but I know my Abby girl does not.
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How many Jeff Bezos wants to send to colonize space. It’s still more of a pipe dream than a plan. From building 20-mile-long space habitats to growing food and, ahem, doing the wild thing in space, experts say saving Earth is still a way easier option.
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The damage is done: The U.S. surgeon general is asking Congress to put warning labels on social media, like those found on cigarettes. With 95% of kids using social media and more than one-third addicted, this is way too little, way too late.
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