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Friday, January 18th
The App of the day: Madefire Comics and Motion Books. Kids get stuck inside during cold winter weather and they either play video games or watch hours of YouTube videos. What if parents could find a way to make them read? (Gasp). Madefire Comics and Motion Books are the traditional comics of Superman, Batman, Archie, etc. and might be just what kids need to get reading again.
Thursday, January 17th
(I’m not sure why this didn’t originally post, but I’m sure it was user error, me)
The “Ten Year Challenge” currently going around on Facebook and Instagram. Can it be used to steal your identity? The answer is no, or at least 99.9% no. I’ll take a look at this meme and the questions it provokes.
Wednesday, January 16th
Netflix is raising rates, is this a sign of “cutting the cord” getting more expensive? Just because you can save money now by cutting cable, the Netflix announcement makes you think of what happens if all of the streaming services raises rates by a few bucks a month.
Tuesday, January 15th
Update: My previous story fell through and I don’t have enough video for the story I pitched this morning so I’m going to hold it and do something else. Robot suitcases.
Is walking through the airport hauling a rolling carry-on too much for you? Me neither, but there are apparently enough people who complain about this that several companies have built robotic suitcases. One just follows you through the terminal while you can ride another one. I’m going to look at both inventions and watch as one inventor rides away.
One setting may be making things on your TV look weird. Have you ever noticed that some things on your television look fine, while others (like ballgames) don’t look so good? Bad even. It’s because the TV makers and stores that sell them, change a setting to make them look good in stores. I’ll show you what that one setting is, and how to correct it.
Monday, January 14th
The best of CES. You’re not going to buy a $300,00 TV nor a $10,000 pair of headphones but you might want to run out and buy these gadgets. The three best things from the show that you’d want to have.
Friday, January 11th
CES wraps up today and this story looks at a robot. Not just another robot but one that plays ping-pong. Omron has developed advanced robotics that play games but will also do assembly line work.
Thursday, January 10th
TV’s. Just when you thought your 4k television is the best you’ve seen, now comes 8k. Who needs an 8K TV. What is it? And I’m looking at a new TV you can hide by hitting a button. It rolls up into a box on the floor. I’m talking with product specialists with Samsung and LG.
Wednesday, January 9th\
it’s the product everyone at CES is talking about. A tablet that folds into a smartphone. It’s not just a gimmick, it’s going to be released in the US later this year.
Tuesday, January 8th
Sorry for the delay in this pitch. Internet problems in the hotel so I may have to take the videos to another location and try uploading them there. I have a tease as well. Today’s story is about health care tech. And products designed to make us feel better.
Monday, January 7th
Day 1 of CES. The show doesn’t officially begin until tomorrow so I’m doing a package that describes CES then shows some of the oddest, or most ambitious products.
Friday, January 4th
The App of the Day. Fantastical. Think you need to stay more organized this year? Fantastical 2 is the best calendar app in the App Store. It is simple to use and syncs across your devices. You may not want to hold this for next week as I’ll be sending back look-lives on Monday from CES.
Thursday, January 3rd
If you want to see the latest fashions in active wear, just go to a gym. New Year resolutions mean some people who haven’t been in a gym in years are there trying to get in shape. Don’t try to exercise without an app to keep you honest and on track. I’ll look at a few to download.
Wednesday, January 2nd
Millions of people got Amazon Echo devices over the holidays and are wondering what Alexa can do. The millions of people who’ve had an Echo device are wondering that too. In this story I’ll show you some of the best Alexa skills you should install.
Tuesday, January 1st
Happy New Year! I’d like to go with this story from earlier this year, or last year. lots of people got DNA kits for Christmas. Is it a good idea to use them? Police used a consumer DNA kit to catch a serial killer who’d been on the run for about 50 years. I talk with an expert in DNA data and what it means to have your one-of-a-kind data in a database.
Monday, December 31st
It’s the new year and a popular resolution is doing better with money. Saving it, earning it, keeping track of what’s going in and going out of the bank accounts. Today I’m going to look at a couple of apps that’ll help do that. Easily.
Friday, December 28th
The App of the Day. The flu is on its way to being rampant. The CDC reports the spreading of Flu Type A and B. This app of the day is not from the CDC but it uses their information along with social media to show users where the flu is and how to avoid it.
Thursday, December 27th
So you got some electronics for Christmas. There’s one thing you have to do right away. Reset the password. I’ll show you how easy it is for hackers to take control of your gadgets and even see inside your home.
Wednesday, December 26th
Apps for the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch was a popular gift this year. I’m going to look at a few apps you should install first. I think this will be interesting to Watch owners and people thinking of getting one.
Tuesday, December 25th CHRISTMAS
I’ve got a story today about what you can do with gift cards you do not want. I ran the story last year around Christmas and thought it would work well this year on Christmas Day.
Monday, December 24th
Merry Christmas. I will have stories for you this week. Today’s story really needs to run today. It’s about an app that allows parents to take a photo of a room and put Santa there. They can show their kids a photo or video when Santa was bringing presents. Obviously, this will be an old story after Christmas morning.
Friday, December 21st
This app of the Day is for people who’ll be traveling over the holidays. It’s called “Sit or Squat” and it helps moms and dads who’ll be taking kids on a family road trip. It helps find clean bathrooms.
Thursday, December 20th
Best gadgets of 2018 part 3. It’s a grab bag of tech gadgets including a digital blood pressure cuff, wireless charger, Echo game buttons, a new digital lock, and a Google home mini.
Wednesday, December 19th
Best gadgets of 2018 part 2. I’ve narrowed down the list of great tech and today I’m looking at a few devices/gadgets to take your cellphone photography skills to the next level.
Tuesday, December 18th
There aren’t many shopping days left before Christmas and if you’re like me, you’re still looking for gif ideas. Over the next few nights, though Thursday, I’m going to take a look at the very best gadgets of the year. The best of the best in new technology.
Monday, December 17th
nearly 7 million Facebook users had their photos, even the ones marked “private” exposed without their permission. This story broke late Friday. Today I’m going to take a look at what people can or should do to find out if their photos were included in this glitch that allowed 1,500 apps to see or gain access to them.
Friday, December 14th
Sure your pet is nice, but can he do this??? The App of the Day makes your pet talk; sort of.
Thursday, December 13th
The ONE question I get every few days is about the Apple Watch. They ask if they should get a 3 or 4 and ask if the health features are worth the extra money. Today I’m going to look at what the watch can do when it comes to monitoring your health.
Wednesday, December 12th
I’m looking at more of my favorite gadgets of 2018 that will make someone a nice Christmas gifts.
Tuesday, December 11th
this is a story best run today. Over 52 million Google + users had their information stolen by hackers. This is the second hit in the past few months for Google. The company said it will shut down Google+ in April, but I’ll explain why you should do it right away.
Monday, December 10th
You don’t have to wait to let the kids know what’s up with Santa. Google and NORAD have updated their Santa trackers so kids can take a peek at Santa in the days leading up to Christmas. I’ll also show parents where their kids can see Santa feed the reindeer live at the north pole.
Friday, December 7th
it will be an App of the Day. I’m waiting to see if an app company is going to send a download code. I’ll update this page as soon as I know what the app will be.
Thursday, December 6th
How about some stocking stuffers? I’m looking at tech gift ideas small enough to fit in someone’s stocking. But any of these could be the best gift you could give.
Wednesday, December 5th
Many people may be stepping into the world of smart homes this Christmas. Today I’ll be looking at a few gadgets that are good to get started.
Tuesday, December 4th
Virtual reality glasses and gear are going to be popular this year. I know I’ve said that before, but this year there are lots to choose from. Which ones are you wasting money on? Which ones are worth the money? Which ones will make it past December 26th before they break?
Monday, December 3rd
One thing you absolutely need to do before the end of the month. Especially if you’re still using anything older than an iPhone X. Apple will replace your battery for $29. It’s usually a lot more. This stems from a problem iPhone users reported earlier this year that their phone was dying earlier and earlier in the day. I’ll show you how to check your battery’s life and what to do if it needs replacing.
Friday, November 30th
Have you made your list and checked it twice? I’ve found an app that’ll help make your Christmas list, keep you from spending too much, and make sure you don’t forget anyone. This is actually two apps, one for Android and one for iOS. They do the same thing.
Thursday, November 29th
We all look at reviews for items on Amazon and many of us, put some stock into what other customers think. But how do you tell the difference between a genuine review and one from someone who’s paid to say good things about it.
Wednesday, November 28th
Over the next several weeks I’ll be looking at some of the best tech gadgets of the year. I’ve tried dozens of things over the past year and these are the coolest ones. Today I’m looking at great gifts for people who love music.
Tuesday, November 27th
Is this the year of the smart watch? People have been putting off getting one but I’ve had more questions about which one to buy than ever. I’ve got the latest Apple Watch and the Galaxy Watch for Android. What can you do with them?
Monday, November 26th
Cyber Monday! All those packages people are ordering today (and every day) will soon be delivered. And stolen. Around 30% of consumers report having a package stolen from their doorstep. How do you protect your purchases from porch pirates? This will be able to run anytime over the next few days. You’ll just have to change the intro.
Friday, November 23rd
A shopping app for App of the Day. Some popular Black Friday and Cyber Monday apps have come and gone but this one, Flipp, is the best of the best. Like other apps it gathers all the big discounts and allows you to make a shopping list. Why is Flipp better than all the rest? Because you can use it throughout the year for grocery shopping. Flipp is the App of the Day
Thursday, November 22nd
Happy Thanksgiving. If you’re like me, you’re getting lots of Amazon boxes. They pile up. Don’t throw them away! You can use them to send donations to Goodwill, and Amazon takes care of the postage. It’s called a “Give Back Box”, put stuff in the old Amazon box, print out a free shipping label and mail it in.
Wednesday, November 21st
** sorry, I didn’t hit the update button on this pitch last night**
Cord Cutting pt 4. If you don’t have Netflix (or even if you do) there are a couple of options where you can stream movies and TV shows. I’ll be looking at 3 of them. Tubi TV, Pluto and YouTube. All offer some of the movies you’ll find on Netflix for free. What do they have? How can you get them? And how can they be free?
Tuesday, November 20th
Last year 40% of online purchases over Black Friday/Cyber Monday were made using a smartphone. That’s up from 11% in 2016. I’m going to look at a few things you should keep in mind before shopping on a phone.
Monday, November 19th
Millions of people are shopping Amazon for Black Friday, those specials started last week. Here’s something only power-Amazon shoppers know about: if you’re patient Amazon will actually give you money. Why “no-rush shipping” is a no-brainer for Christmas shopping.
Friday November 16th
The App of the Day. People are thinking of Thanksgiving and helping other people. I have an app that makes it easy to do.
Thursday November 15th
If you haven’t signed up for the U.S Postal Service’s “informed delivery” emails, you should stop what you’re doing and do that. I told you about the Postal Service sending emails with photos of what’s coming in your mail. Now Homeland Security is warning people that bad guys could be signing up for your mailbox and if you’re getting something good, like a new credit card, they’ll take it right out of your mailbox right under your nose.
Wednesday, November 14th
Cord Cutting. How much will you really pay for Sling, YouTube TV, Direct TV Now? Is it really just $25? Is there a catch? I’ve tried them all to find out.
Tuesday, November 13th
Tonight I’m looking at the best tech gadgets for mom this Christmas. By the way, as a reminder, I will be doing something different every Wednesday on “Cord Cutting”. Tomorrow I will take a look at the #1 cord cutting service, Sling. What’s good about it? What might surprise you.
Monday, November 12th
I think it’s time to start looking ahead at some of this year’s top tech gift ideas. Cyber Monday is exactly 2 weeks from today. I’m kicking things off with some tech gift ideas for dad. A remote control you can control with your voice, a TV that looks like fine art, a locker for the gym that opens with your fingerprint, and a Bluetooth speaker with a radio built in. I’ll try to fit all those in a :90 story.
Friday, November 9th
It’s App of the Day Friday. Today I’ve got an app that’s perfect for planning and cooking a Thanksgiving meal. Project Foodie.
Thursday, November 8th
Christmas spending is expected to hit a record $1 trillion. A trillion!? I’ll be looking at this year’s hot gifts and why Amazon is making its customers feeling a little nostalgic. It’s sending out a Wish toy catalog, the same type their parents grew up with from Sears and JC Penney. I have one and I’ll show you what it looks like.
Wednesday, November 7th
Should you “cut the cord?” Ditching cable or satellite TV is a popular thing these days, but does it make sense for you? I’m starting a series of stories about cord-cutters. I’m likely going to do this every Wednesday so you can air them as a Cord Cutters Wednesday or Thursday. Today I’m going to look at questions you should ask yourself before cutting the cord.