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What the Tech? How Free Trials Can End Up Costing You

As a tech reporter, I download an unusually high number of smartphone apps. It’s almost always because I’m trying them out so you don’t have to pay for what you don’t want or need. Occasionally, I used to forget to cancel “free trials” for apps and got stuck paying for an annual subscription I was never going to use. Oh,…

What the Tech? Toilet Paper Calculator Helps You Find the Best Deals

It was just about this time last year when toilet paper started flying off store shelves leaving shoppers to buy whatever they could find. Now that it’s available again with only a few stores limiting purchases, there’s another question about TP: what’s the best deal? Unlike most other products there are no industry standards when it comes to branding toilet…

What the Tech? How to Animate Old Photos Using “Deep Nostalgia”

You probably have a few family photos of great grandparents or other relatives whom you’ve never met. A new website and software tool can help old family photos come alive. My Heritage, a DNA genealogy platform similar to 23andMe and Ancestry.com last week released “Deep Nostalgia” that makes it possible for users to get a different picture of relatives they…

What the Tech? App of the Day: Lichess

There are two types of people: those who play chess and those who want to learn how to play chess. Since “Queen’s Gambit” hit Netflix last fall, millions of people have purchased chess sets, books, instructional DVDs, apps, and subscriptions to either learn or improve their game. Several chess apps have become popular for iPhones and Android devices. Chess.com naturally…

What the Tech? Secret Texting Codes Your Children May Be Using

For as long as there have been smartphones there have been people trying to hide things from their parents or significant others. Teens and pre-teens are particularly skilled at sending text messages in secret codes just in case their parents want to check their phones. Emoji have been used for these secret messages for years but parents have discovered some…

What the Tech? How Misspelling Website Names Can Expose Your Children to Danger

The pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us but for sex predators, it’s opened a big opportunity to lure children into a dark online world. The National Centers for Missing and Exploited Children released its statistics from reports of online child sex exploitation and the results are a staggering and frightening reminder that children are not safe…

What the Tech? More Children Exploited Online During Pandemic

We’ve all been spending more time in front of screens in the past year. Our kids have too. Many times teens and pre-teens are on their devices in their bedrooms, silently connecting with friends and strangers online. National Centers for Missing and Exploited Children spokesperson Callahan Walsh said sex predators have been spending more time online too, looking for children….

What the Tech? App of the Day: Skiplagged

It’s nice to begin thinking about taking a vacation again. As COVID cases continue to drop many people are planning a vacation for later this year. Of course, we all want to find the best deals and a controversial smartphone app claims to search for and discover deals you’d never find otherwise. Skiplagged searches for “Hidden Cities” or deals on…