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What the Tech? Google Facing $5 Billion Class-Action Privacy Lawsuit

A judge says Google will have to defend itself in a $5 billion class-action lawsuit regarding privacy and the Chrome browser’s ‘incognito mode. If you’re using “incognito” mode on the Google browser, you might think, or even be led to believe, you’re browsing history and internet visits are private and not being tracked. That is not true. No matter where…

What the Tech? Beware of Online COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

Scammers are cybercriminals are taking advantage of COVID-19 and the recently released vaccines to prey on people anxiously waiting. “Since January, we’ve seen over 5,000 websites registered that include the word ‘vaccine’,” says BrandShield CEO Yoav Keren. BrandShield is a company that hunts down fake websites and takes them down. He says the scam websites post a major threat to…

What the Tech? Is an Amazon Prime Subscription Worth It?

Some Amazon Prime subscribers may not be getting their money’s worth from the $119 a year subscription. When Amazon Prime debuted 16 years ago and cost $79. At the time, the most attractive benefit was free 2-day shipping and some lower prices. Competition from other retailers makes that less attractive now as Target, Walmart and many others offer free shipping…

What the Tech? What’s an NFT and Why Are People Paying Millions for Them?

Over the weekend someone bid $2.5 million for an autographed original tweet by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. It left most everyone asking “how do you buy a tweet?” and “why would you want to buy a tweet?”. Both valid questions. How do you buy a tweet anyway? Isn’t it on the internet for everyone to see and copy and save?…

What the Tech? App of the Day: Foap

Who hasn’t thought about making a little money on the side? Whether you’re looking to build a nest-egg, pay for college, or start your own full-time business, everything you need to get started is likely on your smartphone. If you’re the creative type with a good eye for photographs, the smartphone app “foap” might land one of your pictures a…

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…