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Original ringtones, trouble-shooting bluetooth, saving water-damaged phones, and more: Tech Q&A

Make Ringtones

Q: Is it possible to make your own ringtone? I want to know it’s my phone ringing and not a co-worker’s phone. Annoying!

A: The short answer is yes, you can make a custom ringtone. This makes perfect sense, since the ringtone file is so small, and sound manipulation is straightforward in a digital setting. But most of us don’t customize our own; maybe it’s because many people don’t use ringtones, preferring to let the phone vibrate to announce an incoming call. Still, making your own ringtone is a really fun and creative idea, and you’re right about distinguishing your phone from all others. Tap or click here to create custom ringtones with a great and totally-free program.

Moving Videos

Q: I loved when you spoke to the little girl with the robotic arms on your TV show. I want to share that inspirational interview with my family.

A: I am so glad you enjoyed that episode. It was particularly special to my staff and me as well. I’m so pleased to be able to bring inspirational stories like that to light; to answer your question, you can find Tilly on my YouTube channel. Meanwhile, the best way to keep up with my TV appearances is to subscribe to this channel; you can even set alerts for when new videos are posted. Tilly is just one of many remarkable people we’ve had the chance to meet, and there’s a lot of exciting content on the horizon. Tap or click here to see the Tilly video and also subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Pair Bluetooth

Q: Sometimes my phone pairs but frequently not. How can I fix the Bluetooth, so it always works?
A: Bluetooth is definitely its own animal. Unlike Wi-Fi and cell phone data, Bluetooth has a comparatively weak signal, and its connectivity can be a little unpredictable. Don’t get me wrong, Bluetooth is very effective, and most compatible devices will work on the first try. But there are a lot of things that could go wrong: You may forget to activate Bluetooth on both devices, or you may not have updated to the latest software. Incredibly, something as simple as a garage door opener could interfere with your Bluetooth signal. To troubleshoot your Bluetooth problems, there are many helpful techniques. Tap or click here for 15 ways to fix Bluetooth pairing issues.

Revive Wet Phones

Q: I heard you say that rice isn’t the best to use after your phone gets wet. What is it then?

A: That’s right. Sticking your phone in a bag of rice has been the prevailing wisdom for years, and many people swear by this technique. But the rice trick is quickly becoming an old wive’s tale; it doesn’t work as well as, say, silica gel. No matter how you do it, drying out your phone can be a days-long process, and you may ultimately find yourself investing in a new one, anyway. The good news is that phones are becoming increasingly water-resistant, and the latest iPhone models, for example, boast the ability to be submerged in water for several minutes before risking serious damage. That doesn’t mean that they are invulnerable, only that your next phone is far less likely to need emergency drying, with rice or anything else. Tap or click here for my best advice on water-damaged phones.

Accelerate Windows

Q: My Windows PC is so slow. I cannot afford a new one. How can I speed the old grey mare up?

A: Windows-based computers have always been versatile, but they are also infamous for slowing down over time. Usually, this is due to cluttered files and forgotten background tasks that eat up your memory. You can probably dig into your hard drive and manually remove programs that you know you’ll never use. But you also run the risk of illuminating files that seem useless but are required for your computer to run. What you need is a separate program, preferably free, that can analyze your computer and recommend files and programs that are ripe for deletion. Luckily, it exists, and its name is UninstallView. And it doesn’t cost you anything. Tap or click here to learn more about UninstallView.

What digital lifestyle questions do you have? Call Kim’s national radio show and tap or click here to find it on your local radio station. You can listen to or watch the Kim Komando Show on your phone, tablet, television or computer. Or tap or click here for Kim’s free podcasts.

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Learn about all the latest technology on The Kim Komando Show, the nation’s largest weekend radio talk show. Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today’s digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, free newsletters and more, visit her website at Komando.com.

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FaceApp Challenge offers hilariously geriatric results

The viral #FaceAppChallenge has everyone from celebrities to fictional characters and even Las Vegas hotels posting elderly looking photos of themselves.

The Jonas brothers previewed their year 3000 reunion tour.

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Chef Gordon Ramsay made it clear he intends to host “Master Chef” for a while longer.

“OLD TERRY CAN STILL KICK SOME A-!” Terry Crews wrote.

Kevin Hart admired his “strong a- old man face and upper body.”

Even Cookie Monster got into the act – but he looked as timeless as ever.

The Twilight Saga had the same problem.

The Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas also poked a little fun with the Sphinx.

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FaceApp has been around since 2017, but the update allows users to age themselves with the help of artificial intelligence. The app also collects data from your phone and may give the Russia-based developer rights to your photos forever, according to Global News.

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AOC, Trump join list of celebs and social media stars as ‘most influential people on the internet’

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While Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and President Trump differ vastly in their political views, a new ranking highlights some common ground between the two.

According to TIME magazine, both are incredibly effective at influencing people on the internet. The two joined a slew of celebrities — including singer Ariana Grande and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex  — on the publication’s list of the “25 Most Influential People on the Internet.”

Other top influencers included conservative author Ben Shapiro, rapper Cardi B, and the Hong Kong protesters.

The list came just as President Trump and Ocasio-Cortez traded barbs on Twitter in what was perhaps their most heated and direct exchange to date. Trump’s online comments about Ocasio-Cortez and other freshman congresswoman ignited a media firestorm involving the most powerful members of Congress.

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The incident provoked a speech from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday when she called on her Republican colleagues to denounce the president’s “racist” tweet about Ocasio-Cortez and others.

Earlier in July, Pelosi downplayed Ocasio-Cortez’s influence by comparing her substantial Twitter following to the few votes she was able to get in opposing a bipartisan border funding package.

On Tuesday, both Trump and Ocasio-Cortez continued battling via Twitter as the latter accused him of being a racist and the former charged progressive lawmakers with hating the United States.

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Ocasio-Cortez also sparked a prolonged debate about Holocaust references when she used Instagram to accuse immigration enforcement of housing migrants in “concentration camps.”

Trump has long used Twitter as his proverbial bully pulpit, directly attacking Democrats and even using the platform to break news about changes in his administration. As the president struggled to obtain funding for border wall funding, he continually blasted Democrats on Twitter for what he saw as inaction on immigration reform.

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Trump’s border wall got a boost from Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage, also on the list, who used the internet to crowdfund money for a southern border wall.

Vox writer Carlos Maza, another controversial figure in the Twittersphere, also made the list.

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Peter Thiel tells Tucker Carlson which 2020 Dem has him ‘most scared’

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Billionaire Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel says there is one Democratic presidential candidate who makes him most concerned ahead of the 2020 elections.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is the only Democratic candidate campaigning on the economy, while others are mired in discussions about identity politics, Thiel said Monday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“I’m most scared by Elizabeth Warren,” he said.

“I think she’s the one who’s actually talking about the economy, which is the only thing that I think matters by far the most.”

Thiel, who addressed the 2016 Republican National Convention as its first openly gay speaker, also said he found the other nearly two dozen Democratic primary contenders uninspiring.

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“I think almost all the others are equally unimpressive in the sense that it’s all identity politics of one flavor or another,” he said.

“I wouldn’t want to rank how unimpressive they are, since that would be forcing me to rank the different identities and which one’s more privileged and more special, and that would be a dangerous thing to get into.”

Earlier in the interview, Thiel discussed how he called Sunday for the FBI and CIA to investigate whether Chinese intelligence had infiltrated Google.

Thiel made the comments during a speech at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington. He said the FBI and CIA needed to ask Google three questions to determine if the tech giant had been compromised by Chinese intelligence.

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Speaking to Carlson, Thiel said artificial intelligence is something, “people talk about nonstop in Silicon Valley.”

“But they almost never talk about its dual use,” he said.

“If it’s real, if this is a real thing, it obviously can also be used by the military, it’ll be weaponized in all sorts of ways, and it’s an important national security question as to who has it.

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“There’s this very peculiar background where Google is working with the Chinese on Communist government and not with the U.S. military; so the Project Maven decision was a decision not to work with A.I., with the U.S. military — but they’re working with the Communist Chinese.”

Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.

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Doxing defenses, games for retirees, breaking up with Google, and more: Tech Q&A

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Google Breakup

Q: I hate that Google tracks me. Are there ways to have a Google-free online life?

A: There are, but you have to jump through a few hoops to get to nirvana. One way to protect your personal information while browsing online is to download Tor, which encrypts your every movement and grants you access to the Dark Web. That may be overkill, which is why you need to first try free and easy to use browsers that offer a privacy-focused alternative to Google. Tap or click here for alternatives to Google that don’t track you.

Stop Doxing

Q: My sister is the victim of doxing. It’s so upsetting. What can I do to make sure it does not happen to me?

A: I’m so sorry your sister had to go through that, and I hope the damage was minimal. This is the downside of our hyper-connected age: we leave a much bigger paper trail on the internet then we could possibly realize, and a motivated analyst can put those particles of information together and use them against us. This isn’t necessarily the tool of a seasoned cyber-criminal; much of this data is publicly available, and it just takes a little sleuthing to expose your most uncomfortable secrets. Tap or click here to protect yourself from doxing.

Economical Prescription Drugs

Q: Is it safe to buy prescriptions online? I am worried that online pills are not produced the right way.

A: As you may know, I live in Arizona. For many folks around here, hopping the border to Mexico to refill on generic pharmaceuticals is a matter of routine. Not everyone has the benefit of a nearby international border, nor does everyone feel comfortable waltzing into a dubious-looking farmacía. Still, cheap alternatives are out there, and the internet provides many safe and legitimate ways to save on your prescriptions, such as GoodRX. Each service or app has its own specialty, and you’ll benefit from realistic expectations. Tap or click here for three little-known ways to save money on prescriptions.

Gaming for Elders

Q: I’m 58. I used to love games like Doom. I tried Fortnite and it’s confusing. Are there any good games for us old folks?

A: Many critics deride video and computer games as violent, abusive garbage – and in many cases, I tend to agree. Other games may appeal to mature audiences (at least in spirit) but prove too complicated to enjoy. That’s why puzzles, trivia, and timeless board games like Backgammon can be great; they keep minds sharp, and they often encourage interaction with real-life players around the globe. Systems like Wii claim to get sedentary users back into shape, and programs like Flight Simulator Xtreme are both thrilling and instructive. Tap or click here for the best games for people over 55

Audit Amazon Purchases

Q: My wife spends too much money on Amazon. She uses multiple credit cards to hide her purchases. Can I get a total of all her orders?

A: Before I go into the technical details, I urge you to stage an intervention because what you’re describing sounds like addiction, and there may be more at stake than an outstanding credit card debt. Okay, that said: if you share an Amazon account and have full access, you can review every purchase anyone has ever made. This will be trickier if she has her own account, but Amazon makes it very easy to revisit your complete transaction history. This way, you can tally up exactly how much was spent (and on what) and you will have hard evidence to present if you decide to intervene. Tap or click here to download your entire Amazon purchase history.

What digital lifestyle questions do you have? Call Kim’s national radio show and tap or click here to find it on your local radio station. You can listen to or watch the Kim Komando Show on your phone, tablet, television or computer. Or tap or click here for Kim’s free podcasts.

Copyright 2019, WestStar Multimedia Entertainment. All rights reserved.

Learn about all the latest technology on the Kim Komando Show, the nation’s largest weekend radio talk show. Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today’s digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, free newsletters and more, visit her website at Komando.com.

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Overwatch League debuts trading cards

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It’s just what sports fans need – something else to collect! But it’s also another sign E-sports are going mainstream:  the introduction of collectable trading cards. 

The Overwatch League is one of the biggest organizations in professional E-sports, with each franchise valued at up to $100 million. Now the league is following in the steps of other traditional sports leagues, offering their fans a time-honored tradition. The cards, made by Upper Deck, have features similar to other sports cards. They show action and profile shots of each player, along with their position on the team and stats from last season. If you can’t tear yourself away from your X-Box for long enough to go to the store, the cards can also be purchased in “E-Pack” version from the Overwatch League website, allowing collectors to trade across the world after opening a virtual pack. But they can also have the physical card sent to them if they prefer. 

It’s still not clear what the market will be like for Overwatch League collectables, but early cards to watch include San Francisco Shock’s Sinatraa, who is possibly the highest-salaried player in the league.  Another hot card could be the Dallas Fuel’s Seagull, who retired after the inaugural season to stream games full time. With Seagull now officially out of the league, his one and only official Overwatch card could become a rare collector’s item. 

The full set for the first season is made up of 125 “base” cards, as well as multiple insert sets that celebrate key player and team moments throughout the season, including season 1 highlights, league leaders, team leaders, and unique holo F/X cards. 

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Toddler accidentally buys $430 couch on Amazon while playing with phone, mom says

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A California mother is warning others to lock down their Amazon accounts after her 2-year-old daughter purchased a $430 couch through her shopping app — with just one click.

Isabella McNeil had been recently looking at couches on the Amazon app on her cell phone but apparently did not to close the application properly when she handed her phone to her daughter. The mother of two said that last week, her daughter made the impromptu purchase and she didn’t know anything about it until the coach was on its way.

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“I was just so shocked,” McNeil told KNSD. “I thought, ‘Did I buy a couch in my sleep?'”

It turns out 2-year-old Rayna, instead of playing a game on the phone, opened up the Amazon app and pressed on the “Buy Now” button, which advertises purchasing items with just “one click.”

With that one click, the toddler purchased the $430 couch, McNeil said. She didn’t know what her daughter did until days later, when she received a notification on her phone that read: “Your couch has shipped.”

McNeil quickly tried to cancel the order, but said it was too late. She told the news station that if she were to return it, it’d cost her a $79 restocking fee, and would need to pay for shipping costs around $100. She’s now trying to sell the couch online.

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McNeil described the situation as “lesson learned.”

“Now I know it’s really dangerous and [I need] to make sure the Amazon app is closed before my daughter takes the phone. It’s just so easy,” she said.

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New tool detects deepfakes with 96 percent accuracy, researchers say

Researchers have developed a new tool that could be a crucial part of the fight against deepfakes.

The tool, which was produced by researchers from the USC Information Sciences Institute, can detect subtle face and head movements along with unique artifacts in video files, and apparently can identify such fakes with up to 96 percent accuracy.

Deepfakes, even amateurish ones like the widely circulated video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that was slowed down to make her appear drunk or senile, have become a growing concern and prompted a backlash against Big Tech for not doing enough to crack down on them.

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A number of celebrities and public figures, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, have been featured in deepfakes.

Most deepfake detection models look at videos on a frame-by-frame basis to determine if they’ve been manipulated. However, the USC researchers review an entire video all at once and examine potential inconsistencies in how the subject in the footage moves — which the researchers refer to as “softbiometric signatures” in their published work.

“To contend with this growing threat, we describe a forensic technique that models facial expressions and movements that typify an individual’s speaking pattern. Although not visually apparent, these correlations are often violated by the nature of how deep-fake videos are created and can, therefore, be used for authentication,” the researchers write in the study’s abstract.

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The scientists used a data set of about 1,000 manipulated videos to train its tool, which became adept at figuring out deepfakes of leading politicians and celebrities.

The issue of what do about deepfakes won’t be going away anytime soon. Scientists last week revealed a software tool that literally allows you to put words into someone else’s mouth.

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Pakistani politician dons Facebook ‘cat’ filter during press conference

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That’s paw-litics.

An official livestream in Pakistan was mocked Friday after a regional minister appeared to be wearing kitty ears after a mishap involving part of Facebook’s “cat filter.”

Shaukat Yousafzai was speaking with reporters after a cabinet meeting when the purr-fect filter — with whiskers and bright pink ears — appeared.

Users quickly noticed the mishap on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party’s official page, and it was deleted within minutes, AFP reported. But not before amused viewers screenshotted it for posterity.

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Yousafzai confirmed what happened to AFP, saying it was an accident.

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“The cat filter was turned on by mistake…Let’s not take everything so seriously,” he said. “I wasn’t the only one — two officials sitting along me were also hit by the cat filter.”

The political party’s social media team in a statement blamed “human error” for the accident, and said “all necessary actions have been taken to avoid such incident in future.”

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$4 AirPods, robocalls ending, delete car data, and more: Tech Q&A

$4 AirPods

Q: I heard you say that it’s possible to make $200 AirPods at home for about $4. How can I do that?

A: A clever 15-year-old young man purchased a wireless bone conduction headset from eBay. This kind of headphone vibrates against your skull to translate sound to your middle ear, and it works. Once he received his prize in the mail, he stripped down the parts and dismantled his basic headphones for assembly. If you know how to solder and have the desire, tap or click here for the steps he used to make his own AirPods for $4.

Secret Shopper Scam

Q: My wife was contacted to join Walgreen’s secret shopper’s club, and we found out later it was a scam. Have you ever heard of this scam? How does it work?

A: I hope you didn’t lose any money in the racket, and there was evidence to report to the authorities. Remember, you may feel foolish, but these people are criminals and should be found and prosecuted. To answer your question, yes, I have heard of secret shopping scams. Be careful of any secret shopping operation that promises serious rewards. Meanwhile, there are many other scam-repellant precautions you can take online. Tap or click for a list of things you should never do online.

Delete Car Info

Q: I just bought a used car, and the previous owner’s personal info is on the display. I can see her contacts and even her phone number! How do I clear this?

A: If you follow my national radio show with any regularity, you already know to wipe the data from a cell phone, computer, tablet, or printer before you sell or trade it in. But cars have rapidly become computers on wheels, and they contain an enormous bank of personal information. More than your playlists and telephone numbers, a vehicle may also contain navigational information, your phone number, and your contacts. So it’s noble of you to remove another person’s data as quickly as possible. Tap or click to delete data from a car before you sell it.

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Cord-Cutting Real Talk

Q: Are you anti or pro cutting the cord? How do you really feel about ditching cable?

A: The short answer is this: I want what’s best for you. That will probably be different for every individual and household. If you love streaming video and are willing to invest time and effort, cutting the cord isn’t that much of a big deal. If you like traditional cable and see no reason to change, then don’t. This is an exciting time because there are more options than ever, but it’s also confusing because services are evolving so rapidly, and we sometimes get carried away. One blogger recently accused me of being anti-cord cutting. That isn’t the case by any means, but his comment deserved a response. Tap or click to see the latest in our cord-cutting debate.

Robocall Rebellion

Q: My dad keeps a written log of robocalls, and when he fills a page, he sends them to his carrier. I told him it’s a waste of time. What would you ask him to do?

A: In a way, you’re both right: If he is writing down the robocall phone numbers, he is probably able to block and report them. This is also a great time to fight back, as phone carriers are finally getting around to cracking down on the robocalls. At the same time, he may run into the usual trap because many robocallers use unlisted numbers and can’t easily be blocked. This also makes a date and time irrelevant since they are difficult to trace back. Also remember that many calls come from other countries, so it’s hard to identify which authorities to contact. In short, your father has the right idea, but it may only get him so far. We’ll see what the major carriers do in the coming year. Tap or click to learn what carriers are finally doing about robocalls.

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