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Ready to Have “The Smart Talk” With Your Kids?

Lifelock: Online Safety

This post was created in partnership with Lifelock. If you have a human child of almost any age, you are likely worried about their activity online. When they’re little, it’s about limiting screen time, but as they get older and jump on the internet, things get dicey: Are they sharing things they shouldn’t? Are they being cyberbullied? Are they safe from predators? Is porn or profanity or violence lurking behind the next click? If there’s a mom or dad who…

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Security + Safety

What Is Electromagnetic Radiation (and should I be worried about it?)

electromagnetic radiation

Your Bluetooth speakers, your laptop, your smartphone, your smart lightbulbs… they’re all talking to each other through the same kind of radio frequency that a microwave emits. You know, the microwave your mother told you never to stand in front of because it might fry your brain.  Less power, to be sure, but the same part of the electromagnetic spectrum. You’d have to be oblivious not to wonder whether all that radio wave exposure your devices are having with one another…

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Home Security + Safety

If Your Wireless Router Doesn’t Do This, It’s Time to Get a New One

Google Wifi: wireless routers

These days, a weak Wifi signal is more than annoying ­– it can totally disrupt your workday or, worse, put a much-needed Netflix binge watch on pause (the horror!). Depending on your type and frequency of use, a momentary lag every once in a while is understandable, but if you find yourself constantly re-booting your wireless router to get a strong signal, it may be time to get a new one. A new generation of wireless routers does more than give…

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Security + Safety

Today Show: These Apps Will Protect You from All Kinds of Mishaps

online shopping

Boy, it’s tough out there. It can be hard to stay safe from all the perils of this world, large and small, but apps can help you stay on your toes. On the Today Show this morning, I chatted with Kathie Lee (miss you, Mama Hoda!) about some apps that can offer a helping hand, protecting you from all kinds of problems. Whether you want to shield yourself from credit card fraud, keep your passwords safe from hackers, or make…

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Tech that keeps an eye on home while you’re on vacay

The holidays are fast approaching, and I bet you’re doing some traveling before the end of the year. I’ve got two trips planned, and I couldn’t be more excited: We’ll be at the beach for a few days over Thanksgiving week, and then we’ll be skiing in Utah over Christmas. I looove having things on the calendar like this to look forward to… it makes the hustle of the season a bit more tolerable, you know? As much as each vacation…

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Gear Security + Safety

Fires and Explosions? The Facts About Lithium Ion Batteries

Lithium Ion Batteries

Tech devices are supposed to make your life easier. Now you have to worry about them exploding in your pocket or setting your house on fire?! At the beginning of the month, Samsung announced it was recalling its Galaxy 7 Note model (which meant replacing 2.5 million smartphones), after at least 35 reports of spontaneous fires. Before that, earlier this year, hoverboards were all over the news, after causing a reported 60 fires that resulted in $2 million of property damage.…

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