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Amazon price guide, the best smart speakers and more: Tech Q&A

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Get the Lowest Prices on Amazon

Q: I buy almost everything I need on Amazon! How do I know if the price I see on Amazon is the lowest price?

A: There are so many providers, so many warehouses, and deals and sales and coupon codes, which you could be chasing after the same item for hours and still find cheaper options. Then you will find all the realms of Amazon that you never knew existed, such as Amazon in the Warehouse or on Amazon Pantry, plus all the suppliers who are selling used products for increasingly less expensive prices. So how can you be sure that you are getting the best deal? With the help of a special price tracker. Tap or click here for a simple add-on that tells you the lowest price before you click “Add to Cart”.

Privacy of DNA Databases

Q: I am worried about my DNA in a database. Can I protect me?

A: Origin of companies recently made headlines, not because analysts can determine your ethnic background, but because that which is voluntarily provided DNA samples and helped solve cold criminal cases. That is an exciting development for the enforcement of the law and the victims of the terrible crimes, but what if that data were to fall into the wrong hands? In the era of “gene editing” and cloning experiments, it is difficult to say where all this technology is headed, so you may be wise to wait. I have a podcast on this subject, speaking of the DNA, and privacy experts. Tap or click here to listen now or download for later.

Best Smart Speaker to Buy Now

Q: What is the best smart speaker to buy for this Christmas?

A: There are now more smart speaker designs than ever before, with competition from Amazon (Echo), Google (Home), Apple (HomePod), and the Sonos. Customers no longer have to debate whether or not to invest in an Echo; they can have different options to weigh. In the end, you’ll have to decide what is more important is the sound quality or responsiveness. Many people prefer it to the futuristic convenience of a “personal assistant”, while others want a hands-free speaker system for music and podcasts. Tap or click here for the best smart speakers to buy for this Christmas.

Secure Online Banking

Q: I would like to bank online, but I’m totally freaked out that a hacker can steal my money. Am I paranoid or just smart?

A: Most banks prefer that you banked online. Remember: the more you are in an app, the less a bank to invest in the tellers, the security of the personnel, and physical structures. Many banks will charge extra for in-person transactions, and some sites that behave as the computer labs, where the staff will guide you through an automated system, anyway. Since most money is virtual data is stored on our servers, you’ll probably have to get used to the online banking in the coming years. But that does not mean that you can’t keep your life savings. Tap or click here for five key settings, so that hackers can’t get access to your bank accounts.

Free Photo Editor

Q: I want a free photo editing program. Is there one that you recommend?

A: There are tons of free image editors out there, and I know even seasoned media professionals who make use of (for example) Pic Monkey in a pinch. If you have a Mac, you already have access to Photos, which has all the necessary functions, such as cropping, color correction, and the “healing” tool, which can remove unflattering spots. But you asked for a good free photo editing program. Basic services can be useful, but they can’t have many options. (I’m always amazed at, for example, that Apple’s Photos is missing a simple “text” – function). So instead of throwing down a lot of money Photoshop or puzzling through GIMP, there is a program that may have everything you need. Tap or click here for a free, easy-to-use software for editing.

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