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Apple prices, mobile payments, apps and much More: Tech Q&A

Grant Thompson and his mother, Michele, look at an iPhone in the family kitchen in Tucson, Arizona., on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)

The Cost of the Apple

Q. I would like to switch from Windows to Apple. Why Apple products are so much more money?

A: Windows and Apple are two very different products and neither is “better” than the other. Windows excels in some areas, such as customization and third-party access, while Apple excels in other areas, such as the graphics and the consistency. So why would Apple products cost so much more? You can buy a basic Dell Inspiron laptop for less than $ 300, while the cheapest MacBook costs about $1,000. Other price comparisons for tablets, smartphones and desktops – almost comically divergent. Apple has always had an appeal to a higher income, but when you consider that some of the benefits, the costs can feel justified. Tap or click here to learn why Apple products are so expensive.

Facebook and phone Numbers

Q: Facebook has my phone number for two-factor authentication. How can I make sure that they do not sell?

A: Very perceptive question. I talk a lot about two-factor authentication, because it helps to have your passwords – and, by extension, your accounts safe from cyber criminals in the hope to break in. The most common form of two-factor ID is required a mobile phone number. But Facebook has become a dubious form of social media, and they received a lot of criticism for the manipulation of the members and the use of their data for little-understood purposes. So what do you do if Facebook innocently asks for your number, and claims that this data is only for your protection? In short, it is a good idea to suspect. Tap or click here to limit Facebook access to your phone number.

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Q: I would like to be your radio show podcasts. How can I do that? I saw this on iTunes.

A: I’m flattered you ask, and the short answer is that you can find on my podcast son either iTunes or Google Play, along with other popular podcasts. Komando On request offers stories, advice, and up-to-date news about the technology. Better yet, it’s completely free. But if you’re looking for the podcasts of my national three-hour radio show, which are reserved for Kim’s Clubmembers that exclusive content, priority call-in, live chat sessions and access to the brand new Komando Technology Academy. It is about $4/month and discounts are available for seniors, military and service personnel. Tap or click here to become a member of Kim’s Club.

TV Mounting Tips

Q: Is it bad to mount your TV over the fireplace? Has this damage?

A: There is an option for positioning your TV: right in the middle of the den. You can have a flat-screen tv with almost everywhere, as long as there is space on the wall and a decent stud. You have an excellent point, though; just because you can put a TV almost anywhere doesn’t mean that your precious new unit is safe. Extreme heat can damage your tv. Some people want to mount their tvs outside on the veranda, thinking that a canopy protects against a bad mood. There are also children to think about; a poorly thrown football can knock some flat screens right from their hooks. So before you start drilling, take into account the feng shui of your specific set. Tap or click here to find out where to mount your TV and where not.

Venmo Security

Q: My children want me to use Venmo to send money. Is this safe?

A: Many traditionalists were once nervous about the concept of Paypal. The company is not really a bank, and it is not a traditional wire service. Such automatic payments, sent via the internet, it seemed like magic. In just a few short years, customers have discovered Apple Pay icons at their local Starbucks, and all they have to do is tap the device with their phones to pay for a latte. The convenience of digital payment grows exponentially each year, and Venmo is the latest in this evolution. If you haven’t delved into that world, though, mobile payment apps may seem a little too streamlined – or even dangerous. The truth is, you need to always be vigilant about your money, no matter how you maintain them. Some money apps can be very effective, if you use them wisely. Tap or click here to find out what mobile payment apps are, and if they are safe.

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

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