Tech Q&A: Apple CarPlay, deadly chargers, to make use of Twitter, and more

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Removing yourself from the internet

Q: I don’t like how much of my personal information is available online. Is it possible to remove your list from the people search?

A: the Majority of Americans find themselves with a simple Google search, and not only on the social media. Addresses, phone numbers, and family trees are often just a few keystrokes away. Some sites that peddle personal information, and each small piece of data makes you more vulnerable to hackers and identity theft. Fortunately, there are ways to remove yourself from some of the most infamous websites, and make yourself much harder to find. Click here to find out how to opt-out of the most popular people search sites.

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Bad phone chargers

Q: Is it really important that you do not use third-party chargers? They are so much cheaper!

A: Yes. These knock-off chargers are often cheaper than the official Apple or Samsung-connectors, but they can also be a debt, the cause of an electric shock, fire and death. Given the risks, you would think that retailers would not stock the dangerous hardware on the shelves in the first place, but it is amazing how many chargers are now available at your local store. So before you pick up that super-cheap cord of the gas station, rack, click here for a guide to dangerous chargers.

Additional toolbar

Q: I have a way or the other, you have an extra toolbar on my browser. How can I remove these?

A: If you don’t know a lot about plugins, they can sneak up on you. Meanwhile, the toolbars may look static and unchanging, just another essential part of your computer operating experience. You may be wondering whether you can get rid of a toolbar without prejudice to the functionality of your computer. Click here to remove unwanted toolbars from any browser.

The value of CarPlay

Q: My son will not look at a car without Apple CarPlay. What do you think?

A: Young drivers to avoid distractions until they get some mileage under their belt. Multimedia in the car is not for beginners, but for skilled and intelligent drivers who know the rhythm of the road. I would think twice about letting an adolescent playing with a screen while driving. That said, smart-screens for the cars were developed with security in mind, because they prevent drivers from playing with their smartphone while driving. It is an imperfect system, but gives you the ability to sift through playlists, go around through the city and dictate messages to loved ones easily, without the touch of a virtual keyboard. Click here to find out whether CarPlay is worth the money.

Adjusting to the Twitter

Q: I don’t get Twitter. What am I missing by not using it?

A: for Me, for starters on Some people are Twitter scientists. Since the beginning, they mastered the 140-character communication, and they love to exploit hashtags and open conversations with people they would otherwise never meet in real life. Twitter gives people the chance to correspond directly with celebrities, or to extensive public discussions with hundreds of spectators. But other people just don’t get it. What meaningful thing could possibly be said that in such a short time? Click here for five quick tips to get a handle on Twitter.

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