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The speed of your tablet, hide your Amazon profile and more: Tech Q&A

Tim Cook, CEO, possession of an iPad Pro after the keynote of Apple’s annual world wide developer conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California, USA 5 June 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – HP1ED651LWP5I

Antenna Channels

Q: If I buy an antenna to get free tv channels, how many channels will I get? Is there a formula or something to figure it out before I buy and install the antenna?

A: For people who like to save money, antennas are a great investment. The setting up of an antenna is a challenging task; the physical placement may require the solving of problems. In contrast to the “rabbit ears” era, you don’t have to stand on the roof and bend the wires, and shout down to the living room to see if reception is better. Special sites will provide you with the information you need, on the basis of your geographical location. You can also figure out what channels you receive and whether the investment is worth it. Tap or click here for an overview of all available TV stations in your area.

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Public Amazon Profile

Q: Is it true that I have a public profile linked to my Amazon.com account? I thought that you said that on your show. That’s crazy!

A: In short, yes, it is true. On paper, this makes a lot of sense: If you shop on Amazon, the company wants to learn as much about you as it can. During the holidays, these public profiles and wish lists to help people buy gifts for you. Still, Amazon does not make this very clear to its customers. Now that you’re aware of it, you very probably will make your information invisible. Fortunately, that is a pretty easy thing to do. Tap or click here for five obscure Amazon settings you should change now.

Subscribe to Podcasts

Q: How do I get your podcasts? What does it mean to you to subscribe to podcasts?

A: “Subscribe” to a podcast, that usually means that (a) you will receive alerts when a new episode comes out, (b) your device will automatically download the podcast, and (c) that you remain up-to-date with your favorite programs. Podcasts are more popular than anyone ever thought: according to some estimates, there are more than half a million podcast series in the iTunes store, and a quarter of adult Americans report listening to at least one podcast per month. Subscribing helps keep you in the loop, especially when there is so much free stuff floating around, and it is easy for many of us to forget what we listened to. Tap or click here to subscribe to my podcasts.

Slowly Tablets

Q: My tablet is so much slower than when I first got it. What is going on?

A: A tablet is just like any other computer: it’s fast and efficient when you first buy it, but after a period of time your tablet starts to slow down. You collect photos and videos and save them on your device. You download apps and run them in the background. All this mess will bog down its operating system. Meanwhile, there are also your search history and call logs, and many of us do not realize that this food-storage. Tap or click here to see the speed of your tablet and smartphone.

Learn Programming

Q: I would like to learn how to program. What is a good way to start?

A: I still have fond memories of typing in code for my college programming classes. Whether you want to be a professional programmer, coding can be a rewarding activity on its own. There is a certain giddy feeling that comes when a program is running correctly, and you’ve worked out all the bugs, and the computer does what you’ve imagined to do it. Back in the day, you had to take an actual course from a computer scientist; now, you can learn to code online, for free. Tap or click here to learn how to code for free.

What the digital lifestyle, if you have any questions? Call my radio show and click here to find it on your local radio station. You can listen to the Kim Komando Show on your phone, tablet or computer. Of the buy of an opinion to the digital world problems, click here for my free podcasts.

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