027 Rich on Tech Radio Show – July 8, 2023 | Rich On Tech

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Rich opened the show by taking a stroll down social media history lane with a look at some brands that have fizzled including Friendster, MySpace, Foursquare, Path, Google+, Vine and Meerkat. Now, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are the gold standards, with Threads (https://threads.net/) quickly gaining 70 million users in just a few days.

Rich is on Threads at richontech (https://www.threads.net/@richontech).

Jennifer in Laguna Beach wants to know if there’s a way to keep tabs on her friend while they travel through Europe. She has iOS and her friend has Android. Rich recommends Life360 (https://www.life360.com/). Another way to find a lost iPhone or Android is through finding tools for Google (https://www.google.com/android/find/) and Apple (https://www.icloud.com/find).

Don’t fall for a new scam (https://www.bbb.org/article/scams/28855-bbb-scam-alert-new-social-media-scam-claims-to-be-giving-away-a-piano) that claims to give you a free piano.

Samsung is holding its next foldable phone event on July 26 in Seoul, Korea.

Volkswagen will test (https://media.vw.com/en-us/releases/1750) self-driving cars in Austin.

Casey Newton of Platformer (https://www.platformer.news/) will chat about all things Threads (https://www.threads.net/@crumbler?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==). Listen to an interview (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/special-episode-metas-twitter-rival-arrives-with-adam/id1528594034?i=1000619512224) with Threads Adam Mosseri on his podcast Hard Fork.

The Las Vegas Sphere (https://www.instagram.com/p/CuUWyjXrqT4/) was lit up for the first time. It’s 580,000 square feet of LED’s, the largest in the world. Here’s my behind the scenes look (https://ktla.com/morning-news/whats-that-giant-msg-sphere-being-built-in-las-vegas/).

Rich recommends the campy sci fi horror movie M3GAN (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8760708/), which is streaming free on Amazon Prime.

Reggie in South Carolina clicked a Facebook notification that asked for her to submit her driver’s license. Is that a scam? Just to be safe, check Facebook security settings here (https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=security) and be sure you’re not logged into any unknown devices and have Two Factor Authentication turned on.

Mark wants to know who the first performer in the Sphere in Las Vegas will be. It will be U2 (https://www.u2.com/splash) Live in September.

If you lose an AirTag, be sure to open the Find My app and put it into Lost Mode (https://support.apple.com/guide/iphone/mark-an-item-as-lost-iph1b451b75f/ios), and include your contact information. Someone who finds it can hold the AirTag to the back of their phone to bring up the information.

Jacob Palmer of Best Reviews (https://bestreviews.com/prime-day) joins to talk Amazon Prime Day deals (https://amzn.to/44x4DGu).

Paul in Columbus asks if he gets a new Amazon Fire TV Cube (https://amzn.to/3D2htkk), will he have to re-log into all of his streaming apps?

The Super Mario Bros. Movie will stream (https://www.peacocktv.com/stream-movies/the-super-mario-bros-movie) on Peacock starting August 3. Check the Big list of streaming deals (https://cordcutterweekly.com/the-big-list-of-streaming-deals/) page to see which services are offering free streaming trials.

Chris in Miami wants to know if he should go with a Ring peephole cam (https://amzn.to/3ro3sL6).

YouTube Premium is testing a new lock screen feature (https://cordcuttersnews.com/youtube-premium-is-testing-a-new-lock-screen-feature/).

James wants to rescue the data on a USB drive he purchased. Rich recommends trying free data recovery software from Stellar (https://www.stellarinfo.com/), Recuva (https://www.ccleaner.com/recuva) and Disk Drill (https://www.cleverfiles.com/data-recovery-software.html). If that doesn’t work, search Yelp for Data Recovery and find someone that can help you out in your area.

Dr. Renee Dua explains how her new app called Together (https://ktla.com/morning-news/together-renee-app-selfie-camera-measure-vital-signs/) can take your vitals with just a selfie.

A caller in Murrieta says her VoiceOver (https://support.apple.com/guide/iphone/turn-on-and-practice-voiceover-iph3e2e415f/ios) function has disappeared from her iPhone. It’s still a part of iOS, so perhaps it got deactivated. Use Settings or Siri to turn it back on.

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Episode link: https://play.headliner.app/episode/15730366?utm_source=youtube

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