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Rich discusses the new Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro (https://blog.google/products/pixel/google-pixel-8-pro/) smartphones, new AI camera features like Best Take (https://ktla.com/news/technology/pixel-has-wild-new-way-to-get-perfect-group-pics/) and how Google is pledging to support them with updates (https://blog.google/products/pixel/software-support-pixel-8-pixel-8-pro/) for 7 years.

Michael in Laguna Beach believes he was hacked and wants to make sure he doesn’t get hacked again. Rich says to get a new credit card number and sign up for a free credit monitoring through a site like Credit Karma (https://www.creditkarma.com/) or WalletHub (https://wallethub.com/).

Mary emailed and asked why the iPhone keeps changing the brightness even when she manually adjusts the slider. You can override this setting (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202613) by going into Settings Accessibility Display & Text Size and scroll down to Auto-Brightness. Keep in mind this might affect Battery Life.

Stephanie Scott, Product Manager at Google, discusses the new Pixel 8 smartphones.

Robert in Seal Beach asks when to use a VPN (https://ktla.com/news/technology/do-you-need-a-vpn-heres-what-the-experts-recommend/).

23andMe says user data was hacked (https://www.reuters.com/technology/hackers-advertise-sale-23andme-data-leaked-data-forum-2023-10-06/).

Apple says iOS 17.0.3 should fix the overheating (https://www.macrumors.com/2023/10/04/apple-releases-ios-17-0-3/) bugs on the iPhone 15 models.

Google says the Pixel Watch 2 (https://blog.google/products/pixel/google-pixel-watch-2/) smartwatch is a lot better than the first model.

Elsa in Playa Del Rey wants an email besides Gmail. Rich says to check out Outlook.com (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/outlook/email-and-calendar-software-microsoft-outlook), ProtonMail (https://proton.me/mail/pricing) and iCloud email (https://www.icloud.com/mail) if you don’t mind sticking with Apple ecosystem long term.

Amazon Prime Big Deal Days (https://amzn.to/3rFYn1i) kick off for 48 hours on October 10.

Sandeep Waraich, Director, Product Management for Google Wearables, discusses the Pixel Watch 2.

Kevin in San Diego says his ex-girlfriend has hacked into his phone. Rich says to remove any unknown Apple devices (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205064) on your account, change his Apple ID password, set up two factor authentication and then format the phone and reinstall everything manually. Also, log out of all active sessions on your various accounts like Google (https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/3067630?hl=en) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/help/211990645501187).

Google has introduced the Chromebook Plus (https://blog.google/products/chromebooks/chromebook-plus/) designation as a standard for Chromebooks with higher end specs.

Jim in Costa Mesa wants to know the advantage of Android vs iOS.

Samsung introduced three lower priced alternatives to it’s flagship products: the S23 FE (https://www.samsung.com/us/smartphones/galaxy-s23-fe/), Galaxy Tab S9 FE (https://www.samsung.com/us/tablets/galaxy-tab-s9-fe/) and the Galaxy Buds FE (https://go.magik.ly/ml/1×344/). FE stands for Fan Edition, these products pack many top-tier features at a lower price point than their flagship products. They also come in fun colors.

Sam Rubin, KTLA Entertainment anchor, discusses his experience seeing U2 at the Las Vegas Sphere.

David Huerta, senior digital security trainer at Freedom of the Press Foundation, explains how to pick the best VPN. He recommends TunnelBear (https://www.tunnelbear.com/), Mullvad (https://mullvad.net/en) and iVPN (https://www.ivpn.net/).

Ring is giving away $1 million dollars if you capture (https://ringmilliondollarsighting.com/comingsoon) an extraterrestrial on your video camera.

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