032 Rich on Tech Radio Show – August 12, 2023 | Rich On Tech

Rich talked about finding cool spots to visit using Google Maps and Instagram. On Google Maps, search “scenic spots” and on Instagram search for a city name and then hit Places, then the X to see spots where people are posting the most stories and photos.

Rich also talked about using a parking app called SpotHero (https://spothero.com/) to secure a parking spot at the Taylor Swift concert. He also talked about how cool the LED bracelets they gave out were, from a company named Pixmob.

Rich also wondered how to donate to the Maui relief efforts. This website (https://www.civilbeat.org/2023/08/help-maui-fire-victims-heres-how-you-can-donate/) has a good rundown of ways to help.

Android phones can now alert users (https://blog.google/products/android/unknown-tracker-alert-google-android/) about AirTags nearby that might be stalking them. Explained in this video (https://www.instagram.com/p/Cv0F000AFQ8/).

Taya in Moorpark asks if there’s a good service to upload her recently scanned photos into. Rich recommends Google Photos.

Debbie in Anaheim is wondering if there’s a way she can see what kinds of signals her neighbor with giant antennas on the roof is emitting. It’s messing with her Wi-Fi. Rich recommends checking out WiFi Analyzer (https://www.wifianalyzer.info/) apps to scan the area.

Disney+ is raising prices (https://variety.com/2023/digital/news/disney-plus-price-increase-hulu-espn-plus-1235692057/) again. Rich likes the rundown posted at Cord Cutter Weekly (https://cordcutterweekly.com/2023/08/11/verizon-sunday-ticket-deals-disney-and-hulu-price-hikes/).

Sal in Chicago asks how to block Spam calls on his phone. Rich recommends downloading the app for your carrier if it’s AT&T (https://www.att.com/security/security-apps/), Verizon (https://www.verizon.com/solutions-and-services/call-filter/) or T-Mobile (https://www.t-mobile.com/customers/scam-shield). Otherwise, enable scam call protection (https://www.samsung.com/us/support/answer/ANS00088083/) and Bixby Text Call (https://go.magik.ly/ml/1vs9y/) in Phone Settings on Samsung devices and Pixel owners get call screening (https://support.google.com/phoneapp/answer/9118387?hl=en) built in.

Amazon is having a new day called Prime Big Deal Days (https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/retail/amazon-prime-big-deals-day-october) in October. They’re also delivering some items without additional packaging (https://www.wsj.com/articles/amazon-deliver-prime-speed-packaging-a616a135) so they might show up on your doorstep in their original box.

Roland in Florida asks how to upgrade the RAM on his computer and if it’s worth it. Rich says to check out the system scanner (https://www.crucial.com/store/systemscanner) on Crucial.com (http://Crucial.com) and if it’s inexpensive, it’s worth it.

Rich talks about how restaurants are adding more fees and surcharges to bills so be on the lookout for them, you might already be paying for service charges before you sign for the bill. Fred sent along a spreadsheet (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EEPzeytrva770H2xPFFPDUUNdpnL_VQL4vbzFph-jus/edit#gid=0) where diners are keeping track of all the charges.

Joseph in Santa Barbara wants to know why someone else is getting his iMessages. You can use the iMessage Deregister (https://selfsolve.apple.com/deregister-imessage/) tool to knock other devices of iMessage.

Michael in Waco, TX wants a number row on the keyboard on the iPhone. Rich says to check out the app called Swiftkey (https://go.magik.ly/ml/1vsbc/) and enable the number row in settings.

Verizon is raising prices (https://www.theverge.com/2023/8/9/23825947/verizon-go-beyond-above-unlimited-data-price-increase) on several legacy unlimited plans.

Gary in Costa Mesa wants to know about using remanufactured printer ink cartridges.

Seraphene in Studio City wants to know about editing videos on iPhone. Rich recommends CapCut (https://www.capcut.com/) and Splice (https://spliceapp.com/).

Apple might be changing the location of the end call (https://9to5mac.com/2023/08/10/ios-17-end-call-button-change/?extended-comments=1) button on iPhone.

Dan in San Jacinto has issues with Bluetooth headphones and his Fire TV Cube. Wirecutter recommends 1MORE SonoFlow (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B7NBXWDV/?tag=thewire06-20&linkCode=xm2&ascsubtag=AwEAAAAAAAAAAocF) and Anker (https://www.amazon.com/Soundcore-Cancelling-Headphones-Wireless-Bluetooth/dp/B07NM3RSRQ) headphones are also highly regarded. Here’s the Alexa light up remote (https://amzn.to/3s6iHJ8) we were talking about.

Waymo and Cruise are allowed to operate in San Francisco 24/7 (https://www.reuters.com/business/autos-transportation/california-agency-vote-san-francisco-robotaxi-expansion-amid-heavy-opposition-2023-08-10/). Some riders are doing the unthinkable (https://sfstandard.com/2023/08/11/san-francisco-robotaxi-cruise-debauchery/) in the backseat.

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