Mom Said… Archive

Maybe Don’t Buy An Amazon Echo Right Away

Posted March 28, 2017 By Mom

I’m about the last person you’d expect to discourage you from buying any Alexa device, but if you haven’t got one already, as this cross post from my Love My Echo site says: maybe don’t buy an Amazon Echo right away.     Something’s Coming… I recently shared reports from reputable tech outlets about Amazon’s […]

Windows Doesn’t Detect My Phone: Help!

Posted March 20, 2017 By Mom

Transferring files from your phone to your computer is supposed to be as easy as connecting it via USB. Windows wakes up, adds the phone to your Windows File Manager, and you’re off to the races. But as I myself had to ask twice this very month, “What if Windows doesn’t detect my phone?” Today […]

Ars Technica is reporting on malware found preloaded on new Android phones, which sounds pretty scary at first, but the problem is easily avoided so read on.     From Ars Technica: A commercial malware scanner used by businesses has recently detected an outbreak of malware that came preinstalled on more than three dozen Android […]

This week marked another one of those Wikileaks data dumps, and this one’s got consumers in a panic. In a nutshell, Wikileaks says that thanks to some CIA and MI5 hi-jinks, your TV can spy on you. And so can your phone, your computer…pretty much any device with a microphone or videocam. But is it […]

Vizio Internet TVs Tracking Owner Habits

Posted February 14, 2017 By Mom

Last week many consumers learned for the first time that their internet-enabled Vizio TVs from model year 2014 going forward have been spying on their viewing and web surfing habits.     From Time Magazine: TV maker Vizio is paying $2.2 million to settle charges that it tracked owners’ viewing habits, then turned around and […]