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Tech writer Kim Komando addresses your concerns:

How to Record Contact Mobile Phones

Q: I am a freelancer working from house, and I wish to tape calls with my customers. How can I tape contact my smart device?

A: Android makes it a lot easier to tape calls, depending upon the gadget, obviously. Android 9 Pie, for instance, disabled the capability for third-party apps to tape calls. Some smartphone apps need you to establish calls like a teleconference, so it might take a couple of additional actions to start.

You didn’t state which type of phone you have, so I’ll consist of links to both how to record calls on your iPhone and how to record calls on your Android device. Naturally, ensure tape-recording calls is legal in your state.

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Hey, Siri, Stop

Q: I see my buddies utilizing their Alexa gadgets to do remarkable things that my Apple gadgets don’t do. What can Siri do besides play music? What am I missing?

A: It’s no secret I’m both a fan and critic of Apple products. It’s also no secret that the abilities of Siri’s voice-activated commands trail behind Alexa’s. For example, I recently said, “Hey, Siri, play ‘The Kim Komando Show’ on my local radio station,” and she said, “OK, here’s ‘Commander’ by Kelly Rowland.” Hey, Siri, stop. Still, Siri has hidden helpful and smart tricks, if you know what to ask her. She can tell you the weather, find the nearest Italian restaurant and schedule things on your calendar. She works seamlessly between your iPhone, iPad and desktop computers, and once you learn how to speak her language (which is English, I promise), you and she will live happily ever after.

Hey, Google, Siri or Alexa: Which voice assistant handles these 100 questions best?

Have You Been Blocked?

Q: I had a falling out with a friend recently, and I’ve tried texting and calling, but she isn’t picking up. I think she may have blocked me. How can I tell?

A: I’m sorry to hear you had a falling out with your friend. For those of you who aren’t familiar with call blocking, smartphones allow us to click or tap to add phone numbers to blocked lists so their calls won’t go through. It’s a handy tool if you get a lot of robocalls, solicitations or if you break up with someone and you do not want to hear from them anymore. Without looking directly at someone’s phone, there isn’t a way to instantly inform if they’ve blocked your number. However, there are ways to know if someone may have blocked your phone number, which I outline in a longer post. One tell-tale sign: When you call, and you hear only one ring followed by voice mail, you may have been blocked.

Legit vs. Fake Facebook Friend Requests

Q: I got a friend request from someone who seemed familiar, but turns out was a fake. I feel so stupid. How can I tell fake from real Facebook friend requests?

A: Before I dropped my personal Facebook account, I got these requests, too. I’d get direct messages from people who seemed familiar, as well as requests from people I knew I was already connected with. Scammers have taken to Facebook to create fake profiles, and they’ve gotten pretty good a duping us. There are a few things you can do to spot fake friend requests on Facebook and other social media sites. The first and easiest is to check to see if you have friends in common with this person and see how many friends they have. If you have no connections in common, and they have only one or two followers, it’s probably a fake account. If you get a friend request from someone you wouldn’t recognize if you ran into them at the grocery store, ignore it. They’re probably not a friend.

Windows 7: Time to Upgrade

Q: I’m in my 70s. I only use my computer to answer emails, but when in a while I may go online to order something. I use Windows 7, and I hear I need to upgrade. What’s the story?

A: I get this question a lot! When Microsoft released Windows 7 in 2009, they promised 10 years of product support, and they have actually announced a cutoff date of Jan. 14, 2020. This has a lot of users like you worrying about what to do. If you’ve got a newer computer, plan to upgrade to Windows 10. Even if you have an older PC model, you can check your specs with Microsoft to see if your computer is compatible with Windows 10. Mine is a yes vote for upgrading to Windows 10. It has better protections against viruses, and if you should decide to download and install other software, you will not run into compatibility issues.

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