Hide your Siri searches
Q. Does Siri record all of your conversations?
A. This is a tricky question because Apple isn't talking much on the subject. But here's what we do know: Apple saves data about your conversations with Siri, but not your actual phone conversations. Apple hasn't been clear on how long it saves this data for, or why.
The company falls back on the catch-all term of "improving user experience": They are watching what Siri's asked and how "she" responds. You can stop the collection of this data by not using Siri. Just go to Settings >> General >> Siri and swipe it to off. If you want to know more, click on the "About Siri and Privacy" for all the details.
Make your Kindle battery last longer
Q. I'm finding that the battery life on my Kindle isn't cutting it. What can I do to make the battery last longer?
A. There are a few things you can do to extend the life of your Kindle after one charge. First, you will want to be sure you set the e-reader to sleep mode when you are done using it. If you tend to forget to put your gadget to sleep, you can set the Kindle to automatically lock after use. Once the device is locked, it will automatically go to sleep.
You also will want to turn off Wi-Fi, and lower the brightness of your screen. These things can be done by selecting Settings at the top of your screen.
Best underwater camera
Q. I'm taking my family whitewater rafting this summer on vacation and I'm ready to start looking at waterproof cameras to help capture the adventure. What's the best route to go?
A. For an adventure like this, I'm going to recommend the GoPro HD Hero 3. It's around $200 and it the heavy favorite among outdoor athletes. It comes with a waterproof case that is perfect for the wet and rugged environment. There's built-in Wi-Fi, too.
The GoPro is all about "set it and forget it"; once the camera is on, it's recording, so you won't have to worry about keeping it in your hands, you can use them for rowing. Just make sure you have the camera mounted in a safe place that will get a great view.
Delete your search history on Facebook
Q. I heard that Facebook has started saving what you search for on the site. Can everyone see what I've been searching for? And how can I stop this?
A. Like Google, Facebook keeps records of every single search you perform. The good news is that only you can see it, but Facebook can use that data to tailor ads to your tastes. Super-tailored ads can be a little creepy, so I suggest clearing all of your past searches.
Just log in to Facebook and go to the gear icon in the top right. Click on the Activity Log button to the upper right. On the left column of the Activity Log, under Photos, Likes and Comments, click on the More link. Then scroll down and click on the Search link. You'll see a list of every Facebook search you've ever made, organized by date. You can clear searches individually by clicking the crossed-circle icon on the right. To clear every search, click on the Clear Searches link located at the top-right of the list. A pop-up box will ask you to confirm the request. Click the Clear Searches button.
Apple: Bye-bye Snow Leopard
Q. I read somewhere that Apple has abandoned the Snow Leopard operating system, much like Microsoft is doing with Windows XP. What do I need to do to make sure my computer stays safe?
A. Apple is dropping support for Snow Leopard, or seems to be. The latest round of OS X updates didn't include any for 10.6. Given that Apple is up to OS X 10.9 now, it's a fair bet Snow Leopard is headed out the door.
So what does this mean for you? With no updates, hackers can easily get into your computer and steal personal information, install viruses, malware and plenty of other things. You will want to update to the most recent operating system, Mavericks, as soon as you can. www.komando.com/tips/12393/whats-new-in-os-x-mavericks.
Kim Komando hosts the nation's largest talk radio show about consumer electronics, computers and the Internet. Hear it locally at 94.3 WSC News Radio noon-3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to www.komando.com.
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