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Google Pixel 8a Review & Unique Motion Sensor

Google Pixel 8a Review & Unique Motion Sensor

Plus, AI chatbots compared.

Rich mentioned two helpful travel sites in his Newsletter: PointsYeah allows you to search across multiple points and rewards programs at once for flights and hotels, and Turbli allows you to check the turbulence forecast for your flight.

Rich says the Nothing Ear buds are excellent.

Rich talked about portable chargers for your smartphone. The more mAh, the more charges you’ll get (10,000 is a good bet); look for USB-C charging in AND out for faster charging. Anker and Belkin are good bets.

Keith in Andover, Kansas wants to know which AI to use. Rich likes ChatGPT for general, overall chatbot activities, Gemini for access to real-time information and the web, Claude for excellent language and summarization skills, CoPilot for creativity and Perplexity AI for “book reports” on a topic.

Roxton in Ventura is having issues with his Moto 5G.

Instagram is testing unskippable ads.

Netflix is ending support for second and third-generation Apple TVs on July 31, 2024.

Jay from Woodland Hills has a Samsung S10 and wants to put an AirTag equivalent in his car and wants to know which one. You want a tag that works on Android’s Find My Device network. Rich says to look at Chipolo and Pebblebee but the shipping times are delayed.

Sean in La Costa, CA wants to switch back to an Android after using an iPhone for a bit. Rich recommends iMazing, AltTunes and SMS Backup & Restore.

Apple says it will support the iPhone 15 and later models for at least 5 years, but historically, they have done software updates for six years.

Rich highly recommends the $500 Pixel 8a if you want a great smartphone with clean software and an excellent camera.

Carol in Los Angeles is wondering how she should protect her credit and identity. Rich mentioned WalletHub and and consider freezing credit reports. You can also request your Lexis Nexus profile.

Drew Binsky, a travel YouTuber who has visited every country in the world, will discuss his new book called Just Go. He mentioned tech tools including Google Maps Offline Mode, Airalo for eSIMs, GetYourGuide and ToursByLocals.

Mark in Winnekta is having issues with YouTube saying he’s using an ad blocker.

Microsoft is listening to consumers and changing the way its upcoming AI feature called Recall works. It will now be opt-in instead of turned on by default, and you have to use Windows Hello to access it.

Rich mentioned reading a hard-cover book for the first time in a long time. It’s Eruption by Michael Crichton and James Patterson.

Adobe says it does not claim ownership over customer work, clarifying new terms of service that upset many users.

Apple Watch now pairs directly with the Dexcom G7.

Mahboud and Nicky Zabetian, creators of the Kini wireless motion sensor. Use code RADIO for a discount.

Ebay will no longer accept American Express as of August 17, 2024.

Max is raising prices, and Spotify is too.

BBB warns that phishing scams are up and offers ways to spot them.

Rich on Tech
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TV Tech Guy Rich DeMuro offers tech news, gadget reviews, helpful apps and answers your questions.