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Tech Refresh is your fun talk show about all things digital — the good, bad and uplifting. From what you should buy to the latest crazy internet trends, Allie, Ben, Cassidy and host Mike break it down. Listen once and you’re hooked, it’s that simple.

Latest episodes

Taking down the internet, sending secret messages, tech spring cleaning

April 16, 2021
Kim has the story of a guy who tried (and failed) to take down the internet. Is that even possible? A look at Google's new ad tracking tech that might be active in your browser right now, and a secret way to send hidden messages from iPhone to iPhone. Find out how the crew cleans their tech inside and out, and see if Ben can fool Mike and Allie in Brand New or Not True.

Facebook data breach, PC vs. Mac, display photos on your TV

April 9, 2021
The U.S. government is buying up phone, power and water records. If you have smart devices in your home, you need to hear this. More bad news from Facebook: Half a billion user records were leaked. Plus, the best ways to display photos on your TV. And can Allie fool Ben and Mike in this week's Brand New or Not True?

Crypto 101, deepfake warning, free up computer space

April 2, 2021
In this episode, Kim breaks down PayPal's new addition: Paying with cryptocurrency. Why would you want to do this? Find out. Plus, a deepfake warning from the FBI and tips for spotting fake videos and photos. And two simple ways to free up storage space on your computer. See if Ben can beat Mike and Allie in Brand New or Not True.

Windows woes, NFT craze, Clubhouse copycat app

March 26, 2021
The latest Windows 10 update is a mess. Find out if it’s finally safe to download. Plus, the team dives deep into the NFT craze. Why are people ponying up millions for things they’ll never touch? Plus, there’s a copycat of the social media app Clubhouse floating around. Get the details on how to spot the fake.

Travel scams return, military jetpacks, stimulus warning

March 19, 2021
As the COVID vaccine rolls out, travel-related searches are booming. Scammers have caught on and Allie has details on what to watch out for. The Pentagon's research agency opened up bids for tech that sounds an awful lot like superhero gear, and Netflix says no more password sharing. Plus, as the next round of stimulus payments roll out, a quick warning to protect your wallet.

$2M tweet, new Alexa commands, iPhone update

March 12, 2021
The very first tweet is set to sell for $2.5 million. Ben, Allie and Mike dive into the weird world of non-fungible tokens. Plus, an urgent update alert for iPhones and several Android apps you need to delete now. In the tech tip, a smart new trick for your Alexa, and the crew talks all things cookies — on the web and the baked good.

Alexa privacy, Twitter's strike system, mobile gaming

March 5, 2021
Yes, your smart speaker is always listening for the wake word, but there's another privacy concern you need to know about. Plus, Twitter has a new five-strike policy for people caught sharing misinformation, and you may qualify for $50 off your internet bill each month. Then, the team talks all things mobile gaming. 

Space internet, Mac malware, Windows 10 pro tip

February 26, 2021
SpaceX is poised to bring fast internet to the areas that need it most, and it just got faster. Malware is targeting new Macs, and Ben has a Windows 10 pro tip every PC user should know. Plus, the crew talks about the best ways to sell old tech — or which cupboard to stash it in if you can't be bothered.

Clubhouse, dangerous app, robocalls galore

February 19, 2021
This week, the team dives into the hot new app Clubhouse and the security gotchas you need to know. It's time to update, whether you have a Windows PC or Mac, and there's a file-sharing app you should seriously reconsider using if it's on your phone. Plus, 2020 was a wild year for robocalls. How will 2021 stack up?
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