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September 22, 2010

Kim Komando answers your computer, electronics questions

OSKALOOSA — Q. My Yahoo! account was hacked. Now, the hacker is sending scam messages to my friends. He also changed my account password. How can I regain control of the account?

A. Start by going to Yahoo!’s e-mail login page. Click I Can’t Access My Account. On the next page, select My Account May Have Been Compromised. Then click Next. You can enter your alternate e-mail address or phone number. If you didn’t set these when you created your account, you’ll need to answer your account’s security questions. The password will be sent to you via e-mail or text message. Or, you are given the option of resetting your password. There is a good chance that the hacker changed these options to lock you out of your account. In that case, try contacting Yahoo! Support.

 

Q. I often keep my phone in my pocket. But I heard you say not to do this because phones emit radiation. Will airplane mode help diminish the radiation risks?

A. Cell phones emit radio waves. This radio-frequency energy is a form of electromagnetic radiation. The radio waves are used to connect the phone to cell towers for placing calls. Many phones also have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. These also emit radio waves. Studies examining the link between cell phones and cancer have been contradictory. Still, it doesn’t hurt to limit your exposure to electromagnetic radiation. A good way to do this is by using airplane mode. Your phone won’t emit any radio waves in this mode. But, you also won’t be able to make calls or receive text messages. You’ll have to turn off airplane mode for that. To learn more about cell phones and cancer, watch my free video at http://www.tvkim.com/watch/402/kim-on-komand-do-cell-phones-cause-cancer.

 

Q. I like to listen to iTunes on my Mac while I fall asleep. But, I don’t want to leave iTunes running all night. Is there some sort of sleep timer for iTunes?

A. You could just create a short playlist. iTunes won’t play any more music when it reaches the end of the playlist. If you don’t like that, free programs will add a sleep timer to iTunes. iTunes Timer is a Dashboard widget. You can have it put your Mac to sleep after a set period. Or have iTunes start up again after a few hours. This is great if you like to wake to music, too. There’s also iTunesShut. It lets you pause or quit iTunes after a set period of time. You can also have it restart or shut down your computer.

 

Q. My printer gives me low-ink warning messages. These messages keep popping up when I’m trying to do something else. They’re driving me crazy. How can I turn them off?

A. I can understand why you find this annoying. Fortunately, you should be able to turn these alerts off. When you installed the printer, you also installed software to monitor it. You just need to find the icon for the software in the notification area. Double-click the icon. This will bring up the program settings, where you can change the options. The settings will vary from printer to printer. But you want to look for the ink alert notification options. You can also turn the software off entirely. But it may start up again when you use the printer.

 

Q. I am considering buying an iPad. I don’t need 3G service. So, the 16-gigabyte Wi-Fi model looks good. But I am worried about storage. I have quite a few documents and a fair amount of pictures and music. Should I get more storage?

A. You should be ok with the 16GB model. But let me give you a quick breakdown of what it will hold. App size varies, but most are a few megabytes. You could store more than you would reasonably use. Documents are often quite small. Expect to store between 14,000 and 400,000 documents. Music and photos use more space. But most files are under 5MB. You could store about 2,800 photos or 2,500 songs. TV shows and movies are anywhere from 300MB to 1GB. A 16GB iPad could only store 13 to 30 videos. Of course, you don’t have to store everything on the iPad. Files only need to go on the iPad when you need them. You can free up space as needed.

 

Copyright 2010,  WestStar TalkRadio Network. All rights reserved.

Kim Komando hosts the nation’s largest talk radio show about consumer electronics,  computers and the Internet. To get the podcast or find the station nearest you,  visit: http://www.komando.com/listen. To subscribe to Kim's free e-mail newsletters,  sign-up at: http://www.komando.com/newsletters.

 

 

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