Tech 2.0 for Thursday, March 20, 2014

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 3/20 11:30 am


Are you smart when it comes to protecting what's on your smart phone? It seems everywhere you go people are talking, texting, emailing, Googling or taking pictures. What would happen if you suddenly lost everything on your smart phone? Nearly half of the people Avast talked to in a recent US.S. poll said they did not back up their data or didn't know if they did. Nearly one in ten said they lost their phone or it was stolen in the last 12 months. Avast also found more than one third don't have any anti-theft or anti-virus security on their smart phones.

Some of the country's biggest tech companies want to help President Obama spread the word on climate change. Microsoft and Google will join the effort to show Americans how it will impact their communities. Mister Obama pledged to renew his efforts on climate change during his second term and said he would use executive actions to bypass congress. So far, the President has introduced new regulations on truck emissions and created "climate hubs" to help businesses prepare for the effects of climate change.

And are you a gadget hoarder? That is, do you keep old devices long after you stop using them? A Usell.com survey found 68-percent of Americans say they have old cell phones, tablets and other devices that they haven't used in two years or more. Letting your gadgets collect dust can be costly. You can sell your old cell phones and tablets through websites like Usell, Amazon, Gazelle and many others. Retailers like Staples, Best Buy and your wireless carrier might give you a credit for your phone. Apple has a trade-in program too.

Tech 2.0 extra: Beginning next month, you can use a mobile app to pay for your food at more than 7,000 Burger King locations. The fast food chain will also offer food discounts on the app. The company will eventually offer other features like the ability to pre-order food.
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