Flying cars, doctors using games to hone their skills, AI makes Mona Lisa speak
In "Tomorrow's Tech Today," Kim shows you upcoming and future technology you don't want to miss. An Australian company wants to take racing to the skies with an electric-powered, plane-helicopter-car hybrid. Plus, more than 400,000 medical professionals are using games to practice their skills, and a new Samsung artificial intelligence project uses just a single photo to create realistic video. Kim explains the scary reality behind the technology.
7 Google tips and tricks: Better search results, clearing your history and more
You might use Google every day, but these pro tips will turn you into a search expert. Kim shows you how to improve and expand your results, get more search options, clear your history, translate straight from Google, search a specific website and more.
Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day?
According to some historians, the idea of breakfast being the most important meal of the day was a ploy by the cereal industry to sell sugary cereal to kids across America. Whether that's the whole story or not is up for debate, but is it really possible to thrive without breakfast? Well, one journalist gave the breakfast-free life a shot. You won't believe what it did to him.
How pure gold is refined
Gold has been one of the most important metals to humanity since the birth of civilization. Even today, it's still one of the most valuable substances in the world -- and it continues to fetch high prices in international markets. But how does one purify gold to be sold? See the incredible process used by goldsmiths as they craft metallic wonders in their workshop.
Why fruit flies are so hard to kill
It isn't summer unless there are tons of bugs everywhere. That's common knowledge. What isn't well understood, though, is why so many bugs are so difficult to eliminate. Take fruit flies, for example. Their swarms are as common as ever this summer, but swatting them away doesn't seem to do squat! Learn why these pesky foes are so tenacious despite our best efforts.
Kids try their great grandparents’ favorite childhood foods
A lot can change in a few decades. Not only does fashion and film transform over time, but tastes and appetites as well. Much of this has to do with cultural and economic trends, but many times, it's all about what you were brought up eating. See these kids react to foods that were popular during World War II!
Why you never see brilliant blue fireworks
What's in a firework? I'm sure you know some of it at least -- a bit of gunpowder, a dash of color-changing chemicals, and a propellant to launch them into the air, right? Well, the chemistry behind fireworks is a lot more complex. Even tiny details like color are fragile enough to restrict firework makers. Now, see why blue varieties of fireworks are a rare breed to see.
These ancient windmills were built over 1,000 years ago
Take a journey into the past and see some of the oldest working structures in the world with these ancient Persian windmills. These structures were originally built out of wood, straw, and clay from local soil -- and to this day, they're still able to spin. How have they survived for so long?
How Stranger Things got its retro title sequence
Stranger Things is everywhere this year, and that's no mistake! The highly anticipated third season was just released on Netflix to critical acclaim. One question on the minds of many viewers is why does the show have such a weirdly familiar logo and opening sequence? Have we seen this font somewhere before? You won't believe where it comes from.
Notre Dame: an exclusive first look at restoration work
Notre Dame's tragic fire was a shock to the entire world. The centuries-old cathedral lost its magnificent gothic spire and roof in the aftermath of the blaze, but thanks to the efforts of the Paris FD, the structure of the building was saved. Now, restoration has finally begun -- and everyone is excited to see Notre Dame restored to its former glory. Get a sneak peek at what's coming in this insider video.
The real reason why McDonald’s fries taste so delicious
What is it about McDonald's fries, anyway? When one thinks of "french fries," there's no doubt that most people's minds jump to the Golden Arches -- but why? As it turns out, Mickey-D's has a secret process to making their fries that sets them apart from the crowd in terms of texture, taste, and even chemistry! It's unbelievable how much thought goes into such a tiny morsel.
My date with a robot
It's been said that the future will be filled with robots of near-human intelligence. While that time is still far off, robots are increasingly making their way into our lives. In this video, a BBC journalist goes face to "face" with a robot on a date, and learns that the line between man and machine may not be as bold as we first thought.
Are parents exploiting their kids on social media?
It can be difficult to imagine what it might be like for kids growing up today. Unlike any generation in history, today's children are growing up completely immersed in the culture of the web -- with all the good and bad that entails. But what about the parents? Could they be playing a detrimental role in their children's development thanks to the internet? You won't believe what some of these parents are saying and doing in the name of social clout.
Kim helps listener find $25k in unclaimed money
Long-time listener Robert from Harrisonburg, Virginia, called Kim to thank her for giving him advice that helped him find more than $25,000 in unclaimed money. If you are wondering how he did that, you're not alone. Learn how Robert found that his mother left him money in a probate account he didn't know about.
Kim helps a caller who’s a victim of the “brushing” scam
One of Kim’s fans calls in about random deliveries he has been receiving at his home. This concerns him since his personal information is out there being used without his consent. He doesn’t know if he is being charged for these deliveries or if someone has opened up an account under his name and has been ordering products. Thankfully, Kim eases our minds and explains how the so called “brushing” scam isn’t anything to be worried about. Tune in and find out why.
Don’t be tracked, use these Google alternatives
Google has long been known to track you online and that can make you feel uncomfortable, but it doesn't have to be that way. It might seem hard at first but once you get going, you may realize you didn’t need all those Google apps or services. We will talk about search engine alternatives that don’t track their users. If you want to message like Gmail, but don’t want to use Gmail, we will discuss the best alternatives. It might be time to say goodbye Google.
DIY – How to unsend email using Gmail
Have you ever sent an email that you wish you could take back? Well, believe it or not, there is a way you can stop that email from being seen by whomever you sent it to. That way, next time you accidentally send that work email to your boss regarding something embarrassing, there’s a way to reverse that mistake.
How to detect if someone is snooping on your computer
If you are worried that someone might be snooping on you, you’re not alone. Don’t live in fear. There are ways to check and make sure there’s no creeping going on with your computer. Kim will teach you how! For example, you can check recent items to see traces of documents that have been opened. Kim will share with you secret ways you can follow to detect a snooper.
5 essential email hacks you’ll wish you knew sooner
Emails, emails, emails. They just keep coming. It seems like everyday there is a long list of emails waiting for you to reply. And then you have to sift through them to figure out which are spam and which are real. Well, thankfully Kim is here to teach us 5 essential email hacks that can make our emailing that much easier. Kim will teach us how to stop the creepy tracking from robo-emails and how to stop images from automatically loading in the background. We will also go over how to protect your recipients privacy, because there is a right way and a wrong way to send a mass email.
Success story: How to make money online
Kim Komando receives a call from Jade Oliver @heavenlyhomesandgardens who left her corporate law job to start an upcycling business. What started out as a way to make some extra money to pay for her law school, has now turned into a full time, hugely successful career. Join Kim and Jade in their discussion about the journey Jade took to becoming an eBay entrepreneur.
5 sites to get free TV without any streaming costs
Cutting the cable doesn't always cut the bill. Now, besides paying for cable, we pay for multiple streaming services with different exclusive content. But why do that when there are free streaming services out there? Watch this clip from The Kim Komando Show for a Money Tip that will give you 5 streaming services you can use immediately for FREE!
Kim advises caller on the difference between Google Suite and Microsoft Office
Kim speaks with a caller who works at a Christian School in Illinois and is looking to put the right type of office software on the children's laptops. She was told about the free version of Microsoft for teachers and students, but has been experiencing nothing but a hard time getting it properly installed. That's where Kim comes in! Kim shares information on G Suite for education.
Facebook settings you need to change right now
It’s no secret, Facebook isn’t the safest place to hang out when it comes to your personal data. Did you know that you can stop targeted ads from following you around online by tweaking the information that Facebook uses? And what about ads that your friends have liked? How do they affect you? Kim shares all this and more details to help you stay safe on Facebook.
CEO of Zollipops, Alina Morse, calls The Kim Komando Show for advice
Kim speaks with Alina Morse, the teen CEO of Zollipops, about her success story at such a young age and her innovative edible invention: candy that is actually good for your teeth! Believe it or not, that is really a thing. This lollipop actually cleans your teeth, tastes good and is available at major grocery stores.
Save money with these discount cables and chargers for iPhone and Android
We use smartphones for virtually everything in our lives. That little device in your pocket has become so essential that keeping it charged is of the utmost importance. Whether you’re an Android or Apple user, Kim covers both with information such as making sure the chargers for the Android are compliant with USB-C specifications, whether the chargers for Apple are premium Lightning cables, and much much more. Watch this clip from The Kim Komando Show as Kim shares secrets to save money.
How to keep important emails from being marked as spam
Have you ever found important emails in the spam/junk folder? If so, I'm sure you know how frustrating that can be. In this video, Kim will tell you clever ways to keep that from happening in the future. You’ll learn tricks to make your emails go to specific folders based on the sender, and so much more. Don’t miss this Digital Life Hack from Kim Komando.
What are mobile pay apps and are they safe?
If you have ever been around millennials, you know that they never carry cash. They use these things called person-to-person payment apps. These programs allow you to transfer money between people with just a swipe of your finger. They require you to link your bank account so they can automatically send and receive money. That creates a situation that begs the question: Are they safe to use?
Dating App Ghostwriter Meredith Golden shares her secrets with Kim
Kim speaks with the Dating App Ghostwriter, Meredith Golden. They discuss what exactly Meredith does for her clients and how her business, Spoon Meet Spoon, began. Meredith does all the work on the back end; all the clients have to do is show up to the date. She not only swipes right and left for you, but also chooses the right apps for you to use, helps focus your searches, perfects your profile and online presence, and coaches you on the dating lifestyle. Consider her the dating fairy godmother.
9 iPhone tricks you’ll use all the time
If you're an iPhone user, you probably know some features that you use time and time again. Here, I'm sharing 9 tricks that you may not know about. Did you know that you can use AirPods as a hearing aid? Or that you can have a group video chat so you can talk to all your friends at once? Watch this video for those and other tips you may not be aware of.
Could your smartphone save your life?
Nate Felix was in a car accident. He says that his iPhone saved his life. You need to know how. When Nate's Jeep flipped over last month, he couldn’t move. He got help by saying "Hey Siri" loud enough for his phone to make the call for him. Paralyzed from his neck down, Nate would have likely died of hypothermia over night without medical attention. Listen to his story in this great call from the Kim Komando Show.
How to shop for a house, in 3 steps with 6 online tools
Buying a house is never easy. There is so much that goes into the process it can feel almost impossible to do alone. That's where technology can be your best friend and help you get through it relatively simply. Here are 6 tools that will get you in that new beautiful home, and it will be easy as 1, 2, 3.
July 13, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, instead of just having a tiny screen on your smartwatch, what if you could have a virtual screen on your arm? Plus, concept cars come and go, but this one’s a little different because it comes equipped with an AI butler. And, there’s new malware that’s infecting millions of devices around the globe. We’ll tell you what to look for.
July 13, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour, listen to one of the most common robocall scams going on right now, claiming to be from Social Security. Plus, Walmart is going hi-tech when it comes to training new associates, using virtual reality. And, move over Netflix because yet another streaming service is on the way. And HBO Max is taking “Friends” with it.
July 6, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, it’s not just their own citizens being spied on. Now the Chinese government is also putting spyware on tourists’ phones. Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Fold might finally be ready for release. And, we already know Alexa keeps records of your conversations, and now we know just how long they’re kept - unless you intervene.
July 6, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, flying cars are on the way but before you see taxis and other vehicles fill the skies, you might see flying car races. Plus, if you see your doctor playing video games on the job, it’s probably a good thing. And, one man says after cancelling his Amazon Prime subscription, Alexa had something to say about it - it wasn’t nice.
July 6, 2019 – Hour 3
In the third hour, what’s old is new again with a hi-tech upgrade. Find out about the very first Bluetooth cassette player. Plus, learn how artificial intelligence was created to stop cats from bringing their dead prey into the house. And, if you bought e-books from this online store that’s shutting down, you’re about to lose them.
June 29, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates reveals what he calls his biggest mistake and surprisingly, it isn’t Windows Vista. Plus, a new report details the surprising numbers of adults who admit to being online constantly. And, how a popular navigation app rerouted drivers from one traffic mess to an even messier (and muddier) one.
June 29, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, one company is selling what they say is the world’s first long-range solar car. Find out how far it can go. Plus, technology is changing our bodies in some surprising ways, none of which are good. And, a new feature coming to the Monopoly board game might just bring an end to those age-old family feuds, thanks to A.I.
June 29, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour, Airbnb is now offering only the finest luxury rental properties. Some even cost $1 million per week. Plus, researchers have developed a new tool that could allow your smart speaker to call for help if you ever go into cardiac arrest. And, a warning for parents about a new app that makes cyberbullying even easier.
June 22, 2019 – Hour 1
Amazon wants you to turn your dumb speakers into smart ones using Alexa, but it’ll cost you. Plus, video doorbells add a layer of convenience and security to your home, but now they’re becoming a thief’s favorite target. And, if you want a better night’s sleep, you might consider taking this robot to bed with you.
June 22, 2019 – Hour 2
Facing scrutiny from the public and quite a few governments, Facebook unveiled a site and app redesign, along with other big changes. Plus, you’ll never believe some of the most vulnerable passwords people are still using. And for the very first time, an aerial drone was used to deliver a life-saving organ for a transplant surgery.
June 22, 2019 – Hour 3
Google made some big announcements this week, from more AR to issues involving your privacy. We’ve got the details. Plus, a lot of advocates are voicing their concerns about Amazon Echo Dots for kids, and the sensitive data they collect. And move over, self-lacing shoes, Nike is ready to start scanning your feet to find that perfect fit.
June 15, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, you might start seeing your home security footage showing up in ads on social media without even knowing it. Plus, you’ve got surveillance cameras at ground-level and in satellites and now they’re in between in some hi-tech new balloons. And, learn what your stolen account information is worth on the dark web.
June 15, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, facial recognition smart glasses are already being used by law enforcement in China and now a U.S. company is working on similar tech. Plus, if you live in a tiny apartment, robotic furniture might be for you. And, airbags inside your car keep you safe in a crash, but airbags on the outside could mean even more protection.
June 15, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour, start your summer off with all kinds of tech to take on vacation, from waterproof drones to professional level lighting for your smartphone. Plus, Google Maps has added a speedometer feature to help keep you from being distracted. And, we’ll tell you about the best smartphones you can buy now without breaking the bank.
June 8, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, just days after rolling out one-day Prime delivery, Amazon is just about ready to take to the skies with new drones. Plus, you’ll never believe how much data is collected by some sleep trackers. A hint: it’s not just sleep. And, it’s the time of year to watch out for hurricanes along with scammers who use those disasters to cash in.
June 8, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, get ready for the world’s first non-invasive glucose monitor that checks your blood sugar without drawing blood. Plus, a circus is taking a stand against animal abuse by switching to holograms. And, as smartphones go all-screen, cameras still stick out like a sore thumb. How about a camera under the screen? It’s real.
June 8, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour, Amazon and L’Oreal want you to be able to try beauty products before you buy using augmented reality. Plus, flat tires and blowouts could be a thing of the past with a new airless tire that’s also puncture-proof. And, Xbox is getting into the hygiene business with new products to keep gamers smelling fresh.
June 1, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, the time people are spending on Facebook is in decline, and it’s not for a reason you’d expect. Plus, Amazon’s been on a rollercoaster of privacy issues recently with new concerns about Alexa. And, you won’t believe the number of apps on your iPhone that secretly collect and transmit your data while you’re fast asleep.
Modem Vs. Router, what’s the difference? DIY How-to advice from Kim Komando
Quick: If I ask you to find the router (not the modem) in your house, can you? What's the difference? We might use them all the time, but do we really know what they do? Since they both look similar, we can easily confuse them for doing the same thing, but that’s not the case. They take on different tasks but work together to assure everything in your home network stays connected. Let's learn together!
How to know if that Facebook request is legit | DIY How-to from Kim Komando
If you’re on Facebook, chances are you’ve received the occasional friend request from someone you don’t recognize. Maybe you’ve met them and just don’t remember. It’s also possible it’s a scammer trying to take advantage of you. Watch this video so you can learn what to look for -- and quickly spot a fake.
Where to mount your TV? Is it OK to put it over a fireplace? | DIY How-to from Kim Komando
Odds are that the center piece and focal point of your living room is your TV. It's our main point of entertainment and many families gather around it to watch movies and favorite shows. If that TV is a flat screen you probably have it mounted on the wall. As with most things, there is a right way and a wrong way to mount a TV -- and it's all about location. I'll show you where.
How to avoid data overage on your home Wi-Fi | DIY How-to from Kim Komando
Think you've got unlimited data usage at home? Think again, especially with all the connected devices and streaming content, you could max out your data. This DIY video from The Kim Komando Show explains how to tell if you've gone over your limit and what to do about it.
How to unsend email using Gmail | DIY How-to from Kim Komando
Have you ever sent an email that you wish you could take back? Well, believe it or not, there is a way you can stop that email from being seen by whomever you sent it to. That way, next time you accidentally send that work email to your boss regarding something embarrassing, there’s a way to reverse that mistake. Tune in and find out how!
3 police scanner apps you have to try | DIY How-to from Kim Komando
If you like to keep up to date with what's going on around you, including public safety alerts and traffic reports, you could buy a dedicated police scanner, but those can be expensive. Ever see something happening in your neighborhood -- you know, with police cars or a fire engine -- and wonder what was happening? Watch and learn about three apps you can use for iPhone or Android.
How to set up a VPN at home or work to protect your internet | DIY How-To from Kim Komando
When it comes to browsing online, anonymity is key to keeping yourself safe. You can easily adopt certain measures that'll ensure what you do online remains private as you zip across various websites, and it all has to do with something called a virtual private network (VPN). Learn how to protect yourself, and set up your very own VPN in this D-I-Y video.
Change this one setting to get faster internet speeds
Have you ever been frustrated by slow internet speeds? There are many things that could be causing delays in your connection speed. No one likes waiting for web pages to load or videos to play. But if you haven't changed this setting on your computer, you're probably not getting the speeds you deserve.
Sell your old cellphone for big bucks
When learning about and playing with your new smartphone, did you ever stop to think about what to do with the old one? Throw it out? Give it away? You weren't planning on using it ever again, after all, and it was just going to be a high-tech paperweight. While it may be too late for the phone you replaced years ago, it's a good thing to know that you can actually sell your old phone. And not for pennies, either. But for real money.
These forensic tools expose any photo’s hidden data
Images contain a treasure trove of hidden, useful data, including date and time of image capture, time zone, type of smartphone used, and the geographical location. To expose any photo’s hidden data, forensic tools may be used. Forensic tools can detect simple metadata or perform more advanced functions, such as to determine if a photo was altered.
Stop robocalls with Google Voice
Even with the National Do Not Call Registry in place, automated phone calls can still come flooding in. Many businesses sell your information to third parties. In fact, agreeing to this kind of information trade can be part of the deal for many free or low-cost services. The bottom line: Robocalls are annoying and need to be stopped.
How to know if someone blocked your number
When you block a number, you no longer receive calls or text messages from that person. With Apple’s iPhone, it also blocks FaceTime contacts. This can be helpful for stopping some unwanted spam calls, but it can also be used for personal reasons. You won’t get any sort of official notice if someone blocks your calls, but you can make an educated guess by looking for these signs.
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How to get a ton of free samples from Amazon
Free samples are fun. You get to test out products you might not otherwise try. Maybe you find a new favorite shampoo. Maybe you discover that floral-smelling perfume is just not right for you. You don’t have to head to a store to try out some free samples. Amazon wants to hook you up in the comfort of your own home.
Check your home! These vinyl records are worth big money
With the resurgence of vinyl, there's an opportunity for wise collectors to make some serious coin. If you had the foresight to hang on to that record collection all these years, you might be sitting on a pile of gold...so to speak. That's why you should check out your stash and see if you have any gems that are worth some big money.
Block your cellphone number from caller ID with this one trick
People know it's you calling when your caller ID pops up on their phone, but it doesn’t have to be like that. There are two ways to keep your identity secret while making a call: one is permanent; the other is temporary on a call-by-call basis. The temporary way of keeping your mobile number invisible from caller ID is as easy as 1,2,3.