What I streamed and really liked: “Adam Ruins Everything”
This week's streaming pick from Andrew is "Adam Ruins Everything" from truTV. Comic Adam Conover brings his original online series to TV, expanding upon his efforts to poke fun at everyday things that people accept or assume without question. In the half-hour investigative comedy, Conover uses a not-quite-deadly combination of comedy, history and science to debunk widespread misconceptions about topics and ideas that are routinely taken for granted.
The Pixar short ‘Smash and Grab’
Pixar shorts are some of the best bits of animation out there. Sometimes, they are tacked on with full-length films, and other times they are released as standalone pieces. One of the most recent ones is a short called "Smash and Grab," which features two antiquated robots who risk everything for freedom.
This chef is making airplane food gourmet
Now let’s talk about airplane food. It sucks, right? Well, not for one chef’s cooking. Matt Farrell is a professional chef who has decided to change the status quo of bad airplane food. Instead, he creates designer menus for passengers flying first class, like hot smoked salmon poke and buffalo milk burrata. If your mouth isn’t watering yet, it will be.
The newest trend for eating is Instagram restaurants
If you know about Instagram, you probably also know about how it can lead to many people taking pictures of things instead of truly experiencing them. While Instagram changed photography, it’s now changing restaurants. One restaurant in New York is taking into account how it will look in social media pictures. Social media is an important aspect for all businesses to consider, but the Milk & Cream bar is taking it to a whole new level.
This font is difficult to read, but your memory will get better!
Have you ever had this happen to you? You’re reading a paragraph, maybe studying for an upcoming test or need to review notes for a meeting tomorrow. Suddenly the words blur together and your brain seems to go on autopilot. You’re reading, but not really comprehending the words. It can be difficult to remember everything you read, but a few people at RMIT University in Melbourne wanted to change that. They've created a new font that’s difficult to read, but it actually increases information retention. Want to see if it works?
These grilled cheese gadgets will blow your mind
Have you ever wanted to make a grilled cheese and it didn’t turn out the way you want? Maybe you wish it were easier to see if the cheese was melting, or to get that perfectly browned crust. With these five awesome grilled cheese gadgets, you can leave the hard work behind and get the tasty snack you’ve been wanting.
Shanghai’s surprising art deco glamour
One of the last places you might expect to see the art deco glamour of the 1930s is in Shanghai, China. However, beneath the towering skyscrapers and new age style lies one of the world’s richest collections of art deco buildings. Why does this style permeate this Chinese city?
This robot can move on land and in water!
What would an amphibious robot look like? If you’re thinking of a frog-shaped machine, you’d be wrong. The Velox robot is able to move through water as well as over sand, pebbles, ice and other solid ground. It can complete tasks that other robots can’t, and it looks cool doing so.
Kim’s advice for musicians to get noticed on Spotify
El from Los Angeles, CA called Kim to ask how to increase Spotify numbers for some musicians she is working with. After reaching out to some curators of playlists that will feature some of their music, El found that the results were a little underwhelming and decided to call Kim for some advice. There are several ways to increase a musician's exposure on Spotify and get the public listening. Kim gives El several good tips and advice that every up-and-coming musician should know.
How to stop your smart TV from spying on you
Don't look now, but you won't believe how your smart TV is not just gobbling up your viewing data, but it may also be gathering information about your home. Can you minimize your smart TV's snooping activities? Our advice: Turn off its tracking features. I'll tell you how.
Kim’s tips for having a great website
Billy from Mexico called The Kim Komando Show with some questions about how to increase his website traffic. Billy and his wife retired early in life and have been traveling the world. Billy started a website 14 years ago in order to educate people about how to have financial freedom. The problem is, Billy's website doesn't get as much traffic as he would like. Kim gives Billy some great tips about how to update his website, make it mobile-friendly, and more. Don't miss this great call with Kim!
7 digital tricks you’ll use time and time again
On your computer, phone or tablet, there are tons of secret tricks you may not even know about! These tricks can often save you time, make you more efficient and can be downright impressive. From using your voice to type to making your smart speaker do your bidding, here are 7 great digital tricks that you'll be using time and time again.
Can you make money selling ringtones?
Derby from Los Angeles, Calif., called The Kim Komando Show to ask about how to sell ringtones. After doing some research, Derby found that there are still plenty of apps and websites selling ringtones. The ringtone market has seen a steep decline over the years, and with all the smartphones, it's pretty easy for people to make their own. Kim cautions Derby to do more research before he makes the leap to sell ringtones and discusses the current market.
DIY ways to fix your crappy home Wi-Fi
Slow Wi-Fi is the best, right? Yes, that was sarcasm, because no one loves slow Wi-Fi. You're lying on the couch and streaming that newest Netflix show that everyone is watching, and all of a sudden you get the buffering. Well, there are some nifty do-it-yourself trick that can help solve that.
Tips and tricks for preserving family history
Kandy from Phoenix, OR called in to The Kim Komando Show with a question about how to make a book out of her 92 year-old mother's poetry. Kandy's mom lives in a very rural area and she wanted some tips about the best way to start preserving her writing. Kandy also wanted to know the best way to record her mother telling the stories behind her poetry. Kim give Kandy some great tips on how best to preserve this piece of her family history.
Stop your phone from being tracked with these settings
We are quickly moving toward, or are already in, an information economy. This means that companies are acquiring information on everyone and then selling it to advertisers. That little device in your pocket is one of the main contributors. But how can you stop it from gathering this information? I'll show you.
Clever websites that will save you a ton of money
It doesn't matter if you're a college student, a senior on a budget, or a successful business person doing very well. It never hurts to save some money here and there. And if you're a savvy shopper, you probably spend extra time scoping out the internet for deals. There are plenty of websites that offer most of what you're looking for at discounted prices. But with millions of sites out there, how do you know where to find the true gems? Don't worry, we've done the legwork for you.
Kim’s tips for handling disruptive Wi-Fi signals
Jeff from Joplin, MO called in to The Kim Komando Show with some questions about how to stop people from squatting in his parking lot. Jeff's business is across the street from a laundromat that offers freeWi-Fi. The problem is that people are parking in his parking lot in order to use the Wi-Fi across the street. Needless to say, this is a major disruption for Jeff's business. Kim offers Jeff some excellent suggestions on ways to block or disrupt the signal coming from another business.
How to stop robocalls for good in 2019
We've been telling you about robocalls every week, so we assembled a complete guide to stopping and fighting robocalls. Learn about tools from your wireless carrier, apps you can install on your smart phone, plus common-sense tactics that will help you spot and thwart unwanted telemarketing calls. Watch to the end for a humorous way some people are getting even with robocallers.
Kim’s tips for selling online and on social media
Marilyn from Huntsville, Alabama, called into The Kim Komando Show with some questions about how to sell her paintings online. Marilyn is an extremely talented artist and has been painting for over 30 years. Her paintings are hanging in galleries all over the world and are very popular. Marilyn wants to start selling more of her paintings online rather than in galleries. Kim gives Marilyn some tips on how to get started selling on social media as well as some other avenues to get her art to the right audience.
7 search sites to use other than Google
"Just Google it" has become a common expression. It shows just how much Google has become part of the lexicon when it comes to search engines. But, what if you are trying to search for something more specific, like what to watch on a late night, or your trying to find that perfect GIF? There are specific search engines that cater to basically anything. They are even better than Google.
15 most exotic expensive places you can rent on VRBO
Looking to start planning your vacation for 2019? While most of the time doing this means asking the question, "How much can I afford?" why don't we ask the question, "How much can I spend?" With that in mind, I have put together a list of some of the most exotic and expensive rentals available on VRBO.
5 Alexa skills that you’ll use time and time again
Alexa can perform so-called “skills.” Amazon and its partners have developed more than 15,000 skills, and they run the gamut of uses – from workflow to domestic life to entertainment to safety to whimsical party tricks. Here are several exciting ways that an Alexa device can assist you.
CES highlights from Komando.com
The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show is happening in Las Vegas Jan. 8-11 and we'll have all the highlights. CES is the largest show of its kind in the US, with more than 180,000 people and more than 4,500 exhibiting companies. Exhibitors feature products from dozens of product categories, including fitness, home, vehicle, computer hardware, virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Check back with komando.com all week for CES highlights!
What makes a smart thermostat smart?
Are you looking to make your home a whole lot smarter? With the smart home revolution in full swing, one of the best investments you can do right off the bat is a smart thermostat. Why? Switching your regular thermostat to a smart one will not only make your home feel more "hi-tech," but it can also help you manage and cut your energy costs. Smart thermostats also offer a level of convenience that we've never had before.
February 16, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour of the Kim Komando Show, Apple’s got a big announcement coming up, but some businesses aren’t thrilled about it. If you get lost walking around the big city, your smartphone and augmented reality will help you get to your destination. And there’s no shortage of match-making apps out there, but a new one that’s just for cattle might be the first of its kind.
February 16, 2019 – Hour 1
Coming up in the first hour of the Kim Komando Show, your handy smart speakers already collect a lot of data about you, but now they want even more. There’s another massive data breach and if you have an account at one of these sites, your username and passwords might be for sale. And just about anything that’s connected can be hacked these days, which includes a popular new way to get around town.
February 9, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour of the Kim Komando Show, a few companies have been caught secretly recording what you’re doing while using their apps on your iPhone. We’ll tell you which companies are involved. Amazon could be using their new facial recognition technology to verify sellers. And Samsung has a new idea for a dating app, so you better make sure your refrigerator’s tidy.
February 9, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour of the Kim Komando Show, one California company is ready to rock the home security market, replacing guard dogs with guard drones to protect your property. The NYPD is calling out navigation app waze for telling people about police checkpoints. And we’ll tell you about the sneaky fees you should watch for on your monthly cable bill.
February 9, 2019 – Hour 1
Coming up in the first hour of the Kim Komando Show, it’s a violent and scary new trend for thieves looking to steal iPhones. We’ll tell what you need to know so you can protect yourself. As auto technology evolves, cyber experts say cars are becoming more vulnerable to hackers. And if you have teens in the family, this is probably the new app they’re using. We’ll tell you about it.
February 2, 2019 – Hour 3
In our final hour, learn how one navigation app is trying to keep you connected to GPS while you’re driving through underground tunnels. We’ll also tell you how avoid being fooled by a new wave of scams going through YouTube. And finally, we’ve got the scoop on some of the new features coming to this year’s iPhone.
February 2, 2019 – Hour 1
Coming up in the first hour of the Kim Komando Show, Facebook is at it again, and this time they were paying people, including teens, to collect their personal information. Also, you know how these massive companies profit from your data, but you should also know that you can, too. And we’ll tell you about the lengths some are going to try to look like their filtered selfies.
February 2, 2019 – Hour 2
During our second hour, we’ll tell you how you could get a $1.7 million dollar house, for just $25 and a heartfelt letter. Plus, the robot that’s been vacuuming your floors for years is about to move outside. And, a museum is bringing a painter who’s been dead for 30 years back to life through artificial intelligence.
January 26, 2019 – Hour 3
Flying taxis may be closer than you think, thanks to a big name in the aviation industry stepping up. What it could mean for the future of travel around the city. And speaking of transportation, a new pickup truck wants to help you “see through” the trailer you’re hauling, using a sophisticated camera system. Finally, it might not be a person bringing those Amazon packages to your door for much longer. They’re already testing full-fledged delivery robots.
January 26, 2019 – Hour 1
Coming up in the first hour of The Kim Komando Show, do you think your private information is safe because you don’t have social media accounts? On the contrary, these social media accounts might actually know a lot about you. And speaking of social media, some men are paying to use Facebook and Instagram as a way to rekindle their love lives by manipulating their wives. In another report, it was a terrifying situation for one family when their Nest cam was hacked with a fake alert saying the U.S. has been attacked by North Korea.
January 26, 2019 – Hour 2
Then stick with us for the second hour of the show, where we’ll talk about some of the potentially groundbreaking smartphones set to the market this year. Will a foldable phone be as popular as these companies hope? Good news if you like using Apple Pay for mobile payments, because they’re coming to a lot more stores and restaurants. And it’s okay to take photos of your lunch again, thanks to a new nutrition app that wants to help you lead a healthier lifestyle.
OneRepublic – ‘Good Life’
Music video by OneRepublic performing Good Life. (C) 2011 Mosley Music/Interscope Records