What I streamed and what I liked: “Behind The Curve”
Kim's streaming pick for this weekend is new flat Earth documentary, "Behind The Curve." The internet has revived the conspiracy theory that the Earth is flat -- and America's flat-Earth movement appears to be growing -- despite its detractors in the scientific community. This documentary also takes a behind the scenes look at the lives of "flat-Earthers."
How to make realistic animatronics
Not everything you see in movies is computer generated. In fact, animatronics have been a large part of special effects in both film and TV, even in commercials! But although their presence might go unnoticed in their performances, these animatronics get a lot of work put into them. See how they are made, and the dedication and time that comes with bringing them to life!
What are the ‘ghost trees’?
Deep within the Redwood State Park, if you let yourself wander beyond the maps and where few have gone before, you may find yourself in a small cluster of unusually pale, phantom trees. Out of the roughly 400 albino trees in the world, these “ghost trees” are extremely rare, and due to threats to their ecosystem, very few people know about them.
Elton John’s first piano
While there are many advertisements that seem fake and just want to push their products, sometimes there are ones that really tug on your heartstrings. This one definitely falls into the latter category, and it will remind you of all the true meaning behind Christmas and giving things to others. Watch the video and see Elton John’s life backwards, and what the impact of one simple gift can be.
The biggest parrot in the world
The term parrot covers a vast and diverse number of birds, from the small budgie parakeet that can sit on one finger, or the large macaws that you definitely don’t want to put your finger near. But the biggest of them is a beautiful bird that you might not have seen before. With a very large beak and long feathers, this macaw is worth protecting.
What’s happening with elephantiasis in India?
Elephantiasis is a treatable and preventable disease that is spread by mosquitoes. It affects 120 million people worldwide, and the worst thing about it is that many people don’t know enough about it to prevent the disease. In India, two health-care workers are traveling door to door to spread awareness.
Explore this Antarctic city teeming with king penguins
There’s a booming city of 400,000 in the Antarctic. No, it isn’t full of people, but instead it's filled with king penguins. South Georgia’s St. Andrews Bay has a busy beach that teems with penguins. They have all arrived to create the next generation, and catch up with their relatives. Want to see what life is like in this chilly city?
These Hollywood props are so real that the Secret Service complains
Hollywood props are becoming more and more realistic every year. With more movies having bigger budgets, physical props must keep up with the computer digital effects. In Sunland, California, the Independent Studio Service is one of the largest prop houses in Hollywood, and has more than 1 million props for rent. Their job has become more challenging as camera technology has improved, but making detailed objects isn’t their only problem.
What would life look like on Venus?
Earth is one of the few planets in the solar system, but so far it’s the only one that can support life. But what about the neighboring planets? If you want to learn more about what Venus is like, and why it probably wouldn’t be a great fit for life, watch the video! You’ll even get to see some cool history on Venus!
People walk on all fours in this remote village
They’re regular people just like us, except that they walk around on all fours. Just like humans did 4 million years ago, these quadrupeds were previously hidden away, unseen by the rest of the world. But now they are brought into the limelight, and have a chance at showing their society, even if it does happen a little lower off the ground.
3 ways to keep your Amazon gifts under wraps
As Christmas approaches, we are starting to get those gifts we purchased online for our friends and family. But, sometimes it can be difficult to make sure we keep those presents secret so that on the big day we can see the surprise and joy on their faces. That's why I have three tips for you that will make sure you keep those presents under wraps this year.
Podcast: The best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!
Shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday means getting the best deals on the latest tech like laptops, televisions, tablets, smartphones, and so much more. In this episode of Komando on Demand, Kim shares insider secrets on scoring the best deals you can get your hands on during the biggest shopping days of the year. Kim talks to retail and shopping expert Sarah Hollenbeck from blackfriday.com about some of the best deals from Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Kohl's, Macy's, and other retailers. Don't miss this podcast as you will hear first-hand what to look for and where to find it. Kim and Sarah also share the hottest deals on clothing, jewelry, and toys on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
3 Black Friday and Cyber Monday insider secrets stores don’t want you to know
The holiday shopping weekend coming up, better known as Black Friday and Cyber Monday, has some amazing deals, but even with all the sales it's easy to rack up a pretty penny. So, of course you want to save a little extra cash during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Fortunately, there are some simple tricks that help you do just that. I can show you how.
10 great Siri tricks you’ll wish you knew sooner
The virtual assistants are becoming more and more prevalent everyday. We use them to do so much from simple reminders to remembering what to buy at the grocery store. Well one of the first and most popular of these is, of course, Siri for the iPhone. What you might not know is there is a slew of unique features that she can perform that are not only game changing but sometimes entertaining.
Best streaming boxes for getting the shows and movies you want
At this point, it seems that streaming movies and TV shows is just so much simpler and more convenient than cable. You can watch whatever you want, whenever you want right from the comfort of your couch. But, there are just so many streaming devices that it can be difficult to know which one is the best. The good thing is, there are quite a few great ones out there. I can show you the best ones to buy today.
Critical settings so hackers can’t access your bank accounts
Just how secure are your bank accounts? You need to assume that your password isn’t strong enough. You might as well believe that someone, somewhere, is working around the clock to break into your accounts and steal your money, your identity and anything else you have. Because it’s essentially true. But there are ways to block them.
Publishing a book from a hacker’s point of view
Karl from Oklahoma City, a former hacker, called in to The Kim Komando Show to ask about how to publish and promote a book. Karl, a former hacker, has decided to write a book about ID theft from a hackers' point of view. Having a former hacker give tips and advice about what people can do to safeguard their personal data is a huge benefit to everyone. Kim asks Karl about his days as a hacker, about his book and then gives him some advice on how to get it published.
How to use your phone as your home internet provider
In this day and age, we all require the internet for a wide variety of tasks throughout our day-to-day lives. We need to connect with our friends and family, be entertained, find out information, or basically anything else. With that being said, a new wave of so called 'Cord Cutting' seems to be on the rise. First it was getting rid of the landline phone, then it was cable, now it's home internet service.
Clever ways to free up space on your smartphone
Have you ever gotten that alert that says your phone is too full and you need to delete items to open up space? It can seem annoying and hard to choose what to delete. Do you delete photos, apps, contacts? There is a right and a wrong way to go about doing this. I can show you what to delete first and what to save or move somewhere else, and it's actually pretty simple.
Set up your financial accounts like you’re going to be hacked
One of the most important things we need to protect in this digital day and age is our financial accounts. That means bank accounts, credit accounts, retirement accounts, and more. And with more and more hackers getting at our personal information, it really is time you look at these accounts like it's an inevitability that they get hacked at some point. The good thing is I have put together a list of 5 things you can do right now to protect yourself when that day comes.
One Man, Three Hacks. What happened to this guy can happen to any of us.
Kim talks to a caller named Barry in Virginia who had his information hacked not once, not twice, but three times and is now looking for a solution to make sure he can keep is personal data and information protected in the likely case it will happen again. Kim give Barry some good tips on how he can secure his network and personal data.
Don’t get ripped off, check your internet speed
Many internet service providers make claims about how fast their internet speed is, and that can be really important when it comes to how we use it. Many times you will be streaming or trying to connect a new device and it will get extremely slow or sometimes not work at all. But that's why I have a solution for you. There are free online programs you can use to check your internet speed and make sure your ISP is being truthful about their speed claims.
Trace a server’s IP to find out who sent you an email
We all know phishing scams have become a large part of today's internet culture. You receive an email and you are not sure whether or not you should open it. Well, what you might now know is there is a way to see where that email was sent from and even what server it came from. This can help you establish if the email is dangerous or not. Now, it might take a little leg work, but that's why I am here to walk you through the steps.
Great Amazon Prime perks you didn’t know about until now
You may have heard of Amazon Prime, the service that allows you to get 2-day shipping with any order you place. What you might not have heard of is the entire suite of benefits you receive when you sign up for Amazon Prime. There are so many I decided to compile a list of the 10 best. While they are all amazing, #6 might just take the cake.
Kim’s picks of gadgets that are worth your money
When it comes to gadgets, there are so many out there that could really help make our lives better or easier. That sounds great, except for one problem. There are so many. But that should not stop you from upgrading your tech. With that in mind, here are some gadgets I not only think you'll want to have, but are also worth the money.
Finding unclaimed money and upgrade your smartphone
Flo from Charlottesville, VA called in to The Kim Komando Show to thank Kim for helping her find some unclaimed money. Flo is a subscriber to Kim's email newsletters and after reading an article about how to get unclaimed money, Flo found out she has some extra funds coming in. With her new windfall, Flo asks Kim for some tips about upgrading her smartphone.
Roku vs Amazon Fire TV vs Apple TV vs Chromecast vs the other TV streamer boxes
More people than ever are getting rid of overpriced plans and are turning to leaner and cheaper online streaming TV services. But, of course, if you want to stream online TV content on an actual TV, you will need a streaming device of some sort. Be it a Roku, an Apple TV, a Chromecast or an Amazon Fire, this will simplify your transition from a cable TV service to a streaming one.
10 free things every Amazon Prime member gets
One of the most well-liked things Amazon introduced to us was Prime. While it is free to use Amazon, people who subscribe to Prime receive many benefits, including access to different Amazon content as well as faster deliveries. That's not all you get, though. If you are not a Prime member, you'll be interested to know what you're missing out on. And if you are, there's a good chance you don't know about everything you get with the subscription.
November 17, 2018 – Hour 2
Kim Komando shares the latest information about everything digital, with plenty of fun, and the best callers from coast-to-coast!
OneRepublic – ‘Good Life’
Music video by OneRepublic performing Good Life. (C) 2011 Mosley Music/Interscope Records