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.
Science with static electricity
Remember when you rubbed a balloon on your head and then your hair stood up? That’s static electricity. But that’s not all it can do. Static electricity sounds weird, but is pretty cool because you can actually see it at work, in things like your hair and maybe some of your clothes.
UV sand resonance experiment
Have you ever wondered what happens when you combine sand and sound? Maybe not, but you should! This video explores the different patterns and waves that form and reform when certain tones resonate with the sand and metal. It’s difficult to explain, but beautiful to watch.
How do spies use disguises?
In the movies, you may see a spy changing their hair color, or wearing a hat and sunglasses to evade their enemies, but real-life disguises are much more nuanced. Jonna Mendez is the former Chief of Disguise for the CIA, and explains what makes a more effective disguise. See if you can tell who’s who, and learn what you need to disguise yourself effectively in the real world.
What I streamed and what I liked: “The Carbonaro Effect”
Andrew's streaming pick for this weekend is truTV's hit series, "The Carbonaro Effect," an unscripted series in which comedian and prankster Michael Carbonaro deceives, amazes and amuses an unsuspecting public. In each half-hour episode, Carbonaro performs baffling tricks on people in everyday situations, all caught on hidden camera. Whether the marks are alone or with friends, everyone is left stunned and delighted, even though they have no idea what they just experienced.
How a dog can change a prisoner’s life
In prison, there are often very few things that help motivate someone to turn their life around. At the same time, dogs in shelters have very few options for a happy life. In the program New Leash on Life, both prisoners and rescued dogs can turn a new page, and be happier by opening doors for opportunities they didn’t have before.
What happens when Amazon comes after your business?
Amazon is a huge company, and its CEO is the wealthiest man in the world. But why else do companies panic when Amazon enters their market? It has great customer service and is quick and easy to use. When it comes to local businesses, however, the answer isn’t what you think.
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.
How a smart speaker can improve your home
Beth in Tallahassee,FL called in to the show to ask about smart speakers and how her family can use them. Smart speakers and virtual assistants are everywhere, helping people in a variety of ways. Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and others can connect to not just our smartphones but to many other smart devices around the house. Kim talks to Beth about how a smart speaker can help with daily tasks as well as how, with some minor upgrades, it can turn her home into smart home.
How to check your internet speed
Internet speed can be very important to all of us. It can be quite frustrating when we try to load a web page and it seems like its 1999 and we are using a dial-up modem. What about when we try to watch a video and it just keeps buffering and buffering. Well, there are ways to test your internet speed so you can find out just how bad it really is. I've compiled a list of apps and other tools to help you do just that.
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