Water-spitting fish identifies human face
The archerfish hunts its prey in a unique way. Instead of looking to the water for food, it can actually spit water above the surface. The fish uses this cool ability to knock down insects from nearby foliage. In order to get food though, they have to have good aim. And know what an insect looks like. Scientists were able to take advantage of this phenomenon to see if an archerfish could recognize a human face.
Wildlife of the Scottish Highlands
You may not think that the Scottish Highlands is a unique place, but the wildlife there is one of a kind. There’s no other place than the frozen tundra of Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park. While it may look like a remote wasteland, the tundra teems with life. Many cool animals call the Scottish Highlands home.
There’s a new way to track animals in winter
Usually when wintertime comes around, it’s a lot easier to lose track of many of the animals that researchers are trying to keep tabs on. Snow tracks were used to establish species distribution, but they were often inconclusive. However, scientists have recently discovered a new way to gather specific data from snow by sampling eDNA from elusive carnivores. What does that really mean?
This guy is the underwater Indiana Jones
Did you know that Indiana Jones doesn’t just exist in a movie? In fact, he’s a real-life person who goes on crazy adventures -- and he works underwater. Dr. Charles Beeker has been investigating shipwrecks since the 1960s. However, these shipwrecks are hotspots for hobby divers and other people trying to steal their treasures. Take a dive into his interesting life trying to preserve these historic artifacts.
If HAL was an Amazon Alexa
Have you ever seen “2001: A Space Odyssey”? If so, you may remember the AI robot named HAL 9000. Well, one YouTuber decided to reimagine HAL as an Amazon Alexa. Of course, Alexa comes with all the difficulties of using a voice-recognition assistant. See how she would perform aboard the spaceship.
3 easy ways to get free and discounted smart home gadgets
Smart gadgets can allow us to do some incredible things. They can help you keep an eye on your front door, control other devices in your home, and even turn the lights on and off with just your voice. While the price tags of these gadgets can be high there are some simple things you can do save money using these devices and maybe even get them for free.
What I streamed and really liked: “The Old Man and the Gun”
Kim's streaming pick this week is the Robert Redford's movie "The Old Man and the Gun." At the age of 70, Forrest Tucker makes an audacious escape from San Quentin, conducting an unprecedented string of heists that confound authorities and enchant the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt, who becomes captivated with Forrest's commitment to his craft, and a woman who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.
How does overnight shipping work?
Two-day shipping is the new norm with Amazon Prime, but if you’re really in a hurry, some products offer overnight shipping. Of course, it costs extra and is sometimes only available at certain times during the day. But if it means getting the package sooner, then overnight shipping can be worth it. But how does the whole process work?
This Harvard professor is creating transforming toys
You may not know his name, but chances are you’ve seen or owned one of his most famous creations. The eponymous sphere is the plastic ball that expands and contracts in cool ways, and if you don’t know exactly what it is by this description, make sure to watch the video to remember. Not only that, but you’ll see all the other amazing designs this professor has made.
Michael Caine has lived a legendary life
The 85-year-old actor has appeared in numerous movies over the course of his career. From the "Batman" franchise to "The Prestige," he is now releasing his latest memoir, titled "Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life." However don’t expect him to give up the acting gig, as in this video he talks about how retirement isn’t happening just yet.
The real-life lion king
Growing up in the wild can be a struggle. For young male lions, it’s a fight to survive in an alpha-dominated pride. Watch the story of Gibson the lion and his mother as they explore and grow up in the African savannah. Learn about the relationship struggles of the pride and the reality of growing up with lions.
Where do those reviews on Amazon really come from?
Almost every product on Amazon has been reviewed. And if you’re looking to buy something new, checking out the previous customers and what they think is a good way to see what you’re getting. But are they all consumers just like you? Maybe, maybe not.
What’s wrong with the iPhone XR?
The newest and greatest in Apple smartphones is the wave of iPhone X editions. The iPhone XR was marketed as the budget phone for consumers who still wanted to get an iPhone X, but didn’t want to pay the hefty price tag. Of course the XR is still $750 at its lowest price setting. It could have been a great deal.
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.
5G feeds your need for internet speed
The 5G revolution is also aimed at delivering virtual-reality experiences and bringing more devices online, from sensors and robots to cars and smart-home gadgets. The next generation of wireless tech is handing out some big promises, so here’s what you need to know about the coming of 5G.
How secure and private are DNA tests?
Todd from Pennsylvania called in to The Kim Komando Show with some concerns about DNA testing. Todd wanted to know how secure his DNA would be with companies like 23andMe or Ancestry.com. With the popularity of DNA testing, Todd's concerns are well founded. Kim gives Todd some tips and advice about how to protect your DNA being sold to third-party companies.
10 hidden Google search features
Google it. It's hard to imagine a time when that expression didn't exist, but now googling things is just another routine part of daily life. People use it every day as a source for just about anything you can imagine, but because there's so much out there, sometimes it's a struggle to find really specific information. That's OK, because Google has a lot of options to help you narrow your search − if you know how to use them.
One big secret the streaming companies don’t want you to know
So many of us are deciding to cut the cord and ditch cable. It's more convenient, has more options, and is cheap, or so we might have thought. You might think you are saving money by cutting the cord, but with the cost of streaming services and the number there are now, it can become extremely expensive. It's shocking when you do the math.
Ideas and tips for musicians to reach a larger audience online
Justin from Canton, MI called in to The Kim Komando Show with a question about how to reach a wider audience for his band. Justin's band have been playing together for about 6 months and he describes their music as a mix of hard rock and heavy metal and he wants to know how to find a bigger audience via the internet. After listening to their music and watching their video, Kim gives Justin some tips and ideas on how to stand out from other musicians online.
One vital step you must take now to protect your online accounts from hackers and scammers
Technology is always evolving, and cybercriminals have found flaws in the two-factor authentication system – especially if you’re using your personal phone. Hackers have ingenious ways to hijack phone numbers. Stay one step ahead of cybercriminals with this one vital step.
5 steps to record and share your family history
Websites like Ancestry.com have lead many people to piece their family's history together through records. But you can take a different approach and not only learn more about your family members' pasts, but preserve that information in a digital archive of interviews to share with others for years to come. And with these ideas from The New York Times, it only takes a few steps.
How to load up with free movies and TV shows before you travel
As we move into the thick of the holiday travel season, we can sometimes be traveling for hours and hours to get to our destination. This makes for quite the boring trip if we don't keep ourselves entertained. But sometimes on these long journeys, we don't have the internet. So how do we watch our favorite movies and pass the times? Simple - you download them directly to your device. The best part is, many of them are free. I'll show you how.
One thing you need to do now to protect your online accounts and cellphone number
With all the hacking, scamming, online fraud and so much more out there, it can be difficult to really know how to protect your online accounts. Plus, with robocalls, your cellphone number is vulnerable, too. Well I've recently discovered a way to make sure not only to protect your identity online, but you also maintain the security of your cellphone number. It's easier then you may think, and I can show you.
Kim’s Advice: Best computer for video editing your precious memories
Dave from Green Bay, WI called in to The Kim Komando Show to get advice on what computer he should purchase for editing his vacation videos. Dave and his girlfriend are traveling extensively and making memories. Already an avid still photographer, Dave is now taking a lot of digital video of their trips and would like to buy a computer that can handle extensive video editing. Kim gives Dave tips on the ideal computer to purchase that can help him edit their memories like a pro.
Practical and boring tech gifts people will use time and time again
Sometimes amazing tech doesn't need all the flash and glitz to make it incredibly useful. Some tech is more about convenience, ease of use, and the way it impacts our lives, rather than how much it blows our mind. This Christmas, maybe it's time we get our loved ones something they will use virtually on a daily basis. Some of these items may seem simple, but can really be life changers.
New ways to come up with a secure password
Passwords are just one of those things we have to get used to. They basically are required for almost everything we do now. Our phones, tablets, email, bank account - you name it, they are everywhere. But are you making sure you are safe online with all your different passwords? Are you managing them correctly or making sure they are robust enough? You might not be as safe as you think.
The inspirational story of a wounded veteran
Steven from Monroe, UT, a Vietnam War veteran himself, called in to the show to share his inspirational story about his son, Rob, who was gravely wounded in Iraq. Rob was in and out of numerous hospitals, had several surgeries, and the whole family was affected. Kim has always feels deeply connected to the military and to her listeners. Steven called to thank Kim for getting his son a laptop that helped him pass the time during hospital visits and when he went back to school. The Kim Komando Show thanks all those who serve our country and has always supported our men and women in our military.
January 12, 2019 – Hour 1
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