Backfire! Sleep apps may actually be causing insomnia
Is there an app for that? People wanting a good night's sleep are downloading apps they think will help them go to dreamland. But now, a doctor in London says the apps don't have the intended effect, and Kim explains why.
This bra screens for breast cancer
Breast cancer is a top killer of women in the 21st century. Many of the risk factors are highly common, and regular screenings are recommended to all women to potentially catch the threat before it can grow. This lingerie, however, can screen for breast cancer on its own -- potentially saving lives! Would you wear this?
How to fall asleep in 2 minutes
Sleep is more important than you might realize. It sets the tone for your day and affects your ability to think, work and process information. Without enough sleep, you may be at risk for greater mental and physical health issues -- but what if you can't fall asleep in the first place? These tips might be able to help.
5 royalty-free music sites to use for your projects | Digital Life Hacks
Video technology has advanced to the point where almost anyone can make professional-quality films at home. You just need a little time and know-how. Once your masterpiece video is complete you’re going to want to add some cool music. But, where can you find royalty-free tunes without violating copyright laws? Check this article out and we’ll tell you about five sites that let you download free music for your projects.
Why the $2 million Karlmann King Is the world’s most expensive SUV
If you were to name a few car manufacturers, Ford, Dodge, Toyota and BMW might come to mind. But have you ever heard of Karlmann King? It's the sole creator of the world's most expensive SUV -- a polygonal, bulletproof behemoth with luxury features to match its outrageous price tag. Would you take a ride?
The real reason dollar menus are disappearing across the country
Fast food is well loved in America as a cheap, quick alternative to a home cooked meal -- with an emphasis on the cheap part. Surprisingly, though, times are changing and restaurants all over the nation are slashing their dollar menus. Why is this? Turns out it's millennials, and they have a very different idea about what makes for a good, cheap lunch.
This 16 yr-old is earning six-figures selling slime online! | Great Calls from The Kim Komando Show
Six-figure slime?! That's right, this young entrepreneur is earning big bucks with her small business selling custom slime online. In this segment, Kim gets all the details on Samantha's Slime Shop, plus she shows us her top-seller that she calls "unicorn skin".
Parisians try to pronounce words in English
English isn't the easiest language to learn. For many, acquiring English is a years-long process that involves hours of studying, practice and conversation to master. Much of this has to do with our tendency to spell words differently than they sound. The French language does this as well, so you'd think French people would have an easy time with English. Turns out, that's not the case at all. Watch these French people struggle with some of our sillier sounding words.
Why pedigree dogs are so expensive
Dog lovers are familiar with the endless debate between adopting a pooch versus buying one -- but why is there a debate at all? Some cite the ethical differences, as well as the pet overpopulation problem, but one fact that can't be ignored is just how expensive pedigree dogs are. You won't believe why some people are willing to pay millions for a certified puppy!
18 yr old strives to save ocean one phone case at a time | Great Calls from The Kim Komando Show
After watching his younger sister go through phone cases like candy, this young man took his passion for recycling and his love for ocean life and turned it into a business. Now, he's taking plastic from the ocean and transforming it into phone cases. He's also making a difference in Haiti. Find out how, as Kim dives deeper into his business called 'Reyuze Cases.'
Michelin introduces puncture-proof airless tire
Even with the most powerful engines and horsepower, our cars aren't getting anywhere without good tires. They're so important, in fact, that running over something as small as a nail can pop the tire and keep even the fanciest car grounded. With that in mind, tire manufacturer Michelin has been hard at work developing the next generation of tires. Its latest prototype is an incredible beast of a wheel that keeps itself upright with carefully arranged rubber spokes. Watch how Michelin's test car drives with these futuristic new wheels.
Sneaky ways Trader Joe’s gets you to spend money
Trader Joe's is different than other grocery stores in America. Unlike supermarkets and big-box chains like Costco, Trader Joe's relies on private, international sources for its eclectic mix of products. On top of this, all its branding is done in house -- giving all of the store's offerings a quirky, vintage feel. Yet, despite the supposedly good deals, people always end up spending more than they expect when they visit the Trader. Why is this?
Alexa privacy concerns, saving money with streaming, and more | The Kim Komando Show
In this week’s episode of The Kim Komando Show, which aired Saturday, June 8, 2019, on Bloomberg TV: A newly-revealed patent application filed by Amazon is raising some privacy concerns about just how much Alexa is listening. Plus, if you’re having trouble finding the right photographer for your big day, you might consider a selfie robot. And, a complete guide to saving big bucks on your cable bill by getting into streaming.
The ultimate paper airplane
Anyone who’s ever been bored in a classroom knows the joy that comes with making and throwing paper planes. Over the last decade, this designer has been taking his papercraft skills to the next level. Luca Iaconi-Stewart has been creating a meticulously detailed Boeing 777 model out of paper, complete with seats, landing gear and exterior details. Only one question remains: Will it fly?
The animals of Chernobyl
Chernobyl is back in the news in a big way thanks to HBO's fantastic miniseries surrounding the devastating nuclear incident. Now that years have passed, nature has reclaimed the cities of Pripyat and Chernobyl -- bringing with it new growth of plants and animal life. But not everything is as it seems. These animals grew under the shadow of radiation, and are carrying with them some surprising adaptations of their own.
Watermelon smoked to look like meat
When the weather heats up in the summer, nothing is more refreshing than a cool, sweet watermelon. Likewise, summer is also the best time to gather with friends and family for a night of barbecue. Separately, these seasonal foods sound great -- but what if you combined the two. It sounds crazy, but this chef has created a steak like no other: a smoked watermelon that looks just like a slab of meat. Was this a good idea at all? What does it taste like? You won't believe the reaction.
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.
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.
June 1, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, forget renting the photo booth for your next big event. Now you can rent your very own AI-powered robot photographer. Plus, Sony’s got a new chip that could revolutionize the ways connected devices work together. And, watch your manners the next time you call for an Uber, or you could get booted from the app.
June 1, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour, there are a lot of ways to stand out while looking for a job but one of them is not hacking the company you’re trying to work for - especially if it’s Apple. Plus, Apple’s latest device to hit the market is an … outdated iPod touch? And, a new laptop is on the way from Asus, and it’s got not one, but two 4K screens.
May 25, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, a warning from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, that drones made in China could be stealing data. Plus, more outcry over facial recognition after police use a celebrity’s photo to find a lookalike thief. And, it’s not just about hidden cameras anymore as Airbnb is being targeted by hackers and a phishing scheme.
May 25, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour, a scary new scam making the rounds on Facebook wants you to think you donated money to terrorism. Plus, YouTube is cracking down on videos that say drinking bleach is a miracle cure. And, first it was next-day shipping, now Walmart is looking to take on Amazon even more by releasing their own budget line of tablets.
May 18, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, the FCC is trying to help phone companies help you in the neverending fight against robocalls. Plus, you’ve heard of call spoofing, but what about spoofing radio signals? Researchers are concerned hackers could trick an airliner into thinking it’s off course. And, the number of people who own smart speakers is skyrocketing.
May 18, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, we know Jeff Bezos wants to fill your home with Amazon products and the skies with delivery drones, but now he’s looking at outer space, too. Plus, how about a fashionable handbag with a flexible screen built right into the outside? And, if you’re hungry and stuck in traffic, it’s Burger King to the rescue.
May 18, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, NASA wants to hear your story from that historic day. Plus, Google’s collecting more data, but this time they say it’s to save the planet from pollution. And, Facebook just brought back a handy feature that gives you a stranger’s view of your profile.
May 11, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, it’s a new era for warfare as a recent cyberattack was met by immediate and lethal force by one government. Plus, the U.S. is working on the world’s fastest supercomputer and you’ll never believe just how fast it is. And, if you’re sick of phone calls from debt collectors, brace yourselves, because they’re about to go digital.
May 11, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, an amazing breakthrough in music that’s been 10 years in the making. Learn how hand gestures are replacing traditional instruments. Plus, there’s a new drone hitting the skies, ready to attack any other drones that threaten lives. And, imagine a traffic stop where you hand over your license to a tablet with a police helmet.
May 11, 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.
May 4, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, hear about a Chinese database that tracks about a million people, no matter where they are - even how much gas and electricity they use. Plus, after an outcry over privacy, major airlines are covering newly-installed seat-back cameras. And, there’s a new phone scam making the rounds - one that’s bound to wake you up.
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.
Join the Komando Ambassador Program
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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.
Download your photos from Facebook – here’s how
There are several reasons why you might want to download your Facebook photos. You may simply want a backup, or perhaps you want to create a photo book or share them through another platform. You may also want to preserve them if you are planning on leaving Facebook and deleting your account. Ready to backup your Facebook adventures? Here’s how to save your photos for posterity.
Amazon Prime: Everything you get with a membership
Like most people, you probably signed up for Amazon Prime for a specific reason. Maybe it was the free shipping, the streaming videos or the free music. We've put together a master list of every major thing you can do with your Amazon Prime account. Take a breath and buckle in, because this list is pretty extensive.
How to remove viruses from your iPhone or iPad
Let's face it, hackers and criminals are out to get you. These days, they even have ways of infecting your iPhone and iPad. Have your devices been hit by an attack? Here are some surefire signs that you're a victim. Plus, I'll give you tips to get rid of viruses and bugs from your iPhone and iPad.
5 obscure Amazon settings you should change now
If you have an Amazon account, the amount of data that the retail giant collects is astonishing. Many people don’t know you get much more than just free two-day shipping with a Prime account. With these different areas collecting data about you, if you are trying to maintain some semblance of your privacy, you’ll definitely want to check these five not-so-obvious settings.
Most popular iOS apps of all time
One thing that makes smartphones great is the abundance of apps that are available. It's been a decade since the first iPhone. That means Apple's App Store wasn't far behind. Over the past 10 years, there have been tons of iOS apps that people around the globe have fallen in love with. App Annie put together a list of the most popular iOS apps over the last decade.