Disney tracking more than you think, how gas pump skimmers steal from you | The Kim Komando Show
In this episode, which aired on Bloomberg TV Saturday, July 27: Facebook and Google steal headlines with their questionable privacy practices, but here comes Disney. Their ‘Magic Band’ might be tracking more than your place in line. Plus, take a virtual ride on Elon Musk’s Hyperloop that travels over 700 miles per hour. And, learn how to spot gas pump skimmers that steal from you.
Smartwatch turns your arm into a touchscreen, protect your phone from hackers & more | Kim Komando
In this episode, which aired on Bloomberg TV Saturday, July 20: A major mobile carrier says they’re the first cell service provider to automatically block annoying robocalls. We’ve got the details. Plus, learn about a crazy high-tech smartwatch that turns your arm into a fully-functional touchscreen. And we’ll tell you how to check if your phone really is safe from hackers, scammers and snoops.
Smart TV viruses, find hidden spy cameras and making Google Home accessible | The Kim Komando Show
In this episode, which aired Saturday, July 6 on Bloomberg TV: A major manufacturer tweeted that they want you scan your smart TV for malware viruses, then deleted it moments later. Here's the real story. Plus, wait until you see a cool new feature added to a popular game that’ll let you interact with dinosaurs. And, learn about four types of spy cameras that could be watching you from places you least expect. Finally, meet a Google Strategic Cloud Engineer who wanted to make Google Home more accessible.
Top 10 digital life hacks, special guests you don’t want to miss and more | The Kim Komando Show
In this week’s episode, which aired Saturday, June 29 on Bloomberg TV: See some of Kim’s favorite gadgets, tech, interviews and more from past episodes. Plus, you’ll meet some of the most amazing guests who have shared stories about how tech has made a difference in their lives. And, learn about our most popular Digital Life Hacks and DIY Security Tips.
What your personal info sells for online, smart bed tracking and more | The Kim Komando Show
In this week’s episode, which aired Saturday, June 15, 2019, on Bloomberg TV: it knows when you’ve been sleeping and knows when you’re awake, but it’s not Santa — it’s your smart bed. Learn why you shouldn’t sleep on their privacy notice. Plus, welcome to the circus of the future with 3D holographic animals. And, find out how to remove your personal data from broker sites.
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.
DHS drone alert, purr-fect smart litter box, useful Alexa commands, and more | The Kim Komando Show
In this episode of The Kim Komando Show, which aired on June 1, 2019, on Bloomberg TV: The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security issued a major alert against using Chinese-made drones, but why panic? Kim explains. Plus, if you’re a cat lover, welcome to the future with a smart litter box that’s too purr-fect to be true. And, Kim speaks with an amazing woman who doubled sales of her clothing line using Instagram.
Liquid Death, fake social media influencers, real bionic girl Tilly Lockey | The Kim Komando Show
In this episode of The Kim Komando Show, which aired on Bloomberg TV on May 18, 2019: If you’re too cool to drink a beer, maybe you’d like “Liquid Death” instead. Plus, a new kind of influencer is taking over social media - and they’re not even real. And, Kim speaks with a brave girl who lost her hands and forearms to meningitis as a baby. Now her disability is turning into a superpower, thanks to tech.
Protect your devices when you travel, crazy concert tech you have to see
If you’re taking your phone, laptop or tablet on a trip, there’s an alarming statistic that’s quadrupled over the past four years involving government agents seizing smart devices. Plus, new tech is making its way into concerts and you won’t believe the new sights and sounds. And, a new app promises to make household chores with your spouse fun.
Dangerous fake Viagra makes rounds online, hide your phone from snoops
In this week’s episode, buying your medications online is one way to save money but watch out. Drugs like Viagra might not only be fake, but filled with toxic chemicals. Plus, carmaker Ford is in the doghouse over their latest creation. And, can you be sure no one knows everything you do on your phone? Kim has the insider secrets to keep your info safe.
Samsung’s folding smartphone cracks, Apple watch saves woman’s life
In this episode, Samsung’s innovating new folding smartphone might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Plus, what will the car of the future look like? Will it fly? Maybe, but one concept car will know when you’re sad. And, Kim will speak with an 18-year-old woman who’s lucky to be alive, and it’s all thanks to her Apple Watch.
Is Alexa eavesdropping on you? Plus facial recognition, PC snoops
In the first episode of this new season, Amazon has thousands of people working to improve Alexa, but you won’t believe what they hear. Plus, find out if facial recognition could be coming to a hotel near you. And, if you’ve ever wondered if someone is snooping on your PC or Mac, we’ll tell you the secrets tech pros don’t want you to know.
How Amazon delivers on one-day shipping
It’s absolutely insane how far shipping has advanced in the past five years. While Amazon Prime was already the stuff of logistical legends, the company’s One-Day Shipping is changing the game yet again. Now, you can see how Amazon makes magic happen for customers across America.
Why Apple products use 30 year old software
Remember NeXT? You probably don’t, but if you use a Mac, you are certainly feeling the effects of this defunct software company. Founded by Steve Jobs after his ouster from Apple in the '90s, the company’s NeXTSTEP operating system still helps power Mac OS today! Now, get the whole story about this mysterious, short-lived computer company.
Whirlpool collects rain and fills a canal inside a mall
Sculptures in public spaces don’t only have to be a treat for the eyes. Sometimes, they can serve a valuable function like this art piece in Singapore. Placed in a mall, the sculpture collects rainwater and fills the canals that traverse its many walkways. Its breathtaking to behold.
Parents! Use my free tech safety contract to keep kids safe online
Today's children grow up with technology, and kids are always connected. A digital life comes with dangers -- from scammers to child predators. That's why Kim created this technology contract that acts as an agreement between you and your children, so you'll always be in the know about their online activities to keep them safe. Download the contract at komando.com/contract
Tomorrow’s Tech Today: Smart sheets, AI furniture, flying motorcycles, high-tech planters
In "Tomorrow's Tech Today," Kim shows you new upcoming and future technology you don't want to miss. The future is here, and smart homes are even cooler than what we saw on "The Jetsons." Check out smart sheets, AI furniture and a state-of-the-art coffee table. These high-tech planters are perfect if your green thumb isn't so green. And forget flying cars. You're going to want this flying motorcycle.
Disney and Apple take on Netflix in the Streaming Wars
These days there are so many different choices for streaming and entertainment that it can be hard to tell them apart. Now, two massive names are entering the fray — each with a realm of content all their own. Are more streaming options better for American consumers? Or will we all just end up paying the same as we did for cable packages in the end?
This is what the early days of digital were like
Here's some food for thought: Before the mid-1990s, most homes didn't have internet. Video games were mostly single-player, software came on physical "discs," and hand-drawn animation was still the norm. But 20-some-odd years is a good deal of time for things to change, and once you watch this video, you won't believe just how different life is today.
Online reputation: What to do when someone tries to destroy yours
What if a complete stranger or, even worse, someone you trust decides to ruin your life? How easy would it be for them to destroy your career, credibility and social life? In this episode, Kim looks at the maliciousness of destroying someone online. Kim talks to a former cyberbully as well as Shannon Wilkinson, Founder and CEO of Reputation Communications, to find solutions for this problem.
Essential laptop maintenance tips & tricks
If you want your laptop to work well for years to come, you've got to treat it right. In this Komando DIY, we'll show you everything you need to do each month to keep your computer running smoothly. Learn an easy trick to clean up old files, a simple way to tidy your desktop, the best tools to care for the outside of your computer and more.
Ring doorbell app saves family, Amazon pays you to buy a house, tech for pets | The Kim Komando Show
In this episode, which aired on Bloomberg TV Saturday, August 10: You can buy just about anything on Amazon and now they want to help sell you a new house — with some real incentives. Plus, if you’ve ever wanted your very own flying motorcycle, now’s the time. A warning, though, you’ll probably pay less for a house. Kim talks to a couple who say their Ring doorbell saved their lives. And in Kim's Digital Life Hack, learn about 10 great tech gadgets perfect for your pets.
Dad and kids print a life-size 3D Lamborghini
Laser physicist Sterling Backus wanted a fun way to teach his kids about science. Printing a Lamborghini Aventador fit the bill! The Colorado family is creating a supercar, piece by piece, as a STEAM project. Sterling and Kim discuss exactly how they're building the car and everything his kids are learning along the way.
The latest in hearing aids
Back in the old days, when you lost your hearing, that was it! Now, there's a multitude of options for folks looking to hear the world in greater clarity. Advances in science and engineering have made hearing aids stronger, better, and more affordable than ever. Here's why.
The false watermelon fact you always thought was true
Have you ever heard that if you swallow watermelon seeds a new melon will grow inside you? That's a myth, of course, but this large green fruit is prone to a host of misinformation. Now, the folks at Mashed are debunking another urban legend about watermelons that you may have seen on social media.
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.
August 10, 2019 – Hour 2
Facing scrutiny from the public and quite a few governments, Facebook unveiled a site and app redesign, along with other big changes. Plus, you’ll never believe some of the most vulnerable passwords people are still using. And for the very first time, an aerial drone was used to deliver a life-saving organ for a transplant surgery.
August 10, 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.
August 3, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, another day, another data breach but unlike a number of others so far this year, this one affects more than 100 million people who used Capital One. Plus, the next time you buy a house, Amazon might give you thousands of dollars worth of coupons and tech. And, your generic phone chargers could lead to serious injuries.
August 3, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, you won’t believe what one group says will be in homes of the future, like furniture that changes shape. Plus, here’s your chance to get your very own flying motorcycle, but i’ll cost you. And, you may think you’ve seen crazy smartphone designs before, but a new Samsung patent for a 3-screen phone could take the cake.
August 3, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour, Elon Musk says streaming services are finally coming soon to Tesla vehicles. Find out which ones. Plus, 3M’s new packaging material may completely eliminate the need for boxes and tape the next time you need to ship something. And, watch out for scammers on Nextdoor and other places you might not expect.
July 27, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, Google wants to take detailed scans of your face, and they’ll even pay you a tiny amount for it. Plus, Microsoft plans to distribute free software to secure voting machines and prevent tampering with the next big election. And, if you were affected by the massive Equifax data breach in 2017, you could be owed up to $20,000.
July 27, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, a first-of-its-kind skyport is nearly complete in Miami at one of the most luxurious residential condo towers in the world. Plus, as more and more devices become connected, it was inevitable that smart diapers would become a reality. And, a new design for the middle seat on airlines might be a welcome change for your elbows.
July 27, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour, massive amounts of data is being transferred to the cloud but you probably wouldn’t expect it to get there by tractor trailer. Plus, you could earn thousands of dollars if you’re able to break some of Google’s products. And, a viral new website can turn your selfie into a 15th century work of art. We’ll show you how.
July 20, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, ever feel like you’re being watched? The Happiest Place on Earth is going all-in tracking theme park guests to generate extra profits for Disney. Plus, Elon Musk wants you to buy a Tesla, go to space and now get a microchip implanted into your brain. And, forget the cameras; now you can add flamethrowers to your drone.
July 20, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, there’s another delivery robot on the way and this one’s fast enough to take travel in the bicycle lane. Plus, we’ll tell you about amazing new hologram technology for translating languages. And, the world’s largest outdoor TV is on the way, and you won’t believe how much the 300-inch beast costs.
July 20, 2019 – Hour 3
In the third hour, a viral joke about raiding Area 51 with more than a million people to “see them aliens” is getting a real warning from the U.S. Air Force. Plus, take me out to the ballgame where you might soon see robots as umpires. And, what you need to know about the trending app that makes you look older and its major privacy risks.
July 13, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, one major wireless carrier is taking a big step in the fight against robocalls. They’ll soon block robocalls for you, and you won’t have to lift a finger. Plus, Amazon Prime Day is just around the corner, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know to be prepared. And, watch out for this Zoom flaw that could put your Mac at risk.
July 13, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, instead of just having a tiny screen on your smartwatch, what if you could have a virtual screen on your arm? Plus, concept cars come and go, but this one’s a little different because it comes equipped with an AI butler. And, there’s new malware that’s infecting millions of devices around the globe. We’ll tell you what to look for.
July 13, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour, listen to one of the most common robocall scams going on right now, claiming to be from Social Security. Plus, Walmart is going hi-tech when it comes to training new associates, using virtual reality. And, move over Netflix because yet another streaming service is on the way. And HBO Max is taking “Friends” with it.
July 6, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, it’s not just their own citizens being spied on. Now the Chinese government is also putting spyware on tourists’ phones. Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Fold might finally be ready for release. And, we already know Alexa keeps records of your conversations, and now we know just how long they’re kept - unless you intervene.
How to freeze your credit and why you’d need to
You may not have thought about freezing your credit, and now that you heard of the idea you may be wondering why you should. Well, it is one of the top ways to guard against identity theft, ensuring there will be no change to any of it unless you say so. Here is a step by step description of how to do so.
Modem Vs. Router, what’s the difference? DIY How-to advice from Kim Komando
Quick: If I ask you to find the router (not the modem) in your house, can you? What's the difference? We might use them all the time, but do we really know what they do? Since they both look similar, we can easily confuse them for doing the same thing, but that’s not the case. They take on different tasks but work together to assure everything in your home network stays connected. Let's learn together!
How to know if that Facebook request is legit | DIY How-to from Kim Komando
If you’re on Facebook, chances are you’ve received the occasional friend request from someone you don’t recognize. Maybe you’ve met them and just don’t remember. It’s also possible it’s a scammer trying to take advantage of you. Watch this video so you can learn what to look for -- and quickly spot a fake.
Where to mount your TV? Is it OK to put it over a fireplace? | DIY How-to from Kim Komando
Odds are that the center piece and focal point of your living room is your TV. It's our main point of entertainment and many families gather around it to watch movies and favorite shows. If that TV is a flat screen you probably have it mounted on the wall. As with most things, there is a right way and a wrong way to mount a TV -- and it's all about location. I'll show you where.
How to avoid data overage on your home Wi-Fi | DIY How-to from Kim Komando
Think you've got unlimited data usage at home? Think again, especially with all the connected devices and streaming content, you could max out your data. This DIY video from The Kim Komando Show explains how to tell if you've gone over your limit and what to do about it.
How to unsend email using Gmail | DIY How-to from Kim Komando
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. Tune in and find out how!
3 police scanner apps you have to try | DIY How-to from Kim Komando
If you like to keep up to date with what's going on around you, including public safety alerts and traffic reports, you could buy a dedicated police scanner, but those can be expensive. Ever see something happening in your neighborhood -- you know, with police cars or a fire engine -- and wonder what was happening? Watch and learn about three apps you can use for iPhone or Android.
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.