Do you know about the dangerous race to the South Pole?
Ever since history has been recorded, we have learned about people trying to conquer their world. From taking over cities to exploring new areas, there’s no limit to our reach. Even the toughest regions are fair game. One of the biggest goals by the early 1900s was to reach the South Pole. How did humankind do it?
This is the most minimalist phone
Our phones are becoming larger parts of our life, and for some people they may be all-encompassing. If you’ve noticed you or your friends are spending too much time connected to their smart devices, this minimalist phone could be the next big thing. It’s for people who want to “detox,” but doesn’t say it outright. Could this phone be a good fit for you?
The mysterious residents of the Everglades National Park
Have you ever wanted to travel to the Everglades National Park in Florida? Now you can, and by watching this video you’ll be able to meet all of the incredible creatures that call this paradise home. From crocodiles to manatees, the animals are endless and full of mysterious surprises.
Five stories that set the record
Are you the best at something? Nowadays, anything can become a Guinness World Record. Whether you want to see the expert in paper airplane throwing, or this 70+ guy shredding on his BMX, take 15 minutes to watch this video. Maybe you’ll want to set a record of your own. Keep your imagination open and check out this awesome record-setting video!
The riddle of the killer robot ants
As an inventor, it’s nice to know when what you create becomes a success. But if you invented robotic ants, you probably shouldn’t give them the ability to shoot deadly lasers. Even worse if you can’t turn that off. If this happened to you, do you think you would be able to stop them from escaping the habitat before their lasers activate?
Solve the riddle of the stolen rubies
In your medieval town, a corrupt merchant is hoarding 30 rubies. The townspeople are clamoring for him to reimburse the town with his rubies in payment for his wretched schemes. The king announces that the fine will be determined by a game of wits between the merchant and you. Can you outsmart the merchant and bring peace back to the town?
Test your brain with the buried treasure riddle!
While sailing after a massive storm, you find five survivors in the water. To thank you for saving them, they let you in on a secret -- they know of an island with buried treasure. But when they start to describe the island, things seem a bit weird. Can you decipher their odd instructions and get the gold?
Test your skills with the Mondrian square riddle
If you recognize the word Mondrian, you may have thought of the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. His abstract, rectangular paintings have actually inspired many mathematicians to create a challenge. Do you think you can solve this puzzle and get the lowest score? Put your skills to the test.
How is photography affecting our brains?
One of the fun things that comes up when talking about photography is that the number of reported miracles drastically decreased after the invention of the camera. But what other changes have happened, and how has this affected our lifestyles? Has it even affected the way we think and perceive the world?
The world’s most expensive ice cream is $1,000, but is it worth it?
If you’re in New York and want to try out the world’s most expensive ice cream, head on over to Serendipity 3. It’s home to the Golden Opulence Sundae, priced at $1,000. What’s in this luxurious dessert to make it worth of such a high price tag? Well the dish needs to be ordered 487 hours in advance because its ingredients are flown in from all around the world, including the most expensive chocolate in the world. It is also topped with the only dessert caviar. You won’t find this wallet-emptying treat anywhere else. But how good is it?
What I streamed and really liked: “Coco”
This week's streaming recommendation from Andrew is the Pixar movie "Coco." Despite his family's generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the amazing Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.
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.
Traveling this holiday season? Here are 5 ways to not get hacked
Some people might know that traveling can leave you even more vulnerable to hackers and scammers. As the holidays approach many of us will be traveling more and more. So how do we protect ourselves? Well, there are some simple tricks we can use while we are online and traveling that can make sure we keep our personal and financial information safe. I can show you how.
Set up your own personal VPN
Hackers have a ton of tools to get your personal information. They can use social media, emails, fraudulent websites and so much more to hack you and get whatever they want. There is good news, though. You can use your own set of tools to protect yourself. One of these tools is a VPN or Virtual Private Network. VPNs can make sure you are protected from a number of hacks, and they are relatively simple to set up. I can show you how with some simple steps.
January 12, 2019 – 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