Is a Costco membership worth it? Here’s what to buy at Costco
Costco sets itself apart from other retailers in America by offering its massive quantities and minuscule prices to members only. Without a proper membership card, the only place you'll be doing any shopping is the food court (and some Costco stores don't even allow non-members there!) But is a Costco membership really worth it? These experts break it down.
How Emirates makes 225,000 in-flight meals a day
Dubai is known as one of the most luxurious cities in the world -- and the airline that services it is no exception. Emirates is a premier airline that offers travelers an unparalleled experience. Its food alone has received great acclaim, and it makes a lot of it in a day. 225,000 meals to be precise. Learn how Emirates prepares so many quality meals in such a short amount of time.
America’s scenic drives
If there's one thing America is known for, it's our beautiful landscape. Not only do we have some of the prettiest sights in the world, our streets, roads, and highways often pass right through them. Only in the U.S. can you drive through sweeping canyons, lush wetlands, and sprawling vistas without leaving our borders. Will you take the scenic route?
Cooking with poison in Japan
Japan is a lush nation with some of the most diverse cuisine in the world. That doesn't extend to all parts of the country, however. After World War II, islanders in Japan's far south found themselves without a sustainable food source. Left with no other options, they did the unthinkable: transform a poisonous plant into a staple food. What's more, they still enjoy eating it today!
Why Amazon is gobbling up failed malls
Do you have any "dead malls" in your town? Malls used to be the heart of America's social and retail culture, but with the advent of online shopping, many have fallen into decline and disrepair. Now that so many have completely boarded up, cities are left with massive buildings and no tenants to occupy them. Amazon, however, might have some ideas of its own for America's dead malls.
Back in the day, cars didn't come standard with Bluetooth receivers or audio jacks. When it came time to listen to music, we turned on the radio. In spite of how much has come and gone since drive-time radio burst onto the scene, millions of people still rely on DJs for music, news, and entertainment. There's just something special about a real person curating our musical experience on the other end of the antenna. Learn about the history of drive-time radio, and how it's holding up in the modern era.
Face it, you’re being watched
Whether we know it or not, facial recognition tech is everywhere. In fact, the device you're reading this on might have a face scanning camera pointed at you this very moment! Despite this fact, not everyone is warming up to the constant presence of cameras and scanners. San Francisco is the first city to ban the technology outright. What other places might you find hidden face-reading cameras?
LA is obsessed with this Japanese sandwich
Do you know "konbi?" These perfectly photogenic sandwiches are a staple of Japanese convenience stores (called "konbini,") and have exploded in popularity in the city of Los Angeles. They're not only the most Instagrammed sandwich in the city, they're quite delicious as well. Sink your teeth into this cute little lunch, and see if you'd be interested in making one for yourself.
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.
The cable that united the world
We sometimes take for granted the fact that we can instantly talk to people halfway around the world. The internet can bridge thousands of miles -- but it wasn't always this way. In the days before the internet, massive undersea cables were needed to send electrical signals across the Atlantic Ocean. The first of these cables was laid by a man named Cyrus West Field, whose forward-thinking innovation helped build the world we live in today. This is his story, and the story of how we united the world with a single wire.
This is why Costco’s pizza is so delicious
Costco rakes in around $1 billion per year in food court sales -- and for good reason. Its famous by-the-slice pizza is beloved by shoppers and diners alike, making the big-box store one of the largest pizza chains in the country. What is it, though, that makes its pizza so darn good? Dive into the cheesy goodness and learn why Costco pizza gets top marks.
17 details in ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8 Episode 5 you might have missed
Unsurprisingly, Game of Thrones' fifth episode of its final season left many viewers in a state of shock. Between plot twists, violence, and incredible cinematography, the clashing armies of Westeros have never looked this ferocious (or terrifying.) What you might not have noticed, however, are subtle details in the background of many frames. Eagle-eyed viewers have been keen to point out the secrets hidden in the episode, and this list compiles some of the best findings into one place. Oh, as a courtesy, here's a spoiler alert!
10 amazing egg tricks
The egg is, without a doubt, one of the most versatile foods on the planet. Not only are there hundreds of ways to cook eggs, they’re also an essential ingredient in countless dishes around the world. Here are 10 new ways to “hack” how you prepare your eggs. What tasty meals can you make with them?
Why is Costco opening its own chicken farm?
We already know Costco is one of the biggest retail outlets in the U.S. Today, it faces a growing demand for quality products -- competing with other big box stores such as Walmart and Target. Costco’s demand for meat, in fact, is so high that the company is pushing to open its very own chicken farm in Nebraska. Will this help Costco keep its prices low in the face of rising poultry costs?
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.
12 clever gadgets to use with your Amazon Echo or Google for a smart home
These 12 items are the perfect way to get started on a smart home or build on your existing one. They work with Amazon Echo and Google Home, and the best part is, you can get all of them on Amazon. We've got info on lightbulbs, lawn sprinklers, keyless locks and even a clock that does more than just tell time.
How much is my house worth?
If you are thinking about selling your house anytime soon, then you are probably wondering exactly what it is worth as you don't want to get pushed around by real estate agents or potential buyers. These nifty sites can help you get started on your research. We recommend checking more than one, so you get a truer picture of the potential worth of your property.
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.
May 4, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, learn how technology is ushering in the concerts of the future, from augmented reality to immersive 3D sound. Plus, there’s a new sport to play and it was created entirely by artificial intelligence. And, make sure you’re aware of new I.D. requirements for domestic air travel. They go into effect sooner than you think.
May 4, 2019 – Hour 3
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.
April 13, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, what we’ve long suspected is true: Alexa along with thousands of Amazon employees are listening to your conversations. Plus, robocallers are getting scarier than ever by using new technology. And, find out about an app that can help you take back some of your privacy from Facebook, Twitter and Google.
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.
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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.
The 7 best beaches of the world
There are hundreds of beaches where you can spend your vacation. But how do you know which ones will provide you with the breathtaking views that you are craving? No worries, we're here to help. That's why we're going to share with you seven of the best beaches in the world. Let's start with number seven and count down to the top spot.
3 vacation scams to avoid
Ever booked a trip somewhere exotic, only to arrive and find out they lost your reservation? Or come home to realize that some of the credit card transactions aren't from you? Tourists are easy targets for hackers and criminals. That's why you need to know how to spot them.