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Black Friday 2018: 5 deals we know about so far
The best time to plan your Black Friday shopping is right now. Even if you're not going to be throwing elbows down at Walmart, you want to make sure there's money set aside for big purchases. Sure, it ruins the surprise a little, but who wants to be waiting in line for one thing then find out there's something even better across town? Deals are already beginning to leak out, even with Black Friday this far away. Here's five big deals we already know about on electronics and other tech goodies for Black Friday.
Google’s Stadia announcement
Google has announced one of its newest creations. It has been slowly entering different markets, including the smartphone market with the Pixel phone, the smart home market with Google Home, and now the gaming console market. The Stadia is a new console for a new generation, and Google is making some big promises about what it has to offer. Get a quick peek at Google’s announcement of the console at GDC 2019.
How do stores track your every move?
You may not realize it, but the moment you enter a store, there are eyes on you. Maybe they aren’t looking right at that moment, but your steps and decisions are being analyzed at every turn. But why would it be important to watch what customers do in a store? How are retailers tracking your movements?
Marble for classic sculptures
When we think of classic sculptures, we mostly think of something carved from marble. These sculptures of stoic figures with painstakingly realistic details can seem very imposing, and sometimes took months or even years to finish. How did classical sculptors get the marble they used for their creations? Where did it all come from?
11 fascinating things you didn’t know about
Walmart is a huge company. You’ve probably gone into one at some point, or have seen one on the street. Maybe you’ve even worked at one. Regardless, it’s difficult to not know about Walmart. However, even though it’s so widespread and such a big brand, Walmart still has some secrets. Want to find out 11 things you probably didn’t know about Walmart?
The surprising story behind how colors are named
Red is red and blue is blue, but is green blue? How many different shades of blue are there? You may think that the names of colors are very cut and dry, but nothing is ever that black and white. Different countries have different names for colors we might consider the same, but why does this happen?
Dominoes, dominoes everywhere!
Do you know what 250,000 dominoes looks like? If you don't, then this video is a must-watch. Three huge domino events were featured at Zeal Credit Union’s Incredible Science Machine: Game On! From the largest domino field, to the largest domino structure, these amazing creations were built over seven days, and are quite amazing. This one featured popular games and incorporated Rube Goldberg machines, too!
Carrying $1 million in cash is easier than you tho
Have you ever seen a movie and wondered how someone could carry so much money in just one briefcase? It always seems like millions of dollars should take up so much room, but it’s actually much easier to carry $1 million in cash than you think. So the next time you need to carry $1 million, here's how easy it is.
CEO of Zollipops, Alina Morse, calls The Kim Koman
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
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
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
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
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.
Live from the Studio
March 23rd, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, we’ll tell you about a scandal involving cameras hidden in hotel rooms that secretly live-streamed hundreds of guests. Phone carriers are finally taking action to help put a stop to robocalls. And a tech company has created what they say is the first AI-powered voice that’s gender-neutral.
March 23rd, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, Apple made some surprise announcements over the past few days, updating some products that haven’t been touched in years. As Keurig coffee maker sales slump, they’re partnering with Anheuser-Busch to create an all-new version for cocktails. And there’s an incredible smart paintbrush you have to see to believe.
March 23rd, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour, a new hearing aid promises not only better hearing but to translate up to 27 languages. Google is taking a big step into the video-gaming world, but a lot of questions still remain that could impact your wallet. And Dyson might be known for their innovative vacuums, but they’ve got other bright ideas like their new smart lamp.
March 16, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, the all-new 5G mobile network is almost here, but be ready to pay more each month. Plus, hundreds of scientists have a warning about Apple AirPods and other wireless earbuds, saying they could be a health risk . And, get ready for more targeted ads. They’ll soon be coming to your TV, too.
March 16, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, Apple is about to unveil their new streaming service, along with a monthly news subscription. We’ll tell you what you need to know. Plus, grocery stores are starting to use cameras that scan you when you come in. And, you won’t believe some of the things people leave in Ubers. We’ve got the highlights.
March 16, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour, Facebook says their creepy VR avatars are the next step in communication, but it’ll be at the expense of more of your data. Plus, get ready for the Uber of the skies: on-demand private planes. And, various cities hope something called “Zombie” traffic lights will get pedestrians to look up from their smartphones.
Useful ways to repurpose your old cellphone
A smartphone is really just a computer. It’s smaller, of course, and many things are less convenient than on a regular desktop. But smartphones have powerful features, and once you’ve upgraded to a better model, you may wonder what to do with all that valuable hardware. After all, the phone may have been state-of-the-art when you bought it.
Success! Older Airbnb hosts are raking in the doug
Have you ever wondered how some older Airbnb hosts are making a pretty penny sharing their extra space? According to AARP, adults 60 and older are the fastest-growing demographic of Airbnb hosts and are making tons of money doing it. Who couldn't use a little extra cash nowadays?
Step-by-step guide to stop robocalls
We all get those automated and voiced calls from telemarketers either phishing or trying to sell us something. The good news is, there are a few things we can do to stop these. One easy way is to block the incoming caller numbers but that won’t stop them all but there are a few others that can really make a difference!
Fix for everyday tech problems faster than you thi
Modern technology offers many conveniences and it has definitely changed our lives for the better. But with all these welcome advantages come some smaller caveats, of course. Battery anxiety, wire clutter, dropped phones, tangled cords, larger electric bills - it's the price we pay for modern technology.
7 clear-cut signs you’ve been hacked
It may not surprise you to know that you actually make it easy for hackers to do their job. All the technology that you use, including your computer, smartphone, routers and other devices are all vulnerable to cybercriminals. These cybercrooks are good at what they do but there are ways to protect yourself.
4 clever ways to prevent spying and 1 way to spy
Cybersecurity is much like driving a car: one accident can change everything, sending ripples of misfortune through every aspect of your life. Protecting your devices may seem excessive, even silly. Do you really need two-factor identification? Aren’t all those complicated passwords just a little annoying? Isn’t public Wi-Fi use acceptable in small doses?
Komando Flash Tips
Change this one setting to get faster internet spe
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 hidd
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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