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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.
A Christmas Carol (2009)
This is a new take on the holiday classic, featuring the hilarious and deep talent of Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge. You may know the age old story, but you shouldn’t miss it re-imagined through the motion-captured animation in this film, now on Amazon Prime. You’ll meet Christmas past, present and future, so don’t wait to embark on a journey to find the true meaning of Christmas.
The Polar Express (2004)
When this film first came to theaters, many people didn’t believe it was animated. Back then, the idea of motion captured animation was just budding in media, and the film still holds up very well, now on Amazon Prime. With the incredible talents of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis from "Forrest Gump" and "Cast Away," "Polar Express" tells the inspiring adventure of a young boy who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus.
Home Alone (1990)
What can be better than the antics of a bratty 8-year-old? Macaulay Culkin acts in the film, now on Amazon Prime, that sparked a slew of sequels. While his family plans a trip to Paris, his mother inadvertently forgets him and they set off, leaving poor Kevin alone in the house. He awakens the next morning assuming his wish to have no family has come true, but his antics are soon squashed by a duo of robbers who set their eyes on his family home.
Remember, don’t feed them after midnight! In this comedy/horror Christmas film, a gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son. He finds an odd one at a store in Chinatown, and it comes with a few weird rules: never expose it to bright light, water, or feed it after midnight. Of course, the man doesn’t follow the rules, and something sinister rises on Christmas Eve. Watch on Amazon Prime.
The Man Who Invented Christmas (2018)
In 1843 London, author Charles Dickens finds himself in financial trouble after writing three unsuccessful novels in a row. Desperate for a hit, Dickens relies on real-life inspiration and his vivid imagination to bring Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters to life in "A Christmas Carol." Christmas would never be the same as it turned into the celebration we know today. Watch this on Amazon Prime.
This one is a Christmas classic. If you’ve ever known that friend, or been that friend who isn’t crazy about Christmas, you know that other friend who goes ballistic every year when December rolls around. This is the dynamic in Elf, when Buddy (Will Ferrell) is accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler. Growing up as an elf, he never realized he was truly human until the size difference began to show. Eventually he is told he must return home and find his father (James Caan), who is not a huge fan of Christmas. Hilarity ensues, so make sure you take the time to watch this film on Amazon Prime!
What is the funny bone anyway?
It’s something that has happened to almost all of us. You’re talking about something, or maybe just moving around, and you accidentally hit your elbow on something. But it really hurts, more so than if you had hit it anywhere else. You might have just hit your funny bone. Turns out, that pinching and numbing sensation actually has nothing to do with the bone. Want to find out what it is?
Podcast: The best Black Friday and Cyber Monday de
Shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday means getting the best deals on the latest tech like laptops, televisions, tablets, smartphones, and so much more. In this episode of Komando on Demand, Kim shares insider secrets on scoring the best deals you can get your hands on during the biggest shopping days of the year. Kim talks to retail and shopping expert Sarah Hollenbeck from blackfriday.com about some of the best deals from Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Kohl's, Macy's, and other retailers. Don't miss this podcast as you will hear first-hand what to look for and where to find it. Kim and Sarah also share the hottest deals on clothing, jewelry, and toys on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
3 Black Friday and Cyber Monday insider secrets st
The holiday shopping weekend coming up, better known as Black Friday and Cyber Monday, has some amazing deals, but even with all the sales it's easy to rack up a pretty penny. So, of course you want to save a little extra cash during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Fortunately, there are some simple tricks that help you do just that. I can show you how.
10 great Siri tricks you’ll wish you knew so
The virtual assistants are becoming more and more prevalent everyday. We use them to do so much from simple reminders to remembering what to buy at the grocery store. Well one of the first and most popular of these is, of course, Siri for the iPhone. What you might not know is there is a slew of unique features that she can perform that are not only game changing but sometimes entertaining.
Best streaming boxes for getting the shows and mov
At this point, it seems that streaming movies and TV shows is just so much simpler and more convenient than cable. You can watch whatever you want, whenever you want right from the comfort of your couch. But, there are just so many streaming devices that it can be difficult to know which one is the best. The good thing is, there are quite a few great ones out there. I can show you the best ones to buy today.
Critical settings so hackers can’t access your b
Just how secure are your bank accounts? You need to assume that your password isn’t strong enough. You might as well believe that someone, somewhere, is working around the clock to break into your accounts and steal your money, your identity and anything else you have. Because it’s essentially true. But there are ways to block them.
Publishing a book from a hacker’s point of v
Karl from Oklahoma City, a former hacker, called in to The Kim Komando Show to ask about how to publish and promote a book. Karl, a former hacker, has decided to write a book about ID theft from a hackers' point of view. Having a former hacker give tips and advice about what people can do to safeguard their personal data is a huge benefit to everyone. Kim asks Karl about his days as a hacker, about his book and then gives him some advice on how to get it published.
How to use your phone as your home internet provid
In this day and age, we all require the internet for a wide variety of tasks throughout our day-to-day lives. We need to connect with our friends and family, be entertained, find out information, or basically anything else. With that being said, a new wave of so called 'Cord Cutting' seems to be on the rise. First it was getting rid of the landline phone, then it was cable, now it's home internet service.
Clever ways to free up space on your smartphone
Have you ever gotten that alert that says your phone is too full and you need to delete items to open up space? It can seem annoying and hard to choose what to delete. Do you delete photos, apps, contacts? There is a right and a wrong way to go about doing this. I can show you what to delete first and what to save or move somewhere else, and it's actually pretty simple.
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3 new online marketplaces better than Craigslist
Once upon a time, Craigslist was a great idea. Post classified ads for free! Buy and sell what you want without any hassles! Craigslist was easy and straightforward. You could throw up text and photos, then take them down whenever you wanted. You didn't even have to post your email address. Now, Craigslist is a ghost of its former self. As goes the internet, new marketplaces keep opening up, and I’ve been very pleased with many of these alternatives.
Best streaming service: Netflix vs. Vudu vs. Amazo
When you’re picking a streaming video service, so many questions pop up: how much does it cost? What movies does it have? Can you find current episodes of your favorite TV show, or are they all from past seasons? Is there an app, and how well does it work? The list goes on and on.
5 ways to slash your smartphone bills
Remember, a smartphone is a small computer, and computers are expensive. Even older-model phones can cost hundreds of dollars, never mind the $1,149 you'd have to pay for an iPhone X with 256GB, or the Samsung Galaxy S9, which costs upwards of $950. No matter the carrier, the freefall days of free and discounted phones are over, at least among mainstream providers. The pressure to own a smartphone is high, so how do you keep those expenses as low as possible?
Insider tricks to keep hackers and scammers from s
Cybercriminals are out in full force looking for ways to steal your data. It’s worth money to them. That’s why we’ve seen a massive uptick in the number of data breaches over the past few years. Unfortunately, most folks don’t know they’ve been hacked until it’s too late. With cybercrime so rampant, you need to be proactive about protecting yourself.
Tips and apps for office administration
Terry from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, called in to the show to learn how to optimize their on site security reporting. Their community hires off-duty police officers to patrol the neighborhood and are looking to update how officers check in, how they report, and how they can communicate more effectively in the field.
Clever Alexa commands you can use again and again!
More than any other device, Alexa has become our closest approximation of artificial intelligence. She has a voice and personality, and if you ask the right question, she’ll even get sassy with you. Users even refer to Alexa as “she.” We usually prefer to say her name, rather than the name of the device itself, Amazon Echo. For many owners, Alexa is more than a mere virtual assistant; she has become something like a domestic companion, a Rosie or R2-D2 that can also order takeout.
Incredible useful travel apps you didn’t know ab
Have smartphone, will travel. Nowadays, your phone may operate in many different countries, or you can easily stick a SIM card into the slot and pick up a local data plan. Another option is to keep your phone off and only use Wi-Fi whenever you find it. In short, your phone is still useful when you travel, and you can access your apps in seaports and souks around the globe. Many apps are designed to enhance the travel experience.
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 the image was taken. 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 federal 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 is: 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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