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Why do screens make us less happy?
How many hours a day do you think you spend in front of a screen? Whether it’s the TV, your computer, or even your phone, screens are everywhere in life and dominate the world. While they are good for keeping in touch with others, looking up information, or even watching your favorite movie, there are some heavy downsides that come with all of the screens. But why are they making us less happy?
This country used to exist between the U.S. and Ca
If you’ve ever taken a geography lesson, it’s pretty easy to fill out North America. Because it’s just the United States, Canada and Mexico, with Alaska and Hawaii as the only “tricky” portions. But that wasn’t always the case. In fact, there used to be another country between the U.S. and Canada. What happened to it?
Graphene is the next big thing
Right now the next step in technological innovation is right at the door, just waiting for a breakthrough. Whether it’s improved medicine, bulletproof armor, or making the internet go even faster, there’s one material that could bring those things to the world-- graphene. What is this magical material, and will it really be the answer to the next big breakthrough?
Red tide algae bloom killing marine life off Flori
You may have seen it in the news, or maybe you’ve experienced the devastation firsthand in Florida, but if not, this video shows the whole story so far about what’s happening along the Florida coast. A prolonged case of red tide algae is killing off animals of all sizes, and it’s becoming a serious threat.
This robot uses a computer program to find Waldo
Do you remember those big picture books, with different pages featuring different bustling scenes, and people walking all over? In those pictures, your goal was to find one person, a man with a strange cane and red and white striped shirt. Sometimes he was easy to spot, other times it could take hours to find him just peeking out of that building. But now, a robot was created as a way to test the capabilities of Google's new AutoML Vision, by finding Waldo! How does this new technology work?
This creepy atmospheric horror follows a crew in deep space on a commercial starship, who, after discovering a derelict ship with a distress beacon, realize they are no longer alone. Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver, it’s sure to be a movie you might remember as being very, very scary. There’s one scene in particular that even the actors didn’t know was going to happen! It’s available to stream for free with a subscription to HBO GO.
“Back to the Future” Trilogy (1985, 19
What’s better than one Back to the Future movie? All three being able to stream, so don’t wait and go binge it! It’s the classic 1980’s sci-fi classic, with Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, thrown back into the past when a science experiment goes wrong. He gets sent right back to the moment when his parents are the same age as he is -- what could go wrong? It’s available to stream for free with a subscription on HBO Now, HBO GO and HBO Amazon.
6 smart home upgrades to help sell your house
You gotta know your audience. That's the key to selling anything. And it’s especially true when you're selling your house. Because that could mean potentially thousands of dollars more! So if you plan to sell your home or know someone who is, make sure to follow these tips to maximize on your profit.
How to find indoor cameras when renting a house or
Matthew from Kansas called in to the Kim Komando Show to talk about some strange happenings at his new apartment that have been occurring over the last few months. After sharing some stories with Kim, Matthew is convinced his neighbors are spying on him with a hidden camera in his apartment. Kim gives Matthew some great tips on how to spot and stop hidden cameras in his home.
Wi-Fi vs. Bluetooth vs. USB tethering: Which is be
You have your laptop open and ready. You need to answer some emails or complete a work assignment, but there’s no Wifi in sight. This could end up being a frustrating situation, but there’s a simple workaround that can get you online in a jiffy. All you need is a device, either Apple or Android, with a cellular connection. But which is the best way to connect? It all comes down to what you need to accomplish.
Podcast: Hi-tech farms – Is automated techno
When you think about farms and ranches, what comes to mind? You’ll be surprised to know just how hi-tech they have become. Drones, self-driving tractors and sophisticated imaging are about to revolutionize the way our food is grown. Will technology replace farmers?
Podcast: Alex Jones, the First Amendment and Big T
The First Amendment states that our government can't regulate our right to free speech but what about Big Tech? Facebook, Twitter, Apple, and other tech companies have been cracking down on conspiracy theorist and radio show host Alex Jones. In this Consumer Tech Update podcast Kim explores the topic of free speech and Big Tech.
Podcast: How to outsmart hackers and scammers when
You go on vacation to escape. But one thing you can’t escape is the danger of being hacked, scammed or tracked - and as traveler, you’re a prime target! In this episode of Komando on Demand, you'll learn crucial safety practices to safeguard your internet security, whether travelling for business or pleasure. So before you even log on to book a flight, hotel, or car you need to arm yourself.
Slay vampire electronics to save big money
Americans spend $19 billion a year (that’s around $165 per household) on something completely wasteful. You’ve probably never thought about it, but idle electronics, also known as “vampire electronics,” consume all day and night. They us nearly a quarter of an average home's energy. Do you know how much energy is being sucked away in your home? You'd be surprised.
How to raise awareness for worthy causes
Stephen from Texas has been battling kidney disease for several years. He called in to the show asking Kim about the best ways to raise awareness about kidney donation on social media and more specifically about his own need for a kidney transplant. Kim gives Stephen some tips on how to start an awareness campaign that can help him and others in need.
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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! Meet cool singles! Craigslist was stripped-down 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. Thirty years later, 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
Opt-out of online targeted advertising networks an
If you surf the web, you're going to see ads. That's a given, and there's not much you can do about it. What you can change is whether or not you see targeted ads. These are the ads that follow you from site to site and seem to know what you've been looking at online.
Introducing my new video site!
After months of hard work, I am excited to share with you my new and improved video site! I know you’re going to love it. It’s faster, more user-friendly and has fewer ads! You’ll still find my popular categories like flash tips, Komando reports and a slew of other fun stuff like recipes and viral videos. And don’t forget, if you are a member of Kim’s Club, you’ll also be able to watch me record my radio show live from the studio! Check it out for yourself! Click here to see my new and improved video site!