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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.
The Conjuring (2013)
Paranormal investigators and demonologists Lorraine and Ed Warren are in the midst of one of their most challenging, and terrifying cases yet. Based on a true story, this film depicts the Perrons and their five daughters, who recently moved into a secluded farmhouse only to discover a supernatural presence doesn’t want them there. While the disturbances are at first benign, they quickly escalate and threaten the lives of every member, and anyone who tries to interfere.
Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Adapted from a novel with the same name, this movie follows the story of an 18th century lord turned vampire Louis, portrayed by Brad Pitt. He tells a biographer his origins, and how he came to be turned by the other vampire Lestat, played by Tom Cruise. It’s an epic story of one vampire just trying to find meaning after everything he loves is destroyed.
Coraline is moving to a new home, and once she gets there, she can’t help but explore. Inside, she discovers a secret door that leads to a world very much like her own, but in many ways it’s better. But her mirror family don’t want her to leave. It’s up to Coraline to use all her resources and bravery to make it back home in this stop-motion classic.
Van Helsing (2004)
Hugh Jackman didn’t steal a loaf of bread this time, but he definitely has some adversaries to face in this monster movie. Get creeped out by vampires and werewolves and they vie for power, all while being hunted by Van Helsing. Along the way he encounters Anna Valerious and the two join together to destroy their common enemy.
Scooby Doo (2002)
Fully of hijinks and jokes, this movie brings the iconic mystery-solving dog to live action with talents such as Michelle Gellar from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and Rowan Atkinson. Scooby is at it again, but this time the gang isn’t working out so well. After their last mystery, everyone parted ways, only to be mysteriously called to the same island in search of a clue. Ruh-roh!
Children of the Corn (1984)
Originally a short story by Steven King, "Children of the Corn" follows a physician and his girlfriend driving across the Midwest to his new job. The trip comes to a sudden halt when they find the body of a murdered boy on the road. But not everything is as it seems as the couple head to town to contact the authorities. The children are out, and they are looking for blood.
Facial recognition in China
Although this used to be the stuff of sci-fi movies, facial recognition is becoming a technology of today, especially in places like China. And more and more it is becoming a daily part of life. For the Chinese, this revolutionary technology is being used for marketing, surveillance and social control.
Military nano technologies
Technology is innovating and developing faster than ever before. And who’s at the front of this digital tend? Well, defense has been staying on top of these changes, and the military is the first to see some of these new nanotechnologies. Want a sneak peak into the future of technology? Watch this video!
10 free things every Amazon Prime member gets
One of the most well-liked things Amazon introduced to us was Prime. While it is free to use Amazon, people who subscribe to Prime receive many benefits, including access to different Amazon content as well as faster deliveries. That's not all you get, though. If you are not a Prime member, you'll be interested to know what you're missing out on. And if you are, there's a good chance you don't know about everything you get with the subscription.
How a smart speaker can improve your home
Beth in Tallahassee,FL called in to the show to ask about smart speakers and how her family can use them. Smart speakers and virtual assistants are everywhere, helping people in a variety of ways. Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and others can connect to not just our smartphones but to many other smart devices around the house. Kim talks to Beth about how a smart speaker can help with daily tasks as well as how, with some minor upgrades, it can turn her home into smart home.
How to check your internet speed
Internet speed can be very important to all of us. It can be quite frustrating when we try to load a web page and it seems like its 1999 and we are using a dial-up modem. What about when we try to watch a video and it just keeps buffering and buffering. Well, there are ways to test your internet speed so you can find out just how bad it really is. I've compiled a list of apps and other tools to help you do just that.
What I streamed and what I liked: “Cadillac
This week's streaming movie pick from Kim Komando is the docu-drama "Cadillac Records", a film that explores the era of music from the early 1940s to the late 1960s. The movie focuses on record-company executive Leonard Chess and the musicians who recorded for Chess Records. The movie has strong performances and fantastic music. Watch it on your favorite streaming service.
Need extra money for Christmas? Here are some part
We all know the holidays can be a truly stressful time. From family gatherings to shopping, there is quite a bit of it that we just can avoid. But one thing we can control is money. We know it can seem like there just isn't enough of it around the holidays so I compiled a list of different ways you can make an extra buck this year.
Hacked! What to do with an extortion email
Roger from Utah called in to The Kim Komando Show concerned after receiving an email from a hacker trying to extort money. The hacker threatened to share sensitive information about Roger to his friends unless he sends the hacker $7,000. With all the data breaches out there, it's easy for hackers to get passwords and other info on the Dark Web. Kim gives Roger valuable tips on how to combat this type of scam.
5 router security settings to turn on before it
We do our best to protect our devices. We have malware- and virus-fighting software on our computer and make sure we don't download anything from anywhere we don't know and trust. But there is one device that you may not be protecting and it can be one of the most vulnerable: your router. Here are 5 ways you can secure your router that you should be doing today.
How to do a free credit freeze
There are a good many reasons why your credit may go down the tubes, and in fact some might be your fault. There is also the possibility that someone will steal your identity or hack into your accounts. Whatever the reason, anything that can help us keep our credit on the right track is a good thing, and when the help comes for free it's even better.
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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
Block your cellphone number from caller ID with th
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
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 membershi
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.