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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.
Tesla driver caught asleep at the wheel
Tesla’s automated driving feature is a groundbreaking revolution in auto engineering. In fact, some experts think it might be a part of the way we all drive in the future. That said, the technology isn’t completely finished yet, so this Tesla driver is taking a bit of a gamble by snoozing with the autopilot on. Be careful around Teslas…
Automated car parking system in Japan
The automated car parking system is definitely one of the most amazing things to see if you visit Japan. The technology uses a lift to move your car into the parking lot and then give you the ticket. The lift will get your car when you put in your ticket. The car park in this video is in Okinawa. While those who live in Japan feel this is normal, the machine still shocks most of us who do not.
Best online banks that give you more for your mone
Have you noticed how fees are turning up on pretty much everything in life? Even banks are charging fees on things you wouldn't expect these days. That's why it's a good idea to check out some non-traditional banks if you're looking to save money. Did you know there are online banks that offer lower fees and higher interest rates? It's true.
What happens when you shake a soda on the ocean fl
Chris Hadfield is an accomplished astronaut and traveler with a passion for science. As the first Canadian in space, his time outside of the International Space Station has also been filled with discovery. In this clip, Chris performs an experiment in a submersible at the bottom of the ocean floor by shaking a soda to the point of exploding. What makes this video so fascinating, though, isn’t what happens … It’s what doesn't.
New York MTA has a warning for people who drop the
AirPods are insanely popular, with units out of stock at Apple Retail Stores on a regular basis. Because of this, you’d think people would be more careful with their expensive earbuds when traveling. Alas, the smooth design doesn’t exactly mesh well with the hustle and bustle of the New York City subway system. Now, the MTA has issued a warning for all AirPod owners. You won’t believe how many people lose their AirPods on the tracks!
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.
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 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.
Live from the Studio
September 14, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, all the details about Apple’s latest iPhones, other tech and their streaming service looking to take on both Netflix and Disney. Plus, the next big disruption for business could make selling your house much easier. And, Google is about to start collecting even more data, this time with your face.
September 14, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, Audi has an idea of what a hi-tech offroad vehicle should look like, and you’ll never believe what it uses for headlights. Plus, we’ll tell you about the gaming system of the future your kids are sure to want, no matter how outrageous it is. And, you’ve heard about color-changing light bulbs, but what about color-changing ink?
September 14, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour, the next time Alexa doesn’t know the answer to your question, the voice assistant will go asking for help. Plus, a cautionary tale about what not to do if the bank accidentally deposits thousands of dollars into your account. And, a warning for Instagram users that your private posts might not be so private after all.
September 7, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, move over Bruce Willis; NASA has a real plan to keep an asteroid from colliding with Earth. Plus, another group of experts is predicting what the world will look like in 50 years and they’ve got some interesting ideas. And, Facebook has finally rolled out a new feature to protect your privacy. We’ll tell you what setting to change.
September 7, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour, Apple’s annual event to announce the latest iPhone and other tech is right around the corner. We’ll tell you what to expect. Plus there’s another dumb phone on the way to help break smartphone addiction, but it comes with a heavy price tag. And, we’ll tell you what you need to know before getting rid of your old phone.
August 31, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, you might think social credit systems like they have in China could never make their way into the U.S., they’re actually already here. Plus, recent tests show some of the most popular smartphones out there leak far more radiation than government safety limits. And, Amazon is still selling thousands of unsafe products.
August 31, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, if you get tired of product placements popping up in your favorite TV shows and movies, bad news. Those “ads” could be getting much more personal. Plus, if you’ve ever wanted to see things from your pet’s point of view, now you can. And, forget the car keys. With this new SUV, your phone is the only thing you’ll need.
Using AI to detect knock-offs and counterfeit item
Finding a good deal online is great, but getting ripped off? Not so much. Fake and counterfeit luxury goods are a big problem online and in stores, and it can be hard to know if what you're buying is the real deal. That's where Entrupy comes in: The AI solution authenticates bags, watches, jewelry, electronics and more using a handheld device equipped with a small microscope. And it really works: Entrupy's algorithm is 99.1% accurate. Kim talks with Vidyuth, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Entrupy and the co-inventor of Entrupy’s patented technology.
Social media influencer advice: How to grow your I
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a social media influencer? Meet Kallie House, an Instagram fitness influencer who shares her daily life with thousands and thousands of followers. In 2015, Kallie started tracking her workouts at https://www.instagram.com/kalfitlife. Before long, the former elementary school teacher was getting thousands of new followers each month. Kallie shares how she maintains her successful account and how changes in Instagram's algorithm have impacted her business. She also shares a rule of thumb for influencers wondering how much to charge advertisers and sponsors.
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 quickly post 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.
How to tell if someone is bugging or tracking you:
Ever get that feeling someone is watching? They could be. Kim walks you through simple ways to tell if someone is secretly filming or listening to you — or even tracking you with GPS. Plus, a few easy tricks to find out if your phone has been bugged.
How to freeze your credit and why you’d need
You may not have thought about freezing your credit, and now that you heard of the idea you may be wondering why you should. Well, it is one of the top ways to guard against identity theft, ensuring there will be no change to any of it unless you say so. Here is a step by step description of how to do so.
Modem Vs. Router, what’s the difference? DIY
Quick: If I ask you to find the router (not the modem) in your house, can you? What's the difference? We might use them all the time, but do we really know what they do? Since they both look similar, we can easily confuse them for doing the same thing, but that’s not the case. They take on different tasks but work together to assure everything in your home network stays connected. Let's learn together!
How to know if that Facebook request is legit | DI
If you’re on Facebook, chances are you’ve received the occasional friend request from someone you don’t recognize. Maybe you’ve met them and just don’t remember. It’s also possible it’s a scammer trying to take advantage of you. Watch this video so you can learn what to look for -- and quickly spot a fake.
Where to mount your TV? Is it OK to put it over a
Odds are that the center piece and focal point of your living room is your TV. It's our main point of entertainment and many families gather around it to watch movies and favorite shows. If that TV is a flat screen you probably have it mounted on the wall. As with most things, there is a right way and a wrong way to mount a TV -- and it's all about location. I'll show you where.
How to avoid data overage on your home Wi-Fi | DIY
Think you've got unlimited data usage at home? Think again, especially with all the connected devices and streaming content, you could max out your data. This DIY video from The Kim Komando Show explains how to tell if you've gone over your limit and what to do about it.
How to unsend email using Gmail | DIY How-to from
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. Tune in and find out how!
3 police scanner apps you have to try | DIY How-to
If you like to keep up to date with what's going on around you, including public safety alerts and traffic reports, you could buy a dedicated police scanner, but those can be expensive. Ever see something happening in your neighborhood -- you know, with police cars or a fire engine -- and wonder what was happening? Watch and learn about three apps you can use for iPhone or Android.