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Cooking with poison in Japan
Japan is a lush nation with some of the most diverse cuisine in the world. That doesn't extend to all parts of the country, however. After World War II, islanders in Japan's far south found themselves without a sustainable food source. Left with no other options, they did the unthinkable: transform a poisonous plant into a staple food. What's more, they still enjoy eating it today!
Why Amazon is gobbling up failed malls
Do you have any "dead malls" in your town? Malls used to be the heart of America's social and retail culture, but with the advent of online shopping, many have fallen into decline and disrepair. Now that so many have completely boarded up, cities are left with massive buildings and no tenants to occupy them. Amazon, however, might have some ideas of its own for America's dead malls.
Back in the day, cars didn't come standard with Bluetooth receivers or audio jacks. When it came time to listen to music, we turned on the radio. In spite of how much has come and gone since drive-time radio burst onto the scene, millions of people still rely on DJs for music, news, and entertainment. There's just something special about a real person curating our musical experience on the other end of the antenna. Learn about the history of drive-time radio, and how it's holding up in the modern era.
Face it, you’re being watched
Whether we know it or not, facial recognition tech is everywhere. In fact, the device you're reading this on might have a face scanning camera pointed at you this very moment! Despite this fact, not everyone is warming up to the constant presence of cameras and scanners. San Francisco is the first city to ban the technology outright. What other places might you find hidden face-reading cameras?
LA is obsessed with this Japanese sandwich
Do you know "konbi?" These perfectly photogenic sandwiches are a staple of Japanese convenience stores (called "konbini,") and have exploded in popularity in the city of Los Angeles. They're not only the most Instagrammed sandwich in the city, they're quite delicious as well. Sink your teeth into this cute little lunch, and see if you'd be interested in making one for yourself.
Liquid Death, fake social media influencers, real
In this episode of The Kim Komando Show, which aired on Bloomberg TV on May 18, 2019: If you’re too cool to drink a beer, maybe you’d like “Liquid Death” instead. Plus, a new kind of influencer is taking over social media - and they’re not even real. And, Kim speaks with a brave girl who lost her hands and forearms to meningitis as a baby. Now her disability is turning into a superpower, thanks to tech.
The cable that united the world
We sometimes take for granted the fact that we can instantly talk to people halfway around the world. The internet can bridge thousands of miles -- but it wasn't always this way. In the days before the internet, massive undersea cables were needed to send electrical signals across the Atlantic Ocean. The first of these cables was laid by a man named Cyrus West Field, whose forward-thinking innovation helped build the world we live in today. This is his story, and the story of how we united the world with a single wire.
This is why Costco’s pizza is so delicious
Costco rakes in around $1 billion per year in food court sales -- and for good reason. Its famous by-the-slice pizza is beloved by shoppers and diners alike, making the big-box store one of the largest pizza chains in the country. What is it, though, that makes its pizza so darn good? Dive into the cheesy goodness and learn why Costco pizza gets top marks.
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
May 11, 2019 – Hour 3
Google made some big announcements this week, from more AR to issues involving your privacy. We’ve got the details. Plus, a lot of advocates are voicing their concerns about Amazon Echo Dots for kids, and the sensitive data they collect. And move over, self-lacing shoes, Nike is ready to start scanning your feet to find that perfect fit.
May 4, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, hear about a Chinese database that tracks about a million people, no matter where they are - even how much gas and electricity they use. Plus, after an outcry over privacy, major airlines are covering newly-installed seat-back cameras. And, there’s a new phone scam making the rounds - one that’s bound to wake you up.
May 4, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, learn how technology is ushering in the concerts of the future, from augmented reality to immersive 3D sound. Plus, there’s a new sport to play and it was created entirely by artificial intelligence. And, make sure you’re aware of new I.D. requirements for domestic air travel. They go into effect sooner than you think.
May 4, 2019 – Hour 3
Facing scrutiny from the public and quite a few governments, Facebook unveiled a site and app redesign, along with other big changes. Plus, you’ll never believe some of the most vulnerable passwords people are still using. And for the very first time, an aerial drone was used to deliver a life-saving organ for a transplant surgery.
Tips to avoid vacation rental scams online
Before you commit to a vacation rental, you need to know how scammers are working to steal your money. The FTC warns of a variety of different rental scams. Sometimes criminals will hijack a real listing, change the contact information, and advertise it on a different website. Some create fake rentals that don’t really exist and aim to take your money before you discover it’s all a sham.
Genius new gadgets to make your home smarter
Maybe it’s time we updated the “your home is your castle” idea for the modern technology age. With new smart-home gadgets, your home can now be your futuristic sci-fi space station. We can talk to our home, control the environment, watch over our rooms, and hand the chores off to robots. The smart home is getting brainier all the time.
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.
How to get a ton of free samples from Amazon
Free samples are fun. You get to test out products you might not otherwise try. Maybe you find a new favorite shampoo. Maybe you discover that floral-smelling perfume is just not right for you. You don’t have to head to a store to try out some free samples. Amazon wants to hook you up in the comfort of your own home.
Check your home! These vinyl records are worth big
With the resurgence of vinyl, there's an opportunity for wise collectors to make some serious coin. If you had the foresight to hang on to that record collection all these years, you might be sitting on a pile of gold...so to speak. That's why you should check out your stash and see if you have any gems that are worth some big money.
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.