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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.
Aladdin reboot trailer from Disney
Are you ready for another live-action Disney remake? Well, not to worry, because "Aladdin" is coming to the big screen again! Reminisce in all the songs and characters you know and love, but with a whole new world! Want to see a sneak peek of the new Disney film releasing next year? Watch the video, and all your wishes will be granted.
You won’t believe what this artist’s canvas is
Toilet art has been popular ever since Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain” in 1917. Since then, artists have been taking the most private aspects of life to the next level, and this artist in Texas is no different. His chosen medium is toilet seats, and you won’t believe the kind of art this man has produced over the years. Check out the video and prepare to be amazed!
What I streamed and really liked: “A Wrinkle
Andrew's streaming pick for this weekend is Disney's adaptation "A Wrinkle in Time." Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg's classmate Calvin O'Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe.
People who ignore science lead the Flat Earth move
The Flat Earth movement is comprised of people who believe that the Earth is shaped like a frisbee, humans have never been to the moon, and all footage from space is faked. Why do some people subscribe to this belief, and why is it ignoring science?
This robot can jump over stuff
Want to watch a video of a robot jumping over things? The Boston Dynamics robot is jumping over and climbing things, and while it may not seem that impressive, this robot is the future of dynamic robots. Why? Well, if you look closely, you can see that it is able to shift its weight to appropriately overcome obstacles. The robot uses computer vision to locate itself with respect to visual markers and hit the terrain accurately. It’s come a long way from not being able to walk in a straight line.
Do Dogs Really Miss Us?
We would like to think that, when we leave for work, our dogs miss us. Yes, they get really excited when we return, but are they happy to see us or is it just excitement for the sake of being happy? Are they looking forward to that meal you’re going to give them, or maybe the belly rubs they have been waiting for all day. But in reality, if someone else was to walk through that door at the end of the day, could you say that your dog wouldn’t act the same?
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
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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