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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!
How to track your child’s smartphone use
Joseph from Mt. Laurel, NJ called in to The Kim Komando Show with a question about how to track and safeguard his daughter's new smartphone. These days, it's harder than ever to keep tabs on what our kids are doing. That's because they've got two lives: The one you can see and monitor; and the virtual one, where you may have no idea what they're up to. Kim gives Joseph some awesome advice on how to set up boundaries for his daughter to use her new phone and shares an app that will allow him to supervise, manage and protect his daughter's device use.
Wireless security cameras with the most free cloud
Home security is as important as ever, and the great news is there are plenty of cameras that will help protect our homes. They are easy to set up and do a great job of monitoring what goes on in and around your home, with some doing even more than that. But along with just watching the happenings, one of the best things they can do is record the video to be watched later. After all, you probably don't have time to just monitor your home all day, but may at some point have a need to check the tape.
How to get your money back when you book your vaca
Linda from Idaho had been planning a trip to North Carolina and had booked and paid for a rental home online. When Hurricane Florence hit and her flight was cancelled, she naturally figured she could get a refund on her rental. That wasn’t the case. Out of frustration, Linda called The Kim Komando Show for advice from Kim on how she could get her money back.
Secrets to getting the best airplane Wi-Fi possibl
You'll finally have speedy in-flight internet. Here's how to make the slow, sluggish and unpredictable airplane Wi-Fi a lot less expensive and a lot faster! Keep reading to find out how these simple tricks can improve your Wi-Fi on your next flight.
The best way to gain exposure and land your dream
Stephen from South Carolina is looking for a new career move. He called in to The Kim Komando Show seeking tips from Kim on how he can reach potential employers and get noticed. If you’re starting a new career, making a career change or simply wanting to get the perfect job, Kim gives tips how to maximize your online presence and have a great digital first impression!
Selling your house? Here are some upgrades you nee
We're sharing expert tips from realtors who know what home buyers want. These days, they want smart home tech. The great news for you is, you can often increase your home's value by adding a few smart home devices that will set you back less than $1,000 and often less than $100.
6 popular accounts that need two-factor authentica
Setting up two-factor authentication for securing your account is a pretty good idea. It's obvious that this simple step is worth the little effort required to set it up. But which accounts should you enable it on? Here's how to enable two-factor authentication on six popular accounts offering this must-have feature.
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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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