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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.
Tech News Today: The 5G revolution and Google Maps
Verizon started rolling out its 5G network this week and it's super fast home broadband service is available in four U.S. cities. Also, Google Maps is getting a new feature that could help you cut down on the amount of time it takes to get to work and back with its new commute feature.
Microsoft Office going from store shelves to the c
Choosing between buying a packaged version of Office 2019 or Utilizing Office 365 Cloud based access can be confusing. Also, every time parents think they have an edge over their kids, evolution finds a way. Children hacking their screen time limits!
What happened to Hong Kong’s iconic neon glow?
When night falls on Hong Kong, there is still light. In fact, there are traditionally millions of neon signs that turn on, flashing light everywhere and luring potential customers to their doors. Walking down the streets of Hong Kong was a magical experience, with beautifully light signs everywhere, and neon flooding the otherwise dark streets. But recently, the number of neon signs has declined, and one tourist is searching the city to find out why.
How is cheese really made?
You might be surprised. In fact, that topping you love so much that goes on pizza doesn’t just grow from the ground. No, there is no cheese tree that produces the pungent fruit of the toppings. Instead different cheeses have some pretty different ways to get made, and processes that give them that iconic texture and taste you love so much.
A starving polar bear’s story
As humans continue to dominate the earth, it becomes even more important to take care of this green planet’s other residents. With global warming and pollution encroaching on the health and safety of many animals, one of the species most visibly hit are polar bears. Without the long ice to hunt their prey, these carnivores are forced to search farther for food, often going without.
What is mirror-touch synesthesia?
Have you ever seen something sharp, and just by looking at it, feel the pain it could cause you? Maybe you saw someone else in pain, and physically felt the same sensation yourself? If not, you probably don’t have mirror-touch synesthesia, but it does exist. But this condition isn’t all bad.
Dogs reconnect with owners after tornadoes
It can be a heartbreaking decision to leave your furry family member behind in a natural disaster, but many families and owners are left with no choice, and can only hope that pets survive. Luckily for these owners, they are able to reunite with their lost dogs once again.
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.
Tech News Today: The 5G revolution and Google Maps
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.
Watch out for dynamic pricing when shopping online
Dan from Ocean Park, WA called in to The Kim Komando Show to ask why a product he almost bought on Amazon had doubled in price when he searched for it again at a later date on Amazon. There are many factors that go into that price shift that you may not be aware of. Kim shares with Dan what causes these price fluctuations and how sellers use this tactic to make a profit.
The most fun and useful things you can do with a s
The voice-controlled smart home is the hottest trend in consumer tech since the smartphone itself. And in the center of the smart home revolution are smart speakers/virtual assistants like Amazon Echo/Alexa, Google Home/Google Assistant and Apple HomePod/Siri. Do you have a virtual assistant at home? Are you using it to its full capacity? We have some tips and tricks that will help you fully embrace the smart home revolution.
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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 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.
4 clever ways to prevent spying and 1 way to spy
Cybersecurity is much like driving a car: one accident can change everything, sending ripples of misfortune through every aspect of your life. Protecting your devices may seem excessive, even silly. Do you really need two-factor identification? Aren’t all those complicated passwords just a little annoying? Isn’t public Wi-Fi use acceptable in small doses?
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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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