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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.
Crushing a Japanese aluminum ball in hydraulic pre
If you’ve seen the Japanese aluminum foil ball challenge, it’s essentially to make a sphere from pounding and polishing a ball of aluminum foil. However, does that really turn it into a solid ball of aluminum? While the mirror-polished balls look very pretty, this one is put to the test against a hydraulic press. Who would win?
Why are TV speakers bad?
When you purchase a TV, it probably isn’t because of its booming speakers, right? It’s because of that 4K HD screen, or even the screen size! But TV speakers are small, low quality, and often in the back or bottom of the TV. Sometimes they are even facing away from you! Is this just a ploy to get you to buy a sound bar? Or is there another reason behind it? Watch the video to find out!
Why is this blue lizard almost extinct?
Iguanas are cool reptiles, and they can come in many different colors. One of the most beautiful, and most rare, is blue. Found only in the Grand Caymans, the blue iguana’s existence is being threatened. Watch the video to see how amazing these creatures are, and what can be done to save them.
These wheelchairs are made for off-roading
Why let a wheelchair prevent you from off-roading? This new Ziesel Sport wheelchair can drive on any surface. Whether you want to follow the dirt bikes, or blast through the waves on the beach, you’ll be able to surpass your limits on this wheelchair. Only problem is how much it costs. Watch the video to see it in action!
Don’t ever buy a car
Why should you buy a car? Or, more importantly, why shouldn’t you? Financial advisor Kevin O’Leary from ABC’s “Shark Tank” has some major advice when it comes to purchasing a car. It could take a huge toll on your finances, and is it even worth it? What are the other options when it comes to transportation. Find out what’s best for you in the video!
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.
Roku vs Amazon Fire TV vs Apple TV vs Chromecast v
More people than ever are getting rid of overpriced plans and are turning to leaner and cheaper online streaming TV services. But, of course, if you want to stream online TV content on an actual TV, you will need a streaming device of some sort. Be it a Roku, an Apple TV, a Chromecast or an Amazon Fire, this will simplify your transition from a cable TV service to a streaming one.
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.
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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.
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?
Useful smartphone tricks you wish you knew before
Most of us use our smartphones for texting, searching the internet and actually making/taking phone calls, but did you know that our smartphones can do much more? Well, the answer is yes! There are many awesome built-in features that our smartphones already have that can make your life easier now.
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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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