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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.
Elton John’s first piano
While there are many advertisements that seem fake and just want to push their products, sometimes there are ones that really tug on your heartstrings. This one definitely falls into the latter category, and it will remind you of all the true meaning behind Christmas and giving things to others. Watch the video and see Elton John’s life backwards, and what the impact of one simple gift can be.
The biggest parrot in the world
The term parrot covers a vast and diverse number of birds, from the small budgie parakeet that can sit on one finger, or the large macaws that you definitely don’t want to put your finger near. But the biggest of them is a beautiful bird that you might not have seen before. With a very large beak and long feathers, this macaw is worth protecting.
What’s happening with elephantiasis in India?
Elephantiasis is a treatable and preventable disease that is spread by mosquitoes. It affects 120 million people worldwide, and the worst thing about it is that many people don’t know enough about it to prevent the disease. In India, two health-care workers are traveling door to door to spread awareness.
Explore this Antarctic city teeming with king peng
There’s a booming city of 400,000 in the Antarctic. No, it isn’t full of people, but instead it's filled with king penguins. South Georgia’s St. Andrews Bay has a busy beach that teems with penguins. They have all arrived to create the next generation, and catch up with their relatives. Want to see what life is like in this chilly city?
These Hollywood props are so real that the Secret
Hollywood props are becoming more and more realistic every year. With more movies having bigger budgets, physical props must keep up with the computer digital effects. In Sunland, California, the Independent Studio Service is one of the largest prop houses in Hollywood, and has more than 1 million props for rent. Their job has become more challenging as camera technology has improved, but making detailed objects isn’t their only problem.
What would life look like on Venus?
Earth is one of the few planets in the solar system, but so far it’s the only one that can support life. But what about the neighboring planets? If you want to learn more about what Venus is like, and why it probably wouldn’t be a great fit for life, watch the video! You’ll even get to see some cool history on Venus!
Don’t get ripped off, check your internet sp
Many internet service providers make claims about how fast their internet speed is, and that can be really important when it comes to how we use it. Many times you will be streaming or trying to connect a new device and it will get extremely slow or sometimes not work at all. But that's why I have a solution for you. There are free online programs you can use to check your internet speed and make sure your ISP is being truthful about their speed claims.
Trace a server’s IP to find out who sent you
We all know phishing scams have become a large part of today's internet culture. You receive an email and you are not sure whether or not you should open it. Well, what you might now know is there is a way to see where that email was sent from and even what server it came from. This can help you establish if the email is dangerous or not. Now, it might take a little leg work, but that's why I am here to walk you through the steps.
Great Amazon Prime perks you didn’t know about u
You may have heard of Amazon Prime, the service that allows you to get 2-day shipping with any order you place. What you might not have heard of is the entire suite of benefits you receive when you sign up for Amazon Prime. There are so many I decided to compile a list of the 10 best. While they are all amazing, #6 might just take the cake.
Kim’s picks of gadgets that are worth your m
When it comes to gadgets, there are so many out there that could really help make our lives better or easier. That sounds great, except for one problem. There are so many. But that should not stop you from upgrading your tech. With that in mind, here are some gadgets I not only think you'll want to have, but are also worth the money.
Finding unclaimed money and upgrade your smartphon
Flo from Charlottesville, VA called in to The Kim Komando Show to thank Kim for helping her find some unclaimed money. Flo is a subscriber to Kim's email newsletters and after reading an article about how to get unclaimed money, Flo found out she has some extra funds coming in. With her new windfall, Flo asks Kim for some tips about upgrading her smartphone.
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.
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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.
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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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