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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.
America’s scenic drives
If there's one thing America is known for, it's our beautiful landscape. Not only do we have some of the prettiest sights in the world, our streets, roads, and highways often pass right through them. Only in the U.S. can you drive through sweeping canyons, lush wetlands, and sprawling vistas without leaving our borders. Will you take the scenic route?
Cooking with poison in Japan
Japan is a lush nation with some of the most diverse cuisine in the world. That doesn't extend to all parts of the country, however. After World War II, islanders in Japan's far south found themselves without a sustainable food source. Left with no other options, they did the unthinkable: transform a poisonous plant into a staple food. What's more, they still enjoy eating it today!
Why Amazon is gobbling up failed malls
Do you have any "dead malls" in your town? Malls used to be the heart of America's social and retail culture, but with the advent of online shopping, many have fallen into decline and disrepair. Now that so many have completely boarded up, cities are left with massive buildings and no tenants to occupy them. Amazon, however, might have some ideas of its own for America's dead malls.
Back in the day, cars didn't come standard with Bluetooth receivers or audio jacks. When it came time to listen to music, we turned on the radio. In spite of how much has come and gone since drive-time radio burst onto the scene, millions of people still rely on DJs for music, news, and entertainment. There's just something special about a real person curating our musical experience on the other end of the antenna. Learn about the history of drive-time radio, and how it's holding up in the modern era.
Face it, you’re being watched
Whether we know it or not, facial recognition tech is everywhere. In fact, the device you're reading this on might have a face scanning camera pointed at you this very moment! Despite this fact, not everyone is warming up to the constant presence of cameras and scanners. San Francisco is the first city to ban the technology outright. What other places might you find hidden face-reading cameras?
LA is obsessed with this Japanese sandwich
Do you know "konbi?" These perfectly photogenic sandwiches are a staple of Japanese convenience stores (called "konbini,") and have exploded in popularity in the city of Los Angeles. They're not only the most Instagrammed sandwich in the city, they're quite delicious as well. Sink your teeth into this cute little lunch, and see if you'd be interested in making one for yourself.
Liquid Death, fake social media influencers, real
In this episode of The Kim Komando Show, which aired on Bloomberg TV on May 18, 2019: If you’re too cool to drink a beer, maybe you’d like “Liquid Death” instead. Plus, a new kind of influencer is taking over social media - and they’re not even real. And, Kim speaks with a brave girl who lost her hands and forearms to meningitis as a baby. Now her disability is turning into a superpower, thanks to tech.
The cable that united the world
We sometimes take for granted the fact that we can instantly talk to people halfway around the world. The internet can bridge thousands of miles -- but it wasn't always this way. In the days before the internet, massive undersea cables were needed to send electrical signals across the Atlantic Ocean. The first of these cables was laid by a man named Cyrus West Field, whose forward-thinking innovation helped build the world we live in today. This is his story, and the story of how we united the world with a single wire.
Save money with these discount cables and chargers
We use smartphones for virtually everything in our lives. That little device in your pocket has become so essential that keeping it charged is of the utmost importance. Whether you’re an Android or Apple user, Kim covers both with information such as making sure the chargers for the Android are compliant with USB-C specifications, whether the chargers for Apple are premium Lightning cables, and much much more. Watch this clip from The Kim Komando Show as Kim shares secrets to save money.
How to keep important emails from being marked as
Have you ever found important emails in the spam/junk folder? If so, I'm sure you know how frustrating that can be. In this video, Kim will tell you clever ways to keep that from happening in the future. You’ll learn tricks to make your emails go to specific folders based on the sender, and so much more. Don’t miss this Digital Life Hack from Kim Komando.
What are mobile pay apps and are they safe?
If you have ever been around millennials, you know that they never carry cash. They use these things called person-to-person payment apps. These programs allow you to transfer money between people with just a swipe of your finger. They require you to link your bank account so they can automatically send and receive money. That creates a situation that begs the question: Are they safe to use?
Dating App Ghostwriter Meredith Golden shares her
Kim speaks with the Dating App Ghostwriter, Meredith Golden. They discuss what exactly Meredith does for her clients and how her business, Spoon Meet Spoon, began. Meredith does all the work on the back end; all the clients have to do is show up to the date. She not only swipes right and left for you, but also chooses the right apps for you to use, helps focus your searches, perfects your profile and online presence, and coaches you on the dating lifestyle. Consider her the dating fairy godmother.
9 iPhone tricks you’ll use all the time
If you're an iPhone user, you probably know some features that you use time and time again. Here, I'm sharing 9 tricks that you may not know about. Did you know that you can use AirPods as a hearing aid? Or that you can have a group video chat so you can talk to all your friends at once? Watch this video for those and other tips you may not be aware of.
Could your smartphone save your life?
Nate Felix was in a car accident. He says that his iPhone saved his life. You need to know how. When Nate's Jeep flipped over last month, he couldn’t move. He got help by saying "Hey Siri" loud enough for his phone to make the call for him. Paralyzed from his neck down, Nate would have likely died of hypothermia over night without medical attention. Listen to his story in this great call from the Kim Komando Show.
How to shop for a house, in 3 steps with 6 online
Buying a house is never easy. There is so much that goes into the process it can feel almost impossible to do alone. That's where technology can be your best friend and help you get through it relatively simply. Here are 6 tools that will get you in that new beautiful home, and it will be easy as 1, 2, 3.
12 clever gadgets to use with your Amazon Echo or
These 12 items are the perfect way to get started on a smart home or build on your existing one. They work with Amazon Echo and Google Home, and the best part is, you can get all of them on Amazon. We've got info on lightbulbs, lawn sprinklers, keyless locks and even a clock that does more than just tell time.
Live from the Studio
May 18, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, the FCC is trying to help phone companies help you in the neverending fight against robocalls. Plus, you’ve heard of call spoofing, but what about spoofing radio signals? Researchers are concerned hackers could trick an airliner into thinking it’s off course. And, the number of people who own smart speakers is skyrocketing.
May 18, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, we know Jeff Bezos wants to fill your home with Amazon products and the skies with delivery drones, but now he’s looking at outer space, too. Plus, how about a fashionable handbag with a flexible screen built right into the outside? And, if you’re hungry and stuck in traffic, it’s Burger King to the rescue.
May 18, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, NASA wants to hear your story from that historic day. Plus, Google’s collecting more data, but this time they say it’s to save the planet from pollution. And, Facebook just brought back a handy feature that gives you a stranger’s view of your profile.
May 11, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, it’s a new era for warfare as a recent cyberattack was met by immediate and lethal force by one government. Plus, the U.S. is working on the world’s fastest supercomputer and you’ll never believe just how fast it is. And, if you’re sick of phone calls from debt collectors, brace yourselves, because they’re about to go digital.
May 11, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, an amazing breakthrough in music that’s been 10 years in the making. Learn how hand gestures are replacing traditional instruments. Plus, there’s a new drone hitting the skies, ready to attack any other drones that threaten lives. And, imagine a traffic stop where you hand over your license to a tablet with a police helmet.
May 11, 2019 – Hour 3
Google made some big announcements this week, from more AR to issues involving your privacy. We’ve got the details. Plus, a lot of advocates are voicing their concerns about Amazon Echo Dots for kids, and the sensitive data they collect. And move over, self-lacing shoes, Nike is ready to start scanning your feet to find that perfect fit.
May 4, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, hear about a Chinese database that tracks about a million people, no matter where they are - even how much gas and electricity they use. Plus, after an outcry over privacy, major airlines are covering newly-installed seat-back cameras. And, there’s a new phone scam making the rounds - one that’s bound to wake you up.
May 4, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, learn how technology is ushering in the concerts of the future, from augmented reality to immersive 3D sound. Plus, there’s a new sport to play and it was created entirely by artificial intelligence. And, make sure you’re aware of new I.D. requirements for domestic air travel. They go into effect sooner than you think.
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 quickly post 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.
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. 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 National 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: 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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