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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.
Love Actually (2003)
Here's a romantic comedy that has touched a lot of hearts. In these nine intertwined stories set around Christmas, there's one common thread. Love is the one emotion that connects us all. Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon and Alan Rickman star in these complex interrelated tales of love and loss, hardship and happiness.
The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
This fun film has been an unexpected hit for Netflix. Siblings Kate and Teddy Pierce hatch a scheme to capture Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. When the plan goes awry, the kids join forces with a somewhat jolly Saint Nick (Kurt Russell) and his loyal elves to save the holiday before it's too late. Keep an eye out for Mrs. Russell, Goldie Hawn!
White Christmas (1954)
An instant classic, "White Christmas" tells the story of two singers who join two sisters to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. When they get there, they run into an old friend from the war, whose business is failing. So the two decide to plan a yuletide extravaganza to bring the business back from the brink! Filled with lots of Christmas cheer and classic holiday music, you’ll love rewatching this film!
This ‘thank you for your service’ was
While you may not think your words carry that much of an impact, even the simplest of messages can be important. For one man, the simple note from a sixth-grade girl helped him get through the Vietnam War. John Metzler received a letter on the battlefield on Christmas Day in 1970. What the little girl had written would change his life, and he always wondered what had happened to her.
The bicycle wheel, reinvented
Bicycles have been around for a while, and although there are always new models coming out every year, the technology hasn’t really changed much since the first bicycles were invented. However, one man named Michael Burtov has decided to throw the old bicycle wheel out the window and completely reinvent it. His result? The GeoOrbital wheel, which doesn’t require a pedal to be moved.
What I streamed and what I liked: “The Grinc
This week's streaming pick comes from Andrew. As we all set up our holiday decorations, many of us like to watch a holiday flick. Andrew and his family always watch "The Grinch." In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children's tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Reluctantly joined by his hapless dog, Max, the Grinch comes down from his mountaintop home and sneaks into town to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos. However, the bitter grump finds a hitch in his plans when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who.
Wisdom teeth get a bad rap
Each year, 5 million Americans get wisdom teeth removed. If this has happened to you, you know the pain of them growing, and were probably confused as to why they even existed. The biggest problem is that wisdom teeth often can’t actually fit into our mouths. Why are they still there then?
Kim’s Advice: Best computer for video editin
Dave from Green Bay, WI called in to The Kim Komando Show to get advice on what computer he should purchase for editing his vacation videos. Dave and his girlfriend are traveling extensively and making memories. Already an avid still photographer, Dave is now taking a lot of digital video of their trips and would like to buy a computer that can handle extensive video editing. Kim gives Dave tips on the ideal computer to purchase that can help him edit their memories like a pro.
Practical and boring tech gifts people will use ti
Sometimes amazing tech doesn't need all the flash and glitz to make it incredibly useful. Some tech is more about convenience, ease of use, and the way it impacts our lives, rather than how much it blows our mind. This Christmas, maybe it's time we get our loved ones something they will use virtually on a daily basis. Some of these items may seem simple, but can really be life changers.
New ways to come up with a secure password
Passwords are just one of those things we have to get used to. They basically are required for almost everything we do now. Our phones, tablets, email, bank account - you name it, they are everywhere. But are you making sure you are safe online with all your different passwords? Are you managing them correctly or making sure they are robust enough? You might not be as safe as you think.
The inspirational story of a wounded veteran
Steven from Monroe, UT, a Vietnam War veteran himself, called in to the show to share his inspirational story about his son, Rob, who was gravely wounded in Iraq. Rob was in and out of numerous hospitals, had several surgeries, and the whole family was affected. Kim has always feels deeply connected to the military and to her listeners. Steven called to thank Kim for getting his son a laptop that helped him pass the time during hospital visits and when he went back to school. The Kim Komando Show thanks all those who serve our country and has always supported our men and women in our military.
Traveling this holiday season? Here’s 5 ways
Some people might know that traveling can leave you even more vulnerable to hackers and scammers. As the holidays approach many of us will be traveling more and more. So how do we protect ourselves? Well, there are some simple tricks we can use while we are online and traveling that can make sure we keep our personal and financial information safe. I can show you how.
Set up your own personal VPN
Hackers have a ton of tools to get your personal information. They can use social media, emails, fraudulent websites and so much more to hack you and get whatever they want. There is good news, though. You can use your own set of tools to protect yourself. One of these tools is a VPN or Virtual Private Network. VPNs can make sure you are protected from a number of hacks, and they are relatively simple to set up. I can show you how with some simple steps.
3 ways to keep your Amazon gifts under wraps
As Christmas approaches, we are starting to get those gifts we purchased online for our friends and family. But, sometimes it can be difficult to make sure we keep those presents secret so that on the big day we can see the surprise and joy on their faces. That's why I have three tips for you that will make sure you keep those presents under wraps this year.
Podcast: The best Black Friday and Cyber Monday de
Shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday means getting the best deals on the latest tech like laptops, televisions, tablets, smartphones, and so much more. In this episode of Komando on Demand, Kim shares insider secrets on scoring the best deals you can get your hands on during the biggest shopping days of the year. Kim talks to retail and shopping expert Sarah Hollenbeck from blackfriday.com about some of the best deals from Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Kohl's, Macy's, and other retailers. Don't miss this podcast as you will hear first-hand what to look for and where to find it. Kim and Sarah also share the hottest deals on clothing, jewelry, and toys on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
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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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