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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.
What I streamed and really liked: “Adam Ruin
This week's streaming pick from Andrew is "Adam Ruins Everything" from truTV. Comic Adam Conover brings his original online series to TV, expanding upon his efforts to poke fun at everyday things that people accept or assume without question. In the half-hour investigative comedy, Conover uses a not-quite-deadly combination of comedy, history and science to debunk widespread misconceptions about topics and ideas that are routinely taken for granted.
The Pixar short ‘Smash and Grab’
Pixar shorts are some of the best bits of animation out there. Sometimes, they are tacked on with full-length films, and other times they are released as standalone pieces. One of the most recent ones is a short called "Smash and Grab," which features two antiquated robots who risk everything for freedom.
This chef is making airplane food gourmet
Now let’s talk about airplane food. It sucks, right? Well, not for one chef’s cooking. Matt Farrell is a professional chef who has decided to change the status quo of bad airplane food. Instead, he creates designer menus for passengers flying first class, like hot smoked salmon poke and buffalo milk burrata. If your mouth isn’t watering yet, it will be.
The newest trend for eating is Instagram restauran
If you know about Instagram, you probably also know about how it can lead to many people taking pictures of things instead of truly experiencing them. While Instagram changed photography, it’s now changing restaurants. One restaurant in New York is taking into account how it will look in social media pictures. Social media is an important aspect for all businesses to consider, but the Milk & Cream bar is taking it to a whole new level.
This font is difficult to read, but your memory wi
Have you ever had this happen to you? You’re reading a paragraph, maybe studying for an upcoming test or need to review notes for a meeting tomorrow. Suddenly the words blur together and your brain seems to go on autopilot. You’re reading, but not really comprehending the words. It can be difficult to remember everything you read, but a few people at RMIT University in Melbourne wanted to change that. They've created a new font that’s difficult to read, but it actually increases information retention. Want to see if it works?
These grilled cheese gadgets will blow your mind
Have you ever wanted to make a grilled cheese and it didn’t turn out the way you want? Maybe you wish it were easier to see if the cheese was melting, or to get that perfectly browned crust. With these five awesome grilled cheese gadgets, you can leave the hard work behind and get the tasty snack you’ve been wanting.
How much is my house worth?
If you are thinking about selling your house anytime soon, then you are probably wondering exactly what it is worth as you don't want to get pushed around by real estate agents or potential buyers. Well, as they say knowledge is power, and these nifty sites can help you get a quick estimate of your home's value so you can have the upper hand.
Kim’s advice for musicians to get noticed on
El from Los Angeles, CA called Kim to ask how to increase Spotify numbers for some musicians she is working with. After reaching out to some curators of playlists that will feature some of their music, El found that the results were a little underwhelming and decided to call Kim for some advice. There are several ways to increase a musician's exposure on Spotify and get the public listening. Kim gives El several good tips and advice that every up-and-coming musician should know.
How to stop your smart TV from spying on you
Don't look now, but you won't believe how your smart TV is not just gobbling up your viewing data, but it may also be gathering information about your home. Can you minimize your smart TV's snooping activities? Our advice: Turn off its tracking features. I'll tell you how.
Kim’s tips for having a great website
Billy from Mexico called The Kim Komando Show with some questions about how to increase his website traffic. Billy and his wife retired early in life and have been traveling the world. Billy started a website 14 years ago in order to educate people about how to have financial freedom. The problem is, Billy's website doesn't get as much traffic as he would like. Kim gives Billy some great tips about how to update his website, make it mobile-friendly, and more. Don't miss this great call with Kim!
7 digital tricks you’ll use time and time again
On your computer, phone or tablet, there are tons of secret tricks you may not even know about! These tricks can often save you time, make you more efficient and can be downright impressive. From using your voice to type to making your smart speaker do your bidding, here are 7 great digital tricks that you'll be using time and time again.
Can you make money selling ringtones?
Derby from Los Angeles, Calif., called The Kim Komando Show to ask about how to sell ringtones. After doing some research, Derby found that there are still plenty of apps and websites selling ringtones. The ringtone market has seen a steep decline over the years, and with all the smartphones, it's pretty easy for people to make their own. Kim cautions Derby to do more research before he makes the leap to sell ringtones and discusses the current market.
DIY ways to fix your crappy home Wi-Fi
Slow Wi-Fi is the best, right? Yes, that was sarcasm, because no one loves slow Wi-Fi. You're lying on the couch and streaming that newest Netflix show that everyone is watching, and all of a sudden you get the buffering. Well, there are some nifty do-it-yourself trick that can help solve that.
Live from the Studio
February 16, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour of the Kim Komando Show, artificial intelligence is being used in a lot of fields, but it also has an artistic side. If you have a set of these washer and dryers, you don’t have to worry about running out of detergent any longer. And a major retailer is making changes to their app after some sneaky price changes based on where you are.
February 16, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour of the Kim Komando Show, Apple’s got a big announcement coming up, but some businesses aren’t thrilled about it. If you get lost walking around the big city, your smartphone and augmented reality will help you get to your destination. And there’s no shortage of match-making apps out there, but a new one that’s just for cattle might be the first of its kind.
February 16, 2019 – Hour 1
Coming up in the first hour of the Kim Komando Show, your handy smart speakers already collect a lot of data about you, but now they want even more. There’s another massive data breach and if you have an account at one of these sites, your username and passwords might be for sale. And just about anything that’s connected can be hacked these days, which includes a popular new way to get around town.
February 9, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour of the Kim Komando Show, a few companies have been caught secretly recording what you’re doing while using their apps on your iPhone. We’ll tell you which companies are involved. Amazon could be using their new facial recognition technology to verify sellers. And Samsung has a new idea for a dating app, so you better make sure your refrigerator’s tidy.
February 9, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour of the Kim Komando Show, one California company is ready to rock the home security market, replacing guard dogs with guard drones to protect your property. The NYPD is calling out navigation app waze for telling people about police checkpoints. And we’ll tell you about the sneaky fees you should watch for on your monthly cable bill.
February 9, 2019 – Hour 1
Coming up in the first hour of the Kim Komando Show, it’s a violent and scary new trend for thieves looking to steal iPhones. We’ll tell what you need to know so you can protect yourself. As auto technology evolves, cyber experts say cars are becoming more vulnerable to hackers. And if you have teens in the family, this is probably the new app they’re using. We’ll tell you about it.
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.
Komando Flash Tips
Block your cellphone number from caller ID with th
People know it's you calling when your caller ID pops up on their phone, but it doesn’t have to be like that. There are two ways to keep your identity secret while making a call: one is permanent; the other is temporary on a call-by-call basis. The temporary way of keeping your mobile number invisible from caller ID is as easy as 1,2,3.
Download your photos from Facebook – here
There are several reasons why you might want to download your Facebook photos. You may simply want a backup, or perhaps you want to create a photo book or share them through another platform. You may also want to preserve them if you are planning on leaving Facebook and deleting your account. Ready to backup your Facebook adventures? Here’s how to save your photos for posterity.
Amazon Prime: Everything you get with a membershi
Like most people, you probably signed up for Amazon Prime for a specific reason. Maybe it was the free shipping, the streaming videos or the free music. We've put together a master list of every major thing you can do with your Amazon Prime account. Take a breath and buckle in, because this list is pretty extensive.
How to remove viruses from your iPhone or iPad
Let's face it, hackers and criminals are out to get you. These days, they even have ways of infecting your iPhone and iPad. Have your devices been hit by an attack? Here are some surefire signs that you're a victim. Plus, I'll give you tips to get rid of viruses and bugs from your iPhone and iPad.
Most popular iOS apps of all time
One thing that makes smartphones great is the abundance of apps that are available. It's been a decade since the first iPhone. That means Apple's App Store wasn't far behind. Over the past 10 years, there have been tons of iOS apps that people around the globe have fallen in love with. App Annie put together a list of the most popular iOS apps over the last decade.
The 7 best beaches of the world
There are hundreds of beaches where you can spend your vacation. But how do you know which ones will provide you with the breathtaking views that you are craving? No worries, we're here to help. That's why we're going to share with you seven of the best beaches in the world. Let's start with number seven and count down to the top spot.
3 vacation scams to avoid
Ever booked a trip somewhere exotic, only to arrive and find out they lost your reservation? Or come home to realize that some of the credit card transactions aren't from you? Tourists are easy targets for hackers and criminals. That's why you need to know how to spot them.