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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.
How will we get to Alpha Centauri?
Space is big. REALLY big. So big, in fact, that we measure distance by the speed that light itself travels in one year. Our closest neighboring star, Alpha Centauri, is 4.3 light years away. That’s 25 trillion miles! Despite this, scientists are already coming up with plans to cross this insane distance. Are you ready for the most epic road trip in the universe?
Binging with Babish: Krabby Patty from ‘Spon
Today, Spongebob Squarepants has become a cartoon icon like Bugs Bunny or Popeye. Just like those two superstars, he even has his own favorite food: the Krabby Patty. Made from a secret formula and cooked fresh to order, this underwater favorite has been lovingly recreated by Binging with Babish, a channel that serves up some of the most delicious food in pop culture. Just don’t tell Plankton.
What I Streamed & Really Liked: ‘Catast
Every week on the Kim Komando Show, Andrew and Kim share what shows they streamed and really liked. This week's show is "Catastrophe." An American in London on business meets an Irish teacher and the sparks fly. Things don't go as planned and what was meant to be a fling gets serious fast between the recent acquaintances. It's a comedy series and it's funny.
Woman finds rooster on her hike and saves his life
On the long Appalachian trail, a woman comes across a loose rooster. However, this rooster wasn’t just exploring nature, it was lost. With no other choice, she decided to take the chicken with her for the rest of the 40 miles. See her endearing journey to rescue this rooster.
Why Stradivarius violins are worth millions
We all know how much expensive classical instruments can go for: several hundreds of dollars at least. Some, however, go for millions of dollars on auction and carry a wealth of history with them. The best examples are Stradivarius violins, made by master craftsman Antonio Stradivari during the 17th century. Music enthusiasts claim that Stradivarius have a sound with no equal, but are these masterwork instruments really all that special?
Local hero saves a dog on the freeway!
Meet Frankie, The Kim Komando Show cameraman by day, dog rescuer by night. On his way to work on a Friday, Frankie stopped in morning rush hour traffic to save a dog. Thankfully, no one was hurt and it was caught on camera by a reporter from local Phoenix channel ABC15! Thank Frankie for saving the day!
This lab-grown brain made a muscle TWITCH, here’
It’s alive! In a moment straight out of science fiction, scientists have created lab-grown brain that can move muscles. This miniature brain, only the size of a bean, was able to join with cells that came from a donors spinal cord, forming a miniature nervous system in a petri dish. Are these mini-brains conscious? No, but their development may hold the key to understanding how neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s develop over time.
Exploring the Arctic’s Global Seed Vault
Deep in the frozen north sits the island of Svalbard, a territory of Norway. Despite its isolation, Svalbard hosts one of the most important buildings in the world: a seed bank containing all of our most precious crops and agricultural plants. Were the Earth to face a devastating catastrophe, this bank would allow us to rebuild our food supply -- even if all of our plants were wiped out. How do the scientists at Svalbard keep these seeds safe?
Kim helps a caller who’s a victim of the “brus
One of Kim’s fans calls in about random deliveries he has been receiving at his home. This concerns him since his personal information is out there being used without his consent. He doesn’t know if he is being charged for these deliveries or if someone has opened up an account under his name and has been ordering products. Thankfully, Kim eases our minds and explains how the so called “brushing” scam isn’t anything to be worried about. Tune in and find out why.
Don’t be tracked, use these Google alternatives
Google has long been known to track you online and that can make you feel uncomfortable, but it doesn't have to be that way. It might seem hard at first but once you get going, you may realize you didn’t need all those Google apps or services. We will talk about search engine alternatives that don’t track their users. If you want to message like Gmail, but don’t want to use Gmail, we will discuss the best alternatives. It might be time to say goodbye Google.
DIY – How to unsend email using Gmail
Have you ever sent an email that you wish you could take back? Well, believe it or not, there is a way you can stop that email from being seen by whomever you sent it to. That way, next time you accidentally send that work email to your boss regarding something embarrassing, there’s a way to reverse that mistake.
How to detect if someone is snooping on your compu
If you are worried that someone might be snooping on you, you’re not alone. Don’t live in fear. There are ways to check and make sure there’s no creeping going on with your computer. Kim will teach you how! For example, you can check recent items to see traces of documents that have been opened. Kim will share with you secret ways you can follow to detect a snooper.
5 essential email hacks you’ll wish you knew soo
Emails, emails, emails. They just keep coming. It seems like everyday there is a long list of emails waiting for you to reply. And then you have to sift through them to figure out which are spam and which are real. Well, thankfully Kim is here to teach us 5 essential email hacks that can make our emailing that much easier. Kim will teach us how to stop the creepy tracking from robo-emails and how to stop images from automatically loading in the background. We will also go over how to protect your recipients privacy, because there is a right way and a wrong way to send a mass email.
Success story: How to make money online
Kim Komando receives a call from Jade Oliver @heavenlyhomesandgardens who left her corporate law job to start an upcycling business. What started out as a way to make some extra money to pay for her law school, has now turned into a full time, hugely successful career. Join Kim and Jade in their discussion about the journey Jade took to becoming an eBay entrepreneur.
5 sites to get free TV without any streaming costs
Cutting the cable doesn't always cut the bill. Now, besides paying for cable, we pay for multiple streaming services with different exclusive content. But why do that when there are free streaming services out there? Watch this clip from The Kim Komando Show for a Money Tip that will give you 5 streaming services you can use immediately for FREE!
Kim advises caller on the difference between Googl
Kim speaks with a caller who works at a Christian School in Illinois and is looking to put the right type of office software on the children's laptops. She was told about the free version of Microsoft for teachers and students, but has been experiencing nothing but a hard time getting it properly installed. That's where Kim comes in! Kim shares information on G Suite for education.
Live from the Studio
April 13, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, what we’ve long suspected is true: Alexa along with thousands of Amazon employees are listening to your conversations. Plus, robocallers are getting scarier than ever by using new technology. And, find out about an app that can help you take back some of your privacy from Facebook, Twitter and Google.
April 13, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, a new milestone in jet engines that could one day mean flying across the Atlantic from New York to London in less than an hour. Plus, delivery by drones is becoming a reality in some places. And, the folding phones are finally here. Find out how to pre-order Samsung’s new Galaxy Fold.
April 13, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour, Amazon wants you to turn your dumb speakers into smart ones using Alexa, but it’ll cost you. Plus, video doorbells add a layer of convenience and security to your home, but now they’re becoming a thief’s favorite target. And, if you want a better night’s sleep, you might consider taking this robot to bed with you.
April 6, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, millions of Facebook records have been discovered on exposed servers, including passwords and comments. Plus, with yet another big data breach involving your payment cards, you might rethink how you pay for things. And, learn how you can spot a fake Uber driver, so you don’t become a victim.
April 6, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, learn about a hi-tech hotel where facial recognition is used for everything, including check-in and paying your bill. Amazon’s making their next big move, this time into space with a plan for worldwide internet service. And, vacation rentals are still having a problem with hidden cameras.
April 6, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour, scammers are managing to get fake tax incentives ads on to Facebook. Don’t fall for it. Plus, Google’s creepy new AI that almost sounds too human is expanding to more tech. And, there’s a new set of wireless earbuds out there, sportier than AirPods and with a super-long battery life. But the money still goes to Apple.
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
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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