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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.
Discover the movie magic in Hollywood
Movies today are filled with so many special effects and computer-generated effects that it can be hard to tell what’s real and what’s done on a computer. But behind all of those special effects are some very special people. They are the ones that filmmakers turn to for scientific facts, to voice movie trailers, or to coordinate cool stunts.
How does China plan to grade 1.3 billion people?
If you’ve read the news recently, you might have seen an article about how China wants to grade its people based on a "good or bad" system. Essentially, it means that you’ll be able to rate others on how good of a citizen they are, and they will be able to rate you back. But how does the giant country intend on accomplishing this feat for all its citizens?
Earth’s last great marine reptiles
Take a look back at the Earth before humans dominated the planet. Ancient creatures ruled, and while some are well-known like the T-Rex, there are other great dinosaurs that you may not know about. The mosasaurs were huge marine reptiles, some even dwarfing the T-Rex in size.
Water-spitting fish identifies human face
The archerfish hunts its prey in a unique way. Instead of looking to the water for food, it can actually spit water above the surface. The fish uses this cool ability to knock down insects from nearby foliage. In order to get food though, they have to have good aim. And know what an insect looks like. Scientists were able to take advantage of this phenomenon to see if an archerfish could recognize a human face.
Wildlife of the Scottish Highlands
You may not think that the Scottish Highlands is a unique place, but the wildlife there is one of a kind. There’s no other place than the frozen tundra of Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park. While it may look like a remote wasteland, the tundra teems with life. Many cool animals call the Scottish Highlands home.
There’s a new way to track animals in winter
Usually when wintertime comes around, it’s a lot easier to lose track of many of the animals that researchers are trying to keep tabs on. Snow tracks were used to establish species distribution, but they were often inconclusive. However, scientists have recently discovered a new way to gather specific data from snow by sampling eDNA from elusive carnivores. What does that really mean?
This guy is the underwater Indiana Jones
Did you know that Indiana Jones doesn’t just exist in a movie? In fact, he’s a real-life person who goes on crazy adventures -- and he works underwater. Dr. Charles Beeker has been investigating shipwrecks since the 1960s. However, these shipwrecks are hotspots for hobby divers and other people trying to steal their treasures. Take a dive into his interesting life trying to preserve these historic artifacts.
Ideas and tips for musicians to reach a larger aud
Justin from Canton, MI called in to The Kim Komando Show with a question about how to reach a wider audience for his band. Justin's band have been playing together for about 6 months and he describes their music as a mix of hard rock and heavy metal and he wants to know how to find a bigger audience via the internet. After listening to their music and watching their video, Kim gives Justin some tips and ideas on how to stand out from other musicians online.
One vital step you must take now to protect your o
Technology is always evolving, and cybercriminals have found flaws in the two-factor authentication system – especially if you’re using your personal phone. Hackers have ingenious ways to hijack phone numbers. Stay one step ahead of cybercriminals with this one vital step.
5 steps to record and share your family history
Websites like Ancestry.com have lead many people to piece their family's history together through records. But you can take a different approach and not only learn more about your family members' pasts, but preserve that information in a digital archive of interviews to share with others for years to come. And with these ideas from The New York Times, it only takes a few steps.
One thing you need to do now to protect your onlin
With all the hacking, scamming, online fraud and so much more out there, it can be difficult to really know how to protect your online accounts. Plus, with robocalls, your cellphone number is vulnerable, too. Well I've recently discovered a way to make sure not only to protect your identity online, but you also maintain the security of your cellphone number. It's easier then you may think, and I can show you.
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.
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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.
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 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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