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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.
Google’s Stadia announcement
Google has announced one of its newest creations. It has been slowly entering different markets, including the smartphone market with the Pixel phone, the smart home market with Google Home, and now the gaming console market. The Stadia is a new console for a new generation, and Google is making some big promises about what it has to offer. Get a quick peek at Google’s announcement of the console at GDC 2019.
How do stores track your every move?
You may not realize it, but the moment you enter a store, there are eyes on you. Maybe they aren’t looking right at that moment, but your steps and decisions are being analyzed at every turn. But why would it be important to watch what customers do in a store? How are retailers tracking your movements?
Marble for classic sculptures
When we think of classic sculptures, we mostly think of something carved from marble. These sculptures of stoic figures with painstakingly realistic details can seem very imposing, and sometimes took months or even years to finish. How did classical sculptors get the marble they used for their creations? Where did it all come from?
11 fascinating things you didn’t know about
Walmart is a huge company. You’ve probably gone into one at some point, or have seen one on the street. Maybe you’ve even worked at one. Regardless, it’s difficult to not know about Walmart. However, even though it’s so widespread and such a big brand, Walmart still has some secrets. Want to find out 11 things you probably didn’t know about Walmart?
The surprising story behind how colors are named
Red is red and blue is blue, but is green blue? How many different shades of blue are there? You may think that the names of colors are very cut and dry, but nothing is ever that black and white. Different countries have different names for colors we might consider the same, but why does this happen?
Dominoes, dominoes everywhere!
Do you know what 250,000 dominoes looks like? If you don't, then this video is a must-watch. Three huge domino events were featured at Zeal Credit Union’s Incredible Science Machine: Game On! From the largest domino field, to the largest domino structure, these amazing creations were built over seven days, and are quite amazing. This one featured popular games and incorporated Rube Goldberg machines, too!
Carrying $1 million in cash is easier than you tho
Have you ever seen a movie and wondered how someone could carry so much money in just one briefcase? It always seems like millions of dollars should take up so much room, but it’s actually much easier to carry $1 million in cash than you think. So the next time you need to carry $1 million, here's how easy it is.
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.
Tips and tricks for preserving family history
Kandy from Phoenix, OR called in to The Kim Komando Show with a question about how to make a book out of her 92 year-old mother's poetry. Kandy's mom lives in a very rural area and she wanted some tips about the best way to start preserving her writing. Kandy also wanted to know the best way to record her mother telling the stories behind her poetry. Kim give Kandy some great tips on how best to preserve this piece of her family history.
Live from the Studio
March 23rd, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, we’ll tell you about a scandal involving cameras hidden in hotel rooms that secretly live-streamed hundreds of guests. Phone carriers are finally taking action to help put a stop to robocalls. And a tech company has created what they say is the first AI-powered voice that’s gender-neutral.
March 23rd, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, Apple made some surprise announcements over the past few days, updating some products that haven’t been touched in years. As Keurig coffee maker sales slump, they’re partnering with Anheuser-Busch to create an all-new version for cocktails. And there’s an incredible smart paintbrush you have to see to believe.
March 23rd, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour, a new hearing aid promises not only better hearing but to translate up to 27 languages. Google is taking a big step into the video-gaming world, but a lot of questions still remain that could impact your wallet. And Dyson might be known for their innovative vacuums, but they’ve got other bright ideas like their new smart lamp.
March 16, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, the all-new 5G mobile network is almost here, but be ready to pay more each month. Plus, hundreds of scientists have a warning about Apple AirPods and other wireless earbuds, saying they could be a health risk . And, get ready for more targeted ads. They’ll soon be coming to your TV, too.
March 16, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, Apple is about to unveil their new streaming service, along with a monthly news subscription. We’ll tell you what you need to know. Plus, grocery stores are starting to use cameras that scan you when you come in. And, you won’t believe some of the things people leave in Ubers. We’ve got the highlights.
March 16, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour, Facebook says their creepy VR avatars are the next step in communication, but it’ll be at the expense of more of your data. Plus, get ready for the Uber of the skies: on-demand private planes. And, various cities hope something called “Zombie” traffic lights will get pedestrians to look up from their smartphones.
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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