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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.
The real reason Walmart ice cream sandwiches don
It's hard to beat Walmart's Great Value products when it comes to price -- but how about quality? A viral example of how strange these products can be is the Great Value Ice Cream Sandwich, which apparently cannot melt in the sun. Is such a thing even possible? As it turns out, these frozen treats are indeed extremely hardy -- and you won't believe the reason why.
Risking death in the name of soup
Ever hear of "bird's nest soup?" This Chinese delicacy has been eaten for centuries by the upper class, and it's still enjoyed by the wealthy today. This unconventional dish is brewed using real nests from a bird called the swiftlet, which can fetch a hefty price of $3,000 per pound! See how this man hunts the valuable nests, and learn about the risk that goes into one of the world's most expensive soups.
Bizarre commuting tales
Traffic is a royal pain in the neck, but people are always coming up with creative ways to get to work. Where some people might bike, ride a train, or hail a taxi to their jobs, others are experimenting with boats, unicycles, and other unique methods. Watch as these folks get to their jobs while travelling in style!
Mansa Musa, one of the wealthiest people who ever
When we think of the wealthiest person in history, we don't need to look too far. Jeff Bezos currently holds the title, and owns more wealth than nearly every human to have ever lived. But others in history have been fabulously wealthy before -- such as Mansa Musa of the empire of Mali. His fortune was so vast it could devastate local economies when he visited! Learn the epic history of one of Africa's greatest kings.
Warren Buffett lives in a modest $652K house
Imagine having a billion dollars. Now imagine having 70 times that amount of money. That's what Warren Buffett's net worth is, but in spite of his vast fortune, he chooses to live with his family in an average-priced home in Nebraska. Why does one of the most powerful men in the world decide to be thrifty with his lifestyle? His answer will surprise you.
Is a Costco membership worth it? Here’s what
Costco sets itself apart from other retailers in America by offering its massive quantities and minuscule prices to members only. Without a proper membership card, the only place you'll be doing any shopping is the food court (and some Costco stores don't even allow non-members there!) But is a Costco membership really worth it? These experts break it down.
How Emirates makes 225,000 in-flight meals a day
Dubai is known as one of the most luxurious cities in the world -- and the airline that services it is no exception. Emirates is a premier airline that offers travelers an unparalleled experience. Its food alone has received great acclaim, and it makes a lot of it in a day. 225,000 meals to be precise. Learn how Emirates prepares so many quality meals in such a short amount of time.
America’s scenic drives
If there's one thing America is known for, it's our beautiful landscape. Not only do we have some of the prettiest sights in the world, our streets, roads, and highways often pass right through them. Only in the U.S. can you drive through sweeping canyons, lush wetlands, and sprawling vistas without leaving our borders. Will you take the scenic route?
Save money with these discount cables and chargers
We use smartphones for virtually everything in our lives. That little device in your pocket has become so essential that keeping it charged is of the utmost importance. Whether you’re an Android or Apple user, Kim covers both with information such as making sure the chargers for the Android are compliant with USB-C specifications, whether the chargers for Apple are premium Lightning cables, and much much more. Watch this clip from The Kim Komando Show as Kim shares secrets to save money.
How to keep important emails from being marked as
Have you ever found important emails in the spam/junk folder? If so, I'm sure you know how frustrating that can be. In this video, Kim will tell you clever ways to keep that from happening in the future. You’ll learn tricks to make your emails go to specific folders based on the sender, and so much more. Don’t miss this Digital Life Hack from Kim Komando.
What are mobile pay apps and are they safe?
If you have ever been around millennials, you know that they never carry cash. They use these things called person-to-person payment apps. These programs allow you to transfer money between people with just a swipe of your finger. They require you to link your bank account so they can automatically send and receive money. That creates a situation that begs the question: Are they safe to use?
Dating App Ghostwriter Meredith Golden shares her
Kim speaks with the Dating App Ghostwriter, Meredith Golden. They discuss what exactly Meredith does for her clients and how her business, Spoon Meet Spoon, began. Meredith does all the work on the back end; all the clients have to do is show up to the date. She not only swipes right and left for you, but also chooses the right apps for you to use, helps focus your searches, perfects your profile and online presence, and coaches you on the dating lifestyle. Consider her the dating fairy godmother.
9 iPhone tricks you’ll use all the time
If you're an iPhone user, you probably know some features that you use time and time again. Here, I'm sharing 9 tricks that you may not know about. Did you know that you can use AirPods as a hearing aid? Or that you can have a group video chat so you can talk to all your friends at once? Watch this video for those and other tips you may not be aware of.
Could your smartphone save your life?
Nate Felix was in a car accident. He says that his iPhone saved his life. You need to know how. When Nate's Jeep flipped over last month, he couldn’t move. He got help by saying "Hey Siri" loud enough for his phone to make the call for him. Paralyzed from his neck down, Nate would have likely died of hypothermia over night without medical attention. Listen to his story in this great call from the Kim Komando Show.
How to shop for a house, in 3 steps with 6 online
Buying a house is never easy. There is so much that goes into the process it can feel almost impossible to do alone. That's where technology can be your best friend and help you get through it relatively simply. Here are 6 tools that will get you in that new beautiful home, and it will be easy as 1, 2, 3.
12 clever gadgets to use with your Amazon Echo or
These 12 items are the perfect way to get started on a smart home or build on your existing one. They work with Amazon Echo and Google Home, and the best part is, you can get all of them on Amazon. We've got info on lightbulbs, lawn sprinklers, keyless locks and even a clock that does more than just tell time.
Live from the Studio
May 25, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, a warning from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, that drones made in China could be stealing data. Plus, more outcry over facial recognition after police use a celebrity’s photo to find a lookalike thief. And, it’s not just about hidden cameras anymore as Airbnb is being targeted by hackers and a phishing scheme.
May 25, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour, a scary new scam making the rounds on Facebook wants you to think you donated money to terrorism. Plus, YouTube is cracking down on videos that say drinking bleach is a miracle cure. And, first it was next-day shipping, now Walmart is looking to take on Amazon even more by releasing their own budget line of tablets.
May 18, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, the FCC is trying to help phone companies help you in the neverending fight against robocalls. Plus, you’ve heard of call spoofing, but what about spoofing radio signals? Researchers are concerned hackers could trick an airliner into thinking it’s off course. And, the number of people who own smart speakers is skyrocketing.
May 18, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, we know Jeff Bezos wants to fill your home with Amazon products and the skies with delivery drones, but now he’s looking at outer space, too. Plus, how about a fashionable handbag with a flexible screen built right into the outside? And, if you’re hungry and stuck in traffic, it’s Burger King to the rescue.
May 18, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, NASA wants to hear your story from that historic day. Plus, Google’s collecting more data, but this time they say it’s to save the planet from pollution. And, Facebook just brought back a handy feature that gives you a stranger’s view of your profile.
May 11, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, it’s a new era for warfare as a recent cyberattack was met by immediate and lethal force by one government. Plus, the U.S. is working on the world’s fastest supercomputer and you’ll never believe just how fast it is. And, if you’re sick of phone calls from debt collectors, brace yourselves, because they’re about to go digital.
May 11, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, an amazing breakthrough in music that’s been 10 years in the making. Learn how hand gestures are replacing traditional instruments. Plus, there’s a new drone hitting the skies, ready to attack any other drones that threaten lives. And, imagine a traffic stop where you hand over your license to a tablet with a police helmet.
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.
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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