February 2, 2019 – Hour 3
Tech News Today
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 do you make applying for jobs less painful?
Applying for a new job is hard. In today’s business climate, it’s typical to get no one-on-one contact until you’ve been selected for an interview, and sending out resumes to websites can see a little impersonal. However, many companies are starting to use technological methods to identify potential candidates that are good fits for their open positions. How can you take advantage of this?
Your horoscope is more real than you thought
Have you checked your horoscope for today? While you may laugh at the thought of the zodiac telling you how your day will be, there’s actually more to astrology than just superstition. While astrology itself isn’t a science, it has contributed a lot to scientific discoveries over the years, and still has much to contribute today to modern science and medicine. So what’s so special about your zodiac? Does it really make a difference when you were born?
China is exporting its internet culture
China is one of the largest countries in the world, and its exports and imports span the vast reaches of the globe. However, one of China’s most recent exports is taking the world by storm, and it isn’t physical. Instead, China’s internet culture has seeped out of its borders into other countries, and it may be the future of the internet. What does this Asian country have in store for the rest of the world?
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.
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. These nifty sites can help you get started on your research. We recommend checking more than one, so you get a truer picture of the potential worth of your property.
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
January 26, 2019 – Hour 1
Coming up in the first hour of The Kim Komando Show, do you think your private information is safe because you don’t have social media accounts? On the contrary, these social media accounts might actually know a lot about you. And speaking of social media, some men are paying to use Facebook and Instagram as a way to rekindle their love lives by manipulating their wives. In another report, it was a terrifying situation for one family when their Nest cam was hacked with a fake alert saying the U.S. has been attacked by North Korea.
January 26, 2019 – Hour 2
Then stick with us for the second hour of the show, where we’ll talk about some of the potentially groundbreaking smartphones set to the market this year. Will a foldable phone be as popular as these companies hope? Good news if you like using Apple Pay for mobile payments, because they’re coming to a lot more stores and restaurants. And it’s okay to take photos of your lunch again, thanks to a new nutrition app that wants to help you lead a healthier lifestyle.
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 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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