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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 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.
If HAL was an Amazon Alexa
Have you ever seen “2001: A Space Odyssey”? If so, you may remember the AI robot named HAL 9000. Well, one YouTuber decided to reimagine HAL as an Amazon Alexa. Of course, Alexa comes with all the difficulties of using a voice-recognition assistant. See how she would perform aboard the spaceship.
3 easy ways to get free and discounted smart home
Smart gadgets can allow us to do some incredible things. They can help you keep an eye on your front door, control other devices in your home, and even turn the lights on and off with just your voice. While the price tags of these gadgets can be high there are some simple things you can do save money using these devices and maybe even get them for free.
Kim’s tips for selling online and on social
Marilyn from Huntsville, Alabama, called into The Kim Komando Show with some questions about how to sell her paintings online. Marilyn is an extremely talented artist and has been painting for over 30 years. Her paintings are hanging in galleries all over the world and are very popular. Marilyn wants to start selling more of her paintings online rather than in galleries. Kim gives Marilyn some tips on how to get started selling on social media as well as some other avenues to get her art to the right audience.
7 search sites to use other than Google
"Just Google it" has become a common expression. It shows just how much Google has become part of the lexicon when it comes to search engines. But, what if you are trying to search for something more specific, like what to watch on a late night, or your trying to find that perfect GIF? There are specific search engines that cater to basically anything. They are even better than Google.
15 most exotic expensive places you can rent on VR
Looking to start planning your vacation for 2019? While most of the time doing this means asking the question, "How much can I afford?" why don't we ask the question, "How much can I spend?" With that in mind, I have put together a list of some of the most exotic and expensive rentals available on VRBO.
5 Alexa skills that you’ll use time and time aga
Alexa can perform so-called “skills.” Amazon and its partners have developed more than 15,000 skills, and they run the gamut of uses – from workflow to domestic life to entertainment to safety to whimsical party tricks. Here are several exciting ways that an Alexa device can assist you.
CES highlights from Komando.com
The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show is happening in Las Vegas Jan. 8-11 and we'll have all the highlights. CES is the largest show of its kind in the US, with more than 180,000 people and more than 4,500 exhibiting companies. Exhibitors feature products from dozens of product categories, including fitness, home, vehicle, computer hardware, virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Check back with komando.com all week for CES highlights!
What makes a smart thermostat smart?
Are you looking to make your home a whole lot smarter? With the smart home revolution in full swing, one of the best investments you can do right off the bat is a smart thermostat. Why? Switching your regular thermostat to a smart one will not only make your home feel more "hi-tech," but it can also help you manage and cut your energy costs. Smart thermostats also offer a level of convenience that we've never had before.
5G feeds your need for internet speed
The 5G revolution is also aimed at delivering virtual-reality experiences and bringing more devices online, from sensors and robots to cars and smart-home gadgets. The next generation of wireless tech is handing out some big promises, so here’s what you need to know about the coming of 5G.
How secure and private are DNA tests?
Todd from Pennsylvania called in to The Kim Komando Show with some concerns about DNA testing. Todd wanted to know how secure his DNA would be with companies like 23andMe or Ancestry.com. With the popularity of DNA testing, Todd's concerns are well founded. Kim gives Todd some tips and advice about how to protect your DNA being sold to third-party companies.
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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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