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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.
What happens to the stuff you return to stores?
As a society of consumers, we tend not to think about what happens to the things we throw away or return to the store. Well, believe it or not, there’s actually a number of special processes to get unwanted goods to their proper destination, and where it all ends up might surprise you.
How Amazon delivers on one-day shipping
It’s absolutely insane how far shipping has advanced in the past five years. While Amazon Prime was already the stuff of logistical legends, the company’s One-Day Shipping is changing the game yet again. Now, you can see how Amazon makes magic happen for customers across America.
Why Apple products use 30 year old software
Remember NeXT? You probably don’t, but if you use a Mac, you are certainly feeling the effects of this defunct software company. Founded by Steve Jobs after his ouster from Apple in the '90s, the company’s NeXTSTEP operating system still helps power Mac OS today! Now, get the whole story about this mysterious, short-lived computer company.
Whirlpool collects rain and fills a canal inside a
Sculptures in public spaces don’t only have to be a treat for the eyes. Sometimes, they can serve a valuable function like this art piece in Singapore. Placed in a mall, the sculpture collects rainwater and fills the canals that traverse its many walkways. Its breathtaking to behold.
Parents! Use my free tech safety contract to keep
Today's children grow up with technology, and kids are always connected. A digital life comes with dangers -- from scammers to child predators. That's why Kim created this technology contract that acts as an agreement between you and your children, so you'll always be in the know about their online activities to keep them safe. Download the contract at komando.com/contract
Tomorrow’s Tech Today: Smart sheets, AI furn
In "Tomorrow's Tech Today," Kim shows you new upcoming and future technology you don't want to miss. The future is here, and smart homes are even cooler than what we saw on "The Jetsons." Check out smart sheets, AI furniture and a state-of-the-art coffee table. These high-tech planters are perfect if your green thumb isn't so green. And forget flying cars. You're going to want this flying motorcycle.
DIY Security – How to delete your personal d
Despite being data-hungry, Google still has a good reputation for a tech company. But that doesn't mean that it's immune to the same greedy tactics other businesses pull. Google keeps tabs on your location, tracks search history, and builds a digital profile based on your browsing habits. That being said, it is possible to look up and delete most of the data Google has on you. We'll be going over Google's data tracking habits, and how you can remove each piece of your digital footprint.
Kim helps listener find $25k in unclaimed money
Long-time listener Robert from Harrisonburg, Virginia, called Kim to thank her for giving him advice that helped him find more than $25,000 in unclaimed money. If you are wondering how he did that, you're not alone. Learn how Robert found that his mother left him money in a probate account he didn't know about.
Kim helps a caller who’s a victim of the “brus
One of Kim’s fans calls in about random deliveries he has been receiving at his home. This concerns him since his personal information is out there being used without his consent. He doesn’t know if he is being charged for these deliveries or if someone has opened up an account under his name and has been ordering products. Thankfully, Kim eases our minds and explains how the so called “brushing” scam isn’t anything to be worried about. Tune in and find out why.
Don’t be tracked, use these Google alternatives
Google has long been known to track you online and that can make you feel uncomfortable, but it doesn't have to be that way. It might seem hard at first but once you get going, you may realize you didn’t need all those Google apps or services. We will talk about search engine alternatives that don’t track their users. If you want to message like Gmail, but don’t want to use Gmail, we will discuss the best alternatives. It might be time to say goodbye Google.
DIY – How to unsend email using Gmail
Have you ever sent an email that you wish you could take back? Well, believe it or not, there is a way you can stop that email from being seen by whomever you sent it to. That way, next time you accidentally send that work email to your boss regarding something embarrassing, there’s a way to reverse that mistake.
How to detect if someone is snooping on your compu
If you are worried that someone might be snooping on you, you’re not alone. Don’t live in fear. There are ways to check and make sure there’s no creeping going on with your computer. Kim will teach you how! For example, you can check recent items to see traces of documents that have been opened. Kim will share with you secret ways you can follow to detect a snooper.
5 essential email hacks you’ll wish you knew soo
Emails, emails, emails. They just keep coming. It seems like everyday there is a long list of emails waiting for you to reply. And then you have to sift through them to figure out which are spam and which are real. Well, thankfully Kim is here to teach us 5 essential email hacks that can make our emailing that much easier. Kim will teach us how to stop the creepy tracking from robo-emails and how to stop images from automatically loading in the background. We will also go over how to protect your recipients privacy, because there is a right way and a wrong way to send a mass email.
Success story: How to make money online
Kim Komando receives a call from Jade Oliver @heavenlyhomesandgardens who left her corporate law job to start an upcycling business. What started out as a way to make some extra money to pay for her law school, has now turned into a full time, hugely successful career. Join Kim and Jade in their discussion about the journey Jade took to becoming an eBay entrepreneur.
Live from the Studio
August 17, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, you might start seeing cameras where you least expect, as the Pentagon is testing surveillance balloons over six U.S. states. Plus, robocall blockers are meant to protect your privacy, but they could actually be doing the opposite. And, it seems no connected device is safe from hackers, not even your fancy DSLR camera.
August 17, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, learn about spears and boats equipped with shark-repelling technology. Plus, there’s a new trend for redesigning office spaces to lower your stress levels and make you happier. And, one woman decided that the best way to never lose her car key again was to have it implanted directly into her arm.
August 17, 2019 – Hour 3
In the final hour, a new foldable phone is on the way from another major tech firm, but will it cast a shadow over Samsung’s Galaxy Fold? Plus, watch where you’re walking because you might be seeing a lot more delivery robots hitting the pavement. And, Google has a new tool for teachers to put a stop to plagiarism in the classroom.
August 10, 2019 – Hour 1
Learn how technology is ushering in the concerts of the future, from augmented reality to immersive 3D sound. Plus, there’s a new sport to play and it was created entirely by artificial intelligence. And, make sure you’re aware of new I.D. requirements for domestic air travel. They go into effect sooner than you think.
August 10, 2019 – Hour 2
Facing scrutiny from the public and quite a few governments, Facebook unveiled a site and app redesign, along with other big changes. Plus, you’ll never believe some of the most vulnerable passwords people are still using. And for the very first time, an aerial drone was used to deliver a life-saving organ for a transplant surgery.
August 10, 2019 – Hour 3
Google made some big announcements this week, from more AR to issues involving your privacy. We’ve got the details. Plus, a lot of advocates are voicing their concerns about Amazon Echo Dots for kids, and the sensitive data they collect. And move over, self-lacing shoes, Nike is ready to start scanning your feet to find that perfect fit.
August 3, 2019 – Hour 1
In the first hour, another day, another data breach but unlike a number of others so far this year, this one affects more than 100 million people who used Capital One. Plus, the next time you buy a house, Amazon might give you thousands of dollars worth of coupons and tech. And, your generic phone chargers could lead to serious injuries.
August 3, 2019 – Hour 2
In the second hour, you won’t believe what one group says will be in homes of the future, like furniture that changes shape. Plus, here’s your chance to get your very own flying motorcycle, but i’ll cost you. And, you may think you’ve seen crazy smartphone designs before, but a new Samsung patent for a 3-screen phone could take the cake.
Using AI to detect knock-offs and counterfeit item
Finding a good deal online is great, but getting ripped off? Not so much. Fake and counterfeit luxury goods are a big problem online and in stores, and it can be hard to know if what you're buying is the real deal. That's where Entrupy comes in: The AI solution authenticates bags, watches, jewelry, electronics and more using a handheld device equipped with a small microscope. And it really works: Entrupy's algorithm is 99.1% accurate. Kim talks with Vidyuth, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Entrupy and the co-inventor of Entrupy’s patented technology.
Social media influencer advice: How to grow your I
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a social media influencer? Meet Kallie House, an Instagram fitness influencer who shares her daily life with thousands and thousands of followers. In 2015, Kallie started tracking her workouts at https://www.instagram.com/kalfitlife. Before long, the former elementary school teacher was getting thousands of new followers each month. Kallie shares how she maintains her successful account and how changes in Instagram's algorithm have impacted her business. She also shares a rule of thumb for influencers wondering how much to charge advertisers and sponsors.
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.
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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How to get a ton of free samples from Amazon
Free samples are fun. You get to test out products you might not otherwise try. Maybe you find a new favorite shampoo. Maybe you discover that floral-smelling perfume is just not right for you. You don’t have to head to a store to try out some free samples. Amazon wants to hook you up in the comfort of your own home.