Kim Komando Today

Kim Komando Today

Each day, Kim Komando shares the tech news that impacts you, smart tips to get more out of your devices, and essential ways to protect yourself from hackers and scammers — all in just 30 minutes. Want more from Kim? Try her free, smart tech newsletters at https://www.komando.com/subscribe/

Episodes

December 7, 2022 38 min

Are you dealing with Christmas stress? The government is here to help! Also, Google launches yet another way to stuff websites with ads, Netflix expands its video game collection, animate your own stories with Alexa, IRS scam and five smart ways to use Bluetooth trackers.

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Got a Eufy security cam? It may be sending your private videos to the cloud — without permission. Plus, stalkers are using Amazon Alexas to terrorize victims, five holiday scams to watch out for and where to stream your favorite Christmas movies. Also, Elon Musk reveals how Twitter suppressed the Hunter Biden laptop story. Here's all you need to know.

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Planning a road trip? Here are five ways to make sure your car is safe for travel. Plus, how to turn your smart speakers into an intercom system, five signs your phone is tapped, secret Windows screen recording tool and why this is the most confusing and uncertain Christmas shopping season ever.

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Wait until January to buy TVs, workout gear, winter clothes and home goods. Here's why. Plus, TikTok live streams are getting out of control, best Christmas gifts under $50, cheapest family plans, be careful getting your phone or computer repaired and a new way to recognize fake images and videos.

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Got a holiday trip coming up? Download these apps ahead of time. Plus, how to put your driver's license on your phone, the best holiday playlists, record your older relatives about your family history and the best Christmas gifts for every budget. You can also win a $100 Amazon gift card! Here's how.

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Don't want to share your Wi-Fi password with guests? Just use a QR code! Plus, make virtual gatherings more fun, find the lowest gas prices, use Waze with your kid's voice, Google Maps secrets and how to make the most out of Bluetooth trackers.

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Are you still doing your holiday shopping? Use CamelCamelCamel to find the best prices. Plus, the inside scoop on Google Shopping, how to get free shipping, use online coupons and get cash back, use PhotoScan to take photos of pictures in frames, five series worth watching and how to find hidden cameras in your Airbnb or rental.

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Why aren't Americans buying electric vehicles? The answer might surprise you. Plus, BMW owners are mad at a new subscription and Facebook's newest chatbot hates Facebook. Also, you don't need to swipe your credit card to pay anymore. Just hold out your hand. After a machine scans your palm, you're good to go. Here's why you should be worried.

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Do you get scam calls all the time? Here's how one guy used telemarketers to raise $100,000. Plus, the coolest new iPhone features, blocking third-party cookies and the best way to read a book on your phone. And a quick way to find specific pictures, keywords and more in your text messages.

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Half of all macOS malware comes from this one app, Twitter will ditch the 280 character limit, Meta employees and security fired for hijacking user accounts, Google will pay a big settlement to 40 states for tracking locations, YouTube keyboard shortcuts you'll use all the time, smishing tips and why Ubers are getting more expensive.

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Got a messy photo gallery? Use these tricks to clean it up. Plus, the best Twitter alternatives, hidden privacy report for your phone, YouTube's new jingle, Google Maps update shows where EV stations are and an urgent Black Friday warning for shoppers with PayPal accounts. Also, Netflix now lets you cut off freeloaders and Apple AirPods can work as more affordable hearing aids.

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Are you paying for premium internet plans? A new study says your download speeds aren't as fast as they should be. Plus, avoid the worst passwords, Apple's iCloud.com redesign, make $400,000 a year sleeping on TikTok and Apple's iPhone 14 satellite emergency SOS is finally live.

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Sick of scammers? Just sue them! Here's how. Plus, the secret to saving money on your streaming bills, how to schedule emails, tools to take screen breaks for your health, shocking smart thermostat research, Carvana's stock plummets and why the left is freaking out about Elon Musk.

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The USPS is warning against one of the easiest ways to send a letter or gift. Why? Thieves are targeting holiday mail. Plus how Taylor Swift broke the internet, two smart new Windows tips and how to get better photos with your family.

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In this 30-minute podcast, Apple is spending $450 million to enable emergency texts when you don’t have service. Plus, Starlink’s new data cap, Apple’s slick new free app and how to make long-haul flights more bearable. And take your guess at how many tech issues the average battles at work each week.

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In this 30-minute podcast, a VR headset no one should wear. It can kill the wearer if they die in a game. Plus, Netflix’s ad-support tier doesn’t work on some devices, three streaming hits are back, take a Zoom call from your car and how to save money on your streaming bills. And find out if Kim can fool Judith in Brand New or Not True.

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In this 30-minute podcast, Meta is in steep decline. Is this the beginning of the end for Facebook? Plus, all the changes at Twitter and a look at its newest competitor Mastodon. And a trick to find the best seat on a plane, get reminders from your smart assistant and how to do a free background check.



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Why the era of Facebook is ending, Elon Musk's shocking luck, paying for blue Twitter checkmarks, family-friendly OnlyFans, Android's earthquake warning, make your PC or Mac start up faster, how to find Wi-Fi network passwords and five ways to look better in photos.

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Find the best laptop for your budget, new Siri and Google Assistant tricks, car recalls to watch out for, best video game gifts for any age, self-driving taxi updates and more of the top tech news stories from the Kim Komando team.

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Tech that lets us speak to our dead relatives is getting better. Plus, Amazon Smart Fridges are coming soon, five jobs robots and AI will replace, new burrito tech, block trolls with this free tool, improve your website and see if you can pass this security test.

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