The Polar Express (2004)
When this film first came to theaters, many people didn’t believe it was animated. Back then, the idea of motion captured animation was just budding in media, and the film still holds up very well, now on Amazon Prime. With the incredible talents of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis from "Forrest Gump" and "Cast Away," "Polar Express" tells the inspiring adventure of a young boy who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus.
Home Alone (1990)
What can be better than the antics of a bratty 8-year-old? Macaulay Culkin acts in the film, now on Amazon Prime, that sparked a slew of sequels. While his family plans a trip to Paris, his mother inadvertently forgets him and they set off, leaving poor Kevin alone in the house. He awakens the next morning assuming his wish to have no family has come true, but his antics are soon squashed by a duo of robbers who set their eyes on his family home.
Remember, don’t feed them after midnight! In this comedy/horror Christmas film, a gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son. He finds an odd one at a store in Chinatown, and it comes with a few weird rules: never expose it to bright light, water, or feed it after midnight. Of course, the man doesn’t follow the rules, and something sinister rises on Christmas Eve. Watch on Amazon Prime.
The Man Who Invented Christmas (2018)
In 1843 London, author Charles Dickens finds himself in financial trouble after writing three unsuccessful novels in a row. Desperate for a hit, Dickens relies on real-life inspiration and his vivid imagination to bring Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters to life in "A Christmas Carol." Christmas would never be the same as it turned into the celebration we know today. Watch this on Amazon Prime.
This one is a Christmas classic. If you’ve ever known that friend, or been that friend who isn’t crazy about Christmas, you know that other friend who goes ballistic every year when December rolls around. This is the dynamic in Elf, when Buddy (Will Ferrell) is accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler. Growing up as an elf, he never realized he was truly human until the size difference began to show. Eventually he is told he must return home and find his father (James Caan), who is not a huge fan of Christmas. Hilarity ensues, so make sure you take the time to watch this film on Amazon Prime!
What is the funny bone anyway?
It’s something that has happened to almost all of us. You’re talking about something, or maybe just moving around, and you accidentally hit your elbow on something. But it really hurts, more so than if you had hit it anywhere else. You might have just hit your funny bone. Turns out, that pinching and numbing sensation actually has nothing to do with the bone. Want to find out what it is?
What I streamed and what I liked: “Christopher Robin”
Kim's streaming pick this week is the Disney movie "Christopher Robin." Christopher Robin -- now a family man living in London -- receives a surprise visit from his old childhood pal, Winnie-the-Pooh. With Christopher's help, Pooh embarks on a journey to find his friends -- Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo. Once reunited, the lovable bear and the gang travel to the big city to help Christopher rediscover the joy of life. Watch it with the whole family!
Why is this the most feared song in jazz?
One of jazz history’s most renowned saxophonists was John Coltrane. In 1959, he released the song "Giant Steps," which is known as one of the most challenging compositions to improvise over for two reasons: it’s really fast and it’s in three different keys. If you’re looking for a crash course in music theory and want to explore this song in depth, watch this.
What would history look like through the eyes of a chicken?
Chickens are pretty old birds. For numerous civilizations past and present, they have been a source of food both in their meat and with their eggs. But when did people first start using chickens, and how have they influenced the pen of history? Find out why the chicken crossed the road, and much more.
These are the last reindeer herders in the world
There’s a remote village in Mongolia that’s accessible only by horseback. It’s stood as the epicenter of reindeer herding for thousands of years, but as families left the area over the years, the practice has been difficult to keep alive. The nomadic Dukha people have been passing down their herding tradition for generations, through harsh weather conditions and increasing tugs toward technological innovation. But still the ancient heritage persists.
Kim’s advice on live streaming important family events
Dan from Savannah, GA called in to The Kim Komando Show asking about the best way to live stream from his mobile device. Since his wife travels quite a bit, she misses out on seeing their children play in their sports games. Dan's solution has been live streaming their kid's games but it hasn't been going as well as he had hoped. Poor video quality, poor signal and more has been plaguing his attempts to share these precious memories. Kim gives Dan advice on how to properly set up his device for better live streaming as well as some other apps he can use to live stream.
One thing you need to do now to protect your online accounts and cellphone number
With all the hacking, scamming, online fraud and so much more out there, it can be difficult to really know how to protect your online accounts. Plus, with robocalls, your cellphone number is vulnerable, too. Well I've recently discovered a way to make sure not only to protect your identity online, but you also maintain the security of your cellphone number. It's easier then you may think, and I can show you.
Kim’s Advice: Best computer for video editing your precious memories
Dave from Green Bay, WI called in to The Kim Komando Show to get advice on what computer he should purchase for editing his vacation videos. Dave and his girlfriend are traveling extensively and making memories. Already an avid still photographer, Dave is now taking a lot of digital video of their trips and would like to buy a computer that can handle extensive video editing. Kim gives Dave tips on the ideal computer to purchase that can help him edit their memories like a pro.
Practical and boring tech gifts people will use time and time again
Sometimes amazing tech doesn't need all the flash and glitz to make it incredibly useful. Some tech is more about convenience, ease of use, and the way it impacts our lives, rather than how much it blows our mind. This Christmas, maybe it's time we get our loved ones something they will use virtually on a daily basis. Some of these items may seem simple, but can really be life changers.
New ways to come up with a secure password
Passwords are just one of those things we have to get used to. They basically are required for almost everything we do now. Our phones, tablets, email, bank account - you name it, they are everywhere. But are you making sure you are safe online with all your different passwords? Are you managing them correctly or making sure they are robust enough? You might not be as safe as you think.
The inspirational story of a wounded veteran
Steven from Monroe, UT, a Vietnam War veteran himself, called in to the show to share his inspirational story about his son, Rob, who was gravely wounded in Iraq. Rob was in and out of numerous hospitals, had several surgeries, and the whole family was affected. Kim has always feels deeply connected to the military and to her listeners. Steven called to thank Kim for getting his son a laptop that helped him pass the time during hospital visits and when he went back to school. The Kim Komando Show thanks all those who serve our country and has always supported our men and women in our military.
Traveling this holiday season? Here’s 5 ways to not get hacked
Some people might know that traveling can leave you even more vulnerable to hackers and scammers. As the holidays approach many of us will be traveling more and more. So how do we protect ourselves? Well, there are some simple tricks we can use while we are online and traveling that can make sure we keep our personal and financial information safe. I can show you how.
Set up your own personal VPN
Hackers have a ton of tools to get your personal information. They can use social media, emails, fraudulent websites and so much more to hack you and get whatever they want. There is good news, though. You can use your own set of tools to protect yourself. One of these tools is a VPN or Virtual Private Network. VPNs can make sure you are protected from a number of hacks, and they are relatively simple to set up. I can show you how with some simple steps.
3 ways to keep your Amazon gifts under wraps
As Christmas approaches, we are starting to get those gifts we purchased online for our friends and family. But, sometimes it can be difficult to make sure we keep those presents secret so that on the big day we can see the surprise and joy on their faces. That's why I have three tips for you that will make sure you keep those presents under wraps this year.
Podcast: The best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!
Shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday means getting the best deals on the latest tech like laptops, televisions, tablets, smartphones, and so much more. In this episode of Komando on Demand, Kim shares insider secrets on scoring the best deals you can get your hands on during the biggest shopping days of the year. Kim talks to retail and shopping expert Sarah Hollenbeck from blackfriday.com about some of the best deals from Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Kohl's, Macy's, and other retailers. Don't miss this podcast as you will hear first-hand what to look for and where to find it. Kim and Sarah also share the hottest deals on clothing, jewelry, and toys on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
3 Black Friday and Cyber Monday insider secrets stores don’t want you to know
The holiday shopping weekend coming up, better known as Black Friday and Cyber Monday, has some amazing deals, but even with all the sales it's easy to rack up a pretty penny. So, of course you want to save a little extra cash during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Fortunately, there are some simple tricks that help you do just that. I can show you how.
10 great Siri tricks you’ll wish you knew sooner
The virtual assistants are becoming more and more prevalent everyday. We use them to do so much from simple reminders to remembering what to buy at the grocery store. Well one of the first and most popular of these is, of course, Siri for the iPhone. What you might not know is there is a slew of unique features that she can perform that are not only game changing but sometimes entertaining.
Best streaming boxes for getting the shows and movies you want
At this point, it seems that streaming movies and TV shows is just so much simpler and more convenient than cable. You can watch whatever you want, whenever you want right from the comfort of your couch. But, there are just so many streaming devices that it can be difficult to know which one is the best. The good thing is, there are quite a few great ones out there. I can show you the best ones to buy today.
Critical settings so hackers can’t access your bank accounts
Just how secure are your bank accounts? You need to assume that your password isn’t strong enough. You might as well believe that someone, somewhere, is working around the clock to break into your accounts and steal your money, your identity and anything else you have. Because it’s essentially true. But there are ways to block them.
Publishing a book from a hacker’s point of view
Karl from Oklahoma City, a former hacker, called in to The Kim Komando Show to ask about how to publish and promote a book. Karl, a former hacker, has decided to write a book about ID theft from a hackers' point of view. Having a former hacker give tips and advice about what people can do to safeguard their personal data is a huge benefit to everyone. Kim asks Karl about his days as a hacker, about his book and then gives him some advice on how to get it published.
How to use your phone as your home internet provider
In this day and age, we all require the internet for a wide variety of tasks throughout our day-to-day lives. We need to connect with our friends and family, be entertained, find out information, or basically anything else. With that being said, a new wave of so called 'Cord Cutting' seems to be on the rise. First it was getting rid of the landline phone, then it was cable, now it's home internet service.
Clever ways to free up space on your smartphone
Have you ever gotten that alert that says your phone is too full and you need to delete items to open up space? It can seem annoying and hard to choose what to delete. Do you delete photos, apps, contacts? There is a right and a wrong way to go about doing this. I can show you what to delete first and what to save or move somewhere else, and it's actually pretty simple.
Set up your financial accounts like you’re going to be hacked
One of the most important things we need to protect in this digital day and age is our financial accounts. That means bank accounts, credit accounts, retirement accounts, and more. And with more and more hackers getting at our personal information, it really is time you look at these accounts like it's an inevitability that they get hacked at some point. The good thing is I have put together a list of 5 things you can do right now to protect yourself when that day comes.
December 8, 2018 – Hour 1
Kim Komando shares the latest information about everything digital, with plenty of fun, and the best callers from coast-to-coast!
OneRepublic – ‘Good Life’
Music video by OneRepublic performing Good Life. (C) 2011 Mosley Music/Interscope Records