Apple is cracking down on apps that secretly record your screen

A recent report by TechCrunch and The App Analyst revealed that some major companies use an analytics tool that secretly record every swipe and tap you make within their applications. Now, Apple has started telling developers to remove that screen-recording code if they don’t want their apps yanked from the App Store. See, most of the applications that use the tool don’t ask for permission to record your activities and…

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How to book an Uber or Lyft with Google Home

Just give a command to your speaker or hub and your choices are sent to your phone. The best part? The built-in Google Assistant will search for the best ride-hailing options so you can get out the door faster while spending less. Choosing a service If you’re not already loyal to any particular ride service, a Google Home can help you choose which service to go with. Start off with…

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Many popular iPhone apps secretly record your screen without asking

Many major companies, like Air Canada, Hollister and Expedia, are recording every tap and swipe you make on their iPhone apps. In most cases you won’t even realize it. And they don’t need to ask for permission. You can assume that most apps are collecting data on you. Some even monetize your data without your knowledge. But TechCrunch has found several popular iPhone apps, from hoteliers, travel sites, airlines, cell phone carriers, banks…

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February freebies: Your monthly guide to food specials, meal deals and more

Welcome to USA TODAY’s February guide of free food, meal deals, made-up food holidays and other savings. One of the month’s biggest deal days is Feb. 6 with National Frozen Yogurt Day, followed by a two-fer Feb. 9 with National Pizza Day and National Bagel Day. Pancake fans waiting for IHOP’s Free Pancake Day, which in recent years was held in late February, will have to wait a little longer. The annual pancake…

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Phone Hacking Fears and Facts

Editor’s Note (2/1/19): For years hackers have exploited a vulnerable telecommunications protocol, Signaling System 7 (SS7), in order to intercept text messages and phone calls. Most recently digital bank robbers have used SS7’s weaknesses to foil the protection of two-factor authentication. Our explanation of this protocol, written in 2016, demonstrates what it is and why it is so insecure. Apple’s ongoing standoff with the government over passcode-protected iPhones is still…

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Verizon’s new BOGO deal offers huge discounts on the hottest smartphones

Less than a month out from its last such offer, Verizon is once again preparing to launch another of its BOGO deals — this one set to begin on Thursday, February 7 — that makes the hottest smartphones on the market right now available to consumers for free or at a discount when another phone is purchased at full price. Starting exactly one week before Valentine’s Day, this sweet new…

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Grammys 2019: Start time, livestream, nominees, performances and more

The Grammys are returning to Los Angeles. Last year’s show took place in New York City, but the 61st annual Grammy Awards will find music’s biggest stars back in the City of Angels this Sunday, Feb. 10. Who’s hosting? Alicia Keys, recipient of 15 Grammys, is set to host for the first time. Who are the nominees? Kendrick Lamar leads the nominations; he’s up for eight awards for his work…

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How to Get Filthy Rich in America Without Anyone Knowing Your Name

Of all the assets Joe Ricketts has secured in his 77 years—and there are many—a ranch in Wyoming is particularly close to his heart. He refers to it as Yellowstone without the crowds: A band of property nearly the size of Manhattan, running straight through two alpine-covered mountain ranges, along a wide river. Purchased for $15 million in 1998, Jackson Fork was the billionaire’s first property outside of Omaha, bought…

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38 new Netflix original movies and series will premiere in February – here’s the full list

Netflix just released its full list of new additions coming to its catalog over the course of the month of February, and there’s a whole lot to be excited about. Highlights from third-party studios include beloved movies like Billy Elliot, Pretty in Pink, Little Women, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and plenty more. You can check out the complete list of new content set to be added to Netflix next month right…

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How Starbucks Plans To Roast Its Coffeehouse Competition

On a recent Sunday evening at Starbucks’ new Reserve Roastery in New York’s swanky Meatpacking District, throngs of customers packed the 23,000-square-foot three-story emporium, where specialty coffee, pizza and pastries to be served in-house had all been roasted or baked on site and a cocktail bar on the top floor served coffee-infused alcohol. At the center of the store, a barista in the location’s signature newsboy-style gray shirt and khaki…

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Facebook plans to let Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp users message each other

Facebook is working to allow cross-messaging between Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, according to a report in The New York Times this morning. Each service will continue to operate as a standalone app, but according to the Times, Facebook is rebuilding the underlying infrastructure so that people who might use only one of Facebook’s properties could communicate with others within the company’s ecosystem. All of the apps will support end-to-end…

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Apple ramps up hiring for its upcoming video streaming service

Over the last few weeks, Apple has been posted a number of new job listings related to its long-rumored subscription video-streaming service. A peak of 42 openings related to the company’s “Interactive Media Group” (IMG) were listed in mid-January, according to data monitoring firm Thinknum. IMG looks to be the division within Apple responsible for developing the streaming service. “Our team is responsible for implementing software services around linear audiovisual…

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