Why your tax refund might be smaller this year

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) – A local certified public accountant is helping to explain why your tax refund might be lower this year. Reports say on average, Americans are receiving 8 percent less in their tax returns. “The reason why might surprise you,” said Chris Chapman with Brazos Valley CPAs. He says it’s actually because you’re likely pay less in taxes altogether. Because the tax return is usually a percentage of…

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MoviePass brings the $10 unlimited plan back with new twists

MoviePass has brought back the $9.95 unlimited movie plan with new restrictions and a different way to pay. The movie theater subscription service relaunched the unlimited plan with restrictions on movie and theater choice based on “excessive individual usage.” The plan was first reported by Business Insider’s sources and a staging URL Monday, but it’s since gone live Tuesday. MoviePass’ ability to restrict what films and theaters subscribers can choose…

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Walmart adding millions more items to two-day shipping program

The world’s largest retailer said Monday it’s adding millions more items to Walmart.com’s two-day shipping program starting next month, just ahead of the holiday shopping season. Walmart’s website offers over 75 million products, with millions of them already available for free two-day shipping, so long as a customer spends at least $35. Walmart was able to significantly expand its two-day shipping program with the help of third-party merchants who list…

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What you need to know about Starbucks’ new rewards program

Starbucks is offering a new way for you to get free stuff. Starting on April 16, Starbucks Rewards loyalty program is getting a  makeover, allowing members to earn Stars – aka rewards points – sooner, and use those points to buy more items than before. “We know that with loyalty programs, people like to have different options for redeeming,” said Matt Ryan, chief marketing officer at Starbucks. Under the new points…

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How to set up emergency location sharing on Android and iOS

Smartphones are spectacular for snapping photos, scanning the news, and sending messages, but they can also be literal lifesavers if you take the time to set them up before the need arises. Both Android and iOS have easy-to-use systems for sharing your location with a friend, family member, or other trusted contact in an emergency. You can even create connections that’ll allow you to check up on loved ones to…

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DC Universe will let you try its exclusive shows for free

Streaming services don’t usually give out free episodes or allow users to access their lineup without signing up for a trial period anymore. Now, DC Universe is moving away from those practices, perhaps in an effort to give fence-sitting fans and skeptical viewers the chance to sample its offerings. It’s giving everyone free access to the first episodes of Titans, Doom Patrol and Young Justice: Outsiders, starting today (March 15th)…

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Here’s what’s new on Hulu and what’s leaving in April 2019

Spring is here, but Hulu is still delivering plenty of reasons for TV and movie lovers to stay inside. The streaming site has an impressive list of new offerings this month, from compelling original series to critically acclaimed movies. Here are some of the highlights, as well as a full list of what’s new this month. On the television side, Hulu will debut a new installment of its monthly horror anthology series Into…

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Why did I watch that? Here’s how to delete your Netflix viewing history

Are you sharing a Netflix account with friends or family and don’t want them to know you watched The Cobbler? Is one of your college roommates still using your login to watch weird anime? Or maybe you’re simply tired of Netflix recommendations that don’t hit the mark. There are plenty of reasons you might want to clear your Netflix viewing history, and thankfully, the process for doing so is incredibly…

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7 ways to keep packages from getting stolen off your porch

One unfortunate side-effect of our modern buy-everything-online lifestyle: package theft. A box or pile of boxes left sitting on your front stoop makes an easy target for “porch pirates,” some of whom follow delivery trucks and scoop up packages moments after they’re dropped off. This has turned into a serious problem. According to a recent Comcast Xfinity Home survey, some 30 percent of Americans have had a package stolen from…

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Apple March Event: Everything You Need To Know

Apple announced that the company will have a press event on March 25 in Cupertino, California. The event will likely feature announcements about Apple’s improved services, but many fans are looking forward to their new devices too. Here’s what we know about this event. According to CNBC, the Apple March 25 event will be held at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino. The company announced that this event will showcase…

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Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are still down for some users around the world

Facebook and Instagram appear to be partially down for some users around the world today. While you can open both platforms and some services appear to have been restored, users are reporting issues with sending messages on Messenger, posting to the feed on all Facebook products, and accessing other features on Facebook.com, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Even Facebook-owned Oculus VR is experiencing issues related to the outage. Earlier in the day,…

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Here’s the only thing you can do to help make sure Netflix doesn’t cancel your favorite shows

Whenever a new Netflix TV series or original movie catches your attention, try to sit down to watch it within the first month of it being on the streaming video service. Yes, many of us no doubt have a pile of content to watch that keeps getting larger behind the “My List” tab, but for those of you who save these things and tell yourself you’ll get around to them…

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