Don’t pay more than you actually owe: 4 costly tax mistakes to avoid

No one likes to pay taxes, and you definitely don’t want to pay more than you actually owe. Unfortunately, the tax code is really complicated in the United States, so it’s far too easy to make a costly mistake. Simple errors could cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars if you don’t get things right the first time when dealing with the IRS. To help you avoid errors that could…

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Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in Ring doorbells that exposed the passwords for the Wi-Fi networks to which they were connected. Bitdefender said the Amazon-owned doorbell was sending owners’ Wi-Fi passwords in cleartext as the doorbell joins the local network, allowing nearby hackers to intercept the Wi-Fi password and gain access to the network to launch larger attacks or conduct surveillance. “When first configuring the device, the smartphone app…

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AT&T is giving some users 15GB of ‘bonus’ data, but it comes with a mandatory price hike

If you’re on one of AT&T’s older Mobile Share Value data plans, a price hike is on the way. The Verge reports today that AT&T is emailing customers to inform them that prices are increasing by $10 – but that the plans are also adding 15GB of “bonus data.” The email from AT&T simply says: “We’ve added 15GB of data to your plan and increased your monthly rate by $10.”…

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Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant Can Be Hacked Remotely With Lasers

Many consumers already have privacy reservations about giving Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, or Amazon Alexa access to intimate details of our daily lives. New research isn’t likely dissuade them from that opinion. Researchers in Japan and the University of Michigan this week announced that they’ve discovered a way to compromise Siri, Google Assistant, Facebook Portal, and Alexa digital home assistants from hundreds of feet away using laser light and even…

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NBA’s new streaming service lets you watch some games without going broke

Baseball is done, the NFL season is about halfway over, and hockey is probably happening somewhere. But most importantly, the most interesting NBA season in years just began, and the league just revealed an affordable way to legally stream some games. The NBA announced on Tuesday morning that it’s launching a subscription service for NBA TV, the league’s cable channel. For $6.99 per month or $60 per year, you can…

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Over 11,000 scientists around the world declare a ‘climate emergency’

A global team of more than 11,000 scientists from over 150 countries officially declared that the world is in a “climate emergency,” according to a new paper released Tuesday. “Scientists have a moral obligation to warn humanity of any great threat,” said Thomas Newsome of the University of Sydney, one of the paper’s authors, in a statement. “From the data we have, it is clear we are facing a climate…

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Warn Your Parents: Medicare Open-Enrollment Scams Are Coming

Open enrollment season is here, the time of year when just about everyone can make changes to their health care coverage without the restrictions you’d face the rest of the year. And while you may feel confident about the process for making changes to your own healthcare, do you know who is particularly at risk to get scammed this time of year? Your parents. The Federal Trade Commission told CNBC…

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Android Users Need To Uninstall This App Right Away: Here’s Why

We’ve all heard it before, “don’t download third party apps from an App Store” since most of them are malware ridden. But, only a few of us actually follow the advice, speaking of which, in a recent security breach, millions of Android users have faced unwanted charges because of a third party keyboard application. This keyboard app secretly signed up its users for a purchase of premium digital services without…

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Your Google Home is bricked. Here’s how to get a new one for free

If your Google Home ($99 at Walmart) device has recently become unresponsive and is displaying four white lights, unfortunately there may be just one way to fix it: Report the problem to Google and request a replacement. The good news is that even if your device is out of warranty, Google will likely replace it for free. There may be several causes of the problem. For some Google Home users,…

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Microsoft unveils new Edge browser logo that no longer looks like Internet Explorer

Microsoft is refreshing the logo for its Chromium-based Edge browser. The software giant originally unveiled its Edge icon more than four years ago, and it’s fair to say it was a logo that clinged to the past of Internet Explorer. Microsoft’s new logo was discovered as part of a new surfing mini game hidden inside the latest Canary versions of Edge. It looks like a wave, and includes a similar…

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Google buys Fitbit for $2.1 billion

Google has just announced that it’s buying wearable company Fitbit for $2.1 billion. In a blog post announcing the news, Google SVP of devices and services Rick Osterloh said that the Fitbit purchase is “an opportunity to invest even more in Wear OS as well as introduce Made by Google wearable devices into the market.” The news comes just days after a report from Reuters, which claimed that Google was…

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