If you’ll pay more, new Uber Comfort offers Quiet Rides

You can get access to Uber’s controversial Quiet Ride button that lets you ask your driver for silence if you’ll pay a 20% to 40% premium atop the UberX price. Today the Uber Comfort tier launches in 43 cities and smaller states in the U.S. plus Ottawa, offering those willing to pay the premium access to newer mid-size cars with more legroom, higher-rated drivers and Rider Preferences for requesting specific…

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Student loan math: How much you’ll really pay for it

on average, according to the most recent data from the Institute for College Access & Success Opens a New Window. . But they’ll likely repay thousands more than that because of interest. One key to limiting interest cost is choosing the right repayment plan. The bottom line? Opting for lower payments will cost you more overall. Using a tool like the Education Department’s Repayment Estimator Opens a New Window. can…

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Hacker Lexicon: What Is Credential Dumping?

DESPITE ALL THE cybersecurity industry’s talk of preventing “breaches,” a computer network in some ways is less like a fortress and more like a human body. And skillful hackers are like germs: They tend to get in via some orifice or another. Once inside, it’s whether they can thrive and multiply their infections—and what vital organs they can reach—that determines whether the outcome is a sneeze or a full-on catastrophic…

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10 Things to Do After Your Identity Is Stolen

LAST YEAR, 14.4 MILLION people were victims of identity fraud, according to the 2019 Identity Fraud Study from research and advisory firm Javelin. Nearly a quarter of victims had unreimbursed personal expenses related to the fraud, and the median loss was $375 among cases reported to the Federal Trade Commission. While not all fraud rises to the level of identity theft, it was the third most common complaint made to…

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You Can Opt Out of Using Facial Recognition to Board a Flight

A few months ago during a layover in Atlanta, I came across an unusual sight: facial recognition being used in the boarding process. The technology, which is currently in beta testing for international Delta flights leaving the airport, replaces a gate agent physically checking your passport before you board. When it comes time for you to get on the plane you’ll stand on a circle, look at the camera, and…

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Starbucks Takes A Unique Route To Greener Stores

Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) wants to make its stores greener. That’s a smart move that fits the company’s marketing message and consumer perception. To accomplish that goal, the company has decided to turn to its employees for help. Instead of letting management or consultants come up with the ideas, the chain has brought employees to its Tryer Center innovation lab to compete in a reality show-style competition. Five teams presented ideas after…

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Google’s Project Zero unveils fixed iMessage vulnerability

Google’s Project Zero, a team of security analysts employed by the search giant, has unveiled a flaw with Apple’s iMessage platform that caused crashes on both macOS and iOS. Project Zero often uncovers security vulnerabilities from other companies and gives them 90 days to fix them before revealing the vulnerability to the public, which is standard for security issues. In the case of the iMessage vulnerability, Project Zero first discovered…

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Now You Can Return Unwanted Amazon Items to Kohl’s

Next time you want to return something to Amazon, you don’t necessarily have to pack everything up again and head to the post office. Starting this month, Amazon is allowing items to be returned via the mail as well as in person at any Kohl’s location, with the exception of stores in Anchorage, Alaska. Returning an item at Kohl’s isn’t quite as easy as just walking in with it. In…

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The 6 best credit cards that will save you the most money

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you sign up for a credit card after clicking one of our links, we may earn a small fee for referring you. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives. Whether you’re buying a new television, remodeling the kitchen or even covering an emergency bill, certain credit…

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Enter for your chance to win* an iPhone XS and 2 months of Verizon Visible service

How about a new phone? For once, I’m not steering you to a deal — I’m giving you the chance to win one. One of three, in fact, thanks to the awesome folks at Verizon’s Visible carrier. Verizon who-now? Visible is the carrier’s prepaid service, offering unlimited everything for a flat $40 per month. I’m a fan, even more so now that Visible has eliminated the plan’s speed cap for…

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iOS 13 beta 3 suggests new wired method for transferring data between devices

Earlier today, Apple released the third developer betas of iOS 13, iPadOS 13, tvOS 13, watchOS 6 and macOS Catalina. While new betas are usually focused mostly on performance improvements and bug fixes, it’s not uncommon for new features to be discovered. While looking into the code changes between iOS 13 beta 2 and iOS 13 beta 3, we noticed some new assets in the Setup app – which runs…

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Amazon will reportedly make grocery brands pay for Prime Day losses

Amazon is reportedly charging some grocery brands an additional fee during 2019 Prime Day if their promotional sales fall short and cause a loss for Amazon. The charge will “fund the profitability gap,” CNBC reported Tuesday, citing an email allegedly sent to the retailer’s vendors. Amazon Prime Day is arriving July 15-16 and will see a massive sale on Amazon. According to the report, though, Amazon will then waive the…

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