Amazon adds photo confirmation for deliveries

29th December 2018

Dive Brief: Amazon has started having package delivery personnel take photos of packages that have been delivered, unattended, to a customer residence to confirm to customers that the package was delivered and where it was left, according to a USA Today report and a recent post on Amazon’s website. The Photo on Delivery option is being used in Seattle, San Francisco and Northern Virginia, where contracted delivery drivers working for Amazon use a mobile…

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How to Check My Passport Renewal Status

29th December 2018

Airplanes wait for no one but the president, so if your new passport doesn’t arrive before the day of your international trip, there’s not much you can do. The U.S. Department of State handles all things passport-related, so that’s where you should turn to check on the progress of your renewal application. You can get some general answers from the department’s website or by calling them directly. How to Check…

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Where is My Passport? Passport Tracking Options

29th December 2018

You can track the status of your visa and your passport through our Visa Service Provider. You can chose one of two options to track the location of your passport: Instant: Enter your passport number in the given field to check on the status. If your status shows “origination scan”, it means your passport has left the Embassy or Consulate is on its way to the delivery location you have chosen. It…

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Appointment and confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States

29th December 2018

The appointment and confirmation of Justices to the Supreme Court of the United States involves several steps set forth by the United States Constitution, which have been further refined and developed by decades of tradition. Candidates are nominated by the President of the United States and must face a series of hearings in which both the nominee and other witnesses make statements and answer questions before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which can vote to send the nomination to…

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Netflix stops offering in-app subscriptions for new and returning customers on iOS

29th December 2018

Netflix is no longer allowing new customers on iOS to pay for the streaming service directly through an in-app subscription. It’s the latest example of a company with a high-profile, essential mobile app ditching Apple’s payment system to retain more profits for itself and stop handing the iPhone and iPad maker a cut of every subscription activated within the Netflix app. VentureBeat first reported the change, which Netflix confirmed with…

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Instagram accidentally made users’ feeds scroll horizontally

28th December 2018

If you opened up Instagram today and found that your timeline orientation was totally switched, you weren’t alone. It appears that quite a few users had a timeline that moved left to right, where posts could be tapped through as they can be in stories. When the new timeline appeared, Instagram surfaced a notice that said, “Introducing a New Way to Move Through Posts,” and told users to tap through…

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National Chocolate Candy Day

28th December 2018

National food holidays have been around for decades. Unfortunately, most of them aren’t real holidays, but they sure are fun to celebrate. Then again, it’s always nice to have an extra excuse for enjoying certain foods. What makes a work day more fun than honoring everything from National Hamburger Day to National Chocolate Candy Day? We cover them all so you always know what food your food truck should be celebrating. National Chocolate…

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How to stream every college football bowl game

28th December 2018

The postseason is set for this year’s slate of college football games. And, no, we’re not quite ready to crown Alabama yet again. There are games to be played. The question, of course, is when are the college football bowl games, and what channel are the games on? OK, one other question — how the hell do you watch the final college football games of 2018 if you don’t have cable?…

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Lyft’s ‘experiment’ to ditch personal vehicles turned drivers into ride-sharing passengers

27th December 2018

For 30 days in October and November, 2,000 people across 35 North American cities vowed to get around without driving their own vehicle — with a little help from ride-hailing app Lyft. The Ditch Your Car Challenge offered personal driving alternatives, paid for by Lyft. More than 130,000 offered to participate in the challenge. In the end, only 1.5 percent of those were chosen to receive these credits for a month of commuting:…

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Advertisers can easily track you, your kid, your doctor, and the president

27th December 2018

Another week, another host of privacy concerns that somehow sound both utterly horrifying and totally obvious. Amazon announced Monday that its voice assistant Alexa can now be set up to perform location-based tasks: reminding you to do certain things when you’re in specific locations, or running through a preset routine each time you walk out the door of your house. (Alexa can also read and summarize your emails now.) This…

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Fill your digital HD library with action and adventure films for just $5 each today

27th December 2018

If your digital HD collection isn’t satisfied from all the holiday sales on movies and TV shows just yet, iTunes has one more sale to fill it out, offering tons of Action and Adventure films for just $4.99 each. These movies regularly sell anywhere from $10 to $20 otherwise, so today’s prices are a good way to grab a few of your favorites at a discount. It’s also perfect for…

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The Biggest Starbucks Scandals Of 2018

26th December 2018

As much as people love their Starbucks, it is not immune from scandalous activity. In 2018, the company found itself at the center of controversy at several of its locations. These are the biggest scandals to hit Starbucks in 2018, that consumers of its coffee may have forgotten about. In January, Starbucks found itself embroiled in a lawsuit that claimed it underfilled its drinks to save money on milk costs,…

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