How to protect your tax refund from scammers, identify risks

28th February 2019

Warnings about some guy calling pretending to be from the IRS — and demanding money — are so common, well, they’re practically cliche. How can anyone run a tax scam any more? Oh, they can. Complaints about the IRS impostor phone calls may be declining, but the scam remains hot enough to issue new warnings. “The new wrinkle is that the scammer is stating that he is with the Department of…

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Amazon wants to put robots in your home

28th February 2019

One of my favorite movies as a kid was Smart House. The Disney Channel Original Movie was about an AI-equipped home that helps out a family, only to become sentient and wreak havoc as an overbearing mother. The film was a fun attempt at showing the dangers of letting AI control our lives — a reality that we’re very much now part of, thanks to companies like Amazon and Google….

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Facebook Harvesting User Data From Heart Rate, Ovulation iOS Apps

28th February 2019

Facebook has been collecting user data under our noses for its ads for some time now, as reports revealed last year. However, some iOS health apps have apparently also been sharing sensitive data such as recorded heart rates, period cycles and even ovulation to Facebook. Here’s what we know about these apps. According to the Wall Street Journal, some health apps have been confirmed to send the user’s inputted health…

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Baidu Is Helping Walmart Deliver Groceries In America

27th February 2019

Walmart (NYSE:WMT) will soon be delivering groceries with autonomous vans powered by Baidu’s (NASDAQ:BIDU) Apollo platform. Udelv, a California-based autonomous vehicle start-up, will deploy the vans for Walmart in a pilot program in Surprise, Arizona. Udelv currently provides driverless deliveries for grocers in Oklahoma City and the Bay Area city of San Mateo. It has completed about 1,200 deliveries to date, and aims to deliver up to 100 autonomous vans…

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Here’s a Secret Reason to Carry a Bandage Strip on Air Flights

27th February 2019

What’s the first thing you do after boarding a plane? There’s locating the right seat, stowing your carry-on as close as possible, putting a bandage strip on the screen in front of you, adjusting the seat… Yes, putting a bandage strip on the screen facing your seat. Or a piece of masking or duct tape. Something opaque, because some leading airlines have admitted that some of those screens facing seats…

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Hackers use stolen password to access TurboTax tax return information

26th February 2019

Hackers accessed tax return information stored with TurboTax using a stolen password from a third party, an Intuit spokesman said Monday. The attack, earlier reported in Dark Reading, didn’t breach the internal systems at Intuit, which owns TurboTax. Instead, attackers took lists of passwords stolen from other services and used them to try to log in to TurboTax accounts, the spokesman said. There, valuable personal information, such as Social Security…

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Know How and When Your Student Loan Interest Rate May Change

26th February 2019

If you have student loans, one of the keys to paying off your balance is understanding your interest rate and how it works. Depending on which type of loan you have, your rate could fluctuate over time, which means you could end up owing more and more money. There are a few ways to prevent that from happening, though, as we’ll detail. The biggest difference to keep in mind is…

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Amazon’s giving away free $3 credits just for installing its browser extension

25th February 2019

The Amazon Assistant is Amazon’s way of helping you stay on top of price comparisons, wishlist items, and your latest Amazon orders. Right now, Amazon is offering new users of the browser extension a chance to snag $3 off a future purchase of $10 or more. All you’ve got to do is simply download the extension to your computer. This deal is only valid for US customers who have never…

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Discount movies: Which theater subscription service is best?

25th February 2019

By the time the Academy Awards roll around each year, you may realize you have a lot of films to catch up on. Thankfully, movie theater chains are ramping up their subscription offerings, so film buffs can get more bang for their buck. MoviePass, which tried to bring Netflix-like subscriptions to the movie theater, pulled back on its deal last summer. Although it was a consumer success, MoviePass was also a financial…

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U.S.A Passport Rules Are Changing

25th February 2019

In 2018, new requirements were put into place for the type of ID you need when traveling by air, both domestically and outside the U.S. This is due to the REAL ID Act, implemented by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). One of the changes you can expect is that residents of some states will need a passport when flying domestically. Domestic Travel In general, it is good practice to…

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Oscar winners 2019: the full list

25th February 2019

Best supporting actress Emma Stone (The Favourite) Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) Amy Adams (Vice) Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) – WINNER! Marina De Tavira (Roma) Best makeup and hair Border Mary Queen of Scots Vice – WINNER! Best documentary Free Solo – WINNER! Minding the Gap RBG Hale County This Morning, This Evening Of Fathers and Sons Best costume design Black Panther (Ruth E Carter) – WINNER! The Favourite…

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Full list of nominations for the 2019 Oscars

25th February 2019

Best picture Black Panther BlacKkKlansman Bohemian Rhapsody The Favourite Green Book Roma A Star is Born Vice Best director Alfonso Cuarón (Roma) Adam McKay (Vice) Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite) Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War) Best actor Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) Christian Bale (Vice) Viggo Mortensen (Green Book) Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born) Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate) Best actress Glenn Close (The Wife) Lady Gaga (A Star…

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