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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