Amazon reportedly working on free Fire TV video news app

30th March 2019

Amazon is apparently looking to follow Roku in building a free app that includes video news updates from TV networks. The Information reports that Amazon has already approached several news organizations and Verizon (owner of Yahoo News and Finance) in hopes of distributing their content through the upcoming app for its Fire TV streaming devices. As part of its free, ad-supported Roku Channel, Roku currently offers news programming from ABC…

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Researchers Find Google Play Store Apps Were Actually Government Malware

30th March 2019

Hackers working for a surveillance company infected hundreds of people with several malicious Android apps that were hosted on the official Google Play Store for months, Motherboard has learned. In the past, both government hackers and those working for criminal organizations have uploaded malicious apps to the Play Store. This new case once again highlights the limits of Google’s filters that are intended to prevent malware from slipping onto the…

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Verizon adds free ‘Call Filter’ feature in bid to fight robocalls

29th March 2019

Verizon’s free answer to the robocall plague has arrived. After promising that it would roll out the features earlier this week, the company fulfilled that pledge with Call Filter, a free version of what previously was a $2.99 per month per line option. With the free version, which shares the same name as the paid service, iOS and Android users will simply need to download the proper app from the App Store or Google Play to set…

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Lyft IPO: Here are 5 things to know about ride-hailing company’s initial public offering

29th March 2019

Ride-hailing service Lyft is set to become a public company on Friday when its stock trades for the first time under the ticker “LYFT” on the Nasdaq index. The initial public offering, or IPO, of the company is one of the most highly anticipated offerings this year as other major tech companies line up behind it. The offering has attracted quite a bit of investor interest, and one of its biggest investors General…

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Photo Map lets you explore your Google Photos on a world map

29th March 2019

Smartphones have been adding location tags to pictures for years to help identify where a photo was taken, which is particularly useful when looking at old memories. However, it’s not easy to find images you’ve shot in a particular location if you haven’t properly sorted them out beforehand. iOS, for example, has a handy feature that lets you lay your pictures on a map, so you can easily find the…

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Amazon Prime members get a free year of Nintendo Switch Online through Twitch Prime

29th March 2019

You may have forgotten about Twitch Prime, but the company is adding an interesting new perk for Nintendo Switch owners. The company is giving out up to one year of Nintendo Switch Online, the subscription service that lets you play online multiplayer games and access NES games. If you’re an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscriber, you automatically become a Twitch Prime member once you link your accounts together —…

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U.S. Government Declares Grindr a National Security Risk

28th March 2019

Grindr, one of the most popular dating apps with the LGBTQ community, is up for sale after a U.S. government panel declared it a national security risk. A report from Reuters says Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd. decided to sell the app, which it’s owned for three years, after learning about the designation from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. It’s unclear what the…

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How to set up two-factor authentication on all your online accounts

28th March 2019

Just about any account you own on the internet is prone to being hacked. After numerous widespread breaches through the past years, tech companies are now working together to develop a standard that would make passwords a thing of the past, replacing them with more secure methods like biometric or PIN-based logins that do not require transferring data over the internet. But while those standards are still being adopted, the next best…

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Verizon to release free features this week to help stop robocalls and catch spam calls

27th March 2019

The nation’s largest wireless provider is expected to provide free spam alerting and robocall blocking tools for wireless customers who have smartphones that can support the features, including Android and iPhones. Verizon announced the features two months ago and said it had identified nearly 300 million numbers linked to spam and robocalling. The provider is expected to have more information about how to get and use the app by the…

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Apple TV Plus: When, where, how to watch Apple’s new shows

27th March 2019

Apple on Monday gave us a preview of the shows, movies and documentaries the company has been working on for the past couple of years. Shows like Amazing Stories from Steven Spielberg, See featuring Jason Momoa or Little Voice from JJ Abrams and Sara Bareilles. Heck, even Oprah is on board with the service — she showed up and discussed two documentaries she has in the works. In addition to revealing the initial…

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Whole Foods now delivers your groceries within an hour

27th March 2019

Whole Foods customers in much of north and Central Jersey who are also Amazon Prime members can now get groceries delivered to their homes. Delivery will be available in as little as an hour through Amazon’s Prime Now app, according to an announcement Tuesday. On orders of $35 or more, two-hour delivery is free. If you want your groceries within an hour, there’s a $7.99 fee on orders of $35…

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What’s in your wallet? Apple wants you to add an Apple Card credit card, coming in summer

26th March 2019

Apple had more than entertainment on its mind at its much-anticipated event Monday. The iPhone maker separately announced a Mastercard credit card with a Daily Cash feature that adds a 2 percent rebate on purchases made through Apple Pay. The rebate climbs to 3 percent on purchases made directly through Apple, either in Apple Stores, the App Store or for Apple services. There are no annual fees, late fees or international…

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