Satellites are starting to watch your every move

27th July 2019

The dramatic advances in satellite imaging technology in the last 10 years have privacy advocates worried about 24-hour surveillance. Right now, US federal regulations help keep things in check, so that while commercial satellite imagery is powerful enough, for instance, to see a car, it’s not detailed enough to identify the make and model, according to a report from the MIT Technology Review. Satellite companies say they keep a person’s…

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Best Buy’s Black Friday in July sale offers tons of discounts on Apple products

26th July 2019

We’re still about four months away from the traditional discount-shopping madness that surrounds Black Friday. But there’s certainly never a bad time for retailers to offer sweet, sweet discounts on all the consumer electronics gadgets we love, and Best Buy’s Black Friday in July sale which the retailer introduced this week will certainly check off a number of boxes on shoppers’ lists. We’re talking hundreds of dollars off Apple products,…

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The Best Streaming Device for Every Type of Viewer

26th July 2019

\ If you’re among the hordes who’ve ditched traditional cable in favor of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube TV, ESPN+, HBO Go, and the glut of other out there, you already know the wonder of on-demand viewing. However, it can be tough to settle on just the right device to make catching your favorite shows and bingeing the latest hits perfect for your situation. From Apple’s wonderfully sleek Apple…

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U.S. Beaches Are So Full of Sewage Pollution, They’re Often Unsafe for Swimming, New Report Finds

25th July 2019

I don’t go to the beach for the sand or the sun. I go for the waves. There’s nothing like splashing in the water after lugging your cooler, chair, and beach umbrella to your designated spot. Unfortunately, I may need to think twice about going for a swim at the beach. And so should you. A new report out Tuesday has found that more than half of the beaches in…

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Football, basketball and drug testing: Texas school district to randomly test extracurricular students

25th July 2019

A Texas school district will randomly drug test students who participate in extracurricular activities or request a permit to park a vehicle on school property, according to a letter to parents posted on the school’s website. Students in grades 7-12 at Bushland Independent School District will be tested at the beginning of the school year for “alcohol and numerous illegal drugs,” said the letter from Superintendent Chris Wigington. After that,…

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Starbucks and UberEats are taking their delivery program nationwide

24th July 2019

I know I hate it when I’m stuck in an office, and it’s getting late in the day, but I really, really want a coffee that didn’t come from the federal Superfund site that is the break room. Previously, I’d have had to just embrace being miserable and tough it out, but soon that won’t be the case. Starbucks Delivers is a service from Starbucks announced Tuesday that does what…

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Malware that can steal your passwords spikes 60%, security firm warns

24th July 2019

Malicious software that wants to steal your passwords is on the rise, according to new research from Kaspersky. Fewer than 600,000 consumers were targeted by password-stealing malware in the first half of 2018, according to a release Tuesday from the security firm. During the same period in 2019, that number rose to over 940,000 — a 60% increase. The culprits are stealer trojans or password stealing ware that target sensitive…

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Uber tests monthly subscription that combines Eats, rides, bikes and scooters

23rd July 2019

Uber is actively testing a monthly subscription pass that combines rides, Eats, bikes and scooters. In this pilot phase, Uber is testing a few different iterations in San Francisco and Chicago, but each version includes a fixed discount on every ride, free Uber Eats delivery and free JUMP (bikes and scooters) rides. The pass costs $24.99 per month. In other cities, Uber is testing lower-priced passes that offer discounted rides…

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Google is Paying for Face Scans on the Streets, Possibly for Pixel 4’s Face Authentication

23rd July 2019

Google’s Pixel 4 is on the way and there is a good chance that there will be a big push surrounding its face authentication capabilities. We know that the Pixel 4 has a couple of cameras and other sensors built into its forehead, along with no external fingerprint scanner. Couple that knowledge with a story over the weekend that pegged Google engineers on the streets paying for face scans of…

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Apple Card: Are the Limited Rewards Worth It for the Privacy?

22nd July 2019

In March, Apple revealed its first credit card: Apple Card, a thin slab of titanium that would provide shoppers with 3% cash back at Apple stores, 2% at anywhere Apple Pay is available, and 1% everywhere else. Many observers quickly pointed out Apple Card’s limited earning potential for customers. Citi’s Double Cash card, for example, provides shoppers with 2% back everywhere, not just at stores with Apple Pay. Meanwhile, the…

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How to save battery life on your Android phone

22nd July 2019

My first Android phone was the original Motorola Droid, which I purchased and loved using despite its abysmal anti-woman marketing campaign. And one of the things I loved about it was that it had an interchangeable battery. I always kept an extra charged battery on hand, and simply swapped them out when needed. It was a lot more convenient and lightweight than dragging around a heavy battery pack, and kept…

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Free candy: See’s giving out suckers on National Lollipop Day

20th July 2019

Saturday, July 20, is National Lollipop Day, and See’s Candies will celebrate with a free sucker for anyone who stops by one of their fabulously retro black-and-white shops. Their “Lollypops” come in four flavors — Chocolate, Butterscotch, Cafe Latte and Vanilla. Boxes of lollies will also be on sale (20 percent off) in See’s shops and online in honor of the holiday. That offer also applies to the new seasonal…

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