What Actually Happens When You Block Someone on Your iPhone

30th September 2019

The iPhone has a built-in blocking feature, but have you ever wondered what exactly happens when you block someone? The short answer: you get fewer unwanted texts and calls, and the people you block are none the wiser. You can block contacts through any of the iPhone’s communication apps (Messages, FaceTime, and Phone). Blocking a contact in one app will block them across the board. Of course, blocked callers can…

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Hackers cost these communities millions of dollars

30th September 2019

Ransomware is malicious software that cybercriminals can use to lock up your computer. It’s a problem if it happens to someone’s personal computer. But if crooks break into a town’s computer system, they can shut down important information like police records and tax payments. That’s probably why there’s an apparent increase in ransomware attacks targeting municipal government agencies. The cybersecurity firm Recorded Future said that, as of May, more than…

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Apple warns that iOS 13 keyboards can leak your data

28th September 2019

New York (CNN Business)Apple is warning about a security issue for iOS 13 users who installed certain keyboard apps. A bug can give third-party keyboard apps, such as Microsoft-owned SwiftKey or Google’s (GOOGL) Gboard, unexpected access to people’s phones. That “can result in keyboard extensions being granted full access even if you haven’t approved this access,” Apple said in a statement released Tuesday. Apple’s warning was first reported by TechCrunch….

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Facebook will begin hiding likes on Friday

28th September 2019

Facebook will begin hiding likes on Friday, making the number of reactions, views and likes visible only to a post’s author. The test will begin in Australia, the social media giant confirmed Thursday, and includes ads. “We are running a limited test where like, reaction and video view counts are made private across Facebook,” a Facebook spokesperson told CNET in an emailed statement Thursday. Facebook added that it would “gather…

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DoorDash data breach affected 4.9M customers, drivers, merchants

27th September 2019

DoorDash confirmed in a blog post Thursday a data breach that’s affected 4.9 million users. The breach, reported earlier by TechCrunch, exposed information like names, email addresses, delivery addresses, order histories, phone numbers and passwords. The last four digits of some consumers’ credit card and bank account numbers were also accessed, but DoorDash said the information isn’t enough to make a fraudulent purchase. DoorDash also said that about 100,000 of…

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iOS 13.1 is already here. Everything new and how to get it on your iPhone or iPad

27th September 2019

Apple’s iOS 13 launch has been, well, a little confusing. There haven’t been any show-stopping bugs or issues, but just five days after the launch of iOS 13, we’re already getting iOS 13.1, with new features and performance improvements. Typically, Apple releases a major OS update — like iOS 13 — and a week or so later, releases something like iOS 13.0.1 with bug fixes. However, this time Apple is…

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Lyft’s massive update competes more with Google Maps than Uber

26th September 2019

Ride-sharing app Lyft has done something we wouldn’t have seen coming a few years ago when the company was battling Uber for supremacy in the various markets where the two apps are available. Lyft released a massive update that makes the application compete more against navigation apps like the popular Google Maps than Uber and other ride-sharing alternatives. That’s because the Lyft app now has functionalities that extend well beyond…

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Stop What You’re Doing and Upgrade to iOS 13.1 Right Now

26th September 2019

Apple just dropped iOS 13.1, and while these iterative versions tend not to be as fun as the big numbered ones, you should update your phone right now. iOS 13, Apple said, would be a lot of fun. There’s dark mode, some map stuff, a few new privacy protections. But what Apple didn’t tell you was that iOS 13 shipped with a ton of terrible bugs. Apps would crash. Phones…

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Amazon is now offering virtual health care to its employees

25th September 2019

Some Amazon employees and their families in Seattle now have access to a new app called Amazon Care, a program that provides users with access to health professionals over video chat and text. The move comes as Amazon has sought to cut internal health costs even as it’s continued to muscle into the growing health care market. Amazon is partnering with a Washington state-based company called Oasis Medical Group to…

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A Mysterious Computer Issue Is Affecting Hollywood Movie and TV Editors

25th September 2019

Something weird happened in Hollywood on Monday evening. Well, weirder than usual. As first reported in Variety, film and TV editors across Los Angeles experienced mysterious computer issues: their Mac Pros wouldn’t boot up after they’d been shut down. The common thread was that they were all using Avid, a popular program for digitally editing feature films. “Happened to our whole team at Modern Family,” Michael Kamens, an assistant editor…

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Surprising Tax Changes From The IRS You Should Know

24th September 2019

The IRS ruled that the health portion of genetic-testing kits qualifies as medical care under the tax code. Typically, part of the report from a genetic-testing kit summarizes a person’s ethnic or geographic heritage. The other part of the report lists diseases or conditions the person might be genetically predisposed to. The IRS guidance means buyers of the kits can deduct a portion of the cost as a medical expense…

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Here’s what to know for National Voter Registration Day

24th September 2019

WASHINGTON — Want to get register to vote? Today’s a good day to do it. Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, a day created in 2012 and dedicated to “create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities” for thousands of Americans with the help of an online campaign and volunteers who “hit the streets” in a coordinated event, according to the National Voter Registration Day site. The day is a massive…

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