Facebook brings its 3D photos feature to users with single-camera phones

29th February 2020

Facebook first showed off its 3D photos back in 2018, and shared the technical details behind it a month later. But unless you had one of a handful of phones with dual cameras back then (when they weren’t so common), you couldn’t make your own. Today an update brings 3D photos to those of us still rocking a single camera. In case you don’t remember or haven’t seen one lately,…


Scammers Are Sending Fake Tax Forms To Taxpayers Via Email

28th February 2020

This is an identity theft scam email. In the scam, criminals use a fake form W-8BEN, Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding and Reporting (form downloads as a PDF) to gain personal and bank identification from taxpayers. Some versions of this scam have been circulating for more than ten years (downloads as a PDF). The IRS issued several warnings about the fraud over the…


Scammers & Robocallers Are Dialing Up ID Theft Efforts During Tax Season

27th February 2020

Yesterday, I received a slightly garbled voice mail advising me that I had a serious delinquency that needed to be resolved. I was told to call a 1-800 number to resolve the matter. I didn’t even have to check my Caller ID to know that it was a scam involving Social Security. This wasn’t my first call like this – but the frequency has definitely picked up. Friends and colleagues…


Apple collaborating with Johnson & Johnson on new stroke study

26th February 2020

Johnson & Johnson has announced a new Heartline health study in collaboration with Apple, as it seeks to discover whether an iPhone app and Apple Watch can reduce the risk of strokes. As reported by CNBC, a press release states: Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) today announced that the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, in collaboration with Apple, opened enrollment for the Heartline Study. The study is designed…


Apple might soon roll out low-cost iPhone. Here’s how much it could cost.

24th February 2020

Apple could roll out its new low-cost iPhone at an event at the end of March, Front Page Tech analyst and YouTuber Jon Prosser has revealed, though there are still questions about how much the coronavirus outbreak will hurt production. The new low-cost iPhone model will give help Apple meet consumer demand for quality products that don’t break the bank. “[Sources] told me that the prices are going to look…


Tax scams try new tricks to steal refunds

22nd February 2020

Who says you can’t teach a tax scammer new tricks? One of the hottest new scams out there involves fraudsters who file phony tax returns in the hopes of getting a relatively skimpy tax refund. They’re no longer just out to steal thousands of dollars by tapping into generous tax credits. “For at least the last two years, we’ve seen fraudsters try to lodge low dollar refund claims hoping that…


What to Know About the Marriage Tax Penalty

21st February 2020

PRIOR TO THE PASSAGE OF the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, some newly married couples received an unpleasant surprise at tax time. Spouses who earned similar amounts of money – especially those considered high earners – often found themselves subject to a marriage tax penalty. “The marriage tax penalty means that when you’re married, you lose some of the tax benefits you’d have if you were single,” says…


Get Your Real ID Driver’s License Now

19th February 2020

Got your driver’s license nearby? Check to see if it has either a gold or black star in the upper-right-hand corner (if you’re in California, your star will be inside the outline of a bear). Mine does, because I got my most recent driver’s license in 2017; if yours does not, get a new driver’s license as soon as possible. Why? Because these gold-or-black-star licenses are what’s called “Real ID…


Netflix wants to kill off this iconic PC tool

17th February 2020

Netflix may be known for its video streaming service but the company also deals with a lot of images. This expertise has led it to release an update to a new image file format called AVIF (AV1 Image File Format) which it believes can replace JPEGs. The video streaming giant has even open sourced the AVIF framework to allow others to compare it to existing image codecs in terms of…


PhotoSquared app exposed customer photos and shipping labels

15th February 2020

Popular photo printing app PhotoSquared has exposed thousands of customer photos, addresses and orders details. At least 10,000 shipping labels were stored in a public Amazon Web Services (AWS) storage bucket. There was no password on the bucket, allowing anyone who knew the easy-to-guess web address access to the customer data. All too often, these AWS storage buckets are misconfigured and set to “public” and not “private.” The exposed data…


You can now scan your restaurant receipt and pay with Apple Pay

13th February 2020

Clover, one of the popular point of sale systems made for small businesses, has come out with a new feature that makes paying the bill a lot faster at restaurants. Reported by 9to5Mac, the company announced a new feature called “Scan to Pay” that allows iPhone owners to scan a QR code on their receipt and securely pay their bill, even adding the tip, using Apple Pay. Clover announced the…


Everything new coming to Netflix this week, and everything leaving (week of Feb. 9)

10th February 2020

After a fairly quiet week last week, Netflix is picking it up again over the few days with a range of quality content. Up first is the fourth season of Better Call Saul, which actually returns for its fifth (and penultimate) season in just a few weeks. The second season of Narcos: Mexico debuts this week as well. As for movies, the sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved…