With facial recognition, shoplifting may get you banned in places you’ve never been

21st March 2019

At my bodega down the block, photos of shoplifters sometimes litter the windows, a warning to would-be thieves that they’re being watched. Those unofficial wanted posters come and go, as incidents fade from the owner’s memory. But with facial recognition, getting caught in one store could mean a digital record of your face is shared across the country. Stores are already using the technology for security purposes and can share…

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Save on Spotify: Music streaming service offers deals for US and UK subscribers

21st March 2019

Spotify is sweetening the streaming deal. The music streaming service is currently running separate offers for US and UK subscribers. In the US, Spotify Premium now includes Hulu. And students in the US get both Hulu and Showtime with Spotify for no extra charge. In the UK, when you sign up for the Family plan, you get a free Google Home Mini ($49 at Google Store). Let’s have a look…

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10 Frequently Asked Social Security Benefit Questions

21st March 2019

THE MAJORITY OF American workers will eventually collect Social Security benefits. Those who understand how Social Security works may be able to qualify for bigger payments and avoid benefit reductions and withholdings. Workers approaching retirement age generally have a lot of questions about beginning Social Security payments, including: What is the Social Security retirement age? How do you apply for Social Security? How much Social Security will I get? What is the Social…

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Why your tax refund might be smaller this year

21st March 2019

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) – A local certified public accountant is helping to explain why your tax refund might be lower this year. Reports say on average, Americans are receiving 8 percent less in their tax returns. “The reason why might surprise you,” said Chris Chapman with Brazos Valley CPAs. He says it’s actually because you’re likely pay less in taxes altogether. Because the tax return is usually a percentage of…

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MoviePass brings the $10 unlimited plan back with new twists

20th March 2019

MoviePass has brought back the $9.95 unlimited movie plan with new restrictions and a different way to pay. The movie theater subscription service relaunched the unlimited plan with restrictions on movie and theater choice based on “excessive individual usage.” The plan was first reported by Business Insider’s sources and a staging URL Monday, but it’s since gone live Tuesday. MoviePass’ ability to restrict what films and theaters subscribers can choose…

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Walmart adding millions more items to two-day shipping program

20th March 2019

The world’s largest retailer said Monday it’s adding millions more items to Walmart.com’s two-day shipping program starting next month, just ahead of the holiday shopping season. Walmart’s website offers over 75 million products, with millions of them already available for free two-day shipping, so long as a customer spends at least $35. Walmart was able to significantly expand its two-day shipping program with the help of third-party merchants who list…

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What you need to know about Starbucks’ new rewards program

19th March 2019

Starbucks is offering a new way for you to get free stuff. Starting on April 16, Starbucks Rewards loyalty program is getting a  makeover, allowing members to earn Stars – aka rewards points – sooner, and use those points to buy more items than before. “We know that with loyalty programs, people like to have different options for redeeming,” said Matt Ryan, chief marketing officer at Starbucks. Under the new points…

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How to set up emergency location sharing on Android and iOS

19th March 2019

Smartphones are spectacular for snapping photos, scanning the news, and sending messages, but they can also be literal lifesavers if you take the time to set them up before the need arises. Both Android and iOS have easy-to-use systems for sharing your location with a friend, family member, or other trusted contact in an emergency. You can even create connections that’ll allow you to check up on loved ones to…

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DC Universe will let you try its exclusive shows for free

16th March 2019

Streaming services don’t usually give out free episodes or allow users to access their lineup without signing up for a trial period anymore. Now, DC Universe is moving away from those practices, perhaps in an effort to give fence-sitting fans and skeptical viewers the chance to sample its offerings. It’s giving everyone free access to the first episodes of Titans, Doom Patrol and Young Justice: Outsiders, starting today (March 15th)…

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Here’s what’s new on Hulu and what’s leaving in April 2019

16th March 2019

Spring is here, but Hulu is still delivering plenty of reasons for TV and movie lovers to stay inside. The streaming site has an impressive list of new offerings this month, from compelling original series to critically acclaimed movies. Here are some of the highlights, as well as a full list of what’s new this month. On the television side, Hulu will debut a new installment of its monthly horror anthology series Into…

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Why did I watch that? Here’s how to delete your Netflix viewing history

15th March 2019

Are you sharing a Netflix account with friends or family and don’t want them to know you watched The Cobbler? Is one of your college roommates still using your login to watch weird anime? Or maybe you’re simply tired of Netflix recommendations that don’t hit the mark. There are plenty of reasons you might want to clear your Netflix viewing history, and thankfully, the process for doing so is incredibly…

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7 ways to keep packages from getting stolen off your porch

15th March 2019

One unfortunate side-effect of our modern buy-everything-online lifestyle: package theft. A box or pile of boxes left sitting on your front stoop makes an easy target for “porch pirates,” some of whom follow delivery trucks and scoop up packages moments after they’re dropped off. This has turned into a serious problem. According to a recent Comcast Xfinity Home survey, some 30 percent of Americans have had a package stolen from…

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