This tool could unlock your smartphone with earbuds

20th September 2019

New York: Soon you may be able to unlock your smartphone with earbuds as researchers are developing a biometric tool to do that. Besides reducing the need for passcodes, fingerprints, facial recognition and other biometrics, the tool called EarEcho would be ideal for situations where users are required to verify their identity such as making mobile payments. It could also eliminate the need to re-enter passcodes or fingerprints when a…

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You Can Soon Get Your DNA Sequenced Anonymously

20th September 2019

When biomedical researchers go to sleep at night, they dream of genomes. Yours, and mine, and all six degrees of Kevin Bacon between us. And who can blame them? Think of all the information packed into the six billion letters of genetic code that makes you uniquely you and most definitely not me. Blockbuster drugs and other disease-smashing discoveries could be hiding in that DNA, if only scientists could collect…

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Walmart launches two new credit cards offering 5% back on digital purchases

19th September 2019

Walmart is partnering with Capital One to launch a new credit card program, which rolls out on September 24, and includes both co-branded and private-label cards. The former, the Capital One Walmart Mastercard, includes 5% back on purchases made on Walmart.com or paid for in-store using Walmart Pay (the latter for the first 12 months). The private label card, the Walmart Rewards Card, will offer those same perks, but is…

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Amazon’s Prime Card nets you up to 20% cashback on smart TVs and more

19th September 2019

Having a Prime membership means you’re already off on the right foot when it comes to scoring the best discounts at Amazon. However, with an Amazon Prime card such as the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card or the Amazon Prime Store Card, you can score 5% cashback on all your orders at Amazon.com. This week, cardholders are being treated to a special offer as Amazon is raising the amount of…

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Venmo texting scam: Here’s what you need to know about the new con

19th September 2019

If you use Venmo, there’s a new scam to watch out for. The scam has been sending Venmo users text messages, working under the guise of the same colors and fonts of the mobile payment service’s app, officials have warned. People have received texts saying that their accounts are about to be charged, but if they want to cancel the withdrawal, they must log into their accounts, according to a…

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MoviePass is dead: These are the best alternatives

19th September 2019

Well, it’s official: After years of more twists and flips than a Cirque-du-Soleil trampoline performer, the MoviePass discount-ticket service shut down for good on Sept. 14. What was once heralded as a potential savior of movie theaters is now the stuff of Silicon Valley legend. Meanwhile, competitor Sinemia abruptly shut its doors back in April. Now what? If you still crave the big-screen experience but don’t want to pay the…

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Google Fi gets an unlimited plan

18th September 2019

For the longest time, Google Fi didn’t play the unlimited calls, text and data game and instead focused on offering pretty affordable and flexible plans with a price cap of $80 (before taxes and government fees). Today, however, Google is introducing Fi Unlimited, which, as you’ve probably figured out from the name, is more akin to a traditional “unlimited” plan from other carriers. Fi Unlimited plans start at $70 for…

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A Password-Exposing Bug Was Purged From LastPass

18th September 2019

Developers of the LastPass password manager have patched a vulnerability that made it possible for websites to steal credentials for the last account the user logged into using the Chrome or Opera extension. The vulnerability was discovered late last month by Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy, who privately reported it to LastPass. In a write-up that became public on Sunday, Ormandy said the flaw stemmed from the way the…

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IHOP’s special Halloween menu features Addams Family spooky meals and Kids Eat Free deal

17th September 2019

Halloween has arrived early at IHOP with a special menu and a monster deal. Double snap because IHOP announced a kids eat free promotion and a limited-time menu inspired by the upcoming animated movie, The Addams Family, which debuts in theaters Oct. 11. “We wanted to take our most quintessential menu items, such as our Buttermilk pancakes, omelettes and milkshakes, and put a signature Addams Family twist on them,” Alisa…

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Google announces October 15th hardware event for Pixel 4

17th September 2019

Google has invited media to a hardware event on October 15th in New York City. The company is expected to formally announce the Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and other devices, including a Pixelbook 2 and new Google Home speakers. The invite says “Come see a few new things Made by Google.” Google made an unusual move among tech companies in June when it confirmed the Pixel 4’s existence months…

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Hulu Is Now More Popular Than Amazon Prime On Roku

16th September 2019

Hulu is proving that all it takes is one breakout hit to really make it. The subscription streaming service was launched to the forefront by The Handmaid’s Tale, the first streaming show to win an Emmy for best drama, and it has since gone on to define the kind of quality shows that are possible. Hulu also has a number of other top programs that are drawing in subscribers, including…

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Now Is The Time To Start Your Wine Collection (Even If You Don’t Drink Wine)

16th September 2019

“Today, wine supply is moving into unknown territory. We have now reached the point where we have a large and unhealthy excess in grape supply in all price segments,” writes Rob McMillan founder of Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division based in Saint Helena, California. “Creating this is a unique set of circumstances we’ve not experienced before.” McMillan is the author of one of the most-respected annual reports in the North…

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