Bad reasons to claim Social Security early

22nd May 2019

Social Security Opens a New Window. can be an important part of a diversified retirement plan, as long as individuals understand the program and its benefits Opens a New Window. . According to a recent survey, the average age current retirees began collecting was 62. However, most future retirees expected to begin collecting at 65. Delaying when you collect, if possible, can actually increase your benefit by as much as…

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Score a free iPhone 6s when you add a line at Verizon right now

22nd May 2019

We know the iPhone 6s may not be the latest and greatest that Apple is offering right now, but hear us out on this deal. For a limited time, Verizon is offering a free iPhone 6s or an iPhone 6s Plus for $5 a month when you add a new smartphone line of service. Apple has been known to support devices for many years after the company stops selling it,…

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You’re about to start seeing ads for the first time on Google’s mobile homepage

20th May 2019

During Google’s Marketing Live conference for advertisers on Tuesday, the search giant announced a first for the company: Ads are coming soon to Google’s iconic homepage. The ads will be confined to the version of its homepage accessible via the mobile web as well as its smartphone app later this year, which will provide the company a fresh source of advertising revenue and prominent new screen real estate it can…

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Spotify’s first piece of hardware is a voice assistant for your car

20th May 2019

That’s the name of Spotify’s first voice-controlled plug-in smart device: Car Thing. In a blog post Friday, the music streaming company said the device would play music and podcasts for a “small group” of invited Spotify Premium users in the U.S. Spotify said it could also be joined by devices called Voice Thing and Home Thing. A company spokesperson wouldn’t elaborate beyond the blog post. But The Verge found that…

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Google’s prototype AI translator translates your tone as well as your words

18th May 2019

We all know that communication depends on more than just what you say. How you say it is often just as important. That’s why Google’s latest prototype AI translator doesn’t just translate the words coming out of your mouth, but also the tone and cadence of your voice. The system is called Translatotron, and Google’s researchers go into detail on how it works in a recent blog post. They don’t…

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Social Security COLA for 2020: What to know now

18th May 2019

Social Security Opens a New Window. checks could rise by a decent amount next year, but Social Security recipients may still find that benefits fall short of expenses Opens a New Window. . According to a report released this week by the Senior Citizen’s League, the cost-of-living adjustment heading into next year could be 1.7 percent – that’s an estimate using data through April. The estimate is subject to change…

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Walmart warns that higher tariffs will mean higher prices

17th May 2019

The comments came after the nation’s largest retailer reported its best sale performance at its established U.S. namesake stores for the fiscal first quarter in nine years. It marked 19 straight quarters of same-store sales gains. “We’re monitoring the tariff discussions and are hopeful that an agreement can be reached,” said Chief Financial Officer Brett Biggs. But he told reporters, “Increased tariffs will lead to increased prices for our customers.”…

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Update Your Google Pay Privacy Settings Now

17th May 2019

Google Pay is a convenient way to consolidate your various payment methods under one account, and makes online shopping that much more streamlined. However, there are a few default Google Pay options you may want to consider opting out of if you’re concerned about how much of your personal data and credit information Google has the ability to share with others. Here are the three settings in question: Of these…

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What to Do if Your Email Is Hacked

16th May 2019

If a scammer has swiped your password and is using your account to spew spam, take action and add measures to help stop it from happening again. Q.Could you please review best practices if one’s email is hacked? Is changing the password for that email sufficient? Is it necessary to change the email address (use a whole new email) for each site, like Amazon, that uses the hacked email as…

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Starbucks Makes A Deeper Commitment To Going Green

15th May 2019

Going green takes some green. It’s expensive to transition to sustainable systems and products that don’t harm the Earth. Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) has an aggressive plan to make sure it uses ethically sourced coffee and reduce its global environmental footprint. It plans to fund those efforts with the proceeds of a $1 billion sustainability bond. That just-issued bond, the largest the company has ever offered, follows the successful issuance of two…

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Uber offers ‘Quiet Mode’ for riders who don’t want to talk to their drivers

15th May 2019

Quiet mode is one of the new preferences available beginning Tuesday evening across the U.S. for premium Uber rides, which means only Uber Black or Uber Black SUV rides. This is the first time the option has been available on the Uber app. Now when you order a black car (that means professional drivers and luxury vehicles, so no Priuses) you have a list of preferences you can select. Riders…

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WhatsApp And Snapchat banned on company devices at Continental

15th May 2019

German auto parts maker Continental AG said it will forbid its 240,000 employees from using Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp or Snap Inc.’s Snapchat on any of its company-issued mobile devices. About 36,000 such devices would be affected by the ban, which was provoked by privacy concerns, a Continental spokesman told Bloomberg. “We think it is unacceptable to transfer to users the responsibility of complying with data protection laws,” Chief Executive Officer…

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