In ‘SIM Swap,’ Criminals Really Have Your Number

19th October 2019

This scam, also known as port-out or SIM splitting fraud, allows criminals to hijack your cell phone number. Once they have your number, the bad guys can clean out your financial accounts, confiscate your email, delete your data and take over your social media profiles. Fraudsters can do all this because many companies — including banks, brokerages, email providers and social media platforms — verify your identity by texting a…

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AT&T TV Now’s newest plans are about to go up in price

19th October 2019

AT&T today confirmed to CordCutters that increases are coming to two of its newest streaming plans, as well as to four older players that aren’t actually offered to new subscribers. Here’s the gist: Folks got word of an an email announcing an upcoming price increase to the base “Plus” plan (which doesn’t have the most channels but does include HBO), taking it from $50 a month to $65 a month….

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Best new playlists, shows, and exclusives on Apple Music in October 2019

18th October 2019

Apple Music has a plethora of content that goes up each week for you to discover. Whether it’s exclusive interviews with artists, cool new music videos, awesome radio shows on Beats 1, or, of course, new music, there’s a ton of stuff for you to listen to each week. While it would be impossible for me to tell you about everything new, here’s some of what caught my eye on…

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Technology could end drunk driving, and the US may even mandate it

17th October 2019

It’s an unfortunate reality that plenty of people still operate vehicles while intoxicated, which can lead to disastrous results for the driver and innocent motorists and pedestrians. “Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes,” says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Despite massive public information campaigns to curb drunk driving, the hard fact is there’s still nothing stopping a driver from getting behind the…

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Install Apple’s New iOS 13 and Catalina Updates Right Now

17th October 2019

Apple released new updates today to both iOS 13 and macOS Catalina. If you don’t like bugs or other issues that prevent you from doing whatever it is you’re trying to do—like complete a macOS Catalina installation without it screwing up—you’re going to want to update your iPhone and/or Mac as soon as possible. According to Apple, here’s what the company fixed in the latest version of iOS (now 13.1.3):…

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Delete These Android Adware Apps Hiding on Your Phone

15th October 2019

If you have any of these 15 sneaky apps on your Android device, it’s time to go on a digital hunt and delete them. According to Sophos, these adware apps are doing everything they can to hide themselves on your device and inject crappy advertising into everything you do—and more than 1.3 million devices worldwide have at least one of these apps installed. The apps in question are: free.calls.messages com.a.bluescanner…

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Amazon Prime members can now get any cheap item with free one-day shipping

15th October 2019

Amazon is already the most popular digital retailer on the planet, but that doesn’t mean Jeff Bezos and the rest of the team are satisfied with their success. The site is always looking for any edge it can get, and according to Recode, that now includes free one-day shipping on almost any cheap product for Amazon Prime subscribers. As Recode’s Jason Del Rey notes, Amazon used to make it difficult…

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review: ‘good’ is as good as it gets

14th October 2019

I have been using the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 for about a week now, and it has accomplished something remarkable: it’s made me decide to stop saying there are no good smartwatch options for Android users. Released just six months after its predecessor, the Active 2 is a reasonably good option. Some software issues keep it from being great, though. And if your phone isn’t made by Samsung, plan…

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Lyft joins Uber in suing New York City over limits on cruising time

12th October 2019

Lyft filed a lawsuit Friday against the city of New York over regulations that limit the amount of time drivers can cruise certain busy parts of Manhattan without a passenger. The ride-hailing company called for the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s “highly damaging cruising rule” to be eliminated. “Lyft supports comprehensive congestion pricing, which is the most effective way to reduce traffic,” Lyft spokeswoman Campbell Matthews said in a statement. “But…

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Microsoft has dedicated Office and emoji keys on its new keyboards

12th October 2019

Microsoft’s latest keyboards now include dedicated Office and emoji keys. The software giant was previously experimenting with an Office key on keyboards earlier this year, and now the company is launching a new Ergonomic and slim Bluetooth Keyboard that include the dedicated button. The Office key replaces the right-hand Windows key, and it’s used to launch the Office for Windows 10 app that acts as a hub for Microsoft’s productivity…

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Social Security cost-of-living increase to raise benefits 1.6% in 2020

11th October 2019

Modest cost-of-living increases for Social Security recipients are back. The 68 million Americans who rely on Social Security will receive a 1.6% bump in their benefits next year, the Social Security Administration announced Thursday. For an average retiree who gets a monthly check of $1,460, that adds up to an additional $23.40 a month, according to the Senior Citizens League, an advocacy group. “People are going to be dipping into…

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Three easy ways to block robocalls fast

11th October 2019

The FCC recently ruled in your favor in a 3- 2 vote allowing phone companies to block unwanted robocalls and spam texts. Maybe it was the vocal majority who lodged some 215,000 complaints. While the regulator made a bold move in the right direction, however, it didn’t force the phone companies to take action. But regardless of whether the phone companies decide to help us all out by slamming the…

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