Apple Pay: How to set up and use it on your iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac

8th May 2020

Despite the number of people who own an iPhone or an Apple Watch, there are still plenty of them who don’t use Apple Pay. And that’s a shame because it’s uniquely positioned to bridge transactions on your iPhone with those in actual stores. Apple Pay is basically a digital wallet on your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or Mac that lets you buy things in restaurants, in retail stores, in apps…


BMW will discontinue its iconic i8 hybrid sports car in April

12th March 2020

The BMW i8 was the company’s first plug-in hybrid. When it hit the showroom floor as a concept vehicle, it was a stunner, and the consumer version was surprisingly similar to the prototype. The clean lines of the chassis hid an advanced combination of a lithium-ion battery and a three-cylinder engine that could accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers in just 4.4 seconds. But after six years of success, the…


Tax scams are in full swing. Here’s how to protect yourself

7th March 2020

Tax season is in full swing — and that means it’s hunting time for scam artists hoping to rip off taxpayers. The Internal Revenue Service expects to receive around 150 million tax returns during this filing period, which began Jan. 27 and runs through April 15. Americans need to remain vigilant to guard against tax fraud, which picks up around this time of year as crooks prey on taxpayers’ anxiety…


Apple now allows apps to send ads as push notifications

5th March 2020

Apps available at the Apple App Store can now send ads and other promotions as push notifications, as long as the user authorizes them. The updated guidelines, announced Wednesday, mean that users who choose to opt in will see ads show up on their Apple devices alongside text messages and breaking news alerts. Apple also announced Wednesday that apps categorized as “dating” or “fortune telling” would be rejected “unless they…


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…


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…


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…