Amazon’s Prime Video app disappears from the App Store [Updated]

5th October 2019

In what we understand was a “technical issue”, the Amazon Prime Video app disappeared from the Apple App Store, making it unavailable for new downloads or updates to users both on iOS and Apple TV. Twitter users began to tweet to Amazon for help about the problem on Friday morning, to which Amazon’s support channels have yet to reply. [Update: we’ve learned the issue is technical in nature, but we…

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Apple iPad (2019) review: no competition

5th October 2019

The entry-level iPad was updated last month with a slightly larger screen and a smart connector that lets you attach Apple’s Smart Keyboard. It’s still $329 to start, and it’s still one of the best deals in technology. It can do as much or more than any other tablet anywhere near its cost. In other words, it’s still an iPad. I joked to my co-workers that all I really needed…

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How to get a new passport or renew an old one in a few simple steps

4th October 2019

If your dream vacation involves skipping town (and by town, I mean the country), chances are you’re going to need a passport. Getting a US passport will require a bit of time, patience, and money, but the payoff is well worth it. Though you can travel to all US states and territories with just a driver’s license or other state-issued ID, you won’t be able to get to, say, Paris…

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

4th October 2019

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…

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WhatsApp bug allowed hackers to steal files and messages with GIFs

3rd October 2019

You better update WhatsApp right now. A researcher has discovered a nasty vulnerability in the Facebook-owned privacy-oriented messenger that made it possible to for attackers to gain access to your files and messages ⁠— by using malicious GIFs. The danger stems from a double-free bug in WhatsApp, according to a researcher going by the nickname Awakened. For those unfamiliar with the term, a double-free vulnerability refers to a memory corruption…

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172 malicious apps with 335M+ installs found on Google Play

2nd October 2019

Google desperately needs to curb the spread of Android malware. In September alone, researchers uncovered a total of 172 infected apps on the Play Store. The worst part? These apps had racked up over 335 million installs by the time they were detected by security experts. Adware accounted for a staggering 300,600,000 installs, according to data complied by ESET malware researcher Lukas Stefanko. Other types of malware found on Play…

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How to Block Unwanted Emails, Phone Calls, and Messages in iOS 13

2nd October 2019

Is your iPhone getting blown up with spammy messages? Then you should probably update to iOS 13 if you haven’t already. iOS 13 includes a couple of new tools for blocking junk emails and robocalls, and carries over the iMessage blocking options from iOS 12. These make it easy to filter out unwanted messages at the source—whether from specific contacts or en masse. Even better, any numbers or email addresses…

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A Big Question About Prime Numbers Gets a Partial Answer

1st October 2019

On September 7, two mathematicians posted a proof of a version of one of the most famous open problems in mathematics. The result opens a new front in the study of the “twin primes conjecture,” which has bedeviled mathematicians for more than a century and has implications for some of the deepest features of arithmetic. “We’ve been stuck and running out of ideas on the problem for a long time,…

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4 key trends you need to know about Social Security

1st October 2019

Did you know that some 5.6 million people were newly awarded Social Security benefits in 2018? Fifty-five percent of them were retired workers, 12% were disabled workers and 33% were survivors or the spouses and children of retired or disabled workers. And those are just some of the tidbits of information in the newly released booklet from the Social Security Administration, Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2019. What…

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Hackers cost these communities millions of dollars

30th September 2019

Ransomware is malicious software that cybercriminals can use to lock up your computer. It’s a problem if it happens to someone’s personal computer. But if crooks break into a town’s computer system, they can shut down important information like police records and tax payments. That’s probably why there’s an apparent increase in ransomware attacks targeting municipal government agencies. The cybersecurity firm Recorded Future said that, as of May, more than…

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Apple warns that iOS 13 keyboards can leak your data

28th September 2019

New York (CNN Business)Apple is warning about a security issue for iOS 13 users who installed certain keyboard apps. A bug can give third-party keyboard apps, such as Microsoft-owned SwiftKey or Google’s (GOOGL) Gboard, unexpected access to people’s phones. That “can result in keyboard extensions being granted full access even if you haven’t approved this access,” Apple said in a statement released Tuesday. Apple’s warning was first reported by TechCrunch….

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Facebook will begin hiding likes on Friday

28th September 2019

Facebook will begin hiding likes on Friday, making the number of reactions, views and likes visible only to a post’s author. The test will begin in Australia, the social media giant confirmed Thursday, and includes ads. “We are running a limited test where like, reaction and video view counts are made private across Facebook,” a Facebook spokesperson told CNET in an emailed statement Thursday. Facebook added that it would “gather…

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