PayPal vs. Google Pay vs. Venmo vs. Square Cash vs. Apple Pay Cash

3rd May 2019

Money makes the world go ’round. Whether you owe a friend for drinks, or you need to send rent money to your roommate, the easier it is to transfer money to friends and family, the better. With the advent of modern technology, there are plenty of great options for sending money to others. Sure, PayPal may well be the best-known of these services, but it’s certainly not the only one. Google reorganized…

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Here’s how to return Amazon merchandise to Kohl’s stores

2nd May 2019

Mailing purchases back to Amazon is a hassle. No one likes to stand in line at the post office, and most people hate repacking an item, especially if it’s large or bulky. There may be an easier option. You can now return Amazon merchandise to Kohl’s locations while you’re there shopping. Previously a service that was only available in select stores in only a few cities, now all Kohl’s stores…

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Roku vs Apple TV vs Amazon Fire TV — which is the best?

1st May 2019

Nowadays, more and more people are ditching traditional cable subscription packages in favor of streaming TV and movies on services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Now, and so on. It’s so ubiquitous that there’s a whole line of devices—called streaming devices—that exist solely in order to make it easier to get streaming content on your TV. When it comes to streaming devices, the most popular options are Roku, Apple TV,…

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Facebook will let users chat across Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp

1st May 2019

There were rumors that Facebook was going to make its messaging products interoperable, but now it appears they’re about to be a reality. At F8, Messenger’s head of consumer product Asha Sharma said that in the future, users will soon be able to send messages across Facebook’s three different messaging platforms: Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. This interoperability is just one of many features of the new Messenger. All messages will…

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Ready for 6G? How AI will shape the network of the future

20th April 2019

Mobile-phone technology has changed the way humans understand and interact with the world and with each other. It’s hard to think of a technology that has more strongly shaped 21st-century living. The latest technology—the fifth generation of mobile standards, or 5G—is currently being deployed in select locations around the world. And that raises an obvious question. What factors will drive the development of the sixth generation of mobile technology? How…

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Facebook is developing its own Alexa-like voice assistant that nobody asked for

18th April 2019

Facebook is working on a voice assistant to rival the likes of Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and the Google Assistant, according to several people familiar with the matter. The tech company has been working on this new initiative since early 2018. The effort is coming out of the company’s augmented reality and virtual reality group, a division that works on hardware, including the company’s virtual reality Oculus headsets. A team based out of Redmond, Washington, has been…

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How to get free e-books, magazines, movies and TV shows from your library

17th April 2019

Quick! Before you spend money on that novel, audiobook, magazine, movie or TV show you’ve been thinking about buying, check the library. You remember the library, right? The place with all the books? Turns out it’s also the place with all the modern digital media. Thanks to a variety of apps and services, you can borrow an abundance of reading material and entertainment, all with a few clicks or taps….

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Google Pay can import airline miles, reward points, and more from Gmail now

17th April 2019

Those of you who make contact-less payments on Android devices just got a nice new bonus feature to play with. As spotted by 9to5Google on Monday, Google is rolling out a new Google Pay feature that should make life just a bit more convenient for anyone who uses the mobile wallet system. Thanks to a small update, Google Pay should now be able to link to Gmail and pull in things like airline…

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How Google is building the fastest internet cable to cross the Atlantic

13th April 2019

Data flows under the oceans. To get from the US to Europe, for example, internet traffic doesn’t beam by satellite—it rushes through subsea cables. There are about 378 of these pipes, and the information that travels through them does so on glass fiber. While many of these tubes cross the Atlantic, Google is building a new one that they say will be the highest-capacity cable to snake under that ocean….

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How to stop robocalls spamming your phone

11th April 2019

No matter what your politics, beliefs, or even your sports team, we can all agree on one thing: robocalls are the scourge of modern times. These unsolicited auto-dialed spam calls bug you dozens of times a week — sometimes more — demanding you “pay the IRS” or pretend to be “Apple technical support.” Even the now-infamous Chinese embassy scam, recently warned about by the FBI, has gained notoriety. These robocallers…

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Walmart battles online retail by adding more robots to its stores

10th April 2019

Brick and mortar stores have been hit hard by online retailers like Amazon. Walmart (which has its own online presence) believes it has an answer to dwindling sales. Its solution, robots that take care of mundane jobs (like cleaning up spills) while its staff spends their time helping customers. The retailer announced today that it will deploy 1,500 new “Auto-C” autonomous floor cleaners, 300 “Auto-S” shelf scanners and an additional 1,200 “FAST”…

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How to Find and Remove Viruses on Your iPhone

8th April 2019

For iPhone users, the good news is you don’t have to worry about your phone getting viruses. However, if you suspect that your iPhone could be having a virus, owing to adware popups, messages that warn you of the presence of malware, or that ask you to ensure your device is secure on some sites, they’re usually scams. You’ll be safer reporting this behavior to Apple to get the app…

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