Netflix wants to kill off this iconic PC tool

Netflix may be known for its video streaming service but the company also deals with a lot of images. This expertise has led it to release an update to a new image file format called AVIF (AV1 Image File Format) which it believes can replace JPEGs. The video streaming giant has even open sourced the AVIF framework to allow others to compare it to existing image codecs in terms of…

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PhotoSquared app exposed customer photos and shipping labels

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…

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You can now scan your restaurant receipt and pay with Apple Pay

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…

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Everything new coming to Netflix this week, and everything leaving (week of Feb. 9)

After a fairly quiet week last week, Netflix is picking it up again over the few days with a range of quality content. Up first is the fourth season of Better Call Saul, which actually returns for its fifth (and penultimate) season in just a few weeks. The second season of Narcos: Mexico debuts this week as well. As for movies, the sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved…

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The Hummer is coming back as a 1,000-horsepower electric truck

General Motors has confirmed it’s resurrecting the Hummer nameplate for a new all-electric truck that will have 1,000 horsepower on offer and go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in three seconds, according to new teaser images and videos released today. The new electric Hummer truck will break cover during a Super Bowl ad this coming Sunday, and will be treated to a full reveal on May 20th. It’s…

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OnePlus may finally support wireless charging in its next phone

OnePlus has shied away from wireless charging for quite a while, but not anymore. As spotted first by MobileScout, the company has joined Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), the industry body that regulates standards for Qi wireless charging used by the majority of smartphones. While this might not mean that we’ll see wireless charging support in all OnePlus phones released this year, we can hope for some level of compatibility. A…

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14 Best Car Insurance Companies of 2020

Do you hold the title to a motor vehicle? Do you drive that motor vehicle on roads maintained by local, state, or federal transportation authorities? If you answered yes to both questions, then you must carry auto insurance – no ifs, ands, or buts. The Insurance Information Institute has a handy guide to minimum insurance requirements in all 50 states. Uninsured drivers avoid paying auto insurance premiums, of course. That’s…

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SIM swap fraud: How to protect your phone number from being stolen

A recently published study showed just how easy it is for hackers and fraudsters to take control of your phone number, potentially leading to thousands of dollars in fraud — that’s your money on the line. The practice of SIM swapping is becoming more common, and despite carriers putting safeguards in place, it’s scary how quickly the researchers were able to take over a phone number. The SIM card inside…

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Married Couples: Is It Better to File Taxes Jointly or Separately?

FOR MARRIED COUPLES, combining finances is a smart way to streamline expenses. But at tax time, couples face a tricky question: File jointly or separately? Knowing which status to choose – married filing jointly or married filing separately – isn’t always cut and dry. However, figuring out which way to go can result in many tax benefits. In most cases, married couples should file their taxes jointly in order to…

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McDonald’s Is Giving Out Free Chicken Nuggets This Month

In your ongoing quest to discover where a nugget comes from on a chicken, you’ll probably need to taste the chicken’s nuggets a few times. The research phase of the project is certainly difficult, but you have to do what you have to do (with dipping sauces). To help you on your quest, McDonald’s and Uber Eats are offering a free 10-piece order of Chicken McNuggets a few times over…

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Amazon allegedly threatened to fire employees for speaking out on climate change

Several Amazon employees say they’ve been threatened with termination for talking publicly about their climate change campaign. Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, an activist group within Amazon that started in late 2018, said in a statement Thursday that four of its members were targeted by the human resources and legal departments at Amazon for speaking out publicly, including to the press. In two cases, employees received followup emails threatening firings…

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Fox Networks Could Soon Go Dark for Millions Still Stuck With Cable

As we prepare to embark on a new decade, any fans of Fox programming still holding onto their cable subscription could soon be SOL. Hundreds of mid-range and local cable providers with millions of customers between them are locked in 2020 contract negotiations with Fox, and the broadcasting company’s allegedly holding their feet to the fire with price hikes in the double digits and consumer-targeted propaganda campaigns. That so many…

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