US now requires social media info for visa applications

If you want to stay in the US, you’ll likely have to share your internet presence. As proposed in March 2018 (and to some extent in 2015), the country now requires virtually all visa applicants to provide their social media account names for the past five years. The mandate only covers a list of selected services, although potential visitors and residents can volunteer info if they belong to social sites…

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‘Kids’ is a mesmerizing iOS art game about the human collective

Oddly we’re more comfortable facing the question of who we are as individuals — we’re more afraid to reckon with how the collective defines most of who we are or how we act. But the short hand-drawn game Kids — recently released by Michael Frei and Mario von Rickenbach, the award-winning German duo known for Plug & Play — immerses you in the nature of group dynamics. That doesn’t even…

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Credit card balance transfer offers can be a big help when paying off debt

So you’ve heard credit card ads talking about balance transfers and 0% introductory rates. What does this mean exactly? Well, a balance transfer is a way for you to move the debt you have on one credit card to a new credit card. You then pay that debt on the new credit card, which can often come at a friendlier rate. Some credit cards will offer a 0% introductory rate…

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New Amazon Day shipping option lets you pick the day you get deliveries

First there was Prime Day. Now there’s Amazon Day. Amazon is slowly rolling out a new delivery option for its Prime members in the US, called Amazon Day, the company said Friday. The invite-only program lets members set a specific day of the week for their shipments to arrive. For example, if you pick Thursday, all the stuff you bought during the week, and select at checkout to arrive on…

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Social Security benefits: 5 ways to increase your retirement checks

When it comes to preparing for a financially comfortable retirement Opens a New Window. , you’re going to have to plan ahead Opens a New Window. . It’s important to take advantage of your Social Security benefits Opens a New Window. , specifically. In order to boost your retirement income Opens a New Window. , you don’t want to collect too early or make any major life decisions without considering…

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Having Your ID Scanned at Bars Sucks For Your Privacy

We’ve all been there—maybe you’ve had a little too much to drink and a bouncer is questioning your balance as they scan your ID. Unfortunately, at least in some cities in the U.S., a simple interaction with a bouncer gone wrong can mean you’re booted from bars all over town; as first reported by OneZero, at least one ID-scanner company is taking private data of bargoers without their knowledge or…

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42 Million Dating App Records Exposed Online, Leaking User IP Addresses and Location Data

A database containing records of tens of millions of users of various dating apps has been found publicly accessible, according to a researcher who says it remains unclear who amassed the data. In a blog Wednesday, security researcher Jeremiah Fowler said he discovered the database and that it was not protected by so much as a password. The 42.5 million records, which appeared to belong to multiple apps, were stored…

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NASA Is Now Inviting People To Submit Names To Fly To Mars In July 2020

We are not yet sure as of when we will set foot on the Red Planet, Mars, but the good news is now we can look forward to submitting our names to send them abroad with the Mars 2020 rover. The invitation is open to the public and the rover is set to take off in July 2020. The rover will touch down on Mars in February 2021. Click to Send Your…

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Hollywood is quietly using AI to help decide which movies to make

The film world is full of intriguing what-ifs. Will Smith famously turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix. Nicolas Cage was cast as the lead in Tim Burton’s Superman Lives, but he only had time to try on the costume before the film was canned. Actors and directors are forever glancing off projects that never get made or that get made by someone else, and fans are left…

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Parents with college students making this dangerous mistake, financial expert says

It’s graduation season again. As college Opens a New Window. students graduate, they walk across the stage to pick up their diplomas and then walk right back home to mom and dad’s house. More than one third of young adults between ages 18 and 34 lived at home in 2015, up from 26 percent in 2005, according to census data. Many parents don’t charge rent to their returning progeny, but…

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5 ways to cut your 2019 tax bill now

Congrats. You filed your 2018 tax return. But don’t stuff it in a file cabinet just yet. Instead, look it over to uncover steps you can take right now to lower your 2019 tax bill. The IRS revised the withholding table early in 2018 which resulted in less withholding for most taxpayers and consequently smaller refunds or even balances due at tax time, says Robert Westley, a CPA and member…

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Memorial Day deal for veterans in June: Free dental service

Each Memorial Day, millions of Americans remember and commemorate the brave service members Opens a New Window. who died while serving our country in the United States Armed Forces. But how can we honor the veterans who live among us, especially those who may be struggling financially Opens a New Window. or dealing with health issues that make it difficult for them to overcome the rigors they face daily? The…

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