3 smart Social Security moves you can make right now

Social Security benefits can play a major role in retirement, particularly if your savings alone aren’t enough to cover all your expenses. Although relying on your monthly checks for the majority of your retirement income isn’t recommended, your benefits can significantly help pay the bills. In order to make the most of your money, though, you’ll need to have a Social Security strategy going into retirement. Even if retirement is…

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Twitter misused security information for advertising purposes

A Twitter security feature may’ve wound up costing people their data privacy, the company said in a statement Tuesday. Twitter said it recently discovered that email addresses and phone numbers meant to be used for security “may have inadvertently been used for advertising purposes.” You can give Twitter your phone number for protections like two-factor authentication, which is supposed to make it harder for hackers to access your account —…

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Lyft launches a driver rewards program

Lyft is rolling out rewards for its drivers to give them access to things like cash bonuses, ride credits and free or discounted tax services. Initially, the rewards program will be available to drivers in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, New Orleans, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Drivers earn points for every eligible dollar earned while they drive during their respective city’s busiest hours. From there,…

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Spotify rolls out Siri support and new Apple TV app

Spotify has launched the ability to play music with Apple’s Siri voice assistant on the iPhone and iPad. The new feature, only recently made possible in iOS 13, puts Spotify on more equal footing with Apple Music. It showed up in the company’s beta app in late September, but it has now rolled out to all users. Another new addition will automatically put Spotify into Data Saver mode when you…

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Beware Non-Cash Items IRS Says You Must Report on Your Taxes

One of the main presumptions of the U.S. tax system is that just about everything can be taxed as income. When it comes to taxes, most countries are more forgiving than the U.S. At tax time, you should think about all the income you collected for the prior year, but it’s wise to worry about these issues all year long so you try to steer clear of problems. You don’t…

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Are your bank deposits safe? Potential problems could be brewing

Chances are good that you haven’t thought much about the safety of your bank deposits lately. Most of the time, like now, it’s just business as usual for financial institutions. But when banks get into massive trouble, lots of bad things happen. Just think back to the last recession, when hundreds of financial institutions failed and depositors worried about the safety of their money. That’s why it’s good to review…

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

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

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

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

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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This is the best news that Avengers and Spider-Man fans could ask for

Sony and Disney surprised fans this past Friday, announcing that a new deal covering the future of Peter Parker. Just like that, Spider-Man was back in the MCU, and Marvel already revealed the launch date for Spider-Man 3 — July 16th, 2021 — which inserts the film into the crowded MCU Phase 4 schedule. We also learned that Marvel got the rights to Tom Holland’s beloved hero for one other…

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WhatsApp bug allowed hackers to steal files and messages with GIFs

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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