Hackers Can Break Into an iPhone Just by Sending a Text

When you think about how hackers could break into your smartphone, you probably imagine it would start with clicking a malicious link in a text, downloading a fraudulent app, or some other way you accidentally let them in. It turns out that’s not necessarily so—not even on the iPhone, where simply receiving an iMessage could be enough to get yourself hacked. At the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas…

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Millions of Books Are Secretly in the Public Domain. You Can Download Them Free

Everyone is paying for books when they don’t have to. There’s so many ways to read almost anything ever published, for free, that it borders on the obscene. Libraries: They’re good! Sure, if you want the latest release from your favorite author you either have to pay or wait for a copy from the library, but for millions of older books, you can get a digital version, legally, for free….

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Here’s when you can get full Social Security benefits

Social Security supports tens of millions of Americans with benefits that they need to make ends meet in retirement. With benefits that are calculated based on your earning history, the program is intended to replace a modest portion of your work income after the end of your career. One key aspect of how much you get from Social Security is when you start receiving benefits. Most people can claim Social…

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CVS targets Amazon with nationwide free delivery program

CVS Health Opens a New Window. will now offer a nationwide subscription program that allows customers to pay an annual flat rate to get free shipping for prescription drugs Opens a New Window. and other online orders, the pharmacy chain announced on Monday, an offering that comes as Amazon Opens a New Window. continues to intensify the pressure on traditional retailers. The ability to order everyday products like toilet paper…

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Apple’s iPhone will have an in-display fingerprint sensor in 2021, analyst claims

Apple is planning to reintroduce Touch ID with an in-display fingerprint sensor in its 2021 iPhones, a new report from noted industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed. 9to5Mac reports that the analyst says the technology will be included alongside Apple’s Face ID facial recognition technology in two years time, and that the two security methods will compliment each other to offer a unified experience. In-display fingerprint sensors have been around…

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How to protect yourself in a data breach if your bank gets hacked

Events like the recent Capital One breach or the broader Equifax hack in 2017 can leave you feeling vulnerable and helpless — and rightfully so. It’s one thing to have your Facebook or Twitter account compromised, but being the victim of a financial institution getting hacked adds a whole new level of distress. Our bank accounts hold some of our most personal information such as social security numbers, our credit…

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Why America Is Playing Vaccine Roulette

Igot shingles last week. I went to sleep scratching what I thought was a particularly nasty bug bite, and woke up with what felt like a thousand of them — only they burned right down to the bone. Too much stress, I told myself. Too many appointments and emails and commitments, competing for my nervous system’s attention. But deep down I know the real reason I got sick: I’d played…

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Apple stops letting contractors listen to Siri voice recordings and will offer opt-out later

Apple has said that it will temporarily suspend its practice of using human contractors to grade snippets of Siri voice recordings for accuracy. The move follows a report in The Guardian where a former worker detailed the program, claiming that contractors “regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex” as part of their job. “We are committed to delivering a great Siri experience while protecting…

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Verizon’s unveils cheaper unlimited smartphone plans that lets each family member choose their own

Verizon Wireless has announced a new set of unlimited “mix and max” wireless pricing plans that that will let you, your spouse and your kids potentially each choose your own plan. Each family member may have to do a little bit of work to sort through the details and determine just which plan might make the most sense for them. The new plans, which start at $70 monthly for a…

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A Blood Test Can Check You For Cancer and Suicidal Tendencies — It’s Biomarkers, Not Magic

The year is 2035. You walk into your local medical clinic and draw blood for a standard blood test. What could that blood test possibly tell you? It tells you that your blood pressure is a little high — and that you’ve got a Vitamin C deficiency. Expected. But this blood test doesn’t stop there — nuh-uh, the year is 2035. And in 2035, blood tests don’t sweat the standard stuff. No, blood tests in…

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Everywhere You Can Get Super-Cheap Ice Cream for National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

We’re barely a week removed from National Ice Cream Day and just two days out of National Ice Cream Month. But ice cream sandwiches don’t want to be pushed into a corner and forgotten. On August 2, the lil’ chilly cookie sandwiches are asking how you like your ice cream served. Cups and cones? Never heard of ’em. August 2 is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. It’s a day that…

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TV network titans sue Locast, a service that streams for free

NEW YORK – The country’s biggest TV networks – ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox – have sued Locast, a streaming service that transmits their broadcasts for free, in federal court in New York. The companies said in the suit, filed Wednesday, that Locast is violating their copyrights and asked for its service to be shut down. Locast has held that under the law, it is allowed to stream the networks…

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