How long should it take to get my tax refund this year?

Many taxpayers are anxiously awaiting this year’s tax refund that they hope to use to pay down debt, pad their savings or make a big purchase. Historically, almost three-quarters of Americans receive a refund, which has averaged just under $3,000, a big sum for many families. This year, the Internal Revenue Service expects most refunds to be issued in less than 21 days, as long as the return doesn’t require further review. Some USA…

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How to find, install, rearrange, and delete apps on your Apple Watch

Third-party Apple Watch apps aren’t truly apps — they’re iPhone app extensions. As such, when you download an iPhone app with an Apple Watch component, that app will by default automatically install to your watch. Here’s how to prevent that from happening, add new apps, and delete apps you no longer want. How to turn off automatic app install How to add new apps to your Apple Watch How to install old apps…

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Facebook tracking users who threaten its workers: Report

Facebook has been monitoring and tracking locations of those users who can pose threat to its employees or physical properties, the media reported. According to a report in CNBC on Thursday, the tracking of users begins when the Facebook security team finds they are making “credible threats on its social network”. The tracking is done by using location data taken from the user`s Facebook app or an IP address collected…

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Everything You Need to Know About Spotify’s Latest Changes

Recently, Spotify updated its interface, burying its “Repeat” button in the depths of a sub-menu on its mobile app—and people are pissed. Redditors and Twitter users alike have taken to the internet to voice their complaints. “I’ve paid for premium for years now and might stop if this is permanent,” Redditor u/ChummySquash wrote. “Hiding repeat and shuffle is about the worst thing you can do to a music app.” But how will you…

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You Can Now Check the Weather on Mars Every Day

Instruments aboard NASA’s InSight lander are now gathering meteorological data from the Martian surface, allowing for daily weather reports that are being made available to the public. The daily weather reports from Elysium Planitia began on February 11, and contain information about air temperature, wind speed, and air pressure, reports NASA.  On Valentine’s day, February 14, the InSight lander detected a high of 4 degrees Fahrenheit (-16 degrees Celsius), a low of -138 degrees…

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How to spot and avoid credit card skimmers

The moment I started seriously worrying about credit card and debit card skimmers wasn’t when my entire bank account was transferred to Turkey, or when I had to replace a credit card three times in two months because of fraudulent charges. It was when I learned that stealing a credit card number is as easy as plugging in a magnetic strip reader into a computer and opening a word processor. Every…

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Uber drivers gaming the app to get cancellation fees from riders

Uber drivers can game the app and play chicken with riders to receive the cancellation fee, but the company says fraudulent activity like this is rare. I suspect my partner and I played chicken on two occasions while visiting Melbourne earlier this month. On the first occasion the driver drove past us and continued driving through the Melbourne CBD. The driver told us he would drive past again but parked…

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Ford and Walmart are teaming up to test delivering products with self-driving cars

Ford’s self-driving cars could soon be delivering Walmart products in Miami-Dade Country in Florida. Ford announced on Wednesday that it is teaming up with Walmart and Postmates, a delivery service, to test the ways its self-driving vehicles can be used to deliver products like groceries, toiletries, pet food, and other consumer items. Walmart and Ford were both already Postmates partners, so they are using the company’s delivery fulfillment infrastructure to…

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All the Ways You Can Get Your Student Loans Forgiven

With the average student loan balance hitting $29,800 for the Class of 2018, you’re probably looking for any help you can get paying off your debt. And if you meet certain requirements, it’s possible to have a portion of your balance forgiven. Not everyone qualifies for forgiveness: If you have private loans, for example, you’re on the hook to repay the full amount, and every forgiveness program has strict requirements. You shouldn’t…

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Verizon 5G internet launch will come with free YouTube TV or Apple TV 4K

Verizon today announced that Google and Apple will be its first video streaming launch partners when the telecom’s 5G broadband service arrives later this year. It also revealed its fourth and final launch market, Indianapolis, which joins the previously announced Houston, Sacramento, and Los Angeles. The announcement today confirms a previous rumor late last month; customers who sign up to Verizon’s 5G home internet service can choose to receive a…

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Everything new coming to Netflix this week, and everything leaving (week of Feb. 17)

Following a busy week full of potential (and legitimate) blockbusters, Netflix has a selection full of question marks this week, along with a couple of familiar properties. Once again, everything coming to the streaming service this week is an original film or series, but the only one that I recognized was Chef’s Table, which returns for Volume 6. Of the five original films launching this week, Paddleton was the one…

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Twitter keeps your direct messages, even years after you delete them

Twitter is keeping copies of direct messages sent through the social network even years after users delete them, according to security researcher Karan Saini. Saini, who told TechCrunch that he harbored “concerns” over the long retention of data, found old direct messages for Twitter accounts that were already taken down in an archive acquired through the social network’s website  He also revealed a previously undisclosed bug that allows him to use a…

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