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How Apple Card works Technology 

How Apple Card works

One of the most buzzy announcements on Apple’s stage this week was Apple Card, its in-house credit card powered by Goldman Sachs and Mastercard. Consumers, tech press, financial press and Wall Street were all intrigued for various reasons. But there are still a ton of questions around the way it works mechanically, the terms involved for consumers and its overall benefits. Though I’m not a financial reporter, I did used to cover payments and I’m a huge points hound. Some of the benefits (and caveats) of Apple Card are worth…

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Researchers Find Google Play Store Apps Were Actually Government Malware Featured 

Researchers Find Google Play Store Apps Were Actually Government Malware

Hackers working for a surveillance company infected hundreds of people with several malicious Android apps that were hosted on the official Google Play Store for months, Motherboard has learned. In the past, both government hackers and those working for criminal organizations have uploaded malicious apps to the Play Store. This new case once again highlights the limits of Google’s filters that are intended to prevent malware from slipping onto the Play Store. In this case, more than 20 malicious apps went unnoticed by Google over the course of roughly two years. Motherboard…

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Smartest Ways to Redeem Credit Card Cash Back Technology 

Smartest Ways to Redeem Credit Card Cash Back

Cash back credit cards are some of the most popular rewards credit cards available today. These rewards credit cards are relatively easy to understand. Redeeming the cash back you earn with them is fairly simple, too. How you use the cash back you accumulate can make a big difference. Rather than using your credit card rewards to buy luxury items or pay for travel expenses, you can improve your overall financial health. While using cash back to put yourself in a better financial position may not be as fun as…

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Best Grocery Delivery Services for 2019 Technology 

Best Grocery Delivery Services for 2019

IT WOULD BE GREAT IF everyone had the time to drive to the grocery store, browse the aisles and individually select each grocery item to buy. However, having that time is not always realistic for many folks. This is where grocery delivery services come in, saving shoppers significant time and hassle. Also, if you were to assign an appropriate dollar value to the time spent grocery shopping, a grocery delivery service is often actually cheaper than doing it yourself. After all, time and hassle are some of the reasons many Americans are…

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Google Photos makes it easier to take clear pictures of receipts Technology 

Google Photos makes it easier to take clear pictures of receipts

Google is making it easier to capture clear photographs of receipts and other documents. Following on from the AI-powered suggested actions feature unveiled out last year, which automatically brightens and rotates images, the company is this week launching a new crop and adjust function for snaps of printed items and text-heavy pages. The feature is pretty similar to other suggested actions in Google Photos. Take a picture and the platform will recognize it as a document, offering a “Crop & adjust” option underneath it. This opens up a new editing…

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Apple’s AirPower Wireless Charger Is Officially Dead Technology 

Apple’s AirPower Wireless Charger Is Officially Dead

Apple has completely canceled its much-hyped AirPower project. The wireless charging mat would have charged an iPhone, a pair of AirPods and an Apple Watch simultaneously but now it will charge nothing. On Friday, Apple made the embarrassing decision to admit defeat. AirPower was announced along with Apple’s first generation of smartphones that were built with the ability to be charged wirelessly. Since then, there’s been little comment on the accessory from Apple and it’s failed to materialize. Now we know that the Cupertino giant just couldn’t figure out how…

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How Much Is Self-Employment Tax & How Do You Pay It? News 

How Much Is Self-Employment Tax & How Do You Pay It?

Being self-employed is awesome. You enjoy more control over your work-life balance, choose your hours, and have more say in the people and clients you work with. But before you hand in your letter of resignation, you need to understand the challenges of being self-employed. More specifically, you need to consider self-employment tax. Like most tax rules, self-employment tax may seem incomprehensible at first. But take the time to read up on the subject, and you just might find that getting a handle on this aspect of self-employment is easier than you…

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The US government says Facebook’s ad business creates housing discrimination News 

The US government says Facebook’s ad business creates housing discrimination

Facebook has a $55 billion annual advertising business in part because it lets advertisers pick and choose, with precise detail, who they want to target their advertisements to. That’s great if you’re Coca-Cola, and historically it’s been great for Facebook. But the Department of Housing and Urban Development, commonly referred to as HUD, said Thursday that Facebook’s targeting actually creates some serious problems. Specifically: HUD claims Facebook’s ad platform is “causing housing discrimination,” and can “exclude people” from seeing certain ads based on traits that are defined by HUD as “protected characteristics,”…

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With yet another streaming option, Apple TV+ brings us further into age of the ‘unbundle’ Technology 

With yet another streaming option, Apple TV+ brings us further into age of the ‘unbundle’

Apple’s new streaming service is finally no longer simply rumored or expected. The name: Apple TV+. While some details – like how much the new service will cost – were scarce, the event was overflowing with famous faces. Sure, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Jason Momoa, Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams were among the many headliners brought on stage by the iPhone-maker,  but honestly, the trend toward streaming and cord cutting has been more about dead presidents on dollars and how much you save than celebrities on stage and how many you see. Now consumers…

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Scams, phishing calls from IRS running rampant this tax season. How to avoid them News 

Scams, phishing calls from IRS running rampant this tax season. How to avoid them

In a few weeks, the dreaded tax season will be over. We loathe those oddly titled documents with the tiny print. We wonder what number – refund or remainder – those mysterious equations will spit out. And as more of us sign up as part-time contractors, driving for Lyft and selling crafts on Etsy, our taxes get more complicated. We get anxious. Criminals love to take advantage of that anxiety. Tax scams and phishing operations are getting more sophisticated than ever. By faking ads, websites and caller IDs, scammers will gladly prey…

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