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Spotify Stations is the Pandora alternative we need News 

Spotify Stations is the Pandora alternative we need

Spotify is testing a lot of things right now. In the last month alone, the company has revealed its long-rumored in-car device, curated podcast playlists and a standalone Stations app. Heck, those last two were announced in the same week. “We’re always testing new products and features to create better listening experiences for our users,” a Spotify spokesperson told me multiple times this week, and the company’s busy spring certainly supports that. Unfortunately, most users will never get to participate, except in the case of Spotify’s experimental Stations app. After…

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A closer look at the Bose 700 noise-cancelling headphones News 

A closer look at the Bose 700 noise-cancelling headphones

As great as the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones sound, let’s be real: they look like they were designed for dads on a business trip. And listen, as someone who’s into the whole chunky, dad-shoe trend, I’m not here to judge if you’re into their design. I’m just saying that I need something with a more modern style. Thankfully, Bose has introduced its latest flagship model, the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, which features a newly designed stainless steel headband that gives them a more stylish and thinner look than the…

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These Countries Follow the ‘Six Month Rule’ for Passports News 

These Countries Follow the ‘Six Month Rule’ for Passports

If you have any international travel planned, you’re going to want to check the expiration date on your passport right away. Of course, you know better than to try and cross borders with an expired passport, but many countries require a six month buffer on your passport’s expiration date. We’ve told you about this rule before. Because of visa time limits, many countries require your passport to be valid for three to six months beyond your departure date. In a nutshell, this means if you travel to those countries and…

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The best travel credit cards of 2019 News 

The best travel credit cards of 2019

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you sign up for a credit card after clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives. Summer is a great time to travel. With the kids out of school and the weather finally warmer, it’s the perfect time to take a break. No matter where you want to go, or how you want…

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June deals: How, where to get free food – donuts, burritos and tacos – and other discounts News 

June deals: How, where to get free food – donuts, burritos and tacos – and other discounts

June brings the summer heat and some good deal days. The sweetest is June 7 for National Doughnut Day, which is celebrated annually on the first Friday in June. There are some deals to help with the heat including National Iced Tea Day (June 10) and then the official first day of summer (June 21), which also is National Smoothie Day. Here are some of the big days for free food and discounts along with ongoing specials, available at participating locations. To be on the safe side, always check with…

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Hacking diabetes: People break into insulin pumps as an alternative to delayed innovations News 

Hacking diabetes: People break into insulin pumps as an alternative to delayed innovations

Just before the start of Memorial Day weekend, Meg Green meticulously followed online instructions for hacking an insulin pump. Why? To make the small, computerized device smarter by giving it the capability to adjust itself, acting as an artificial external pancreas. The hack worked, unlocking a world free of the constant blood sugar monitoring and insulin adjusting that became routine for the 26-year-old with Type 1 diabetes. “I went out for drinks, and the pump automatically knew how much insulin to give me. I was stable all night,” Green said…

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National Moonshine Day – June 6, 2019 News 

National Moonshine Day – June 6, 2019

Moonshine, once a fiery (and illegal) homemade liquor, has now gone legit. Still, the drink conjures up colorful early 20th century memories of Prohibition, fast cars, and makeshift stills in the Appalachian woods. So, when it’s time to celebrate National Moonshine Day on June 6, you can indulge guilt-free. The drink achieved legendary status upon the passage of the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) in 1919. At that point, Americans who wanted to drink alcohol had to turn to the black market of the day, which belonged to the moonshiners and bootleggers….

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Amazon’s helping police build a surveillance network with Ring doorbells News 

Amazon’s helping police build a surveillance network with Ring doorbells

If you’re walking in Bloomfield, New Jersey, there’s a good chance you’re being recorded. But it’s not a corporate office or warehouse security camera capturing the footage — it’s likely a Ring doorbell made by Amazon. While residential neighborhoods aren’t usually lined with security cameras, the smart doorbell’s popularity has essentially created private surveillance networks powered by Amazon and promoted by police departments. Police departments across the country, from major cities like Houston to towns with fewer than 30,000 people, have offered free or discounted Ring doorbells to citizens, sometimes…

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Vancouver mayor suggests Bitcoin ATM ban to stop money laundering Technology 

Vancouver mayor suggests Bitcoin ATM ban to stop money laundering

Vancouver has cryptocurrency growing pains. The city’s police labeled Bitcoin ATMs an “ideal money laundering vehicle,” and its mayor has even suggested a complete ban. Experts and local businesses have instead called for federal money services regulations to be changed to include Bitcoin $BTC▲0.5% ATMs, reports The Star. Vancouver’s city council already moved to regulate usage and operation of cryptocurrency ATMs with a bylaw in January. This enforces operators to hold business licenses, verify identities, and even warn users away from common types of fraud. Despite these efforts, police reiterated…

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3 Ways You Can Accidentally Shrink Your Social Security Benefits News 

3 Ways You Can Accidentally Shrink Your Social Security Benefits

Though Social Security was never designed to sustain seniors by itself, it still serves as a lifeline for millions. In fact, the Employee Benefit Research Institute reports that 59% of retirees today consider Social Security a major source of income. If you’re planning to depend heavily on Social Security to pay the bills during your golden years, do everything in your power to avoid losing out on benefits needlessly. Here are a few moves that might slash your benefits and leave you scrambling. 1. Filing for benefits before full retirement…

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