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How much is your data worth to tech companies? Turns out, it’s hard to say Technology 

How much is your data worth to tech companies? Turns out, it’s hard to say

New proposed legislation by U.S. senators Mark R. Warner and Josh Hawley seeks to protect privacy by forcing tech companies to disclose the “true value” of their data to users. Specifically, companies with more than 100 million users would have to provide each user with an assessment of the financial value of their data, as well as reveal revenue generated by “obtaining, collecting, processing, selling, using or sharing user data.” In addition, the DASHBOARD Act would give users the right to delete their data from companies’ databases. As a researcher…

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How to See Which Apps Are Using All Your Data Technology 

How to See Which Apps Are Using All Your Data

Almost every app on your phone likely uses some amount of data to run. How much data those apps use; however, can vary pretty dramatically. For people with limited plans, staying on top of which apps are using up data on your phone is pretty important. Even if you have an unlimited plan, most carriers will start slowing your data down after you reach a certain threshold—that means one renegade app that starts sucking down data (a common occurrence for some buggy apps) can inadvertently ruin your month. Thankfully, your…

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How to Get Your Passport Renewal Processed in 24 Hours News 

How to Get Your Passport Renewal Processed in 24 Hours

While in theory, we all know years in advance when our passport expires, chances are good that the time you actually remember you need that passport renewal is going to be right before a big trip — maybe days before you’re set to leave. Renewing your passport takes time. Sometimes a lot of time. If you’re in a rush, now you actually have another solution: Go to FedEx. The Washington Post reported this week that FedEx Office recently partnered with RushMyPassport for a service that allows American travelers to get…

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Google Translate’s Camera Feature Now Supports 88 Languages Technology 

Google Translate’s Camera Feature Now Supports 88 Languages

I travel a ton, often to countries where my language skills are a little lacking. For those times, Google Translate has become an invaluable tool. The app helped me have a conversation about missing my train with a station agent in southern France that didn’t speak English and has even helped me have conversations with people in my building in San Francisco when my Spanish skills failed me. In most cases I’ll speak into the app to get a translation or type a word I don’t know into the app…

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Computer password inventor Fernando Corbato dies at 93 Technology 

Computer password inventor Fernando Corbato dies at 93

Computer security just lost one of its founders. Fernando “Corby” Corbato, credited with inventing the computer password, has died at the age of 93. The MIT researcher devised the concept of password-protected user accounts when establishing his Compatible Time-Sharing System, which let multiple people use a computer at the same time. It was just a matter of establishing “compartmentalization” and basic privacy, Corbato told the Wall Street Journal in a 2014 interview, but the move would help shape digital security going forward. It’s not Corbato’s only pioneering effort, either. CTSS’…

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US issues final rules halting increase of fuel efficiency penalties News 

US issues final rules halting increase of fuel efficiency penalties

The Trump administration isn’t deterred by legal attempts to preserve a once-planned increase in fuel efficiency penalties. The NHTSA has issued final rules freezing the fine at $5.50 for every tenth of a mile per gallon a new vehicle consumes above required standards, halting an Obama-era plan that would have gradually raised the penalty to $14. The NHTSA said it was just following Congress’ desire to ensure the rate stayed at the statute’s requirement. Officials argued that the rule could save companies (and indirectly buyers) as much as $1 billion…

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Microsoft is shutting down its internet board and card games News 

Microsoft is shutting down its internet board and card games

Microsoft has already given users of older Windows versions some not-so-subtle hints that it’s time to move on. Now, it’s giving them more of a push by removing things dear to their hearts: their board and card games. The software giant is shutting down several Internet Games for people using Windows 7 and earlier, including Backgammon, Checkers, Hearts, Reversi, Spades and MSN Go. Just when you’ll lose access will depend on your version of Windows. The first ones to lose access will be Windows XP and Windows ME users. For…

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3 Social Security Mistakes That Could Cost You A Fortune News 

3 Social Security Mistakes That Could Cost You A Fortune

It’s hard enough to save what you need to support you in retirement. Every dollar can be important. Thus, it’s more than aggravating if and when you learn that you’ve left some money on the table — money that could have helped you once you retire. One source of painful losses are Social Security mistakes. Most of us are not Social Security experts, so it can be surprisingly easy to make bad moves. Here are three blunders that could cost you a lot. 1. Starting to collect benefits at a less-than-optimal…

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15 Best Credit Cards to Use When Shopping on Amazon Prime Day 2019 News 

15 Best Credit Cards to Use When Shopping on Amazon Prime Day 2019

Prime Day: Two-days of epic deals start July 15th. See early deals now. Amazon Prime Day is upon us. Is your wallet optimized to capture once-in-a-year deals at the lowest possible net price? If you’re not carrying at least one of the cards on this annual list of the best credit cards to use on Amazon Prime Day, there’s still time to apply before the main event. Here’s what you need to know about each card. Best Credit Cards to Use on Amazon Prime Day: Clear Winners These are the best credit…

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Retailers Slashing Prices to Compete With Amazon Prime Day Deals Technology 

Retailers Slashing Prices to Compete With Amazon Prime Day Deals

The cat is out of the bag. This year, Amazon Prime Day — one of the biggest sales events of the year, rivaling Black Friday in scale and depth of price cuts — will be on July 15 and July 16, running for a full 48 hours. Amazon has promised over a million special offers for Amazon Prime members, and shoppers all over the world are preparing to seize the deals. Prime Day: Two-days of epic deals start July 15th. See early deals now. But as you’re gearing up for…

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