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Why you should get a wireless blood pressure monitor News 

Why you should get a wireless blood pressure monitor

There’s a reason why your doctor takes your blood pressure nearly every time you step into their office: It’s a quick and painless way to get a snapshot of your heart health. But that doesn’t mean it’s the best way. That’s because blood pressure can change based on a variety of factors, including pain, temperature, physical exertion and even doctor’s visits. So how do you avoid these potentially false positives and false negatives? Do DIY testing. If you can’t imagine yourself sitting at your kitchen table manually pumping up a blood pressure…

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YouTube cracks down on stream-ripping sites that pirate music Entertainment 

YouTube cracks down on stream-ripping sites that pirate music

YouTube has caught the attention of a high-level congressional office interested in its copyright-protection practices, an inquiry that comes as the massive video site cracks down on stream ripping, a type of music piracy. Stream ripping swipes audio tracks off YouTube videos and spits them out as MP3 downloads. The office of the House Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, reached out to Google late last week about YouTube’s actions on stream ripping because of his longstanding interest in quashing piracy, according to a person familiar with…

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FaceApp is back and so are privacy concerns Technology 

FaceApp is back and so are privacy concerns

FaceApp, a Russia-based app that applies filters to photos, is having another moment in the spotlight this week. The app first went viral in 2017, but this time it’s catching on because of a filter that makes users look older or younger. As with the last viral moment, however, users have been surprised to learn that the app’s creators are harvesting metadata from their photos. Close research suggests FaceApp isn’t doing anything particularly unusual in either its code or its network traffic, so if you’re worried about FaceApp, there are…

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12 Restaurant Apps That Get You Free Food News 

12 Restaurant Apps That Get You Free Food

DOWNLOADING A restaurant’s app can help you order food more easily and keep track of your loyalty points. Better yet, as an extra perk, dining establishments often offer free food in exchange for installing their apps. You won’t get entire meals or the most expensive menu items for free, but plenty of restaurant apps offer small freebies such as desserts, snacks, drinks and sandwiches to brand-new users. To save you time, effort and space on your phone, these are the restaurants offering free food for signing up for their app:…

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Bluetooth flaw allows iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watch, and more to be tracked Technology 

Bluetooth flaw allows iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watch, and more to be tracked

A Bluetooth flaw has been discovered that would allow a bad actor to track a wide range of devices — including iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches. Other vulnerable devices are laptops and tablets running Windows 10, and Fitbit wearables. Android devices are, however, not at risk … TNW reports on the vulnerability discovered by Boston University researchers. Researchers from Boston University (BU) have discovered a flaw in the Bluetooth communication protocol that could expose most devices to third-party tracking and leak identifiable data […] The vulnerability allows an attacker…

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9 Essential Games For Nintendo Switch Owners Entertainment 

9 Essential Games For Nintendo Switch Owners

The Zelda series is one of the most popular amongst Nintendo’s array of franchises. The first major game for the Switch, The Legend of Zelda: Breathe of the Wild continues to be hands down one of the best games ever made. Its vast open world can be infinitely explored and it’s chock full of fierce enemies, delightful characters and beautiful scenery. Even after completing the main story, you can invest countless hours doing side tasks and exploring the rest of Hyrule. Get it from Amazon for $51.05. Watch the Trailer…

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Instagram will now warn you before your account gets deleted, offer in-app appeals Technology 

Instagram will now warn you before your account gets deleted, offer in-app appeals

Instagram this morning announced several changes to its moderation policy, the most significant of which is that it will now warn users if their account could become disabled before that actually takes place. This change goes to address a longstanding issue where users would launch Instagram only to find that their account had been shut down without any warning. While it’s one thing for Instagram to disable accounts for violating its stated guidelines, the service’s automated systems haven’t always gotten things right. The company has come under fire before for…

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Back-to-school sales tax holidays: These 16 states are giving families a tax break News 

Back-to-school sales tax holidays: These 16 states are giving families a tax break

Millions of American families with children who are school- or college-bound will have the chance to save a few dollars this summer. Sixteen states are holding sales tax holidays to help get them ready for the upcoming school year and the savings, which are usually on clothes and school supplies, are open to all. Alabama’s holiday is first, with a three-day holiday kicking off Friday. Mississippi and Tennessee hold their holidays later in July but the bulk of the holidays are set for the beginning of August. While many consumers…

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Online gambling now available around the clock in Pennsylvania News 

Online gambling now available around the clock in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Online casino-style gambling is now available around the clock in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Thursday that two casinos passed this week’s tests to begin operating online gambling portals 24 hours a day for patrons statewide who are at least 21. Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware are the only other states where online casino gambling is legal. Parx Casino in suburban Philadelphia and Penn National’s Hollywood Casino near Hershey are now operating online casino games on websites and mobile applications under a 2017 Pennsylvania law…

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Delete These Banned Apps From Your Android Phone Technology 

Delete These Banned Apps From Your Android Phone

Google recently removed several apps from the Google Play Store after discovering they violated the Play Store terms of service—and, more importantly, could be used as stalkerware. That doesn’t mean they’re deleted from your Android device, though, so now’s a great time to remove them. If you’re unfamiliar with the phrase, “stalkerware” involves giving a third party access to another user’s device, location data, and other sensitive information. These apps often present themselves as “normal” tracking tools—for employee activity on company phones or your children’s whereabouts (a moral grey area…

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