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Hackers Can Break Into an iPhone Just by Sending a Text Technology 

Hackers Can Break Into an iPhone Just by Sending a Text

When you think about how hackers could break into your smartphone, you probably imagine it would start with clicking a malicious link in a text, downloading a fraudulent app, or some other way you accidentally let them in. It turns out that’s not necessarily so—not even on the iPhone, where simply receiving an iMessage could be enough to get yourself hacked. At the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Google Project Zero researcher Natalie Silvanovich is presenting multiple so-called “interaction-less” bugs in Apple’s iOS iMessage client that…

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Pizza Hut could shut down as many as 500 dine-in locations across US News 

Pizza Hut could shut down as many as 500 dine-in locations across US

Say goodbye to your local dine-in Pizza Hut as the company looks to make a transition. Roughly 500 U.S. dine-in Pizza Hut restaurants are likely to close due to competing delivery and carryout orders, according to Food Business News. Report of the closings comes after an earnings call with David Gibbs, chief operating officer Yum! Brands. “This will ultimately strengthen the Pizza Hut business in the U.S. and set it up for a faster long-term growth,” said Gibbs. In total, there are 7,496 Pizza Hut locations in the U.S., according…

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Burger King’s plant-based Impossible Whopper available starting Thursday nationwide News 

Burger King’s plant-based Impossible Whopper available starting Thursday nationwide

The fast-food chain announced the meatless and vegan burger will be available at more than 7,000 locations for a limited time starting Aug. 8. It also will be available for delivery through the BK App and through DoorDash. The announcement comes four months after a pilot started in St. Louis area locations, which later expanded to other markets. Burger King announced in late April it planned to bring the meat-free option to all restaurants by the end of 2019. “We’ve heard great feedback and know the Impossible Whopper appeals to…

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Apple Card vs. Apple Pay vs. Apple Cash: Differences you need to know Technology 

Apple Card vs. Apple Pay vs. Apple Cash: Differences you need to know

Apple is officially in the credit card game with the Apple Card, a mostly digital card that’s available now for those who’ve received invites. With its tight ties to the iPhone ($1,000 at Amazon) — you can’t actually use Apple Card without one — Apple is once again using its services to help make the iPhone more valuable to its loyal users. As with iOS 13, the new mobile software coming to iPhones in fall, making the software on the device appealing is as important as making the device itself…

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In Just 90 Seconds, This Government Website Shows You How Much Money to Expect From Social Security News 

In Just 90 Seconds, This Government Website Shows You How Much Money to Expect From Social Security

Chances are you’re working today. So,let’s talk about retirement — and a nice little surprise that might well be awaiting you and millions of other Americans. Because once upon a time, people thought they could rely on Social Security when they retired. But Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z have grown up seeing things very differently. We’ve been told our entire working lives that despite paying in for years, the system will run out of money and we’ll likely never see a dime. It turns out, both extremes might be…

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Microsoft contractors are listening to your translated Skype calls Technology 

Microsoft contractors are listening to your translated Skype calls

An explosive article in Motherboard alleges that contractors working for Microsoft are listening to the conversations of Skype users conducted through the app’s real-time translation service. The piece, penned by cybersecurity reporter Joseph Cox, cites a trove of internal documentation, screenshots, and audio recordings obtained by the publication. Audio of captured recordings depict deeply personal conversations whose subject matter touches on several sensitive topics, including relationship woes, ongoing struggles with weight loss, and even exchanges that resemble phone sex. According to Motherboard, the recordings last between five and ten seconds,…

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Game of Thrones writers sign a huge multi-year deal with Netflix News 

Game of Thrones writers sign a huge multi-year deal with Netflix

The two minds behind HBO’s mega-hit turned mega-disappointment Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, have struck a multi-year deal with Netflix, according to a report by Deadline on Wednesday. The duo will create exclusive content for the streaming giant outside their deal with Disney to direct an upcoming Star Wars trilogy. D&D, as they’ve come to be known, were in high demand, with media giants Netflix, Amazon and Disney all in talks to secure their services. Netflix ultimately won out with sources telling the Hollywood Reporter the deal…

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Consider survivor benefits, life expectancy when collecting Social Security checks News 

Consider survivor benefits, life expectancy when collecting Social Security checks

You don’t have to become a Social Security expert. But you do need to know enough about it to make sure you avoid some of the more common mistakes that would-be beneficiaries and beneficiaries tend to make. What are some of the more common mistakes? Survivors benefits Married beneficiaries, in many cases, assume that their household Social Security income will just continue at the same amount when either of them dies, says David Freitag, a financial planning consultant with MassMutual. “With 100% probability, this is not the case,” he says….

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iOS app tries to scam unsuspecting iPhone users with fake heart rate readings Technology 

iOS app tries to scam unsuspecting iPhone users with fake heart rate readings

It’s no secret that Apple can be incredibly inconsistent when it comes to deciding which apps are granted entry into the App Store. In years past, we’ve seen Apple let some questionable apps in while simultaneously rejecting other apps for the most trivial of infractions. That said, there’s no doubt Apple is always working hard to make the review process more transparent, seamless, and developer-friendly. And while some slip-ups are inevitable, it still somewhat mind-boggling that Apple’s App Store gatekeepers will often let in apps that are downright scammy and…

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All the reasons why the Chase Sapphire Preferred deserves a spot in your wallet News 

All the reasons why the Chase Sapphire Preferred deserves a spot in your wallet

Hardcore credit card enthusiasts who’ve gotten adept at racking up points and miles will often sing the praises of the now 3-year-old Chase Sapphire Reserve, a card that unquestionably has a lot to offer. The $300 annual travel credit can be used to cover lots of different expenses, plus you’ll quickly accumulate 3x points on travel and dining, along with 1.5-cent point redemptions via the Ultimate Rewards travel portal. However, a case can be made that the Reserve has overshadowed its less-premium but still-attractive sibling, the Chase Sapphire Preferred. And…

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