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Amazon may offer hand recognition payments to other stores News 

Amazon may offer hand recognition payments to other stores

Amazon’s rumored hand recognition payment tech might be useful beyond paying for produce at Whole Foods. Wall Street Journal sources say the company is developing hand-based checkout terminals that it would sell to “coffee shops, fast-food restaurants” and other stores that tend to have repeat customers, not just Whole Foods. It’s also clearer as to how the technology might work. The system would reportedly start by linking your payment card to your hand, asking you to insert your old-school plastic and scan your hand before you could pay using your…

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Nation-state hackers increasingly target organizations News 

Nation-state hackers increasingly target organizations

A new report from Radware has revealed that organizations are increasingly targeted by nation-state hackers with 25 percent of respondents attributing attacks against their businesses to cyberwarefare or nation-state activity. Back in 2018, just 19 percent of organizations believed they were attacked by a nation-state but that figure increased to 27 percent in 2019. Additionally companies in North America were more like to report nation-state attribution at 36 percent. Chief marketing officer at Radware, Anna Convery-Pelletier provided further insight on the firm’s 2019-2020 Global Application & Networking Security Report in…

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4 Types of Luggage You Need Traveling on Flights (Under $150) News 

4 Types of Luggage You Need Traveling on Flights (Under $150)

For the average American, airfare is expensive. In the first quarter of 2019, the average U.S. flyer paid $353.52 for a round-trip domestic fare, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. That’s why many families prefer driving over flying, even on cross-country journeys, and why many frugal travelers devise complex strategies to save money in airports. And baggage is an unavoidable air travel expense that quickly gets out of hand if you’re not careful. Experienced flyers know the pitfalls of overpacking. Bringing even one too many bags than you need…

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Applebee’s Is Serving $1 Wintry Cocktails for the Entire Month of January News 

Applebee’s Is Serving $1 Wintry Cocktails for the Entire Month of January

It’s a new year and everything is fresh and special and full of renewed energy. Just kidding. Applebee’s is pretty much doing the same thing it does every month. However, you like cheap drinks, that’s not a bad thing. The “eatin’ good” chain is starting the year with another $1 drink special in its monthly Neighborhood Drink of the Month promo. For January, it’s transitioning from pomegranate margaritas to a Vodka Rum Frostbite, a tropical drink with a seasonally-appropriate twist. Yes, the Vodka Rum Frostbite looks wintry but tastes more…

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Starbucks and UberEats are taking their delivery program nationwide News 

Starbucks and UberEats are taking their delivery program nationwide

I know I hate it when I’m stuck in an office, and it’s getting late in the day, but I really, really want a coffee that didn’t come from the federal Superfund site that is the break room. Previously, I’d have had to just embrace being miserable and tough it out, but soon that won’t be the case. Starbucks Delivers is a service from Starbucks announced Tuesday that does what it sounds like — it delivers Starbucks coffee. Created by the Seattle-based coffee megacorp in exclusive partnership with UberEats, the…

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IRS Announces 2020 Mileage Rates News 

IRS Announces 2020 Mileage Rates

Better late than never: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued the 2020 standard mileage rates. Beginning on January 1, 2020, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be: 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven (down from 58 cents in 2019) 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes (down from 20 cents in 2019) 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations (currently fixed by Congress) If you’re wondering about the difference in the…

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Tax season 2020: Most Americans don’t understand how tax refunds work, and it might cost them News 

Tax season 2020: Most Americans don’t understand how tax refunds work, and it might cost them

If you’re one of the roughly 96 million Americans expecting a tax refund in early 2020, there’s a good chance you don’t understand how they work. About half of taxpayers realize that refunds reflect money they already paid to Uncle Sam, according to a survey of more than 1,000 taxpayers from financial services firm Credit Karma. Almost all of the remaining respondents say refunds are payments from the government, rather than reimbursements for overpayment. Those findings highlight a lack of knowledge and a missed opportunity to shape your tax outcome,…

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How Much Do Federal Employees Earn? Trump Signs Pay Raise Order News 

How Much Do Federal Employees Earn? Trump Signs Pay Raise Order

President Trump has signed an executive order boosting the pay of federal employees by an average 3.1% beginning with the first pay period of 2020. The executive order, signed Thursday, implements a law Trump signed Dec. 20 granting the largest federal pay raise in a decade. Most federal workers will see the extra bucks beginning Jan. 5. Trump initially provided no pay raises in his 2020 budget but relented during the summer and proposed the 2.6% boost and a 0.5% locality pay increase was added to that. In four dozen…

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Best last-minute gifts for 2019: Gift cards, Netflix, Disney Plus and more News 

Best last-minute gifts for 2019: Gift cards, Netflix, Disney Plus and more

Gift cards and online subscription services are two of the best and quickest last-minute gifts you can get. They’re simple to buy — many are available on Amazon — highly flexible and can accommodate a wide range of budgets. Whether you’re looking to give a practical gift, like groceries, or something more entertaining, such as a subscription to Netflix, Disney Plus or Spotify, your last-minute shopping can all be done nearly instantly and from the comfort of your home. And you can still give most of these in person, with…

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Macy’s giving away free $10 rewards card for early Super Saturday shoppers News 

Macy’s giving away free $10 rewards card for early Super Saturday shoppers

The first 250 shoppers at Macy’s will get a free $10 Macy’s Reward Card. Most stores open at 7 a.m. Saturday but hours will vary, according to the sales circular. “Hurry in! Be one of the first 250 people to arrive at a Macy’s store Sat, 12/21 to claim your Macy’s Reward Card,” the sales circular states. The cards can be redeemed Saturday through Christmas Eve, store officials confirmed to USA TODAY. Saturday is expected to be the biggest shopping day of the year, rivaling, and even beating, Black Friday…

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