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Instagram’s latest test puts all Stories on one page Technology 

Instagram’s latest test puts all Stories on one page

Instagram Stories has grown to become one of Facebook’s best products to date. As of last year, roughly half of Instagram’s users — or 500 million people — were interacting with Stories on a daily basis. That’s nearly double the entire daily active user base of all of Snapchat, which first popularized the Stories format. Now, it appears Instagram is testing a way to expand the Stories experience, making it a more of a central focus in the Instagram app. The company is newly testing a feature that will allow Instagram users to see…

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This Siri app can unlock your iPhone’s secret powers. 10 best shortcuts and how they work Technology 

This Siri app can unlock your iPhone’s secret powers. 10 best shortcuts and how they work

If you haven’t spent a lot of time exploring Siri Shortcuts on your iPhone, you’re not alone. But maybe I’ll be able to change your mind. Apple’s Shortcuts app automates common and routine tasks that you probably do on a regular basis. For example, you can create a Shortcut routine that starts playing music, disables Do Not Disturb, reads your messages and then tells you a joke — all of which can be triggered just by saying something like, “Hey, Siri, good morning.” In addition to those types of personalized…

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This new WhatsApp feature could forever change how you send money Technology 

This new WhatsApp feature could forever change how you send money

Top messaging service WhatsApp has finally answered the prayers of many users by launching a new in-app digital payment feature. Initially only able in Brazil, the new feature allows person-to-person payments through the app, which currently has over two billion users worldwide. The new WhatsApp digital payments service will also allow users to make purchases from within the app, although features will initially be confined to select debit and credit cards. However, the company says it is aiming to widen that reach to other partners as the service expands to…

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The IRS can help you track the status of your stimulus check payment. Here’s how Technology 

The IRS can help you track the status of your stimulus check payment. Here’s how

If you’re still waiting for your stimulus check to arrive, the IRS has a tool to help you find your payment status. By using the agency’s Get My Payment tracker, you can see the schedule for your coronavirus relief payment — in other words, the date the IRS has scheduled to send your money — and if you should expect a paper check or prepaid debit card. The tool can also indicate if there’s a common problem holding it up that you can help address, like if you need to…

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Facebook Employee Vocally Resigns, Says Company on ‘Wrong Side of History’ Technology 

Facebook Employee Vocally Resigns, Says Company on ‘Wrong Side of History’

A Facebook software engineer publicly resigned in a LinkedIn note Monday over the company’s handling of President Trump’s calls for violence on Facebook. The resignation letter has since gone viral on LinkedIn, with more than 39,000 reactions. The news is part of a shift at Facebook. Traditionally, employees have voiced their concerns about Mark Zuckerberg’s leadership internally, but they have rarely broadcast those views publicly. That has changed this week, with the public resignation, a “virtual walkout,” and outspoken social media posts from current and recently-departed Facebook employees. “I’m resigning…

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Beware Coronavirus-Themed Malware Disguised as Excel Spreadsheets Technology 

Beware Coronavirus-Themed Malware Disguised as Excel Spreadsheets

While many parts of America are preparing to slowly reopen after months of lockdown, coronavirus-related scams and malware campaigns show no signs of abating. The Microsoft Security Intelligence Team recently disclosed details on two massive coronavirus phishing campaigns duping users into downloading and opening malicious Excel files that grant hackers remote access to your PC. Some of the emails claim to be from Johns Hopkins University, while others offer personal COVID-19 testing or similar services. The emails come with Excel documents attached with titles like “WHO COVID-19 SITUATION REPORT,” but…

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FBI slams ‘Apple problem’ as it unlocks Pensacola shooter’s iPhones Technology 

FBI slams ‘Apple problem’ as it unlocks Pensacola shooter’s iPhones

The Justice Department is criticizing Apple again for declining to break its own encryption, saying that the FBI had to figure out how to unlock a terrorist’s iPhones without the tech giant’s help. The public reproach is the latest in the FBI’s long battle with tech companies over encryption. On Monday, the agency said that the FBI had unlocked two iPhones belonging to the shooter, Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, in an incident that took place Dec. 6, 2019, at the Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida. The shooting killed three sailors…

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Google’s Chrome browser will block battery-draining, data-guzzling ads Technology 

Google’s Chrome browser will block battery-draining, data-guzzling ads

Google is working to make the Chrome browser shut down ads that drain your device’s battery life or needlessly consume your internet’s bandwidth. The scale of the problem is pretty minor, affecting 0.3 percent of all the ads on the internet, according to Chrome Product Manager Marshall Vale. Nevertheless, these intrusive ads can hog system resources without your knowledge. “These ads (such as those that mine cryptocurrency, are poorly programmed, or are unoptimized for network usage) can drain battery life, saturate already strained networks, and cost money,” Vale wrote in…

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iPhone SE vs. iPhone 11: Comparing cameras from both phones Technology 

iPhone SE vs. iPhone 11: Comparing cameras from both phones

Despite the overall approval of Apple’s $399 price tag for its new iPhone SE, there was a lot of speculation about the camera hardware and how it compares to the iPhone 11. Its rear camera has the same specs as those of the iPhone 8 from 2017, but some theorized that it might have the sensor from 2018’s iPhone XR. It took an iFixIt teardown of the new iPhone to show that the SE was actually packing the same lens and sensor as the iPhone 8. That means all the…

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Cognizant confirms Maze ransomware attack, says customers face disruption Technology 

Cognizant confirms Maze ransomware attack, says customers face disruption

Cognizant, one of the largest tech and consulting companies in the Fortune 500, has confirmed it was hit by a ransomware attack. Details remain slim besides a brief statement on its site, confirming the incident. “Cognizant can confirm that a security incident involving our internal systems, and causing service disruptions for some of our clients, is the result of a Maze ransomware attack,” the statement read. “Our internal security teams, supplemented by leading cyber defense firms, are actively taking steps to contain this incident.” The New Jersey-headquartered IT giant said…

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