Instagram prototypes Snapchat-style disappearing text messages Technology 

Instagram prototypes Snapchat-style disappearing text messages

Instagram is finally preparing to copy Snapchat’s most popular feature, and one of the few it hasn’t already cloned. Instagram has prototyped an unreleased ephemeral text messaging feature that clears the chat thread whenever you leave it, a Facebook spokesperson confirms to TechCrunch. That could make users more comfortable with having rapid-fire, silly, vulnerable, or risque chats, thereby driving up the reply notifications that keep people opening Instagram all day long. Instagram already has disappearing photo and video messaging which it launched in February 2018 to let users choose if…

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Burger King Is Giving Everyone Free Delivery Through March 29 News 

Burger King Is Giving Everyone Free Delivery Through March 29

Once upon a time (last week), wearing sweatpants all day and having food delivered for every meal was borderline “lazy,” but now — in the age of social distancing — it’s just responsible. As such, it may be time to embrace our inner couch potato, especially now that almost all of our favorite fast food chains are doing away with standard delivery fees for the next few weeks. In addition to Jack in the Box, Wendy’s, and more, Burger King just announced its own delivery promotion in partnership with Grubhub….

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If you’re a struggling small business owner, sign up for this Amex credit card right now News 

If you’re a struggling small business owner, sign up for this Amex credit card right now

American Express’ two companion Platinum credit cards, The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express, offer a ton of value between them, something we’ve touted on more than one occasion. These are all-around solid rewards cards, combining big up-front welcome offers with a long list of excellent perks. There is one major difference between the two that we’d like to highlight in this post – and if you’re a business owner, listen up: Right now, you can earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points…

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Google Translate’s real time transcription feature is out now for Android Technology 

Google Translate’s real time transcription feature is out now for Android

Google Translate’s new transcription feature, first demoed back in January, is out now for Android users as part of an update to the artificial intelligence-powered mobile app. The feature will allow you to record spoken words in one language and transform them into translated text on your phone, all in real time and without any delay for processing. The feature will begin rolling out starting today and will be available to all users by the end of the week. The starting languages will be English, French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian,…

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Working from home? Here’s how to make sure your Wi-Fi is up to speed Technology 

Working from home? Here’s how to make sure your Wi-Fi is up to speed

More and more of us are working from home these days, and that means your home’s Wi-Fi networks are more important than ever. And let’s face it — we’ve already got enough to be stressed about. The last thing you want to have to deal with is a WI-Fi signal that isn’t up to snuff. Fortunately, you’ve got options. Even if you don’t know much about your router’s settings or the best way to change them, there are still some easy steps you can take to ensure that your speeds…

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Google Pay: Here’s how to set it up on your Android phone Technology 

Google Pay: Here’s how to set it up on your Android phone

Google Pay is a digital wallet tied to your Google account. You can use it to send or request money with friends (kind of like Venmo), use it in apps to pay for things and use it at a store or restaurant with an Android phone or watch running Wear OS. But perhaps the real reason to use Google Pay is that it’s faster and more secure than using a physical debit or credit card. Replacing Android Pay and Google Wallet in 2018, Google Pay works without sending stores and…

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Apple announces WWDC 2020 will be an online-only event News 

Apple announces WWDC 2020 will be an online-only event

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, Apple announced on Friday that this year’s edition of its Worldwide Developers Conference will be “a completely new online experience” with no plans for in-person meetings or a traditional keynote address. Despite the change in format, Apple says that the event will still give developers access to new versions of its software and will have content for “consumers, press, and developers alike.” Alongside its iPhone reveal events every year, WWDC is perhaps Apple’s most important annual gathering, giving thousands of developers access to the…

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Grab a free drink at Jimmy John’s with new Apple Pay promotion Technology 

Grab a free drink at Jimmy John’s with new Apple Pay promotion

If you are a sandwich and sub fan, Apple’s newest Apple Pay promotion is made fresh for you. Apple is partnering up with popular sandwich chain Jimmy John’s to give Apple Pay customers a free drink between now and March 15th. In order to take advantage of the promotion, you have to either order ahead with the Jimmy John’s app or pay for your order in-store using Apple Pay. The total of the order must also be more than $10. Use Apple Pay with Freaky Fast Rewards and earn a…

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Google’s Nest security system to require 2-factor authentication for all users Technology 

Google’s Nest security system to require 2-factor authentication for all users

Google-owned home security system Nest will require all customers to use two-factor authentication starting this spring, the company announced Tuesday. The new requirements come after Amazon’s home security system, Ring, was slapped with a lawsuit in December over security camera hacking. “We’re always exploring how to protect your privacy and security while also giving you control over the ease of access to your account and what you share,” Nest Head of Security and Privacy Cory Scott in a blog post on Safer Internet Day. “An extra layer of defense gives…

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Three old password rules that are dumb today Technology 

Three old password rules that are dumb today

Even though the tech industry is working on better alternatives to passwords, you’re going to be using them for an awfully long time. Some of the advice you’ve heard over the last couple of decades is outdated. Here’s a fresh look. The core rules about password hygiene still stand. Use a different password for every account, and make your passwords hard to guess. But cybersecurity experts say you can toss out three old rules: Never write your passwords down, don’t tell anyone your passwords and change your passwords frequently. That…

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