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Robocalls and Scams are Killing Phone Calls

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 21:27

Sarah Hagi writes how the phone call is dying thanks to the rise of robocalling. Now, many people don’t answer unknown callers and instead send them to voicemail.

Speaking to so many people, it struck me how resigned everyone was to this fact: that this is seemingly just the way things are now, with no hope of it getting better, only worse. And while many believe millennials killed talking on the phone because we fear real connection, maybe it’s because we are too scared of getting scammed.

It’s appropriate to come across this article today because I’ve gotten an increase in robocalls in the past couple of days. Aside from using a robocall-blocking app, I go to Settings > Phone > Silence Unknown Callers.

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Track Your Cards and Cash in One Place with this Digital Finance and Budgeting Tool: $34

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 21:03

We have a deal on the Toshl Medici plan, a financial tracking service that unlocks all the features available in Toshl Finance. That includes all graphs and the option to automatically import data from your bank, credit card or other financial services. You can get a 3-year subscription through us for $39.99, but coupon code BFSAVE15 brings the price down to $34 at checkout. There’s a 1-year option available in the deal listing, too, and the coupon code works on it, too.

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Premier League Streaming, TMO Gift Guides – TMO Daily Observations 2019-12-06

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 20:26

Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Amazon’s foray into streaming sports, and the latest TMO Holiday Gift Guide.

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Apple Reportedly Threatened to Leave Russia Over Device Law

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 20:16

An anonymous Apple source reportedly told Kommersant Business Daily that Russia’s new device law poses a security threat to Apple devices.

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The Fastest Way to Insert Links in WordPress Articles

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 19:48

WordPress powers 35% of the web, including The Mac Observer. We’ve learned tips and tricks like a fast way to insert links in WordPress.

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How to Scan Documents Direct to Mail in iOS 13

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 19:38

iOS 13 has a tool which allows users to scan documents directly within the Mail app, and send the document as an attachement.

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The iPhone SE 2 Might Be Called… iPhone 9?!

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 19:14

Rumors emanating from Japan suggested that the much-discussed iPhone SE 2 may actually be called the iPhone 9. AppleInsider took a look at this somewhat unlikely claim.

Japanese site Macotakara is reporting confirmation from its sources within manufacturers in the supply chain, that Apple is readying a cheaper, smaller ‘iPhone SE 2’ to replace the iPhone SE. It may be released in spring 2020, but Macotakara also claims that it may be called the iPhone 9. “Since the consecutive design has been used from iPhone 6 to iPhone 8,” says the site in its own English-language translation, “it is difficult to be thought that the name of iPhone SE would be succeeded.” The word “design” there is most likely to be a mistranslation of what the site probably meant was the iPhone naming convention.

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The Privacy Problems Around Facebook’s Libra Currency

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 19:06

Libra, Facebook’s attempt to get into cryptocurrency, has suffered a number of setbacks. On Wired, European Data Protection Supervisor Wojciech Wiewiórowski highlighted the privacy issues with the project.

In the European Union, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the ePrivacy Directive guarantee privacy and personal data protection as fundamental rights for every individual. There can be no doubt that Libra would be subject to these laws. It is clear that payment and transaction data convey a lot of information about the user, facilitating profiling. The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) mainly examines potential data-sharing that may be triggered by Libra facilities on a previously unseen scale. Even if sharing would be conditional on user consent, the long-term implications may be the further loss of control over data.

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Video: The MacObserver’s Christmas Gift Guide 2019

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 18:23

Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr discuss some of thee products you may want to buy friends and family, or even ask for yourself. They included a number of items they reviewed this year. For example, Andrew picked the Yubico 5Ci security key. Meanwhile, Charlotte selected the Tivoli Go Fonico earbuds.

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Bernie Sanders Unveils ‘High-Speed Internet for All”

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 17:24

Today Bernie Sanders revealed a plan to expand broadband access across America called ‘High-Speed Internet for All’.

High-speed internet service must be treated as the new electricity — a public utility that everyone deserves as a basic human right. And getting online at home, at school, or at work shouldn’t involve long waits, frustrating phone calls, and complex contracts and fees meant to trap and trick consumers. It should just work.

It’s time to take this critical 21st century utility out of the hands of monopolies and conglomerates and bring it to the people while creating good-paying, union jobs at the same time.

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Apple Shares 2019 Apple Pay Holiday Deals

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 16:21

Apple has shared a roundup of some Apple Pay holiday deals to give customers discounts at certain retailers.

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iOS 13: How to Find and Use the iOS Magnifying Glass

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 16:06

Yesterday we learned how to customize Control Center in iOS. Now we’re going back to the same area to use the iOS magnifying glass.

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Apple Clips 2.1 Brings Animoji and Memoji

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 14:51

Apple’s Clips app lets people create and share fun, short videos for social media. Updated yesterday Clips 2.1 brings Animoji, Memoji, and more. Record clips as your favorite Animoji including unicorn, owl, dragon, and others; Create videos featuring the same Memoji that you make in Messages; Apply filters to stylize your Animoji and Memoji with watercolor, monochrome, and comic book looks; Track any sticker, text, or emoji to your face and watch it follow your movements across the screen; Choose from seven new animated stickers featuring classic illustrations of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse; Add the animated Let It Snow poster to your winter videos; Includes performance and stability improvements. App Store: Free

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Amazon Prime Video Premier League Debut Scores Record Sign Ups, Which Should Encourage Apple

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 14:02

Amazon Prime scored two days of record-breaking sign-up figures whilst broadcasting soccer, something which should also encourage Apple.

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YouTube Releases Rewind 2019 Video

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 12:00

Last year’s YouTube rewind video did not go down well. At all. In fact, it became the most disliked video on the platform ever. This year, YouTube decided to play it safe. It admitted its users are “better at this than we are” and brought together all the most popular clips from the year. The finished video is not that exciting then, but it is certainly less cringe-inducing than last year’s offering. It also gives a good insight into where the site is going as we head into the next decade.

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3 Cool Ways Apple Could Make Major macOS Upgrades Easier

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 23:55

It’s getting to be quite a process to upgrade a Mac to a new version of macOS. Here are three things John thinks could make the process less nerve-wracking and increase user confidence.

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Shure MV88 Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone for Apple Devices: $149

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 23:32

We have a deal on the Shure MV88 Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone, a high-quality condenser mic for iOS and iPadOS devices. It’s MFi-certified, features 5 DSP preset modes (Speech, Singing, Flat, Acoustic Instrument, Loud), matched cardioid and bi-directional 0.4″ (1cm) cartridges, and other high-end features. It’s $149 through our deal.

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Homeland Security Cancels Facial Recognition Plan for Americans

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 21:20

Homeland Security had a plan to expand its use of airport facial recognition to include U.S. citizens. After much outcry the agency will drop that plan, although foreign nationals and visitors will still face mandatory scanning.

A spokesperson for Customs and Border Protection, which filed the proposal, said the agency has “no current plans to require U.S. citizens to provide photographs upon entry and exit from the United States,” and that it “intends to have the planned regulatory action regarding U.S. citizens removed from the unified agenda next time it is published.”

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iOS 13: How to Customize Control Center With Different Tools

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 21:08

Andrew explains how to customize Control Center to give you fast access to tools like camera, Wallet, calculator, and more.

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Behind the Scenes of VSCO With CEO Joel Flory

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 20:34

VSCO is my favorite photo editor and TechCrunch’s Kate Clark sat down with CEO Joel Flory to talk about his company.

Without selling ads or customer data, VSCO has developed a sustainable subscription-based business and written a new playbook for social media businesses in a world where Facebook’s advertising-based model is king. For those fed up with platforms that have facilitated bullying and failed to prioritize privacy, VSCO may be a protective corner of the internet.

I have a couple more VSCO articles planned for the future, like a review of the editing tools.

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