Whether or not Apple’s next overhaul of the iPhone meets your needs, you should still wait until September to commit to a new phone here are three things to remember when iPhone shopping: 1) The next iPhone will always be better than the current one. 2) No matter the season, Apple will always try to sell you an iPhone. 3) The next iPhones usually come out in September, at which point prices on at least some current iPhones will drop. In summary, do not buy an iPhone once June rolls around. Wait for the new one.

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Media use in America up a full hour over just last year

The typical American adult is using media for a full hour a day more than just last year, with smartphones accounting for most of the increase. People spent an average of 10 hours, 39 minutes each day with smartphones, tablets, TV, radio, computers and video games during the first three months of 2016, according to a Nielsen company study released this week. It was nine hours, 39 minutes during the same period in 2015. Even these numbers are probably underestimated, since while Nielsen measures the amount of time spent online on smartphones, it doesn’t count texting, taking selfies or talking on the phone. Most Americans can sense the increase anecdotally given the ubiquity of smartphones. People stare at screens while waiting in line for fast food, riding in elevators or walking down the street. Retail outlets post signs pleading that phones be turned […]

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How to turn off this creepy Facebook feature

Ever wondered how Facebook comes up with some of your random friend suggestions? Turns out, Facebook uses your phones location along with other data. Facebook’s Suggested Friends category is usually full of casual acquaintances, old friends from high school and other random people. Lately, however, you may have seen random suggestions of people you don’t know, yet somehow vaguely recognize. It turns out, Facebook is using your phone’s location to match you with fellow Facebook users who are nearby, as first reported by Fusion.

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How to make your phone number private

Whether you’re getting quotes from car dealers, setting up an online dating account or returning a work call from your personal phone, there are times when keeping your number private makes sense. Fortunately, there are options for short term “burner” numbers, virtual phone lines and caller ID blocking. Here are some recommendations.

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Harvard, the Mayo Clinic and Google team up to help your self-diagnosis with new symptom search

If some part of your body itches or burns, you’ve probably searched for free medical advice on Google. But an overload of results can have you mistaking an allergic reaction for an STD — or vice versa. Either way, it’s no fun. Over the next few days Google is rolling out a feature called symptom search, which is designed to show better results on the Google app for iOS or Android. A search that includes a description like “child with knee pain” will return a list of related conditions.

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Cars outpace mobile phones in cell service connections

According to mobile consultants at Chetan Sharma, more cars were added to mobile networks in the US market than phones in the first quarter of 2016. Cars made up nearly a third of new connections (32%) according to Chetan Sharma’s research, followed closely by phone connections which represented 31 percent. Further down the line, tablets constituted 23 percent of connections while M2M was just 14 percent.

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Clothes that will wirelessly charge your phone

Hiral Sanghavi is at it again. Less than a year after the Kickstarter campaign for his BauBax jacket raised a whopping $9.2 million, he’s debuting his next project — clothes that wirelessly charge your devices. The project launched Tuesday on Kickstarter with a goal of raising $100,000. With this line, his Seattle startup Baubax is turning jackets, jeans and shorts into mobile charging stations. The clothing, which is machine washable, has copper wire built into it and a wireless charging pad that’s stitched inside a pocket. You charge an iPhone by putting it into a BauBax iPhone case and slipping it into the pocket. Android phones don’t require the case because they have built-in wireless charging capability. The power source is a battery bank that fits into a wallet you carry in the clothes. Sanghavi said the battery bank can provide one full […]

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Alarming increase in ransomware attacks

The number of reported encryption ransomware attacks has soared to 718,536 users between April 2015 and March 2016 – 5.5 times greater than the same period 2014-2015. Because the data held for ransom is high value and irretrievable unless the ransom is paid, victims are often left with no other choice than to pay, which in turn draws more cybercriminals into action.  In fact, the frequency of attacks is growing so quickly, it could be labeled as epidemic.

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Cloud usage will become part of every business’ overall strategy by 2020

By 2020, a corporate “no-cloud” policy will be as rare as a “no-internet” policy is today, says research firm Gartner. Cloud-first, and even cloud-only, is replacing the defensive no-cloud stance that dominated many large providers in recent years. Today, most provider technology innovation is cloud-centric, with the stated intent of retrofitting the technology to on-premises.

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Synthetic Identity Theft is more common than outright ID theft, and growing daily

Legendary Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis said, “Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.” Never were truer words spoken when it comes to protecting your identity. When it comes to synthetic identity theft, you have to be extra vigilant. Synthetic identity theft is committed in a variety of ways, ranging from simple (changing a few details like address or using a “new” Social Security number to create a new credit profile mixing “legitimate and fake data to create synthetic identities,” as The Wall Street Journal reports) to more ornate scams, where the bad guys set up shell companies that report to the three credit reporting agencies on huge portfolios of fictitious consumers (all of them synthetic identities) with unusually perfect credit histories—a […]

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