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10th September 2017

10 best apps to protect your identity

The Equifax data breach scared a lot of people as well it should. That’s a lot of personal information out on the Internet that many people didn’t want there. You may be starting to worry a little more about your identity. We can certainly help with that. Here are ten excellent apps to protect your identity. It’s also worth noting that Equifax is trying to rectify the situation. Those affected by the breach have access to a year of free identity theft protection from them. You can click here for details on that.

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Credit KarmaPrice: FreeDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYCredit Karma is a credit check app. It’s easy to use. You sign up for the service and it does the rest. You get updates on your credit on a consistent basis. Thus, you can see if new credits cards or other big debts show up in your name. The app runs on advertisements. You will see things like promotions for credit cards. They’re easy enough to ignore. The app also has a few other features should you need them. Credit Karma is otherwise free with no in-app purchases.DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Find My PhonePrice: FreeDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYFind My Phone is Google’s phone location service. It comes on most Google Android phones by default. Turning it on is easy enough. The app can help you find a lost or stolen phone. Finding your phone using the service is a little difficult. The big feature here is the ability to remote wipe your phone. That way, you can at least remove your personal data in the event of a stolen phone. You may lose the phone, but it helps protect your identity. DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
LastPass Password ManagerPrice: Free / $2 per monthDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYLastPass is a password manager. It helps remember your passwords so you don’t have to. In addition, it comes with a password generator. It spits out some very security-friendly passwords. An app like this helps you keep your accounts tightly secured. The service can sync between your mobile devices and most computers. Something like this makes it so you never have to actually write a password down. Most of the app’s features are free. You can go pro for some additional stuff.DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
LifeLockPrice: Free / $9.99-$29.99 per monthDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYLifeLock is a service specifically for identity protection. It monitors your various finances. You get alerts for things like cell phone plans, credit cards, loans, and other stuff in your name. Most credit checking apps only ping you for things that affect your credit report. This one goes one step further. It can get rather expensive. However, they do have tiered plans depending on the level of coverage that you want. It’s one of the better services to protect – Source

Patton Oswalt had choice words for an idiot who tweeted that depression ‘isn’t real’

Every Twitter troll needs someone to shut them down. Luckily, one guy who posted a long thread claiming that “depression isn’t real” had J.K. Rowling, Patton Oswalt, and a host of other celebrities to debunk him.

Oswalt, who has publicly discussed his struggles with depression, responded to a thread from Andrew Tate, a kickboxer and Big Brother contestant who describes himself in his Twitter profile as “toxically masculine,” that promoted harmful misinformation about mental illness.

SEE ALSO: Even more ideas for ‘Kevin Can Wait’ season 2 by me, a genius TV executive

Depression isn’t real. You feel sad, you move on. You will always be depressed if your life is depressing. Change it. Thread.

— Andrew Tate (@Cobratate) …

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Donald Trump Jr. doesn’t seem to know which way framed photos of your children should face

Donald Trump Jr. loves his children so much that he doesn’t actually look at them all day.

The father of five was pictured sitting at his desk in Trump Tower, contemplating his fate in a New York Times article earlier this week about his meeting with Senate investigators over his ties to Russia.

On Saturday, however, Twitter noticed something odd about the photo, taken in February.

I, too, casually arrange photographs of my 100 children to face outwards so I can only see the backs of frames

— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) September 8, 2017

Ah, yes. Trump Jr. doesn’t actually seem to look at the photos of his brood all day. Or, more likely, he turned them around for his New York Times photoshoot. Which is weird. …

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All the new Apple iPhone features we know about from that big iOS 11 leak

Apple kinda sorta just spoiled its own big event by letting slip some of the biggest updates coming to the new iPhone and Apple Watch.

We’ve already detailed some of the possible new emoji goodies, Apple Watch updates, and iPhone naming updates, but there’s also a few other features revealed in the iOS 11 firmware leak.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s big iPhone 8 event will have much more than just new iPhones

The massive outpouring of information includes a new set of wallpapers that feature Apple’s traditional abstract color patterns, images of flowers, and the planet Earth, as well as a new set of retro-style rainbow color patterns. …

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Video shows how the Apple iPhone X Face ID will work

Developers have been digging into the leaked Gold Master of iOS 11, looking for as many tidbits that they can find. One such developer, Guilherme Rambo, has found some information pertaining to the Face ID setup process for the Apple iPhone X. This is the tenth anniversary model that will feature an OLED panel. Apple was unable to embed fingerprint scanner Touch ID under the OLED screen. At the same time, it will be doing away with the home button. As a result, Apple had to resort to plan B. That apparently calls for the use of a front-facing camera that will use 3D scanning to recognize … – Source

A phone app helped saved lives during Hurricane Harvey

Read how the Zello app helped civilian first responders find and rescue people trapped in Harvey’s flood waters.

Your phone can seem like a lifesaver at times. But this story from the Houston Chronicle shows how a miniature computer that can install and run apps literally saved lives. You need to read Holly Hartman’s story to understand how anyone with a phone app, no matter where they are, can help when a dire situation happens. It’s a powerful tale that just might bring you to tears: both at the dire situation of some of Harvey’s victims and how one person was able to step up and make a difference.

Read: I downloaded an app. And suddenly, was part of the Cajun Navy.

It also shows how the things we use every day are now indispensable. The same phone you use to play a game or watch YouTube videos with is also a tool that an amazing group of regular people used to save lives. Let that sink in for a moment: people didn’t die because of a smartphone app.

The app in question is Zello PTT Walkie Talkie. It’s well done but not anything particularly special. What matters is that the right people all installed it and did everything they could to let folks in the Houston area know that they could install it and be able to call for help. In the hours before Harvey made landfall, Twitter and Facebook posts telling everyone to install Zillo were abundant. We’re seeing the same thing today with Hurricane Irma ready to wreck SouthWest Florida, and hopefully, it can make the same difference.

Hurricanes don’t discriminate: everyone left behind is at risk.

If you’ve never been through a major hurricane it’s hard to understand what conditions are like. You’re essentially isolated and on your own until the storm lets up enough for emergency responders to do their jobs. And there will always be people who stayed back and didn’t evacuate. Some because they can’t and others who just don’t want to. I was in the latter group when Hurricane Andrew happened and spent a few hours trapped in a Circle K (a small convenience store) with four others, hoping the water wouldn’t get high enough to drown us all. Even when the water finally stopped rising, we all were stuck until we were able to flag down a rescue boat.

This was before the smartphone age.We had no way of letting anyone know where we were or our situation. Calling 911 during a hurricane is futile because there will never be enough operators and dispatchers to take the calls coming in, and your call for help will likely be unanswered. If you are unfortunate enough, or as in my case, stubborn enough, to not leave when advised you’re on your own. It’s wonderful that we now have the tools to be less isolated and can hear a friendly voice just when we – Source

Virginia to replace voting machines over hacking concerns

States are understandably nervous about the security of voting machines given both the possibility of Russian interference in the 2016 election and machine makers’ own shortfalls. And in Virginia’s case, officials aren’t taking any chances. The sta… – Source

Is it exit season yet?

Startup funding and exiting activity has been slow over the past few months in the U.S. Fewer companies closed rounds, IPO volumes were light, and not a lot of big M&A deals got done. But that’s to be expected, right? After all, it was summer break. Now that Labor Day’s over and we’re back at our desks, we can expect deal volumes to pick up. That seasonal explanation for… Read More

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Download public beta of ‘Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked’ for Android

Initially released exclusively for iOS earlier this year, the game is now available in the Google Play Store for $3.99.

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Back in January, Klei Entertainment partnered with CAPY – the creators behind Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery – to bring a single-player, stand-alone expansion of the popular Don’t Starve game. However, until now, it’s only been available for iOS devices, but with the release of the first public beta, it looks like its official launch for Android is imminent.

For $3.99 – that’s a dollar cheaper than the iOS version – you can download the public beta of Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked, but considering that this is a public beta, you should expect to encounter a few bugs. The good news, however, is that not only is the game free of any advertisements or in-app purchases, but it’ll automatically be updated to a final product once it leaves the public beta.

The goal of the game is straightforward – survival in an open-world.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the game, the goal is straightforward – survival in an open-world. Wilson, the main character, is stranded in a tropical archipelago and must survive in a “new environment filled with biomes, seasons, and creatures.” If you die, you start from the beginning again, letting you make different choices on the way. Similar to Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition, this stand-alone expansion boasts amazing visuals, and while you might be hesitant to spend money on a public beta, if Klei Entertainment’s very first game is any indication, the latest Don’t Starve game should not disappoint.

To purchase Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked, click the button below:

Download Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked from Play Store

Are you a big fan of Don’t Starve? Will you be trying out the public beta from the Play Store? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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[Update: Reply reminders too] Google Inbox now reminds you to follow up on important emails

Update 1: 2017/09/09 1:44pm PDT

Some users are seeing the settings menu as “Replies and follow-ups” with an additional option – “Suggest emails to reply to.”

In a recent teardown, we found that Google was was working on follow-up reminders for the Inbox Android app. When enabled, the app would guess which emails need to be followed up, and move them to the top of the inbox. Now the feature appears to be going live for users.

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[Update: Reply reminders too] Google Inbox now reminds you to follow up on important emails was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Tesla flips a switch to increase the range of some cars in Florida to help people evacuate

Tesla has pushed an over-the-air update to some of its vehicles in Florida that lets those cars go just a liiiittle bit further, thus helping their owners get that much further away from the devastation of Hurricane Irma. Wondering how that’s even possible? Up until a few months ago, Tesla sold a 60kWh version of its Model S and Model X vehicles — but the battery in those cars… Read More

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Ming-Chi Kuo explains the technology behind Face ID

Apple will introduce its 2017 iPhone models on September 12th, and a leak found in the Gold Master version of iOS 11 suggests that the new phones will be known as the Apple iPhone X (the tenth anniversary edition), the Apple iPhone 8 (sequel to the iPhone 7) and the Apple iPhone 8 Plus (sequel to the iPhone 7 Plus). Pre-orders could start on September 15th with all three models set for a September 22nd launch.

Earlier today, we showed you a video that revealed how Apple iPhone X users will set up Face ID so that the facial recognition system can unlock their phone or verify their identity. … – Source

iPhone X? How do you pronounce that? – CNET

Commentary: In what appears to be the latest leak from iOS 11 code, Apple’s new flagship phone is called the iPhone X. But is that pronounced “Ex”? – Source

23andMe’s second act sits squarely in drug research and development

The company first began making moves early in 2015, forging a partnership with Pfizer to conduct a bit of drug research using 23andMe’s genetic data. The pact was formed in the midst of orders from the Food and Drug Administration that 23andMe cease sales of its consumer health report product, which drove a major portion of both 23andMe’s revenue and brand awareness at the… Read More

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Apple iOS 11 leak hints at Apple Watch LTE and new colors

The hits just keep on coming from the iOS 11 leak we reported early Saturday, and the latest is all about the Apple Watch.

Based on details found in the Golden Master leak of iOS 11 firmware, it appears that Apple is preparing to release an LTE version of the Apple Watch.

SEE ALSO: The Boston Red Sox used Apple Watches to cheat against the Yankees, report says

Revealed in …

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Amazon widens its retail footprint with Kohl’s partnership

Sometimes when you’re down on your luck, you have to strike a deal with the enemy. That’s what Kohl’s is doing by partnering up with Amazon, ostensibly its biggest online rival, to sell Amazon hardware. The department store chain plans to open 1,000-… – Source

Love Lego? Then you’ll love this coming week’s T-Mobile Tuesday

In the midst of a fierce storm called Hurricane Irma, it is time to look at what Hurricane Magenta (meaning T-Mobile, of course) has for its subscribers with this coming week’s T-Mobile Tuesday. PhoneArena readers know that we usually examine the free giveaways first and then move on to the contest prizes. There usually is a theme between them, and this coming week the theme has to do with Lego.

First, this coming Tuesday you can get free access to HotelStorm’s list of discounted hotels. The average discount is $45 a room. In addition, music streamer Pandora will give you a 90-day free trial … – Source

Gal Gadot shares the most delightful ‘Wonder Woman’ blooper reel

Chris Pine had a nickname for Gal Gadot on the Wonder Woman set: Giggle Gadot. Friends, it is easy to see why.

Gadot shared a video Saturday of some of Wonder Woman’s finest bloopers. Spoiler: they all prominently feature Giggle Gadot, who is now our favorite celebrity alter-ego.

SEE ALSO: ‘Wonder Woman’ has done it! Top 5 superhero movie of all time

Chris’s nickname for me was giggle Gadot, @PattyJenks & I could communicate with no words. I enjoyed filming every second of the movie.💃🏻🙅🏻🎬

— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) September 9, 2017

“I enjoyed filming every second of this movie,” Gadot (Gal) wrote. …

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Get club vibes in your tiny apartment with these magnetic speakers

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Android One edition of Moto X4 leaks

Evan Blass (a.k.a. evleaks) has revealed the Android One edition of Moto X4 on Twitter. The Twitter didn’t say much about the pricing and availability of the device or even its name. It’s highly likely the Android One edition of X4 won’t be called the X4 and will have some other name.

Well isn’t this interesting…— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 9, 2017

Android One recently got a shot in the arm with the launch of the Xiaomi Mi A1, a variant of the Mi 5X, running stock Android instead of MIUI, developed in collaboration with Google. While the first batch…

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The year of Wonder Woman continues with the excellent ‘Professor Marston’

Can Wonder Woman’s year get any better? Turns out, yes.

A few months after her first big screen outing dominated the box office, her real-life origin story is coming to theaters in the form of a biopic, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. And like Wonder Woman before it, Professor Marston feels both comfortingly familiar and quietly groundbreaking.

SEE ALSO: Fall movie preview: What to watch if you’re obsessed with superheroes

Dr. William Moulton Marston is typically credited as the creator of Wonder Woman. But like last year’s Hidden Figures, Professor Marston gives the lie to the assumption that creative brilliance is the sole province of tortured and solitary assholes. Wonder Woman, in this telling, is borne of the romance and collaboration between three people: Bill Marston, Elizabeth Marston, and Olive Byrne. …

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Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Molly’s Game’ is a good time dragged down by out-of-touch gender politics

Aaron Sorkin thinks Molly’s Game is his version of The Crucible.

How do we know this? Because he references Arthur Miller’s famous play about the Salem witch trials—which was written as a commentary on the Hollywood Blacklist—multiple times over the course of the movie, at one point having the titular heroine echo one of its most famous lines.

Sadly for Sorkin, Molly’s Game is not The Crucible, one of the great works in the American canon. It’s often a zippy, fun time, however—that is, if you can convince yourself to overlook its self-congratulation and mildly regressive gender politics.


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‘The Florida Project’ is the best 2017 movie that you haven’t heard of

This world has never suffered from an overabundance of empathy. Even when we’re trying to be kind, we have a bad habit of falling back on judgment and condescension, of projecting our own issues and beliefs onto the decisions of others.

So when something like The Florida Project comes along, it feels all the more remarkable.

In his last film, Tangerine, director Sean Baker chronicled a night in the life of two trans sex workers, just blocks away but a world removed from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.


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The next iPhone creates animated emoji from your facial expressions

You may already know that the next iPhone will use face detection for all kinds of clever tricks, but here’s one you probably weren’t expecting: customized emoji. The 9to5Mac crew has discovered that leaked “gold master” iOS 11 firmware includes refe… – Source

Cell carriers waive fees to following earthquake and hurricane Irma

AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have waived fees following deadly earthquake.

Following a deadly earthquake of the Mexican coast, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have all announced they will be waiving fees for anyone calling to the region. The earthquake has been said by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to be the strongest earthquake felt by the country in 100 years. The death toll from the earthquake has already reached 61, a number that will unfortunately but surely rise. We have not heard if Sprint will also waive fees, but we will update this post if that does become the case.

Miami Herald reports that AT&T, Verizon and Sprint will also waive fees to regions affected by Hurricane Irma. That storm has already devastated several Carribean islands and will move up the east coast of the United States. Sprint is extending the offer to customers who used its Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile sub-brands.

Those with friends and family in the affected regions need to contact them and make sure they’re okay. As the cellular towers are highly congested as with any natural disaster, a text is going to have an easier time getting through than a call.

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Leaked iOS 11 GM shows Face ID, iPhone 8 features, new wallpapers and animated emoji

We are just three days away from the announcement of the new iPhone as well as the official release of iOS 11. But someone leaked the GM (Gold Master, or the final version) of iOS 11 this morning and we suddenly have a whole bunch of things coming out of it.

First of all, the OS itself comes with a handful of new wallpapers. This might not sound like much but Apple rarely new wallpapers to iOS so it’s kind of a big deal.

Meet the Apple Face ID™ setup video (gif sequence). It grows on ya.— Brian Roemmele (@BrianRoemmele) September 9, 2017


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Hurricane Irma’s most dangerous storm surge targets Florida’s southwest coast

Hurricane Irma is poised to pull off the remarkable feat of traveling the entire length of Florida, from south to north, and spreading catastrophic storm surge flooding and damaging winds along with it.

The storm’s track would mean that Miami and West Palm Beach, two of the most populated areas with vulnerable shoreline property, will escape their worst-case scenarios, but still experience Category 1 or 2 hurricane force wind gusts.

SEE ALSO: Hurricane Irma: A weather geek’s live updates

Unfortunately, the projected path, which takes the center of Category 3 or 4 Hurricane Irma from the Florida Keys northward to near Ft. Myers, and along or just off the west coast from there, puts in play highly vulnerable, low-lying areas that are especially prone to storm surge flooding. Typically, storms in this region travel either from the east to the west, or southwest to northeast. …

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Tutorial: How to enable Android Oreo’s “Turn on WiFi Automatically” feature on Nexus 5X/6P

One of Android Oreo’s new features is the ability to automatically turn Wi-Fi back on when you’re near a saved network. Essentially, Android will keep track of where each network is located, and will use location services to only turn on Wi-Fi when you’re in range. The feature was available for all devices on the Android O Developer Previews, but was disabled in the final release for the Nexus 5X and 6P:

I miss it since the last two beta, it worked well before.

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Tutorial: How to enable Android Oreo’s “Turn on WiFi Automatically” feature on Nexus 5X/6P was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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The Moto X4 could be part of Android One

Android One is expanding, and it looks like the Moto X4 will be a part of that family.

After leaking through the summer, the Moto X4 was finally announced recently, adding yet another mid-high end option from Motorola. One of the more intriguing rumors about the device was that it would be the first non-Google device available for Project Fi subscribers. The phone announcement has come and gone without mentioning Project Fi, so that’s still in the rumor realm for now.

Another interesting tidbit comes from @evleaks who tweeted a photo of the Moto X4 sporting Android One branding. While Android One initially began as a way to sell sub-$100 devices in emerging markets, that has changed recently with Google and Xiaomi offering the Xiaomi Mi A1 with vanilla Android for $230. Still inexpensive, but not quite as ambitious as the initial offerings.

With the Moto X4 in its lineup, Google may be introducing the Android One branding to the U.S, offering mid tier devices with minimal bloatware and (presumably) updates straight from Google. It sounds intriguing, and it’d be interesting to Play with these Editions of OEM devices.

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The next step in speaker design: Your room becomes the speaker – CNET

The future of sound reproduction requires bigger speakers. Much bigger. – Source

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