Technology fans have hailed Newegg as the ultimate online electronics retailer, but with a recent security breach, customers might be paying more than they thought. A report from the security firm RISKIQ reported that Newegg is one of a few companies to be hit by a bit of malicious code from the hacking group Magecart. Shoppers who purchased from the online retailer might find their data compromised.
According to the report, Magecart was able to gain access to Newegg’s payment system; there, they installed malicious code into the company’s payment system to intercept confidential customer data. Whether shopping from a desktop or mobile browser or using Newegg’s iOS or Android apps, it is possible your credit card information may have been pinched.
RiskIQ notes that the malicious software infected Newegg’s systems and had been running since August 14; it was removed over a month later, on September 18. If you purchased from the electronics retailer between those dates, it is essential to keep an eye on your credit cards for any fraudulent activity. Newegg has sent a notice to their customers, but it is unclear exactly how many individuals were affected by the malicious attack.
Newegg’s email response to customers noted that their systems were indeed “injected with malware,” and that the company is currently investigating the incident. The company notes that the email was sent to users whose accounts they felt were “at risk” — most likely those who made purchases between the dates noted above. Newegg has announced that it will publish an FAQ by Friday that addresses concerns and questions customers may have about the incident.
Newegg isn’t the only company to find itself targeted by the notorious hacking group. Earlier this year, Magecart was behind hacking both British Airways and Ticketmaster’s systems to steal customer credit data. In the first case, it was reported that the British Airways incident affected over 380,000 card transactions.
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Amazon is having quite a week, and it’s making other companies so nervous that it’s starting to rattle the stock market. After shaking up a whole bunch of ecommerce sites with a test of a new visual-based shopping service, Amazon Scout, Bloomberg is reporting that Jeff Bezos’ growing empire of brick-and-mortar stores could be joined by up to 3,000 cashier-less Amazon Go Stores by 2021.
This move would be both astonishing in its effects on communities and potentially a neutron bomb to everything from existing convenience chains like 7-Eleven to quick-service food stores like Subway and even entrepreneur-owned restaurants and taco trucks.
Bloomberg reports that Amazon’s head honcho, Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, sees eliminating meal-time logjams in busy cities as the best way for the company to reinvent the brick-and-mortar shopping experience.
Remember, Amazon already has nearly 500 new Whole Foods locations it can use as test platforms for new point-of-sale experiments, as well as one functioning Amazon Go store already operating near its HQ in Seattle. And now the firm has announced plans for upcoming sites in an additional store in Seattle and new ones in Chicago, New York and San Francisco.
The company also operates about 20 bookstores around the U.S. but Amazon Go would represent the most ambitious launch of an Amazon brand to date. Add onto all those factors the data the company generates through Amazon Prime memberships and Bezos’ personal fortune and influence, and the idea of a virtual coup against the status quo is not that unthinkable.
One major hurdle is reported to be the cost of setting up shop. The first Amazon Go in downtown Seattle is said to have cost millions to build, stock and put into operation, and company has yet to nail down the final concept. The question is whether to open up a convenience store that sells fresh foods and a limited grocery selection, like a gas station or convenience store — or, to frame Amazon Go as a place to pick up a quick bite to eat, known as a quick service restaurant (QSR) in the industry, or to go more high-end with stores like New York’s Pret a Manger, successfully ported to urban centers in the U.S.
What’s likely to stay constant is Bezos’ bold vision for a cashless world. In the current Amazon Go model (which we said feels like a heist), shoppers use a smartphone app to enter the store, grab what they want, and stroll out. Sensors, high-technology cameras, and more than likely some advanced analytic programs detect who the shoppers are and what they take and bill them; no checkout lines. However, initial reports indicated the technology hit a few snags at first.
Bloomberg postulates that the expansion could put Amazon back into an investment cycle, raising funds to bet money on Bezos’ commitment to long-term success. The media outlet cites the example of Amazon Web Services, the fast-growing computer cloud business that lost money for years.
Opening 3,000 stores of any model would put Amazon head to head with some of the largest brands in the world. By comparison, Kroger operates about 2,500 stores under a variety of brands that generate sales of over $100 billion. There are a little over 3,500 Walmart locations but they’re mostly located in suburbs, away from the dense urban areas and affluent customers that Amazon is targeting with Amazon Go. And there’s a pretty big drop-off as you go down the list, with Albertsons clocking in with 2,400 stores but only generating about $60 billion.
In terms of near-future development, Amazon is considering opening another 10 locations by the end of this year and about 50 locations in major metro areas in 2019. We’ll continue to monitor the story and let you know if an Amazon Go store is likely to end up in your neighborhood anytime soon.
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The mention of Winamp brings with it waves of nostalgia for those who remember using the media player back when it was one of the premier music and video alternatives to both Apple’s iTunes and Windows’ Media Player. After its most recent release in 2013, it was assumed that the project might have died off after being acquired by Radionomy in 2014, but a new leaked version of the software found online points to a possible resurrection.
Initially developed by Nullsoft in 1997, Winamp found itself in the hands of AOL by 1999 before being sold to Radionomy 15 years later. After the company’s acquisition of the media player, the Winamp website announced that the software would be returning soon with updates, but with no visible progression and a decade and a half with no updates, the community began mourning the possible loss of the player.
While still available to download, the player has been out of date and incompatible with certain modern operating systems, most notably Windows 10. Newly leaked changelogs note that the new software iteration, version 5.8, is set to deliver compatibility with Microsoft’s latest operating systems, in addition to new improvements and bug fixes.
Winamp 5.8 offers support for Windows Audio, bringing full compatibility to both Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 operating systems. Numerous bugs have also been squashed including memory leaks, the player crashing with specific MP3 ID3v2 tags, and long loading times. The company has also taken the time to update or replace the media player’s various audio decoders.
Potentially most notable is the changelog stating that all Pro functionality within the player has been removed and that “Winamp is now 100-percent freeware again.” This marks the return of the media player from a freemium model that was introduced in 2002 by AOL.
While the leaked bit of software is now available on the internet via an anonymous source, we won’t be linking to it as it has been failing safety checks by virus scanning solutions; this could simply be the result of an incomplete software build or evidence of something more malicious. Radionomy hasn’t made any announcement about Winamp, and we recommend waiting for an official release before downloading any unknown software.
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Reviews for the new Apple Watch Series 4 models went live this morning ahead of Friday’s launch, and in a new press release, Apple has highlighted reviews from several members of the media who were able to spend some hands on time with the new Apple Watches.
Apple shared key review passages from a variety websites focused on tech, health, fitness, fashion, and lifestyle, including The New York Times, Women’s Health, USA Today, Hodinkee, Men’s Journal, TechCrunch, Vogue, Refinery29, The Independent, Wareable, MobileSyrup, Best Health, The Straits Times, and Vogue Australia.
Women’s Health, for example, said features in the Series 4 make it a powerful device for overall well being that could save your life one day.
“The new Apple Watch health and fitness features make it a powerful device for your overall well-being. That’s because game-changing bells and whistles have elevated the Apple Watch Series 4 from an investment-worthy health accessory to a sleek and beautiful device that actually might save your life.”
The New York Times said the new model, which can take an ECG reading, is “one of the most significant developments in wearable gadgets in years,” while The Independent said the speed improvements and new health features are noticeable “at every level.”
“The design is just gorgeous and the bright, vivid display with its narrow, curved bezels, looks sensational. The uptick in performance power is noticeable at every level and the increased health qualities and fitness monitoring are hugely welcome. If you’ve held back from getting an Apple Watch because you thought it wasn’t quite there yet, well, it is now.”
Apple, of course, only focused on pulling out positive commentary on the Apple Watch Series 4 models, but reviews for the device were largely positive. Some reviewers didn’t think it offered enough to entice Series 3 owners to upgrade, but said that it’s more than worthwhile for anyone upgrading from an earlier Apple Watch model.
Anyone who has been considering holding out on purchasing an Apple Watch due to a lack of features or slow performance should also consider checking out the Apple Watch Series 4, according to reviewers, because it is faster, more efficient, and more feature rich than previous models.
Apple’s full list of review selections can be seen in the article shared via Apple Newsroom, and more reviews can be found in our review roundup, shared this morning.
The Apple Watch Series 4 will be available starting this Friday, September 21. Customers who pre-ordered a device last week will begin receiving their orders on that day, and those who were not able to secure a pre-order may be able to purchase an Apple Watch from a retail store on launch day.
At this point in time, new Apple Watch Series 4 orders will not begin shipping out until October.
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Apple’s watchOS 5 update includes a new Siri feature that eliminates the need to say “Hey Siri” or push the Digital Crown to activate the personal assistant.
Instead, you can raise your wrist and speak right to Siri, with the Apple Watch able to detect your movements and your desire to relay a Siri command. It’s simple to enable, and it works well once you know a few tricks.
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Enabling Raise to Speak
Open the Settings app.
Scroll down to “Siri” and Tap it.
Make sure “Raise to Speak” is toggled on.
You can leave “Hey Siri” enabled right alongside “Raise to Speak,” and use whichever Siri activation method is most convenient.
Using Raise to Speak
Using Raise to Speak is as simple as raising up your wrist and speaking into your Apple Watch.
Lift your wrist as you would to view the time or do any other Apple Watch activity, and then speak a command. Most people will find that they need to bring the watch a little closer to their face than they would just to view it, so if you can’t get Raise to Speak to work, hold your wrist closer to your mouth.
Raise to Speak is a slightly different gesture than just raising your arm to look at the time, and the Apple Watch can tell the difference in intent.
Raise to Speak Tips
- Raise to Speak needs to be fairly close to your face to interpret a Siri voice command, which prevents it from automatically activating for the most part. If it’s not working, bring your wrist closer to the speaker of the Apple Watch before trying a command.
- Raise to Speak works both at the watch face and when an app is open. It does need to be activated with the wrist raising gesture, though.
- You need to speak at a normal speaking volume for the watch to detect a Raise to Speak command. Whispering will not work.
- Because Raise to Speak seems to rely on proximity to the Apple Watch’s speaker, Siri is not going to trigger when other people are speaking.
Other Siri Options
In the Siri section of the Settings app, accessible by following the steps above, you can also choose your Voice Feedback settings for whenever Siri is activated if you have an Apple Watch Series 3.
This isn’t a new setting, but it’s worth revisiting alongside Raise to Speak. You can choose to set Voice Feedback (aka vocal replies) to “Always On,” “Control With Silent Mode,” which will silence Siri if Silent Mode is turned on, or Headphones Only, which will cause Siri to provide vocal replies if you’re wearing AirPods or other Bluetooth enabled headphones.
You can also set Siri’s voice volume in the same section of the Settings app by tapping the volume icons or using the Digital Crown. This sets Siri’s overall response volume when the personal assistant responds to queries aloud.
Raise to Speak is a useful feature on Apple Watch for everyone, but especially for HomePod owners. If you want to activate Siri on your watch, you can now do so without accidentally triggering a HomePod that might be in the room with the “Hey Siri” command.
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Following the release of iOS 12, which brought a few new Apple Music features, Apple has updated its Apple Music app for Android to introduce feature parity.
Today’s update brings support for searching by lyrics, an iOS 12 feature that’s designed to let you locate songs and artists using song lyrics rather than a song name.
To use the feature, all you need to do is type in a sentence from the lyrics of a particular song and Apple Music will try to find it. This doesn’t work with all songs, but it does work with those that offer lyrics in the Apple Music app.
Apple Music for Android is also gaining the new Artist Pages that were introduced in iOS 12, allowing an artist’s music to be played with a single tap, and there’s support for the Friends Mix.
Friends Mix is a playlist of songs gathered from the people that you’re following on Apple Music. Android users can also discover new music through the inclusion of a new Top 100 list that offers up the daily top 100 songs from countries around the world.
After installing the 2.6.0 update, Android users will also be able to use Apple Music with Android Auto for the first time thanks to new Android Auto support.
Android users can download the Apple Music app from the Google Play store.
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In iOS 12, Apple has given users the tools to cut down on disturbances to get more time away from their devices if desired, and one of these new tools is an expanded set of Do Not Disturb options.
Thanks to these changes, there are more convenient options for using Do Not Disturb in iOS 12, and it’s also a lot smarter.
How to Get to the New Do Not Disturb Options
Your Do Not Disturb options in the Settings app are largely the same, with the new Do Not Disturb features housed in Control Center.
Open Control Center, through a right-side swipe downwards on the screen of an iPhone X or iPad or by swiping upwards from the Home button on other devices.
3D Touch or long press on the Control Center icon that looks like a moon, which is the icon for Do Not Disturb.
A 3D Touch or a long press brings up all of the Do Not Disturb options, which can be selected with a tap.
Do Not Disturb is a default widget within the Control Center and it’s always available, so it’s not an option that needs to be enabled through the Control Center customization options.
All of the Ways You Can Use Do Not Disturb in iOS 12
There are multiple new limited-time settings for Do Not Disturb in the Control Center, which automatically turn off after the specified time elapses.
- For one hour
- Until this evening (or afternoon/morning depending on the time – it’s generally a few hours)
- Until I leave this location
- Until this event ends (if you have a timed event set in your calendar)
- A single tap on the icon without selecting an option turns on Do Not Disturb until you tap it again.
Not all of these options will be visible at all times. If you’re not in a set location or you don’t have any events scheduled, these two options won’t appear. The first two, allowing you to set Do Not Disturb for an hour or until the evening/afternoon/morning are always available.
Underneath these options, there’s a “Schedule” button (see screenshot at top) that will open up the Settings app so you can set a specific time period for when you want Do Not Disturb to turn on. This is also where you can turn on Do Not Disturb at Bedtime, a feature that prevents notifications from displaying on the iPhone’s display at night.
Check out our Do Not Disturb at Bedtime how to for more details on this feature.
Managing Do Not Disturb Settings
Your general Do Not Disturb settings are available in the Settings app, which can be accessed by going to Settings > Do Not Disturb or through the above mentioned “Schedule” section of the No Not Disturb Control Center widget.
Most of these settings aren’t new, but we thought it would be useful to offer a quick primer on Do Not Disturb’s other settings alongside what’s new in iOS 12.
In the Settings app, you can enable or disable Do Not Disturb, set a specific time for Do Not Disturb to turn on and off, or enable Bedtime Mode.
You can also choose whether Do Not Disturb should mute calls and notifications only while the iPhone is locked or at all times, and there are options to select whether calls from certain people should bypass your Do Not Disturb settings. This section is also where you’ll find your Do Not Disturb While Driving options.
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These days, sending money via apps is easier than ever, rendering cash and debit cards a thing of the past. The best thing about using Facebook to send money is that, unlike other popular services, it’s free whether you send or receive money. Other services — Venmo, in particular — also often act as middlemen, requiring the person receiving money to manually transfer it into his or her bank account. Thankfully, Facebook Messenger automatically does it on your behalf, regardless if you opt for the desktop or mobile iteration of the software. Here’s how to utilize the feature.
Note: You must be friends with the person you either want to pay or request money from. The service is also only available in the United States, France, and the United Kingdom.
Paying or requesting money in the Messenger app
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Step 1: Start a conversation with a friend that you want to pay.
Step 2: Tap the addition sign in the bottom-left corner.
Step 3: Locate and tap Payments on the left-hand side.
Step 4: Enter the amount you want to either pay or request.
Step 5: If you’re paying someone, choose either New Debit Card or Add PayPal.
Step 6: Enter your debit card information.
Paying or requesting money using a desktop computer
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Step 1: Start a conversation with the friend you want to pay.
Step 2: Locate the dollar sign in the bottom-right corner of the conversation.
Step 3: Enter the amount you either want to pay or request.
Step 4: If you are paying someone, you will be prompted to enter your debit card information.
Step 5: Click Pay in the bottom-right corner.
How to receive a payment
You will get a notification upon receiving a payment. If it’s your first time doing so, you will have to provide your debit card information. Once done, the funds will go directly to the checking account associated with your debit card.
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Setting a pin
Facebook may already encrypt your payments and user information to protect your transaction details, but we get that taking some precaution is a good idea. Fortunately, Facebook now lets you set a pin, which will require you to enter a four-digit code every time you make a payment. It’s currently only available within the mobile app, but it’s easy to set up.
Step 1: In the menu section of the Facebook app, scroll down to Settings and Privacy and tap Settings.
Step 2: Select Payments.
Step 3: Under the Security section, tap PIN.
Step 4: Enter a four-digit PIN that you will remember.
Step 5: Re-enter your PIN when prompted.
Currently, Facebook only allows payment with debit cards. It’s also important to know that it can take up to five days for your bank to approve the transaction, but, either way, it’s a great way to split a bill or pay your roommate back for groceries.
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As AT&T is building out its next-generation 5G mobile broadband network, the carrier’s executives are beginning to explore different strategies to monetize the service, including a tiered billing structure. AT&T still hasn’t disclosed what pricing customers can expect from its network.
“I think the business models are still evolving, said AT&T President of Mobility and Entertainment David Christopher at the Mobile World Congress Americas trade show last week in Los Angeles, California. “There will be different tiers of service.”
The next generation 5G networks will deliver many added benefits to consumers, and it looks like AT&T may charge differently for these types of benefits, Fierce Wireless reported. In addition to offering faster download speeds, 5G will also deliver lower latency. Christopher mulled creating a pricing tier for gaming to capitalize on the latter feature. In addition to gaming, 5G’s fast speeds may also be beneficial for delivering virtual and augmented reality content.
Gamers looking to buy a 5G gaming laptop may be locked into one network at the time of purchase. AT&T’s vice president of radio networks, Gordon Mansfield, explained to PCMag that since each carrier operates 5G on different bands and spectrum, there won’t be one modem that delivers cross-compatibility between carriers in the beginning. This means that if you buy a laptop through AT&T, you may not be able to insert a SIM card from a different carrier if you’re unhappy with the service.
In addition to a gaming-centric 5G plan, AT&T may also offer bundles with Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The company recently announced a SmartThings tracker with Samsung, which includes one year of service in that device’s $99 price tag. After the first year, customers wishing to maintain the 5G service can either pay monthly or get billed a discounted amount if they choose to pay annually.
Another option would be to add the service to a customer’s existing bill. With smaller consumer devices like the Apple Watch, AT&T could tack on a service charge to connect these devices to its network. Currently, AT&T charges customers a $10 monthly fee to add the LTE-equipped version of the Apple Watch to their monthly phone plans.
Rival Verizon will be the first carrier in the U.S. to launch its 5G network. Unlike AT&T, Verizon is targeting home broadband for its first application of 5G when the service becomes available next month. Verizon said that its 5G Home service will cost $50 a month, taxes included, for customers who have a cell phone plan. Although AT&T has not disclosed what speeds customers can expect for its 5G network, Verizon quotes 300Mbps average speeds, with peaks hitting 1Gbps, making 5G competitive against fixed home broadband offerings like cable and fiber internet.
The first 5G device to launch on AT&T’s 5G network later this year is described as resembling a puck, suggesting it could be a mobile hot spot. Phones will likely launch in 2019 when AT&T builds out its 5G network. AT&T promises that 5G devices will also be able to fall back on the LTE network — which has a larger coverage footprint.
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The robot job takeover may be arriving a bit sooner than you think. At least, that’s the takeaway from a (surprisingly positive) recent report by the World Economic Forum. In a paper published this week, the Swiss nonprofit — best known for its annual meeting in Davos — forecasts that half of all “work tasks” will be capable of being carried out by machines by 2025. Provided those figures are accurate, this will equate to the loss or displacement of a massive 75 million jobs. That’s the equivalent of every person in the United Kingdom, plus the state of New Jersey thrown in for good measure.
By comparison, around 71 percent of work tasks today are done by humans, with the remaining 29 percent being automated. Needless to say, it’s a big shift. It’s also a very rapid shift, especially compared with studies such as the frequently cited 2013 “Future of Employment” paper, which argued that 47 percent of U.S.-based jobs could be performed by machines over the next 20 years. While there’s a difference in the makeup of U.S. jobs versus total global jobs, the time frame difference between 20 years and less than a decade is stark — and reflects just how fast robotics and A.I. technologies are moving.
Don’t start panicking or planning your John Connor-style rise up against the job-pilfering Terminators just yet, though. While it may be human nature to gravitate toward the worst-case scenario, the World Economic Forum’s report is actually a positive one. It suggests that, even as robots take over a massive number of job, they will actually create nearlytwice as many. In total, the report suggests that 133 million human jobs will be created during that same period of time.
Although it is difficult to predict exactly what all of these will be (hey, who imagined that YouTube vlogger would be kids’ dream profession back in, say, 2002?), the report does give a few tips. Specifically, it suggests that jobs that involve programming or design, social intelligence, or critical thinking should be more resilient to the machine invasion.
As ever, the “creative destruction” process that forms a crucial part of capitalism continues. Only now, with way more robots thrown in for good measure!
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