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This month:

  • Sounds from the ISS

  • POP-ID, the new way to pay

  • Windows 95 Throwback Party

  • New Fitbit Sense

  • What is AI?
  • What Are Cryptocurrencies?
  • Coronavirus unemployment help

  • Sony noise-canceling headphone

  • Verizon updates 5G plans

  • 5G global momentum amid COVID

  • iPhone keyboard tips & tricks

  • 11 hidden iOS 13 feature

  • Speed up your internet for free

  • 7 signs of keylogger infection

  • Windows 10 - 4 steps to update

  • Apps that help you focus

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Sounds from the International Space Station

As seen on SOUNDCLOUD

For your ambient music playlist: Here’s the background noise of the International Space Station. If you’ve ever wondered what being in space sounds like, this is for you. 

POP-ID, the new way to pay

PopID, a majority-owned subsidiary of Cali Group, aims to be the universal gateway for verifying an individual’s identity based on the face for applications such as loyalty, payment, and entry.

Register for PopID one time to unlock the power of your face for payments, entry, ordering & more!

No physical cards, key fobs, cash or phones. Continue here.

What is AI?

The Human's Handbook to Computers that Think

This guide digs into the key concepts, players, and data surrounding a specific emerging technology: Artificial Intelligence. Continue here.

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For a Throwback

August 24 was the 25th anniversary of the release of the Windows 95 operating system. You’ve probably seen a video of the launch party. If you haven’t, it’s a must-watch

New Fitbit Sense

Fitbit unveiled the Sense smartwatch, which has an electrocardiogram app (pending FDA approval) and stress detection features.

The $329 Sense costs $70 less than the Apple Watch Series 5. Continue here.

What Are Cryptocurrencies?

Let the IMF (try to) teach you

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Coronavirus unemployment: Who is covered, how to apply and how much it pays

With no end in sight to the COVID-19 crisis, here's everything you need to know about the current state of unemployment benefits.

The human toll of the coronavirus epidemic has been immense: more than 5.6 million infected and 175,000 fatalities in the US alone. But the financial impact has been even more vast, affecting businesses -- and their employees -- of every size and across most industries. The government has launched a number of initiatives to help, including a stimulus payment and the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides forgivable loans to small businesses as an incentive to keep employees on the payroll. Continue here.

Sony WH-1000XM4 review: A nearly flawless noise-canceling headphone

The much-anticipated new version of Sony's top noise-canceling headphone has finally arrived, and it makes small improvements to an already top-notch product.

When Sony's WH-1000XM3 headphones arrived in 2018, they were the first noise-canceling headphones that really gave Bose's QuietComfort models a run for their money. Now, Sony's successor model has arrived. Continue here.

Verizon updates 5G plans, throws in Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu for free

But it's only eligible for its top two plans. Previously, Verizon offered Disney Plus as a one-year trial. Customers on its lower tier plans now get a six-month trial instead.

Verizon is changing up some of its offers, expanding its partnership with Disney and providing some details on who will be able to use its forthcoming nationwide 5G network. Continue here.

Not even the coronavirus can derail 5G's global momentum

The pandemic has caused hiccups in some regions, but the super-fast wireless tech keeps rolling out.

This was supposed to be the year 5G went mainstream. Huge swaths of the world would be blanketed with coverage. Every major handset maker -- including Apple -- would offer a wide variety of 5G phones. After years of hype and last year's early deployments, consumers would finally start to enjoy the benefits of the super-fast wireless technology in a real way. 

Then the novel coronavirus struck. Continue here.

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iPhone keyboard tips and tricks

For many of us, typing on an iPhone keyboard is a challenge, and over the years it has inspired a trove of inspirational sayings that warn about or apologize for typos derived from its tiny keyboard and small screen. Continue here.

11 hidden iOS 13 features you need to know about

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The newly introduced version of Apple’s mobile operating system — iOS 14 — is only months away, but there’s still an abundance of features that you may not be familiar with on the current version. Digital Trends has taken an in-depth look at iOS 13 from multiple angles, including security and privacy issues like location services, 3D and haptic touch, and live radio. We’ve also dug out 11 hidden features that will improve your productivity and iPhone lifestyle. Continue here.

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Speed up your internet for free

Some of the most frequent questions we get are about computer speed and internet speed. Seems lots of folks don’t care much for waiting and waiting – and waiting some more – for the video to load, the movie to download or the upload to send. We don’t blame them. Even now, sometimes the internet can seem horribly slow. But before you commit to paying your internet provider for a faster connection, let’s see if we can help you speed up the connection you have right now. Continue here.

7 clear-cut signs your phone or computer is infected with a virus or keylogger

The smartest hackers aren’t the ones who hack the most systems — they’re the ones who never get caught. If they’re clever and stealthy enough, a hacker can leave your system filled to the brim with malware or weird ads, confuse your friends and relatives with shady emails, and even drain your bank account dry. The worst part? It’s usually our poor cybersecurity practices that make hacks easier to pull off. And with the rising number of data breaches occurring each year, all signs point to even more attacks. Continue here.

Windows 10: 4 steps to update your PC the right way

Updates are great — in theory. You get a popup from Microsoft saying there’s an update that will make your computer safer and faster than it’s ever been. Then you hit “update” and your computer is wrought with newfound problems.

That’s what happened when the Windows 10 update first dropped in May 2020. Bugs and compatibility issues make it harder for people to use their PCs. Continue here.

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The 10 Best Apps to Help You Focus and Block Distractions

The internet is one massive distraction. One minute I'm aggressively knocking out my to-do list, and the next I'm sucked into a "Which Harry Potter character are you?" quiz (Ron). Notifications from Facebook, Slack, and Skype, not to mention alerts on my phone, pull my attention away from what I should be doing. When I need to block these distractions and focus, however, I can turn to some apps for help. Continue here.

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