Warning: Amazon Now Shipping in Clear Packaging Just in Time for Gift Giving Season and What to Do About It
With absolutely no warning to customers, and just in time for gift-giving season, Amazon has given a massive gift to porch pirates: shipping items in see-through packaging. Of course, even if your neighborhood isn’t plagued by porch pirates, this still presents another problem: people for whom you are purchasing gifts, or to whom you are sending gifts directly from Amazon, can see exactly what you are giving them. Here are two ways, neither of them without their downsides, to make sure that your gift recipients won’t know what’s inside, and that those porch pirates (i.e. people who steal deliveries that have been delivered outside such as on to the porch) won’t be further enticed.
Can’t find your rewards points from your Amazon Visa or other Amazon rewards card or program? Not showing up at checkout? In fact, not only have they vanished, but even the place where it tells you while you are checking out how many points you have is completely gone? Try this.
Facebook parent company Meta has responded to a coordinated series of lawsuits (list of states and the complaint below) which include one filed in Federal court on behalf of 33 states and state Attorneys General, and 9 other related suits each filed in individual states in state court.
Looking to change the images in the block of photos on your Facebook profile sidebar, and getting frustrated trying to figure out how to do it? One of the first things people notice when they visit your Facebook page is the photo block, yet it seems as if Facebook just picks whatever images it wants to display there, without giving you any control over it; and it seems like it because it’s true! But you can change them, and we’re going to tell you how!
With very little fanfare, and even less regard for its customers, Amazon has taken away yet another free perk of being an Amazon Prime customer, and is now charging $1.99 to use the Amazon Key In-Garage delivery service. This makes the 4th thing just this year which Amazon has removed, or up-charged; in addition to now newly charging for the Amazon Key service, Amazon took away Amazon Smile, changed the free delivery threshold for Amazon Fresh from $35 to $150, and announced that Amazon Prime video customers would have to pay an extra $3 per month if they didn’t want ads inserted into their previously free-with-Prime videos.
Amazon’s announcement that they are going to start charging Prime customers an additional $3 per month to keep ads out of movies and TV shows has sparked outrage. Of course while most would argue that this move is unfair and takes advantage of loyal subscribers, some Amazon apologists believe it is a justifiable decision for a company that claims to constantly strive to provide the best user experience. (What do you think?)
Have you heard about Clearview AI, the “we can identify anyone who has a picture on the Internet” outfit? Privacy has emerged as a key concern in the era of technology’s ubiquity in our daily lives. Holding a controversial position in this ongoing debate is Clearview AI, a company specializing in facial recognition technology. Pledged to revolutionize law enforcement and security, Clearview AI has sparked apprehension over issues surrounding privacy and the invasive nature of surveillance.
Using an iPhone with a Windows computer can be frustrating, but Intel has now released a new software tool that can make using these together a little more bearable. The new app, named Intel Unison, allows you to transfer photos and files, send messages, sync notifications on your PC, and make a call or view contacts with your PC. This app is currently only available on Windows 11, and despite Intel’s claims that this only works on Intel Evo platform devices, it does work on most Windows 11 machines.
Who laughs last undoubtedly laughs longest. If Fortnite tricked you or your little one into making unauthorized in-game purchases and consequently locked your account for disputing the same, it’s payback time. Ironically, Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, lost in a legal Battle Royale after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) compelled the game maker into a $520 million settlement in refunds and penalties. Over 37 million Fortnite players are eligible for a slice of the $245 million refund money.
Ever found yourself in the awkward situation of desperately trying to get those cute cat pictures from one iPhone to another, but iCloud or a computer isn’t an option? Or maybe you’re old school and don’t want to hook your phone up to your computer or the cloud. Yep, been there, done that! But worry not friends, AirDrop is here to save the day. And it’s a total game-changer!
Worried that your partner is cheating on you? Now you can hire a loyalty tester who will put them to the loyalty test by coming on to them online. Maybe you’re here because you heard about the Loyalty Test service on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Or maybe you’re here through a search for “is my partner cheating on me online?” However you arrived here, you’re probably here now because you’re curious about loyalty testing services that put your partner to the loyalty test by having a loyalty tester slide into their online private messages, whether on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or wherever they are online.
Do you wonder how Facebook’s ‘Take a Break’ from a friend feature works? If you Take a Break from a Facebook friend are they blocked? (No) If you invoke Take a Break on a friend, can they still see your profile? (Yes) Are you tired of seeing updates from certain friends on Facebook? (It happens.) Do you need a break from someone’s constant negative posts? (Who doesn’t?) Will they know that you took a break? (No, not if you don’t tell them.) Here’s everything you need to know about Facebook’s Take a Break feature, including how to do it, and as importantly, how to undo it.
In an alarming move, video conferencing giant Zoom recently updated its Terms of Service (ToS), raising serious concerns about user privacy and data exploitation. The new ToS allows Zoom to collect and use your Zoom audio, video, and chat data to train its artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms. This update has raised eyebrows and sparked a debate regarding the true intentions of the company and the extent to which user privacy is being compromised and user data is being exploited.
Have you ever started watching a television series on Amazon Prime Video, and then wanted to backtrack and start it again, but Amazon keeps taking you to the last episode that you watched, or some episode in the middle, instead of Season 1, Episode 1, because you’ve already watched further into the series? Or maybe you want to re-watch a movie on Amazon Prime, and you have to either rewind it or figure out the ‘start over’ option? Here’s how to delete and reset your Amazon Prime Video watch history.
If you use certain Google publishing products you probably saw the new warning that soon you must use a Google-certified consent management platform (CMP). (But if you’re looking for a list of Google-certified consent management platforms, good luck.) The warning reads “Later this year, Google will require all publishers serving ads to EEA and UK users to use a Google-certified Consent Management Platform (CMP). You can use any Google-certified CMP for this purpose, including Google’s own consent management solution. If you are interested in using Google’s consent management solution, start by setting up your GDPR message.”