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How to Open an Installer Package on Mac That Apple Can’t Check for Malware

If you’re a Mac user, you’ve likely encountered a situation where you’ve downloaded an installer package (*.pkg file) only to be met with a message saying, “can’t be opened because Apple cannot check it for malware.” It’s a common hiccup in the Mac experience, especially when you’re dealing with software from smaller developers or less mainstream sources. But don’t worry, there’s a simple way around this that doesn’t involve any tech wizardry.

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Decoding the Icons: Your iPad as a Second Screen with Sidecar

Hey there, tech adventurers! Have you ever hooked up your iPad as a second screen using Sidecar and found yourself staring at those tiny icons on the side, wondering what on earth they mean? Well, you’re not alone. Let’s embark on a little exploration to decode these mysterious symbols, shall we? Oh, and don’t worry, there’s also a video guide if you’re more of a visual learner!

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GPT Gmail 2024 Hack Attack: Google’s Surprising Solution? The Classic ‘Off and On’ Method

In what seems like a page taken straight out of the popular sitcom “The IT Crowd,” Google’s latest advice to Gmail users facing a new kind of hack attack in 2024 harks back to the show’s iconic troubleshooting line: “Have you tried turning it off and on again?” This seemingly simple tactic is Google’s response to a recent wave of attacks targeting Google accounts, which are resistant to password changes.

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Google’s $5 Billion Privacy Settlement

In yet another chapter of the ongoing saga of tech giants and their questionable privacy practices, Google finds itself settling a $5 billion privacy lawsuit. This lawsuit revolves around Google’s alleged tracking of users in Chrome (and other browser’s) “incognito” mode, a practice that we’re sure is continuing unabated.

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Navigating the Rough Waters of AI and Copyright: The New York Times vs. OpenAI and Microsoft

Just today, I stumbled upon a piece of news that’s as intriguing as it is complex. Picture this: The New York Times, a giant in the world of news, is taking on two tech behemoths, OpenAI and Microsoft. Why, you ask? Well, it’s all about copyright infringement, and the plot is thicker than a bowl of oatmeal.

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Beware the Latest Call Scam: The National Tax Relief Program Hoax

Just the other day, I received a voicemail that raised my suspicions immediately. It claimed to be from the “National Tax Relief Program,” offering to help clear back taxes. Intrigued and a bit wary, I decided to dig deeper into this, and what I found was a classic scam playing out. Here’s a rundown of the call and why you should be on high alert if you receive a similar one.

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Amazon’s Latest Prime Video Move: A Step Too Far?

I recently received an email from Amazon that really got my gears grinding. It was about a big change to Prime Video, and trust me, it’s not the kind of news you’d welcome with open arms. From January 29, 2024, Prime Video is going to have ads. Yes, you read that right – ads in a service we’re already paying for. And here’s the kicker: if you want to keep your viewing experience ad-free, you’ll have to shell out an additional $2.99 every month.

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Reminder: Amazon Prime Cost has Gone Up to $139 per Year

Here’s a reminder, just in time for the holidays: If your Amazon Prime membership anniversary (i.e. the date on which your membership renews) falls between January and April, be prepared for that $20 jump in your membership fee at the beginning of next year (2024). In May of this year (2023) the cost for an annual Amazon Prime membership jumped from $119 to $139.

How to Give a $5 Tip to Your Amazon Delivery Driver on Amazon's Dime
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How to Give a $5 Tip to Your Amazon Delivery Driver on Amazon’s Dime

Yes, it’s true! Right now you can tip your Amazon delivery driver $5 for free, with Amazon covering the cost of the tip. And you can do it right from the Amazon website, with your browser – or you can do it through your Amazon Echo with Alexa. Here’s how to tip your Amazon delivery driver while taking $5.00 out of Jeff Bezos’ pocket.

Warning: Amazon Now Shipping in Clear Packaging Just in Time for Gift Giving Season
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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.

Did Your Rewards Points on Amazon Disappear? Try This
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Did Your Reward Points on Amazon Disappear? Try This

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 Meta Responds to Lawsuit Filed by 33 State Attorneys General Plus 9 More
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Facebook Meta Responds to Lawsuit Filed by 33 State Attorneys General Plus 9 More

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.

How to Change the Images in the Photo Block on Your Facebook Page
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How to Change the Images in the Photo Block on Your Facebook Page Sidebar

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!

Amazon Nickel and Dimes Customers Yet Again: Amazon Key No Longer Free
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Amazon Nickel and Dimes Customers Yet Again: Amazon Key No Longer Free

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 to charge Prime customers $3 per month to keep ads out of movies and tv shows
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Amazon Will Start Charging Prime Customers $3 per Month to Keep Ads Out of Movies and TV Shows

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?)