Having access to millions of songs comes at a price — albeit, a pretty small one. Before you figure out how much Spotify Premium is going to cost you, you’ll want to see if you qualify for a discounted — or even free — subscription. How much is Spotify Premium? You can use Spotify for free if you’re fine with the restrictions. With a free account, you can only skip six songs every hour, and you can’t play specific songs on demand. You’ll also have to deal with ads, and you can’t listen offline. It’s limited, but it’s free, and that might be enough to sell you on it. For you big spenders out there, Spotify Premium costs $9.99 a month. That gives you unlimited, ad-free access to the streaming giant’s more than 30 million songs, and the ability to play music offline . If you’re a student, you get an even sweeter price of $4.99 month, and it comes with free Hulu . Just make sure you re-register as a … [Read more...] about How much is Spotify Premium — and how can you get it at a discount or for free?
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AT&T revealed that a security breach perpetrated by employees of one of its vendors has compromised the personal data of customers. The data breach, which lasted for two weeks, exposed customer information such as call records and social security numbers.“We recently determined that employees of one of our service providers violated out strict privacy and security guidelines by accessing your account without authorization between April 9 and 21, 2014, and, while doing so, would have been able to view your social security number and possibly your date of birth… Additionally, while in your account, these individuals would also have been able to view your Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) without proper authorization. CPNI is information related to the telecommunications services you purchase from us,” said AT&T Consumer Center Sales and Services Director Brian Woolverton, in a letter sent to customers.“On behalf of AT&T, please accept my … [Read more...] about AT&T data breach exposed customers’ social security numbers, call logs
Check out our full reviews of the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 phones.BlackBerry 10 and the Z10 and Q10 smartphones have been officially launched, after what seems like months and months of teasing and preparation. You’ve seen the event and are now keen to get your hands on one or other of the new phones, so when will that happen?According to CEO Thorsten Heins, the UK will be the first to have the chance to purchase a BlackBerry Z10, which will go on sale tomorrow – that’s January 31 – on all of the major networks.Canada will be next to get the Z10, as it will be released on February 5, which is the same date China will see the release of the new phone, followed by locations in the United Arab Emirates on February 10. The U.S. has to wait though, and Heins only committed to a March release for the touchscreen Z10. No mention was made of the BlackBerry Q10, sadly.Pricing was also glossed over, as it will vary from country to country and network to … [Read more...] about The new BlackBerry Z10 and Q10: When can you get one?
The idea that you don’t have to worry about viruses or malware if you have a Mac is still surprisingly popular. Many people believe that Macs can’t get viruses, and Apple does little to dispel that notion, but is it really true? Can Macs get viruses?“The answer is definitely, yes,” says Bogdan Botezatu, Bitdefender’s Senior E-Threat Analyst, “There have been incidents, and there will be more.”A few years ago, Flashback malware exploited a security flaw in Java. It managed to infect 600,000 Macs, which was roughly 1 percent of the user base. There is a page about it on Apple’s website. Updated by Jeffrey Van Camp on 5-04-2015: For clarification, we use the words ‘malware’ and ‘virus’ mostly interchangeably in this article because, to most people, these are one and the same. However, technically speaking, malware is the blanket term for all malicious software that could attack or infect a computer. … [Read more...] about Can Macs get viruses and malware? We ask an expert
If you just use your bedside lamp to read before bed, it’s time for an upgrade. These days, lamps do more than just brighten up your room: The Pretty Smart Lamp can help you find your smartphone, and then some.The lamp connects to your smartphone through Bluetooth. As soon as it recognizes the device, they are harmoniously synced. This means that if you ever misplace your phone, you can double-tap Pretty Smart Lamp to set it off and find it. But it does much more than locate cells that have gone missing. The Pretty Smart Lamp has beauty and brains with its Bluetooth capabilities, which allow it to communicate with other smart devices around your home. For example, you can program the lamp to adjust your smart thermostat when its sensors detect a dip in temperature.The Pretty Smart Lamp development team has partnered with Yonomi, a developer that has made an app to link like-devices to each other around the house (Think “Internet of Things”). If you … [Read more...] about This smart lamp finds your phone, glows when you get alerts, and more
It’s 1:42 p.m., I just ate two grilled turkey sandwiches oozing with melted cheese, half a tub of cottage cheese, and I’m ready for a nap. But I’m working instead, and getting a shocking amount done, because I’m on a treadmill desk.Yes, like some sort of worker bee in a dystopian Black Mirror episode, I’m gazing into a screen while my body robotically paces forward on a belt that never gets me anywhere. I’m enslaved by the corporation I work for, technology, and now, by a sadistic device that forces me to exercise while I fulfill my obligations to both masters.Except this is awesome.I know, I know. The image of pacing along as type on a laptop may elicit a raised eyebrow from coworkers (and the blunter “You look like such a dumbass on that thing” — thanks, Ian), but after using a treadmill desk for almost six months, I’m convinced that someday, in the not-too-distant future, you and I will look like dumbasses together.On your … [Read more...] about Can you really walk and work? I tried a treadmill desk for 6 months to find out
Perennial children’s programming favorite Sesame Street is taking to the Internet, with the non-profit Sesame Workshop announcing today that complete episodes of Sesame Street will be available on iTunes for $1.99 each (with 70 percent of the revenue going to Sesame Workshop), and with online video sides YouTube and Hulu also setting up Sesame Street sections featuring clips and segments. iTunes will be the only service carrying complete episodes of the series; the episodes will accompany featured non-episode Sesame Street programming that’s already available on iTunes. YouTube will be setting up a dedicated Sesame Street channel with more than 100 clips from the show, while Hulu will offer more than 100 segments and 30 celebrity appearances on the show. iTunes will carry episodes from the show’s 35th season forward; Sesame Street has been on the air for 39 years. Older episodes of Sesame Street will not be available online, although the first 10 seasons of the … [Read more...] about How Can You Get to Sesame Street? Online.
IFTTT is, it’s an automator service, and the letters stand for “if this, then that:” Basically it’s an application that allows users to declare a statement involving a trigger (this) for a specific channel (social network) – usually a social media action, like being tagged on Facebook – and a corresponding action (that) for the app to accomplish on your behalf should the trigger happen, like send you a text message. An IFTTT statement is also called a recipe, and if you sign up for an account, you can optimize the heck out of your online life.IFTTT recently announced the release of its new iPhone app, which is incredibly good news for those of you in dire need of better social media management – not only will you be able to benefit from the organization provided by your personalized recipes on-the-go, but you will also be able to make new ones that have more to do with your iPhone’s functionality. According to the IFTTT announcement, new … [Read more...] about IFTTT’s iOS app is here: 10 recipes you need to make it look like you get social networking
Even if you always remember to turn your oven off before you leave the house, it may not stay that way. That is, if you own an Aga oven, a smart appliance that can be controlled by a smartphone app. In the latest security vulnerability to be found in the Internet of Things, security researchers at Pen Test Partners discovered that hackers could gain control of your oven, turning it on and off at will.Security expert Ken Munro was considering upgrading his own oven range to a connected version from Aga when he discovered the issue. The ovens, which have been around since 2012, apparently can be remotely accessed, and then turned off and on without their owners’ knowledge. “I wanted to know more about its security before spending extra on this option,” Munro told The Telegraph. “We found that even Agas can be hacked. Seriously.”So what is the issue? Apparently, it all lies in the app. While most connected devices communicate with one another and their … [Read more...] about Own an Aga oven? Hackers can turn it on and off, security experts say
Having your private information leaked is bad enough, but having it put on BitTorrent is really the final insult.Ithappened before with MySpace photos. By most accounts, the private images made available earlier this year via peer-to-peer networks consisted largely of poorly snapped photos of people you didn't know getting drunk at parties you weren't at.Then there was theincident with Harvard, which placed private information, including Social Security numbers (SSNs) from 6,600 of the world's brightest college applicants, in a place vulnerable to hackers. All that info somehow got seeded into BitTorrent too.When pro hackers steal your data, you can usually comfort yourself a little with the notion that your info is in the hands of professionals. Sure, they're professional crooks, but you can at least tell yourself that they probably have millions of peoples' info, it's shared only among customers who are willing to pay, and even though they're targeting your finances, at least it's a … [Read more...] about TECH BLOG Social Security, Social Anxiety