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How to Use Uber’s New PIN Safety Feature

A key safety feature that Uber announced last fall is now available to passengers of the ride-hailing service.
The Uber PIN safety feature matches riders and drivers using four-digit Personal Identification Numbers.  The feature was introduced after a series of incidents that have resulted in public outcry over the potential lack of safety measures that such companies offer.
“To make sure you get in the right car, you’ll now be able to …

CES to Open Its Doors Sunday: Expect Giant TVs, Futuristic Sex Toys, and Gadgets of all Shapes and Sizes

The Consumer Electronics Show, which prefers to be known as the CES, will open its doors Sunday, unleashing an avalanche of giant TVs, robots, sex toys from the future, and all kinds of gadgets, many with Alexa built in.
What the CES is not is a platform for some of the world’s largest tech companies including Apple, Amazon, and Google, to launch new products as they tend to prefer their own …

‘Password’ and ‘123456’ Once Again Top Annual Most Popular Password List (So Please Change Yours)

Choosing a new password is as easy as “123456,” at least for some, or perhaps as easy as “passw0rd” for others.
Password management company SplashData released its annual list of commonly used passwords and the company’s findings reveal that computer users not only continue to ignore exhortations from security experts but also ignore the significant publicity that the annual list generates.
The two top passwords on the list are the same as …

5 Tips to Combat Text Neck and iPhone Elbow

As I write this, I feel a dull pain in my neck, even though I am perfectly positioned in my ergonomic desk chair with my MacBook Pro on the desk at the recommended height.  It isn’t the chair, nor is it the Mac. Rather, it’s stemming from the time I spend hunched over my phone, looking at news, social media, and just keeping tabs on the world.
While FBT Editorial Director …

How to Phone For Help Across the Globe

Few travelers know what to do and whom to call in an emergency when traveling, whether that emergency is an accident, a fire, a heart attack, or something else of similar nature or magnitude.
Emergency telephone numbers are typically three-digit numbers that can be easily memorized. The problem is that there is no universal standard for them and they typically vary from country to country, although the European Union has standardized …

Apple to iPhone 5 Users: Update Your Device Now or Else!

Apple is telling owners of older iPhones including the iPhone 5 that they must upgrade their devices’ operating systems before midnight GMT on November 3 (8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT on November 2) or encounter issues with any app that relies on the correct date and time including e-mail, web browsing, iCloud synchronization, and the App Store.
The issue is not related to the end of Daylight Saving Time, which takes …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Prius Limited

It’s been several years since we looked at the standard Toyota Prius in depth.  In the interim, we reviewed the smaller Prius c, which was completely redone in 2018. The ‘c’ based not on other Prii but on the much smaller Yaris so any similarities beyond the name are without merit but it was clearly time to return to the standard Prius offering for a new look.
Since its launch in …