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The ATM Turns 50 Today

The ubiquitous automated teller machine, a device used by travelers in far-off lands to obtain local currency as well as to conduct banking transactions at home, turned 50 on Tuesday.
Sometimes referred to as an ATM, cashpoint, bankomat, or just a cash machine, the first such machine went into service on June 27, 1967 at a Barclays Bank branch in London, beating the competition – a Swedish machine known as a …

EU Roaming Fees: The End is Nigh

Travelers in the EU will soon be able to say “adieu” to roaming fees as the European Union moves towards a single digital market with their elimination.
Beginning June 15, travelers with service from an EU mobile operator will be able to use their mobile devices anywhere in the European Union and pay the same price they would at home, be it for voice or for data.
The European Commission first began …

4 Tips to Protect Your Privacy Online

Recent legislation allowing Internet service providers to sell customer data such as geolocation, browser history, and other personal information means that anyone using the Internet has to take matters into his own hands. It’s especially important for those who travel frequently to feel secure in their browsing habits, which is why we’ve outlined some important measure to ensure security and privacy online.
1.) Browse in private mode
If you simply want to …

As Password Fatigue Sets In, New Guidelines Say It’s Time to Rethink the Old Rules

Passwords. They are just about everywhere today, from your work computer to online banking to online shopping to reading the New York Times. Try to do something online today without a password and see how far you get.
With the uptick in the number of apps, tools, and websites requiring logging in comes a kind of password fatigue. With the Internet came rules and various and complex guidelines for setting up …

Apple CarPlay Gains New Functionality and an Improved Interface with iOS 10.3

The recently released version of iOS, 10.3, included a few updates and tweaks to Apple CarPlay as well. The new features, while minor, greatly improve CarPlay’s usability and functionality and we used a 2017 Ford Superduty F250 Platinum pick-up truck as a test bed.
As regular readers know, we are unabashed fans of CarPlay because of its intelligent design and that it somewhat cuts back on smartphone distractions while driving. One …

Fidget Cube by Ansty Labs – Review

I’m the guy with his knees bouncing under the table and his thumb unendingly pushing in the cap of his ballpoint pen, all while refraining from biting his nails. Fidgeting and nervous ticks abound from dawn to dusk. Which is why, when I spotted a toy called “Fidget Cube” on Kickstarter last summer, I joined hundreds of thousands of other pledges by creating an account and pledging $19 for one …

How to Use Your iPhone as a Magnifier

Today’s iPhone is the Swiss Knife of yesteryear, minus the sharp blade. It has every possible tool in it from a calculator, to a camera, to a Web browser, to a video recorder, to a music player, and much more.
From time to time, having a magnifying lens comes in handy and the kludge has been to use the camera and zoom in. There’s a much easier way since the iPhone …