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Apple says it actually loses money every year on its repair programs

%name Apple says it actually loses money every year on its repair programs by Authcom, Nova Scotia\s Internet and Computing Solutions Provider in Kentville, Annapolis Valley

Even though Apple’s share of the smartphone market isn’t anywhere close to a level that would warrant calling the company a monopoly power, lawmakers have recently become taken with the idea of investigating large tech companies for alleged antitrust behavior. In turn, Congress a few months back sent a letter to Apple seeking answers to a wide range of questions pertaining to how Apple conducts is business.

As you might expect, some of the questions sent to Apple demonstrate a clear lack of understanding of Apple’s business and the tech space in general. Citing just one example, Apple was asked how it selects which apps “are required to share their revenue with Apple.” You would think, with the App Store now more than 10 years old, that lawmakers charged with looking into Apple’s business practices would know that developers are the ones who decide whether or not to charge for a particular app.

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Apple says it actually loses money every year on its repair programs originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 20 Nov 2019 at 18:04:50 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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More evidence that the Galaxy S11 display will be the first of its kind for Samsung

%name More evidence that the Galaxy S11 display will be the first of its kind for Samsung by Authcom, Nova Scotia\s Internet and Computing Solutions Provider in Kentville, Annapolis Valley

We already noted earlier this month that, come next year, the Galaxy S11 is expected to deliver a fantastic display experience that’s not only better than that of its predecessor, but also unlike anything ever seen up to this point on a Samsung phone. And now, thanks to a new tip from prolific leaker Ice Universe, it’s starting to look even more certain that Samsung will favor a high refresh rate screen of 120Hz for phones in the Galaxy S11 lineup.

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More evidence that the Galaxy S11 display will be the first of its kind for Samsung originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 20 Nov 2019 at 17:33:17 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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OK seriously, how smart is this $10 LED flashlight that’s always fully charged when you need it?

%name OK seriously, how smart is this $10 LED flashlight that’s always fully charged when you need it? by Authcom, Nova Scotia\s Internet and Computing Solutions Provider in Kentville, Annapolis Valley

Honestly, I feel like such a fool for not realizing that the ENERGIZER Compact Rechargeable Emergency LED Flashlight was a thing that exists. If you already knew about it, then you obviously already have one and you may carry on. After all, who on Earth would find this awesome invention and then not get one!? What’s so great about this model, you ask? It has a built-in retractable plug so you can plug it directly into a power outlet and leave it there so it’s fully charged whenever you need it. Genius! You need it, and it’s on sale right now for less than $10 so you’re crazy if you pass it up.

Energizer Compact Rechargeable Emergency LED Flashlight, Plug-in Power Outage Light, Portable R…: $9.79

Here’s more from Amazon’s product page:

  • ALWAYS PREPARED: stay prepared with this rechargeable handheld compact flashlight. It plugs safely into the wall outlet, and will automatically turn on when you experience a power outage/blackout, so you won’t be left in the dark!
  • LED POWER FAILURE LIGHT: automatically turns on when plugged in when the power goes out. Perfect for hurricane supplies and hurricane kits, survival kits, AND emergency light. Stay safe with an Energizer emergency light in each room.
  • RECHARGEABLE & RELIABLE: built-in battery recharges overnight when plugged into a wall outlet, delivering a runtime of up to 3. 5 hours. You can unplug from the wall and use as a regular handheld flashlight for portable light in emergencies!
  • CONVENIENT DESIGN: retractable plug/prongs system transforms the wall unit into a handheld emergency flashlight. It is compact and light for easy portability to carry around the house.
  • SUPERIOR LED TECHNOLOGY: 4x brighter than standard LED technology with a beam distance up to 30 meters, perfect for navigating dark rooms during a power outage, blackout, hurricane, emergency, etc.
  • A MUST-HAVE TOOL: a necessity item & emergency light for blackouts, storms, natural disasters and tripped breakers; be prepared at all times. Don’t be caught in the dark – let this plug-in flashlight give you peace of mind and safety!

Energizer Compact Rechargeable Emergency LED Flashlight, Plug-in Power Outage Light, Portable R…: $9.79

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OK seriously, how smart is this $10 LED flashlight that’s always fully charged when you need it? originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 20 Nov 2019 at 17:05:26 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Kraft Heinz recalls cottage cheese because it might have plastic and metal in it

%name Kraft Heinz recalls cottage cheese because it might have plastic and metal in it by Authcom, Nova Scotia\s Internet and Computing Solutions Provider in Kentville, Annapolis Valley

Cottage cheese isn’t for everyone. Cottage cheese that has plastic and metal in it isn’t for anyone. Kraft Heinz just issued a recall of some of its Breakstone’s brand cottage cheese because it may be contaminated with foreign material. More specifically, the company fears that the product contains bits of plastic and/or metal.

According to the company’s official recall bulletin, they first realized something was amiss when a customer alerted them to pieces of red plastic in cottage cheese they purchased. Five additional complaints from other customers who found metal or plastic in the product left the company with no choice but to issue a recall.

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Kraft Heinz recalls cottage cheese because it might have plastic and metal in it originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 20 Nov 2019 at 16:42:48 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Fix the most annoying thing about Apple’s AirPods for $10

%name Fix the most annoying thing about Apple’s AirPods for $10 by Authcom, Nova Scotia\s Internet and Computing Solutions Provider in Kentville, Annapolis Valley

If you have AirPods, you probably love how smart and convenient they are. If you’re behind totally honest though, there’s probably one aspect of Apple’s design that you’re not too happy about. Because the AirPods have smooth plastic tips, they never say secure in your ears like earbuds with silicone tips. Want to fix that without buying new headphones or dealing with bulky covers that don’t fit in the charging case? Check out the DamonLight Anti-Slip Soft Silicone AirPods Covers on Amazon, which fit all AirPods models other than the new AirPods Pro and only cost $9.99 for two pairs!

DamonLight {Fit in The case} AirPods Covers Compatible with AirPods 2&1 or Earpods Anti-Slip Si…: $9.99

Here are the bullet points from the product page:

  • {Fit in the Case}The case can still charge with the these wraps, don’t have to take it off again and again. Find the video tutorial at https://youtu.be/1-AVurJWLcQ
  • ANTI SLIP&SECURE FIT: Help AirPods stay stable and snugly in your ear when you run to catch a train or doing sports.
  • A COMFORTABLE LISTENING: Ultra thin material ensuring a long-lasting comfort to your ears and a better grip for secure fit.
  • SOUND QUALITY ENHANCEMENT: Passive noise reduction design on the Earbud Tips, improves the bass, a lot, for your Apple AirPods and EarPods.
  • The cover can used in both Airpods 2 and AirPods 1, but when it comes to AirPods wireless charing case, you need to apply pressure to close the case. If you mind, please find our cover specially for wireless charging case which asin is B07TXT7MWG.

DamonLight {Fit in The case} AirPods Covers Compatible with AirPods 2&1 or Earpods Anti-Slip Si…: $9.99

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Fix the most annoying thing about Apple’s AirPods for $10 originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 20 Nov 2019 at 16:19:22 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How hackers hijacked Android phone cameras without anyone knowing

%name How hackers hijacked Android phone cameras without anyone knowing by Authcom, Nova Scotia\s Internet and Computing Solutions Provider in Kentville, Annapolis Valley

The camera experience is one of the most important features on phones these days, and all smartphone vendors out there are in a race that has no end in sight to deliver the best mobile camera in the world. Google and Samsung are two of the leading contenders in this contest, but it turns out that Pixel and Galaxy phones suffered from a severe security issue that could have allowed hackers to access all photos and videos on a device without the user’s knowledge. Moreover, hackers could activate the camera in real-time to extract information such as the user’s location, or record voice calls. The security was a lot broader than Google and Samsung phone, Google explained. And while Google Camera patches were issued to mitigate the problem, it’s unclear whether the vulnerabilities discovered can be used to target other Android devices.

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How hackers hijacked Android phone cameras without anyone knowing originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 20 Nov 2019 at 15:56:53 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Save $130 on the massive 142-inch home theater projector screen of your dreams

%name Save $130 on the massive 142 inch home theater projector screen of your dreams by Authcom, Nova Scotia\s Internet and Computing Solutions Provider in Kentville, Annapolis Valley

We heard from a little birdie that some of the most popular home theater projectors out there right now are going to get deep discounts next week for Black Friday. Needless to say, if you’re planning to get one you’re going to need a nice big projector screen to go along with it. As it turns out, one of the best-selling models out there already got its deep Black Friday 2019 discount: the $340 Elite Screens 142-inch 16:9 Pull-Down Projector Screen, which has more than 1,400 5-star ratings on Amazon — is on sale right now on Amazon for an all-time low of $209.99! You’ll definitely want to hurry up and grab it soon though, because this size is almost sold out. There are a bunch of other sizes on sale though, so be sure to click through them and check out the prices.

Elite Screens Manual Series, 142-INCH 16:9, Pull Down Manual Projector Screen with AUTO LOCK, M…: $209.99

Here’s what you’ll need to know from the product page:

  • 142-inch Diagonal, 16:9 Aspect Ratio. View Size: 69.6″ H x 123.8″ W. Overall Size: 80.7″ H x 131.7″ W x 2.7″ D. Black Case.
  • Screen Material: MaxWhite, 1.1 Gain. Multi-layer weave, 180 degree wide viewing angle, fully black backed front projection screen with textured surface. 4K Ultra HD and Active 3D Projection Ready. GreenGuard and GreenGuard GOLD Certified | UL 2818. Mildew resistant, and easy to clean with soap and water.
  • Auto-Locking mechanism provides a wide range of height settings, and screen lanyard allows for easy operation.
  • Includes wood screws and drywall anchors for wall or ceiling installation. Optional 6″ and 12″ L brackets available.
  • 2-Year / 3-Year ENR-G, Manufactures Warranty by Elite Screens’ an ISO9001 manufacturer since 2004 and Lifetime Tech Support by Email, Web Chat or Toll Free Phone Call by Elite’s Professional Service Team.

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Save $130 on the massive 142-inch home theater projector screen of your dreams originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 20 Nov 2019 at 15:33:18 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Huawei Mate 30 Pro finally arrives in Europe with a big asterisk – no Google services

%name Huawei Mate 30 Pro finally arrives in Europe with a big asterisk – no Google services by Authcom, Nova Scotia\s Internet and Computing Solutions Provider in Kentville, Annapolis Valley

Six months after the US banned companies here (like Google) from doing business with China-based telecommunications giant Huawei, the two countries are still no closer to burying the hatchet and remain stuck at an impasse. Not only that, but Huawei deputy chairman Ken Hu said during the Fortune Global Forum in Paris this week that he thinks the conflict is going to outlast President Trump’s time in office. “It won’t finish with this administration,” is how he put it.

In response, Huawei has been sourcing more of its own components in-house and ramping up its business with European suppliers, to compensate for the ban closing off access to other sources. Speaking of Europe, Huawei’s new Mate 30 flagship is also finally headed to Europe next month — though the availability there comes with a couple of major asterisks.

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Huawei Mate 30 Pro finally arrives in Europe with a big asterisk – no Google services originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 20 Nov 2019 at 15:10:33 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The best deal in streaming gets you 4 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for $0.99

%name The best deal in streaming gets you 4 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for $0.99 by Authcom, Nova Scotia\s Internet and Computing Solutions Provider in Kentville, Annapolis Valley

Listen… every popular music streaming service out there is basically the same. You picked one at some point and now you’ve been using it for a while, so you feel some sort of allegiance to it. You’ve also managed to convince yourself that it’s better than all the other rival streaming services out there. Well, we’ve got some news for you: it’s not. They all offer access to millions of songs, they all have apps that work on every major platform, and they’re all priced about the same. Don’t believe me? Well, now it’s time for you to find out. Amazon is running a crazy Black Friday sale on Amazon Music Unlimited, giving new subscribers a chance to get 4 months of Amazon Music Unlimited service for just $0.99. That’s right… 4 months of unlimited streaming music for under a dollar!

Amazon Music Unlimited: 4 months for $0.99: $0.99

Here are the terms and conditions from Amazon:

This offer expires at January 06, 2020. This offer applies only to the Amazon Music Unlimited Individual Monthly Plan and is available only to Amazon customers who are new subscribers to Amazon Music Unlimited. After the promotional trial, your subscription will automatically continue at the monthly price of $9.99 ($7.99 for Prime members) until you cancel. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Digital content and services may only be available to customers located in the U.S. and are subject to the terms and conditions of Amazon Digital Services LLC. Offer limited to one per customer and account. Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time. Offer is non-transferable and may not be resold. If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid.

Amazon Music Unlimited: 4 months for $0.99: $0.99

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The best deal in streaming gets you 4 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for $0.99 originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 20 Nov 2019 at 14:47:56 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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NASA’s hunt for alien life gets big boost with Europa finding

%name NASA’s hunt for alien life gets big boost with Europa finding by Authcom, Nova Scotia\s Internet and Computing Solutions Provider in Kentville, Annapolis Valley

Of all the things that could make or break the potential for a world to support life, liquid water is one of the biggest. If a planet is devoid of water, or if that water is entirely locked away as ice, odds that life has taken root there drop dramatically. Earth has plenty of water, but we’re learning more and more that other locations in our solar system also hold liquid water, and sometimes in vast amounts.

Jupiter’s moon Europa has offered tantalizing hints at its life-support potential for decades. Scientists have long known that the moon is covered in thick ice, but evidence that liquid water still flows deep inside has remained sparse. Now, a research team using satellite imagery of Europa has confirmed the presence of water vapor around the frosty world.

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NASA’s hunt for alien life gets big boost with Europa finding originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 20 Nov 2019 at 14:24:02 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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