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Apple support phishing scams are getting really good

first_img Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Best Buy I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Rylo The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See It Chris Monroe/CNET Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See All CNET may get a commission from retail offers. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags Mobile Security TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 Sprint Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See at Turo $6 at Tidal $60 at Best Buy Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Amazon • The Cheapskate $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS $520 at HP Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $999 $59 at eBay Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. 5 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $210 at Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free.center_img What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read the AirPods review 7 Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Comments Apple,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it Read the Rylo camera preview reading • ‘Apple support’ phishing scams are getting really good Turo Angela Lang/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It Boost Mobile Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Share your voice See at Amazon JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Share your voice You know those voice mails you get claiming to be from “Windows support”? It looks like scammers are upping their game with convincing phishing calls claiming to be from Apple, security expert Brian Krebs said in a report Thursday.  The scam starts an automated call showing Apple’s logo, address and legitimate Apple phone number that warns the user to return the call because of a data breach, according to the security website. The message then gives a 1-866 number to call back. That number is “a known phishing source,” the security analyst said. Screenshot of the spoofed Apple support number.  screenshot by CNET “The exploit is unique because it allows callers to masquerade as other callers essentially by polluting search results with junk information that makes one number look like the contact number for a real company,” Krebs wrote on his blog. “The number … to call is a known phishing source. Remember: If anyone calls you claiming that your computer is broken they are most probably lying.”Apple didn’t immediately provide a comment on the report. On its website, the company offers advice on how to deal with different scams, including phone calls. “If you get an unsolicited call from someone claiming to be from Apple, hang up and contact us directly,” the company says.We’ll repeat what we’ve said before. The IRS will never call you for money. Microsoft and Apple customer support won’t call you about a widespread data breach. AT&T and Verizon won’t tell you to re-enter your ID and account info to restart your account. If you aren’t sure, go to the company’s website and call the number listed there — not the one the voice mail told you to call. First published Jan. 4, 3:39 p.m. PT.Update, 4:52 p.m.: Adds info from Apple’s website. Tags Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Apple Comments $299 at Amazon Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read Google Home Hub review $155 at Google Express Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itlast_img read more

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Twitter is down for everyone Outage on mobile apps web brings tweets

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:10Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:09?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Instagrams New Update That Sparked Outrage Was Just A Test Closecenter_img Update:Twitter is back up and running, at least for some users. Twitter’s Jack Dorsey has confirmed that the service is coming back up, but slowly.  Twitter is backTwitter screenshot – @jackOriginal story…Twitter is the place people go to rant about outages on services like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and others. But in an unexpected turn of event, the popular microblogging platform has gone offline. Twitter is down for everyone, both on web and mobile apps, which has brought the relentless flow of tweets to a halt.Downdetector, the website that monitors online outages, has confirmed the Twitter outage. A sudden spike in people reporting Twitter’s downtime surpassed 69,000 and the live outage map shows it appears to be a widespread issue.Twitter is down for users in Japan, the U.S., UK, France, Brazil, India, and other countries, according to Downdetector live outage map for Twitter. IBTimes India can independently confirm that the website, as well as the Twitter apps, have failed to load new tweets, post a tweet and upload media. Twitter is downTwitter StatusWhile trying to send a new tweet, the website returns an “Internal server error” and shows “Uploading media failed! Please try again later” when attempting to upload media. It appears Twitter is aware of the problem and we can expect the services to resume soon.As per the Twitter Status page, Twitter said: “The outage was due to an internal configuration change, which we’re now fixing. Some people may be able to access Twitter again and we’re working to make sure Twitter is available to everyone as quickly as possible.” Twitter is downREUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoThe Twitter outage comes only days after popular social media giant, Facebook, and its other apps, Instagram and WhatsApp, suffered a massive outage globally. The services were resumed after a while, but Twitter was flooded with reactions, some funny, some not so much. It remains to be seen how Twitter users react to this situation. Stay tuned for updates on this story right here.last_img read more

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Infrastructure Repairs After Harvey Expected To Exceed 100 Million In Harris County

first_img Share Photo by Harris County Flood Control DistrictErosion, failed concrete, sinkholes and slope failures are some of the problems that the Harris County Flood Control District notes need to be fixed in the county’s drainage infrastructure because of the damages caused by hurricane Harvey.The Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) expects the total cost of repairs of drainage infrastructure after Hurricane Harvey to exceed $100 million.The HCFCD noted in a news release that it has identified more than 500 repair projects that cover over 150 channel miles across Harris County’s 22 watersheds.Erosion, failed concrete, failed pipes, sinkholes and slope failures are some of the problems that the HCFCD notes need to be repaired.Repairs in Buffalo Bayou’s south slope, near Briar Forest Drive and Gessner Road, and in a section of Brays Bayou near Calhoun Road are two examples of operations that are already underway. Executive Director of HCFCD, Russ Poppe, said that repairing the damage “will require sustained effort over many months.”The projects will be submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal agencies that assist in disaster recovery for reimbursement under the federal Hurricane Harvey disaster declaration.last_img read more