Everything Coming to HBO and HBO Max in July

July 2, 2020 4 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Now that HBO Max has arrived, WarnerMedia is moving to merge and rebrand its three HBO streaming products in a bid to get everyone to subscribe to its new platform. (Which shouldn’t be too hard because all HBO GO and HBO Now users get access to it for no extra charge.) Read on for what’s coming to HBO Max in July. If you haven’t yet made the switch, we note below which movies and TV shows will be available on (the non-Max) HBO. July 1 Absolute Power The Adventures of Pinocchio The Amazing Panda Adventure American Graffiti (HBO) American History X Angels in the Outfield Angus August Rush The Bachelor Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero Batman and Harley Quinn Batman vs. Two-Face The Batman vs. Dracula Batman: Assault on Arkham Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Batman: Under the Red Hood Batman: […]

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How to Use Instagram: 24 Tips for Beginners

June 10, 2020 13 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Are you snap happy? Then you probably have Instagram on your phone. The photo-sharing app has 1 billion monthly users; 500 million use it daily. There have been many (Snapchat-influenced) upgrades to the platform since it was sold to Facebook; so many that Instagram’s co-founders resigned without warning. Kevin Systrom often stressed that what he loved most about his creation was its simplicity. Now Instagram is anything but simple, but these tips can help. And be sure to follow PCMag. Get some face time without FaceTime If you want to video chat with someone who slides into your DMs but don’t want to exchange phone numbers, chat right in Instagram. When you’re in a DM, tap the video camera icon to start a call. If you’re in a group chat, the video call can include everyone. To select who can […]

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How to Use WhatsApp

We’re not at a loss for ways to chat with friends and family on our phones. But one of the most popular messaging apps in the world is WhatsApp. If you have yet to try it out, here’s how to get started. Free Book Preview No BS Guide to Direct Response Social Media Marketing The ultimate guide to – producing measurable, monetizable results with social media marketing. May 27, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag With so many messaging options to sort through, you may wonder what’s up with WhatsApp. Do you really need to add to the many (too many) ways people can reach you? And who’s even using it? While WhatsApp isn’t found on most phones in the United States, it’s the world’s most used messaging app with 2 billion monthly users. People rely on WhatsApp for free texting, voice and video calls, and voice messaging […]

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VPNs Are a Valuable Tool in COVID-19 Times

Whether for working remotely or circumventing censors, VPN usage has seen tremendous growth these past two weeks. March 25, 2020 1 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag VPNs are a major piece of internet infrastructure holding together the work-from-home workforce right now and providing a way for people to get vital news in countries with censorship. VPNs encrypt web traffic, keeping data safe and protecting privacy. You may have a corporate VPN that you connect to for work, or you can elect to use one for yourself. Related: 4 Ways to Boost Your Immune System During the Coronavirus Outbreak During the last two weeks of the COVID-19 crisis, VPN usage in the United States has gone up 124 percent. In that same period in Italy, it has gone up 160 percent, according to Atlas VPN.  In these countries where social distancing is a necessity, VPNs provide a way to make online behavior […]

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Everything Coming to Netflix in March

The Circle comes around to Brazil and there’s finally a series about Madam C.J. Walker, the first black, female self-made millionaire in the US. February 28, 2020 4 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Are you ready for spring? Or are you still reluctant to brave the unpredictable outdoor temperatures? If you’re planning on spending some time at home then Netflix has a Brazilian version of the super addictive The Circle (it’s set in the same apartment building as the American one), where people also spend all of their time indoors. If travel and trying new foods is something you’d rather see, then follow David Chang’s adventurous life at home and abroad on the second season of Ugly Delicious.  Netflix has plenty of other new shows and movies streaming in March. Check out our top picks and the full list below. Spenser Confidential (March 6) Mark Wahlberg is not stretching himself as an actor by playing […]

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How Companies Use Tech to Track Workers

Measuring employee performance with surveillance isn’t new, but emerging technologies are helping companies monitor workers in arguably invasive ways. Are you being watched? February 24, 2020 15+ min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag For the seven years he’d been a professional trucker, 25-year-old Trevor had let his own common sense drive his actions. But one night last November, he was answering instead to a government-mandated device his employer had installed in his truck—and it nearly ended him. Trevor, who asked us to use only his first name, was traveling through a small town and keeping to the posted speed limit. As he hit a curve, he knew he should have slowed down sooner, but the electronic logging device (ELD) installed in his truck was ticking away. If he lost time, he’d have to find a truckstop and sleep there instead of at home.  Within seconds, he was […]

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Are You Addicted to Your Phone?

Over 30 percent of people spend more time with their phones than they do with their significant others. Here’s how we use that time. February 20, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag It’s very likely that you’re reading this story on the thing you spend the most time with: your phone. A survey from Reviews.org found that over 75 percent of people consider themselves addicted to their phones. While there’s a lot to say for phones—they keep us connected to our loved ones, tell us when to carry an umbrella, and provide endless entertainment—we say almost too much to them. By picking them up all day long (over 65 percent of survey respondents said they check their phones 160 times a day), we’re giving them more attention than we give nearly anything else. Even while we’re sleeping, they’re right next to us, at least nearly 66 percent of us. […]

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The Most Popular Dating App Emoji Is Not What You’d Think

A wink is still a wink, whether it’s on Bumble, Hinge, Match, OkCupid, Plenty of Fish, or Tinder. But some emoji are total dating facepalms. February 13, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Finding the right words when dating is hard. Finding them when you’re trying to impress on a dating app is harder. So emoji end up doing a lot of the work instead.  Baidu, the top Chinese internet search provider, surveyed some of the top dating apps in the US to see which symbols singles use to stand in for what they can’t or don’t want to say in words. It found definite differences in the emoji styles of those looking for love (or something like it) on Bumble, Hinge, Match, OkCupid, Plenty of Fish, and Tinder. You can’t have love without some laughter and some tears. And indeed, the laughing-crying emoji is universally beloved and appears in the […]

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Earning Millions on YouTube Is So Easy, Children Are Doing It

On the Forbes list of top earners, an eight-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl beat out most of the competition January 8, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Onscreen fame and the fortune that followed used to lie below the Hollywood sign—but now, it’s attainable on laptops in living rooms. YouTube is the banner under which clicks and cash are to be had. Earning $20 million or so is so easy, a child could do it. And there are two children on the list that Forbes created of the top earners in 2019 (based on pretax income from ads, sponsored content, merchandise, tours, and other related earnings). Eight-year-old Ryan Kaji earned $26 million last year, more than anyone else on YouTube. It’s not a shock for anyone who has walked into a Target and seen that his Ryan’s World toy line dominates nearly an entire aisle. Kaji started with unboxing videos, but […]

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Fortnite Is the United States’ Favorite Video Game

But not every part of the country agrees that Fortnite is the best. Here’s a state-by-state breakdown of the most popular games. December 26, 2019 1 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Fortnite fans who were used to living on its embattled Earth were plunged into a black hole of despair a few days ago when the game went dark. Fortnite Chapter 2 has come into existence, and it was a huge relief to a significant portion of the United States. Fortnite is one of the most popular games in the country, according to Satellite Internet, which amassed gaming statistics to determine each state’s favorite game based on search. The game claims the top spot in 20 states spread across the country. Credit: Satellite Internet Coming in second is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which isn’t even out until October 25. Nonetheless, in eight states, it’s the most-searched-for game. Meanwhile, […]

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It’s Not a Content Contest

If you’re looking for fame and fortune, likeability matters more than the topic of your channel. August 8, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag YouTube popularity pays off. Its biggest stars earn around $20 million per year. But if you’re looking to chase fame and fortune on the platform, the path isn’t so clear. A Pew Research Center study shows there’s no clear category that guarantees views. The largest portion of views went to videos about video games, but even then that accounts for only 18 percent of all views. And while it’s true that the highest-paid list is dominated by gaming YouTubers such as the problematic PewDiePie, categories that get 3 percent of views have YouTubers that far surpass him in popularity and earnings. Toy videos accounted for only 3 percent in the Pew study — but if you’ve been in a Target, it’s impossible to escape Ryan’s World. […]

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