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Apple releases macOS Catalina 10.15.2, iOS and iPadOS 13.3

Enlarge / The 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro. (credit: Samuel Axon) As has become a custom, Apple has simultaneously released software updates for nearly its entire suite of consumer products today—including iOS 13.3, iPadOS 13.3, macOS Catalina 10.15.2, watchOS 6.1.1, tvOS 13.3—and an update for HomePods. All updates should be available to all users by the …

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Unusual type of flu virus is dominating early start to this year’s flu season

Enlarge / A child received a vaccination against influenza A (H1N1). (credit: Getty | BSIP) The 2019-2020 flu season is up and running—and so far, it’s off to a weird start. Flu activity has been elevated since the start of November and is only expected to continue climbing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

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AT&T raises DirecTV prices again despite losing millions of customers

Enlarge / A DirecTV satellite dish seen outside a bar in Portland, Oregon in October 2019. (credit: Getty Images | hapabapa) AT&T announced another round of DirecTV and U-verse TV price increases, saying that monthly rates will rise by up to $8 per month starting on January 19. “Because our programming costs went up, we have …

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Dealmaster: Get $30 in Amazon credit when you buy a new Nintendo Switch

Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back today with more holiday deals to share. Of note are a few deals on the newest model of the Nintendo Switch. Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart all have Nintendo Switch deals right now that include up to $30 in gift cards or promotional credit when …

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3 Lessons for Today’s Economy from Former Fed Chair Paul Volcker’s Long and Storied Career

Paul Volcker’s death closed the career of an unusually influential, important—and controversial—economist. His role in finally ending the use of the gold standard during the Nixon administration still leaves some disgruntled. Millions still resent the double-digit interest rates and runaway inflation they were meant to stop of the 1980s when he was chairman of the …

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Democrats Embrace Controversial Strategy With Trump, Trade, and Impeachment

Just after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stood with House Democrats as they announced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It is only the third time in American history that the House has taken that step to attempt to remove the president from …

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Three Charged in $722 Million Cryptocurrency ‘Ponzi Scheme’

Three men were charged with helping run a $722 million cryptocurrency fraud that amounted to a “high-tech Ponzi scheme,” U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito in New Jersey said in a statement. Prosecutors said that, from 2014 until this month, the defendants operated BitClub Network, which solicited money from investors in exchange for shares in purported cryptocurrency mining …

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Netflix Expects 40 Million Households to Watch ‘The Irishman’ Over the First Month

Netflix Inc. expects 40 million households to watch “The Irishman” in its first month, making the Oscar contender one of the streaming service’s most popular movies. The gangster epic directed by Martin Scorsese was seen in 26.4 million homes in its first week, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said Tuesday at an investment conference. The …

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