Schumer wants FBI to investigate FaceApp, DNC warns against using it: Here’s what you need to know

Todd Haselton | CNBCEveryone’s talking about FaceApp, the app that can show you what you look like when you’re old. FaceApp originally didn’t tell people it was uploading the pictures to its servers, which raised concerns. Here’s the latest on what’s going on with FaceApp and what you need to know. Given Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, people have a right to be concerned about what it might mean if millions of us are uploading our selfies to foreign servers. Chuck Schumer calls on the FB


Todd Haselton | CNBCEveryone’s talking about FaceApp, the app that can show you what you look like when you’re old. FaceApp originally didn’t tell people it was uploading the pictures to its servers, which raised concerns. Here’s the latest on what’s going on with FaceApp and what you need to know. Given Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, people have a right to be concerned about what it might mean if millions of us are uploading our selfies to foreign servers. Chuck Schumer calls on the FB
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Everyone’s talking about FaceApp, the app that can show you what you look like when you’re old. People love the effects, but they’re also concerned about how the Russian developer behind the app might use the pictures that are being uploaded. FaceApp originally didn’t tell people it was uploading the pictures to its servers, which raised concerns. But it started to alert users on Thursday. Here’s the latest on what’s going on with FaceApp and what you need to know.

Privacy concerns

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People are worried about FaceApp largely because the developer, Yaroslav Goncharov, is based in Russia. Given Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, people have a right to be concerned about what it might mean if millions of us are uploading our selfies to foreign servers. After all, pictures are often used for fake profiles or for identity theft. Still, there’s no evidence yet that Goncharov is anything more than a Russian developer making a fun app. But, even if there is no ill intent, there are very valid fears that photos uploaded to the servers could be shared with foreign governments. CNBC spoke with FaceApp on Wednesday. The company said the application only uploads the picture you want to edit, and it only holds most pictures for 48 hours. While there’s no proof the photo is actually deleted, security experts like Will Strafach, who goes by Chronic on Twitter, have confirmed that just the picture — and not your whole photo library — is uploaded when you use the app: Yes, FaceApp owns that photo after you upload it, but other companies, like Snapchat, have similar terms when you post public images and video to its app. But we only have the developer’s word to go by, and there’s no way for consumers to ask that their pictures be deleted permanently. And that’s what has a lot of people worried.

Chuck Schumer calls on the FBI and FTC

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 27, 2019. Joshua Roberts | Reuters

Sen. Chuck Schumer on Wednesday sent a letter to the FBI and the FTC expressing his concerns with FaceApp, noting that he’s worried it would “post national security and privacy risks for millions of U.S. citizens.” “In particular, FaceApp’s location in Russia raises questions regarding how and when the company provides access to the data of U.S. citizens to third parties, including potentially foreign governments,” Schumer said in the letter. “As FBI Director Wray himself pointed out earlier this year, Russia remains a significant intelligence threat. It would be deeply troubling if the sensitive personal information of U.S. citizens was provided to a hostile foreign power actively engaged in cyber hostilities against the United States.” Schumer has a point. Even if Goncharov just wants to make a fun app, what’s to stop the Russian government from asking him to hand the data over, or him providing it willingly? Schumer said he wants the FBI to “assess whether the personal data uploaded by millions of Americans onto FaceApp may be finding its way into the hands of the Russian government, or entities with ties to the Russian government. If so, I would urge that steps be immediately taken by the FBI to mitigate the risk presented by the aggregation of this data.” He also called on the FTC to make sure there are safeguards in place for Americans and “government personnel and military service members from being compromised” and, if not, the FTC should let Americans know of any risks.

DNC warning

Democratic presidential hopefuls (fromL) US Senator from New Jersey Cory Booker, US Senator from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren and former US Representative for Texas’ 16th congressional district Beto O’Rourke arrive to participate in the first Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, June 26, 2019. Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images

The Democratic National Committee is also concerned. CNN reported Wednesday that the DNC sent an email to all 2020 presidential campaigns with a warning not to use FaceApp. The committee’s national security officer, Bob Lord, reportedly said that “it’s not clear at this point what the privacy risks are, but what is clear is that the benefits of avoiding the app outweigh the risks.” “If you or any of your staff have already used the app, we recommend that they delete the app immediately,” Lord said, according to CNN, also noting that he and other security experts have “significant concerns about the app having access to your photos.” Russian operators were able to hack into the DNC network ahead of the 2016 election using several techniques, including phishing attempts, which lure people into giving up their passwords by logging into fake sites or servers that look real.

The reality

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The app everyone is using to make them look old now warns you it’s uploading your picture

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Everybody’s suddenly posting pictures of what they’ll look like when they’re old — here’s how

Everyone’s suddenly posting pictures of what they might look like when they’re old. People are posting results on Twitter, and it’s provided a few good laughs in our work chat. If you’re wondering how they’re doing this, it’s by using an an app called FaceApp, which is now the top trending free app in the iTunes App Store. The app’s privacy policy said it collects the pictures you upload to its service, so keep in mind that it’s keeping the selfies you take. Also be warned that one developer, Jo


Everyone’s suddenly posting pictures of what they might look like when they’re old. People are posting results on Twitter, and it’s provided a few good laughs in our work chat. If you’re wondering how they’re doing this, it’s by using an an app called FaceApp, which is now the top trending free app in the iTunes App Store. The app’s privacy policy said it collects the pictures you upload to its service, so keep in mind that it’s keeping the selfies you take. Also be warned that one developer, Jo
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Everybody's suddenly posting pictures of what they'll look like when they're old — here's how

Everyone’s suddenly posting pictures of what they might look like when they’re old. People are posting results on Twitter, and it’s provided a few good laughs in our work chat. If you’re wondering how they’re doing this, it’s by using an an app called FaceApp, which is now the top trending free app in the iTunes App Store. You can download and use for free for three days.

The app’s privacy policy said it collects the pictures you upload to its service, so keep in mind that it’s keeping the selfies you take. Also be warned that one developer, Joshua Nozzi, said on Twitter that it appears the app may try to upload other pictures from your library. If you’re concerned about this, don’t give it access to your photos when it asks, just access to the camera.

Here’s how to try the filter if you want to get in on the fun:


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Twitter is getting a makeover — here’s what’s new

The new look began rolling out to users worldwide on Monday afternoon. No, you still can’t edit tweets, but the new Twitter looks pretty good. The company said changes were made to create an even more “accessible and universal way to join the conversations [people] care about.” That’s important as the company looks for way to further increase its user base. Here’s what the new Twitter is like.


The new look began rolling out to users worldwide on Monday afternoon. No, you still can’t edit tweets, but the new Twitter looks pretty good. The company said changes were made to create an even more “accessible and universal way to join the conversations [people] care about.” That’s important as the company looks for way to further increase its user base. Here’s what the new Twitter is like.
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Twitter is getting a makeover — here's what's new

Twitter’s website just got a major redesign. The new look began rolling out to users worldwide on Monday afternoon.

No, you still can’t edit tweets, but the new Twitter looks pretty good. The company said changes were made to create an even more “accessible and universal way to join the conversations [people] care about.” That’s important as the company looks for way to further increase its user base.

Here’s what the new Twitter is like. Click each image to see a larger version.


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Amazon Echo is half off on Prime Day: Here’s what you can do with it

The new Amazon.com Inc. Echo Spot, from left, Echo, Echo Plus, and Fire TV devices sit on display during the company’s product reveal launch event in downtown Seattle, Washington, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. Daniel Berman | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesAmazon is heavily discounting its Amazon Echo products for Prime Day, which runs through 2:59 a.m. Wednesday ET. Before we get started, make sure you have the Amazon Alexa app for iPhone or Android. Call people with EchoYou can use the Amazon E


The new Amazon.com Inc. Echo Spot, from left, Echo, Echo Plus, and Fire TV devices sit on display during the company’s product reveal launch event in downtown Seattle, Washington, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. Daniel Berman | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesAmazon is heavily discounting its Amazon Echo products for Prime Day, which runs through 2:59 a.m. Wednesday ET. Before we get started, make sure you have the Amazon Alexa app for iPhone or Android. Call people with EchoYou can use the Amazon E
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Amazon Echo is half off on Prime Day: Here's what you can do with it

The new Amazon.com Inc. Echo Spot, from left, Echo, Echo Plus, and Fire TV devices sit on display during the company’s product reveal launch event in downtown Seattle, Washington, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. Daniel Berman | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Amazon is heavily discounting its Amazon Echo products for Prime Day, which runs through 2:59 a.m. Wednesday ET. The cheapest model, the Echo Dot, is only $22 (it’s usually $50), while the full-sized model is only $50 (it’s usually $100). If you’re on the fence, realize that you can do a lot more with the Echo than just asking Alexa the weather. You can use an Echo for many things, including calling people, booking an Uber, ordering stuff from Amazon and even setting it up to double as an in-home intercom if you own several devices. Before we get started, make sure you have the Amazon Alexa app for iPhone or Android. You’ll be using that app to take advantage of some of the tricks in this guide. Here is a bunch of fun things you can do with the Echo.

Call people with Echo

You can use the Amazon Echo to call phone numbers or anyone with an Amazon Echo. To call a phone number, you’ll first want to make sure that person is in your Alexa address book. To check: Open the Amazon app

Tap the menu button then tap “Contacts.” Once you’ve confirmed someone is in your address book, you can call them by asking Alexa to call a specific person’s phone or Echo. Here are the commands to try. (I put my own name in, but swap it out for the person you’re trying to call): “Call Todd Haselton’s Mobile.”

Or you can call your contact’s Echo by saying “Call Todd Haselton’s Echo.”

Send voice messages

You can send voice messages to friends or family with an Echo, too. It’s kind of like leaving a voicemail, but your friends will get an alert on their Echo that they have a new voice message. Then, when they see the alert, they can ask their Echo to play it. To send a voice message: Say “Alexa, send a voice message to Todd Haselton.”

Speak your message.

Alexa will confirm you want to send the message.

Say “Yes.”

If you’ve received a message, say “Alexa, listen to my messages.”

Use your Echo as an in-home intercom

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If you have multiple Echos around your house, you can use them as an in-home intercom system. You might want to do this to call the kids down to dinner, for example. Here’s how to do that: Say “Alexa make an announcement.”

Speak your announcement by saying something like “Hey everyone, dinner’s ready!”

Alexa will make an announcement to all of the Echos in your house with the message you spoke.

Book an Uber or Lyft with your Echo

If you’re at home and want to get a ride somewhere, you can ask Alexa to get you an Uber or a Lyft. You need to install either the Uber or Lyft skill first. Here’s how to book a ride with Echo. Open the Alexa app on your phone.

Tap the menu button on the top left of the app.

Tap “Skills & Games.”

Search for Uber or Lyft.

Tap Enable Skill and link your Lyft or Uber account.

Now ask Lyft or Uber for a ride by speaking “Alexa, ask Lyft for a ride” or “Alexa, ask Uber to request a ride.”

Alexa will tell you how far the nearest Lyft driver or Uber driver is. You can then confirm you’d like a ride.

Order something from Amazon by voice

You can use your Echo to order goods from Amazon. Sometimes, like during Black Friday, Amazon even offers exclusive deals through the Echo. To order stuff from Alexa: Say something like, “Alexa order soap.”

Alexa will begin to list items that you might be interested in, including products from previous orders, and the price. Say “yes” to confirm you’d like to buy that item, or “no” to hear another item Alexa recommends. Tell Alexa to stop if you don’t want to hear more recommendations.

You can also order specific goods by speaking something like “Alexa, order me an Amazon Echo Plus.” Alexa will confirm the price before you decide to buy it or not.

Get a ‘flash briefing’ of news you care about

You can get a flash briefing from certain news sites you follow, including CNBC, the AP and BBC. Customize your Flash Briefing by doing this: Open the Alexa app on your phone.

Tap the menu button on the top left of the screen.

Choose “Settings.”

Tap “Flash Briefing.”

Toggle the news sites you want to hear news from and tap “+” to add new sources.

Now, say, “Alexa play my flash briefing.”

Alexa will give you the highlight news from the sources you’ve picked.

Play shows on your Amazon Fire TV

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If you own a Fire TV, you can connect your Echo to the Fire TV so that you can ask Alexa to play specific shows or movies. You don’t even have to touch the remote. Open the Alexa app on your phone.

Tap the menu button on the top left of the page.

Tap “Settings.”

Choose “TV & Video.”

Tap the + button next to Fire TV.

Tap “Manage Devices.”

Choose “Link another device.”

Choose the Fire TV in your house you’d like to link your Echo with.

Tap “Continue.”

Choose the Alexa devices to link the Fire TV with. You can select multiple Echos.

Tap “Link Devices.”

Now speak a command like, “Play Man in the High Castle on Fire TV.”

Create a Routine

Set an Alexa routine to perform functions after your alarm is dismissed. Todd Haselton | CNBC

Amazon recently launched a new Alexa featured called “Routines.” When you speak a certain preset command, like “Alexa, good morning,” you can set Alexa to perform certain actions, like read you the weather, start playing music and tell you how long it will take you to get to work. Here’s how to create a custom morning routine, but you can change any of these steps to make something else, too. Open the Alexa app on your phone.

Tap the menu button on the top left of the app.

Tap “Routines.”

Tap the top button that says “When this happens.”

Choose “Voice.”

Enter the phrase “Good morning.”

Tap “Save.”

Now choose “Add action.”

Tap “Weather.”

Tap “Add.”

Now tap “Add action”

Tap “Traffic.”

Now tap “Add action” again.

Tap “Music.”

Enter in an artist, like Bruce Springsteen.

Choose your music provider, such as Spotify.

Tap Next.

Tap “Create.” Now, when you say “Alexa, good morning.” Alexa will tell you the local weather, how long it will take to get to work on your commute, and will then start playing Bruce Springsteen. (Note: if you haven’t set up your commute in the Alexa app yet, you can do this by going to settings > traffic.)

Get a sports update for your favorite teams

Alexa can give you a quick briefing on your favorite teams. First, you need to tell it the teams you follow. To do this: Open the Alexa app on your phone.

Tap the menu button on the top left.

Tap Settings.

Select “Sports.”

Tap Add a Team. ”

Search for your favorite team.

Tap “Save.”

Repeat until you’ve added all of the teams you follow.

Now, speak “Alexa, what’s my sports update?” Alexa will read off the latest scores and upcoming games for each of the teams you follow.

Set a reminder

You can ask Alexa to remind you to do things, too. Say “Alexa, remind me to get candied yams,” or whatever you need a reminder for.

Alexa will ask when it should remind you. Say something like “Today at 3 p.m.”

Alexa will confirm that it will remind you at the preset time.

You can view, edit or add reminders in the Alexa app by tapping the menu button and selecting “Reminders & Alarms.”

Set multiple timers

Alexa can be really useful in the kitchen, particularly if you want to set multiple timers at once. Maybe you need to set the oven to one timer and then create a second timer for something you have cooling in the fridge. To set multiple timers: Say, Alexa set an oven timer for 30 minutes.

Then speak another timer, like, “Set a fridge timer for 1 hour.”

You can check in a timer by saying “Alexa, what’s the oven timer?” Or “Alexa, what’s the fridge timer?”

Alexa will alert you when the specific timer has ended.

Play music in different rooms at the same time

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If you have multiple Echos around the house, you can link them up to play music at the same time in different rooms. I have a “downstairs” group for my Echos, for example, where I have my living room, dining room and kitchen all play the same music. To do this: Open the Alexa app on your phone. Tap Devices icon on the bottom right. It looks like a little house.

Tap the + button on the top right.

Tap “Add Multi-Room Music speakers.”

Create a group name, such as “Downstairs.”

Choose the Echos you want to include in the group, then tap “Save.” Now, you can speak something like “Alexa, play Beethoven downstairs,” and Alexa will play music on the speakers in that group.

Delete your history

A list of the recordings I’ve spoken to Alexa. Todd Haselton | CNBC

Amazon keeps a recording of everything you ask Alexa. For privacy’s sake, you may want to delete those recordings regularly. You can do that two ways. To delete things you said recently, just say “Alexa, delete everything I said today,” or “Alexa, delete what I just said.” To delete everything at once, do this: Visit Amazon’s Device page

Select the menu button to the left of the Echo device you’d like to manage. (The menu button looks like three little dots stacked on top of one another.

Tap “Manage Voice Recordings”

Tap “Delete.”

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How to see which apps are gobbling up all of your data each month

If you don’t have an unlimited wireless data plan — and sometimes even if you do — you should pay attention to which apps use the most data on your iPhone. Sometimes, for example, an app that you use frequently might consume far more of your data than you think. And, if you start to get warnings about using too much data, it could be that a buggy app is using more than it should. It’s good practice to check up on which apps are using most of your data. That way, you’ll know to remember to connec


If you don’t have an unlimited wireless data plan — and sometimes even if you do — you should pay attention to which apps use the most data on your iPhone. Sometimes, for example, an app that you use frequently might consume far more of your data than you think. And, if you start to get warnings about using too much data, it could be that a buggy app is using more than it should. It’s good practice to check up on which apps are using most of your data. That way, you’ll know to remember to connec
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How to see which apps are gobbling up all of your data each month

If you don’t have an unlimited wireless data plan — and sometimes even if you do — you should pay attention to which apps use the most data on your iPhone.

Sometimes, for example, an app that you use frequently might consume far more of your data than you think. In my case, I found that Twitter uses nearly as much as Apple Music, for example. And, if you start to get warnings about using too much data, it could be that a buggy app is using more than it should.

It’s good practice to check up on which apps are using most of your data. That way, you’ll know to remember to connect to a Wi-Fi network when using a particularly data-hungry app, or which apps to limit before you go over your cap.

It only takes a couple of seconds to check. Here’s how to do it on an iPhone, though the process is relatively similar on an Android phone, too.


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Tech and media moguls arrive in Sun Valley, Idaho, where many of the biggest deals in history have gone down

Private jets are parked at the Friedman Memorial Airport during the annual Allen and Co. Sun Valley media conference in Sun Valley, IdahoThe invite-only Allen & Co. Sun Valley conference, also known as “summer camp for billionaires,” kicks off in Sun Valley, Idaho this week. It’s where some of the biggest names in tech and media flock, and where seeds have been planted for tech and media acquisitions, including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s purchase of The Washington Post, Verizon’s acquisition of


Private jets are parked at the Friedman Memorial Airport during the annual Allen and Co. Sun Valley media conference in Sun Valley, IdahoThe invite-only Allen & Co. Sun Valley conference, also known as “summer camp for billionaires,” kicks off in Sun Valley, Idaho this week. It’s where some of the biggest names in tech and media flock, and where seeds have been planted for tech and media acquisitions, including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s purchase of The Washington Post, Verizon’s acquisition of
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Tech and media moguls arrive in Sun Valley, Idaho, where many of the biggest deals in history have gone down

Private jets are parked at the Friedman Memorial Airport during the annual Allen and Co. Sun Valley media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho

The invite-only Allen & Co. Sun Valley conference, also known as “summer camp for billionaires,” kicks off in Sun Valley, Idaho this week.

It’s where some of the biggest names in tech and media flock, and where seeds have been planted for tech and media acquisitions, including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s purchase of The Washington Post, Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo and, in 1995, Disney’s merger with ABC. It’s also great marketing for investment bank boutique Allen & Co., which has advised on some of the biggest tech, media and telecom mergers, including Time Warner’s $108 billion sale to AT&T and LinkedIn’s $26 billion sale to Microsoft.

A lot has changed in the media landscape since last year. Fox sold its entertainment assets to Disney for $71 billion. Netflix, once the king of streaming, will soon compete for viewers with new services from Disney, AT&T and Comcast’s NBC, all of which are competing to create the best collection of original and existing TV and movie content. Apple is also throwing its hat in the game, with a new service called Apple TV+ that will launch this fall with original movies.

Here’s who’s showing up:


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Nintendo has a cheaper Switch gaming console coming in September

Nintendo on Wednesday announced the Switch Lite, a smaller and more affordable version of the popular Nintendo Switch. Nintendo has sold nearly 35 million units of the original Switch since it first launched in March 2017. The new Nintendo Switch Lite will be available for $199 beginning on Sept. 20. The original Nintendo Switch will still be sold for $299. The lower price may help Nintendo continue to compete against the aging Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox One, which are more powerful but aren’t


Nintendo on Wednesday announced the Switch Lite, a smaller and more affordable version of the popular Nintendo Switch. Nintendo has sold nearly 35 million units of the original Switch since it first launched in March 2017. The new Nintendo Switch Lite will be available for $199 beginning on Sept. 20. The original Nintendo Switch will still be sold for $299. The lower price may help Nintendo continue to compete against the aging Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox One, which are more powerful but aren’t
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Nintendo has a cheaper Switch gaming console coming in September

Nintendo on Wednesday announced the Switch Lite, a smaller and more affordable version of the popular Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo has sold nearly 35 million units of the original Switch since it first launched in March 2017. The new Nintendo Switch Lite will be available for $199 beginning on Sept. 20. The original Nintendo Switch will still be sold for $299.

The lower price may help Nintendo continue to compete against the aging Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox One, which are more powerful but aren’t portable. Sony and Microsoft are both expected to launch their next-generation gaming consoles in 2020.


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AT&T will soon automatically block annoying robocalls

AT&T said this week that it will soon block spam calls or alert customers of suspected spammers. The FCC mandated in February that U.S. carriers need to help stop spam calls. T-Mobile already offers customers two free tools, Scam Block and Scam ID, but Scam Block needs to be turned on first. The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a can automatically screen calls for you, while iOS 13, which will roll out this fall, uses Siri to automatically silence calls from unknown numbers. Correction: A previous vers


AT&T said this week that it will soon block spam calls or alert customers of suspected spammers. The FCC mandated in February that U.S. carriers need to help stop spam calls. T-Mobile already offers customers two free tools, Scam Block and Scam ID, but Scam Block needs to be turned on first. The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a can automatically screen calls for you, while iOS 13, which will roll out this fall, uses Siri to automatically silence calls from unknown numbers. Correction: A previous vers
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AT&T will soon automatically block annoying robocalls

AT&T said this week that it will soon block spam calls or alert customers of suspected spammers. The blocking will first activate for new lines and will then be applied to all existing accounts, the carrier said on Tuesday.

The feature will be on by default but can be turned off by users who don’t want it, per rules set by the Federal Communications Commission that require carriers to let customers opt out.

The FCC mandated in February that U.S. carriers need to help stop spam calls. Hiya, a spam-blocking app, estimates that 25.3 billion unwanted robocalls were received by U.S. wireless customers in the first half of this year alone, even to people who are registered on the Do Not Call list.

AT&T’s service is the first that will be on by default, instead of requiring users to opt in or download a separate app.

T-Mobile already offers customers two free tools, Scam Block and Scam ID, but Scam Block needs to be turned on first. Sprint charges a $2.99 fee for Premium Caller ID, and Verizon alerts customers if a call is from a suspected spammer. Google and Apple have worked to add spam blocking into Android and iOS too.

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a can automatically screen calls for you, while iOS 13, which will roll out this fall, uses Siri to automatically silence calls from unknown numbers.

Correction: A previous version of this story included an incorrect number of unwanted robocalls.


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Apple discontinues its super-thin MacBook

Apple CEO Tim Cook stands in front of an MacBook on display after an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple discontinued its standard 12-inch MacBook on Tuesday, while at the same time introducing new lower-cost MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro computers. Until today, it was more expensive than the MacBook Air, but it was slower and offered fewer features. Because of that, Apple said customers preferred the MacBook Air o


Apple CEO Tim Cook stands in front of an MacBook on display after an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple discontinued its standard 12-inch MacBook on Tuesday, while at the same time introducing new lower-cost MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro computers. Until today, it was more expensive than the MacBook Air, but it was slower and offered fewer features. Because of that, Apple said customers preferred the MacBook Air o
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Apple discontinues its super-thin MacBook

Apple CEO Tim Cook stands in front of an MacBook on display after an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California.

Apple discontinued its standard 12-inch MacBook on Tuesday, while at the same time introducing new lower-cost MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro computers.

The MacBook design, introduced in 2015 as the smallest and lightest laptop sold by Apple, no longer makes much sense in Apple’s current computer lineup. Until today, it was more expensive than the MacBook Air, but it was slower and offered fewer features. Because of that, Apple said customers preferred the MacBook Air over the regular MacBook, even though the latter was slightly smaller.

The MacBook also faced some of the same keyboard issues that users have experienced on the 2018 MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro. Apple has since worked to alleviate some of those problems in the Air and Pro by changing the materials used underneath the keys, but it didn’t update the keyboard on the regular MacBook.


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