How to Get Free Kindle Books With Your Library Card

Your book club meets next month, but you’re just too busy to run down to Barnes and Noble to pick up Infinite Jest. Sure, you could order it on Amazon, but it’s way too heavy to lug around in your backpack and your bookshelf is looking pretty crammed. That’s OK, though! With a library card, an internet connection, and an e-reader, you can download the book—for free!—without ever leaving your house.

First, you’ll need a library card. If you don’t already have one, visit your local branch to get one. Then, use your credentials to access your library’s e-book collection. Many libraries use OverDrive, a cross-platform service with millions of e-books and audiobooks. Scroll through OverDrive’s catalogue in your browser, or download the Libby app from OverDrive to scroll through the selection on your phone.

Found the book you want? Great! Just click “Download to Kindle” and you’ll be sent to Amazon to finish up. Just be sure your [...]  read more

What’s on TV: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Uncharted: The Lost Legacy’

We’re back! This week the big event doesn’t occur until Sunday night (unless it leaks early), when Game of Thrones wraps up its penultimate season with another super-sized episode clocking in at 79 minutes, 43 seconds. Until then we can check out Madden 18, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and Disney’s first 4K Blu-ray release Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Amazon Prime has its first season of The Tick, while Netflix drops its Death Note live action movie. Look after the break to check out each day’s highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

Users dump AccuWeather iPhone app after learning it sends location data to a third party

AccuWeather’s iOS app may be up to something fishy. Security researcher Will Strafach published a warning about the popular weather app’s behavior on Medium and users appear to be paying attention.

According to Strafach’s Medium post, the AccuWeather app requests location permission from users not to provide customized location-based weather data but to send some quite specific geodata to a third-party company called RevealMobile. That includes:

  • “Your precise GPS coordinates, including current speed and altitude.
  • The name and “BSSID” of the Wi-Fi router you are currently connected to, which can be used for geolocation through various online services.
  • Whether your device has bluetooth turned on or off.”

Notably, turning off location data for AccuWeather doesn’t do much to limit the app’s reach. As Strafach’s Medium post notes, “If you do not grant AccuWeather access to your GPS information, it will still send your Wi-Fi router name and BSSID, providing RevealMobile access to less precise location information regarding your device’s whereabouts. [...]  read more

The 10 best laptops for college students in 2017

Update: Replacing the Skylake-powered model of yesteryear, we’ve finally reviewed the mid-2017 MacBook Pro. Although it looks the same, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Read on to number 7 to find out why the latest MacBook Pro is one of the best laptops for college!

A laptop is essential in college. Providing you with unwavering freedom practically unheard of in the desktop space, your mouse, monitor and keyboard are tightly kept in the form of a single, versatile device. Moreover, the top laptops for college are as efficient at playing your favorite PC games as they are at drafting up documents.

With hybrids, Ultrabooks, traditional clamshells and – more affordable than ever – gaming laptops in tow, we have not only found the best laptops for college, but we’ve tested each of them so that we can guarantee confidence, accuracy and comprehensiveness in our recommendations.

best laptops for students

1. Dell XPS 13

Powerful, functional, aesthetically pleasing

CPU: 7th generation Intel Core [...]  read more