DoJ asks Supreme Court to decide Microsoft foreign email battle

The U.S. Department of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to hear a case that could have a massive impact on the way tech companies respond to law enforcement agencies’ requests for user data. At issue is a warrant, issued in 2014, demanding the contents of an email account stored in a Microsoft data center in Dublin, Ireland.

If the DoJ is successful in its bid, it could put tech companies like Microsoft in a tight spot internationally. One concern is that companies will be forced to comply with other countries’ requests for data stored outside their borders (think China requesting a U.S. citizen’s data that’s stored stateside).

Another is that companies will be caught between competing regulations: one country’s law enforcement will demand data stored in another country, where handing that data over in response to a unilateral warrant is deemed illegal.

Microsoft was initially ordered by a magistrate judge to turn the data over, but…

What Is the New Archive Feature in Google Photos?

If you’re a Google Photos user, you’ve may have seen a new feature called “Archive” show up in the app’s sidebar. if not, don’t stress—it’s just now rolling out and not everyone has it yet. Since it’s new, here’s a quick look at what it is, why you want it, and how to use it.

In short, this is a way to keep your Photos more organized—it’s really not that different than archiving emails in Gmail. You can archive photos that you don’t want in your main stream, but still keep them stored online. They’ll still show up in search, as well as in any albums you may have them in. It’s simply a way to keep things clean and clutter-free in Google Photos.

Using it is just as simple. This should work the same way on both Android and iOS.

Go ahead and fire up Photos. To make sure you have the feature, pull open the left side menu, and look for “Archive.” You can tap it if you’d like, but there won’t…

How to Use Google to Search Only Your Emails, Events, and Other Stuff

You probably use Google search to find out everything from movie showtimes to how tall Jeff Goldblum is. However, you can also use the regular Google search page to find your emails, calendar events, and packages. Here’s how to find just your own stuff with a quick Google search.

As an example, say I want to find the email for movie tickets I purchased recently from AMC. To find it, search for “amc” on Google.

Next, click on the More tab, then choose Personal.

Your search results will now be limited to any emails that include…

What Does TaxAct Have to Offer for 2017?

Tax season is upon as, and many are in the market for a preparation software to file their own tax returns. You may have heard of TaxAct before, as you filed in past years. In 2017, though, they’ve made quite a few changes to improve their software, mobile app, and support… ultimately giving you a better tax filing experience.


Here’s an overview of what TaxAct has to offer in 2017:

What’s New for 2017?

In 2017, TaxAct launched a new addition to its tax filing products, called the BluPrint Financial Assessment. BluPrint Financial Assessment provides financial guidance and savings information all year-round. With this assessment, customers receive a complimentary analysis of their tax return off the bat. Then, throughout the year, they receive additional insight on ways to reduce their tax bill next year and save for the future.

TaxAct has also implemented some enhancements to its other existing features:

  • Expanded W2 import options – TaxAct now has the ability to import W-2 forms straight from employers for over 75 million Americans. TaxAct online customers can also import PDF files of their W-2 forms.
  • Redesigned mobile app – TaxAct Express, the mobile app, gives customers an easy way to complete simple tax returns from their mobile phones or tablets. On the app, customers can also take a picture of their W-2 forms and upload it directly into their returns.
  • Personalized income interview – TaxAct has streamlined its online interview process to make it faster and easier for customers to file their tax returns.
  • Unlimited support – All of TaxAct’s products now offer unlimited phone and email support no matter which edition you purchase.
  • Prior year online return access – All TaxAct customers can now access their previously filed tax returns for the past seven years.

How Much Does TaxAct Cost?

The cost of TaxAct varies depending on the product level you choose as well as whether you choose to file online or via desktop download. Here are the current prices for TaxAct’s products:

Free Plus Premium
Online $0 for federal and state filing; $10 for optional prior year import $20; $30 state additional; prior year import included $35; $30 state additional; prior year import included
Desktop Download $0 for federal; $25 state additional; $5 for optional prior year import $40 for federal and state filing; prior year import included $55…

6 Tips On How To Prep Your CV For More Job Interviews

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If you want to get an interview for the position at the company you are applying for, then there are 6 things you should bear in mind. In this article, we will partially focus on cover letters as well as other important resume writing tips.

So, grab a pen, and get ready to totally change your approach to CVs and cover letters.

6 Tips On Successful CV Emailing Process

Address your email to a particular person

Avoid using general opening phrases like “Dear Sirs” or “To Whom It May Concern.” They are impersonal and cannot impress the recipients.

Most recruiters state that emails which are addressed to a specific person get higher chances of being read and paid special attention to. To know who to address your CV to, you can research the company’s LinkedIn account or company website.

Just think about it:

If you are getting dozens of cover letters a day, you are more likely to pay attention to the applicant who knows you by name than an applicant who simply addresses the company in general. So, if you do not want your resume to get into a stack of other similar “impersonal” letters, then address it to a particular person.

Use Keywords

A lot of companies use state-of-the-art technologies to analyze all the emails they get as well as the resumes in them. These technologies function in such a way that they identify the keywords in a letter or resume they receive.

Thus, after you familiarize yourself with a job description, make sure to check its keywords and major requirements. Keep these keywords in mind as you craft your cover letter and resume.

This will not only help a potential employer see you as a perfect applicant but will also help your letter avoid getting screened out.

See Also: Resume Action Words That…

How I Get More Job Offers Than Others By Writing a Thank You Email

It may be in the majority’s mind that the interview is the final stage of a recruitment process. Once you give it all in the interview, the next thing to do is to sit and wait.

Well, it isn’t. There’s one more thing you can do. And it can help you stand out from the crowd. The thank you letter. It can do way more than a mere expression of gratitude and appreciation.

The Power of Thank You Emails You Have Never Imagined

In the book How to write better resumes and cover letters by Patricia K. Criscito, she mentioned a survey revealing less than 20% applicants write a thank you letter after an interview.

However, most importantly, 94% of the recruiters said that a thank you letter would increase the chance of getting the job, or keeping the applicants in the contest. It seems that most applicants may have missed the most lethal weapon in their pursuit of dream jobs!

A carefully written thank you letter is not only an act of good manner. It is actually another stage for you to present yourselves and provide anything you think is important but left unspoken in the interview.

Besides, thank you letters can also remind the interviewers of your existence, with an additional good impression through your proactive expression of gratitude!

Dos and Don’ts to Turn Your Thank You Letter into a Winning Bet

Start the letter with a clear purpose, “Thank you” + [Subject]

You can’t imagine how many spamming and phishing emails are sent to a company every day. If you don’t want your email to be treated as one of them, state clearly your purpose in the subject! Before you try to maximise your chance of getting the job, it’s best to avoid your effort being wasted.

Send an individual letter to each interviewer


Best Money Tips: 60+ Valuable Things You Can Get for Free

Welcome to Wise Bread’s Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found articles on valuable things you can get for free, ways to ditch social media while you’re on vacation, and tips for hosting backyard parties.

Top 5 Articles

69 Valuable Things You Can Get for Free — Why pay for a passport photo when you can take your own, for free? [Kiplinger]

10 Ways to Actually Ditch Social Media on Vacation — Set your work email to send an out-of-office automatic reply, and DON’T say that you’ll be checking emails infrequently. [PopSugar Smart Living]

Host the Best Backyard Parties — Plan a simple meal with dishes that can be served cold or as part of buffet. Keep it light and easy! [Living Well Spending Less]

How to Protect Your Identity This Summer — Join Experian’s…

Review: BlackBerry Keyone


For the better part of a decade, there was nothing more impressive than owning a BlackBerry. Walking down the street, both hands on the soft-touch sides of the handset, thumbs flying around the keyboard as you plowed through emails, BBMs, and texts. You could wear ripped jeans and a paint-stained shirt, but your BlackBerry still told the world you were a Very Important Person. Maybe you weren’t the hippest kid on the block, but you were definitely the most likely to own a yacht and know how to properly pronounce Gstaad.

You know what a BlackBerry says about you now? Specifically the newest BlackBerry model, the BlackBerry Keyone? It says you haven’t bought a phone in a decade, because wait, do they even make Blackberries anymore? It says you probably still have an AOL email address, carefully curate your MySpace Top 8, and the email you’re sending begins with “forward this to seven people or your crush will die.” It says, above all else, that you bought the wrong phone.

Before we go too far, let’s do a little corporate landscaping. BlackBerry is no longer the only company that makes BlackBerry phones. The Keyone was made by the Chinese company TCL, which makes excellent televisions and washing machines. TCL licensed the BlackBerry name, but also uses BlackBerry software. Except BlackBerry uses Android, not its own software. It just adds a few apps, tweaks some settings, and oversees the security of the device. So, to recap: The Keyone is a BlackBerry that was built by TCL, runs Google software, and has BBM and stuff. Got it? Cool.

The thing that really makes the Keyone a BlackBerry is the hardware keyboard. Four rows of keys, below the 4.5-inch screen, with all the clicking you think you miss from the year 2006. These 35 slightly convex keys are supposed to make you feel productive, keep your inbox clear and your day-trades rolling. It’s a very good keyboard, generally speaking. The only problem is that physical keyboards are a bad idea. They’re not more efficient, no matter what your nostalgic brain tells you. Touchscreen keyboards are faster, more versatile, more usable. They can do swipe-typing, change size and shape to your liking, and switch languages at will. They go away when you don’t need them. That feeling of Doing Work you get while using a BlackBerry? It’s a lie.

Strange as it sounds, your phone’s keyboard isn’t as important as it used to be. A 2009 study, for instance, found that four of the seven social things teens did every day involved typing: IM, texts, emails, and messaging on social networks. (The other three were cell phone and landline calls, and…

Save Yourself the Trouble: How to Quit Your Job With Grace by Just One Email

Contrary to conventional wisdom, giving a two weeks notice in person sends a professional message to your superiors. In addition, you should follow up with a resignation email that formalizes your intent to depart from the company.

The minimum is usually a period of two weeks, and it is a standard practice independent of the industry. However, if you have a contractual agreements, part of a union, or specific requirements, follow those specific guidelines pertaining to you.

Also, processing the resignation for an employee may require forms to sign, and additional paperwork. So, be courteous and patient throughout the entire process no matter what.

In the next section, I will list what specific details need to be included in your two weeks notice email.

Don’t Miss These Things in Your Email or You’ll Destroy Your Professional Image

As previously mentioned, it is important to inform your manager, supervisor or superior of your intent to leave your current post. It is possible the person who processes employee resignations is away from the office, so you are required to draft your two weeks notice by email.

The following are tips on how really format resignation email:

  • Email manager, supervisor, or superior. Upon notifying in person your intent to resign, email the responsible person and include a carbon copy (cc). This facilitates archiving the message and make it easily available.
  • Give two weeks notice. In your subject line…