Some Tips for Before You Buy a Car

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This is a good time to buy a car—new cars and used ones, too. Dealer lots are overstocked, and there aren’t many shoppers kicking the tires in showrooms these days.

No one knows that better than Jeffrey Brown, CEO of Ally Financial. Ally is one of the biggest auto lenders in the U.S. The giant bank handles auto financing for more than 4 million consumers. It’s been in business for nearly 100 years under the GMAC name—General Motors Acceptance Corporation. It was rebranded as Ally Financial in 2009 when GM spun off the unit during the financial crisis.

Speaking to Fortune’s Susie Gharib, Brown says that used cars are the one bright spot in the auto market these days. “The used car market remains very attractive. Very strong,” he says. “It’s almost three times the size of the new car market and about 50 percent of the business we do today is in the form of used.”

So it’s not surprising that automakers are offering special incentives and deep discounts to shoppers interested in getting a new car. And even with all the bargains, Brown says it still makes sense to negotiate better deals.

“The reality I think is dealers know that they’re going to have to negotiate prices down. That’s part of the normal buying process,” says Brown. “And I’d still say it holds true, last day of the month, it’s still a pretty attractive time for consumers to go inside a dealership and get the best deal.”

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Now you can make Google Duo video calls directly through Truecaller app

Truecaller has announced the launch of Google Duo integration on both Android and iOS. What that means is, users will now be able to make Duo video calls directly from within the Truecaller app.

“This update enables users to launch a Duo video call with a single tap within the Truecaller app and can switch between WiFi and cellular data for uninterrupted conversation on-the-go,” Truecaller said in a blog post.

Another point worth mentioning is that this new functionality is permission-based, meaning users will be able to opt in and out at any time. Also, for the feature to work, both caller and receiver need to have the Duo app installed on their device.

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The Leathery, Scrotal Gams On This Tour De France Cyclist Will Fuck You Up

The Leathery, Scrotal Gams On This Tour De France Cyclist Will Fuck You Up

Whilst there are many, many reasons that I refuse to do sport of any kind, number one being it’s really hard and number two being I don’t want to, I’ll admit I never considered the fact that my legs might turn into grot-looking tree-trunks covered in aged scrotum skin, one of them. Until now that is.

Behold the slightly vom-inducing results of being one of the people insane enough to take on the Tour De France, the cycling world’s foremost event which sees elite sportsman destroy themselves for 3500km, via this Instagrampost from Polish rider Pawel Poljanski.

FUUUUAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRK. All aboard the Nope Train to Nopesville.

Commenting how after 16 legs of the monstrous cycling course that his legs were looking “a little tired”, Poljanski seems to severely understate how cooked his lower half is.
Look at the veiny, lycra-tanned, alien-looking pair of thousand year old baseball bats.
I mean just wrap your eyes around what looks like the surface of a foreign planet, one constantly iberated by unfathomably vicious acid hurricanes.
SIMPLY TRY TO TAKE IN these oversized chicken drumsticks cooked by a child with only a passing understanding of how kitchen equipment works.
Ok, I’m done. This is rank and physical excercise should be banned. That is all.

 

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Monsoon Tips For You And Your Car!

The monsoons are here. And with it all the muck, floods and incessant traffic jams that we have become so used to. The monsoon is also the worst season of the year for your car as it starts to accumulate mud, dirt and of course water in all the smaller crevices and gaps which can result in rust. So here are a few tips to keep your car spic and span in the rains and also some tips and tricks to help you drive safer and to keep your car protected from all the harm that it can go through.

Protecting your car’s exterior:

The Simplest way to protect your car’s exterior is to make sure dirt and muck don’t settle on it. If you do get the time to do so, always try and wipe down or wash off all the gunk from your car’s body post driving in the rain. This will ensure that the dirt and muck gets washed off and cant stick around and in turn damage paint. Every morning too, wipe your car down to get rid of all the leaves and twigs from your car’s paint.

 

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(Never use a car cover in the monsoon if parking in the open)

Never use a car cover on your car if you intend to park it out in the open. While it might protect from random leaves and twigs falling on the car and while most of the water falling on the car might flow away, the cover tends to stick to the car’s body due to the moisture. When the sun is out and the car dries, the cover can stick to the car’s clear coat and can actually peel it off when the cover is removed causing irreversible damage to the paint.

 

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(Always clean the under bonnet and boot areas to clear the water drains)

Remember to always clean under the bootlid and the bonnet of your car. Frequently, leaves tend to get stuck under them which ends up clogging the water drainage gutters. The leaves can also get stuck inside door jams causing water to accumulate in crevices and causing rust which will then lead to water leaking into the interior cabin.

The underbody of the car can be protected by spraying a mixture of diesel and used engine oil. This mixture keeps moisture and dirt/grime away and can be integral to protect mechanical moving parts and the underfloor of the car from rust. The combination can also be used on the likes of the front suspension. Avoid spraying it on the engine/exhaust components due to fire hazards and on the brake discs as it can form a film that can cause loss of braking.

Applying a paint protection film is the best way to protect your paint from the effects of rain and moisture. However, these are very very expensive so as an alternative measure, you can apply a ceramic paint protection to make sure water tends to flow away. You also also use simple car wax or polish your car’s paint to make sure the water doesn’t stay on the surface and tends to flow away.

Protecting your car’s Interior:

The interior of your car takes one of the worst brunt in the monsoon. Wet and muddy shoes, wet clothes and very high level of moisture can cause the insides of your car to smell. The best way to keep the water and muck off the carpets is to use old newspapers. Newspaper absorbs water instantly and is cheap to buy too which makes it a great alternate to using cloth to clean the carpets and mats.

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(Use newspapers to soak up the water inside your car)

If you are going to get wet when you enter the car, the easiest way to protect your seats is to drape them with a large towel. In particular, drape the backrest and the headrest as that is what tends to get the wettest when you enter the car after getting caught out in the rain.

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Here’s How To Remove Your Private Medical Records From Google Search Results – And Why You Should

Google is now entertaining requests of users who want to remove their private medical records online from search results.

Of course, this is one surefire way to address online safety and privacy, especially at a time when hackers tend to target the networks of numerous medical facilities or related peripherals across the globe.

How To Remove Your Private Medical Records

Before getting into the nitty-gritty details, it should be mentioned that Google recently updated its policy in removing online content from Google, which now includes “confidential, personal medical records of private people.”

Basically, what you want to do here is send proof to Google that your personal data is turning up in the search results and get in touch with the company to take it down.

Step 1: Double-check whether or not your private medical records are indeed online. To do this, simply search for your name on Google Search.

Note: Arguably, the best time to check is when news about hackers breaching medical facilities’ networks make the headlines.

Step 2: Copy and save the URL of a website where you found your details.

Step 3: Head to Google’s support page for taking down online content and make the request official.

Step 4: At the bottom of the page, click on “Remove information you see in Google Search” and answer the rest of queries accordingly. At the end of it all, provide the URL containing your personal records.

Note: If that support page doesn’t exactly fit the bill, you can head on over to Google’s legal support page for removing content, which offers more options to report.

Why You Should Ask Google To Remove Your Private Medical Records

As a rule of thumb, the less info you have on the internet, the less likely you are to become a victim of cybercrimes.

Back in August 2015, personal details of 3.9 million people got leaked online, leaving the victims vulnerable to hackers.

In other words, they were at risk of having their identities and banking and credit card info stolen, and they could’ve even had their medical information sold or used by other individuals and get denied medical attention due to debts.

The Bottom Line

To sum things up, Google is expanding the types of content it’ll remove from the search results, with the latest addition to the policy for private medical records.

It should be pointed out that users can have all sorts of sensitive info taken down as long as it’s under the company’s guidelines.

“You can ask Google to remove your sensitive personal information, like your bank account number, or an image of your handwritten signature, or a nude or sexually explicit image or video of you that’s been shared without your consent, from Google search results,” Google says.

With all said and done, staying safe and keeping your personal info private on the internet should b

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SPIDER-MAN COMICS TO PREPARE YOU FOR THE PS4 GAME

There were many promising games on display at E3 this month, but for superhero fanatics, E3 was really just “Spider-Man Week.” Sony offered a tantalizing new glimpse at Insomniac’s upcoming Spider-Man game, one that will hopefully do for the wallcrawler what Arkham Asylum did for Batman.

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Unlike most Spider-Man games of yesteryear, Insomniac’s game isn’t directly based on the comics, movies or other preexisting incarnation of the franchise. But the trailer does make it clear that the game is drawing inspiration from several key Spider-Man comics from the past couple decades. We’ve picked out six essential graphic novels you should check out if you want to educate yourself on the major players and conflicts in this game.

Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 1
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Insomniac’s Bryan Intihar told IGN that the original Ultimate Spider-Man comic is one of the inspirations for this game. Obviously the influence isn’t as direct here as with the actual Ultimate Spider-Man video game from 2005 (which was a direct tie-in to the comic and featured a story written by co-creator Brian Michael Bendis). Where the new game focuses on a 23-year-old Peter Parker with plenty of experience on the job, Ultimate Spider-Man starts at the very beginning, with a 15-year-old Peter being bitten by the radioactive spider and learning his lesson about power and responsibility.

We assume that USM’s influence on this game is more generalized. No doubt Insomniac is drawing inspiration from the comic’s willingness to reinvent a familiar mythology and change what needs changing in order to reflect the current era. We hope that the game will be as daring as Ultimate Spider-Man was when it comes to re-imagining this iconic hero.

The first Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection is a great starting point for the character in any context. This book collects the first 12 issues of the series, with half of them being devoted to telling Peter Parker’s origin story in the Ultimate Universe and the other exploring his first encounter with the Kingpin. That second storyline is an added bonus, as the game’s trailer makes it clear that Wilson Fisk has a role to play here.

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Spider-Man: Brand New Day – The Complete Collection Vol. 1
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If any one era of Spider-Man comics looks to be informing the new game, it’s definitely the “Brand New Day” status quo. Brand New Day kicked off in early 2008, following up on the highly controversial “One More Day” storyline that culminated with Peter Parker sacrificing his marriage to Mephisto in exchange for Aunt May’s life. The point of Brand New Day was to offer a fresh start for Spidey, one where he was once again a swinging bachelor struggling to make ends meet and trying to balance his hectic personal life with his costumed career.

That’s seems to be the general status quo for Spidey in the new game. Like in Brand New Day, he’s a seasoned veteran, but still prone to making mistakes and biting off more than he can chew in his day-to-day adventures.

There are some more specific story beats in the game’s trailer that hearken back to Brand New Day, however. The first Brand New Day Complete Collection happens to feature the first appearances of both Martin Li/Mister Negative and Yuri Watanabe/The Wraith, two characters who factor prominently in the trailer. If you want a better idea of how these two fit into Spider-Man’s world, this book is your best bet.

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Spider-Man: New Ways to Die
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Mister Negative was a major player in a key Brand New Day-era storyline called “New Ways to Die,” which pitted Spider-Man against his old foe, Norman Osborn. The twist here is that “New Ways to Die” unfolded during the “Dark Reign” status quo, a period where Osborn took over as Director of SHIELD and effectively became the defender of the free world. With a true supervillain in charge, it was a time when every Marvel hero learned what Spider-Man already knew – it’s no fun being the underdog everyone hates.

A big part of New Ways to Die involved Mister Negative transforming Eddie Brock (who at that point had rejected the Venom symbiote and was recovering from a battle with cancer) into Anti-Venom. This storyline helped solidify Li’s place in the criminal underworld and showcase his powers on a wider scale. We also noticed a billboard in the game trailer that reads “Re-elect Osborn for Mayor.” We have to wonder if the game will be borrowing more from the general Dark Reign status quo and exploring Osborn’s successful (if brief) rise as a respected political figure.

Readers can also check out the Spider-Man: Brand New Day Complete Collection Vol. 2 trade paperback if they want to read this story, as New Ways to Die is one of the stories included there. But those who prefer to get straight to the point can stick with the basic New Ways to Die collection.

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Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 5: Spiral
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Both Mister Negative and The Wraith have remained recurring players in the Spider-Man books since their Brand New Day introduction, but “Spiral” marks their most significant appearance in recent years. This storyline occurred in the aftermath of the massive Spider-Verse crossover, where Peter Parker teamed up with dozens of Spider-Men from across the multiverse to defeat the family of vampiric cannibals known as The Inheritors. The purpose of Spiral was basically to help ground the franchise after the craziness of Spider-Verse. So even though this book is technically Vol. 5 in the 2014-2016 Amazing Spider-Man series, it works perfectly fine as a standalone tale.

Spiral explores the effects of a massive gang war in New York City, as everyone from Black Cat to Hammerhead to Tombstone to Mister Negative is fighting for control of the criminal underworld. The game’s trailer establishes that there’s tension brewing between Mister Negative and Kingpin’s rival gangs, so that alone makes this book a relevant read.

However, Spiral is especially important where Yuri and her costumed alter-ego are concerned. The storyline focuses a great deal on her thirst for vengeance and the way that good heroes can become corrupted by their crusades. We have to assume the game will be covering similar ground and that Spidey’s fight to save his new partner from her own demons will be equally important.

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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis Vol. 1
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More than a decade after helping to birth the Ultimate Universe in Ultimate Spider-Man #1, writer Brian Bendis dramatically revamped the franchise by killing off Peter Parker and replacing him with a new teenage Spider-Man, Miles Morales. Miles quickly found a sizable fanbase, both for helping to bring a greater diversity to Marvel’s superhero lineup and because he allowed Bendis and co-creator Sara Pichelli the chance to tell a very different sort of “Young Spider-Man” tale. Not only did he have to juggle the warring responsibilities of being a teenager and a superhero, he had to live up to the impossible standard set by the late Peter Parker.

The final shot in the game trailer shows that Miles has a role to play in this story. Whether we’ll actually see him take up the mantle of Spider-Man remains unclear, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to read the first volume of Ultimate Comics Spider-Man and discover how Miles evolved from ordinary teen to Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.

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Fitbit Flex 2 Buying Guide: What You Need To Know

Everything you need to know about Fitbit’s entry-level tracker.

Fitbit has long been the leader in the wearable fitness tracker sector, but in the last few years the firm’s lineup of trackers has grown into a diverse range in order to appeal to a broader audience, from your average Joe keeping in shape at the gym, right up to Pro Athletes.

Matter of fact, at the time of this writing, Fitbit has no fewer than eight fitness trackers available: the Fitbit Zip,  Fitbit One, Fitbit Flex 2, Fitbit Alta, Fitbit Alta HR, Fitbit Charge 2, Fitbit Blaze, and Fitbit Surge.

One of the most popular models of the lineup is the Fitbit Flex 2, due to its all-around great features, good design, and reasonable price. Here we take a look at everything the Fitbit Flex 2 has to offer. But don’t worry, if you still don’t think it’s for you, there are seven other types of Fitbit to choose from.

A few notable things about the Fitbit Flex 2: it’s Fitbit’s slimmest band yet and the tracker actually comes in the form of a small pill-shaped device that you slip into the band—or bangle, or pendant. In other words, the Flex 2 has a design that could fit many different formats.

Fitbit Flex 2: Health Features

The Fitbit Flex 2 is packed with health features. These include: all-day Steps, Calories & Distance tracking; Auto Sleep Tracking; SmartTrack Auto Exercise Recognition so it’s able to detect if you are walking or running; Reminders to get up and move; and it’s water proof and can track your strokes in the pool. Combine all this with a simple and light design and the Fitbit Flex 2 is clearly a great choice for a fitness tracker.

Fitbit Flex 2: Other Features

But the Fitbit Flex 2 also has other features as well. Among the best are: a 5-day battery life; Call and Text notifications; the aforementioned ability to slip the tracker into various bands and pendants; and an LED display that has a progression meter that shows how close you are to your daily goals.

Fitbit Flex 2: Style

The great thing about the Fitbit Flex 2 is that you are not just limited to wearing it on your wrist. Though there are myriad styles of wristbands you can buy to slip the Fitbit Flex 2 tracker into, you can also buy bangles (fancy bracelets) and pendants to hold the tracker and fit your style. Off the shelf editions of the Fitbit Flex 2 come in black, lavender, magenta, or navy color wristband options.

Fitbit Flex 2: Who Is It For?

The Fitbit Flex 2 is great for those who want to get a simple no-nonsense tracker that does the basics—and does them well. It’s also for those who might want to change the look and design of their tracker, ie: those who might be find wearing a plastic wristband while working out at the gym, but want to disguise the tracker a bit more by putting it into a fancy pendant when going out to a party in the evening. Overall, it’s a fantastic all-around good choice for those shopping for an entry-level fitness tracker.

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