This is a roundup of news that I have come across during the day. Read about rapper who was arrested for using stolen cards to pay for private jets, yacht charters, private chefs and more, HP’s ‘free ink for life’ plan is over, Carnival cancels cruises through February 2021, CBP’s warrantless phone tracking, free fix for iPhone 11 devices, and expansion of Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston said rapper G Herbo, whose real name is Herbert Wright, was indicted along with five others in a wire fraud and identity theft scheme involving stolen credit cards. Attorneys said the men used the stolen cards to pay for private jets, yacht charters, private chefs, security guards, luxury hotels and designer puppies.
HP is ending its 3-year-old policy of giving Instant Ink subscribers the first 15 pages free every month, a benefit that was previously advertised as “free for life.” As of Friday, the company is charging 99 cents for the first 15 pages printed on HP printers (anything above that amount incurs additional charges). Though the charge is relatively small, it ends a promotion that was used to entice consumers to buy HP printers and the ink subscription plan.
Carnival Cruise Line announced Thursday that it has canceled its remaining cruises through February 2021, as Covid-19 cases continue to rise nationwide. “We apologize to our guests but we must continue to take a thoughtful, deliberate and measured approach as we map out our return to operations in 2021,” Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said in a statement.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is launching an inspector general investigation into the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP)’s warrantless use of commercially-available phone location data to track individuals. This follows an inquiry in October from a group of Democratic senators led by Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who said in a letter that the CBP had admitted to spending $500,000 on access to a commercial database containing “location data mined from applications on millions of Americans’ mobile phones.”
The affected devices were manufactured between November 2019 and May 2020, and the issue affects a “small percentage” of display modules, Apple said. The replacement program doesn’t cover other models, like the iPhone 11 Pro, and it only covers affected devices. Users can check if their phone is eligible on Apple’s website by checking their serial number.
In theme park news, Universal Studios confirms the expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The magical theme park at Universal Orlando is set to expand. Here’s what we know about the expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando.