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  • Lightroom Tip: How to ?Stack? as Many Spot Removal Points as You Want (2940 characters)

    Fri, 22 May 2020 16:25:00 -0400Lightroom Tip: How to ?Stack? as Many Spot Removal Points as You WantPetaPixel

    The spot removal tool in Lightroom is a fast and simple method to touch up a photo and cleanup imperfections. While not as accurate or full-featured as the various touchup tools in Photoshop, sometimes you only need a simple and fast way to perform a touchup directly from Lightroom.

    Using the tool is straightforward. You click on the small brush icon and then will be offered a choice of either Clone or Heal. In most cases, the Heal choice will yield the best results for fast touchup of blemishes. You can also set your Size, Feather, and Opacity preferences.

    Then, fixing a blemish or problem in the photo is as simple as simply “painting” right over it with the tool.

    Lightroom will then try and find another area of the image that most closely represents the same color, texture, lighting and so forth:

    In most cases, Lightroom does a fairly good job the first time around. If not, you can easily click and drag the suggested reference point to another area of the image.

    While adding a single spot removal point usually works, there are times you may need to add more than one. Here’s the problem: if you try and add two or more spots directly almost on top of each other, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible to do. It?s a real hassle, actually.

    The reason is because the selected cursor points overlap each other, and when you are trying to move your mouse over them, Lightroom will just select the previous point and will not allow you to activate a new selection.

    The Helpful Shortcut

    Fortunately, there is a great keyboard shortcut which will solve this problem. Simply press the H key on your keyboard. Once you do, Lightroom will “hide” all of the previous spots that you have placed in the photo and you can easily maneuver your cursor to wherever you need and add another spot.

    For a short demonstration on how to do this, please see the video.

    A couple of things to keep in mind about this tool and this shortcut:

    1. Lightroom is not the best software application for performing detailed touchup on photos. Anything other than a very simple touchup job will require a more full-featured pixel editor like Photoshop.
    2. Lightroom will also slow down as you increase the number of spot points using the touchup tool. Meaning, you don’t want your photo to be filled with them like this

    If you need to do this much touch up, use Photoshop!

    However, for quick fixes directly in Lightroom with a minimum of hassle, give the ?H? shortcut key a try if you need to add more than one point from time to time.

    Happy Lightrooming!

    About the author: Chris Lee is a corporate photographer, technical trainer, video editor located in the Atlanta area who created the pal2tech YouTube channel last year. He recently woke up one morning and realized that he loves teaching photography even more than actually taking photos. We know? he still finds that hard to believe also.

  • Delta to provide care kit containing masks to passengers (281 characters)

    Fri, 22 May 2020 16:24:00 -0400Delta to provide care kit containing masks to passengersReuters: Business News

    Delta Air Lines Inc said https://news.delta.com/complimentary-care-kits-provide-delta-customers-travel-safety-essentials on Friday a care kit containing a disposable face mask and a Purell hand sanitizer gel will be available on request at ticket counters and gates by June 5.

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  • Delta to provide care kit containing masks to passengers (280 characters)

    Fri, 22 May 2020 16:21:00 -0400Delta to provide care kit containing masks to passengersReuters: Company News

    Delta Air Lines Inc said https://news.delta.com/complimentary-care-kits-provide-delta-customers-travel-safety-essentials on Friday a care kit containing a disposable face mask and a Purell hand sanitizer gel will be available on request at ticket counters and gates by June 5.

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  • 'Weird' Nintendo Switch Issue Makes it Easier to Guess Passwords (1189 characters)

    Fri, 22 May 2020 16:05:00 -0400'Weird' Nintendo Switch Issue Makes it Easier to Guess PasswordsSlashdot

    A security researcher has found an odd issue with how the Nintendo Switch console handles login credentials, potentially making it easier for hackers to figure out peoples' passwords, and raising questions about how Nintendo is storing passwords. From a report: The issue revolves around how users log into the eShop from a Nintendo Switch. As security researcher Runa Sandvik explained it, when logging into the eShop before typing in a password, the 'OK' dialogue box is greyed out. When a user enters their correct password, it lights up and lets the user log in. Expected behaviour, so far. But Sandvik found that the 'OK' box also lights up if the user only enters the first eight characters of their password. The eShop won't let the user actually login -- they still need to enter their complete password -- but it does provide visual feedback to someone trying to guess a password that they're on the right track. Essentially, this could give a hacker a better chance of figuring out your password if they only have to determine what comes after the eighth character, although of course they would still need to get that first section too.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. charges ousted Hollywood exec with defrauding pandemic loan program, BlackRock fund (257 characters)

    Fri, 22 May 2020 15:57:00 -0400UPDATE 1-U.S. charges ousted Hollywood exec with defrauding pandemic loan program, BlackRock fundReuters: Company News

    U.S. prosecutors have charged the recently ousted owner of a Hollywood movie distributor with defrauding a federal coronavirus emergency relief program and a BlackRock Inc investment fund, including to pay for a Beverly Hills mansion and other luxuries.

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  • Hong Kong leader says national security legislation to improve business confidence: Xinhua (262 characters)

    Fri, 22 May 2020 15:53:00 -0400Hong Kong leader says national security legislation to improve business confidence: XinhuaReuters: World News

    Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said late on Friday the Chinese proposal to impose national security laws on Hong Kong will improve business confidence in the city and will not damage the interests of foreign investors, China's state news agency Xinhua reported.

  • U.S. adding 33 Chinese companies, institutions to economic black list (273 characters)

    Fri, 22 May 2020 15:44:00 -0400U.S. adding 33 Chinese companies, institutions to economic black listReuters: Business News

    The U.S. Commerce Department said on Friday it is adding 33 Chinese companies and other institutions to an economic blacklist for human rights violations and to address U.S. national security concerns involving weapons of mass destruction and other military activities.

  • Ohio Reveals Plan to Allow Wedding Receptions with Up to 300 Guests as of June 1st (2478 characters)

    Fri, 22 May 2020 15:39:00 -0400Ohio Reveals Plan to Allow Wedding Receptions with Up to 300 Guests as of June 1stPetaPixel

    Large gatherings, including wedding receptions and other events, have been banned in Ohio since mid-March, but that’s all about to change. As of June 1st, Ohio will begin allowing wedding receptions with up to 300 guests, effectively re-opening the wedding photo industry… with some restrictions.

    According to Cleveland.com, the plan was unveiled by Lt. Gov. Jon Husted during Thursday’s coronavirus briefing. The new guidelines allow banquet venues and catering services to re-open while following the same rules that have been set out for Restaurants and Bars, including:

    • Ensure minimum of six feet distance between groups and set up barriers when this isn’t possible
    • Increase the frequency of surface cleaning, handwashing, and sanitizing
    • All employees must wear face coverings
    • All guests are recommended to wear face coverings
    • Close all “open congregate areas” that aren’t “necessary for the preparation and service of food or beverages,” such as billiards, card playing, pinball games, video games, arcade games, dancing, and entertainment.

    That last point probably has you scratching your head, but it isn’t a typo. Not only will tables/groups need to be kept six feet apart, there is to be no congregating during these events, even if there is the maximum 300 people in attendance. You can see the full guidelines for yourself below, or read them at this link:

    ?We recognize that there are a lot of weddings and events that are important to people?s lives that can and should go on,” Husted said during yesterday’s briefing. “We are just asking that it be done safely?as safely as possible?to avoid the spread of the virus.?

    A spokesperson later clarified that gatherings of more than 10 people are still prohibited state-wide under the current stay-at-home order. The 300-person limit only applies to events being held at established venues.

    The announcement comes just one week after Washington State revealed re-opening guidelines for professional photographers, but if that’s a baby step towards reopening in earnest, Ohio’s announcement is a giant leap that not everyone will agree with. It does, however, mean that some wedding photographers will be able to get back to work… albeit shooting receptions with no dancing, congregating, or “entertainment” of any sort.

    (via SLR Lounge)

    Image credits: Header photo by Alasdair Elmes, CC0

  • The new Capture One Express for Nikon is available for free (breakdown of the different versions) (1548 characters)

    Fri, 22 May 2020 15:32:00 -0400The new Capture One Express for Nikon is available for free (breakdown of the different versions)Nikon Rumors


    Several readers were asking me about the different Capture One for Nikon versions that were announced on Monday. Here is the breakdown:


    Some additional information:


    Information on the different Capture One Styles can be found here:



    Capture One tutorials can be found here:

    Capture One screenshots:




    The post The new Capture One Express for Nikon is available for free (breakdown of the different versions) appeared first on Nikon Rumors.

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  • North Dakota's COVID-19 App Has Been Sending Data To Foursquare and Google (1282 characters)

    Fri, 22 May 2020 15:25:00 -0400North Dakota's COVID-19 App Has Been Sending Data To Foursquare and GoogleSlashdot

    The official COVID-19 contact-tracing app for the state of North Dakota, designed to detect whether people have potentially been exposed to the coronavirus, sends location data and a unique user identifier to Foursquare -- and other data to Google and a bug-tracking company -- according to a new report from smartphone privacy company Jumbo Privacy. From a report: The app, called Care19, and produced by a company called ProudCrowd that also makes a location-based social networking app for North Dakota State sports fans, generates a random ID number for each person who uses it. Then, it can "anonymously cache the individual's locations throughout the day," storing information about where people spent at least 10 minutes at a time, according to the state website. If users test positive for the coronavirus, they can provide that information to the North Dakota Department of Health for contact-tracing purposes so that other people who spent time near virus patients can potentially be notified. According to the app's privacy policy, "location data is private to you and is stored securely on ProudCrowd, LLC servers" and won't be shared with third parties "unless you consent or ProudCrowd is compelled under federal regulations."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Biden says U.S. should lead world in condemning China over Hong Kong actions (257 characters)

    Fri, 22 May 2020 14:57:00 -0400Biden says U.S. should lead world in condemning China over Hong Kong actionsReuters: World News

    The United States must lead the world in condemning China if it imposes new national security rules on Hong Kong, likely Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said on Friday after Beijing unveiled a law that could undermine the territory's autonomy.

  • Automaker trade opposes effort to freeze U.S. fuel efficiency standards (251 characters)

    Fri, 22 May 2020 14:46:00 -0400Automaker trade opposes effort to freeze U.S. fuel efficiency standardsReuters: Business News

    A group representing many major automakers on Friday said it was intervening in a lawsuit that says the Trump administration did not go far enough in weakening -- but not freezing -- Obama administration standards to revise fuel economy standards.

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  • We Lose A Lot When Podcasts Go Closed Instead Of Open (1988 characters)

    Fri, 22 May 2020 14:45:00 -0400We Lose A Lot When Podcasts Go Closed Instead Of OpenSlashdot

    Mike Masnick, writing at TechDirt: Last year, when Spotify purchased a bunch of podcast companies, we worried that it foretold the end of the open world of podcasting. You can get a Spotify account for free, but unlike most podcast apps, you can't get any podcast you want via Spotify. Spotify has to agree to host it, and as a podcast you have to "apply" (indeed, Techdirt's own podcast was initially rejected by Spotify, though has since been let in). That's a "closed, but free" setup. Most podcasts are both open and free -- published as open MP3 files, using an open RSS feed that any regular podcast app can grab. Spotify, so far, hadn't done much to close off the podcasts that it had purchased, but perhaps that's changing. Earlier this week it was announced that one of (if not) the most popular podcasts in the world, Joe Rogan's, would now be moving exclusively to Spotify. News reports have said that Spotify paid over $100 million to get Rogan's podcast on board, while some have put the number closer to $200 million. While it's totally understandable why Rogan would take that deal (who wouldn't?), it does remain a sad day for the concept of an open internet. When we lock up content into silos, we all lose out. The entire concept of podcasts came from the open nature of the internet -- combining MP3s and RSS to make it all work seamlessly and enabling anyone to just start broadcasting. The entire ecosystem came out of that, and putting it into silos and locking it up so that only one platform can control it is unfortunate. I'm sure it will get many people to move to Spotify's podcasting platform, though, and that means those that do offer open podcasting apps (most others) will suffer, because most people aren't going to want to use two different podcast apps. Even if the initial economics make sense, it still should be seen as a sad day for the open internet that enabled podcasting to exist in the first place.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Mesmerizing 4K Footage of Deep-Sea Creatures that Live in the Unexplored Ningaloo Canyons (1881 characters)

    Fri, 22 May 2020 14:30:00 -0400Mesmerizing 4K Footage of Deep-Sea Creatures that Live in the Unexplored Ningaloo CanyonsPetaPixel

    The Schmidt Ocean Institute has released a stunning 4K highlight reel of footage captured during their ROV expedition to the previously unexplored Ningaloo Canyons in the Indian Ocean. Over the course of 180 hours of exploration, researchers uncovered some 30 new species, as well as “the longest animal ever recorded.”

    It’s hard to overstate the scientific value of the footage above, and yet, it’s also easy to ignore the research aspects and just enjoy the hypnotic footage for what it is.

    The video was captured by the ROV SuBastian, a robotic underwater exploration vehicle that can dive as deep as 4500m (14,750ft)?far deeper than any human could possibly dive unassisted?stay down for much longer than a human occupied vehicle, and capture 4K video while it’s down there. The footage you see is literally showing parts of the sea floor that no human had ever laid eyes on before.

    Many never-before-scene animals were recorded during these dives?around 30 new species, the researchers reckon?but the most newsworthy is a new specimen of Apolemia that might be the “longest animal ever recorded,” at approximately 47m (154ft) long.

    If you’re needing a short break from the stresses of the day?or if you enjoyed the amazing underwater photography of Alexander Semenov that we shared yesterday?definitely take a moment to feast your eyes on the expedition highlight reel up top. And if you want to see even more, head over to the Schmidt Ocean Institute website where you can watch the full ROV SuBastian live streams, read the researchers’ latest “Cruise Blog,” and explore the institute’s image gallery.

    (via Laughing Squid)

  • State's jobless rate surges past 15% (330 characters)

    Fri, 22 May 2020 14:18:00 -0400State's jobless rate surges past 15%milforddailynews.com

    Michael Goodman, executive director of the UMass Dartmouth Public Policy Center, said joblessness in Massachusetts may not have reached such elevated levels since the recession immediately following World War II. "I don't think there are a lot of surprises here, but it's still pretty stunning when you look at the data," he said.

  • How iPhone Hackers Got Their Hands on the New iOS Months Before Its Release (1169 characters)

    Fri, 22 May 2020 14:05:00 -0400How iPhone Hackers Got Their Hands on the New iOS Months Before Its ReleaseSlashdot

    Security researchers and hackers have had access to a leaked early version of iOS 14, the iPhone's next operating system, since at least February, Motherboard reported Friday. From the report: That's almost eight months before the expected official release of iOS 14, given that Apple usually publishes the new iOS in September along with the announcement of new phones. Sometimes, screenshots and descriptions of new features leak before the official reveal. This time, however, an entire version of the operating system has leaked and is being widely circulated among hackers and security researchers. Motherboard has not been able to independently verify exactly how it leaked, but five sources in the jailbreaking community familiar with the leak told us they think that someone obtained a development iPhone 11 running a version of iOS 14 dated December 2019, which was made to be used only by Apple developers. According to those sources, someone purchased it from vendors in China for thousands of dollars, and then extracted the iOS 14 internal build and distributed it in the iPhone jailbreaking and hacking community.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Exclusive: U.S. plans massive coronavirus vaccine testing effort to meet year-end deadline (269 characters)

    Fri, 22 May 2020 14:01:00 -0400Exclusive: U.S. plans massive coronavirus vaccine testing effort to meet year-end deadlineReuters: Health News

    The United States plans a massive testing effort involving more than 100,000 volunteers and a half dozen or so of the most promising vaccine candidates in an effort to deliver a safe and effective one by the end of 2020, scientists leading the program told Reuters.

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    Fri, 22 May 2020 14:01:00 -0400Exclusive: U.S. plans massive coronavirus vaccine testing effort to meet year-end deadlineReuters: U.S.

    The United States plans a massive testing effort involving more than 100,000 volunteers and a half dozen or so of the most promising vaccine candidates in an effort to deliver a safe and effective one by the end of 2020, scientists leading the program told Reuters.

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  • 10 easiest credit card sign-up bonuses to earn (11085 characters)

    Fri, 22 May 2020 14:00:00 -040010 easiest credit card sign-up bonuses to earnThe Points Guy

    Sign-up bonuses are often one of the major selling points when shopping for a new rewards credit card. Card issuers offer these bonuses as a way to entice new customers and promote spending on their new cards.

    The best sign-up bonuses are worth hundreds of dollars (and a few even over $1,000), either in cash back or in travel rewards, depending on the type of credit card. But those bonuses are typically accompanied by spending thresholds of $3,000 or more that you must hit within the first few months of having the card.

    Luckily, there are a number of sign-up bonuses available right now that are much easier to hit. Today, I?m walking through sign-up bonuses that have a spending requirement of $2,000 or less. While this isn?t an exhaustive list, these are the best overall credit cards that still have easy-to-earn bonuses.

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    Best cards with the easiest welcome bonuses to hit

    The information about the Chase Freedom Unlimited, Chase Freedom, Bank of America Travel Rewards, Bank of America Cash Rewards, Wells Fargo Propel and Citi Rewards+ cards has been collected independently by The Points Guy. It has not been reviewed or approved by the issuers. 

    Chase Freedom Unlimited

    Annual fee: $0

    Sign-up bonus: $200 after spending $500 on purchases in the first three months of account opening (when you apply directly through Chase)

    Why we like it: The Chase Freedom Unlimited earns 1.5% cash back on every purchase. It?s a great card for non-bonus spending ? especially if you also have a Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve or Ink Business Preferred Credit Card. You can pair the Chase Freedom Unlimited with any of those three Chase credit cards to convert your cash back into valuable Ultimate Rewards points. You can then use them to book travel through the Chase travel portal with a redemption bonus or transfer to partners for potentially even more value.

    The information for the Ink Business Preferred card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

    Essential reading: Chase Freedom Unlimited review

    Chase Freedom

    Annual fee: $0

    Sign-up bonus: $200 after spending $500 on purchases in the first three months of account opening (when you apply directly through Chase)

    Why we like it: The Chase Freedom earns 5% cash back across quarterly rotating categories. There is a $1,500 cap on bonus spending each quarter, but that still means you could earn up to $300 per year in 5% bonus spending each year. Categories are random throughout the year, but common categories like dining, groceries and gas stations occur frequently.

    During Q2 2020, you?ll earn 5% back on select streaming services, groceries, gym memberships and fitness clubs. And just like the Freedom Unlimited, you can pair this card with Chase Ultimate Rewards cards for more value.

    Essential reading: Chase Freedom review 

    Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card

    Annual fee: $99, waived the first year (see rates and fees)

    Welcome bonus: 35,000 miles after spending $1,000 in purchases in the first three months of account opening ? worth $420, according to TPG valuations.

    Why we like it: The Delta SkyMiles Gold Amex is an entry-level credit card into the SkyMiles program. You?ll earn 2x miles on Delta, restaurants and U.S. supermarkets, plus 1x on everything else.

    The card comes with a few elite-like benefits, including first checked bag free and priority boarding. You can also earn a $100 Delta flight credit after spending $10,000 in a calendar year. If you are a casual Delta flyer or beginner just getting into the points and miles game, this a great card to consider.

    Essential reading: Delta SkyMiles Gold Amex review 

    Hilton Honors Card from American Express

    Annual fee: $0 (see rates & fees)

    Welcome bonus: 75,000 points after spending $1,000 in purchases in the first three months of account opening ? worth $450 based on TPG valuations

    Why we like it: The Hilton Honors Amex is a no-annual-fee, entry-level card into the Hilton Honors hotel program. You?ll earn 7x on eligible Hilton purchases; 5x at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets and U.S. gas stations, and 3x on everything else ? that is a 4.2% return on Hilton stays and a 3% return on restaurants, supermarkets and gas stations. The card also comes with a number of solid perks, including complimentary Hilton Silver elite status and the chance to earn Gold through $20,000 in card spending.

    Essential reading: Hilton Honors Amex review 

    Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express

    Annual fee: $95 (see rates and fees)

    Welcome bonus: $250 statement credit after spending $1,000 in purchases in the first three months of account opening

    Why we like it: The Blue Cash Preferred is one of the best cash-back credit cards out there. You?ll earn 6% cash back at U.S. supermarkets (up to $6,000 per year, then 1%) and select U.S. streaming services; 3% on transit and U.S. gas stations, and 1% on everything else. With a reasonable annual fee, a 6% return is an excellent rewards rate if you spend a solid portion of your budget on groceries at U.S. supermarkets and with select U.S. streaming services each month.

    Essential reading: Blue Cash Preferred review 

    Bank of America Travel Rewards credit card

    Annual fee: $0

    Welcome bonus: 25,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 in eligible purchases in the first 90 days of account opening

    Why we like it: You?ll earn an unlimited 1.5x on all purchases, and those points can be redeemed for a fixed value for travel purchases. But you can supersize your earning potential if you are a member of the Bank of America Preferred Rewards program. At the highest level, you?ll earn up to 75% more points on every purchase (meaning 2.625x on every purchases). For no annual fee and an easy-to-hit welcome bonus? That?s a stellar return.

    Essential reading: Bank of America Travel Rewards review

    Wells Fargo Propel American Express card

    Annual fee: $0

    Sign-up bonus: 20,000 points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening

    Why we like it: The Wells Fargo Propel is an excellent card for beginners to the credit card rewards game. You?ll earn a solid 3x points across travel, dining (eating out and ordering in), gas stations, transit and popular streaming services. The card also comes with perks like an intro APR period and cellphone protection coverage. You can redeem points for eligible purchases at a fixed value of 1 cent each, which makes it easy to get value out of your points.

    Essential reading: Wells Fargo Propel Amex review 

    Bank of America Cash Rewards credit card

    Annual fee: $0

    Welcome bonus: $200 cash bonus after spending $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening

    Why we like it: The Bank of America Cash Rewards card lets you customize your rewards structure. You?ll earn 3% cash back on the category of your choice, plus 2% cash back on grocery stores and wholesale clubs (for the first $2,500 in combined choice category/grocery store/wholesale club purchases each quarter, then 1%). All other purchases earn 1% cash back. Just like the Bank of America Travel Rewards credit card, being a member of the Preferred Rewards program means you?ll earn even more cash back on every purchase.

    Essential reading: Bank of America Cash Rewards review

    Citi Rewards+ Card

    Annual fee: $0

    Sign-up bonus: 15,000 points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening

    Why we like it: The Citi Rewards+ is built for true beginners. The modest sign-up bonus is easy to earn and the card comes with a few unique features. Every time you make a purchase, the points you earn will round up to the nearest 10 points (so a $2 coffee that normally would earn 2 points would earn 10 with this card). This benefit also applies to purchases where you earn 2x points at supermarkets and gas stations (up to $6,000 in combined bonus spending each year, then 1x). You?ll also get 10% points back for the first 100,000 ThankYou points you redeem each year.

    Essential reading: Citi Rewards+ Review 

    American Express® Green Card

    Annual fee: $150 (see rates and fees)

    Welcome bonus: 30,000 points after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening

    Why we like it: The Amex Green is another great travel card for beginners. You?ll earn 3x points on travel and restaurants ? and the travel category is broader than your typical Amex Membership Rewards card, including home-share rentals and transit alongside typical hotel and airfare purchases. The card also comes with some solid travel benefits such as a Clear membership worth up to $100 in credit, and up to $100 in LoungeBuddy credit each year.

    Essential reading: Amex Green review

    Are you eligible for a sign-up bonus?

    Not everyone is eligible for a credit card sign-up bonus. Each issuer has its own set of rules regarding when you?re able to earn a bonus.

    American Express, for example, limits you to one welcome bonus per card, per lifetime. So if you?ve ever had certain cards in the past (even if it was a long time ago), you won?t be eligible to earn a welcome bonus now. Amex recently implemented a four-card limit on consumer cards. Luckily, Amex also has a tool on its site that will notify you before submitting an application whether you are able to earn the welcome bonus on a specific card.

    You?ll want to pay attention to the offer details for each bonus to ensure you are able to take advantage of the welcome bonus opportunity.

    Related reading: Ultimate guide to credit card application restrictions 

    Bottom line

    Sign-up bonuses are a great way to get a jump start on a redemption you?re aiming for. Even the easiest bonuses to hit are typically worth at least a few hundred dollars. Just make sure you know the terms and conditions for earning and keeping those bonuses before you apply.

    For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles Gold Amex card, click here.
    For rates and fees of the Hilton Honors Amex card, click here.
    For rates and fees of the Blue Cash Preferred card, click here.
    For rates and fees of the Amex Green card, click here.

    Featured image by Isabelle Raphael/The Points Guy

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  • Brazil telecoms watchdog admits delay in 5G auction, sees broadband usage up (260 characters)

    Fri, 22 May 2020 13:59:00 -0400Brazil telecoms watchdog admits delay in 5G auction, sees broadband usage upReuters: Technology News

    Social distancing measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic are boosting broadband usage by up to 50% in Brazil, but may end up delaying the country's fifth-generation mobile network (5G) auction, the head of the country's telecoms watchdog said on Friday.

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