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Though the weather has been unseasonably warm this week in many parts of the country, we know this isn’t going to last. And if you were one of the many people who really embraced gardening during the pandemic (or have been an avid gardener for years), you may find yourself going through winter withdrawal when it comes…

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Go to article - Cope With Gardening Withdrawal By Starting an Indoor Herb Garden

The holiday shopping season, like everything else, is looking a little different this year. Sure, there were still people at malls at 6 a.m. yesterday for Black Friday sales, but nothing compared to years past. Today, it’s Small Business Saturday, and the perfect opportunity to support independent retailers. Small…

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Go to article - Celebrate Small Business Saturday by Shopping at Independent Retailers

Not everyone can afford to buy brand-name clothing and accessories, so when we see outlet versions of our favorite stores, it can be tempting to pop in and look for a deal. And at first glance, it appears that you have: you pick up a top says it retails for $200, but the outlet price is $29. If that seems too good to…

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Go to article - How to Tell If an Item of Clothing Was Made Specifically for a Factory Outlet

A simple but noteworthy attack is making the rounds on popular chat service WhatsApp. It’s incredibly easy for someone to pull off—all they need is access to a single account that has you listed as a contact. And if you’re susceptible to a bit of social networking, said attacker can take over your WhatsApp account…

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Go to article - Use 2FA to Stop This New WhatsApp Account Attack

It’s not only Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas that will look different this year: the whole holiday season will be (or at least should be) much quieter. Remember how December used to be—running between obligatory holiday parties and events for a few weeks, so when it came time to celebrate with the people you…

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Go to article - How to Get Paid to Binge Watch Holiday Movies in Bed

One of the first parts of working remotely that got people really excited (aside from being able to wear soft clothes all the time) is avoiding their daily commute. Whether that involved a traffic-filled car trip, or depending on perpetually late public transit, the idea of simply getting out of bed and walking to…

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Go to article - Consider Starting and Ending Your Day With a Fake Commute

You should be using a password manager, because it’s one of the best things you can do to secure your digital life. With it, you’ll be able to create strong, incredibly difficult to guess passwords that you won’t even be able to remember yourself. Your password manager will store them for you, and you’ll be able to…

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Go to article - Should I Keep Using My Password Manager?

Are you bored of your usual Zoom backgrounds? Are you tired of panic-cleaning the area immediately behind your desk 30 seconds before a Zoom meeting so your colleagues don’t see the trash heap you call home? Allow us to introduce you to your latest option: Zoom backgrounds that feature home offices designed in the…

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Go to article - Make It Look Like Wes Anderson Designed Your Home Office With These Zoom Backgrounds

You’ve watched the parade and the dog show. You’ve cooked, cleaned and had dinner. You’ve managed to avoid (or at least tune out) football. Now what? Why not head outside and take a look at the Earth’s shadow? It will be easier to spot than usual both today and tomorrow. Here’s how to find it in the evening sky.

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Go to article - How to See the Earth's Shadow After Sunset This Evening

Whether you’re spending the holidays on your own, or (still) cooped up with the same people you’ve been quarantining with for months, you could probably use a break from your usual routine. Even if you’re not celebrating, you may still have a day (or at least part of a day) off to regroup. One way to do that is by…

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Go to article - Plan a Hike to Get Some Fresh Air and Tune Out Holiday Stress

Every few years, a new study or news segment comes out demonstrating how kids today are so disconnected from their food, they aren’t able to recognize even the most basic fruits and vegetables. As adults, we (hopefully) are much better at identifying various types of produce, but what about what it looks like before

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Go to article - Learn How Farmers Produce Ingredients for Your Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

Last night, Twitter lit up with claims that Parler, a social media platform surging in popularity among Trump supporters—especially since the election—was hacked. Parler’s CEO John Matze did damage control today, strongly denying the claim, but the rumors continue circulating online. Some say the leak has been…

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Go to article - Parler Wasn't Hacked, but That Doesn't Mean It's Safe to Use

As COVID-19 vaccines transition from the hypothetical to the actual, with Pfizer seeking an emergency use authorization from the Food & Drug Administration that could see the first Americans being inoculated against the disease as early as December, the discussion around actually taking a vaccine grows more personal.

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Go to article - How to Talk to Someone Who Doesn't Want the COVID-19 Vaccine

Good pots and pans tend to be expensive, and that’s especially true for copper cookware, which looks gorgeous, has a sort of timeless aesthetic appeal, and is often dramatically more expensive than even its high quality stainless steel equivalents. But is copper cookware really better? And if so, why?

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Go to article - Is copper cookware better?