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Ever since we found ourselves hurling into the midst of a pandemic four long months ago, many of us have been working office jobs with no office in sight. I, for one, am working in a studio apartment with my fiancée, our monitors back to back in a never-ending game of “which one of us has to take our meeting in the…

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I cannot imagine anyone is feeling very patriotic right now. If there is one thing that we can all agree on, it’s that things suck really bad in the USA, and celebrating America feels tone deaf at best. I never feel particularly patriotic, but I’m not going to let that stop me from drinking over the long weekend.…

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Go to article - Slip Into the Long Weekend With a Soviet Spritz

Kids are missing out on lots of conventional social interactions with their friends right now, but we’re also getting pretty good at figuring out pandemic variations on the classics. “It’s Better Than Nothing” should be everyone’s mantra by now, which is why I’m going to recommend that you let your kids have video…

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Go to article - Let Your Kids Have ‘Video Sleepovers’ With Their Friends

You should be washing all your fruits and vegetables, even the ones you plan to peel before eating. Besides dirt from the field, there can also be bacteria and pesticide or other chemical residues. So as you’re packing your picnic basket, give your produce a rinse.

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If you’ve ever signed in to a third-party app or website using your Facebook account, you should take a moment and update a few security settings.

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Go to article - Remove Apps Linked to Your Facebook Account That You're Not Using

It’s summer, so you probably want to take advantage of having access to fresh watermelon now that it’s in season. But how can you tell which melon is the ripest and sweetest, and which ones you should leave in the grocery store? Here are three steps to picking the perfect watermelon, courtesy of Texas A&M Agrilife.

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Go to article - Follow These 3 Steps to Pick the Perfect Watermelon

Along with knitting, puzzles and baking, gardening has become another popular pandemic pastime. The sale of seeds has skyrocketed, and regardless of whether people have a giant backyard or a tiny fire escape in the city, they’ve been getting into the weeds (mostly to pull them).

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Go to article - Learn How to Make Bee-Friendly Gardens at This Free Online Workshop

In case you missed it, Wendy’s started serving breakfast back in March. (You may have been distracted by the beginning of the global pandemic). On the surface, this doesn’t seem like something that would succeed—after all, with so many people working from home, it probably means fewer drive-thru breakfasts. Well, it…

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Go to article - How to Get Free Breakfast Sandwiches at Wendy's Through July 5

I try not to move if I can avoid it, which is why I’ve stayed in the ultra-expensive Silicon Valley—while working remotely for Lifehacker—instead of living like a king in an affordable, smaller town somewhere. When I do move, I take particular care of my desktop PC, because I have a lot of expensive stuff that I don’t…

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Go to article - How Do You Move Your Desktop PC Without Breaking It?

Does your voice assistant often seem a little too eager to chime in? A recent study by Ruhr University Bochum and Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy found over 1,000 words and phrases that Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant frequently misidentified as activation commands (also known as “wake words”). Here are…

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Go to article - You Should Mute Your Smart Speaker's Mic More Often

As the United States’ post-pandemic reopening plans increasingly look like a bad on-again-off-again relationship in many states, many workers have been concerned about losing their unemployment benefits.

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Go to article - That Extra $600 Unemployment Benefit Could Get Extended

Recently, headlines warned of a new flu virus with “pandemic potential,” based on a study of viruses on pig farms in China. There’s no need to immediately start freaking out, however: While it’s always a safe assumption there will be another pandemic someday, this one is not cause for concern just yet.

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Go to article - Wait, Are We Going to Have Two Pandemics?

Hotels are gross. There, I said it. It’s something we often forget about, especially if we’re staying at a place that’s a bit classier than the Schitt’s Creek Motel, but anywhere you sleep where 1) other people have slept and 2) someone else has to clean is invariably going to fail you. That’s just the way it is, and…

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Go to article - Don't Trust Your Hotel's COVID-19 Cleaning Policy

A new privacy feature in iOS 14 has exposed a number of popular apps and raised concerns about clipboard privacy. In the video above, I explain why this is concerning, but not something to panic about.

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Go to article - TikTok and Other Apps Are Secretly Reading Your Clipboard

Remember when we told you that you could view 3D animals in your own home using Google and a smartphone? Well, now you can do the same thing with your favorite Jurassic World dinosaurs, such as the velociraptor above who visited my sun porch today.

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Go to article - How to View 3D Dinosaurs in Your Own Home

One of the most nerve-wracking moments of booking travel is realizing you have accrued points with your airline, but not enough to get you where you want to go. As travel starts reopening, airlines are figuring out different ways to encourage travelers to book travel. Typically you’d have a choice between buying a…

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Go to article - How to Combine Points and Cash to Purchase Fares on JetBlue

I have a summer tradition that involves yelling about raw corn on the internet. Raw corn is good and I think more people should eat it, so every summer I just start shouting and resharing this little blog I wrote a few years ago. This inevitably leads to a lot of corn discourse, and this year that included someone…

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Go to article - Butter Your Corn the 'War Games' Way

It’s hard to think of any professions that haven’t been impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic. Whether you lost your job, transitioned to working from home or have had to follow new protocols as an essential worker, most people have seen significant changes in their work lives in the past few months. And while the…

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Go to article - How to Successfully Start a New Job Remotely

If you have federal student loans, you may know that while the government owns the loans, they enlist another company—a servicer—to handle the day to day business of collecting payments from borrowers. But soon, the way you pay your monthly student loan bill will be changing, and you may even find that you have a new…

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Go to article - Your Federal Student Loan Servicer May Be Changing