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One of the biggest hurdles when switching to an electric vehicle is preparing a home to charge your car. In most cases, installing a home EV charger can cost thousands of dollars and even more if you need to upgrade your equipment and electrical panel. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

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Nichelle Nichols, the original actor of Star Trek’s Nyota Uhura, has passed away on Saturday, July 30. The news broke on the actor’s Instagram account, as announced by her son, Kyle Johnson. Read more...

Star Trek: the Original Series Nichelle Nichols made TV history with her portrayal of Nyota Uhura in Star Trek: the Original Series . (credit: CBS) Actress Nichelle Nichols—who made history with her portrayal of Nyota Uhura on Star Trek: The Original Series —died Saturday, July 30, at the age of 89. Her son Kyle Johnson announced Nichols' passing on her official Instagram account, saying his moth

Wine, cheese, Atlantic coasts, Mediterranean beaches, Pyrenees hiking and alpine skiing. Is there any box that a trip to France can’t tick? No wonder France is one of the most popular destinations in the world, with 96 departments (similar to states) on the mainland and five overseas departments to discover. Still, travelers tend to stick to predictable places including Paris, Provence and the Cô

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Screen time is arguably one of the hottest parenting topics of the past 20 years. The arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic that closed schools and caused kids to be home at all times forced the topic into the spotlight even further. Youngsters spent more time online than ever before, due in part to the switch to virtual school and their parents' need to get work done while WFH. It's natural for paren

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency Friday as monkeypox infection rates rise. Hochul said it will run through August 28, and that she hopes to increase vaccine availability. "This executive order enables us to respond more swiftly, and allows health care professionals to take additional steps that will help get more New Yorkers vaccinated," Hochul said on Twitter Friday .

A mother complains that her 14 year old son, traveling as an unaccompanied minor on American Airlines, had his Miami to New York flight cancelled and he was forced to spend the night in the airport. This seems to me to be the parent's fault, and not American's. Don't send your child as an unaccompanied minor right now, on a connecting itinerary, if you can possibly help it. Continue reading ...

I arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York earlier this week and needed to get a good bit of work done before going on an airport tour later that afternoon. Knowing I had about four hours to kill in JFK’s Terminal 8, I checked to see if there were any Amex Centurion Lounges nearby as I have complimentary access thanks to recently adding The Platinum Card® from American E

In the song "Last Kiss" off of her 2010 album Speak Now , Taylor Swift sings "I ran off the plane, that July 9th." Nowadays, Swift likely finds herself running off the plane every other day of the year as well. A recent study by the sustainability marketing agency Yard looked into the usage of private planes by celebrities in order to track carbon emissions and find out the worst celeb contributo

Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton sold his jet when he decided to embrace a greener, more sustainable lifestyle.

Some baseball players and fans are up in arms over a piece of technology that has been approved for use in MLB games, though not everyone hates it.

Today's Wordle solution is a word we all know, and that makes it pretty easy to guess using our helpful hints... and we have the solution, too.

Bolt Mobility, the Miami-based micromobility startup co-founded by Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, appears to have vanished without a trace from several of its U.S. markets. In some cases, the departure has been abrupt, leaving cities with abandoned equipment, unanswered calls and emails and lots of questions. Bolt has stopped operating in at least five U.S. cities, including Portland, Oregon,

the1920sinpictures : 1910′s 4:00 p.m. Shift change at Ford Motor Company, Detroit, Michigan. From Images of Yore, FB.

Actress Nichelle Nichols, best known for her role as Nyota Uhura in Star Trek: The Original Series , has died. Nichols’ son Kyle Johnson shared the news on Sunday. “I regret to inform you that a great light in the firmament no longer shines for us as it has for so many years,” he wrote on Instagram . “Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all.” Nichols was 89 when she passed away

Link: Apply for the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card with 75K bonus miles The popular Capital One Venture Card is currently offering a fantastic welcome bonus, which many may be interested in. This bonus was first launched in mid-May, though I wanted to post a reminder of this, as it’s anyone’s guess how long it will be around. Capital One Venture Card offering 75K miles The Capital One Ve

Check your email and online account if you are an American Express cardholder. If you missed out on Amex’s last round of bonus points for Amazon spending, you may be eligible this time around. As part of its latest round of offers , Amex is once again offering certain cardholders an additional 5 Membership Rewards points per dollar on Amazon spending. Want your TPG news delivered straight to your

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Over the various Predator films, comics, games, fans have met numerous iterations of the camouflaged alien hunter, and each of them have been formidable, bloody threats in their own ways. The upcoming Prey , which releases next week, winds back the clock to 1719 in the Comanche Nation , and its Predator stands as the… Read more...

Popular video-game streamer Dr Disrespect on Sunday revealed early footage from the first game of his new gaming studio, a first-person shooter titled Deadrop . People are already tearing it to shreds on social media. The announcement comes months after Dr Disrespect announced the launch of the games studio he founded with Call of Duty and Halo veterans Robert Bowling, Quinn DelHoyo, and Sumit Gu

We’ve reached a point where AI photo restoration tools are relatively common. But if you want to fix a family photo for free, you’re almost guaranteed to end up with terrible results. That’s why Tencent’s AI researchers launched GFP-GAN, a free and open-source restoration tool that takes just seconds to fix an old photo. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Maybe you set up events for your boss or supervisor. Or perhaps you created an event that you can no longer attend. You can transfer the ownership of a Google Calendar event to another person and make them the organizer. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Delta Air Lines has just released pricing on new routes it announced last week including nonstop service to Tahiti, Tel Aviv and Cape Town , along with rates for another first: Premium Select cabin seating on long-haul domestic flights , beginning with a few routes between the mainland and Hawaii. Delta will launch nonstop service in December between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Ta

Some programs offer 'saver awards only'. Award space is available or it isn't . You get a 'decent' price, or no option to book at all. Other programs offer last seat availability, or access to most seats for points. But when fares are exorbitant, the algorithms can lead to some absurd results, like over a million miles for a one-way flight on peak travel days. That makes the program look bad, and

After carrying the latest piece of the country’s Tiangong space station to orbit on July 24th, a Chinese Long March 5B rocket reentered Earth’s atmosphere on Saturday, creating a dazzling (albeit somewhat unsettling) display as it crashed down in the Indian Ocean. A Twitter user named Nazri Sulaiman captured a 27-second clip of the rocket’s first stage breaking up in the skies above Kuching, Mala

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Elon Musk seems confused by what people do during the summer. On July 30, 2022, Musk logged on to Twitter dot com with an important observation. Tweet may have been deleted (opens in a new tab) "Interaction with almost all twitter accounts seem to be much lower in recent weeks & days," Musk tweeted . "Accurate?" Many users in Musk's replies seemed to have agreed . Tweet may have been deleted (ope

With Microsoft Excel’s UPPER , LOWER , and PROPER functions, you can capitalize your text as well as turn your text to lowercase or proper case. You can specify your text as a cell reference or directly in the function. We’ll show you how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Valve’s Steam Deck was one of the most hotly anticipated gaming consoles in a long time, and the company’s site utterly crashed under the sheer volume of people trying to obtain one. But that’s changing, and Valve says you’ll get one much sooner than it originally thought. Even if you order today. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

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The big movie of the weekend is the CG animated film DC’s League of Super Pets , which famously stars a range of established actors, headlined by Kevin Hart and eventual Black Adam Dwayne Johnson. Super Pets joins Disney’s Lightyear from earlier this month, along with the now finally released Paws of Fury, in being… Read more...

If you’ve used a Mac or developed apps for iPhones or iPads, you’ve probably run across a PLIST file at some point. But what is it, and what does “PLIST” mean, anyway? We’ll explain. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Over time, normal wear-and-tear on kitchen appliances starts to take its toll, leaving our once-pristine ovens, dishwashers, and refrigerators with dings, dents, and scratches. Take that glass window on your oven door, for example. In addition to being covered in all types of food stains, they also have a tendency to… Read more...

A good fare sale to Europe is always worth spotlighting. But a travel deal for premium economy fares? Well, that’s kind of special, because seasoned travelers know the extra room really comes in handy for those transatlantic flights. This new deal has lots of premium economy fares from key U.S. departure cities like Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City to European destinations that include Amst

Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information. The Hilton Honors program has made a large push in recent years to contend with its competition in Marriott Bonvoy and Airbnb . There are currently over 6,800 Hilton properties across the globe, giving us various ways to spend our Hilton Honors points. Along with its more traditional brands , Hilton has started new b

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Back in 2018, MGM released the Tomb Raider reboot film starring Alicia Vikander that did solidly at the box office. A sequel seemed like a sure thing for Vikander’s take on Lara Croft, which was largely modeled after the events of Crystal Dynamics’ reboot trilogy, but then the pandemic cut off its production date, and… Read more...

Playing modern PC games used to require a desktop machine worth thousands of dollars, but the gaming laptops under $1,000 offer similar performance for a lot less. Yes, desktop PCs still have an advantage over portables because they don’t have to balance power consumption with battery life, but laptops win on portability. A gaming laptop allows you to play the latest titles wherever you go, be it

Three's Company There's something pretty special about the star system that a team of researchers just discovered. The international group of scientists published a study in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society in June, and yesterday Axios revealed additional details about the stars. The triple system features two stars that orbit each other in a binary, as well as a tert

BMW is recalling 83 iX and i4 vehicles after investigating multiple battery fire incidents involving the two EVs. In an advisory spotted by Autoblog , the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns owners of select iX xDrive 50, iX M60, i4 eDrive40 and i4 M50 vehicles not to drive their cars, charge them or park them inside. After first investigating an overseas incident involving a 202

verdepaola : Art by Fernand Toussaint (Belgian, 1873-1955).

What’s the difference between a startup and a small business? Semantics, mostly. As many startups find themselves struggling to raise funds from venture capitalists as financing continues to decline this year , the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) could prove to be a powerful resource for capital, even if startups traditionally look for funds from other sources. Chris Hurn , the founder a

Apps on Roku devices are referred to as “Channels,” and they’re an integral part of the experience. Your Roku probably came with a bunch of pre-installed channels, but you can install more on your own. We’ll show you how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Getting your phone repaired when possible is generally better for the world and, importantly, your pocketbook. But mailing it away or dropping it off somewhere risks exposing your personal data. Samsung’s new “repair mode” should help alleviate those fears. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

As airlines work through the backlog of lost bags, not everyone on staff is well-incentivized to reunite people with their luggage . Instead they may just be expected to clear the backlog . And what is the quickest, easiest way for an employee to do that - an employee who doesn't see the customer? Continue reading ...

Contrary to popular belief, the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. On top of that, BA.5, the current variant making the rounds, is highly transmissible, and tends to evade some of our protections against the virus when it comes to (re)infection. (Having said that, vaccines continue to provide protection against severe… Read more...

Seeing Red A solid portion of the internet flipped out on Taylor Swift this week after a marketing firm dropped a report that says she and her private jet are the world's worst celeb CO2 emission offenders. Yard said Friday they used publicly available data scraped from a Twitter account called Celebrity Jets to create a list of the top ten worst climate change contributors. The bot posts updates

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Germany's environment minister is a member of the Green Party in the country — so she's supposed to oppose nuclear energy for idealogical reasons. But recent changes in Europe's energy landscape means Steffi Lemke may have to change her mind. Earlier today, Bloomberg reported that Lemke may decide to extend the lifespan of Isar 2. The nuclear plant provides about 12 percent of Bavaria’s annual el

Everyone takes a different approach to collecting miles & points. Some rack up points with a specific goal in mind, while others rack up points and almost view it as their retirement account, with no plans to redeem rewards anytime soon. The issue, as we see all too often, is that loyalty programs tend to devalue over time. In this post I wanted to talk specifically about how you can best diversi

The national news cycle may have largely moved on from coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic — despite, as of this writing, infections being on the rise and more than 300 deaths tallied daily from the disease. But that certainly doesn't diminish the unprecedented international response effort and warp speed development of effective vaccines. In The Messenger: Moderna, the Vaccine, and the Business Ga

If you missed the chance to buy the Apple TV 4K when it was $59 off a few weeks ago, now is your opportunity to purchase it at that price again. Amazon has discounted the 32GB model to $120 , making it only $10 more than it was during Prime Day. That’s a compelling price for one of the best streaming devices you can buy. Engadget senior editor Devindra Hardawar awarded the 2021 Apple TV 4K a scor

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Digimon isn’t quite the juggernaut it was back when us 90s kids were watching it early in the morning before school, but Toei has been gradually releasing more of it over the years. For anime fans, there was a reboot of the original Digimon Adventure season that premiered last year and whose English dub is currently… Read more...

El Al is the flag carrier of Israel. Its hub is located (as you’d imagine) in Tel Aviv , and currently serves six airports in North America: Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City. Miami International Airport (MIA). Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Toronto Pearson International Airp

If the coronavirus has highlighted any trends, a big one is that people don’t want to touch things they don’t need to. Most of the credit cards in your wallet probably offer contactless payment capabilities these days. With just a simple tap on the card reader, it’s a win-win for you: your data is more secure, and you’ll encounter fewer touchpoints. I’ve also found that these payments are faster,

It takes a veritable army to make TechCrunch Disrupt — which takes place October 18–20 in San Francisco — the well-oiled experience that savvy startuppers have come to know and love. And we couldn’t do it nearly as well without our incredible volunteers. If you’re looking for a no-budget way to experience Disrupt up close and personal, sign up to volunteer for work exchange. Not only will you get

As the fintech venture market goes, so goes the venture market itself. Why? Because fintech investment has historically made up around one-fifth of every venture dollar invested — at least in recent years. And after both fintech investing and venture capital itself went a bit bonkers last year , both are dealing with a new, more conservative reality. For fintech startups, the downturn is real, an

SIM cloning is a practice where a malicious user makes a copy of your phone’s SIM card, putting you at risk that any SIM-based authentication you use is compromised. If you realize it fast enough, you could minimize the damage. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Mechanical keyboards make typing a fantastic experience, but not every keyboard is easy to carry around. These seven options are a great place to start if you’re looking for a mechanical keyboard that’s also ultraportable. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

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Welcome to The Interchange! If you received this in your inbox, thank you for signing up and your vote of confidence. If you’re reading this as a post on our site, sign up here so you can receive it directly in the future. Every week, I’ll take a look at the hottest fintech news of the previous week. This will include everything from funding rounds to trends to an analysis of a particular space t

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading ...

The Google Pixel 7 got its initial unveiling back at Google IO in May, but we don't yet know everything about this upcoming flagship phone. Now newly discovered references in debug documentation for Android give us another hint about what's on the way. As reported by Android Police , the documentation includes a mention of a Hall effect sensor: that's a sensor that can detect the presence of a ma

July is the best and the worst, in my humble opinion. It’s a time to bake in the summer sun, light fireworks, barbecue in the backyard with friends and family and, for a lot of us, finally set out on those vacations we spent all winter and spring planning. But then, in the blink of an eye, the summer nights start to get shorter, school supplies take over the seasonal aisles of the big box stores

Across the industry, there’s a lot of contention at the moment between airline labor groups and management. Many airline labor groups are frustrated by the current state of things, and are also looking to renegotiate their contracts, as the industry recovers. Unions will take different approaches to get what they want, and I think something happening at United’s flight attendant union at the mome

I’m rollerskating at maximum velocity and still a sniper’s laser sight is pinned to my torso. I wait for the final moment, just when they’re about to pull the trigger, to dodge the incoming bullet and fire my shotgun – right at the brute swinging a spiked club at my forehead. After beelining for the nearest half-pipe, I spin a nose grab mid-air to replenish my pistol ammo, and land on a grind rai

If you love PC gaming, you’re going to want a sweet gaming PC, but there are many things to consider before getting one, the biggest being budget. Trying to build the absolute best gaming PC imagineable can be obscenely expensive and buying one prebuilt isn't much better, but there are ways to get cheaper ones; particularly when you build your own, but even if you get them pre-built. More than an

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When you buy a Samsung phone, you get a custom version of Google’s mobile operating system that comes with its own unique tools and perks.

All the recent heat and humidity may be causing you to spend more time in the shower or bath than usual. And if you pay for water (or are concerned about conserving it), you may be wondering which is harder on your wallet (and the environment): Showering or bathing? Here’s what to know. Read more...

It’s 2022, and for some reason, the iPad still doesn’t ship with a calculator app. The iPhone, Mac, and even the Apple Watch come with a calculator, so it’s a strange omission. Here are some great iPad calculator apps you can use without getting ripped off in the App Store. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Editor’s note: TPG’s Gene Sloan accepted a free trip to the shipyard in Italy that is building Norwegian Prima in order to get an early look at the vessel. The opinions expressed below are entirely his and weren’t subject to review by the line. Get ready for a new era at Norwegian Cruise Line . For the first time in nearly a decade, the world’s fourth largest cruise operator is debuting a new cla

Microsoft says it has produced a zero-carbon emissions replacement for the diesel-powered generators used for backups in data centers, in the event of power outages and other service disruptions. In a blog post announcing the news, Sean James, Microsoft’s director of data center research, called the breakthrough a "moon landing" moment for the data center industry Data center sustainability is a

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Rooms with a lot of natural light can make it hard to see some screens, but the QN90B’s mini LEDs make it a lot easier to see.

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In 1973, Paul Erdős asked if it was possible to assemble sets of “triples”—three points on a graph—so that they abide by two seemingly incompatible rules.

Have you ever had an airline’s flight status page just show completely wrong information? Well, I encountered that yesterday in a way I’ve never seen before. My dad’s Silver Airways flight showed a four hour delay Yesterday I booked my dad a ticket on Silver Airways ( which I’ve reviewed before ) from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa for same day travel. The fare was reasonable and schedule worked for hi

>Le Meridien Essex Chicago warned guests not to stand in the windows of their room or open the windows, because they'd be treated as an active shooter by Chicago Police. Continue reading ...

View of crowd of men and women, some with cars, gathered on the shore of the Detroit River to watch a simulated attack on Belle Isle by U.S. Navy from a tank landing ship. Buildings in background. Label on back: “Thousands lined the River’s shore Sunday to watch the simulated attack on Belle Isle by Leathernecks from an LST. Navy planes.” c. 1945 Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Libra

There are many "is-this-a-really-holiday" holidays out there, and we hate to play favorites, but we find this one the most pleasurable. Yes, National Orgasm Day is upon us on July 31. Of all the respectable (and less than respectable) ways to celebrate, we recommend taking advantage of one of the many sales commemorating the day and treating yourself to a new sex toy or two. From Lovehoney's 70%-

Vinyl records are a great option for music fans who want to build a physical music collection. But getting started can be intimidating if you’ve only ever listened to music on your phone. Here’s everything you need to know. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Kimpton is one of IHG’s most loved hotel groups, as the brand is known for great customer service and fun amenities, like the social password (currently valid through September 5, 2022). There’s now a new way to score value with your Kimpton stay. As of this weekend (with no published end date), Kimpton properties will pour you a glass of wine at check-in if you “wine” about your flight being del

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Zach Carter, a 24-year-old brand strategist from Los Angeles, curates his searches to which social platform he’s on. "I'll go to TikTok for fashion, food, or culture because I know the user base of the app provides that content, whereas on Twitter I’ll search for the news." Carter isn't the only one: Increasingly, young people are using social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram to search f

Back in June, World of Hyatt launched its current promotion on purchased points . I wanted to post a reminder of this, as the offer is due to expire shortly, so this is your last chance to take advantage of it. This has the potential to represent quite a good deal, so let’s go over the details. Promotion on purchased World of Hyatt points Through Monday, August 1, 2022, World of Hyatt is offering

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Forget (almost) all other performance clothing and just get this versatile denim.

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Scent is the realest sense. For virtual reality to feel truly immersive, it needs to start stinking it up.

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Just how resistant is your smartphone to dust and water?

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Plus: A Google Chrome patch licks the DevilsTongue spyware, Android’s kernel gets a tune-up, and Microsoft fixes 84 flaws.

Spotify is handily the most popular streaming music service. All that popularity makes a seemingly made-up word like “Spotify” feel like a fairly generic brand name. The true story behind that name was hidden for a while. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

In late 2021 we learned how united Airlines United Airlines may be planning a new lounge concept, which I’m sure many frequent flyers will appreciate. It looks like good progress is being made with this, and we should expect it to open in the near future. “United Club Fly” planned for Denver Denver International Airport (DEN) is a major hub for United Airlines, and the airport is currently expand

August 10 is going to be a big day for Samsung fans, as we're getting the formal unveiling of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Galaxy Z Flip 4 (and more besides). Ahead of the event, a new leak has revealed some of the official cases we can expect to see launching alongside the foldable phones.