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The Autumn Acoustics Playlist

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 19:00

It’s the first day of fall. The leaves are about to turn brown and your lawn will soon be littered with pumpkin spice lattes and Halloween costumes. Now’s the perfect time for this playlist of acoustic autumn songs.

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De-Stink Your Fridge for Good With This Deep Cleaning Regimen

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 18:00

Refrigerators can start smelling pretty funky after a few years of use. If you want to rid your fridge and freezer of lingering smells once and for all, this deep cleaning regimen will get the job done.

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Remains of the Day: Apple's New Portrait Mode for iPhone 7 Plus Now Available in Beta

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 17:30

Apple’s much-touted Portrait mode, exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus, is now available to try in the public beta of iOS 10.1. The mode adds an artificial depth-of-field blur that makes photos look almost like they were taken with a high-end camera. Almost. That and more in today’s news.

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A Nice Grinder Is the Single Best Way to Improve Your Coffee at Home

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 17:00

There are a lot of easy ways you can improve your coffee game , but if you can only do one thing, the experts recommend you spring for a decent coffee grinder.

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Fight Off Stress and Burnout by Mentally Planning for Work On Your Commutes

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 16:30

Long commutes might seem like the perfect time to relax and indulge in a pleasurable activity like reading a book, listening to music or podcasts, or even taking a nap, but you’re actually better off thinking about work. A recent study suggests you can make your transit time more bearable and lower your stress levels if you do.

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It’s Not Your Job to Tell Yourself “No”

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 16:00

Have you ever told yourself no? I definitely have. I’m talking about thoughts like “Why bother applying? I doubt that school would ever accept me,” or “This business idea isn’t going to work. I’m too old/too young/too inexperienced.”

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The Google Play Store Is Now Available in Chrome OS, Brings Android Apps to Your Chromebook

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 15:30

Previously, the only Chrome OS version that included Google Play was the beta version. Today, it’s available to in the wide, stable release of Chrome OS. The new features allow you to load up any Android app you want on your Chromebook .

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TunnelBear Cleans Up Its Interface, Improves Connection Speeds, and Adds New Security Features

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 15:00

Windows/Mac: TunnelBear is one of the best VPN services around , but the faux-retro wood aesthetic always put it in the ugly bin. Today, they’ve updated their apps so they look and work a bit better.

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Put the Knife Away, Use the Ground to Crack Open a Monster Squash

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 14:30

By “use the ground,” we mean drop it on the ground. Seriously: Cook’s Illustrated pointed out that, as long as you don’t need pretty, perfect slices, your best bet for that thick-skinned monster squash you’re planning to cook is a thick plastic bag, and a trip outside. Wrap it up, drop it down, and you’re good to go.

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How ITT Tech Screwed Students and Made Millions

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 14:03

By the time ITT Technical Institute (ITT) closed its doors earlier this month, the for-profit college had been selling tenuous diplomas at exorbitant prices for more than 20 years. The company had been taking millions in federal grant money, burying low-income and first-generation students in insurmountable debt, and evading regulators since the early 1990s—all while its CEO and other executives personally profited from the fraud.

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Ask Dr. NerdLove: Should I Tell My Girlfriend I Lost My Virginity To A Sex Worker?

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 14:00

Greetings, you corrupting porn tentacles, and welcome to Ask Dr. NerdLove, the first dating advice column to compete in the Kumite. This week we’re talking about sex, sexual shame and the intense emotions that run rampant when we start getting busy.

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500 Million Yahoo Accounts Hacked, Change Your Passwords Now

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 14:00

Yahoo has confirmed that information from at least 500 million user accounts was stolen in 2014. While the information was leaked earlier today, it’s worse than we initially thought. If you have a Yahoo account, it’s time to change your password.

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When It Makes Sense to Talk to a Financial Advisor

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 13:30

Most of us consider the services of a financial advisor a luxury reserved for only the wealthiest, for people with money that they need help managing, which well, is no one who knows it all comes in and all goes back out with the bills. But there are times even you or I should seek one out.

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Get Stress-Free Time With Friends by Hosting a "Crappy Dinner Party"

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 13:00

Dinner parties are a great way to gather your friends for a little quality time, but planning dinner parties can be a real source of stress. To cut down on anxiety but still break bread with your besties, consider what The Kitchn calls a “crappy dinner party.”

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Follow These Rules If You’re Going to Transfer Your Credit Card Balance

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 12:30

If your debt is overwhelming, you might consider transferring your credit card balance to another card . If the card has a low interest rate (or better yet, zero interest), you can put more toward your principal and get out of debt sooner. It’s not a move to make lightly, though. Here are a few balance transfer rules to follow.

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All the Best Movies Coming to and Leaving Netflix in October 2016

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 12:00

After a couple of lackluster months, Netflix is hitting back with a pretty solid list of new arrivals this month, including a ton of original programming like Black Mirror, The Fall, and more.

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What to Look for in an Online Personal Trainer

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:30

Recent years have seen a surge of personal trainers who train people over the internet. This isn’t (always) a scam. Many online trainers are qualified, experienced virtual versions of the real deal who can help, and often more affordably than in-person trainers. Here’s how to find the right one for you.

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The Good and Bad of the Whole30 Diet

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 10:00

The Whole30 diet declares swaths of food off-limits, and sets up ironclad rules about the little that’s left. That means it checks a lot of boxes for a fad diet or one that’s too draconian to be effective . But there’s good here too, enough that it might help if you know what you’re in for.

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When You Switch Flights Due to Overbooking, Ask for an Upgrade

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 09:30

First class flights are usually crazy expensive, but there are some tips and tricks for scoring a cheap (or better yet, free) upgrade. If your flight is overbooked and you elect to take a different flight, for example, you can try to negotiate an upgrade, too.

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