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Apple’s devices and App Store are generally considered more secure compared to competitors like Android or Windows. Apple has greater control and curation over the software it allows on the App Store, making malware much less common than on, say, Google Play. However, as the last few weeks have shown, even…

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Go to article - Great, Now the Apple App Store Has Malware Too

There are a few mornings a year when I cook myself a luxurious breakfast shortly after waking up. These exclusively occur when I’m camping—you know, the vacation that turns keeping yourself alive into a hobby. For my everyday breakfasts, though, the point is just shoveling calories into the food hole with as little…

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Go to article - 9 of the Cheapest, Healthiest Make-Ahead Breakfasts, According to Reddit

If you have a loved one with dementia, I’m sure you’ve thought, “how can I make sure that doesn’t happen to me?” Well, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that there’s no way to know whether you’ll end up with severe cognitive decline—it’s complicated thing, and is likely caused by a combination of genetic…

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Go to article - 11 Things You Can Do Now to Help Prevent Dementia Later

I am just full of advice about social media, most of which can be boiled down to “put down your phone” and “stop engaging.” Which is funny, because I am incredibly bad at doing both of those things, despite my best efforts (downloading a little app that grows trees while you don’t use your phone, setting a goal to…

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Go to article - This iPhone App Might Actually Help You Break Your Social Media Addiction

Wearing damp jeans is no fun because they are uncomfortable. Wearing jeans that were formerly damp is no fun because they stink. Fabrics that have gotten especially mildewy—whether because you didn’t hang them to dry fast enough or they’ve been in the hamper too long—can even continue to reek after a wash. However,…

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Go to article - How to Get the Stink Out of Musty-Smelling Clothes

I love cooking but hate tedium, so I tend to gravitate towards dishes that don’t have a lot of repetitive motions. This is why I’ve only made meatballs twice—I find it boring. The mixing is fine, the frying is fine, but the portioning? Tedious.

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Go to article - This Is the Easiest, Fastest Way to Portion Your Homemade Meatballs

Now that Microsoft Edge is based on the Chromium engine (the same engine that powers Google Chrome), it’s actually a good browser. You can think of it like Chrome, but better for privacy and battery life. But it’s still a Microsoft product, and it has the affinity to pick up some bloat and annoying features.…

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Go to article - The Most Annoying Microsoft Edge Features Everyone Should Disable

Getting tacos to stand up has always been a challenge. Unless you plan ahead, there’s an understanding you’ll end up scooping stray ingredients into your mouth with your fingers—but in the beginning, the intention is to kick things off with an upright parcel of deliciousness. Instead of chasing your fillings across…

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Go to article - Your Tacos Need Structural Support

The latest hot photo-sharing app, Locket, recently raised $12.5 million in funding, making it potentially worth checking out even though it’s still relatively unknown. After launching on New Year’s Day this year, it did rack up over 20 million downloads, but it’s still nowhere as well-known as its peers, Instagram or

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Go to article - Do You Need Locket, the Latest Trendy Photo-Sharing App?

These days, caps lock’s main purpose is to make people furious whenever they mistakenly hit it. The key is so unused, in fact, there have been calls for its removal (Google doesn’t even include it on its newer Chromebooks). If you find that your Mac’s caps lock key often serves no purpose other than accidentally…

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Go to article - Change Your Mac's Caps Lock Key Into Something Useful

Resistance bands are versatile, portable, and can provide heavy enough resistance for a variety of exercises, making them a valuable addition to your gym bag. Unfortunately, one of the best styles of band is the long, strong kind that comes without handles—which can mean they’re uncomfortable to grip.

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Go to article - How to Use Resistance Bands Without Hurting Your Hands

There was a time when renting an apartment involved walking around the place for a few minutes, deciding you wanted it, then signing a lease and handing over a security deposit. Those days came to an end when the concept of a credit score emerged in the late 1980s.

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Go to article - How to Rent an Apartment When Your Credit Is in the Toilet

The packaging of any given cannabis-derived product will tell you a lot about what it’s supposedly good for—helping you relax and fall asleep, or taking the edge off of your anxiety, or pain relief, for example. But these are little more than generalizations. We genuinely know so little about the cannabis plant that…

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Go to article - What Is CBN, and Will It Really Help You Sleep?

Most of us have had days where we just don’t have the time we thought we had to cook. Whether you’re juggling a five course meal, or your train got delayed and you now have 30 minutes to make your famous split pea soup, it would be great to have a magic wand that would instantly render your sturdy cruciferous…

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Go to article - Cook Veggies Faster With a Pinch of This

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Will It Casserole?, the column where we see what meals, dishes, and cuisines can be re-imagined and transformed into casseroles (or hot dishes, depending on where you’re from). It has been a while—nearly two years—since I took a reader-sourced concept and turned it into a casserole,…

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Go to article - Welcome Back to 'Will It Casserole?'

In many types of landscaping, variety is key. Decisions are made based on creating areas of different heights, colors, and textures. Over the past few years, crevice gardens have become increasingly popular, as they provide all of the above, as well as a focal point in a landscape, and, once they’re built, are…

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Go to article - How to Make a Crevice Garden

Painting a room always takes longer than you think it will. It would be one thing if you just had to roll some paint on the wall, but on top of that, there’s moving or covering furniture, putting down drop cloths, and lining the borders of the room with painter’s tape.

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Go to article - How to Paint a Straight Edge Without Even Needing Tape

Since it began in the spring of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has been affecting everything—including housing prices. Early on, several parts of the country had an influx of out-of-state buyers who were living in cities and looking for a bit more space. Their house prices went up, but recently, thanks to inflation and…

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Go to article - Cities Where Home Prices Are Dropping the Most

Think about all the places you (or members of your household) set down backpacks and other bags when you’re out and about. Over the course of a day, they could come in contact with the floors of bathrooms, buses, or cars, as well as shopping carts, counters, and other people. In other words, they can get pretty gross.

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Go to article - How to Clean Your Gross Backpacks, Canvas Bags, and Totes Without Ruining Them

Although linoleum and vinyl flooring may seem like they’re the same thing, they’re actually pretty different in terms of cost, durability, ease of installation, and a variety of other factors. That’s why it’s important to know the pros and cons of each type of flooring before deciding which to install in your home.…

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Go to article - The Difference Between Linoleum and Vinyl Flooring

With scorching temperatures currently found across much of the country, Thanksgiving and the December holidays can feel like they’re in the distant future. And if summer travel has been any indication, flying anywhere this holiday season is probably going to be a nightmare.

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Go to article - The Best and Worst Days to Fly for the Holidays This Year

It’s finally time to admit streaming apps and digital distribution have ruined most creative media industries, and maybe physical media was the right choice all along.

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Go to article - It's Time to Embrace Physical Media Again

Part of the cost of doing business as a zoo is that occasionally, the animals are going to try and make a run for it. An orangutan named Ken repeatedly escaped from his enclosure at the San Diego Zoo. A gorilla named Evelyn temporarily escaped from her home at the Los Angeles Zoo. Even a hippopotamus managed to take a…

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Go to article - 8 Zoo Animals That Might Escape One Day (and How to Protect Yourself)

Lyme, the most famous tickborne disease, is growing more common than it used to be—at least judging by health insurance data that includes Lyme diagnoses. Our friends at Gizmodo recently covered new data about the (sorry) uptick, which roughly aligns with CDC estimates. So what do you need to know to keep yourself…

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Go to article - What to Know About Lyme Disease, Because It's on the Rise