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None of us would willingly hand our phones over to someone if we thought they were going to steal and leak our personal data—but recent reports indicate some Apple and Google repair staff are doing just that.

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Go to article - Why You Should Be Wary When Sending Your Pixel or iPhone in for Repairs

If you’re planning an international trip (or if you’re on one right now), it’s time to brush up on the COVID-related regulations, because testing requirements changed, and they take effect today. Also, remember how the Biden administration decided in early November that country-based travel bans are a bad idea?…

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Go to article - What You Should Know About the New COVID Travel Rules That Start Today

Devouring salty, crackling poultry skin is one of my favorite things about eating birds but, once cooled, it can go from transcendentally crisp to upsettingly gummy in a matter of minutes. Depending on the size of your bird, trying to eat all the skin before it cools can come off as a little creepy, but you don’t have…

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Go to article - Make Poultry Cracklins in Your Air Fryer

I read a lot of historical fiction as a child—most of it in the American Girl Doll series. I don’t know how they do it now, but back in my day each doll had six matching books (each sold separately!), and all of the books had nearly identical titles—the only part of the title that would change from doll to doll was…

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Go to article - Let's Bring Back the Fruit Stocking Stuffer

It’s impossible for thoughtful parents to not to worry about their child’s popularity. You can’t remember your own Lords-of-the Flies-with-hairspray high school social experience and not wonder whether you’ve prepared your child to navigate the fraught social landscape of not-quite-adulthood.

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Go to article - Is Your Child Too Popular for Their Own Good?

The end of the calendar year is a time for tactfully exiting holiday parties and hazarding guesses at what to get your coworker for Secret Santa, but more importantly, for many workplaces, it’s also the time when performance reviews happen, budgets are made, and salaries are negotiated.

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Go to article - The Best Way to Ask for a Cost-of-Living Raise

If you’re a parent of small children, you probably face the nightly bedtime routine with some amount of dread. There are so many to-do’s, moving, slippery parts, hyper children, and hygiene perils (see: bathwater, drinking) to deal with—plus an unparalleled appetite for chaos and stalling that seem to hit as soon as…

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Go to article - How to Get Through Bedtime When You’re Solo-Parenting

When there’s an emergency, you want quick, reliable access to help. What you don’t want is for that access to be so quick and so reliable you end up calling 911 by complete accident. Unfortunately, that is the state of emergency services on iPhone and Android, and if you’re reading this, you might be well aware of how…

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Go to article - How to Stop Your Phone From Calling 911 by Accident

Firefox is shutting down its Lockwise password manager service. The passwords you save in the Firefox app on desktop and mobile will still be available, and they’ll still be synced across all your devices; Mozilla is effectively rolling Lockwise’s features into Firefox and removing the iOS and Android app from the…

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Go to article - 7 of the Best Password Managers to Choose From Before Lockwise Shuts Down

Before Halo Infinite’s story mode goes public, Microsoft is inviting users into the multiplayer mode in the open beta, which has been running on Steam since Nov. 15. Halo Infinite starts you off with 17 multiplayer modes by default, but if you launch the game with Steam set in offline mode, you end up with 14 more…

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Go to article - How to Unlock Halo Infinite's Hidden Multiplayer Modes Before Microsoft Takes Them Down

Wrapping holiday gifts can be fun—but if your gift-wrapping station is disorganized (and the wrapping paper is forever rolling off the table and unraveling), it can also be tedious. That’s why taking the extra time to set up the perfect, functional gift-wrapping station is worth the effort. Here are a few tips to set…

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Go to article - How to Make the Perfect DIY Gift-Wrapping Station

It’s a cliché to say very child is different, but it’s unquestionably true that different kids need different types or support and will thrive in different environments. A child with a laidback temperament might thrive in a traditional classroom setting, while one who is full of energy might be disruptive, and one…

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Go to article - Understanding the 'Goodness-of-Fit' Theory Can Help You Be a Better Parent

You may have noticed that we are all surrounded by tech. We use it for work, for entertainment, and to keep in touch with our friends and family. It can feel, from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed, that you are tethered to your many gadgets. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the constant use of…

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Go to article - Start a ‘Tech-Free’ Hobby, and Other Ways to Beat Technology Fatigue

Last week I asked which discontinued fast-food items you wish would return with all your heart. To paint a picture of loss, I of course used Taco Bell’s discontinuation of the Mexican Pizza as an example; despite less-than-overwhelming support for the Mexican Pizza in the comments, the item will be featured in this…

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Go to article - 15 Discontinued Fast-Food Items That Must Return, According to Lifehacker Readers

Despite their festive name, Christmas cacti are great year-round houseplants, and don’t look out of place in the middle of July. They also live so long that they can be passed down between generations if they receive the proper care.

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Go to article - How to Tell the Difference Between a Thanksgiving Cactus and a Christmas Cactus, and Why It Matters

When it comes to romantic relationships—whether they are firmly established, or still in their early stages—we are (rightfully) conditioned to pay attention to and make note of any warning signs about a person, commonly referred to as “red flags.”

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Go to article - Don't Overlook These Relationship Green Flags

As you were learning how to drive, you may have also learned a few car maintenance basics, like how to refill your windshield wiper fluid or check your oil levels. Another common tip was to use a penny to check the tread on your tires.

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Go to article - Why You Should Use a Quarter to Test Tire Tread Instead of a Penny

Sometimes it’s very clear when someone speaking to you is being verbally abusive; you feel cut-down, belittled, and/or manipulated. But other times, it can be harder to tell if the words directed at you are some type of criticism or unwelcome feedback, or actual verbal abuse.

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Go to article - Don't Ignore These Less-Obvious Signs of Verbal Abuse

Those who have spent some time working with wood know that the building material comes in different types, and they’re not all equally suited for every project. Other than the features that depend on the type of tree the wood came from (i.e. maple, oak, birch, etc.), how wood is used also comes down to whether or not…

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Go to article - How to Figure Out if Wood Has Been Pressure-Treated, and Why It Matters

There’s an old saying that eventually, people and their pets will start to look like each other. (Or is that spouses? Either way, it’s something/one you live and go on walks with.) But once that happens, what comes next? You can either ignore it and move on with your life, or really lean into it, and take (and…

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Go to article - Snag $1,000 for Looking Like Your Pet

Omicron is the latest variant of the virus that causes COVID-19. Like Delta, it’s been designated by the World Health Organization as a “Variant of Concern” (more severe than a “Variant of Interest”). Also like Delta, it’s moving fast. Cases spiked in South Africa recently, and cases of infection with the variant have…

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Go to article - What You Need to Know About the Omicron Variant

For one reason or another, we all have photos and videos that we don’t want just anyone looking at, and we’ve all experienced that small jolt of panic when showing someone one picture, and they start scrolling to their heart’s content. If you use Google Photos, you no longer need to worry, as you can move your…

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Go to article - How to Lock Up Your Photos and Videos in Google Photos

It took me way longer than it should have to watch It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. It’s almost like I was saving it for when I needed it most, which happened to be during a global pandemic (and a couple of months before the Season 15 premier). I adore it, and everyone involved with making it. The entire cast is…

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Go to article - Sous Vide an 'Always Sunny' Rum Ham That Would Make Frank Reynolds Proud

It has been a good year for movies. Not a great year for movie theaters, though.

In 2019, the last year in which box office returns were unaffected by the pandemic, U.S. theaters banked $11.4 billion in ticket sales. Last year, that lofty total dropped to $2.2 billion (for context, Avengers: Endgame alone made more…

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Go to article - 30 of the Best Movies of 2021 You Can Watch at Home Right Now

You’ve made the annual pilgrimage to the Christmas tree farm, selected the fullest Fraser fir, (or erected that surprisingly lifelike pre-lit Aspen artificial from Costco), placed each ornament on the perfect branch and carefully lifted your little one to the tree’s apex for the privilege of putting the star on top.…

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Go to article - How to Keep Little Kids From Destroying Your Christmas Tree