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Black Friday Deals at Amazon

I am a lifelong bargain hunter. But Black Friday is not my thing. I do not stand in line, get up at the crack of dawn, or fight people for deals. If I had to get into a brawl for it, I no longer consider it a good deal. But online shopping for Black Friday? Absolutely. Especially if I don’t…

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Talk to Your Daughter

  Like a lot of people with daughters, I am doing post-election triage. We just elected a man who bragged that he “grabs women’s pussies,” who has been accused multiple times of rape, has joked about dating his own daughter, and made other countless, objectifying remarks about women. His behavior toward women is, as Michelle Obama put it, ““Disgraceful. It…

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Dropped your phone in the toilet? Here’s how to rescue a wet phone

“Never put your phone in the back pocket of your jeans,” I told my daughter. (She had her phone in the back pocket of her jeans when I said this.) But she took my warning for what it was: Mourning. She hugged me. It was well known by now that I had drowned a brand-new Nexus phone, a device I…

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War in the Lab

  It started late at night. I was hunkering down after a long day – a long month, really. I heard footsteps. Before I had time to react, my door was kicked open and I was taking fire from a deadly accurate Precision RBS Talos handgun. Within seconds my bed was pelted with a fast round. I dove for cover…

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Save the Wine!

For centuries, winemakers have studied the alchemy and chemistry of preserving wine. But what if you can’t — or shouldn’t — finish the bottle you opened? If the wine isn’t very good, stick a cork in it, put it in the fridge, and save it for cooking. If it’s amazing, dig deep and finish it right now! But what if…

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Big Sale on the Smart Robin Phone

Deal alert! Nextbit Robin for $199 I am intrigued by the Nextbit Robin. You won’t find it being pitched by your cell service provider. It isn’t brought to you by a ginormous profit-hungry corporation. And the phone is a bit outside the box. It runs on a souped-up Android that claims to learn as you use it. It is a direct-to-consumer smartphone…

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Massive Sale: Audible Studios

I have been a fan of Audible since they launched. I have a subscription. I give audio books as gifts. And I listen almost every day when I walk my dog up a steep hill. Audio books have gotten me through long flights, enhanced city walking tours, and kept me moving when I might have preferred to be a couch…

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Muse: The Brain Sensing Headband

I took a meditation class in college, hoping it would reduce my anxiety. It helped for a while. But when the class ended, so did meditation. Then I worried about my failure to meditate. How hard is it? You do nothing. I failed at doing nothing. Eventually this knowledge made me so anxious I took a deep breath and let…

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Groceries Without Going to the Store

I used to make lists. While making lists, I often fantasized – and sometimes tried to technically solve – a world where my lists could take action. My grocery list would communicate directly with the store and get the goods without so much effort at remembering, driving, and getting. I was frequently mocked – Nerd! Star Trek fan! Waster! —…

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A Deal on Headphones That Will Save Your Hearing

“What? I can’t hear you,” you shout, annoyed at your friends’ sudden universal tendency to mumble. Has everyone lost the ability to speak clearly, you grumble, realizing that you sound like a crotchety old fogy. Before you assume it’s everyone else, ask someone you trust: “Is it my hearing?” And be prepared for the answer. It might be. This doesn’t…

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