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Tech Deals at Target

I love Black Friday creep. Deals are no longer limited to the Friday after T-Day or even Cyber Monday. They start early and keep on going, right up to the Holidays, when the after-holiday deals begin. And, since all the shopping happens online, looking for deals is like playing an easy video game. Target started its Ten Days of Deals…

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Great Deals on Phone Chargers

  I keep a battery phone charger in my purse at all time. In fact, I have a dozen of these things charging all over my house so that I – and everyone else who lives here – can grab one and run out the door without fear of being out in the world with a dead phone. This is…

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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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