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How to Choose the Perfect Dog If You Have Kids 

I’ve been known as a “cat person” for years, but recently my family decided the time was right to add another species to our household: a dog. We ended up getting a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier puppy, and we couldn’t love him more. He’s a ball of energy, he’ll be a medium-to-large size (about 30–40 pounds), he’s super…

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Public Speakers, Use the Damn Microphone

“Can everyone hear me okay without this?” say the worst public speakers when they step up to the stage. If three people in the front row say yes, off goes the microphone. And then anybody who is hard of hearing (or listening remotely, or sitting in the back of the room) can’t hear you. Use the damn mic, you jerk.

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iOS 11 Makes Sharing Your Wi-Fi Password Much Easier

iOS: Having an elaborate, secure password on your Wi-Fi network can be a great thing. A great thing until that weekend you have guests visiting from out of town and they have to try your 20-character Wi-Fi password a dozen different times because a zero looks like an O or they couldn’t tell from your chicken scratch…

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How to Get Started With Control Center in iOS 11

For iOS 11, Apple has completely overhauled Control Center. Control Center is that tray that pops up when you swipe up from the bottom of the display on your iPhone or iPad (it will come from the top right side of the screen on the iPhone X). Traditionally, it’s offered quick access to things like your phone’s Wi-Fi…

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How to Deal With Your Parents' Stuff When They Die

Cleaning out a loved one’s home after their death hits the trifecta of misery: It’s a series of chores that can be emotionally, physically, and financially overwhelming. And what makes the whole task even worse is that it’s difficult to know where to start—should you throw out the beds first, then have nowhere to…

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Why You Don’t Need to Worry About RFID Shielding

You may have seen wallets or backpacks advertising RFID shielding, a protective covering designed to keep malicious ne’er-do-wells from scanning any items that contain embedded wireless receivers, like certain credit cards and passports. Sure, RFID shielding does prevent unwanted wireless transmissions, but with so…

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Reduce Day Care Drop-off Tears With a Goodbye Ritual 

Dropping off a young child at day care or preschool can be rough. There may be protests and wailing. Your kid may latch onto your leg for dear life. When my daughter started going to day care when she was one and a half, she cried every day for the first six weeks. The teachers were great, and I knew she was safe and…

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5 Signs You're in a Good Cocktail Bar

Really good, expertly made cocktails can cost a pretty penny, and I’m okay with that. What I’m not okay with, however, is paying fifteen bucks for an over-shaken beverage garnished with sad, dried-out fruit. Any bar can claim to make “craft” cocktails, but how can you be sure you’re getting what you pay for?

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How to Add Users to Google Home

Sometimes all I need in this crazy world is a brisk walk to clear my head and some good music bumping through my headphones. But when that simple pleasure is interrupted every morning by my partner issuing voice commands while I’m out of the house, silencing the music in my headphones, it can be a tad frustrating.…

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