How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Your Home During the Winter

By |2022-01-23T09:54:05-06:00January 23rd, 2022|Tech Tips|

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Photo: BOKEH STOCK (Shutterstock) Each year, carbon monoxide poisoning brings more than 20,000 Americans to the emergency room—around 4,000 of whom are hospitalized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports . Additionally, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning (not linked to fires). With the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning being especially high during the winter, here’s what to know about preventing it. How does carbon monoxide poisoning happen? Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas present in the fumes […]

Moderna vaccine have lower risk of breakthrough infections and hospitalizations

By |2022-01-23T09:54:03-06:00January 23rd, 2022|Tech Tips|

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A recent study has shown that Moderna vaccines have a lower risk of both breakthrough infections and hospitalizations . According to an Israeli healthcare provider, more than 90% of patients sick with COVID showed remarkable improvement within 3 days of taking Pfizer’s new antiviral pill. President Biden has doubled the federal order of Pfizer’s new COVID pill , along with expediting their shipment and distribution as omicron surges. COVID cases have spiked 948% in Florida, while 7-day hospitalizations have increased by 40% (between Christmas and […]

US trying to speed delivery of jets to Taiwan

By |2022-01-22T15:54:05-06:00January 22nd, 2022|Tech Tips|

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The United States is trying to find a way to accelerate delivery of fighter jets amid increasing tensions with China . Taiwan has deployed advanced, fourth generation fighter jets in a show of force to stand up to China. China has fifth-generation fighter jets, but so does the United States, who has backing Taiwan. The president of Taiwan has said that the threat from China is increasing every day , and she has confirmed that there are US military trainers assisting the Taiwanese. Last week, […]

The Best Way to Clean Your Bathroom Exhaust Fan

By |2022-01-22T12:59:32-06:00January 22nd, 2022|Tech Tips|

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Photo: tab62 (Shutterstock) Cleaning your bathroom may not be your favorite household chore, but at least it’s pretty straightforward. In fact, you probably have some sort of routine down pat: Putting cleaner in the toilet to work its magic while you clear off the floor and counters, giving everything a quick-but-thorough wipe-down, running the vacuum through the room, and then giving your toilet a final scrub. (Or something like that.) And while that’s great to do on a regular basis, you also want to give […]

Answer These Questions Before Buying a House With a Friend

By |2022-01-22T12:59:31-06:00January 22nd, 2022|Tech Tips|

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Photo: nednapa (Shutterstock) Owning a home has long been one of the pillars of the “American Dream.” And even with increasing numbers of people choosing to rent a home rather than buying one, there are still plenty of folks out there who’d rather make payments on a mortgage, instead of to a landlord. But between a highly competitive housing market and declining availability of super-low mortgage rates, many people aren’t able to afford to buy something on their own. This has resulted in an increase […]

ESPN will not send reporters to Beijing Olympics

By |2022-01-22T09:54:13-06:00January 22nd, 2022|Tech Tips|

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ESPN, like a growing number of media outlets, is not sending reporters to the Beijing Olympics over fears of harsh COVID protocols. Human Rights Watch has warned athletes attending the Beijing Olympics not to speak out against Chinese human rights abuses for their own safety. Japan has joined the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics, joining a number of countries already doing so. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, has announced that the nation will not send government officials to the Beijing Olympics out of […]

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Out of Jury Duty

By |2022-01-21T18:55:54-06:00January 21st, 2022|Tech Tips|

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Few among us are excited to see an envelope in the mail that reads “summons.” Since the jury summons process is designed to be as random as possible, you never know when that dreaded letter may arrive in the mail. Luckily, you might not need to rearrange your schedule just yet. There are practical tools at your disposal to get out of jury duty. If you couldn’t already guess, this guide isn’t going to dwell on the nuances of civic duty. Let’s assume you’re an […]

What’s New on HBO Max in February 2022

By |2022-01-21T18:55:49-06:00January 21st, 2022|Tech Tips|

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Screenshot: KIMI/HBO Max Steven Soderbergh is even worse at retiring than Hayao Miyazaki . Despite his stated intent to stop making films and try his hand at painting way back in 2013 (when he said “movies don’t matter anymore” ) he’s about to drop his third film in two years (after Let Them All Talk and No Sudden Move ), direct to HBO Max. KIMI (Feb. 10) is a Rear Window for the pandemic era starring Zoe Kravitz as a woman who works as a […]

The Easiest Way to Calculate Your Cocktail’s ABV

By |2022-01-21T15:54:06-06:00January 21st, 2022|Tech Tips|

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Photo: Gecko Studio (Shutterstock) Most years, at least a couple of my friends participate in Dry January. The last few years have not been like most years. I don’t know a single person (who wasn’t already sober) who is abstaining from alcohol completely this month, but I do know a few who are trying to drink less, or at least drink more thoughtfully. Drinks are drinks, and low- and no-proof beverages deserve the same amount of care, respect, and menu real estate as martinis. To […]

Manifest Your Best Life (and Ultimate Revenge) With Champagne

By |2022-01-21T15:54:04-06:00January 21st, 2022|Tech Tips|

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Photo: Devojka I don’t think I really know what the term “Champagne Year” means. I faintly recall someone telling me sometime, but the definition felt unremarkable and unfitting for such a forceful duo of words—CHAMPAGNE YEAR—so my brain must have immediately rejected it. When I think “Champagne Year,” I think of a train of silk gowns and draped jewels and patent shoes; a turbulent cha-cha line of bodies whose heads are obscured by a cloud of laughter and smoke and chatter as they shimmy down […]

How to Get the Best Protection From Your N95

By |2022-01-21T15:54:03-06:00January 21st, 2022|Tech Tips|

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Photo: AlphaTravels (Shutterstock) Since we all know cloth masks don’t cut it anymore , hopefully you’ve gotten some of the good kind —N95, KF94, or similar. But even the best mask isn’t protecting you if it doesn’t fit right, or if you’re wearing it wrong. So here are some tips on getting the best protection from those high quality masks. Put it on correctly Your first step is to follow the instructions on your mask. Yes, it should come with instructions—and if it doesn’t, look […]

French lawmakers call Chinese treatment of Uighurs “genocide”

By |2022-01-21T15:54:01-06:00January 21st, 2022|Tech Tips|

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French lawmakers have officially labeled China’s treatment of Uighurs “genocide,” calling on the government to take “the necessary measures within the international community and in its foreign policy towards the People’s Republic of China” to protect the Uighurs. The move comes just weeks before the Olympics. The American Congress has passed a bill that would require companies to prove that their imported goods did not come from Uighur slave labor . President Biden has compared the Chinese treatment of the Uighur people to the Holocaust […]

What to Do With Your Empty Propane Tank

By |2022-01-21T12:56:18-06:00January 21st, 2022|Tech Tips|

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Photo: Charles Knowles (Shutterstock) If you have a grill that runs on propane, there will come a time when you need to deal with the empty tank. Depending on how old the tank is, there are a number of options available to you, from refilling or recycling to disposing of it entirely. Since propane is a hazardous substance , highly flammable, and capable of causing issues like suffocation, cardiac arrest, and seizures if a person is exposed to high concentrations, it’s especially important to know […]

When Can People With Long COVID Return to Exercising?

By |2022-01-21T12:56:17-06:00January 21st, 2022|Tech Tips|

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Photo: tpawat (Shutterstock) Returning to exercise after any physical setback is tough. You trust yourself to listen to your body, but it’s also tempting to get back out there before you’ve fully recovered. However, jumping back into your fitness routine too soon can cause more harm than good—and this is especially true if you’re dealing with the longterm effects of COVID-19. According to Michael Fredericson, MD in Everyday Health , “resuming physical activity after having COVID-19 has an extra layer of complexity because of the […]

Stop Using These Recalled Pacifiers That Pose a Choking Hazard

By |2022-01-21T12:56:15-06:00January 21st, 2022|Tech Tips|

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Photo: Brester Irina (Shutterstock) Whether they’re called pacifiers, binkies, dodies, or pacis in your household, their purpose is to soothe babies. But there’s nothing soothing about a pacifier that poses a potential danger to your baby. For this reason, Mushie & Co—a company that manufactures and sells a wide variety of products for babies and small children—is recalling two of their most popular pacifiers because they pose a choking hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports . Here’s what to know. Which pacifiers are […]

Why You Should Just Switch to Android Already

By |2022-01-21T12:56:14-06:00January 21st, 2022|Tech Tips|

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Photo: Mr.Mikla (Shutterstock) Apple is good at what they do. They make products that are easy to set up and use, but, before you know it, you feel entirely trapped in their ecosystem. Now, for many of us, that’s not so bad; the ecosystem has a lot of perks, and life seems pretty good here. But for those of us looking for another tech opportunity, it can seem, well, impossible. You might want a Galaxy Z Flip, but your texts would all be—gasp— green . […]

What You Need to Know About Weed-Infused ‘Wine’ and ‘Beer’

By |2022-01-21T12:56:12-06:00January 21st, 2022|Tech Tips|

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Weed-infused drinks are a staple of the edibles market. But thanks to new innovations in weed tech, THC drinks are looking to move beyond traditional cannabis circles, and replace your booze, seltzer, or hard iced tea with a cannabinoid-infused version. There are plenty of fruity drinks and sodas on the recreational market that, like other historic edibles, are formulated with overpowering flavors intended to mask the strong flavor of cannabis. But recently, with the development of both flavorless and strain-specific cannabis infusions, beverage manufacturers have […]

You Can Help NASA Get to Mars

By |2022-01-21T12:56:07-06:00January 21st, 2022|Tech Tips|

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Photo: JACK GUEZ (Getty Images) NASA—the National Aeronautics and Space Administration,—would like to send astronauts to Mars, and it needs your help to do so. Especially if you have a novel solution to the problem of recycling waste in space. NASA’s tournament lab and HeroX’s newly launched “Waste to Base” challenge is looking for suggestions on how to “recycle, repurpose, or reprocess” waste material—specifically trash, fecal waste, foam packaging material, and carbon dioxide—during a two to three year mission to the Red Planet. Ideally, space-trash […]

How to Make Your iPhone’s Voice Memos Sound Better

By |2022-01-21T09:54:18-06:00January 21st, 2022|Tech Tips|

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Photo: MichaelJayBerlin (Shutterstock) The iPhone’s Voice Memos app is easy to use to record anything from a college lecture to a podcast—but not all recordings turn out to have the quality you’d like. You might end up with wind noise in the background, or a speaker’s voice that is barely audible. With patience (and some audio editing skills), you might use something like Audacity or GarageBand to fix it up—or you can go the simpler route and use the Enhance Recording feature in iOS 14. […]

How to Watch Virtual Reality Porn

By |2022-01-21T09:54:16-06:00January 21st, 2022|Tech Tips|

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Illustration: Vicky Leta A friend of mine used to say that the first question we ask when we’re introduced to a new piece of technology is, “how can I use this to have sex?” To that end, here’s how to use an Oculus Quest 2, PSVR, Vive, or other VR headset to have sex…or watch virtual porn, anyway. How to watch VR Porn with an Oculus Quest 2 It’s almost comically easy to have an “entry-level” VR porn experience with an Oculus Quest 2 (or […]

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