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How to Cool Your Home Without Cranking the AC News 

How to Cool Your Home Without Cranking the AC

My home is interesting (special?) in that we have central air conditioning on the first floor and window AC units in the upstairs bedrooms. What this means, practically speaking, is that we lose a lot of our cool first floor air up the stairs, where it is immediately swallowed up by a hallway that becomes stifling in June and stays stifling through September. Even when we run the bedroom AC units—only at night or if we’re specifically using one of the rooms—we keep the doors closed to maximize their output….

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Try Fishing on ‘Free Fishing Days’ Without a License News 

Try Fishing on ‘Free Fishing Days’ Without a License

I have a vivid memory from some point in my childhood of fishing on a pier somewhere with my family. I decided at some point to try out some sort of fly fishing move I’d seen on TV, which ended in my brother getting a hook in his ear and me giving up fishing. I’m not sure I ever had a fishing license, but I presume my parents took care of one for this ill-fated outdoor activity. Fishing licenses aren’t insanely expensive, but they are a cost, a cost that…

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Amazon Prime Day 2019: When is it and what can you expect from this year’s sale? News 

Amazon Prime Day 2019: When is it and what can you expect from this year’s sale?

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today’s newsroom and any business incentives. Online shoppers and deal hunters, get ready. Amazon Prime Day 2019 is just around the corner and you’re going to want to mark your calendar for this huge shopping event. This will be the fifth year that the giant online…

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Clearing up confusion on payments: If a retailer takes Apple Pay it also takes Google Pay News 

Clearing up confusion on payments: If a retailer takes Apple Pay it also takes Google Pay

There’s still no such thing as a merchant taking or blocking only Apple Pay or only Google Pay When J.C. Penney quietly stopped taking contactless payments in its stores in April and described that in a tweet as a “decision to remove Apple Pay,” you could easily have concluded that the financially strapped retailer only blocked iPhone mobile payments. And when Google announced May 23 that the New York City subway was about to “enable Google Pay,” you might think that iPhones would be shut out. But neither is so….

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How to protect your privacy when you travel News 

How to protect your privacy when you travel

It hasn’t been an easy year for the privacy of travelers, at least so far. Data breaches, surveillance worries and those troublesome cameras in airplane seatbacks and hotel rooms are enough to make passengers paranoid. Maybe they should be. More: Guests at 30 South Korean hotels secretly filmed, live-streamed for paying customers “Travelers are particularly vulnerable to security threats because they are in a different environment with unfamiliar risks,” says Adam Dean, a senior security specialist with GreyCastle Security, a cybersecurity services provider in New York. “Generally speaking, travelers should…

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‘Kids’ is a mesmerizing iOS art game about the human collective News 

‘Kids’ is a mesmerizing iOS art game about the human collective

Oddly we’re more comfortable facing the question of who we are as individuals — we’re more afraid to reckon with how the collective defines most of who we are or how we act. But the short hand-drawn game Kids — recently released by Michael Frei and Mario von Rickenbach, the award-winning German duo known for Plug & Play — immerses you in the nature of group dynamics. That doesn’t even begin to cover the scope of what Kids captures, though. With a minimalist yet celestial aesthetic, the 15-30 minutes it…

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Apple will reportedly limit third-party tracking in kids apps Technology 

Apple will reportedly limit third-party tracking in kids apps

As tech companies grapple with safety and privacy concerns, Apple will reportedly limit third-party tracking in kids apps starting next week. While the company hasn’t announced the change, a source told The Wall Street Journal that it’s in the works. Given that Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is Monday — and that Facebook and Google have used their respective developer conferences to tout privacy initiatives — it wouldn’t be surprising for Apple to announce increased privacy for kids. As The Wall Street Journal points out, many iPhone privacy issues are…

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Finally, I can use my iPhone to ride the NYC subway Technology 

Finally, I can use my iPhone to ride the NYC subway

This morning, as I’ve done regularly since moving to New York City years ago, I left my Brooklyn apartment to head to Engadget headquarters in Manhattan. In an ideal world, I would’ve been able to use my iPhone to get through the turnstile at my nearby subway station. But, even though the MTA is now supporting contactless payments services such as Apple Pay, only a handful of stations and buses have so far been upgraded to the new One Metro New York (OMNY) system. The one close to my apartment…

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iPhone XS Tip: How To Record Phone Calls Using 4 Different Techniques Technology 

iPhone XS Tip: How To Record Phone Calls Using 4 Different Techniques

The Apple iPhone XS doesn’t have a dedicated call recorder app for its owners to use. However, iPhone XS users have many options to record their phone calls through third-party means. Here’s how to capture calls on your iPhone XS. Let A Third Party Record It If there’s no app available on the device, owners can use the call merge feature and add a friend who can record it for them instead. During the call, iPhone XS owners can add another phone number which would be merged into the call….

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Here’s how to watch the 2019 NBA Finals online with or without cable Sports 

Here’s how to watch the 2019 NBA Finals online with or without cable

With three rounds of the NBA Playoffs in the books, a mere four victories separate the final two teams — the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors — from hoisting the coveted Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. Can Stephen Curry and the Warriors secure their third straight title and their fourth championship in five years, or will the Raptors find gold in their first-ever trip to the finals? It all starts Thursday, May 30, at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto; basketball fans, this is what you’ve waited for since October. While…

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