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Best birthday gifts for teen boys: What to buy so you won’t hear a deep sigh

Kat Wilcox via PexelsThey won’t like it. And even if they do, it won’t fit, or won’t fit for long. It’s just not dope or lit or drippy or snatched or whatever the current word for cool is … The list of fears for anyone buying birthday gifts for teen boys goes on and on and on. It’s a tricky age, one known for quick pivots, but we’ve done the research for you, so read on for the best birthday…

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Best snowboard boots: Snowboard equipment for every level

Visit Almaty via PexelsWhether you’re a pro on the powder or just starting out, a successful snowboarding run starts with appropriate snowboard gear, especially when it comes to your feet. Are your boots comfortable? Secure? Not too tight but also not too loose? Unlike ski boots, which are rigid and unforgiving, snowboard boots are flexible and, in general, much more comfortable—a blessing for anyone with wide feet or any podiatric issues, like bunions, corns, or hammertoes. (Think about how distracting…

Science

Why you should use Discord (even if you’re not a gamer)

DiscordRight now, there’s a rumor floating around the tech sphere suggesting that Microsoft may buy the online chat app Discord for roughly $10 billion. That may sound surprising to some people who haven’t even heard of the service, or think that it’s still geared toward gamers as it was at the beginning. While Discord didn’t become a global communication darling like Zoom did during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become an essential way for people to connect with their pals…

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These airless bike tires rely on a metal alloy designed for NASA rovers

The Smart Tire Company Inflatable rubber tires would not fare well on the surface of the Moon or Mars. The terrain is treacherous, and there’s no one there to throw on a spare if you get a flat. That’s why rovers typically use tires made of metal alloys that can endure the punishment that comes from puttering around on alien soil. Now, the Smart Tire Company is preparing to offer its airless alloy METL tires adapted from NASA rover tech…

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Putting cows on a seaweed diet helps curb their methane burps

Hugo Kruip for Unsplash Expanding a cow’s diet to include a pinch of seaweed could go a long way in helping tame their burps and farts—and protect the climate. A new study released last week led by scientists at the University of California at Davis showed that adding just a small amount of dried red seaweed to the feed of beef steers reduced their methane production during digestion by over 80 percent, which could have implications for global greenhouse gas…

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Verizon to Phase Out Its 3G Network by 2023

According to King, Verizon is continuing to remove its existing 3G customers from the aging network. It’s been a slow process with Verizon announcing it was planning to shut off its 3G network in 2019. The carrier then stopped activating 3G phones starting in July 2018. Verizon initially delayed that shutdown to 2020, and now it is holding off until 2023. Currently, Verizon’s 3G network is still fully operational. Even though it isn’t activating 3G phones and hasn’t been since…

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Apple Will Replace Defective AirPods Pro for Free in New Service Program

Apple recently updated its website with details on this new replacement program. Whether you are having issues or not, all AirPods owners should review this information, so they know what to expect if they have problems in the future. The recent worldwide service program is extensive, covering all AirPods Pro units manufactured before October 2020. It addresses AirPods with audio issues, including the following: Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise, or while talking on the…

Computer

Working from Home for the Foreseeable Future?

Here are Some Tech Suggestions Working remotely was already a trend before the pandemic arrived, but now that it’s here, entire industrial sectors have moved to a remote structure. That change is here to stay for at least the next few months (and maybe forever, in the case of a few companies). However, very few of us have our homes set up to double as high-tech business offices, so the transition hasn’t exactly been smooth or easy for the new…

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How to Sanitize Your Xbox Controllers

Yuliasis/Shutterstock Xbox controllers of every variety will gather dirt, germs, and much more over time. While certain solutions will work on some controllers, most disinfectant wipes shouldn’t be used on Xbox One and Xbox Elite controllers. You’ll know when your Xbox controllers are in dire need of a good cleaning, as they may begin to malfunction. Buttons can stick, joysticks can degrade, and so much more. Generally speaking, it’s always important to both clean and sanitize all of your controllers…

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What to Do If You Spilled Water or Coffee on Your Laptop

mdbildes/Shutterstock.com Laptops and liquids are a bad combination, but accidents happen. If you’re reading this after a spill, the first thing you should do is turn off your machine, and then remove the power cable and battery as soon as possible. Warning: Electricity and water do not mix! You could cause yourself serious harm or further damage your computer. Before touching the laptop, make sure your hands and the area (or button) you’re touching are completely dry. Power Off Now! For…

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How to Disinfect Your Mouse and Keyboard

goffkein.pro/Shutterstock You probably don’t clean your mouse and keyboard very often, but you should. It’s especially important if you share a computer with others. Right now, it could also prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Cleaning your computer peripherals takes virtually no time at all, and it can prevent you and others from getting sick. You can even use the same cleaning tools you use to disinfect your smartphone. RELATED: How to Disinfect Your Smartphone What You’ll Need Cleaning and disinfecting…

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How Apple’s 2020 iPad Pro Compares to the 1994 Trackpad Mac

Apple Apple unveiled a new iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard with a trackpad in March 2020. This is the first time Apple’s pushed a trackpad for iPads. It reminded us of the company’s first laptop with a trackpad: the Powerbook 500 series, released 26 years ago. Considering the historic nature of this release, we thought it might be fun to take a look back at the PowerBook 540c. Let’s compare it to the new iPad Pro and see how far Apple’s…