Don't Expect Disinfectant Wipes to Be Stocked For a While

In the olden days of 2019, disinfectant wipes had a small but dedicated market. Germaphobes and parents bought them regularly; for many of the rest of us, they were either an occasional or unnecessary thing. Now everything has changed, and the companies that make the wipes are struggling to keep up.

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Do Something Actually Fun With Your Kids

Every morning I awaken to the same question: “Daddy, will you play with me?” (I mean “awaken to” to be taken literally here; usually this question is posed loudly to me by a three-year-old hovering several inches away from my sleeping face.) And, though I am not proud to admit it, my answer to this question is always…

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Get 'The Witcher: Enhanced Edition' PC Game for Free Today

I will spare you the obvious joke about tossing coins to Geralt of Rivia, because for today only, you’re going to be able to hang out with everyone’s favorite freelance monster hunter without paying a dime. The PC game that started it all—taking us down an incredible fantasy path that led us to that bangin’ bard…

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Source: LifeHacker – Get ‘The Witcher: Enhanced Edition’ PC Game for Free Today

You Might Be Paying Too Much for Mortgage Refinance Closing Costs

As low mortgage rates continue to break records, you may be feeling the pressure to refinance. This week, the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 2.88%—which doesn’t include origination points—according to Freddie Mac. While you may score a lower interest rate, experts warn that refinancing isn’t always…

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Source: LifeHacker – You Might Be Paying Too Much for Mortgage Refinance Closing Costs

Appreciate the Miracle That Is Ice

In the 1990 film Back to the Future Part III, Christopher Lloyd’s eccentric inventor Doc Brown is flung back to late 19th century America and into an “Old West” pulled straight from the movies. When Marty goes back to rescue him, he finds Doc happily ensconced in the local community, posing as a blacksmith of sorts…

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Can Happiness Courses Really Make You Happier?

When Krysta signed up for the UC Berkeley course The Science of Happiness, she didn’t know what to expect. The closest thing she’d done before was a personal development boot camp that had a bit of positive psychology thrown in. But after grappling with a fundamental disagreement in her marriage, she says the course…

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Have Your Kids Practice Mask-Wearing at Home

You’ve probably introduced your kids to mask-wearing by now. (And they probably hate it, because we all hate it, but you’ve explained why they need to wear it, etc.) Most kids preschool-age and older have been doing a bit of mask-wearing here or there—when you take them for an ice cream cone or during an early morning

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Save Your Google Play Music Library Before It Disappears

By the end of 2020, Google Play Music will join the ever-growing list of dead Google products. If you’ve ever used the service to store music—one of its best features—you need to back up or transfer your songs now, because they’ll all disappear in several months’ time.

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Make a Grenadine-Like Syrup From Almost Any Fruit Juice

As a child, grenadine seemed like the height of sophistication, mainly because I had no idea what it was. All I knew was that it was in Shirley Temples, it had an appealing, sensual burgundy hue, and it could be found near the little bottles of club soda and margarita mix. If I had known it was just…

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The Best 'Buy-One, Get-One' Deals for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Phones

Most pre-orders go live tonight for the new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphones. I can’t recall the last time I purchase a phone from an actual carrier, because I find their various “deals” to be headache-inducing: credits for this, required trade-ins for that, money-savings spread out over…

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How Do You Treat Yourself When You Can't Go Anywhere?

When I was growing up, my family used the smallest of achievement as reason enough to go out for a celebratory dinner. Perhaps it was just a cover for my parents’ desire not to cook, but anytime I aced a test—or anybody in the family accomplished something at school or at work—we’d go to a moderately-priced restaurant…

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Source: LifeHacker – How Do You Treat Yourself When You Can’t Go Anywhere?

Negotiate With Your Landlord During COVID-19

As the pandemic stretches on—and lawmakers continue negotiations for the latest stimulus package—experts have warned there may be a looming eviction crisis. Whether your family is suffering from a job loss or a pay cut, now may be the time to start negotiating with your landlord. As CNBC reports, you may have more…

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Everything You Missed From Today's Samsung Unpacked Live Stream

Samsung’s Unpacked 2020 event traded in a live audience for a somewhat awkward all-digital presentation, but this year’s live stream was packed with tons of new devices and feature announcements. Here’s everything the company showed off for those who need a recap.

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Source: LifeHacker – Everything You Missed From Today’s Samsung Unpacked Live Stream

How Do Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 Phones Stack Up Against the Competition?

I do love a new smartphone announcement day, and today is Samsung’s time to shine with its brand-new line of Galaxy Note 20 Android smartphones. The company announced two new models today, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Before you plunk down for a pre-order—starting tonight at 12:01 a.m. ET—we’re…

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Source: LifeHacker – How Do Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Phones Stack Up Against the Competition?

Brighten Your Life With String Lights

After a couple of months in isolation, I began looking for ways to improve our living space in small ways. If I was going to have to be home all the time, I wanted to want to be here. One of the best things I did, a little thing that has brought me more happiness than I would have predicted, was to string lights all…

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Take Note of the Good Times, With Help From Kurt Vonnegut

There’s a Kurt Vonnegut quote I’ve been leaning on a lot in 2020, taken from his 1969 novel Slaughterhouse-Five, that weird sci-fi time trip that blends the real and the fantastical in a story struggling to contextualize the surreality of the author’s experiences witnessing the firebombing of Dresden, Germany during…

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Source: LifeHacker – Take Note of the Good Times, With Help From Kurt Vonnegut

How to Help People in Beirut After the Deadly Explosion

As the search for survivors of yesterday’s explosion in Beirut continues, at this point we know that it left more than 100 people dead and thousands of others injured. The blast happened near the Lebanese capital’s port, though it could be felt from more than 150 miles away in Cyprus, the New York Times reports.

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Source: LifeHacker – How to Help People in Beirut After the Deadly Explosion