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AdDetector Notifies You if a Story You’re Reading Is Sponsored

Firefox/Chrome: Some web sites will have sponsored stories in their timeline—it’s how they pay the bills. If you want your browser to warn you which stories are ads, AdDetector works in Firefox and Chrome. Sponsored stories can be good, but it’s important to consider the source when you read one. Ethical sites clearly mark their […]

AdDetector Notifies You if a Story You’re Reading Is Sponsored

Firefox/Chrome: Some web sites will have sponsored stories in their timeline—it’s how they pay the bills. If you want your browser to warn you which stories are ads, AdDetector works in Firefox and Chrome. Sponsored stories can be good, but it’s important to consider the source when you read one. Ethical sites clearly mark their […]

​Wait Until a Formal Job Offer Before Handing Over Your Social Security Number

When you apply for a job you’ll often give them basic information like employment history. Think twice before giving out that Social Security Number. The job application could be a scam. We’ve warned you not to give out your social security number and how to protect it when you do give it out. When you’re […]

Check for “Unaccompanied Minor” Fees Before Buying an Airline Ticket

Sometimes we have to send our kids alone on a flight. Airlines take on extra responsibilities for “unaccompanied minors,” so you’ll need to figure that into the cost of a ticket. Each airline has different fees, and they’re subject to change. The Points Guy created a list detailing fees for most domestic carriers. The policies […]

Your Home Insurance Might Cover the Receipt of Counterfeit Money

Counterfeit money sucks, but it happens to the best of us. The person who gave it to you might not even know it’s counterfeit. You’ll find out you’ve got a bogus bill when you try to use it at the store or at the bank, though. Thankfully, your insurance company might cover your loss. Over […]

Lessons from Doctor Who: “Scared Is a Super Power”

Mindfulness teaches us that our physical reactions don’t need to reflect our mental states. We can’t ignore our heart racing, but we can choose our reaction. A recent episode of Doctor Who explains this lesson well. ​What Is “Mindfulness,” and Why Is Everyone Talking About It?​What Is “Mindfulness,” and Why Is Everyone Talking About It?​What […]

SipSnapp Scans a Beer List and Rates It For You

iOS: If you aren’t a beer expert, you might not know if you’ll like a certain beer. With so many craft beers out there, you’re likely to find one you’ve never heard of. SipSnapp takes a beer list from a restaurant and looks up ratings for each brew. Just use your iPhone’s camera to take […]

Put “Congratulations” in Your Facebook Post So More People See It

Facebook is constantly changing its algorithms for which of your posts are shown to your friends. A recent article suggests putting “congratulations” in the update might cause more people to see it. Facebook’s recent posts setting tries to show us news we’d be most interested in. Who doesn’t like to offer congratulations? Zeynep Tufekci has […]

“Invite” Your Partner to Discuss Emotions Instead of Expecting It

It can be frustrating trying to communicate with a partner who bottles up their emotions. Instead of bugging them to say what’s on their minds, consider “inviting” them to express what they are feeling and you might get better results. Over at World of Psychology, they interviewed relationship expert Jared DeFife about couple communications. He […]

VirtualXP Runs Your Old XP Installation Safely in Windows 7 or 8

Windows: Many people have kept their old Windows XP computers running because they have software on the systems that can’t be reinstalled. VirtualXP lets you migrate an existing Windows XP installation into a virtual machine that you can run on Windows 7 or 8. We’ve covered how to run a virtual version of Windows XP […]

Remind Yourself “It Must Not Be Easy” When Dealing With Difficult People

We all have to deal with difficult people we can’t avoid. Seeing things from their perspective helps create empathy and understand their perspective. Use the phrase “It must not be easy” to help you see their side before you react. Defuse Temper Tantrums with EmpathyDefuse Temper Tantrums with EmpathyDefuse Temper Tantrums with Empathy Children–and even […]

How to Ruthlessly Prioritize Your Task List to Get More Done

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to make a to do list, but how much harder it is to actually finish it? Prioritization makes a huge difference when it comes to actually completing that task list. The trick is to be as ruthless as you can stand. How to Prioritize When Everything Is […]

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