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I put this Wi-Fi-controlled grill to the test by simultaneously smoking 7 different types of meat from my couch. Everything cooked evenly and tasted great.

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 4:23pm

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  • A pellet grill is a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to smoke, grill, or even bake outside, and Camp Chef's Woodwind Wifi grill expands your options exponentially, thanks to its bevy of accessories.
  • With cooking temperatures from 160 degrees Fahrenheit to 450, you can perform any task you would on a charcoal or propane grill, but with more control and less hassle — all from the comfort of your couch.
  • We've been putting Camp Chef's Woodwind Wifi 24 to the test for nine months. Here's why we think it's your best option if you're in the market for an outdoor grill.
  • See also: the best charcoal grills and the best gas grills

Camp Chef is in its 30th year, but the brand, best known for its camp stoves, has finally ventured into the pellet grill market with its three-in-one Woodwind, which functions as a grill, smoker, and oven. You can also buy add-on accessories like a pizza oven box, a high-powered 28,000-BTU side burner, a searing box, and more.

Suffice it to say that with this grill, your outdoor cooking endeavors are only as limited as your imagination. Yes, dear reader, that does read exactly like a shameless QVC plug, but please read on, and let us extol the virtues of this remarkable piece of wood-fired equipment.

The Camp Chef Woodwind Wifi 24 (right), and its predecessor, the Camp Chef Pro 90X (left)

The Woodwind Wifi is the brand's first foray into pellet grills. With add-on accessories galore, like the Sidekick, a 28,000-BTU side burner, you can do just about anything your imagination will allow.

The Camp Chef Pro 90X, pictured above (right) for reference, is the outdoor grill that Camp Chef cut its teeth on (this version is updated), and it's still one of the best in the game with its three 30,000-BTU burners, especially with a steel griddle and a grease cup.

The Woodwind Wifi's specs The Camp Chef Woodwind Wifi 24 pellet grill, as it comes stock

The grill will come with everything you see above, plus four wired temperature probes. Note that if you're planning to purchase and attach the Sidekick, it's best to leave the shelf (right) off to avoid the hassle of having to detach it.

Available in 20-, 24-, and 36-inch sizes, this grill comes with a 304 stainless steel lid and firepot. Yes, the whole grill, which is lower-grade powder-coated steel, could stand to be 304, but we've found that, after nine months, it's probably unnecessary. There's still no sign of flaking or degradation of any kind, and it's survived all the harshest weather that the Northeast could muster.

We went with the middle 24-inch grill, which has just over 800 square inches of cooking space. Otherwise, these grills are all the same. 

And while we've left this thing out in the open for weeks on end through summer and winter in order to stress-test it, we do recommend investing in a cover, which, if you're buying this grill already, shouldn't break the bank.

Whether or not you do decide to cover your grill (though please do!), it comes with a three-year warranty, which is the industry standard for pellet grills.

Getting started The LCD screen is large, clear, and colored, which is great, but the corresponding app is what makes this grill truly magnificent.

The first thing you need to do when you start this grill, after pouring pellets into the hopper, is select "FEED" on the LCD screen. This pushes pellets through the auger and into the firebox in order to prime the grill. After that, the only time you'll have to use the "FEED" function will be when your hopper runs out of pellets and you need to replenish it.

The most beautiful thing about this grill is that it's Wi-Fi-enabled and connects to your smartphone through an app.

Once you light it, and set the smoke level (1-10) everything you need to do in order to tend it can be done right from the comfort of your couch. This especially comes in handy when, as you see, it is 46 degrees Fahrenheit and raining. After feeding and lighting, this reporter found himself warm and dry for a full four hours before needing to go back out to collect pork belly, sausages, and fish — all at different times, thanks to a series of four temperature probes that keep tabs on everything for you via the Camp Chef app. You'll also be notified if, for one reason or another, the flame is extinguished.

 

Managing the pellet hopper Keep the pellet hopper loaded and you'll never have any trouble with tending to this grill. The safety guard keeps fingers comfortably away from the auger below.

Camp Chef offers its own brand of pellets, which are 100% hardwood and additive-free, though you can buy cheaper (if more questionably sourced and made) options at your local hardware, patio, or grill purveyor.

The hopper holds 22 pounds of pellets, or more than enough to get through a long, slow smoke, and the hexagonal-shaped grate allows the pellets to flow through easily enough while still allowing you to keep your hands safely distanced from the auger.

Pro tip: Make sure to keep the pellet hopper plenty full, as running out stops cooking and requires you to refeed and restart the grill.

The firebox The Woodwind Wifi, lit and well underway.

The firebox, which is where the wood pellets are electrically lit, is equipped with a baffle that lets you cook over more indirect heat, allowing for lower temperatures and longer smoking periods.

Conversely, if you want to smoke (or grill) with some heat, slide the baffle away and you'll reach temperatures of up to about 500 degrees Fahrenheit, give or take. The grill will maintain within about 15 degrees of whatever temperature you select between 160 and 450, which, short of a restaurant-grade salamander or overhead grill, is all you can really ask. (The Sidekick along with the Pizza Oven, though, will get you to around 700 degrees.)

Smoke level is chosen separately, and there are 10 settings. Other grills we've tested don't offer different levels of smoke.

Cooking over indirect heat The Woodwind Wifi with the baffle fully engaged and cooking at low temperatures with indirect heat.

While you can't exactly cold-smoke (that's smoking food at temperatures roughly less than 80 degrees Fahrenheit), you can get pretty close. Above, we had removed the drip tray to show how the baffle works; in this image, it's fully engaged and preventing direct flame contact with the glazed-over pork belly, ribs, and shoulder. Getting meat to smoke evenly and thoroughly is a delicate process, but the Woodwind takes away much of the work.

Smoking sausage, poultry, finfish, and shellfish all at once With two grates at two different levels, you can get extremely creative with what you can cook all in one shot.

There are 800 square inches of cooking surface on this tiny grill, and with it, a world of possibilities. Above, we smoked striped bass, salmon, chorizo, kielbasa, blackfish, cornish game hen, and a pile of oysters on the half shell. Because everything required different cooking times, and we wanted some things closer to a cold smoke ( less than 80 degrees Fahrenheit), we arranged the space accordingly. Thanks to the four temperature probes, nothing ended up too terribly over- or undercooked.

Thorough and even smoking each and every time

If you've ever used a charcoal smoker, you'll know that smoking, in its most primitive form, is an art form, and evenly smoked meats are something of a holy grail. With a pellet grill, it all becomes shockingly effortless, and you end up with a perfectly even level of heat and smoke throughout. Every. Single. Time.

A medium-rare rack of lamb Set it and forget it. I had about as little to do with this as possible.

One of my favorite things to do with the Woodwind Wifi is grill larger cuts of meat using the set-it-and-forget-it approach. I'll set it to about 250 degrees Fahrenheit — usually using a temperature probe — and I always come out with an immaculately medium-rare hunk of meat. 

And sure, an oven might do this easily enough, but not with the smoke, which, I might add, is everything.

Grilling and reverse-searing with the Sidekick The Sidekick is sort of the piece de resistance, at least when grilling (as opposed to smoking) bigger cuts of meat.

If you're going to be grilling a lot of steaks, or larger cuts of meat like this venison backstrap (above), a fun and relatively affordable addition is the 28,000-BTU Sidekick. A BTU, or British Thermal Unit, is the exact amount of heat required to bring one pound (about a pint) of water up to one degree Fahrenheit at sea level. Most gas grills are equipped with 10,000-15,000-BTU burners. One this powerful is fit for a full-on seafood boil (which we have successfully conducted with the Woodwind). The flattop isn't included, but if you are looking to sear your steaks outside, it's sort of a must.

Endless precision from the Woodwind Wifi Wherever you place your meat on the Woodwind, it's going to come out evenly smoked and cooked.

Were this done by my own two hands and nothing more than wood and heat, I might be handing in my two weeks' notice here. Alas, a machine delivered this masterful work of art to me, and I am not the least bit upset about it.

In this case of man versus pellet grill, only an all-star pitmaster could keep up with the Woodwind Wifi — and they'd have their work cut out for them.

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Trump bragged about bringing Michigan 'so many damn car plants.' Zero new major plants have opened during his presidency.

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 4:20pm
President Donald Trump addresses supporters during a campaign rally at MBS International Airport in Freeland, Michigan on September 10, 2020.
  • President Donald Trump made claimed at a rally in Michigan Thursday night that he brought "so many damn car plants" to Michigan, Detroit Free Press reported.
  • Only one new major assembly facility has been announced in the state during his presidency, and it isn't open yet.
  • Trump has frequently boasted the creation of auto plants when speaking to voters in swing states. Only five new car plants have been announced to open in the US since he stepped into office in 2017.
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President Donald Trump made a number of misleading and false claims Thursday night in bragging that he revitalized the auto industry in Michigan, as the Detroit Free Press reported.

Speaking to his supporters at a rally in Michigan, he demanded the crowd vote for him, exaggerating the extent to which car manufacturing has changed in the state during his presidency.

"You better vote for me, I got you so many damn car plants," he said.

At another point in the speech, he repeated the claim and promised more car plants.

"We brought you a lot of car plants, we brought you a lot ... and we're going to bring you a lot more," he said.

Only five new car plants have been announced during Trump's entire presidency, experts at the Center for Automotive Research told the Washington Post. Three of them are located in Michigan.

Of those plants, the Free Press reported that only one new major assembly facility has been announced: the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plant in Detroit, which plans to hire up to 3,850 workers.

It has not opened yet. The plant has been under construction since 2018 and is set to begin production later in 2020.

The other two plants are planning to hire fewer than 450 people, according to the Post.

Trump has referenced the creation of auto plants frequently during his campaign. According to the Washington Post's database of Trump's false and misleading claims, Trump has made misleading claims about Michigan auto plants 14 times.

The state, which went for Trump in the 2016 election, remains important in this year's electoral map. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is up by 4.2 points in the state, according to the RealClearPolitics average.

At Thursday's rally, the Trump campaign also removed a New York Times reporter after she tweeted about few attendees wore masks. Additionally, Trump compared his decision to knowingly downplay the coronavirus to Americans to Winston Churchill's leadership to "keep calm and carry on." 

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US stocks post 2nd straight weekly decline as S&P 500 gives up most Friday gains

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 4:09pm
  • Stocks ended Friday mixed as technology stocks led the market lower, causing the Nasdaq composite index to finish in the red. The Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 held onto gains.
  • Friday's close marked the second straight weekly decline for US stocks. The S&P 500 postesd back-to-back weekly losses for the first time since early March, when the COVID-19 pandemic was nearing its peak.
  • West Texas Intermediate crude rose as much as 1.4%, to $37.82 per barrel.
  • Spot gold slid 0.2% as the precious metal continues to consolidate within a tight $100 range of $1,900 to $2,000.
  • Watch major indexes update live here.

US stocks ended Friday mixed as technology stocks continued to lead the market lower, erasing early-morning gains. The Nasdaq composite index finished the day lower, while the Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 managed to hold onto gains.

Better than expected earnings reports from Peloton and Oracle were not enough to stem the decline in tech shares.

Friday's close marked the second straight weekly decline in US stocks for the first time since early March, when the COVID-19 pandemic was front and center in investors' minds.

Here's where US indexes sat as of the 4 p.m. ET market close on Friday:

Read more: Buy these 30 stocks that offer the best bargains for strong sales and earnings growth in a pricey market, Credit Suisse says

Goldman Sachs updated its third-quarter GDP forecast on Thursday to 35% annualized growth, prompted by a stronger-than-expected August jobs report. The US added 1.37 million jobs in August, more than an expected addition of 1.35 million jobs.

Bank of America also boosted its third-quarter GDP estimate on Friday from 15% to 27%. The firm cited better than expected retail sales and strength in the housing market as reasons for the estimate change.

Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expect third-quarter GDP expansion of 21%.

Read more: A senior portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley's $665 billion investment-management business tells us why the tech-stock plunge isn't a cue to abandon the sector — and where to find the biggest gains as the recovery resumes

Peloton initially surged as much as 12% before finishing the day down more than 4%. The fitness company reported its first quarterly profit on the back of increased spending on its bikes and treadmills during the COVID-19 pandemic. Oracle also posted a strong quarter of earnings growth, surpassing analyst expectations thanks to increased demand for its cloud services.

JPMorgan said it would form a private trading team to source and trade privately listed companies as more and more companies delay the IPO process and stay private for longer.

Read more: Buy these 16 tech stocks that are beaten down from the pandemic and now primed for explosive growth in the months ahead, Stifel says

Nikola extended its decline on Friday after the company responded to a short-seller report from Hindenburg Research. Additionally, short-seller Citron Research piled on the stock on Friday, calling it a "total fraud."

Spot gold fell 0.2%, to $1,941.95 per ounce. The precious metal has remained in a narrow trading range of $1,900 to $2,000. 

Oil traded mixed on Friday after its Thursday decline as investors digested reports of depressed demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic and of increased supply from US oil producers. West Texas Intermediate crude rose as much as 1.4%, to $37.82 per barrel. Brent crude, oil's international standard, fell 1.7%, to $39.38 per barrel, at intraday lows.

Read more: Morgan Stanley says the stock market's future is 'unusually dependent' on another stimulus package — and recommends 5 portfolio moves to make if Congress passes another round

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At least 31 coronavirus cases are linked to 3 childcare facilities in Utah, more evidence kids are contagious without symptoms

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 4:06pm
In this May 27, 2020 photo, Aaron Rainboth, a teacher at the Frederickson KinderCare daycare center in Tacoma, Wash., wears a mask as he takes the temperature of Benjamin Simpson, 4, after he complained of feeling hot following an outdoor play period, but found it to be normal. In a world weary of the coronavirus, many working parents with young children are now struggling with the decision on when or how they'll be comfortable returning to their child care providers. Frederickson KinderCare, which has been open throughout the pandemic to care for children of essential workers, removed carpets and spaced out tables and chairs as part of their measures to control the spread of the coronavirus.
  • There's more evidence that children may be silent spreaders of COVID-19 and can be contagious without showing symptoms, according to infection data from childcare centers.
  • A CDC report found that at least 31 coronavirus cases were linked to outbreaks at three childcare facilities in Utah from April 1 to July 10. At least one person was hospitalized. 
  • Infected staff members appear to have spread the disease to children before showing symptoms, and the children subsequently infected family members, including parents, even without showing symptoms.  
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As the fall semester begins, school reopenings have been cause for concern among parents, staff, and children who worry about exposure to the novel coronavirus.

But another vector of disease, particularly among younger children, is childcare centers.

Three outbreaks at childcare centers in Salt Lake County, Utah, led to 31 people becoming infected with COVID-19. At least 12 children were infected and spreading the virus to at least 12 other people outside the childcare centers, one of whom was hospitalized, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.

All of the infected children had mild symptoms or were asymptomatic, researchers found. 

Including the confirmed cases, an estimated 184 people were directly exposed to the virus as a result of the 12 patients. 110 of these were children, but the number also including childcare staff, parents, and family members of patients.

More than half of the people exposed were asymptomatic and never tested, so the actual number of cases linked to these outbreaks could be far higher. 

The data, collected between April 1 and July 10 across 17 childcare facilities in Salt Lake County, adds to existing evidence that children can be "silent spreaders" of COVID-19 while showing few or no signs of illness themselves, and may pass the disease on to more vulnerable family members or caregivers. 

Coronavirus can spread from childcare facilities to homes and vice versa, the report found

Of the confirmed cases linked to childcare centers, 22 patients (75%) were staff or children at the facilities. The remaining nine were people associated with staff or children who were indirectly exposed, as people who picked up the virus at childcare facilities passed it on to other contacts in their social circle, such as family members. 

At one facility, contract tracers found that a staff member at the childcare facility was infected by someone in their household. The staffer self-isolated within a day after symptoms appears. Still, during that short period, at least two other people at the facility were infected. 

At another facility, a staff member contracted COVID-19 from someone in their household, and appears to have spread the disease before showing symptoms.

Five total cases were reported at the facility, and young patients passed the disease onto at least four other people outside the facility, two of them parents, in less than a week.

Finally, in a third, larger facility, 10 children and five staff members were confirmed to have COVID-19, although the source of the outbreak could not be determined.

These patients spread the coronavirus to at least five other people outside the childcare center, and one parent of an infected child was subsequently hospitalized. In these cases the children did not show symptoms until three to five days after they were infected, researchers found. 

Consistent mask wearing may have helped slow the spread

Deep cleaning, sanitizing procedures, and daily temperature and symptom checks were reported at the three facilities where outbreaks occurred. Two of the facilities required staff members to wear masks, but none required children to wear masks. 

That could have contributed to infections, according to researchers. Current CDC recommendations are that everyone aged 2 or older wear a mask in public. However, that may not have been enough either — in one case, an infected 8-month old child spread the illness to both parents. 

Overall, these cases are further evidence that children can be contagious while having mild or no coronavirus symptoms. 

While more research is needed, the CDC is recommending that consistent testing with timely results be conducted in cases where children are present, particularly in large groups, and including families. 

Read More:

How children's coronavirus symptoms compare with those of the flu

Children with asymptomatic coronavirus cases could shed the virus for weeks, a study found

56 coronavirus cases were linked to a Starbucks in South Korea. But employees who were wearing masks didn't get infected.

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Why aging homes are far more important to Home Depot and Lowe's than the summertime boom in new housing

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 3:54pm
"We couldn't put together a lumber package to save our life," Home Depot CEO Craig Menear said.
  • New housing starts soared over the summer, but that doesn't matter much to home improvement retailers like Home Depot and Lowe's.
  • Speaking at Goldman Sachs' virtual retail conference this week, the CEOs of both companies clarified that their businesses are not dependent on new home construction.
  • In fact, Lowe's CEO Marvin Ellison said that the aging housing stock in the US is good for business. 
  • "If you're living in one of those aging homes, it's going to lend itself to you making those investments to modernize," he said.
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When it comes to the home improvement business, fixing up an older home is a far more lucrative than building a new one from scratch. 

That is at least the case for retailers like Home Depot and Lowe's. The CEOs of both companies recently made comments during Goldman Sachs' annual Global Retailing Virtual Conference suggesting that not all aspects of the housing market are equal in determining future sales success.

Both Lowe's CEO Marvin Ellison and Home Depot CEO Craig Menear said that new construction has little bearing on their businesses. Instead, upgrading older, existing homes guarantees customers keep coming back.

"We're really not set up for new construction," Menear said. "We have home builders that shop at the Home Depot, but that is not what we are really set up to do. We couldn't put together a lumber package to save our life."

Lowe's CEO Marvin Ellison also said that "new home construction" is not a large driver of business for the company. However, there is one housing market figure that the leader of the home improvement retailer said he does keep an eye on: the median age of housing stock. This number refers to the age of the home.

Ellison delved into why older housing stock and a "limited inventory in new homes" actually provide a boost for home improvement retailers. 

"We're in the home improvement business, which lends itself to home turnover," Ellison said. "As customers are buying new homes, they're selling their existing homes. We tend to pick up business from those owners buying those existing homes and those prospective home sellers putting their homes on the market."

Despite certain states banning non-essential construction, the coronavirus pandemic has sparked a bit of a turnaround for residential building. New housing starts — or the start of construction of new houses — surged 22.6% in July. That's the largest jump since October 2016, according to the US Census Bureau.

Meanwhile, the median age of owner-occupied residences in the US has climbed in recent years. In 2017, Construction Dive reported that the median age of owner-occupied properties jumped from 31 years in 2005 to 37 years in 2015. 

Ellison said that business from home turnover could come in the form of shoppers visiting Lowe's for new paint, tools for flooring repairs, or appliances to assist with landscaping.

"You want to do all those things before you put it on the market," he said. "And when you buy a home, you want to personalize it. If you're living in one of those aging homes, it's going to lend itself to you making those investments to modernize the kitchen, the bath, and also those maintenance and repair items."

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How to change the IP address on an Android phone or tablet using a 'static' address

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 3:50pm
It should only take a few minutes to change the IP address on your Android device.
  • To change the IP address on your Android device, you'll first need to find an available IP address on your network.
  • Once you've found an available IP address, you can change your Android's IP address by changing your Wi-Fi settings.
  • You'll need to give your Android device a "Static" IP address, and then enter the new IP address.
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If you want to host a server using your Android device, you'll need to change your Android's IP address to a static IP. Here's how to do it.

How to find an available IP address for your Android

You need to use a Windows computer to find an available IP address before you can change your Android's IP.

1. On a Windows computer, click on the Start menu and type cmd to make the Command Prompt appear. Click on the Command Prompt once it is visible.

You can find the Command Prompt in any version of Windows.

2. In the Command Prompt, type the following command and then press Enter:

ipconfig/all

3. Look for the information called "Default Gateway," "IPv4 Address," and "DNS Servers." The Default Gateway is your network's IP address, while the IPv4 Address is the IP address of the computer you're typing commands from. The DNS Servers are two servers related to your internet service provider and internet usage.

4. To find an available IP address, type the "ping" command followed by the next sequential IP address following your Default Gateway. For example, if your Default Gateway is 12.3.4.5 the next sequential IP address would be 12.3.4.6. Using this example, your ping command should look like this:

ping 12.3.4.6

Press the Enter key when you are finished. 

5. If any IP address appears with the text "Destination host unreachable," that IP address is available. If you don't see any IP addresses showing "Destination host unreachable," repeat the ping command with the next sequential IP address, i.e. 12.3.4.7 and so on, until you find an available IP.

Once you've found an available IP address, you can change your Android device's IP address.

How to change the IP address on your Android device

1. Open your Android device's Wi-Fi settings. If you're not sure where to find it, open the Settings app, then tap on "Network & Internet," then tap on "Wi-Fi."

2. If you're already connected to the Wi-Fi network you want to use, tap and hold on the name of that network. When "Modify network" appears, tap on it. If this option doesn't appear initially, tap on the Wi-Fi network, tap "Forget network," and try the step one more time.

3. Tap "Advanced settings."

You'll need to open the "Advanced" menu.

4. Use your finger or stylus to scroll down to IP Settings. Tap on "DCHP" and then tap "Static" in the drop-down menu that appears.

5. In their respective fields, type the available IP address that you discovered, your Default Gateway, and the two DNS servers. You can change the other settings as well, or leave them in their default states. When you're done, tap "Save."

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The best rechargeable battery chargers

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 3:35pm
  • High-quality rechargeable battery chargers don't overcharge your batteries, extend the life of the cells inside them, and are easy to use.
  • The Nitecore D4 Charger is our pick for the best rechargeable battery charger because it has the above features as well as a large display, and it can auto-detect and charge a wide array of batteries.
  • You should also check out our guide to the best rechargeable batteries you can buy.

Americans throw away more than 180,000 tons of batteries every year. Rechargeable batteries can be reused 1,000 times or, in some cases, even more. This is not only better for the environment, but it also saves you plenty of cash in the long run. But, rechargeable batteries can be a real pain if you don't have one of the best rechargeable battery chargers.

Knowing that, you want a charger that will juice up your batteries as quickly as possible, right? Think again. High-speed charging severely shortens the lifespan of your batteries. Instead, look for a charger that offers "gentle" or "slow" charging.

If you are concerned about having to wait for the charging to complete before using your device again, consider buying a couple of sets of batteries for the device. Some chargers also have a "conditioning" function. This cycles your batteries through discharging and recharging in order to help them reach their full capacity and lengthen their life.

Some chargers are known as "smart chargers." This means they stop charging your batteries once they are full. This is opposed to "dumb chargers," which tend to charge for a certain amount of time. Dumb chargers are less effective and, in some cases, dangerous.

While researching the best rechargeable battery chargers, we examined thousands of expert and buyer reviews and ratings of several models. Our guide features chargers with a track record of versatility, durability, and performance.

Here are the best rechargeable battery chargers:

Prices and links are current as of 9/11/20. We removed our previous pick for the best affordable charger, the AmazonBasics Ni-MH AA & AAA Battery Charger, due to recent reports of AmazonBasics electronics melting and catching fire.

The best overall The Nitecore D4 Charger can charge an array of battery types, while displaying the charge progress on an easy-to-read LCD panel.

The Nitecore D4 Charger is great because it can automatically detect and charge Li-ion, LiFePO4, Ni-MH, and Ni-Cd (AA, AAA, AAAA, and C) batteries. This device can charge up to four batteries at a time, and the large LCD screen displays the progress of the charge for each of the batteries using a five-bar indicator.

For specific batteries, you can press the Mode button on the side to get more detailed charging progress and parameter information, such as charging time, current, and voltage.

When the charge is complete, the "Chg. Finish" indicator comes on and the D4 automatically stops charging, an important safety feature. The bundle comes with the charger, a wall plug, and four EdisonBright AA NiMH rechargeable batteries.

The most common complaint is that recharging slows when there are four batteries charging.

Pros: Large display, charges a broad range of battery types, automatic battery detection

Cons: Only displays the progress of one battery at a time, charge time increases when charging four batteries

The best 8-cell battery charger If you frequently use AAs and AAAs in your electronics, the Powerex MH-C800S 8-Cell Smart Charger will keep your batteries juiced and extend their life.

The Powerex MH-C800S 8-Cell Smart Charger is manufactured by Maha Energy, an organization that focuses solely on charging and battery technology for both consumer and industrial sectors.

The MH-C800S can charge between one and eight NiMH or NiCd AA or AAA batteries. The LCD screen uses three bars to show the charging status of each battery. There are three charge modes: rapid charge (one to two hours), soft charge (three to four hours), and conditioning, which can take a full day.

Wirecutter recommends the Powerex charger for people who need eight charging slots on one outlet. The reviewer appreciates the accurate charging, that you can monitor the progress, and it's easy to use. However, he doesn't like that the default mode is the faster 1-A charging, which isn't as conducive to extending your battery's lifespan as the Soft charge.

Pros: 8 charging slots, features conditioning cycle

Cons: Expensive, only charges AA and AAA batteries

The best battery charger for vaping At a relatively low price point, the XTAR VC4 Charger is able to charge a wide range of battery sizes and types.

There are a couple of features that set the XTAR VC4 Charger apart from other devices in our guide. First, it doesn't plug directly into the wall. The charger features a USB charge cable, which you can plug into just about anything with a USB port. I use a multiple-port USB wall adapter. Another unique feature is that the slots are large enough to fit D-cell batteries. It's fairly rare to find a unit that can handle NiMH cells ranging from AAA to D.

About six months ago, XTAR sent me the VC4 for free to test out. For the most part, my family is happy with it. I use it for charging NiMH batteries for a variety of devices, including my sons' toys, and my wife uses it for her vaporizer's 18650s.

I've found that it's a real pain trying to get the AAA batteries in there just right to get them to charge. Other sizes seem to work fine, though. The display is easy to read and gives helpful information that even a layperson can understand, but it can be finicky when you first insert the batteries.

Pros: Charges several different battery types, cost-effective, USB power input

Cons: Doesn't come with a USB wall adapter, it takes some work to fit AAA batteries in

The best for AA and AAA batteries If you are mainly in need of a good charger for AA and AAA batteries and don't need a fast charge, consider the affordable Panasonic Advanced Individual Cell Battery Charger Pack.

The Panasonic K-KJ17MCA4BA Advanced Individual Cell Battery Charger Pack is unique in its simplicity. You just pop in one to four AA or AAA batteries (any combination will work) and wait for the charging light to turn off. The batteries charge at a slower 300 mA speed, which is great for extending their lifespan. And, when charging is complete, it automatically shuts off.

There are four different packs that vary based on what batteries come with it. There are the packages that come with four AA or four AAA batteries. The Power Pack comes with 8 AA, 2 AAA, and 2 C-size and D-size spacers. You simply put an AA battery in the spacer when you want to power devices that require C or D cells. The Super Power Pack is essentially the same as the Power Pack, only it has 12 AA and 4 AAA batteries along with the spacers. The charger is the same for all four packages.

The Panasonic Advanced Individual Cell Battery Charger is the top pick on Wirecutter. The reviewer liked how simple it is to use and that you can charge just one battery, rather than having an even number in the slots. For the typical NiMH AA battery, he found it took about seven hours to reach a full charge.

Pros: Uses slow charge to extend battery life, simple to use, inexpensive, comes with batteries

Cons: Only charges AA and AAA batteries

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The US Postal Service has reportedly used outdated systems for years that left the agency vulnerable to hackers and a potential $1 billion loss

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A person drops a letter into a USPS mailbox during Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on September 7, 2020 in New York City.
  • The US Postal Service has reportedly used outdated IT systems for years that could have opened up the agency to hackers and a "potential financial impact of over $1 billion," per a Motherboard report.
  • A memo released by the agency in July detailed the discovery, including that of "significant vulnerabilities that increase the risk of disclosure of sensitive information and potential impact to business operations."
  • A USPS spokesperson told Business Insider in an email that "the vulnerabilities identified in this report were found, scoped and addressed by the Postal Service.  These applications are now addressed."
  • The USPS has been thrust under the microscope recently over its handling of the upcoming 2020 presidential election.
  • The service is expected to be tasked with processing an influx of mail-in ballots in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The US Postal Service has reportedly used outdated IT systems for years that could have made the agency vulnerable to hackers as well as a "potential financial impact of over $1 billion," per a report from Motherboard.

A memo sent on July 27 by the USPS Office of Inspector General outlined how an audit discovered "the Postal Service allowed applications to operate in the production environment with significant vulnerabilities that increase the risk of disclosure of sensitive information and potential impact to business operations."

The USPS Corporate Information Security Office called the flaws in the system "catastrophic." Hackers have not penetrated the agency's systems, but the holes in the apps could have allowed them to access sensitive data.

The audit called for the service to address and fix the vulnerabilities found in the apps it was using. A USPS spokesperson told Business Insider in an email that "the vulnerabilities identified in this report were found, scoped and addressed by the Postal Service.  These applications are now addressed."

The US Postal Service has been thrust into the spotlight recently as the upcoming 2020 presidential election approaches, an election that the service will likely play a large role in. The agency is expected to be tasked with processing an influx of mail-in ballots given the COVID-19 pandemic.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major donor to the Republic Party, announced operational changes to the agency, which had been struggling long before the pandemic. After much backlash, DeJoy said he would suspend those changes until after the election. President Donald Trump has also acknowledged that he intended to withhold funding from USPS to sabotage mail-in voting.

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NYC is reopening indoor dining rooms at 25% capacity. Here's how restaurants in the world's densest cities have reopened with coronavirus-era social distancing.

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An employee prepares the terrace of a coffee shop to reopen in Bogota on August 14, 2020.
  • New York restaurants will be allowed to reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity on September 30.
  • We looked at how restaurants have brought back business safely in the world's densest cities so far.
  • To inform this list, Business Insider referred to Our World in Data, a 2014 project about population density by Global Change Data Lab using information from the United Nations.
  • The population density of a city comes from the number of people per square kilometer.
  • Here's how the experience of dining out has changed in the 19 densest cities in the world, with robots and reduced capacity. 
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Restaurants in cities across the world closed in March 2020 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Many have since reopened with social distancing regulations and guidelines.

In New York City, the densest city in the US per 2016 data by U.S. News, restaurants will be allowed to resume indoor dining on September 30 for the first time since the city went on lockdown in March. There will be coronavirus-era regulations in place include temperature checks, stronger air ventilation, and operating at 25% capacity. 

Here's how the most crowded cities in the world are handling restaurant reopenings.

19. Cairo, Egypt. Population density: 8,600 people per square kilometer People travel on an overcrowded train in Cairo, Egypt, on July 9, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

Restaurants in Cairo reopened on June 27 with 25% capacity and a 10 p.m. curfew, per Reuters. 'Mozo', a robot waiter of MARSES Robotic Solutions, serves food at Kimbo Restaurant & Cafe in Cairo, Egypt, on July 28, 2020.

Source: Reuters

At Kimbo Restaurant and Cafe in East Cairo, a robot server takes and delivers orders to limit human contact, Market Watch reported. 'Mozo', a robot waiter of MARSES Robotic Solutions at Kimbo Restaurant & Cafe in Cairo, Egypt, on July 28, 2020.

Source: Market Watch

18. Yangon, Myanmar. Population density: 8,700 people per square kilometer People wear face masks and observe social distancing as they wait to enter the Martyrs' Mausoleum during a ceremony for Martyrs' Day in Yangon on July 19, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

In Yangon, Myanmar, restaurants were able to reopen on May 19 with regulations like having employees wear masks and shields and installing more hand sanitizing stations, per Mayanmar Times. A member of Yangon City and Development Committee sprays disinfectant on a restaurant's front doors on March 29, 2020.

Source: Myanmar Times

17. Jakarta, Indonesia. Population density: 9,600 people per square kilometer Statistics for COVID-19 coronavirus infection and deaths displayed with a coffin and a mannequin wearing personal protective equipment installation in the local area of Jakarta.

Source: Our World in Data

In Jakarta, Indonesia, restaurants can open for dine-in at 50% capacity, The Jakarta Post reported on June 9. At Atjeh Connection, a cafe, clear partitions separate patrons. People are seen at the Atjeh Connection restaurant with separation on the table in Jakarta, Indonesia, on June 8, 2020.

Source: The Jakarta Post, Reuters

16. Chennai, India. Population density: 9,700 people per square kilometer A security personnel checks the body temperature of a woman as she enters a market in Chennai, India, on July 29, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

Restaurants in Chennai, India, were allowed to reopen on June 9, but only 10% of them opened for dine-in, according to Times of India. Some restaurants didn't have enough employees to open for dine-in. A graffiti on a road depicting coronavirus to create awareness about social distancing during a 21-day nationwide lockdown in Chennai, India, on April 9, 2020.

Source: Times of India

15. Mexico City. Population density: 9,800 people per square kilometer Members of the mariachi group Nuevo Acapulco, toured various streets of the Zocalo of Mexico City, Mexico, on August 17, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

A restaurant in Mexico City used gigantic teddy bears to help patrons maintain social distancing regulations. Owners of restaurants put Giant teddy bears on the chairs as an attempt to get customers to respect social distancing.

Source: ABC News

The city reopened restaurants at 40% capacity on July 1, per The LA Times. Teddy bears are located on the tables to maintain social distancing measures at Jaso Bakery restaurant in Mexico City on July 23, 2020.

Source: LA Times, Associated Press

 

About a month later, bars that agreed to serve food were allowed to reopen and operate as restaurants at 30% capacity with a 10 p.m. curfew, the Associated Press reported. Bartenders with face masks prepare drinks at the restaurant "Cuerno" on July 03, 2020 in Mexico City.

Source: Associated Press

14. Istanbul, Turkey. Population density: 9,800 per square kilometer Spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Istanbul

Source: Our World in Data

Restaurants in Istanbul reopened on June 1, per Reuters. Some used props like mannequins to help customers maintain a social distance from others. The figures sat in between tables of humans. Mannequins are seen placed between tables to make customers sit according to social distancing rules in a bar that reopened after being closed for weeks in Istanbul on June 1, 2020.

Source: ReutersReuters

13. Tehran, Iran. Population density: 9,900 people per square kilometer An Iranian family wearing protective face masks walk along an area in the recreational Chitgar complex in northwestern Tehran at sunset on August 13, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

In Tehran, Iran, restaurants reopened after Ramadan, which ended on May 23, Reuters reported. An empty restaurant is seen at the mall, in Tehran, Iran, on April 20, 2020.

Source: Reuters

12. Singapore. Population density: 10,500 people per square kilometer A couple with face masks walk through Singapore during the coronavirus outbreak on March 14, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

In Singapore, restaurants reopened on June 19, and they were booked to capacity, per Channel News Asia. People eat at a busy steamboat restaurant in Singapore on June 19, 2020.

Source: Channel News Asia

Social distancing regulations in Singapore's restaurants include having up to five people at each table and keeping tables six feet apart. People dine in an empty restaurant in Singapore on August 12, 2020.

Source: Channel News Asia

11. Lima, Peru. Population density: 11,300 people per square kilometer The outbreak of the coronavirus disease in Lima, Peru.

Source: Our World in Data

Restaurants in Lima, Peru, reopened for dine-in at a limited capacity on July 20, VOA News reported. An employee stands next to a sign reading "Temporarily reduced capacity 50%" at a restaurant in Lima on July 20, 2020.

Source: VOA News

Social distancing regulations included keeping tables six feet apart, per VOA News. At some restaurants, servers disinfected customers upon arrival. A waiter disinfects a customer as he enters a restaurant in Lima on July 20, 2020.

Source: VOA News

10. Lahore, Pakistan. Population density: 11,300 people per square kilometer Traders protest beside their closed shops against a lockdown imposed by the Punjab provincial government ahead of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha or the 'Festival of Sacrifice', in Lahore on July 28, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

In Lahore, Pakistan, restaurants could reopen for outdoor and indoor service on August 10, Dawn reported. People eat at a rooftop restaurant close to the historical Badshahi Mosque, on Aug. 11, 2020.

Source: Dawn

9. New Dehli, India. Population density: 11,600 people per square kilometer The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New Delhi

Source: Our World in Data

Restaurants in New Delhi were allowed to reopen on June 8 with social distancing regulations like temperature checks and online orders, according to VOA News. A Tibetan restaurant in New Delhi, India, on August 4, 2020.

Source: VOA News

But many New Delhi restaurants have remained closed because they are not allowed to serve alcohol, per Times of India. Some restaurant owners say that liquor sales make up about 90% of their business. A health worker taking a nasal swab from a man, close to a restaurant. The mobile Covid-19 testing van runs through slum areas conducting rapid antigen tests.

Source: Times of India

8. Lagos, Nigeria. Population density: 13,800 people per square kilometer Worshippers maintain the required social distance during the first Friday prayer outside The Lagos State Secretariat Central Mosque on August 7, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

Restaurants in Lagos, Nigeria, reopened at reduced capacity on August 14, U.S. News reported. Officials of Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency discussing with the manager of a restaurant while inspecting hospitality business violators on July 19, 2020.

Source: U.S. News

7. Manilla, Philippines. Population density: 14,400 people per square kilometer People shop at a public market in Manila, Philippines on August 23, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

In Manila, Philippines, restaurants were allowed to reopen with social distancing regulations in place on June 16, per Reuters. Billboards of characters wearing masks and maintaining social distancing are placed in the middle of a shopping mall in Metro Manila, Philippines, on June 16, 2020.

Source: Reuters

Restaurants were allowed to open at 30% capacity, and some used plastic partitions to protect guests and employees. A waitress wears personal protective equipment while working at a restaurant where plastic barriers are installed in-between tables in Metro Manila, Philippines, June 16, 2020.

Source: Reuters

At this food court in Manila, only one person is allowed at each table. Diners wait for their orders at a food court where only one customer per table is allowed in Metro Manila, Philippines, on June 16, 2020.

Source: Reuters

6. Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Population density: 14,700 people per square kilometer Passengers wearing face masks prepare to board a bus at the Adjame bus station in Abidjan on July 15, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

Only outdoor restaurants in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, were allowed to reopen on May 15, Big News Network reported. The almost empty outside part of restaurant Riviera 2 is pictured in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on May 20, 2020.

Source: Big News Network

5. Alexandria, Egypt. Population density: 15,600 people per square kilometer A woman wearing a protective face mask walks along the Mediterranean Sea as the government closes beaches in Alexandria, Egypt, on August 7, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

In Alexandria, Egypt, restaurants reopened with social distancing measures like keeping tables six feet apart and disinfecting bathrooms between uses, per ALX Now. This picture was taken on May 24, 2020, showing a view of a deserted beach in Egypt's northern Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria.

Source: ALX Now

4. Bogota, Colombia. Population density: 16,600 people per square kilometer Two men one on a bike and the other walking use protective face masks on August 1 2020 in Bogota, Colombia.

Source: Our World in Data

Bogota, Colombia, initiated a pilot program to reopen some restaurants on August 28, The City Paper Bogota reported. General view of a restaurant during a reopening pilot test in Bogota on July 10, 2020.

Source: The City Paper Bogota

Restaurants can serve up to 25% capacity inside, The Bogota Post reported on August 26. Signs showing preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus are displayed in a restaurant during a reopening pilot test in Bogota on July 10, 2020.

Source: The Bogota Post

Starting September 3, restaurants can serve outdoors using space that's been rearranged for the occasion from Thursday through Sunday of each week. An employee is seen behind a screen reading, "Today's distance is temporary."

Source: The Bogota Post

3. Ahmedabad, India. Population density: 19,800 Hindu devotees dance outside Lord Jagannath Temple in Ahmedabad, India, on June 23, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

In Ahmedabad, India, restaurants reopened at 50% capacity with a 7 p.m. curfew on June 8, per Times of India. A general view of a food court arranged to maintain social distance is seen at the Ahmedabad One Mall on June 7, 2020.

Source: Times of India

2. Hong Kong. Population density: 25,700 people per square kilometer as of 2011

Source: Our World in Data

Hong Kong reopened restaurants on May 8, Hindustan Times reported. Tables and chairs taped up to maintain social distancing at a Starbucks coffee shop in Hong Kong, on April 2, 2020.

Source: Hindustan Times

Social distancing regulations included measures like reduced capacity and temperature checks, per The Atlantic. A restaurant in Hong Kong.

Source: The Atlantic

Due to a spike in coronavirus cases, Hong Kong restaurants endured a two-day dine-in ban that began on July 29 and lifted on July 31, according to the South China Morning Post. A woman has lunch outside a restaurant at a mall after the government banned dine-in services in Hong Kong on July 30, 2020.

Source: South China Morning Post

1. Dhaka, Bangladesh. Population density: 44,000 people per square kilometer People wait in the queue outside of a coronavirus testing center in Dhaka.

Source: Our World in Data

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, restaurants are allowed to reopen, The Business Standard reported in early June. But only 5% did, and few customers came. People go through a disinfection tunnel installed by Artoonad, a volunteer organization, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 16, 2020.

Source: The Business Standard

About a month later, BDNews24 reported that restaurants were still struggling and that some restaurants weren't enforcing social distancing regulations. People wearing facemasks arrive at Launch station in the River Padma in Dhaka, Bangladesh on August 5, 2020.

Source: BDNews24

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Facebook board member Peter Thiel reportedly had dinner with a key white nationalist figure in 2016 and said he 'really enjoyed' meeting him

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  • Facebook board member Peter Thiel met with a prominent white nationalist figure in 2016, according to emails published by BuzzFeed News this week.
  • After meeting with Kevin DeAnna — who has called for "the formation of an ethnostate, the great dream of the White Republic" — Thiel reportedly wrote in an email that he "really enjoyed" meeting him.
  • Thiel was one of Facebook's earliest investors, and Zuckerberg has defended him in the past. He's also a board member of Palantir, the $10.5 billion software company preparing to go public.
  • The revelation is likely to contribute to internal tensions at Facebook, where multiple employees have resigned in protest in recent months over hate speech on the platform.
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In July, 2016, Facebook board member Peter Thiel met with a white nationalist figure who has advocated for the formation of a white ethnostate, according to newly surfaced emails published by BuzzFeed News this week.

A few months later, when Thiel came out in support of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, some of Facebook's staff raised concerns about the move — but CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended Thiel at the time.

"There are many reasons a person might support Trump that do not involve racism, sexism, xenophobia, or accepting sexual assault," Zuckerberg told Facebook employees in an Oct. 2016 post.

Thiel, a famously outspoken Libertarian, was among Facebook's earliest investors and now sits on its board. He's also one of the most influential venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, and the founder and a board member of Palantir the $10.5 billion software company that has scored millions of dollars with of contracts with the Trump administration and is currently preparing to go public.

That July dinner was reportedly with Kevin DeAnna, an influential white nationalist blogger whose writing served as a blueprint for the contemporary alt-right movement, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. DeAnna has written for white supremacist blogs including Richard Spencer's Radix Journal, and in 2013 called "the formation of an ethnostate ... the great dream of the White Republic."

After the dinner, Thiel wrote in an email that he "really enjoyed meeting" with DeAnna and said they should meet again, BuzzFeed News reported.

Representatives for both Facebook and Palantir did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Business Insider. Both companies declined BuzzFeed's requests for comment on Thiel's meeting with the white nationalist figure. 

The revelation of Thiel's meeting is likely to contribute to internal tensions at Facebook, where employees are increasingly critical of the company's approach to moderating extremist and hateful content. Several Facebook employees quit in recent months, protesting the company's refusal to remove a Trump post that calls for looters to be shot and the spread of right-wing militia groups on the platform.

But Thiel's support for Trump appears to have cooled since 2016. The Daily Beast reported in May that Thiel was disappointed with Trump's response to COVID-19, and that Trump hadn't shaken up the federal government in the ways Thiel had hoped.

In the past year, Thiel hasn't donated to Trump's campaign, nor has he made public statements or written op-eds in support of Trump — all of which he did for Trump's 2016 election bid.

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The best women's underwear

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  • You have to wear it every day, so you better make sure your underwear is the most comfortable clothing you own.
  • Tommy John makes the most comfortable women's underwear we've ever worn, and we've tried a lot of underwear. 

Underwear. You won't give it a second thought if it's fabulously comfortable, but if it's anything less than that, it's all you'll be able to think about all the livelong day. And let's be honest — you're way too busy to waste any brain space on something as trivial as underwear. But thankfully, there are plenty of options these days that are as comfortable as they are playful, and you really can't ask for more when it comes to your undergarments.

Long gone are the days of a one size fits all approach to your lingerie. Today, you have plenty of styles, cuts, patterns, and sizes to make you feel confident and sexy from the moment you begin to get dressed.

When it comes to deciding what underwear is best for you, trying really is believing. Luckily, most online underwear companies today have a satisfaction guarantee, so if you receive a pair and realize that the material isn't what you thought it would be, or the fit isn't quite right, don't try to force yourself into liking them. You deserve better than that.

Speaking of material, that's certainly key to keep in mind when selecting the best undergarments for your lifestyle. Are you constantly moving around for a living, or are you generally sitting at a desk? Do you need something a bit more breathable, or are you seeking fuller coverage? Ultimately, you'll need to be sure that whatever material you're working with is durable. After all, these are garments that you'll be putting through the wash a lot, so be sure it can stand up to the spin cycle.

No matter what you choose from our favorite options, we're confident that you'll feel well-suited to take on the world and anything it throws your way.

Here is the best underwear for women:

Updated on 09/04/2020 by Mara Leighton: Updated prices and links, added mention and pricing of Everlane ReNew underwear, and added more brands to the list of what we considered. Our team is currently testing new brands, and we will update this guide in the near future. 

The best overall Tommy John has mastered the art of underwear with its Second Skin Brief, Air Cheeky, and Air Thong.

For too long feminine underwear has been about sex appeal instead of comfort, but no longer. Tommy John's underwear is hands down the most comfortable underwear you can buy.

Tommy John may have started off with men's underwear, but its new feminine Second Skin and Air underwear collections prove that the company's designers know a thing or two about what people want in a great pair of underwear. That means no scrunching, chafing, bunching, or riding up. And boy does Tommy John's underwear deliver on its promise that there will be "no adjustment needed."

The Insider Reviews team tested out both the Second Skin and Air underwear collections and loved every pair. From the sexy thong and cheeky styles to the practical and attractive briefs, Tommy John's underwear is super comfortable.

I particularly loved the Second Skin Brief, which is made from 90% micro-modal and 10% Spandex. It gives full coverage everywhere you need it without embarrassing panty lines. Most importantly, it looks good, feels great, and never needs adjusting throughout the day.

The entire Second Skin collection is made from the same material, so you can choose the boyshorts, thong, or cheeky instead of the brief, too. Tommy John has lots of color options, including a nice deep purple, a deep rosy pink, white, black, nude, and more.

The Air collection is fantastic for hotter weather or workouts because it's made with improved ventilation, moisture-wicking, and deodorizing fabric. The Air underwear comes in briefs, cheeky, and thongs that are made from 77% Nylon mesh and 23% Spandex.

I really liked the cheeky Air underwear for its comfortable fit and ventilated fabric. My fellow co-workers were also fans of the Air thong for its barely-there feel.

The only real downside here is the price, because at $22 and up, this underwear is very expensive. We recommend going with a value pack to minimize the cost a bit. Besides, you're going to want to wear these every day, so you'll need more than one pair. — Malarie Gokey

Pros: So comfortable, great fit, fun colors, many styles, innovative breathable fabric, no adjustments

Cons: Expensive

Read our full Tommy John underwear review here The best cotton underwear Everlane's underwear collection goes back to basics with supremely soft Supima cotton that's ethically sourced and transparently priced.

If you don't want to spend $20+ on one pair of underwear, you're in luck, because our favorite basics brand Everlane has an underwear collection. The online company is known for its transparent pricing and ethically produced clothing, so you can feel good about the underwear you're buying.

Everlane's underwear collection features bikini, thong, hipster, and high-rise hipster styles that are all made with Supima cotton that's grown in the United States and made into underwear at ethical factories. The cotton's extra-long fibers are super soft on your skin and the material is breathable. 

We at Insider Reviews reviewed Everlane's cotton underwear and recycled nylon underwear and we loved them. The cotton high-rise hipster was a group favorite with its full coverage and comfortable feel. I also personally loved the regular hipster style, which is both sexy and comfortable. Those of us who prefer thongs were also favorably impressed with Everlane's take on that classic sexy style.

All of Everlane's underwear is completely basic, or as the ad campaign says, "No frills. No bows. No bullsh*t." It's your everyday underwear. It's made for you and puts your comfort above anything else.

Perhaps best of all, one pair of Everlane cotton underwear costs $12, which is nearly half the price you'd pay for a pair of Tommy John's underwear. You can get a three-pack for $27, which averages out to $9 a pair. Its ReNew underwear ranges from $15 Hipsters to a $15 thong in neutral colors. You can also buy three pairs of underwear for $33 ($11 each).

If you're looking for affordable, high-quality underwear that's made ethically from the best material, Everlane's Supima cotton underwear is for you. —Malarie Gokey

Pros: Supima cotton is soft, comfortable, breathable, variety of styles, comfortable elastic, ethical production, transparent pricing

Cons: Only basic colors

Read our full Everlane cotton underwear review hereRead our full Everlane ReNew underwear review here The best seamless underwear If you're all about forgetting that you're wearing underwear, Commando is about as close as you're going to get.

Sometimes, the name is all you need. Underwear from Commando will make you look (and feel) as though you're not wearing undergarments in the best way possible.

Commando has one of the wider selections of styles when it comes to online panty retailers. You can select your underwear by type, with options including high rise, active, boy short, and thong, to name a few. Alternatively, you can filter your search results based on materials, which are also wide-ranging on the Commando site. Options include chic mesh, signature microfiber, perfect stretch, luxe, and lace satin, among others.

With the exception of a few styles, colors in the Commando line are generally muted and quite classic. So if you need to find a pair of underwear for the cocktail dress you're wearing to the charity gala, you'll probably want to pull out a pair of Commandos.

New York Magazine says that Commando ticks all the boxes when it comes to both comfort and functionality, and this assessment certainly rang true for me as well. Whether you're wearing leggings or a silk slip, you'll never have to worry about panty lines with Commando's fitted, comfy undies. — Lulu Chang

Pros: No-show design, wide selection of styles and materials, no riding up

Cons: Some styles are expensive

The best budget underwear You only have to pay $25 for 6 pairs of underwear from Aerie, but just because it doesn't cost an arm and a leg doesn't mean it's not a fantastic piece of lingerie.

Great underwear can also come at a great price, and that's precisely where Aerie by American Eagle comes in. Before you write this brand off as one that is only appropriate for tween-aged girls, hear this: You can get 10 pairs of comfortable undies for just $35.

Beyond the unbeatable price point, Aerie also makes truly comfortable and dependable underwear. Simple and unfussy, the majority of these undergarments are made of good ol' cotton. But we're not fazed by the lack of rayon, satin, and silk. 

To say that Aerie has a wide selection would be an understatement — No matter what kind of style or color or print you're looking for, this brand has it.

If all this isn't enough to convince you to give Aerie a try, perhaps the message that the company is trying to send will do the trick. The brand's #AerieReal campaign may have first debuted in 2014, but it's still appealing to people who aren't buying feminine underwear from airbrushed supermodels. The company has long pushed for honest acceptance of people's bodies, and when it makes underwear this wearable, it's pretty easy to accept yourself.  — Lulu Chang

Pros: Supreme affordability, durable and soft material, ability to buy both in stores and online

Cons: Some reviewers have noted that underwear can run a bit small

The best gender-inclusive styles TomboyX makes gender-inclusive underwear that ranges in style from thongs to 9-inch boxer briefs and comes in sizes XS to 4X.

In the words of its founders, Tomboy X has been making "underwear that any body could feel comfortable in, regardless of where they fell on the size or gender spectrum" since 2012. Our reviewer says TomboyX "single-handedly changed my underwear standards forever."

TomboyX adapted masculine-style underwear like trunks and boxer briefs to suit women's bodies, giving people who prefer wearing underwear styles that aren't traditionally feminine a more tailored option.

If, for example, you prefer wearing men's boxer briefs, but you're sick of feeling that annoying bunching that comes from creating space for certain parts of male anatomy, TomboyX has boxer briefs for you. Whether you want boyshorts, 4.5-inch long shorts, 6-inch long shorts, or 9-inch long shorts, TomboyX has you covered. 

The company also makes more traditionally feminine styles like thongs, bikinis, and briefs. Sizes range from XS to 4X to suit many different body shapes and sizes, so there really ought to be something for everyone.

The underwear is made with Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex cotton that's eco-friendly. You can also get MicroModal and athlete-friendly Active Drirelease fabric if you prefer.

A few members of the team have tried TomboyX's underwear, and we all love it. Our reviewer Jen Gushue loves the cotton boyshorts. I personally wear the 9-inch briefs in lieu of shapewear under dresses in the summer to avoid chub rub and I find them exceedingly comfortable to sleep in as well. — Malarie Gokey

Pros: Wide selection of colors and patterns, lots of different gender-inclusive underwear types, great cotton and modal materials, eco-friendly

Cons: Expensive

Read our full TomboyX underwear review here What else we considered

We've tried lots of underwear over the years from brands old and new. All too often, it prioritizes style and sex appeal over comfort. As we put this guide together, we prioritized comfort above all else, and that helped us eliminate a lot of brands. All of our picks are winners because they are tremendously comfortable.

We found a number of brands we also liked, but they were ever so slightly less comfortable than our top picks, so we've included them here in case you want more options.

  • ThirdLove: ThirdLove sent the Insider Reviews team a few pairs to try, including the seamless thong, the lace bikini, and the seamless cheeky. All three styles were very comfortable, silky smooth, and very attractive looking. We loved the fun colors and the sexy little details. Although we love these underwear, our top picks are more comfortable.
  • Hanky Panky: This brand is responsible for many cult-favorite lace styles — primarily thongs. While we love Hanky Panky underwear, they're admittedly a little pricey for what you're getting. If you're a fan it'd be wise to stock up during annual sale events.
  • Spanx: We're fans of the brand's pants and bras, but we haven't yet tested their underwear. However, the brand offers good style variety, comfortable materials, and a decent XS-3X size range.
  • MeUndies: We think MeUndies makes some of the most comfortable underwear ever. But, we think Tommy John underwear is more comfortable, and the company offers more material options (Air Mesh, Cool Cotton, Second Skin, and more). But, MeUndies has the best variety of patterns. 
  • Parade: Parade is relatively inexpensive, offers a variety of colors and styles, and comes in sizes XS-3XL. We also appreciate that the company utilizes diverse models, 85% of its core fabric is recycled, and 1% of the company's profits go to Planned Parenthood. But, it occasionally has low stock and brands like TomboyX have more inclusive messaging, a slightly wider size range, and more options. Parade is definitely cheaper, though.
  • True & Co: For those of us who don't want our underwear to be just barely there, the hipster is the perfect underwear, and True & Co makes great hipsters.
  • Lively: Lively is another great underwear startup that makes affordable underwear at $10 a pair or 3 pairs for $25. We like the brand's underwear, but we think its bras are better.
  • AthletaAs an athletic wear company, Athleta makes great underwear for workouts that's moisture-wicking, odor-resistant, and comfortable.
Check out our other underwear and bra guides here The best bras

The right bra can make a world of difference in comfort, support, and confidence. 

The best sports bras

Finding a sports bra that looks good, fits well, and gives you enough support for your workout is really hard.

 

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The best Ring doorbell deals we expect on Prime Day 2020

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 3:12pm

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  • Ring makes home security systems that are easy to install and use, so you can improve the safety of your home simply.
  • During Prime Day 2020, we expect to see Amazon once again heavily discount its Ring indoor and outdoor home security cameras with some steep Prime Day deals and bundles.
  • If you want to save now, you can also check out our Deal of the Day and Insider Coupons pages for current discounts on a variety of products.
  • For details on even more deals, check out the rest of our Prime Day 2020 coverage.

Home security may not be the most exciting dinner party conversation, but whether you want to talk about it or not, it's still really important. Luckily, Prime Day 2020 is bound to feature some great deals on Amazon's own security systems that can improve the safety of your home without costing you too much, now set to launch in late summer or early fall due to a delay in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ring is one of the best on the market — the Video Doorbell Pro made our list of best doorbells to buy, for instance. Prime Day 2020 will likely feature lots of Ring deals depending on your personal home setup and what you're looking for — like a Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell with a camera or a full 14-piece kit. Here are the Ring product deals we're anticipating for Amazon Prime Day 2020.

Updated 6/23/20 by Antonio Villas-Boas: Added new language for timeliness. Checked pricing and stock for all deals found below.

Ring doorbell deals we expect to see on Prime Day 2020 Ring Video Doorbell 2 Ring Video Doorbell 2, $100 (originally $100) 

Ring's Video Doorbell 2 is a 2019 model that used to cost $199.99 at launch, but Ring now prices it at $99.99. At $99.99, it's a good price for a starter doorbell, but we wouldn't be surprised to find a good deal on Prime Day 2020. During Prime Day last year, the older Ring Video Doorbell (1st-generation) went down to $69.99, so we might see something similar on Prime Day 2020.

If you're looking for a starter video doorbell, Ring's entry-level Video Doorbell 2 is a great choice, and the newer or more expensive models, don't offer that much more. It pairs with your Alexa-enabled device, phone, tablet, or PC to announce when motion is detected or the doorbell is pressed, and you can talk to visitors — or even trespassers — through your Echo as the Ring has a microphone and speaker. It works in homes and apartments without additional wiring, too. 

Read the Ring Video Doorbell 2 review here.

Rind Video Doorbell 3 Ring Video Doorbell 3, $200 (originally $200)

The Ring Video Doorbell 3 is a newer version of the aforementioned Video Doorbell 2, and it comes with a few upgrades. You still get a good 1080p video resolution for video recordings and streaming, but you get an extra 5 degrees field-of-view, giving you a 160-degree field-of-view outside your front door. The Video Doorbell 3 also comes with improved motion detection, and it can also connect to your home's 5GHz WiFi network, which could give you better streaming quality when you watch the video feed live from a mobile device or computer — just note that your WiFi router has to be in decent proximity to your front door to take advantage of that 5GHz connectivity. You also get an upgraded quick-release battery pack, as well as the option to hard-wire power from your home. 

The Ring Video Doorbell 3 is so new that it hasn't gone through a Prime Day yet. At its current $199.99 price, it's a little pricey. If you're looking to get the latest model from Ring, I'd wait to see what kind of deal you can get on Prime Day 2020. 

 

Rind Video Doorbell 3 Plus Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus, $230 (originally $230)

The Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus is essentially identical to the the standard Video Doorbell 3, save for "4-second pre-roll video previews." That's to say the Video Doorbell 3 Plus records four seconds of footage leading up to the event that triggers motion detection to give you a better idea of what actually triggered it. 

At its original and current price, the Video Doorbell 3 Plus is tough to outright recommend, but if Amazon decides to chop some off the top on Prime Day 2020, it could be an investment you won't regret.  

Ring Video Doorbell Pro Ring Video Doorbell Pro, $250 (originally $250) [Was just $169 on Prime Day last year]

Ring's Video Doorbell Pro is on the older side, but it has similar functionality as the Video Doorbell 3 Plus. It has a few caveats — for example, it needs pre-existing doorbell wiring for power since it doesn't run on batteries, and it detects motion between 15 and 30 feet, whereas the newer Video Doorbell 3 Plus detects motion between five and 30 feet.

Still, it looks sleeker, and since it's older, you'll run into deals more often, and it's often found for less than the Video Doorbell 3 Plus. The current price is full retail for the Pro, but last year's Prime Day deal shows us that Amazon is willing to go almost $100 lower.

 

Ring Alarm 14-Piece Kit Ring Alarm 14-Piece Kit (2nd generation), $329 (originally $329.00)

The Ring Alarm 14-piece kit is brand-new, and we haven't seen how low it can go on Prime Days, yet.

The 14-piece kit comes with pretty much everything you'd need to setup a whole-home security alarm system. It includes a base station, two keypads, eight contact sensors for windows and doors, two motion detectors, and a range extender. Being a smart system, you can monitor everything and get alerted via your mobile devices or computer. 

It's pricey at its original price tag now, but there's an option to get a Ring Alarm 14-piece kit with a free Echo Dot smart speaker worth $49.99, which you can use to arm or disarm the Ring alarm with your voice. 

Also note that there are smaller and less expensive Ring Alarm 2nd-generation kits, including the $249.99 8-piece kit, and the $199.99 5-piece kit, and these smaller kits are also available in a free Echo Dot bundle, too. 

Seeing as this is an Amazon-owned product, we're hoping the Ring Alarm kits will come down on Prime Day, too. 

Ring Spotlight Cam Ring Spotlight Cam, $200 (originally $200) [Was just $139 on Prime Day last year]

For extra security, try getting a camera with lights and sirens. The slim set of LED lights on the side of the camera are bright at 300 lumens and the camera itself has a 140-degree horizontal view and 78-degree vertical view, so it will cover and illuminate a good amount of ground.

Different models of the Spotlight Cam have different way to power the camera itself, including the rechargeable battery pack model, and the hard-wired model

This one has no discount at the time of writing, so give this one a wait to see whether it comes down again for Prime Day 2020.

Ring Stick Up Cam Ring Spotlight Cam, $200 (originally $200) [Was just $139 on Prime Day last year]

For extra security, try getting a camera with lights and sirens. The slim set of LED lights on the side of the camera are bright at 300 lumens and the camera itself has a 140-degree horizontal view and 78-degree vertical view, so it will cover and illuminate a good amount of ground.

Different models of the Spotlight Cam have different way to power the camera itself, including the rechargeable battery pack model, and the hard-wired model

This one has no discount at the time of writing, so give this one a wait to see whether it comes down again for Prime Day 2020.

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How to watch the US Open tennis finals on September 12 and 13

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 3:12pm

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Naomi Osaka will face Victoria Azarenka in the women's singles final after defeating Jennifer Brady.

  • The 2020 US Open finals will be broadcast live via ESPN on September 12 and 13.
  • The women's singles final will begin at 4 p.m. ET on September 12, while the men's singles final will air at 4 p.m. ET on September 13.
  • ESPN is available through a variety of cable providers, as well as many live TV streaming services, like FuboTV, Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, and AT&T TV.
  • Of those options, the most affordable way to stream the US Open through ESPN is via a Sling Orange subscription, which includes ESPN and 32 additional channels for $30 a month.

The 2020 US Open tennis tournament began on August 31 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York. Following a series of matches and elimination rounds, the singles finals will be held on September 12 and 13 to determine this year's champions.

The women's singles final will be broadcast first on September 12, and the men's singles final will follow on September 13. Both matches will be aired live on ESPN through cable, satellite, and streaming services.

Victoria Azarenka defeated Serena Williams in the semifinals round, while Naomi Osaka defeated Jennifer Brady. Azarenka and Osaka will now go head-to-head in the women's singles final.

The competitors for the men's singles finals will be determined following the men's singles semifinals on September 11 at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN. Pablo Carreño is set to go up against Alexander Zverev, while Daniil Medvedev will compete with Dominic Thiem. The winners will then face off in the final match. 

How to watch the US Open tennis finals

To watch the US Open finals you'll need access to the ESPN network. ESPN is available through many cable and satellite providers, as well as numerous live TV streaming services. Sling TV, FuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, and AT&T TV all offer plans with ESPN. 

Of those options, the cheapest way to stream the US Open tournament on ESPN is with a Sling Orange subscription. This plan costs $30 a month and features a total of 33 channels, including ESPN. New members can receive a free three-day trial, so if you haven't signed up for Sling before, you can try out the service to watch the US Open finals for free.

When it comes to pricier options, Hulu + Live TV includes ESPN as part of its base plan with over 65 channels for $54.99 a month. FuboTV's Family Plan includes ESPN and a total of 117 channels for $64.99 a month. YouTube TV also offers ESPN, along with over 85 channels for $64.99 a month. All three offer free trial periods for new members. Finally, AT&T TV's Entertainment Plan features ESPN and more than 65 channels for $59.99 a month.

Meanwhile, if you already have a supported pay-TV cable or satellite plan with ESPN, you can stream the US Open finals through the ESPN app or website using your existing account. Simply sign in with your pay-TV username and password and you'll gain access to live ESPN streaming.

 

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The best toilet plungers

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 3:10pm
  • High-quality toilet plungers are easy to use, keep messes to a minimum, and unclog even the most difficult drains.
  • The Simplehuman Toilet Plunger and Caddy is our top pick because it feels comfortable in the hands, cleans up effortlessly, and is an attractive addition to any bathroom.

Nobody ever thinks about buying a toilet plunger until the time comes when you need it, and by then you probably have a disgusting, watery mess to deal with. Make sure you have a good plunger on hand before any clogs occur. But not just any plunger will do. A cheap, classic flat-cup may resolve minor clogs, but there are far better plungers for forming a seal on your toilet drain. 

The plunger cup is arguably the most important feature of a toilet plunger. The shape will determine whether it can form a good seal on your drain and therefore produce the water pressure necessary to clear out debris. In our guide, we look at flanged, tiered, and beehive cups. Accordion cups are also popular, but they tend not to be as effective at forming a seal.

For the most part, plungers are inexpensive, so you might want to have a few plungers at your disposal for a variety of different clogs; this is especially true if you have more than one bathroom. If you decide to purchase multiple models, we recommend that you purchase at least one toilet auger. An auger physically removes debris rather than water pressure and it is a good option to have on hand for tougher clogged drains.

While researching the best toilet plungers, we looked at hundreds of buyer and expert ratings and reviews of several models, as well as our own hands-on experience. Our guide features plungers that are effective at unclogging toilets, require minimal effort on your part, and have a track record of durability.

Here are the best toilet plungers:

Updated on 9/11/2020. We updated prices and links.

The best overall The Simplehuman Toilet Plunger and Caddy is efficient and comes with a sleek caddy, making it attractive (as far as plungers go) so you won't mind leaving it out in your bathroom. 

The Simplehuman Toilet Plunger and Caddy is unlike most other plungers in that it looks nice. The rod is made of easy-to-clean stainless steel. The handle is rounded at the top for comfort as you provide leverage.

The long and narrow profile of the plunger flange works efficiently with the toilets being installed in today's homes. The caddy has a magnetic collar that secures the plunger's steel rod so you don't need to worry about it falling over or gross liquids dripping out.

The strength of the plunger is similar to a generic broom-handle model, but the Simplehuman handle is more comfortable to hold, cleans up effortlessly, and is easy to transport from one bathroom to another.

Pros: Comfortable handle, easy to clean, comes with caddy, attractive look

Cons: Average unclogging abilities

The best on a budget If you're looking for a no-nonsense plunger to help clear clogs, the Neiko Toilet Plunger is the best low-cost solution.

What sets the Neiko Toilet Plunger apart is its tiered plunging cup. There are four graduated steps that narrow at the rubber cup's opening. This design allows for a tight seal and excellent suction on a wide variety of toilet sizes.

It's also helpful for approaching the drain opening from different angles. The rod is made of mold-resistant, rustproof, lightweight aluminum. The end of the pole features a peg for hanging the plunger.

This plunger is also easy to handle, lightweight, and the tiered cup can handle even difficult clogs from a variety of angles. Some owners have noted it has a chemical smell that may take weeks to dissipate.

Pros: Cost-effective, lightweight, aluminum handle, works from several angles

Cons: Broomstick handle is uncomfortable to grip

The best ergonomic The ergonomic T-shaped handle and narrow opening of the Korky Beehive Max Universal Toilet Plunger makes it easy to use with many types of toilets.

The Korky Beehive Max Universal Toilet Plunger works well because it combines a comfortable T-handle with a large beehive-shaped cup that narrows at the opening. This allows you to pack a strong plunge.

The narrow cup opening is ideal for fitting a wide variety of toilet types, including newer high-efficiency toilets with oblong-shaped drains. The Korky 99-4A is made in the United States.

The product is popular with owners, however, we noticed some complaints about the plunger cup being flimsy.

Pros: Powerful plunging cup, works with a broad range of toilet shapes, easy-to-grip handle, affordable

Cons: Quite large, complaints of flimsy plunger cup

The best automatic The SurePlunge Automatic Toilet Plunger uses pressure to clear drains, making it ideal for older adults and people with back problems or other physical disabilities.

The SurePlunge Automatic Toilet Plunger is different from the other entries on our list because it works by using 8g CO2 cartridges. You load the charger, insert the plunger into your toilet until it forms a seal, tilt it downward, press the button on the handle, and the burst of CO2 clears the clog.

The SurePlunge comes with a plunger stand and three CO2 chargers. The company states that this product is engineered and designed to deliver pressure that will not damage seals or pipes.

Due to the hefty initial investment and ongoing costs associated with buying more CO2 cylinders, we mainly recommend this plunger to people who have trouble using standard plungers, and not for everyday use. You could consider it if you face clogged toilets often, but if that's the case, you may want to consult a plumber and have your toilet looked at.

Pros: Requires minimal manual effort, incredibly strong, excellent customer service

Cons: Expensive, requires the additional purchase of CO2 cylinders, may be hard to use initially

The best toilet auger If a manual plunger or one that uses water pressure doesn't get the job done, the Ridgid 3 ft. Toilet Auger can reach into the drain and physically pull or push clog-producing debris out of the way.

Also referred to as a closet auger, a toilet auger consists of a flexible coiled wire with a flared end and a sharp barb at the tip to work through just about any debris. The wire is attached to the end of a wand that pulls the wire into a sleeve. You stick the extended unit into your toilet drain. Then, once it's secure, you push down with the wand handle, and the coil extends into the drain. Once you hit the clog, you turn the handle to push or pull the debris.

This is essentially how the Ridgid 3 ft. Toilet Auger works. As the name suggests, the coiled wire snake is three feet long, which should be long enough to reach any clog. It's made of a strong compression-wrapped inner core cable that has three wrappings around the core. This makes it stronger so it can power through tough blockages. Ridgid backs the toilet auger with a lifetime warranty.

However, augers, in general, are awkward to store and houseguests may not know how to use them. Cleaning the auger can also be an issue.

Pros: Tends to work better than conventional plungers, comfortable handles, durable metal sleeve, lifetime warranty

Cons: May be hard to use initially, difficult to clean, doesn't store easily

How to use a plunger

Let's talk about how to use a conventional toilet plunger. Before you start jamming it up and down, fill the cup with water by angling it to the side.

Perform a couple of small plunges to make sure all of the air is out, which will help you avoid making a mess. Then, slowly pump the plunger with increasing force to get the water moving back and forth in the drain, loosening the debris.

Check out our other bathroom guides The best bath mats

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For many, a shower is a perfect way to relax after a long day. A good showerhead can help you achieve this in-home retreat. Check out our top picks. 

The best bathtubs

No matter how you use the bathtub, it should fit your needs and your style. This humble household fixture is a large investment, and there are so many different kinds out there. We've compiled a guide to the best ones. 

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How to use Gboard's translate feature on an Android device to translate text as you type it

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 3:09pm
It's easy to use Gboard's translation features.
  • You can use Gboard's translate feature on an Android device to translate the text you type into dozens of different languages, without ever leaving the app you're in.
  • Gboard's translation menu works anywhere you can type, including search engines and social media apps.
  • Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories.

When most people want to translate something they've typed, they'll manually copy-and-paste the text into Google Translate's website, then copy-and-paste the result back.

While that sounds easy enough compared to using a dictionary to translate each word, Google has advanced, and now there's a way to have your text translated as you type it.

You can do this on an Android phone or tablet by using Google's specialized keyboard, Gboard

You'll need to have Gboard set up to do this, so if it isn't your default keyboard yet, make sure to check out our article, "How to change the keyboard on your Android device, and get new keyboards."

How to use Gboard's translate feature on an Android device

1. On the top-right of your keyboard, tap the three dots to bring up a menu.

Tap the three dots at the top-right of the keyboard to bring up Gboard's menu.

2. From the menu, select "Translate," the bottom-center icon.

Tap "Translate."

3. Type the message you want to translate, then, tap the languages in the top-right and top left to adjust the languages you're translating from and to. 

Tap the one in the top-left to select the language you're translating from, and top-right for the language you're translating to. You can also tap the icon in the middle to switch the two languages' positions.

Choose what languages you want to translate between before you type.

4. Scroll through the list and select your desired language from the menu.

There are dozens of languages available.

5. When you're sure your message says what you want it to, tap the check mark at the bottom right corner of the keyboard to insert the translated phrase into your message.

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How to watch Netflix for free — you can now stream 'Stranger Things,' 'Bird Box,' and other titles without a subscription

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 3:02pm

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"Stranger Things" season 3
  • Netflix is currently offering free access to 10 original movies and TV shows on its website.
  • The selection includes full movies, like "Bird Box," and the first episode of select shows, like "Stranger Things."
  • The free streaming titles are only available via a web browser.
  • No subscription is necessary to watch, but each preview includes a 30-second commercial for Netflix.

Netflix is now offering a preview of 10 of its original series and movies for free to non-subscribers. The previews include a few full movies, like "Bird Box" and "Murder Mystery," along with the first episode of hit Netflix series, like "Stranger Things" and "When They See Us."

If you don't have a Netflix account, or someone willing to share one with you, you can visit Netflix.com to check out the previews today, but you'll have to watch a 30-second commercial showing off more Netflix shows before each preview. 

Netflix is expected to have 158 million subscribers by the end of 2020, after adding more than 10 million so far this year. The service currently offers three subscription plans: Basic, Standard, and Premium.

The Netflix Basic plan costs $8.99 a month, and supports standard definition streaming on one device at a time. The Netflix Standard plan allows HD streaming on up to two devices for $12.99 per month. Finally, the Premium plan offers up to 4K resolution with HDR color on up to four devices for $15.99 per month.

How to watch Netflix for free

To watch Netflix's free selection of movies and shows you simply need to visit the Netflix Watch Free website. You can browse the library of free titles and click "Watch Now" to stream the movie or show you'd like to preview. No subscription or account information is needed.

Netflix Watch Free movies and shows are currently only viewable via a web browser. A 30-second Netflix promo is included before each title. The free selection is expected to change over time.

If Netflix's free selection isn't enough for you, you can sample the service's entire lineup by signing up for a free 30-day trial. Netflix free trials are only available to new subscribers. After the trial expires, you can either cancel your membership or continue to pay the regular monthly fee.

Below, we've put together a full breakdown of Netflix's current selection of free shows and movies: "Stranger Things" Eleven and the kids on Netflix's "Stranger Things 3."

"Stranger Things" is one of the most compelling science fiction series you can watch right now, with each season unfolding a new layer of supernatural mystery. The show explores the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, where a group of middle schoolers encounters a savage monster, a young girl with psychic abilities, and a shadowy government agency working to cover its tracks.

The first season of "Stranger Things" won the Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2016.

"Stranger Things" is now entering its fourth season, though production has been halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. The show's creators said they want the series to continue through at least season five, and the stop in production has given them an opportunity to plan further into the future.

You can watch the first episode of "Strangers Things" for free here.

"Murder Mystery" Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler in "Murder Mystery."

This comedic mystery stars Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston as a middle-class married couple that finds themselves investigating multiple murders when a billionaire invites them to join a family trip in Europe. 

"Murder Mystery" is one of Netflix's most watched movies of all-time, with more than 70 million households watching the film in its first four weeks.

Aniston and Sandler also starred in the 2011 romantic comedy "Just Go With It," but sadly that film isn't available on Netflix.

You can watch "Murder Mystery" for free here.

"Elite" "Elite"

"Elite" is a teen crime drama that follows three working-class students who get admitted to a prestigious private school. Disagreements between the new students and their wealthy classmates escalate, resulting in a murder.

The show's first season premiered in 2018, and the third season debuted in March 2020. A fourth and fifth season have already been ordered.

"Elite" is available in its original Spanish language audio track with English subtitles, or with an English language audio dub.

You can watch the first episode of "Elite" for free here.

"The Boss Baby: Back in Business"

"The Boss Baby: Back in Business" is a TV series that continues the story from the 2017 film "The Boss Baby." JP Karliak replaces Alec Baldwin as the voice of Boss Baby, an infant employee of a company dedicated to defending the cuteness of babies.

The Boss Baby regularly adventures with his older brother Tim, working to keep their parents from finding out about Boss Baby's job.

Season three of "The Boss Baby: Back in Business" was released on March 20, and "The Boss Baby 2" is expected to hit theaters in 2021.

You can watch the first episode of "Boss Baby" for free here.

"Bird Box" Directed by Susanne Bier.

In this Sandra Bullock-led thriller, the world has been thrown into disarray by supernatural beings that force people to kill themselves when seen. Survivors struggle to understand the phenomenon that's attacking their sense of sight, and scramble to protect themselves as the threat continues to spread and seek them out.

"Bird Box" was watched my 89 million people in its first month on Netflix, making it the second-most watched Netflix original ever. 

You can watch "Bird Box" for free here.

"When They See Us"

"When They See Us" is a series based on real-life events impacting five Black teens from New York City. The "Central Park Five" were accused and wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in 1989 in a case that many have said demonstrates racial bias in the American justice system and media portrayals of minorities.

The series follows the five young men from the initial days of the allegations, through their criminal trial, and later, the hardships they face as men as they sue New York City for wrongful conviction and try to readjust to a society that demonized them as children.

"When They See Us" won a Peabody Award for Entertainment in 2019, and two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Casting and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.

You can watch the first episode of "When They See Us" for free here.

"Love Is Blind"

This reality dating show is hosted by married couple Nick and Vanessa Lachey. The series features single men and women who go on dates and get engaged without every seeing each other.

"Love is Blind" premiered on Netflix in February, and two additional seasons have been ordered.

You can watch the first episode of "Love is Blind" for free here.

"The Two Popes"

"The Two Popes" is a drama based on a play written by Anthony McCarten and inspired by true events.

The movie stars Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict and Johnathan Pryce as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio. When Bergoglio considers resigning from his position, Pope Benedict attempts to persuade him to stay in his post. Bergoglio would then go on to succeed Benedict as Pope Francis. 

"The Two Popes" is directed by Fernando Meirelles ("City of God"), and currently holds an 89% Fresh" rating on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.

You can watch "The Two Popes" for free here.

"Our Planet"

"Our Planet" is a stunning eight-part documentary series from the producers of "Planet Earth."

Each episode highlights a specific habitat across the planet, offering breathtaking wildlife footage and interesting commentary on climate change and conservation. David Attenborough serves as the series narrator.

You can watch the first episode of "Our Planet" for free here.

Full episodes of "Our Planet" are also available to watch for free on YouTube.

"Grace and Frankie"

"Grace and Frankie" is a comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. After the women find out that their husbands are romantically involved with each other, Grace and Frankie's once contentious relationship begins to turn into a friendship.

The show originally premiered in 2015 and will return for a seventh and final season in 2021.

You can watch the first episode of "Grace and Frankie" for free here.

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22 useful and fun gifts for coffee lovers they don't already have

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 3:00pm

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Coffee drinkers are a diverse lot, and if you're going to buy a gift for one of them, you better have their branding down pat.

There's, of course, the quintessential café brooder, who might need a little pick-me-up. Or how about the peppy, workout-obsessed early riser? They could probably stand to have a French press in their on-the-go life. The do-it-yourself artisan might fancy a cold brew kit for the home. And so on.

Whatever the temperament of your oh-so-temperamental coffee lover(s), you'll be sorted out below with these 22 fun and useful gifts for coffee lovers.

Most of these items are available with expedited shipping, and some should arrive within a few days' time, so don't stress too hard about your last-minute shopping — just remember that the sooner you order, the better your chances of a timely arrival.

The top 5 gifts for coffee lovers: 
  1. Reusable, eco-conscious K-cup pods ($9.95)
  2. Bourbon-infused coffee ($20)
  3. Our best overall French press ($29.99)
  4. A sampler of a variety of coffees (from $16.50)
  5. A mug that will keep their drink at the optimal temperature ($99.95)
Keep reading for 22 gifts for the coffee aficionado in your life:  A guide to help them make better coffee How to Make Coffee: The Science Behind the Bean, available at Amazon, $15.69

Because we could all use a few pointers on our morning cuppa. 

A mokka espresso pot Bialetti Mokka Espresso Pot (6-cup), available at Amazon, $34.95

This should be a staple in every household. Easy, rich, and oh so crema-y when done right. 

Check out our full guide to stovetop espresso makers here.

Bourbon-infused coffee beans Bourbon-Infused Coffee, available at Uncommon Goods, $20

For that special person who loves coffee, but also wishes it were always 5 o'clock right here and now. (There are also Merlot-infused beans for wine lovers.)

A sleek, glass, pour-over coffee pot Chemex Classic (6-cup), available at Amazon, $44.42

Stylish and sophisticated, yet simplistic. This is the kind of understated elegance anyone can appreciate.

Read our guide to the best drip coffee makers here.

A 100% compostable coffee sampler box Driftaway Coffee Sampler, .5 pounds to 4 pounds, $16.50-$46

If they're forever in search of the perfect roast, here's how they'll find it.

Reusable K-Cup pods IParts Plus More Reusable K-Cups, available at Amazon, $9.95

If they love the convenience of the Keurig, but not at the expense of the environment, these reusable K-cup pods are a worthy compromise. 

Check out our full guide to coffee and espresso pods here.

A temperature-controlled mug Ember Generation 2 Mug, available at Bloomingdale's, $99.95

This mug will alert them when their coffee gets to the optimal temperature, and it keeps it from cooling after that. 

Read our full review of the Ember Mug 2 here

A worldly coffee subscription Atlas Coffee Subscription or Gift Set, available at Atlas Coffee Club, starting at $60

Flavor profile, tasting notes, suggested brewing methods, a little history lesson in origins, and, last but not least, festive packaging make this an all-around pleaser for any time of year.

A do-it-yourself cold brew kit Coffee Cold Brew Gift Set, available at Uncommon Goods, $36

Cold brew is in. It's also an extremely expensive habit. Help a cold brew devotee on your list save a little money by giving them a gift that keeps on giving.

Have a look at our full guide to cold brew makers here.

A manual espresso press Flair Manual Espresso Maker, available at Amazon, $239

If you have a friend or family member that is constantly in search of the best espresso machine for anywhere south of $500, this is the ticket. It's about the price of most espresso pod machines, but the crema it produces is priceless.

A portable espresso kit Handpresso Hybrid Auto Set, available at Amazon, $202.33

Whether they're outdoorsy or they just need an auxiliary kit for when times are hard, someone in your life needs this.

A twisting alphabet game on faux coffee beans Jabuka Twisting Alphabet Game, available at Uncommon Goods, $20

Because all coffee hounds are bookworms, too, right? And, yes, it would be cool if they were real coffee beans, but we all know they wouldn't last.

A latte-and-cappuccino-capable espresso pod machine Nespresso Lattissima One, available at Amazon, $265.97

So they don't even have to step outside the house for their precious morning latte or cappuccino.

Check out our full guide to coffee and espresso pod machines here.

A pair of coffee mugs with an open mind Kissing Couple Mugs, available at Uncommon Goods, $65

Everyone knows a coffee-loving couple in need of these.

A stainless steel tumbler with a French press Otterbox Elevation 20 Rambler and French Press Lid, available at Otterbox, $53.98 (with 10% off discount applied at checkout)

That someone who can't even manage to get a pot of coffee made before they're out the door in the morning has no excuse now (provided they're willing to boil a little water).

A proper espresso machine Breville Barista Express Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine, available at Amazon, $699.95

You're really going to have to love this person, but if you share a roof with them, the pleasure of our best overall espresso machine may well be just as much yours. 

Check out our full guide to espresso machines here.

'The freshest K Cups in the world' The Chosen Bean's "Freshest K Cups in The World," $17.99

Are they tired of stale K-Cup- and Nespresso pod-bound coffee, but a little too rushed in the morning to do anything about it? Have them try these.

A manual burr grinder that screws onto Ball Jars Steampunk Coffee Grinder, available at Uncommon Goods, $65

This timeless-looking contraption is the perfect solution to masquerade as a gift for the person who wakes up hours ahead of the rest of you and wakes the whole household when they crank the electric grinder.

An airless coffee-bean saver Evak Fresh Saver Airless Canister, available at Amazon, $15.99 and up (depending on size)

If you know someone who's opening their coffee bags and letting them go stale, this is a quick fix that will blow their mind. These canisters are stackable and great for herbs and other sundries as well.

A portable, stainless steel French Press Bodum Chambord French Press, available at Walmart, $29.99

This affordable, sleek, and simple to use French press will bring them some joy when reaching for the coffee pot in a blind haze of morning caffeine depletion.

Check out our full guide to French presses here.

A porcelain demitasse set Villeroy & Boch New Wave Espresso for Two Set, $79.80 (usually $133) [You save $53.20]

If they're going to go through the trouble of making espresso, they may as well drink it right.

A chart of espresso drinks Exceptional Expressions of Espresso 18" x 24" Print, $30, available at Pop Chart

As self-proclaimed coffee lovers, they should probably know these breakdowns. But just in case they forget, this cool poster reminds them of the difference between a breve and black eye. 

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JPMorgan forms team for trading private-market giants like Robinhood and TikTok, report says

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 2:54pm
  • JPMorgan is launching a team for trading shares of private companies such as TikTok, Robinhood, and SpaceX, CNBC reported on Friday.
  • Smaller firms have expanded into private-market trading, but JPMorgan's entry would be the first from a Wall Street giant.
  • Private-market trading lacks the liquidity seen in the public market and often requires negotiations between buyers and sellers before trades are completed.
  • Granting clients access to private companies' shares can allow them to bet on younger firms and benefit more from rapid growth.
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JPMorgan is creating a new team dedicated solely to trading shares of private-market giants such as Airbnb, SpaceX, and Robinhood, CNBC reported Friday.

The team will connect prospective buyers and sellers of shares of private companies, Chris Berthe, global co-head of cash equities trading at JPMorgan, told CNBC. Targets range from Palantir, which is set to go public in mere weeks, to TikTok, which sits embroiled in international controversy.

The team will be led by Andrew Tuthill, a senior vice president at the private-market trading platform Forge Global. JPMorgan has fielded interest from hedge funds, company founders, and wealth management clients to form such a team, CNBC reported. Forge is one of a handful of private-market trading firms catering to the growing demand, but Berthe believes that no major Wall Street bank has dedicated a team to the sector yet, he told CNBC.

Read more: Buy these 30 stocks that offer the best bargains for strong sales and earnings growth in a pricey market, Credit Suisse says

Such trading takes on a far more old-school form compared to most risk markets. While most Americans can trade shares of public firms fee-free from their phones, trading private shares requires negotiations and transfers of legal ownership. Private markets also lack the liquidity that fuels fast-paced public trading.

Interest in private-market trading has grown through the year as stocks trade near record highs and investor demand holds strong. Companies are generally staying private for longer than they used to, Berthe told CNBC, meaning investors taking part in an initial public offering today may have already missed out on the company's best years of growth.

The trend slammed IPO markets in 2019, as a spate of high-profile companies saw shares slump in their first days of trading. Where public market participants previously cared more about growth stories, those buying into more recent IPOs focus more on firms' ability to turn a profit.

Yet those wanting to take a risk and bet on a company's early years are largely left out in today's market. Opening the private market to clients offers access to firms at earlier stages in their lifespans and the potential value that follows, Berthe told CNBC.

Now read more markets coverage from Markets Insider and Business Insider:

Bank of America boosts 3rd-quarter GDP forecast and lowers 4th-quarter outlook on mix of pros and cons

UBS doubles price target for Tesla stock as Battery Day innovations materialize

A senior portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley's $665 billion investment management business tells us why the tech stock plunge isn't a cue to abandon the sector — and where to find the biggest gains as the recovery resumes

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The best smartphone deals we expect on Prime Day 2020

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 2:54pm

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  • Smartphones do not go on sale all that often, but we expect to see several great phones on sale for Prime Day 2020.
  • We've rounded up the best Prime Day smartphone deals by Samsung, LG, Google, and more from last year, how much they cost now, and whether we expect to see similar deals this year.
  • We've also included recent phones from this year that we think will get a Prime Day treatment, based on deals from last year.
  • If you want to save now, you can also check out our Deal of the Day and Insider Coupons pages for current discounts on a variety of products.
  • Read more: The best deals to expect during Amazon Prime Day
  • For details on even more deals, you can find all of our Prime Day 2020 coverage here.

The more expensive smartphones get, the more important it is to get a sweet deal on your next phone. Luckily, Prime Day this year is closer than it is far away, and with it come many excellent discounts on great tech products — including phones.

We've rounded up the best smartphone deals from top brands like Samsung, LG, Google, and more from Prime Day of last year. We then updated the current prices of these phones at the time of writing, and added some thoughts on whether to leap now, wait for 2020, or set your eyes on something newer.

You can rest assured that most of these phones are truly excellent buys — we've been professional technology reviewers for nearly two decades collectively, and we've personally tested most of the below.

Updated 9/11/20 by Antonio Villas-Boas: Added new language for timeliness. Updated all prices and links for accuracy, and added newly recommended products, including Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Google Pixel 4a. 

Smartphone deals we expect on Prime Day 2020 Samsung Galaxy S20, $850 (originally $1,000)

Samsung's Galaxy S20 is among the hottest smartphones of 2020 because of its beautiful design, incredibly powerful specs, 5G connectivity, great battery life, amazing screen, and its excellent and versatile camera system. In just about every respect, the Galaxy S20 is the perfect phone for anyone who's looking in the high-end, premium flagship space for a new smartphone — except in one major area: Price.

The Galaxy S20's original $1,000 price tag is ... a lot. It's a major reason why it's not the first phone I think of when someone asks for recommendations. But when you can find a deal on it, like the $850 deal right now, it becomes an easier recommendation. 

The Galaxy S20 hasn't gone through the Prime Day gamut yet, but based on the Galaxy S10's run through Prime Day 2019, we can expect even more of a deal on Prime Day 2020. We've seen a better deal that took $200 off the price tag earlier this year, so there's a chance you could get a better deal on Prime Day 2020, especially if you consider that the Galaxy S10 got the Prime Day treatment. Still, $150 off is already a great deal for the latest and hottest smartphone from Samsung, so you won't be making any mistakes by getting it today. 

Read the Galaxy S20 review (based on the Galaxy S20 Plus) here

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, $1,050 (originally $1,200)

Samsung's Galaxy S20 Plus is essentially a larger version of the Galaxy S20 — you're getting a 6.7-inch display instead of a 6.2-inch display. Plus, a larger phone means a larger battery, and even with the larger screen, the Galaxy S20 Plus has slightly better battery life. 

The current deal ($150 off) is closer to what the price should have been in the first place, so you'd be making a good move if you wanted to buy it today. With that said, we saw a $200 deal earlier this year, and there's a good likelihood that the price will go even lower on Prime Day, at least based on what we saw with the Galaxy S10 Plus during last year's Prime Day. 

Read the Galaxy S20 Plus review here.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, $1,187 (originally $1,400)

The Galaxy S20 Ultra represents Samsung's peak smartphone prowess. It includes even higher-end camera sensors, more 5G connectivity, bigger size, bigger 6.9-inch screen, and more battery life. It started off its life with a $1,400 price tag, which was ridiculous, and guaranteed that I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. In fact, it shouldn't even have been an option at all. 

Today, however, with a deal that brings that price closer to $1,200, smartphone enthusiasts with bigger budgets may want to start to take notice. It'll be very interesting to see what prices we'll find during Prime Day 2020 on this one. Wait until then if you're interested in the Galaxy S20 Ultra.  

Read the Galaxy S20 Ultra review here

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, $1,100 (originally $1,300)

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is Samsung's productivity-minded device that comes with a stylus the company calls the S Pen. Many doubt the usefulness of a stylus, but Galaxy Note phones make a positive impact every time I use and test them, and I often miss their functionality and S Pen when I have to move on to test another phone. 

Even with the current $200 off, $1,100 is a lot to spend on a smartphone. If you want the phone that comes with absolutely everything with very little compromise, then you'll be happy with the Note 20 Ultra at its current price. Prime Day 2020 may bring a little extra off the top, so it might be worth waiting unless you need a new phone now.

You may have noticed that we haven't included the standard Galaxy Note 20 here, which is less expensive than the Ultra version. The standard Galaxy Note 20 does not come recommended from us, even with a $200 discount at the time of writing. It poses poor value relative to its feature set for a premium smartphone in 2020.  

Read the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review here.  

OnePlus 8, $699 (originally $699)

The OnePlus 8 marks the first OnePlus series that is being sold "officially" on Amazon, rather than through third-party resellers that often list international models that aren't especially well suited for the US. 

The OnePlus 8 is among the least expensive flagship phones of 2020, and it's a very solid option. With that said, it's missing a couple flagship features, like wireless charging, official water resistance ratings, and it doesn't quite have the top camera hardware (but you'll be hard pressed to see a difference).

It's already well priced as it is, but it's not at deal pricing. Now that OnePlus is officially being sold by Amazon itself, we'd be unsurprised to find a good Prime Day deal for this phone. Buy now, or wait for Prime Day, if you can. 

Read the OnePlus 8 review here.  

OnePlus 8 Pro, $899 (originally $899) 

The OnePlus 8 Pro is the company's first fully flagship smartphone that doesn't come with any compromise whatsoever. And yet, OnePlus has still managed to keep its retail pricing lower than the competition. 

With the OnePlus 8 Pro, you're getting the smoothest, fastest, most fluid experience on any smartphone with its 120Hz screen, as well as excellent battery life, absurdly fast wired and wireless charging, gorgeous good looks, and an great triple-lens camera system. This is the Android enthusiast's phone.

It's already well priced seeing as its cheaper than equivalent phones, but the only deal on Amazon for the OnePlus 8 Pro is for the 256GB model, price at $919 compared to its $999 retail tag. Like the OnePlus 8, the fact that Amazon is selling it officially can mean a tasty deal is to be had on Prime Day. Buy now or wait for Prime Day if you can. 

Read the OnePlus 8 Pro review here.

Google Pixel 4a, $350 (originally $350)

Google's Pixel 4a stunned when it came out with a flagship-level camera, a sleek modern design, and good performance for just $350. 

Indeed, the Pixel 4a comes with a camera that takes photos as good or better than flagship phones that cost around $1,000. It's a smartphone that makes the idea of spending anywhere near $1,000 seem completely ridiculous. 

It doesn't have a tasty deal price at the moment, but at $350, the retail pricing is a deal on its own. I wouldn't be surprised if a little extra was chopped off the top during Prime Day, if you want to wait. 

You can read the Google Pixel 4a review here

Google Pixel 4, $549 (originally $799)

Google's Pixel 4 is the search giant's most up-to-date idea of what a smartphone should be like. It continues Google's legacy as the best smartphone camera maker around, and it offers a pure Google Android experience that's simple, clean, and gets timely updates for security, bug fixes, and features. It was also one of the earliest phones to adopt a high-refresh-rate screen at 90Hz, which makes for a smoother experience while swiping around apps and Android.  

With that said, the Pixel 4 is a little divisive with its fine-but-unimpressive battery life and specs, large "forehead" where advanced facial recognition tech is found. The facial recognition works well, but it led to a less-than-premium design that some may not like. It's also missing an ultra-wide camera lens, which was a huge bummer when other flagships from its biggest competitors like Apple, Samsung, and OnePlus included more versatile camera systems that included ultra-wide lenses.

The current deal is actually pretty good for the Pixel 4, and it's unclear if it'll go lower for Prime Day. The Pixel 3 went down to a similar mid $500 range during Prime Day 2019, so the current deal may be what we're looking at for Prime Day 2020.

As much as the Pixel 4 is a good deal at the moment, Google is expected to announce a new Pixel smartphone in October. Unless you're specifically looking to spend around $500, we'd wait to see what Google has in store.  

Read the Pixel 4 review here

Google Pixel 4 XL, $629 (originally $899)

Google's Pixel 4 XL is exactly what it sounds like — a larger version of the Pixel 4. Features and functionality are identical, save for the larger screen. That means the pros, as well as the cons, of the Pixel 4 are present here. For the pros, you get a stunningly good camera, a smooth 90Hz screen, and Google's purest expression of Android, as well as timely updates.

As for the cons, battery life isn't terribly impressive, it's missing an ultra-wide camera lens, it's design is ultra utilitarian, and it was too expensive for what it was, at least compared to the competition. 

Based on the previous Pixel 3 XL and its Prime Day from 2019, the current deal is similar to what we expect for the Pixel 4 XL during Prime Day 2020 — something in the mid $600 range. With that in mind, it's unlikely the Pixel 4 XL will go much lower. 

As much as the Pixel 4 is a good deal at the moment, Google is expected to announce a new Pixel range in October. Unless you're specifically looking to spend around $600, we'd wait to see what Google has in store. 

Read the Pixel 4XL review here

Google Pixel 3a XL, $384 (originally $479) [Was $480 with a $100 gift card on Prime Day last year]

The Google Pixel 3a XL is an affordable phone for Android fans who don't need all the latest specs from the latest Pixel 4 XL. Although it's quite a bit cheaper, Google did not skimp on the specs, and the experience is still good. 

The Pixel 3a XL has the same excellent camera tech as the Pixel 4 series, meaning it takes the best photos in the mid-range and budget segment, and even among top premium flagships. It also has all the latest Android features from Google. Last year's Prime Day deal wasn't really a discount, with a $100 gift card, and today's $384 deal is pretty good already. We wouldn't be surprised if the Pixel 3a XL gets an even steeper discount during Prime Day 2020, as it will over a year old at that point. 

Another option in the $300-$400 range is the $350 Google Pixel 4a, which is an amazing smartphone for its price. And Google is set to announce another Pixel 4a model with 5G soon. We'd refrain from buying the Pixel 3 XL unless it goes below $350 on Prime Day. 

Read the Pixel 3a XL review here

Google Pixel 3, $330 (originally $799) [Was just $539 on Prime Day last year]

The Google Pixel 3 is an oldie but still a goodie. Although it has been succeeded by the Pixel 4, the Pixel 3 is still quite a superb deal with this discount. It's smaller than the Pixel 3 XL, so it's easy to hold.

It has one the best cameras in the smartphone world, a fast processor, and a sharp screen. It may not be as flashy and modern looking as the latest Galaxy phones, but the Pixel 3 is an excellent device. At the time of writing, the phone is now even cheaper than it was on sale for Prime Day last year, so now's the time if you want to save — it's essentially a year-old flagship phone with a mid-range price.

Just note that Google is expected to announce the Pixel 5 series in October, when the company usually announces new Pixel phones. That means both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 4 series may be even cheaper than they are today when the 5 series is announced in October. 

And if you're deciding whether you should go for the Pixel 3 that comes with top specs from 2018 or the Pixel 4a that comes with mid-range specs from 2020, I feel your anguish — it's a tough decision. At its current price, I'd go for the Pixel 3, as it sports more premium materials, specs, and features. 

Read the Pixel 3 review here

Google Pixel 3 XL, $394 (originally $899) [Was $639 on Prime Day last year]

If you're a big Google fan, the Google Pixel 3 XL remains a top smartphone you can currently buy. Although it has been replaced by the Pixel 4 XL, it is still an excellent phone and one we highly recommend — especially at this price.

It has one of the best cameras in the smartphone world, and many consider the shots taken on Pixel to be superior to the iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy flagships. You also get pure Android software straight from Google that is more secure and updated with more frequency than other Android phones. Considering its age, we wouldn't be surprised if it goes for even less during Prime Day 2020. But, if you want to secure yourself a year-old high-end phone for a mid-range price, you'd be wise to pick one up sooner rather than later.  At under $500 at the time of writing, this phone is even cheaper than it was for Prime Day last year.

Just note that Google is expected to announce the Pixel 5 series in October, when the company usually announces new Pixel phones. That means both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 4 series may be even cheaper than they are today when the 5 series is announced in October. 

Google is also set to unveil another Pixel 4a with 5G supposedly in October for a rumored $500. I'd wait to see what Google has in store, but at about $400, the Pixel 3 XL is a good buy.

Read the Pixel 3 XL review here.

Samsung Galaxy S10e, Out of stock (originally $599.99) [Was just $549.99 on Prime Day last year] 

The Samsung Galaxy S10e is actually the best deal among the S10 series, thanks to its great specs and remarkably low price tag. It even has the exact same great camera sensors as the S10, so you're not missing out on much there (beyond the 2x zoom). Its processor is equally fast, too, and you get similar storage options.

Really, the biggest difference is the screen tech: The S10e does not have a curved screen and its bezels (the black borders around the screen) are a bit wider, however, there is still no notch, so you do get a big beautiful screen, even though it's technically the smallest of the bunch at 5.8 inches. It doesn't have the in-screen fingerprint sensor, either — that's on the power button instead.

Last year's Prime Day and today's deal aren't super impressive for this phone. Hold out for a better Prime Day 2020 deal on this one if you can.

Read the Galaxy S10e review here

Samsung Galaxy S10, $700 (originally $750) [Was just $600 on Prime Day last year]

Samsung's Galaxy S10 was the brand's flagship smartphone for 2019. The phone was widely regarded to be one of, if not, the best smartphones you can buy. Its 6.1-inch screen is absolutely gorgeous, and it's not interrupted by anything more than a tiny dot where the selfie camera is located. 

The phone runs on a speedy processor, has tons of storage space, and fantastic cameras. In fact, many reviewers say the S10 has the best cameras of any current phone except maybe the Google Pixel.

The current deal isn't great, and I'd wait to see what kinda deals Prime Day 2020 will bring — hopefully something even lower than last year's $600 deal.

Read the Galaxy S10 review here

Samsung Galaxy S10+, $850 (originally $850) [Was $700 on Prime Day last year]

If you love the S10, but you want an even bigger screen, the S10+ is a phone you'll want. Its 6.4-inch screen is slightly bigger than the regular S10's, and it's just as beautiful if not more so given its larger size.

You get the same speedy processor and slick design, but with the addition of better battery life and a three-lens rear camera that can take normal, telephoto, and ultra-wide photos. We say that this is the same situation as above.

The Galaxy S10+ is at full retail price right now, so it's bad time to buy it from Amazon. Definitely wait for Prime Day 2020, where you can hopefully get it for less than $700. 

Read the Galaxy S10+ review here

LG G8, $400 (originally $850) [Was $500 on Prime Day last year]

Like most recent flagship phones, the LG G8 has a full, nearly bezel-free screen with a sharp Quad HD resolution. It's also powered by a zippy Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and 6GB of RAM. There are two cameras on the back and one on the front, all of which take great shots.

This version of the phone comes with a few pre-installed Amazon apps, including Amazon Shopping, Amazon Music, Audible, and Amazon Alexa. If you don't need or want those apps, you can delete them when you set up the phone. Even though you do get some bloatware on this version of the G8, it's a sweet buy for this price — even after Prime Day of last year. Just ignore the weird hand sensor thing — its gimmicky and involves you making strange claw gestures with your hands.

At $400, it's a good buy for a phone with top-end 2019 specs. It'll be somewhat surprising to see an even better deal on Prime Day 2020.

Read the LG G8 review here

Moto G Power, $250 (originally $250) 

The Moto G Power is one of the latest budget phones from Motorola (which is owned by Lenovo). It has a large 6.4-inch HD screen, a 16-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide, and a somewhat baffling 2-megapixel macro camera. It has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

It's certainly not the most high-powered phone you can buy, but it does everything you need perfectly well, except perhaps high-powered games.

At $250, it's already a great deal — it's amazing what you get for that much. Will we see an even cheaper price on the phone for Prime Day 2020? Here's to hoping. I can say that, for $100 more, you might be happier with the $350 Pixel 4a for its better camera and overall package. 

Read the Moto G Power review here

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How to turn off the predictive text feature in Gmail, or add predictive text personalization

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 2:54pm
Gmail's Smart Compose feature, which predicts the text you're about to type, can be turned off in your settings.
  • You can turn off the predictive text feature in Gmail, known as Smart Compose, if you don't want suggested text to appear as you type. 
  • To accept a predictive text suggestion, press the tab key, or the right arrow key.
  • To turn off predictive text, go to your Gmail settings.
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Gmail's Smart Compose feature can help you type emails faster as it offers suggestions for words and phrases as you type. The predictive text is "powered by machine learning," according to Google

To accept a text suggestion, you simply press the tab key or the right arrow key. This predictive text feature is turned on by default, but you can turn it off with just a few clicks. Here's how it's done.

How to turn off predictive text in Gmail

Since Smart Compose is a Google account-level setting, turning off this feature on a desktop will also turn it off for all other devices where your account is signed in (like your phone or tablet).

1. On your computer, go to your Gmail inbox.

2. In the top right corner, click the "Settings" icon, which looks like a gear.

Select the "Settings" icon.

3. Click "See all settings."

In the "Settings" pop-up, select "See all settings."

4. Navigate to the "General" tab, then scroll down to "Smart Compose."

In the "General" tab, scroll down to the "Smart Compose" section.

5. Select "Writing suggestions off." 

6. You'll get a notification on the bottom left of the screen that "Your preferences have been saved." If you don't, scroll down and click "Save Changes."

How to turn custom suggestions in Gmail on or off

Gmail's predictive text feature automatically offers suggestions that are based on your writing style. It's called Smart Compose personalization and can also be turned on or off (with "on" as the default option). When personalization is off and predictive text is on, Gmail will offer generic text suggestions as you type.

1. On your computer, go to your Gmail inbox.

2. In the top right corner, click the "Settings" icon, which looks like a gear.

3. Click "See all settings."

4. Navigate to the "General" tab, then scroll down to "Smart Compose personalization."

In the "General" tab, go to the "Smart Compose personalization" section.

5. Select "Personalization off."

6. You'll get a notification on the bottom left of the screen that "Your preferences have been saved." If you don't, scroll down and click "Save Changes."

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