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Taxed out: Here’s why your refund may be smaller or nonexistent in 2019
Most U.S. taxpayers owe less to the IRS this year under the new tax law, but the average refund is also smaller. Most Americans have a smaller total federal income tax bill for 2018 than they did in previous years, thanks to the tax law passed by Congress in 2017. But thanks to changing instructions from the IRS on how to withhold tax, many people will see smaller refunds or may even owe money when they file their tax returns.Read Full Story
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Can architecture help you live forever?
Seven figures buy you eternal life (or the epitome of New Age pseudoscience) in East Hampton, New York. Can architecture be conducive to eternal life? The Egyptians certainly believed so–but only in the other world. Avant-garde artists Madeline Gins and Arakawa claimed that their Bioscleave House could stop or reverse the aging process. That four-bedroom house, in East Hampton, New York, is now for sale.Read Full Story
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Will there be a market for the coming explosion of electric cars?
EVs will become as cheap to own as gas-powered vehicles in 2022, even with no tax breaks or subsidies. But can we count on car buyers make the rational choice? Electric vehicles still make up only a tiny fraction of total car sales. But in 2017, the industry reached a new milestone, selling more than 1 million cars. In 2018, sales may have more than doubled. By 2022, according to a recent report from Deloitte, electric cars will reach a tipping point: owning an electric vehicle will be as cheap as owning one that runs on fossil fuels, and sales will grow much more quickly.Read Full Story
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We need to stop striving for work-life balance. Here’s why
Work-life balance makes us set our sights too low, according to this sociologist. Recently, I received a question from a contact on LinkedIn. She asked me whether I thought work-life balance was dead. My answer: I hope so!Read Full Story
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How to watch NBA All-Star weekend live online without cable
A simple guide for cord-cutting basketball fans. Break out your smart jerseys, because the NBA’s All-Star weekend is here. The series of games and challenges kicks off tonight and culminates with the 68th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday 8 p.m. ET, where Team LeBron will take on Team Giannis.Read Full Story
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Payless is closing all 2,100 stores in yet another sign of the death of fast fashion
It’s not just about the death of malls. In another sign that fast fashion is dying off, Payless ShoeSource Inc. says it plans to close all of its 2,100 stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. Two years ago, Payless declared bankruptcy during a wider wave of store closures throughout the country, something we’ve come to describe as the retail apocalypse. At the time, the company shuttered a number of its stores, which allowed it to eliminate hundreds of millions of dollars in debt, according to the Wall Street Journal. But none of this restructuring was able to save it from further collapse.Read Full Story
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Gifts from the 50 biggest donors dropped by half in 2018
Tech titans juiced the stats last year by making big donations to their own foundations. This year, things are different. Within a year, the value of gifts from the country’s 50 largest donors has dropped by half. In 2017, the top 50 contributors in the U.S. gave $14.7 billion to various causes. In 2018, they combined to share just $7.8 billion, according to the Philanthropy 50, an annual report from by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.Read Full Story
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Report: Twitter is considering a clarification feature to help you explain errant tweets
You may not be able to edit, but someday you might be able to clarify your tweets. While you may never be able to fix that typo in your now-viral tweet, Twitter might eventually let you clarify what you meant.Read Full Story
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Poor scheduling costs hourly workers sleep and happiness
The way companies manage workers’ schedules can be incredibly damaging to leading a normal, functional life. For many shift workers, scheduling can be a nightmare: Not knowing your schedule far enough in advance to make plans for things like childcare or doctor’s appointments can make life nearly impossible, as can having your working hours go up and down at the whim of your manager (or some scheduling software). This is compounded by the fact that shift life is precarious and missing a shift is devastating: For many hourly workers in America, missing just one shift can affect their ability to pay their bills. Not surprisingly, new data suggest that employees subject to chaotic schedules are more likely to report feeling unhappy, not getting enough sleep, and being stressed.Read Full Story
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Trump admits “I didn’t need to do this” during national emergency speech
Trump just wanted to build the wall “much faster.” President Donald Trump bypassed Congress today by declaring a national emergency in order to secure billions of dollars in funding for a wall along the Southern border of the United States. Even Trump, though, admits that this unusual and potentially unconstitutional declaration was unnecessary.Read Full Story
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Finally! Doritos makes a chip bag that cleans your dusty fingers
The Doritos Towel Bag solves the age-old dilemma of where to wipe your fingers. We’ve all been there. Elbow deep in a bag of Doritos, with the sudden need to touch something other than yet another fistful of dust-drenched chips. A quick look left, right, up, down. That’s the moment you decide to wipe those filthy munchie mitts on your shirt, your pants, the couch, anything so you can answer the phone, grab the game controller, find the TV remote–whatever  is demanding that the snacking cease.Read Full Story
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Rachel Johnson strips naked for Brexit
Brexit negotiations have gotten wild. Rachel Johnson has a surefire way to make her voice heard above the crowd—strip naked.Read Full Story
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Carry your kid’s diapers, but make it fashion with this fanny pack
Colugo just released a fanny pack-diaper bag combo, and it’s actually very useful. Here’s the age-old quandary that all new parents face when they try to get out the door with their baby in tow: How the heck do you tote around all the stuff that your infant requires–diapers, extra bottles of milk, endless wipes, a pacifier, a teething toy–while also having your hands free to tend to said infant?Read Full Story
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Facebook’s Portal learned its video skills from some of Hollywood’s best cameramen
Fast Company talked to the Facebook engineers who turned to the film industry to train the AI behind Portal’s camera. Facebook’s Portal home camera has its drawbacks–privacy concerns not least among them–but it does have one undeniably cool feature: its ability to intelligently frame shots and follow the action around a room during video calls. It’s a dramatic improvement over smartphone-based video calling where it’s entirely up to the humans on both ends to position the cameras (this often results in plenty of jitter, wall views, and up-the-nose shots). With Portal, it’s more like a separate human camera operator is thoughtfully framing scenes, moving smoothly from one subject to another. Read Full Story
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The fallout from NYT’s Ryan Adams exposé has already arrived
That was quick! Late on Wednesday afternoon, the New York Times published a damning report about Ryan Adams, detailing a pattern of disturbing behavior toward women, including emotional abuse and sexual misconduct. (Adams has since apologized, unconvincingly, while disputing some facts of the story.)Read Full Story
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Want to cut your work hours in half? Create an A/B schedule
If you try and do too many different types of work on the same day, you’re making it hard for yourself. Entrepreneurs wear many hats.Read Full Story
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Watch the NBA’s smart jersey of the future magically transform for fickle fans
Get ready to show your wavering feelings! The basketball jersey of the future is designed with fair-weather fans in mind. At the annual All-Star Technology Summit (did our invitation get lost in the mail?!), NBA Commissioner Adam Silver unveiled the league’s “smart jersey of the future.”Read Full Story
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Why opting out of your family group text can improve your mental health
Family group text comes with the stress of notification and a sense of obligation. It might be best for yourself (and your family members) if you refrain from participating altogether. I am not known for being especially easy to get hold of via text. I tend to keep my phone on silent as the high-pitched ping of an incoming message makes my cheeks flush with dread. I wish I could mute all my contacts’ notifications–sorry, mom, dad, and everyone I care about, but communicating with you makes me incredibly anxious. But, obviously, that’s not feasible. I do, however, mute text threads with more than three people, and I opt out of family threads entirely. It is a small gesture, but bowing out of these communal conversations eases my mind, even if I sometimes feel left out and lonely–not to mention guilty that I’ve made my family feel like an annoyance.Read Full Story
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This magic fabric ensures you’re never too hot and never too cold
The new material is made of two synthetic materials that combine with carbon nanotubes to regulate your temperature all the time. Scientists at the University of Maryland have engineered a new fabric capable of cooling you down or heating you up whenever your body veers from its normal temperature and humidity levels.Read Full Story
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Home Page is being rereleased, like a time capsule from the internet’s early days
This month, the classic documentary about Justin Hall, the “founding father of personal bloggers,” is being screened and made available via streaming. You have to be over 30 to remember a time when the internet felt like an infinite horizon free from corporate malfeasance. Justin Hall, dubbed by the New York Times as possibly “the founding father of personal bloggers,” sure does. He was there in 1994 when just several hundred websites existed, and the first web browser, Netscape Navigator, had yet to debut.Read Full Story
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Here’s how teens edit their selfies for social media likes
A famed photographer asked teenagers to edit their own portraits for social media. The twist? The subjects like their unaltered “before” shots better. Most mere mortals will never be lucky enough to sit for someone like the British photographer John Rankin Waddell, known as Rankin, who has photographed celebrities like Madonna, Kate Moss, and Kendall Jenner. But if you did get the chance to sit for this portrait of a lifetime, would you be tempted to add a filter before you shared it on social? Just a little something to smooth out the skin or narrow your jaw?Read Full Story
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