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New COVID Screening Policies for International Passengers Flying Into U.S.

Nearly six months ago, all the way back in mid-March, the Trump administration issued an order banning travel from Europe, Brazil, Iran and China. There was an exception to this rule: U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents and their family members have been permitted to reenter the country as long as…

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How Are You Combating Your Kid’s Zoom Fatigue?

In the spring, it didn’t take long for my 9-year-old son to develop a condition I’ve come to think of as Zoom Fatigue. He didn’t mind completing his classwork online and he didn’t mind the academic schedule I put together for him. But when came time to Zoom with his…

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How to Keep Your Wardrobe Fresh Without Spending Money

For a lot of people, our relationship with clothing has changed quite a bit this year. Only a few short months ago, we were putting together outfits (and I use that term loosely) to go to work, meet friends, or do other out-of-the-house activities. Now, our daily dressing decisions come…

How Do I Get an iPhone and a Windows PC to Play Nicely?

How do you manage a multi-platform household? Not everyone is completely loyal to Apple, Google, Microsoft, or any other tech company. You might own an iPhone and use a Windows PC. Maybe you prefer your Android’s camera and your MacBook’s keyboard. Perhaps you’re just a big ol’ geek and you…

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The More Inclusive Way to Refer to a Child’s Family

Our kids’ Zoom classes can be eye-opening for a lot of reasons, but one thing you may have noticed since the school year began is the sheer volume of instances in which some teachers refer to their students’ mums and dads. Not their caregivers, in general, but their mum and…

10 Exercise Myths Debunked by Science

Finding clear, definitive facts about healthy exercise can be difficult. The exercise industry is a multi-billion dollar business, built partially on selling gadgets and supplements to people desperate to lose weight or look attractive. Meanwhile, good workout plans and simple truths lurk in the background waiting for their time to…

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Actually, Brushing Your Teeth in the Shower Is Good

If you’ve ever taken a morning shower without first brushing your teeth, maybe you’ve shared in my observation that the shower’s magic loses a bit of its oomph when your mouth still tastes like a dank, bat-filled coffee cavern. (The bats are my teeth.)

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Seriously, Don’t Look at the Sun, Ever

I’m amazed I have to write this, but here goes. If you’ve been on social media then you’ve probably noticed California’s wildfires have changed the sky’s colour to an apocalyptic shade of red. Perhaps it’s really red, like your favourite Star Wars moment. It might even be easier to look…

How to Fix the Latest Windows 10 Sleep Mode Bug

The Windows 10 September 2020 update finally fixes the overzealous Drive Optimisation behaviour that put SSDs at risk. Unfortunately, it also introduces yet another annoying bug that disables sleep mode for some users.

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Telstra, Optus, Vodafone: Who Has the Best Phone Plans?

Telstra, Optus, or Vodafone is the decision many make when choosing a new phone plan. The three are Australia’s biggest mobile providers, but they’re all very different. All three have their strengths and weaknesses, which can make choosing tricky. Telstra has the largest network but is also by the far…

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How to Choose Your Child’s First Pet

Wanting and subsequently begging for a pet is somewhat of a childhood rite of passage. Most kids, at some point, want a dog, cat, hamster, rabbit, gold fish, or all of the above. For parents who love having a houseful of animals, adding a third cat or another creature-filled tank…

How to Fix a ‘Text Bomb’ Crashing WhatsApp

A recently discovered vulnerability with WhatsApp — and I use that term more loosely than usual, because this one doesn’t really seem like the app’s fault, per se — can lead to an incredibly frustrating crash loop if some stupid user sends you messages the app can’t handle.

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It’s Officially Time to Retire the ‘Gender Reveal Party’

If you’ve been pregnant at any point during the past decade, you’ve probably heard of the concept of a gender-reveal party. The trend has been traced back to one mum who, in 2008, held what is widely considered to be the first gender reveal party. Jenna Karvunidis cut into a…

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How to Time Your Life Perfectly, With Author Daniel Pink

This week we’re learning how to nail perfect timing with New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pink. Listen to Daniel explain why certain hours of the day are more productive than others, what chronotypes are and how they impact your energy throughout the day, how we can battle the mid-afternoon…

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You Need to Run Slower

If running is hard, this is for you — especially if you’re a new runner, or if you’ve been running for a while but you just can’t seem to get any faster. The most important thing you need to learn is this: you get faster by running more, and you…

Clean Out Your Fridge by Baking This Easy No-Knead Bread

If you’re a baking fiend, you’ve likely seen a recipe or 10 for some iteration of three-ingredient, no-knead bread. These recipes are popular for good reason. Not only are these loaves extremely impressive for the amount of work they demand, they are excellent vehicles for any odds and ends you…

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Why Brides Wear White at Weddings

“A wedding gown represents far more than just a dress. It is also the embodiment of a dream,” said Vera Wang. For most brides in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, that dream is realised in a beautiful white wedding gown. It’s a seemingly timeless tradition that is…

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Common Questions About Victoria’s New Roadmap, Answered

The Victorian government’s roadmap out of pandemic lockdowns includes new provisions for single people living alone and single parents: the “single social bubble” system, which comes into effect on September 14. Under the new system, if you’re a single person living alone or a single parent with children under 18,…

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What to Do If a Magpie Swoops

It’s magpie swooping season in Australia and that means it’s time to learn to dodge and roll. While magpies are a lovable native bird many months of the year, they turn to flying devils during spring. Why do magpies swoop in spring? Magpies swoop to defend their young. That’s why…

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How to Quickly and Calmly Remove a Bat From Inside Your Home

Look, we know how many photos of cute bats there are flying around the internet. But unless you’ve been awakened by the flutter of their bony-yet-fuzzy wings hovering directly above your face, you may not truly understand what it’s like to have one in your home. (I’ve also been startled…

How to Speed up Your Android Phone

There’s a trick to speeding up your Android phone that’ll win you back some time. Here’s what you need to know. Android smartphones are great, but they’re not immune to the ravages of time. While scratches or physical wear can be prevented with cases and mindful handling, it can be…

How to Survive Magpie Swooping Season

September is the peak of Australia’s own version of “home-grown terrorism” (as memorably described to me by a distraught and bleeding school principal, valiantly attempting to protect his pupils), when a small but conspicuous proportion of magpies throughout the country begin to attack otherwise innocent passersby. It is certainly the…

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How to Avoid Getting a Last-Minute Booking Blocked by Airbnb

Airbnb is cracking down on parties. They are now basically the equivalent of your parents when you were in high school. Even if you refer to it as a “small gathering,” there is still the possibility of making a mess or other types of property damage. So to avoid these…