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3 Reasons Why Shops Won’t ‘Snap Back’ After Coronavirus

It’s wrong to expect a “snap-back” at shopping centres, food courts, cinemas and other places where people used to gather to spend money. We’ve identified three reasons why spending in physical stores on goods like clothes is likely to remain much lower than it was for a long time. 1….

Make a COVID-19 Backup Plan Before You Return to the Office

After months of working from home and only from home, you might be excited by the prospect of going back to your office. Shared microwaves! Water-cooler chit-chat! Conference room reservations running over! All inconveniences of the past, but novelties of the new normal.

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Get Kids to Brush Their Teeth With the Pokémon Smile App

Kids are not exactly the best or most effective when it comes to brushing their teeth — if you can get them to do it at all. But if they can brush those teeth while looking like Charmander and helping to save other Pokémon who have been captured by (gasp!)…

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How to Create a New Audio Tweet in iOS

iOS: Twitter launched a new feature yesterday that allows you to tweet audio recordings directly from its iOS app (sorry, Android fans). You still can’t edit misspellings in your tweets, but you can now annoy all your followers by posting audio messages they’ll have to listen to.

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From Trash To Treasure: What To Sell Online For Extra Cash

Over time, we’re all guilty of hoarding items we haven’t used, worn, or looked at in years. Perhaps due to laziness, nostalgia or a combination, we also tend to be reluctant getting rid of these items. We’ve partnered with Bankwest to put together a list of banking no-brainers that could…

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Read This List of Ways White Parents Have Privilege

There’s been a lot of discussion in recent weeks about privilege — what it is, who has it and who is willing to recognise and acknowledge they have it. White parents should be at the top of that list because, as Jen Lumanlan of Your Parenting Mojo points out, our…

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How to Help Your Memory When Stress Is Taking Its Toll

If you’ve been extra forgetful lately, you are not alone. Chronic stress, as well as anxiety and depression, can cause forgetfulness, confusion and difficulty concentrating. But before you resign yourself to a fate of perpetual lost keys and forgotten names, here are some strategies to help your memory and alleviate…

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How to Watch the AFL 2020 Season, Online and Free

The AFL 2020 season has returned after a few months of coronavirus-related setbacks. The format may be different to previous seasons but it’s still be easier than ever to watch. When does the AFL 2020 season return? The AFL 2020 season returned to screens on Thursday 11 June when bitter…

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What to Do If You Get Lost While Travelling

There are all kinds of ways you could get lost while travelling. You fall asleep on the train and miss a bunch of stops and when you wake up, the train is no longer in service. Your phone dies and Google or Apple Maps is no longer an option. Maybe…

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Track the Coronavirus’s R₀ by U.S. State

Remember when the coronavirus was brand new, and we were all worried about what its R0 might turn out to be? R0, pronounced “R naught,” is a measure of how many people each infected person tends to pass an infection to. To stop a pandemic, we need to bring that…

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‘Read’ 12-Minute Versions of Non-Fiction Books With This App

Have you ever walked through a library or bookstore and felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of books out there that you know you will never have time to read? Us too. While there’s always the chance that works of fiction will be turned into an easily digestible movie or…

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When Is a DSLR Camera Better Than Your Phone Camera?

The old maxim that bigger is better hasn’t been true in the tech world for some time — especially in the realm of photography. Cameras have gotten smaller, better and more powerful with each passing year — so much so that the mini camera rigs built into our phones are…

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Is Pet Insurance Worth It?

So you adopted a dog (or cat or bird). You’ve got the food, the bed and the toys, and now you’re wondering whether pet insurance is a good investment. What if your new companion gets sick or hurt? Could pet insurance help save their lives — and protect your wallet?

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You Can Still Use a Personal Trainer During the Pandemic

Given the need for physical distancing, it’ll be a while before many of us feel comfortable with an in-person personal training session. But given that pandemic life is leaving many of us all a little more sedentary than normal, establishing a fitness routine is even more important — and online…

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Please Don’t Disinfect Your Skin

You don’t need to sanitise your groceries, you definitely shouldn’t wash your produce in disinfectants, and I really hope you’re taking our advice to not inject bleach. It’s time to add one more thing to the list of Things I Didn’t Think I’d Have to Say: Please do not use…

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How to Watch the ‘Ghostbusters’ Reunion

Josh Gad is at it again. After using his time in quarantine to reunite the casts and crews of classic movies like “Lord of the Rings,” “Goonies,” “Back to the Future” and “Splash,” he’s now adding “Ghostbusters” to his “Reunited Apart” YouTube series. On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at 2 a.m. AEST,…

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Virtually Attend a Q&A and Show-and-Tell With Longtime Muppets Staffer

It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights. It’s time to virtually attend a live Q&A with a longtime employee Muppet employee tonight. That’s right: at 9 a.m. AEST, the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York, is livestreaming an event featuring Greg Shemin,…