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Friday, February 23, 2024

Toshiba AC Laptop Adapters Are Recalled

Toshiba is recalling over 15-million AC laptop adapters. The recalled adapters can overheat and spark a fire, posing a burn risk. The recalled products were sold between April 2008 and April 2014.

 

Study: Reusable Water Bottles And Tumblers Have More Bacteria Than Toilet Seats

You may want to give your reusable water bottle or Stanley cup a good wash. A new study reveals that there are millions of bacteria on the bottles.

  • One big concern is the presence of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
  • One gross stat from the study is that there’s more germs on the bottles than on a toilet.

Experts say your water bottles and tumblers should be washed daily to avoid getting sick. The average person washes them only “a few times a month.”

 

We’re Spending More On Food Than We Have In 30 Years

If you think that food is eating up all your money, you are right. To give you an idea of the last time in history this was a problem, it was when George H.W. Bush was in the White House, and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” was in theaters….30 years ago. Restaurant and grocery prices are not going down anytime soon, if ever. Shrinkflation and bloated prices need to be worked into your budget.

 

Privately-Built Moon Lander Makes History With Successful Touchdown

For the first time in over 50 years, America has landed on the moon. The Odysseus robotic lander, built by Intuitive Machines and carried into space on a SpaceX rocket, touched down on the surface of the moon around 6:23 PM ET last night, making it the first American spacecraft on the moon since the end of the Apollo program in 1972. Just an hour before it was scheduled to land, a glitch developed in the lander’s onboard laser instruments designed to help it find a safe and hazard-free spot to touch down. The lander, which is the first commercial venture to successfully land on the moon in history, will spend the next week collecting data until lunar night blocks the sunlight from its solar panels and it loses power.

 

Sources Say Yesterday's AT&T Outage Caused By Software Update

Late yesterday, AT&T announced that service had been restored to its entire network after hours of no service at all. They said the outage was caused by “the application and execution of an incorrect process used as we were expanding our network.” The problems spread to affect other networks, including T-Mobile, Verizon, and others, but it was decided that most of the problems outside of the AT&T network were caused by users on other carriers trying to connect with the AT&T service. Thousands of people were left without the ability to even call 911 in an emergency, with iPhone owners finding their phone in “SOS” mode.

 

Gmail Isn't Going Anywhere

If you heard yesterday that Google is closing down Gmail, it was fake. A screenshot of an email from the company announcing that Gmail would shut down on August 1st was a hoax. What helped make it believable to some was the announcement last year that Google would be doing away with the service’s classic “HTML View” this year. The good news, as Google said in a tweet “Gmail is here to stay.”

 

HOW MUCH AMERICANS SPEND ON MONTHLY BILLS

A recent survey finds that two-thirds of Americans are paying more for household expenses this year, while only a quarter have seen their incomes rise. Rising costs across the board, combined with stagnant salaries, are forcing many to put a a larger portion of their paychecks to monthly bills. Nearly a third are spending $201 to $300 monthly on utilities, with younger generations paying even more. Additionally, 19% are shelling out between $301 and $500 each month solely on car payments.

 

WHEN TO BOOK & HOW TO SAVE ON SPRING BREAK TRAVEL

Looking to plan a memorable spring break without breaking the bank? Good news! Airfares for 2024 are showing a decrease from last year. While hotel prices may be higher during peak times, starting your vacation midweek can help save costs. Book flights one to two months in advance and hotels about 30 days out for the best deals, or wait until 10 to 14 days before your trip for last-minute bargains.

 

Jack in the Box plans to open 5 restaurants in Michigan

Jack in the Box plans to open five restaurants in West Michigan over the next five years, starting IN Battle Creek. Additional locations in Kalamazoo, Calhoun, and Kent counties will follow. This expansion aims to provide more food options and create 40 to 50 new jobs per location. Franchise opportunities are available in Michigan.

 

New COVID isolation guidelines coming from CDC: What to expect

The CDC is expected to update COVID isolation guidelines soon, potentially by April. The new guidelines will eliminate the current five-day quarantine recommendation for mild cases, allowing individuals with improving symptoms to end isolation once fever-free for 24 hours. These changes won't affect healthcare settings.


Thursday, February 22, 2024

Company Is “Hiring” Someone To Watch Oscar Nominated Films And Predict Winners

You could get paid for watching all the Oscar nominated films and predicting the winners. TestCasino.com has a job for 1 film love…watch the 10 Best picture nominees and then predict the Oscar winners for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. The chosen movie lover will get $2,000, a new 65-inch 4K TV and a $500 DoorDash gift card. All they have to do is rate each film in categories including "emotional resonance," "entertainment impact," "memorability meter," "creativity quotient" and its "social buzz score." Applications are being accepted through March 9.

 

Biden Administration Announces Another Round Of Student Debt Forgiveness

More student debt forgiveness. Borrowers in the Saving on a Valuable Education or SAVE program who have made at least 10 years of payments will be getting an email from President Biden today. That amounts to an estimated 153-thousand borrowers.

 

How To Overcome Self Doubt

Self doubt sabotages a lot of what we want to accomplish, but there are a few ways to overcome it.

  • Pay Attention to Your Self-Worth. Experts say about 80-percent of women doen’t realize their worth.
  • Learn the Difference Between Self-Confidence and Self-Worth
  • Turn Down the Volume on Your Negative Thoughts
  • Build a Strong, Healthy Foundation
  • Focus Your Energy Into Self-Belief

Experts say to stop believing that you are not enough and that you are not worthy of showing up in the world as who you truly are, or thinking that you won’t be loved if you show up as who you are. This is one of the lies that we tell ourselves.

 

 

 

 

“Time” Releases Their Women Of The Year List

Time’s Women Of The Year list is out and the honorees are no surprise. Each one is considered a leader working towards a more equal world. They are:

  • Greta Gerwig
  • Coco Gauff
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Chanel CEO Leena Nair 
  • Nobel Laureate Claudia Goldin
  • The Israeli and Palestinian women calling for peace
  • Andra Day
  • Nadia Murad
  • Jacqui Patterson
  • Ada Limon, U.S. poet laureate
  • Geneticist Marlena Fejzo

 

Toyota Recalls 280-Thousand Trucks Over Transmission Problem

Toyota’s recalling around 280-Thousand pickups and SUVs to fix a problem with the transmission. The issue can let vehicles creep forward while in neutral because parts of the automatic transmissions may not immediately disengage when shifted into neutral. The recall covers some Toyota Tundra pickups and Lexus LX 600 SUVs from the 2022 and 2023 year models, along with 2023 and 2024 Toyota Sequoia SUVs. The company said yesterday that affected owners will be notified by April.

 

Private US Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around The Moon

America is on the verge of a first on the moon. The Odysseus lander, built by Intuitive Machines, is part of a NASA program to kickstart the lunar economy, and yesterday it was confirmed that Odysseus had achieved orbit. Today will be the hard part of the mission; the orbit will be lowered and a landing attempt made at the south pole of the moon. If it’s successful, it’ll be the first lunar landing of a spacecraft built by a private company. If the lander is successful, it’ll be the first successful step toward returning to the moon since the Apollo program ended in 1972.

 

 

STUDY: PEOPLE WHO WATCH LOTS OF TV GO TO THE BATHROOM MORE AT NIGHT

If you’re someone who gets up multiple times a night to pee, it could be your TV’s fault. Experts say that adults who spend five or more hours a day watching their screens are more likely to get up to pee throughout the night. Researchers think the link between the tv and needing to empty your bladder could be as harmless as the fact that people down more drinks while binge-watching and as dangerous as having Type 2 diabetes.

 

STUDY: THE AVERAGE SALARY IN THE U.S. IN 2024

A recent study analyzed national salary data across the U.S. Here are the key findings:

  • The average annual salary in the U.S. rose to $59,384 in the fourth quarter of 2023, a 5.4% increase from 2022.
  • Men earn an average of $63,960 annually, while women make around $53,404, highlighting the gender pay gap.
  • The lowest-earning age group is 16 to 24-year-olds, with an average income of $38,168 yearly, 35.9% below the national average.
  • Peak earners are aged 35 to 44, making $67,756 annually, 13.8% above the national average.
  • Mississippi has the lowest average income at $48,048, while Massachusetts tops the list with $86,840.
  • Cardiologists are the highest earners, averaging $421,330, while shampooers earn the least at $27,870.
  • Average family income stands at $74,755.
  • Education plays a significant role: those without a high school diploma earn $47,580 yearly, high school grads make $66,768, bachelor’s degree holders earn $125,320, and those with advanced degrees earn $144,300.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SURVEY: AMERICANS WANT MORE PRIVACY IN PUBLIC BATHROOMS

The annual Healthy Handwashing Survey by Bradley Company sheds light on handwashing habits and public restroom concerns among Americans:

  • 74% wash their hands more frequently during seasonal virus outbreaks, and 54% do so when sick.
  • 77% wash their hands during road trips or in airports, and 67% do so before traveling.
  • Only one in four parents trust their kids' reported handwashing frequency, possibly because 63% admitted to pretending to wash hands as kids.
  • 70% of Americans feel public restroom stalls lack adequate privacy, with 58% wanting gaps around doors and walls to be eliminated and 45% preferring floor-to-ceiling stall doors.
  • 74% check for stall occupancy by looking under the door.
  • Strategies for privacy include choosing the farthest stall (40%) and feeling annoyed when adjacent stalls are occupied unnecessarily (35%).
  • 68% have experienced unpleasant incidents in public restrooms, with common peeves including littered paper towels (62%), wet floors (46%), and facility damage (41%).
  • 25% have accidentally dropped personal items into a toilet, and 74% of women have used their foot to secure a stall door.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Dead Satellite Returns To Earth Today

A dead satellite is returning to Earth this week. ERS-2 is one of the European Space Agency's advanced observation satellites. From 1995 to 2011 it tracked everything from shrinking polar ice to atmospheric composition. Most of the satellite is set to burn up on reentry this morning, with no clear prediction on where any remaining debris will land. NASA says the annual risk of a person being injured by space debris is under 1 in 100 billion, or 65-thousand times lower than the risk of being struck by lightning.

 

How To Shake Off Pessimism

Know someone that’s a pessimist? Once you go down the negativity rabbit hole, it’s hard to climb out but it doesn’t have to be permanent. Experts share some tips.

  • Get to the root of your negative thinking and address it
  • Have realistic views of yourself and your world
  • Put a name on what’s bothering you
  • Claim the root cause
  • Tame it by talking about it or writing about it
  • Reframe it. Ask yourself if there’s another way of looking at the cause and also “will it matter in five years?”

 

Delta Is Offering Flights To See The Total Solar Eclipse

If you’re a fan of celestial events, you may want to book a flight with Delta for April 8th. That’s when the next total solar eclipse is and being in the sky will offer a front row seat to the event. Here are the details of the flight:

  • Flight 1218 will depart from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport at 12:15 p.m. CT (1:15 p.m. ET) and land at Detroit Metropolitan Airport at 3:20 p.m. CT (4:20 p.m. ET).
  • Other flights that should work are:
  • DL 5699: Detroit (DTW) to White Plains, New York (HPN), departing at 2:59 p.m. ET
  • DL 924: Los Angeles (LAX) to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), departing at 8:40 a.m. PT
  • DL 2869: Los Angeles (LAX) to San Antonio (SAT) departing at 9 a.m. PT
  • DL 1001: Salt Lake City (SLC) to San Antonio (SAT) departing at 10:08 a.m. MT
  • DL 1683: Salt Lake City (SLC) to Austin (AUS), departing at 9:55 a.m. MT

The eclipse will be seen in 13 states and will be the last total eclipse until 2044.

Walmart Acquiring Smart TV Maker Vizio

Another major corporate buyout was announced yesterday. Walmart’s buying smart TV maker Vizio for $2.3-billion. The deal, if completed, would give Walmart the ability to offer its suppliers the ability to run ads on streaming devices as part of Vizio’s SmartCast operating system. SmartCast has 18-million active accounts.

 

ELON MUSK SAYS NEURALINK USER CAN CONTROL COMPUTER MOUSE WITH MIND

Elon Musk says the first person to participate in his Neuralink experiment can now control a computer mouse with their brain. So, how does it work? Patients will have the chip surgically placed by a robot in the part of the brain that controls movement. The chip then sends brain signals to an app, in order to give you the ability to control a computer cursor or keyboard using their thoughts alone. If this sounds good to you, hold tight… Consumers won’t have access to the technology anytime soon.

 

THE AVERAGE U.S. STREAMING CUSTOMER PAYS $942 A YEAR

The era of cable TV dominance is over, with streaming services now ruling the roost. The CFX Morning Research Team dug into our streaming spending.

  • On average, subscribers have 4.5 streaming services, with some outliers having 10 or even 15.
  • Besides video, many also subscribe to retail (62%), music (44%), gaming (25%), news (16%), and sports VOD (13%) services.
  • About a third (36%) upgraded to ad-free tiers to avoid ads, while 31% dropped a service when ads were introduced.
  • Over half (57%) canceled a subscription due to price hikes.
  • Password sharing crackdowns prompted 35% to start paying for previously free services.
  • The average U.S. customer spends $77 monthly ($924 yearly) on subscriptions, with a quarter paying over $100 monthly.
  • Three-quarters have one video service they won't ever give up.

 

 

STUDY: WEEKEND WARRIOR WORKOUTS AS GOOD AS DAILY EXERCISE FOR WEIGHT LOSS

A new study says that packing your workouts into the weekend can get you the same health benefits as spreading them throughout the week, as long as you meet the recommended weekly exercise goals. That’s at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous activity weekly. And the study shows those who exercise intensely on weekends, dubbed "weekend warriors," can achieve comparable weight loss to daily exercisers.

 

Stanley faces more lawsuits over lead in products

Stanley’s facing more lawsuits for allegedly deceiving customers about lead in its products. Two class-action lawsuits filed in Washington accuse Stanley of not disclosing lead in their Quencher tumblers. Stanley admits its vacuum insulation process includes lead, but it's sealed within stainless steel. Plaintiffs claim they wouldn't have bought Stanley products if they knew about lead. Competitors like Hydro Flask use lead-free processes. Despite claims of durability and insulation, Stanley's sales surged, reaching $750 million in 2023.

 

More than 765K Michigan voters have already cast ballots in the Presidential Primary one week before Election Day

Over 765,000 Michigan voters have already voted in the state's Presidential Primary ahead of Election Day, Feb. 27. In the first three days of in-person early voting, more than 18,000 voters turned out, with over 747,000 absentee ballots already submitted. This marks the first statewide election to offer a minimum of nine days of in-person early voting. In-person early voting continues until Sunday, Feb. 25, with details available at Michigan.gov/EarlyVoting.


Tuesday, February 20, 2024

“Happiness Attacks” Is The Latest Topic On TikTok

Have you had the feeling of happiness, almost giddiness, when you jump into bed? That would be what’s being dubbed as a “happiness attack” on TikTok. Drs. say the reaction exists and it’s the feeling of joy that overtakes you when you get into bed. The thing about happiness attacks is despite feeling extra comfy and cozy, it doesn’t help you sleep better. That’s up to you!

 

U.S. National Park Set For A Free Stargazing Festival Next Month

If you’re an avid stargazer, you’ll want to go to Death Valley National Park next month. The park’s desert floor is so dark it was given the highest “gold tier” designation from the DarkSky International. To celebrate the honor, the park hosts an annual and free Death Valley Dark Sky Festival. This year it runs from March 1 to 3. The schedule includes scientists and park rangers sharing the secrets of the night sky, plus learning about NASA’s Lunar Trailblazer mission. There’s also a panel of professional astronomers and astrophysicists from Caltech to answer any space-related questions.

 

STUDY: MOVIE THEATER SEATS, CUP HOLDERS ARE COVERED IN BACTERIA

Next time you settle into your movie seat, beware: it's likely covered in bacteria. Swab tests found an average of 1,864 bacteria colonies on cinema seats, 14 times more than on a typical toilet seat. The cleanest seats had 80 colonies, while the dirtiest had up to 3,000. Cup holders fared no better, with an average of 2,396 bacteria colonies, including some with mold. To minimize risk, experts suggest washing hands after leaving the theater, changing clothes to avoid spreading bacteria at home, and regularly sanitizing personal items like phones and bags.

 

Capital One Is Buying Discover Financial

Huge news in the world of credit cards. Capital One Finance is buying Discover Financial Services in a stock-only deal valued at $35.3-billion. The two companies say they expect the deal to close late this year or early next year, and Capital One says it plans to keep the Discover brand.

 

 

Lawmakers In Hawaii Likely To Approve Climate Tax For Tourists

If you plan to visit Hawaii, you’re going to have to pay up. Lawmakers in the state are set to approve a $25 climate tax on tourists who visit the state to help combat what they’re referring to as an assault on natural resources. The proposed tax would be used to pay to protect beaches and prevent wildfires. It wouldn’t be the first tax of its kind; other tourist hot spots including Greece, Venice, the Galapagos Islands and more have levied fees on tourists ranging from $1 to $100. If passed, it would be a first for any state in the US, and Green said he expects the fee would raise around $68-million for the state every year.

 

FIRST PATIENT ON NEW MELANOMA TREATMENT IS NOW CANCER-FREE

The first patient to undergo a groundbreaking melanoma treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center, is now cancer-free. The FDA-approved therapy, hailed as a success in fighting metastatic melanoma, involves rejuvenating T cells extracted from the patient's own tumor. Drs. overseeing the woman’s treatment, confirm the cancer's gone, marking a significant milestone. With FDA approval, Drs. anticipate the therapy becoming the primary treatment for melanoma, heralding a new era in cancer care.


Monday, February 19, 2024

POWERBALL PLAYER DENIED $340-MILLION JACKPOT BECAUSE OF WEBSITE MISTAKE

Imagine heading over to the lottery website to check your numbers and finding out you hit the jackpot of $340-million. Now imagine you find out that you actually won nothing. That’s why John Cheeks is suing Powerball and the Washington, DC lottery. He bought a Powerball ticket using his family birthdates but missed the live drawing. When he checked his ticket against the numbers on the website the next day, he matched every single one. Just one problem… When Cheeks took his ticket to a retailer, they told him that none of the numbers matched the ones that were drawn. When he went to the lottery offices, they told him “Hey, this ticket is no good. Just throw it in the trash can.” Now, it’s evidence in the lawsuit. The lottery says a contractor posted the wrong numbers on the website.

 

GEN Z BRINGING BACK LANDLINE PHONES BECAUSE THEY THINK THEY LOOK COOL

The latest trend among Gen Z? Landline phones. Old tech has been a trend for a while among the group, with flip phones, digital cameras, and “vintage” iPods from 2007 all hot sellers. Now, they’re leading a resurgence in a technology that’s been on the way out for a while. The landline phone trend might not have the legs to save the service, though. Earlier this month, AT&T asked the California Public Utilities Commission to permanently get rid of landlines in the state, calling them a “historical curiosity that’s no longer necessary.” 

 

Scientists Have Found Water On Asteroids

Scientists have found more water in space, this time on the surface of two asteroids. This is the first known finding of water molecules on an asteroid's surface. Scientists say discoveries like these can help uncover information on how Earth got its water and potentially show researchers where to look for life in space. The group is planning on continuing their research and have marked 30 more asteroids to investigate.

 

Apple Vision Pro Headset Users Are Returning Them At A High Rate

Apple Vision Pro headset users are not happy with them. Social media is showing an uptick in the number of people already returning their new mixed-reality headsets. Comfort is among the top reasons for returning, with people saying it gave them headaches and motion sickness.  

 

New microbrewery coming to Mt. Pleasant

A new microbrewery is on its way to S. Isabella Road. The Union Township Board of Trustees endorsed the Michigan Liquor Control Commission’s Local Government Approval Resolution to support Swankey LLC's application for the permit. This resolution is a step towards establishing the microbrewery, however, the approval doesn't cover the brewery's development itself, as Swankey LLC still needs to secure building permits and site plan approval. For further details, visit uniontownshipmi.com.

 

Record Store Day List Of Special Releases Is Out And Very Long

Mark your calendar. Record Store Day is April 20th and the special release list is eye popping. Some of the vinyl includes several from The Beatles, David Bowie, Sabrina Carpenter, Daft punk, The Doors, Bebe Rexa, Paramore, Danny Ocean, and U2. You can see the full list here.

 

 

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