Science & Technology

Here's how to check if your mail-in ballot has been received and counted

If your mail-in ballot is cast, but no one is around to count it, did it make a sound?  The U.S. presidential election is fast approaching, and people keep telling you this is the most important election in a generation. The coronavirus, of course, means that when it comes to safely casting your vote this election is also one of the most unusual. Thankfully, large swaths of the country (but sadly not all) have a… Read the rest

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Future of Uber, Lyft on the line in fight to keep drivers from becoming employees

The future of the gig economy is on the ballot this November. But there are only two choices: one that changes how ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft operate and another that cedes control to the app makers over the drivers and workers. That’s why Uber and other gig-based apps have raised $200 million to convince California voters to vote “yes” on Proposition 22, according to California campaign finance records. If passed, Prop. 22 would… Read the rest

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Photos: Despite pandemic, people flock to Apple Stores on iPhone 12 launch day

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are available today, and people are going to Apple Stores to buy them — coronavirus be damned. On Friday, the United States hit its second-highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases since the pandemic beganEurope is also seeing a spike of cases. And, still, people want to pick up their iPhones in person.  To be fair, Apple has instituted safety procedures. Even before today, Apple had limited the… Read the rest

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Watch early testers try Tesla's Full Self-Driving mode for the first time

On Friday, we finally got a glimpse at a long-awaited feature that Elon Musk rolled out this week for a select group of Tesla owners: Full Self-Driving mode.  Only a small group of Tesla-chosen drivers with safe driving records were given the software update to test the new autonomous feature, known as FSD, which goes beyond what’s currently available on Tesla’s advanced driving system, Autopilot.  As longtime Tesla vlogger Tesla Raj showed in the video… Read the rest

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Tesla's Full Self Driving mode is about to get more expensive, again

Tesla’s autonomous driving package, known as Full Self Driving or FSD, is about to get pricier.  Early Thursday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the price for the next-level Autopilot system is going up by $2,000. It’s currently listed at $8,000 on the Tesla website.  Now that Tesla FSD beta is out in limited release, FSD price (new or upgrade) will go up by ~$2k on Monday — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2020 FSD… Read the rest

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Enhance your caffeine habit with these coffee makers on sale

Best Buy is having an early Black Friday sale on coffee makers as of Oct. 22: OUR TOP PICK: Nespresso DeLonghi VertuoPlus Deluxe Coffee Maker and Espresso Machine— save $45.74 BEST FOR HOT AND COLD BREW: Ninja Hot & Cold 10-Cup Coffee Maker — save $20 BEST FOR NO-FRILLS DRIP COFFEE: Mr. Coffee Easy Measure 12-Cup Coffee Maker — save $10 Working from home means more opportunity to walk into the kitchen for — yet… Read the rest

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Save hundreds on Amazon devices at Best Buy

Amazon devices are on sale at Best Buy through Oct. 22 in an early Black Friday deal. Here are the best deals:  BEST BUNDLE: $10 for Echo Show 5 with a Ring Video Doorbell — Save $150 BEST FOR HOME: Echo Studio Smart Speaker with Alexa — Save $50 BEST FOR THE CAR: Echo Auto Smart Speaker — Save $30 Amazon recently announced a ton of new products at their September event, so it only… Read the rest

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The Apple Watch Series 6 just dropped to a new all-time low price on Amazon

SAVE UP TO $30: As of Oct. 21, the all-new Apple Watch Series 6 is on sale for up to $30 off on Amazon — its biggest discount yet.  No need to wait until Black Friday for stellar savings on the Apple Watch Series 6 — Tim Cook’s latest wearable just hit a discount milestone on Amazon that makes it an even better deal than it was during Prime Day. You literally love to see… Read the rest

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Save 53% on lifetime access to language courses from Rosetta Stone

Save $170: Buy a Rosetta Stone bonus pack bundle with lifetime online access, grammar guide, and dictionary for $149 at Amazon through Oct. 20 in this early Black Friday deal.  While travel is not an option for most of us for the foreseeable future, that doesn’t mean we can’t experience other cultures. Learn a new language at home (if you’re lucky enough to have free time) and you’ll feel as if you’re experiencing the outside… Read the rest

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