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6 ways to troubleshoot when YouTube is not working

If YouTube is not working for you, there are several ways to troubleshoot the problem to get it up and running. Thiago Prudêncio/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images If YouTube is not working for you, there are several ways to troubleshoot the problem to get it up and running. Start by making sure you have a reliable internet connection, and check YouTube's status at DownDetector. You can also close and restart the YouTube app, clear the app cache, and assess your overall internet speed. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. There's no question that YouTube is among the most pervasive video streaming services today; while Netflix and Hulu might have more commercial cachet, almost everything on YouTube is free. And though YouTube claims around 2 billion users worldwide, there are times when a site even that large and relied upon experiences problems.How to troubleshoot when YouTube is not workingLike any website that may not be working, it can be hard to know exactly what the problem is - there might be a number of issues with the site, your internet connection, or the device you're trying to connect with. Work through your YouTube issue by trying each of the troubleshooting tips below until you uncover the problem. See if you have a reliable internet connectionDespite myriad problems that might keep you from successfully watching a video on YouTube, the most likely one is also the easiest to troubleshoot: Do you have a reliable internet connection? If you're on your phone, check the status icons at the top of the screen to see if you have Wi-Fi or a cellular connection. If in doubt, open your phone's Settings app and turn the Wi-Fi off, then on again. Check your mobile device to see if you have a Wi-Fi connection, or at least a cellular signal. Dave Johnson A sure-fire way to check for internet access is to try another app that requires a connection. You might check to see if you can start playing a video in the Netflix app, for example, or see if you can send and receive email. Check to see if YouTube is downYouTube is a relatively dependable video streaming service, but the site has occasional outages. If you know your own internet access is solid, then it might be a good idea to see if the service is offline before you waste your time trying other troubleshooting tips. The easiest way to check is to go to YouTube's status page at DownDetector, or just search for "Is YouTube down" in a Google search (DownDetector is typically at the top of the search results). If the site is down, wait a while and try again later. Check DownDetector to see if the service is online. Dave Johnson Close the YouTube app and then restart itIf you're trying to watch YouTube on a mobile device, it's possible the YouTube app is misbehaving. The remedy? Force the app to close and then restart it - here is how to close an app on Android and close an app on iOS. If you were trying to watch YouTube on a smart TV or streaming media player, you can close and restart the app there as well, though the steps vary depending on what device you own. Closing the YouTube app and then restarting it is a fast way to check for a simple software glitch. Dave Johnson If you're trying to watch YouTube in a web browser on your computer, you can close the browser and restart it, but an even better solution is to open a different browser (like switching to Firefox if it's not working in Chrome). If that doesn't solve your problem, restart the entire device (for example, here is how to restart an iPhone). Try it somewhere elseOne of the best ways to troubleshoot a problem that could have a lot of possible causes is to try it on another device. If you're watching YouTube on your phone, check to see if YouTube has the same glitch on a tablet, Roku player, or in a browser on your laptop. If you're on a computer and don't have easy access to other devices, you can try running YouTube in a different browser. Clear the device's app cacheIf YouTube refuses to work properly on your phone or tablet but it seems to be working fine elsewhere, then you might have a problem with the app or its cache. If you're using an iPhone, there's no way to clear YouTube's cache without uninstalling the app, so do that - uninstall YouTube from your iPhone, and then reinstall it from the App Store. If you are using an Android phone or tablet, it's a little easier. The steps might vary slightly depending on which version of Android you are running, but here's the general procedure:1. Start the Settings app.2. Tap Apps & Notifications.3. Go to the list of apps (you might need to tap See all apps) and tap YouTube.4. Tap Storage & cache.5. Tap Clear cache. You might solve a YouTube app glitch by clearing the app cache. Dave Johnson Check to see if your internet connection is fast enoughSometimes the problem isn't that the app won't launch or nothing works at all. If the video lags and stutters or the audio is out of sync, your connection might not be fast enough. You can run an online speed test like Google's Internet Speed Test to see how fast your connection is. You can do this on a phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. YouTube says your connection needs to be at least 1.1Mbps for a standard-definition 480p video, but the faster the better, and a high-resolution 1080p video will need at least 5Mbps. There are several ways to speed up your internet connection. How to create a YouTube channel for personal use or for your brandHow to verify your YouTube account, so you can upload videos longer than 15 minutes and customize thumbnailsHow to delete your own YouTube videos on a computer or mobile deviceHow to download your own YouTube videos in 3 different waysRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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How to pair a Firestick remote to your Amazon Fire TV, and add or replace remotes

You can pair a new Firestick remote via the "home" button. But if you want to replace an old Firestick, there are additional steps. To use your Amazon Fire TV, you must first pair its remote. Pictureesque Japan/Shutterstock You can pair your Firestick remote by pressing and holding down the "Home" button. There are extra steps you'll need to take if you're pairing a second Firestick remote. You can pair some non-Firestick remotes, but they must use specific Bluetooth profiles to work. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. If you have an Amazon Fire TV, the Firestick remote can be a useful tool. But before you can start using it, you have to pair the remote to your TV. The process will vary slightly depending on whether or not you have existing paired remotes, as well as whether you're using an off-brand Bluetooth remote.Here's what you need to know to pair your Firestick, or other compatible remote, to your Amazon Fire TV.How to pair a Firestick remote1. Hold down the Home button on your Firestick remote for 10 seconds.2. You'll then either see the blue light on your remote flash a few times, or there will be an on-screen confirmation message that your remote has been paired. If you don't see either, try unplugging the Firestick from its power source and taking out the batteries, then reconnecting it and adding the batteries back. Then try holding down the Home button again.How to add or replace a Firestick remoteQuick tip: You can also use this method for replacing a remote. Just be sure to check its compatibility and remove the old remote at the end.1. Press the Home button on your original Firestick remote.2. Select Settings.3. Choose Controllers and Bluetooth Devices. Select "Controllers & Bluetooth Devices" in the menu. William Antonelli/Insider 4. Go to Amazon Fire TV Remotes. Select "Amazon Fire TV Remotes." William Antonelli/Insider 5. On the next screen, select Add New Remote. Go to "Add new remote." William Antonelli/Insider 6. Press and hold the Home button on your new Firestick remote until it's recognized.7. Using your old remote, press Select. Both remotes should then appear in your list.How to pair a Firestick remote when you lost the old oneIf you don't have a working, paired remote, you can use your phone as a remote to connect your new Firestick remote instead:1. Open the Firestick app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android.2. Select your Fire TV device - or select Add device if you don't see that option - then enter your account login information.3. Enter your PIN to start using your phone as a remote.4. Using your phone or tablet, select Home then hit Settings.5. Choose Controllers and Bluetooth Devices.6. Go to Amazon Fire TV Remotes and select Add New Remote.7. Press and hold the Home button on your new Firestick remote until it's recognized.8. On your phone or tablet, press Select. Your new remote should then appear in your list.How to pair a non-Firestick remoteIn order to pair a non-Firestick remote, it has to be compatible. Amazon Fire TV recognizes specific types of Bluetooth profiles, including advanced audio distribution profile (A2DP), human interface device profile (HID), and serial port profile (SPP). Your remote's user manual should say which type of Bluetooth profile it uses, and it might even say if it's Amazon Fire TV compatible.If it is compatible, here's how to pair your remote:1. Go into the Settings of your Fire TV menu.2. Choose Controllers and Bluetooth Devices.3. Select Other Bluetooth Devices. Click "Other Bluetooth Devices." William Antonelli/Insider 4. Choose Add Bluetooth Devices. Click "Add Bluetooth Devices." William Antonelli/Insider 5. Your Amazon TV will then scan for your device. Once it recognizes it, select the name from the list of devices on the screen.You should see a confirmation message letting you know that your non-Firestick remote has been paired. You can then start using it as you would a regular Firestick remote.Quick tip: If your Firestick remote isn't working, you may want to try resetting your remote rather than getting a brand new remote.'What is an Amazon Fire TV Stick?': Amazon's portable but powerful streaming device, explainedYes, the Amazon Fire Stick has YouTube - here's how to download it and watch videosHow to set up any Amazon Echo device and customize its settingsAll the ways you can watch Amazon Prime Video on your TV, from smart TVs to streaming from an iPhoneRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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You can now ask Google to stop your child"s pictures from showing up in searches

The policy change is part of what the company says is its larger shift towards protecting younger users on its platforms. Chesnot/Getty Images Google is allowing anyone under the age of 18 to remove their images from search results. Google originally announced increased protections for children and teens in August, promoting internet safety. Google hopes this change will give younger people more control over their digital footprint. Google is allowing anyone under the age of 18, or their parent or guardian, to remove their images from search results.This policy change was enacted on Wednesday and is part of what the company says is its larger shift towards protecting younger users on its platforms. Google originally announced increased protections for children and teens in August, allowing younger internet users to have safer avenues on the internet. For example, YouTube, which is owned by Google, is making its "take a break" and bedtime reminders default for all users ages 13 to 17 and limiting the visibility of videos posted by its younger users.All requests will be reviewed by Google and its team may reach out for additional information for verification if needed. Once the image removal request is approved, it will no longer appear in the images tab or as thumbnails in any feature in Google Search and submitters will receive a notification, according to a Google blog post explaining the feature.Google did not respond to Insider's request to comment."We believe this change will help give young people more control over their digital footprint and where their images can be found on Search," the company's post said.However, images that are removed from Google search results are not fully removed from the internet, Google warns. If users need an image removed online completely, Google recommends that users contact the site's webmaster where the image is hosted for removal. Google offers other features for its younger users to protect them "from shocking or harmful content." Some of these features include SafeSearch that limits explicit and inappropriate inquiries, content filters, and educational resources.On Tuesday, lawmakers met with representatives from Snapchat, TikTok, and YouTube to discuss child safety online. The Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection, product safety, and data security asked questions about how the platforms have been misused by teenagers to promote dangerous and reckless behavior. None of the tech companies committed to any legislative proposals. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Roku"s new Streaming Stick 4K is a modest upgrade over the previous model, but it"s still one of the best media players you can buy

The Roku Streaming Stick 4K replaces the company's Streaming Stick+. The new model is slightly faster and adds Dolby Vision support. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. The Roku Streaming Stick 4K checks all the boxes we look for in a streaming device. Steven Cohen/Insider Roku's new Streaming Stick 4K is now on sale for just $35, which is $15 off its full $50 price. The compact media player is an upgraded version of the company's older Streaming Stick+. Both devices are similar, but the new model is slightly faster and adds support for Dolby Vision. Streaming Stick 4K (2021) (small)Roku's latest media device, the Streaming Stick 4K, is a compact streaming player designed to plug right into your TV's HDMI port. Once connected, the stick gives you access to a huge selection of streaming apps with up to 4K resolution playback.The new model will look familiar to anyone who's used Roku's previous Streaming Stick+, as it's basically the same device with a few notable upgrades inside. With that in mind, we put the Roku Streaming Stick 4K to the test to see just how well these new features perform. Like the Streaming Stick+, the new Roku Streaming Stick 4K takes the form of a compact media stick that plugs directly into your TV's HDMI port. The stick fits in easily on the side of my TV (left), but just barely fits into the space on the back (right). Steven Cohen/Insider This means it won't take up any space on your TV stand, but it will hang out from your display. Sticks like this are typically easy to install, but they can be a little tricky to slot in depending on the design of your TV's ports. Amazon includes an HDMI extender with its Fire TV Sticks to make sure you don't have any issues, but Roku doesn't. Roku will ship you an extender for free, however, if you end up needing one. The new model looks nearly identical to the older version in size and design. Roku Streaming Stick+ (top) vs. Roku Streaming Stick 4K (bottom). Steven Cohen/Insider The Roku Streaming 4K and Roku Streaming Stick+ are virtually the same when it comes to external design, save for one small cosmetic difference. The Streaming Stick 4K now features the Roku logo in glossy black against a matte finish. The Streaming Stick+ had the opposite look, with a matte logo and glossy background. The Streaming Stick 4K has an improved long-range Wi-Fi receiver built into its USB power cord. The long-range Wi-Fi extender. Steven Cohen/Insider One of the Streaming Stick 4K's new features is its updated long-range Wi-Fi receiver, which Roku says is capable of being up to 2x faster than the older model.In my testing, that claim was spot on. With the Streaming Stick 4K and Streaming Stick+ both connected to my Wi-Fi, the Streaming Stick+ is able to get a 53.61 Mbps connection, while the Streaming Stick 4K is able to get a faster 99.82 Mbps connection.I didn't notice any immediate benefits from the faster connection, but this could be useful for people who have slower internet plans and need to take advantage of every boost they can get. The Roku interface remains simple to navigate, and the new Streaming Stick 4K delivers smooth performance. Roku's menus are easy to navigate. Roku Though Amazon and Google have opted for content-focused interfaces, Roku still uses an app-focused approach. Rather than bombard you with recommendations for movies and shows right off the bat, the Roku home screen presents you with a simple grid of services. I prefer this design, but some may find it a little dated. General navigation is smooth, but the device can lag here and there. Roku says this new model can boot up to 30% faster than the previous version. When restarting both devices, this claim proves to be true, as the Streaming Stick 4K takes 26 seconds to fully reboot and the Streaming Stick+ takes 36 seconds. I also notice a slight uptick in overall responsiveness during navigation. The time it takes to open individual apps is similar on both models, but the new version shaves off about half a second to a second when loading services like Netflix, YouTube, and Disney Plus. As a whole, though, I wouldn't say the processor upgrade is much of a selling point. The Streaming Stick 4K is fast enough to satisfy most streaming needs, but it's not worth upgrading from the older model just for this improvement alone. The Streaming Stick 4K adds Dolby Vision support for advanced HDR playback. "Black Widow" is one of many titles on Disney Plus that you can stream in Dolby Vision. Steven Cohen/Disney Plus/Insider Until now, the only Roku device with Dolby Vision support has been its flagship Roku Ultra set-top box ($100). The Streaming Stick 4K finally brings this feature to one of the company's more affordable offerings. Dolby Vision is an advanced high dynamic range (HDR) format that can provide enhanced colors and contrast on Dolby Vision-compatible TVs and apps. Disney Plus, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, and Apple TV Plus all offer select titles in Dolby Vision.If you have a compatible TV, Dolby Vision playback can provide a more accurate image than the standard HDR format, known as HDR10. But, in most cases, the actual differences are subtle. Since I own a Dolby Vision TV and I'm a big videophile, this is a feature I always look for in a streaming player, but don't expect a huge leap in video quality. Roku also sells a bundle with its advanced Roku Voice Remote Pro for $70. The Streaming Stick 4K Plus package includes a better remote. Steven Cohen/Insider The Streaming Stick 4K comes with a standard Roku Voice Remote that requires a button to initiate voice controls. But, buyers who want a hands-free experience can opt for the Roku Streaming Stick 4K+ bundle ($70). The stick itself is exactly the same, but you get Roku's upgraded Voice Remote Pro instead of the regular remote.The Voice Remote Pro adds two shortcut buttons, a headphone jack for private listening, a built-in rechargeable battery (via USB), and most notably, hands-free voice control. You can just say "Hey Roku" to wake the remote and then initiate searches and controls without lifting a finger.The hands-free function works great. I never have any issues with the remote hearing me or understanding my commands and searches. Though having to hold a button on the standard remote isn't a big deal, the Voice Remote Pro is so much more convenient, especially when searching for videos on YouTube.A microphone switch is also built-in, so you can easily deactivate the hands-free function if you'd prefer to use the button. The Voice Remote Pro costs $30 on its own, so the bundle saves you $10 off the regular combined price of both items.   Streaming Stick 4k+ Bundle (2021) (button) Should you buy the Roku Streaming Stick 4K? Everything that comes packaged with the Roku Streaming Stick 4K. Steven Cohen/Insider The Roku Streaming Stick 4K is a reliable media player through and through. It has all the major features I look for in a streaming device in this price range, and it performs well.That said, it doesn't offer a huge upgrade over the older Streaming Stick+. It boots a little faster,  has better Wi-Fi reception, and supports Dolby Vision, but buyers who are already satisfied with the previous model don't need to upgrade. Shoppers who don't already have a streaming stick, however, should go with this newer version since it's more future proof.What are your alternatives?When it comes to competing streaming devices, Amazon's new Fire TV Stick 4K Max is worth considering as well. Its full retail price is $5 more than the Roku, but it has noticeably faster loading times. I prefer Roku's interface, though, and Roku has an edge with its platform agnostic support for Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit devices. It also supports AirPlay while the Fire TV Stick does not.The bottom lineIf snappy navigation is your primary concern, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is a better buy. But the Roku Streaming Stick 4K isn't slow by any means, and it's a better fit for people who aren't tied into the Alexa ecosystem.Streaming Stick 4K (2021) (button) Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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51 unique and genuinely useful gifts that teens will actually love

The best gifts for teens are ones they'll actually want to use, like tech gadgets, beauty products, and cool accessories. Here are 51 unique gifts. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. One of the best gifts for teens is a portable, waterproof speaker they can bring with them on trips with friends. Amazon It's never easy to shop for a teenager, especially if their tastes change frequently. We rounded up 51 gifts to make it easier to find the perfect gadget, game, or accessory. Browse all of Insider Reviews' gift guides for more great gift ideas. Being a teenager is tough, but trying to buy a gift for one is even harder: They can be picky and fickle when it comes to what products they want. Sometimes, the best way to show a teen that you care is just to listen, and sometimes it's a thoughtful gift to show them you see them.To make the gift search easier, we curated 53 gifts ranging from a card game to a smartwatch to a quick-drying hair towel at various price points to ensure as many options as possible.If you are still unsure of what to get (and you can't ask them directly) try consulting their friends. Either way, a smart general rule of thumb is to make sure your gift is returnable. The 51 best gifts for teens: Disposable cameras to help them stay in the moment Amazon Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera, available at Amazon, $67.95Funsaver One Time Use Film Camera (2-pack), available at Amazon, $47.95Disposable cameras are popular right now, partly because of the nostalgic aesthetic of a polaroid and partly because of their simplicity. Spending so much time immersed in technology — and combatting the temptation to retake and edit photos in real-time — keep us from staying present.Disposable film cameras or polaroids help preserve memories without adding to their screen time. Plus, they give them cute photos to decorate their room with! Glossier's fan-favorite products Glossier Boy Brow + Balm Dotcom + Futuredew Pack, available at Glossier, $42No-makeup makeup is in right now and, if your teen is into beauty products, they may appreciate a gift from Glossier, which is the "natural and glowy" brand Olivia Rodrigo says she wears in her Vogue beauty diary.We'd recommend a gift card or a pack like the Boy Brow + Balm Dotcom + Futuredew pack, which covers three of its fan-favorite products. A great book Amazon "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.14Books are an incredible gift if your teen is a reader. It can translate into hours of enjoyment at a minimum and, at its best, a favorite story that follows them well into adulthood.Plus, if you've read the book, it can also mean great conversations about it or movie adaptations to watch together. It's also a gift where money doesn't really matter; you can find a great read for $20 and spending more won't make much difference.Some book suggestions:"All the Bright Places," a popular YA book on TikTok"Scythe," a bestselling dystopian YA book similar to "The Hunger Games"The best young adult books, according to a teenagerThe best young adult romance booksThe best young people's literature of 2021 according to the National Book AwardsThe best books we read in our 20s The extremely popular Nintendo Switch Nintendo Nintendo Switch, available at Best Buy, $299.99The Nintendo Switch is likely to be one of those big-ticket gifts that'll get you an extremely excited reaction upon opening. They can play it at home, on the go, and with friends from a huge library of games. An eco-conscious tie-dye beanie Free The Earth Feel the Earth Breathe Tie Dye Beanie, available at Parks Project, from $40These unisex tie-dye beanies come in cool colors and with a unique plant logo. (To date, the Parks Project has reportedly contributed over $2,000,000 to help fund vital projects in national parks around the US).Ribbed beanies are big right now, à la the popular Carhartt beanie. If they've got that staple covered, the Parks Project also has tube socks.  A splashproof, portable Bluetooth speaker perfect for outdoor trips Amazon Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2, available at Amazon, $94.99This rugged, compact speaker can go with them anywhere. It's waterproof, has an "outdoor boost" button specifically for listening outside, is "drop-proof," and boasts a 13-hour battery life.  A plush toy that they can heat up Urban Outfitters Smoko Mini Toasty Heatable Plushie, available at Urban Outfitters, $18Whenever they need some cozy comfort, they can heat up this cute animal-shaped heating pad for a snuggle. A bedside smartphone vase Uncommon Goods Bedside Smartphone Vase, available at Uncommon Goods, $32Since teenagers can't be without their phones, this bedside smartphone gives their hands a rest. It's easily accessible while the floral component helps brighten up their rooms.  A portable phone charger Amazon Elecjet Powerpie Portable Charger, available at Amazon, $49.99This handheld charger can charge up your teen's smartphone or various devices like an iPad or small laptop so they can stay in touch, turn their paper in on time, or just never have to stress about 5% battery life. Sheet masks to go with a Netflix marathon Amazon TONYMOLY I'm Real Sheet Masks, available at Amazon, $26There are few things my 15-year-old sister loves more than oversized hoodies, Boba, and an endless supply of sheet masks. Grab a pack, throw them on, and make a night out of it with your teen's favorite candy and TV show. A pair of trendy, easy-to-use AirPods Apple Apple AirPods Pro with Charging Case, available at Walmart, $197If you're after the title of their favorite relative of the year, here's a good place to start. AirPods are both easy to use and functional as well as trendy.  A Boba-shaped AirPods Pro case Urban Outfitters Smoko Boba Tea AirPods Pro Case, available at Urban Outfitters, $18As I mentioned, part of my 15-year-old sister's ideal trifecta is Boba. You can pick up a cute, fun case no matter what their interest is — Baby Yoda, gaming, Boba, or whatever else.  A Bluetooth water bottle speaker Grommet Bluetooth Water Bottle Speakers, available at Grommet, $39.95This Bluetooth water bottle speaker offers a boost of hydration and fun for everyone. The water-resistant speaker resides at the top, ensuring greater sound quality that lasts 6-10 hours. It's the perfect accessory for them to bring to every hang-out session.  A slim leather wallet Amazon Bellroy Slim Sleeve Leather Wallet, available at Amazon and Bellroy, from $65This thin wallet is a subtle nudge toward minimalism, something many teens appreciate. The Bellroy Slim Sleeve wallet offers room for up to eight cards and a pocket to stash cash. It comes in a variety of colors and features environmentally certified leather. An eco-friendly phone case Pela Pela Phone Case, available at Amazon and Pela, from $19.95Pela offers a wide variety of biodegradable cases for iPhone and Android, all made from plant-based polymers. Pela cases are rugged enough to offer drop protection, and if a phone has both a Pela case and screen protector but still cracks, Pela will cover the bill to get it fixed. A comfortable and sustainable Patagonia pullover they'll wear all the time Patagonia Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pullover, Men, available at Patagonia, $119Patagonia Women's Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece, available at Patagonia, from $58.99A Patagonia sweater is a particularly good gift for teens who are interested in sustainability. The company has been turning plastic bottles into polyester for its clothing since 1993 and continues to do so today.Its Snap-T pullover is the unofficial uniform of the cozy adventurer. It and the Better Sweater are long-held favorites, and both are comfortable classics that they'll no doubt come to rely on heavily during colder weather.Not sold on the Patagonia option? They may also appreciate the Acadia Recycled Polar Trail Fleece from the environmentally-conscious Parks Project. A gift card for stylish new glasses Warby Parker Gift Card, available at Warby Parker, from $50Teens are a notoriously picky bunch, so you can never go wrong with a gift card. If they're in the market for new glasses or sunglasses, we recommend Warby Parker because of its versatility, size flexibility, and free at-home try-on program.  An Amazon Echo Dot for hands-free calls, alarms, music, updates on the weather, and more Amazon Echo Dot (4th gen), available at Best Buy, $34.99The Amazon Echo Dot is the most popular Amazon device for a reason — it's compact and has all the capabilities of Alexa (weather updates, recipes, music, news) without any of the bulk.  A smartphone-sized travel photo printer Target HP Sprocket 200 Photo Printer, available at Amazon and B&H Photo, from $76.78This tiny, compact device prints photos with sticker backing on ZINK film with Zero Ink technology. It connects to devices via Bluetooth, and multiple devices can connect at once (personalized LED lights indicate who's currently printing).  String lights with clips for photos Amazon/Business Insider Photo Clip LED String Lights, available at Target, $10Perfect for creating the archetypal teen room that's most often seen in Netflix movies and old Taylor Swift music videos, the photo clip string lights combine warm light and Polaroids (or other memorabilia).  A trendy Champion sweatshirt Urban Outfitters  Champion Reverse Weave Fleece Crew Neck Sweatshirt, available at Urban Outfitters, $54Like Fila, Champion is a brand that's had a resurgence as of late. If you want to get them something they'll end up wearing all the time, this is a good candidate.  Comfortable headphones with a long battery life and good sound Beats by Dre Beats by Dre Wireless Solo3 Headphones, available at B&H Photo, from $179They can use these at the gym, for studying, and for zoning out during family road trips. This pair has great sound, cushioned ear cups, and 40 hours of battery life so they have one less thing to think about. And if they do let the battery run out, a five-minute charge is the equivalent to three hours of listening time. A new video game "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD" / Nintendo "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD", available at Amazon, from $49.94If they're really into video games, all other gifts may pale in comparison to a really good new one. Check out "Hades," "NBA 2K22," and "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD." A vinyl record membership Vinyl Me, Please Gift Membership, 3 months, available at Vinyl Me, Please, $119There's no greater joy than adding to a record collection or playing a new album for the first time. Your recipient gets to choose from three different types of tracks each month and will also receive extra goodies in each package. They'll also get one bonus record as part of the three-month gift membership.  A gentle facial cleansing device that removes 98.5% of dirt and makeup FOREO Luna 3 Facial Cleansing Device, Men, available at Foreo, $199Luna 3 Facial Cleansing Device, Women, available at Foreo, $199FOREO's cult-favorite Luna 3 cleansing device gently and effectively cleans with thin, antimicrobial silicone touch-points, and it removes 98.5% of dirt and makeup residue without irritating the skin. Plus, it's 100% waterproof and the battery life lasts for a few months per charge.This newest generation also offers an array of massages to tighten the skin for a youthful look. Find a full review on the previous generation Luna 2 from a female reporter and a male reporter here. Comfortable lounge pants that look put-together MeUndies The Lounge Pant, Men, available at MeUndies, $68The Lounge Pant, Women, available at MeUndies $68MeUndies is a popular LA startup that makes some of the most comfortable underwear we've ever tried. Their lounge pants, however, are the real hidden gem — perfect for lounging around on weekend mornings or heading to the dining hall when they get to college (yep, they'll last that long) while still looking sleek. A subscription to a famous book club that sends them great hardcovers each month Book of the Month/Instagram 3-Month Gift Subscription, available at Book of the Month, $49.99If your teen is a bookworm, Book of the Month is an especially cool gift. It's a book club that has been around since 1926, and it's credited with discovering some of the most beloved books of all time (like "Gone with the Wind" and "Catcher in the Rye" to name a couple).If you gift them a subscription, they'll receive a hardcover book delivered once a month. Books are selected by a team of experts and celebrity guest judges.If they're really more into audiobooks or e-reading now rather than hardcovers, check out a gift subscription to Scribd (full review here). An Apple Watch that combines their smartphone with a fitness tracker Amazon Apple Watch SE GPS, 40mm, available at Best Buy, from $279If you have a little extra to spend on your teen, consider getting them a smartwatch. The Apple Watch SE is like a smartphone, fitness tracker, and music player all in one. Just like on their phone, they can customize the watch to show their favorite apps to pick, including social media. A cute iPhone case Society6 Coffee Reading iPhone Case, available at Society6, $35.99This fun iPhone case is funny and unique, and most of their friends probably won't have the exact same one.  Reusable straws Amazon Hiware Reusable Silicone Straws (10-pack), available at Amazon, $6.99Help teens do their part to keep single-use plastics out of trash bins, landfills, and the ocean by giving them this pack of reusable silicone drinking straws. They come in various colors and include a few cleaning brushes as well.  A set of velvet retro-inspired scrunchies Amazon/Business Insider Hair Scrunchie Variety Pack, available at Target, $6.99Another trendy gift is as many scrunchies as you can carry. This pack comes with 12 options in enough colors to work with virtually any outfit or mood.  A multicolor mini cinema light box Urban Outfitters Multicolor Cinema Light Box, available at Uncommon Goods, from $20These trendy lightboxes are inspired by cinema marquees, and they come with 100 letters and symbols for personal messages. This one also has color-changing LED lights for further customization. Fun and useful PopSockets for the back of their phone Amazon/Business Insider PopGrips, available at PopSockets and Amazon, from $10PopSockets have become their own cultural phenomenon in recent years, and they're surprisingly useful. Get your teen one for their own phone or tablet, and depending on their age, you may find it's the gift they're most excited about. It doesn't hurt that there's free domestic shipping on orders over $20, or that you can actually design your own. A waterproof e-reader with a no-glare screen Amazon All-New Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $79.99Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite is its thinnest, lightest version. It also has double the storage, a built-in light that adjusts to accommodate reading indoors or outdoors, and is waterproof for reading anywhere, including the beach or bath. Plus, a single battery charge lasts weeks rather than hours. Cool backpacks from a popular startup with a charitable mission STATE Bags/Facebook State bags and accessories, from $16.80State bags are increasingly popular thanks to their versatile, laid-back aesthetic and characteristically bright nylon colorways. They're also known as #GiveBackPack(s), because for every State bag purchased, State hand-delivers a backpack — packed with essential tools for success — to a local child in need. The Lorimer and Bedford are two of the company's best sellers. A three-month subscription of beauty products BirchBox 3-Month Subscription, available at BirchBox, $45Teens are usually among the most interested in the latest and greatest beauty or grooming products — but may lack the funds to try all the full-sized versions. Birchbox sends samples of new and beloved products once a month, so they can test out new finds and discover products they may want to buy a full size of in the future. (It's also just fun to get an ongoing gift.) Personalized Nikes Nike Customizable Nikes, available at Nike, from $120Nike makes great stuff, but it's nice to get the benefits of a great shoe without forsaking what makes something unique. You can customize a pair of Nikes for them, or give them a gift card so they can get creative making something one-of-a-kind on their own. A great Alexa-enabled speaker they can control by voice Sonos Sonos One Smart Speaker, available at Sonos, from $219The new Sonos One smart speaker fills any room with clear, rich sound, and they can use Alexa to play and control their music without ever lifting a finger. Find a full review here. A cult-favorite hair towel that reduces damage and cuts drying time by 50% Aquis/Business Insider Aquis Rapid Dry Hair Towel, available at Amazon and Sephora, from $17.99Aquis' cult-favorite hair towels can cut the amount of time it takes your hair to dry in half — a claim we're happy to report holds up. The proprietary fabric also means there's less damage to wet hair while it dries. If they've ever complained about frizzy hair, this and a silk pillowcase are thoughtful gifts they'll actually use.  A Disney+ subscription for access to classic movies and more Disney Plus Disney+ Gift Subscription Service, available at Disney, $79.99/yearDisney Plus is the new Disney-centric streaming service. The platform includes Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. You can gift a whole year of access for $80, which is something their entire family can benefit from.If you'd rather test Disney Plus out before buying, you can sign up for a free weeklong trial. A suitcase with an ejectable battery that can charge their devices on the go Away The Carry-On, available at Away, from $225Travel startup Away makes a great carry-on thanks to an ejectable battery that can charge devices seamlessly on the go, 360-degree wheels, and a lightweight build that travels easily. In other words, it takes a lot of the angst out of travel and may make family trips far more enjoyable and stress-free. A color-changing alarm clock that also charges their phone The Home Depot/Business Insider La Crosse Technology Color Mood Light Alarm Clock with Nature Sounds, available at Amazon and The Home Depot, $26.46This color-changing alarm clock radio will charge their devices and play soothing nature sounds at the same time. They can also use the aux-in port to play music from their phone. Durable sunglasses that look good, too Amazon Smith Optics Lowdown2, available at Backcountry, $129Who better to make a pair of durable, performance-based sunglasses than the company known for innovating the ski goggle? The Lowdown2 features bio-based materials for the frame, ChromaPop lens technology which creates high contrast and vibrant colors, and an anti-reflective smudge-resistant coating.Plus, the brand offers peace of mind with free shipping, 30-day returns, and a lifetime warranty. Comfortable, high-quality sheets that come in lots of colors and patterns Brooklinen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, available at Brooklinen and Amazon, from $240We think Brooklinen makes the best high-end sheets at the best price on the market, and most of the Insider Reviews team uses Brooklinen on their own beds. It's perfect for lazy Saturday mornings or the rare occasion sleeping in is encouraged.The Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle comes in 15 colors and patterns that range from classic to fun, and you can mix and match them to suit their preferences. Grab a gift card (delivered digitally) if you want to give them more freedom. Fidget balls Speks Speks 2.5mm magnet balls, available at Speks, $29.95Made from rare earth magnets, these tiny balls can be molded into an infinite number of shapes and designs. The size of Speks balls makes them ideal for teens to keep with them for those unpredictable moments of nervousness that fill those teenage years. A pack of smart plugs so they can control devices from a distance Amazon/Business Insider TP-Link KIT WiFi Smart Plug, 2-Pack, available at Best Buy, $9.99Whether they're wondering if they turned off their hot iron or just don't want to get up to turn off the TV, a smart plug lets them control devices from a distance. You can connect to them using any smart device. A Time-Turner clock that actually spins Harry Potter Harry Potter Time-Turner Clock, available at Pottery Barn, $69It may not be able to take them back in time or help them be in two places at once, but this Time-Turner clock will help them stay on top of their schedule. It even has a functional hourglass on the back so they can time their study breaks.  A toothbrush with a timer Amazon Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush, available at Amazon, $39.97Rigorous dental hygiene isn't usually on the top of the list of things teens care about, which is all the more reason a rechargeable toothbrush with a timer is a fantastic gift. This rechargeable brush breaks up 300% more plaque on the gum line than traditional brushing and lets them know when two minutes have passed. Compact hand sanitizer spray Touchland Touchland Power Mist Hand Sanitizer, available at Touchland, $9It's in the car, the house, and their pocket these days, but many hand sanitizers can smell a little like household cleaner. Touchland comes in scents like Vanilla Cinnamon and Forrest Berry, or keep it simple and choose unscented.The compact sanitizer features 67% alcohol for killing germs but balances it with soothing aloe vera and essential oils to hydrate the skin.  A lottery card that donates to charities LottoLove/Business Insider LottoLove Card, available at LottoLove, from $5When you gift this lottery card, you're actually giving the gift of charity. When you "win big," you're winning a charitable prize that gets donated to nonprofits in one of four categories: Clean water, solar light, nutritious meals, or literacy tools. To date, LottoLove and its partners have impacted lives in over 70 countries. Gift cards for concert tickets, food, and clothes Chipotle You can't go wrong with money for their favorite things, especially for teens who are often relying upon part-time jobs to fund their frequent Chipotle meals and concert trips with friends. Check out more gift card ideas here.Everything: Visa Gift Card / Amazon Gift CardCoffee and food: Starbucks Gift Card / Chipotle Gift CardEntertainment and live events: Netflix Gift Card / Xbox Gift Card / Hulu Gift Card / StubHub gift cardMusic: Spotify Gift CardSheets: Brooklinen Gift CardGroceries and food: Whole Foods Gift Card / Chipotle Gift CardClothes: Nordstrom Gift Card / Everlane Gift CardTech: Best Buy Gift Card Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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4 ways to take a screenshot on a Mac computer

There are four ways to take a screenshot on a Mac, and all of them can be done with the Shift, Command, and number keys. There are a few different ways to take screenshots on a Mac. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky The easiest way to take a screenshot on a Mac is through a keyboard shortcut. If you press Shift + Command + 5, you'll open the Mac screenshot menu, which lets you take both screenshots and videos. Pressing Shift + Command + 4 lets you take a quick screenshot, and Shift + Command + 3 captures the entire screen at once. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. You can take high-quality screenshots on any Mac computer, and then edit or share them however you like. If you've bought or updated your Mac since 2018, you even have access to the advanced screenshot menu, which will let you take videos of your screen too.Here are four ways to take screenshots on a Mac - and they only take simple keyboard shortcuts.Quick tip: Your Mac lets you take videos of your screen as well as screenshots. Check out our article on how to screen record on a Mac for more info.Mac screenshot shortcuts Every method for screenshotting on a Mac uses the Shift, Command, and number keys. Alyssa Powell/Insider Keyboard ShortcutFunctionShift + Command + 3Capture a screenshot of the entire screen.Shift + Command + 4Highlight a specific part of the screen to screenshot.Shift + Command + 5Open the screenshot menu to record video or edit your screenshot options.Shift + Command + 6Take a screenshot of the Touch Bar, if your Mac has one. Shift + Command + 3: Take a screenshot of the entire screenTo capture your entire screen, press and hold down Shift + Command + 3. If you're using multiple monitors, it'll take and save screenshots of every monitor.When you take the screenshot, you'll see a small thumbnail preview in the bottom-right corner of your screen, which you can click to edit the screenshot. Check out the "screenshot menu" guide below for info on how to turn that off if you don't want it.Shift + Command + 4: Capture a specific section or windowTo capture a specific part of your screen, press Shift + Command + 4. Your mouse cursor will turn into a crosshair. You can then click and drag this crosshair across any area of your screen. Let go of the mouse button or trackpad to capture the selected area, or press the Esc key to cancel. Everything in the highlighted box will be screenshotted. William Antonelli/Business Insider That's not all you can do with this method. After pressing Shift + Command + 4, you can press other keys to unlock more options:Capture a specific window: Press Shift + Command + 4 and then hit the spacebar. The crosshair will turn into a camera. Hover the camera cursor over window you want to capture and click on it. When the screenshot is saved, it'll have a gray border around it.Lock in the shape and size: After dragging the crosshair to create highlighted area, press and hold the space bar. This locks the box so it can't change size. You can then drag the box anywhere on the screen. Just release the spacebar to take your screenshot.Adjust the height and width: After dragging the crosshair to create a highlighted area, press and hold the Shift key. This allows you to adjust the height and width of the box. You can toggle between height and width by pressing the Shift key. Let go of the mouse button or trackpad to take the screenshot.Shift + Command + 5: Use the screenshot menuCurrent versions of the macOS (Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur, and Monterey) come with a Screenshot app. To open this app, press Shift + Command + 5. A small menu panel will appear at the bottom of the screen.The three icons on the left allow you take a screenshot of the entire screen, a specific window, or a highlighted section. The next two icons to the right will let you record a video of the entire screen, or just a highlighted section. The Capture button on the far right will take the screenshot. The screenshot menu offers a variety of options. William Antonelli/Insider There's also a menu labeled Options. This menu lets you choose where to save your screenshot, how much time you want between pressing "Capture" and the screenshot being taken, and more. The options menu lets you customize how your screenshots are taken. William Antonelli/Insider Of note in this menu is the Show Floating Thumbnail option, which is turned on by default. When this is enabled, after you take a screenshot, a tiny thumbnail of it will appear in the bottom-right corner of the screen. The screenshot won't be saved to your computer until this thumbnail disappears after a few seconds.However, you can click this thumbnail before it disappears to open the screenshot in a new window. In this window, you can draw or type on it, crop it, share it via your Apple ID account, or delete it. You can make the floating thumbnail disappear faster by clicking and dragging it off the screen. William Antonelli/Business Insider Grab an image of the Touch BarNot all Mac computers have the Touch Bar, but if you have one, you can take a screenshot of it. If there's something on your Touch Bar that you'd like to show others, you can screenshot it by pressing Shift + Command + 6. This will immediately capture everything on your Touch Bar. The Touch Bar's icons change depending on what app you have open. Apple Where to find your Mac screenshotsBy default, screenshots appear on your desktop. It'll automatically be titled "Screen Shot," followed by the date and time you took it.You can also change the location that your screenshots get saved to. Press Shift + Command + 5 to open the screenshot menu, then click Options. Use the menu that appears to select a new Save to location. "Save to" options are at the top of this menu. William Antonelli/Insider Quick tip: If you hold down the Control key while you take your screenshot, it'll copy the screenshot to your clipboard instead of saving it. You can paste the screenshot anywhere that allows you to insert images. Watch: How to screenshot on MacMaya Kachroo-Levine contributed to an earlier version of this article.How to update your Mac to the new macOS Monterey and get the latest features and bug fixesHow to unzip a file on a Mac so its content is usable on your computerHow to change the folder icons or colors on your Mac10 ways to take a screenshot on any Windows 10 deviceRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Social Media Giants Testify to Senate Subcommittee About Child, Teen User Safety

The tech companies insisted that their platforms already are complying with the proposed restrictions (WASHINGTON) — Senators put executives from YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat on the defensive Tuesday, questioning them about what they’re doing to ensure young users’ safety on their platforms. Citing the harm that can come to vulnerable young people from the sites — ranging from eating disorders to exposure to sexually explicit content and material promoting addictive drugs — the lawmakers also sought the executives’ support for legislation bolstering protection of children on social media. But they received little firm commitment. “The problem is clear: Big Tech preys on children and teens to make more money,” Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., said at a hearing by the Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] The subcommittee recently took testimony from a former Facebook data scientist, who laid out internal company research showing that the company’s Instagram photo-sharing service appears to seriously harm some teens. The subcommittee is widening its focus to examine other tech platforms, with millions or billions of users, that also compete for young people’s attention and loyalty. “We’re hearing the same stories of harm” caused by YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat, said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., the panel’s chairman. “This is for Big Tech a big tobacco moment … It is a moment of reckoning,” he said. “There will be accountability. This time is different.” To that end, Markey asked the three executives — Michael Beckerman, a TikTok vice president and head of public policy for the Americas; Leslie Miller, vice president for government affairs and public policy of YouTube’s owner Google; and Jennifer Stout, vice president for global public policy of Snapchat parent Snap Inc. — if they would support his bipartisan legislation that would give new privacy rights to children, and ban targeted ads and video autoplay for kids. In a lengthy exchange as Markey tried to draw out a commitment of support, the executives avoided providing a direct endorsement, insisting that their platforms already are complying with the proposed restrictions. They said they’re seeking a dialogue with lawmakers as the legislation is crafted. That wasn’t good enough for Markey and Blumenthal, who perceived a classic Washington lobbying game in a moment of crisis for social media and the tech industry. “This is the talk that we’ve seen again and again and again and again,” Blumenthal told them. Applauding legislative goals in a general way is “meaningless” unless backed up by specific support, he said. “Sex and drugs are violations of our community standards; they have no place on TikTok,” Beckerman said. TikTok has tools in place, such as screen-time management, to help young people and parents moderate how long children spend on the app and what they see, he said. The company says it focuses on age-appropriate experiences, noting that some features, such as direct messaging, are not available to younger users. The video platform, wildly popular with teens and younger children, is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. In only five years since launching, it has gained an estimated 1 billion monthly users. Early this year after federal regulators order TikTok to disclose how its practices affect children and teenagers, the platform tightened its privacy practices for users under 18. Read More: TikTok Has Started Collecting Your ‘Faceprints’ and ‘Voiceprints.’ Here’s What It Could Do With Them Senators put executives from YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat on the defensive Tuesday, questioning them about what they’re doing to ensure young users’ safety on their platforms. Citing the harm that can come to vulnerable young people from the sites — ranging from eating disorders to exposure to sexually explicit content and material promoting addictive drugs — the lawmakers also sought the executives’ support for legislation bolstering protection of children on social media. But they received little firm commitment. “The problem is clear: Big Tech preys on children and teens to make more money,” Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., said at a hearing by the Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection. The subcommittee recently took testimony from a former Facebook data scientist, who laid out internal company research showing that the company’s Instagram photo-sharing service appears to seriously harm some teens. The subcommittee is widening its focus to examine other tech platforms, with millions or billions of users, that also compete for young people’s attention and loyalty. “We’re hearing the same stories of harm” caused by YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat, said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., the panel’s chairman. “This is for Big Tech a big tobacco moment … It is a moment of reckoning,” he said. “There will be accountability. This time is different.” To that end, Markey asked the three executives — Michael Beckerman, a TikTok vice president and head of public policy for the Americas; Leslie Miller, vice president for government affairs and public policy of YouTube’s owner Google; and Jennifer Stout, vice president for global public policy of Snapchat parent Snap Inc. — if they would support his bipartisan legislation that would give new privacy rights to children, and ban targeted ads and video autoplay for kids. In a lengthy exchange as Markey tried to draw out a commitment of support, the executives avoided providing a direct endorsement, insisting that their platforms already are complying with the proposed restrictions. They said they’re seeking a dialogue with lawmakers as the legislation is crafted. That wasn’t good enough for Markey and Blumenthal, who perceived a classic Washington lobbying game in a moment of crisis for social media and the tech industry. “This is the talk that we’ve seen again and again and again and again,” Blumenthal told them. Applauding legislative goals in a general way is “meaningless” unless backed up by specific support, he said. “Sex and drugs are violations of our community standards; they have no place on TikTok,” Beckerman said. TikTok has tools in place, such as screen-time management, to help young people and parents moderate how long children spend on the app and what they see, he said. The company says it focuses on age-appropriate experiences, noting that some features, such as direct messaging, are not available to younger users. The video platform, wildly popular with teens and younger children, is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. In only five years since launching, it has gained an estimated 1 billion monthly users. Early this year after federal regulators order TikTok to disclose how its practices affect children and teenagers, the platform tightened its privacy practices for users under 18. Pressed by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., about a 19-year-old said to have died from counterfeit pain medication he bought through Snapchat, Stout said, “We’re absolutely determined to remove all drug dealers from Snapchat.” She said the platform has deployed detection measures against dealers but acknowledged that they are often evaded. Stout made the case that Snapchat’s platform differs from the others in relying on humans, not artificial intelligence, for moderating content. Snapchat allows people to send photos, videos and messages that are meant to quickly disappear, an enticement to its young users seeking to avoid snooping parents and teachers. Hence its “Ghostface Chillah” faceless (and word-less) white logo. Only 10 years old, Snapchat says an eye-popping 90% of 13- to 24-year-olds in the U.S. use the service. It reported 306 million daily users in the July-September quarter. Read More: People Are Getting Plastic Surgery to Look Like Snapchat Filters, Doctors Warn Miller said YouTube has worked to provide children and families with protections and parental controls like time limits, to limit viewing to age-appropriate content. The offshoot YouTube Kids, available in around 70 countries, has an estimated 35 million weekly users. “We do not prioritize profits over safety. We do not wait to act,” she said. The three platforms are woven into the fabric of young people’s lives, often influencing their dress, dance moves and diet, potentially to the point of obsession. Peer pressure to get on the apps is strong. Social media can offer entertainment and education, but platforms have been misused to harm children and promote bullying, vandalism in schools, eating disorders and manipulative marketing, lawmakers say. The panel wants to learn how algorithms and product designs can magnify harm to children, foster addiction and intrusions of privacy. And Blumenthal especially asked the executives whether independent research had been conducted on the impact on young people of the platforms. He said the lawmakers want to receive information from the companies on such research soon. TikTok, in its first time testifying before Congress, received especially fierce criticism during the hearing, particularly from conservative Republican lawmakers who highlighted its Chinese ownership. The company says it stores all TikTok U.S. data in the United States, with a backup facility in Singapore. “TikTok actually collects less data than many of our peers,” Beckerman said. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told Beckerman that he dodged questions more than any witness he’s ever seen in Congress. TikTok’s privacy policy states, “We may share all of the information we collect with a parent, subsidiary or other affiliate of our corporate group.” Senators drilled down on whether “other affiliate” includes ByteDance and what that means for Chinese access to data. __ O’Brien reported from Providence, Rhode Island......»»

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I tried Alike, a new dating and friendship app for Asians and Pacific Islanders. It"s been incredible.

Using Alike's friendship feature has helped me seek connections with intention - and know that my potential matches are doing the same. Sonah Lee-Lassiter I tried Alike, a new dating and friendship app for Asians and Pacific Islanders. I used the friendship feature to meet multiple people. We've bonded over shared hobbies and similar life experiences. The app has helped me seek friendships with intention - and I know that my potential matches are doing the same. I learned about Alike, a dating app for Asians and Pacific Islanders, through an Instagram post by "The May Lee Show" podcast. I'm already happily married and not looking to date, so I thought it was too bad the app wasn't also for making friends. But by mid-summer, Alike announced a feature for friendships. I immediately joined as a beta tester. Alike has a minimalist approach. Other than demographic information and photos, you're required to upload at least one video responding to different prompts, which takes the place of written bios. Some prompts shine a positive light on the Asian experience, like: "The first Asian film/TV character that I loved." Others say "My Asian role model is…"Alike is just growing out of beta phase, so the app is still free to use. Only users of the same gender (female, male, or nonbinary) can connect with one another in the friendship feature of Alike, and the distance can be set for all of North America or "near me" - an option that founder Hanmin Yang told Insider is "equal to about one end of Los Angeles to the other."Trying to find people within my region, I've connected to a woman in Toronto who grew up in the Netherlands and taught me some Dutch, another in Philadelphia who works in motion graphics, Sarah in Ohio, and a few other women in New York City. Sonah Lee-Lassiter When filtering for new friends on Alike, I had several major turn-offs: Profile photos with face filters.Profile videos that are not of themselves or don't include them talking.Any content that purposely uses Asian stereotypes as self-deprecating humor, like using an Asian-mocking voice in a video, perhaps trying to be funny in an ironic way.I was able to meet up with a new friend, Anke, in Brooklyn weeks ago for lunch. We started off getting bubble tea in Sunset Park (home to Brooklyn's Chinatown), which I had been meaning to explore. We ended up talking for hours in the tea shop about our families, mental health, and how we grew up.Anke is from Hershey, Pennsylvania, where she says her high-school class was an unexpected mix of affluence (old money connected to the Hershey chocolate empire) plus rural working-class culture (think souped-up pickup trucks). "Our high school had days off just for hunting season," Anke said.I felt an easy connection in knowing we both came of age in very white and rural-adjacent suburban areas where there are few people of Asian descent. Although our experiences growing up weren't completely similar, I felt an unspoken understanding that this upbringing also meant we'd both faced our fair share of racism in our childhoods.Even though we are almost a decade apart in age, I felt I could relate easily to Anke in many ways. Her struggle with anxiety, depression, and how she has coped with ADHD all resonated personally with me. We spent another couple of hours at a hot-pot lunch spot where we both stared at a large paper menu with open circles that resemble a standardized test's fill-in sheet, unsure how to order until we asked a server for help. Having grown up with Chinese parents, Anke had some understanding of the menu's options, so I relied on her to give me thumbs up for what new things to try. I appreciated her candor, openness and enthusiasm to talk about everything and anything during our first meet up. We've gone rock climbing together and I've met some of her friends since then. Chatting with Sarah, who is from Ohio, we quickly realized an uncommon commonality - she's also experienced the loss of both parents, albeit in uniquely different ways and circumstances than I have. Sonah Lee-Lassiter Sarah and I recently followed our app-based chat with a FaceTime call. Finding it hard to make friends in her current town outside of Cleveland, she tried BumbleBFF but eventually gave up. (I'm a longtime BumbleBFF user and found the experience helpful in knowing how to navigate friendships on Alike.)She'd also joined a rec soccer league to meet new friends, but found it hard to make any deep connections."If you don't go to a bar or church here, there's nowhere else to really be around people," Sarah said.I asked about her work as a firefighter and UX/UI designer and her thoughts on policing (her spouse is a police officer). We found we were both snowboarders and former rugby players and it was surprising to see how many random things we seemed to agree on, like our distaste for horror films or how we'd never buy a fancy expensive car if we won $1 million in the lottery. I look forward to our next time catching up.Soon I hope to meet Emily, a Korean adoptee who grew up in Nebraska with Chinese and white parents. I found out she studied fashion in a past life and asked if she's up for a visit to the Brooklyn Museum's new Dior Exhibit. Plans are in the making.Using Alike has felt really meaningful to me, because I can seek out friends within the API community with intentionality, knowing that others on the app are doing the same. The diversity of connections here has also been a beautiful and eye-opening experience. There are more people out there like me, but in all different ways than I thought.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Online cooking brand Food52 moving to Dock 72

Rudin Development and Boston Properties announced that Food52, a premier online cooking and home brand, is moving its New York offices to Dock 72 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Food52, which currently has offices in Chelsea, will occupy approximately 42,000 s/f of space spanning the entire 13th floor. As part of... The post Online cooking brand Food52 moving to Dock 72 appeared first on Real Estate Weekly. Rudin Development and Boston Properties announced that Food52, a premier online cooking and home brand, is moving its New York offices to Dock 72 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Food52, which currently has offices in Chelsea, will occupy approximately 42,000 s/f of space spanning the entire 13th floor. As part of a 12-year lease, the firm plans to relocate from Manhattan to Dock 72 during the second half of 2022. Co-founded in 2009 by former New York Times food editors Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, Food52 created a digital hub combining content, commerce, and community around the belief that the kitchen is at the heart of the home and food is the center of a well-lived life. With a monthly reach of more than 25 million people, the site features content such as recipes, videos, and podcasts, as well as a shop featuring its own line of award-winning products for kitchen, home, and life. Food52 was recently named by Fast Company as one of the world’s “Most Innovative Companies” in 2020. “We are beyond thrilled to call Dock72 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard the future home of Food52. Through the pandemic, we redefined our vision for the future of the workplace and how we’ll intertwine our worlds of content and commerce creation just as we do on our site,” said Amanda Hesser, Food52 founder and CEO. “We’re already beginning to build out studios, communal spaces and test kitchens in the light-filled space for our team and collaborators to help even more people enjoy life’s most important pleasures — food, home and connection to others.” MICHAEL RUDIN “Bringing an innovative digital company like Food52 speaks volumes about the appeal of Dock 72 and our vision to create Brooklyn’s most advanced workplace,” said Michael Rudin, Executive Vice President of Rudin Development. “It is a testament to the quality of this project, as well as the technology community’s continued faith in the future of Brooklyn and New York City, and shows that despite the past year and a half that companies like Food52 are growing and still want to be in New York and in the office.” “Dock 72 represents the cutting-edge of 21st century office space, which has been designed and constructed to contain the industry-leading amenities and technical infrastructure needed by today’s modern businesses,” said John Powers, Executive Vice President, New York Region at BXP. “It is an ideal fit for Food52’s brand as it establishes its presence in Brooklyn.” “Being at the forefront of the food industry and digital content, Food52’s new space at the Navy Yard will offer its employees access to the state-of-the-art amenities at Dock 72 while allowing the media site to expand operations,” said David Ehrenberg, President and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. “Food52 is one of the latest additions to the Yard’s robust industrial ecosystem that enables food and beverage manufacturing companies to thrive by fostering collaboration and innovation.” Opened in October 2019, Dock 72 was the first major ground-up commercial office building to be constructed in Brooklyn in over a decade. Originally a former shipbuilding facility, the site has been reinvented as an innovative and collaborative workspace. Co-developed by Rudin Development, BXP and WeWork, the 16-story, 675,000 s/f office building integrates state-of-the-art class-A office infrastructure with a unique design that honors the Navy Yard’s maritime history. The building features massive, column-free workspaces with 14-foot ceilings and expanses of glass, which allow for an abundance of daylight and fresh air throughout the building. Surrounded by water on three sides, Dock 72 was designed by S9 Architecture, Perkins Eastman and Fogarty Finger Architects and offers 16,000 s/f of outdoor terraces in addition to a large waterfront open space. Employees and guests of Food52 will benefit from Dock 72’s expansive 35,000 s/f of amenities, which includes a rooftop conference center and ground floor food hall managed by FLIK Hospitality and Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events, a state-of-the-art health and wellness center, an open lawn and basketball court and an on-site bike valet, among others. Food52 will also have access to the Dock 72 mobile app, which expedites access to the building and all amenities and provides real-time transit updates. Dock 72 and the Navy Yard are served by a wide array of multimodal transportation, including a NYC Ferry stop just steps from the building, onsite parking, CitiBike access, bus service, and WiFi-equipped shuttle service to major subway lines. Food 52 will relocate from its current offices (above) at 122 West 26th Street. Food52’s new lease coincides with the Navy Yard’s $1 billion expansion, which has helped transform the Yard into Brooklyn’s preeminent tech and innovation hub. The expansion includes Building 77, a one million-square-foot property adjacent to Dock 72, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation featuring a food manufacturing hub on the ground floor. Other recent projects include the redevelopment of Admiral’s Row, which is anchored by a 74,000 square-foot Wegmans Supermarket, and the expansion of Steiner Studios, NYC’s largest and most successful film and television studio. Food52 was represented by Helen Paul and Rico Murtha of Cushman & Wakefield. Robert Steinman, Senior Vice President at Rudin Management Company and Andrew Levin, Senior Vice President, Leasing at BXP, along with Joe Cirone, Ron Lo Russo and Patrick Dugan of Cushman & Wakefield and Sacha Zarba and Freddie Fackelmayer of CBRE represented building ownership in the transaction. The post Online cooking brand Food52 moving to Dock 72 appeared first on Real Estate Weekly......»»

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Optimize YouTube for Your Real Estate Marketing

At a time when video content is at a premium, an agent’s marketing strategy can’t be complete without developing a presence on YouTube. With more than 288 million daily users, according to Statista,  YouTube provides several benefits for your branding efforts that are too good to pass up. From generating leads and promoting your brand […] The post Optimize YouTube for Your Real Estate Marketing appeared first on RISMedia. At a time when video content is at a premium, an agent’s marketing strategy can’t be complete without developing a presence on YouTube. With more than 288 million daily users, according to Statista,  YouTube provides several benefits for your branding efforts that are too good to pass up. From generating leads and promoting your brand to expanding your reach to audiences worldwide, tapping into the YouTube wellspring of viewers can take your marketing to the next level. Whether you’re new to the platform or an established YouTuber, here are some tips to help you maximize the opportunity. Content Creation  Content reigns supreme on YouTube, and there is plenty of room for agents and brokers to carve out their niche. Develop a content style that not only matches your target audience’s preferences but also allows you to play to your strengths and interests. Leverage your passion for data to keep viewers informed on the latest market trends. Showcase your sense of humor with entertaining commentary on real estate’s dos and don’ts. Whatever you’re interested in, share it with your audience in a way that will add value and keep them coming back. Search Optimization While posting engaging videos is essential to your YouTube marketing strategy, there’s more you’ll need to do to increase your visibility. As the second-most viewed and used search engine globally, YouTube abides by the same search engine optimization (SEO) rules that Google—its parent company—does. To give your videos a chance at breaking the top spots of viewer searches, you’ll need to include a solid title and a video description that provides plenty of keywords, hashtags and more. Target Audience It never hurts to know who your target audience is. Like most social media platforms, YouTube offers built-in analytics tracking tools to keep you informed about who is consuming your content—this comes with a business profile. Take time to establish your audience by researching and cross-referencing your other social media accounts. Use that information to determine how this group engages with YouTube. Take note of the pages they are visiting. Use your analytics tools to gauge when they are searching the site and what content they are consuming. Any metrics that you can gather on your preferred audience can be used to tailor your content and strategy for success. Tools of Engagement Part of your audience research and content development should also come from your engagement with viewers and other content creators on YouTube. The pool of influencers discussing real estate on YouTube is more significant than you’d think, which provides the opportunity to step into the comment section and engage with people. Find ways to collaborate with other channels, interact with viewers who comment on your content and apply any feedback you get to improve your channel. Authenticity and Consistency You’ve probably heard this before, but being authentic and consistent is essential to thriving on YouTube. While researching other channels for pointers is advised, refrain from becoming a carbon copy of other content creators. Focus on building your channel around your personal and professional brand and showcase your unique qualities. As you develop your YouTube game plan—post schedules, branding, look and feel—stick to it. Part of building your footprint on the platform is developing trust and a genuine connection with your viewers. Jordan Grice is RISMedia’s associate online editor. Email him your real estate news to jgrice@rismedia.com. The post Optimize YouTube for Your Real Estate Marketing appeared first on RISMedia......»»

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Justices presiding over pro-Trump Capitol riot defendants are receiving "all kinds of threats," according to federal judge

DC District Judge Reggie Walton made the comments during a Friday sentencing hearing where he handed down the largest fine for a Capitol rioter yet. In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo rioters supporting President Donald Trump storm the Capitol in Washington. AP Photo A federal judge said judges prosecuting January 6 cases are receiving "all kinds of threats." DC District Judge Reggie Walton made the comments during sentencing for Lori and Thomas Vinson. The judge handed down the maximum sentence for both in an effort to deter future violence. A federal judge is blaming unrepentant Capitol riot defendants for the recent influx of threats targeted toward justices prosecuting January 6 cases.During a Friday sentencing hearing for Lori and Thomas Vinson, DC District Judge Reggie Walton slammed the ongoing propagation of former President Donald Trump's election lies, saying Capitol riot defendants who are standing by their actions have spurred others who believe the election was "stolen" to harass the dozen or so judges who are overseeing the hundreds of January 6 cases."As judges, we're getting all kinds of threats and hostile phone calls when we have these cases before us, because there are unfortunately other people out there who buy in on this proposition, even though there was no proof, that somehow the election was fraudulent," Walton said in court on Friday, according to CNN.Official audits and election experts have concluded there was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election, and the Department of Homeland Security declared the election the "most secure in American history."But that hasn't stopped some Trump supporters from continuing to spread dangerous propaganda about US election security, Walton said, which he called a threat to democracy."Democracies die, and we've seen it in the past, when the citizens rise up against their government and engage in the type of conduct that happened on January 6," Walton said. In an effort to deter future insurrection, Walton sentenced both Lori and Thomas Vinson to five years probation and a $5,000 fine - the maximum penalty allowed, as well as the heftiest fine for any Capitol rioter yet, CNN reported. Federal prosecutors had originally asked that Lori receive one month in jail and Thomas get house arrest. "I want the sentence to hurt," Walton said. "I want people to understand that if you do something like this, it's going to hurt. I know it's a lot of money but hey, that's the consequence that you suffer when you associate yourself with this type of behavior."The Kentucky couple was arrested in February after several people identified them in photos and videos from inside the Capitol on January 6, according to court documents. Lori Vinson made headlines after giving a broadcast interview in which she boasted that she would "do it again.""I hope [Jan. 6] is something I remember and say 'I'm glad I was a part of that' 30 years from now," Vinson told a local TV station in Evansville, Indiana. She also said she was "not sorry" for her participation. The FBI said it used her TV interviews after the insurrection to help build a case against the couple. "It bothers me that she would try to associate herself with that type of violence... and then she goes on television on two occasions and is proud of what she did, and says she would do it again," Walton said on Friday. Ahead of sentencing, Lori Vinson tearfully asked the judge for leniency, citing her new job as a nurse and her work helping patients with COVID-19, according to CNN. Her husband, one of the several dozen veterans charged in the riot, acknowledged his wrongdoing."I took that oath to the Constitution and I know I broke that oath that day by entering that building and participating in the events of January 6," Thomas Vinson reportedly said. "It's blemish that's going to be on myself, my family for the rest of my life, and the country, and into the history books."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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The Gaslighting Of America

The Gaslighting Of America Authored by Bob Weir via AmericanThinker.com, I remember a comedy skit several years ago in which a woman comes home unexpectedly and finds her husband in bed with another woman.  Shocked, she demands to know who the woman is and why her husband is doing this.  The couple get out of bed and start getting dressed as the man says to his wife, "Honey, what are you talking about?" The wife, perplexed at the question, says, "I'm talking about that woman!"  Meanwhile, the other woman, now fully dressed, heads for the door.  The husband says, "What woman?  Honey, are you feeling okay?  There's no woman here."  Feeling dazed and confused, the wife begins to question her own sanity. That's a pretty good example of what the Biden administration is pulling on the psyche of the American people.   What they're doing is not merely "spin," which has become SOP whenever a political party does a clever sales job on the public in order to keep certain facts from them.  No, this is much more than shrewd marketing; this is blatantly lying in the public's face and telling them they're crazy if they believe their own eyes.   When we look at videos showing thousands of migrants coming across our southern border with impunity, while Biden and his cohorts tell us they have the situation under control, we're being gaslighted. When thousands of Americans and Afghan allies are abandoned to be tortured and killed by Taliban terrorists, while Biden's press secretary, Jen Psaki, tells us the war ended successfully, we're being told not to believe what we're seeing.   President Trump made our country energy independent, only to have his success overturned by Biden on day one of Biden's presidency.  That forced our country to once again be dependent on foreign oil.  Biden said his action would help protect the environment.  We scratch our heads and wonder how it makes sense to ship millions of barrels of oil on cargo ships from thousands of miles away, only to be used the same way it was used when it was processed here.   Does foreign oil have less environmental effect than American oil? When Biden proposes a $3.5-billion "infrastructure bill" that is heavily weighted toward social engineering and radical "Green New Deal" initiatives, we're told that everything is infrastructure.   We're also told that the massive spending bill will cost "zero dollars" because the new taxes will be assessed only on the wealthy.   Then, to add more consternation to a public getting groggy trying to keep up with twelve-digit numbers, Biden and his accomplices want another $80 billion for the IRS so its agents can check into every bank account that has transfers of $600 or more.  As if the IRS weren't already a liberty-crushing organization, Biden wants to provide it with more ammo to use against those who oppose him.  Nevertheless, we're told it's going after only tax cheats.  Why would these people need $80 billion more to do what they've always done?  Don't ask, lest you get audited for questions they don't want asked. When the supply chain of cargo ships, carrying about a half-million shipping containers filled with goods from all around the globe, are stalled in the waters outside major American port cities, we're told by White House chief of staff Ron Klain that it's just "high-class problems."   In other words, only the wealthy are waiting for the goods to arrive at stores.  Moreover, Jen Psaki mocks it as the "tragedy of the treadmill that's delayed" — another elitist poking fun at the reasonable expectations coming from the working class. The list of gaslighting incidents is growing longer than Pinocchio's nose.  Each time we are faced with another destructive lie, our attention is diverted to the latest Trump investigation or the probe of one of his supporters.  Keeping the January 6 imbroglio alive is one of those diversions.  The radical left has come to power by a sinister display of distractions from reality.  A major part of that distraction is using accusations of racism to muzzle opposition.  Most people will cower in fear of such labeling, even when they know in their hearts it's not true.  That's precisely what makes the accusations so useful to those who seek power through intimidation and distortion of reality.   President Trump called out situations for what they are, without the odious and murky filtration of political correctness.  That's why the entrenched powers of Deep State corruption despised him.   Now we're stuck with a president who says "what inflation?" as we pay higher prices than ever at the gas pump and the supermarket.  I seriously doubt that shoppers are questioning that reality. Tyler Durden Mon, 10/25/2021 - 21:10.....»»

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Justices prosecuting pro-Trump Capitol riot defendants are receiving "all kinds of threats," according to federal judge

DC District Judge Reggie Walton made the comments during a Friday sentencing hearing where he handed down the largest fine for a Capitol rioter yet. In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo rioters supporting President Donald Trump storm the Capitol in Washington. AP Photo A federal judge said judges prosecuting January 6 cases are receiving "all kinds of threats." DC District Judge Reggie Walton made the comments during sentencing for Lori and Thomas Vinson. The judge handed down the maximum sentence for both in an effort to deter future violence. A federal judge is blaming unrepentant Capitol riot defendants for the recent influx of threats targeted toward justices prosecuting January 6 cases.During a Friday sentencing hearing for Lori and Thomas Vinson, DC District Judge Reggie Walton slammed the ongoing propagation of former President Donald Trump's election lies, saying Capitol riot defendants who are standing by their actions have spurred others who believe the election was "stolen" to harass the dozen or so judges who are overseeing the hundreds of January 6 cases."As judges, we're getting all kinds of threats and hostile phone calls when we have these cases before us, because there are unfortunately other people out there who buy in on this proposition, even though there was no proof, that somehow the election was fraudulent," Walton said in court on Friday, according to CNN.Official audits and election experts have concluded there was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election, and the Department of Homeland Security declared the election the "most secure in American history."But that hasn't stopped some Trump supporters from continuing to spread dangerous propaganda about US election security, Walton said, which he called a threat to democracy."Democracies die, and we've seen it in the past, when the citizens rise up against their government and engage in the type of conduct that happened on January 6," Walton said. In an effort to deter future insurrection, Walton sentenced both Lori and Thomas Vinson to five years probation and a $5,000 fine - the maximum penalty allowed, as well as the heftiest fine for any Capitol rioter yet, CNN reported. Federal prosecutors had originally asked that Lori receive one month in jail and Thomas get house arrest. "I want the sentence to hurt," Walton said. "I want people to understand that if you do something like this, it's going to hurt. I know it's a lot of money but hey, that's the consequence that you suffer when you associate yourself with this type of behavior."The Kentucky couple was arrested in February after several people identified them in photos and videos from inside the Capitol on January 6, according to court documents. Lori Vinson made headlines after giving a broadcast interview in which she boasted that she would "do it again.""I hope [Jan. 6] is something I remember and say 'I'm glad I was a part of that' 30 years from now," Vinson told a local TV station in Evansville, Indiana. She also said she was "not sorry" for her participation. The FBI said it used her TV interviews after the insurrection to help build a case against the couple. "It bothers me that she would try to associate herself with that type of violence... and then she goes on television on two occasions and is proud of what she did, and says she would do it again," Walton said on Friday. Ahead of sentencing, Lori Vinson tearfully asked the judge for leniency, citing her new job as a nurse and her work helping patients with COVID-19, according to CNN. Her husband, one of the several dozen veterans charged in the riot, acknowledged his wrongdoing."I took that oath to the Constitution and I know I broke that oath that day by entering that building and participating in the events of January 6," Thomas Vinson reportedly said. "It's blemish that's going to be on myself, my family for the rest of my life, and the country, and into the history books."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 25th, 2021Related News

Mark Zuckerberg said he"s "retooling" Facebook toward young adults and away from older users

Mark Zuckerberg said on an earnings call that Facebook is "retooling" its team to appeal to young people, a user base that favors rivals like TikTok. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images Mark Zuckerberg said Monday that he's "retooling" Facebook toward serving younger users. The CEO said he wants that mission to be "the North Star" rather than appealing to older users. Facebook has faced increasing pressure from rivals like TikTok, which has become a Gen Z hotspot. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Monday he's "retooling" the company toward young adults and away from older users.The executive said on its third-quarter earnings call that Facebook will work on making "serving young adults the North Star, rather than optimizing for the larger number of older people." Zuckerberg specifically said users aged 18 to 29 are who the company will work to appeal to more. One of the ways Facebook will do that, Zuckerberg said, is to ramp up the Reels feature on Facebook's Instagram app. Zuckerberg said the company is still closer "to the beginning of that journey" and is still watching how Reels will mature.Facebook rolled out Reels, a TikTok copycat that lets users post short-form videos, in August 2020. The move signaled that Facebook was aware of the threat that competitors like TikTok posed - the popular video-sharing app has taken the digital world by storm and has become a hotspot for Gen Z-ers.Facebook may have its eyes set on young adult users, but it's also working on appealing to teenagers.A recent survey published by Piper Sandler found that while teens used Facebook's Instagram platform the most out of any social media app, they used the main Facebook app the least.Of the 10,000 teenagers surveyed, 81% said they used Instagram, the highest percentage out of six platforms. Seventy-seven percent said they use Snapchat and 73% said they use TikTok. Just 27% of respondents said they use Facebook.The main Facebook app has become a hit among Boomers - 71% of users above the age of 56 said in late 2020 that they use Facebook, according to Statista data from earlier this year.However, recently leaked documents from whistleblower Frances Haugen showed evidence that company insiders knew Instagram harmed teenagers' mental health and undermined efforts to remedy a solution.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Greenwald: Pierre Omidyar"s Financing Of The Facebook "Whistleblower" Campaign Reveals A Great Deal

Greenwald: Pierre Omidyar's Financing Of The Facebook "Whistleblower" Campaign Reveals A Great Deal Authored by Glenn Greenwald via greenwald.substack.com, It is completely unsurprising to learn, as Politico reported last Wednesday, that the major financial supporter of Facebook "whistleblower” Frances Haugen's sprawling P.R. and legal network coordinating her public campaign is the billionaire founder of EBay, Pierre Omidyar. The Haugen Show continues today as a consortium of carefully-cultivated news outlets (including those who have been most devoted to agitating for online censorship: the New York Times’ "tech” unit and NBC News's “disinformation” team) began publishing the trove of archives she took from Facebook under the self-important title "The Facebook Papers,” while the star herself has traveled to London to testify today to British lawmakers considering a bill to criminally punish tech companies that allow “foul content” or “extremism” — whatever that means — to be published. Pierre Omidyar, Founder of eBay, and Publisher of the Intercept looks on during the final session of the annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York, on Thursday, September 23, 2010. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Corbis via Getty Images) On Sunday, Haugen told The New York Times that her own personal Bitcoin wealth means she is relying on “help from nonprofit groups backed by Mr. Omidyar only for travel and similar expenses.” But the paper also confirmed that the firm masterminding Haugen's public campaign roll-out and complex media strategy, a group "founded by the former Barack Obama aide Bill Burton,” is “being paid by donors, including the nonprofit groups backed by Mr. Omidyar." He is also a major donor to a shady new group calling itself “Whistleblower Aid” — bizarrely led by anti-Trump lawyer and social media #Resistance star Mark Zaid, who has been one of the most vocal critics of actual whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, both of whose imprisonment he has long demanded — that is now featuring Haugen as its star client. Omidyar's net worth is currently estimated to be $22 billion, making him the planet's 26th richest human being. Like so many billionaires who pledge to give away large parts of their wealth to charity, and who in fact do so, Omidyar's net worth somehow rapidly grows every year: in 2013, just eight years ago, it was “only” $8 billion: it has almost tripled since then. Omidyar's central role in this latest scheme to impose greater control over social media is unsurprising because he and his multi-national foundation, the Omidyar Network, fund many if not most of the campaigns and organizations designed to police and control political speech on the internet under the benevolent-sounding banner of combating "disinformation” and “extremism.” Though one could have easily guessed that it was Omidyar fueling Frances Haugen and her team of Democratic Party operatives acting as lawyers and P.R. agents — I would have been shocked if he had no role — it is still nonetheless highly revealing of what these campaigns and groups are, how they function, what their real goals are, and the serious dangers they pose. Any time I speak or write about Omidyar, the proverbial elephant in the room is my own extensive involvement with him: specifically, the fact that the journalistic outlet I co-founded in 2013, and at which I worked for eight years, was funded almost entirely by him. For purposes of basic journalistic disclosure, but also to explain how my interaction with him informs my perspective on these issues, I will describe that experience and what I learned from it. When I left the Guardian in 2013 at the height of the Snowden/NSA reporting to co-found a new media outlet along with two other journalists, it was Omidyar who funded the project, which ultimately became The Intercept, along with its parent corporation, First Look Media. Our unconditional demand when deciding to accept funding from Omidyar was that he vow never to have any role whatsoever or attempt to interfere in any way in the editorial content of our reporting, no matter how much he disagreed with it or how distasteful he found it. He not only agreed to this condition but emphasized that he, too, believed the integrity of the new journalism project depended upon our enjoying full editorial freedom and independence from his influence. In the eight years I spent at The Intercept, Omidyar completely kept his word. There was never a single occasion, at least to my knowledge, when he attempted to interfere in or override our journalistic independence. For the first couple of years, adhering to that promise was easy: he was an ardent supporter of the Snowden reporting which consumed most of our time and energy back then and, specifically, viewed a defense of our press freedoms (which were under systemic attack from multiple governments) as a genuine social good. So our journalism and Omidyar's worldview were fully aligned for the first couple of years of The Intercept's existence. The arrival of Donald Trump on the political scene in 2015 changed all of that, and did so quite dramatically. As Trump ascended to the presidency, Omidyar became monomaniacally obsessed with opposing Trump. Although Omidyar stopped tweeting in March, 2019 and has since locked his Twitter account, he spent 2015-2019 as a very active user of the platform. The content he was posting on Twitter on a daily basis was utterly indistinguishable from the standard daily hysterical MSNBC panels or New York Times op-eds, proclaiming Trump a fascist, white nationalist, and existential threat to democracy, and depicting him as a singular evil, the root of America's political pathology. In other words, the Trump-centric worldview that I spent most of my time attacking and mocking on every platform I had — in speeches, interviews, podcasts, social media and in countless articles at The Intercept — was the exact political worldview to which Omidyar had completely devoted himself and was passionately and vocally advocating. The radical divergence between my worldview and Omidyar's did not end there. Like most who viewed Trump as the primary cause of America's evils rather than just a symptom of them, Omidyar also became a fanatical Russiagater. A large portion of his Twitter feed was devoted to the multi-pronged conspiracy theory that Trump was in bed with and controlled by the Kremlin and that its president, Vladimir Putin, through his control over Trump and “interference” in U.S. democracy, represented some sort of grave threat to all things good and decent in American political life. All of that happened at exactly the same time that I became one of the media's most vocal and passionate critics of Russiagate mania, frequently criticizing and deriding exactly the views that Omidyar was most passionately expressing on Twitter, often within hours of his posting them. My dissent on Russiagate became so vocal, just as Omidyar was devoting himself to it with greater and greater zeal, that liberal outlets began publishing lengthy and highly critical profiles of me that had little purpose but to expel me from Decent Liberal Society due to my Russiagate heresy and to cast that dissent as the byproduct of mental instability rather than genuine conviction. This extreme divergence between my public profile and Omidyar's core views expanded for years. Often Omidyar would promote and herald a view on Twitter in the morning, and I would then publish an article on The Intercept attacking that same view in the afternoon, and then go on television that night to attack it some more. Perhaps most extraordinary was that Omidyar became convinced that salvation from the evils of Trump and Russia was to be found primarily in propping up the faction of #NeverTrump Republicans — led by people like neocon Bill Kristol, career CIA operative Evan McMullin, and the consummate scumbags of the Lincoln Project — who he regarded as uniquely patriotic and noble for putting country over party (even though their influence was confined to cable news green-rooms and major newspaper op-ed pages). Omidyar began funding many of the #NeverTrump groups overseen by Kristol — who I often denounced and still regard as one of the most toxic and deceitful figures in American political life — as well as groups whose sole purpose was to hype the Russian threat and who claimed they were united in patriotic bipartisan unity to combat Russia-and-Trump-fueled disinformation on the internet. To underscore how deeply ensconced Omidyar became in the very political faction for which I harbored the greatest scorn and expressed the most unbridled contempt, his very last tweet since he stopped using Twitter in 2019 was an approving re-tweet of the Lincoln Project's Rick Wilson, claiming for the ten thousandth time that conclusive proof had emerged of Trump's criminality. That Omidyar's political activism and my journalism did not just diverge, but became polar opposites, was so glaring that it began attracting the attention of journalists who contacted us to tell us they intended to write stories on this strange situation. It was indeed extreme: there were times when I was publishing investigative articles or scathing denunciations of the very groups Omidyar was funding and promoting, putting him in the situation in which the U.S. government often finds itself: essentially funding both sides of the same war. It was an irresistible story to journalists: at the time, I was the most prominent and the highest-paid journalist associated with The Intercept, which relied almost entirely on Omidyar's annual multi-million dollar largesse, and yet my primary political and journalistic focus at The Intercept was tantamount to a war on Omidyar's most cherished political beliefs and core objectives. On at least two occasions, journalists with major outlets contacted each of us to let us know they wanted to write about this glaring split. Yet neither ended up doing so for a simple reason: Omidyar made it emphatically clear that I had the absolute right to express whatever views I wanted, and that my doing so would never create a problem with him, let alone cause him to re-think his funding of The Intercept. To underscore the point, Omidyar told me privately on both occasions that he knew when he decided to fund The Intercept that the day would come, likely soon, when not just me but other journalists there would be publishing articles with which he vehemently disagreed or even undermined his other interests. When he decided to fund The Intercept, he told me, he was supporting independent journalism, not promoting a particular ideology or political agenda. And indeed, no matter how much my attacks escalated on his core beliefs and the other groups he was heavily funding — and escalate they did! — I never received any remote signal that my outspoken journalism and commentary were imperiling his ongoing funding of The Intercept. I recount all of that for two reasons. First, I want to make clear that my analysis of Omidyar's role in this scam Facebook "whistleblower” campaign and the dangers it presents is in no way motivated by personal animus toward him. Indeed, I harbor no personal hostility toward him; to the contrary, I genuinely respect that he kept his word for all those years by honoring our editorial freedom even as he was funding my journalism and the journalism of others with which he vehemently disagreed. As I made clear when I quit The Intercept in protest over their censorship of my pre-election article about Joe Biden, I viewed the degradation of The Intercept as the fault of its senior editorial management team, who had no involvement in the outlet's founding, did not share its core mission or values, and had reduced it to little more than a trite ideological mouthpiece for the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. But the second point is the more important one. When it comes to billionaire funders of political and journalistic projects, Omidyar — despite the long list of political views and activities of his that I regard as misguided or even toxic — is, for the reasons I just outlined, as good as it gets. And yet despite all that, it is simply unavoidable — inevitable — that the ideology, views and political agenda of a billionaire funder will end up contaminating and dominating any project for which they are the exclusive or primary funder. Omidyar is not some apolitical or neutral guardian of good internet governance; he is a highly politicized and ideological actor with very strong views on society's most debated questions. And that is why it is so dangerous that the campaign to control and police the internet — to launch pressure campaigns to further centralize the control over what can and cannot be said online, and to further restrict the range of views that is deemed permissible — is being funded almost entirely by a small handful of multi-billionaires like Omidyar. No matter how benevolent and well-intentioned they may be, the power and control they will inevitably wield, even if they try not to, will be limitless. And when it comes to a free internet, few things are more dangerous than allowing a tiny number of like-minded billionaires to use their vast wealth to control the contours of permissible speech. Yet that is exactly what has been happening. And the obviously orchestrated, well-planned and well-financed campaign centered around this new high-tech Joan of Arc, ready to be martyred to save us all from an unsafe internet, is merely the latest example. To understand the dangers of a small group of billionaires funding campaigns like this Facebook "whistleblower” spectacle and other “anti-disinformation” and “anti-extremism” groups, put yourself in the place of senior editors of The Intercept. Despite Omidayr's genuine affirmation of editorial independence, they live in complete captivity to, and fear of, Omidyar's whims and preferences. As is true of so many billionaire-funded NGOs and “non-profits,” editors and senior writers at The Intercept receive gigantic, well-above-the-market salaries. Because the site depends almost entirely on Omidyar's infinite wealth, it does not sell any subscriptions or ads and it therefore does not have any pressure to produce at all in order to generate revenue. It is a dream job for most of them: enormous salaries, endless expense accounts, a complete lack of job requirements, and no need even to attract an audience. For years, outside of three or four journalists, articles published by The Intercept produce almost no traffic. With rare exception, nobody reads the site. They have a massive budget to create highly-produced videos and yet their videos almost never exceed even 10,000 views: most tiny, from-their-garage, zero-budget YouTubers attract larger audiences. And nobody cares, because the money flows in from Omidyar no matter what. It does not get better than that, and that is why almost nobody ever quits The Intercept. Why would they? They just stay for years and years, collecting a huge salary, with no need to do anything but avoid angering one man. They work in an industry where jobs disappear with astonishing frequency, where layoffs are the norm, where the very existence of most organizations is precarious, and where the slightest dissent from liberal orthodoxies can render someone permanently unemployable. Those who work in outlets funded by billionaires have essentially won a type of lottery, at least temporarily, and very few people are willing to risk losing a winning lottery ticket, especially if they know they have no alternatives in the event that their security blanket is taken away. That means that the entire news organization has a constituency of one: Pierre Omidyar. If you were an Intercept editor who knows you could never get anywhere near that high salary working anywhere else — and that is true for virtually the entire senior editorial staff at The Intercept other than its Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim — you will of course be desperate to keep the sinecure going. That is not really corrupt as much as it is just basic self-preservation. If remaining in Omidyar's good graces is the only way to pay your large mortgage and maintain your lifestyle — which is true for most of them — then that will be all you ever think or care about. And you will know that your ability to keep the money spigot flowing depends on one thing and one thing only: keeping Pierre Omidyar happy or, at the very least, never displeasing him. Consider the power that bestows on Omidyar in the lives of those dependent on him. He is literally like a god to them: for those unlikely to find any similar position if The Intercept shuts down, his every whim can mean life or death for their careers and their happiness. They wake up knowing every day that one man has the power, on a whim, to destroy their livelihood. That desperate dynamic produces a climate where catering one's worldview and work product to Omidyar's ideological preferences becomes the overarching imperative. The only thing that matters to them in their work is keeping their sole benefactor happy and avoiding his wrath. I want to avoid the caricature here. This need to please Omidyar is often more subliminal than conscious. There are numerous journalists who work at The Intercept who do great work and rarely think about Omidyar in any conscious or direct way. They produce valuable reporting and investigations. But the inescapable reality is that the senior editorial management absolutely knows that their only real job is to foster a climate that will keep Omidyar happy, which means only hiring or publishing voices that will not offend him, ensuring that The Intercept's political and journalistic posture is aligned with his ideological worldview and, most of all, prohibiting anyone or any journalism from remaining at The Intercept if it strays too far from Omidyar's political project. And when my journalism and Omidyar's vocally expressed views began to diverge so radically and publicly, that is precisely what they began to do. In response to my increasingly vocal heretical views on Trump, Russia, and Russiagate, The Intercept's senior editors started hiring mainstream journalists from places like The New York Times to do nothing but produce the most hysterical Russiagate fanaticism and anti-Trump agitprop: in other words, they did everything possible to bring The Intercept's journalistic brand in full alignment with Omidyar's Twitter feed and political funding. Thus did The Intercept begin routinely publishing and aggressively headlining #Resistance dreck from these former New York Times reporters and others under Omidyar-pleasing tabloid headlines like “IS DONALD TRUMP A TRAITOR?” and “Reporters Should Stop Helping Donald Trump Spread Lies About Joe Biden and Ukraine” and “Democrats Need to Wake Up: The Trump Movement Is Shot Through With Fascism,” the latter of which peddled a slew of false claims found in the sewers of anti-Trump Twitter that Trump had ordered “involuntary hysterectomies conducted on people in a migrant detention center” and ignored reports of Russian bounties on the heads of U.S. soldiers. They were one of the outlets which published and ratified the CIA's lie in the weeks before the election that the Biden emails published by The New York Post were "Russian disinformation” (and they are also one of the outlets that has refused even to acknowledge the new book by Politico reporter Ben Schreckinger proving that the documents were authentic and the CIA lied, because they know that their only reader who matters — Omidyar — does not mind that they circulated lies in order to help defeat Trump). As a reward for these scripts, perfectly tailored to Omidyar's Twitter feed, The Intercept was gifted with appearances on MSNBC's most deranged prime-time shows. Just a couple of months before Chris Hayes hosted New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait to explore whether Trump had been a Kremlin asset since the 1980s, the DNC-loyal host invited James Risen on to discuss his Intercept article accusing Trump of treason: MSNBC's Chris Hayes speaks to the former New York Times reporter James Risen about his Intercept article accusing Trump of treason on Feb. 17, 2018 Though The Intercept was originally designed to be a platform for voices too anti-establishment and radical for mainstream corporate outlets, the site under its new editorial management entirely stopped publishing any writers who could remotely be described that way, relying instead solely on journalists who could be and are published by at least a dozen of other standard, inoffensive left-liberal publications. Ever since I left, there has been barely a syllable published … To read the rest of the article, click here and subscribe. Tyler Durden Mon, 10/25/2021 - 16:29.....»»

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Workers Are Furious. Their Unions Are Scrambling to Catch Up

James Geiger, a 53-year-old John Deere machinist in Waterloo, Iowa, is fed up with two things. The first is how newer workers are treated by the agricultural machinery manufacturer compared to older ones. After 19 years of service, he says his pay and pension benefits don’t stack up against those of his coworkers hired before… James Geiger, a 53-year-old John Deere machinist in Waterloo, Iowa, is fed up with two things. The first is how newer workers are treated by the agricultural machinery manufacturer compared to older ones. After 19 years of service, he says his pay and pension benefits don’t stack up against those of his coworkers hired before 1997 and he’s often required to work mandatory overtime. As the clock struck midnight on Oct. 14, he and 10,000 other John Deere workers walked out of 14 plants nationwide in protest. The other thing getting under Geiger’s skin is how his union, United Auto Workers (UAW), is handling this moment. After all, it was UAW that agreed to the contract of the two-tiered system back in the 1990s. “We don’t trust the international [union],” says Geiger. “They brought that lousy contract for us to vote on.” [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Geiger’s frustration with his union is not unique. In recent weeks, as tens of thousands of workers from Colorado to Georgia have gone on strike to demand better pay and work conditions, much of the organizing has been driven by workers themselves. The dynamic has left national and international union leadership scrambling to keep up with their own members’ decisions to strike, their shifting goals, and how to support the social media-driven communications strategies workers are employing. “There is this grassroots push,” says David Madland, senior adviser to the American Worker Project at the Center for American Progress, “and leaders have to catch up.” A year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, in which most blue-collar workers risked their health and safety to go to work while their white-collar colleagues largely worked from home, some top union brass and union members are at a disconnect. Union leadership is sometimes so focused on state and federal power structures that they’re missing the tectonic shifts among workers on the ground, labor experts and striking workers say. “There is a danger and a concern that some of the heads of unions tend to be DC-focused. [They are] too interested in, ‘What are the debates on reconciliation? Who’s working with the administration? Are we invited to the meetings in DC?’ Yes, there’s an important role to play there,” argues Faiz Shakir, the founder of advocacy journalism startup More Perfect Union and former Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign manager. “But right now, especially at this moment in history, the worker fights are out there around the country.” Read more: U.S. Workers Are Realizing It’s the Perfect Time to Go on Strike The real problem, some say, is that unions are not seizing on this moment to capitalize on workers’ demands. “The international and the local union kept telling us, ‘You guys will never see a [full] pension and never see medical benefits when you retire,’” says Geiger of the UAW. “I always ask, ‘Why not? That’s what we want. Take it to the bargaining table and fight for it.’” After all, the iron is hot. Current labor conditions give U.S. workers extraordinary leverage over their employers: There are 10.4 million open jobs and just 7.7 million people looking for work, according to October figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while a record-breaking number of people have been voluntarily quitting their jobs. “It’s kind of a perfect storm, and it allows the unions to be more aggressive than they have been for a long time,” says Ruth Milkman, chair of the Labor Studies Department at the City University of New York. Unionized workers are seizing on the opening. Roughly 1,400 employees at four factories for Kellogg’s are striking against a two-tier wage system, in addition to the 10,000 John Deere workers that have walked out over similar frustrations. Over 24,000 Kaiser Permanente health workers voted to authorize a strike in mid-October. IATSE, a union representing roughly 60,000 behind-the-scenes film and television employees, was also on the precipice of a strike earlier this month, before the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers proposed a tentative agreement with more humane work hours. (It is not yet clear IATSE workers will agree to the contract proposal.) And in mid-September, more than 1,000 Nabisco workers across five states exacted pay increases after a five-week strike. Union leadership, meanwhile, has been handed a golden opportunity. This recent surge of labor activity—dubbed “Striketober”—has garnered national headlines, excited rank-and-file laborers, and pushed employers onto their heels. While private-sector union membership remains low, just above 6% nationally, unions are in a position now to agitate, amass wins, and recruit much-needed new membership. But to do so, they may have to update their approach. “In order to have a resurgence,” says Milkman, “you’d have to organize that 94%.” ‘Do not try to package that script’ Rob Eafen, the President of Local 252G at the Memphis Kellogg’s facility, says he and other local union leaders didn’t originally want to strike; they wanted to continue negotiating for a better contract. But ultimately, the will of the workers prevailed. “The movement to strike was a groundswell, from the people,” Eafen says. “We heard the call to strike at all the union meetings that we had, and in conversations with employees in the plant… We had to listen to what the people wanted.” But helping workers facilitate a strike isn’t enough, workers say. Union leadership also has to empower them to extend their message from picket-lines to headlines. In the absence of effective communication strategies from his international union, Geiger says he’s taken it upon himself to talk to tell the world what he and his coworkers at John Deere are fighting for—and why. “We’re told by the union not to talk to the media, to just refer them to the union hall. That’s wrong,” he says. “Talk to the people that are doing the work. That’s where you get the real story.” Jenifer Veloso/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesSigns by a fire during a union workers strike outside the Kellogg plant in Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S., on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. Permitting striking workers to share their own experiences with the masses can be critical to a modern labor strike’s success, says Shakir. When unions disseminate information about strikes through press releases or carefully edited statements—the safe strategies of yesteryear—they risk suppressing the passion of the people working on the front lines. If you compare grassroots, worker-generated videos with one produced by union leadership, the latter is “going to be canned,” Shakir says. “It’s going to look like talking points. It’s going to look like you set them up to say things,” Shakir says. “I firmly believe in letting [workers] tell you their story. Do not try to package that script.” The Kellogg’s strikes are one example. At the Omaha, Nebraska plant, packing troubleshooter Jeff Jens, 49, is leading the local union’s social media efforts, capitalizing on Facebook and a blog to keep supporters informed about how the strike is going. “There’s been a shift in the labor movement right now in two ways,” says Jens. “One is that power is being recognized by all the unions themselves, but also in the laborers themselves, realizing what their worth and what the power of their voice is.” Read more: Pandemic Fuels Union Interest Among Frontline Workers At the Memphis Kellogg’s plant, the strategy is similar. “Pretty much everyone” at the Kellogg’s plant in Memphis, especially workers in their 20s, 30s and 40s, are using social media to express their personal motivations for striking to garner national support, says Eafen. “Social media is the devil,” he adds, “but it’s been very, very successful.” Liz Shuler, the president of AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest union federation, says national and international unions could do a better job of forging connections between other, tangentially related grassroots movements, like the Sunrise Movement’s climate organizing and Black Lives Matters’ racial equity demonstrations. Collective bargaining can be used to negotiate better pay and working conditions, like John Deere and Kellogg’s employees are striking for, but it can also be used to negotiate employer policies on issues like carbon usage; sexual harassment; and diversity, equity and inclusion. “These are some of the things that folks in our society and our economy care deeply about, but they don’t necessarily see unions as the path forward,” she told TIME in an October interview. “Our challenge is to make that case to more working people outside of unions to see us as the path forward.” Mary Kay Henry, the president of Service Employees International Union and a leader of Fight For $15, a group lobbying for a national $15 minimum wage, also points at the need for union leaders to reach out to other movements. “The union isn’t just about wages, hours and working conditions,” she says. “It’s about everybody’s total life, and us exercising the power of our militancy to change work, but also change society.” ‘That silver tsunami is about to hit us’ That unions’ membership rolls are anemic is hardly news. Union membership has been on the skids for decades, largely as a result of increasing globalization and the rise of right-to-work laws that make forming unions more difficult. In 1983, unions represented roughly one out of five workers; now they represent just one in ten. But it’s about to get a lot worse: current union members tend to skew older. Membership rates are highest among workers ages 45 to 64, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and lowest among the younger crowd. Roughly 13% of workers in the 45-54 and 55-64 age cohorts were members of unions in 2020, versus just 4.4% of workers ages 16-24. “This is the challenge of our time. Something like 10,000 people a day are retiring,” Shuler says, “and that silver tsunami is about to hit us.” That demographic challenge raises the stakes this month, multiple experts say. To prove to workers that membership is worth it—that it pays dividends in the form of better pay, benefits and work conditions—unions have to chalk up real, contractual wins. If union brass fails to provide workers with the support, megaphone, and hardline negotiations now, they risk compromising their ability to recruit more members and unionize more workplaces in the future. After nearly two decades of hard work at John Deere, Geiger says it’s time to throw cautious labor organizing approaches to the wind. “I have no qualms about speaking out against the union, because they can’t fire me,” he says. “They can make my life miserable, but how much more miserable can it get?”.....»»

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35 gifts for him on Amazon that are under $100, from a leather Apple Watch band to a do-it-all multi-tool

Finding the right gift for a guy can be a struggle, so we did the legwork for you and compiled the best Amazon gift options that are all under $100. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Amazon Picking out the right gift for the men in your life is tough, so we rounded up a helpful list of ideas. Each gift is available on Amazon for less than $100, with some eligible for free two-day shipping via Prime. Need more gifting ideas? Check out all Insider Reviews gift guides here. Sifting through a sea of gift ideas when none seem ideal is an experience everyone is familiar with. If you're wanting to avoid that headache this year, one of the best remedies can be to utilize the convenient, fast, and reliable perks of shopping on Amazon and its mountain of gifting options. To make your last-minute shopping easier, we found 35 gifts for him that won't cost more than $100, but that he's still sure to like.Most of these items are even available with free one- or two-day shipping if you have Amazon Prime, so you don't have to stress over whether it'll arrive on time (although a good rule of thumb, especially this year, is to order early to make extra sure you're able to avoid any delays). Shop the 35 best Amazon gifts for him: A leather weekender duffel bag Amazon Weekender Duffel Bag, $57.99If he tends to be disorganized, this leather weekender bag can keep his belongings intact wherever he goes. The separate shoe compartment and two large front pockets are useful details to maintain cleanliness and quickly access important items. A durable workout shirt Amazon Rhone Swift Short Sleeve Workout Shirt, from $63.31Rhone makes some of our favorite workout gear, and its Swift workout shirt is one of our go-tos, no matter if we're running, cycling, or lifting weights. It features the brand's unique odor blocking technology called Goldfusion, wicks away moisture, and is just plain comfortable to wear.  A home bartending kit Amazon Mixology Bartender Kit, $29.97An elegant bartender kit will upgrade his mixology skills at home with this set that has every bar essentials imagined from cocktail shaker to ice tongs. A sleek wooden stand and a fun drink recipe card are also included in this elegant bar tool kit. A Himalayan salt plate that enriches flavors Amazon Charcoal Companion CC6064 Himalayan Salt Plate & Holder Set, $34.99Salt plates add naturally rich flavors to foods when cooked, chilled, or simply presented on the plate. If he's partial to steaks, fish, shrimps, scallops, and more, this block is perfect for enhancing his BBQ experience. The latest video game Amazon Madden NFL 22 — Playstation 4, $39.88If you're tired of gifting tee shirts and socks, opt for the latest video game instead. And what better game than one that lets the gamer in your life simulate what it might be like to take their favorite team to the Super Bowl. Madden NFL 22 is also avaiable for Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC. A pair of socks they'll actually like Darn Tough Darn Tough Merino Socks, from $23.99Gifting socks is boring, let's face it. But what if the socks you gifted weren't just something you grabbed at the last second off the basics rack?That's exactly what you get with these Darn Tough socks. They're comfortable, warm, and durable, and can be used in a variety of settings be it hiking, layering in a boot, or just to wear around the house.  A warm fleece vest Amazon The North Face Apex Canyonwall Eco Vest, from $88.95The North Face's Gordon Lyons Vest is a warm and comfortable layer that any guy can work into an outfit. It's available in a bunch of colors, so you can pick out his favorite. A fast USB-C charger Anker Anker Nano 20W USB-C Charger, $16.99This year's iPhones won't come with a charging adaptor in the box, so if you're gifting a new iPhone, you'll want to include an Anker Nano as a stocking stuffer. It charges three times faster than the typical Apple charger and is physically the same size. A warm beanie Amazon Carhartt Men's Acrylic Watch Hat, $16.99Carhartt is a classic outdoor and workwear brand, and the guy you're shopping for likely already has something from the company in their wardrobe. Help them add to it by grabbing this warm, comfortable hat that costs less than $20. It comes in 25-plus colors, too, so you're able to match it to whatever kind of style they have.  A high-quality leather band for his Apple Watch Amazon Bullstrap Full-Grain Italian Leather Watch Band, $89Bullstrap's Italian Leather Watch Bands are the perfect way to add some elegance to his Apple Watch. They come in several colors of leather and are compatible with all generations of the Apple Watch. A reliable and affordable cast-iron skillet Amazon/Insider Lodge Cast Iron Skillet with Handle Holder, $22.97A quality cast iron skillet is a gift that will get plenty of use and last a lifetime. Lodge's Cast Iron Skill is affordable, durable, and comes with a silicone handle cover for heat protection. A mug he'll get plenty of use from Amazon/Insider Yeti Rambler, from $48.36This ever-reliable mug is well equipped for outdoor adventures and morning coffees alike. The vacuum insulation, dishwasher safety, and wide-grip handle all make this mug a standout. A minimalist leather wallet Amazon Bellroy Low Slim Leather Wallet, $75Replace his tired and tattered wallet with this slim leather billfold from Insider Reviews' favorite wallet brand Bellroy. It's made with ethically sourced leather that will age wonderfully and last many years. A beard and body trimmer for a comfortable shave Philips Norelco Philips Norelco OneBlade Face + Body Trimmer, $39.95What separates the Philips Norelco OneBlade from other trimmers and shavers is the unique blade. It uses a fast-moving OneBlade cutter with a dual-protection system on both ends. The base of the blade will contour to his face, allowing for a comfortable shave or trim without irritation — and it works for wet or dry shaving. A pair of premium ear buds Amazon Jabra Elite 3, $79.99Premium earbuds often cost hundreds of dollars, which makes the $80 Elite 3s from Jabra one of the best deals on Amazon. And although they look small they are quite mighty in the sound quality they offer. They're even great for taking phone calls and are rated IP55, meaning they can endure a little rain, too.  A versatile iPhone case Amir Ismael/Business Insider Scooch Wingman case, $39.99: iPhone 12/12 Pro and 12 Pro MaxA durable case is always an essential accessory. The Scooch Wingman is a military-grade case that has a built-in grip, kickstand, and car dash mount. To learn why it's the only case I'll use on my phone, read my full review on the iPhone 11 version. A portable waterproof Bluetooth speaker JBL JBL Flip 4, from $99.95Perfect for the adventure seeker, the JBL Flip 4 is rugged, portable, and waterproof. He can use it while camping in the backcountry, fishing at the lake, or even while he's swimming. A newer version of the speaker — the Flip 5 — is also available, though it sells for over $100.  A fun fidget toy Amazon Speks Geode, $29.95If he likes to fidget and play with things throughout the day, Speks magnets are an extremely satisfying option. We're partial to the classic set, but this geode is intended to create a striking sphere in one of four bright colors.  A few big bricks of soap Amazon/Insider Duke Cannon Big Brick of Soap WWII Era Collection, from $9.99Duke Cannon is a military-inspired men's grooming brand that helps support veterans and active service members by donating a portion of all proceeds. Even if the man you're shopping for isn't a serviceman, he'll appreciate the smell and massive size of these soap bars. A charging dock for his iPhone and Apple Watch Amazon Belkin Powerhouse Charge Dock for Apple Watch and iPhone, $80.89Sure, you could give him a regular charging cord to juice up his phone, but a charging dock is often more convenient and definitely cooler. This one in particular also comes with a convenient place to charge his Apple Watch.  An 8-inch tablet for surfing the internet and streaming Amazon Fire HD 8 32GB Tablet with Alexa, $89.99With an 8-inch 1080p full HD screen, the Fire HD Tablet is the perfect size for surfing the web, checking emails, and streaming videos. He'll get lots of use out of it whether he's at home or on the go. An Alexa-enabled smart display Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Echo Show 5, $44.99Help him stay connected to the world by gifting him the new Echo Show 5. This smart display is good for video chatting with friends and family, checking the news, and controlling smart home devices like robot vacuums, security systems, and more.  A cold-brew maker Amazon/Insider Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker, $22.20Save him hundreds of dollars per year with this cold brew maker that lives up to coffee shop quality. It easily fits into most refrigerator doors, is simple to use, and makes a good amount of cold brew at once. A smart speaker Amazon Echo Dot 4th Gen with Clock, $59.99The newest Echo Dot is more convenient than ever. The all-new design features a larger speaker for better audio, a digital clock to display the time and timer countdowns, and all of Alexa's other skills. A set of whiskey rocks Amazon Stainless Steel Whiskey Ice Cubes, $19.99Gone are the days of thinned-out drinks with these whiskey stones made of stainless steel. Plus, it comes in a box set for easy gifting.  A popular multitool Amazon Leatherman Wingman Multitool, $59.95Leatherman is a well-respected company, and they're especially well-known for making multi-tools like this one. It has 14 tools including a knife, pliers, screwdrivers, a ruler, and both bottle and can openers hidden inside it. A voice-enabled TV streaming stick Amazon Roku Ultra, $79.99If they have a TV that supports HD or 4K playback, then they need something that can reliably stream that high of quality. Look no further than Roku's premium offering, the Roku Ultra.The Ultra is similar to the brand's other streaming sticks and devices in that it allows users to stream video content from downloaded apps like Netflix, Hulu, or HBO Max. However, its biggest difference is its compatibility with higher resolution formats like 4K. A specialty beer-making kit Amazon Mr. Beer Premium Craft Making Kit, $49.99If he's one of those guys that either is or will one day be holed up in the garage making specialty beers, he's going to love this DIY kit. It includes everything he'll need to get started, including bottles. A handy money clip Amazon/Insider Travelambo Carbon Fiber Money Clip, $9.99This sleek money clip is durable, affordable, and lightweight. Whether he's constantly on the go or simply prone to losing his wallet, this money clip will likely eliminate some pain points. A turntable for his growing record collection Amazon Victrola Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Portable Suitcase Record Player, from $49.57Help him rediscover his favorite classic records with this affordable, portable turntable. If you're feeling extra generous, pick up a record he doesn't have or sign him up for a subscription to Vnyl. A beard grooming kit to keep him looking neat Amazon Rapid Beard Grooming & Trimming Kit, $29.95This bestselling beard grooming kit isn't messing around, and it's reliant upon 100% natural and organic ingredients like argan oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin E. It makes grooming, trimming, shaping, and taming easier. The most comfortable travel pillow Courtesy TRTL Trtl Pillow, $39.99It looks gimmicky, but it's not. This is the best travel pillow on the internet in our opinion, and while it won't convince you that you're sleeping on a feather bed, it will make sleeping in an upright position far more enjoyable. If he travels, this is a thoughtful gift idea. A quality pair of binoculars Amazon Celestron binoculars, $37.95Binoculars are a great gift idea because they're the perfect option for so many different people. Be it a casual stargazer or budding astronomer, any guy you're shopping for will have plenty of uses for a quality pair. These Celestron binoculars are durably built, have large, 50mm lenses, and cost less than $40.  A dry box for waterproof protection outdoors Amazon Pelican Go Case G40, $39.95This tiny storage box is basically like a rugged phone case, protecting not only their phone but also other small essentials. It's even waterproof up to 30 minutes, making it perfect for outdoor adventures. The internet's most popular cooker Amazon Instant Pot DUO80, $99The Instant Pot is one of the most versatile appliances you can add to your kitchen for under $100. Help him make delicious home-cooked meals a cinch, even when he has to work late. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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The NTSB wants Elon Musk to limit where Tesla"s Autopilot can be used

The chair of the National Transportation Safety Board urged Musk to act on Autopilot safety recommendations it issued four years ago. The Tesla Model S. Tesla The National Transportation Safety Board is urging Elon Musk to make Autopilot safer. The letter from the agency's chairwoman comes amid increasing scrutiny of Tesla's technology. The NTSB is pressing Tesla to act on safety recommendations it issued in 2017. The head of the National Transportation Safety Board sent a fiery letter to Elon Musk urging him to implement safety measures it recommended in the wake of a fatal Autopilot crash more than four years ago. NTSB Chairwoman Jennifer Homendy pressed Tesla's CEO to respond to two recommendations. The agency wants Tesla to restrict Autopilot use to certain types of highways where it's safest, and to figure out a way to better monitor driver attention. "Our crash investigations involving your company's vehicles have clearly shown that the potential for misuse requires a system design change to ensure safety," Homendy said. She said she was "deeply concerned" at what she called Tesla's inaction on these issues. Autopilot, which uses cameras to keep a Tesla in its lane and maintain a steady distance to the vehicle ahead, has come under increased scrutiny after a series of crashes have highlighted design flaws and its potential for abuse.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently opened an investigation into incidents where Teslas on Autopilot collided with stopped emergency vehicles like ambulances and police cars. Numerous viral videos have appeared to show Tesla drivers asleep or otherwise distracted with Autopilot engaged. In its investigation of the 2016 crash that killed Joshua Brown when his Model S collided with a turning semi-truck, the NTSB found that Brown had his hands off the wheel for extended periods of time and that he was using Autopilot on roads it wasn't designed for. Autopilot requires full driver attention and does not make cars autonomous. Following that investigation, the agency sent safety recommendations to Tesla and five other automakers regarding their driver-assistance technologies. Tesla alone did not respond, Homendy said. During a later investigation, Tesla told the agency that it is up to drivers to pay attention and to decide where they want to turn on Autopilot. Homendy also criticized Tesla for expanding its prototype Full Self-Driving software to more drivers before addressing issues with Autopilot. That more advanced system aims to ferry drivers around city streets while recognizing pedestrians, stop lights, and the like, but it is far from ready. "If you are serious about putting safety front and center in Tesla vehicle design, I invite you to complete action on the safety recommendations we issued to you four years ago," Homendy said. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Monday Amusement: The New Normal Investing Rules For A "QE"-Driven Market

Monday Amusement: The New Normal Investing Rules For A 'QE'-Driven Market Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, A recent post on CNBCdiscussed Bob Farrell’s 10-Investing Rules. These rules have withstood the test of time as it relates to long-term investing. Here’s a list of Farrell’s 10-rules: Markets tend to return to the mean over time Excesses in one direction will lead to an opposite excess in the other direction There are no new eras — excesses are never permanent Exponential rapidly rising or falling markets usually go further than you think, but they do not correct by going sideways The public buys the most at the top and the least at the bottom Fear and greed are stronger than long-term resolve Markets are strongest when they are broad and weakest when they narrow to a handful of blue-chip names Bear markets have three stages — sharp down, reflexive rebound and a drawn-out fundamental downtrend When all the experts and forecasts agree — something else is going to happen Bull markets are more fun than bear markets However, given more than a decade of QE-driven bull market advance, I wondered what they might be like if Bob Farrell was alive today. Would he have changed his mind? With this in mind, I present Bob Farrell’s 10-Investing Rules For A “QE” Driven Market. (Tongue firmly implanted into the cheek, of course.) 1) Markets Remain Deviated From The Long-Term Means Over Time Bob believed that stock prices get anchored to their moving averages. As such, with regularity, prices must and will revert to and beyond those means over time. However, as any young retail investor will tell you, such “boomer” ideas must be “put out to pasture,” as they say in Texas. All you need is a fresh round of “stimmies,” some “rocket emojis,” and you have all the ingredients necessary for a bull market. Sure, prices certainly get overextended, but any dip is a buying opportunity because the “Fed put” ensures any downside is limited. 2) Excesses In One Direction (On The Upside) Lead To More Excesses “Ole’ Boomer Bob” antiquated notion that markets, which can and do overshoot on the upside, will also overshoot on the downside, is also clearly wrong. The further markets swing to the upside, the higher they should go. There is no reason not to buy stocks as long as there are low interest rates, liquidity, and a mobile trading app. Sure, prices are a “smidge” above fair value, but valuations are such an antiquated metric. Also, plenty of articles suggest the “P/E” ratios are terrible market timing devices, so why even pay attention to them? Sure, the market-capitalization ratio is almost 3x what the economy can produce, but we have never been in a market like this before. With all the Fed and Government money paying for everything, there is no reason to be productive when everyone can stay home, trade stocks and play “Call of Duty – Warzone.” 3) There Are No New Eras – Except This Time As Excesses Are Permanent There will always be some “new thing” that elicits speculative interest. Over the last 500 years, there were speculative bubbles involving everything from Tulip Bulbs to Railways, Real Estate to Technology, Emerging Markets (5 times) to Automobiles, Commodities, and Bitcoin. Jeremy Grantham posted the following chart of 40-years of price bubbles in the markets. During the inflation phase, each got rationalized that “this time is different.”  But Jeremy is an old “boomer” that doesn’t understand current markets. Multiple media sources pen articles stating valuations don’t matter. As long as interest rates are low, the Fed provides liquidity; stocks can only go up. That is a much better narrative, and if I put out a 1-minute video on “Tik-Tok,“ I can get a bunch of followers. 4) Rapidly Rising Markets Go Further Than You Think, But Correct By Going Even Higher. The reality is that excesses, such as we are seeing in the market now, can indeed go much further than logic would dictate. However, these excesses, as stated above, are never worked off simply by trading sideways. Instead, excessively high prices are “corrected” by prices just going higher in this new market. That makes complete sense to me. 5) The Public Buys The Most And The Top, And More At The Next Top After more than a decade of Fed interventions, investors believe that buying at the current “top” will be a bargain compared to an even higher top coming. Sure, logic would dictate the best time to invest is after a sell-off, but if you have “Diamond Hands,” you need to keep buying because prices will only go up. 6) Fear (Of Missing Out) And Greed Is All That Matters As stated in Rule #5, emotions cloud your decisions and affect your long-term plan. “Gains make us exuberant; they enhance well-being and promote optimism,” says Santa Clara University finance professor Meir Statman.  His studies of investor behavior show that “Losses bring sadness, disgust, fear, regret. Fear increases the sense of risk and some react by shunning stocks.” What is clear is that Meir Statman does not have “Diamond Hands.” While he is correct, there are only two primary emotions any investor should have. FEAR – The “Fear Of Missing Out;” and, GREED – The “Cojones” to take out debt, lever up. and ramp your “risk bets” in this one way market. In the words of Warren Buffett: “Buy when people are fearful and sell when they are greedy.” Clearly, “Boomer Buffett” doesn’t get it either. But, of course, he is the same idiot sitting on $150 billion in cash whining because he can’t find anything to buy. So if he was indeed an “Oracle,” why didn’t he load up on AMC and GameStop? 7) Markets Are Strongest When The Fed Is Dumping Liquidity Into The System “Breadth is important. A rally on narrow breadth indicates limited participation and the chances of failure are above average. The market cannot continue to rally with just a few large-caps (generals) leading the way. Small and mid-caps (troops) must also be on board to give the rally credibility. A rally that “lifts all boats” indicates far-reaching strength and increases the chances of further gains.” – Every “Old” Technical Analyst Sure thing, “Boomer.” To crush the market, all you have to do is buy the 10-fundamentally worst companies that have the highest short-ratios, leverage it up with margin debt and options, and sit back. Then, the “ATM” will start spitting out money. All you need to watch is for a change in the Fed. “The high correlation between the financial markets and the Federal Reserve interventions is all you need to know to navigate the market.“ Those direct or psychological interventions are all you need to justify taking on all the speculative “risk” you muster. 8) Bear Markets Have Three Stages – Up, Up, and Up. “We don’t have no stinkin’ bear markets.” Any decline in the market is just a good reason to take on even more risk. Given the Fed will stop any market crash by injecting trillions in liquidity, buy. After all, before the “economic shutdown,” I had to work three jobs (Uber, Lyft, and Amazon delivery) to make ends meet. Now, I sit at home, trade stocks, and make “TikTok” videos about all the money I am making. Plus, once I get to 100,000 followers, I increase my income by doing affiliate marketing and getting my followers to trade on Robinhood. What could go wrong with that? 9) When All Experts Agree – Whatever They Agreed On Is Likely To Happen Another old “boomer,” Sam Stovall, the investment strategist for Standard & Poor’s, once quipped: “If everybody’s optimistic, who is left to buy? If everybody’s pessimistic, who’s left to sell?” Well DUUHHHH!!! Who wants to sell? That is just stupid. 10) Bull Markets Are More Fun Because Bear Markets Don’t Happen Any Longer. What should be clear by now to anyone is that after 12-years of monetary interventions, “Bear Markets” can no longer happen. So, suck it up, quit your complaining, and “Party On Garth.” This Time Isn’t Different If you detected a hint of sarcasm in today’s post, don’t be surprised. Like all rules on Wall Street, Bob Farrell’s rules are not hard and fast. There are always exceptions to every rule, and while history never repeats exactly, it often “rhymes” closely. Nevertheless, these rules get ignored during periods of excess in markets as investors get swept up into the “greed” of the moment. Yes, this time certainly seems different. However, a look back at history suggests it isn’t. When the eventual reversion occurs, individuals, and even professional investors, try to justify their capital destruction.  “I am a long term, fundamental value, investor. So these rules don’t really apply to me.” No, you’re not. Yes, they do. Individuals are long-term investors only as long as the markets are rising. Unfortunately, despite endless warnings, repeated suggestions, and outright recommendations, getting investors to manage portfolio risks gets lost in prolonged bull markets. Unfortunately, when the fear, desperation, and panic stages get reached, it is always too late to do anything about it. Those with “Diamond Hands” will eventually sell at the worst possible time. Just remember, “Old ‘Boomer Bob'” did warn you. Tyler Durden Mon, 10/25/2021 - 14:25.....»»

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33 amazing gifts for teen girls, all available on Amazon - from zodiac necklaces to a tie-dye kit

Finding gifts for teen girls can be tough, but there are a lot of options online. We rounded up 33 of the best gifts to help you in your search. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Getty Images Buying gifts for teen girls doesn't have to be difficult or send you searching across many sites. Using my own sisters as inspiration, I chose 33 Amazon gifts that cover many interests and budgets. Want more gift ideas? Check out all Insider Reviews gift guides here. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyBuying gifts for teen girls can be a daunting task, which is probably why they end up with seven identical lip balms from different relatives every year. But getting a thoughtful, fun, and useful gift is easier than you think. In fact, it doesn't even require you to leave Amazon. Below, I've rounded up 33 gift ideas, all of which you can find on Amazon, for the teen girls in your life. As someone who was once a teen girl and who has teen sisters, I feel confident in saying this is a good jumping-off point.Shop the 33 best gifts for teen girls: A water board painting set to help destress Amazon Buddha Board Art Set, $37.95Whether she's an artist or mindlessly doodles, this Buddha board helps her to let go of her stress with artistic expression. Inspired by a zen philosophy, the artwork eventually fades away with her stress as it returns to a blank slate due to its usage of water. The painting set includes a bamboo paintbrush and a stand with a water reservoir.Original Board (small) A portable jewelry organizer Amazon Vlando Jewelry Box, $38.99For the teen girl who owns more jewelry than she can count, this adorable jewelry box is the perfect solution. There are various divided sections and removable drawers to help her keep her jewelry organized.Princess Style Jewelry Box (small)  A cute miniature backpack for short trips Amazon From short day trips to sleepovers, this mini backpack is a practical yet chic gift that best fits small necessities. This vegan leather backpack features various comes with adjustable shoulder straps, easily accessible pockets, and a decorative pompom. Mini Backpack Purse (button) A lighted vanity mirror Amazon A vanity mirror is an essential tool for a girl who's starting to wear makeup more often. This lighted mirror offers an ultra-clear reflection with its 16 LED lights, adjustable brightness, and comfortable viewing angles up to 180 degrees. Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror (button) An oversized wearable blanket to keep warm Amazon This oversized blanket is more whimsical and adorable than any other typical loungewear gift. If being comfortable is their motto, this snug blanket keeps them completely warm and cozy in any setting.Oversized Wearable Blanket (button) A tie-dye kit for making colorful shirts Amazon There's no need to buy tie-dye clothing when they can use this kit to make their own. Five dyes, gloves, rubber bands, and an instruction guide come in this easy-to-use set. It's not only a fun art project, but they'll get some vibrant, stylish, homemade shirts from it, too.One-Step 5 Color Tie-Dye Kit (button) A pair of plush slippers they won't want to take off Ugg Comfort is key when it comes to teenagers. These fluffy, supportive Ugg slippers are great for wearing around the house and also outside of the home. You can read more about why we love this slide slipper in our guide to the best women's slippers.Fluff Yeah Slide Slipper (button, Preferred: Amazon) A neon sign to light up their bedroom Amazon Coming in blue or pink, this neon sign can serve as a relaxing piece of decor in their bedroom. It'll brighten up their space, whether they hang it on a wall or place it on their nightstand or desk. We even ranked this one as the best for bedrooms in our guide to the best neon signs.Unique Sweet Dream Neon Sign (button) An apron for the aspiring chef Amazon If you constantly find your teen cooking or baking in the kitchen, it might be time to get them a nice apron. This one has an adjustable neck strap and long waist ties to help them get the right fit. Plus, there are plenty of colorful designs to choose from. Kitchen Apron (button) An initial necklace that's a staple piece Amazon This simple but personal necklace will be a welcome addition to a teen's growing jewelry collection. Its initial design makes it the perfect staple piece they can wear every day and with any outfit.Initial Letter Pendant Necklace (button) A DIY manicure kit Amazon With it being safer to stay home right now, DIY manicures are more popular than ever. These cute nail stickers make it quick, easy, and affordable. Nail Polish Strips (button) A felt letter board for fun quotes Amazon This felt board adds a cute and personal touch to their room. You can choose from 25 colors to match their decor aesthetic. It'll be the perfect setting for inspirational quotes or funny pop culture lines. Felt Letter Board (Pink) (button) A Bluetooth microphone to sing karaoke Amazon Whether or not they can carry a tune, it's a fun item to have for friend hangouts or to recreate carpool karaoke. All it takes is connecting a phone to play music through the microphone's speakers.Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone (2-Pack) (button) A popular book series Amazon Unless you've been living under a rock, the cultural phenomenon of Netflix's "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" has probably touched your life. If they're a fan, this set lets them enjoy the book series the movies are based on.The To All the Boys I've Loved Before Paperback Collection (button) A cool new Popsocket PopSockets Beyond making it easier to hold or prop up their phone, PopSockets are a great way to add personality to the tech they use every day. PopGrip (button, Preferred: Amazon) The most popular and useful Fitbit Fitbit The Fitbit Charge 4 is one of Fitbit's best and most popular models. It's not bulky like most smartwatches, yet it's comfortable to wear and you still have a usable display that gives you plenty of info. It has a built-in heart rate monitor, in-depth sleep tracking, advanced workout features, and real-time workout tracking. You can learn more about the Fitbit Charge 4 in our guide to the best Fitbit trackers and smartwatches.  Charge 4 (button, Preferred: Amazon) A mini waffle maker for a small but satisfying breakfast Amazon A favorite breakfast food just got a whole lot cuter. This lightweight and easy-to-use waffle maker can give them a small sense of independence in the kitchen, and it's available in 20 unique colors and designs. Mini Waffle Maker (button) A beanie with Bluetooth connectivity so they can listen to music on the go Amazon An increasingly popular accessory among teens is the Bluetooth Beanie Hat, which lets them listen to music while wearing it. The headphones pair with a tablet, Apple watch, or smartphone, and the Bluetooth range is up to 33 feet. There are even built-in controls for adjusting the volume, skipping songs, and pausing/playing music.Wireless Bluetooth Beanie Hat (button) A personalized zodiac necklace Amazon Zodiac signs have become even more popular in recent years, as has the mainstream interest in horoscopes and astrological personality types. If they're into the topic, or you just want to find a small way of personalizing an affordable gift, pick up a gold-dipped zodiac necklace that they can wear with anything. Zodiac Necklace (button) An Echo Dot for an alarm clock and games Amazon The Echo Dot is popular on Amazon for a few reasons, and one is how compact it is. They can stack it on top of a pile of books or on their nightstand, use it as a speaker or an alarm clock, and get access to all the capabilities of Alexa (weather updates, recipes, music, news, connections to other smart devices). It also has a decent speaker.Read our full review of the Amazon Echo Dot here.Echo Dot (4th Gen) (button, Preferred: Amazon) An instant camera and some film Amazon Maybe because it's now possible to document and curate everything just-so online, but the spontaneity and authenticity of instant cameras have experienced a rise in popularity in recent years. If it's a comfortable purchase, they'll probably get a lot of use out of the $60-something camera. It comes in fun colors, and they can hang the pictures up around their room. Pick up some film so they can get started right away. For more, check out our guide to the best instant cameras. Instax Mini 11 (button, Preferred: Amazon) The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Amazon Whether they saw the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary (which this was featured in), consider RBG amongst their favorite celebrities, or they may appreciate a keepsake that focuses on an empowered woman in history, this is a great gift that combines fun, creativity, and education. Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (button) A bunch of Korean sheet masks Amazon Few things are as fun as lounging around with a decadent sheet mask slapped across your face. It's also an affordable gift that gives outsized fun to the recipient, and a great addition to sleepovers with friends. Korea Facial Mask Sheets (button) Really nice new bedding Amazon We recommend Brooklinen often, and for good reason. We think they make the best high-end sheets at the best price, and most of the Insider Reviews team sleeps with Brooklinen on their own beds. If she may appreciate a more grown-up gift, this is a good one. Read our full review of Brooklinen sheets here. Luxe 7 Piece Sheet Set (button) Hanging glass terrariums for their room Amazon A living green thing is nice in any space, especially in the form of a pretty hanging terrarium like this. The set includes three types: a water drop, diamond, and triangle shape. Plus, you can help with hanging them in their room. Terrarium Container Flower Planter (button) A projector the size of a soda can Amazon Anker's Nebula Capsule is tiny but mighty. It's the size of a soda can, weighs only one pound, and has a quiet and continuous playtime of four hours. It'll take movie nights up a notch, and it travels easily. Read our full review of the Anker Nebula Capsule here.Nebula Capsule (button) A hair towel that cuts down on drying time Aquis This hair towel can cut in half the amount of time it takes for hair to dry. It also helps protect hair during its weakened state while wet. If they've ever fought frizzy hair, this and a silk pillowcase are especially thoughtful gifts. Original Hair Towel (button) Wireless headphones with up to 40 hours of battery life Beats Beats Solo3 headphones are good for zoning out to music, studying, and blocking out the noise on family road trips. They have good sound, up to 40 hours of battery life, and five minutes of charging equals three hours of playback. Read our full review of the Beats Solo3 headphones here. Solo3 Wireless Headphones (button) A fluffy, eco-friendly comforter Buffy Buffy is an eco-friendly startup that makes fluffy, cruelty-free comforters. The Cloud is made from a cool-to-the-touch eucalyptus fabric that's even softer than cotton, and the comforter is made from 50 recycled bottles.Read our full review of the Buffy comforter here.Cloud Comforter (Queen) (button) A streaming media player Amazon Bringing smart skills and the experience of Apple TV+, Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, The Roku Channel, HBO, Showtime, Google Play, and cable alternatives like Hulu with Live TV and more to their TV is an especially useful gift they'll never tire of.  Read our full review of the Roku Express here.Express (button, Preferred: Amazon) String lights with clips for pictures Amazon Perfect for creating the archetypal teen room that's most often seen in Netflix movies and old Taylor Swift music videos, these photo-clip string lights use warm light to illuminate Polaroids or other memorabilia. Photo Clip String Lights (button) An audiobook membership Amazon If they love to read, or you're trying to get them to love to read, a gift subscription to Audible is a great idea. They'll get three free titles for each month they're a member (one audiobook and two Audible Originals), and 30% off any additional audiobooks they buy. They can listen and read anywhere and anytime using the free app. Read our full review of Audible here. Gift Membership (3 Months) (button) More than 40 satin scrunchies Amazon Scrunchies are having a moment. If you want to get something particularly on-trend, you may want to look into gifting a few. This set comes with a whopping 46 colors in satin that won't leave kinks in their hair.Satin Scrunchies (button) Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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