Christel Deskins

Find & Support Black-Owned Businesses With These Apps & Websites

Following the police killing of George Floyd in May, protests have broken out across the country. We encourage everyone to join the fight by marching in local protests, signing online petitions, donating, and calling your elected officials, but there’s another way to fight systemic racial inequality, and that’s by putting your money where your mouth is. Make a commitment to support Black-owned businesses in your area.

Right now, Twitter users are asking their friends and followers to share their own or their favorite Black-owned businesses. While sifting through social media responses is one way to find spots to support, there are a lot of tweets containing the phrase “Black-owned businesses.” So if you’re looking to find a Black-owned business quickly — perhaps in time for take-out dinner tonight — there are also many useful resources online and in the app store that can help.

Ahead are top-ranking websites

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Wondering What Kind of Face Mask to Buy? These Are the Most Effective Options, Study Finds

Scientific research has proven that masks are one of the most effective tools in stopping the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. The highly contagious virus can easily infect other people through respiratory droplets from coughs, sneezes or even just talking, if people are standing close together — and especially if they’re indoors.

While a tightly fitted respirator mask is best for protecting a person and anyone around them from spreading COVID-19, a nationwide shortage of those masks means they should be reserved for frontline workers. That leaves the average person with a few options for non-medical face masks. Which ones are most effective?

A group of researchers at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science set out to answer that question, and found that sewn, multi-layered masks — like the ones readily available on Etsy and from many clothing brands — were most effective, followed by cone-style

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Online orders soar for Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury's store
Sainsbury’s store

Shoppers flocked to Sainsbury’s website during the lockdown amid a scramble to avoid the high street.

Online sales more than doubled during the crisis as the supermarket increased its delivery slots from 370,000 to 650,000 a week and beefed up its click-and-collect service. These now account for 17pc of Sainsbury’s food business – up from 7pc last year. 

Simon Roberts, who was promoted to chief executive in January and took over from Mike Coupe last month, said the supermarket chain has changed fundamentally during the pandemic.

Speaking to journalists for the first time, he said: “It certainly has been a different four weeks than what I was expecting when I was appointed in January.”

Like-for-like sales which strip out the impact of new stores rose 8.2pc during the 16 weeks to June 27, with the warm weather also helping.

However, Mr Roberts said that sales are unlikely to

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The best virtual escape rooms to play online with friends

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We could all do with a bit of escapism from reality at the minute, as lockdown continues in the UK.

Escape rooms are very popular with groups who love a challenge, but due to the coronavirus outbreak, all of them in the UK have closed their doors for the foreseeable.

But during lockdown, escape rooms have come online instead to make socialising with your friends adrenaline-pumping.

Other games have become popular too while we spend more time at home. If you need some inspiration, we’ve rounded up the best apps that you can play games on with friends and family here.

As with physical escape rooms, the mission is as the name suggests – to escape the room – through a series of problem-solving missions and teamwork. Here are a few of our favourites.

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Tech’s overdue reckoning with hate speech still isn’t enough

To be clear, online hate groups have been around for far longer than Trump’s presidency. There have always been fringe groups on the internet — see 4chan and 8chan, for example, where forum users harassed women in the video game industry as part of Gamergate. They are often a radicalizing force, and connected to real-life violent acts like the shootings in El Paso and the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. 

“What we’ve found is that hateful actors are early adopters of technology,” Henry Fernandez, a Senior Fellow of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, told Engadget. Fernandez is also the co-founder of Change The Terms, a coalition of civil and human rights organizations that is focused on reducing hate online. He cited the recent “Zoombombing” efforts where harassers infiltrated private video chats with pornographic images and racial epithets. “Zoom only became a popular tool a few months ago, and

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A guide to Sonos, the wireless speaker system that lets you control music in every room of your house at once

A Sonos speaker can be a great addition to your music setup.
A Sonos speaker can be a great addition to your music setup.

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  • Sonos is a multi-room music system that lets you control what music plays in each room of the house.

  • Sonos lets you play music from your computer, phone, or virtually any online service through any Sonos speakers in your network.

  • Offering a broad line of speakers and components, Sonos models include small wall-mounted speakers, large shelf speakers, soundbars, and a wireless subwoofer. 

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Sonos is a multi-room music system that has made high-quality sound systems, once considered a luxury, accessible to the wider public.

It’s true that Sonos didn’t invent multi-room audio systems. But Sonos did make them incredibly popular throughout the early 2000s, and nowadays, they’re easy to find.

Here’s everything you need to know about Sonos, the popular audio setup for audiophiles and casual listeners alike.

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9 Free (Or Cheap) Ways To Do Your Taxes Online

The IRS has pushed Tax Day 2020 to July 15th in light of the coronavirus outbreak. This delay now applies to both filing federal returns and federal tax payments, and many states are following suit and extending their tax deadline too.

July 15th might seem like a long time away, but experts are still recommending that you file as soon as possible. Hopefully you’ve already gathered your documents and have decided whether it’s a good idea for you to do your own taxes. Now, you might also might want to start figuring out where you’re going to file this year.

How you choose to file will depend on your particular tax situation. For instance, if you are a full-time employee and only have one W-2 to deal with, the process will likely be more straightforward and you can probably save a lot of money by filing yourself online.

If you

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Kids Can Take Free Online Drawing Classes From Disney Right Now

There is a lot about these past few months that have been strange and challenging. As more parents than ever are juggling working from home and caring for the kids, we have had to find creative ways to make the seemingly impossible juggle happen. Young kids, who are used to being fully engaged in daycare or school, now have to find ways to entertain themselves. And as parents, we have to find those activities that our kids can do on their own that allow us to get through another Zoom call or finish up our deadline.

Thankfully, the internet exists and with it comes a whole slew of activities that we can throw at our kids to keep their brain from turning to mush and our sanity intact. One of these activities comes from the a company that knows who to engage kid’s imagination–Disney. The company has released a collection

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How to identify why you can’t connect to the internet and troubleshoot accordingly

Before you call your provider, there are a few ways you can troubleshoot your poor internet connection.
Before you call your provider, there are a few ways you can troubleshoot your poor internet connection.

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  • Your internet may not be working for several reasons, including issues related to your device, its signal strength, or your router. 

  • It can be difficult to identify the source of internet connectivity problems, so you may have to run multiple tests to pinpoint the issue. 

  • If you can’t troubleshoot the issue yourself, calling your internet provider is your best bet. 

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One of the most frustrating things that can happen is when your internet stops working. And it can be tough to know why. Is it your device? Your router? Your internet provider? Local power issues? 

Finding the answer to why your internet isn’t working usually requires a bit of troubleshooting. 

How to troubleshoot your internet connection if it isn’t working

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Chipotle-Shopify Tie-Up to Launch Virtual Farmers Market

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. CMG recently partnered with Shopify Inc. SHOP to launch improved versions of e-commerce sites for its farmers. The move will help farmers in selling meat, dairy and grain products, and other items directly to consumers across the country.

This initiative will be of great help during the coronavirus pandemic as farmers are facing declining demand due to closure of restaurants, hotels and schools. The Chipotle Virtual Farmers’ Market will provide Chipotle’s suppliers a new stream of revenues.

Chris Brandt, chief marketing officer said “It can be intimidating for many family farms to change the way they do business, so we’re giving our suppliers the right tools and resources to successfully launch improved eCommerce platforms.”

Chipotle is helping suppliers in developing their own websites by providing hosting fees on Shopify for two years. Chipotle suppliers like Niman Ranch, Petaluma Creamery, McKaskle Family Farm, and Meister Cheese, which

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