How to buy an unlocked phone in 2020, according to a tech expert

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When it’s time to buy a new phone, many people head down to their local Verizon, T-Mobile or AT&T store — or their respective booths at Best Buy — to see what’s on the shelves. This is an easy, straightforward way to buy a phone. But it’s not always the best way. You can also buy phones directly from the manufacturer, from a third-party retailer like Amazon, or through a used or refurbished marketplace.

And doing so comes with a lot of advantages.

You aren’t locked to one mobile carrier

When you buy a phone from your carrier, it’s locked to that

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15 Fashion-Forward Places To Buy A Wedding Dress Online

Christel Deskins

The last few years have seen a significant spike in the number of retailers offering wedding dresses online. While brick-and-mortar stores are still very popular for their appointment-only model, allowing brides-to-be to bring their family and friends with them, there is an increasing number of brides who’re interested in a more modern experience. One where they are not at the hands of the bridal stylist — who often brings gowns to them from the back of the shop based on what they think is their style — and where they can peruse an unlimited selection of brands that are both bridal and not.

In the past, quality issues and limited return policies may have prevented brides from buying their wedding dress online, but we’re now living in the golden age of the online bridal shop. With the arrival of wedding shops from the likes of e-commerce retailers like MatchesFashion, the

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Pippa Middlehurst on ‘noodle science’, her new cookery school and finally knowing which soy sauce to buy

Christel Deskins

Giulia Zonza Photography
Giulia Zonza Photography

At one point or another, most of us in lockdown will have tried out a new recipe – and failed. Perhaps you couldn’t bring your sourdough starter to life, or maybe your hand-cut noodles were too thick, too chewy or too much of a sloppy mess. At the time, you probably weren’t thinking about what was happening on a molecular level. But for cancer research scientist-turned-cook Pippa Middlehurst, “it’s the way my brain understands the world”.

Two years ago, Middlehurst swapped her lab coat for an apron to pursue her love of Asian cooking – and even appeared on and won the first series of Britain’s Best Home Cook on BBC One – but the decision was less a choice of one over the other, and more a merging of two passions. “It sounds silly that there would be so much science involved with noodles,” she tells

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Where to Buy the Best Face Masks Online Now

Christel Deskins

The fashion world is stepping up in a time of need: Countless companies are now making, selling and donating non-medical grade face masks for daily protection from COVID-19.

Demand for the best face mask options has soared in recent months, in part because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) masks in public settings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. PPE masks are usually made from breathable a fabric like cotton and differ from a surgical mask and N95 respirators that experts say should be reserved for health care workers who are caring for the sick.

In times of crisis, it’s heartwarming to see companies we love and support giving back using the tools and skills they know best. Nordstrom, the largest employer of tailors in the country, has trained its alterations teams to make face masks to distribute to health care

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who is in the race to buy the Chinese app?

Christel Deskins

TikTok
TikTok

Before there was TikTok, there was Vine. The American-founded, short-form video app was used at the height of its popularity by more than 200 million people, letting them create seven second looping videos featuring music and comedy. A bit like TikTok. 

In January 2017, however, the app met an untimely end after being shut down for good by Twitter, who had bought the company for a reported $30m (£23m) in October 2012.

Three years on from its failed Vine venture, Twitter has found itself in the running to buy TikTok, an app seen by many as a successor to Vine.

TikTok, owned by Chinese technology giant Bytedance, has exploded in popularity with 800m users globally, the vast majority of which are teens flocking to the app for short clips of dance routines and lip-synced comedy sketches.

Twitter’s potential bid comes as TikTok’s future rests on a knife edge. Last

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The best affordable Windows laptops you can buy

Christel Deskins

The Chromebook question

Now, you may be inclined to recommend a Chromebook or a tablet to all of the people listed above. Those instincts aren’t wrong, but Chromebooks and tablets aren’t for everyone. Tablets will only work for the most mobile-competent users like kids who have been grabbing smartphones out of their parents’ hands since they’ve been dexterous enough to do so. Tablets can also be just as expensive as some of the cheapest Windows laptops, and that’s without any accompanying accessories like keyboards and mice.

Chromebooks are a good alternative for those that basically live in a browser. However, there are some who just don’t want to give up the “traditional desktop.” And Chrome OS is more limited than Windows when it comes to the programs you can install and run.

What Windows laptops do well

So what can you realistically accomplish on a cheap Windows laptop? Quite a

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Five of spring/summer 2020’s biggest fashion trends that you can buy in the sale right now

Christel Deskins

Every so often, an item launches that is so good pretty much everyone you follow on Instagram is wearing it.

Products that you and your friends, despite having completely different aesthetics, are all lusting after are a rarity, so when something comes along that manages to transcend countless taste levels, you know it must be worth investing in.

The only snag? Fashion investments notoriously come with higher price tags and, while we are total advocates for splurging on pieces that promise to become much-loved additions to your sartorial arsenal, there is a way to build an Insta-worthy wardrobe without breaking the bank.

ICYMI, we are currently in the midst of some pretty epic summer sales from luxury retailers across the internet, with the likes of Net-a-Porter and Matches Fashion offering dramatic drops in prices on pieces from some of the fashion industry’s biggest names.

While it is not unusual for

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Buy These 5 Stocks Before It’s Too Late

Christel Deskins

Earnings season is a great time to dive into stocks because there’s a certain amount of certainty that comes from all the related discussions.

This is when our expectations about the just-concluded quarter are met, exceeded or missed. It’s also when we get a somewhat clearer picture about the next quarter and at times, also the year. So jumping into stocks that have announced resounding beats and encouraging outlooks are a no-brainer.

It also pays to hang around a couple of days to see what impression brokers have come away with. And the best way that is captured is in the estimate revisions. So if management has good things to say about the company and its future and brokers come back with higher estimates, you know for sure that good things are going on.  

But since you’ve waited for the broker reports, some of the good news is likely to

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Smart Shopping App The Yes Serves Up Only Items You’ll Want to Buy

Christel Deskins

Photo credit: Courtesy of The Yes - Gallery Stock
Photo credit: Courtesy of The Yes – Gallery Stock

From Marie Claire

Like many other trades, the fashion industry is navigating an uncertain future. Luxury brands are short on rent, unable to pay for their Fifth Avenue storefronts, while smaller designers are struggling to stay afloat entirely. Yet Julie Bernstein, formerly the COO of Stitch Fix, has come up with a way to deliver personalized fashion to shoppers amidst the economic downturn—with just a few simple “yes” or “no” questions.

Her free app, The Yes, uses Silicon-Valley technology to curate a tailored shopping experience. In working with more than 150 brands selected by The Yes’s Creative Director, Taylor Tomasi Hill, the app also offers a platform for smaller, privately owned fashion labels to gain notoriety. With The Yes’s virtual storefront model, brands are able to sell their own merchandise directly to the buyer, including some that may be sitting in

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Where to Buy The Best Face Masks Online

Christel Deskins

The fashion world is stepping up in a time of need: Countless companies are now making, selling and donating non-medical grade face masks for daily protection from COVID-19.

Demand for the best face mask options has soared in recent months, in part because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) masks in public settings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. PPE masks are usually made from breathable a fabric like cotton and differ from a surgical mask and N95 respirators that experts say should be reserved for health care workers who are caring for the sick.

In times of crisis, it’s heartwarming to see companies we love and support giving back using the tools and skills they know best. Nordstrom, the largest employer of tailors in the country, has trained its alterations teams to make face masks to distribute to health care

Read More