Uncomplicated Gadgets For People Who Aren’t Tech-Savvy

Christel Deskins

Updated on Sep 2, 2020. Posted on Aug 29, 2020

You probably won’t even have to teach your mom how to use the PhoneSoap cleaner or the one-click electric lighter.

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A car charger with four ports even the least tech-savvy human can use without a struggle — all you’ll have to do is plug it in and you’ll be ready to roll!


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Promising review: “We always fight over whose phone Is gonna get charged when we travel, so I was happy to find out that

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Does your broadband need a boost? The best deals available for ‘superfast’ internet with a large chunk of people working from home

Christel Deskins



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Despite the Government encouraging workers to get back to the office, many continue to work from home, either full-time or part-time.

It may now mean households are on the hunt for faster and more reliable internet deal, with an increased strain on their service. 

Holly Niblett, head of digital at Compare the Market, said: ‘We have seen a huge increase in the number of people opting for superfast broadband as working from home has become the new norm for millions of workers. 

‘Superfast broadband has evolved from a luxury to a necessary utility for many households across the country, and as a result it should be accessible to the average household.’   



a woman sitting at a desk: There are a range of broadband deals on offer that those working from home could switch to


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There are a range of broadband deals on offer that those working from home could switch to

A range of new broadband deals have entered

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People are really into the DNC’s virtual roll call. Maybe it can stay?

Christel Deskins

People are really into the DNC's virtual roll call. Maybe it can stay?
People are really into the DNC’s virtual roll call. Maybe it can stay?

It’s just like Eurovision, but with more calamari.

The second day of the Democratic National Convention has wrapped up, and in a true sign of the times we’re in, Joe Biden was formally nominated as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in a virtual roll call.

Local delegates from 57 states and territories “called in” to officially nominate Biden via video message, with some elected Democrats and others members of the public nominated by their state to make the announcement. Running in alphabetical order starting with Alabama and ending with Biden’s home state of Delaware right at the end, viewers were treated to a bona fide cornucopia of background staging choices behind each state representative.

The Eurovision Song Contest’s been doing this type of thing for decades during the judging process, in which each country awards national competitors

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Video online of Kamala Harris calling young people ‘stupid’ is missing context

Christel Deskins

The claim: Vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris called young voters “stupid”

The 2020 election season is in full swing and Joe Biden has selected his running mate. His choice of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., may have been in part due her potential appeal to women, people of color and young voters.

An Aug. 12 Reuters poll found Harris was popular with 62% of voters under age 35. (Biden’s standing with the same group was at 60% of those voters in the same survey).

But an Aug 12. Facebook post by conservative political organization ForAmerica insinuates Harris might not be an asset for the Biden campaign with young voters after all.

“What do we know about this population, 18-24? They are stupid,” Harris tells a laughing audience in the video clip posted to the social network. “That is why we put them in dormitories and they have a resident assistant. They

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Supermarkets braced for surge in online deliveries as half a million people go into quarantine

Christel Deskins

Around 160,000 tourists made it back to the UK before the 4am deadline
Around 160,000 tourists made it back to the UK before the 4am deadline

Supermarkets are dramatically expanding home delivery slots to cater for the huge number of returning holidaymakers who will be forced to self isolate due to new quarantine regulations.

An estimated half a million tourists are currently on holiday in countries that have been added to the Government’s quarantine list and will be required to remain at home for 14 days when they return to the UK.

The lack of notice means that most will be arriving home to empty shelves and cupboards, but they could face a £1,000 fine if they pop to the shops to stock up.

Supermarkets fear they are likely to be inundated with requests for online deliveries in the coming weeks and are ramping up their capacity in a bid to ensure people self isolating can get food and other essentials when they

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Rose Bowl Flea Market Going Online Via Free People

Christel Deskins

The Rose Bowl Flea has been happening monthly in Los Angeles since the early Seventies, then came the coronavirus pandemic.

The famed market had to shut down in March, when the coronavirus hit the West in earnest and Los Angeles went into lockdown. Considering the market boasts 2,500 vendors and thousands of shoppers who make the trip to the Pasadena football stadium searching for vintage goods, antiques or just a bargain, it has had to stay closed for months as it falls under the definition of “mass gatherings” still prohibited throughout California.

So for the first time, The Rose Bowl Flea is going to try its luck with e-commerce. R.G. Canning, which has operated the market since its inception, struck an exclusive licensing deal with Free People, owned by Urban Outfitters.

“It makes sense that Free People struck up a partnership with Pasadena’s famous Rose Bowl Flea, which has been

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Why Are People Still Catcalling During a Pandemic?

Christel Deskins

We’ve long known that it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing or what you’re doing — for many, street harassment is a dark cloud that always looms. Claiming your own space in public can feel difficult with this constant threat, whether it manifests as a person whistling, yelling from their window, asking for your number, following you home, or, in some cases, assaulting you. Many have become so used to anticipating harassment that a stranger’s voice, muffled by headphones, can evoke fear, even if they’re simply asking for directions. The potential for harm — and escalation — is nearly always top of mind.

As COVID-19 cases rise across the nation and people mask up and cover up to prevent the spread, you might think catcalling would dwindle. Plenty of people seemed to think so. After all, much of our appearances are hidden behind cloth, and don’t these harassers have more

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Scammers tell people they’re fired or may have COVID-19

Christel Deskins

Job hunters have long been warned to watch out for the fake texts from phony employers and those $30-an-hour, work-from-home job descriptions that sound just too good to be true.

Now, those who remain on the job must worry about the phony pink slip. 

As fear increasingly factors into our financial future, scammers have figured out yet another way to get people who are already on edge to quickly “click here” via a phishing email. And they’re playing up two of our biggest worries: Getting sick or getting fired. 

Many people likely haven’t heard much about this scam yet. But fraudsters have been sending out large volumes of termination notices during the pandemic, according to Jessica Dore, an expert in technology risk management and a principal with Rehmann in the Saginaw, Michigan, office. 

Consumers are warned about fake contact tracing attempts that ask for your mailing address and credit card

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Florida voters have to fill dozens of judgeships. Here’s how people in the know make their picks.

Christel Deskins

Bailey, Logan and Odom sounds as if it might be the name of a prestigious law firm — or the kind that runs TV ads urging people to file lawsuits.

It’s neither one. Dennis Daniel Bailey, Abbe Sheila Rifkin Logan and George Odom Jr. are all candidates running for one circuit judgeship in Broward County.

Like the other 10 races for judge in Broward and Palm Beach counties, voting is open to everyone, regardless of party affiliation, in the Aug. 18 elections.

For the vast majority of voters it’s exceedingly difficult to make an informed decision.

“It’s very difficult,” said Steve Geller — who knows many of the judges and candidates after 38 years practicing law. He’s also a Broward County commissioner and former Florida Senate Democratic leader.

Fred Hadley, who interviews candidates and publishes endorsements in the Village Sentry, his 1,300-subscriber newsletter in the Century Village condominium community west

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Boris Johnson says police should treat people with ‘fairness and equality’ after MP Dawn Butler ‘racially profiled’ in car stop

Christel Deskins

Lucy Young
Lucy Young

Boris Johnson has said the police should treat people with “fairness and equality” after Labour MP Dawn Butler accused officers of racially profiling.

The former shadow equalities minister was a passenger in her friend’s BMW on Sunday when she stopped by Metropolitan Police officers in Hackney, east London.

Ms Butler, who recorded a video of the incident, said she and her friend, who is also black, had been pulled over simply for “being black and driving a nice car”.

Scotland Yard said the stop was a result of an officer having “incorrectly entered” the car’s registration plate into a computer to wrongly identify it as a vehicle registered to Yorkshire, but did not explain why the search was carried out in the first place.

Dawn Butler has accused the Metropolitan Police of 'institutional racism' (Sky News)
Dawn Butler has accused the Metropolitan Police of ‘institutional racism’ (Sky News)

Speaking during a visit to a school in east London, the Prime

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