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Monday, 26 October 2020

Online shopping tricks that will save you money ★

BY lovemoney staff

Internet shopping tips you need to know Even though lockdowns have eased across the globe, and most brick-and-mortar stores are now open, we have to maintain varying levels of social distancing to combat coronavirus for some time, and that means more of our shopping has to be done online. One benefit of this is that the internet is full of exciting deals and offers, from coupon codes to massive discounts – if you know where to look. And as companies fight for customers' attention online, there are definitely deals to be had. Click or scroll through to find out some of the tips and tricks that can save you a lot of cash.

Very useful tips.

Shop online from Wednesday through Friday Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are the most popular days for retailers to offer sales and discount codes, so try to do your browsing then. Avoid weekends though as you’ll find that’s when most people tend to do their shopping and so prices are most likely to be hiked.

No harm in trying.


Sunday, 25 October 2020

This beginner-friendly kettlebell workout will torch calories ★

BY Stephanie Mansour, news.yahoo.com

Considering adding some new equipment to your workout routine? Kettlebells may look intimidating, but most routines and exercises that use the strength-training tool are not any harder or more strenuous than those that call for dumbbells. The power of the kettlebell lies in the way it works. Effective kettlebell moves work multiple areas of the body at the same time. They make use of a fitness concept called submaximal load. This means that you are using a load that is not as heavy as, say a barbell, and the moves don't require maximal effort, creating a workout that is musculoskeletal and cardiovascular.

Simple sometimes more effective.

This is a great exercise for the core and helping to strengthen and sculpt the shoulders, too. To perform: Stand with feet hip-width apart. Hold the kettlebell in your right hand at shoulder height and then extend the weight overhead until your arm is fully extended and straight. Turn your left foot out and angle your hips slightly to the right. Engage your core and reach your weight-free left hand down towards your left foot, bending your leg as you go. Think of using your free hand to trace a path from your left thigh, to the knee, then the calf and finally the ankle. Keep your kettlebell as steady as possible over your head and your gaze fixed on it (it helps!) before slowly returning to the starting position. Repeat for 5 to 10 reps on each side.

Consistency rules.


Saturday, 24 October 2020

iPhone 12 teardown reveals how 5G has changed things ★

BY Richard Lawler, @Rjcc, engadget.com

The first two models from Apple’s iPhone 12 have started shipping, and of course the folks at iFixit are busy taking them apart. As of this writing the detailed teardown is still incomplete, but they’ve exposed enough of the details to get a good look under those screens. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are surprisingly similar inside, as iFixit points out that the cheaper model has a plastic spacer in the spot where the Pro puts its telephoto lens and LiDAR sensor.

The new generation Apple iPhone.

They also have the same size battery, at 10.78 Wh, which is slightly smaller than the 11.91 and 11.67Wh batteries iFixit reported in last year’s iPhone 11 and 11 Pro. In our review we noted that battery life on the iPhone 12 doesn’t quite match its predecessor, and that could be your explanation.

Do we really need it?


Friday, 23 October 2020

'People don’t want to talk about it,' but reports of children being exploited online have spiked substantially ★

BY Dustin Racioppi Trenton Bureau

As New Jersey started locking down in the COVID-19 pandemic, a convicted rapist and registered sex offender from Oklahoma named Aaron Craiger stepped off a Greyhound bus in Atlantic City. He had a phone with child sexual abuse materials on it and graphic plans to carry out his sexual fantasies with two 11- and 12-year-old girls. Instead, Craiger was met on March 18 by undercover law enforcement in a four-month sting that led to the arrests of 19 men, one woman and one juvenile male accused of sexually exploiting children online.

What a year.

Even before the pandemic struck, the sexual abuse and exploitation of children was a growing threat that pervaded every corner of the country. One recent study said online creation and sharing of such material has reached a "breaking point" where reviews by the national center and law enforcement investigations "no longer scale." Livestreaming and the abundance of smartphone apps like TikTok, Whisper and Omegle, along with games such as Fortnite and the established popular platforms of Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, provide a massive online hunting ground for sexual predators who could be on the other side of the country or down the street.

Keeping our children safe.


Thursday, 22 October 2020

6 Moves to Look After Your Core As You Age ★

BY BOBBY PALMER, menshealth.com

When age starts to catch up with you, shifting into the slow lane is the best way to ensure lifelong forward progress. Your hips, core and glutes are your seat of power, and this targeted workout will both maintain and strengthen them. Deploy it as your warm-up, or as a low-intensity session, depending on your fitness levels. Work through each move methodically and lay the foundations for gains so good that they’ll never get old.

Never too old to start.

In a half-kneel, place your hands on your front knee. Tuck your tailbone beneath you. Squeeze your glutes and brace your abs to keep your spine stable (A). Push forward and hold for 90 seconds (B)

Keeping fit at any age is essential.


Wednesday, 21 October 2020

The Collapse of Long-Term Care Insurance ★

BY ALEXANDER SAMMON, prospect.org

The first announced American death from coronavirus came in February from a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington. Within weeks, an astounding two-thirds of inhabitants and staff had contracted the virus, with 37 deaths among just 108 residents. It was the beginning of a painful record of long-term care facilities like nursing homes as the most deadly theater of the coronavirus pandemic. By May, one-third of all coronavirus deaths were nursing home residents or workers. By September, some 46,400 deaths had been confirmed, even with states providing spotty and partial data. Roughly 1 in 10 people who were in long-term care facilities when the pandemic started in New Jersey were dead by May.

Greed setting in.

Some policymakers are finally coming around to this reality. Washington state passed a long-term care social-insurance program last year, which reimburses at $100 per day for in-home care up to a fixed lifetime maximum that translates to one year of daily support. It’s funded by a small payroll tax on all wages. The tax begins in 2022 and payouts in 2025. This mirrors numerous successful efforts abroad, and allows elderly people and those with disabilities the ability to live within their communities with some measure of dignity. But as with any expensive and necessary public-health program, piecemeal solutions at the state level are not likely to be sufficient. Which side of state lines you find yourself on shouldn’t determine the level of dignity and care you’re afforded in old age, and the federal power of the purse is most ably equipped to fund such a program. The Evergreen State has shown that this, like so many other crises we face, is solvable. It will take federal commitment to get it done.

keep safe and healthy.


Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Consistency Is the Solution to Most of Your Fitness Problems ★

By Beth Skwarecki, vitals.lifehacker.com

I work out every day. I don’t really get sore. I don’t worry if I have to miss a workout. I make progress over time. I have good days at the (home) gym, but I almost never have bad days. My secret, while effective, is extremely boring. It is, simply, consistency. When you’re consistent, you don’t get sore Let’s start with the thing everybody wants most in life: to not be sore. For as much as I train, you’d think I’d have all the secrets for managing soreness. (I do, but that’s not the point.) In truth, it’s very rare for me to feel sore.

Consistency is the key.

Think in terms of years, not months or weeks. What will happen if you work out consistently for five years? Ten? How strong, how fast, how flexible could you be? Sometimes I despair when looking at a young athlete who seems stronger than I will ever be. Then I check out how long ago they started in their sport, and see that they’ve put in far more training hours than I ever have. Consistency adds up over time. But progress isn’t just about time—although that’s part of it. You make progress when you train purposefully toward a goal. If all you do is random mini-workouts you find on YouTube, you’ll establish a base level of fitness, but that may not be enough to push yourself to get stronger and stronger.

Keep moving, keep safe.


Monday, 19 October 2020

WORLD VIEWS | ONLINE SHOPPING THE PANDEMIC AWAY? THERE’S A BETTER WAY ★

By Teresa Ghilarducci, Bloomberg

You probably want to buy something. For many households, there is more money at the end of the month. Spending is way down on restaurant meals and entertainment. Excess income over spending is about 14% — up from a 25-year average of 7-8%. To be sure, online shopping is up. Over the last six months, income-secure households have spent more on sporting equipment (up 29% from last year) and beer, wine and liquor stores (up 22%). But I am guessing as the pandemic drags on, the boomlet for gardening and home office equipment, furniture, pandemic puppies and other nesting items may wane. You can only buy so many kitchen gadgets. And online buying may be a fleeting relief from the pandemic blues.

No comment.

And I don’t mean to imply that a failure to save is your fault. Too often, saving mistakes are often attributed to the wiring of the human brain, but only a small share of us are shopping addicts. About 8% of the public are pathological shoppers preoccupied with shopping or suffering from buyer’s remorse. Experiments using PET technology have linked compulsive buying with specific Internet addictions or a predisposition to shopping-induced excitability. That means only a few of us truly lose control over our spending, whether because we are pleasure seeking, escaping negative emotions or can’t self-regulate.

Follow the trend.


Sunday, 18 October 2020

This Popular Gym Is Closing All of Its Locations ★

By Sarah Crow, yahoo.com

Working out at the gym, an indoor space where people are heavily breathing, probably doesn't sound ideal to many of us right now. But this week, news of an outbreak confirmed that gyms are one of the most dangerous places you could be amid the coronavirus pandemic. The outbreak of infections in question happened in Canada from a single spin studio, which ultimately got 70 people sick. With many former gym-goers canceling memberships out of concern for their health, wellness studios nationwide have had to close their doors. And now, another one is biting the dust.

Hard times still ahead.

Cooper said in an October statement that YogaWorks is now offering more than 40 daily live streaming yoga classes and over 1,000 hours of pre-taped instruction. YogaWorks "will continue to build upon the strengths of our digital and educational platforms, both of which have proven to be successful and have experienced significant growth over the course of the past several months," Cooper added. It's not news to you that YogaWorks isn't the only company that's found itself in financial trouble amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read on to discover which other businesses have closed because of COVID. And if you want to stay safe while exercising, This Is the Worst Thing You Can Touch at the Gym, the CDC Says.

We hope the worst is over.


Saturday, 17 October 2020

Oculus Quest To Get Its Own Cybershoes ★

By Peter Graham, vrfocus.com

The Oculus Quest platform is all about wireless freedom to move and interact in virtual worlds as you would in real life. But that’s not always possible, maybe due to location or physical limitations. Which is why Cybershoes has announced plans to bring its product to the platform by way of a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign this year.

More fun.

Now the team wants to create a wireless version for Oculus Quest and Quest 2, with the Cybershoes connecting to a headset via Bluetooth receiver attached to the front of the headset. “Movement and locomotion has been a consistent issue in VR gaming. The main movement mechanics available today – smooth movement via joystick or teleportation – can be jarring and lead to motion sickness,” said Michael Bieglmayer, CEO of Cybershoes in a statement. “By translating natural movement to in-game motion, Cybershoes addresses motion sickness while increasing immersion, activity, and enjoyment.”

Cyberspace reality.


Friday, 16 October 2020

Doing This Every Morning Is The Key To Weight Loss ★

By Kiersten Hickman, Eat This, Not That!

Early bird gets the worm, right? Well, it's especially true for those who love to workout in the morning. According to a study published by the International Journal of Obesity, working out in the morning can result in significant weight loss compared to working out later in the day. The best part? That workout doesn't have to be massively intense. Simply getting your body moving can result in a change in your mindset, and even your eating patterns, for the rest of the day. Here's why getting into the habit of working out is the key to weight loss, and for more healthy habits, check out our list of 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.

Follow the recommendations.

It's also important to fuel your body after a workout, so you don't feel ravenous throughout the day. Brianna Bernard, Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach, and Isopure Ambassador, says one of the best post-workout habits is to refuel with a nutrient-rich meal that includes lean protein, healthy fat, and complex carbohydrates. This means looking for all of these nutrients in your post-workout breakfast. A great example of this is enjoying a slice of sprouted toast with smashed avocado and a fried egg on top. Fueling up on protein, in particular, is important for weight loss and for your muscles post-workout. Studies show that the body uses more calories to metabolize protein compared to fat and carbs, which means protein will help you to feel full for a longer period of time afterward. This means you won't snack as much as the day progresses!

Keeping a high energy level.


Thursday, 15 October 2020

Walmart to spread out deals to avoid Black Friday crowds ★

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer

Walmart says it will spread out its traditional one-day Black Friday deals over three weekends in November in an effort to reduce crowds in its stores during a pandemic. The nation's largest retailer said Wednesday that more of its doorbuster deals will be reserved for online, as a way to steer more shoppers away from its stores. The discounter, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, will kick off the deals online Nov. 4, with new deals in stores on Nov. 7. The second event will begin online Nov. 11, followed by a similar sales event in stores Nov. 14. It will wrap up its discounts online Nov. 25 with new discounts in stores Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving and the traditional Black Friday.

Exceptional year.

As shoppers avoid physical stores and focus more on online shopping, foot traffic at retail stores is expected to be down 22% to 25% during the six key weeks of the holiday season compared to the same year-ago period, according to a forecast from ShopperTrak. And ShopperTrak expects the 10 busiest days this year will account for 34.2% of all holiday traffic, compared to 46.5% in 2019. As a result, the typical holiday traffic peaks will flatten, with more days having importance throughout the season, according to Brian Field, a senior director of the retail consulting practice at ShopperTrak, part of Sensormatic Solutions. Field said he still expects Black Friday will be the busiest day of the year.

The more the better.


Wednesday, 14 October 2020

5 Best Things to Do to Boost Your Immunity Right Now by Dr. Greger ★

By thebeet.com

Dr. Michael Greger is a well-known doctor and author, whose bestselling books, How Not to Die, and How Not to Diet are each a veritable tome and guide to healthy living. Dr. Greger, who launched NutritionFacts.org, guide to living a healthy plant-based life, makes no secret that he believes in the power of plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds to boost immunity, fight inflammation, reverse heart disease and help dial back diabetes symptoms and pre-diabetes. If you read his books you know the exhaustive research that goes into each of his chapters in How Not to Die from .... Alzheimer's, Lung Cancer, Heart Disease, you name it. Here, he explains exactly what we all need to be doing, right now, to boost our immune systems. The body's own defenses are our best bets in fighting off the virus that causes COVID-19, the flu, and every other possible infection that could be coming your way. Boost it now, while you are healthy enough to be able to fight back when the virus is making its way to your door. Read More: The 5 Best Things to Do to Boost Your Immunity Right Now | https://thebeet.com/5-best-things-to-do-to-boost-your-immunity-right-now-by-dr-greger/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral

Eating healthy is key.

Each day, I recommend a minimum of three servings of beans (legumes), two servings of berries, three servings of other fruits, one serving of cruciferous vegetables, two servings of greens, two servings of other veggies, one serving of flaxseeds, one serving of nuts and seeds, one serving of herbs and spices, three servings of whole grains, five servings of beverages, and one serving of exercise (90 minutes at moderate intensity or 40 minutes of vigorous activity). This may sound like a lot of boxes to check, but it’s easy to knock off several at once. With one peanut butter and banana sandwich, you’ve just checked off four boxes. Sit down to a big salad of two cups of spinach, a handful of arugula, a handful of walnuts, a half cup of chickpeas, a half cup of red bell pepper, and a small tomato, and seven boxes can be ticked in one dish. Sprinkle on your flax, add a handful of goji berries, and enjoy it with a glass of water and fruit for dessert, and you could wipe out nearly half your daily check boxes in one meal. And then if you ate it on a treadmill…(kidding!). Read More: The 5 Best Things to Do to Boost Your Immunity Right Now | https://thebeet.com/5-best-things-to-do-to-boost-your-immunity-right-now-by-dr-greger/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral

Physical health is key to mental health.


Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Amazon Prime Day 2020: Beware of these online shopping scams ★

By Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press

The online holiday shopping season kicks off this week with heavily advertised promotions for Amazon Prime Day, Target Deal Days and Walmart's The Big Save event. And don't the scammers know it. We're being warned that 2020's flurry of online shopping is triggering yet another scam. This time, the fraudsters are impersonating Amazon, which begins its Prime Day sales at midnight going into Tuesday morning. Some recorded voice claims to be from Amazon and then tells you about a fraudulent charge on your Amazon Prime card. Or maybe the recorded message will alert you to a so-called lost or damaged package.

Be vigilant is the norm these days.

Online shopping scams are one of the hottest tricks for ID thieves and others during the pandemic as more people work from home and shop online to limit their contact with others. The Federal Trade Commission received 31,922 complaints through Oct. 8 related to online shopping, making it the No. 1 category for complaints, according to the FTC's COVID-19 and Stimulus reports.

Still chasing bargain overwhelm.


Monday, 12 October 2020

Technology has changed our minds — now it’s time for brands to catch up ★

By Michael Frohlich is chief executive of Ogilvy UK

Let’s begin with the pretty bold claim: that digital technology has altered us forever. Over the past decade, an enormous amount of research and literature has been produced on the subject — from the American writer Nicholas Carr, to MIT professor of social psychology Sherry Turkle, to the eminent British neuroscientist Susan Greenfield. Each in their own way details the physiological, social, and psychological impact that “always on technology” is having on our sense of self and our experience of the world.

It is the age of helpful technology.

It feels like, as an industry, we have been so distracted by the race to keep up with the latest marketing technology, and the many iterations of social media platforms, we have ignored this momentous shift. We have been touting a new, revolutionary philosophy of consumer centricity, without really thinking about the human mind at the centre of this techno-culture. It is tempting to believe that the pandemic-fuelled recession will be the biggest long-term consumer and business challenge ahead. But there is a strong argument to suggest that people’s decreasing ability to “focus” on information, combined with mass attention scarcity, will become the real enemy for brand building and growth.

Using the best resources available.


Sunday, 11 October 2020

Rowing vs. Running: Which One Gives You the Best Workout? ★

By Emily Laurence, wellandgood.com

For me, working out on the weekends looks a lot different than it does during the week. On the weekends, my days are a lot less hectic. If I feel like walking the last mile—or running an extra one—there’s time. But during the week, that laid-back attitude disappears, and I tend to gravitate towards workouts that pack in the widest variety of benefits in the shortest amount of time. That’s where the debate of rowing vs. running comes in. Running has long been a go-to cardio workout of choice; you can do it pretty much anywhere and all you really need is a good pair of sneakers. But with indoor rowing studios (and at-home rowing machines) becoming increasingly popular over the past few years, more people are starting to wonder if it can provide a more effective workout in a shorter amount of time.

Keep exercising for best results.

1. It’s low-impact Tuttle says that one big benefit to rowing vs. running is that it’s lower impact than running. This means it may be beneficial for people experiencing joint pain (particularly in the hips and knees), making it painful to run. “It’s a good workout for people who may have arthritis because it’s easier on their joints,” she says. For this reason, Hollis says rowing is also a great workout option for someone recovering from an injury (depending on the injury of course). 2. It’s safer than running for people who have compromised vision For those who have impaired vision, Tuttle says rowing can be a safer workout than running. “With rowing, you can settle into the machine, find your rhythm, and let your body take over. But it would be difficult to do that while running on a treadmill,” she says.

Choosing the right exercise regime.


Saturday, 10 October 2020

Online schooling creates challenges for teachers, students ★

By Jeffrey S. Solochek, tampabay.com

Teaching online isn’t as easy as some might think. “I feel like I’m failing my students because I can’t be there for them like in a classroom,” Marion County teacher Terry Kinder told Good Morning America. Some teachers are adapting. Pasco County career-technical educators are finding ways to teach hand-on classes online because they had no other choice, EdTech reports.

It is our living fact.

Segregation remains in Florida schools. Parents sound committed to diversity, but only as long as it doesn’t hinder their child’s academic progress, Florida Trend reports. Hundreds of children under 12 were arrested in Florida schools. Some are questioning whether having law enforcement on campus is the best idea, WFTS reports.

It will be the future norm?


Friday, 9 October 2020

Un-Sheltering Tips for Your Health and Immune System ★

BY SUZANNE B. ROBOTTI, medshadow.org

As we all emerge from our bubbles of limited contact with others, we are walking straight into the double whammy of flu season and COVID-19 germs. Can your body fight off exposure to the flu and COVID? Your immune system feeds off the basics of life — sleep, movement, food and love. So, give your immune system all the help it needs by following expert advice. Sleep: Hit the snooze button. (You know you want to) Lack of sleep wreaks havoc on an already-shot immune system, Freida Wiley, PharmD, told Medshadow. Some drugs will put you to sleep, but all sleeping aides come with side-effect risks. If you think you’ve tried everything, but you haven’t tried some of those tips on the list below, keep trying, Dave Walker, RPH and a MedShadow Medical Advisory Board member, told MedShadow: Avoid caffeine or other stimulants, such as caffeinated tea or energy drinks and chocolate Get exercise, like walking or cycling Don’t take daytime naps Stick to a regular sleep schedule Know that medicines you take can affect sleep patterns Don’t use electronics with a screen (such as a smartphone or tablet) an hour before going to bed Try sleep-inducing meditation audio tapes or apps …Drink a cup of warm milk before bed (really, it works!)

Helpful insights.

If you’re eating fresh, raw or lightly steamed vegetables, you’re helping your body fight all sorts of diseases and keeping your immune system healthy,” Kelly Turner, PhD, says. “Let’s face it,” Acerra adds, “there may be a little stress eating [going on] in these times. It’s normal and to be expected. No need to beat yourself up, but do be mindful of the impact of added sugar and processed carbs. They might cause rapid blood sugar fluctuations that leave you exhausted and depleted.” Feed your biome Research shows your gut biome has loads of importance in building a healthy immune defense that helps ward off opportunistic pathogens, says Acerra. She believes that feeding a “good-gut” means increasing the count of beneficial bacteria in your stomach, (with probiotics) and feeding those probiotics to maintain high counts (with prebiotics). Examples of probiotics include fermented foods, such as custom-made (not store-bought), kimchi and sauerkraut (with fermented cabbage), miso, pickles (prepared without vinegar), kefir, yogurt and tempeh (fermented soybean). Some examples of prebiotics are any foods that contain fiber (PLANTS!), and there are many that fit the bill — whole grains, fruits and veggies, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds.

No harm in following these rules.


Thursday, 8 October 2020

7 dangerous eating habits you should stop right now ★

by Amanda Capritto, cnet.com

As someone who once struggled with body dysmorphia and disordered eating, I know firsthand just how invasive a food obsession can be. To everyone who eats a meal and moves on, food is just food. It's necessary for survival and that's all. But for people who have an eating disorder or disordered eating habits (not quite the same thing), food is all-consuming. With unhealthy eating habits, food dictates your day-to-day actions; it becomes more important than school, work and other obligations. Food, when it's more than food, can hurt your relationship with yourself and others.

Good points.

The solution is, in fact, keeping the "off-limits" foods inside your home, but Glazer suggests working on this at a slow pace. Rather than stocking up on multiple foods at once, start with just one or two new foods. Many people feel safer with single serving packages, Glazer notes. If this soothes some anxiety about keeping the foods in your home, buy individually portioned snacks or make pre-portioned servings of food by using baggies or food storage containers. "All food is allowed and it's important to honor your cravings or they might not go away," Glazer says. "Practice eating one portioned fear food each day. Knowing you're going to have it again tomorrow could prevent you from overeating today."

Enjoy it while doing it.


Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Shopping online more during the pandemic? Here are 10 tips for avoiding scams ★

by H. Colleen Sinclair, spokesman-recorder.com

The holiday season is already a booming time for online shopping. The COVID-19 pandemic only increases the likelihood that when people shop this holiday season, they will choose online shopping over brick-and-mortar stores. However, this also means there is likely to be a boom in online scams. Already, multiple companies from outside the U.S. are advertising relatively unchecked on the internet, selling – or even just pretending to sell – all manner of products. The items are typically advertised using designs stolen from legitimate businesses and artists, often ripped off from Etsy, especially if those designs have been featured on popular sites like Bored Panda.

Where to put your trust?

Does the business have a website, and not just a Facebook page? If not, that’s a big no. If they do, is it a complete website, or is it barely there? Check that the business has a phone number that works, and when you search the number it doesn’t have 12 other “businesses” associated with it. Check that it lists a mailing address, preferably one that isn’t just a post office box. Check the site’s “about us” page. Doesn’t have one? That’s another no. Does the “about us” include a year the business started? Does it include information about the products’ creators? If the page has a photo purporting to be of the owner or artist, you can do a Google image search to see if it’s a photo copied from another webpage, a stock photo or a fake created by an AI system. Do their claims about themselves hold up to scrutiny? For example, does the site claim to be an American Black-owned business but their WHOIS domain information lists a company in China?

Research and decide.


Tuesday, 6 October 2020

The best face mask to use for exercise in 2020 ★

By Mercey Livingston, cnet.com

You may need to find the best face mask for exercise if you're returning to a fitness center or gym to work out. But waiting before exercising around others is also something to consider in the short term. Infectious disease expert Dr. Sandra Kesh recommends skipping exercise classes and workouts and warns against exercising around unmasked people indoors for the time being. For your safety as well as the safety of others, it's inadvisable to exercise indoors without a mask around other people you don't know. (Here's how to make a mask more comfortable.)

Over the top?

Fabric Fabric is one of the most important factors when it comes to exercising with a mask. For everyday activities, cloth masks are fine. But with exercise, cotton becomes damp really fast, which can make it harder to breathe and can promote bacterial growth. So for this reason, masks made with a breathable fabric similar to the kind used in activewear (like spandex or polyester) are your best bet. But still, you want the mask to be breathable and comfortable while you move. Fit There's nothing worse than having a face mask sag or fall off while you're moving. First, it's just annoying. Second, it will disrupt your workout if you have to stop to fix it and you'll likely have to touch your face -- which you should avoid doing to stay safe. Look for a face mask that's adjustable or comes in different sizes so you can find the best fit for you. Stretchy ear loops or elastic tends to fit snugly and won't slide around as much as the masks that tie around your head.

What happened to simple useful masks?


Monday, 5 October 2020

How to change the default email app on your iPhone so you can use Gmail or Outlook instead ★

By Todd Haselton, cnbc.com

Apple’s new iPhone update, iOS 14, launched on Sept. 16. One of the big features in it lets you change your default email app from Apple’s Mail app to another one if it supports the feature. If you’re like me, and use Outlook and Gmail instead of Mail, this is a big deal. Normally, if you click a link to an email address somewhere, your iPhone will just open Mail and start a new message, usually from your Apple iCloud account. It’s annoying when this happens, since your email might not come from your regular work or personal account, and you might miss responses that are sent to an inbox you don’t use.

Cool feature.

Open Settings. Scroll down to the email app you want to use. (I’ll use Gmail for this example, but it works the same for any that are supported.) Tap the icon for Gmail. Tap “Default Mail App.” Change to the app you want to use. That’s it. Now when you tap a link to start a new email to someone, your iPhone will use the default app you’ve selected. You can change it at any time by following the steps above.

Useful for IOS users.


Sunday, 4 October 2020

Turn your walk into a workout with this 31-day interval-training plan ★

By Stephanie Mansour,TODAY

For many, walking outdoors has been a mental health saver these past few months, providing a much-needed reprieve from being cooped up inside during quarantine. Out of pure necessity to get out of the same environment, walks are one activity that I’ve recommend to all of my private weight-loss clients. One of my clients views her daily walk as her “zen” time while another schedules walking meetings to get movement in while she works.

The power of walking.

Taking your walking outdoors only magnifies the benefits. Spending time outside in nature has been shown to help with mental health problems like depression and anxiety. Observing natural elements like trees, grass and flowers and breathing in some fresh air are all mood-boosters that are easily accessible by simply stepping outdoors. (Even if you live in a city or more urban area, exposure to natural elements like trees and birds has shown positive effects on mental health!). If you're ready to reap the mental and physical benefits of walking, we've got a plan for you to follow this month.

Simple and useful.


Saturday, 3 October 2020

Black Friday is over: Here’s why retailers are touting weeks of deals this year ★

By Lauren Thomas and Melissa Repko, cnbc.com

Black Friday has been losing its clout in recent years, as more sales move online and make it possible for shoppers to browse from their couch. Packed parking lots and crowded shops have especially fallen from favor because of the coronavirus pandemic. Retailers are also trying to nudge consumers to start shopping earlier by extending their deals throughout the season instead of turning Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday into the official kickoff.

Changing times.

In recent years, however, Black Friday’s importance has faded. More retailers have offered similar sales online, making it possible for shoppers to browse and buy from their couch or on their smartphone rather than having to camp out in a Best Buy parking lot, or cut through thick crowds at the mall. In the midst of a global health crisis, shoppers have even more reason to avoid long lines to snag a deep discount on a smartwatch, boots or a Nintendo Switch.

Hope the worst is over.


Friday, 2 October 2020

10 Things I Learned After Taking the 10,000 Kettlebell Swing Challenge ★

BY NICK ENGLISH, menshealth.com

Total body power, an active and functional posterior chain, core stability for days, grip strength, glute strength, hamstring strength, better anaerobic fitness—the benefits of the kettlebell swing are almost too numerous to mention. But here’s one more: a kettlebell takes up almost no room in my tiny Manhattan apartment. Like Indiana Jones sliding under a closing door, I barely managed to click “purchase” on two kettlebells before they became sold out everywhere in The Great Home Workout Equipment Shortage of 2020. That stroke of luck has been a godsend for me in the home-workout-a-thon that this year became in the early stages of the pandemic.

Positive challenge.

Structure the workout with five clusters of four sets. Do 10 swings, then 15, 25, and 50, for a cluster of 100. Rest 30 to 60 seconds after each round of 10, 15, and 25 swings, and rest up to 3 minutes after the round of 50. John encourages some mobility work during the longer rest periods. Mix in a low-volume strength movement between each set. The idea is to do 10 swings, 1 rep, 15 swings, 2 reps, 25 swings, 3 reps, 50 swings, then no reps and recovery. You do the same lift all the way through the workout, with four different options. Workout 1 is an overhead press variation, workout 2 is a dip, workout 3 is a squat variation, and workout 4 is a pullup/chinup variation.

We need to keep challenging ourselves.


Thursday, 1 October 2020

Technical Foul: Technology has accelerated the future of fitness ★

By: Sarah Ko, uscannenbergmedia.com

From baking bread to making TikToks, new ways to stay busy at home are springing up during this pandemic. Although researching vacations you can’t go on any time soon is soothing, many have taken it upon themselves to lead a healthier lifestyle. Despite the inaccessibility to gyms and trainers, people are able to start and maintain their physical and mental health through consumer-available technology.

Fitness technology.

Furthermore, many of the trainer-led classes incorporate mindfulness tips, which are especially helpful this year. If meditation or yoga isn’t for you, then their extension running app, the Nike Run Club, is perfect. The platform features freeform runs, where you are in charge of your pace, time and music, and it also includes mindfulness-focused guided runs narrated by Nike Master Trainers.

Need to keep fit.


Wednesday, 30 September 2020

These are the biggest online shopping scams during the COVID-19 pandemic ★

By Diane Wilson, abc11.com

During the COVID-19 pandemic, online shopping is booming, but those online purchases are also hitting consumers hard when it comes to getting scammed. According to the Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina, there have been $25,663 in losses for online purchases since March 1 for consumers in its 33-county service area to online scams.

Be careful and follow advice.

The Federal Trade Commission also said that it has received record numbers about problems related to online shopping. While online shopping complaints to the FTC have been on the rise for a number of years, reports of undelivered items in May 2020 alone represent a nearly two-fold increase over the number of reports in December 2019, the heart of the busy holiday shopping season. Just in the last month, the number of scams reported to the BBB of Eastern North Carolina has doubled.

Stay safe.


Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Three scientists give their best advice on how to protect yourself from COVID-19 ★

BY JONATHAN LAPOOK, cbsnews.com

Over the past several months, there has been controversy over the way SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, travels from an infected person to others. While official guidance has often been unclear, some aerosol scientists and public health experts have maintained that the spread of the virus in aerosols traveling through the air at distances both less than and greater than 6 feet has been playing a more significant role than appreciated. In July, 239 scientists from 32 countries urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to acknowledge the possible role of airborne transmission in the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

We should do our part in the protection cycle.

All this may sound like wonky scientific discussion that is deep in the weeds — and it is — but it has big implications as people try to figure out how to stay safe during the pandemic. Some pieces of advice are intuitively obvious: wear a mask, wash your hands, avoid crowds, keep your distance from others, outdoors is safer than indoors. But what about that "6 foot" rule for maintaining social distance? If the virus can travel indoors for distances greater than 6 feet, isn't it logical to wear a mask indoors whenever you are with people who are not part of your "pod" or "bubble?"

Helping to protect ourselves and our loved ones.


Monday, 28 September 2020

Consumers enjoy online shopping via AR/VR, 3D content: Report ★

By IANS, expresscomputer.in

As millions of people stay home in the pandemic, immersive technologies such as augmented and virtual reality and 3D content can enhance consumer purchasing confidence and increase online sales, according to a new Accenture report. Consumers are at a tipping point for immersive experiences in digital commerce and 47 per cent of those surveyed said the new technologies make them feel connected with products, revealed the survey of more than 3,000 consumers across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific by Accenture Interactive.

In with the new.

The study also found that consumers are open to purchasing more big-ticket items, such as cars and luxury goods, online. Consumers also see immersive technologies as foundational for online shopping experiences in the future. For instance, three in five consumers (61 per cent) said they would be more likely to buy from a brand that uses immersive technologies. “More than half (48 per cent) of consumers would better remember brands that regularly engage them with immersive technologies,” the findings showed.

Would it be the new trend?


Sunday, 27 September 2020

5 Resistance Band Leg Workouts That’ll Burn Out Your Lower Body in 30 Minutes or Less ★

By Rachel Lapidos, wellandgood.com

Dumbbells and kettlebells are great and all, but nothing beats the simplicity of a resistance band for your home gym. The workout tool operates like a weight, giving you resistance and strengthening your muscles just as effectively, but it takes up way less space and weighs about as much as a scrunchie. To put it to use on your all-important lower body muscles, we’re rounding up some of our favorite resistance band leg workouts.

All in the exercises will be revealed.

Another full-body sesh, this resistance band strength training workout will spike your cardio as it burns out your arms, shoulders, glutes, hamstrings, quads, and core. So you’re truly getting a well-rounded sweat that you’ll feel the next day (trust me).

Nothing to loose and all to gain.


Saturday, 26 September 2020

Ring’s latest security camera is a drone that flies around inside your house ★

By Dan Seifert, theverge.com

Ring latest home security camera is taking flight — literally. The new Always Home Cam is an autonomous drone that can fly around inside your home to give you a perspective of any room you want when you’re not home. Once it’s done flying, the Always Home Cam returns to its dock to charge its battery. It is expected to cost $249.99 when it starts shipping next year.

Great innovation.

Ring says the camera can be used for simple things like checking if a stove was left on or a window left open, or if a door is locked when you’re away from the home. It features obstacle avoidance technology to allow it to avoid objects in its path and its shrouded propellers prevent damage to property or hurting a pet or person that might collide with the drone.

Highest security.


Friday, 25 September 2020

10,000-swing kettlebell workout will reveal your SIX PACK and make you leaner in only 4 weeks ★

By Matt Kollat, t3.com

The 10,000-swing kettlebell workout is as straightforward as it gets, albeit this 4-week kettlebell workout is not easy for sure. On the other hand, the 10,000-swing kettlebell workout will help you get a six pack and get you stronger and leaner than you ever were before. Full body transformation in four weeks? Make completing this 4-week kettlebell workout your new year's resolution.

Nothing to lose.

Sounds to good to be true? This workout does come with some caveats but in its essence, the 10,000-swing kettlebell workout is based on hard work and perseverance. Ready to get leaner and stronger? IMPORTANT: although this workout can be tailored so it is less demanding, it is still a pretty hardcore workout even when using lighter kettlebells. If you are new to exercising, struggle with obesity and/or have health issues, please consult a medical professional before you start exercising. To kick start weight loss, please check out this article on how to boost metabolism naturally.

Trial and error.


Thursday, 24 September 2020

Nike stock surges 10% as fiscal 2021 revenue is expected to rise as much as low double digits ★

By Tonya Garcia, marketwatch.com

Nike Inc. stock surged 10.2% in Wednesday trading after it became one of the few companies to offer guidance, forecasting full fiscal year revenue that will be up in the high single digits to low double digits. The stock performance is giving consumer ETFs a bump. Previously, Nike NKE was guiding for revenue to be “flat-to-up” for the year.

Good for them.

“The performance proves Nike’s focus on innovation and digitally led strategies are paying off in the current environment, while renewed emphasis on organizational efficiencies, improved fulfillment, and return on ad spend are likely to fuel optimism about multi-year margin potential,” wrote Baird analysts in a note. Baird raised its price target to $135 from $115. However, analysts rate Nike stock neutral, striking a note of caution.

Competitive market.


Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Want to Lose Weight Running? Experts Explain How to Achieve Your Goals Faster (and Safely) ★

by Lesley Chen,PopSugar

In an ideal world, it would be easy to lose weight. You'd try a new eating plan, go for a run, and that'd be that. While reality is slightly more complicated, running is still an effective way to lose weight, though how fast you shed those pounds depends on a number of factors. Weight loss is a matter of simple math. You need to be in a calorie deficit, or consume fewer calories than you burn, in order to see results.

Running and walking, good heart exercise.

"Many people start running because they want to get fit. But often, they aren't fit enough to run without injury or burnout. And there's nothing more discouraging than starting a program only to drop out a few weeks in," Helming said. "The key to any fitness and weight loss goal lies not in any individual exercise or session. It lies in your ability to keep showing up, day after day, week after week, and banking a whole heap of them. It's about building a new lifestyle around healthy habits. But none of this can be built effectively if your Achilles feels like it's going to snap off after every run."

Listen to your body.


Tuesday, 22 September 2020

BUYING CLOTHES FOR A TODDLER: ONLINE VS. OFFLINE ★

by Julia Smith, marylandreporter.com

While adults already know their sizes of outfits and shoes, the problem of buying toddler clothes online is that kids grow very fast. So, is it worth browsing the web in search of great deals on items for kids or is it better to go to a mall? Let’s consider the pros and cons of shopping for toddlers online and offline.

Head scratching

Some people cannot substitute real shopping with online purchases. While others cannot stand crowds and prefer staying at home. If you are in the first group, ask a friend or relative to join you for a shopping tour. You may also choose a mall with kids’ interactive rooms where your little one will be able to spend some energy. Then, kids tend to behave better when you ask them to sit in the stroller for a while.

Try and see.


Monday, 21 September 2020

These 5 fitness and sporting goods companies have filed for bankruptcy in 2020, as the coronavirus continues to dramatically change how Americans exercise ★

by Bethany Biron, businessinsider.com

A growing number of fitness and sporting goods companies are filing for bankruptcy, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to upend the entire retail industry. Brands listed failed to recover from temporary government-mandated closures to gyms and indoor fitness facilities earlier this year. These are the five fitness and sporting goods companies that have filed for bankruptcy so far in 2020.

Hardship times.

Flywheel Sports filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on September 15 in an announcement that called for the permanent closure of all 42 of its spin studios around the country. The company had originally laid off 98% of its staff temporarily in March as a result of the financial strain from the pandemic, and closed locations to prevent the spread of the virus.

Fight for survival.


Sunday, 20 September 2020

I Never Knew How Much I’d Miss Shopping in Person ★

by ASHLEY PRIMIS, phillymag.com

The small front hall of my Queen Village home has morphed into a full-on packing, shipping and receiving facility. (Jeff Bezos would be impressed.) On one side are the just-arrived boxes; on the other, items that are to be returned. Scissors and that God-awful packing tape that I always have to restart are nearby. Really, the only thing I’m missing is a brown uniform.

Split opinion.

When it became clear the quarantine was going to be more than an asterisk, local shop owners rushed to put their inventories online. But for me, nothing can replace stepping into a boutique in Old City or Wayne where a sandalwood candle is lit, soft music is playing, and the promise of finding the perfect pair of jeans hangs in the air. An in-person purchase is so much more than just an article of clothing: It’s a memory of what you discovered, where, who you were with and how it made you feel. It’s an experience, no packing tape required.

Pros and cons.


Saturday, 19 September 2020

What Is VO2max? ★

By Beth Skwareck, lifehacker.com

With the news that the Apple Watch will soon be able to measure VO2max more effectively (they say) than ever, you may be wondering what VO2max even is. It’s a measure of your aerobic fitness, and you don’t need a gadget to figure yours out. VO2max, properly rendered VO2max, is the maximal volume (V) of oxygen (O2) your body can use per minute during exercise, scaled to your body size because larger people will naturally use more oxygen.

Good to know.

But we can measure aerobic fitness in other ways, and there are workouts you can do to get a good estimate of VO2max. If you’re a runner, you can look up a recent race time on this chart to find your VDOT, which roughly correlates with your VO2max. (My best-ever mile time gets me a VDOT of 38, for example.)

Essential factor.


Friday, 18 September 2020

5 health benefits of lifting weights and how to do it safely ★

By Marissa Cruz Lemar, insider.com

The benefits of lifting weights include building muscle, burning body fat, strengthening your bones and joints, reducing injury risk, and improving heart health. To lift weights safely, it's important to start slow, take rest days, and always use proper form.

Keep exercising.

This works because weight lifting boosts the body's production of testosterone and growth hormone. When you lift weights, your body releases these hormones, which promotes tissue growth and allows your muscles to get bigger and stronger.

Keep fit, keep safe.


Thursday, 17 September 2020

3 major health benefits of jumping jacks and how to do them properly ★

By Marissa Cruz Lemar, insider.com

Jumping jacks are a full body workout that can target major muscle groups, strengthen bones, and improve cardiovascular fitness and heart health. It's important to do jumping jacks with proper form in order to gain these health benefits.

You should start doing it today.

A 2014 study in BioMed Research International found that a four week high-intensity circuit training program, which included jumping jacks, improved several heart health markers in obese men. The participants saw improvements in their resting heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol, and body fat levels. Interestingly, the improvements were comparable to those found in much longer-duration circuit, resistance training, and aerobic exercise programs.

Simple and easy exercise.


Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Why Everything Is Sold Out ★

By AMANDA MULL, theatlantic.com

All summer, I tried to buy things, and mostly I failed. I signed up for two separate wait lists for out-of-stock black spandex bike shorts, which I needed for the Peloton I had bought, itself back-ordered for two months. I also added my email address to a wait list for curtain rods, remembering how the shifting fall sun broils the kitchen table that’s now my office. When word from Bed Bath & Beyond came weeks later to let me know they were back on sale, I was too slow on the draw—they sold out about as swiftly as hand sanitizer did in March. Over the weekend, I believed I had acquired replacements for my worn-out bed linens, but my email receipt contained a confession: The sheets would arrive, at best, around Halloween.

Some get it right, some get it wrong.

This would all be much less important if everyone trying to order things online were as lucky as those of us searching for cute workout clothes or new bedding. But America’s consumer system isn’t just a repository for people’s disposable income. Upper-class pleasures jockey for space on a truck alongside vital medications and the basic necessities of everyday life for the homebound or those in underserved communities. The market responds to incentives that often don’t serve the interests of the people for whom it is supposed to be a lifeline—earlier this summer, some postal workers accused the USPS of prioritizing Amazon packages over other, more vital types of mail because of the mega-retailer’s lucrative contract with the agency.

Using trusted resources.


Tuesday, 15 September 2020

University of Pittsburgh scientists discover antibody that 'neutralizes' virus that causes coronavirus ★

By Alexandra Deabler | Fox News

Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have isolated “the smallest biological molecule” that “completely and specifically neutralizes” SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the novel coronavirus. The antibody component is 10 times smaller than a full-sized antibody, and has been used to create the drug Ab8, shared in the report published by the researchers in the journal Cell on Monday. The drug is seen as a potential preventative against SARS-CoV-2.

I think it is about time.

According to the report, the team at University of Texas Medical Branch Center for Biodefense and Emerging Diseases and Galveston National Laboratory tested Ab8 and found it blocked the virus from entering cells. In mice trials, those treated with Ab8 had 10-fold less of the amount of infectious virus compared to those that were untreated.

We cannot celebrate yet.


Monday, 14 September 2020

The Internet Is Having a Great Time With Ferrari’s Bizarre 1,000th GP Dance Performance ★

BY JESUS GARCIA, thedrive.com

Automotive fandom doesn't get any bigger—or stranger—than this, folks. Scuderia Ferrari is celebrating its 1,000th Formula One race today. In celebration of this historical event, the Tuscan Grand Prix is being hosted at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, and the team's F1 car is wearing the same shade of red used the Ferrari 125 F1 during its debut at the Monaco GP in 1950. But besides the nostalgia, we need to talk about the bonkers Ferrari dance performance that happened on Saturday.

Strangest thing.

Most of all, why? I'm not dismissing the dancers here, because it takes a tremendous amount of work to do what they did. However, this is a celebration dedicated to Ferrari's racing pedigree. Have some legendary drivers or engineers give some speeches. Rev some vintage F1 car engines. Do a socially distant parade around town using only Ferraris. Hire Morgan Freeman to read a Ferrari owner's manual.

What kind of celebrations?


Sunday, 13 September 2020

Doorstep in-flight meals, online shopping and flights to nowhere: how airlines, including Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific, are navigating Covid-19 ★

By Danny Lee, scmp.com

From delivering in-flight meals to residents near the airport to promoting plane merchandise, the Covid-19 pandemic has sparked creative efforts among major airlines to compensate, if only slightly, for the loss of their biggest income stream – ticket sales.

Hard times will be over.

In line with an ambition to become the Amazon of airline shopping portals, the platform offers users a chance to receive an Apple MacBook on accumulating 222,520 air miles, or to pay for the bulk of the laptop in cash for HK$10,000. Racking up 21,650 miles can secure a Breville kettle.

Will it get back to normality?


Saturday, 12 September 2020

Want to study better? Just two minutes of exercise beforehand could help ★

By Sara Spary, CNN

If you're feeling a bit sluggish today, just two minutes of exercise could give your brain a boost, a new study shows. Researchers from Jönköping University in Sweden analyzed a range of 13 studies into the effects of exercise on people aged 18-35 conducted by scientists between 2009 and 2019.

Good physical and mental health.

This is because increasing the heart rate through exercise pumps more oxygen-rich blood to the brain, stimulating the release of hormones that boost the production of new brain cells.

Anything which can help.


Friday, 11 September 2020

20 Super Healthy Foods to Help You Gain Muscle ★

By Robbie Wild Hudson, boxrox.com

One of the most desired dreams of average gym goers and Crossfitters is building muscle mass and at the same time losing fat. The body cannot turn fat into muscle, however, it can enhance fat burning while maintaining lean muscle mass by choosing the right diet and exercises with strength components.

Eating and fitness work together.

Testosterone is important for the growth processes in the body, including building muscle mass. Any type of exercise increases testosterone levels but lifting weights has bigger effect. It was proved by research on exercise physiology at the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Todd Schroeder, associate professor at USC, listed heavier loads and shorter rest periods as the main testosterone boosters. Apart from building muscle mass, testosterone, improves body´s efficiency to burn fat.

Listen to your body.


Thursday, 10 September 2020

Peloton cuts the price of its most popular bike by 15% ★

By Jordan Valinsky, CNN Business

Peloton is cutting the price of its original at-home exercise bike by 15% and unveiling new fitness products, a sign that the company believes the pandemic has permanently changed people's workout routines and that it can further grow its fervent fan base. Beginning Wednesday, its core bike will cost $1,895 — a $350 reduction — with the monthly financing rate dropping $9 to $49 a month. With a slightly more attractive price point, Peloton (PTON) wants to maintain its blockbuster year and enlist new members even as gyms across the United States reopen.

Help is a 2 way street.

"As consumers increasingly work out from home amid the pandemic, these new product offerings should help Peloton expand its [market base], particularly as they help reduce the total cost of ownership for consumers," AllianceBernstein (AB) analysts wrote in a new note.

Affordable fitness is essential.


Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Boom in e-Commerce and Online Shopping Boosts Global Air Cargo Screening Systems Market in 2020 ★

Source: Research and Markets

The "Air Cargo Screening Systems Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. The Air Cargo Screening Systems Market is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period (2020 - 2025). A boom in e-commerce due to online shopping has increased the air cargo volume over the past few years. This is expected to generate demand for advanced screening systems at airports to handle cargo of various sizes and type.

Good news?

Asia-Pacific and North America are anticipated to experience the highest growth during the forecast period. The growth in the region is due to the rising cargo traffic and improving infrastructure. The air cargo protection policies of the United States have been focused on two main perceived threats like detonation of concealed explosives in an air cargo shipment midflight and the possible hijacking of a large all-cargo aircraft to attack a ground target, such as a major population center, critical infrastructure, or a critical national security asset.

Slow recovery?


Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Intuition told her to turn around. She and Savvy are glad she did ★

Wes Johnson, Springfield News-Leader

Some kind of intuition told Debra Williams to turn around. While walking her little dachshund Savvy at Close Memorial Park Thursday, Williams sensed something was up a little before sunset. "I looked out of the side of my eye and there was a bobcat 6 to 8 feet away from us in crouching mode," Williams recalled. "It didn't seem too threatening, more kind of curious. I didn't hear a thing — it was silent when it came up. I just had a kind of second sense."

Scary encounter.

A couple of months ago, local photographer Bill Hulsebus photographed a bobcat hunting for a meal while he was walking an Ozark Greenways trail near Carver Middle School.

Lucky intuition.


Monday, 7 September 2020

How Much Weight Can You Safely Lose In Three Months? ★

BY JASMINE GOMEZ, womenshealthmag.com

When you're starting a new weight loss journey, it's easy for your mind to zero in on one thing: how quickly you can reach your goal weight. It's not uncommon to start doing calculations in your head, like, Can I lose this weight before that wedding that's coming up? or, How much weight can I realistically lose in three months?

Useful information but is it practical?

There are several ways to safely achieve this calorie deficit, but how you should do it depends on a lot of lifestyle factors. "The best thing to do is take into account a person's age, weight, height, and goal, and decide on a proper and realistic plan for that individual. There is no magical solution that will work for everyone," says Bollig, who adds that losing weight is all about balance, not cutting out all less-nutritious food. But, mathematically speaking, if you were to cut out about 500 to 1,000 calories per day, you’d likely lose about one to two pounds per week, she notes.

Trying is believing.


Sunday, 6 September 2020

Addsfit Mini Massage Gun Review: Take your mini everywhere ★

NICOLETTE ROUX, imore.com

I have always been a fan of massage therapy, but recently, I've become an enormous fan of massage guns. These tools deliver incredible trigger point therapy and deep tissue release, and the best part is that you can give yourself an incredible massage when you need it most.

No need for high prices massages.

It offers three levels of speed and is quite powerful. When fully charged it offers two to two and a half hours of work time. It comes with a bonus carrying case, charging cable, and two different massage heads - a triggered flat head and a thumb head. The triggered flat head is designed for overall use and is perfect for large muscle groups and tender areas. The thumb head is ideal for trigger points and small muscle groups.

Every little helps.


Saturday, 5 September 2020

Pandemic's Emotional Hammer Hits Hard ★

RHITU CHATTERJEE, npr.org

Nearly a quarter of people in the United States are experiencing symptoms of depression, according to a study published Wednesday. That's nearly three times the number before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Fighting mentally and physically.

But with COVID-19 cases still climbing across the U.S., and the course of the pandemic still uncertain, Americans are constantly stressed, not knowing what lies ahead, he says. And that makes it more difficult for people to recover emotionally. "The hardest thing to recover from is waiting for that ... second shoe to drop," Everly says. "You never know when it's going to drop."

Stay strong.


Friday, 4 September 2020

Back-to-School Shopping: What to Buy for Socially Distanced School Days? ★

James Dohnert, licenseglobal.com

Schools across the U.S. are beginning to reopen as parents stare down the educational realities of teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. After months of questions around in-person or virtual classes, safety measures in schools and teaching challenges, families are now getting a peek at what education will look like in the fall of 2020.

Helping to protect our children.

"As noted throughout the market, the back-to-school season is off to a slower start than usual, given the uncertainty around the timing of students physically returning to school," reports C. Douglas McMillon, president, chief executive officer and director, Walmart, during the second-quarter investor call. "As a result, we expect the season to be choppy and come later than normal. Items like laptops, tablets, and home office furniture are performing well, while others like basic school supplies, backpacks and apparel are understandably soft."

Hope the best decision is taken.


Thursday, 3 September 2020

BRAIN STUDY REVEALS ONE TYPE OF EXERCISE INCREASES STRESS RESILIENCE ★

ALI PATTILLO, inverse.com

IN TIMES OF SERIOUS STRESS, people might turn to exercise to blow off steam and shake off nervous energy. However, despite anecdotal evidence, the link between working out and relieving stress isn't well understood by scientists. Researchers haven't yet pinned down exactly how exercise modulates stress in the brain and body, despite knowing that exercise benefits mental health.

Life is beautiful so enjoy it with less stress.

THE SEARCH FOR THE BRAIN MECHANISMS — Research shows exercise protects against the deleterious effects of stress in both mice and humans. Galanin, that pivotal brain protein that modulates stress and mood, is expressed in similar areas of both animal's brains. To examine how these factors interact and influence each other, the study team turned to mice.

Overcoming anything with stress management.


Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Fitness influencer praised for 'amazing' postpartum body ★

By Alexandra Deabler | Fox News

An Australian fitness influencer is being celebrated by fans for continuing to share candid updates about her postpartum body. Emily Skye, a trainer and influencer, gave birth to her son Izaac in June, and she has let fans follow her fitness journey after childbirth.

Amazing motivation.

“I’m proud of what it represents I guess. I grew a human in this belly & the whole process into motherhood has made me SO much stronger and also so much more confident in myself and my body. I couldn’t care less whether the stretched skin stays or goes!” she said at the time.

Learning and practicing.


Tuesday, 1 September 2020

15 years later, Walmart launches its answer to Amazon Prime ★

By JOSEPH PISANI AP Retail Writer

Walmart is launching a new membership service for shoppers this month that it hopes can compete with Amazon Prime. Called Walmart+, it will cost $98 a year, or $12.95 a month, and give members same-day delivery on 160,000 items, a fuel discount at certain gas stations and a chance to check out at Walmart stores without having to wait at a register.

So many to choose from.

Members will get a discount of up to 5 cents a gallon at Murphy gas stations or at the 2,000 Walmart locations that have gas pumps. The company said it’s working to add more gas-station chains to its list.

Will it be a great value?


Monday, 31 August 2020

Bain and Facebook see hugely accelerated online shopping trend ★

consultancy.asia

Last year, Bain & Company and Facebook expected Southeast Asia to have 310 million people shopping online by 2025. Now, thanks to Covid-19, that milestone will be achieved by the end of this year. The pair conducted a study in June last year among nearly 13,000 consumers in six Southeast Asian markets – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The goal was to find out the number of digital consumers, defined by Bain & Company and Facebook as “anyone who has purchased a product or service online (excluding travel) in the past 12 months.”

Keeping track.

A note for brands in the region is that this trend has also intensified in recent months. “The digital consumer’s discovery habits are changing, too. They go online mainly to connect on social media and videos. They are also more open to switching brands, lean more on ecommerce platforms, and expect brands to be more reliable while providing good value for money,” states the Bain and Facebook report.

Learn from the best.


Sunday, 30 August 2020

Exercise and COVID-19 Can Be a Dangerous Combination, Evidence Shows ★

BY SELENE YEAGER AND ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY JENNY MCCOY

COVID-19’s affect on health is a rapidly developing situation. For the most up-to-date information, check in with your local health officials and resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regularly. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Be Vigilant About Listening to Your Body Right Now

“This goes against my personal exercise philosophy that burpees cure pretty much everything and the advice I have given for 20 years that it’s okay to exercise through minor sickness symptoms,” Metzl says. “COVID-19 plays by different rules when it comes to sports and exercise.”

Be especially mindful of unusual symptoms.


Saturday, 29 August 2020

40 Fittest Celebrities Over 40 Who Will Inspire You to Hit the Gym ★

From Men's Health

There's always an excuse available to skip that workout. But if you want to see results, you have to put in the time. Don't want to believe us? Then take it from some of the world's fittest celebrities. From Mark Wahlberg to Kevin Hart, here's that extra boost of motivation you need to get yourself to the gym.

Role models.

Mark Wahlberg has time and time again proved that it takes hard work to achieve results. Not only is the actor a big fan of sharing his workouts and keto-friendly meals on Instagram, but he gave fans a glimpse

Dedication.


Friday, 28 August 2020

Halo fitness band and app: Amazon's entry into the fitness space is ambitious, but odd ★

Scott Stein, Vanessa Hand Orellana, cnet.com

Amazon has entered the health and fitness world with Halo, a subscription service and accompanying fitness band that unlocks an array of health metrics, including activity, sleep, body fat and tone of voice analysis, to determine how you sound to others. Amazon's entry into the fitness space is odd indeed, and ambitious. And we're just getting our minds wrapped around it.

Every little helps.

If you're feeling uncomfortable, that's not surprising: The idea of body-scanning with a camera is already an awkward proposition. Amazon doing this on a health platform makes it feel more so. The sample body-scan images Amazon showed me look very personal -- not necessarily something I'd ever want anyone else to see.

Let's hope it works better.


Thursday, 27 August 2020

Harris Poll Exclusive: Online Shopping Hasn't Perfected the Experience Factor Yet ★

Halie LeSavage, morningbrew.com

The pandemic has expedited retail’s shift from physical stores to digital commerce by approximately five years, per IBM’s U.S. Retail Index. That means new earnings jargon for retailers—and new routines for shoppers.

Trying to cope.

Sephora can’t teleport moisturizer samples to me before I hit purchase quite yet. But Gerzema noted two areas that can help retailers scratch shoppers’ itch for capital-E experiences. Customer personalization. Retailers can inject their brand persona into e-comm pre-order (with algorithmic product recs) and post-order (with branded packaging). Digital reliability. Shoppers want to know the site won’t crash when they hit order and that a chatbot can answer their fit questions. So refining storefront tech is a must.

It will be the future of retail.


Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Why it’s so hard to find dumbbells in the US ★

By Alex Abad-Santos, alex@vox.com

“Finding dumbbells that deliver within a reasonable time (less than a month) is like trying to acquire concert tickets for a pop legend without ever knowing when the tickets go on sale,” Andrew told me. “I checked in up to five times a day on my most reliable sites, hoping that I would get lucky that two dumbbells in the weight I want will be available.”

Look hard and you can find.

Gyms were shut down, and people who were into fitness began purchasing home equipment. Logan said her company had already seen spikes in sales and app usage following closures and lockdowns in countries like Italy and China. Peloton and Bowflex, like NordicTrack and the Icon brands, saw a massive sustained increase in sales, too.

Investing in your fitness.


Tuesday, 25 August 2020

UK's biggest supermarket adds 16,000 jobs to cope with online shopping boom ★

By Hanna Ziady, CNN Business

London (CNN Business)Tesco is creating 16,000 jobs to meet surging demand in its online business, delivering a rare boost to the struggling UK economy. Britain's largest supermarket chain said in a statement on Monday that the new permanent roles are in addition to 4,000 jobs it has already added since the start of the coronavirus crisis.

Good news for a change.

Britain is facing a growing unemployment crisis, with the Office for National Statistics saying earlier this month that 730,000 jobs have been shed since the coronavirus pandemic shuttered businesses in March. British Airways, BP (BP) and aerospace company Rolls-Royce (RYCEF) are among major UK companies culling thousands of positions.

All thanks to online shopping.


Monday, 24 August 2020

Bodyweight Exercises Are Just As Effective as Jogging for Cardio, Study Proves ★

BY LOUEE DESSENT-JACKSON, menshealth.com

Not everyone starts a new exercise plan in search of lean abs or bigger biceps. Many have the no less important goal of preserving their longevity. But making the first steps can be hard, especially for those who hate running – the standard-issue exercise for iron-cladding your heart.

It is important to enjoy what you are doing.

The researchers concluded that both kinds of exercise were equally beneficial for your cardiovascular system. So, if you’d rather safeguard your health from the relative comfort of your living room while sculpting your pecs, you can tell the pavement purists to jog on.

Maintain a good health.


Sunday, 23 August 2020

Undergraduates Give Virtual Shopping Week Mixed Reviews ★

By Juliet E. Isselbacher and Amanda Y. Su, Crimson Staff Writers

Harvard undergraduates traded in-person lectures for online course previews this week, voicing mixed feelings about Harvard’s new take on shopping period, a longstanding scheduling quirk that allows students to sample classes before officially enrolling.

It is good to listen.

Citing organized course materials, accessible professors, and strong advising, Sambara said she felt her course exploration proved fruitful. “It's really new, but I do feel really well supported,” she said. “Considering that it has to be all virtual, I think it was a pretty good experience.”

Hard times.


Saturday, 22 August 2020

Jessica Biel's Workout Routine Includes Yoga and Plyometrics ★

JASMINE GOMEZ, womenshealthmag.com

Millennials probably remember Jessica Biel as the basketball-loving, athlete, Mary, on 7th Heaven, and though her character on the show was completely fictional, in real life Jessica has always been a fan of staying active, which is probably why her workout routine includes a ton of different training techniques, from yoga to plyometrics.

We can do it too.

Here's Jessica flawlessly showing us that you can have your cake and eat it too...while getting some lunges in. Talk about multitasking. This video clip is from the set of her upcoming series, Cruel Summer. She was able to sneak in a little exercise in between filming takes. Sweat snacks FTW!

It is all in the mind.


Friday, 21 August 2020

Demand For Online Grocery Shopping Is Now Irreversible, According To The Head Of U.K. Chain Waitrose ★

by KRISTIN SALAKY, delish.com

The grocery industry saw, and continues to see, a massive spike in demand for online grocery shopping as COVID-19 spread around the world. And though the pandemic is still very much ongoing, one major player in the industry said that we can expect the demand for these services to stick around, possibly even beyond the outbreak.

We have to take any precautions.

Demand for the service is similarly high in the U.S., as the Coresight Research U.S. Online Grocery Survey 2020 expected demand for online grocery services to grow by 40 percent this year. Uber said it has seen a 197 percent increase in deliveries from grocery and convenience stores since March.

Entering uncharted territory.


Thursday, 20 August 2020

This 15-Minute Workout Targets Every Angle of Your Core—And There’s Not a Crunch in Sight ★

Kells McPhillips, wellandgood.com

Core exercises usually happen in one of two positions: lying flat on your back or in a plank. While there’s no doubt that these stances set you up to strengthen the muscles you need to do, well, just about everything, they can get pretty boring when you’re repeating over and over again. On this week’s episode of Trainer of the Month Club, Billie Robyn is breaking that yawn-inducing model with 15 minutes of standing core exercises to help you get up and moving.

Give it a try.

5. Renegade row: Alright, fam—it’s time for the only plank-related move in this sequence. Grab both dumbbells and come into a plank position with your hands directly under your shoulders, your glutes engaged, and your core firing up. Grip your dumbbells in your palms so that your hands aren’t actually touching the floor. Without moving your hips too much, pull the right elbow straight back. Return to plank and repeat on your left side. Keep alternating.

Keeping fit and safe.


Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Biking your way to better health: How to reboot your workout routine ★

By Dana Santas, CNN

If you've been following along, we're well into the reboot of your workout routine. If you're just joining now, take a moment to review how we've set the foundation for establishing a sustainable exercise habit, mastered how to move properly and learned how to use free weights to increase strength and boost our metabolism.

Keep moving.

When it comes to outdoor bikes, there are two main categories: road bikes and mountain bikes. Keep in mind that a standard road bike is designed strictly for speed on the road, with the goal of being as aerodynamic as possible.

The outcome is good.


Monday, 17 August 2020

12 best gifts you can buy to support the USPS ★

BY NICOLE GALLUCCI, mashable.com

Looking for a way to support the United States Postal Service? Consider buying some delightful USPS merch. As the U.S. Postal Service fights to survive the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and active efforts from President Trump's administration to cut their funding to prevent mail-in ballots, they need all the help they can get.

Life of service.

Puzzles are all the rage in quarantine, which makes this 3D T-rex puzzle a win/win. Not only will you be showing the U.S. Postal Service support in this difficult time, but you'll also be investing in a quality self-care activity.

Needs our support.


Sunday, 16 August 2020

A 74-Year-Old Woman Went Viral for Her Remarkable Fitness Transformation ★

Katie Dupere, yahoo.com

There’s no age limit on beginning to prioritize your health and well-being. For Joan MacDonald, motivation to strengthen her body came two years ago—when she was over 70. Now at 74 years old, Joan has gone viral for her incredible fitness journey, amassing a following of more than 800,000 fans on Instagram. On her page, her bio has a single simple phrase: “You can’t turn back the clock but you can wind it up again.”

Never too old.

“When I saw myself in flattering clothes in cute colors, I could see that my inner dialogue had to go,” she writes on Instagram. “I actually had muscles! I actually had a good shape taking form! I felt so good inside to see that in those new clothes.”

No age limit.


Saturday, 15 August 2020

COVID-19 Inflicts New Blow To Brick and Mortar Stores ★

topagency.com

About three quarters surveyed (73.5%) reported that they are shopping online more now than they did prior to the spread of COVID-19. Nearly 9 in 10 (88%) said they will continue to shop online more even after a cure or vaccine for COVID-19 is discovered.

Results are out.

Long before COVID-19 was even a blip on the radar, countless obituaries had been written for traditional shopping, mega malls, brick and mortar retailers, and mom and pop shops. According to a new survey of US shoppers, the ongoing global pandemic is on track to all but eliminate retail and commerce as we once knew it.

It is a fact.


Friday, 14 August 2020

How long does it take to build muscle? ★

Amanda Capritto, cnet.com

Many people start workout routines to look toned or lean. Lifting weights can help you achieve those goals, but it's important to start a new workout plan with the right expectations. Building muscle takes much longer than most people realize. It's a slow -- almost excruciatingly slow -- process that can feel discouraging when you don't see the muscle definition you want.

Patience is a treasure.

Other major factors include your genetic potential for building muscle (which is impossible to quantify without lab testing, and even then, kind of wishy-washy) and your testosterone levels -- which is why men typically have more muscle than women. Other hormones, including human growth hormone and insulin growth factor also play a role in muscle growth.

Slowly but surely.


Thursday, 13 August 2020

The online ‘work gyms’ that help spur productivity ★

By Claire Turrell, bbc.com

On an otherwise unremarkable Monday, 12 strangers gathered on a Zoom call. From their homes in Australia, the US and Singapore, the participants sat in their kitchens, studies, spare rooms or gardens. Some sported freshly showered hair as they started their day, while others worked under the night-time glare of fluorescent bulbs.

No harm in trying.

For those who freelance or pursue self-propelled projects, work can be isolating. People who now find themselves working at home following the Covid-19 crisis are also experiencing this challenge.

Training our brain is harder than training our body.


Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Subtle warning signs YOU are lacking vitamins and minerals: Expert reveals the symptoms including 'spooned' nails and leg cramps that signal your body is missing out on vital nutrients ★

By HARRIET JOHNSTON FOR MAILONLINE

Now more than ever, it is vital that we keep our body enriched with the vitamins and minerals it requires to help with the normal functioning of our immune system and keep our health in check. This can feel especially important because lacking in a certain type of vitamin can wreak havoc on our energy levels, mood, our immunity, our physical strength and even our appearance.

Health check is key.

She added: 'Whilst there are many causes for this the most common is iron deficiency anaemia, which is when your level of red blood cells is lower than normal. 'If this is the case, other symptoms you may experience are fatigue, pale skin, shortness of breath and general feelings of weakness.'

Listen to your body.


Tuesday, 11 August 2020

3 ways to protect yourself when shopping online ★

By: Rebecca Thornburg, wkbw.com

Our spending habits have shifted to more online and it's important to think about fraud. Nathan Grant, a Senior Credit Card Industry Analyst for Creditinsider.com has three things to keep in mind when buying things online.

Be careful.

“The avalanche approach where you focus on the high-interest debts, pay that in full and then move on to the next one," Grant said.

Follow advice.


Monday, 10 August 2020

The most and least effective face masks, according to new study out of Duke University ★

THERESA BRAINE, nydailynews.com

Not all masks are created equal. Researchers at Duke University have tested 14 types of masks and other facial coverings and found that some are wanting when it comes to coronavirus protection, while others are quite good. Using an easy-to-assemble laser and cellphone system, the team shined precise light onto the droplets emitted by someone wearing all varieties of mask, from none to the high-concept N95 that health care workers use.

Masks are there to protect, do wear them please.

The best one turned out to be an N95 without the valve, the researches said, followed by three-layer surgical masks and the types of cotton masks that people have been making themselves.

Protect yourself and society


Sunday, 9 August 2020

Massive shopping scams use great deals to fool you ★

BY ANGELICA LEICHT, KOMANDO.COM

Do you remember that old saying, “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is?” That warning is every bit as relevant today as it was when it originated. Buyers need to beware of retail scams because they’re everywhere — and that’s especially true in the age of online shopping.

Take precautions.

Good deals are awesome, but fake deals are a major headache. If an ad is promoting a price that’s well below what you can find the item for on other reputable sites, be very wary. If you dig through the website and find that all the prices on the site are well below what could be considered fair or normal on other sites, close the browser tab and do not order anything from the website.

Read between the lines.


Saturday, 8 August 2020

Implementing the Right Technologies to Make Your Restaurant Contactless ★

Erika Lenkert, restauranttechnologynews.com

But today’s health risks are forcing more extreme and immediate contact-free business protocols, especially for restaurants, coffee shops, retailers, and other service-industry businesses that, until now, were highly personally interactive. Fortunately, technology is keeping up. It’s never been easier to make your restaurant business contactless.

Great approach.

Post your QR code outside your business or, for seated dining, on a table tent in the center of each table so diners can scan it with their smartphone and access your menu. Since in this scenario, customers will be looking at a menu on their phones, make sure it’s designed with small screens in mind. The following templates put you on the fast track.

Smarter choice.


Friday, 7 August 2020

I Tried ‘All Out’ for Two Weeks and I’m Canceling My Gym Membership ★

ALEX ARONSON, menshealth.com

I'm not gonna lie, once lockdown hit I traded-in dumbbells for Doritos. And slowly but surely, I watched those lockdown el-bees stack-up on the scale. I never thought I'd say this, but I really do miss the gym. It was a tough adjustment going from working out 3-5 days a week at the gym to suddenly, um, well... not.

Worth checking it out.

Now that I had done all the preliminary leg work [pun sorta intended], it was time to stop procrastinating and actually get to working-out. Since the gyms have been closed for a few months now, I was a little anxious to really get back into it, so I decided to start out light and ease my way back into beast mode – I hate that I just said that, but you get the idea.

The safer the better.


Thursday, 6 August 2020

Digital Identities: Technologies That Propel ★

Alexandra Pastore, wwd.com

In the latest webinar produced by WWD, “Digital Identities,” Robert Pernice, director of global market development, Beauty, Intelligent Labels at Avery Dennison, joined WWD executive editor Arthur Zaczkiewicz to discuss technologies that can help propel the success of beauty brands and retailers in these unprecedented times.

Be protected and shop safely.

Pernice pointed to two main challenges facing retail beauty that had been exacerbated by COVID-19: seamless shopping and supply chain visibility. According to Pernice, these were issues that companies were facing even before the pandemic but have undergone amplification and acceleration.

Shopping online helps staying safe.


Wednesday, 5 August 2020

These Bodybuilders Shared the Worst Mistakes They Made in the Gym as Beginners ★

PHILIP ELLIS, menshealth.com

YouTube's Buff Dudes, also known as brothers Brandon and Hudson White, have carved out an online niche as coaches and content creators on all things fitness and nutrition — but they didn't always know what they were doing. In a recent video, the Buff Dudes looked back on the mistakes and missteps they made when they very first started working out, and shared what they wish they'd known.

Highlighting the errors.

On the opposite end of that extreme is Brandon, who says he became "addicted" to working out every day and not taking the necessary time off for his muscles to recover. "You're not actually getting the results from lifting weights, you're getting the results after lifting weights," he says.

Giving a helping hand.


Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Online shopping theft in New York rises during pandemic ★

Larry Rulison, timesunion.com

The state Division of Consumer Protection says there has been a rise in consumer complaints over online shopping during the coronavirus pandemic.

Taking advantage of vulnerable people.

Ted Potrikus, CEO of the Retail Council of New York State, told the Times Union that the pandemic has "brought out the worst" in online thieves.

Eventually they will get their punishment.


Monday, 3 August 2020

Reach your fitness goals with this Google-integrated smartwatch ★

By StackCommerce

The TicWatch Sport Smartwatch features everything you need to reach your fitness goals, including a heart rate monitor, step counter, and an integrated GPS sensor. Plus, thanks to its 48-hour active battery life, you can easily go an entire day on a single charge..

So many great choices.

There’s no need to just trust our opinion. Tech Advisor wrote that the interface manages “to make life simple,” and Tech Rader went even further, saying it “exceeds expectations for a cheap smartwatch. It’s well designed, a pleasure to use, and packs in a surprising amount of features for its price.”

It does boost your fitness.


Sunday, 2 August 2020

BBB encourages extra vigilance when back-to-school shopping online ★

By Rebecca Barr Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific

Going back to school may look different this year, but that isn’t stopping parents from trying to be prepared whether children are in the classroom or at home. Unfortunately, with supplies low and demand high, people are shopping with new online retailers they have never shopped with before, which is causing extra stress and money loss.

Back to school or not back to school, this is the question.

In case of a fraudulent transaction, a credit card provides additional protections; it’s easier to dispute charges that you didn’t approve. Debit cards, prepaid cards or gift cards do not have the same protections as a credit card.

Keeping our children safe.


Saturday, 1 August 2020

The health benefits of swimming and why it's especially great for stress relief ★

Stacy Lu, insider.com

The health benefits of swimming can include cardiovascular fitness, stress relief, and a reduced risk of high blood pressure and diabetes.

Stress relief tool easily accessible.

Moving all of those muscles requires a lot of energy, and that burns a lot of calories in return. The more vigorous the workout, the more calories you burn.

Anything which can help.


Friday, 31 July 2020

Back-to-school shopping in 2020: How to save amid uncertainty ★

Elizabeth Renter, NerdWallet

Back-to-school shopping is an expensive chore in a normal year; this year is anything but normal. But with August upon us, stores are putting out back-to-school displays in anticipation of children needing to learn, whether in the classroom or at home.

Another headache to deal with.

Nearly half (47%) of parents expect they’ll spend less on back-to-school shopping than they otherwise would, due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the survey. Of them, 40% say it’s because their household income has been affected by the pandemic and related economic effects.

Education is key.


Thursday, 30 July 2020

Is it safe to wear a coronavirus face mask while exercising? ★

By Madeline Farber | Fox News

At the start of the coronavirus epidemic in the U.S., home workouts became increasingly popular as gyms across the country shuttered in an effort to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. One survey even found that some 24 percent of Americans plan to ditch the gym altogether even once the pandemic is considered over, citing safety concerns.

Keep safe distance.

"Given our leadership position within the industry, we believe it's our responsibility to further protect our members, employees, and communities so that we can all safely focus on our health, which is more important now than ever before."

Follow procedures.


Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Amid Growing Popularity of Online Shopping, Facebook Announces New Instagram Run Shop Account ★

NEWS PROVIDED BY Research and Markets

Facebook has been slowly moving into e-commerce amid the growing popularity of online shopping. In May, the company announced the launch of Shops which allows businesses to set up a free storefront on their Facebook page and Instagram profile. Users who discover a store's products through Stories, advertisements or Facebook posts have the option to save it for later or order immediately.

Interesting news.

The Instagram run @shop account will also feature curated collections. Sellers who use the Instagram checkout feature will be charged a selling fee which could provide a new revenue stream for the company if shopping through the app becomes more popular.

How much is true?


Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Have a Resistance Band With Handles at Home? Try This Workout ★

Jordan Smith, Bicycling

Having a powerful upper body and core is important to crush the miles you’re logging all summer long, but building this strength without access to a gym can be tricky. By incorporating just one piece of equipment—a resistance band with handles—you can really expand your at-home workout library.

Fitness is key.

Stand on the band with your right foot. Drop the half of the band that’s on the inside of your foot, holding the handle of the side that’s outside the foot in both hands at hip height in a mini squat.

Health needed to be earned.


Monday, 27 July 2020

Playboy Russian hacker holds Garmin to ransom: ★

By JAMES GORDON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

Tens of millions of people around the world have found their Garmin devices, including those used by runners, cyclists and pilots, down for a fifth day after being hacked by Russian group Evil Corps which is demanding a $10m ransom to restore their operation.

Rise and fall.

He is said to have employed dozens of people to steal money from victims in 43 countries using computer viruses that are designed to target only victims outside Russia.

Stay safe.


Sunday, 26 July 2020

Windows shopping: Consumers are relying on the internet to deliver their goods. Here are some tips for online buying. ★

BY ELAINE D. BRISEÑO / JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

With some stores still closed, reduced shopping hours, modified return policies, closed dressing rooms and now a shortage of coins across the country, more shoppers are electing to make their purchases online. From furniture to groceries, to clothes and make-up, consumers are relying on the internet to deliver their goods.

Very difficult to change our habits.

Shop where you do in real life: Shopping online at a store you have visited or frequent in real life will make it easier to know what you are getting. For clothes, this is an especially good idea because different stores have different fits and sizes are not standard.

Shopping still a good therapy.


Saturday, 25 July 2020

Online Shopping: Pros, Cons, and Tips for Successful Ordering ★

FAY SCHAEFFER, verilymag.com

Over the last decade, ecommerce has increased from comprising just about 6 percent of retail transactions to a whopping 16 percent in March of 2019. In the first half of 2020, that number has skyrocketed as cities shut down to meet the pandemic crisis. Forbes reported that U.S. online retailers’ revenue growth jumped to 68 percent in April and that in the United States and Canada e-commerce orders have increased by 129 percent since March.

Online shopping secrets and guidance.

Tip 2: Make sure you check the return policy before ordering multiples! I can’t emphasize this enough. Most mainstream brands offer free or virtually free returns, but more and more smaller brands have very limited return windows and/or only do returns for store credit rather than a true refund to your credit card. So watch out!

Read the fine prints.


Friday, 24 July 2020

Seniors who struggle with technology face telehealth challenges and social isolation ★

By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News

Family gatherings on Zoom and FaceTime. Online orders from grocery stores and pharmacies. Telehealth appointments with physicians. These have been lifesavers for many older adults staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic. But an unprecedented shift to virtual interactions has a downside: large numbers of seniors are unable to participate.

We need to embrace technology.

But various impairments got in the way: Yeh's father is blind in one eye, with severe hearing loss and a cochlear implant, and he had trouble hearing conversations over the iPhone. And it was more difficult than Yeh expected to find an easy-to-use iPhone app that accurately translates speech into captions.

Never too late.


Thursday, 23 July 2020

Naomi Osaka to show how to stay fit during quarantine ★

Alex Boyden, tennistonic.com

Naomi Osaka is preparing for coming back to the tour after a long hiatus. In the meantime, the Japanese sensation was asked to be part of the Olympian and Paralympian Online Experiences. In doing it Naomi Osaka will show her fans how to be fit during the quarantine.

Lead by example.

Naomi Osaka is putting so much effort to improve her fitness and compete at her very best at the upcoming Us Open. However, the Japanese sensation is also enjoying her time at her residence to post some pictures of her great shape.

stay safe.


Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Fitness means freedom to enjoy life ★

Paula Reece, thebusinesstimes.com

If you enjoy a healthy and fit lifestyle, you also have freedom. This freedom allows you to perform different activities, from daily chores to your favorite sports. Without health and fitness, you could lose your freedom to do these things.

Being fit and healthy is more than freedom.

Nutrition is also a key component in health. Feeding your body the nutrients that it needs provides the fuel you need to not only feel better, but also look better.

If healthy and fit nothing much matters.


Tuesday, 21 July 2020

What Are the Best Credit Cards for Online Shopping? ★

U.S. News & World Report | @usnews

The coronavirus pandemic is changing the way we shop. And the new norm of social distancing, plastic shields and sanitized shopping carts makes avoiding brick-and-mortar stores more appealing than ever. Online shopping is no longer a convenience; it’s an act of survival.

Finding the right way.

“The negative is that if you aren’t careful, you could begin to rack up credit card debt quickly,” she says. “If you don’t think that you are going to be able to pay your credit card bill before you start growing a balance, then stay away from this.”

Saving as much as possible.


Monday, 20 July 2020

Coronavirus: Half of Brits say they can't stop online shopping in lockdown ★

Abigail FentonWriter,Yahoo Finance UK

In a survey of 1,500 UK adults by price comparison site Idealo, nearly half (48%) of Brits said online shopping has made them feel happier during the COVID-19 lockdown, with almost a third (31%) admitting to making a purchase every single week.

Self control sometime is needed.

The results of our data and survey show a picture of Brits turning online for a boost of happiness with many admitting to purchasing products they wouldn’t usually.

Tension releasing is understandable.


Sunday, 19 July 2020

Retail Workers' Tips for Shopping During the Coronavirus ★

eonline.com

If your purchase is taking a little longer to arrive at your doorstep, chances are there's a very good reason. "A challenge we have faced is being able to keep our staff safe and following the CDC guidelines, while getting all orders to our customers. We have limited the amount of staff in our warehouse tremendously, which means that our operating capacity has decreased on some level," Taylor shared with E! News.

We build on our experiences.

"There are some products that continue to struggle with being in stock due to the recent demand; in particular our disinfectant and glove sections," Miguel shared with E! News.

Listen to customers voices.


Saturday, 18 July 2020

Schools can now offer online-only instruction until November, according to new state guidelines ★

Corbett Smith, dallasnews.com

Texas public schools will be allowed to offer virtual-only instruction potentially as late as November, and high schools won’t be required to offer five days of in-person instruction per week, according to new guidance issued Friday by the Texas Education Agency.

We need to protect our children.

“In high school, school systems may offer a less than daily on campus instructional experience if there is a need to reduce the total count of people on campus at any one time to maintain social distancing,” the new guidance reads.

Online learning is priority.


Friday, 17 July 2020

Online Shopping Trends During the COVID-19 Pandemic ‎[Infographic] ★

Tom Siani, business2community.com

It is obviously not soon to say that Corona Virus and COVID-19 has become one of the defining events of this year. It is not over yet. WHO claims that another wave of this pandemic will strike many countries soon there seems no end to this pandemic and its implications seem to last for decades to come.

Adapting to change.

Just like the customers, your response to this changing and evolving world will change. Depending on the type of industry you are serving and your customers, the alterations and evolutions will vary. You will know you, customers, better than anyone else and you will plan out the best strategy that will work for your business.

Using all resources available.


Thursday, 16 July 2020

UK launches first zero-waste online grocery shopping service ★

Kalila Sangster, sports.yahoo.com

A zero-waste shopping service is launching to deliver groceries and household essentials in reusable packaging to homes across the UK.

Changing the way we shop.

Tom Szaky, founder and chief executive of Loop and TerraCycle, said: “Loop was designed from the ground up to reinvent the way we consume by learning from historic circular and sustainable models like the milkman from yesteryear while honouring the convenience afforded by our single-use consumption of today.

New era in shopping.


Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Your online shopping habits could make you susceptible to identity theft ★

Reporter: Rich Kolko, Writer: Drew Hill

Identity theft can happen anywhere at any time. At the gas pump, at the grocery store and particularly at online retailers, people can be monitoring your activity and waiting to strike. Floridians are even more susceptible to identity theft, ranking second in the country for losses due to identity theft in 2019.

Be careful.

This includes things like not opening email attachments, not wiring money or buying gift cards at the direction of another person, and if someone calls asking for personal information, hang up.

Be vigilant.


Monday, 13 July 2020

Fitness Column: Health is wealth ★

craigdailypress.com

Steve Jobs died in 2011 with a net worth of $10.2 billion. As he laid on his death bed he decided to put his thoughts into words. They were not made public until 2015. Here’s what he said…

Wise words.

“Love can travel a thousand miles. Life has no limit. Go where you want to go. Reach the height you want to reach. It is all in your heart and in your hands. What is the most expensive bed in the world? Sick bed …

Need to learn from past experiences.


Sunday, 12 July 2020

Do your homework before shopping online ★

By Mechele Agbayani Mills, Better Business Bureau, tylerpaper.com

Due to social distancing and shortages of various essential items, many people have shifted to shopping online for the first time or have increased their online shopping habits.

Do it the right way.

Never rush to make a purchasing decision. When shopping online, be sure to take your time. Be especially cautious about email solicitations and online ads on social media sites.

Research and decide.


Saturday, 11 July 2020

Complaints about online shopping surge during pandemic; masks top list of undelivered goods ★

PATRICIA SABATINI, post-gazette.com

As consumers hunkered down at home during the pandemic and did more shopping from their easy chairs, a dark side emerged: a growing number of unsatisfied customers.

Consumer always right.

Complaints about online shopping typically peak in December during the holiday season. In December 2019, the FTC received about 11,200 complaints, with just under 5,500 involving unreceived merchandise.

Communication.


Friday, 10 July 2020

Tools to spot the fakes when shopping online ★

Deanna Dewberry, whec.com

I’ve emailed amazon repeatedly and Thursday I got an answer. The company says it's monitoring recall lists daily and taking appropriate action. But this week, I searched amazon and found hand sanitizers that the FDA says contain methanol, which can kill you.

Amazing!!

On Amazon, for example, consumers rely heavily on reviews by others who bought the product. But sellers cheat the system by hiring people to set up dummy accounts, buy the product, and write fake reviews.

At what length these will stop?


Thursday, 9 July 2020

Beware of Bargains at Shopping Malls ★

Carol Ryan, wsj.com

After years of worrying about e-commerce, mall owners face another unwelcome reckoning from the pandemic.

Changing times.

Retail real-estate investment trusts have been among the biggest losers in this year’s health crisis. Shares in Europe’s Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, which owns Westfield-branded shopping centers in London and San Francisco, have fallen by almost two-thirds this year. The market value of U.S. peer...

Be vigilant.


Wednesday, 8 July 2020

How Covid-19 has changed grocery shopping ★

Anna Rahmanan, bbc.com

Late March saw long queues outside supermarkets as anxious shoppers waited to stockpile supplies. Three months on the queues are still there; now shoppers, two metres apart and with pockets full of hand sanitiser, are lining up for a socially-distanced visit to the store.

Time to evolve.

Each customer will push a trolley that folds out of the wall, runs (or “floats,” as Sinopoli says) along a track down the aisle, and then folds back into the wall to be immediately sanitised once the customer reaches the till.

Changing way of life.


Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Buying face masks for kids? 15 online stores you can shop from now ★

Katie Conner, cnet.com

Face masks for kids are just as important as face masks for adults, especially with the bleak news that coronavirus cases are currently surging across the US. On average, kids are considered lower risk for acquiring the COVID-19 disease

Stay protected.

We recommend buying several face masks for your child to rotate out while the others are being washed.

Safety first.


Monday, 6 July 2020

Buy now, pay whenever? Lockdown lift for online shopping loans ★

Nikhil Nainan, reuters.com

Browsing online during lockdown, Jessica Friend spotted a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses she liked, but the price tag made the 30-year-old Ohio resident think twice.

New type of ecommerce

These buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) firms have benefited from a shift to online shopping during the coronavirus crisis in countries including the United States, where state aid has also boosted retail sales.

Would this model succeed?


Sunday, 5 July 2020

3 Tips to Optimize an e-Commerce Business ★

Alon Ghelber, business2community.com

E-commerce has become an inseparable part of the business world. Especially now, with almost everyone locked indoors and with the ongoing market conditions (thanks to corona!) real-life shopping seems like a far-fetched dream.

We rely on these features.

It may be tempting to follow the strategies that drive the most traffic while designing advertising campaigns. However, eyes on a storefront don’t always mean conversion.

Best business model.


Saturday, 4 July 2020

Get a lifetime supply of on-demand fitness classes for under £100 ★

BY STACKCOMMERCE, MASHABLE SHOPPING

How many times have you made a resolution to workout more often? And how many times have you abandoned that resolution just a few weeks later?

Take advantage.

Need advice on healthy food or meal plans? Access to certified nutritionists, cooking shows, and recipe inspiration will get you started off on the right foot. You can fine-tune your diet and exercise regimens based on your specific needs, plus set goals and challenges to keep you on track and motivated.

Keep fit, stay healthy.


Friday, 3 July 2020

Do you really want Google to have your personal fitness data? ★

AGENCY STAFF, techcentral.co.za

Google already owns the biggest search engine, the most popular video-streaming site (YouTube), the biggest mobile operating system (Android) and the dominant e-mail service (Gmail).

Privacy is a double edged sward.

With that in mind, regulators could impose restrictions while still clearing the deal. Aitor Ortiz, a Bloomberg Intelligence analyst, expects behavioural remedies will be imposed. That could mean Google promising not to merge Fitbit data with other user info without explicit consent.

Do we have any privacy online?


Thursday, 2 July 2020

These are the Best 4th of July Sales Worth Shopping Today ★

BRANDT RANJ, rollingstone.com

It may not be possible to shop favorite stores in person right now, but you can shop a ton of Fourth of July sales online, with a number of retailers discounting their most popular items, with savings up to 60% off.

Worth checking it out.

Smart vacuums have become popular over the past few years, but Neato’s D7 robot vacuum is a step above the rest.

Easier than visiting a store.


Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Online grocery shopping during pandemic reveals pros and cons ★

Sam Danley, meatpoultry.com

“In store definitely has advantages in terms of allowing you to select your own perishable items, finding better customer service experiences and even the easy returns,” said Laurie Demeritt, chief executive officer of The Hartman Group,

The innovation of online shopping.

“Consumer perception is really important here,” Baker said. “Whether true or not, there is a belief that if someone is picking groceries for you, you would like them to be a store employee. It is this idea of an employee going into a store that has a beautiful display of produce or has the folks in the meat case who know what they're doing.

Anything goes for online shopping.


Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Lululemon to buy at-home fitness startup Mirror for $500 million ★

Sara Ashley O'Brien, CNN Business

The company said Monday that it has entered into an agreement to buy home exercise startup Mirror for $500 million. The startup sells an immersive mirror through which customers can participate in fitness classes and personal training sessions.

Interesting news.

Putnam, a former dancer for the New York City Ballet, in 2010 opened a boutique fitness studio inside of a church in Manhattan. Called Refine Method, the studio's workouts focused on full-body, high-intensity interval training.

Expanding the horizons.


Monday, 29 June 2020

Starbucks pulling ads from Facebook and other social-media platforms ★

Tim Rostan, marketwatch.com

Starbucks SBUX, -3.08% announced Sunday in an online statement that it is "pausing" advertisements on all social-media platforms, two days after consumer-products conglomerate Unilever UN, -0.58% ULVR, +1.23% UNA, +0.65% said it was halting U.S. advertising on Facebook FB, -8.31% and Twitter TWTR,

The snowball.

Facebook late Friday reversed course and said it would now hide or block content considered hateful or endangering voting, removing a prior exception for politicians.

For every action there is a reaction.


Sunday, 28 June 2020

THESE MALL STAPLES ANNOUNCED THOUSANDS OF STORE CLOSURES IN JUNE ★

Jordan Valinsky, CNN Business

It was another exceptionally awful month for retailers. Well-known stores and mall staples announced they were closing thousands of locations in June as shoppers shift their behavior and the pandemic continues to cripple companies' bottom lines.

The effect of the virus is affecting every business.

The parent company's name might not be instantly recognizable, but the brands its operates are. The owner of Kay Jewelers, Zales and Piercing Pagoda announced on June 9 that at least 150 stores of its various brands won't reopen after being temporarily closed because of the pandemic.

Hopefully the rebound is faster.


Saturday, 27 June 2020

Why gyms, movie theaters, casinos won’t open in Phase 4 ★

Jon Campbell, Gannett New York

Phase 4 is the final phase of New York’s COVID-19 reopening process. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office revealed this week that some industries will still have to wait

Still under the control of the virus.

Social gatherings are currently capped at a maximum of 25 people, while religious services are capped at 25% of a building’s capacity. On Wednesday, Cuomo said those numbers will increase in Phase 4: Social gatherings of up to 50 people will be permitted, while religious services will be upped to 33% capacity.

We need to keep safe and stay fit.


Friday, 26 June 2020

See the future of online shopping. It looks nothing like Amazon ★

BY ELIZABETH SEGRAN, fastcompany.com

Shopping for clothes online can feel like a chore. You need to plow through row after row of outfits, filtering through categories, until you find something that catches your eye. But the Italian denim brand Diesel offers a tantalizing alternative: a digital showroom that takes online shopping to a new level, incorporating some of the best parts of physical retail.

The future becoming the present.

The experience is currently only available to a small community of vendors, but in many ways, it is an experiment that could replace—or at least supplement—e-commerce for everyday consumers.

The whole exciting experience is changing


Thursday, 25 June 2020

Bored at Home? Virtual Health and Fitness Classes May Be the Cure ★

Robin Frank, Neighbor, patch.com

The pandemic may have turned our world upside down, but many people staying home have found solace in online classes, workshops and lectures. At Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), which has an Outpatient Center at the Omni Building in Uniondale,

Always welcomed.

"Being stuck at home for any reason does not mean you cannot engage in life. Learning to adapt and do things in different ways gives us more freedom and the opportunity to live life to the fullest at any given time," she says.

Never lose sight of your goals.


Wednesday, 24 June 2020

How To Find An Online Personal Trainer If You Don’t Want To Go Back To The Gym ★

JAY POLISH, bustle.com/

Maybe you're an avid gym-goer who's readjusting your routine, or you might be stuck in the apartment all day and just want to move around more.

Those who can afford one.

Even after quarantine lifts, there will still be an undeniable convenience of online training, especially for people who might not feel comfortable in gyms, or who work non-traditional hours.

As long we stay safe.


Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Attention, online shoppers: This free app helps you find lower prices ★

Rick Broida,cnet.com

A while back I wrote about the Samsung Galaxy Fit, a popular fitness band that was on sale at Amazon for $69. That $30 savings made for a pretty good deal. But then I noticed the PriceBlink bar at the top of my browser -- it had found the exact same item (new, not used) at eBay for $51. And it wasn't an auction listing; that was the Buy It Now price.

Diversity.

I continue to find PriceBlink a useful shopping tool, one that can indeed help you save money. If nothing else, it can save you time: You don't have to visit one store after another after another to see which one has the best price.

Many many apps.


Monday, 22 June 2020

Mobile Shopping Gains Are Likely to Stick in the Future ★

Yoram Wurmser. emarketer.com

As lockdowns slowly lift in the US, retailers face a changed shopping landscape. With lingering fears over renewed outbreaks, many consumers are wary of returning to stores.

Changing the future.

Increased digital shopping was a huge boon for companies with mobile apps geared toward mcommerce and click-and-collect options. “As COVID-19 kicked in, Google searches for the word 'curbside' shot up exponentially,” said Andy Norman, president of North America at customer engagement platform Mobiquity.

Mobile technology is here to stay.


Sunday, 21 June 2020

Special Olympics Indiana Holds “Virtual” Summer Games: Sports & Fitness Challenge ★

Brent Lee, wrbiradio.com

Engaging athletes, volunteers, and supporters across the state who are unable to gather for in-person competition or events due to ongoing health and safety concerns, Special Olympics Indiana’s 2020 Summer Games:

Something to enjoy.

Challenges will feature activities that athletes can do at home, in their neighborhoods, or in parks or other public areas as allowed and while maintaining social distancing protocols. Elements of track and field, bocce, volleyball, basketball, soccer, nutrition, mental health,

Keep mind off for a bit.


Saturday, 20 June 2020

The best online shopping deals this weekend: Adidas face masks, iPads, outdoor furniture, cookware ★

Nicolette Accardi | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Even though non-essential businesses are beginning to reopen after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, tons of online retailers are still offering sales.

Good bargains out there.

The sports apparel retailer is having a site-wide sale with discounts up to 65% off using promo code “RIVER” at checkout to receive the discount.

Many choices.


Friday, 19 June 2020

As more people lean on online shopping, think twice about how you pay ★

Rishi Iyengar, CNN Business

Retail stores may be slowly reopening across the US, but many consumers continue to shop online for everything from groceries to bicycles.

Above all what is happening we need to keep vigilant.

Password managers such as LastPass or Dashlane, which can store all your passwords securely and autofill them on websites, or even generate temporary numeric codes so you don't have to enter your password, can also make it easier to protect data against

Keep safe and shop securely.


Thursday, 18 June 2020

Attention, Bargain Hunters: The ‘eBay’ For Discounted Lost Luggage Just Opened ★

Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, forbes.com

Ever wonder where travelers’ unclaimed belongings end up? For the past 50 years, airline and bus passengers’ orphaned items landed in a discount center in Scottsboro, Alabama. And now, for the first time, Unclaimed Baggage is letting you shop online.

Interesting.

“Our customers have long requested an online version of our in-store shopping experience,” said Unclaimed Baggage CEO Bryan Owens. “We’re glad that as part of our 50th anniversary, shoppers are now able to experience the thrill of the hunt online.”

Bargain.


Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Workout pods are the new fitness trend for people determined to go to the gym ★

Hemal Jhaveri, usatoday.com

As a natural shut-in who blogs for a living, the lockdown hasn’t really bothered me that much but I know many people are absolutely at their wits end, desperate to be back among their co-workers, friends and workout buddies.

A solution for dedicated people.

These workout pods look kind of stupid and probably smell terrible, but this is a pretty smart way to do it. It probably doesn’t totally stop the spread of the virus, considering one side is open and germs will still travel through the air, but it’s better than nothing?

Staying safe and keeping fit.


Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Facebook research reveals AI tools for improving online clothes shopping ★

KYLE WIGGERS, venturebeat.com

In May, the same week Facebook announced Shops, a way for businesses to set up online stores for customers across Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram, the tech giant detailed the AI and machine learning systems behind its ecommerce experiences.

Interesting new concept.

The Facebook researcher, then, proposes discovering influence patterns in large photo galleries and leveraging those patterns to forecast style trends. “We contend that images are exactly the right data to answer such questions,” Kristen Grauman and Ziad Al-Halah, a coauthor at the University of Texas at Austin, wrote in the paper.

We keep getting amazed.


Monday, 15 June 2020

Shopify – the good shop to Amazon's bad shop ★

Sirin Kale, theguardian.com

Shopify provides the technology for anyone to set up a store and sell their products online, from the visible end of the website to the processing capabilities necessary to add stock, track inventory and complete sales.

The system is helping a lot of businesses

Whether or not Shop is an online marketplace is a moot point. It’s worth pointing out that, unlike with other online marketplaces, brands using Shop won’t get short shrift: apart from Shopify’s payment transaction fee

Any little helps.


Sunday, 14 June 2020

Best Percussive Therapy Gun Massagers ★

By Tanner , odemagazine.com

It is typical for the body to experience deep and sharp muscle pains after a strenuous physical activity. In fact, even athletes and body builders are not safe from aches and soreness.

Essential tool for loosening muscles.

How do you use a percussive therapy gun massager? Answer: To use, simply aim the gun massager at the affected area, ensuring it is about an inch away.

Small price for comfort.


Saturday, 13 June 2020

Shopping Is Changing: Here's How To Build Brand Loyalty Online ★

Jessica BreslavForbes Councils Member

Prior to COVID-19, marketers were already testing new ways to connect with consumers who, more than ever, have a wide variety of products to choose from. Today, with social distancing measures in place at a global scale, consumers have no choice but to shop online, resulting in an exponentially competitive e-commerce landscape.

The evolution of shopping online.

Modern consumers are accustomed to getting almost everything with the click of a button. However, for consumers who typically shop in-store and now have no choice but to turn to online shopping, customer service will be an important part of their shopping experience.

The rules of the game have changed.


Friday, 12 June 2020

COVID-19: Six million Brits to ditch in-store for online shopping ★

Abigail Fenton, Writer, Yahoo Finance UK

In a survey of 2,000 UK adults by personal finance site Finder, a third (34%) of respondents said they will be willing to return to in-store shopping only when certain requirements are met.

Changing habits is essential.

As well as being safer, online shopping also enables consumers to easily compare discount codes and find the best deal on products, which is even more important to customers during times of uncertainty and financial hardship.”

Staying safe, keeping safe.


Thursday, 11 June 2020

Battle rope for exercise: Time to increase your muscular strength ★

Gabrielle Kassel, shape.com

Want to work out of your biceps or improve your strength? Bring in a battle rope into your fitness routine and start using it regularly as per the instructions of your fitness trainer.

Building strength is essential.

Since it is made of polypropylene, it is durable and will not leave any strands or bunches of fibres on the floor. Besides regular strength training routines of fitness freaks, the rope can even be used by boxers, athletes and more. The brand offers other length variants to let you do shopping as per your convenience.

So many options.


Wednesday, 10 June 2020

How to Use an Exercise Ball—Plus, 7 You Can Shop Now ★

Gabrielle Kassel, shape.com

Besides maybeeee Jane Fonda or Richard Simmons, nothing screams 1970s fitness quite like the (often fluorescent) exercise ball. While less novel than the WHOOP, Mirror, or Peloton Bike, you shouldn't snooze on the exercise ball.

Different techniques but one aim.

If you're intrigued and debating on swapping your office chair for an exercise ball, you'll want to keep a couple things in mind. First, make sure that the ball isn't too high or too low.

The tools are out there.


Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Video Games May Sabotage Fitness Among College Students ★

BY STEVEN REINBERG, HealthDay Reporter

"It's important to understand that video games are a risk factor for poor lifestyle habits that may contribute to poor health," said researcher Dustin Moore, a graduate student at the University of New Hampshire.

We need to help stop the Couch Potato culture.

The findings were scheduled for presentation Monday at the virtual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). Such research is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Young people have to be more active and engaging socially.


Monday, 8 June 2020

Why it's so difficult to lose weight: The hard truths ★

Amanda Capritto, cnet.com

Why is it so hard to lose weight? It's a question many, if not most, people have asked themselves, probably on many occasions. Aside from the obvious -- food is delicious,

Never give up.

Part of successful, sustainable weight loss -- i.e. losing the weight and keeping it off for good -- is understanding that fad diets, excessive exercise and "detoxes" don't usually work. They only last as long as your willpower lasts, and I'm willing to bet that's not more than two weeks to a couple of months.

Persistence and motivation lead to results.


Sunday, 7 June 2020

POLICE WARN OF SURGE IN FAKE WEBSTORES ★

Byron Mühlberg, nltimes.nl

Police are concerned about a new type of scam involving "rogue workshops" which they say have already defrauded some 800 people into ordering items online via fake online shops.

Always research the site.

Ultimately, despite the best efforts of the LMIO, it remains the responsibility of internet users themselves to be vigilant of the risks associated with online shopping, the police said.

Be vigilant.


Saturday, 6 June 2020

Fun & Practical Gift Ideas For Dad With Shop With Style ★

kxan.com

We are doing more of our shopping online these days, so that may be where we’re looking for Father’s Day gifts this year. Lifestyle expert, Amy Sewell, chatted with Rosie about some creative gift ideas for Dad – and there’s still plenty of time to order online!

Dad needs our appreciation.

Books are always great gifts, and Amy really loves this one! “Becoming Better Grownups” by Brad Montague, is a way to reconnect with the kids you have at home and your own inner child. Brad is a popular illustrator and New York Times best-selling author.

Many options, many choices.


Friday, 5 June 2020

Documenting America’s Path to Recovery: June 4, 2020 ★

By Ballotpedia staff

Louisiana (divided government): Louisiana will move into Phase 2 of its reopening plan on June 5. In Phase 2, the following businesses will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity: restaurants and coffee shops; shopping malls; gyms and fitness centers;

Slowly back to normal.

On June 3, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) issued an executive order permitting counties to consolidate polling places in the Nov. 3 general election, provided they offer three days of early voting. Counties will be allowed to operate one polling place per 10,000 registered voters, provided those locations are open eight hours per day from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 for early voting.

Will we recover fast from this?


Thursday, 4 June 2020

At-home fitness equipment: What’s selling during the coronavirus shutdown ★

By Janet Eastman | The Oregonian/OregonLive

Have you noticed new dumbbells, weight plates or kettlebells at home? According to a study of eBay sales, search volumes and data from an online fitness provider, people confined by the coronavirus pandemic are fired up about having exercise equipment close at hand.

Whatever works.

The Gymcatch app, which makes it easier for fitness providers to receive digital payments, found the most popular classes among 17,000 bookings during the first four weeks of lockdown were pilates, digital personal training,

Winners and losers.


Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Can my company require temperature checks? Ask HR. ★

Johnny C. Taylor Jr., usatoday.com

Ordinarily, taking employee temperatures would be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, these are extraordinary times.

Safety first.

While I’m no doctor, I do know employers are obliged to ensure the workplace is reasonably safe. Temperature screenings, whether done at work or by employees at home, can be an important precaution to protect workers and the workplace.

We need to help each other.


Tuesday, 2 June 2020

This is what the future of shopping could look like, according to Cornell scientists ★

John Anderer, theladders.com

Even if you hadn’t already made the switch before, chances are you’re doing most of your shopping online these days. COVID-19 has forced everyone to do pretty much everything remotely, and online retailers like Amazon and Walmart’s online division have seen big boosts in traffic and sales.

The future? What about the present?

Interestingly, the study’s volunteers also indicated that just being placed in an interactive, virtual shopping environment made the entire experience more engaging, and made them that much more willing to make a purchase in the first place.

Learning new things everyday.


Monday, 1 June 2020

Fitness trainers reimagine their business model during the pandemic ★

By John Hanc New York Times

On Saturday mornings, Jason Atlas changed into a T-shirt, a pair of comfortable shorts and lightweight training shoes, then headed down to the basement gym of his home on Long Island, where precisely at 10 a.m., he met his personal trainer, Matt Sulam, for an hourlong strength-training workout.

Always reinventing.

He also set up an online payment account through his bank that allowed for easy billing and payment for his sessions ($95 per hour).

Keep safe and stay fit.


Sunday, 31 May 2020

Online shopping is a lifeline for many. But the most vulnerable are getting left behind ★

CBC News

It's become a common sight in Noreen Careen's neighbourhood in Labrador City. Delivery after delivery of packages to her neighbours, filling the void left by stores shuttered by the COVID-19 pandemic. "When I see the delivery van pulling in across the street, or up the street, I go, 'There goes another delivery from online,'" Careen says.

Need to keep learning.

Recent weeks have opened Careen's eyes to a fixable problem. When the pandemic ends, she says, her priority list now includes bringing online shopping workshops to Labrador City./blockquote>

Opening new horizons.


Saturday, 30 May 2020

She's 76, physically fit... and only started going to the gym in her 60s ★

REVATHI MURUGAPPAN, thestar.com.my

It pays to stay physically fit, and it is never too late to start – just ask Nisha Mohd Ibrahim. She was 66 when she first joined a gym, and it happened by chance.

Never too late.

After completing secondary school and joining a dental nursing college, she continued staying active by playing netball. At the age of 23, she got married and was introduced to hiking by her late husband.

Motivation and will to stay fit are helping.


Friday, 29 May 2020

The best kinds of exercise to boost your immune system ★

Calah Alexander, aleteia.org

Although quarantine restrictions are beginning to lift around the country, the threat of COVID-19 is far from over. As we start to spend more time in public, our chances of coming into contact with this virus, along with many other seasonal viruses, will gradually increase — which means that now, more than ever, is the time to bolster our immune systems.

We need to keep trying anything which could help fight this.

This quarantine has been stressful enough on all of us — the last thing we need is one more stressor. So have some fun in the sun, and rest easy knowing that whatever you do can make a big difference!

Staying healthy and safe.


Thursday, 28 May 2020

Newsom says rules for reopening California fitness centers coming ‘in a week or so’ ★

PHIL WILLON, latimes.com

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday said his administration will release guidelines “in a week or so” for allowing gyms, yoga studios and other fitness facilities to reopen, though stringent safeguards will need to be adopted to protect customers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Life should get back to normal soon.

The governor‘s chief of staff, Ann O’Leary, said the draft guidelines to reopen the fitness industry are currently being reviewed by state public health officials and that she expects those directives to be released within a week.

We need to keep fit and stay safe.


Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Augmented reality can improve online shopping, study finds ★

E.C. Barrett, news.cornell.edu

A recent survey found that online shoppers return 70% of the clothing they order, more than any other category of purchase. This has an indirect but real impact on the environment.

The ability to shop and examine products from the comfort of home.

“Attitudes to the AR garment and the real garment were really high, which means the participants liked it and their purchase intentions were relatively high, though they were higher for the real garment,” Baytar said.

What is next?


Tuesday, 26 May 2020

This Ecommerce Company Is Vital In The New Age Of Retail ★

Jon Markman, forbes.com

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says business owners are thrilled to be open. Patrons, according to a CNBC report, appear to be more cautious. The COVID-19 pandemic might have changed retail for good.

Great news.

In the past, Shopify customers had to do their own fulfillment. That meant schlepping products down to the local FedEx store or post office.

Great improvements and offers.


Monday, 25 May 2020

20 at-home fitness sales that are way cheaper than a Peloton ★

BY STACKCOMMERCE / MASHABLE SHOPPING

Everyone knows someone who's become a Peloton enthusiast in the last few months. Somehow, in the midst of a pandemic, they have the cash to purchase $2K bike and subscribe to the $39 per month classes, to which we have one question: how?

Safe shopping.

This 11-course bundle is broken down into over 600 lessons that will show you how to build a personalized weight loss routine, create a nutrition plan you can stick to, and once you've done those things, turn your newfound knowledge into a fitness training career.

Cater for all tastes.


Sunday, 24 May 2020

The unexpected joy of not knowing when your package will be delivered ★

BY JESS JOHO, mashable.com

Listen, I was as big a fan as any of the free, near-instant online shopping delivery that became the norm over the past several years. But something odd happened once covid-19 stripped away that convenience: I rediscovered the joy of actually waiting for stuff you want in the mail.

Give the little retailers a chance.

Maybe coronavirus can be an opportunity for all of us to become more conscientious online consumers even after this is over. Of course, Amazon's business is still booming. But delays in delivery and interruptions to supply chains have hampered its ability to be the place you get everything you could possibly want, exactly when you want it.

Money saving.


Saturday, 23 May 2020

How mobility startups can help authorities fix public transport after the pandemic ★

URBAN MOBILITY DAILY

Mobility has been impacted the world over due to the COVID 19 crisis. From public transport, to micromobility, to individual auto commuting, all modes have seen a dramatic decrease in usage across the urban ecosystem.

New things to consider.

To better understand where we go from here, it is important to note success factors in cooperation between the public and private sectors.

Things will get better.


Friday, 22 May 2020

America’s Online Shopping Revolution Will Outlast the Lockdown ★

Anita Sharpe and Alexandre Tanzi, bloomberg.com

U.S. retailers are reporting a surge in online sales in the first quarter of 2020, when the country’s virus-driven lockdown began. Economists reckon the shift in consumer habits may prove to be lasting.

Shopping online will grow in the coming years.

“We will see some bounce-back as lockdowns ease, but a large part of the shift to online shopping will be permanent,” said Mark Vitner, senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities.

It will improve and get more secure.


Thursday, 21 May 2020

14 Tips for Safe Online Shopping ★

Eric Griffith, entrepreneur.com

There's every reason in the world to shop online. The bargains are there. The selection is mind-boggling. The shopping is secure. Shipping is fast.

Shopping safely is a priority.

Start at a trusted site. Search results can be rigged to lead you astray, especially when you drift past the first few pages of links. If you know the site, chances are it's less likely to be a rip-off.

Follow the rules and guidance.


Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Facebook launches Shops to bring more businesses online during the pandemic ★

By Casey Newton, theverge.com

Facebook is making a major new push into e-commerce. The company today announced the launch of Shops, a way for businesses to set up free storefronts on Facebook and Instagram. The shops, which will be powered by third-party services, including Shopify, BigCommerce, and Woo, are designed to turn the social network into a top-tier shopping destination.

More tools to help businesses.

While Shops are free to create, they could create significant new business opportunities for Facebook in advertising, payments, and other services. Businesses will be able to buy ads for their Shops, and when people use Facebook’s checkout option, it charges them a fee.

Any little helps.


Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Tech Talk: Online Shopping ★

Brittany Cretchain, kadn.com

Safe Shopping Trusted Sites – Never go to a site that is http://… Make sure it leads with https://… The “S” is for secure. Look Before You Click – Too often people click and click and could download malware or go to rogue sites.

Shopping safely is essential.

Get It Right – Too often people input the wrong address or wrong product. Take your time and verify before you process the order.

Simple but effective guides.


Monday, 18 May 2020

The best gadgets for advanced sleep monitoring, 2020 ★

Marko Maslakovic, gadgetsandwearables.com

Falls continue to be a significant cause of fatal injury among older adults, according to the CDC. In fact, each year, falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency rooms and more than 27,000 deaths.

It is a good part of being healthy.

It even detects snoring, breathing disturbances and can spot sleep apnea. And it does this accurately even though it lies under a thick mattress. The accompanying smartphone app also dishes out a Sleep Score, a single figure letting you know how restful your sleep really was.

A good night sleep help the body's fitness.


Sunday, 17 May 2020

Online shopping a lone bright spot in otherwise bleak retail sales report ★

Andrew Soergel, msn.com

Retail sales in the U.S. plunged a record 16.4% last month as consumer spending evaporated in the wake of widespread lockdown measures and massive spikes in unemployment fueled by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to data published on Friday by the Census Bureau.

Very difficult times but we will survive.

"In the absence of a complete shutdown, these numbers would sound impossible," the Wells Fargo researchers wrote. "In terms of percentage declines, it was the worst month on record for everything except four categories: motor vehicles and restaurants (where the prior month was the worst), building materials (which may have gotten a boost from home and garden centers which generally remained open) and nonstore retailers."

Soon all be back to normal.


Saturday, 16 May 2020

Where to shop online that isn’t Amazon, Target or Walmart ★

Sarah Perez, Brian Heater, Natasha Mascarenhas, techcrunch.com

As shutdown orders extend indefinitely, online shopping has become a lifeline for people forced to avoid the outside world. Often times opting to shop with a mega corporation like Amazon, Walmart or Target is the path of least resistance, but there are plenty of reasons to patronize an alternative.

The options are immense.

Los Angeles Apparel: This site is selling three-pack face masks in a variety of colors, and all purchases help fund their ability to donate masks to essential services and provide living wages.

The best therapy?


Friday, 15 May 2020

ZEEL LAUNCHES ZEEL SHIELD FOR ENHANCED HEALTH & SAFETY STANDARDS ★

massagemag.com

Today, Zeel, the global wellness company, introduces Zeel Shield,™ a comprehensive program of health, safety and hygiene guidelines, incorporating rigorous analysis of the constantly developing research and data surrounding COVID-19.

After all that we need a good massage.

“We are proud to work alongside all our colleagues in the health and wellness industry to ensure a safe return to the services we know people need and deserve — and we are motivated to deliver those wellness services with more dedication than ever,” added Alison Harmelin, Zeel’s Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer.

Back soon.


Thursday, 14 May 2020

Americans are shopping more impulsively online ★

George Anderson, retailwire.com

People confined to their homes during a time of pandemic react in many different ways. Recently released research shows that many people who stay at home for extended periods of time increase the amount of money they spend on impulse purchases online.

Looking for some sane therapy?

Cleaning supplies are the number one category of goods being purchased on impulse (42 percent), according to the survey. Hand sanitizer (38 percent), toilet paper (35 percent), hand soap (32 percent), canned food (31 percent) and dish detergent (30 percent) follow.

Hope all this helps.


Wednesday, 13 May 2020

US e-commerce sales jump 49% in April, led by online grocery ★

Sarah Perez, techcrunch.com

Online retailers are seeing Black Friday-like sales due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their business. According to new data from Adobe’s Digital Economy Index, U.S. e-commerce jumped 49% in April, compared to the baseline period in early March before shelter-in-place restrictions went into effect.

We need to keep social distancing for a while.

In addition to the growth in specific categories, April also saw sizable growth in “buy online, pickup in store” orders. From April 1 through April 20, these surged 208% year-over-year as people attempted to practice social distancing while shopping.

Online shopping is getting smarter.


Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Working from home is here to stay, even when the economy reopens ★

Ari Levy, cnbc.com

While President Donald Trump pushes states to allow businesses to reopen, companies in technology, financial services, insurance and other industries that can successfully function over internet lines are choosing to keep their people home.

The norm has to change for better.

Across the 198 global offices of Fidelity National Information Services, a financial technology company, roughly 95% of employees are working from home. Chief Risk Officer Greg Montana doesn’t see that lasting forever, but he says there’s no returning to the pre-coronavirus days of packed buildings.

Stay safe and keep working.


Monday, 11 May 2020

From cooking to fitness, virtual activities the entire family can share and enjoy ★

Treva Lind, spokesman.com

Homebound families can tap some new creativity on apps and virtual classes designed to help adults and kids take fun breaks together while quarantining. Programs range from a Spokane virtual cooking class to a new app offering family-friendly fitness and food prep done together. The ideas can fit into the day between when parents do jobs at home and kids finish schoolwork.

Learning new stuff.

“We have so many kids home from school, we want to keep ‘Good Energy’ going,” the website said. “It offers free movement, yoga and mindfulness videos, downloadable curricular activities and off-screen home activities.”

Enjoying bad situation.


Sunday, 10 May 2020

Joanna Vargas Launched the Magic Glow Wand, an At-Home Facial Massage Tool ★

SARAH HAN, allure.com

The moment I discovered Joanna Vargas, facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salons and Skin-Care, was launching a new product, I wasted no time researching every detail about it.

Tools to stay young?/p>

What's more is that, according to Vargas, a stagnant lymphatic system can cause puffiness and dry skin, and Zeichner agrees. "If there is a blockage or slow movement of lymph fluid, it can result in lymphedema, or swelling, of the skin. This can result in puffiness and pressure on the skin barrier, which leads to dry and dull skin, or in more severe cases, even inflammation and rashes." Got it.

Nice to get more options.


Saturday, 9 May 2020

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Nike: Workouts to try and gifts for mum ★

NIKE BRAND PUBLISHER, straatosphere.com

A Mother’s Day workout followed by an online shopping spree for fitness gear are two things you can do to make Mother’s Day from home healthy this year.

What a grand mission.

Being cooped at home 24/7 is its own challenge. Having to adjust and compromise over a shared space can lead to pent-up frustrations over time. Work the frustrations away with HIIT and endurance workouts on the Nike Training Club app. These fast-paced, high-intensity workouts will give you and mum something else to focus on in the moment, and soon you’ll find the daily grind fading away.

Happy Mother's day.


Friday, 8 May 2020

Sony’s new noise-canceling earbuds are for the fitness crowd ★

Chris Welch, theverge.com

Sony is introducing its latest set of truly wireless earbuds today. The WF-SP800N earbuds cost $199.99 and are now available to order. They slot into the lineup as the middle option between the $230 WF-1000XM3 earbuds at the high end and Sony’s relatively new WF-XB700 earbuds ($130), which lack noise cancellation.

More and more noise cancelling earphones.

Sony’s got plenty of competition for this same target market from the likes of Jaybird and Jabra, but the SP800Ns do seem like a solid package for the money and I’m looking forward to testing them out.

Do these equipment go through proper testing?


Thursday, 7 May 2020

Where to buy sports team face masks online - Officially licensed face coverings ★

Shanna McCarriston, cbssports.com

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, nearly all businesses are shut down. Sports have stopped, concerts are canceled or postponed, non-essentially businesses have closed their doors until it is safe and even parks have caution tape and no trespassing signs.

Should we be obsessed with protection.

The face coverings come in packs of three or packs of one and can be ordered in an adult size or small size, to fit children who want to show off their favorite team.

Is it healthy safe?


Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Theragun G3 Recovery Device Review — Why It's Worth the Investment ★

MARILYN LA JEUNESSE, teenvogue.com

I turned 26 last month and since then it seems as though my body hates me. Although there might not be any correlation between me delving into my late twenties and my body seemingly giving up on me, I have never been more thankful to have a singular device in my home: Theragun G3.

These new gadgets works.

The app, which includes 18 different target areas and scenarios, is easy to navigate and makes using the Theragun so much easier (read: no more guessing if what you’re doing is actually going to help your pain!).

Relief alternatives.


Tuesday, 5 May 2020

The online shopping shift is a habit that will be hard to give up post-COVID-19 - the last word from Sainsbury's outgoing digital champion CEO Mike Coupe ★

Stuart Lauchlan, diginomica.com

As noted previously, one of the retail trends emerging from the COVID-19 outbreak has been a significant shift to online grocery ordering and delivery. As also noted, that’s also overwhelmed most service providers in this space, to the extent that getting a delivery slot has become a middle-class point-scoring exercise to be boasted about on social media.

Looking forward to better days.

In a recession, depending on the depth of the recession, in the short term at least, that can be beneficial to a grocery business and to the mix…I could also make a very strong case [for] the fact that eating out of home won't return to any form of normality during the course of not just the first half, but the second half of the year.

The usual behavior will be shifting after all this.


Monday, 4 May 2020

The huge changes we can expect in post-lockdown shopping ★

Jane Bradley, scotsman.com

An acceleration of online shopping, boosted by the temporary closure of high street stores, could change people’s shopping habits permanently, while the previous trend for keeping customers in store for as long as possible will have to be ditched in the coming months and could get people out of the habit of browsing permanently.

The change is coming or maybe it is already here?

Last week, John Lewis chief executive Sharon White said she would not rule out the permanent closure of some department stores and admitted that online is “going to be a bigger deal”.

We need new way of behaving.


Sunday, 3 May 2020

Coronavirus: If malls reopen, will shoppers come, and will stores still be there? ★

By David P. Willis, Melanie Anzidei and Alexandria Burris, Asbury Park Press

Experts predict that when the malls do reopen, they will look different than before: more vacancies, more social distancing and consumers with newfound shopping habits.

People will still go shopping.

“The idea is we have these special experiences in the mall and that’s going to attract consumers in, and once consumers are at the mall, then they will shop at stores,” said Patrali Chatterjee, chairperson and professor in the department of marketing at Montclair State University’s Feliciano School of Business In New Jersey.

People tend to forget very quickly.


Saturday, 2 May 2020

Best Buy tests online shopping alternative: appointment shopping ★

Chrissy Callahan, today.com

The days of walking into a Best Buy on a whim are over⁠ — at least for now. As the retailer prepares to reopen some of its locations, shoppers will be asked to make an appointment to ensure each store doesn't become too crowded.

Social distancing becoming a fact of our daily life.

As some states ease stay-at-home orders, a number of stores around the country also told TODAY Style they plan to ask customers to make appointments before coming to shop.

All the necessary measures.


Friday, 1 May 2020

How coronavirus could alter the way we shop for clothes from now on ★

Chrissy Callahan, today.com

Normally, this would be the time of year when many people would be refreshing their wardrobes for warmer weather and looking for the latest spring and summer styles. But these are far from normal times, and our shopping priorities have drastically shifted from buying cute spring dresses to stockpiling groceries.

We adopt to changing times.

"Now add in home improvement and decorating projects, as well as crafts for many, and you can see how low fashion is on the spending totem pole,” Cohen said.

What about fitness equipment shopping?


Thursday, 30 April 2020

Appointment shopping, online selling to become new retail norms post coronavirus lockdown ★

Ajita Shashidhar, businesstoday.in

As malls and brand owners anxiously await the coronavirus lockdown to be lifted, they all know that it will not be business as usual.

Changing habits.

Retail businesses would have to account for a host of variables. "There is a variable of when the economy will open up, also whether the green zones will be open for business post lockdown. The other variable is how will demand bounce back, as there are talks about not just a 'V' or 'U' curve of recovery but also a 'W' curve (which suggests that post the flattening of the pandemic there will be a relapse which will lead to a second round of recession).

It will be the norm of the future.


Wednesday, 29 April 2020

This Teenager Created the Online Shopping Bot Fueling Nintendo Switch Shortages ★

Isaac Rouse, hypebeast.com

A 16-year old reseller in Virginia, Alexandria created a digital checkout tool called Bird Bot that’s fueled Nintendo Switch shortages around the world.

We are creating a generation of geniuses.

He also hopes to inspire other kids to do something creative during the quarantine with his story. “The Internet is a great resource, try and think of something that hasn’t been done before, think of something that others can learn from,” he said.

Technology giving a helping hand.


Tuesday, 28 April 2020

These are the best credit cards for gym memberships and workout gear ★

JOE WITUSCHEK, androidcentral.com

As people adapt to stay at home orders across the country, many are beginning to search for ways to continue their workout routines while at home. From yoga mats and dumbbells to kettlebells and treadmills, at-home workout equipment is highly sought after.

If you can afford it, why not.

If you're wondering how you can earn the most rewards while working out at home, and how to keep earning rewards when you are able to head back to the gym, these are some of the best credit cards on the market for getting rewarded on gym memberships, fitness clubs, and workout equipment.

More money choices which you don't have.


Monday, 27 April 2020

Online Shopping Market Overview, Top Companies, Region, Application and Global Forecast by 2026 ★

AMAANKAZI, latestherald.com/

The world is not only fighting a health pandemic but also an economic one, as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID – 19) casts its long shadow over economies around the globe.

It will get bigger and bigger.

This market was divided into types, applications and regions. The growth of each segment provides an accurate calculation and forecast of sales by type and application in terms of volume and value for the period between 2020 and 2026.

Everlasting market.


Sunday, 26 April 2020

Online orders could save retailers, but workers say they are risking their safety to fill purchases few need ★

Abha Bhattarai , washingtonpost.com

The Neiman Marcus employees had been summoned back to work at a shuttered store in a shuttered mall in Pennsylvania, two weeks after the coronavirus pandemic forced the luxury retailer to close all 43 of its U.S. locations temporarily. Their task: to fill hundreds of online orders for deeply discounted Moncler jackets, Dior sunglasses, Ugg boots and the like.

Major crisis.

The Gap this week warned it could soon run out of cash to cover routine costs. The company, which also owns Banana Republic and Old Navy, didn’t pay rent in April and said it is talking to landlords about permanently closing some stores.

Hope all this will be over soon.


Friday, 24 April 2020

Amazon rolls out programme to list local shops as sellers ★

Suneera Tandon, livemint.com

Online retailer Amazon on Thursday said it will invest Rs10 crore in ramping up a pilot program that saw the online seller already reach out to 5,000 local stores selling electronics, apparel, toys, furniture, grocery, home furnishings, to list on its platform as the company continues to expand its range of sellers and products.

Great initiative.

“What we are saying now more than ever is that we need to step up and help small businesses and local shopkeepers," he said.

Keep helping the small businesses.


Thursday, 23 April 2020

Coronavirus: Ramadan grocery shopping tips to avoid hoarding ★

Huda Tabrez, gulfnews.com

Ramadan shopping can be challenging, with different plans for iftar and suhour. Now, with restrictions related to the Coronavirus, it is as important as ever to plan well before you head outdoors.

We need all the help we can get.

Before you step out, take a look at your pantry as well to make sure you do not repeat items.

May this Holy Month bring the peace of mind we aim for.


Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Google to make online shopping service free to merchants ★

rfi.fr

Google is opening its online shopping service to merchants free of charge as it competes with Amazon in precious e-commerce and digital ads.

Good news for merchants.

"As consumers increasingly shop online, they're searching not just for essentials but also things like toys, apparel, and home goods," Ready said in a blog post.

The sky is the limit.


Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Bulgaria had lowest percentage of online shopping in EU in 2019 – Eurostat ★

Written by The Sofia Globe staff

Twenty-two per cent of Bulgarians shopped online in 2019, the lowest percentage among European Union member states, EU statistics agency Eurostat said on April 20.

Win some lose some.

“During the current coronavirus pandemic, with high streets in lockdown and consumers under social distancing restrictions, e-commerce can be expected to grow further,” Eurostat said.

There is always a reason.


Monday, 20 April 2020

Louis Vuitton is selling fitness equipment - with dumbbells costing £1,730 ★

Luke Matthews Audience Writer, mirror.co.uk

When gyms closed as part of the UK lockdown, sports shops and online retailers saw their supplies of fitness equipment fly off the shelves as Brits looked for ways to stay fit and healthy indoors.

Something to brag about?

The description reads: "These dumbbells have a striking aesthetic and sporty appeal. They are an ideal gift for those who wish to exercise in style or elevate their home gym with exclusive Louis Vuitton details."

Interested in seeing their sales results.


Saturday, 18 April 2020

7 benefits of joining an online shopping discount site ★

Lauren Knight, ipswichstar.co.uk

Whether you’re searching for a gift for dad for Father’s Day, updating your Spring Wardrobe or sprucing up the kitchen – you can save money when you shop online with Widilo.

Best therapy ever.

“We’re always on the lookout for new retailers and brands and we’re constantly updating the deals we have to make sure there’s something for everyone,” Clement said.

Search for best offers is entertaining.


Friday, 17 April 2020

Why Primark doesn't do online shopping and secrets from inside budget chain ★

James AndrewsMoney EditorZoe ForseyLifestyle Editor, mirror.co.uk

Even though coronavirus lockdown means we can't browse our favourite high street stores, that hasn't stopped people from splashing out on a whole new loungewear wardrobe through online shopping. The majority of stores are still delivering which means we can still treat ourselves if we need a little pickmeup, but one of the UK's biggest chain is missing - Primark.

It is their choice.

Among them is Ella Mai, who revealed that if you're after a must-have item you should head to Primark first thing in the morning or an hour before closing.

Maybe their option is justified?


Thursday, 16 April 2020

Amazon’s list of best-selling items gives a glimpse into online shopping trends ★

Mnj.com

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a spike in online shopping, especially on groceries and even more so on Amazon.

We can never stop exercising.

With that in mind, we took a look at Amazon’s best-selling lists to see what shoppers are most interested in, and it’s no surprise that the themes of staying home and social distancing keep popping up.

We should take advantage of good deals.


Wednesday, 15 April 2020

7 things to keep in mind while shopping online ★

AZ BIG MEDIA

Online shopping is a boon to us but not always. There have been so many instances of people receiving faulty products to going completely bankrupt after purchasing something eye-catching online. Sometimes it could’ve been avoided if you’d just read the product description but other times you might have to simply bang your head on the wall and lodge a police complaint.

Proper safety procedures.

Two-factor Authorization, how many of you have it enabled on shopping as well as social media accounts? Not everybody I deduce (I deduced it by asking my sister). Enabling 2-factor authorization provides you with an extra layer of protection during each of your shopping adventures.

We will never stop shopping online.


Tuesday, 14 April 2020

9 Workout Pieces That Will Inspire You to Get Moving, All From Puma ★

INDIA YAFFE, popsugar.com

What are we shopping right now? Workout clothes, and lots of them. We've been recently into the options from Puma because they're both cute and functional.

Proper gear is essential.

Plus, sports bras are the only kind of bras we're wearing right now, so we could use a few more of those. Just keep reading to shop our picks!

So many options.


Monday, 13 April 2020

Future Prospects of Online Sports Retailing Market 2026 and it is estimated to grow high during forecast by Top Players like Walmart, Adidas, ASICS, Columbia Sportwear, MIZUNO, Nike, PUMA, Under Armour ★

BY KAUSHIKRONITH@GMAIL.COM, sciencein.me

Online sports retailing market consists of different objects and gears used in any sporting activities. These includes sports apparel, sports protective equipment, sports equipment, and sports footwear.

Looking for a brighter future.

This research report has been scrutinized by using primary and secondary research techniques. It has been aggregated on the basis of several dynamic aspects of the businesses.

Who will survive of these retailers?


Sunday, 12 April 2020

Heinz opens first UK online shop to help feed the nation – selling beans, hoops and soups ★

Brian Fonseca | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Heinz has opened its first ever online shop to help feed the nation amid the coronavirus outbreak – and key workers get free postage and priority shipping on all orders.

Nice to know that we can use this facility.

Initially selling just tins, the online store is planning to branch out into Heinz's range of popular sauces and baby products, creating a safe way for hungry families to shop without leaving the house.

Is that the future of shopping?


Saturday, 11 April 2020

Amazon is having a spring sale on its electronic devices. Here are the best deals. ★

Brian Fonseca | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The coronavirus pandemic has made this spring a unique experience, but it has not stopped spring cleaning. That includes over at Amazon, which is currently having a spring sale on its electronic devices. Prices have been slashed on many Amazon-branded products.

Every little helps.

These Edyell wireless headphones are an eye-popping 71% off. This isn’t an Amazon product, but it’s a huge electronic sale on the site and one worth including in this roundup.

We can still grab a good bargain these days.


Friday, 10 April 2020

The online sales to shop this long Easter bank holiday weekend ★

Yahoo Style UK team

A number of big brands are running special sales to celebrate the long weekend, so a little treat for yourself will even come with a discount. Just be aware that a lot of brands have reduced staff working currently for obvious reasons and so delivery may take longer than usual.

More sales are required these days.

The clothing store is offering 20% off new season, so now is as good a time as any to get a few new spring buys into your wardrobe. The brands returns policy is currently any orders placed from 10th March 2020 are eligible to be returned up until 31st May 2020.

Shopping the best therapy.


Thursday, 9 April 2020

The most demanded products of online shopping during the Corona virus outbreak ★

Leonard Manson, somagnews.com

Although the Corona virus outbreak continues to adversely affect the world, we can say that online shopping is on the rise. The data revealed by the research of iyzico reveals that the sectors and consumption habits have changed with the plans to stay at home.

Are we spending more while in lockdown?

We can say that box games were the entertainment of their isolated days. Games that only require intelligence were a pleasant way to share and spend time on difficult days.

Is shopping the best therapy ath these times?


Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Online shopping up another 19% over the last week - Wolfgang Digital ★

Will Goodbody, rte.ie

The number of new users and the volume of online shopping continued to increase over the last week as people became even more confined to home due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Keep safe.

"Over the last decade e-commerce sales have grown share to 14% of overall retail sales," said Alan Coleman, CEO of Wolfgang Digital.

Stay home.


Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Commentary: Has COVID-19 made e-commerce and online shopping the new normal? ★

Chong Guan, Calvin M L Chan, channelnewsasia.com

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on worldwide, a new digital normal seems to be emerging from the disruption to regular routines and behaviours. People are working remotely, and attending classes and religious services online.

Shopping online will be the norm.

But it’s a different story for Singapore’s grocery market, which is expected to be worth S$9.9 billion by 2023, up 14.5 per cent from 2018, according to research firm IGD Asia.

Less wasting time physical shopping.


Monday, 6 April 2020

Online Shopping: The Smarter & Safer Alternative ★

Karen Cruz-Orduña, KGET.com

(NBC News) As people continue to shelter in place the need to shop, and doing it safely, has become a growing concern. The best way to do that is online.

Shopping for food is the priority.

Online shopping for food has also increased, with several services offering delivery, so you don’t have to leave the house at all.

When everything goes back to normal?


Sunday, 5 April 2020

Citi offering 10x bonus American AAdvantage miles for online purchases ★

Liz Hund, thepointsguy.com

Credit card issuers are aware that consumer spending habits have changed over the past month and thus have been offering more applicable spending incentives.

Great incentive and more debts?

With everyone at home and relying on deliveries more-so than ever, this is a great offer to take advantage of.

Who is the winner here?


Saturday, 4 April 2020

6 online fashion shopping platforms ★

ARAB NEWS

If you are feeling demotivated while self-isolating, try web shopping with any of these six e-tailers and uplift your mood by dressing up at home

Best therapy.

The Dubai-based online shopping platform features brands including Nike and Vero Moda. First launched as a smartphone application, Nisnass now has a dedicated website that caters to your needs.

We hope that we still have enough money at the end of this dark periode.


Friday, 3 April 2020

Shopping Safely & Eating Well During This Outbreak ★

WorldHealth.net

Even though our routines may have changed dramatically over the past few weeks, and they may continue to do so, the one thing that hasn’t changed is the need to eat healthfully.

Eating healthy is the primary tool to fight this and any disease.

Food safety rules don’t change just because it is frozen, meaning be sure to wash all conventional produce with clean hands to reduce the risk of ingesting pesticides and other possible unwanted contaminants.

We have imaginations and tools, lets use them productively.


Thursday, 2 April 2020

“It’s a Make or Break Time” – How Nourished Life is Reacting to Changing Conditions ★

Power Retail

Nourished Life understood that the online health and beauty industry was seriously lacking when it came to organic ingredients. We sat down with Founder and CEO of Nourished Life, Irene Falcone, to discuss the current retail landscape amid the outbreak.

We need to go back to basics.

“Obviously we’re taking a lot of precautions in our warehouse, so there are some things that are being slowed down a little bit,” Barmakov explains. “We’re just being super careful with our warehouse staff. We’ve had a lot fo split shifts, so they’re not around each other; lots of sanitising, lots of gloves, lots of new processes that everyone’s getting used to.”

All natural.


Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Quebec recommends grocery stores install handwashing stations, avoid using cash ★

Ainslie MacLellan · CBC News

Handwashing stations, more frequent cleaning and clear signage to show customers how to keep their distance from one another are among the measures the government is encouraging grocery stores to adopt, in order to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

We are going still to eat, so sanitizing the products before use keep us safe.

In an email, Loblaw, which owns the Maxi, Provigo, Intermarché and Pharmaprix banners, confirmed that some of its stores were asking customers not to bring reusable bags, while others were asking customers who do bring them to bag their own groceries.

Take precautions that is all to it.


Tuesday, 31 March 2020

CORONAVIRUS: IS IT SAFE TO BE RECEIVING DELIVERY PACKAGES AND SHOULD YOU EVEN BE SHOPPING FOR NON-ESSENTIAL ITEMS ONLINE? ★

Sabrina Barr, independent.co.uk

While online shopping is already a significant aspect of our lives, it has gained increasing importance during the coronavirus pandemic, with many people relying on online deliveries for their groceries, household essentials and luxury items such as new clothes.

Confused, follow procedures to be safe.

Furthermore, according to the organisation, “the risk of catching the virus that causes Covid-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low”.

The risk is low but be vigilant.


Monday, 30 March 2020

Striving hard to deliver ★

VIJENTHI NAIR and BRENDA CH’NG, thestar.com.my

FOOD and grocery delivery services are stretched thin as demand has spiked since the movement control order (MCO) took effect on March 18. People are forced to cook, arrange for food takeaways or order through delivery services.

Maybe we should take on cooking lessons.

According to Shamsul, kitchen staff are required to wash their hands with antibacterial soap frequently and are reminded to do so by a timed alarm, while all surfaces which come into contact with food are sanitised every hour.

The lesser we expose ourselves the better.


Sunday, 29 March 2020

The rules of safe shopping under coronavirus: five tips for social distancing ★

Martin Belam, The Guardian

With lockdown conditions imposed in many countries to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus, everyday activities such as shopping are going to be different from usual for some time.

We need to follow advise.

Clearly there will be exceptions: for example, single parents with small children who cannot be left at home, but where possible you should try to shop alone. That will reduce the number of people inside stores, making physical distancing easier to achieve.

Keep shopping safely while we can.


Saturday, 28 March 2020

Net-a-Porter and Next are suspending online shopping to keep workers safe ★

Hanna Ziady, CNN Business

Hundreds of millions of people around the world have been told to stay home to combat the coronavirus pandemic, driving huge demand for online shopping and food deliveries.

Tough choices have to be made.

The UK government has closed the country's pubs, theaters, cinemas and gyms, and directed companies to allow employees to work from home where possible. When people do leave home for work, food or medicine, they are to stay two meters apart from each other. Restaurants are only allowed to provide take-out meals.

Safety first.


Friday, 27 March 2020

Should We Still Go Shopping (Online)? ★

Vanessa Friedman, The New York Times

Every day, since late last week, the emails have been landing in my inbox. “New Sale Markdowns!” “Enjoy an additional 20% off!” “Flash 40% Off Sale!”

Safe way to shop these days.

It’s easy to lose track of where we are on the calendar when we are cooped up and weekends bleed into workdays, day into night, but we all know this is not sale time.

It will grow further more.


Thursday, 26 March 2020

I-TEAM: Skyrocketing e-commerce raises questions about safe packaging ★

Bay City News

The government’s message is clear: stay at home, work at home and avoid going out in public. And as more people follow the recommendation from the CDC, more of them are turning to online shopping for food and supplies.

Safe way to shop these days.

E-commerce levels have skyrocketed since the coronavirus outbreak. Amazon announced it needed an additional 100,000 workers in warehouse and delivery just to keep up with the demand.

Maybe you will find bargains but expect delays on delivery.


Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Postal Service Hiring to Keep Up With Online Shopping Delivery Demands ★

Bay City News

The U.S. Postal Service says it needs to hire as many as 1,000 workers in the Bay Area as the economic effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic continue to ripple across the region.

We need more and more people like that.

The entry-level job openings include postal carriers, mail processing positions, mechanics, custodians, tractor trailer operators and automated machinery repair specialists.

These are the front line fighters and sign that all will be ok.


Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Is It Even OK to Shop Online Right Now? ★

Sarah Ratchford, flare.com

The lure of my idle browser window is overwhelming. It blinks and beckons me to buy all of the hand-poured candles, luxury loungewear and leggings that cost more than the average person’s monthly utility bill.

Temptations, temptations.

As for products shipped from outside Canada, the department says: “Coronaviruses generally do not survive on surfaces after being contaminated. The risk of spread from products shipped over a period of days or weeks at room temperature is very low. There is no known risk of coronaviruses entering Canada on parcels or packages.”

Better safe than sorry.


Monday, 23 March 2020

Amazon focus on essentials sows panic, confusion among merchants ★

Spencer Soper, thestar.com.my

Amazon.com Inc’s delivery delays of non-essential goods will extend for at least another month for many customers in the US and Europe, stirring panic among online merchants who rely on the web retailer for business.

Even the big players are struggling.

That means the e-commerce giant is temporarily not accepting shipments of non-essentials like flat-screen televisions and toys. Amazon is also under pressure to keep its warehouse workers and delivery drivers safe since they continue working while others remain home.

Panic is our big weakness of our war against the virus.


 


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