Brandt Schneider

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The 5 biggest announcements from the Apple education event

Apple took its annual spring event out of California and hosted it at a high school in Chicago this year, promising to focus its newest products toward the education market that’s been dominated by Google and Microsoft. The keynote was condensed into just one hour, most of which revolved around all …

The real reason we ban cell phones

Marc Prensky said:Let’s admit that the real reason we ban cell phones is that, given the opportunity to use them, students would “vote with their …

The 20 best Amazon Alexa skills and tips

Many of us have welcomed our first smart assistant into the home, with Amazon's Echo smart home hub bringing the Alexa voice assistant into households across the country.<p>Alexa is the Amazon voice assistant. Launched in 2014, it provides a way to ask questions, play music, get news bulletins or …

10 things you didn't know your Amazon Echo could do

Did you just unwrap a shiny, new Amazon Echo device? Or maybe you already have one and you’re getting a little tired just streaming endless hours of holiday music.<p>You might already know that Alexa can convert teaspoons to tablespoons, time the food you put in the oven and tell jokes you can repeat …

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48 superimposed photos of the sun, taken during a year, one per week, in the same place and time, in the Cathedral of Burgos. The highest point is the summer solstice and the lowest is the winter solstice. https://t.co/OXCDgyARdO

Tips for the 8 University of California Personal Insight Questions

The 2017-18 Personal Insight Questions Are Your Opportunity to Make a Statement<p>The 2017-18 University of California application includes eight …

Man Shuts Down Anti-Abortion Argument By Asking One Question

Writer laid out the dishonesty of pro-life zealots on Twitter<p>The topic of abortion is one of those issues that, like gun control, or where you stand …

Student wins praise for outsmarting teacher with audacious exam hack

A high school student has won online praise for outsmarting his teacher with an ingenious plan he put into practice during an accounting exam.<p>Teacher Reb Beatty explained how he failed to specify the exact size of ‘cheat sheets’ students were allowed to bring to an exam and one individual took full …

Why do stars like Adele keep losing their voice?

More and more singers are cancelling big shows and turning to surgery to fix their damaged vocal cords. But is the problem actually down to the way they sing? By Bernhard Warner<p>“I don’t even know how to start this,” Adele wrote in an online letter to fans on 30 June. The previous night, she had …

David Letterman Will Return to TV in a New Netflix Series

David Letterman is preparing to return to television in his first continuing series since stepping down as the host of CBS’s “Late Show” in 2015.<p>Netflix announced on Tuesday that it had picked up a new show from Mr. Letterman, the comedian and broadcaster.<p>Each hourlong episode of the series, which …

Amazon Reviews Of 2-Person Underpants Are The Literal Funniest Thing You'll Read Today

"Once you both are in these undies, the possibilities are endless! This is how all underwear should be."<p>Single person underpants are <i>so</i> last season.<p>Yep, that’s right. Two-person, four-legged undies are, indeed, a thing that exists. And, boy, are their reviews something else.<p>“My girlfriend bought …

Watch French Marching Band’s Zany Daft Punk Medley For Macron, Trump

The French army marching band injected some EDM-verve into their Bastille Day celebrations in Paris. Performing for the new French president, …

This Dog From Seattle Rides the Bus By Herself to go to the Park

Dogs are allowed to ride on the bus in Seattle when their humans come with them -the exception being Eclipse, who is actually allowed to ride the bus …

30 Things All Choir Kids Know To Be True

Sight reading, endless hours of rehearsing, unbreakable bonds with the other people in your ensemble. Such is the life of a choir kid. Whether you've …

30 *Totally* Impressive Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

For some, the idea of cooking from scratch sounds like a nuisance; why waste time making your own sauces, spices, and spreads when you can grab them ready-made at the store? But more people are taking the homemade route these days, and we encourage you to give it a go. Salad dressing is an easy …

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Is American Retail at a Historic Tipping Point?

Along the cobblestone streets of SoHo, Chanel handbags and Arc’teryx jackets are displayed in shops like museum pieces, harking back to the height of the neighborhood’s trendiness. But rents there are softening, and the number of vacant storefronts is rising.<p>Today, some of the most sought-after …

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From Lemon Cake To Chocolate Cream Pie: 15 Unforgettable Easter Desserts

Jelly beans and chocolate bunnies are fine, but these Easter treats will make your holiday celebration unforgettable. From the lemoniest lemon pound cake to the silkiest chocolate cream pie, there is something on this list for every<i>bunny</i>.<p>1. Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake<p>If ever there was a cake for …

How I added four hours of battery life to my smartphone every day for free

I’ve had big-time battery drain issues on my last three iPhones. I just figured it was my fault — maybe I’m too addicted to apps, take too many photos, or just use my phone too much?<p>It’s an issue I’ve gone to Apple for help with many times. But the Genius’s — Apple's retail support — were …

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What Does the World’s Oldest Surviving Piano Sound Like? Watch Pianist Give a Performance on a 1720 Cristofori Piano

Imagine your favorite works for the piano---the delicate and haunting, the thundering and powerful. The minimalism of Erik Satie, the Romanticism of …

9 Preview app tips every Mac owner should know

The Preview app ought to have a better opinion of itself. This stock Mac app goes around calling itself "Preview" when it can do so much more than just preview files. To help Preview form a more positive view of itself and help you get the most out of the app, I present 9 things Preview can do …

21 Undeniable Signs That You're An Introvert

Have you always felt different? Were you the quiet one in school? Did people ask you, “Why don’t you talk more?” Do they still ask you that today? If so, you might be an introvert like me. Here are 21 signs that you are:<p><b>1. You enjoy spending time alone.</b> You have no problem staying home on a …

Why you should start using Google Keep right away

Google Keep is probably the best Google service that most people don't use.<p>Services like Keep, Evernote and Microsoft OneNote are often called …

Election Update: Trump May Depress Republican Turnout, Spelling Disaster For The GOP

<i>Want these election updates emailed to you right when they’re published? Sign up</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>Instead of a poll, let’s start today’s Election Update with some …

Why Some Civil War Soldiers Glowed in the Dark

By the spring of 1862, a year into the American Civil War, Major General Ulysses S. Grant had pushed deep into Confederate territory along the …

The EpiPen, a Case Study in Health System Dysfunction

Three times in the last two weeks, people — a patient, a colleague and my wife — told me stories about how out of control the price of EpiPens were. Monday, my New York Times colleagues recounted in detail how expensive the devices have become in recent years. All tell the tale of how much even …

Trump touts child care programs, but they're for guests only

NEW YORK (AP) — When Donald Trump vowed this week to make child care more accessible and affordable, it was just the second time during his White House campaign that he's talked about an issue that affects millions of working Americans with young children.<p>The first came months ago in Iowa, when the …