Don’t waste your money on these gadgets

I hate to break it to you, but terrible tech exists.

Oh yes.

From things ranging from the super dangerous, things that are crimes against the planet, to things that are just plain rubbish. Here I’m going to take a tour of the best of the worst gadgets that you should avoid, doubly so if you’re thinking about giving them as gifts (although I’m certain that regular readers are too discerning to do that!).

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“Replacement” AirPods ear tips

Oh boy, has testing these been an odyssey of disappointment.

There are loads out there, and the photos/renderings of them make them seem well made, but in reality they are awful.

Every single set I’ve tested has been uncomfortable or don’t have the mesh to keep ear schmoo out of the AirPod or fall off (sometimes in your

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Most conservatives don’t understand purpose of journalism, says founder of website on media bias

In 2005, Matthew Sheffield launched what would become one of the preeminent conservative websites devoted to calling out liberal bias in the mainstream media.

Over the last decade, however, Sheffield — who founded NewsBusters with his brother Greg and worked there until 2014 — has come to believe that he was part of a problem, not a solution, and is now working to correct that error.

The problem, as he describes it, is that most conservatives think the purpose of journalism is to wage partisan political warfare, and that has created an ecosystem on the right where facts and truth are increasingly irrelevant.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Matthew Sheffield. (Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: Matthew Sheffield via Twitter, AP)

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Matthew Sheffield. (Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: Matthew Sheffield via Twitter, AP)

This dynamic is at play most recently in the move by many Trump supporters to stop watching Fox News because, while it is conservative, it is not slavish enough toward

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Mardi Gras parades don’t meet COVID guidelines, won’t happen in 2021 city says

Mayor LaToya Cantrell said last week that Mardi Gras 2021 is “not canceled, just different.” That verbiage is reflected on the website.

NEW ORLEANS — Mardi Gras parades seem highly unlikely to occur in the 2021 season is the message being spread by the city of New Orleans after a post on its web site became social media fodder Tuesday and social posts from the city said that there would be no parades in 2021. 

The news seemed to catch some people off guard but City spokesman Beau Tidwell said it shouldn’t have and that the messaging has been consistent. 

Tidwell, in a press briefing on Tuesday, said the city has always said that gatherings of 250 or more people are not permitted under the current guidelines and that it has been seeking alternatives to the traditional celebrations that are rife with large crowds in close quarters. 

“None of this

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Don’t Race Out To Buy American Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMSW.A) Just Because It’s Going Ex-Dividend

American Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMSW.A) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 3 days. You will need to purchase shares before the 19th of November to receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 4th of December.

American Software’s upcoming dividend is US$0.11 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of US$0.44 per share to shareholders. Based on the last year’s worth of payments, American Software stock has a trailing yield of around 2.6% on the current share price of $16.63. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether American Software’s dividend is reliable and sustainable. We need to see whether the dividend is covered by earnings and if it’s growing.

Dividends are usually paid out of company profits, so if a company pays out more than it earned then its dividend is usually at

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Don’t Get Too Excited About Marin Software’s Recent Bounce

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Marin Software (NASDAQ:MRIN) stock is part of a rare breed: tech companies that haven’t benefited from the work-from-home trend. Up until last month, MRIN stock was flat on the year and barely had a pulse despite the enthusiasm for most software companies.

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Marin’s 2020 is part of a larger trend. In fact, Marin is a monumental fiasco since going public back in 2014. Shares dropped from their original initial public offering price (IPO) of more than $100 per share to just $2 now. That’s a near-total destruction of shareholder’s capital. The decline is fully-warranted based on earnings as well; the company’s revenue dropped by more than half since 2015 and it’s losing tons of money.

A Failed Business Strategy

Accord Partners, an activist fund, took aim at Marin Software earlier this year. They published a broadside

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Hiring a B2B Website Copywriter? Don’t Make This Costly Mistake

Planning a website refresh?

If you’re like many marketers, you may not think about hiring a B2B website copywriter until you get a few key tasks out of the way. You may have a website strategy in place and a wireframe complete. You may even be well into the design process.

By the time you start the search for a copywriter, your launch date may be fast approaching.

I’ve had B2B marketers reach out to me and say, “I need copy for 20 pages before we launch in three weeks.”

Well …

That’s not going to happen.

Not if you want copy that resonates with your target audience.

Why Rushed Copy Doesn’t Deliver Results

High-converting copy is based on research and data, not on guesswork.

If you’re off to a late start, your B2B website copywriter will need to scramble to meet your deadline. They won’t have enough time to

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On PS5 Launch Day, Don’t Expect to Camp Out or Line Up

Illustration for article titled PSA: Dont Expect to Camp Outside Best Buy for Your PS5 on Launch Day

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Sony announced today ahead of the launch of its next-generation PS5 console next week that units will not actually be available for purchase in-store on day one, which will be either Nov. 12 or Nov. 19, depending on your region. That means if you were hoping to brave cooling temperatures—and a global pandemic, at that—to camp outside your local Best Buy or GameStop, buddy, I’m sorry to say you’ll have to make a new plan.

In lieu of launch-day madness that could potentially put consumers and sales associates at risk, “all day-of launch sales will be conducted through the online stores of our retail partners,” the company said Thursday.

Sony did note that those who have placed pick-up orders should still be able to snag their consoles, but only in accordance with whatever appointment slot or safety protocols are in space at the specific retailer.

To be

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Got a new phone? Don’t forget to transfer your Google Authenticator accounts


Don’t forget to transfer Google’s Authenticator app when you set up a new phone! 

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When you get a new phone, be it the brand new iPhone 12, a Galaxy S20 FE or any one of our other top picks, one of the first things you should do — before checking your iPhone or Android settings — is to transfer the accounts you have set up in Google Authenticator to your new phone. Doing so will ensure you can still access your two-factor codes and sign in to those accounts on your new phone. Without those codes, you could very well end up locked out of your online accounts.

Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your online accounts by requiring a randomly generated six-digit code after you’ve entered your password. As privacy concerns continue to rise amid breach after breach, two-factor authentication (along

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Why Michigan official election numbers don’t match news outlets

The secretary of state’s office said it expected that its own reporting of election results would be behind.

The Associated Press and all the major news outlets called the presidential race in Michigan for former Vice President Wednesday afternoon. By AP’s total electoral vote count, it put Biden six votes shy of the 270 needed to defeat President Donald Trump.

But some people looking at the Michigan secretary of state’s website, which updates election results, noted that it still said Trump was leading Biden by more than 3.5% Wednesday night with 81 of 83 counties reporting. But news outlets, including AP, had a higher total vote count reported and with Biden holding a 2% lead.

The secretary of state’s office said it expected that its own reporting would be behind and advised the public and the media ahead of time to check county election websites for the most updated information.

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Don’t Fear AI. It Will Lead To Long-Term Job Growth.

By Mohamed Kande, Vice Chair – US and Global Advisory Leader, PwC, and Murat Sönmez, Managing Director, World Economic Forum

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated technological advances and the automation of many routine tasks – from contactless cashiers to robots delivering packages. In this environment, many are concerned that artificial intelligence (AI) will drive significant automation and destroy jobs in the coming decades.

Just a few decades ago, the internet created similar concerns as it grew. Despite skepticism, the technology created millions of jobs and now comprises 10% of US GDP. Today, AI is poised to create even greater growth in the US and global economies. Sixty-three percent of CEOs believe AI will have a larger impact than the internet, according to PwC’s Annual Global CEO Survey.

While Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies driven by AI will continue to fundamentally change the world and the

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