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Essential wants your attention as much as your money (for now)

Essential isn’t even trying to compete with Samsung or even LG with their first phone. You’ve probably read at least one “first look” at the Essential Phone. They all have a few things in common, and mostly leave us with the impression that it’s an interesting first try from a new company. It’s definitely an ambitious device in some ways, especially in the looks department. What you’re probably not going to see is the Essential Phone at the top of any “must buy” lists beside the Samsung Galaxy S8 or…

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How your phone can help you walk more (and not hate it)

Take the stairs. Walk, don’t drive. Every little step adds up when you’re trying to get fit! In the first Tech for your Health column, we discussed using apps and technology to help establish better nutrition habits. With all that extra energy that comes along with eating right, it’s time to step up your physical activity. They say you need to learn to walk before you can run. While that idiom relates to mastering basic skills before tackling more complex projects, it’s also fine advice to take literally when you’re…

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Be Smart: A Partial Eclipse Can Fry Your Naked Eyes

Enlarge this image Left: A partial solar eclipse, as viewed from the Cotswolds, United Kingdom, March 2015. Right: A total solar eclipse, as viewed from Longyearbyen, Norway, March 2015. Tim Graham/Getty Images/Haakon Mosvold Larsen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Tim Graham/Getty Images/Haakon Mosvold Larsen/AFP/Getty Images The day of the long-awaited coast-to-coast solar eclipse has all but arrived — and if history is any guide, it’s likely that somebody’s eyes are going to get hurt. “The ones we’re really concerned about are the people who have never seen an eclipse before…

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This $20 smart plug can be controlled by your voice

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a great deal on a smart plug you’ll want to buy! Right now you can pick up D-Link’s Smart Plug for just $19.99 at Amazon, which is a savings of $10 from its regular price. This smart plug works with both Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant, meaning you can use just your voice to control the power to the outlet if you wanted. It can also be controlled from the mydlink app, which is available on both iOS and Android….

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Chemists Say You Should Add A Little Water To Your Whiskey. Here’s Why

Enlarge this image Single malt Scotch whisky produced at the Auchentoshan Distillery near Glasgow, Scotland. Andy Buchanan /AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Andy Buchanan /AFP/Getty Images It’s a common refrain from whiskey enthusiasts: Add a few drops of water to a glass to open up the flavors of the drink. For example, hard-liquor expert Alice Lascelles said in a demonstration for the Sunday Times that “if you’re tasting with a master blender, they will always add some water at some stage.” But the science behind this claim has been…

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Are you thinking of switching your carrier?

Change can be good, as long as you’ve thought things through. There are now like a million different phone plans from a bunch of different companies. And you can buy an unlocked version of most any phone that will work on one or more of them. That’s good stuff! When there are more choices for any type of service, companies have to find ways to entice us to pick what they have to offer over what the other guy has. Companies fighting over our business means better service and cheaper…

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Rituals To Sprinkle A Little Magic Into Your Eclipse Experience

Enlarge this image There are dozens of different eclipse rituals someone can perform, such as taking a ritual bath, but astrologer Sarolta DeFaltay says the most important aspect of any given ritual is that it’s personal to the one performing it. Clive Mason/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Clive Mason/Getty Images During the full moon in my small border town in Arizona, my mom and I would pack into her car, drive up towards the mountains, and hike to a boulder she called Full Moon Rock. We’d set out jars…

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Make Your Own Eclipse Viewer

[embedded content] NPR’s Skunk Bear YouTube Hundreds of years before solar viewing glasses were readily available, scientists and casual spectators could still enjoy these rare celestial events without frying their eyeballs. They’d use a combination of pinholes and mirrors to redirect the sun’s rays onto a screen. Enlarge this image An 18th century engraving depicts a camera obscura. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Bettmann Archive/Getty Images It took a while to figure out how to build the so-called camera obscura. Ancient Chinese and Greek scholars puzzled over pinholes…

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Slide a refurbished unlocked Pixel into your pocket for as little as $355

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with another exclusive deal on a refurbished Google Pixel! If you’ve been looking for a great deal on the smaller Google Pixel, you won’t want to miss out on this one. Right now you can pick up an unlocked refurbished 32GB Google Pixel for $355 with coupon code THRFTPXL at Daily Steals. This is a savings of $24.99 from the regular price that Daily Steals has it listed at, and beats the price Woot recently had for a refurbished unit by…

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The $150 Rachio sprinkler controller can improve your lawn and lighten your wallet

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a deal on Rachio sprinkler controller system! If the rest of your home is already smart, why not your lawn, too? The Rachio 2nd gen Smart sprinkler controller is on sale at Woot. You can get the eight-zone controller for $150 or the 16 zone for $180. These prices include Woot’s $5 flat-rate shipping fee. The eight zone sells for $188 on Amazon and rarely goes below $170. The 16 zone goes for $248 and hasn’t dropped below $210 since…

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