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Thursday, January 23, 2020

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My partner and I come from different cultures — here are the main barriers we face

Posted: 23 Jan 2020 11:05 AM PST

Sarah Wells Couple PhotoSarah Wells/Business Insider

  • Author Sarah Wells details the "moments of cultural confusion" that have arisen in her relationship with a partner from a different cultural background.
  • Wells, a Vermont native, writes how she and her boyfriend, who grew up in southern China, differ on matters of language, food, and perception of societal pressures.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

My husband and I were born less than six months apart, but over 7,000 miles away from each other.

While he was growing up in the modern cityscapes of southern China, I was discovering the world from within the boundaries of small-town Vermont. Our paths collided when we both started graduate school in Boston and have yet to disentangle.

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'We're not allowed to have friends like that': Former Lebanese foreign minister takes heat at Davos for revealing how he funded his trip

Posted: 23 Jan 2020 11:04 AM PST

FILE PHOTO: Lebanon's caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil is seen after a news conference in Beirut, Lebanon December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File PhotoReuters

  • Gebran Bassil, Lebanon's former foreign minister, said during a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos that he came to the conference on his own expense, not the Lebanese government's. 
  • Instead, Bassil said the trip "was offered to me," to which CNBC's moderator said "I'd like to have friends like that." 
  • Sigrid Kaag, the Dutch foreign trade minister, chimed in saying that in her government, "we're not allowed to have friends like that." 
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Gebran Bassil, Lebanon's former foreign minister, said at Davos on Thursday that he didn't use money from the Lebanese government to fund his trip to the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski town, but that the trip "was offered to me" — a comment that drew heat from the moderator and a Dutch official.

Bassil's attendance at the elite conference drew criticism in his home country, which is currently experiencing widespread anti-government protests amid corruption and economic crises. While he's no longer a foreign minister in the government, he leads the largest political bloc in the country's parliament. 

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TikTok users are dipping their testicles in soy sauce 'to taste it,' but testes don't have tastebuds

Posted: 23 Jan 2020 11:04 AM PST

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Just a few weeks into 2020, a lot has happened. The impeachment trial began, a deadly virus broke out in China and spread to the US. 

And TikTok users have started dipping their testicles in soy sauce "for science."

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The Death of Cash

Posted: 23 Jan 2020 11:03 AM PST

Both globally and in the US, the payments ecosystem is evolving. Death of Cash

Two related trends: the slow death of cash and the fast rise of digital payments, are transforming how consumers, businesses, governments, and even criminals move money.

Annual global non-cash transactions are expected to pass the 1 trillion milestone by 2024. This major transformation is being propelled by several factors, including increased usage of digital wallets, more small vendors adapting to accept credit cards, and the explosive growth of mobile commerce.

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LIVE: House manager Jerry Nadler says Trump abused his office 'to kneecap political opponents and spread Russian conspiracy theories'

Posted: 23 Jan 2020 11:02 AM PST

FILE PHOTO: House Manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) walks to the Senate Floor for the second day of the Senate impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 22, 2020. REUTERS/Sarah SilbigerReuters

  • On Thursday, the Senate launched the second day of opening arguments in President Donald Trump's historic impeachment trial.
  • House impeachment managers — lawmakers who act as prosecutors in the trial — laid out the constitutional groundwork for impeachment.
  • Among other things, they discussed legal precedent supporting Trump's removal from office, what constitutes abuse of power, and why the president's conduct rises to the level of an impeachable offense.
  • Scroll down to watch the hearing and follow Insider's live coverage of the trial.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

On Thursday, the Senate began the second day of opening arguments in President Donald Trump's historic impeachment trial.

Trump is the third US president to be impeached. The House of Representatives charged him last month with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress related to his efforts to force Ukraine to pursue politically motivated investigations against his rivals while withholding vital security assistance and a White House meeting that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky desperately sought.

Trump's trial officially began last week, and House impeachment managers — lawmakers who act as prosecutors against the president — began presenting their opening arguments on Wednesday.

Read Insider's coverage of day one of opening arguments here.

On Thursday, House prosecutors laid out the constitutional groundwork for impeachment. Among other things, they discussed legal precedent supporting Trump's removal from office, what constitutes abuse of power, and why the president's conduct rises to the level of an impeachable offense.

The proceedings began at 1 p.m. ET.

C-SPAN and TV networks are relying on the Senate's live feed of the trial.

C-SPAN is airing the trial at cspan.org.

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House impeachment manager: Trump abused his power 'to kneecap political opponents and spread Russian conspiracy theories'

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House impeachment manager Jerry Nadler struck an impassioned tone as he described how President Trump abused his power "in order to kneecap political opponents and spread Russian conspiracy theories."

Trump used his office to "compel" foreign nations to "meddle in our elections," Nadler said. "This attacks the very foundation of our liberty," is "a grave abuse of power," and an "unprecedented betrayal of our national interest."

It is a "shocking corruption of the election process," and a "crime against the Constitution warranting — demanding — removal from office," Nadler said.



Republican senators play with fidget spinners while House managers make the case for Trump's removal

Reuters

CNN reported that within the first 20 minutes of House impeachment manager Jerry Nadler's opening arguments, Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina moved his papers to the side and started toying with a blue fidget spinner.

According to CNN, Sens. Tom Cotton and Pat Toomey also had fidget spinners on their desks; Cotton's was purple and Toomey's was white.



House impeachment manager Jerry Nadler: Trump's position is 'nothing but self-serving constitutional nonsense'

Screenshot via C-SPAN

"Everyone except President Trump and his lawyers agree that presidents can be impeached for abuse of power," Nadler said. "The president's position amounts to nothing but self-serving constitutional nonsense, and it is dangerous nonsense at that."

"The President's conduct is wrong. It is illegal. It is dangerous. And it captures the worst fears of our founders and the framers of the Constitution," he added.




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23andMe just laid off 100 employees as the DNA-testing 'fad' ends

Posted: 23 Jan 2020 10:55 AM PST

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DNA-testing giant 23andMe is laying off about 14% of its staff, the latest sign of a slump in the business.

About 100 employees have been let go in departments across the organization in an effort to scale back on work that isn't core to the consumer testing and therapeutics businesses that 23andMe operates, a spokesman told Business Insider. The therapeutics team was not impacted by the layoffs, he said.

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A Facebook executive suggested that smartphone software may be to blame for the alleged attack on Jeff Bezos' iPhone (AAPL, FB)

Posted: 23 Jan 2020 10:52 AM PST

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  • Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's EMEA vice president, said that the recently reported hack of Jeff Bezos' iPhone highlights "potential underlying vulnerabilities" on smartphone operating systems, according to Bloomberg.
  • A forensic analysis from FTI Consulting indicated that Bezos' had been using an iPhone X as his personal device, although there is no indication in the report that vulnerabilities in Apple's iOS software was to blame for the reported attack.
  • Bezos' iPhone was reportedly hacked after he had received a video file sent via the Facebook-owned WhatsApp in 2018, which caused large amounts of data to be transferred from his phone.
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A Facebook executive said that the recently reported hack of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' iPhone highlights potential security issues with mobile device operating systems, according to Bloomberg.

"One of the things that it highlights is actually some of the potential underlying vulnerabilities that exist on the actual operating systems on phones," Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's vice president for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, said during a recent interview with Bloomberg Television.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Gap canceled its spinoff of Old Navy, but it's still one of America's most beloved brands. Here's a look at its rise to be a retail powerhouse.

Posted: 23 Jan 2020 10:50 AM PST

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Since its founding as a low-cost alternative to Gap in 1994, Old Navy has evolved into a beloved American brand.

The company skyrocketed in popularity in the late 1990s and 2000s, becoming synonymous with its quirky ad campaigns and low-cost styles for the entire family. From its multi-colored flip flops and its Fourth of July screen-printed T-shirts, Old Navy has solidified itself as a go-to retailer across consumer demographics. 

For several years, Old Navy has been Gap's golden child and top performing brand, so much so that Gap announced plans to spin off the brand into an autonomous company in 2019. However, last week Gap officials announced that it was halting the split, citing "cost and complexity" as the reason for the reversal. 

Still, Old Navy remains an integral part of the American retail industry. We took a look at its rise over the years. 

Old Navy was founded in 1994 in Colmar, California, with the aim to bring cheaper fashion to the masses.

James Leynse/Corbis via Getty Images

"We didn't take ourselves too seriously, and we broke the industry's rules," the Gap Inc. corporate page says of its Old Navy brand. "We said fashion didn't have to be just for rich people — it could be for everyone."



Old Navy was named after a café and bar in Paris located on Boulevard Saint-Germain, which has since closed.

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Source: Gap Inc. 



It originally started as a Gap Warehouse, which sold overstock and off-season Gap products at a discount before former CEO Mickey Drexler opted to create a new brand.

Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Source: Funding Universe




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I switched from coffee pods to this French press and was impressed with the ease of use — it's worth the extra 10 minutes to brew better and stronger coffee

Posted: 23 Jan 2020 10:47 AM PST

 

Coffee Gator French PressAmazon

  • I recently made the switch from my Keurig single-cup coffee maker to this 34-ounce Coffee Gator French press
  • Though it takes a little longer to brew, I'm really pleased with my choice. This French press is easy to use, makes a great cup of coffee, and looks nice in my kitchen.
  • It's not super cheap at around $38, but its features — like an insulated carafe to keep your coffee hot — make it a worthy investment.
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Historic photos show the differences between Nixon, Clinton, and Trump's impeachment hearings

Posted: 23 Jan 2020 10:43 AM PST

clinton nixon impeachmentBettmann Archive/Getty; William Philpott/AFP/Getty

  • President Donald Trump's impeachment trial is currently underway in the Senate, and it's a foreign landscape compared to the two presidents who went before him.
  • He's the fourth president to face impeachment proceedings, after Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, and Andrew Johnson. But Johnson's was hugely different since it took place in 1868.
  • For Nixon, since coverage was mostly in television and print, it was communal, and the nation gathered together to watch his hearings unfold on primetime TV.
  • For Clinton, television news was becoming more politicized, and the internet and talk radio were just beginning to flourish.
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A president facing impeachment might be America's greatest drama.

President Donald Trump was impeached by the House in December, and his trial is currently underway in the Senate. It's a vastly different landscape from the presidents who were impeached before him.

It won't be the communal experience of a nation watching, like it was with former President Richard Nixon. But it's still going to hold the nation's attention.

Already, Trump's received some advice from former President Bill Clinton, who knows what the process is like. On Thursday, Clinton told CNN's Jake Tapper his advice for Trump was to get on with his job. "My message would be, look, you got hired to do a job," he said. "You don't get the days back you blow off. Every day is an opportunity to make something good happen."

In 1973, when the Watergate impeachment hearing was happening, America only had three television networks. It's estimated that 80% of Americans tuned in for at least part of the telecasts. Variety called it "the hottest daytime soap opera."

When Clinton's impeachment proceedings were broadcast in 1998, television news had become politicized and diversified, and the internet was in its infancy. It was the first proper ratings competition for CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.

For Trump, there's no singular television audience. Instead there's a direct channel to the president through his Twitter account. There's be live-streaming, blog updates, and 24/7 news. It's a spectacle.

These historic photos show what the last two impeachment proceedings looked like, and how they compare to Trump's.

In the summer of 1973, millions of Americans gathered in their living rooms to watch former President Richard Nixon's impeachment hearings on television at 8 p.m. ET for weeks on end.

Bettmann Archive/Getty

Sources: Washington Post, Senate



Almost 25 years later, in 1998, America still watched former President Bill Clinton's impeachment hearings, but they did it from a variety of places. No more popcorn on the couch — people could work out while watching the latest developments.

Stan Honda / AFP / Getty

Source: Forbes



With Nixon, people become obsessed, watching the saga unfold day after day, seeing disclosures about the cover-up to get dirt on his political opponents come one after another that summer. They got to decide who was the villain and who was the hero.

Ernst Haas / Getty

Source: Washington Post 




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The Oakmark Fund has underperformed the S&P 500 for 3 years running, but Bill Nygren is still defending his strategy

Posted: 23 Jan 2020 10:42 AM PST

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  • The S&P 500 keeps outperforming The Oakmark Fund, but portfolio manager Bill Nygren plans to stick with value-investing.
  • The Oakmark Fund is allocated 30% to the financial sector, which has lagged the S&P 500 so far this year.
  • The market is overly focused on earnings, Nygren says.
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The Oakmark Fund underperformed the S&P 500 by 4 percentage points last year. That was the third year in a row that the stock market beat Bill Nygren's mutual fund -- but despite that, Oakmark will keep its investment strategy in 2020, Nygren said in a fourth-quarter note to investors. 

"Investors were not very concerned about valuation levels" in 2019, said Nygren, portfolio manager at Oakmark Funds who pursues value investing, a strategy that picks stocks thought to be priced below their intrinsic value. That philosophy emphasizes names with low price-earnings ratios, a metric that some say can indicate whether a company is over- or undervalued.

But the trend among investors and analysts has been toward highlighting growth and earnings in recent years rather than price-earnings, he said, "just like during the height of the tech bubble."

That has left the names in the Oakmark Fund undervalued, Nygren said. 

The Oakmark Fund's largest allocation is to the financial sector, which has a lower price-earnings ratio than the index and makes up nearly a third of the portfolio. Returns have been sluggish in the financial sector in recent years, often lagging the S&P 500 as a whole. The sector has started out 2020 on the same path, returning just 0.16% versus the S&P 500's 3.06% gain.

"We believe the market will eventually reflect our view," Nygren said, adding that Oakmark invests for the long-term and most value-investment funds have underperformed in a market focused on earnings and growth. 

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Trump says he doesn't want John Bolton to testify in his impeachment trial because 'he knows some of my thoughts'

Posted: 23 Jan 2020 10:40 AM PST

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  • President Donald Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he was opposed to his former national security adviser John Bolton testifying in his impeachment trial because "he knows some of my thoughts."
  • "He knows what I think about leaders," Trump said. "What happens if he reveals how I feel about another leader and it's not positive ... it would make the job a lot harder."
  • Bolton is a firsthand witness to the president's efforts to strong-arm Ukraine into pursuing investigations that would be politically beneficial to him while he withheld military aid and a White House meeting for Ukraine's president.
  • If the Senate allows Bolton to testify, he would be the highest-profile witness against the president to date.
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President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he was opposed to his former national security adviser John Bolton testifying in his impeachment trial because "it's a national security problem."

"He knows some of my thoughts," Trump told reporters. "He knows what I think about leaders. What happens if he reveals how I feel about another leader and it's not positive ... it would make the job a lot harder."

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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I nearly ruined my favorite sneakers with mud, but this $16 shoe cleaner made them look brand new — here's how it works

Posted: 23 Jan 2020 10:39 AM PST

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  • I nearly ruined one of my favorite pairs of sneakers by stepping in a deep muddy puddle. To bring them back to life, I used the Jason Markk Essential Shoe Cleaning Kit.
  • The $16 kit includes a cleaning solution that's biodegradable and 98.3% natural, plus a synthetic bristle brush.
  • It's safe to use on all colors and works on suede, leather, mesh, plastic, and just about any other material you'd find on a pair of sneakers.
  • Below I'll walk you through the process of cleaning my shoes (with before and after photos) and provide instructions on how to use the solution.
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The white and university red Nike Air Max 1 is one of my favorite sneakers ever, and this very dirty pair is mine. I loved them, I wore them, and as you can see, I completely ruined them.

It all happened a few months ago on a cold, dark, and rainy morning when my misjudgment of a puddle left me ten toes deep in muddy water. As infuriated as I was, I had no choice but to wear them for the rest of the day — and when I did finally make it home, I immediately put them back in the box to just get them out of my sight.

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This adorable possum is very sorry for wrecking an Australian professor's office

Posted: 23 Jan 2020 10:38 AM PST

possum officeBree Blakeman

  • Dr. Bree Blakeman thought someone had broken into her office when she first walked in on Monday. 
  • There was a hole in the ceiling and paintings and books all over the floor. Then Blakeman saw a possum cowering behind her computer. 
  • She believes the possum tried to climb back into the ceiling using her bookshelves but got too tired. 
  • Blakeman posted about the possum on Twitter, where it became an internet sensation. 
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When Dr. Bree Blakeman walked into her office on Monday, she thought someone had broken in. 

There was a gaping hole in the ceiling. Paintings and maps littered the floor. Her books were everywhere. 

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A scientist warns we haven't seen the worst of the Wuhan coronavirus — it could reach 10 times the scale of the SARS outbreak and peak in March

Posted: 23 Jan 2020 10:35 AM PST

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The Wuhan coronavirus, which scientists believe jumped from a snake to a human, has infected more than 600 people across nine countries and killed 18. The outbreak prompted five cities in China to halt all transportation. Cases have been reported in eight other countries.

But we haven't yet seen the worst of this new illness, a Chinese virologist says.

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The best clothes steamers

Posted: 23 Jan 2020 10:35 AM PST

  • Ironing is a real hassle, but you can get the wrinkles out of your clothes much easier with a great steamer.
  • All of our research points to the PurSteam Elite Garment Steamer as the best clothes steamer you can buy to keep your clothing wrinkle-free.

Crisp, unwrinkled clothes simply improve your look, whether you're trying to attract someone or score a job, but getting perfectly pressed clothes takes time and effort. By most standards of thinking, your options for fresh-pressed clothes are to A) send your clothes out and have a laundromat or dry cleaner make them wrinkle-free, which can weigh down on your wallet quickly, or to B) bring out the ironing board and iron your clothes each day, which requires time as well as some level of skill. Luckily there's a third, often-overlooked option: steaming.

Steaming clothes is a less complicated process than ironing that achieves equally wrinkle-free results. It's the go-to choice in various professional industries such as fashion and broadcast where items may need to be packed up and moved often.

There are various types of garment steamers, but they all generally function the same way. Water is placed in a base or reservoir, heated to produce steam, and that steam is released through a wide nozzle which you hover over whatever it is you're looking to de-wrinkle. Usually, pressure or direct contact with the wrinkled fabrics is not required as the high heat of the steam is what removes the wrinkles.

Steaming saves time, reduces wear and tear, is safe for nearly any fabric, sanitizes your clothes, helps you avoid chemicals, and best of all, steaming your clothes saves you money. That's why we've picked out the best clothes steamers you can buy.

We evaluated each of the following models by looking at the steam production, heat-up time, wrinkle removal efficacy, and durability. We referenced online recommendations from industry leaders, and sites that specialize in the cleaning of household industries, as well as personal experience. Read on to find out which clothes steamer is best for your needs and budget.

Here are the best clothes steamers:

Updated on 1/23/2020 by Jen Gushue: Added new pick for best travel steamer.

The best overall

PurSteam

The PurSteam Elite Garment Steamer produces perfect steam for 60 minutes to remove wrinkles from all your clothes.

The PurSteam Elite Garment Steamer accomplishes two vital tasks with perfection: It removes wrinkles and makes steaming easier. Plus it comes with a money-back guarantee and five-year warranty, so you know it's made to last. While it's not a professional unit, it can handle a family's worth of clothes with the 61-ounce tank that heats up in just under a minute and provides 60 minutes of stable steam.

The design is part of what makes this steamer so appealing. It has a handy, adjustable hanger that is expandable from 15 to 19 inches. That means no more holding up your clothes or searching for a hook just to steam. It also has clips to help hold other fabrics, such as small children's clothing, pillowcases, and more in place. The hanger is collapsible and the top hanger part can be replaced with a brush hook which makes for easy storage.

It comes with a convenient handheld steam board to de-wrinkle collars, pockets, and sleeves, that also doubles as a crease attachment to provide a more polished, or what one might call dry-cleaned look that gives structure to collars, sleeves, plackets, hems, and other clothing areas where a completely steamed, flat finish would just appear odd. 

It can handle delicate to heavy materials, as it provides steam up to 248 degrees Fahrenheit that penetrates deep and relaxes fibers. The high temperature means it works faster than ironing and allows it to freshens clothes killing up to 99.9% of germs. Finally, the cost is actually reasonable, especially compared to other standing steam steamers.

The PurSteam Steamer is featured in Parents Need, where the author notes it can even disinfect your carpet. It's listed in Smart Home Guide and Best Advisor, too.

The critical reviews mostly center around the product not having a consistent flow stream, which may be caused by calcium or mineral buildup due to using tap water instead of distilled water in the unit.

Pros: Reasonable price, quality customer service/guarantee, handy built-in hanger, steams for 60 consecutive minutes, convenient add-ons and accessories, sanitizing features   

Cons: May not provide a consistent steam flow



The best budget steamer

URPOWER

More powerful than a travel steamer but still mobile enough to carry, the URPOWER Garment Steamer eliminates wrinkles faster than your average iron.

The URPOWER Garment Steamer makes steaming anywhere a quick and easy process. The 1.2-pound device heats up and provides steam in only two minutes, yet with a 130-milliliter tank, it provides constant steam for 7 to 10 minutes. This upgraded model has a new nozzle design that distributes steam more powerfully and consistently, making it easier to remove stubborn wrinkles.

Even if you're new to steaming, you won't have much trouble learning how to use this steamer. It conveniently features an automatic shut-off function if the unit gets too hot or the water level is too low, which protects your clothing as well as the longevity of the unit, which already comes with a two-year warranty.

Because it measures 3.7-by-8.8-by-6.2 inches, it's smaller than an iPad, so you could carry it around without much of a hassle in case your steaming needs take you out of your house. It comes with a handy travel pouch, too.

The steamer has a 4 out of 5-star rating in the Parents Need, is listed in BestSeekers, and is ranked number one in an AOL article.

Pros: Price, built-in safety features, easy to use, small enough it's portable, upgraded nozzle design

Cons: May spit water occasionally, questionable longevity



The best handheld steamer

Rowenta

Rowenta X-Cel Handheld Steamer emits powerful steam to make wrinkles disappear, plus, it's not too big.

Rowenta's X-Cel Handheld Steamer is a small, handheld steamer that's just the right size for anyone who needs to quickly steam some wrinkles out of tomorrow's suit, dress shirt, and tie. It's not a huge steamer, but it gets small jobs done quickly with little fuss.

The steamer emits 1500 Watts worth of steam for 10 minutes straight and heats up in about 40 to 45 seconds. The stainless steel head has several holes for even steam distribution, and it comes with fabric brush, lint pad, and steam bonnet attachments so you can steam any fabric without destroying it.

Because it's not overly large, Rowenta's steamer is easy to hold and fairly lightweight. I use it to steam my clothes on a regular basis and find it very easy to use. The water tank may be small, but I've never had trouble refilling it and I rarely use it for 10 minutes straight, so I've never exhausted the water supply mid-steam.

If you don't steam too many clothes or fabrics all at once and you want a small steamer that you can pack away at a moment's notice, this is it. — Malarie Gokey

Pros: Strong steam, small size, easy to hold, not too heavy

Cons: Pricey, small tank




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How to make a Spotify playlist on desktop or mobile, and organize your favorite music

Posted: 23 Jan 2020 10:34 AM PST

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  • You can make a new Spotify playlist at any time, whether you're using the desktop or mobile app. 
  • You can also start a new Spotify playlist when viewing a particular song or album.
  • Spotify playlists are helpful for organizing your music for events or activities.
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The ability to make and customize Spotify playlists is one of the best parts of the music streaming service — and you can create a new one at any time.

You can start a new playlist from scratch, or begin by creating a playlist with a specific song or album. The process looks almost identical for the Spotify desktop app, and the iPhone and Android mobile app.

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Here's a look at the cruise experience of the future

Posted: 23 Jan 2020 10:25 AM PST

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  • A recent report found cruise guests of the future will want the convenience of the latest technology on board, interactive and restorative experiences, and purposeful travel.
  • Travel and hospitality companies are innovating to meet consumer needs for the future.
  • MSC Cruises is leading the way with smart technology, interactive entertainment options, and sustainable practices.

Going on vacation to take a break from the daily grind used to be enough. Now consumers expect more from their travel experiences than ever, especially on cruises. 

MSC Cruises, the world's fastest-growing cruise line, researched consumer trends in its "Future of the Guest Experience" report. It found that people want access to smart technology, wellness routines, and interactive experiences ­— and prefer to travel with an eco-friendly brand.

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The best affordable Caribbean and Central American beach towns to buy a home

Posted: 23 Jan 2020 10:25 AM PST

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Winter is in full swing, and many are already dreaming of an escape — perhaps to a beach-side investment property of one's very own.

In 2019, the data team at Realtor.com determined the best and most affordable beach towns in the Caribbean and Central American area.

To develop their ranking, Realtor.com took into consideration various factors, including the home price per square meter, population growth, local homicide rate, life expectancy, gross domestic product growth, and the town's international beach ranking. The website also noted the conditions which American buyers must follow in order to invest in real estate overseas, resulting in towns with overly restrictive real-estate guidelines being excluded from the list. 

It concluded that Tulum, Mexico, is the best affordable beach town for prospective homebuyers. Beyond just beautiful beaches, Tulum is also one of the top culinary towns in Mexico and home to well-preserved Mayan ruins, Realtor.com notes.

Keep reading to see which other beach towns made the ranking, in order from most to least expensive price per square meter.

Note: All figures are sourced from Realtor.com unless otherwise indicated.

10. Falmouth Harbour, Antigua ⁠— The town offers breathtaking views of the beach and is in close proximity to a reef teeming with sea-life. Condé Nast Traveler once reported that Falmouth Harbour was one of the top beaches in the world.

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Price per square meter in Antigua: $3,501

Note: Foreign buyers have to get a license first and have to pay a fee equivalent to 5% of the home's value. 

Source: Condé Nast Traveler, Realtor.com



9. Kittian Village, St. Kitts ⁠— This tiny island offers guests sandy beaches and dolphin adventures.

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Price per square meter in St. Kitts: $3,496

Note: You'll probably need to secure a local lawyer to help you handle applying for a land-holding license, which is necessary for most Americans looking to invest in St. Kitts real estate.

Source: Instagram, Realtor.com



8. St. John, US Virgin Islands ⁠— After being hit with back-to-back with hurricanes in 2017, home prices have dropped dramatically in this region. But the island of St. John is slowly bouncing back to reclaim its title as one of the "most naturally beautiful isle[s] in the Caribbean," according to Realtor.com.

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Price per square meter in St. John: $3,235

Source: Realtor.com




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Posted: 23 Jan 2020 10:21 AM PST

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  • Throughout the impeachment proceedings, President Donald Trump's GOP allies in Congress have touted his administration's sale of Javelin missiles to Ukraine as evidence he's supported it against Russian aggression.
  • But Republicans have left out that the Ukrainians cannot actually use the anti-tank missiles in the conflict against pro-Russian separatists based on the terms of the sale. 
  • A top staffer in the US embassy in Ukraine in November testified that the Javelins serve as an important deterrent but aren't "actively employed in combat operations right now."
  • Experts have said that Ukrainian soldiers are more appreciative and in greater need of nonlethal aid.
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Republicans involved in the impeachment inquiry have repeatedly touted the Trump administration's sale of anti-tank missiles to Ukraine as evidence the president is supportive of the country against Russian aggression, but they've left out key details in the process.

Under the rules of the sale, the Javelin missiles have to be stored in western Ukraine, which is far from the frontlines of the ongoing conflict in the eastern part of the country (the Donbas region) against pro-Russia separatists. 

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