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This tech-powered renters and home insurance cuts through red tape fast

14 de juliol[ —]

You probably have a lot of items in your home that you'd hate to lose to theft or damage. While certainly no one ever hopes to fall victim to a natural disaster or home invasion, you need to be prepared just in case it does happen. When it comes to choosing a reliable renters insurance, it might be worth looking outside the more traditional options. Like Lemonade, for example. This trending technology-driven insurance company has a primary goal of making the lives of both renters and homeowners easier (and headache-free).

How Lemonade is different

If you've ever had the unfortunate experience of submitting a typical insurance claim, you understand the frustration the process strikes up: endless back and forth between agents, a lot of fine print to decipher, and of course — the endless wait for the much-needed funds from your claim to process Lemonade wants to put an end to all that financial and emotional toil: its state-of-the-art service is intuitive, the customer service is impeccable, and best of all, your claims could be processed in as little as three seconds.

Here's how Lemonade works: powered by AI technology, you can get set up with a customized insurance plan tailored to your individual needs. Just answer a few questions, and you'll be able to review a plan that you can further adjust — and you pay immediately for it (no paperwork or call wait times to deal with). Lemonade also works by a flat fee, with rental insurance starting as low as $5 a month and homeowners insurance available for $25 a month. The rest of the money pays reinsurance (and some unavoidable expenses), and what's left is used for paying out claims so  there's never a conflict of interest between you and your insurer.

In the case that you do need to file a claim, you'll speak to a camera to let Lemonade know what items were damaged or stolen — and the system processes your claim then and there. If you're instantly approved, you'll get your appropriate payout in as little as a few seconds — which is so much better than waiting weeks or even months to wait to hear back about a claim. 

Plus, Lemonade practices social responsibility: if there's leftover, unclaimed money at the end of the year, it goes directly to your choice of charity. Invest in a company that you know will take care of you and the communities and causes important to you.

Learn more about Lemonade here — and sign up for coverage today.


Cat glares at crows and considers hunting them

14 de juliol[ —]

Go get that bad boy.

The cats of kagonekoshiro are enjoying a lazy summer afternoon in Japan, hunting crows that bother them in the garden.

More photos at kagonekoshiro.com.


Disabled dog gets her wheeeeeelchair

14 de juliol[ —]

Her name is Luca, and look at her go on those new wheels!

She's a little french bulldog.

My parents dog. She’s about 4 years old and due to a neurological disorder her hind legs decided to crap out on her. Luckily she’s a brick shithouse and is loving her new ride. Thing handles like a champ, it’s the Lincoln of doggy wheelchairs

Go see the entire video here.


Judge frees Mary Trump from gag order, Donald Trump's niece may speak freely as her tell-all book is published

14 de juliol[ —]

Unhinged Trump tweets in three, two, one...

A judge on Monday released Mary L. Trump, PhD from a gag order.

This means the president’s niece may speak freely about Donald and the rest of the family, and promote her book about the Trump she calls 'The Most Dangerous Man In The World.”

Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster won the lawsuit that sought to stop publication of “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” which hits bookshelves tomorrow.

Said Mary Trump's attorney Ted Boutrous:

“The court got it right in rejecting the Trump family’s effort to squelch Mary Trump’s core political speech on important issues of public concern.

The First Amendment forbids prior restraints because they are intolerable infringements on the right to participate in democracy.

Tomorrow, the American public will be able to read Mary’s important words for themselves.”


Trump says federal government may 'take over cities,' because crime

14 de juliol[ —]

The federal government cannot “take over cities,” but that didn't stop Trump from threatening it today, and sending a message of hate and fear.

"Numbers are going to be coming down even if we have to go and take over cities," said impeached U.S. president Donald Trump today, in a word salad series of lies about violent crime.

"Number are gonna be coming down even if we have to go in and take over cities ... We're not supposed to, we're supposed to wait for them to call, but they don't call."

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The GhostBed is the world’s coolest mattress and it's on sale for over 25% off

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14 de juliol[ —]

The average US household replaces their mattress about every seven years. So if it’s been more than that, or even a lot more than that, it might be time to invest in a new slumber HQ.

And most sleep experts will tell you the right mattress really should be looked at as an investment. Because if you’re not happy with the place you spend nearly a third of your life...well, let’s just say the results won’t be pretty.

The makers of the GhostBed Luxe 13-Inch Cooling Mattress say their brainchild is like a hug from a gentle ghost. While that might creep out a lot of prospective customers, they also call the GhostBed the coolest bed in the world -- and during these summer months, that’s probably a lot more likely to earn some smiles and interested glances.

The heart of the GhostBed is that dual-stage core and surface cooling tech, the only mattress of its kind employing this method for keeping you and your bed cool and comfortable all night long.

If you can imagine touching a popsicle box fresh from the freezer, then you’ve got an idea of what to expect from the Ghost Bed. The first two layers -- the Ghost Ice Fabric and Cooling Fiber -- are instantly cool to the touch, a top inch of cool burst airflow technology fiber to cool your body down.

Next, two layers of gel memory foam and a Ghost Ice Layer form around you for that “GhostHug” vibe, which also relieves aches and pains while sensing heat and adjusting to keep your sleep environment cool. 

Finally, a Ghost Bounce Layer and the High-Density Support Layer provide the ideal support, durability, and longevity that makes the mattress complete. It immediately fits your existing frame or foundation and also works with fitted sheets for a comfy fit.

A 2020 Consumer Reports recommendation, the GhostBed might just scare you into the perfect night’s sleep for your next seven years. A queen-sized GhostBed retails for $1,745, but with the current offer, you can save over $500 and get one for just $1,221.99, almost $30 percent off the regular price.

Prices are subject to change.

Do you have your stay-at-home essentials? Here are some you may have missed.

 

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Sleep right for $1,221.99

Oops. Nevermind. California rolls back reopening as coronavirus spikes

13 de juliol[ —]

As new coronavirus case numbers surge throughout California, the state today imposed a sweeping rollback of its reopening plans.

“We’re going back into modification mode of our original stay at home order,” governor Gavin Newsom said. “This continues to be a deadly disease.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday announced one of the most drastic rollback of any U.S. state’s reopening plans, and said he plans to close indoor operations statewide for restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos and card rooms. Bars are going to have to close their operations, period.

Newsom says state officials repeatedly said California's reopening would be more like a “dimmer switch” than an on or off switch. From the New York Times:

And the governor said that in at least 30 of the hardest counties, business would be forced to close indoor operations for fitness centers, places of worship, non-critical offices, hair salons and barbershops and malls. Roughly 80 percent of the state’s population lives in the affected counties, Mr. Newsom said.

California was averaging more than 8,000 new cases a day as of Sunday, more than double what it was a month ago. The state has seen 331,626 cases, the second highest tally in the nation, and more than 7,000 deaths, according to a New York Times database.


KFC closes dining rooms in Florida over coronavirus spike

13 de juliol[ —]

The fried chicken chain KFC is closing dining rooms at the restaurants it owns in Florida because of the state's accelerating outbreak of COVID-19.

Today, Florida is reporting 12,600 new coronavirus cases.

Reuters cites a letter sent from KFC to its Florida franchisees earlier today:

The letter, from KFC U.S. Chief Operating Officer Monica Rothgery to franchisees on Monday, said its own Florida restaurants would operate only drive-thru and suggested owner-operators consider doing the same in “hot spots” where new cases are surging, including Arizona, California, Florida and Texas.

KFC is a unit of Yum! Brands. The company did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Florida recorded more than 12,600 new coronavirus cases on Monday, its second-highest daily total since the outbreak began, coinciding with the state’s attempt to revive tourism and attract visitors to the recently reopened Disney World.

More at Reuters:Yum's KFC closes dining rooms at company-owned restaurants in Florida

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This leather and stainless steel Active Strap is the band your Apple Watch never knew it needed

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13 de juliol[ —]

If there’s any knock on most smartwatches, up to and including the industry-leading Apple Watch, it’s probably that the bands aren’t...well, they aren’t usually the greatest. 

While Apple is certainly making strides in the watchband game, most models are just as black, boring and nondescript as you’d expect from a tech company. 

And where many watch bands truly fall apart is when they’re pushed during daily use, as water, strain, sweat and more all work to literally make cheap bands start falling apart.

The Active Strap from Nomad is built to withstand the rigors of the modern world and look good while doing it.

Designed for everyday life, the Active Strap is not only engineered to fit most Apple Watch models, but it’s also crafted from some of the finest German leather anywhere. For over 120 years, Heinen leather comes from a special tanning process that makes it extremely water-resistant and durable, so athletes and outdoor enthusiasts never have to worry about their band giving out.

In fact, the Heinen leather is also infused with natural lipids for a thoroughly hydrophobic strap that easily wipes clean. 

It’s also engineered with ventilation channels, so no matter how hard you go or how much sweat, dirt, sand, or even saltwater the Active Strap battles, it’s always ready to look stylish and cool with a quick brush.

Including the stainless steel hardware, the Active Strap both works and plays hard, regardless of your Apple Watch model. Designed for all the Apple Watch varieties dating back to the Apple Watch Series 1 in 2016, you’d be hard-pressed to find an Apple Watch that this band didn’t work with beautifully.

Between its fit and solid construction, there’s a really good chance the Active Strap might just outlive the watch itself, which should be good news for your upcoming Apple Watch Series 6, whenever that finally debuts.

The Active Strap sells for $69.95, but with the current offer, you can boost your watch game and save $20 at the same time, getting this band for just $49.99.

Prices are subject to change.

Do you have your stay-at-home essentials? Here are some you may have missed.

 

Active Strap: Modern Leather Strap for Apple Watch - $49.99

Band together for $49.99

Trump un-banned by Twitch after ‘hateful conduct’ led to 2-week suspension

13 de juliol[ —]

Twitch just un-banned Donald Trump. The impeached U.S. president's official Twitch channel [Link] had been suspended for two weeks for violating the streaming video platform's rules against hateful conduct.

“Like anyone else, politicians on Twitch must adhere to our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines,” Twitch previously said. “We do not make exceptions for political or newsworthy content, and will take action on content reported to us that violates our rules.”

Excerpt from reporting by The Verge:

Trump’s account, which was used to broadcast new and past campaign rallies, was banned for racist comments made by the president on two occasions. Twitch pointed to remarks at his recent rally in Tulsa, where he referred to criminals as “hombre[s],” and remarks from a rebroadcast of the 2015 event announcing his candidacy, when he called Mexican immigrants criminals and “rapists.”

The ban came days after Twitch swore it would crack down on harassment, as streamers began sharing stories of harassment and assault within the industry. By banning Trump, Twitch seemed to indicate that no one is above the rules.

The question now is how much longer Trump can last on Twitch. Should his campaign continue to broadcast rally streams, it’s sadly probable the president will make additional disturbing racist comments — bannable offenses under Twitch’s guidelines, which prohibit any language that promotes harassment based on race, gender, and other personal characteristics.

Read more at The Verge:Twitch unbans Trump after two-week suspension for ‘hateful conduct’


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