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The 8 best laptops in 2021 for work, entertainment, and gaming

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. Lenovo; Apple; Amazon; Alyssa Powell/Insider Dell's XPS 13 still balances performance, power, and portability better than any other laptop. But the MacBook Air is the best choice for Apple loyalists.  Check out our guide to the best cheap laptops of 2021 for more buying advice. A great laptop is essential for studying, working, and gaming. We've checked and double-checked our picks for the holiday shopping season to ensure they're up...
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Apple's Black Friday sale has huge discounts on Macbooks, AirPods, and iPads

Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Apple; Rachel Mendelson/Insider Black Friday 2021 is finally upon us and there's never been a better time to save on coveted Apple devices like iPhones, iPads, AirPods, Mac desktops and laptops, and Apple Watches.You'll find deals from retailers like Best Buy, Target, Walmart, B&H, and Amazon, as well as carriers like Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Even App...
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Apple's huge Black Friday sale is now live — save up to $50 on the Apple Watch Series 6

Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Hollis Johnson/Alyssa Powell/Business Insider If you're interested in buying an Apple Watch, Black Friday is one of the best days to get one. There are a ton of huge deals available now on a number of Apple Watch models including the Series 3, Series 6, and the most current model, the Apple Watch Series 7.Keep in mind that discounts vary based on color option...
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8 ways to troubleshoot an app that keeps crashing on your Android device

You can try a variety of solutions whenever an app keeps crashing on your Android device.Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Apps crashing on an Android device is not uncommon, but there are several ways to troubleshoot the problem.  You can often fix a crashing app by force-stopping the app and restarting it. If that doesn't fix the problem, check your WiFi and make sure you have enough free storage space. Try each of these eight troubleshooting tips to fix a problematic app.  Visit Insider&...
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How to back up an iPhone to iCloud, your computer, or an external hard drive

You can back up your iPhone's data wirelessly with iCloud, but you can only save a limited amount of data for free. If you have a PC, you can back up your iPhone with iTunes; if you have a Mac, you can use Finder. Once you've saved a backup to your computer, you can also move it onto an external hard drive. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. When was the last time you backed up your iPhone? Hopefully it wasn't too long ago — otherwise, you're one accide...
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3 ways to turn off the voice narration on your Roku device

If your Roku streaming device is reading things aloud to you, you can turn off that feature.Hollis Johnson/Business Insider You can turn off the voice on Roku by pressing the asterisk button on the remote control four times quickly.  Many streaming apps offer an accessibility feature called descriptive audio that describes the scene aloud, but it's turned off by default.  If you need to disable descriptive audio, it's controlled separately for each streaming app. Visit Insider's T...
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How to activate a new or used iPhone and get cell service

It should only take a few minutes to activate a new or used iPhone.Hollis Johnson If you're setting up a new or used iPhone, you'll need to activate your iPhone with a cellular service provider. Activating your iPhone will involve inserting a SIM card into it and connecting to your cellular service provider. If you have activation problems, there are a number of steps you can take to troubleshoot, including resetting the SIM card and trying to activate via Wi-Fi. Visit Insider's T...
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How to painlessly switch iPhones and keep all of your data

Switching iPhones doesn't have to involve losing data.Hollis Johnson/Business Insider To smoothly switch from one iPhone to another, you should sync everything to your iCloud account. Once you log into iCloud on a new iPhone, your data will move over and redownload itself. To carry your phone number over, you'll also have to switch out the iPhone's SIM card. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Apple releases new versions of the iPhone every year. And while...
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MacBooks already on sale for Black Friday, and deals include a MacBook Air for $949

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. Apple; Rachel Mendelson/Insider When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Black Friday is around the corner and officially starts on November 26, and combined with Cyber Monday 2021 on November 29, it's undoubtedly the best time of year to pick up a new MacBook Air or MacBook Pro on a sweet discount.Apple now only sells MacBook laptops with the company's own M1 line of processors. The 13-inch Mac...
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A Chipotle general manager and 4 of his employees quit after a surge of to-go orders drove them to their breaking points

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider At least 5 workers at a Chipotle in Austin, Texas told Insider they quit on November 14. The location's former general manager said the store was too understaffed to meet the demand for food orders. Chipotle said the Austin location was closed November 15 "due to available labor," but reopened the following day. A group of five Chipotle employees, including a general manager and kitchen manager, quit their jobs at the end of their shifts on November 14 afte...
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How to create, update, and reset your Roku PIN and customize preferences

Setting a Roku PIN can help you prevent unauthorized purchases and downloads on your account.Hollis Johnson/Business Insider To create, update, or reset your four-digit Roku PIN, you need to log in to your account on the Roku website. Click "Update" in the website's "PIN Preferences" to add or change the PIN as well as choose payment and parental controls settings.  If you forget your PIN you can easily reset it using your Roku account login information. Visit Insider's Tech Reference...
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iPhone touchscreen not working? 5 ways to fix it

There are several ways you can troubleshoot an iPhone touchscreen that isn't working.Hollis Johnson/Business Insider If your iPhone's touchscreen is not working, first try to force-restart the phone.  Next, make sure your touchscreen is clean and dry so it can sense your fingertips.  Then remove cases or screen protectors that may be interfering with the touchscreen. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Your iPhone's touchscreen is its defining feature. In ...
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THEN AND NOW: How fast-food menus have changed over time

In-N-Out in the 1960s.In-N-Out Fast-food restaurant menus, from McDonald's to Chick-fil-A, have changed over the years. Some menu changes brought about astronomical sales.  However, others outraged customers to the point of social media rants and even violence. When the McDonald brothers opened their first restaurant, it served barbecue food. The exterior of a McDonald's drive-in fast-food restaurant, which advertises 15-cent hamburgers, Chicago, Illinois.Hulton Archive/Getty Images...
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How to watch CBS on your Roku with the official apps or a Live TV service

There are a few different Roku apps you can watch CBS on.Hollis Johnson/Business Insider You can watch CBS on Roku through the official CBS apps, Paramount Plus, or an app with live TV access. The CBS Roku apps offer some content for free, but you might need to connect a cable account to unlock it all. CBS' old streaming app, CBS All Access, has been folded into the Paramount Plus app. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. CBS is one of the oldest TV channels in Ame...
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How to clean your AirPods to remove earwax and improve audio quality

To clean AirPods, you'll need water, alcohol, a cloth, and a fine-edged tool like a toothpick.  Cleaning your AirPods can improve audio quality and reduce your contact with germs.  When cleaning AirPods, be careful not to get water or alcohol inside the earbuds or case. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. AirPods are probably the most popular earbuds on the market right now, especially for iPhone users. But like all earbuds — and all devices — over time they get dir...
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How to watch Hulu or Hulu + Live TV on Roku, and which Roku models support Hulu

Roku makes it easy to watch Hulu on the streaming device. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider You can watch Hulu on most Roku devices, though some older Roku players won't work with Hulu + Live TV. Install the Hulu app using the Streaming Channels option in the Roku menu. Sign up for a Hulu subscription from the Hulu website or within the Hulu channel after you install it on your Roku. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. While Hulu doesn't have nearly as many...
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27 cool and helpful tech gifts the men on your list are sure to love in 2021

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Adorama; Amazon; Zagg; Gilbert Espinoza/Business Insider From cameras to audio gear, we rounded up 27 gift ideas for men who love tech. If you're after more ideas and inspiration, check out all of our gift guides. With the constant barrage of new gear and updated products, it can be difficult to find a great gift for the tech-loving men on your shopping list. To help save time during your search, w...
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8 ways to troubleshoot when one of your AirPods isn't working

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider If one AirPod isn't working by not connecting or playing audio, there are many possible problems, but they're all easy to check. Some of the simplest troubleshooting steps include switching Bluetooth on and off, making sure both AirPods are evenly charged, and cleaning the speaker mesh. Here are eight things to check if one of your AirPods refuses to connect. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. AirPods are great, except whe...
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We rounded up 50+ of our best 2021 holiday gift guides to help you shop for friends and family - see our top picks for the coolest, newest, and most wow-worthy gift ideas

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. To make holiday shopping easier, we broke down our gift guides by budget, interests, and the person you're gifting. Hollis Johnson/Crystal Cox/Samantha Lee/Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Despite all the festive cheer and time away from work that usually comes with the holiday season, it can also be a stressful time if you plan on buying gifts for everyone in your life.Every year, Insider Reviews crea...
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29 useful gift ideas for moms who love tech

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. The Fitbit Inspire 2 is a nice, simple, fitness tracker that's perfect for any mom. Fitbit The best tech gifts for moms are those that upgrade their lives in simple ways. We've found some of the best tech gifts for moms that are both useful and fun. For more gift ideas, check out all of our gift guides to find something for everyone on your list. A go-to tech device can help make life more conve...
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4 ways to take a screenshot on a Mac computer

There are a few different ways to take screenshots on a Mac. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky The easiest way to take a screenshot on a Mac is through a keyboard shortcut. If you press Shift + Command + 5, you'll open the Mac screenshot menu, which lets you take both screenshots and videos. Pressing Shift + Command + 4 lets you take a quick screenshot, and Shift + Command + 3 captures the entire screen at once. Visit Insider's Tech Reference libra...
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64 gifts under $50 for everyone on your list this holiday season

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Hollis Johnson/Crystal Cox/Alyssa Powell/Business Insider You don't need to spend a fortune to find a thoughtful gift they'll love. We found 64 of the best gifts under $50 to suit the interests and tastes of everyone on your list. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. With best friends' birthdays, anniversaries with your significa...
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I went to TGI Fridays for the first time in years and I was pretty impressed by its menu, including its delicious new Beyond Meat vegan burger

I tried the fast-casual chain's new vegan burger. It was delicious. Courtesy of Andrea Dean I went to TGI Fridays for burgers and mocktails after not visiting the fast-casual chain for years. I had thought they mainly sold burgers and ribs, so I was pleased to see a wider variety of dishes. They'd just added a new Beyond Meat vegan burger - and it tasted great. See more stories on Insider's business page. I went TGI Fridays for the first time in years. Hollis Johnson...
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How to manually update the carrier settings on your iPhone to improve its cellular connection and performance

You should keep your iPhone's carrier settings updated to ensure your phone works properly. Hollis Johnson You can manually update the carrier settings on an iPhone through its Settings app.Your iPhone should automatically prompt you when carrier setting updates are available.Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories.If you've ever noticed a menu for carrier settings on your iPhone or have seen a pop-up prompting you to update those settings, you may have wondered ...
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30 gift ideas for women, from customizable AirPod cases to a luxurious face mask

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Getty You've likely landed on this guide in search of the perfect gifts for the women in your life. Whether it's for a birthday, anniversary, or just to say thanks, we've found 30 great options. From cooking classes to chocolates from Goldbelly, there's a gift for every woman in your life. Check out all of our gift guides for even more inspiration. When it comes to gifts for women, yo...
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25 useful and thoughtful gifts for men at every budget

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Harry's Whether he's your brother, partner, dad, or friend, you're probably looking for a gift for him. To make shopping easier, we came up with a list of 84 thoughtful gifts for the special man in your life. Our picks cover all budgets and tastes, from cozy socks to a massage gun. Need more gift ideas? Check out all of our Insider Reviews gift guides here. Shopping for the special men in y...
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25 useful and thoughtful gifts for him at every budget

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Harry's Whether he's your brother, partner, dad, or friend, you're probably looking for a gift for him. To make shopping easier, we came up with a list of 84 thoughtful gifts for the special man in your life. Our picks cover all budgets and tastes, from cozy socks to a massage gun. Need more gift ideas? Check out all of our Insider Reviews gift guides here. Shopping for the special men in y...
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26 iPhone accessories that make great gifts in 2021

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. If the iPhone user in your life doesn't have AirPods yet, they make a great gift. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider There are plenty of great gift ideas for iPhone owners, from fun cases to game controllers. Our top picks cover a wide range of interests and budgets. Visit Insider Reviews for more gift ideas. We use our phones for almost everything, so it's no surprise that there are so many acce...
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Virtual primary-care startup Firefly is launching a health plan

Hello,Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I'm healthcare editor Leah Rosenbaum, and today in healthcare news:Firefly Health has a new plan to transform health insurance for small businesses;Merck says its COVID-19 antiviral pill is effective and plans to ask the FDA for emergency authorization;A right-wing group duped patients out of millions for fake COVID-19 treatments. If you're new to this newsletter, sign up here. Comments, tips? Email me at [email protected] or tweet @leah_rosenbau...
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How a group with right-wing ties duped tens of thousands of Americans into buying COVID-19 drugs that don't work

Ivermectin is packaged in a plunger, designed to force the paste into a horse's mouth. Hollis Johnson/INSIDER America's Frontline Doctors, a group with right-wing ties, has been promoting fake COVID-19 treatments. It has referred people to a telemedicine site to procure those treatments for a fee. Its patients may have spent $6.7 million for medical advice and $8.5 million for prescriptions, The Intercept reported. See more stories on Insider's business page. For more than a ye...
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