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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

Tips for Disinfecting Your Phone, Vanishing Tweets, and More News

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Your phone needs treating and tweets are deleting, but first: a cartoon about a dog's Ted Talk.Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here!Today’s NewsHow to clean your smartphone the right wayAs Covid-19 spreads, it's not just your eyes, hands, and mouth...

Uganda’s ‘locust commander’ leads the battle against a new enemy

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The army has been called in to eliminate the insect swarms, but their mission is dangerous and unendingSitting at a plastic table in the garden of Timisha hotel in Soroti, eastern Uganda, Major General Samuel Kavuma takes a drag of his cigarette and looks down at his phone, which has barely stopped ringing for the past hour. A military...

This Space Engineer Hates Touchscreens So She Built a Rotary Cellphone

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Justine Haupt, a space engineer at Brookhaven National Laboratory, doesn’t care for touchscreens—so she built and designed her very own rotary cellphone. Why? “Because in a finicky, annoying, touchscreen world of hyperconnected people using phones they have no control over or understanding of, I wanted something that would be entirely mine, personal, and absolutely tactile, while also giving...

China Removed a Pandemic-Themed Game From Its iOS App Store

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Plague Inc. maker Ndemic Creations says the game has been removed from sale on the iOS App Store in China because the relevant authorities say it “includes content that is illegal in China as determined by the Cyberspace Administration of China.”ARS TECHNICAThis story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis, reviews, and...

The Secret to Enjoying Nature Is Your Phone

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An essential part of having a smartphone is hating yourself for it. The self-awareness that smartphones are bad for us, and that tech companies are evil for addicting us to their apps, is proof of sanity. In recent years, the predictable masochism we feel while scrolling has found an equally predictable remedy: nature. Nature is the opposite of smartphones—it...

Daycares Message Shaming Parents Over Using Their Phones When They Pick Up Kids Gets Shared Over 2M Times

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The way you act and the things you do have a huge influence on your children’s development. It’s no secret that kids tend to follow their parents’ example, whether it’s positive and constructive or harmful and destructive. When a child sees you with your face constantly glued to your smartphone, they’ll think it’s the right thing to do. And...

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip review: back to the folding flip phone future

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Revamp of 2000s flip phone means big screen folds in half into a compact clamshell that fits in small pocketsIts not often something comes along to genuinely change the game, but the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip does just that, bringing foldable displays closer to the mainstream and reinventing the flip phone for 2020 in the process. Screens that fold...

Rijeka in Croatia: the culture capital that knows how to party

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The city thats joint European Capital of Culture for 2020 is a joyous mix of influences with a riviera ripe for exploring, tooClanking cowbells filled the air as about two dozen zvonari paraded through the village of Rukavac, just west of Rijeka. To me, they looked like pagans from a Grimms fairytale: shaggy woolly gilets, those bells hanging round...

15 Stock Photo Memes That Are Way Too Hilarious For Words

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Stock photos are pretty much always ridiculous, so what better way to embellish the absurdity than by making them into memes? 1 Pin It Via queenofmemez 2 ...