The explosive fury of an airplane toilet flushing might be a lot quieter soon

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The frequent fliers amongst you will no doubt be aware that newer airplanes come with increasingly quieter cabins, which can make long flights a little more bearable, but can also be something of a double-edged sword. If you read the title, you already know where we’re going with this.

The reduced noise level only amplifies the volume of passengers flushing the toilet, which generally sounds like a terrifying approximation of standing with your head in a jet engine. Luckily, though, some Brigham Young University physicists think they’ve solved the intractable problem of the overly loud airplane loo.

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Kylie Jenner Hints A Kendall Jenner Makeup Collaboration Is Coming Soon

Kylie Cosmetics has a new collection in the works, and it is a collaboration fans have been dreaming about for years. The beauty brand founder, Kylie Jenner, hinted that a Kendell Jenner makeup collaboration is coming soon!

It is about time the two youngest of Kardashian/Jenner clan got together for a cosmetics line. Kylie has already done beauty collaborations with Kim, Khloe and even Kourtney but there has never any mention of her teaming up with the family model until now.

During an Instagram live, Stormi’s mother revealed there was an excellent reason the Jenner girls had not yet worked together on a makeup line.

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“Can we also get a collab with Kendall,” one fan wrote during the live segment.

The beauty mogul played coy as she read the question out loud. Kylie winked at the camera and put her finger to her lips saying “shh.” No, she didn’t just leave fans hanging in the wind with her response.

Kylie went on to explain to her millions of followers the reason why she and Kendall have yet to collaborate on a beauty line. It is good one and fans should understand better now why their dream makeup collection has taken so long.

“You know Kendall was in a contract for a really long time, so I couldn’t do a collab with her. That’s the only reason why I didn’t collab with her,” shared the 21-year-old.

Kendall was a model for the beauty brand Estée Lauder for years. Even though Estée Lauder dropped the brunette beauty from their payroll in 2017, that does not mean her contract ended then. Plus, there could have been a non-compete clause further preventing the 23-year-old from working with another cosmetics line.

The good news is, Kylie Jenner has hinted she and Kendall Jenner are going to do a makeup collaboration. She, of course, didn’t give any details or even necessarily confirm it is happening, but all signs point to a collection in the works.

Kylie likes to keep her beauty business all in the family. She has created a mega empire with her cosmetics line and loves working with her family to on new collections. Fans are going to have to stay tuned for more on her collaboration with Kendall. Will, it be under Kylie Cosmetics or will the sisters come up with another cool, hip name?

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Dear Penny: I’m Retiring Soon. How Do I Protect My 401(k) From a Downturn?

Dear M.,

Economic ups and downs are inevitable, but sometimes it’s hard to think beyond the downturns.

We seem especially sensitive to the condition of the stock market, since we’ve just passed the 10-year anniversary of the start of the Great Recession. Those memories of turmoil and heartache bubble right back up, and suddenly, we’re checking our retirement account statements with a bit more interest than usual.

To calm your nerves about the state of our economy, I called upon Bridget Todd, head of client strategy and development at New York-based coaching firm the Financial Gym.

“I usually tell clients to think about the 2008 financial crisis, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost more than 50 percent of its value,” she explained by email. “In the nine years since, it is up about 200 percent.”

While there are periods of discomfort, she said, the market will always recover. “The most important thing to remember is not to sell when things get bumpy,” she said.

Your 401(k) is a place to hold your investments. You can make decisions about what’s inside that account — stocks, bonds, mutual funds, derivatives, exchange-traded funds — depending on the level of risk you’re comfortable with.

If you’re at least 10 years from drawing from your 401(k), Todd recommends allocating 90 percent of holdings to stocks and the remainder to bonds.

“Stocks are the riskier asset,” she said, likening them to a roller coaster. But that fluctuation is OK. It will all settle out eventually, helping you earn that average stock market return of 7 percent per year that you hear about.

If you’re closer to retirement and nervous about the health of the market, you can pull back on how much you allocate to stocks to reduce your risk. But you still want some of your investment to be in stocks to help that nest egg grow.

In short: Hold on and enjoy the ride. Even if the economy takes a temporary dive, your contributions will still have value to carry you through to retirement.

If only we had that crystal ball in the meantime. Wait. That would probably be insider trading. Maybe skip the crystal ball.

Worried about managing your money in trying times? Write to Dear Penny at https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/dear-penny/

Lisa Rowan is a personal finance expert and senior writer at The Penny Hoarder, and the voice behind Dear Penny. For more practical money tips, visit www.thepennyhoarder.com.

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Why It Doesn’t Seem To Matter That Amazon Will Soon Be The Largest American Clothing Retailer

Amazon, the all-seeing eye atop the pyramid of modern American capitalism, made a lot of news last year as it prepared to take over the top spot in American clothing retail. Hands were wrung on behalf of brick-and-mortar shops (that is, stores with physical retail locations) everywhere. It seemed logical that what Amazon had once done to book retail, and arguably in many other categories, it was doing again with clothing — that is, put nearly everyone out of business.

And Amazon’s business model indeed seems to spell trouble for many traditional clothing stores. Choices as far as you can scroll; an effectively limitless stock room; free 2-day shipping. Low prices, in part due to economies of scale. Instant, accessible ratings and reviews for products from other shoppers (because we trust them as much as our own friends).

The knee-jerk defenses of traditional clothing retail sound familiar. Online, you can’t replicate the experience of browsing casually through a shop and finding something rad via serendipity. Online, no sales associate can provide expertise or guide you to something you might like. Online, you’re not shopping. You’re just buying.

And it seems to be true that people are more comfortable buying from large online stores than most people expected a decade ago. On a recent episode of Jeremy Kirkland’s podcast Blamo!, Mr. Porter Managing Director Toby Bateman said that even in 2010, “There was a perception that guys were never going to do that [buy luxury clothing online], they needed to touch things, they needed to try things on.” Mr. Porter’s parent company, Yoox/Net a Porter, has grown sales annually and was taken over by luxury group Richemont in 2018.

And there’s the rub, really. Amazon isn’t coming for your favorite menswear shop (although Mr. Porter might be). Amazon’s top selling items in apparel are underwear and socks — the fashion equivalent of commodities. Amazon seems to be soaking up the sales of everyday goods lost by stores that were already losing, and where you, likely, don’t shop much, even if much of America does: for years, the top clothing retailers have been Macy’s and Walmart.

Plus, some of those benefits that bring shoppers to Amazon? They’re hollow. Amazon’s search results are often a disastrous list of not-quite-what-you’re-looking-for. Many products on the site are sold by third-party sellers that don’t necessarily have the capacity or logistical mastery of Amazon proper. Amazon’s customer reviews remain polluted with bogus content.

And their prices can be good, but are variable, and in some cases go up when a product is scarce — it’s always worth looking around. Lastly, unlike a place like Mr. Porter, Amazon doesn’t have a brand — it’s an infinite, crowded bazaar where weirdly specific print tshirts sit on the rack next to (used?) $ 5,000 Kiton suits.

It’s a tech truism that markets are disrupted when someone figures out how to remove friction from the customer experience — make it easier to get a ride, for example. Or maybe remove the need to actually interact with a sales associate. But for now, Amazon’s clothing market has too many friction points to attract customers who care much about what they’re buying.

 

 

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Sundance Buzz: The Big Movies Coming to Theaters Soon

Do you suffer from serious FOMO during Sundance? Many of the biggest movies of the year make their debut at the film festival, and hearing all the buzz can make any movie lover anxious. Well, the bad news is that most Sundance selections won't immediately be available to the rest of us. The good news, though, is that many are set for theatrical distribution soon enough.

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You’ll Soon Be Able To Buy Bitcoin at the Grocery Store

Bitcoin might not be the red hot commodity it was a year ago, but it’s taking its biggest step yet toward the mainstream world.

Coinstar, whose machines are found in supermarkets across the country and help people get rid of their spare change, has announced plans to let people convert cash into Bitcoin.

“Coinstar is always looking for new ways to offer value to our consumers when they visit our kiosks, and Coinme’s innovative delivery mechanism along with Coinstar’s flexible platform makes it possible for consumers to easily purchase Bitcoin with cash,” said Jim Gaherity, Coinstar CEO, in a statement.

Don’t count on using spare quarters, dimes and pennies in this case, though. Bitcoin via Coinstar can only be purchased with paper money (as much as $ 2,500). Investors will go to one of the company’s participating machines and select the “Buy Bitcoin” option on the screen, entering their phone number.

After inserting however much they want to spend, they’ll receive a voucher with a redemption code, which they can enter on a Coinstar operated Website.

Coinstar has 20,000 machines around the world and has become the de facto place for people to get rid of their jugs of spare change. It’s not clear right now how many of those will sell Bitcoin, however.

Bitcoin could use the boost. After seeing prices crash most of last year, the cryptocurrency is currently selling for about $ 3,600, well off of its December 2017 highs of $ 19,783. Supporters are hoping for a rebound this year.

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Apple’s AirPower charging mat will reportedly start shipping soon

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It wasn’t all that long ago that Apple enthusiasts would mock companies like Microsoft for announcing seemingly cool products that never shipped on time, if at all. Oddly enough, Apple over the past few years has fallen into the same bad habit of introducing products that ship embarrassingly behind schedule. Apple’s AirPods, for example, shipped more than two months later than expected and, upon actually launching, were incredibly hard to find.

The most egregious example of an Apple product that didn’t ship on time is of course Apple’s wireless charging mat, a product dubbed AirPower. Originally introduced in September of 2017 alongside the iPhone X, AirPower is designed to let users wirelessly charge their phone, Apple Watch, and AirPods case all at the same time. Flash forward 16 months and AirPower is still nowhere to be seen. What’s more, we haven’t heard a peep about the product from Apple, leaving many to wonder if it would ever launch or if Apple perhaps scrapped it entirely.

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Kamala Harris To Decide Soon On White House Bid

California Senator Kamala Harris has said she will make a decision soon on whether she will challenge President Donald Trump for the White House in 2020.

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Virgin Galactic completes crewed space test, more flights soon

A Virgin Galactic rocket plane reached space on Thursday and returned safely to the California desert, capping years of testing to become the first U.S. commercial human flight to breach Earth’s atmosphere since America’s shuttle program ended in 2011.


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Ex-Lions GM Matt Millen needs heart transplant ‘fairly soon’

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“Sherlock” fans sleuthing for answers about a possible fifth season will need to keep on waiting.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who stars as Sherlock Holmes in the popular detective series, says there are no imminent plans for the show to return with new episodes.

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Morning Office Routines – What Do You Do As Soon As You Get to the Office?

morning office routines - what to do as soon as you get to the officeWe’ve talked a lot about morning routines from a health and sanity perspective — but I don’t think we’ve ever talked about everyone’s morning office routines — particularly about whether people have built any good habits for the morning routine at work, or how they ensure productivity as soon as they get to the office. Here are the questions about your morning office routine:

  1. What time do you aim to get to work?
  2. What is your commute like, and what do you do on your commute? Do you go straight to the office or stop somewhere (coffee shop, gym, daycare) along the way?
  3. What do you do as soon as you get to the office — talk with your assistant? Review a to-do list? Go to a meeting?
  4. Do you have any “first thing at work” habits have you purposely built to maximize productivity for yourself — and have you had to break yourself of any bad habits (like, say, surfing the Internet for far too long in the morning)? Examples of this might be listing THREE things (no more!) that you want to get done on a Post-it, or avoiding the computer for an hour to focus on a paper project…
  5. Bonus Q – if extra work needs to be done, do you prefer to do it in the morning or at night? Do you prefer/need to be in the office for the extra work, or can you usually take it home?

For my $ .02, these were some of my morning office routines:

1 – When I worked in offices, I tended to roll in on the later side — 9:30 was about the earliest I ever got to work, both in magazines and in BigLaw.

2 – I would walk whenever possible for my commute, both to get some exercise and because I’ve always hated the subway. (Be smart about your commuting shoes, ladies — I still blame a lot of my current foot problems on my decision to walk 1-3 miles daily in blocky 3″ Steve Madden shoes.)

3 – First order of business at work was usually to put lunch or breakfast in the fridge and grab another cup of coffee — but I am definitely prone (even now) to falling into the “let’s just check the news!” trap and looking up and realizing that I’ve spent 60 minutes (or more) futzing around the Internet.

4 – Good habits – In part to avoid falling into Internet rabbitholes, I’ve developed some good habits like using the Chrome browser app OneTab to quickly close any tabs I left open the night before, making the list of three things to accomplish, or working in a different place to help promote focus (I used to just go to the visitor’s side of my desk when I was in BigLaw). I’ve also used “night before” tricks like leaving sentences unfinished the night before, so when I come into work first thing I could pick up the train of thought I’d dropped the night before. Coming in to a clean desk is also helpful.

5 – When I’ve needed to get stuff done, I know my energy and focus is better in the morning — so where possible I prefer to work from home in the mornings — sometimes I’ve started as early as 3 AM. In the evenings, though, I’ve always preferred to stay at work to get stuff done — I have so many boundary rituals and so forth it’s hard for me to continue the work flow once I walk through the door.

How about you, ladies? What are your morning office routines — what do you as soon as you get to the office? 

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UK doctors will soon prescribe cooking classes to combat loneliness

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