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This Christmas, harvest files from your old phone

This Christmas, harvest files from your old phone

If you're like me, you have more than a couple old phones in a drawer that you just can't throw away. If you're like me, you tend to forget that those devices are packed with files that could be valuable to you if only they were organized and made available to you here today. If you're looking for something constructive to do this upcoming holiday, consider this: Bust out the USB cords and go digital treasure hunting.

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This holiday, check your old phone for a fat battery

This holiday, check your old phone for a fat battery

I found something in a junk drawer this week that was at first exciting, then alarming. In the drawer was an old smartphone that I'd not powered on for several years, at least. Cool, I'll just start it up and time travel back to the point at which I last turned it off, right? But wait a moment here... this phone is significantly thicker than it was when I last saw it. This is not good.

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Amazon Music teams with Lil Nas X for special holiday concert series

Amazon Music teams with Lil Nas X for special holiday concert series

Amazon Music has teamed up with Lil Nas X to host an upcoming holiday concert series that will include live performances by a variety of artists, including the Foo Fighters and Miley Cirus. The company has teased the upcoming series with a new promo video showing off Lil Nas X as Santa, but you'll have to wait for December to experience the new series.

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2020 Gift Guide for Nerds who have everything

2020 Gift Guide for Nerds who have everything

Despite the unique state of the world here at the tail end of 2020, the holiday gift-giving season still approaches. Despite the global pandemic through which we're still living, we've still got a hankering to buy gifts for friends and family. We might not hand-deliver said gifts this year, but the need to wrap remains! The guide you're looking at today is made for the nerdy individual in your life - you know the sort.

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Zoom will remove a restriction so you can have a virtual Thanksgiving

Zoom will remove a restriction so you can have a virtual Thanksgiving

Popular video conferencing software Zoom has announced that it will remove a key restriction for this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, helping families and friends connect with each other remotely. The change will arrive at midnight on Thanksgiving, November 26, and last until the early morning hours on Friday, November 27.

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Google’s 2020 Halloween treats: AR ghosts, spooky ringtones, magic cats

Google’s 2020 Halloween treats: AR ghosts, spooky ringtones, magic cats

Google is one of the companies offering some fun digital treats for Halloween this year, ones that you can enjoy using your phone and, for Nest owners, your smart doorbell. The content includes new AR experiences involving ghosts and skeletons, as well as special spooky doorbell ringtones for Halloween, and even new Google Assistant fun.

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Shiny Pokemon GO Halloween weekend and how to win

Shiny Pokemon GO Halloween weekend and how to win

If you're out there this weekend playing Pokemon GO on Halloween, you're going to have a spooky time. Starting on October 31, 2020 at 11AM local time, you'll start to see none other than the most evil fire-wielding Pokemon on earth: Shiny Alolan Marowak! Of course you'll need to defeat said Marowak in battle as a Raid boss - but that's easy, right?

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Pandemic Halloween trick-or-treat safety: Washing candy and other studies

Pandemic Halloween trick-or-treat safety: Washing candy and other studies

Halloween is unique this year: it falls on a weekend, meaning children will be off from school to celebrate, it will take place during a full moon, and, of course, it coincides with a very contagious respiratory virus driving a global pandemic. Public health officials have made it clear that trick-or-treating and other usual festivities aren't acceptable this year, but what are the alternatives and how can you help keep yourself safe?

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October has 2 full moons, one on Halloween

October has 2 full moons, one on Halloween

The year 2020 has 13 full moons, instead of 12. Two of these full moons will occur in the spookiest of months, October. The first of these full moons will occur on the first of October, 2020, starting at 5:05 PM (17:05) Eastern Time. Because this moon is so close to the Autumn Equinox, this is the 2020 Full Harvest Moon.

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Animal Crossing Halloween update details revealed

Animal Crossing Halloween update details revealed

Today the spookiest of updates was revealed for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Halloween is nearly upon us... or at least the month of October is nearly upon us, and Animal Crossing isn't about to be left out in the cold. The big event begins on the 30th of September, 2020, allowing the entire month of October for a dark and glorious exploration of the monster holiday.

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CDC warns COVID-19 pandemic could result in a deadly Halloween

CDC warns COVID-19 pandemic could result in a deadly Halloween

October is nearly upon us and it'll naturally bring with it a variety of spooky events and festivities. While the theme of death that permeates Halloween is in good fun, this year may actually be deadly for those who decide to participate in social events, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned. The pandemic is still underway and it will soon be joined by the flu season in many regions, making such gatherings particularly risky for those who participate and those who come into contact with careless partygoers.

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Is Disney+ down? It’s slow, it’s not just you

Is Disney+ down? It’s slow, it’s not just you

Today Disney+ is having some network issues, and they're expected to continue through the week. Given the amount of issues logged by Down Detector and the relatively massive wave of mentions about the network in the last day, it would appear that the holidays have not been adequately prepared for by the folks running the servers that host the Disney+ network. Outages appear to be centered in the New York area, Southern California, Washington, Florida, and throughout The Netherlands.

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