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Apple, in a Virtual Unveiling, Introduces a $399 iPhone

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SAN FRANCISCO — In some ways, there couldn’t be a worse time than a pandemic to introduce a new gadget. But Apple unveiled its latest iPhone on Wednesday anyway, seizing on a time when many of us are sheltering indoors and glued to our devices. The new iPhone SE arrives with a lower price...read more

The Art (and Awkwardness) of a Virtual Haircut

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SAN FRANCISCO — More than 20 days into San Francisco’s shelter-in-place orders, with hair salons and barbershops closed, I was resigned to growing out my bangs. But my husband, Matt, who had gone almost two months without a cut, began threatening to shave his head. For weeks, he had been ...read more

Track Down the Mystery Person Who Just Texted You

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The rise of texting has birthed a new kind of awkward social interaction: the text with no name attached. Do you ask who it is, risking the shame of a friend realizing you didn’t care to save their number? Or do you text back, pretending you know what’s up, hoping they’ll drop enough clues t...read more

How to Make the Perfect Playlist

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Life is just one playlist away from being perfectly soundtracked. For example, I want to go running, but of course I need the right music to propel me from start to finish. I’m planning a road trip, but the music needs to sound adventurous to hype me up. I’m under a deadline and need some...read more

Coronavirus Contact Tracing: Apple and Google Team Up to Enable Virus Tracking

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OAKLAND, Calif. — In one of the most far-ranging attempts to halt the spread of the coronavirus, Apple and Google said they were building software into smartphones that would tell people if they were recently in contact with someone who was infected with it. The technology giants said the...read more

Doug Sanders, ‘Peacock of the Fairways,’ Dies at 86

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Doug Sanders, who lit up the otherwise staid golf circuit of his time with his colorful attire and became a fan favorite while winning 20 PGA Tour events, only to fall just short of capturing a major tournament, died on Sunday in Houston. He was 86. The PGA Tour confirmed his death. Sa...read more

The Humble Phone Call Has Made a Comeback

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Alyssa MacKenzie, 32, rarely used her smartphone to make phone calls, apart from the occasional conversation for her work as a disability rights advocate. But when the lockdown for the coronavirus set in, Ms. MacKenzie could no longer pop by her mother’s house a few minutes away in New Ca...read more

What We Miss Without the Masters

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The day after his stirring, historic victory at last year’s Masters tournament, Tiger Woods grabbed his cellphone to check the feedback about his monumental achievement. There were hundreds of congratulatory missives on social media, but Woods was most struck by what people wanted him to ...read more

Disney Plus Racks Up 50 Million Subscribers in 5 Months

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LOS ANGELES — Disney has taken an especially hard hit from the pandemic, with its theme parks shuttered, movies postponed and ESPN cable channel without live sports to televise. But the company on Wednesday offered an upbeat update on its newest business — one that may as well have been b...read more

My Long, Unending Journey to Find Perfect Office Equipment

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In 2012, I started working from home full time. Within just a few months, I threw my back out from sitting all day at a home office thrown together from what I had on hand. That event kicked off a quest to find office equipment that would be a bit easier on my spine. I expected the quest to ...read more

In Britain, Summer Sports Cancellations Just Hit Different

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The British summer is a confounding, elusive thing. Some years, it is long and warm and hazy, with endless months of blue skies and hosepipe bans, spent drinking in beer gardens and making sincere promises that, next year, we won’t need to bother going abroad. Some years, it is as though ...read more

When a Gaming Fantasy Is Eerily Close to Reality

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The British video game developer James Vaughan, 33, knows what to expect when a really bad flu season or a novel disease like Covid-19 makes headlines. His 2012 video game Plague Inc., which challenges players to spread contagion around the world, surges in popularity. “It’s not nice thin...read more

With A.I., the Secret Life of Pets Is Not So Secret

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This article is part of our latest Artificial Intelligence special report, which focuses on how the technology continues to evolve and affect our lives. Most dog owners intuitively understand what their pet is saying. They know the difference between a bark for “I’m hungry” and one for “I...read more

Why Animal Crossing Is the Game for the Coronavirus Moment

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Imagine escaping to an island paradise where bags of money fall out of trees and a talking raccoon can approve you for a mortgage. With the world in the grip of a pandemic, that’s exactly the sort of escape that has captivated so many — not in their fantasies, but in the world of Animal C...read more

Domestic Abusers Can Control Your Devices. Here’s How to Fight Back.

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Every day, Sarah Prager saw the magnet on her fridge warning her of the dangers of domestic abuse, but she didn’t think much of it. Her girlfriend’s tactics were much more subtle, involving checking her phone and electronic devices, she said. In response, Ms. Prager, a writer from Massachuse...read more

Golf Takes a Do-Over as the Masters Moves to November

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Competitive golf’s governing bodies boldly remade the schedule of the men’s major championships and other professional events on Monday with the Masters tournament, a signature event of the American sporting calendar, moving to November because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Masters, a rit...read more

‘Zoombombing’ Becomes a Dangerous Organized Effort

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In recent weeks, as schools, businesses, support groups and millions of individuals have adopted Zoom as a meeting platform in an increasingly remote world, reports of “Zoombombing” or “Zoom raiding” by uninvited participants have become frequent. While those incidents may have initially ...read more

Video Games to Play With Your Kids That Won’t Drive You Crazy

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You’ve binge-watched “Paw Patrol.” You’ve sat through “Frozen II” a dozen times. There must be something better — more interactive and fun — to do with your kids while stuck at home. Look at it as an opportunity to connect and build relationships with your children by doing something togethe...read more

U.S. Women’s Open Postponed Until December

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The United States Golf Association postponed the 75th United States Women’s Open from early June to mid-December on Friday, a notable sign that golf’s governing bodies are seriously weighing dates late this year as they scramble to reschedule an ever-expanding list of postponed women’s and m...read more

How to Get Books When Bookstores and Libraries Are Closed

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Readers who are used to spending their weekends in bookstores or libraries may be experiencing literary withdrawal. Many of these spaces have closed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. But there are still ways to keep a rotation of books on hand from your home. Many bookstores are ...read more

Some Alternatives for the Bored Gamer

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With so many of us stuck at home, gamers included, there is bound to be burnout. For those players who are over their usual go-to’s, here are some alternatives in the major gaming genres, suggested by New York Times editors and reporters. Platforming: Sick of Minecraft? Try Mario Maker 2 ...read more

For the Uninitiated and Bored, an Introduction to the World of Gaming

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You’re one of the millions of Americans working from home. You’ve finished a few books, watched countless hours of television and maybe even dug out an old board game or two. What you aren’t: a gamer. Maybe you had an infatuation with the Sims that petered out in college or secretly dabble w...read more

The Masters on Halloween? Golf Weighs Tradition Against the Calendar

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If golf’s biggest events are to be salvaged this year, the game’s leaders must find an uncommon wellspring of creativity and flexibility. The first two men’s Grand Slam events of the year, the Masters and the P.G.A. Championship, have already been postponed indefinitely, and the schedules fo...read more

As Life Moves Online, an Older Generation Faces a Digital Divide

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For more than a week, Linda Quinn, 81, has isolated herself inside her Bellevue, Wash., home to keep away from the coronavirus. Her only companion has been her goldendoodle, Lucy. To blunt the solitude, Ms. Quinn’s daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons wanted to hold video chats with her...read more

Your Phone’s Accessibility Options Are More Useful Than You Think

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Buried deep in your phone’s arcane settings are a collection of features under the mundane banner “Accessibility.” These features seem as if they’re just for people who have special needs — like being colorblind or having poor eyesight — but many of the tools you can find there are useful to...read more
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