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It’s a Spider Monkey. It’s a Strudel. It’s the Humble At Sign

Until the advent of the Internet, the humble pastry-like @ symbol had been relegated to a very specific and unglamorous task. That is, until e-mail inventor Ray Tomlinson came along and, in 1971, used @ to separate an individual’s user name from the name of their e-mail server, a scheme that has been in use ever since.
While English speakers read the at sign, or @, aloud as “at,” that isn’t …

Fall Back! Daylight Saving Time for 2017 Ends this Sunday

Daylight Saving Time will end this Sunday, November 5, at 2 a.m. local time, in most parts of the United States and Canada. Clocks should be set back by one hour.
In the European Union, Summer Time (called British Summer Time, or BST, in the United Kingdom and Sommerzeit in Austria and Germany) ended last Sunday, the last Sunday of October. This discrepancy in times left the United States out of …

How to Quickly Set Up Your New iPhone 8 or X Using iOS 11’s New ‘Quick Start’ Upgrade Tool

The excitement of getting a shiny new phone quickly wears off once the setup process begins. Will my accounts and contacts transfer? Will I lose messages or photos? What am I forgetting to address?
Apple recognized that the process, until now, has been less than easy and straightforward and introduced a new setup procedure called Quick Start with its recently introduced mobile operating system, iOS 11. Quick Start makes setting up …

Today is Information Overload Day: Here Are 5 Tips to Make It Through the Day

In case you didn’t get around to reading this article until just now because you were buried under an avalanche of e-mail and text messages, October 17, 2017 is Information Overload Day.
Put your iPhone down for a moment, take a deep breath, and perhaps consider a brief disconnect from the insane world of non-stop information that we live in.
Originally known as Information Overload Awareness Day, the observance was created by …

Apple iPhone 8 Plus versus iPhone X: Which iPhone Is For Me?

In September, Apple unveiled two new models of its vaunted iPhone smartphone, namely the iPhone X (pronounced 10) and the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. The former is not just another iPhone, it’s the most radical design of the line since Steve Jobs spoke of combining an iPod, a phone, and a computer in one device ten years earlier, while the latter is likely to be the final model with …

Google’s New Wireless Headphones with Real-Time Translation Could Transform Travel

Google Translate has been a godsend for travelers, breaking down language barriers and allowing people who speak different languages hold a coherent conversation. This week, at an event it held to introduce several new products, the company known largely for its ubiquitous search engine unveiled Google Pixel Buds.
Designed in part to compete with Apple’s popular wireless Airpods, Google Pixel Buds harness Google Translate’s real-time translation capabilities with an interface …

Interview: Hyatt’s New Head of Global Loyalty is ‘Laser Focused’ on Keeping Guests Happy

If you listen to the headline writers, loyalty is dead, possibly killed by millenials who were too apathetic to notice. Companies in the travel industry – hoteliers, airlines, rental car agencies, and the like – hope this isn’t the case, although they realize they need to reinvent their relationships with their customers.
When Hyatt Hotels revamped its guest loyalty program and renamed it World of Hyatt, there was a certain amount …