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People are paying up to $130,000 to climb Mount Everest with personal photographers and private bars at base camp

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At least 11 deaths on Mount Everest in the past week has drawn attention to just how severly overcrowded the mountain has become. 

A record 381 people were granted permits to climb Mount Everest in 2019, according to The Washington Post, and the number of guides can easily double the number of people on the mountain.

Many of these climbers are on Everest at the same time, in a narrow time frame when conditions are best. This results in bottlenecking and queuing in the mountain's "death zone," where there's simply not enough oxygen for the body's cells to survive. 

Read more: Mount Everest is so crowded that climbers are dying after being forced to queue in the 'death zone' while waiting to reach the summit, expedition companies say

But the crowds aren't stopping climbers from dropping some serious cash to summit one of the world's most famous mountains. 

Most people who climb Everest hire commercial expedition operators, which usually charge between $60,000 and $65,000, according to The British Mountaineering Council (BMC). This includes a guide and "a high ratio of support climbers, usually Sherpas," Tina Gardner wrote for the BMC.

In some cases, people reportedly pay up to $100,000 or more, depending on the climber's desired amount of comfort.

 

One company, Seven Summit Treks, charges $130,000 per person for a "VVIP" Mount Everest package that includes a welcome dinner, a stay in a five-star Kathmandu hotel, a private bakery and bar at base camp, private heated kitchen, shower, and toilet tents at base camp, a personal photographer, meals, and unlimited tea and coffee, plus a private helicopter service. The package doesn't include international flights to and from Nepal, required gear, or tips for the crew. 

It can be cheaper to hire a local expedition in Nepal, but that will still cost you around $35,000.

And then there's the gear you'll need to buy.

Garrett Madison, an Everest guide at Madison Mountaineering, which charges $65,000 for its standard package, told The Manual that someone who wants to reach the summit of Mount Everest should plan to spend between $6,000 and $8,000 on items such as a down suit, sleeping bags, boots, a trekking backpack, and an ice axe.

SEE ALSO: Climbers on Mount Everest are reportedly jostling on narrow, frozen peaks in order to take selfies

DON'T MISS: One stunning picture shows why climbers are dying on Mount Everest

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AmEx will cut one of the airport lounge benefits on its premium cards, giving Chase cardholders the advantage

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  • American Express has announced that the Priority Pass membership that comes with some of its cards, like the Platinum Card® from American Express, can no longer be used for credits at Priority Pass-affiliated airport restaurants and bars.
  • Now, the Priority Pass membership can only be used for lounge access, subject to capacity controls.
  • The Chase Sapphire Reserve, which also offers a complimentary Priority Pass membership, does not have similar restrictions.

American Express is eliminating Priority Pass restaurant credits on all of its premium credit cards that offer a Priority Pass lounge membership.

Many premium US credit cards, including the Platinum Card from American Express and the Chase Sapphire Reserve, offer access to select airport lounges. There are a few different types of lounges, but most of these cards come with a membership in Priority Pass, a network of more than 1,000 airport lounges around the world.

As the Chase Sapphire Reserve popularized premium credit cards within the US, and the AmEx Platinum saw increasing membership, Priority Pass-affiliated lounges in the US have become increasingly crowded as the number of passengers with access has gone up.

To combat overcrowding, and offer value to members, Priority Pass has begun partnering with "non-lounge experiences" in airports, such as restaurants, and offering cardholders a credit of $25–$30 on their bill. This has largely been successful; While lounges can remain crowded, people are more likely to head to terminal restaurants before their flights instead.

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However, this benefit is typically more expensive to provide than lounge access. Consequently, American Express is no longer allowing cardholders with complimentary Priority Pass memberships to use those at non-lounge experiences.

According to a statement provided by American Express, starting August 1:

    • As our lounge access benefits are intended to provide Card Members with a premium lounge space to relax and unwind in while traveling the globe, the Priority Pass Membership benefit offered on American Express Platinum and Centurion Cards and Hilton Ascend, Hilton Aspire, and Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ Cards will no longer include complimentary access to non-lounge airport experiences
    • Non-lounge airport experiences and outlets include but are not limited to restaurants, cafés and bars where a food and beverage credit is offered as an alternative to entrance into a traditional airport lounge.
    • Eligible Card Members may continue to gain access to Priority Pass lounge locations as well as select sleeper suites via the Priority Pass Membership benefit provided on their Card.

The restaurant credit can be expensive for Priority Pass — or, by extension, the credit card provider funding a cardholder's Priority Pass membership. For each $28 credit that Priority Pass gives a restaurant, Priority Pass pays the restaurant $23–$24, which is billed back to the card issuer, according to reporting by blogger Gary Leff. This is significantly more expensive than what traditional lounges are reimbursed for each Priority Pass visit.

While the AmEx Platinum is generally more useful for lounge access, this gives the Priority Pass membership that comes with the Chase Sapphire Reserve a distinct advantage — Chase does not currently restrict the locations at which that membership can be used.

A spokesperson for Chase confirmed to Business Insider that there are no updates to the Sapphire Reserve's Priority Pass benefit planned at this time. However, she did not rule out future changes.

Click here to learn more about the Chase Sapphire Reserve from Business Insider's partner, The Points Guy.

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The best toothpaste for sensitive teeth

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  • Don't let tooth sensitivity make that hot cup of coffee or cold glass of water a misery to drink. You can treat your pain with a great toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
  • Our top pick is Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Enamel Repair Toothpaste because it treats the pain and helps to repair enamel damage.

I've dealt with sensitive teeth for much of my adult life, but I can usually get my tooth pain under control by using a toothpaste that's designed for sensitive teeth for a few weeks. These specialty toothpastes can make a huge difference in how your teeth react to extreme temperatures, which is why we've rounded up the best ones you can buy to treat your sensitive teeth.

Tooth sensitivity is usually a symptom of an underlying issue like weakened enamel, recessed gums, or cavities. So using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth is a great idea to treat the pain, but if that pain is severe, recurring, or it persists even after weeks of using these products, then you need to head to the dentist.

That said, some people just have sensitive teeth. If your teeth are prone to pain when you eat or drink hot or cold substances, or even when you suck in a breath of air on a chilly day, but you don't have actual cavities, then a sensitivity toothpaste that fills in the microscopic gaps in your enamel might be all you need. If you have areas of reduced enamel thickness, then sensitivity toothpaste with fluoride can help.

In some cases, the toothpaste and toothbrush you're using might actually be the reason why you have sensitive teeth, so switching to a gentler toothpaste and softer toothbrush might solve the problem, too. No matter what your situation is, we've got a toothpaste for your needs in our buying guide to the best toothpaste for sensitive teeth.

Here are the best toothpastes for sensitive teeth in 2019:

Updated on 05/28/2019 by Malarie Gokey: Updated prices and formatting. Added a new charcoal pick.

Keep scrolling to check out our top picks.

The best overall

Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Enamel Repair Toothpaste treats the pain associated with tooth sensitivity and helps alleviate the underlying causes.

Common tooth sensitivity that not caused by cavities or gum disease or other issues is usually caused by weakening tooth enamel. Whether your enamel is too thin, has small tubules that expose the underlying dentin, or is worn down in specific areas, the 1,500 PPM concentration of fluoride in Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Enamel Repair Toothpaste can help restore and reinforce tooth enamel, reducing sensitivity over the long term.

In the shorter term, this toothpaste also contains potassium nitrate, which can help relieve sensitivity in just a few weeks by filling the many microscopic channels that connect your tooth's nerve center to the exterior of the enamel. If you keep using the toothpaste even after you have gotten some relief, the fluoride can then restore the enamel. With extended use, you should be better protected against acute pain from heat, cold, or sugars, and from dull, chronic aching as well.

With dozens of reviews posted on Amazon, this toothpaste has a commendable 4.5-star rating. One satisfied buyer named Marion says: "this is the only toothpaste that eliminates the pain of sensitivity" for her teeth. Another shopper was pleased at how his "sensitivity went down pretty quickly," relief coming in just a few days.

One thing I have to note: This toothpaste is widely available online and has a shelf life of many years, but as of now the brand is not producing new product. So I recommend you stock up, as it really does work well but may soon be scarce.

Pros: Provides short-term and long-term relief, strengthens tooth enamel, quickly effective

Cons: Rather expensive, may soon be hard to find

Buy a 3-pack of Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Enamel Repair Toothpaste on Amazon for $27.33



The best for whitening

Sensodyne Extra Whitening Sensitivity Toothpaste gives you two things that everyone appreciates — a brighter smile and less pain.

I've used Sensodyne toothpaste off and on for much of the past decade, and I've always been impressed with how reliably they treat tooth pain with regular use. As to be expected with any sensitivity toothpaste, this toothpaste won't cure your pain in one brushing, but it will gradually ease the ache of sensitive teeth with repeated use, and in a matter of weeks many people will enjoy lasting relief.

Best of all, if you use Sensodyne Extra Whitening Sensitivity Toothpaste regularly, your teeth will also become several shades whiter.

While this toothpaste is a great choice for people with chronic tooth sensitivity who also want a brighter smile, it's not designed to repair enamel or break up and prevent tarter (hardened plaque), so if you have more involved dental issues, like reduced enamel or cavities, you might want to first have these resolved with another product or with assistance from dental professionals, and then switch to Sensodyne Extra Whitening Sensitivity Toothpaste as your regular daily toothpaste.

One buyer named Gavin called the "whitening formula subtle, but effective," displaying marked results over years of use and easing sensitivity in the shorter-term. He added one of many five-star reviews on Amazon.

However, a few commenters on Viewpoints did note a rather unpleasant aftertaste with this toothpaste, so you might need to balance that against the chance for lasting relief.

Pros: Whitens teeth with regular use, trusted and dentist-recommended brand, good price point

Cons: Slightly unpleasant aftertaste

Buy a 3-pack of Sensodyne Extra Whitening Sensitivity Toothpaste on Amazon for $13.99



The best for weak enamel

If you have chronic tooth enamel issues despite good oral hygiene habits, Squigle Tooth Builder Sensitive Toothpaste will give you a leg up over the weakened tooth surface and the resulting pain.

Some people just have weaker teeth than others. You might brush twice or even thrice daily, floss, use fluoride rinses, and dutifully go to the dentist every six months yet still have sensitive teeth and occasional cavities. It's a bummer, sure, but it's life. The good news is that with Squigle Tooth Builder Sensitive Toothpaste, you can reinforce that weakened enamel and dull the resulting pain just by using it every time you brush your teeth.

This is a fluoride-free toothpaste so it won't do wonders for cavity prevention or restoration and it won't launch an all-out assault on plaque or tartar, but remember that we're talking about you folks who already have good brushing and flossing habits and who need extra preventive support, not restorative help.

The absence of harsher ingredients like fluoride and nitrates also make this toothpaste a good choice for people prone to canker sores or gum sensitivity, it is a gentler formula than that found in many kinds of toothpaste for sensitive teeth.

With more than 800 reviews posted on Amazon, Squigle Tooth Builder Sensitive Toothpaste has a fine 4.3-star average rating. One satisfied buyer said that after adding this toothpaste into an already comprehensive oral hygiene regimen, he "nearly eliminated all sensitivity and noticed [his] teeth being more opaque" and robust, too.

A Dentist.net write up praised this product's "35% natural xylitol" concentration as a great way to get "teeth squeaky clean" without the "SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and other irritating ingredients" that can cause canker sores.

Pros: Gentle formula, helps strengthen naturally weak teeth, mild flavor

Cons: Does not restore damage as well as other options

Buy a tube of Squigle Tooth Builder Sensitive Toothpaste on Amazon for $9.99



The best natural toothpaste

Tom's of Maine Fluoride-Free Natural Sensitive Toothpaste is free of harsh ingredients like fluoride and provides relief with naturally occurring potassium nitrate.

I grew up using Tom's of Maine toothpaste from time to time, and I've always been a fan of the brand's gentle formula and mild flavoring. Tom's sensitivity toothpaste is a low-abrasion formula well suited to weaker teeth with enamel issues and ideal for those with sensitive or compromised gums, too.

As for the sensitivity issues, those are gradually lessened thanks to the inclusion of natural potassium nitrate, which desensitizes teeth by filling in those tiny tubules that expose dentin and connect the underlying nerves to the hot, cold, or pressure causing pain.

This is another toothpaste best used by those without acute issues like cavities, but rather by people who take good care of their teeth and simply have lifelong sensitivity in their teeth. It's also a good choice for people who care about the company they support, as Tom's of Maine funnels much of its profits to charities and encourages employees to spend a percentage of their working hours doing volunteer activities.

With nearly 150 reviews in at the time of writing, Tom's of Maine Fluoride-Free Natural Sensitive Toothpaste scores a positive 4.5-star average. A buyer named Melissa says she loves the "minty and light" taste and clean feel left after using the toothpaste, while a reviewer named Angela reports that she doesn't notice [her' teeth being that sensitive anymore" after switching to the brand.

Pros: Natural ingredients, low-abrasion formula, light and pleasant taste

Cons: Not ideal for cavity prevention

Buy a 3-pack of Tom's of Maine Fluoride-Free Natural Sensitive Toothpaste on Walmart for $13.58



The best with charcoal

If you want to try activated charcoal toothpaste, the Dental Expert Active Whitening Charcoal Toothpaste is an excellent choice.

Activated charcoal is in so many products these days because of its cleansing properties. If you want to try an activated charcoal toothpaste, the Dental Expert Active Whitening Charcoal Toothpaste is the best one you can buy.

It doesn't have sulfates, fluoride, synthetic colors, or artificial flavors. The toothpaste uses charcoal powder derived from sustainable bamboo to break up and lift stains, fight off the bacteria that cause bad breath and gum ailments, and remove built-up plaque.

Although many dentists and oral health experts recommend toothpastes with fluoride and hydrogen peroxide for effective whitening, charcoal toothpaste can scrub off stains. It may be too abrasive for sensitive teeth, though, so keep that in mind.

Buyers seem to love it, and many praise how well it whitens and freshens breath. Even with more than 3,000 review posted on Amazon, Dental Expert Active Whitening Charcoal Toothpasteenjoys a solid 4.3-star average rating.

Pros: All-natural formula, effectively fights bad breath, breaks up plaque

Cons: Not as effective as traditional options, may cause gum sensitivity

Buy Dental Expert Active Whitening Charcoal Toothpaste on Amazon for $7.49



Check out our other great oral health product guides

The best toothbrushes you can buy

There's plenty to be said for the classic manual toothbrush: It can't run out of batteries and it's compact, lightweight, and portable. The Oral-B Pro-Health All-in-One Soft Bristle Toothbrush is our top pick because its myriad bristle types and built-in tongue, cheek, and gum cleaners leave your whole mouth clean and fresh.


The best toothpaste you can buy

Nobody likes going to the dentist, but if you take good care of your teeth between visits, the cleaning will go easier. We researched and tested many kinds of toothpaste to find the best ones you can buy. Sensodyne's Pronamel Gentle Whitening Toothpaste is our top pick because it whitens gently while building up tooth enamel to lessen sensitivity.

We've researched and tested many tubes of toothpaste to find the best ones you can buy. Whether you want an all-natural toothpaste, one with fluoride, one with charcoal, one with whitening powers, or one that rebuilds your enamel to reduce sensitivity, we have a toothpaste for you.


The best electric toothbrushes you can buy

If you want clean teeth and healthy gums without breaking your budget, you can't go wrong with the highly effective Oral-B Pro 1000 electric toothbrush.


The best teeth whitening kits you can buy

The best teeth whitening kits come with everything you need to whiten your teeth, are easy to use, and do not irritate your gums or teeth. 


The best mouthwash you can buy

Used in tandem with brushing, flossing, and avoiding salt water taffy before bed, a good mouthwash can play a pivotal role in your oral health and hygiene regimen.

 



Mount Everest is not the hardest mountain to climb — here's what makes K2 so much worse

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Following is a transcript of the video.

So when comparing Everest versus K2, they are very, very different.

First, you have two different countries. You have Nepal versus Pakistan so I'd say technically it's more challenging to get to Pakistan to get the visas, the logistics.

You've got different tracks in, so the track into Pakistan to get to K2 base camp involves traveling over a glacier. A glacier is harder to climb, you've got mixed rock, which makes twisting an ankle very, very easy.

When you're going up to Everest Base Camp, you're just on a dirt trail so it's very, very easy. 

Also, when you're traveling on K2, you're packing your whole expedition and you're building tents along the way, when you're traveling to Everest Base Camp, you're staying at teahouses so you don't have to travel in tents.

When you're on the actual climb, K2 is shaped like a triangle so it's demanding 110% day one, whereas Everest, there's twists and turns, so it's not always climbing steep.

Weather is much more unpredictable on K2 and I would say the technical climbing on K2 is hard so Everest has the Hillary step, which everyone's heard about, that's one obstacle. But for the most part it's pretty — the paths are well laid-out because a lot of people climb Everest every year where K2, there is very few expeditions that climb because there's such an unpredictability of summits.

And it's more technical so, it's more of a mixed rock, ice, and alpine climb so you have places like House's Chimney and Black Pyramid, which are hard rock climbs in the middle of an alpine climb. So very, very different.

If I look statistically, there's a 40% chance of no summits in any one year so this is a really tough mountain. There's less than 400 summits overall compared to Everest's 7500 summits so just remarkably how much harder K2 is every season that presents itself.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This video was originally published on September 21, 2017. 

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Here's why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spends her downtime on a rooftop garden filled with spinach, collard greens, and dahlias

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  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is leveraging her social media celebrity to promote small-scale environmentalism and food justice through her attempt at rooftop gardening.
  • The Bronx, New York native and celebrity politician is using the project to promote her Green New Deal resolution — an ambitious plan to combat climate change and expand the social safety net.
  • "When we were deploying the Green New Deal, one of the first attacks was, 'Well, what does she know about farming?'" Ocasio-Cortez said in an Instagram story about the project. 
  • Ocasio-Cortez is taking a social justice approach to urban gardening, and has faced pushback for arguing that community gardens should feature plants that are "culturally familiar to the community."
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On a Sunday in early April, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced via Twitter that she'd be adopting a rooftop community garden plot in Washington, DC. 

"Any green-thumbs out with sage words of advice?" the New York progressive asked her 4 million-person following. Among the thousands of responses were puns from an Israeli rabbi — "it's about thyme!" — and counsel from British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn — "get your hands dirty - in the soil!"

The 29-year-old freshman lawmaker framed her new gardening hobby as a way to practice "self-care" and "mindfulness," an escape from her demanding life as a member of Congress.

"I feel like plants are a great accountability partner because they literally die if you don't take time to tend to yourself and to them," she said in an April Instagram story. 

Ocasio-Cortez has a habit of using her social media celebrity to mix politics with daily life in a way that targets a millennial and Gen Z audience. She's brought her legions of fans into her kitchen for live "Cook + Q&A" sessions and into her livingroom to drink wine and assemble IKEA furniture, all the while answering questions and opining on the issues of the day.

Ocasio-Cortez talks to her Instagram followers about her gardening project.

Perhaps playing off Instagram's gardening influencer community, Ocasio-Cortez is now mixing politics, food, and environmental activism. 

"Food that comes out of dirt — it's magic," she says of her collard greens and spinach.

The project was also designed to focus attention on Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal resolution— a sweeping, ambitious plan to combat climate change, stimulate the economy, and expand the social safety net.

Ocasio-Cortez received widespread criticism for a set of FAQ's her office put out — and quickly retracted — suggesting the resolution called for eventually eliminating cows and airplane travel, and providing a living wage to those "unwilling to work." The congresswoman said she's faced strong pushback from advocates for agriculture. 

"When we were deploying the Green New Deal, one of the first attacks was, 'Well, what does she know about farming?'" Ocasio-Cortez said in an Instagram story describing why she took on the rooftop gardening project. 

Read more: 'Our kids' lives are at stake': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams Joe Biden over his 'middle-ground' approach to fighting climate change

Viraj Puri, the CEO of Gotham Greens, a New York-based urban farming startup, said that urban gardening is a good way to educate communities about the ties between environmental issues and agriculture. 

"Community gardening is — no pun intended — a low-hanging fruit. It's an easy entry point to build up awareness around agricultural issues and around health and wellness," Viraj Puri told INSIDER. "[It] really straddles so many different themes, from climate change, to health and obesity, to urban greening, to quality of life." 

Ocasio-Cortez's approach to urban gardening differs from that of other Democrats, including former First Lady Michelle Obama, who promoted her White House vegetable garden as a way to combat childhood obesity, rather than as an environmental initiative. 

The congresswoman has also faced pushback for taking a social justice-oriented approach to the project. During a recent trip to the Glover Street Community Garden in the Bronx — documented on Instagram, of course — she made the case for growing plants that are "culturally familiar to the community." She argued that many community development projects fail because they involve outsiders dictating how things go, rather than allowing the community to lead.

"That is such a core component of the Green New Deal — is having all of these projects make sense in a cultural context," she said. "When someone says that it's too hard to do a green space that grows yuca instead of, I don't know, cauliflower what you're doing is you're taking a colonial approach to environmentalism." 

She went on, "If I went to a predominantly white community and said, 'Okay, you guys are going to be growing plantains and yuca and all these things that you don't know how to cook, and that your palate isn't accustomed to,' it's going to be like cute for a little bit. But it's not easy." 

Read more: Fox News is flooding its airwaves with talk about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal and now conservative support for the plan has plummeted

These concepts are well-established among food justice advocates. 

"A lot of people of color are actually generationally closer to working the land than the a lot of — for lack of a better term — white hipsters, and yet it's middle-class, educated, white folks who think they need to come into communities of color to educate them," Luz Calvo, a professor of ethnic studies at Cal State East Bay who wrote a book entitled "Decolonize Your Diet," told INSIDER. 

But critics on the right were quick to ridicule the argument, saying that Ocasio-Cortez had maligned cauliflower as racist

"Also, cauliflower's delicious and yuca tastes bad," right-wing provocateur Ben Shapiro said in a YouTube video. "Maybe that's just my different cultural sensitivity speaking to me here — but also I don't care if you grow yuca."  

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Save 30% on tons of styles at Adidas, including rarely discounted shoes — and 7 other sales and deals happening now

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We rounded up the eight best sales and deals happening online today, with savings on Adidas sneakers and clothing, Graco baby products, and Boll & Branch sheets. For even more deals and savings across the web, check out Business Insider Coupons.

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1. Save 30% on select styles at Adidas

Today only, you can save up to 30% on select items including sale styles at Adidas if you become or are already a Creator's Club member (all you have to do to become a "member" is give them your email). Simply log in or sign up and use the promo code "CREATORS30" at checkout to receive the discount. The sale includes items like the Ultra Boost 19, Nite Jogger, and plenty of other styles that are usually excluded from discounts. To potentially save more at Adidas, visit Business Insider Coupons here

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2. Save up to 20% on Graco gear at Target

If you're a parent, an expecting parent, or you're shopping for someone else's baby registry, Target currently has great discounts on Graco gear that you may want to check out. Right now, you can save up to 20% on car seats, booster seats, strollers, playpens, swings, and more. With free two-day shipping on orders over $35 and free in-store pickup, you can choose whichever works best for you. For other deals and savings at Target, visit Business Insider Coupons here

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We drove a $38,000 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid for a week and discovered its best features

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Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid 2019

  • Subaru's much loved Crosstrek crossover is now available as a plug-in hybrid.
  • The Crosstrek is an entry-point into Subaru's formidable lineup of crossovers and SUV that now includes the Forester, the Outback wagon, and seven-passenger Ascent.
  • The base 2019 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i starts at $22,895 while the 2.0i Premium trim adds $1,000 to the price tag. The more luxurious 2.0i Limited trim starts at $27,195 while the top-of-the-line Hybrid starts at $34,995. Including options and fees, our Crosstrek Hybrid came with an as-tested price of $38,470
  • We were impressed by our Crosstrek Hybrid test car's fuel economy, standard safety features, and more perky acceleration. However, the Hybrid was held back by its steep price tag and limited cargo space.
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Since its debut in 2013, the Subaru Crosstrek has developed into somewhat of a cult favorite for those in the market for a no-nonsense, fuel efficient, all-wheel-drive crossover.

With a starting price of just under $22,000, the Crosstrek is an entry-point into Subaru's lineup of crossover SUVs that now includes the Forester, the Outback wagon, and seven-passenger Ascent.

In 2018, Subaru rolled out a new second-generation variant of the Crosstrek. A year later, the Japanese automaker followed up with a plug-in hybrid version of the Crosstrek for the 2019 model year— the first vehicle of its kind in Subaru history.

Read more: We drove a $38,000 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid to see if it's worth the money. Here's the verdict.

Recently, Business Insider had the chance to spend a week with a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid clad in a brilliant Lagoon Blue Pearl paint job.

In our review, we noted the more hybrid's more enthusiastic driving dynamics and great efficiency while lamenting high asking price and the loss in cargo space due to the placement of the battery pack behind the rear seats. 

"The Subaru Crosstrek is a really likable and capable little crossover," we said in the review. "With the addition of the hybrid drive system, the Crosstrek is now more efficient and significantly more peppy to drive."

Read more: We drove a $39,000 Toyota RAV4 and a $32,000 Subaru Forester to see which one is the better compact SUV. Here's the verdict.

The base 2019 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i starts at $22,895 while the 2.0i Premium trim adds $1,000 to the price tag. The more luxurious 2.0i Limited trim starts at $27,195 while the top-of-the-line Hybrid starts at $34,995.

Including options and fees, our Crosstrek Hybrid came with an as-tested price of $38,470.

Here's a closer look at its coolest features: 

 

SEE ALSO: We drove a $31,000 Nissan Altima to see if it's ready to take on the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Here's our verdict.

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1. Hybrid drive system: Most Crosstreks are powered by a 152 horsepower, 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine. The Crosstrek Hybrid gets a detuned version of the engine with 137 horsepower that mated with two electric motors and an 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The total system output of the hybrid is 148 horsepower.



The hybrid drive system features two electric motors. One is used as a starter motor and as a generator to recharge batteries. The other helps power the car itself while providing charge for the battery pack during regenerative braking.



The 8.8 kWh battery pack can be fully charged in two hours using a 240V plug or five hours using a 120V plug. According to Subaru, the Hybrid can drive 17 miles using only electricity and up to 480 miles in hybrid mode.



The battery pack is stored under the rear cargo floor.



2. Standard safety tech: All Crosstreks come standard with Subaru's EyeSight suites of driver's assistance technology that includes adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, and sway warning with lane keep assist. The system, which uses a pair of cameras located on either side of the rear-view mirror, worked really well and is a major selling point for Subaru.

Our test car also came with blind spot detection with lane change assist along with rear cross traffic alert.



3. Good looks: The Subaru Crosstrek is based on the company's attractive Impreza hatchback.



The Crosstrek's styling is punctuated by increased ride height, a pronounced front overhang, and aggressive body cladding.



4. Standard all-wheel-drive: All Crosstreks come standard with Subaru's superb Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.



5. Interior ergonomics: The Crosstrek's interior is virtually identical to the Impreza hatchback on which it is based. In fact, it will instantly feel familiar to anyone who's been in a Subaru. Fortunately, the cabin is well-designed with intuitively placed switchgear.



6. Quality interior: Much like the other Subaru's we've tested recently, the material quality is impressive. The leathers and plastics used may not have been the softest or the most refined, but they all gave you feeling that it was built to survive the rigors of life.



7. Strong infotainment system: Our tester came with an eight-inch touchscreen running Subaru's Starlink infotainment system. Lower trim levels come standard with a 6.5-inch unit. Starlink has become one of our favorite mass market infotainment systems. Its simple, no-nonsense design and high feature content really impressed us.



The system features a built-in navigation system, a slew of media sources, satellite radio, as well as Pandora and Aha app integration.



8. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.



9. Secondary infotainment screen: The Crosstrek's smaller secondary screen is located atop the primary screen and is controlled using the "Info" button on the left side of the steering wheel, is just as useful.



It offers readouts of the vehicles trip computer, radio, the status of its various advanced safety systems...



... secondary gauges, ...



... navigation,...



...weather information, and...



... hybrid drive system status.



10. Back up camera.



11. Optional moonroof: An optional moonroof helps bring added light into the cabin, but we do wish the Crosstrek could be had with the Forester's panoramic glass roof.



12. Ground clearance: The Crosstrek delivers a stout 8.7 inches of ground clearance, the same as the larger Forester SUV.



13. Easy-use-use driver controls and gauges: In front of the driver is a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls for everything from the audio system to the drive mode selector. The buttons are clearly labeled and thoughtfully placed.



The Crosstrek Hybrid features a simple but useful gauge cluster with a 4.2-inch digital information screen flanked by a pair of analog gauges.



14. The Crosstrek Hybrid also comes with these funky 18-inches wheels.



A laptop infected with 6 of the most dangerous computer viruses in history was sold at auction to an anonymous buyer for $1.345 million — here's what each virus can do

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  • A laptop that's utterly infested with six of the worst computer viruses and malware known to man was sold at auction for $1.345 million on Monday.
  • The types of viruses on the laptop are said to have caused $95 billion in financial damages worldwide. 
  • The laptop has had its internet connectivity and ports disabled, which hopefully means the malware within has no way to spread...hopefully. 
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

A 2008 Samsung NC10 laptop running Windows XP just sold at auction for a whopping $1.345 million. 

Although the 11-year-old machine may have nostalgic value to some, what makes this one so special (and expensive) is that it comes with live specimens of six of the most dangerous computer viruses in existence. 

In a livestream on Twitch, the laptop can be seen turned on and running the viruses and malware. But the laptop wasn't sold as a cyber weapon on a darkweb black market. It was sold as art.

The virus-infected laptop is an art installation called "The Persistence of Chaos" by artist Guo O Dong. 

persistence of chaos malware laptop

According to a website promoting the piece, Dong is a "contemporary internet artist whose work critiques modern day extremely-online culture. The Persistence of Chaos was created as a collaboration between the artist and cybersecurity company Deep Instinct, which provided the malware and technical expertise to execute the work in a safe environment."

Dong said the viruses in the laptop have caused $95 billion in financial damages. It's unlikely that the laptop itself was the cause of the $95 billion in damages. It's more likely that the viruses it contains are the same that are known to have caused damages worldwide.

"The sale of malware for operational purposes is illegal in the United States"

Dong's laptop is "airgapped," which means its ability to connect to the internet has been disabled. Its ports have also been disabled, so USB sticks can't be used to transfer its threats.

The terms of the auction also state that "The sale of malware for operational purposes is illegal in the United States. As a buyer you recognize that this work represents a potential security hazard. By submitting a bid you agree and acknowledge that you're purchasing this work as a piece of art or for academic reasons, and have no intention of disseminating any malware."

Of course, anyone with an intermediate knowledge of computers would have no trouble figuring out a way to extra the viruses from the hard drive, despite the fact that the laptop itself is airgapped.

The details of the auction, including the selling price, were reported by Dong himself on his website. So it's worth taking the claims with a grain of salt until the sale can be verified. Deep Instinct, the firm that Dong partnered with, did not immediately return a request for comment.

The buyer of The Persistence of Chaos is anonymous. Here's hoping Dong's dangerous art didn't fall into the wrong hands. 

Check out the infamous computer viruses running on the most dangerous laptop in the world:

SEE ALSO: Can iPhones get viruses? Here's what you need to know

"ILOVEYOU"

"The "ILOVEYOU" virus, distributed via email and file sharing, affected 500,000+ systems and caused $15B in damages total, with $5.5B in damages being caused in the first week," according to Dong's site.

The "ILOVEYOU" virus was designed to replace media files on a computer, like photos and videos, with copies of the bug itself. It would then spread itself by emailing contacts in a user's Outlook account. 

The virus overloaded email system around the world, and a "huge chunk of the businesses and governments to fully grind down to a halt," said Philip Menke, a consultant at Intel Security who spoke with Vice

 



"MyDoom"

"MyDoom" was a worm designed to leave infected computers open to other malware and viruses, according to a 2004 Cnet article. Computers would become infected when a user opened an attachment send in an email containing the MyDoom worm. Dong estimated "MyDoom"caused $38 billion in damages.



"SoBig"

When it was first released, the "SoBig" worm and trojan virus "briefly brought freight and computer traffic in Washington, D.C. to a halt, grounded Air Canada and slowed down computer systems at many major companies such as advanced technology firm Lockheed Martin," according to a 2003 CNN article

"SoBig" would be transmitted via email. Once the infected email was opened, it would scan the computer for other email address and spread itself further. 

Dong estimates that "SoBig" caused $37 billion in damages.



"WannaCry"

"WannaCry" is a recent "cryptoworm" that acted as ransomware — where a user's data would be encrypted until the user paid a ransom to have their data released.

"The attack affected 200,000+ computers across 150 countries, and caused the NHS $100M in damages with further totals accumulating close to $4B," Dong said on the Persistence of Chaos website.



"DarkTequila"

"DarkTequila" is malware that was prevalent in Latin America designed to collect a wide variety of data from an infected computer, including credentials to online services. That data could then be used for additional attacks, according to The Next Web

Dong estimates it cost "millions in damages across many users."



"BlackEnergy"

"BlackEnergy" was originally intended as a data collection tool, but it evolved into malware that could damage a nation's critical infrastructure, according to Al Jazeera.

Dong said "BlackEnergy" was used used in a cyberattack "that prompted a large-scale blackout in Ukraine in December 2015." 

You can read about the Ukraine blackout here.



23 personalized Father’s Day gifts that aren’t cheesy or overdone

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  • Every dad wants to receive a gift that seems entirely personalized to him. Personalization is more thoughtful and makes the gift more unique. 
  • Customizable and personalized gift options tend to be cheesy or overdone, but we found 23 Father's Day gifts that are a little out of the ordinary. 
  • If you're looking for more gift ideas for dad, we have many more Father's Day gift guides for 2019 for you to browse. 

When you want to show Dad that you put some extra time and thought into Father's Day this year, a personalized gift is the way to go. However, there are all too many personalized gifts that are cheesy, overdone, and look cheap.

Instead of letting you settle for those, we found some customizable and personalized Father's Day gifts that are actually interesting, unique, and well made. From a monogrammed suitcase that will turn heads on his flight to vinyl records, wine, and clothing that all fit his exact tastes and preferences, these gifts can only belong to your dad. 

For more great gift ideas, check out these Father's Day gift guides:

SEE ALSO: All of Insider Picks' Father's Day gift ideas, in one place

A Hydro Flask bottle

Gift a Hydro Flask custom bottle, from $34

A lot of people own Hydro Flasks, but this is one that will never get lost in the mix because you can choose the size (from 12 oz. to 64 oz.), mouth type, lid type and color, and bottle color. Exclusive to the custom Hydro Flask is a silicone boot that prevents awful clinking noises and provides additional grip on slippery surfaces. 



A pair of summer espadrilles

Gift a pair of Soludos custom smoking slippers, $95

Add artwork like fruits and animals, text, and a crest to these comfortable and lightweight shoes, which are perfect for vacation strolling and wandering. 



A convenient meal plan geared toward active lifestyles

Gift a Kettlebell Kitchen gift card, from $30

Dads are among the busiest people in our lives and their packed schedules can mean sacrificing healthy-eating habits. Goal-oriented meal-planning service Kettlebell Kitchen takes the guesswork and prep out of eating well, and creates personalized plans based on his needs and preferences.



A personalized body care set that uses his favorite scents

Gift a Mad Optimist body-care set, from $30

The Mad Optimist is a startup that makes all-natural, fully personalized body-care products — from your preferred scents and ingredients to custom labels. The line includes soaps, balms, and bath soaks, and you can combine up to four different scents. 



Bose noise-cancelling headphones

Gift a pair of Bose custom QuietComfort 35-II headphones, $399.95

We've all sat next to someone on the plane sporting these famous noise-cancelling headphones, which have built-in Google Assistant, Alexa, and Bose AR. They also boast 20 hours of battery life and volume-optimized EQ. The only thing that could make them better? Full customization. Bose uses premium, automative-grade paint to cover each piece of the headphones with vibrant color. 

 



An action-packed comic book

Gift the Mega Dad Personalized Comic Book, $35

We always knew Dad was a superhero, but here's definitive proof. This fun comic book incorporates your own name into the story and takes you and your dad on a series of adventures. 



A leather travel-document holder

Gift the Leatherology Travel Document Holder, from $120 (+10 monogram)

This handsome leather accessory keeps his most important documents organized and makes moving through the airport a breeze. It has nine credit card slots with a thumb-slide ID window; ticket, passport, and baggage claim pockets; an exterior boarding pass pocket; and three receipt pockets. 

Choose your leather color from a selection of classic and bright options, then monogram the front with up to four characters. 

 



A suit that fits really well

Gift an Indochino gift card, from $50

Indochino's custom suits are much more affordable than traditional services. They make every man look and feel more confident because every aspect of the suit, from the lining color to the number of buttons, is tailored to his exact measurements and preferences. 



Three hand-picked vinyl records every month

Gift a VNYL membership, from $35/month

VNYL's music curators will choose three records for him based on his music tastes and "vibe" he's feeling that month. It's a fun, affordable, and convenient way to grow his vinyl collection. 



A personalized travel itinerary

Gift a Journy gift card, from $50

A vacation where he doesn't have to stress about where to eat, play, and stay sounds like a dream come true. The expert travel concierges at Journy will help him plan the perfect trip for only $25 a day, so he can focus on relaxing and having fun. 



A curated box of wine delivered to his door

Gift a Winc gift card, from $60

It can be difficult gifting wine when you're not exactly sure of the recipient's tastes and preferences. A Winc gift card puts your dad in control. He'll take a short quiz to assess his tastes, then Winc will send him a personalized selection of full bottle wines he'll enjoy. 



A hand-painted monogrammed suitcase

Gift a monogrammed Away Carry-On, $275

Personalize this smart suitcase with a three-letter monogram that's hand-painted by a lettering artist at Away's NYC studio. Away's suitcases, available in a variety of colors, are already eye-catching enough, but this special touch will make them even more so. 



A map poster of a special place

Gift a Grafomap custom map poster, $49

His favorite place in the world might be his hometown, college town, vacation spot, or wherever his family is. With its unique color themes, customizable labels, and variety of sizes and finishes, Grafomap can capture any location in a thoughtful, personal way.



An engraved beer bottle insulator

Gift an engraved BottleKeeper, $49.99

The neoprene-lined stainless steel bottle keeps his beer colder for longer, so he'll never have to deal with flat, warm beer during barbecues and outdoor gatherings again. With a personalized bottle of his own, he won't mix up his drinks with anyone else's. Engrave it with text or a monogram and choose from a variety of fonts. 



A clothing subscription

Gift a Menlo Club membership, from $153

Whether your dad hates shopping for himself or wants an easy wardrobe refresh, a clothing subscription service like Menlo Club can help him out. The $60 monthly styling fee goes towards a selection of shirts, pants, jackets, shorts, shoes, and accessories that will fit his personal style. He only pays for whatever he wants to keep and can cancel the membership at any time. 



A photo calendar

Gift the Artifact Uprising Brass Easel and Calendar, from $55

Artifact Uprising always manages to make even the simplest photo gifts look sophisticated. The solid brass easel holds up a calendar design of your choice on premium-quality paper. Choosing just 12 photos for this tabletop display may prove to be difficult. 



Copper drink coasters

Gift the Pottery Barn Copper Drink Coasters (Set of 4), $34.50 ($10 monogram)

These sleek coasters are a beautiful drink companion, made even more stylish with the addition of a monogram. They're made from copper and stainless steel and include the brass-colored stand. 

 



A photo pillow

Gift the Canvaspop Custom Photo Pillow, $39

Liven up a piece of ordinary home decor with a family or pet photo. The process of customizing the pillow is quick and easy, but the results will bring laughter and happiness for years to come. 



Cufflinks containing sand from his favorite beach

Gift the Custom Beach Cufflinks, $150-$175

These cufflinks are sure to please the outdoorsy dad who always has sun and sand on his mind. Jewelrymaker Holly Daniels Christensen has sand from beaches all around the world, or if you don't see your desired spot on the list, you can even send in your own sand for an extra $25. 



A shaving kit

Gift an engraved Harry's Winston Set, $40

Harry's German-engineered shave cartridges combined with a sleek polished chrome finish handle (which is engravable) will make dad's shaving routine feel luxurious. Choose between a foaming gel that lathers into a rich foam or a smooth shave cream. 



Golf ball markers

Gift the AdirondackIron Golf Ball Markers, $30

These blacksmith hand-forged golf ball markers come with their own carry bag and are truly one-of-a-kind. His golf game becomes instantly elevated with the markers, which are stamped with antique blacksmithing tools. 



A gift box that combines all his favorite accessories, treats, and grooming products

Gift a Boxfox custom gift box, price varies

While Boxfox does offer pre-curated gift collections, the best part of the service is the ability to make your own. Coming from brands like Herbivore Botanicals, Voluspa, and Corkcicle, the products are actually high quality, so he can enjoy a thoughtful gift that doesn't look hastily thrown together.



A pair of Nike sneakers

Gift a pair of Nike sneakers, from $95

Whether he runs occasionally to clear his mind or is the family's resident marathoner, he'll love a pair of shoes to truly call his own. More than 70 styles, including casual walking shoes, soccer cleats, and basketball shoes, can be designed from outsole to laces.



These are the 25 celebrities most addicted to social media, from the Kardashians to Snoop Dogg

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Many of us are guilty of wasting hours out of our weeks mindlessly scrolling through our social media feeds, but we're not the only ones — celebrities do it, too. Stars, they're just like us!

Celebrities often have huge followings they need to keep updated on their daily lives, and use social media to share news about their latest projects and merchandise. For many, social media is the best and easiest way for celebrities to interact with their fans. 

Online clothing retailer I Saw It First recently conducted a study on the most social-media-addicted celebrities. The study, using data compiled at the beginning of February, is based on each celebrity's use of two of the biggest platforms for celebrities: Instagram and Twitter.

The rankings were compiled using celebrities' average number of social posts per month on Instagram and Twitter.

You might think you know who the most social-media-obsessed celebrity is, but the person who secured the No. 1 spot — by a landslide — may surprise you.

Here are the 25 most socially addicted celebrities:

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25. Conor McGregor

Average number of total social posts per month: 102

Instagram followers: 31 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 25

Twitter followers: 8 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 77



24. Chris Brown

Average number of total social posts per month: 105

Instagram followers: 54 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 67

Twitter followers: 30 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 37



23. Cara Delevingne

Average number of total social posts per month: 113

Instagram followers: 42 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 38

Twitter followers: 10 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 75



22. Kendall Jenner

Average number of total social posts per month: 114

Instagram followers: 110 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 31

Twitter followers: 28 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 83



21. Rihanna

Average number of total social posts per month: 134

Instagram followers: 71 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 50

Twitter followers: 91 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 84



20. Miley Cyrus

Average number of total social posts per month: 136

Instagram followers: 94 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 42

Twitter followers: 43 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 94



19. Kourtney Kardashian

Average number of total social posts per month: 142

Instagram followers: 79 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 42

Twitter followers: 24 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 100



18. Jennifer Lopez

Average number of total social posts per month: 152

Instagram followers: 94 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 36

Twitter followers: 44 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 117



17. Camila Cabello

Average number of total social posts per month: 172

Instagram followers: 33 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 23

Twitter followers: 8 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 149



16. Gigi Hadid

Average number of total social posts per month: 174

Instagram followers: 48 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 30

Twitter followers: 9 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 144



15. Shawn Mendes

Average number of total social posts per month: 176

Instagram followers: 44 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 24

Twitter followers: 22 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 152



14. Lele Pons

Average number of total social posts per month: 185

Instagram followers: 35 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 27

Twitter followers: 2 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 158



13. Kylie Jenner

Average number of total social posts per month: 190

Instagram followers: 135 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 66

Twitter followers: 27 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 124



12. Priyanka Chopra

Average number of total social posts per month: 191

Instagram followers: 40 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 31

Twitter followers: 25 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 160



11. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Average number of total social posts per month: 270

Instagram followers: 143 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 13 million

Twitter followers: 13 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 218



10. Kim Kardashian

Average number of total social posts per month: 275

Instagram followers: 139 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 52

Twitter followers: 61 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 223



9. Justin Bieber

Average number of total social posts per month: 281

Instagram followers: 113 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 45

Twitter followers: 106 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 237



8. Cardi B

Average number of total social posts per month: 293

Instagram followers: 45 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 60

Twitter followers: 6 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 233



7. Kevin Hart

Average number of total social posts per month: 358

Instagram followers: 75 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 62

Twitter followers: 35 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 296



6. Ariana Grande

Average number of total social posts per month: 383

Instagram followers: 155 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 42

Twitter followers: 63 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 342



5. Nicki Minaj

Average number of total social posts per month: 408

Instagram followers: 102 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 80

Twitter followers: 21 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 327



4. Neymar Jr.

Average number of total social posts per month: 416

Instagram followers: 117 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 49

Twitter followers: 43 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 368



3. Khloé Kardashian

Average number of total social posts per month: 510

Instagram followers: 94 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 41

Twitter followers: 27 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 468



2. Zendaya

Average number of total social posts per month: 566

Instagram followers: 56 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 35

Twitter followers: 15 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 531



1. Snoop Dogg

Average number of total social posts per month: 647

Instagram followers: 32 million

Average number of Instagram posts per month: 382

Twitter followers: 18 million

Average number of Twitter posts per month: 265



The CEO of Slack and the president of Away just announced their engagement. Here are 15 power couples that rule the tech world.

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As the singer Grimes, Tesla CEO Elon Musk's maybe-paramour, might say: We appreciate power.

While some tech leaders like Mark Zuckerberg have been with their partners since college, some notable figures in the tech sector have gravitated toward partners with just as much (or more!) power and pull in their industries.

Most recently, two top executives at $1.4 billion startup Away and soon-to-go-public company Slack announced their engagement. The two tech leaders — Away president Jen Rubio and Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield — posted Monday on Twitter they were engaged, two weeks after Butterfield jokingly proposed to Rubio following news of Away's latest funding round.

However, there have also been some high-profile splits in the last year that have hit some prominent tech leaders. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced in early January that they were getting a divorce. Elon Musk and Canadian singer Grimes dated for a while, though it's unclear whether the on-again off-again couple is still together in 2019.

Here are 15 of the top power couples in the tech industry:

SEE ALSO: MacKenzie Bezos just pledged to give away half her fortune during her lifetime, something Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, has avoided doing

Jen Rubio & Stewart Butterfield

Who they are: Rubio is the cofounder and president of luggage startup Away, and Butterfield in the cofounder and CEO of work messaging platform Slack.

Their backstory: The relationship between Rubio and Butterfield has flew under the radar, but it came under the spotlight in May when Butterfield jokingly proposed to Rubio on Twitter. Butterfield's Twitter proposal followed news that Away had landed a $1.4 billion valuation, and the Slack CEO joked he wasn't "just a goldigger."

Butterfield and Rubio both acknowledged the proposal was a joke, after a few hours. However, it seems Butterfield had apparently been waiting for Memorial Day weekend to propose — for real, this time — to Rubio.



Evan Spiegel & Miranda Kerr

Who they are: Spiegel is the cofounder and CEO of Snap Inc., Snapchat's parent company. Kerr is one of the highest-earning models in the world and founder of wellness company KORA Organics.

Their backstory: The couple started dating in 2015, and got married in May 2017. They have one son who was born in May 2018, and they just confirmed they're now expecting their second child together.

Read more: Snap CEO Evan Spiegel and supermodel Miranda Kerr are expecting their second baby. Here's a look inside their whirlwind romance.



Joshua Kushner & Karlie Kloss

Who they are: Kushner is the founder of VC firm Thrive Capital and cofounder of health insurance startup Oscar Health. Kloss is a prominent model who runs coding camps for young girls called "Kode with Klossy."

Their backstory: Kloss and Kushner have reportedly been dating since 2012. The couple got married in October 2018.

Read more:Jared Kushner's brother has married model Karlie Kloss. Here's everything we know about the power couple.



Priscilla Chan & Mark Zuckerberg

Who they are: Zuckerberg is the CEO and cofounder of Facebook. Together, the couple launched the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropy focused on science and education.

Their backstory: The two are college sweethearts, and met in 2003 while they were students at Harvard University. The couple were married in a surprise ceremony in May 2012, the day after Facebook went public. The couple has two daughters, who were born in 2015 and 2017.

Read more:The 12-year relationship of college sweethearts Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan



Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian

Who they are: Ohanian cofounded Reddit, then later cofounded the VC firm Initialized Capital. Williams is one of the best tennis players in the world, and ranks third on the all-time list of most winning players with 39 major tournament titles.

Their backstory: The couple met in May 2015 in Rome, and started dating that same year. They got engaged at the end of 2016 at the same place in Rome where they had first met. Williams gave birth to the couple's daughter in 2017, and they got married later that year.

Read more: How Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian and tennis superstar Serena Williams met and fell in love



Bill Gates & Melinda Gates

Who they are: Melinda Gates cofounded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with her husband in 2000. Bill Gates is the cofounder and former CEO of Microsoft, and the second-richest person in the world.

Their backstory: Bill Gates first asked out Melinda Gates at a Microsoft company picnic after she was hired as a product manager in 1987. They dated for seven years before they got married. The couple's philanthropic organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has invested billions of dollars in efforts to enhance healthcare globally and reduce poverty. The Gates's have two daughters and a son together as well.

Read more: Inside the marriage of Bill and Melinda Gates, who met at work, live in a $124 million home, and will leave their children only a small fraction of their $98.1 billion fortune



Marissa Mayer & Zachary Bogue

Who they are: Mayer is the former CEO of Yahoo, and the cofounder of tech incubator Lumi Labs. Before that, she was Google's 20th employee. Bogue is a cofounder and managing partner at the investment firm Data Collective VC.

Their backstory: The couple met through a mutual friend in 2007, and got married two years later. Mayer announced her first pregnancy in 2012 on the same day she was publicly named Yahoo's CEO. She gave birth to identical twin girls in 2015.

Read more:The luxurious life of Marissa Mayer, the CEO who just sold Yahoo to Verizon for $4.8 billion 

 



Sheryl Sandberg & Bobby Kotick

Who they are: Sandberg is the COO of Facebook, where she's worked since 2008. She's also well-known for her 2013 book "Lean In" about women in the workplace. Kotick is the CEO of Activision Blizzard, the video game company behind "Call of Duty," "Overwatch," "World of Warcraft," and other popular games like "Hearthstone."

Their backstory: Sandberg was first married to tech executive Dave Goldberg until he died unexpectedly in 2015 at 47 years old. Sandberg has a son and a daughter from the marriage.

Sandberg and Kotick were already "old friends" by the time they started dating, The Guardian says.

Read more:A day in the life of Sheryl Sandberg, who uses an old-school notebook, likes 'bad TV,' and goes to bed before 10



Marc Benioff & Lynne Benioff

Who they are: Marc Benioff is the founder and CEO of enterprise cloud company Salesforce, known for his philanthropic efforts to combat Bay Area homelessness. Lynne Benioff is a notable philanthropist on the board of the nonprofit ONE. 

Their backstory: The Benioffs were married in 2006, although details of their Hawaiian wedding were kept secretive. In 2018, the couple bought Time Magazine together for $190 million.

Read more:The rise of Marc Benioff, the bombastic Salesforce CEO who's buying up Time Magazine for $190 million



Dave Morin & Brit Morin

Who they are: David Morin helped to create Facebook Platform and Facebook Connect, and cofounded Path, a now-defunct photo-based platform. Brit Morin is the founder of Brit + Co., a popular lifestyle media company for millennial women.

Their backstory: The pair first met when they both were working at Apple years ago. They got engaged in 2011 after an elaborate proposal set in the Maldives, and got married the following year.

Read more: What's Tough And Awesome About Being A Well-Known Couple In Silicon Valley



Kevin Hartz & Julia Hartz

Who they are: Kevin Hartz and Julia Hartz cofounded the ticketing startup Eventbrite in 2006. He is currently a chairman at the company, while she serves as CEO.

Their backstory: The couple met back in 2003 at a mutual friend's wedding. In a 2012 interview with Business Insider, Julia Hartz said that "we knew we wanted to start a company together before we lived together." The pair got married in 2006, and now have two children.

Read more: How To Marry Your Cofounder And Not Kill Your $200 Million Startup In The Process



Barry Diller & Diane von Furstenberg

Who they are: Diller founded the Internet company IAC in 1995, and now serves as a chairman for that company and for Expedia. Furstenberg is a notable designer with an eponymous fashion company who first rose to fame after marrying into a royal German family.

Their backstory: The couple got married in 2001 following an "on-and-off relationship" that spanned "several decades." They first met years earlier in the 70s at a party Diller was hosting.



Paul Graham & Jessica Livingston

Who they are: Graham and Livingston helped found Y Combinator, a wildly successful startup accelerator program that's produced companies like Dropbox, Airbnb, and Stripe. 

Their backstory: The pair started Y Combinator in 2005 while they were already dating. They got married in 2008, and now have two sons. 

Read more: Paul Graham Founded Y Combinator 7 Years Ago To Create A Job For His Wife



Diane Greene & Mendel Rosenblum

Who they are: Greene and Rosenblum both helped found the cloud computing software company VMware in 1998. They also together cofounded the cloud startup Bebop, which Google acquired in 2015. Greene was put in charge of Google's cloud computing unit, and now sits on Alphabet's board of directors.

Their backstory: The couple met while attending the University of California, Berkeley, when Rosenblum gave Greene a ride on his motorcycle. They have two children together.



Emily Weiss & Will Gaybrick

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Who they are: Weiss is the cofounder and CEO of online makeup company Glossier. Gaybrick is the chief financial officer at payment platform Stripe. Both startups are worth more than $1 billion.

Their backstory: There's not a lot about their relationship that's been made public. The first picture of the couple on Weiss' Instagram is from New Years Day of 2019.



This $69 makeup-removing balm melts grime off my face without stripping my skin — one bottle should last half a year

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  • Beautycounter's Cleansing Balm ($69) works as a cleanser, overnight mask, and makeup-removing balm that melts makeup off your face without stripping the skin of moisture.
  • The Cleansing Balm is one of the few products that makes my skin feel clean but not dry. I test a lot of skin-care products, but I've really fallen in love with the gentle effectiveness of this one.
  • It isn't cheap at $69, but it'll easily last you months at a time. A little goes a long way.

Life is full of mundane satisfying moments: ice cubes clinking against a cold glass, sinking a makeshift paper basketball into a trashcan, getting your inbox down to zero ... but almost nothing is as satisfying to me as watching the city's grime, pollution, and my own makeup melt off my face at the end of the day.

For that, there's nothing better than Beautycounter's Cleansing Balm ($69).

At $69 it would have to be pretty amazing — and last unnaturally long — to warrant the investment. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), it delivers on both accounts. It's one of the best skin care products I own, and a little goes a long way; after a few months of use, I'd guess I'll easily get over six months from this pot alone, making it about $11.50 every month. It's also worth noting that Beautycounter is one of the clean beauty industry's leading companies. 

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Every night, I spoon out an almond-sized amount of the balm with its small plastic scooper and gently massage it into my skin in circular motions. As I swirl it, I can feel the balm softening my skin at the same time it grabs the grime, oil, dirt, and makeup of the day. One peek in the mirror shows my stubborn waterproof mascara and other makeup glistening like oil on top of water. I dampen a muslin cloth (similar to these) in warm water and wipe away the balm gently. Then, I rinse my skin in cool water and pat it dry. Since the balm includes ingredients like raspberry and cranberry seed oils for nourishment, it also smells divine.

After using it, my typically dry combination skin feels clean, soft, and pillowy. Instead of stripping my skin's hydration, it markedly improves it for hours. In an independent, 24-hour, 25-subject, single-blind clinical and consumer study the company cites, 100% of women showed a significant increased in skin hydration after eight hours, with an average increase of 25%. I can only speak for myself, but I'd say that's true for me. 

The Cleansing Balm is also a multi-tasker. It works as a moisturizing daily cleanser, a deeply hydrating overnight mask, and as an aptly described "melting makeup-removing balm." But unlike other infamous multitaskers like three-in-one shampoo, body wash, and conditioner hybrids that wind up falling short on all accounts, this isn't a Pyrrhic victory. It has worked well for me in all forms.

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In terms of cons, the Cleansing Balm is expensive for a skincare product, isn't the most travel-friendly size, and, depending on your skin and makeup routine, probably won't be the one skincare product you need for clear, well-nourished skin.

Since it's a balm, I typically use a dual-cleansing routine if I wear makeup to make sure I don't leave any residue behind or impede upon the Balm's ability to nourish my skin directly. If you typically wear thick foundation and plan to only use the Cleansing Balm, you may need to go over it with a wash cloth or cotton pad a couple of times to make sure you're not leaving any residue behind.

Bottom line

If the balm in your budget — or its cost broken down over time or clean ingredients are worth it to you — then I highly recommend checking out Beautycounter's Cleansing Balm. It's versatile, lasts a long time, and doesn't contain any of the questionable ingredients I typically can't be bothered to scan for myself in other products. It literally melts my makeup off my face which is both a) deeply satisfying and b) incredibly helpful, and it's turned washing my face into something I'm excited about every day.

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Forget the iPhone 11: Here's why you should buy an iPhone 7 right now instead (AAPL)

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We've been seeing rumors and reports of Apple's next-generation iPhone, presumably called the iPhone 11, for months now.

It will almost certainly be a stellar phone. But if you're in the market for an iPhone right now, there are several reasons you should consider Apple's diamond in the rough, the iPhone 7, instead of waiting.

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You can save more than $550 by choosing the iPhone 7 instead of the next-generation iPhone 11.

The iPhone 7 is the most affordable iPhone you can buy right now.

The iPhone 7 starts at $449, and the iPhone 7 Plus starts at $569. (It's significantly cheaper if you trade in another iPhone to get it. You can also find discounted iPhone 7 Plus models on Apple's refurbished store.)

Meanwhile, expect the iPhone 11 to cost as much as the starting price of the iPhone XS, which is $999, before taxes and insurance.

In other words, you'll save about $550 — more than the starting price of an iPhone 7 — by choosing an iPhone 7 instead of the next-generation iPhone.

Keep these prices in mind.



The iPhone 11 looks like it's going to have a whole new set of cameras, but the cameras on the iPhone 7 hold up surprisingly well in 2019.

The iPhone 7 features a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera and a 12-megapixel rear camera.

For comparison, the iPhone 11's predecessor, the iPhone XS, features a 7-megapixel selfie camera and two 12-megapixel rear cameras.

By all accounts, the iPhone 11 will feature three rear cameras for improved depth sensing — possibly setting the table for Apple's augmented reality play, which is expected to come to fruition in 2020 with the introduction of smartglasses that work with the iPhone.

Read more:Here's everything we know about Apple's rumored smart glasses, which could arrive as soon as next year

But for right now, do you really need a smartphone with three rear cameras? Of course not. The iPhone 7 camera will give you excellent-looking photos with just one camera on the front, and one on the back.



The iPhone 7 has Touch ID, which is still the gold standard for unlocking your phone quickly.

Apple says Face ID — the facial-recognition system used to unlock the iPhone X, iPhone XR, and iPhone XS — is more secure than Touch ID.

But in my experience, Touch ID is still faster and more reliable than Face ID. Touch ID may not work if your fingers are wet, but Face ID has failed on me on plenty of occasions: It doesn't work when my face isn't at the right angle, but also, not once has Face ID worked when I'm wearing sunglasses.

Unless Apple's Face ID software gets a lot better this year, I expect Touch ID to remain the superior unlocking method for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, the iPhone 11 will almost certainly not have Touch ID, as Face ID appears to be Apple's new standard. 



The iPhone 11 is expected to be powered by an A13 chip, but the A10 Fusion chip in the iPhone 7 is still incredibly fast.

The A10 Fusion chip powers the iPhone 7 — and also the new iPod Touch models announced this week. It's a powerful processor that can handle most tasks you throw at it with ease.

Of course, the A12 Bionic chip that powers the current iPhone XS is several magnitudes smarter and faster, considering it uses artificial intelligence and a neural engine to improve task efficiency. And Apple has reportedly begun production on the A13 chip that will power the iPhone 11, which will almost certainly be exponentially faster than last year's model.

But if there's one thing I've noticed in recent years, it's that there's hardly any difference between "fast" and "very fast" when it comes to iPhones. I remember thinking my iPhone 7 was lightning fast, but I never considered my iPhone X to be drastically faster than that phone, even though that was certainly the case.

Yes, the next-gen A13 chip will probably beat you at Scrabble. But the A10 Fusion chip is far from "weak" in comparison.



The iPhone 7 will almost certainly weigh less than the iPhone 11.

iPhones have only gotten heavier since the iPhone 7, which weighs just 138 grams.

The iPhone 8 weighs 148 grams, the iPhone X weighed 174 grams, and the current iPhone XS tips the scales at 177 grams. And the iPhone XR weighs 194 grams.

The iPhone 11 is expected to retain a similar form factor to the iPhone X and XS, but having more cameras on the back will almost certainly mean more weight.

Expect the iPhone 7 to remain the lightest iPhone you can buy in 2019 — and weight does make a difference, especially when you're carrying it around all day.



The iPhone 11 will run the same software as the iPhone 7.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 11 will both run on iOS, Apple's mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads. This means you're getting the same level of security, privacy, services and software updates straight from Apple, as soon as they're available.

Considering how last year's iOS 12 supported devices dating back to the iPhone 5S, it would be a surprise if this year's iOS 13 didn't support the iPhone 7.



The iPhone 11 will beat the iPhone 7 in some key areas, but the iPhone 7 is still a great deal.

To be clear, the iPhone 11 will have several advantages over the iPhone 7:

- Significantly longer battery life

- Wireless charging

- Portrait mode photography

- Video stabilization

- A display that supports HDR

- A more sophisticated camera system

Look at these features listed above. When the iPhone 11 becomes available later this year, you'll need to decide whether or not these features justify the price of a brand-new iPhone, compared to an older model like the iPhone 7.

Yes, the iPhone 7 will be three years old come September, but it still has a lot going for it: a light form factor, Touch ID, a great camera system, and of course a competitive price. For $449, you can save a ton of money by investing in the iPhone 7 instead of the latest model, and still get an incredible smartphone out of the deal.



Meet the $50 electric toothbrush that's giving big name brands a run for their money

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  • Goby is a direct-to-consumer startup making affordable electric toothbrushes, which we first got to test out last year.
  • Goby electric toothbrushes are surprisingly effective for their accessible price, and each of us enjoy using the Goby more than a lot of the other expensive and/or more sophisticated designs out there.
  • It's affordable at $50-$80 for a brush kit, effective, and uses minimal countertop space, but it's also worth noting that it can be a little loud. All in all, we think it's a great value. 

Whether it's using a $20 jar of charcoal powder to whiten your teeth, or a water flosser to finally master flossing, people tend to care about the integrity and overall status of their smile. Even the iconic Austin Powers had dental work completed once he woke up on the cusp of the 21st century. 

For the last decade, proper oral care has translated to expensive electric toothbrushes, in part because they clean so much more effectively and consistently than manual brushes, and because they usually get the stamp of approval from your hard-to-please dentist.

But thanks to the digital landscape making it easier for new companies to cut costs by selling directly to you, effective electric toothbrushes are no longer quite so expensive. 

Goby, for instance, means to be the solution for smart shoppers who don't want to be priced out of great oral care. You can get an effective electric toothbrush for as little as $50, instead of the $100+ required for other big-name legacy options.

We got a chance to try out the Goby electric toothbrush, and each of us was pleasantly surprised. For such an accessible price, the it is among the most effective we've used and even challenged long-held favorites we've come to swear by. It has a smart design, takes up minimal countertop space, and brushes extremely effectively, even if you're the type of aggressive brusher who normally applies enough pressure to stop oscillating bristles in their tracks. It's a little loud, but given the price and the efficacy of the toothbrush, we're willing to forgive that con. It also doesn't hurt that it's a really good-looking toothbrush.

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Goby also partners with NYU College of Dentistry's Global Student Outreach Program, donating a percentage of all sales to help provide dental services to people around the world (if you need any added incentive).

You can buy a single electric toothbrush kit (with the brush, brush head, hygiene stand, USB charging shell, USB converter, and a hygienic brush cover — all pictured above) on its own as a one-time purchase for as little as $65 (limited edition colors costs as much as $95 as a one-time purchase), or you can choose to subscribe and pay only $50 for the brush kit. If you subscribe, you'll get a new $6 brush head with free shipping delivered once every month or every two or three months. You'll also save $15 on your electric toothbrush when you subscribe, and if you opt for monthly deliveries of your replacement brush heads, you'll also get free shipping on them.

You do not have to buy a subscription to get the Goby toothbrush. You can buy the toothbrush alone. Which, for people like me, (who can feel bogged down by subscriptions unless they're Amazon Prime and Scribd), is a welcome and logical option. 

The standard Goby is $50 ($65 without a subscription), and its limited-edition colors (bloom, recess) both cost $60 ($75 without a subscription). The swanky all black and rose editions are also $60 ($75 without a subscription). In terms of price, that's about as inexpensive as electric toothbrushes go — unless you're Quip (of which you can find a review here). 

If you want a bit more insight into what the Goby toothbrush is like, you'll find details about our personal experiences using it below.

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Sally Kaplan, Insider Picks editor: I am a pretty strict manual toothbrush user. I've tried plenty of electric versions, and somehow they all fall short of my usual routine (I love you, $6 Colgate toothbrush). But this one was different than most others I've tried, specifically because the vibrations and rotations didn't yield to my notoriously rough brushing habit. Usually, I find that electric toothbrushes are forced into a still hum from the pressure I place on them against my teeth (my partner often has to tell me to chill out when I brush my teeth… I just… can't help it). The Goby didn't stop vibrating or rotating at any point, which is the most important consideration for me. If you're a super rigorous or intense brusher — for better or for worse — you might actually like this one!

Malarie Gokey, Insider Picks senior editor: I usually use a Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush, which costs more than $100, so I was blown away by the $60/$75 price tag of the Goby toothbrush. Equally surprising was just how good it was. I love the two different speed settings and how the moving bristles polish away stains on my teeth and any tartar or plaque that builds up. The brush heads are a lot more affordable, too, at $6 compared to the $30+ price of Philips brush heads — and you can subscribe to them to get an even better price.

Mara Leighton, Insider Picks reporter: I've tried a few electric toothbrushes as part of my job at Insider Picks, but none have ever come close to unseating my toothbrush of choice — the $12 manual Boie, aka the "toothbrush of the future." After trying Goby, though, that's really only half true. I still use my Boie when I travel or want a quick, no-sound brush — usually in the morning or night when my roommates are still asleep — but I probably use the Goby more often than not now because it is truly so vigorous with cleaning. The sound is a bit loud, so I always make sure to close my mouth around the brush before turning it on to minimize it, but I truly love how well it works. I also appreciate the design — its charger can be inserted into its standing dock easily and seamlessly, and it takes up less countertop space than I had imagined. As Ellen says below, too, it's also legitimately cute to look at. 

Ellen Hoffman, Insider Picks director of content strategy: I view toothbrushes as practical tools for cleaning teeth, not pretty objects I want to display on my bathroom's countertop. But as weird as it is to say, the Goby toothbrush now fulfills both roles. The design is truly, undeniably pretty and the brush's aggressive speed and rotating bristles are incredibly effective at removing all of the day's grime from my teeth. I'd previously relied on only manual toothbrushes, but after a year of daily use, Goby has converted me into a full-time electric toothbrush user. I'm so hooked on my Goby I've signed up for a subscription to send me replacement brush heads every few months. 

Buy the Goby electric toothbrush with a subscription for $50 ($65 without a subscription)

Buy the Goby 'Rose' electric toothbrush without a subscription for $60 ($75 without a subscription)

Buy the Goby 'All-Black' electric toothbrush without a subscription for $60 ($75 without a subscription)

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Doctors are burning out twice as fast as other workers. The problem's costing the US $4.6 billion each year.

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Overworked and unhappy doctors are costing the US billions. 

Physician burnout is costing the US $4.6 billion each year, according to a study published Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Burnout is generally defined as long-term stress linked to your work.

The costs of burnout are related to doctors leaving health systems as well as working reduced hours, according to the study. There are about 1 million doctors in the US. The authors of the study noted that their findings suggest that there's good reason to develop programs that reduce burnout in doctors. 

More than half of doctors in the US experience burnout, a rate that's twice as high as the average American worker, researchers previously found. That can have a lot to do with the number of patients doctors see and the amount of documentation that needs to be completed for each visit. 

"It's just created such an extraordinarily structured, regulated environment in which many, many tasks that used to be done by other members of the healthcare team fall to physicians," Dr. Ed Ellison, the co-CEO of the Permanente Physician medical group said in a presentation on doctor burnout at CNBC's "Healthy Returns" conference in May.  Ellison wrote an accompanying editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Burnout's a big deal across professions. The World Health Organization on Saturday added burnout to its list of medical conditions, characterizing it as "a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed." 

Alleviating burnout

To avoid burnout, some doctors have turned to alternative business models.

That includes new models like direct primary care, which charges a monthly fee and doesn't take insurance. Through direct primary care, doctors manage the healthcare of fewer patients than they might in a traditional model. That frees them up to spend more time with patients and ideally help them get healthier.

It's a model that's been adopted by independent doctors who would otherwise have left medicine, with insurers and even the government starting to take notes on the new approach. 

Others have chosen to set their own hours by working for sites that link patients up virtually to doctors

Even so, it'll take more to cut through the note-taking and other tedious tasks that preoccupy doctors from primary care to acute surgery. It's prompted some to look into at ways to alleviate how much work they do on their computers for note taking purposes by using new technology like AI voice assistants.  

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Dead bodies litter Mount Everest because it's so dangerous and expensive to get them down

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Dead bodies are a common sight on top of Mount Everest. 

"I cannot believe what I saw up there," Everest filmmaker Elia Saikaly wrote on Instagram last week. "Death. Carnage. Chaos. Lineups. Dead bodies on the route." 

Eleven people have died climbing Mount Everest this spring, in what has become the peak's deadliest climbing sprint in recent memory. In 2015, an avalanche roared through Everest, killing at least 19 people.

When people die on Everest, it can be difficult to remove their bodies. Final repatriation costs tens of thousands of dollars (in some cases, around $70,000) and can also come at a fatal price itself: two Nepalese climbers died trying to recover a body from Everest in 1984. Instead, bodies are often left lying on the mountain.

Lhakpa Sherpa, who is the women's record-holder for most Everest summits, said she saw seven dead bodies on her way to the top of the mountain in 2018.

"Only near the top," she told Business Insider, remembering one man's body in particular that "looked alive, because the wind was blowing his hair."

Her memory is a grim reminder that removing dead bodies from Mount Everest is a pricey and potentially deadly chore, and one that is perhaps best left undone. 

Everest is crowded with tourists 

It's impossible to know for sure exactly where all of the 306 recorded Everest fatalities have ended up, but it's safe to say that many dead bodies never make it off the mountain. For years, Everest climbers have spoken of a dead man they call "Green Boots" who some have spotted lying in a cave roughly 1,130 feet from the top.

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This year, Everest's victims hailed from India, Ireland, Austria, and the US. Some hikers are blaming the surge in deaths, in part, on preventable overcrowding.

As May temperatures warm and winds stall, the favorable springtime Everest climbing conditions are notorious for creating conveyor-belt style lines that snake towards the top of the mountain. Climbers can be so eager to reach the peak and stake their claim on an Everest summit that they'll risk their lives just to make it happen, even when others caution them to stay back. At least two climbers died of exhaustion on their way down from the summit this year, the BBC reported.

Other Everest climbers complain about risky human traffic jams in the mountain's so-called "death zone," the area of the hike that reaches above 8,000 meters (about 26,250 feet), where air is dangerously thin and most people use oxygen masks to stay safe.

Even with masks, this zone is not a great place to hang out for too long, and it's a spot where some deliriously loopy trekkers start removing desperately-needed clothes, and talking to imaginary companions, despite the freezing conditions.

Often, these tourists have spent anywhere from $25,000 to $75,000 to complete this once-in-a-lifetime trek. 

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Removing bodies is dangerous and costs thousands of dollars

Getting bodies out of the death zone is a hazardous chore. 

"It's expensive and it's risky, and it's incredibly dangerous for the Sherpas," Everest climber Alan Arnette previously told the CBC. "What they have to do is reach the body, then they typically put it in some type of a rigging, sometimes a sled but often it's just a piece of fabric. They tie ropes onto that, and then they do a controlled slip of the body in the sled."

Arnette said he didn't want his body to go that way, and he signed some grim "body disposal" forms before he climbed Everest, ordering that his corpse should rest in place on the mountain in case he died during the trek.

"Typically you have your spouse sign this, so think about that conversation," he added. "You say leave me on the mountain, or get me back to Kathmandu and cremate, or try to get me back to my home country." 

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"There's sort of this idea that there's only one mountain that really matters in the kind of Western, popular imagination," filmmaker and director Jennifer Peedom told Business Insider when her documentary, "Mountain" was released.

Peedom has climbed Everest herself four times, but says the thrill of summiting Everest is largely relegated to the history books, and for "true mountaineers," it's basically just an exercise in crowd control these days. 

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"There seems to be a disaster mystique around Everest that seems to only serve to heighten the allure of the place," she said. "It is extremely overcrowded now and just getting more and more every year."

Indeed, the government in Nepal issued a record number of its $11,000 Everest permits this spring, with near 380 hikers approved to summit the peak by May 3.

SEE ALSO: What the top of Mount Everest is really like, according to the woman who's been there a record-breaking 9 times

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This $800 grill is WiFi-enabled so you don't have to monitor your food anymore

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  • The Traeger Pro 575 Smart Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker may just be the reason that I turn grilling into a career. 
  • Thanks to WiFi connectivity that allows me to grill from practically anywhere and a free app with a wide range of creative recipe ideas, my culinary world has suddenly expanded significantly. 
  • A little under $800, this is one of the most capable grills I've seen in this price range and it's certainly worth every penny to me.

Our caveman ancestors would be proud of the Traeger Pro 575 Smart Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker. Actually, "jealous" would be the more apt emotion triggered by the existence of the grill. Not only is this one of the smartest grills on the market, but it's also one of the fastest cooking and most versatile machines I've ever put to use.

Had our predecessors had the luxury of cloud-connected grilling, there would have been ample time for both hunting and gathering. The WiFi connectivity of these smart grills (cleverly called WiFIRE) offers the gift of time, but perhaps more importantly, peace of mind. 

I've been grilling up a storm in my backyard with the Traeger Pro 575, and here are my experiences with it.

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Working off of wood pellets for a truly wood-fired taste, this grill offers six-in-one versatility. It can handle your run-of-the-mill grilling, but you can also bake, roast, braise, smoke, and barbeque. And because of the variety of wood pellets available (like alder, apple, oak, and pecan wood), you can achieve a wide range of tastes. It's hard to believe that the same grill that sends off a mesquite-grilled sausage is also capable of firing up a baked salmon flavored with maple wood. But that, my friends, is the magic of this grill.

While you may think that cooking with wood pellets (and as a result, indirect heat) won't get you equally delicious results as food cooked over an open flame, the Traeger is here to prove you wrong. I had far greater control over the exact temperature of the grill, and the entire process was far less messy (and therefore easier to clean up), yielded more consistent results, and the cook time was actually much faster. In short, I've never enjoyed grilling more than I have with the Traeger Pro 575.

Set-up process

Traeger says that you'll need two people in order to actually get your new grill up and running, and it's not wrong.

While putting together the grill is relatively straightforward, the difficulty comes in actually lifting the heavy pieces of the machine, which you'll have to do a number of times in the process. And at 128 pounds total, you don't want to break your back before you get to chow down on the meat or veggies you're about to grill. 

That said, outside of dealing with the weight of the grill, putting the pieces together is considerably easier than, say, putting together Ikea furniture. While you'll still be working with pictograms that aren't the most intuitive to follow, Traeger makes things easier by labeling boxes with things like "Start Here" and clearly marking the various nuts and bolts for easy assembly. All in all, it took my boyfriend and me about 45 minutes to fully assemble the grill — not bad for an afternoon's work.

Once that's done, plug it into a power source and you're almost there. 

Priming the grill

Before you actually get to the meat of using the grill (so to speak), you'll first need to run an initial seasoning cycle.

You do this by adding wood pellets to the hopper, turning on the grill, and selecting the Prime Auger option from the menu screen. By running your grill through a full cooking cycle without actually cooking anything, you'll burn off any residual chemicals that may have resulted from the manufacturing process, which generally results in safer (and tastier) food the first time through.

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Using the grill

And now, the important stuff.

While I've never been a particularly vocal proponent of WiFi-enabled cookware, I'll hand it to Traeger — the WiFIRE aspect makes it one of the most user-friendly grills I've ever used.

Thanks to the connection to my phone, I can now grill, quite literally, from anywhere I'd like. That way, rather than being chained to my station during a cookout, I'm actually able to participate in the fun and hang out with friends and family while the food cooks itself.

The app (available on iOS and Android) also makes it possible to set timers, monitor food temperatures, and of course, leverage the expertise of the GrillGuide, which offers hundreds of downloadable recipes that can be sent straight to the Pro 575. My favorite so far? The smoked apple pie. Yes, smoked apple pie.

While WiFIRE was once only available in Traeger's most expensive model, it's now standard in all of the company's new grills, making the entire lineup far more attractive for grilling newbies.

Specs

The Pro 575 is the perfect size for an at-home griller. With 572 square inches of grilling area, you have more than enough room for eight (very large) burgers — at least, the way we did it. In fact, the brand says it can cook 36 burgers, six racks of ribs, or six whole chickens at once. 

If you don't need both racks to cook protein, you can use the second one for grilling corn and other vegetables, or as a holding place for proteins that perhaps need a bit less heat. Aside from the impressive grilling capacity, there are also a number of bells and whistles that help the Pro 575 stand out from the rest of the crowd.

First, there's the so-called D2 Direct Drive. Thanks to the variable speed fan and auger of this grill, heat distribution and control is much improved when compared to other wood pellet grills, and to the standard gas or charcoal variants you may be accustomed to. Thanks to the related Turbotemp technology, the Pro 575 got hot enough to start grilling in just a couple minutes, which meant that I could begin cooking on my timetable, rather than that of my grill's.

Also included with your grill is a meat probe, which gives you an exacting internal temperature reading of your various cuts of protein. This can be particularly useful when cooking larger cuts of meat or fish — rather than having to defile that filet by cutting it in half, you can just insert the temperature probe and see if it's reached optimal temperature. 

Here are the major specs, with a full comparison against other Traeger grills here

  • Main Grill Grate Dims (In): 22 W X 19 D
  • 2nd Tier Grill Grate Dims (In): 22 W X 7 D
  • Total Cooking Space (Sq. In.): 572
  • Hopper Capacity: 18
  • Assembled Dims: 41 W X 27 D X 53 H
  • Barrel Width: 22
  • Color: Black/Bronze
  • Max Temperature: 450º F

Cons to consider

Despite the many praises that I have sung and will continue to sing about the Pro 575, it's not without its issues.

The most apparent is the need for an electrical outlet to power up the grill. If you don't have one in your yard or you're truly looking to grill in the great outdoors, this isn't necessarily the grill for you. After all, what with its cloud connectivity and smart features, it's not exactly the most down-to-earth piece of machinery you could use to cook your dinner.  

I will also say that the wood pellets, unfortunately, are not quite as easy to come by as charcoal or propane. If you're aware that you're running low on the pellets, you'll want to stock up sooner rather than later on Amazon — it's been my best bet in terms of acquiring wood pellets rather than heading over to the local general store.

The bottom line

All things told, the Traeger Pro 575 has made for a series of standout grilling performances.

Not only am I now able to actually enjoy grilling as a result of being freed from my constant monitoring duties, but I've also been able to experiment with a much wider range of cooking techniques and dishes from braised pork to baked pies to a smoked sausage.

And if that's not a reason to look forward to summer, I'm not sure what is.

Buy the Traeger Pro 575 at Ace Hardware for $799.99

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13 luxury real-estate agents reveal what it's really like working with millionaire and billionaire clients

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Business Insider asked real-estate agents around the US about what it's really like working in the industry, what they wish they could tell their clients, and what it's like working with millionaire and billionaire clients in the luxury market.

Many agents said working with affluent clients is easier than ordinary clients because they tend to know exactly what they want, they have the means to get it, and they don't want to waste any time.

One agent said wealthy buyers want a good bargain as much as anybody else — and since they have more options, they'll walk away if the price isn't exactly right.

Here's what it's really like working with ultra-wealthy clients in the real-estate industry.

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Several agents said millionaire and billionaire clients aren't too different from ordinary clients.

"I've only had a handful of truly wealthy clients, but I can say that my experience with them was honestly the same as any other client," Jason Tsalkas, an agent at Compass who sells homes primarily in Brooklyn for between $650,000 and $2 million, told Business Insider. "As a hired real estate advisor, you should be working for the relationship, not solely the transaction. Additionally, we live in NYC on a 'New York Minute' — time is everything. No matter who the client is, respond and react in REAL TIME."

And as with any client, honesty is the best policy when it comes to super-wealthy clients, Tsalkas said.

"I remember having to tell a certain famous client a property wasn't for them, despite how much he thought why, until I laid out the reasons," he said. "No one deal is worth losing the confidence and respect of a client; being transparent will gain you that respect for a lifetime."

Colin Turek, a Compass agent who sells in the $800,000 to $2 million range in New York City, says millionaire and billionaire clients "care about the same stuff — just on a bigger and more luxurious scale."

"Most of them are down-to-earth and want to be treated just like everyone else — in a private car, of course," said Boris Fabrikant of Compass, who sells homes with an average price of $1.5 million in Manhattan.

 

 

 



Many said it's actually easier to work with clients who have "infinite funds" ...

"I commonly work with millionaires," Barbara Leogrande of Douglas Elliman, who sells homes at an average of $550,000 in Suffolk County in Long Island, told Business Insider. "I find it to be easy, as a millionaire didn't accumulate wealth by accident. They have a head for business and understand the dynamics of a transaction."

It's typically a smooth process from start to finish, she said.

"When you work with clients who have infinite funds, it becomes almost easier in a sense because a couple hundred thousand dollars don't typically make a difference," Eric Goldie of Compass, who handles sales in New York City for $1 million to $5 million on average, said. "Working with clients who are buying their first starter home is more of a challenge because every dollar matters. I once had a client who wanted to put a hot-tub on the roof of his penthouse which would require shutting down a major road in Manhattan. I told him it would cost roughly $100,000 and he didn't even flinch. " 

Jose Laya, who sells homes in Miami for between $800,000 and $2 million, said most wealthy clients make quick decisions, don't waste time, and tell you exactly what they think.

"Most deals can be quite easy as they pay cash," he said.

 

 



... as long as you work around their schedules.

"This of course comes at a price, as they expect you to be on-call at all times," Laya said. "And always remember... everything will happen on their time. And that is the tough part... working EVERYTHING around their schedules." 



Communication tends to be easier with wealthy clients.

Brian K. Lewis of Compass, who sells $2 million to $10 million homes in New York City, says he loves the "ease of communication" that comes with working with the highest-end buyers and sellers.

"They tend to be good communicators and are often self-made individuals," Lewis told Business Insider. 

He added that many of these clients grew up middle class and have universal values and fears.

"I don't get distracted by fancy titles, or their fame, or the trappings that come with their fortunes," Lewis said. "I relate to them as individuals. Trust is built. Communication is good. I get them what they want. I've used this formula to effect a sale for $42 million— but I also use this same approach for my $420,000 clients."

 



Agents get to see some of the most luxurious homes in the world working with these clients.

"Working with millionaire and billionaire clients is one of the most exciting parts of the job as you get to see some of the most luxurious homes on the market," Jared Barnett, a Compass agent who sells homes between $2 million and $5 million in New York City, told Business Insider.

"People have the perception it's more challenging to sell ultra-luxury homes to a buyer, but in fact these clients have often bought and sold properties many times throughout their life," Barnett said. "For this reason, they know what they like and are able to make quick decisions, which can expedite the process."



Some of them have "handlers" who deal with their real-estate transactions.

Michael Bello of REAL New York, who does $5,000-per-month on average rentals in the city, said the most affluent clients often have "handlers" — such as accountants or lawyers — who take care of the transactions for them.

"I rented to the daughter of a wealthy celebrity last summer, and they had their accountant handle everything," Bello said. "They wanted to remain anonymous. They couldn't have been nicer people, though!" 



Wealthy clients know exactly what they want.

"They are very clear on what they want, do not like to waste their time and want us to respect their time and they respect our time," said Smitha Ramchandani, a broker-associate at SR Real Estate Group at Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty, who sells homes in New Jersey and California, in the $400,000 to $3 million range.



Working with millionaire clients requires a perspective shift.

Scot Dalbery of REAL New York, who deals with rental properties in New York City that are $4,000 a month on average, said that working with millionaire clients is all about adjusting perspective.

"Unlike other typical buyers, there is more urgency for their needs to be met," Dalbery said. "They're often the nicest and most understanding clients. However, you have to know what you're getting into and understand that they have a different perspective on many things than the typical buyer does, and make sure you allow them to voice those opinions in a way that doesn't feel judged." 



Agents should understand their time is less valuable than that of their ultra-wealthy clients.

Martin Eiden, an agent who sells homes in Manhattan and Brooklyn for between $700,000 and $7 million, says working with millionaire and billionaire clients is "pretty much the same" as with other clients.

"Be courteous, professional and prompt," Eiden said. "If they call you on your cell, you need to pick up. Time is extremely important to them. Don't waste it, and understand your time is less valuable than theirs. For billionaires, you will often work with their personal attorneys and rarely (if at all meet them)."



Millionaires want to get a great deal as much as anybody else.

Julie Brannan of Compass, who deals with homes at an average $2 million in New York City, said there's a misconception that people of means don't want a bargain. 

"In some ways, since their options are so open, they are more driven to get the right apartment at the right price or they will walk away," Brannan said.

"I once negotiated up to $26 million on an apartment that was listed for $31 million and the seller wouldn't come down from a counter of $29 million," she said. "My buyer could afford it but felt it was overpriced (and I agreed). We walked away and bought something else — and three years later that apartment is still on the market, now for $26.9 million."



How to make your AirPods louder if they aren't loud enough, or fix any other volume-related issue

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  • You can control the volume of your AirPods using the volume buttons on your iPhone or by telling Siri to raise (or lower) the volume.
  • If the AirPods' highest volume isn't loud enough, you might need to clean the tiny speaker mesh or check the Music app's settings.
  • You can also calibrate the volume level between the AirPods and the iPhone to ensure they are using the full range of audio available.
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Apple's AirPods helped launch a thousand imitators — there are now countless wireless earbuds available for both iPhones and Android devices.

It's not hard to see why; there's something incredibly liberating about earbuds that have no wires and no buttons or other controls. But how do you do something as simple as control the volume?

How to change the volume on the AirPods

First, if your iPhone is nearby, you can simply use the volume control on the phone as well — the volume buttons on the phone directly affect the volume through the AirPods.

Rather than building volume controls into the AirPods themselves, Apple has delegated that duty to Siri. Here is how to control the volume of your AirPods:

  • If you have first generation AirPods, double tap either earbud to wake Siri and then ask Siri to adjust the volume.
  • If you have second generation AirPods, say "Hey Siri" and then ask Siri to adjust the volume.

You can tell Siri to "increase volume," which increases the volume in approximately 12 percent increments. If you prefer, you can tell Siri to increase the volume by a specific percentage, or to a specific percentage (as in "Hey Siri, raise volume by 20 percent," or "Hey Siri, raise the volume to 80 percent.") Be careful telling Siri to raise the volume to a specific percentage, as the volume can get uncomfortably loud all at once.

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What to do if your AirPods aren't loud enough

If your AirPods aren't loud enough to suit you, there may be some tricks you can try to coax additional volume out of them — this is especially true if they were once louder, but more recently, it seems like they have gotten quieter.

Clean your AirPods

An unfortunate fact of life is that human ears are waxy, and anything you tend to frequently put in your ears, like earbuds, tend to accumulate earwax. It doesn't take much wax to noticeably reduce the maximum volume of the AirPods.

When you clean your AirPods, it's very important not to use anything wet or damp — never get the mesh speakers wet. Also, don't poke the speaker mesh with a toothpick or similar sharp implement that could damage it.

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Instead, use a dry cotton swab or a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove any wax or other debris from the speaker mesh.

Calibrate the AirPods with your iPhone

It's possible that your AirPods and iPhone need calibrating — the two devices might have different understandings of what "full volume" means, for example, and so the AirPods stop using the full range of audio available. That may sound complicated, but it's actually quite easy to fix.

1. Put the AirPods in your ears and start playing music.

2. Using the volume buttons on the iPhone, turn the iPhone's volume all the way down. You shouldn't hear anything in the AirPods now.

3. Swipe down from the top right of the iPhone to display the Control Panel and tap the Bluetooth button to disable Bluetooth. Leave the AirPods in your ears.

4. Start playing music again, this time through the iPhone's own speakers. Using the iPhone's volume buttons, turn the volume all the way down.

5. Reconnect the AirPods. Pull down the Control Panel and tap Bluetooth to turn it back on. You might also need to open the Settings app, tap "Bluetooth," and tap "AirPods" to reconnect them.

6. Play music again, adjusting the volume as needed.

Check the Music app's sound settings

If your AirPods are too quiet mainly when listening to music using the Music app, its settings might be mis-configured. You can fix that with just a couple of taps.

1. Start the Settings app.

2. Tap "Music."

3. Make sure that EQ is set to Off. If it's turned on, tap "EQ" and then tap "Off."

4. Staying on the Music setting screen, make sure that Volume Limit is also set to Off. If it is on, tap "Volume Limit" and slide the volume all the way to the right. This will turn it off.

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Make sure the both ears are the same volume

If one ear consistently sounds louder than the other, an accessibility setting on the iPhone might be suppressing the volume in one ear. Here's how to check:

1. Start the Settings app.

2. Tap "General" and then tap "Accessibility."

3. In the Hearing section, make sure that the left/right slider is balanced with the button in the middle. If it's slid to the right or left, slide it back to the center.

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Apple's brand-new iPod Touch costs $199 — and it has a headphone jack so you can listen with wired headphones

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iPod Touch refresh

  • Apple just released a refreshed version of the iPod Touch with improved specs and better performance.
  • Most people may use their phones for music and gaming, but many people still love to have a dedicated music player for storing music files and large apps.
  • The iPod Touch starts at $199, which is far cheaper than any iPhone, and it has a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can use wired headphones.
  • Here are all the specs, features, and prices of the new iPod Touch.

In 2019, the vast majority of people listen to music on their phones, but there's definitely still a case to be made for having a dedicated music player. To that end, Apple has announced a new version of the iPod Touch with improved performance and a slightly tweaked design.

The new device has a lot to offer, but perhaps best of all for many people, the iPod Touch has a 3.5mm headphone jack, so you don't have to go out and buy wireless headphones or an adapter to use your wired headphones. You can just plug them right in and start listening.

Apple has also given the new iPod Touch the A10 Fusion processor, which is the same high-performance chip that was used in the iPhone 7. Not only that, but for the first time ever, the iPod Touch now offers up to 256GB of storage, which is perfect for holding all the songs and games you want.

That's not all that's new, though. On top of the extra specs, Apple has also given the new iPod Touch support for features like Group FaceTime and ARKit.

The design has been tweaked a little, too. On the front of the device, you'll get a Home button that does not have Touch ID. The button is located right under a 4-inch, 1,136 x 640-pixel resolution screen.

The new iPod Touch is available in a range of different colors, including blue, pink, red, silver, gold, and space gray, so there should be something for everyone.

In general, the device is perfect for those who want a small music player that isn't their phone or as a great way to introduce mobile devices to kids.

The iPod Touch is pretty affordable, too, at least compared to the iPhone and iPad. Prices range from $199 for the 32GB version to $399 for the 256GB model.

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