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How to reset a Google Chromecast in 2 different ways to fix issues with the device

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Google Chromecast is a nifty invention that lets you "cast" media from any of your devices— laptops to tablets to mobile phones — onto your TV screen.

Most of the time, the device operates pretty seamlessly with few problems, but like all technology, it's not perfect. Your Chromecast could possibly freeze or lag at some point, and while simply rebooting the device may help, if it doesn't, you may need to resort to more serious measures. 

Whether you're trying to solve tech issues or connect the device to a new wireless router in your home, resetting your Chromecast to its factory default settings might be the way to go. 

Doing so is relatively easy and should only take a few minutes, after which you'll have a device that's just like new again. 

Here's how to do it. 

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Google Chromecast (For $35 at Best Buy)

How to reset Google Chromecast on the device

1. Next to the micro USB port on your Chromecast, press and hold the small round reset button for at least 25 seconds, or until the device's lights begin to flash. 

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2. Disconnect the power cable from your USB device and wait a few seconds before plugging your Chromecast back in. This will complete your Chromecast's factory reset process and you can begin setting up the device as new. 

How to reset Google Chromecast using the Google Home app

1. On your mobile phone or tablet, locate the Google Home app icon and tap to open it. 

2. On the bottom right-hand side of your screen, tap the Account button, which appears as a small stick figure's head and shoulder inside a round circle. 

3. Tap on the option which tells you how many devices you currently have hooked up in your home. 

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4. When your list of local devices appears, tap on the device you wish to reset. 

5. On the display screen for your chosen device, tap on the Settings icon on the upper right-hand corner of the screen to open the Device Settings.

6. Tap on the three dots (...) on the upper right-hand corner of the screen to reveal a new menu of options, where you will be able to reset your device. This will option be listed either as "Reset." 

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7. Tap "Reset" and tap it again to confirm your desire to restore the device to factory settings.

It should be noted that this method of factory reset is only available when you're still able to connect to your device by Wi-Fi. If not, you should use the first method listed. 

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My husband paid me $15 an hour to be a stay-at-home mom. Here's what I learned.

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  • Melissa Petro is a freelance writer, wife, and mother living in New York City.
  • Instead of returning to full-time work after she had a baby, she persuaded her husband to pay her to handle all the childcare, housework, and other familial responsibilities.
  • She added up the hours she'd work each week and multiplied that by an hourly wage, subtracting this figure from what she owed the family budget.
  • Still needing a second job to make ends meet, Petro soon grew exhausted by all the responsibilities on her plate, especially as her son got older.
  • Later, her husband lost his job, compelling the couple to switch roles entirely.
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Before I became a mother, my husband and I had an equal partnership: We both worked full time — he as a consultant in digital media, me as a freelance writer — and contributed 50-50 to a family budget. We also did our best to split the household work equally.

Then I got pregnant and gave birth, and equality went out the window.

Mentally and physically exhausted, breastfeeding around the clock, and overwhelmed by the duties of managing our household, I didn't think I had my former hustle in me. It was also a fact that, even though I was relatively successful at what I did, my yearly income as a freelance writer barely covered the cost of full-time childcare.

And so instead of returning to full-time work after maternity leave, I convinced my husband of an unorthodox arrangement: Rather than hiring a nanny or sending our 4-month-old off to daycare, I told him I'd handle the childcare, along with all the housework and other familial responsibilities. Instead of paying a team of professionals, I reasoned, we'd pay me.

A quiet moment in the garden #lateafternoon #sundayfunday #familytime #parentlife #thisparentlife #parenthood

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I added up the hours I'd work each week and multiplied that by an hourly wage. I then divided that number in half — after all, childcare was as much my expense as it was my husband's — and subtracted this figure from what I owed the family budget. Though he worried I'd resent him for having to give up my career, he could see that my mind was made up, and so he agreed.

We were both trying to do what was best for our family and our marriage. In retrospect, I was naive and not thinking clearly. While it wasn't a terrible idea, the issue of equality in marriage is complex. Here's what I learned.

Read more:I'm a wife and mother who works from home. My family acts like I don't have a job — and I'm tired of it.

Motherhood is hard work. Don't sell yourself short.

According to Salary.com, if a stay-at-home mom charged what she was actually worth, she'd make upwards of $162,000 a year.

In my case, I calculated my hourly rate for my work as a mother at just $15 an hour, what the closest daycare would have cost. After doing the math, there was a difference of about $1,200 to be made up. I also had to continue paying for my own personal expenses — coffees out, getting my hair done, gifts, things like this.

In other words, I'd need a second job just to make ends meet.

At the time, I saw this as a plus: I wasn't giving up my career entirely, I thought, and I assumed I could complete freelance writing assignments while the infant napped. In retrospect, I should've charged my husband more.

Beware of 'scope creep'

As a first-time mother, I overestimated what I'd be able to accomplish in an eight-hour day.

After feedings, diaper changes, and playdates — not to mention dishes, loads of laundry, and picking up toys — there was no time to shower, let alone work a second job. Finding assignments wasn't a problem, but completing them was another story entirely. Full-time parenting became even more unmanageable after my baby started dropping naps and became more mobile.

And yet because we'd agreed it was all part of my job, undone housework at the end of the workday remained my responsibility. Sure, my husband helped with the baby when he came home from the office — but even then, he was only "helping." After all, I was getting paid.

A disconcerting but not uncommon dynamic had emerged: As my confidence as a parent grew, my husband's waned. He became increasingly deferential, stepping down to let me take the lead. It wasn't that I was naturally better at folding laundry, fixing snacks, or taming tantrums — I just did these things more often until, eventually, I was doing them all the time, even when Arran was home.

I was working 24/7 — and I was exhausted.

Read more:Mothers are more likely to work full-time in states with lower childcare costs and longer school days

Renegotiate as necessary

Parental burnout, experts say, is a result of an imbalance between demands and rewards, and it shares many of the same traits as professional burnout: high levels of exhaustion, feelings of inadequacy, and emotional detachment.

Had my husband been paying me more — and had the terms of my responsibilities been more clearly defined from the start and controlled as our infant grew into toddlerhood — I might've felt differently about life as a stay-at-home mom. As it was, I felt incompetent and unfulfilled, exhausted and resentful.

After about a year of full-time parenting, I hit my breaking point. I knew something had to give the day I found myself sobbing in the bathtub, fully dressed, having lost my phone (again) after inadvertently deleting an assignment I'd spent all afternoon working on after Oscar had woken up early from his nap.

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Thankfully, when my husband saw me struggling, he began paying more of the joint family expenses (essentially giving me a raise). He also took on more of the childcare and household responsibilities without my having to ask. And I hired an assistant. For a not-insignificant fraction of my earnings, a mother's helper took my toddler off my hands for three glorious hours a day.

With reliable support, a situation like this would probably be sustainable.

A valuable lesson

In our case, then something interesting happened: My husband lost his job, compelling us to switch roles entirely. He took over household responsibilities, including childcare, while I worked full time.

It was a blessing in disguise. I realized how much I missed my former career. I also discovered that my earning potential had nearly doubled — thanks in no small part to the time-management and multitasking skills I'd sharpened during my tenure as a stay-at-home mom.

Meanwhile, my husband realized exactly how hard I'd had it for the past year. More than once, I came home from a rewarding day at my office — aka the coffee shop down the street, where I typically set up shop — to find my normally even-tempered husband in tears, overwhelmed and frustrated by the tasks expected of him.

In the end, my family learned a valuable lesson: Taking care of a toddler for 12-plus hours a day is work, harder work than my husband and I ever imagined. And so just as soon as my husband found a new job, we decided to leave it to the professionals. At nearly 2 years old, Oscar will start full-time daycare this fall.

Melissa Petro is a freelance writer living in New York.

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'How much is the Apple Pencil?': A breakdown of Apple's advanced iPad styluses, including their prices and which iPads each works with

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There are two versions of the Apple Pencil. The original Pencil costs $99, while the Apple Pencil (2nd Generation) sells for $129

They're not interchangeable — you need to purchase a different Pencil depending on what version of the iPad you have. Both Pencils are current models, since there are a number of iPads currently in use which make use of both accessories. 

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iPad Air (From $499.99 at Best Buy)

iPad Mini (From $399.99 at Best Buy)

iPad (7th generation) (From $329.99 at Best Buy)

iPad (6th generation) (From $279.99 at Best Buy)

iPad Pro 12.9-inch (From $1,149.99 at Best Buy)

iPad Pro 11-inch (From $799.99 at Best Buy)

Apple Pencil 1st Generation (From $99.99 at Best Buy)

Apple Pencil 2nd Generation (From $129.99 at Best Buy)

How to tell which Apple Pencil you need

The original Apple Pencil is gloss white, completely round, and features a silver ring near the rear. Behind the ring is a removable cap that gives you access to the Lighting port to charge the pencil. Again, it costs $99 from Apple.

The Apple Pencil (2nd Generation) has a less shiny matte white finish, and is flat on one side so it doesn't roll as easily. It has no silver band in the back, and instead of a Lightning port, it charges wirelessly when it's attached to the iPad. This Pencil is magnetic, so it sticks to the iPad for storage and charging. It costs $129 from Apple.

Apple offers the option of engraving a short text message (such as your name, initials, or phone number) into an Apple Pencil (2nd Generation) for free when you order it online. You can't engrave the original Apple Pencil. 

The original Apple Pencil works with these iPads:

  • iPad Air (3rd generation, released in 2019)
  • iPad mini (5th generation, released in 2019)
  • iPad (6th generation, released in 2018)
  • iPad (7th generation, set to release on September 30, 2019)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation, released in 2017)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation, released in 2015)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch (released in 2017)
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch (released in 2016)

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The Apple Pencil (2nd Generation) works with these iPads:

Apple Pencil 2nd Generation iPad Pro

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Nearly half of millennials said the biggest mistake they made with student loans is thinking their starting salaries would cover their monthly payments, a new study shows

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If only starting salaries were as much as the cost of college.

Nearly half of millennials (42%) said the biggest mistake they made with their student loans was overestimating the salary of their first job out of college and assuming they'd be able to afford their monthly payments, according to a new survey by personal finance company SoFi. The survey polled more than 1,000 Americans ages 22 to 35.

The next-biggest student-loan mistake respondents said they made, at 31%, was not understanding the specifics of the loan and interest rates. And 14% said the biggest mistake was failing to understand repayment options and timelines, while 11% said it was assuming they would have help paying off their student loans after college.

The average millennial earns $35,455, according to a new SuperMoney report that analyzed US Census Bureau data. It found that those between ages 25 and 34 have seen only a $29 income increase since 1974, when adjusted for inflation — a lot less than the $2,900 increase adults ages 35 to 44 saw, and the $5,400 increase adults ages 45 to 54 saw in the same time period.

Read more: 10 mind-blowing facts that show just how dire the student-loan crisis in America is

Meanwhile, the average student-loan debt per 2018 graduate is $29,800; the average millennial salary isn't even $6,000 more than that. That's because income increases haven't kept up with increases in college tuition, which has more than doubled since 1971.

It's no wonder that more than half of indebted millennials think college wasn't worth it, according to an Insider and Morning Consult Survey.

Juggling student-loan debt and the increased cost-of-living expenses on a small salary has ultimately made it more difficult to save for traditional life milestones like buying a house and getting married. And what it's done instead is mint the paying off of student-loan debt as the new millennial milestone.

SEE ALSO: Income for young adults has grown by just $29 since 1974 — nowhere close to keeping up with skyrocketing housing costs and the crushing size of student-loan debt

DON'T MISS: The wealth gap between generations in the US has nearly doubled in the past 20 years — and the Great Recession, an unaffordable housing market, and astronomic student-loan debt are to blame

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8 women share the 17 best pieces of jewelry they've ever bought or received — from $7 Etsy purchases to $1,500 splurges they don't regret

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Of the many aspects of our lives that online shopping has simplified (getting fresh groceries to our doors),  one of the best is how much easier and more affordable it has made buying jewelry online.

Whether it's a $20 pair of handmade earrings on Etsy that look like lemon drops or a keepsake $1,500 ring to celebrate a momentous achievement, many of the best pieces in our jewelry boxes came to us as gifts from ourselves.

Since we spend most of our time on Insider Picks steeped in the search for the best of the online world, I asked eight women on the Insider Picks team to tell me the best jewelry pieces they ever bought online (and a few pieces that were given to them as gifts from loved ones) — and where you can find them.

8 women share their best online jewelry purchases:

Birthstone Ear-Chain Threader

$150, available at AUrate

I have six piercings in my right ear, and most of the earrings I wear every day are the same ones that I've had since the piercings were created. So, on the rare occasions when I buy new jewelry, I'm okay with spending a bit more for something of greater quality, more ethical production, or a unique design. I bought this Threader at a sale price in the (not-my-birthstone) White Topaz, and I wear it most often as a glimmery point of interest when I wear my hair up. It's well made, slightly edgy but still sophisticated, and not something everyone else owns. — Mara Leighton, Insider Picks reporter



Hand with Broken Heart Earrings

$27.60, available at Etsy

With a solid collection of everyday gold jewelry in my possession, I wanted to find some more fun, conversation-starting pieces. My first stop was Etsy, where I came across these lightweight acrylic earrings. Whether you're disillusioned by the dating scene or happily in love, they're a cool and tongue-in-cheek statement. I'm always looking for an excuse to wear them. — Connie Chen, Insider Picks reporter

 



Enamel Drop-Hoop Earrings

$26.99 (originally $39.50), available at J.Crew [You save $12.51]

These earrings are a little heavy and they can feel uncomfortable if you wear them the entire day. However, I can't resist the color blocking and unique, modern style, so I usually put up with the weight. I got them on sale, but they look and feel much more luxurious than their sub-$50 price would suggest. — Connie Chen, Insider Picks reporter



Solid Circle Earrings

$280, available at AUrate

These small, yellow gold circle earrings from AUrate are my most worn pair. They're the perfect 'not too big, not too small' size. — Ellen Hoffman, director of content strategy



Aurate Stackable Ring

$50, available at AUrate

This simple and stackable plain band is perfect for layering with other rings. It's probably slightly too thin to wear on its own, but I usually wear it stacked with a twisted band (the one in the next slide) from AUrate. Just be careful if you're super rough with your hands, and remember to take it off at the gym. — Sally Kaplan, Insider Picks editor



Stackable Twist Ring

$60, available at AUrate

Simple as it is, this is my absolute favorite ring (behind my engagement ring, of course. Shoutout to my partner for the best jewelry gift of all time!). It's just a thin twisted band, but it catches the light in a way that makes it look shinier and more substantial than its price would suggest.

If you want to stack it with the plain band from the last slide, I recommend buying them as a set instead of separately — you'll save $15 that way.— Sally Kaplan, Insider Picks editor



Chauné Hoop Earrings

$35-$42, available at Rocksbox

I don't really like wearing traditional hoops. Instead, I'm drawn to slight variations like this style. They're my fallback whenever I'm not sure (or don't have enough time to ponder) what earrings to wear, and they've made appearances at my office, parties, and casual brunches. On the practical side, I also like them more than traditional hoops because they have posts and backs, ensuring they won't fall off my ears no matter how hard I shake my head. — Connie Chen, Insider Picks reporter



Chloe Mini Choker

$55, available at Gorjana

Sometimes I wear this choker on its own, other times I layer it with a longer piece. Either way, it's the perfect length and doesn't shift around on my neck like other chokers. I love the small circles that dot the whole necklace and draw more attention to its daintiness and my neck. It's not solid gold (instead, 18-karat gold plated), but after two years, it still hasn't shown any signs of wear. — Connie Chen, Insider Picks reporter



Finespun Hoop Earrings

Gold jewelry is my go-to, and these gold-plated earrings are perfect for when I want something a little more fun than my simple, everyday gold hoops. The rainbow of colors in the earrings is really pretty and eye-catching, and despite all of the colors, these earrings go with more outfits than you'd expect. I also love that the posts are sterling silver, so they don't bother my ears at all. — Victoria Gracie, social media associate



Small Hoops

$49, available at Mejuri

I love a tiny hoop, and these 14-karat gold ones from Mejuri are perfectly petite. I have four of them because I like to mix and match (I have three holes in one ear and two in the other) but I always have at least one pair on at all times.

The one annoying thing about them is that they're not so easy to put on. One side has a hole for the other to fit into, which is great because it creates a full circle and won't ever fall out, but it can be hard to get them aligned on your own. Sometimes I get impatient and just press them close enough that I know they won't fall out, but they aren't fully secured into the hole. They've never fallen out and you can't really tell they're not fully threaded so it doesn't bother me.  — Sally Kaplan, Insider Picks editor



Sweet Nothing Bracelet

$94, available at Catbird

In my humble opinion (as a former jewelry editor), Catbird makes some of the best affordable fine jewelry you can buy. The Brooklyn-based jewelry studio's simple and dainty yellow-gold bracelet goes with everything — and it's less than $100. — Ellen Hoffman, director of content strategy



Shashi Circle Necklace

$40, available at Shopbop

I usually don't change up my jewelry (I wore the same pair of earrings for almost six years), but wanted a simple gold necklace a few years ago and purchased this one Shashi. I specifically chose this piece because I wanted a necklace featuring a circle. I really love that there are two thin chains, making me believe that it's a bit more durable than a single chain. The tassel charm on the back is also a nice touch. — Ciannah Gin, Insider Picks editorial fellow



Maria Tash Gold Hoop Earring

$340, available at Net-a-Porter

I got my cartilage pierced a few years ago, and while I love the look of the piercing, it's honestly in a pretty annoying location. I'm always tucking my hair behind my ears, which led to most of my earrings getting tangled up in a hairball. I tried cheaper hoops, but many caused infections, irritations, or quickly were ruined because I forgot to take them out before showering. 

I know $340 for a single earring seems crazy — I was really hesitant at first, too — but this is my favorite earring ever. The style is simultaneously edgy and polished, the hoop clasps into itself (making a clean circle) so it literally never falls out, and since it's real 14-karat gold, I haven't experienced any infections. Plus I can wear it in the shower without worrying it will tarnish. I wish my budget allowed me to buy all of my earrings from Maria Tash because they're that great. — Remi Rosmarin, Insider Picks reporter



Tree of Life Heart Stud Earrings

$7.74, available at Etsy

I'm notorious for losing earring backs in the shower, dressing room, and pretty much anywhere. After my last mishap, I wanted to purchase earrings that were inexpensive because, let's be real, I was bound to lose them at some point. These dainty "Tree of Life" earrings were exactly what I was hoping for and I love the meaning behind them. — Francesca Rea, Insider Picks content producer

 



Maleficent Necklace

I received this black diamond necklace from Catbird as a Christmas gift a few years ago, and I still wear it every day. I don't even take it off to shower, and it still looks brand new and no worse for wear. To keep it sparkling, I put it in some jewelry cleaning solution every other month or two. — Ellen Hoffman, director of content strategy



Zodiac Necklace

$79, available at Mejuri

I bought my mom, aunt, and grandma zodiac necklaces for their respective signs as Christmas gifts last year, and they were a big hit! Mejuri offers all 12 signs in gold vermeil and sterling silver, so I was able to select their preferred metal color. — Ellen Hoffman, director of content strategy



Nestled Emeralds Ring

$1,465, available at WWAKE

Shop WWAKE jewelry at Catbird

I splurged on this emerald ring (my birthstone) from my favorite Brooklyn-based jewelry designer after starting a new job. I love and recommend everything WWAKE makes… the craftsmanship is next-level and the designer and her team could not be more helpful. They really want you to love the finished product. — Ellen Hoffman, director of content strategy



Small Brilliant Diamond Studs

$361, available at WWAKE

Shop WWAKE jewelry at Catbird

These itty-bitty diamond studs are so comfortable and matches everything that I forget I'm wearing them. I'm pretty sure I haven't taken them off in a year… or two. — Jada Wong, Insider Picks editor



Gold Aquarius Necklace

$18, available on Etsy

I wear this gold necklace in my zodiac sign often. It's a perfect everyday piece that goes with everything, but I do take it off when working out or showering because I don't want to get it caked in sweat, soap, or shampoo.— Jada Wong, Insider Picks editor



Elephant Two Tone Adjustable Necklace

$38, available at Alex and Ani

My grandmother had this (somewhat unsightly) orange ceramic elephant in her home that I was always drawn to for some reason — now I'm the proud owner of it. For my 25 birthday, my sister picked out this two-toned elephant necklace. Not only do I love my lucky elephant, but I find the contrast between the silver and gold/brass to be extremely sharp. — Francesca Rea, Insider Picks content producer



What credit score do you need to qualify for popular rewards credit cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred?

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  • If you're looking to open a rewards credit card, you'll want to have a general idea of the credit score you'll need to be approved.
  • Different cards have different credit score requirements, but all "requirements" are really just guidelines. The issuer will always make the final credit decision.
  • One of the most popular cards, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, requires a high credit score, but it's easier to be approved for this card than the more premium Chase Sapphire Reserve.
  • The Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card also requires an excellent credit score.
  • Other cards can be easier to get approved for, including some from Amex and the Alaska Airlines Visa from Bank of America.

If you're new to rewards credit cards, you may wonder whether your credit score is sufficient to obtain the card you want. And it's a good question — after all, many of these cards are aimed at luxury travelers.

You might expect all rewards cards to require a high credit score, but not all do. Every card issuer has its own underwriting criteria, which isn't based strictly on credit score. Other factors can include employment, income, and any existing relationship with the bank.

What credit card issuers look at in your application

Although no banks make their underwriting criteria public (in fact, banks consider this a trade secret), consumers are free to report their experiences applying for credit cards. Online forums (such as /r/churning on Reddit) contain hundreds of posts with anecdotal information.

Keep in mind that this is "anecdata." Underwriting criteria for the banks can change at any time, and general criteria may not apply to your specific situation. For example, it's not unusual for banks to tighten lending requirements in a slowing economy, or to have tighter lending criteria for people working in historically volatile industries. Remember that the bank is ultimately making a calculation about risk, and specifically how high of a risk you will be.

Read more:The best credit card sign-up bonuses available now

How to determine what credit score you'll need to open a credit card

You won't find one definitive answer to what credit score you need to open a given card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred. Instead, you can get a sense of the range of scores of successful applicants. 

Credit Karma can be a good tool in this research — when you look up a card on its website, you'll see that many reader reviews include their credit score at the time of their application 

Here are the five categories of credit score according to FICO: 

  • Poor: 300-579
  • Fair: 580-669
  • Good: 670-739
  • Very good: 740-799
  • Excellent: 800-850

Chase Sapphire Preferred

Credit score of successful applicants, as reported on Credit Karma: High 600s to 850

What's a good consolation prize if you have great credit, but won't qualify for the premium Chase Sapphire Reserve? The Chase Sapphire Preferred, which comes with many of the same excellent benefits and a higher sign-up bonus than the Chase Sapphire Reserve: 60,000 Chase points after you spend $4,000 in the first three months vs. 50,000 points with the same spending requirement.

The Sapphire Preferred has a minimum $5,000 credit line. Although a credit score of 720 or above is typical for successful applicants, the underwriting criteria are more relaxed than for the Chase Sapphire Reserve, and even college students with income from a part-time job have been approved for this card. You must fall under the strict Chase 5/24 requirements to obtain this card — that means you can't have opened more than five new credit card accounts in the last 24 months.

Our verdict: If you fall under the 5/24 requirement, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is one of the best travel cards to put in your wallet.

Click here to learn more about the Chase Sapphire Preferred from our partner The Points Guy.

Read more:Chase's 5/24 rule — what it is, and what it means for your credit card applications

Chase Sapphire Reserve

Credit score of successful applicants, as reported on Credit Karma: Low 700s to 850

Chase is a notoriously strict card issuer, but for the Chase Sapphire Reserve, it really takes it to the next level. This card is a Visa Infinite card, with a credit line minimum of $10,000.

You'll need an excellent credit score (typically above 720) to qualify for this card, along with a sufficient income to service an account with this large a credit line. You also must meet the infamous Chase 5/24 rule.

Should you apply if you don't meet these criteria? Maybe. The best way to apply is with a Chase banker in a branch, who can work to understand your personal financial situation and advocate for you with underwriting.

Another option is to apply for the Chase Sapphire Preferred (which is easier to get) and ask to upgrade after the first year. This is often possible.

Our verdict: If you have a high income, a high credit score, and fall under 5/24, this is one of the best cards to put in your wallet. It's hard to get, and worth keeping if you do!

Click here to learn more about the Chase Sapphire Reserve from our partner The Points Guy.

Read more:Chase Sapphire Preferred vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve

Capital One Venture Rewards card

Credit score of successful applicants, as reported on Credit Karma: Mid 700s to 850 (but very few data points)

Unlike most card issuers, Capital One provides detailed information on credit quality required to open its cards. And yes, we did say credit quality; it isn't looking just at your credit score, but how you use credit.

To Capital One, "excellent" means: "I've never declared bankruptcy or defaulted on a loan; I haven't been more than 60 days late on any credit card, medical bill, or loan in the last year; I've had a loan or credit card for 3 years or more with a credit limit above $5,000."

The Capital One Venture earns 2x miles on all purchases, plus 10x miles on paid hotel bookings made at hotels.com/Venture. You can redeem miles to offset travel purchases on your statement, or transfer them to airline partners like Air Canada and Etihad.

Our verdict: Capital One makes its underwriting criteria clearer than most issuers. We recommend not applying unless you meet these requirements.

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American Express cards

Although American Express is perceived as an issuer with tough underwriting criteria, some online forums disagree: As long as you're currently in good financial shape, it's believed to be relatively easier to get an American Express card than other cards.

That being said, not all Amex cards follow the same underwriting criteria. It's generally harder to get approved for cards like the Platinum Card® from American Express that have higher credit lines. Meanwhile, even college students (with no adverse credit history) have reported being approved (with a low credit line) for lower-tier Delta cobranded cards like the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express.

Our verdict: If you have terrible credit, you probably won't be approved for an American Express card. But you might be approved (albeit with a low credit line) if your credit isn't perfect, especially if your recent credit history is good and your income and employment meet the criteria.

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature credit card

Bank of America has an unusual approach to the Alaska Airlines Visa card. It has a Visa Signature version of the card, which has a minimum credit line of $5,000. It also has a Platinum Plus version, which has slightly different card benefits and a credit line below $5,000.

When you apply for the Alaska Airlines Visa, your application will be evaluated against the criteria for both cards —meaning that if you don't qualify for the higher credit line of the Visa Signature card, you could still be approved for the Platinum Plus card.

The sign-up bonus and companion fare offer used to be different for both cards, disappointing many applicants. Fortunately, this has now changed and you'll receive the welcome bonus you expect (and the companion fare you expect) if you're approved for either credit card.

Bank of America is relatively lenient when it comes to approval for the Platinum Plus card, offering this card even to people with limited credit history. Accordingly, this may be one of the easier travel rewards credit cards to get.

Our Verdict: One of the easiest rewards cards to get, and one of the best airline programs in which to bank points. What's not to like?

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'How much is Apple TV+?': A guide to Apple's new video-streaming service with ad-free, original content

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Apple TV Plus

Following months of anticipation, Apple is finally launching its video streaming service, Apple TV+, which will compete head on with existing services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now. 

How much is Apple TV+

Apple TV+ will cost $5 per month when it debuts on November 1. 

But at the Apple event on September 10, the company announced that if you buy any new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or Mac computer, you automatically get one year of the service for free. 

In addition, the Apple TV+ subscription can be shared among up to six family members at no additional cost. 

What you get in an Apple TV+ subscription

Apple TV+ will be ad-free, all content will be available for streaming on demand, and content can be downloaded locally so you can watch it offline if you know you will be somewhere without internet access. 

The service will be available via an app on iOS devices, of course, but Apple also announced that it will be available on "select Samsung smart TVs," and it will come to other streaming devices and TVs in the future. 

Even after a one-year free trial, Apple TV+ is going to be significantly less expensive than Netflix (which offers a $9 per month plan, but the most popular tier is $13 per month). 

One reason Apple's streaming service is priced so affordably is that there's going to be relatively little content available at launch — unlike Netflix, Apple has made no mention of licensing any TV shows or movies for its new service. 

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Instead, Apple has announced details about their slate of original content, with star-studded talent featuring the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Steve Carell, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and more.

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How to delete duplicate contacts on your iPhone in 4 steps

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Modern technology has pretty much eliminated the need to write things down with pen and paper. 

While you used to have to fill a heavy address book with the names, addresses, and phone numbers of your friends, family, and colleagues, these days your iPhone's Contacts app can do that for you. 

Unfortunately, the process of storing your contacts' information on your device isn't always foolproof. 

Sometimes iCloud errors or even syncing issues between your iPhone and email account can cause some contacts to be duplicated on your phone. 

Thankfully, this issue has an easy fix that shouldn't take more than a couple of seconds to take care of. Here's how to do it. 

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How to delete duplicate contacts on your iPhone

1. On your iPhone's home screen, locate the Contacts app icon and tap to open. Alternately, you could tap your Phone app, which appears as a phone inside a green box, and use the Contacts tab at the bottom of your screen to access this list.

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2. Scroll through your list of contacts until you find the duplicate entry you wish to delete and tap to open. 

3. On your contact's information screen, tap the Edit button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. 

4. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen to find the Delete Contact option. Tap this to delete the contact. A small pop-up will appear asking you to confirm your wish to delete this contact. Tap Delete Contact again to complete the action. 

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It's that simple. The duplicate contact will be gone and you should only have one entry for it in your phone.

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'What is the Apple Research app?': What you need to know about Apple's upcoming health-research program for Apple Watch users

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  • The Apple Research app will allow Apple Watch user to opt into medical research studies, which will share health statistics from your Watch with Apple.
  • Three studies have already been announced, including a women's study on menstrual cycles, a heart and movement study, and one focusing on hearing health.    
  • The app will be available for Apple Watch later this year, though the official release date is not yet announced. 
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Apple has announced a new Research app for the Apple Watch, designed to allow US Apple Watch owners to participate in health research studies. The app was revealed at the Apple Event on September 10, where new products like the iPhone 11, Apple Watch Series 5, and Apple TV+ were also unveiled. 

The Apple Research App will gather health and movement information from each participant's Apple Watch, and send it to Apple to be studied.

The goal of the app is to allow users interested in participating in health studies to play a role in health research easily and privately, simply by wearing the Apple Watch

At the event, Apple said the app will collect data without personal information, so it won't be possible to associate specific users with the medical data being collected.  

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What each Apple Research study involves

As an example of the kind of work the Research app can accomplish, three studies were announced at the event:

  • Apple Women's Health Study. Apple is working with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the NIH's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) on a long-term study on "menstrual cycles and gynecological conditions."
  • Apple Heart and Movement Study. Apple is working with the Brigham and Women's Hospital and the American Heart Association for an extensive study on how heart rate and mobility (like walking and stair climbing) relate to hospitalization rates, heart health, falls, and other data related to quality of life. 
  • Apple Hearing Study. Apple is working with the University of Michigan to examine factors that affect hearing health in order to understand how routine sound exposure can cause our hearing to deteriorate. 

Apple Research App

This initiative — both the app and the associated studies — is an extension of the work Apple has already done to market the Apple Watch as a health device. In 2017, for example, Apple conducted its expansive Apple Heart Study that included more than 400,000 participants. 

The app will be available for download later this year, though Apple has not specified a release date. 

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WeWork just removed cofounder Rebekah Paltrow Neumann from succession planning and banned her from the board. Meet the former actress, who is CEO Adam Neumann's 'strategic thought partner'

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WeWork Press Kit - Rebekah Neumann, CEO and Founder of WeGrow

  • Rebekah Paltrow Neumann cofounded WeWork in 2010 alongside her husband, Adam Neumann, and Miguel McKelvey.
  • Investor pushback has led WeWork to strip back her influence over the company, including removing her from succession planning in the event of the death of her husband, CEO Adam Neumann, and banning her and members of the Neumann family from serving on the board, a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission September 13 shows.
  • Paltrow Neumann is the CEO of WeGrow, a private primary school run by the coworking-space company, according to the school's website.
  • The couple has a net worth of at least $4.1 billion, according to Forbes.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Rebekah Paltrow Neumann once wanted to be an actress, she told Fast Company. Later, she became a certified yoga instructor.

She went on to become the chief brand and impact officer of The We Company, which filed to go public in August. However, investor pushback has led WeWork to strip back her influence over the company, including removing her from succession planning in the event of the death of her husband, CEO Adam Neumann, and banning her and members of her family from serving on the board, a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission September 13 shows.

Paltrow Neumann cofounded the company — originally known by its most famous business, WeWork — alongside her husband, Adam Neumann, and Miguel McKelvey in 2010. She was also an early employee at the first coworking company Adam Neumann and McKelvey founded, Greendesk, according to Fast Company.

Read more:Before he was a billionaire, WeWork CEO Adam Neumann was broke. Here's the NYC building where he and his wife lived in a tiny apartment before he built a $47 billion company

Ahead of The We Company's initial public offering, Paltrow Neumann has turned her attention to WeGrow, the private primary school run by the company.

Neumann declined to comment through a WeWork representative.

Keep reading for a look at the life of Rebekah Paltrow Neumann.

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Rebekah Paltrow Neumann is described in The We Company's S-1 filing as one of the cofounders and CEO Adam Neumann's "strategic thought partner."

"Rebekah has been a strategic thought partner to Adam since our founding and has actively shaped the mission and strategy of The We Company and its global impact agenda, as well as being the primary voice and leading advocate for the We brand," the filing says.

"Rebekah has never been paid a salary from us," it says.



Paltrow Neumann, 41, is a graduate of Cornell University.

She's a native of Bedford, New York, according to New York magazine.

She majored in business and earned a minor in Buddhism, according to her profile on WeGrow's website.

Paltrow Neumann worked as a trader at the investment bank Salomon Smith Barney before coming to WeWork, Fast Company reported.

She has also dabbled in acting, appearing in several films.



Paltrow Neumann has long had spiritual pursuits — she reportedly once attended the Dalai Lama's birthday party.

Paltrow Neumann has a certification in Jivamukti yoga and has traveled around the world to practice yoga, her profile on WeGrow's website says.

She even once attended a birthday party for the Dalai Lama, according to Fast Company.



Paltrow Neumann is married to the WeWork cofounder Adam Neumann, but they don't try to separate work from their relationship.

"We don't have a line at all between work and life," Paltrow Neumann told Fast Company. "It's not even a blurred line. There is no line."

The couple met in 2009, Business Insider previously reported.

"And he walked in, and I saw that he was my soul mate," she told Fast Company about their first meeting. "It's the truth."



Paltrow Neumann also tries to incorporate the couple's five children in their workplace.

Making her kids feel welcome at WeWork helps Paltrow Neumann balance her career and motherhood, she told Coveteur.

"Kids shouldn't feel like work is something they're not allowed to peek into," she said. "So, for me, the biggest challenge was being able to bring those two worlds together."

Paltrow Neumann also keeps a basket of toys for her kids in her office, according to Coveteur.



Paltrow Neumann has made some controversial comments about her relationship with her husband.

"A big part of being a woman is to help men [like Adam] manifest their calling in life," Paltrow Neumann said at WeWork Summer Camp in 2018, according to Property Week.

WeWork faced backlash on Twitter for Paltrow Neumann's statements, but it declined to comment to CNBC, though it provided more of her remarks from the event for context.

"The reality that I see today is that there is nothing bigger that women can do, in my opinion, than empower their partners," Paltrow Neumann said, WeWork told CNBC, "and that can be a man, a woman, a friend, it doesn't matter, but empower others."

Paltrow Neumann helped her husband quit smoking and drinking soda, tossing his soda and cigarettes down the trash chute of her apartment, they told Fast Company.



After the pair was married, they shared a tiny studio apartment in the East Village.

Adam Neumann discussed his life in the building in an interview with Business Insider's Alyson Shontell and Rich Feloni in May.

A studio apartment in the East Village building was most recently listed for $3,098 a month, and the median monthly rent in the neighborhood was $3,150.

The Neumanns' family office, 166 2nd Financial Services, is named after the building's address, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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The couple now owns several homes in New York.

The Neumanns own a six-bedroom townhouse in New York City's Greenwich Village that has a dedicated "stroller parking garage," according to New York magazine.

They also reportedly own a 60-acre estate in New York's Westchester County. It has a farm where Paltrow Neumann has brought students from WeGrow, according to Fast Company.

The couple's Hamptons home was purchased for $1.7 million, according to New York magazine.

The Neumanns spend most of their time in New York, but in 2018 they purchased a $21 million house in San Francisco that features a room shaped like a guitar.

They also own some of the commercial properties that house WeWork locations, bringing the estimated value of their entire real-estate portfolio to more than $80 million, per The Wall Street Journal.

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Paltrow Neumann is responsible for WeWork's focus on wellness, according to Fast Company.

"Rebekah said, 'Stop. No more talking about money,' " Adam Neumann told Fast Company in 2016. "We're going to talk about wellness, happiness, fulfillment, and if the money is supposed to follow, it will. And if it doesn't, it doesn't matter, because we will be happy and fulfilled."

The We Company represents one of the most anticipated IPOs of the year, Business Insider reported. The company encompasses the co-living development WeLive, Paltrow Neumann's WeGrow, the gym Rise by We, and the original WeWork coworking business.

In January, the company was privately valued at $47 billion. As of September 13, however, reports indicate WeWork may be seeking a valuation between $10 and $12 billion in its IPO.



The business of wellness runs in Paltrow Neumann's family: She is related to the actress and wellness icon Gwyneth Paltrow.

Gwyneth Paltrow is Paltrow Neumann's cousin, Business Insider previously reported.

The two once even sat down for an interview for Paltrow's lifestyle blog, Goop, to discuss WeGrow.



Paltrow Neumann is now the CEO of WeGrow, a primary school run by WeWork.

She got the idea to add a school to the WeWork network of businesses after being unable to find a school liked her own daughter, she told Goop.

"We had a clear vision of the type of school we wanted her to attend — a place that would not only nurture growth in her mind but also her spirit, a place that had a real culture of kindness, where she would have a real connection to nature, and where her individual gifts, talents, and passions would be recognized and supported," she said.

"Ultimately, we could not find such a place, so we decided to start WeGrow."

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In The We Company's S-1 filing, the Neumanns pledged to give $1 billion to charitable causes.

The S-1 says the first contribution of that sort would be for "the conservation of over 20 million acres of intact tropical forest," the same featured on the final page of the document, pictured here.



WeWork slashed Paltrow Neumann's influence over the company in response to concern from potential investors.

Paltrow Neumann will no longer be involved in succession planning in the event of Adam's death as originally planned, the We Company said in a September 13 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All members of Adam Neumann's family, including Paltrow Neumann, were also forbidden from serving on WeWork's board. The decisions were made in "in response to market feedback," according to the filing.

The company also reduced Adam Neumann's voting power from 20 times that of an average shareholder to 10 times that of an average shareholder, the filing shows.

WeWork declined to comment to Business Insider on Paltrow Neumann's role in WeWork's succession plan.



The best hand creams you can buy

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  • We use our hands to do everything, so it's no wonder they get dried out — especially if you work with them, or wash them frequently. That's why it's important to moisturize daily, and to choose the best hand cream for the job. 
  • Of all the hand creams we tested, Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve is the best because it moisturizes effectively to leave a glove-like barrier of protection.

Most people remember to moisturize their faces at the very least, but what about the rest of your body? Hands are probably the last thing you think about moisturizing daily, but they're also vitally important in just about everything you do, so it's time to treat them a little bit better. If you have a job that requires frequent hand washing or you work out in the elements, your hands are even more vulnerable.

A good hand cream is a vital addition to your skincare regime. These specially formulated creams are rich moisturizers that can create a special barrier to protect your skin from the elements all day long.

Since my husband is a doctor and we have a young kid in daycare, we both wash our hands obsessively. This results in painfully dry skin, especially in the winter. We tried several highly recommended hand creams and sifted through buyer and expert reviews to find the best hand creams you can buy.

Here are our top picks for the best hand cream:

Updated on 09/13/2019 by Caitlin Petreycik: Updated links, formatting, and prices.

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The best hand cream overall

Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve is an all-star hand cream that's well-known for soothing even dry, cracked hands while providing a "glove-like" barrier for your skin.

After testing tons of hand creams of all prices, my husband and I now keep a big container of Kiehl's in our bedside table and apply it every night before bed, letting the nourishing blend of oils sink in while we sleep. It works so well that itchy red patches and peeling from dryness are now a distant memory, even when the air is parched from the heater running all night. It's even effective enough at softening and healing skin that I also use it as a cuticle cream.

Since this darling of the Kiehl's skin line is a salve, rather than your average lotion, it's thick going on, but in a way that feels extra nourishing rather than greasy. It also soaks in really quickly so all those heavy-duty moisturizers, like avocado and sesame oil, end up absorbed into your skin rather than smeared on your phone's screen.

With a 4.9 rating on Sephora.com and a host of glowing reviews on Amazon, I'm not alone in granting Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve "miracle product" status.

The few negative reviews on Amazon are mostly related to a couple of individual sellers making packaging and shipping mistakes, not any dissatisfaction with the product. A few reviewers say it's too expensive, but the fact that a little bit of salve goes a long way means that you do end up getting a lot of bang for your buck.

Pros: Nourishing oils like avocado, sesame, eucalyptus, and olive, combined with powerhouse soothers like shea butter and aloe, condition and protect skin naturally

Cons: Pricier than some other creams, some may dislike the smell



The best hand cream for anti-aging

The Supergoop! hand cream moisturizes well while also providing SPF protection just for your hands.

I stumbled onto the Supergoop! brand by accident while trolling the shelves of my local Sephora. Since I'm naturally so pale that strangers sometimes ask me if I'm feeling well (thanks, awkward strangers!), I'm always looking for the best and the brightest in new beauty products that offer high SPF protection. So when I found the brand that features SPF power in its entire line, I became an instant fan.

While sunscreen in hand cream is still pretty rare, experts say that the thin skin on the backs of your hands is just as much of a danger zone for sun damage as your face. I've also heard that your hands are the first place to give away your age, but that seems more subjective. Either way, if you're concerned about sun damage and aging in any capacity, then protecting your hands is a no-brainer. I know I'm at the point in my life where I'm really realizing that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so I'm going to coat my whole self in SPF, thanks very much.

Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream with Sea Buckthorn has a gentle list of ingredients that stands up to most green buyers' scrutiny, and it provides SPF 40 protection. The cream also absorbs quickly and gives off a light, pleasing smell. In fact, one of the ingredients is limonene, a natural plant extract known to boost happiness when inhaled.

The only negative review I found that I agree with is that the bottle's pump can be quite finicky. I know that I did struggle a bit operating it when I already had a creamy or oily beauty product on my hands. I also agree that $14 for the one-ounce bottle is not the best deal. However, the other size option is $38 for 10 ounces, which is much more reasonable. Still, it's probably not the option for buyers on a tight budget.

Pros: Nourishing hand cream with great anti-aging protection via SPF

Cons: The pump can be finicky, it's not cheap



The best hand cream on a budget

The Eucerin Advanced Repair Hand Cream is a powerful, dermatologist recommended cream at a great price.

Sure, expensive hand creams may be made with more natural, organic ingredients, but Eucerin Advanced Repair Hand Cream is one example of a mainstream, affordable product that achieves top results.

As one Amazon reviewer put it, "The skin on my fingers looks like human skin and not like I got a skin graft from Deadpool for the first time in 2 years!!!" Many reviewers mentioned how long-lasting the product is, so you don't need to constantly re-apply.

A couple of buyers have mentioned that it can burn a bit at first, but this will likely only happen if your hands are severely dry, irritated, or cracked. The burning on damaged hands may be due to the inclusion of AHA, a kind of acid that exfoliates and evens skin, particularly rough spots and calluses when used in hand cream. On the flip side, however, AHA can make your skin more susceptible to sunburn.

It has virtually no scent, which can be a plus or minus depending on your needs. It doesn't smell like you're getting a luxurious spa treatment, like some of the creams on this list, but if you have sensitive skin in need of some heavy-duty healing, you're not going to want synthetic perfumes in your hand cream.

Some customers on the Eucerin website are saying that the newly revamped formula is not as rich and creamy as the old one. But with droves of positive reviews and dermatologist recommendations, you have a good chance of loving Eucerin Advanced Repair Hand Cream as your on-a-budget pick.

Pros: Affordable, exfoliating, dermatologist recommended

Cons: Less creamy than the old formula, and can make skin more vulnerable to sun damage



The best hand cream for damaged hands

O'Keeffe's Working Hands hand cream offers heavy-duty healing for very distressed skin at a good price.

If you work in a hands-on career, like landscaping, nursing, or car repair, then chances are you may have already heard of O'Keeffe's Working Hands, since many of your co-workers are likely to use it. This cult favorite is Amazon's number one seller in hand creams and lotions, boasting a high majority of five-star reviews.

Thousands of enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon talk about the cream's ability to heal very damaged skin seemingly overnight. There are lots of mentions from users who have eczema on their hands, and who have found that nothing works as well for them as O'Keeffe's. Looking through the gallery of user-uploaded before and after pictures is definitely a trip.

I like O'Keeffe's because, just as the container says, it creates what feels like a moisture barrier to seal in the nourishing ingredients. But can I be fussy for a second and say that I just don't like the packaging? Obviously, that's a pretty superficial concern, but if I'm going to keep a product on my nightstand and see if every evening and morning, I want it to look at least slightly pleasing.

I was happy to find O'Keefe's has virtually no smell, even though I expected a heavy-duty medicinal scent due to the serious nature of the product. But I found the formula too oily/greasy for my preferences. However, that's because, while I do get dry hands and cuticles from frequent washing, my hands were never severely damaged, cracked, or irritated by eczema. But that's the clientele this cream was made for, and many people seem to find it life-changing.

My final word is that it's great for those with super cracked or damaged hands, but might be too much if that doesn't describe you.

Pros: Heavy-duty healing power, good price

Cons: Too greasy for some people, contains lots of unpronounceable chemicals



The best smelling hand cream

Tocca Crema da Mano moisturizes nicely and the cream smells like you just had a mini spa treatment.

You've probably heard that a person's sense of smell is tightly linked with memories in the brain. And it's true that certain scents are capable of giving you the instant sense of being transported back to a particularly emotional time where a similar scent permeated the air. It's primarily this incredible power of scent that leads me to grant Tocca Crema da Mano a top-five spot on the list of best hand creams.

Sure, this paraben-free cream moisturizes well with primarily botanical ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, and aloe, and it feels light, not oily. But what really sets this hand cream apart from so many others is its intoxicating fragrance that Tocca modeled after "Italian blood orange."

The same basic formulation of the cream is available from Tocca in several scents, all of which are lovely, but in my opinion, "Stella" or "Italian blood orange" is by far the best. Maybe, in part, since this cream also contains limonene — a natural plant extract that is known to boost happiness when inhaled. The crisp, citrus blossom scent gives me flashes of my summer honeymoon four years ago in Tuscany and along the Cote d'Azur. Is this cheesy? Yes. Bougie? Definitely. But oh my goodness this stuff has an alluring fragrance.  

Even though the scent is a major plus for feeling like you're getting a little spa treatment every time you put on your hand lotion, perfume can sometimes be an irritant, making it a drawback for those with very sensitive or cracked skin. In fact, this option is generally better for those without serious irritation or dryness issues, since it's really more of a medium to light-weight cream. That's the only really consistent negative listed in its many Amazon reviews — that it moisturizes well, but isn't super intensive.

Pros: Amazing scent, paraben-free with lots of naturally soothing ingredients

Cons: On the more expensive side, and might not be best for sensitive or extra dry skin



Check out our other great skincare guides

The best exfoliators you can buy for any skin type or budget

Whether you're new to the exfoliation game or a seasoned skincare pro, Glossier's Solution is the exfoliator you should be reaching for. Its powerful mix of acids dissolves dead skin cells and improves your complexion, giving your face a gorgeous glow.

You might also like the Simple Kind to Skin Smoothing Facial Scrub, the Dermalogical Daily Microfoliant, the Juara Radiance Enzyme Scrub, and the Ole Henriksen Transforming Walnut Scrub.


The best moisturizers you can buy

Everyone wants healthy, smooth, and soft skin. Dry skin not only looks dull and flaky, it also feels tight and itchy. The solution? A good moisturizer. Our favorite moisturizer for both face and body is the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, but we have several others that we wouldn't hesitate to recommend:


The best anti-aging serums you can buy

Let's face it, there's nothing you can do about getting older, but you can delay the signs of aging with a good serum. Here are our top picks for the best anti-aging serums you can buy:


The best eye creams you can buy

Eye creams and serums are likely the product you know you should be using but have no idea how to actually shop for. If you're unsure of where to start, reach for the Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Serum. Buyers and experts agree that this is the cream of the crop when it comes to treating under eye circles.

You'll also love the Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Cream, the Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Eye Cream, the Uma Absolute Aging Eye Oil, and the Lancôme Vissionaire Yeux.


The best clay masks you can buy

Clay masks are an easy and cost-effective way to give your skin a boost without hitting the spa. Our top pick is the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask because it is a super affordable all-natural mask that deep cleans your pores.

You might also like the Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack Mask, the Pure Biology Clay Face Mask, the L'Oréal Paris Pure Clay Exfoliate & Refine Mask, or the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask.


The best body oil you can buy

If smooth, supple skin is what you're looking for, then the Fresh Sugar Ultra-Nourishing Body Oil is the bottle you want to reach for.

You might also like the Jao Goe Oil, the Herbivore Jasmine Glowing Hydrating Oil, the Kypris Body Elixir Inflorescence, and the Burt's Bees Body Oil.


The best face cream for dry skin

If you're one of those people whose face feels flaky whether it's December or August, finding the right face cream can be difficult. But if full-on hydration and protection are what you're after, Dr. Jart+ Ceramindin Cream is your best bet.

You should also consider the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, the Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream, and the Youth To The People Age Prevention Superfood Cream.


 



The Dominican Republic's tourism minister and hospitality execs lashed out at 'fake news' over 'erroneous' coverage of tourist deaths this summer

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  • The Dominican Republic's ministry of tourism is pushing back after a slew of media coverage of US tourist deaths on the island.
  • Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia held a press conference in New York City on Thursday.
  • Along with hospitality executives, Garcia said that the media got the story wrong, harming his country's tourism industry in the process.
  • A statement released at the event also included a number of specific measures that both the public and private sector are taking to bolster security for tourists.
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The Dominican Republic's minister of tourism, Francisco Javier Garcia, on Thursday addressed the highly publicized series of tourist deaths in Punta Cana, saying that much of the media coverage from over the summer was sensationalist and unfair.

Speaking at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City along with a number of hospitality industry executives and advocates, along with US Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Robin Bernstein, Garcia kicked off what he called a "repositioning" campaign regarding US perceptions of tourist safety in the Caribbean nation.

It's not the first time that an official has pushed back against the media over this particular story. Ministry of Public Health spokesman Carlos Suero previously likened the surge of coverage to "hysteria."

"The worst news for us is when we're informed that one tourist has passed away," Garcia said at the press conference on Thursday.

However, he said that his country and the resorts at Punta Cana have been treated unfairly in the press, resulting in scaremongering about the safety of visiting the Dominican Republic.

The press conference did not include allotted time for reporters to ask questions, and the public relations agency working on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and the Consulate General of the Dominican Republic in New York did not immediately respond to Business Insider's follow-up questions.

dominican republic airportTravAlliancemedia CEO Mark Murphy, who moderated the event, started off the press conference by criticizing what he called "ridiculous" media coverage of tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic. In his opening remarks, he said that news outlets generated "billions and billions of page views" on an "erroneous" story.

Speaking through a translator, Garcia opened his speech by comparing the level of media coverage this past summer to the intensity of the Allied bombing of Germany toward the end of World War II. He criticized the US press for the media frenzy that developed over the summer and also proceeded to cast doubt on a number of the most visible stories. 

Specifically, he spoke about Tammy Lawrence-Daly, the American tourist who said she was attacked at the Dominican Republic's Majestic Elegance Resort in January. She is now suing the resort for $3 million.

"It all started with an American tourist that visited us that had a situation that everybody here knows about and sometime later, in an orchestrated effort, published what she said happened to her on social media," Garcia said. "Now what's the real story?"

Read more: A Dominican Republic official said an American woman probably died 'from the shock' of seeing her fiancé dead. Here's how that's possible.

The minister said that, starting with that incident, "a hypothesis developed through the media" that an "avalanche" of "mysterious deaths" were occurring in the Dominican Republic.

Garcia said that extensive autopsies of all the tourists who passed away were completed, resulting in universal findings that the deaths came about due to natural causes. He also mentioned the case of Maryland couple Nathaniel Holmes and Cynthia Day, who were found dead of respiratory failure in their room at the Bahía Príncipe hotel. He said that his government immediately invited the FBI in to independently perform their own tests.

The press release further highlighted the FBI's role in the ongoing investigation into a number of the cases: "At the request of Dominican authorities, the Federal Bureau of Investigations is conducting toxicology tests in three specific cases to bring clarity to unsubstantiated speculation and perceived similarities. The FBI is acting independently to ensure objectivity and results will be shared at their discretion."

Garcia disputed the characterization that the deaths were "mysterious" and said that the island has not experienced an abnormally large number of tourist fatalities.

The minister is not the only one to call into question the narrative that the Dominican Republic has experienced an unusually high number of deaths this year. The US State Department also came out against the idea of an uptick in the fatality rate among US tourists visiting the country.

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The minister said that the US State Department has assigned the Dominican Republic a safety level of two, as it has with France, Spain, Belgium, and Denmark. Later on during the event, Murphy would remark that certain parts of New York City could be listed as a level 3 or even a level 4 in terms of danger. He did not specify which neighborhoods he was talking about.

Garcia also pointed out the example of Las Vegas, where he said thousands of travelers died over the course of 2018, including 66 cases where the cause of death remains unclear. 

In regards to the media's coverage over the summer, Garcia said that the press frequently got facts wrong when chasing different stories, writing roundups of deaths that included fatalities not involving US tourists or people visiting Punta Cana resorts. The minister said that the press conference came about because he wants "the truth to come out" about the tourist deaths.

According to Garcia, news coverage from the summer has damaged his country's economy, which relies heavily on tourism. 

Read more: A Dominican Republic health official said any tie between the spate of recent tourist deaths is 'fake news'

While the press conference focused mostly on disputing the media coverage from over the summer, a statement handed out at the event mentioned specific actions that the country is taking to bolster security for tourists.

Measures outlined in either the press conference or the press release included "doubling inspection capacities in tourist destinations throughout the country," specifically honing in on resorts' medical and lifeguarding staff; requiring hotels to post information about calling 911 in all guest rooms and provide information about contacting emergency service at check-in; building a "multi-lingual emergency center" in Bávaro; and trainings for all tourism industry inspectors using ServSafe, a food and beverage safety training program.

After the minister's remarks, Murphy moderated a panel with the hospitality executives, Dominican Republic officials, and Bernstein. Other members of the panel included the VP of Dominican hospitality trade group ASONAHORES Rafael Blanco Tejera, Playa Hotels and Resorts CEO Bruce D. Wardinski, Apple Leisure Group Executive Chairman Alex Zozaya, and Carlos Castillo, the consul general of the Dominican Republic in New York.

The ambassador said that "her heart goes out to the families" who lost loved ones on vacation, but that she knows firsthand that the Dominican Republic is a safe place. She cast doubt upon the theory that some of the deaths were caused by illicit alcohol.

"Believe me, if it were alcohol, people would be dropping like flies," she said.

Bernstein also asked the press to cover the issue responsibility, calling the media frenzy from the summer "an unfounded negative campaign." Murphy added that the public relations campaign would also feature the establishment of a website where false stories about the Dominican Republic would be addressed.

"We're going to call you out with the fake news," Murphy said.

SEE ALSO: Over 1,000 people reported falling ill while staying in the Dominican Republic on a popular food-safety site as reports of mysterious tourist deaths and rampant sickness plague the Caribbean island

READ MORE: A travel analyst explains the risks of visiting the Dominican Republic, and what to watch out for if you do

SEE ALSO: The mysterious deaths in the Dominican Republic reportedly may be linked to illicit alcohol, and it wouldn’t be the first time

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'What is the Apple Watch Studio?': How to order a custom Apple Watch with Apple's new design studio

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Like all Apple devices, the Apple Watch is known for its sleek, minimalist design, which consists of a rectangular case with rounded edges, a single dial, and a single button. 

To add personal style to the Watch, many different bands are available, from a rubberized "Sport Band," to classic leather, to a stylish stainless steel wristband.

Now, with the Apple Watch Studio, Apple Watch owners can customize their devices before they even buy it.

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What the Apple Watch Studio is

In the past, if you wanted to choose a unique band for your Apple Watch, you had to buy the watch and then pay for a new band separately, swapping it in for the wristband that came with the purchase. With the advent of the Apple Watch Studio, customers can now custom design a watch and band before they buy it.

The Apple Watch Studio can be used through the Apple Store app or on Apple's website, and Apple will soon offer an in-person version of the studio at Apple Stores. Customers can choose from two case sizes (40 and 44 millimeters), four different case types, and four different types of band, which come in several colors.

All told, the Apple Watch Studio offers enough different combinations that you could create more than a thousand unique Apple Watches. 

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And if you're using the Apple Store app, or customizing your Watch on the website, you'll be able to preview what your Watch will look like before you buy.

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Converse is upcycling old jeans to make these sneakers, so no two pairs are identical

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  • Converse launched a new program and product line called Converse Renew, which puts its focus on producing sustainable footwear.
  • The latest release in the collection, Renew Denim, uses upcycled jeans that would otherwise end up in a landfill to create the uppers of the sneakers. 
  • Converse teamed up with UK-based sustainable fashion brand and vintage retailer Beyond Retro to pick out dark, medium, and light washes. One pair of jeans makes at least one pair of sneakers, and since jeans are all different shades, no two pairs of sneakers are identical.
  • Priced at $85 for low tops and $90 for high tops, the Renew Denim Chuck 70s only cost $5 more than original Chuck 70s, which is a small price to pay for a unique and sustainable style.

As brands and consumers become more aware of the negative impact that sneaker production has on the planet, sustainably made sneakers are becoming increasingly popular

That's why back in June, Converse launched a new initiative (and product lineup) called Converse Renew, which set out to further reinvent and improve the brand's already iconic sneakers with more sustainable materials and production methods.  

Rather than recycling plastic water bottles to create some sort of canvas or textile upper — as seen in its Renew Canvas collection— the second collection upcycles existing materials to create something new. The Converse Renew Denim collection takes old jeans that would overwise end up in a landfill and repurposes them into the uppers of the sneakers. 

Converse Renew Denim Chuck 70s

How they're made:

To make the new collection happen, Converse teamed up with UK-based sustainable fashion brand and vintage retailer Beyond Retro to pick out used jeans in dark, medium, and light washes. One pair of jeans makes at least one pair of sneakers, and since the jeans aren't all the same, no two pairs of Renew Denim Chuck 70s are identical.

Since the materials don't need to be broken down to be repurposed, a simple cut-and-sew technique is all it takes to produce the shoes. That means they're much more sustainable — and far more unique — than a basic canvas shoe. 

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Converse sent me a pair of the Renew Denim Chuck 70s to check out and they're easily my favorite pair of sustainable sneakers (and I've tried plenty for the sake of sharing the best brands with our readers). 

What makes the Converse Chuck 70 such a cool sneaker?

You don't have to be a sneaker expert to recognize the significance and impact the classic Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star has had on sneaker culture and footwear in general. It's been around for over 100 years and there's no chance it'll ever go out of style. With that said, it's a really good shoe — and in my opinion (and the opinion of many  Converse collaborators), the Chuck 70 is even better. 

It has a higher rubber outsole with rubber foxing around the perimeter, smaller rubber toe caps, and extra cushioning on the insoles. Other small but notable changes include additional stitching on the lateral and medial sides of the shoe, and a black heel logo. The changes make it more comfortable and better-looking than the original — and with unique denim uppers, the Renew Denim Chuck 70s feel more special.

Sizing and fit:

Before you order yourself a pair of Chuck 70s (or Chuck Taylor All-Stars), it's important to know that they run very big. You'll want to go a full size down for a good fit. I'm a true size 8 and after trying on that size, I went with a size 7 — even a 7.5 would have been too big.

The bottom line:

Priced at $85 for low tops and $90 for high tops, the Renew Denim Chuck 70s only cost $5 more than original Chuck 70s, which is a small price to pay for a unique and sustainable style. We should all care about the impact the sneaker industry has on the planet — and the Converse Renew Denim Chuck 70s collection is a solid way to be a more mindful consumer without compromising style.

Shop the Converse Renew Denim Chuck 70 Collection, $85-$95

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The best no-show socks for men and women

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  • If you want to keep your feet comfortable, protected against blisters, and with added support, you need great socks.
  • If you want to do all that without your socks ruining an outfit, you need great no-show socks.
  • The Bombas Lightweight No-Show Socks are the best no-show socks you can buy, thanks to their ultra-light fine cotton fabric blend, gel grips that keep your socks in place all day long, and other thoughtful details. 

I lived in Los Angeles for 12 years, and during that time, no-show socks played a relatively minor role in my life. From mid-March through November, I wore sandals most of the time, and then during the LA "winter" I wore shoes with long socks under jeans. And usually a T-shirt — LA winters aren't all that intense, see?

Now that I live in the Mid-Atlantic region of the East Coast, no-show socks have become much more of a thing in my life, and for multiple reasons. One is rain. When it's raining, sandals are a bad choice. But when it's raining and it's 90 degrees out, no way am I donning long pants with longs socks, and of course, I'll not be caught dead with long socks sticking up out of my shoes.

Another reason is the fact that there are actual seasons here during which daily temperatures can change dramatically. While I might start a fall day wearing long pants and a jacket, I may have switched to shorts and a long sleeve shirt by early afternoon. And, thus, to no-show socks again.

While it might seem funny to devote so much thought to choosing socks that, by their very nature, won't even be seen by anyone, when your shoddy pair of no-shows slips off your foot and balls up in your shoe, or when it turns out that your socks are very much showing, you'll wish you had invested just a bit more time into choosing the right pair.

Also, you'll be amazed what a difference a great sock can make in offering support during running, hikes, or long walks. I know I was, at any rate, when I first started wearing great socks, many of which you would never even know I had on.

Here are the best no-show socks you can buy:

Updated on 09/13/2019 by Remi Rosmarin: Updated links, formatting, and prices. Added two new options for our overall pick (Bombas) and for cold weather (MeUndies).

The best no-show socks overall

Obsessively researched and thoughtfully designed, Bombas Lightweight No-Show Socks are soft, secure, and give back to a great cause. 

As a whole, the Insider Picks team has sung the praises of Bombas many times before. Many of us have called them "the best socks we've ever worn," so it only makes sense that the company's no-show sock topped this list. Like the rest of their products, Bombas no-show socks are thoughtfully designed to be comfortable, supportive, and slip-free.

The finely tuned details that set these socks apart include the thin, lightweight cotton that makes for a really comfortable and breathable fit, and a seamless toe, which means no annoying bump at the front of the sock. Three gel grips on the back of each heel make sure the socks never fall down into your shoe — and in our experience, they perform better than other gel grips we've experienced in low-cut or no-show socks even after being washed several times.

There's also a variety of no-show options, like a cushioned sock and an extra-low-cut version

Bombas is confident that their socks are great, that's why they have a 100% happiness guarantee. Whether you need a refund, a replacement, or anything else, Bombas is committed to solving your sock problems. Plus, for every pair of Bombas purchased, the brand donates a pair to a person in need. While the socks may seem pricey at $10.50 a pair, you can feel good knowing that your purchase is giving back to someone who needs it. — Remi Rosmarin

Pros: Thoughtful details, multiple no-show options, gives back 

Cons: A little pricey 



The best for cold weather

MeUndies No-Show Socks are made with a soft, thick Supima cotton, making them perfect for cold days when you don't want your socks to show, but still want to keep your feet toasty.

I'm a huge fan of no-show socks. I wear them with pretty much everything besides boots, because there's nothing like a rogue sock peeping out of the top of your shoes to ruin a great outfit. 

That being said, I've tried a lot of no-shows in my day, and the MeUndies No-Show Socks are the most comfortable. Long-staple Supima cotton makes these really soft and stretchy, and thicker than most no-show socks I've tried in the past. They're still thin enough to fit underneath any shoe, but the fabric definitely feels more substantial. The weight makes them a great choice for cold-weather days when you want to wear loafers or sneakers but still want to keep your feet warm. 

A silicone gel heel grip on each sock ensures they don't slip off while you move, and a thin elastic band at the top of the sock prevents any sagging. So, you can expect these to be very secure.

While these are definitely no-shows, they may come up a little high on the heel. I have experienced this wearing the socks with certain pairs of low-top sneakers, but it's easy to arrange the socks so this doesn't happen. At $12 a pair, these aren't the most affordable option, but due to their quality construction, they should outlast cheaper pairs. Also, if you sign up for a MeUndies membership, you can get them for just $8. — Remi Rosmarin

Pros: Soft, thick fabric, really comfortable, fun colors and designs 

Cons: Sometimes you can see the sock at the heel, pricey



The best for men's dress shoes

With a pair of Thirty48 No-Show Loafer Socks tucked under your loafers, boat shoes, or stylish sneakers, your feet will stay cool and dry whether you're sailing the high seas or swapping ideas at a lunchtime meeting.

Certain types of shoes are tricky. Loafers, slip-ons, moccasins, and a few other types of men's shoes really only look good when worn without socks, and that's true whether you're wearing shorts or long pants. While some boat shoes or slip-on sneakers might feel fine without socks, others feel clammy or poke your feet or cause rubbing and blisters with any extended wear.

Enter the Thirty48 No Show Loafer Socks. These extra low-riding now show socks come in a variety of colors that blend into most dressier shoes and that won't draw attention when worn with sneakers if anyone sees them at all.

The Thirty48 No Show Loafer Socks have a very low rise at the back of the foot, just covering your heel and eliminating a common hotspot for blisters. They stay in place thanks to a silicone grip stitched into the sock at the heel, so even if you're quite active while wearing them, they rarely slip off and bunch up.

On those hot days, these thin, minimalist socks help keep your feet cool thanks to patented CoolPlus fabric design that uses a capillary system to draw moisture and heat away from your feet.

More than 1,500 people have left reviews and ratings for the Thirty48 No Show Loafer Socks, and they enjoy a fine 4.5-star rating overall. A gentleman Daniel speaks for many when he says these socks "fit well, the rubber heel ensures the sock stays on the foot, and the different colors are [well] matched to all [his] shoes."

A writer from The Gear Hunt praised the Thirty48 No Show Loafer Sock's "moisture wicking" properties and appreciated that the sock "stays on your feet." — Steven John

Pros: Very low profile, silicone band holds sock in place, available in several muted colors

Cons: Elastic wring around collar too tight for some feet



The best for women's dress shoes

The Eedor Thin Casual Boat Line Sock won't stick up above even a low-cut flat thanks to the low-rise back, which just covers the heel.

Many women's shoes have a low cut to begin with, so many otherwise no-show socks will very much show when worn with flats, pumps, and other types of shoe. With a pair of Eedor Thin Casual Boat Line Socks on your feet, you can enjoy the blister protection afforded by socks without the faux pas of visible socks.

While quite low cut, these socks stay in place thanks to a band of silicone affixed to the rear of the sock. The rest of your foot will be kept comfortable thanks to the snug feel created by an 80% cotton, 20% spandex fabric blend. That blend can keep your foot feeling clean and dry under most normal circumstances, but do note that if your feet sweat heavily or get wet due to rain or a puddle, these socks won't dry out any time soon — cotton holds water much more readily than synthetic fibers.

The Eedor Thin Casual Boat Line Socks come in four different colors that are generally neutral and will blend in with the look of many shoes, further enhancing the no show of it all. Also, you can get eight pairs for well under 20 bucks, which is a fine deal indeed.

With more than 3,000 reviews posted on Amazon, the Eedor Thin Casual Boat Line Socks enjoy a commendable 4.5-star rating. One customer loved that the are "very comfortable" and "stay in place all day." Another lady called them "perfect [for when you] don't want the look of socks creeping out of your shoes but you want your foot covered."

Do note that many women reported the sizing running too small, so buy accordingly. — Steven John

Pros: Great low price, good color variety, stay in place reliably

Cons: Sizing runs small



The best no-show running socks

Your feet will enjoy superb support thanks to the Lycra power bands stitched into every Feetures! Ultra Light No-Show Tab Socks.

Just to clear the air here, I own five or six pairs of Feetures! socks at present, and yes, my opinion about them is probably biased. But I've developed that bias based solely on the fact that the company makes superlative socks. The High Performance Ultra Light No-Show Tab Socks are one of the most comfortable, supportive, and high-performing socks I've ever worn, and that goes for no-shows, crew socks, hiking socks, and on and on.

First, let's talk about support. These socks are made out of a high-density knit blend of polyester, nylon, and spandex, so they are snug and resilient, conforming well to your feet with zero stretching out even during hours of use. A "power band" of added Lycra around the center of the sock offers excellent arch support and compression.

Now for temperature regulation. Not only do the primarily polyester Feetures! No-Show Tab Socks wick away plenty of sweat, but two large mesh panels along the top of each sock allows for excellent breathability and release of heat.

These socks were designed for performance, and I do wear Feetures! socks while running at times, but I wear them more often just because they're comfortable.

With nearly 200 reviews posted on Amazon at the time of this writing, customers have given these socks a collective 4.4-star rating. One lady reported her "feet feeling energized after a four mile run" in Feetures! No-Show Tab Socks, while another customer reported the socks keeping his feet "dry" and without "any rubbing at all" during training for a marathon. — Steven John

Pros: Excellent support, great breathability, durable construction

Cons: Slightly pricey per pair



A founder of billion-dollar startup Hims publicly proclaimed he's made hundreds of millions and is well on his way to becoming a billionaire by his mid-30s — then deleted it

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  • Jack Abraham, the 33-year-old founder and managing partner of the venture-capital firm Atomic and a cofounder of the health startup Hims, wrote a response to a Quora question about net worth, saying he's a self-made entrepreneur who's on track to become a billionaire "by my mid to late 30s."
  • The response to the question has since been deleted from Quora. 
  • Abraham said in an emailed statement to Business Insider that he initially wrote the post to help explain the trade-offs that come with wealth.
  • "As a society we are obsessed with wealth as a cure for all ails but in my experience wealth does not drive happiness and in fact can negate it in non-intuitive ways," Abraham said.
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A serial entrepreneur who's sold a company to eBay and cofounded a men's healthcare startup says he's on track to be a billionaire.

Jack Abraham, the 33-year-old founder and managing partner of the venture-capital firm Atomic, wrote a response to a Quora question asking users about their net worths. He said he was a millionaire who's made a few hundred million dollars and is on track to be a billionaire "by my mid to late 30s." He has since deleted his post from Quora.

Jack Abraham"For my age, in the 'self-made' category I am probably between 1 in 1M or 1 in 10M (top 100- 1,000 globally self made for my age, possibly among even fewer)," Abraham said in the since deleted post. "At the rate of growth of the value of the equity I have there is a good chance that I'll become a billionaire by my mid to late 30s."

The post went on to discuss the pitfalls that can come with financial success and why happiness does not always correlate with a higher net worth. 

Through Atomic, Abraham has backed and cofounded companies including the men's health startup Hims, which has raised $197 million to date, and the coliving company Bungalow. Before his work with Atomic, Abraham sold a startup to eBay for $75 million. Abraham references those investments in the post, saying he's made a few hundred million dollars by his early 30s. 

Read more:You Can Explain eBay's $50 Billion Turnaround With Just This One Crazy Story

Abraham said in an emailed statement to Business Insider that he initially wrote the post to help explain the trade-offs that come with wealth. 

"As a society we are obsessed with wealth as a cure for all ails but in my experience wealth does not drive happiness and in fact can negate it in non-intuitive ways," Abraham said. "I wrote the post to share my experience but it was intended for a small audience and to help anyone who might be considering trade offs of how they choose to live their lives."

Abraham decided to take down the post after it began going viral. 

"I took it down as its reach started growing, as I really prefer to keep a low profile and keep my head down, focused on building companies and solving meaningful problems that impact people's lives," Abraham said. 

Abraham's father was the CEO and cofounder of Comscore, and Abraham started working for him when he was in his teens, Business Insider's Nicholas Carlson previously reported. While studying at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Abraham started the e-commerce firm Milo, which he later sold to eBay.

He now says he's started 14 companies, according to his profile on LinkedIn.

"For context on my background, my dad immigrated to the US to get his PhD at MIT without a dollar to his name and we grew up poor," Abraham told Business Insider in the email. "We climbed to the middle and upper middle class before my dad became an entrepreneur and 'made it'. I've seen life from all levels of wealth and believe I have a unique perspective on its pros and cons as a result."

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Ray-Ban has been making timeless sunglasses for over 80 years— here's why they're worth the money

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  • Sunglasses have become a trendy accessory, but one brand has been a classic in the market since the 1930s.
  • Ray-Ban has been making high-quality frames that are functional and stylish for over 80 years, and people love them even still. 
  • Keep reading to see what makes Ray-Ban special, and why many of my Business Insider teammates and I consider ourselves loyalists.

There are a lot of ways to judge how great a product is. There's function — does it really do its job? There's budget — is the price right? The list goes on and on, but a good way to judge how great a product is is longevity. If a company has been thriving for years, it's safe to say they probably make pretty good stuff. 

Ray-Ban has been making functional and cool eyewear for over 80 years. Today, the brand still offers some of the best sunglasses on the market. 

They're functional

While sunglasses have become a fashion accessory all their own, at the core of it, they're made to protect your eyes. Every pair of Ray-Bans delivers on this front. All Ray-Ban lenses have UV protection, but the exact level of varies among the types of lenses. Here's what Ray-Ban offers:

Classic lenses absorb 85% of visible light and block most blue light, while providing a "natural vision" because they don't alter colors you see around you. 

Mirrored lenses reduces glare for visual comfort ke snow and water. Colors look clearer and brighter. 

Polarized lenses block more than 99% of reflected light around you, eliminate glares, and enhance contrast. Everything looks clearer and brighter.

You can also find gradient lenses and vintage-style colored lenses from the Legends collection. Another great feature from Ray-Ban is the ability to get prescription lenses. Choose from a wide range of classic Ray-Ban frames and make them yours with custom prescription lenses. You can even make them polarized. 

Of course, nice lenses needs to be complimented by equally nice frames, and luckily, Ray-Ban has those, too. You can find high-quality metal and acetate options in small, standard, or large sizes to get the perfect fit. A majority of Ray-Ban customers go for the standard size, but if you're on the fence, you can check out the brand's size guide

The high-quality frames, protective lenses, and just-right fit make Ray-Bans (no matter the style) equal parts performance and fashion. That means they're just as fit for a leisurely day on the town as an active day on the water, in the snow, or wherever you like to go.

They're stylish 

From the iconic to the contemporary, Ray-Ban has a strong selection of stylish pairs fit for every face. You'll probably recognize Ray-Ban's three most classic pairs: The Aviator ($153), The Wayfarer ($153), and The Clubmaster ($153). While eyewear trends come and go, these three pairs are classics. Insider Picks social media associate Victoria Gracie swears by her Ray-Ban Clubmasters. "In the past," she says "I've had trouble finding sunglasses that fit my face well, but Ray-Ban's Clubmasters seem to do the trick. The quality is also top-notch — I'm not as careful as I should be with my Ray-Bans, but they're still in pristine condition, and the mirrored lenses don't even show any scratches." wayfarersSince the 1930's, Ray-Ban has expanded their collection to include a range of more trendy styles. All year round, you can find new, limited-edition sunglasses inspired by history, people, and even some cool collaborations with other brands. If none of the styles speak to you (though, I think you'll find something), you can create your very own pair from scratch. Pick the shape, frame and lens for a combination that's exactly what you want. You can even choose the color of the temple tips and add an engraving. 

Personal Finance Insider reporter Liz Kneuven has both prescription and regular Ray-Bans. She credits her love for the Erika sunglasses to the unique shape that's slightly round but still angular. "Before those glasses got really popular, it was hard to find anything that shape. They're just so flattering," she says. "For me, it's all about the shape. I've owned and shopped for several pairs of nice sunglasses, but I've never been able to find any other round-ish ones that complimented my face shape like the Ray-Ban Erikas do."

The Round Metal sunglasses ($153) are by far my favorite Ray-Bans, and truthfully, my favorite sunglasses ever. I'm already on my second pair. Inspired by musicians in the 1960s, this style is just retro enough. They're understated, but universally flattering, and they edge up pretty much any outfit I wear. Whether it's a sundress and sandals or ripped jeans and a plain white T-shirt, the gold frame and dark green lenses on these match everything. While they are a little pricey, I feel like I've gotten more than my money's worth of wear. Plus, I'd rather pay a little extra for comfort, quality, and the peace of mind that my eyes are actually protected from the sun.

Pricing

The range of prices you'll come across when shopping for sunglasses is huge. You could pick up a pair for five bucks at the local bodega or drop over $500 on a pair from your favorite designer label. Ray-Ban falls pretty central on the spectrum, with pairs starting around $150 and going up to about $500 for ones made with an ultra-light titanium frame.

With Ray-Ban, you know you're getting quality lenses and durable frames that can keep up with you through whatever activities your day brings. Cheap sunglasses are a great way to try out new trends without spending too much money, but make sure that they have UV protection, too, as many pairs are more fun than functional. On the other hand, just because a pair of sunglasses is very expensive that doesn't necessarily mean you're getting a higher quality UV protection. You may be paying more for the designer label. I've spent more than $150 on sunglasses from other brands before, and was ultimately disappointed at how they (barely) blocked the sun from my eyes. From these experiences, I've decided that $150 on a pair of Ray-Bans is actually pretty fair — just do your best not to lose them. 

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The bottom line

Ray-Ban is a heritage brand, and for good reason. They've stayed true to the classics, but have also managed to keep up with the trends without losing sight of their brand. The end result is a brand with universal appeal that everyone from your younger brother to your best friend to your grandma is proud to rock. Whether you're a Ray-Bans loyalist, or new to the brand, it's definitely a great place to pick up your next pair of sunglasses. 

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8 pairs of women's work pants we swear by — all under $200 and mostly machine washable

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  • As product reviewers who spend their days researching and quality testing the best and newest stuff out there, we've come across a few standout pairs of women's work pants.
  • Below are eight pairs of work pants that we absolutely love from Everlane, MM.LaFleur, and Loft, to name a few. 

Finding the perfect pair of women's work pants is an odyssey some of us seemingly spend our entire lives traveling.

Day after day, we're confronted with a never-ending loop of misshapen chinos, leggings that claim to be pants, and the occasional red herring of a great stretch pant that morphs into a deflated parachute by midnight.

But, for all the terrible fits and fabrics out there, there are some really great options — and none of the pants in this list will cost you more than $200. They're (mostly) machine-washable, slimming, stretchy without bagging out, and some even have upgrades like adjustable hems so you don't have to change for different footwear or pay a tailor to cut off the necessary four inches for a petite frame.

This list includes a Sponsored Product that has been suggested by MM.LaFleur; it also meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.*

Everlane Side-Zip Work Pant, $50

Everlane Side-Zip Work Pant, $50

These pants are stretchy, polished, and flattering — all markers of a quality work pant — but what's most surprising and delightful about them is their price. They cost a fraction of styles that look and feel just as good, so you can buy one go-to black pair, or multiple colors to rotate through depending on your budget. On the mornings where I'm still waking up as I get dressed, they make creating a business casual outfit incredibly easy. — Connie Chen, reporter

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Express Columnist Pant, $79.90

Express Columnist Pant, $79.90

I have these pants in several colors and love them all. These pants have been my go-to for years now, and they've always done the job. My main problem when it comes to finding dress pants is finding ones that aren't too long on me, but Express' Mid-Rise Ankle Columnist Pant is the perfect length. On top of being the perfect length, these pants are also sleek, comfortable, and high quality. — Victoria Gracie, social media associate



MM.LaFleur Foster Pant, $195

MM.LaFleur Foster Pant, $195

As a petite 5'2" lady, pants of any kind are hard to find, but work pants are especially tricky. So many petite brands cut things a tad too short for me, while normal sizes run six to 12 inches too long. MM.La Fleur's Foster Pants have an adjustable hem that makes them perfect for women of all heights. When I'm wearing flat shoes, I just tuck up the hem and button it up to get the right length. When I wear heels, I can either let the hem be its normal length or go for an ankle-length look. In addition to the great hem, these pants are also absurdly comfortable, machine washable, sleek, and they don't wrinkle easily. — Malarie Gokey, senior editor

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Loft Slim Pencil Pants, on sale for $39.50 (originally $79.50)

Loft Slim Pencil Pant, $39.50 (originally $79.50)

My wardrobe is very much like Arthur Reade's, but instead of blue jeans and yellow sweaters, it's black pants and chunky gray sweaters. Once I find an item I love, I'll literally stock up like it's a style apocalypse — and that's exactly what I did with these Loft pants. The slim and cropped cut is flattering on my short frame, and the mid-rise helps keep my food baby secure. I like that the material is a little thick and stretchy so it feels like more like tailored denim than dress pants. — Jada Wong, editor



Dai Coolottes, $192.99

Dai Coolottes Pant, $192.99

Some days I wake up and can't bear the thought of wearing thigh-hugging pants, no matter how stretchy and soft they may be. Relaxed, wide-legged culottes look as clean as regular work pants, but allow your legs more range of motion and make a meeting-packed Monday feel as nice as a WFH Friday. Dai uses luxe performance fabrics in all its workwear, so these pants are also breathable, pill-resistant, and machine-washable. — Connie Chen, Insider Picks reporter



Club Monaco Remi Pant, on sale for $59 (originally $149.50)

Club Monaco Remi Pant, $59 (originally $149.50)

Club Monaco's work pants have been my go-tos for years. The Remi Pant, in particular, has a versatile mid rise, a slim-straight fit, and a cropped hem, which is particularly noteworthy for petite woman like me who struggle to find off-the-rack pants that don't require a visit to the tailor. The pant comes in basic black and navy, and other fun, but still subtle enough prints and colors for the office.  Ellen Hoffman, director of content strategy



Aella High-Waist Skinny, $198

Aella High Waist Ankle Skinny, $198

Aella's High Waist Ankle Skinny's are the standard bearer in my closet for stretch that has never even considered losing shape.

I've said before that the fabric is my favorite – comfortable, flexible, breathable, and thick enough to smooth lines – and that's still true almost a year after putting them on for the first time. The skinny, high-waist design combined with dark, compressive material makes for a figure-flattering fit, and the technical fabric looks sleeker and more modern than other pairs with the added benefit that its exterior repels the occasional coffee spill. They move seamlessly throughout the day, and their maintenance is as simple as throwing them in the wash. — Mara Leighton, reporter

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MM.LaFleur Hockley Pant, $195

MM.LaFleur Hockley Pant, $195

The Hockley Pants from MM.LaFleur are my most flattering work pants, and while I love the russet color (pictured above), I probably would have gotten them in the unobtrusive, you-can't-tell-how-often-I-wear-these black if I had guessed just how much I'd love them. 

As I've said before, they embody a long list of seeming contradictions: they're comfortable but flattering, form-fitting but work-appropriate, and structured even though they're undeniably stretchy. They're machine-washable, move effortlessly with your body, and the fit lengthens and slims. Plus, they're technically an update to the Foster Pant, so they have the same adjustable hem to flatter different heights and footwear. — Mara Leighton, reporter

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The best French presses you can buy

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  • You can brew coffee in a number of ways, but many connoisseurs swear by the French press method.
  • Of all the French presses we researched and tested, the popular Bodum Chambord is the best one you can buy with its glass and metal design that's as durable as it is beautiful.

Coffee brewing methods are many and varied — there's the pour-over, cold brew, classic espresso, and more. One of the most popular methods is the French press, which lets your coffee grounds swirl around in boiling water to brew before you push the plunger down and pour the coffee right into your mug. There are dozens of great French press coffee makers out there, but they're not all created equal. 

We've researched the best ones and tested a few ourselves to find out which French presses are the best you can buy. Before we get into our picks, let's get into important terms, things to look for in a French press, and how these special coffee makers work.

What to look for in a French press

  • Glass French presses: Glass carafes are gorgeous because you can watch the coffee brew and see the grounds go down as you plunge. They are more fragile, of course, so you should get one that's made out of borosilicate glass to avoid thermal shock and breakage. Most glass French presses also have plastic or metal braces for added protection. Having a sturdy base is important, too.
  • Stainless steel French presses: A double-walled design is key for stainless steel French presses. Two walls will help keep the heat in and make for a better brew. You should also check for the quality of the stainless steel  — 18/8 and 18/10 ratios of chromium to nickel are best. Stainless steel carafes are more durable, but you miss out on the fun visual element of glass French presses.
  • Plunger and handle design: The plunger keeps the grounds out of your cup of Joe, and the handle helps you keep the carafe steady as you push the plunger down. It's also key for pouring coffee into your cup. Most plungers have multiple metal screens to keep the grounds out of your coffee, including a large steel screen and a finer mesh screen to catch tinier particles. Some use a basket design, but most don't. The handle should be sturdy, strong, heat resistant, and not prone to breakage.
  • Capacity: How much coffee do you want to make? French presses come in different sizes, as do coffee mugs. It's best to look for a French press with a capacity of one liter or more, depending on your needs. You can always fill a big carafe with less water, but you can't fill a smaller one with more, so bigger might be better. Take into consideration that many coffee mugs range is capacity from 8 to 16 ounces, so "cups of coffee" is a tricky metric to follow.

Here are the best French presses of 2019:

Updated on 09/13/2019 by Les Shu: Updated prices, links, and formatting.

SEE ALSO: The best espresso machines you can buy

The best French press overall

There are many French presses as simple, but few as elegant as the Bodum Chambord and its "form-follows-function" ethos.

Bodrum's Chambord will, at least in my eyes, forever be the prototype to which all other French Presses are compared, and, unless you're fussy about grit in the bottom of your mug or particularly accident-prone, it's almost certainly the French press for you.

When I was growing up, my parents drank coffee from nothing else, and, apart from someone clumsily dropping one, I can't ever remember a single thing going wrong, some 20 years, day in, day out.

Okay, so there's not a lot to a French press: stainless steel for the frame and plunger, a little polypropylene for the handle, and heat-resistant borosilicate for the carafe. If you want to jazz up your pot a little, consider the cork-topped plunger. Bodum, though a Danish company, makes its French presses in Portugal, which is, after all, the cork capital of the world.

Reviews of the Bodum Chambord on Amazon are largely positive (more than 4,000, rounding out to 4.3/5 stars), but a good number of them complain about the same thing: The stainless steel frame that holds the carafe in place is wont to warp over time, especially if you're not careful when you remove the carafe. That would be more or less fine if the plastic handle weren't supported by it on one side with no fastener.

As a result, the handle tends to slip out of the frame once it's been bent, and that's how catastrophe takes place. I've noticed this myself and had one or two close calls over the years, but I was able to bend it back into place which, touch wood, has held. Still, it's certainly an inconvenience. What's more inconvenient is a limited one year warranty that doesn't cover the glass.

But, while this press may be sort of fragile, and the warranty may not be terribly encouraging, it's fairly inexpensive and does its job well. Just treat it carefully, and be sure to let it cool down before cleaning. Although it is heat-resistant, borosilicate becomes much less stable when heated up. Otherwise, consider investing a little more in a stainless steel model. Glass is still glass, for now. — Owen Burke

Pros: Affordable, easy to use, attractive design

Cons: Plastic handle, delicate frame-to-handle attachment, strainer allows some grounds to get through



The best high-end French press

The Frieling Double Wall Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker is the ultimate high-end French press with its gorgeous design, superb build, and long warranty.

If you want a top-of-the-line, stainless steel French press, the Frieling Double Wall Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker is the best one you can buy. It's made of remarkably high quality 18/10 stainless steel, and it has a double-wall design to keep the heat inside and away from your hands.

The dual-layer steel wall also keeps your coffee piping hot, and Frieling claims it's four times better at keeping your coffee warm than glass French presses. The Frieling French Press we recommend has a 36-ounce capacity, but the company also makes French Presses in sizes ranging from 8 to 44 ounces. 

Inside, there's a two-stage filter system with both a big metal filter and a fine mesh one, and a metal wire inside the coil presses the plunger tight against the stainless steel wall. Together, these features ensure that you don't get many coffee grounds in your cup. Frieling's French Press is also dishwasher safe, so it's very easy to clean when you're done. 

The company offers a five-year warranty in case of any defects, and buyers on Amazon are very happy with how durable it is. While glass French Presses tend to break in accidents, stainless steel ones like this do not. The handle is also long and comfortable to hold.

A number of sites call the Frieling the best high-end French Press you can buy, including Consumer Reports, FreshPressoBrown's Coffee, the Little Coffee Place, and Coffee Maker Clips.

Pros: Quality stainless steel design, double wall insulates coffee, durable, large handle

Cons: Expensive



The best stoneware French press

Le Creuset's beautiful French press is made from dense stoneware that won't absorb flavors or crack from too much heat. 

Le Creuset is well known for its excellent stoneware and enameled cast iron cookware. Its French Press is also exceptionally well made and uses the same dense stoneware and enamel exterior as Le Crueset's other cookware. You can choose from several beautiful colors to get a French press that matches your style and kitchen decor.

I've been using this French press to make coffee each morning, and it works just like every other French press. I put in some coarsely ground coffee, pour boiling water over the grounds, and let it steep for a few minutes before plunging the mesh-insert down to prevent the grounds from getting into my mug.

I've also used it to brew tea, and it's worked wonderfully. Tea leaves need lots of space to brew properly, and this French Press gives them more room to brew than a small infuser would. I've noticed a big improvement in tea taste with this French Press.

The main benefits of Le Creuset's French Press— beyond its incredibly beautiful design — is that the stoneware is very easy to clean. It's even dishwasher safe. It doesn't absorb any flavors from the drinks I brew in it, nor does it imbue any metallic taste to my drinks.

However, because it is stoneware, it can break and chip if you're not careful with it. It's not as durable as stainless steel, but it is hardier than glass and much nicer looking than plastic.

Pros: Beautiful, fun colors, multiple sizes, solid stoneware, well made, long lasting, stoneware doesn't absorb flavors, dishwasher safe

Cons: Pricey, stoneware can break



The best affordable French press

The SterlingPro Double Wall Stainless Steel French Press is a super affordable, high-class, steel French Press that makes stellar coffee.

If you love stainless steel, but you don't want to pay $100 for a high-end French press like the Frieling, the SterlingPro Double Wall Stainless Steel French Press is a great deal at less than $40.

This French Press comes in two capacities, one liter or 1.5 liters, and it's made out of 18/10 stainless steel. The double-wall design keeps your coffee warm and protects your hands from burning when you touch the sides or handle. There is a plunger with two screens to filter out most coffee particles. You also get two free replacement screens.

It more or less offers everything the $99 Frieling French Press does for less than half the price. The only real difference is that the SterlingPro doesn't have that nice five-year warranty.

User reviews on Amazon are largely positive, and buyers love the slick steel design. Coffee bloggers recommend the SterlingPro French Press, too, including Roasty Coffee, the Little Coffee Place, Brown's Coffee, and Coffee Maker Picks.

Pros: Affordable for stainless steel, durable design, double wall insulates heat, sturdy handle for good grip

Cons: Not as high-end as the Frieling French Press



The best travel-friendly French press

The Bodum Stainless-Steel Travel French Press Mug makes delicious coffee on the go and keeps your cup of Joe hot for hours.

If you always run out of time in the morning, you can make your coffee on the go with the Bodum Stainless-Steel Travel French Press Mug. Just spoon some coarsely ground coffee in the bottom, pour hot water on top, pop the lid on, and rush out the door. Plunge it down a few minutes later when you're in your car, on the subway, or at work, and voila! Fresh French Press coffee is yours.

Bodum makes a few different travel mugs, but you should buy the French Press style stainless steel one. It is vacuum-sealed and has a double-walled design to keep your coffee hot for hours. The stainless steel one won't crack or break like the plastic one, and it'll keep your coffee hotter longer.

Bodum's Travel Press also has a fun colorful silicone grip around the middle that makes this travel mug easy to hold and prevents burned fingers.  You can use it for cold drinks or tea as well, so it's a very versatile mug.

User reviews for the stainless steel Bodum Travel Press Mug are mostly positive. Those who bought the plastic version tend to complain about durability issues. Many coffee blogs — including Coffee Maker Picks, Coffee Gear At Home, and FreshPresso — also recommend the stainless steel Bodum mug as a great French Press mug for people on the go.

Pros: Portable design for coffee/tea on the go, stainless steel mug is durable, retains heat well, rubbery grip protects hands

Cons: Pricey for a travel mug



The best alternative French press

The AeroPress is small, simple, portable, and easy to use. Oh, and it makes a highly competitive, frothy cup of coffee somewhere between a French Press and an espresso.

One of my favorite discoveries in the coffee world this year has been the AeroPress. I'm predominantly an espresso drinker, and I have my various portable devices for that, but if there's anything that will suffice in its place it's a French Press.

The AeroPress is a very simple but effective method for getting a quick foamy cup of rich coffee on the go, and there is a formidable subculture of java heads that have ditched everything else altogether in light of it. It's also quick, especially because it requires espresso grounds, so there's not so much steeping time as there is with a French Press.

No, the AeroPress, as you may have already gathered, is not the prettiest thing around. Far from it, in fact, it looks more like some sort of medical receptacle than something you'd want anywhere near your kitchen. But then that's the beauty of its size: It doesn't have to live on your counter.

The whole process is only marginally more involved than loading a French Press. You pack a compartment with a shot of roughly espresso-ground beans, slap a paper filter on it (a pack of 350 replacement filters costs less than $10), pour some water over it, and plunge it through into your cup. Because the grounds are finer, there's a good chance you'll have a cup ready quicker than you would if you were using a French Press.

For less than $30, it also comes with all the utensils you'll need, start to finish, including 350 paper filters, which can be reused. And if you don't believe me, just have a look at the astoundingly positive set of reviews on Amazon.

On the professional side, Wired was enamored in 2013, and, more recently, so were the coffee wizards over at Driftaway. — Owen Burke

Pros: Portable, affordable, and makes a superbly heady cup of Joe

Cons: Plastic, not the prettiest little contraption around



How to make coffee with a French press

Making coffee in a French Press is relatively simple. Here's a step-by-step guide based on tips from Serious Eats:

  • Coffee grind and amount: For a French Press, you should choose a coarse grind to get the most flavor out of your beans. You can adjust the grind to suit your tastes, and a finer grind will result in a stronger brew. There's no exact measurement of how much coffee-to-water you should put in the French Press, but Serious Eats recommends "60-70 grams of coffee per liter of water."
  • Water temperature: The water should be boiling at around 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit or so. You can let it cool down 10 degrees if your coffee is a dark roast or decaf.
  • Brewing time: You should let the coffee brew in your French Press for six to eight minutes, but first, you need to stir the grounds to ensure that the coffee grounds are properly wetted and brewing. Wait a few minutes with the press uncovered to let the coffee bloom. If the coffee has sunk to the bottom of the French Press, you can pop the lid on and wait for the brewing time to end. All of this is variable based on your tastes, of course.
  • How to Plunge: When it's done brewing, hold the handle to keep it steady while you slowly press the plunger down. Slow and steady does the trick and keeps the most grounds out of your cup of Joe.


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The best coffee makers you can buy

We've included top picks for all of these different types of coffee makers. We've tested the majority of our top picks and heavily researched those we have yet to use to bring you the best of all coffee makers.

You can also read our other coffee guides on espresso machines, stovetop espresso makers, coffee grinders, milk frothers, and pour-over gear.



Extroverted, but not neurotic: Here's how the ultra-wealthy score on personality tests

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  • German researcher Rainer Zitelmann had 43 people with net worths above $11 million take the Big Five personality test as a part of his psychological analysis of the ultra-wealthy for his book "The Wealth Elite."
  • According to the Five-Factor Theory of Personality developed by National Institute on Aging personality psychologists Paul Costa and Robert McCrae, someone's personality is determined by their levels of neuroticism, conscientiousness, extroversion, openness to experience, and agreeableness. 
  • Ultra-wealthy entrepreneurs tend to be optimistic, but not agreeable, Zitelmann found.
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The ultra-wealthy may have a reputation for having strange habits, but they don't tend to be very neurotic, a psychological study of 43 high-net worth individuals from across the globe found.

German researcher Rainer Zitelmann asked 43 entrepreneurs and investors with net worths of at least $11 million each to take a 50-question personality test based on the "Five-Factor Theory of Personality" and analyzed their results for his book "The Wealth Elite."

Read more: Billionaires tend to make riskier investment choices than millionaires, and it helps explain why ultra high net worth individuals lost so much of their money in 2018

According to the Five-Factor Theory of Personality developed by National Institute on Aging personality psychologists Paul Costa and Robert McCrae, someone's personality is determined by five key factors: their levels of neuroticism, conscientiousness, extroversion, openness to experience, and agreeableness.

Zitelmann chose this model, commonly known as "The Big Five," because of its widespread acceptance among psychologists of different schools of thought, he told Business Insider. 

"To sum this up, you can say that rich people are less neurotic and less agreeable, but have a higher degree of conscientiousness, are more open to new experience, and more extroverted than the population as a whole," Zitelmann said. 

The results Zitelmann's rich subjects got bore a striking resemblance to those of entrepreneurs of all net worths, which didn't surprise the researcher.

Keep reading to learn more about the common personality traits of the ultra-wealthy.

1. The ultra-wealthy aren't very neurotic

Ultra-high net worth individuals have "exceptionally high levels of mental stability," Zitelmann wrote in the "The Wealth Elite."

All 43 of the high-net worth individuals interviewed received neuroticism scores below 19 on a scale of 0 to 40, with 40 being the most neurotic. Their survey responses revealed high self-confidence and high tolerances for frustration, Zitelmann found.

2. Conscientiousness is the ultra-wealthy's most dominant personality trait

Conscientious people tend to be detail-oriented and very thorough when completing tasks, Zitelmann found.

The ultra-wealthy tend to be goal-oriented, Zitelmann's research found. The vast majority of the interviewees said they always keep their promises, a trait that has helped them gain the trust of their business partners and investors.

3. Many of the rich people interviewed were extroverted

Of the 43 ultra-wealthy people interviewed, 29 are extremely extroverted, according to Zitelmann's analysis of their test responses.

Being extroverted also allows them to feel comfortable doing something different from others and standing by decisions that others disagree with. 

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4. The wealthy are very open to new experiences

Twenty-eight of the test subjects could be classified as very open to new experiences, according to Zitelmann. Their responses indicate that they enjoy thinking about how new ideas could work and believe that people should constantly broaden their knowledge base.

5. Agreeableness is the second-weakest personality trait among the ultra-wealthy

Neuroticism is the only trait that is more obscure in the ultra-wealthy than agreeableness, Zitelmann found.

The test revealed that agreeableness is a weak character trait for nine of the subjects and a medium strength trait for 13. Zitelmann said he expected even more of the high-net worth individuals interviewed to fall into those categories, as other studies have concluded that antagonism is correlated with entrepreneurial success. 

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