New laptop? Here’s how to know if you should return it

New laptop? Here’s how to know if you should return it

So, you just bought a shiny new laptop and pulled it out of its box. You’re dying to fire it up and start playing around with it — I still have that feeling even after unboxing over 200 different machines. Each one is new and different, and that appeals to the part of our brains that craves novelty.

But there’s no worse feeling than realizing there’s a problem with it after your return period ends. There’s no good reason to hold on to a machine with a significant flaw when a simple return is available, so here are a

 
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Early Puberty Resulting From Excessive Smartphone Screen Time? Here’s What This Study Found

Early Puberty Resulting From Excessive Smartphone Screen Time? Here’s What This Study Found

If you are wondering whether blue light exposure may result in early puberty, you may not want to check your smartphone too often for the answer. More and more studies have been shedding increasing light on the potential risks of using such blue light-emitting mobile devices. And a study presented on September 16 at the 60th Annual European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Meeting found exposure to blue light to be associated with

 
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Digital Marketing: Here’s What Getting It Right Looks Like

Digital Marketing: Here’s What Getting It Right Looks Like

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter, Content & Context, to receive more insights and updates on the content marketing world from Skyword CEO, Andrew C. Wheeler.

It used to be that supply chain dominance equaled market dominance. That changed when an explosion of D2C upstarts like Dollar Shave Club, Drizly, Warby Parker, and Stitch Fix proved that a digitally native, social media-savvy marketing strategy was enough to steal significant market share from even well-established consumer brands. 

In the process, these brands pioneered new ways of using content to simultaneously build direct customer relationships, convey a unique brand identity, and collect audience

 
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Your Old Gadgets Are a Fire Hazard, Here’s What to Do

Your Old Gadgets Are a Fire Hazard, Here’s What to Do

A phone with a swollen battery, sitting on a repair bench.
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Who among us doesn’t have a gadget junk drawer or box on a closet shelf with some old phones? Those old gadgets aren’t just clutter, though: They’re a potential fire hazard. Here’s what you need to know.

Warning: Before we dig in, if you came across this article because you already have a device with a swollen or bulging battery, please immediately discontinue use of the device, don’t attempt to charge it, and read our guide to dealing with laptops, phones, and other devices with swollen batteries.

Why Old Gadgets Are a Fire Hazard

An old Android phone or

 
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