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    airport flightGetting through the security line is arguably one of the most stressful parts of an airport experience— and it's exponentially worse if you're running late.

    If you want to get through the chaos as quickly as possible, make sure you're not making any of these common mistakes.

    You're flying at peak times.

    It's not always possible to fly at less popular times, such as at a super early hour or on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but make it a point to book during these slots whenever you can.

    SmarterTravel suggests that, in addition to planning around holiday travel, you'll be wise to avoid peak times like between 4 - 8 pm on Friday and Sunday evenings. While summer travel can make security lines extra long, flying during off-peak seasons can be a more relaxed experience.

    You're not utilizing helpful apps.

    Some apps can help you better predict wait times— and provide fast answers to common flight and security questions. 

    Your security questions can quickly be answered using the TSA's app. The MyTSA app "provides airline passengers with 24/7 access to the most frequently requested airport security information on any mobile device." The app can also help you estimate how busy the airport is likely to be during the time of your flight based on the TSA's historical data. 

    Plus, there's an app that can tell you the estimated security wait time. Travel company TripIt provides wait times within their app using new technology. According to Travel + Leisure, "TripIt's new system — developed in partnership with a company called inside — relies on sensors installed at airport security checkpoints. These sensors send information to TripIt, which is then able to predict a more accurate wait time." 

    The app can also provide you with real-time updates while you're standing in line.


    Your airport style is slowing you down.

    According to Who What Wear, there are some common outfit culprits that can slow you down in an airport security line. Among them are bulky or puffy jackets, lace-up shoes, and sneakers, metal bracelets or chains, hair accessories, or extra bags.

    Keep your travel outfit streamlined to avoid being slowed down further, questioned, or subject to extra search. Leggings, jeans, and minimal basics work well, along with slip-on sneakers and a compact carry-on. Needed an excuse to rock some new athleisure? Consider this it.

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    Ask anyone around you and they'll most likely say they have an Amazon Prime membership. At less than $10 a month, it offers many convenient benefits, making it a great investment for its price. 

    A regular Prime membership is $119 a year. Students not only get 50% off Prime memberships ($6.49/month), but also enjoy exclusive discounts. They can get a free six-month Prime trial here. Meanwhile, Prime is also discounted ($5.99/month) for qualifying customers with an EBT or Medicaid card

    100 million subscribers worldwide evidently think it's worth it, but if you're still on the fence about buying a membership, we've rounded up its many benefits below.

    You might even already have Prime but aren't using it to its full advantage, in which case this list will be a nice refresher for all the benefits you should know about. 

    You can experience all the benefits with a free 30-day trial of Prime to see if it's worth it for you. 

    Here are the 27 Amazon Prime benefits you should know about.

    Free two-day shipping on over 100 million items

    The best-known perk, Amazon Prime's fast delivery service is convenient and applies to just about anything you'll need from the site. Just look for the Prime logo as you shop. 

    Free same-day and one-day shipping on over a million items in over 8,000 cities

    Check your zip code here to see if same-day and one-day options are available near you

    Same-day shipping: Order over $35 of eligible items before noon and get them by 9 p.m. same day. Orders placed in the afternoon arrive the next day. 

    One-day shipping: Order over $35 of eligible items by the afternoon and get your items by 9 p.m. the next day. 


    Free two-hour delivery on household essentials with Prime Now

    Check your zip code here to see if Prime Now is available near you 

    Tens of thousands of everyday household items, grocery essentials, and Amazon products can be delivered to you in two hours or less, in select US cities. Delivery windows generally span from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., though some extend to midnight depending on the city. 

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    People have lived on Tangier Island, a tiny patch of land peeking above the Chesapeake Bay, for more than 240 years.

    But that island — "a speck of mud and marsh that nowhere reaches more than five feet above the tide," as the journalist Earl Swift puts it in his new book, "Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island"— is on its way to being wiped out as rising waters continue to advance over the land.

    A scientific study published in 2015 found that the residents of Tangier "may become among the first climate change refugees in the continental USA."

    Other places have been abandoned because of storms and rising seas. In Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, most residents opted not to return after Hurricane Sandy's 16-foot-storm surge ripped through homes. The Native American community on Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana has received funding to move all residents to a new location in the face of rising seas and sinking land.

    But without dramatic and expensive intervention, Tangier Island will likely need to be abandoned within 25 years, researchers say. Once that happens, it won't be long until there's no longer land to walk on.

    Here's how Swift describes life on Tangier Island, along with illustrative photos from Reuters and Christian Storm, a photographer who visited the island for Business Insider in 2014.

    SEE ALSO: The massive plastic-cleaning device invented by a 24-year-old to clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is finally being put to the test. Here's what it's up against.

    Swift first visited the island in 1999, returning that December for New Year's Eve. He also spent six weeks there the next year.

    Fifteen years later, he returned to write his book.

    Swift spent more than a year living on the island starting in 2015, trying to get know the place and its people. He wrote:

    "It is a community unlike any in America. Here live people so isolated for so long that they have their own style of speech, a singsong brogue of old words and phrases, twisted vowels, odd rhythms. Its virtually amphibious men follow a calendar set by the Chesapeake Bay blue crab, and they catch more of the prized delicacy than anyone else. It is a near-theocracy of old-school Christians who brook no trade in alcohol, and kept a major movie from filming in their midst over scenes of sex and beer. And not least, this is one big extended family: All but a few islanders can trace their lineage to a single man."

    The islanders can be wary of visitors, who mostly show up to see a glimpse of life from bygone times.

    "By the time I got halfway down the Main Ridge, everyone knew where I was going and why," Swift wrote of his visit in 2000. "A visitor to Tangier had best assume he's the object of almost anthropological study and conduct himself accordingly. The islanders might complain that tourists eye them a bit too closely, but it cuts both ways."

    There are about 450 residents of the 1.2-square-mile island, which is 16 miles via water from the next town.

    During the day, most of the men from the island — known as watermen — are out in boats, collecting crabs and oysters. Others work on tugboats or captain vessels carrying passengers.

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    Jeff Bezos

    • Amazon has fostered the reputation of having high employee burnout.
    • But the company recently answered some of its critics by announcing on Tuesday that it will raise its US minimum wage to $15 an hour.
    • Employees on Glassdoor praised the learning opportunities the company afforded, but also reflected upon what they described as a cutthroat environment.

    Amazon has a reputation for having an intense company culture.

    In the past several years, various articles have surfaced in the media describing the company's approach to inspiring performance from staff.

    For instance, in 2015, the New York Times published an article in which employees referred to Amazon's work culture as "bruising." Bob Olson, a former Amazon Books Marketing employee, said then that "nearly every person I worked with, I saw cry at their desk."

    More recently, the company has also come under fire from politicians like Bernie Sanders for what he characterized as inadequate benefits and pay.

    In response to that type of criticism, Amazon just boosted its minimum wage in the US to $15 an hour. Business Insider's Isobel Asher Hamilton reported that the change will affect 250,000 full- and part-time employees, as well as 100,000 seasonal workers.

    To get a better sense of what it's really like to work at Amazon beyond the headlines, Business Insider sifted through hundreds of reviews submitted to job site Glassdoor within the last year. Here's what employees have to say about the company these days.

    DON'T MISS: 21 tough interview questions you may have to answer if you want to work at Amazon

    SEE ALSO: 12 high-paying jobs Amazon's HQ2 will likely bring to its future city

    Amazon fares well on Glassdoor, overall

    While the average company rating on Glassdoor from current and former employees is a 3.4 out of a possible 5, Amazon receives an above average rating of 3.8 as of October 2, 2018. This is up from its score of 3.4 in 2015

    Of the 25,009 current and former employees who have submitted Amazon reviews on Glassdoor, 74% said that they would recommend the company to a friend.

    Amazon also rates favorably on Glassdoor in other categories including CEO approval, culture and values, work-life balance, benefits, and career opportunities.

    Employees say they are surrounded by extremely intelligent people

    As of February 1st, 2018, there were approximately 978 Amazon reviews from employees that feel they are surrounded by intelligent people who are genuinely proud of what they do.

    "Really smart people, a lot of opportunity for growth, always encouraged to be innovative, think big, and create something new," said a current web development engineer in Seattle.

    A current senior manager said that "exceptionally smart people are the norm. The overall approach to creatively inventing ways around obstacles is refreshing."

    "My coworkers aren't routinely defeated by operational challenges," he said. 

    Some employees continue to report a cutthroat work environment

    Although the company says that it has made efforts to alter its "Hunger Games" review process, employees have said otherwise.

    "Ultimately, you are going to fill your warehouses not with the best employees, but with the most cunning," said a sortation associate in Philadelphia.

    A former designer in Seattle posted that "many people there are very driven and will do whatever it takes to get ahead, including stomping on others." 

    But this has not been the case for everyone. 

    One employee reported that Amazon has the "best work culture environment, friendly management, space to grow." 

    It appears the employee experience differs based on the surrounding team members and relevant managerial staff.  



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    New York City Skyline

    • The median pay in the 10 biggest US cities increased in September, according to a Glassdoor study. 
    • At 3.9% year-over-year, it grew the fastest in San Francisco.  
    • Of the top 10, Houston had the slowest growth in pay (1.7%). 


    Across the US, pay grew by 2.6% on average year-over-year in September. In most of the nation's biggest cities, the median base pay increased by an even larger margin, according to a Glassdoor study.

    "Despite a lull in early 2018, pay growth is accelerating amid a healthy job market with no signs of slowing down through the rest of the year," wrote Glassdoor economist Daniel Zhao in the study. 

    Glassdoor ranked the nation's 10 biggest cities by pay growth. It grew the fastest in San Francisco, but the slowest in Houston. 

    In order from slowest growth to fastest growth, here's how income changed last month in metros like New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. We also added the three largest companies in each metro area, according to Fortune.  

    SEE ALSO: Hong Kong is now the city with the most super-rich people in the world — and it shows how the world outside of the US and Europe keeps getting richer

    DON'T MISS: A secret millionaire with an MBA and a $1 million home in Brooklyn spends her days collecting cans for $20 at a time

    10. Houston: 1.7% growth

    Median base pay: $55,722 

    Three biggest companies: Phillips 66; Sysco; ConocoPhillips

    9. Washington, D.C.: 1.9% growth

    Median base pay: $60,535 

    Three biggest companies: Fannie Mae; Lockheed Martin (Bethesda, Maryland); Danaher 

    8. Boston: 2.0% growth

    Median base pay: $60,038

    Three biggest companies: General Electric; Liberty Mutual Insurance; State Street Corp.

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    • H&M has a concept store in Sweden that offers a curated selection of clothing and accessories.
    • This store is the antithesis of H&M's standard locations. It speaks to the direction in which brick-and-mortar shopping is headed, casting doubt on whether H&M in its original form is still viable in the current market.
    • We took a look around the store via Instagram. 

    H&M's vision for the store of the future is minimalist, curated, and pricey — everything that the original H&M is not.

    Its new concept store, which was unveiled in November 2017 in one of its existing locations in Sweden, is the antithesis of a typical H&M store. Shoppers come in to shop its limited collection of clothing, have a coffee in the store, or even take a yoga class. 

    While this is currently the only H&M store of its kind, it's telling of where the company believes retail is headed. It's a very different direction from what we see in the rest of its often chaotic and cluttered fleet of stores

    Once the king of fast fashion, H&M has stumbled in recent years and lost out to more nimble online players such as ASOS and Boohoo, which have cut down supply-chain times and swooped in to poach customers. As a result, sales growth at H&M has slowed. It has also battled with a mountain of unsold inventory and seen its stock price slump

    One of H&M's key areas of success has been its sister brands, specifically Cos, which is the second-largest brand in the company's portfolio and is focused on better-quality but higher-cost clothing

    The overlap between Cos and its concept store is far greater than at its own H&M brand, signifying that Cos may have become the model for H&M stores of the future. 

    Take a look around H&M's concept store below:

    SEE ALSO: H&M is taking notes from Kanye West's Yeezy brand

    H&M's concept store is located in the upmarket Karlaplan neighborhood in Stockholm, Sweden.

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    Mumbai is a city of imbalance. With an estimated wealth of $950 billion, the city is the 12th richest in the world, ranking ahead of major urban centers like Paris and Toronto. Much of this prosperity is due to the combination of a large billionaire population and the presence of India's oldest, and most prominent, stock exchange.  

    At the same time, more than half of the city's population lives in slums, or areas of extreme poverty that often lack access to clean water, electricity, and public transportation. With an estimated 6.5 million people residing in these conditions, Mumbai has the largest slum population of any city in the world. 

    This disparity is not unique to India. As cities around the world become denser and more urbanized, the gaps between rich and poor have widened to intolerable extremes.

    But unlike in many cities, Mumbai's slums sit at the heart of economy activity in the urban core. This has resulted in a unique geography, wherein packed single-story dwellings border the city's expensive high-rise buildings.

    In his ongoing photo series, Unequal Scenes, photographer Johnny Miller captures the troubling inequality of Mumbai, whose remarkable progress has given way to many unfortunate side effects. 

    The top 1% of India's population holds nearly three quarters of the nation's wealth.

    This inequality is no more evident than in Mumbai, the nation's financial capital and most expensive housing market. In the center of the city, the Dharavi slum — the largest in all of Asia — provides cheaper housing options for low-income residents.

    But the environment is less than ideal: The slum's ramshackle, one-story buildings are so crammed, they appear as one large mass from above. Even newly-constructed housing blocks have fallen apart due to neglect.


    The Dharavi slum consists mostly of grey, concrete structures.

    Many of its inhabitants are second-generation migrants who have lived there for decades. Dharavi homes also function as work spaces for the city's artisans, including potters, tanners, weavers, and soap makers, whose offices are located underneath living spaces and bedrooms.



    Residents of Dharavi cover their roofs in blue tarps to protect their homes from monsoons.

    India's monsoon season lasts from early summer to late fall. Extreme weather has made the nation vulnerable to floods and landslides, resulting in a death toll of around 200 people this year alone. In Mumbai, thousands of people were stranded and transit services were suspended due to heavy rains.

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    • In September, President Donald Trumphit China with tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. This was the first time that consumer goods had been directly impacted by Trump's tariffs. China retaliated by announcing tariffs on $60 billion worth of US goods sent to China.
    • Trump imposed tariffs on manufacturing goods earlier in the year. He said import taxes are meant to help US manufacturers by making foreign products more expensive.
    • Several companies have either already raised their prices or say they plan to as a result of the tariffs.

    President Donald Trump's tariffs are leading to higher import costs for US-based companies, and it's American consumers who are likely to bear the burden.

    In September, Trump hit China with a 10% tax on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. This was the first time consumer goods had been directly impacted by Trump's tariffs

    While the White House has pointed to national security issues as justification for the tariffs, there's also a practical economic component to Trump's duties. The tariffs on foreign imports are designed to make foreign goods more expensive and therefore US manufacturers and products more appealing.

    The latest tariffs, along with previous rounds on $50 billion of Chinese goods and metal imports, will mean that more than half of all Chinese goods coming into the US will be subject to the import taxes.

    "The new tariffs are bad news for the retail sector, especially as the latest round seems to extend the tax to a vast array of consumer goods. Many retailers will now be faced with a difficult choice of whether to pass the cost increases across to consumers or to take a hit on their margins," Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, wrote in a comment emailed to Business Insider. 

    "Fortunately, the consumer is currently in a position to cope with some mild rises in retail prices. However, a rise in prices across the board will likely result in a decline in retail volumes over the longer term, which will be unhelpful to the sector," he added. 

    Since Trump's tariffs have been in place, several US companies including Pepsi, Coca-Cola, and Winnebago have said they have been forced to raise prices on the consumer's side. Others are threatening to follow suit. 

    Here's a list of some of the best-known brands that have spoken out about Trump's tariffs and either raised prices already or say they plan to: 

    SEE ALSO: See all the products that will cost you more because of Trump's trade war


    PepsiCo raised prices on beverages sold in North America by low single-digit percentages in September. CFO Hugh Johnston explained during a call with investors in October that these price hikes were put in place to cover the higher costs of aluminum and transportation. 

    The company also said it plans to increase the price of its snack products to cover higher transportation costs. 


    Walmart sent a letter to the Trump administration, urging it to reconsider the latest tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. The retailer warned that tariffs will likely result in it having to raise prices for the consumer.

    "As the largest retailer in the United States and a major buyer of U.S. manufactured goods, we are very concerned about the impacts these tariffs would have on our business, our customers, our suppliers and the U.S. economy as a whole," Walmart wrote, according to Reuters.



    In an interview with Bloomberg in September, Gap Inc. CEO Art Peck explained that the apparel giant is keeping a close eye on the new tariffs on consumer goods. While the retailer has been taking steps to move its manufacturing away from China, around 22% of its clothing is still made there. 

    "We are watching it very, very carefully, as you can imagine," Peck told Bloomberg. "In some cases, we'll have no choice but to pass the impact of these tariffs through to our consumers."

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    • The automotive search engine recently commissioned a study to look at the used car industry. 
    • They studied a pool of four million used cars that were 1-to-3-years old and had been sold between January and July 2018. 
    • found that the fastest-selling used car on the market is the Toyota Prius C, with the Tesla Model S coming in second place. 
    • The top five fastest-selling used cars are alternative fuel vehicles, with three hybrids and two electric cars making up that half of the list. 
    • "The performance of hybrid and electric cars, especially the Prius, has helped consumers abandon their initial concerns about battery life, and this perception change has contributed to the rising popularity of these vehicles," said iSeeCars CEP Phong Ly in a statement.

    The automotive search engine recently commissioned a study to look at the used car industry, where they found the best used-car deals out there. But the study also took a more specific measurement of which are the slowest- and fastest- selling used cars on the market today.

    The study sampled a pool of four million used cars that were 1-to-3-years old and had been sold between January and July 2018. found that the fastest-selling used car on the market is the Toyota Prius C, a full hybrid gasoline-electric subcompact hatchback that debuted in 2011. Interestingly enough, the top five fastest-selling used cars are alternative fuel vehicles, with three hybrids and two electric cars making up half of the list. 

    "The performance of hybrid and electric cars, especially the Prius, has helped consumers abandon their initial concerns about battery life, and this perception change has contributed to the rising popularity of these vehicles," said iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly in a statement.

    The average days on the market for all used cars is 46.4 days, but the Toyota Prius C only lasts an average of 29.6 days on the market. That's over a two week difference. 

    Take a look below at the full top-10 list of fastest-selling used cars compiled by data from 

    SEE ALSO: Here are the 12 best used car deals for under $20,000

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    10. Hyundai Veloster Turbo: 36.0 days on the market (average)

    9. Honda Accord: 35.5 days on the market

    8. Toyota Corolla: 34.9 days on the market

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    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Some of your fondest childhood memories probably include sitting down at the family table eating your favorite combination of cereal and milk.

    Unfortunately, some of our beloved foods we grew up eating were either too sweet to last or failed to develop along with us.

    Here are nine discontinued breakfast foods that you vividly remember from your youth that should make a comeback.

    Trix unveiled a fruit-shaped alternative to its classic cereal in 1991, but it didn't last.

    Since 1955, Trix has been a cereal staple in many households, so General Mills thought it would be ingenious to unveil a fruit-shaped variety to audiences in 1991.

    Trix aficionados of the 1990s likely remember this modification, as they replaced the original design for 15 years. In 2006, General Mills decided they were done with the experiment, but in 2018, the company announced that it was bringing back the beloved design.

    Oatmeal Swirlers quite literally let you play with your food.

    General Mills was onto something when they released Oatmeal Swirlers, plain oatmeal accompanied with fruit-flavored jelly you could swirl on top. Whether you wanted to engage in a game of tic-tac-toe or draw your dream home, there was enough jelly for you to go rogue. Playing with your food was encouraged and celebrated.

    They first landed in stores in 1989, but a few years later Oatmeal Swirlers were discontinued.

    Pepsi A.M. tried to make it cool to drink soda in the morning.

    Released in 1989, Pepsi A.M. claimed to have 28% more caffeine than a regular Pepsi, so it was advertised to replace your morning coffee. It lasted only a year before production ceased

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    • Love them or hate them, selfie sticks aren’t going anywhere. So if you’re ready to join the fray, the best selfie stick is the Anker Bluetooth Selfie Stick.

    • It's stable, fits most smartphones, has excellent battery life, comes with a handy Bluetooth remote shutter, and it's very affordable.

    If you’ve said, “I wouldn’t be caught dead using a selfie stick,” you may end up eating your words. Sure, these little extension devices can be annoying when someone swings their smartphone inches from your face while trying to line up a selfie stick photo, cluelessly ignoring everyone else nearby.

    But if you can move past the sometimes negative feelings you have about the selfie stick and learn to use one properly, there’s no question a selfie stick does what it promises to do. That's why we've come up with a guide to the best selfie sticks you can buy. 

    A selfie stick is an improvement on the idea of a monopod, which is a simple stick that connects to a camera. Whereas the monopod helps the photographer hold a camera steady by supporting some of its weight, the selfie stick’s design aims to extend the reach of the human arm to produce a better angle from the camera to the subject. The stick allows you to create an angle to fit more objects in the scene, including the person shooting the photo. When you shoot a photo where you’re also in the photo, it’s called a selfie.

    If you only want to shoot photos of landmarks or of the rest of the family, and you have no desire to appear in the photos you’re shooting, you probably don’t need a selfie stick. But if you’d like to be in the photo, too, a selfie stick works great with your smartphone.

    Although there are selfie sticks that can support larger digital cameras, such as DSLRs, the weight of the large camera makes the selfie stick unsteady. You may not want to risk breaking a large camera by placing it at the end of a shaky selfie stick. In that case, you’d be better served placing the large camera on a sturdy tripod and using a remote shutter or using the self-timer feature to give you time to move into the scene.

    Here are the best selfie sticks you can buy:

    Updated on 10/02/2018 by Lulu Chang: Added two new selfie sticks, updated formatting, and updated prices.

    Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.

    SEE ALSO: The best action cameras you can buy

    The best selfie stick overall

    Why you'll love it: The Anker Bluetooth Selfie Stick is the best one you can buy with its affordable price, Bluetooth controls, and adjustable size that fits most smartphones.

    The popular Anker Bluetooth Selfie Stick offers quite a bit of versatility, both in terms of its length and in which smartphones it’ll support. It can extend 29 inches, folds up to a mere 7.5-inch stick for easy storage, and should be able to hold most smartphones big or small with its adjustable grip.

    The selfie stick connects to your phone via Bluetooth, and you can take a picture with a press of the button in the handle. The Anker Selfie Stick has a strong battery life of 20 hours, which the Gadget Vine estimates will allow an impressive 3,000 photos per charge. Some other selfie sticks claim much longer battery life, but most of those claims are greatly exaggerated.

    In its review, The Guardian loved the sturdy feel of this selfie stick, as it has very little wobble to it, even when fully extended to its maximum size of 29 inches. The Anker selfie stick grips your smartphone tightly, so you feel safe using it. However, this Anker stick is a little heavy, which may make it tough to hold the unit steady for long periods of time, according to Selfie Pole Reviews.

    One Amazon buyer was pleased with the small size of the selfie stick, especially when it's folded down. Another Amazon customer appreciates the quality of Anker products and the way this selfie stick works with the iPhone.

    Pros: Folds down to a small size of about 7.5 inches for carrying, works with a large variety of smartphones, offers strong battery life in Bluetooth selfie stick, good build quality from trusted brand name, low price point

    Cons: Above average weight may cause pressure on wrists when fully extended

    Buy the Anker Bluetooth Selfie Stick on Amazon for $15.99 (originally $49.99)

    The best selfie stick for versatility

    Why you'll love it: The LifeStyle Designs Premium Selfie Stick works with many different types of cameras, and it can become a tripod.

    The LifeStyle Designs Premium Selfie Stick is an impressively versatile and popular selfie stick. Not only can it hold many different smartphone models and digital cameras, but it also can convert from a selfie stick to a makeshift tripod when needed. The LifeStyle Designs stick will work as a tree mount, allowing you to set up odd-angle photos, according to PC Mag.

    All of the different attachments included with the LifeStyle Selfie Stick make this model a good value, even though it costs a little more than some other options.

    In its review, The Worthier Part says this selfie stick is very sturdy, both when you’re using it as a selfie stick and as a tripod.

    One Amazon reviewer appreciates the lightweight design of the Premium Selfie Stick, which is all the more impressive considering the different ways you can use it.

    A few Amazon buyers were disappointed in the inability to adjust the angle of the mount of the selfie stick far enough.

    Pros: Offers ability to switch between selfie stick and tripod, good value with numerous use options, sturdy performance in all use cases, lightweight design that’s easy to take anywhere, works with both smartphone cameras and digital cameras

    Cons: Not enough ability to adjust the angle of the mount, slightly higher price than some other options

    Buy the LifeStyle Designs Premium Selfie Stick on Amazon for $39.99 (originally $89.99)

    The best affordable selfie stick

    Why you'll love it: The Kungfuren Selfie Stick is very inexpensive, but it offers all the features you need in a selfie stick.

    Selfie sticks are not expensive pieces of gear to start with, but if you’re looking for a selfie stick to test to see if you like the idea of using one or if you want one for a child, you may want to really save some money with the Kungfuren Selfie Stick.

    It extends to as long as 31.8 inches and folds down to just 11 inches, so it has some nice versatility in length. The battery life with the Kungfuren Selfie Stick is impressive, according to one Amazon reviewer. It offers a remote shutter, as do most selfie sticks, along with a wrist strap for added security.

    The Kungfuren stick doesn’t support as many smartphone models as some others do, but its mount will accommodate typically sized models.

    One Amazon buyer says the Kungfuren Selfie Stick is extremely easy to use, which solidifies the idea that this model would be a good option for a child. Another Amazon reviewer likes the ease of the Bluetooth pairing between the selfie stick and the smartphone but mentions the stick doesn’t feel as sturdy as it should when fully extended.

    Several Amazon reviewers mention problems with the charging capabilities of the Kungfuren Selfie Stick.

    Pros: Extremely low price point, easy model to set up and use, makes a solid Bluetooth pairing almost every time, extends to almost 32 inches, fits most popular smartphone models, works well for kids

    Cons: Some problems with holding a charge, doesn’t feel sturdy at full extension

    Buy the Kungfuren Selfie Stick on Amazon for $7.59 (originally $18.99)

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    chuck bass gossip girl

    Characters don’t have to be likable to be watchable or entertaining, nor are they always supposed to be. Some TV show characters are clear-cut villains designed to make audiences seethe with rage, and others are just so obnoxious they unintentionally become the villains of their own story.

    From angsty teens to cruel sadists and unabashed narcissists, below are 20 of the most unlikable and annoying characters on TV.

    Piper Chapman never seemed to learn from her mistakes on “Orange Is the New Black.”

    Piper is supposed to serve as a proxy for viewers watching “Orange Is The New Black.” It’s through Piper’s story that audiences are first introduced to life inside a women’s prison, but with every passing season, the character becomes less sympathetic.

    At her core, Piper is a manipulative, self-centered narcissist, who treats prison like a soul-searching wellness retreat. As an inmate with a relatively-short 15-month sentence, Piper frustratingly never tries to keep her head down as she serves her time. Rather, her sense of entitlement leads her to repeatedly participate in incredibly stupid and risky activities — like her rogue panty-business.

    “Gossip Girl” writers spent six seasons trying to make Chuck Bass likable after he sexually assaulted Serena and Jenny in the pilot episode.

    Almost none of the characters on “Gossip Girl” were ever going to win any awards for being decent people, but Chuck Bass was particularly worthy of viewer contempt.

    He was sleazy, smarmy, entitled — and an attempted rapist. Chuck was a misogynist, who repeatedly called female characters “sluts” and viewed women as conquests rather than people. Despite all this, show writers seemed hell-bent on re-branding Chuck as a sympathetic bad boy character, who could be reformed with help of Blair’s love.

    But anyone who remembered how Chuck behaved in the series earlier episodes had a hard time finding the character anything other than repulsive.

    Marissa Cooper’s never-ending breakdown on “The O.C.” became annoying and tedious.

    Marissa Cooper wore out her welcome long before — sorry, SPOILERS — she was killed in a fiery car crash at the end of the third season of “The O.C.”  Yes, the character had a lot of trauma thrown at her throughout the series, but she also handled everything in the worst and most dramatic way.

    Marissa went from having a bit of a rebellious streak to being completely self-destructive over the course of the first season. The character only continued to further spiral out of control and eventually, the show just became caught in a loop where Marissa would inevitably make a terrible decision and the rest of the characters would have to save her.

    Audiences were frustrated by Marissa’s inability to learn from her mistakes and became particularly tired of her perpetual need to give others the benefit of the doubt, which was always done to the detriment of her own safety.

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    best storage container

    • Organization is a challenge for the best of us, but good quality storage containers can help you get your stuff organized and make it all easier to access when you need it.

    • The Sterilite 20 Quart Ultra Latch Box is the perfect size for storing most items and it's made of clear plastic so you can see what’s inside before you even take it down from the shelf.

    It’s remarkable how much of a difference storage containers make when it comes to making the most of your space. They increase the amount of usable room in your closets and on shelves when you stack them on top of each other and can quite literally be the difference between a disorganized mess and an orderly household.

    There are so many storage container options out there, from stackable plastic boxes that hold a ton of stuff to decorative bins that sneakily house items you use often but want to keep out of sight.

    I don’t consider myself to be a very neat person, but even I fold my throw blankets and put them in a wicker basket on my living room floor when they aren’t in use.

    Decorative pieces that double as storage are my favorite interior design trick, but even plastic bins that you keep tucked away under the bed or in a linen closet can be a game-changer. These are the best storage containers your money can buy — They’ll make you feel like an amateur organization expert in no time.

    Here are the best storage containers for organization:

    Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.

    The best storage containers overall

    Why you'll love it: For a durable, no-frills container that holds a lot of stuff, you’ll love the Sterilite 30 Quart Ultra Latch Box.

    Storage containers don’t need to look fancy to get the job done. Sure, the Sterilite 30 Quart Ultra Latch Boxes aren’t much to look at. But they will neatly stack your things in a closet, garage, or anywhere else you store items when you don’t currently need them. If that’s all you want, it’s perfect.

    These large clear plastic bins fasten shut with a secure double-latch closure that won’t spring open unannounced and also creates an easy handle for you to grip when lifting. Flat bottoms allow for easy stacking on shelves, while clear plastic lets you see exactly what’s inside before you open the lid.

    Available in packs of 6, 12, or 18 on Amazon, this is one of the most cost-effective options, especially considering the sturdy quality. The Wirecutter chose these boxes as its top-pick storage container because they “survived the drop test without a crack and stayed dry even when being sprayed and submerged in water.”

    Sterilite bins also come recommended by The Spruce and The Art of Cleanliness. The 30-quart ones, in particular, are an Amazon’s Choice item, with a 4.2 rating out of 766 reviews.

    Pros: Stackable, lid latches shut for a secure fit, durable plastic to protect your items from the elements, affordable

    Cons: 30-quart size won’t fit everything but Sterilte does sell a bigger version

    Buy a 6-pack of Sterilite 30 Quart Ultra Latch Boxes on Amazon for $50.34

    The best under-the-bed storage container

    Why you'll love it: The Iris USA Store and Slide Storage Box finally gives you an easy solution to the age-old storage dilemma: What to do with your off-season clothing when you’re not wearing it?

    Remember when you were a kid and your mom asked you to clean your room so you basically just shoved stuff under the bed until it looked neat and hoped the duvet cover would hide the mess? The Iris USA Store and Slide Storage Box allows you to do just that while patting yourself on the back for being tidy at the same time.

    These 40-quart plastic containers are slim and flat, coming up at 6.25 inches tall. The shape is perfect for fitting underneath most bed frames. Low-friction disks secured to the bottom of the box allow you to slide them back and forth without damaging the flooring. It’s also worth noting that the material is BPA-, PVC-, and acid-free.

    Professional organizer Lisa Zaslow of Gotham Organizers recommended these organizers to NY Mag’s The Strategist.

    One 5-star reviewer on Amazon writes, “Plastic is pliable and sturdy. Containers nest inside one another nicely when not in use to save space. Large enough to hold lots of odds and ends I don't want to have to dig through deep boxes to get to. Will purchase again when the price is right.”

    Pros: Flat shape fits under most bed frames, 40-quart capacity, BPA and PVC-free plastic

    Cons: A few reviewers complained about handles breaking or cracked plastic

    Buy the Iris USA Store and Slide Storage Box on Amazon for $17.99 (originally $19)

    The best small storage container

    Why you'll love it: The Sterilite 6 Quart Storage Box is your best bet for organizing smaller minutiae in your closets or on shelves.

    Made of the same quality materials as our top pick, the Sterilite 6 Quart Storage Box is a great choice for organizing smaller items and supplies. Everything fits neatly inside the clear plastic bins so you can see what each one hold without opening — no need to rifle through all 12 before you find what you’re looking for!

    The main difference between these and the 30-quart boxes from Sterilite, besides the size, is that the lid snaps shut instead of latching closed. Recessed handles beneath the lid make it easy to transport the boxes, especially if they don’t have anything heavy inside.

    Despite the less secure method of closure, reviewers say the lid stays put in transit. Sterilite storage boxes are highly rated by experts and shoppers. These boxes, in particular, have a 4.0 Amazon rating based on more than 1,200 reviews and were featured by The Spruce.

    One shopper writes, “I love to stack them under shelves where I can just pull out the whole box and then look through it. The tops don't fit super tight and don't have a latch, but they don't need to, in my opinion.”

    Pros: Clear base, handles for lifting, good value, pack of 12

    Cons: Lid doesn’t latch close

    Buy a 12-pack of the Sterilite 6 Quart Storage Boxes on Amazon for $26.75

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    oneplus 6 white vs black 3

    My news feed is featuring more and more leaks and rumors about the OnePlus 6T, the upcoming device from smartphone maker, OnePlus. 

    That could mean the OnePlus 6T is fast approaching. 

    OnePlus phones are largely unknown to the majority of smartphone users. And yet, they're one of the only Android smartphones that people will line up for, like iPhone fans do for the new iPhone releases. The company has managed to get a relatively small group of loyal fans to repeatedly buy its phone, and that fan base is growing. 

    With the OnePlus 6T, T-Mobile will probably need some kind of crowd control, as the carrier is said to exclusively carry the OnePlus 6T. 

    Judging by the rumors, we can expect some nice little upgrades to the already-beautiful OnePlus 6 design, as well as a possible downgrade that some will question, if it comes to fruition.

    Check out the rumors for the OnePlus 6T:

    The OnePlus 6T's design will likely come with one of the best notch designs you can get on a smartphone

    German tech site WinFuture published a series of leaked photos of the supposed OnePlus 6T that shows a similar design to the current OnePlus 6 with a redesigned notch. 

    The OnePlus 6T will retain its glass back that comes in two variations, including glossy and matte glass.

    The company also teased the new phone on Twitter:


    The OnePlus 6T will have a front-facing fingerprint scanner embedded into the display

    OnePlus confirmed to CNET that the OnePlus 6T will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor. 

    If you paid close attention to the leaked photos of the OnePlus 6T's design above, you'll have noticed that there was no rear-facing fingerprint sensor. Indeed, the fingerprint sensor is moving back to the front of OnePlus phones. 

    Some may love rear-facing fingerprint sensors, but none can deny the benefit of front-facing variants. It'll make unlocking the phone while it's resting on a table faster and easier than picking it up and reaching for the back.

    OnePlus itself confirmed that the OnePlus 6T won't come with a headphone jack

    It comes at a bit of a surprise that the OnePlus 6T won't come with a headphone jack, especially since OnePlus used to be proud of the fact that its previous phones included the headphone jack when so many phone makers dropped it.

    "We found 59% of our community already owned wireless headphones earlier this year," OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei told Tech Radar.

    With a slight majority favoring wireless headphones, OnePlus thought it was the right time to ditch the headphone jack. In place of the headphone jack will be "more technology," Pei said, touching on improved battery life. 

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    Scotch Porter

    Grooming and skincare are two things that everyone does on a daily basis (hopefully), so it's extremely important to know you're putting on your body. By choosing natural products over potentially toxic options laden with harsh chemicals, you'll get better results and healthier hair and skin. 

    While the market for natural women's products is a lot more vast than men's, there are still plenty of quality brands available for guys. If you've ever struggled to find solid recommendations on natural essentials for men, you're in luck. The Insider Picks team has researched and tested a plethora of grooming grands, so we compiled a list of great places to find the products you need. 

    Startups like Scotch Porter, Maapilim, and Brickell Men's Products as well as longtime brands like Burt's Bees and Shea Moisture all made the list.

    Whether you're looking for body washes and shampoos or shaving creams and beard oil, you can find all the essentials for looking and feeling your best.

    Learn more about each brand and where to buy them, below:


    Shop all Maapilim grooming essentials on Amazon here

    Founded in Tel Aviv, Israel, Maapilim is a men's grooming startup specializing in natural grooming essentials inspired by the Great Sea (the historic name for the Mediterranean). The brand uses natural ingredients sourced from the fertile coastlines of the region. With ingredients like jojoba oil from Israel, Argan oil from Morocco, lavender oil from France, rosemary oil from Italy, and carrot seed oil from Egypt, the brand created a complete line of men's grooming products with body wash, shampoo, hand cream, beard oil, facial masks, and more.

    One of my personal favorite products is the hand cream. Maapilim does away with overpowering cologne-scented products, eschewing what traditional grooming companies have been doing for years. Read my full review on Maapilim here.


    Brickell Men's Products

    Shop all Brickell Men's Products on Amazon here

    Brickell Men's Products was created in 2014 when co-founder Josh Meyer's then-girlfriend had to use Photoshop to rid his face of wrinkles. When he couldn't find high-end, all-natural products made specifically for men to use, he set out to make his own. He and co-founder Matt Bolduc turned a $10,000 investment into a multi-million dollar business without any outside funding.

    The brand has an extensive line of natural and organic products for the face, body and hair, shaving and beard care, anti-aging, and more. One of my personal favorites products is the Charcoal Purifying Face Wash, which uses charcoal, peppermint, and eucalyptus to deep-clean pores and refresh skin without the stinging or burning sensation of harsh chemicals.  You can read my full review on Brickell Men's products here.



    Oars + Alps

    Shop all Oars + Alps skincare products here

    Oars + Alps was created by the wives of two outdoorsy men who badly needed products to protect them from the elements. To prevent their husbands from having to use super expensive, chemical-filled products designed for women's skin, co-founders Mia Duchnowski and Laura Cox started researching natural ingredients. The two landed on Alpine Caribou Moss as their brand's key ingredient. Sourced from the harsh tundra of Northern Finland, Alpine Caribou Moss is an antioxidant-rich plant that's been proven to increase the elasticity of skin. 

    Aside from the skin-enhancing natural ingredients, Oars + Alps is unique because the products are ideal for traveling with. They are TSA-approved and come in spill-proof containers. Products that would typically be a liquid, like a face wash, come in solid stick form, so it lasts longer and will never make a mess. Read my full review on Oars + Alps here

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    Los Angeles

    Cities are increasingly turning to clean energy jobs to boost their economies and keep electricity bills low.

    In the United States, 50 metropolitan areas account for half of all clean energy jobs, according to a recent report by Environmental Entrepreneurs. 

    About 1.8 million clean energy workers are employed in these 50 cities, working in construction, manufacturing, and transmission and distribution — with a focus on employment in solar energy, wind energy, and advanced biofuels. 

    In California, the country's largest solar market and home of the top-ranked Los Angeles metropolitan area, more than 500,000 people work in the solar industry. The growth of jobs in New York City, which ranked second, is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's statewide commitment to renewable energy. Earlier this year, the governor also announced that companies such as Granada Solar, Cypress Creek Renewables, and others would build more than 20 solar farms throughout the state.

    Environmental Entrepreneurs' report features 33 states and Washington, DC. Take a look at the top 15 metro areas for clean energy jobs:

    SEE ALSO: Millennials shouldn't bank on clean energy jobs

    15. Phoenix, Arizona — 41,722 clean energy jobs.

    14. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — 45,733 clean energy jobs.

    13. Seattle, Washington — 45,820 clean energy jobs.

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    amazon worker

    • Amazon recently announced it's raising its minimum wage to $15.
    • The news comes the same year that America's biggest public companies are now required to disclose their workers' median annual pay.
    • The median worker pay for a job at a public retail company varies across the board.
    • Based on 2018 proxy statements, we ranked the median retail worker's pay at different companies from lowest to highest.

    Amazon recently announced it's raising its minimum wage to $15 — twice the national minimum wage of $7.25.

    The move comes the same year that America's biggest public companies are required to disclose their workers' median annual salary— and how it compares to the pay of their CEO — for the first time. The result is the company's pay ratio, which is the division of a CEO's annual compensation by the median employee's annual pay, in an aim to highlight the pay gap between executives and the typical worker. 

    While not all companies have yet to release this data, some have gotten the ball rolling — and the median worker pay is quite enlightening, especially for those in retail jobs.

    We took a look at the 2018 proxy statements released this year by Forbes 500 public retail companies to see how the median retail worker's pay compares across the board.

    Scroll through below to see where companies rank from lowest pay to highest pay. Note that some companies define their median worker differently than others by including part-time and seasonal employees.

    SEE ALSO: How much money you have to earn to be considered rich in the biggest city in every state

    DON'T MISS: The median pay at Facebook is more than $240,000 a year

    15. Gap Inc.

    Median annual worker pay: $5,375

    GAP Inc. determined the median employee to be a part-time sales associate located in Alabama. The employee did not work the full year, but the company did not annualize employee compensation.

    14. McDonald's

    Median annual worker pay: $7,017

    McDonald's identified its median employee by annualizing one month's base compensation for both full-time and part-time employees working for the company across the globe. It's median employee is a part-time restaurant worker in Poland.

    13. Foot Locker

    Median annual worker pay: $8,554

    The median employee at Foot Locker is defined as a part-time sales associate who worked an average of 18 hours per week.

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    queen elizabeth

    Despite Hollywood's obsession with youth, there are a lot of celebrities who are proving age isn't anything but a number. Though they've been in the public eye for years, it may still surprise you to learn that some of your favorite stars are over 90 years old.

    Here are 18 actors and actresses who are over 90 (some are even over 100) who don't show signs of slowing down their amazing careers anytime soon.

    Actress Betty White is going strong even in her 90s.

    The "Golden Girls" star celebrated her 96th birthday in January.

    Bob Barker has been famous for decades.

    The former "Price Is Right" host is 94 years old.

    Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip are both over 90.

    The reigning monarch of the UK turned 92 in April and has been ruling for over 65 years. Meanwhile, her husband Prince Philip just turned 97 in June.

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    Ever wonder what university you should attend if you want to land that plum Wall Street job? 

    There's a handful that top banks heavily recruit and hire from. 

    That's according to Wall Street Oasis, an online community for financial professionals. As part of its 2018 Investment Banking Report, it showcased which undergraduate institutions are most attractive to bulge bracket investment banking firms like JPMorgan, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America. The percentage indicates the overall submissions of Wall Street jobs from these colleges. 

    Here are the top colleges.


















    10. University of Virginia UVA - Charlottesville, Virginia (1.9%)

    9. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan (1.9%)

    8. University of Chicago - Chicago, Illinois (1.9%)

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    baking putting cookies in oven

    Baking is not easy. When it comes to making the perfect, cake, scone, or cupcake, measurements matter and you cannot rely on your taste palate as you do with cooking. 

    INSIDER rounded up some of the best baking hacks from Food Network stars, celebrity chefs, and other lauded dessert chefs that will hopefully transform your baking skills.

    Here are 14 helpful baking hacks from celebrity pastry chefs.

    Throw away your table salt.

    Ina Garten, better known as the Barefoot Contessa, likes to replace regular table salt with kosher salt in all her recipes. On her site, Garten wrote, "I use Diamond Crystal kosher salt exclusively in my recipes."


    Freeze dough before baking, not after.

    When asked whether to freeze scones before or after baking, Garten replied with "I would roll out the dough, cut out the scones out, and freeze them before baking. Then, defrost and bake when you get there!"

    Use extra-large eggs.

    When a fan asked Ina Garten what size eggs she uses, she responded saying "I use extra-large eggs in all my recipes."

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