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NBC is launching its Peacock streaming service today – here’s what you need to know

Today is the day: Peacock, NBCUniversal’s long-awaited streaming service, launches today for select customers.  The launch is bittersweet: it comes at an unfortunately opportune time, as most people are on lockdown and are looking for more content to consume, especially on Netflix and Hulu (which are two of the best

1 in 3 Americans are drinking alcohol while working from home, according to new study

A new study from American Addiction Centers has revealed that about one in three Americans are drinking alcohol while working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. The study revealed that the percentage of Americans drinking during work hours varies drastically between states, with 67% of Hawaii residents drinking while

Mortgages become harder to secure… just as US rates fall back to record lows
Mortgages become harder to secure… just as US rates fall back to record lows

Homebuyers are finding it harder to secure a new mortgage, or refinance to a new mortgage deal, at the very time that US mortgage rates are falling back to record lows. While the coronavirus pandemic means there are currently few people actively looking to buy a new home, there are

Netflix and Instagram release a new self-care series to help young people cope during the coronavirus pandemic

Netflix and Instagram launched a brand new series last week, called Wanna Talk About It?, aiming to help support young people during the coronavirus outbreak.  Some of Netflix’s biggest stars will be taking part in the new series, which includes the stars chatting to mental health professionals about their own

35% of people working from home say their mental health has worsened – and WHO experts are worried

For many folks in the United States, stay-at-home and social distancing orders have been in place for about a month. Those who are lucky enough to have the ability to work from home have been doing so out of an abundance of caution and to help flatten the curve of

First coronavirus stimulus payments are arriving – here is how to make best use of yours
First coronavirus stimulus payments are arriving – here is how to make best use of yours

Tens of millions of Americans have been told they can expect to receive their $1,200 coronavirus stimulus check by Wednesday, April 15, as the roll out of the government aid package for workers begins.  The announcement by the U.S. Department of the Treasury will be welcomed by workers who have

Google and Apple team up to build a coronavirus contact tracing system using Bluetooth

In the fight against the novel coronavirus, experts agree: one of the key ways in stopping the spread of COVID-19 is contact tracing. This means that, in some way, researchers should be able to tell people if they’ve been exposed to the virus based on an infected person’s movements.  But

Fitbit launches new COVID-19 Hub reminding users to wash hands, stretch, and move in quarantine
Fitbit launches new COVID-19 Hub reminding users to wash hands, stretch, and move in quarantine

With lockdown forcing many across the world to stay indoors and skip the gym, it might seem that there’s not much use for the best fitness trackers . However, Fitbit has come out with a new COVID-19 Resource Hub to help you stay well in body and mind through the

Apple publishes ‘30 Creative Activities for Kids’ worksheet to help struggling parents keep children busy

With much of the American population under stay-at-home orders, there are many parents who are struggling to spend 24/7 with their children. Between working from home, parenting, and transitioning a child’s education to an online format, there’s a lot of room for frustration, whether it’s with yourself, your partner, or

How to claim unemployment benefits if you are affected by the coronavirus pandemic
How to claim unemployment benefits if you are affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Knowing how to claim unemployment benefits is essential in today’s climate. The record-breaking rate of job losses in the US economy has led to speculation that the coronavirus pandemic will see the US economy fall into a recession the like of which has not been seen since the Great Depression