Day: June 26, 2020

The best travel credit cards of 2020

Taking the family on trip? The right credit card can take the hassle out of your vacation.
Taking the family on trip? The right credit card can take the hassle out of your vacation.

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No matter where you want to go, or how you want to get there, using the right credit card can help make your trip smoother and, in certain cases, help it cost less. Credit card rewards and points can be used to offset the cost of your travel and hotel stays, or can even be redeemed for cash back to help you afford a few extra souvenirs.

If you are planning to head out on the road, these are our

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Tech companies make money off your data. Shouldn’t you be paid, too?

Whenever you sign up for a new social media service or website, or download an app onto your phone or computer, you’ll typically see some long disclaimer written in legalese. You scroll through it quickly and click “I agree.”

This fine print is known as a privacy policy. It lays out (sometimes in the most convoluted way possible) how the site or app can use or share your data. The problem is, no one actually reads it. You just click “Yes” and hope for the best, since that’s the price you pay for a free website, app or social media network. It seems like a pretty sweet deal.

But that’s not the deal we’re getting.

Our phones and computers can track our every movement and action. Facebook and Google log every “like” or click on their sites. There are numerous ways our data are collected, used, shared and sold by

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“You Mustn’t Lower Yourself for Men Around You”

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From Harper’s BAZAAR

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In Season 2 of Dare I Say, launching May 1, host MJ Rodriguez takes us inside the sometimes heated, sometimes vulnerable, and always animated discussions that happen when two women sit down to tackle today’s most pressing issues. New episodes will be released every Friday.

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“You mustn’t lower yourself for men around you. You must show him what a strong woman looks like’’

Jameela & Jennifer

“Toxic masculinity” is a term that dates back to around the 1980s, denoting a desperate clinging onto and protection of traditional masculine ideals, but its effects have been shaping society for ages. Although we know the behavior to be harmful to women, creating a culture where they are harassed and subjugated, it’s also detrimental to men themselves, pressuring them to suppress their feelings or use violence to display

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Tech Players Consolidate Healthcare Presence, Apple Takes Lead

Apple AAPL is dominating the wearables market, courtesy of Apple Watch. The company’s focus on health features like ECG and fall detection in the Apple Watch Series 4 has been a game changer.

Moreover, on Jun 23, the iPhone-maker previewed watchOS 7 at its first-ever virtual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), delivering enhanced customization tools and new health and fitness features including sleep tracking, automatic handwashing detection, additional workout types including dance, and a new hearing health feature expanding insight into overall user well-being.

Moreover, the solid adoption of Apple Watch Series 5, has helped the iPhone maker strengthen its presence in the personal health monitor space. Notably, the smartwatch is based on watchOS 6, which comes with additional healthcare and fitness features like Cycle Tracking, the Noise app and Activity Trends.

This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company’s wide array of healthcare offerings in watchOS makes it a key differentiator in

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How to Make the Most of it With ETFs

Wall Street has been enjoying a stellar ride after being badly beaten down by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is especially thanks to improving economic data, progress in coronavirus vaccine or treatments, and a massive stimulus program by the Fed and government.

Though the two major indices – the S&P 500 and Dow Jones – are in red from a year-to-date look, the Nasdaq has been hitting new highs. It has gained nearly 13% in the first half of this year. We have highlighted some reasons for this outperformance below:

Pandemic Boost

The index has been mainly powered by the soaring technology sector, which accounts for nearly half of the portfolio. Though the worst pandemic had halted business activities for nearly two months, impacting growth of each and every sector, it has given a strong boost to stay-at-home stocks. These stocks mostly belong to the technology sector, especially cloud computing, gaming

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Lufthansa’s Biggest Investor to Back Government Bailout Deal

(Bloomberg) — Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s biggest stockholder publicly backed a 9 billion-euro ($10 billion) government bailout, giving the rescue plan a major shot of momentum and boosting the airline’s shares and bonds just before a crunch vote.

With Heinz Hermann Thiele declaring support after days of frenzied speculation about his intentions, the state rescue appears likely to secure the two-thirds backing required at Thursday’s special shareholders meeting. The German billionaire who had earlier criticized the conditions held the votes to single-handedly stop the deal and plunge Europe’s largest airline into turmoil.

A failure of the landmark bailout, which featured the state buying a heavily discounted 20% stake in the airline, would also have been a serious blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s efforts to take a more activist approach to managing Germany’s economy.

Thiele eased those concerns by saying he “will vote in favor” of the plan at the meeting, according

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The best gas cards of 2020

Heading out on the road? The best gas cards can help you save at the pump
Heading out on the road? The best gas cards can help you save at the pump

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you sign up for a credit card after clicking one of our links, we may earn a small fee for referring you. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American spent $1,968 on gasoline, other fuels, and motor oil in 2017—a number likely to be even higher with the recent price increases at the pump. So having a credit card that offers good rewards for your gas purchases can help you rack up some serious rewards. But, if you’ll be on the road a lot, these cards can offer more benefits than just savings. For example, if you occasionally rent cars,

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$600 bonus unemployment benefits end soon. Here’s how to prepare

Another 1.5 million Americans filed jobless claims last week to receive unemployment benefits, and the payments are currently going to about 19.5 million people, the government reported Thursday.

A weekly benefit boost has made unemployment a little easier for those who lost their jobs to the coronavirus, but soon they’ll have to survive without the bonus money.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act — the CARES Act that also brought you those stimulus checks — provides an extra $600 per week of unemployment through July 31. Lawmakers haven’t committed to an extension.

Standard unemployment payouts vary from state to state, and depending on where you live you may have trouble making ends meet on regular benefits alone.

Here are nine things you can do to prepare to cope with a smaller weekly payout.

Pad your emergency fund while you still can

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While you

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Make tech companies pay you for your data

Countless businesses collect, use, share and sell consumer data. The largest tech companies, like Facebook and Google, profit most. <span class="copyright">(Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty Images)</span>
Countless businesses collect, use, share and sell consumer data. The largest tech companies, like Facebook and Google, profit most. (Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty Images)

Whenever you sign up for a new social media service or website, or download an app onto your phone or computer, you’ll typically see some long disclaimer language written in legalese. You scroll through it quickly and click the “I agree” button.

This fine print is known as a privacy policy. It essentially lays out (sometimes in the most convoluted way possible) how the site or app can use or share your data. The problem is, no one actually reads the language. You just click “yes” and hope for the best, since that’s the price you pay for a free website or app or social media network. It seems like a pretty sweet deal. But that’s not the deal we’re getting.

Our phones and

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Entrepreneur, musician Dae-Lee strives to make Charlotte’s music scene more inclusive

David “Dae-Lee” Arrington doesn’t fit into any one box: He’s a creative entrepreneur who owns two businesses, co-founded a nonprofit, and writes, produces and performs original music.

He draws upon his faith and his experiences growing up in a low-income Black neighborhood and later moving to a predominately white one in Charlotte.

“I went from the corner of my neighborhood in Norfolk, Va. to the cul-de-sacs of Ballantyne in Charlotte,” said Arrington, 38. “It was a 180-flip for me.”

The need to connect people drives Arrington to make music and start organizations that support relationship building and expose people to differences.

“I believe we are better together and that comes from my journey of living on both sides of the track,” he said. “I’m a bridge builder. It’s very much a part of me to leverage the power of art to bridge what is divided, whether it’s people, culture or

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