Why virtual therapy isn’t as awkward as you may think

After months of staying at home cooped up with family or by themselves, people are likely itching to talk to a professional therapist. But visiting a doctor whose schedule demands seeing multiple patients a day isn’t a practical way to re-emerge into our new socially distant world. Virtual therapy could be the solution.

I’ve been doing virtual therapy for almost four years now. When I left for college in France — alongside searching for apartments, packing clothes and getting my visa — I also realized I would need to shift my method of therapy. I had the option of searching for a new therapist locally or continuing to communicate with my current therapist virtually. I had already established a good relationship with my therapist over nearly six years, so I wasn’t ready to flush that down the toilet, but I still had concerns. Could I be as forthcoming with my

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Is FMAANG Overrated?

There’s no doubt that big tech is helping support the market. Facebook FB, Microsoft MSFT, Amazon AMZN, Apple AAPL, Netflix NFLX and Alphabet GOOGL are not just large cap stocks. They are up a respective 17.0%, 33.6%, 65.4%, 27.3%, 52.6% and 11.9% year to date while the S&P 500 is down 2.7%.

Obviously, the pandemic-induced digitization has served them well. People have had more time (and inclination) to connect and sell on Facebook, watch movies on Netflix, listen to Apple’s Music, play games on Xbox, read books bought on Amazon and catch their daily dose of infotainment on YouTube.

While kickbacks for smaller ecommerce players like eBay EBAY and Shopify SHOP continue, Amazon of course gained big time.

Those among the FMAANG with working tools like Azure, Office, AWS, Google Cloud, Macs, Chromebooks and smartphone solutions also gained.

Moreover, since the pandemic was a global feature and all of these

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National Geographic Family Summer Camp Is Open (from Your Computer)

With summer camps pretty much non-existent this year, parents are looking for new ways to keep their kids engaged for the next few months.

Luckily, National Geographic has stepped in and launched Nat Geo Family Camp. The eight-part program gives children the opportunity to enjoy a camp-like experience from the comfort of their own home. 

According to a press release, each week two activities will be released online that “help foster life skills” such as confidence, independence, teamwork, communication and leadership. 

Rachel Buccholz, editor in chief of Nat Geo Kids, recently spoke with ABC 7 Chicago about the goals of the project. “What we wanted to do was look at the experiences that kids were probably missing right now and figure out ways that they could do them at home,” she said during the interview. “For instance, they might be swimming in lakes and doing crafts, so we wanted to

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Casper’s massive mattress sale will save your aching back

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Casper has the mattress of your dreams, and it’s on sale for the 4th of July. (Photo: Casper)
Casper has the mattress of your dreams, and it’s on sale for the 4th of July. (Photo: Casper)

How’s your back? If you’re like most of us, these last few months of less activity (and more staying in) have meant noticeable aches and pains. Add to that the stress of sleeping on an old mattress and you might find your back in a constant state of discomfort. 

While core exercises are never a bad idea, no amount of Zoom fitness will fix your back if your bed is the root of the problem. Of course now is not the time to visit mattress stores and plop down Goldilocks-style in search of a match. But it IS

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School District Opts To Reopen Schools, Make Face Masks Mandatory

TAMPA, FL — The Hillsborough County superintendent of schools has announced that students and staff returning to public schools on Aug. 10 will be required to wear face masks.

After meeting with health officials, business leaders, teachers and school administrators, Superintendent Addison Davis said he believes masks are the best option at this time for keeping students and staff safe from the spread of the coronavirus on campus.

The district will provide three reusable face coverings for each student on the first day of school and three reusable face coverings for each staff member during back-to-school pre-planning.

“The CDC has identified face masks as one of the most effective tools in stopping the spread of COVID-19,” Davis said. “I believe face coverings is the best option we have for providing additional protection for everyone on our campuses.”

He said the county has already acquired 760,000 masks through purchases and donations.

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Trump administration to encourage schools to safely reopen amid coronavirus surge

By Alexandra Alper and Susan Heavey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is pushing for schools to reopen in the fall and is hosting White House events on the topic on Tuesday, despite a steady increase in coronavirus infections across the country led by younger Americans and rising hospitalizations in many states.

Trump, a Republican seeking re-election in November, on Monday tweeted “SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!”, as local officials across the country began pausing or scaling back their reopenings due to the surge in infections.

On Tuesday, he will hold a discussion at the White House on re-opening schools, while Vice President Mike Pence speaks with governors on the topic, according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters.

“It is really … critically important to get our schools open,” the official said, highlighting the role schools play in communities. “There are a variety of different strategies that

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4G internet balloons take off over Kenya

A network of giant internet-enabled balloons from Google’s sister firm Loon is to provide internet access to remote areas of Kenya.

It will provide 4G coverage so people can make voice and video calls, browse the web, email, text and stream videos.

The project was announced two years ago but final sign-off from the Kenyan government has only just been given.

It is now being fast-tracked to help improve communications during the coronavirus pandemic.

The balloons’ 4G internet service has been tested with 35,000 customers and will initially cover a region spanning 50,000 sq km (31,000 sq miles).

Eventually 35 solar-powered balloons will be in constant motion in the stratosphere above eastern Africa. They are launched in the US and make their way to Kenya using wind currents.

One field test of the service showed download speeds of 18.9Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds of 4.7Mbps.

Loon began as

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Kenyan schools to remain closed until 2021

The education ministry said it would explore how to make online learning accessible to all students
The education ministry said it would explore how to make online learning accessible to all students

All schools in Kenya will remain closed until next January because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Final year exams, usually taken in October and November, have also been cancelled.

Education Minister George Magoha said students would repeat a year as schools had closed in mid-March, three months after the school calendar had begun.

But colleges and universities are to reopen in September if they abide by strict guidelines.

The East African country has confirmed more than 8,000 cases of coronavirus with at least 164 deaths – and there has been a recent surge in new infections.

On Monday, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a phased reopening of the country, including the lifting of travel restrictions in the main cities of Nairobi and Mombasa.

However, he did extend a nationwide overnight curfew – from 21:00 to 04:00

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International students must leave USA if universities offer only online classes this fall

The Trump administration announced international students will have to leave the USA, or face possible deportation, if the college or university they attend switches to online-only classes in the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Similarly, international students enrolled in colleges or universities offering only online courses this fall will be barred from entering the USA.

In the spring, international students were allowed to attend online-only classes. The reversal could be a major economic blow to colleges and universities, as well as  communities, over the loss of tuition and other revenue from international students who typically pay full price.

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Colleges and universities are implementing layoffs, furloughs and other cost-clotting measures to offset a loss in revenue amid the coronavirus pandemic as more people defer college.

US coronavirus map: Tracking the outbreak

The new policy, issued

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How to sell your smartphone

With an endless parade of new smartphones hitting the market every year, the temptation to upgrade is strong. And while the rate of smartphone replacement has lengthened to 33 months according to the Strategy Analytics, you may have some devices lurking around in your closet or drawer that others are willing to pay for.

Around 1.5 billion smartphones were sold last year, and that’s not including the amount that has been resold in third-party markets. At a time when smartphones can cost upwards of $1,000, more consumers are looking toward secondhand devices from resellers on eBay, Amazon, and Swappa. In this guide, we’re going to help you work out what your old phone might be worth, where to sell it, and how to prepare it for postage.

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