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Microsoft Surface Pro 8 is a strong 2-in-1 with too many hidden fees | Mashable

Microsoft’s newest addition to the Surface lineup — the Surface Pro 8 — proves the old adage “you get what you pay for” sometimes needs additional context. In this case, be ready to drop a hefty chunk of change for this Windows 11 tablet itself and then another sizable chunk on top of that for the accessories that make it useful.

The $1,100 Surface Pro 8 is the latest and greatest Surface Pro yet, thanks to a larger 13-inch display with a higher refresh rate than ever at 120Hz, more powerful processors, better battery life, and the inclusion of Windows 11. There’s no getting around that this is an excellent Surface tablet, but Microsoft, once again, decided not to include the all-important keyboard cover attachment to make it usable as a work device. Artistically minded users will also need to cover another hidden fee for the new Slim Pen 2 stylus.

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Coal-fired power is on the rise in America for the first time since 2014 | CNN

In a blow to the climate movement, US power companies are ramping up their coal consumption due to surging natural gas prices.

US coal-fired generation is expected to surge by 22% in 2021, the US Energy Information Administration said Monday. That would mark the first annual increase in coal-fired electric power generation since 2014, the EIA said.

Coal was long the main fuel source for the US power grid — even though its environmental footprint is the largest.

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Hungry grizzly bear photo-bombs camera trap in award-winning photo | Live Science

A grizzly bear attacked a photographer’s camera and ended up starring in a grisly photo that has won the photographer an award.

Zack Clothier, a professional photographer based in Montana, set up a camera trap pointing at an elk carcass hoping to get some shots of scavenging wildlife. He returned to find his camera setup trashed and one clear picture of the culprit: a large grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis).

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Top Startup Financing Options for Small Businesses | businessnewsdaily.com

Looking for funding? Find out how to finance your startup without a traditional bank.

  • 3Venture capitalists can provide funding, networking and professional guidance to launch your business rapidly.
  • Generally, angel investors don’t ask for any company shares or claim to be stakeholders of your business.
  • Businesses focused on science or research may receive grants from the government.
  • Factoring is an alternative funding option that can alleviate cash-flow problems and generally doesn’t require a good credit score.

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Are You Addicted to Productivity? | Life Hack

“It’s great to be productive. It really is. But sometimes, we chase productivity so much that it makes us, well, unproductive. It’s easy to read a lot about how to be more productive, but don’t forget that you have to make that time up.”

Matt Cutts wrote that back in 2013

Like so many other people, I’ve also fallen into this trap. For years I’ve been on the lookout for trends and hacks that will help me work faster and more efficiently — and also trends that help me help others to be faster. I’ve experimented with various strategies and tools. And, while some of these strategies and solutions have been extremely useful — without parsing out what you need quickly — it’s counterproductive.

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CDC: ‘Avoid Travel’ Warning For 5 New Destinations Due To Covid-19 | Forbes

Well, the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Covid-19 Travel Recommendations seem to change as frequently as the Kardashians’ wardrobes. Every week there are new additions to the list of destinations considered Level 4, the highest of four Covid-19 risk levels. Destinations at Level 4 are deemed by the CDC as places that you should avoid traveling to, regardless of whether you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This past week five new destinations ascended to Level 4: Belarus, Moldova, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Create More Compelling Business Presentations | AllBusiness.com

Stories have been used to grip human interest for thousands of years. Passed down from generations, written into books—and now audiobooks—good storytelling keeps us coming back for more. How does that stack up to the last business presentation you saw? Were you gripped by the presentation style, or (more likely) were you hit by a barrage of text-heavy slides, logo slides, and rushed reading of bullet points?

Humans are natural storytellers, but it’s rare that we translate that skill into the business world, and common business tasks like giving presentations. But if you want to really engage your audience, get them to see your point of view, and hopefully sign a contract, storytelling is the way to go. So ditch the cliched slides and take your audience on a journey. You need to create business presentations that win over your audience, and here’s the right way to do it.

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Here’s What to Do If You Are Denied PPP Loan Forgiveness | Small Business Trends

If you were denied for all or part of the money on your PPP loan forgiveness application, your appeal must be timely.

You have 30 days to appeal. The clock starts when you receive written notification from the Small Business Administration (SBA).

What to Do If You’re Denied PPP Loan Forgiveness

This is an important element of the 30-day time frame. It’s NOT 30 days from the time your lender received the notification. It’s 30 days from when YOU received the notification.

In other words, if your lender calls you with that news, have the SBA notification letter time stamped with that day’s date when you receive the letter.

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Acer Was Hacked Again, Losing Personal Data of Millions | Digital Trends

Acer has just confirmed that its servers were beached by a group of hackers called Desorden. The hackers managed to steal over 60 gigabytes worth of data containing sensitive information about millions of Acer’s customers.

The compromised information includes the names, addresses, and phone numbers of several million clients, but also restricted corporate financial data.

The hack was recently reported by the hackers themselves and was later confirmed to be true by Acer. Desorden has managed to breach Acer’s servers in India and obtain massive amounts of data. The data consists of both consumer and corporate accounts. According to Desorden, the “affected customer data are in the millions.”

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Apple Extends AirPods Pro Service Program by Another Year | Digital Trends

Apple’s AirPods Pro are a top pick when it comes to true wireless earbuds, but some of the earliest units that Apple sold started to experience audio problems. To address these issues, Apple created a service program to fix the busted buds. Initially, that program was meant to cover all AirPods Pro sold prior to October 2020, for a period of two years. Under those terms, some of the earliest AirPods Pro (sold in October 2019) would be about to lose their coverage, but Apple has quietly updated the program and extended its coverage to three years from the date of purchase.

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