Q. My iPhone 5 is starting to run slowly, but Im not ready to upgrade. What can I do?
If you hold down the Sleep/Wake button until you get the Slide to Power Off message and then hold down the Home button for five seconds or so, it brings back the home screen. This will refresh your phones homepage and reload your apps so they run better. Click here for six more iPhone tricks you should start using.
Protecting your kids online
Q. Im worried about what my kids are doing online. I dont want to spy, but I want to know theyre safe. What can I do?
A. One of the easiest things you can do is change the browser your kids are using when they surf the web. I recommend trying Yippy, which is a browser thats specifically designed to block adult content. Plus, Yippy doesnt collect personal information that could be compromised by hackers, so your kids also have privacy. Click here to learn more about Yippy and other browsers that dont track you. Speaking of kids, I recently did a free podcast about how much screen time is too much screen time. You can listen to it here on my site.
Troubleshooting computer problems
Q. Whenever my computer acts up, my IT guy tells me to reboot before hell even look at it. Why is that?
A. It may sound too simple to be true, but the reality is that rebooting can really fix the issues youre experiencing. This is because many computer issues are temporary glitches that are resolved when your computer restarts. Of course, rebooting wont fix everything. If you have an issue with your hardware or have a virus, count on additional troubleshooting. Next time, before you call your IT guy, check out these tips for troubleshooting common computer problems.
More ways to make money at home
Q. I heard you talk about Uber on your radio show as a way to earn extra money. Are there other ways, too?
A. To make money at home, be honest about what youre good at. If youre artistic, you can sell handmade items on Etsy, or even Handmade at Amazon. If you like taking photos, you can sell your photography on sites like Imagekind or FineArtsAmerica. There are also sites like Fivrr where you can pick up little jobs that people need, like writing social media posts or business data entry. Click here for more ideas on how to do what you love to make more money.
Keeping track of all your bills
Q. My son just moved out of the house, and Im trying to teach him about managing money. I dont want him to ruin his credit. Help!
A. Parents want to look out for their kids in every way possible, but as kids grow up, we cant always be there to hold their hands. Luckily, when it comes to learning to be responsible with money, theres an app called Prism that can help your kids out. It lets you store the details of all of your bills and their due dates in one place, and it even sends reminders so your payments wont be late. Click here to learn more about this amazing app.
Bonus: Finding deals online
Q: There are so many places to shop these days. How can I tell Im getting a good deal?
A: Finding great deals is actually easier than ever if youre using technology to your advantage. Set Google Alerts for your favorite brands and include keywords like sale, discount, closeout, etc. If you set an alert, Google will email you when it finds something online that matches your search term. You can also compare prices from other retailers at the click of a button. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to compare prices across the web.
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Maybe you don’t think you and your favorite airline agree on anything: on how much room an adult human requires, on what counts as food, or on how much it should cost for a soothing, tiny bottle of wine. But surely you agree on at least one point: People take way too long getting to their seats.
For passengers, the cumbersome boarding process—watching people insist that yes, this bag will fit in the overhead bin, it has before!—means more time spent jammed in a too-small seat. For airlines, it means lost revenue. In an industry with tight profit margins, every moment a plane spends on the tarmac is time it’s not making money.
This is the concept known as turnaround time: how long it takes an airline to get the people and luggage off a plane that has just landed, to clean, refuel, and restock it, then get a new load of people and bags in. It’s a complex dance, says Martin Rottler, a lecturer at The Ohio State University's Center for Aviation Studies. But in this ballet, humanity proves difficult to choreograph. “The loading of passengers is one of those clunky dancers in the background.”
And so every airline spends a lot of time cooking up and testing new ways to funnel the masses of people and roller bags into airplanes.
The latest bid comes from United, which is in the midst of a month-long test at Los Angeles International Airport. Usually, United puts its five groups of passengers in five parallel lines, and people can queue up as early as they like. Now, it will use just two lines for all five groups. Group one will go in one, group two in the other. Once they’re all safely lodged in the plane, the gate agents will have the next three groups line up, one at a time, in the second lane. Any latecomers in the already called groups can use the first lane. As before, those groups will divide passengers not by row, but by seat type: window people go first, then middle and aisle folks. And as always, everybody with any sort of priority status will go first. The goal is to keep everyone moving, letting people near the end of the line stay seated for longer, and minimize crowding around the gate that makes everything more of a pain. To summarize: It's still five groups, but instead of five lines, you get two.
Whatever United finds, it won’t be the perfect system. The ideal setup is likely closer to that devised by astrophysicist Jason Steffen, a rather convoluted system that sends passengers into the plane in a precise order. First up are the window seat passengers on the right side of the plane, starting with the last row, then the third to last row, fifth to last, and so on. Then you do the same for the left window seats. Then for the middle on the right, and the middle on the left, then the aisles. By this point, every other row is full. Then you repeat the process, filling in the empty half. This staggered setup may be efficient—it gives everyone space and time to get their bag in bin and settle in their seat—but it’s folly to expect passengers to board in an exact order, especially one that looks random and (temporarily) separates families.
In the realm of systems you might have experienced, the fastest may be Southwest’s model: Without assigned seats, people can put their bag and their rear end wherever they find a spot, then get out of the way of others trying to do the same.
But Southwest’s setup won't work for most carriers. “Every airline has its own process to maximize time in air and minimize time on ground, within the reality of the product that they sell,” says Rottler. That second part is key: Southwest’s budget status lets it get away without the luxury of assigned seats. But United and airlines like it—American and Delta, especially—operate hierarchies complex enough to baffle the court of King Louis XIV. These include not just a range of classes, but frequent flyer levels, credit card statuses, people who pay extra to board early, passengers who need assistance, passengers with young kids, servicemembers, and more.
“The reality of these airlines is that they offer different levels of boarding for different perks,” Rottler says. Those are vital tools for the airlines to do other important things, like make money off credit cards, reward frequent customers, and raise fares for benefits like early boarding. (Because if boarding can't be pleasant, you might as well make money by letting people game the system.)
One easy way to speed up the boarding process would be to let people check bags for free, cutting the inclination to stuff everything into a slightly too-big carry-on that will need jamming into an overhead bin. Sounds great, until you consider that US carriers made $4.2 billion in checked bag fees in 2016.
The question for the airlines, then, is not how to get everyone onto a plane as quickly as possible. It’s how to get everyone onto a plane as quickly as possible while still charging them extra for bags, doting on the regular customers, and maintaining the system that, like all class structures, serves whoever built it.
Known for playing Sarah Palin in a Hustler parody, Ann retired in 2014 and now hosts a radio show sharing her expertise on a surging industry
In the brightly lit, hyper-modern lobby of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in downtown Los Angeles, adult film star Lisa Ann and I try to order coffee while avoiding the curious gaze of customers bound to recognise one of the most famous porn actors in the world.
On the day of our interview, Ann is late. She has been stuck in traffic, but greets me with a striking cheery demeanor. Her 5ft2in frame and athletic build are covered up by a leather jacket and a turtleneck. She could easily be mistaken for a real estate agent or a high-end jewellery salesperson. When I turn around to pour cream in my coffee, I lose track of her. When I finally pick her out of the crowd, a middle-aged black man has shuffled over to introduce himself to her. She offers him a brief, cordial encounter and a handshake.
Does that happen a lot? I ask. More often than youd think, she replies. No matter what she does to keep from getting recognized, she says, black men tend to be able to spot her in a crowd the best, even when inconspicuously dressed. Brothers appreciate what I do for them, she says, referring to her campaign to destigmatize interracial porn films.
Ann rose to prominence through her role as former Alaska governor Sarah Palin in the Hustler porn parody titled Whos Nailin Paylin?. The film, released on election day in 2008, features Ann having sex with parody versions of Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice and Bill OReilly. The film turned her into a pop culture phenomenon that just wont quit: although she retired in 2014, she remains the most popular adult performer on PornHub, the porn equivalent of YouTube.
These days, however, her free time is entirely devoted to her new career: fantasy football expert.
Her transition from sex to sports is detailed in her new memoir, The Life, which describes her journey from a complicated childhood as Lisa Ann Corpora in Easton, Pennsylvania, to her status as an object of desire and her current career as a fantasy football guru.
Fantasy football, a game in which fans draft players to populate imaginary teams and compete against family, friends and complete strangers in a variety of statistical categories, has claimed the free time and brainpower of millions of people around the country. It is big business, with both pro leagues and media companies investing serious dollars in gaming platforms and mobile apps. In 2013, Forbes estimated that fantasy sports generated up to $70bn worth of activity; earlier this month, ESPN reported that fantasy sports companies FanDuel and DraftKings earned a hotly contested $3bn in profit from players invested in daily contests to win cash prizes.
With so much money being thrown around, its only a matter of time before fantasy football becomes highly regulated but for now, it remains a lawless frontier which Ann hopes to conquer.
As the host of the Lisa Ann Does Fantasy biweekly show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, she explains player values and statistical quirks while offering tips to average fans who may not have the time to spend their day researching Tom Bradys all-time road record against the Broncos. She does it with humor and an approachable girl-next-door vibe.
She focuses on football and basketball but is slowly getting involved with fantasy baseball, which predates all other fantasy sports genres and is usually considered the most tedious and esoteric of the fantasy disciplines. People that play fantasy baseball are serious. They were doing this before fax machines. There was a commissioner who was doing it by hand. They wrote down your stats and mailed them to you, she says.
That sort of commitment might come off as excessive to Ann, but that doesnt mean shes not a dedicated connoisseur: she says she has blown off dates because of her intense need to keep up with the weekly slate of football games in a quiet, immersive environment. The guests she favors trend toward stats nerds and hardcore sports enthusiasts like Zack Hample, the man who caught New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguezs 3,000th hit. Ill ask [Hample], Help me set this lineup. And hell say, In this park, with that weather, and the density of the ball … its all the way down to knowing they keep the balls in a humidor in Colorado.
In many ways, Lisa Ann personifies the perfect guys girl trope so common in American culture. Shes beautiful, loves sports, and isnt ashamed to have a great sex life. It is an image she has cultivated over the years, but theres no doubt that her passion is rooted in a genuine love for athletics. In my living room, I have a Michael Jordan jersey mounted over my fireplace, she tells me. She also flaunts her sizeable knowledge of the game through prognostication: just last week, she picked the winners of the two most recent NFL playoff games correctly, despite neither game feeling like a sure thing before kickoff.
Ann also carries the torch for the burgeoning female market for fantasy sports. In late 2014, the New York Times reported that 20% of fantasy sports players were women, and dispelling the misconception that sports are a particularly masculine pursuit is one of Anns many projects. She tells me about how she first fell in love with basketball as a kid growing up in her small town:
My mom was a basketball mom at Lafayette College in Easton. She would bring us to every home game. All the moms would cook so the away teams would have a hot meal. This is something that colleges used to do. It was such an activity for us. We got to be at the arena before anything started. We got to watch shootaround. We got to know everybody really well. Wed eat with them after the game. It became our fiber. Sundays, we saw my dad and we watched football every day. But theres just something when you hear the sneakers squeaking in basketball. Theres something so electric about it.
Athletics also served as a security blanket during her years in the porn industry. I feel like sports kept me out of drugs. Out of drinking on the road. And it also gave me a comfortable something to talk about with men when I was travelling. I would find out what the local teams were doing. People are so impressed when you come to their city and learn something about it. It would deter the conversation moving to can I have sex with you when they realize this girl wants to talk about sports.
These days, Anns hobbies belie a certain Martha Stewart quality thats become more apparent since her retirement. Every morning, shortly after waking up, she adds notes to her gratitude book a diary filled with aphorisms and positive energy. She also spins a tale of herself as something of a clean living, modest person: she tells me she doesnt drink in public, spends most of her time watching television or cooking for friends, and saves her money like an elderly pensioner.
Shes eager to share her tips for good living with all manner of other people, be it athletes or fans. In 2014, she reached out to an Oklahoma State University football fan named Matt McGann who gained a modicum of internet infamy for a sign that appeared in the background of an episode of ESPNs College Gameday that read: Baylors [defense] has more holes to fill than Lisa Ann.
Despite the crudeness of the sign, Ann made a concerted effort to become friends with McGann, and now considers him something of a brother. He was like, Im floored that you want to be a part of my life and meet my friends. [Now] hell come to me with something and ask How should I take this, how should I feel about this, what should I do? Whether its a date, whether its a girl, whether its an issue at school. Im just older and have more experiences, so maybe I can make you be calmer about it.
Ann also fancies herself a confidante and mentor for athletes. She has no children and has no plans to have them in the future, and see athletes as her kids and chastises them as such. She mentions Indiana Pacers basketball player Paul George as someone she counselled after he lost most of last year to a gruesome broken leg suffered during an offseason scrimmage.
Its a trust thing. Its a kinship. Its a reminder to them: I know when youre out in New York City its a playground for you, but when you go out on the road, you need to catch up on sleep. You looked slackish in that game last night. Ive been doing this since the early 1990s. I tell some of these athletes: Ive been doing this since before you were born, she says.
That Ann would transition between two industries which value remarkable physicality is perhaps no coincidence. After all, both athletes and porn stars can do things that most of us consider to be superhuman: for most men, dunking a basketball and keeping an erection for over an hour are equally flabbergasting and unattainable.
Her recognition of the athletes plight is another element that draws her to sports. When [an athlete is] injured, it breaks my heart when I turn on the TV and they ask, Oh, is his career over? Can you imagine being that player and every time you turn on the TV, people are selling out your demise?
Ann is one of the few performers to have worked at the highest level of the porn business well into her 40s. By her own admission, she wasnt particularly popular in the 1990s, but her breakthrough role and the increased interest in so-called Milf porn created new avenues for her to make money in, which gave her enough financial security to retire.
That trajectory isnt the norm for female performers. Unlike their male counterparts, women cycle out much faster, and Ann paints a dark picture of the average performers post-industry life. She blames drugs and the pressures of extreme porn for the struggles performers face after retirement.
There were times on set with people where I was like, This is not a good situation. This is not safe. This girl is out of her mind and were not sure what shes going to say when she leaves here. Everyones a ticking time bomb, and a lot of it is linked to the drugs. A lot of this new pain comes from these new girls who have to do these abusive scenes, because that does break you down as a woman. (The abusive scenes she refers to are scenarios that simulate violence against the female performer a bleak world captured in Rashida Joness controversial documentary Hot Girls Wanted.)
Shes also spoken out numerous times about the lack of work for black actors, and the peculiar way in which black performers are treated in the business. Interracial sex is like anal sex, group sex or BDSM something for which women can be paid extra for a scene. By implying that plain old sex with a black man is somehow equally as exotic as attaching a car battery to your privates, the practice also borders on racism. Porn films with exclusively black casts are considered fetish material, and have their own category on aggregator sites.
Not stopping here, Ann also wants to help transform the porn industry by giving performers the same protections enjoyed by her wealthy friends in professional sports: pensions, health insurance, and career guidance.
She sees herself as a porno Yoda figure, in spite of some of her former peers who find her too preachy. My ultimate goal is to be a very good hall monitor. Im the hall monitor in every aspect of everyones life. If I see a tweet go out from somebody, Ill text them immediately and say, You need to delete that tweet. It could be an athlete, a friend of mine, a former porn star. Im always checking on people.
As a closing sentiment, its yet another incongruous statement from someone whos lived such an open life for so long, but the feelings on her face seem genuine.
When they ask you what you want on your tombstone, she muses, I just want people to remember I cared.
With three weeks to go until the opening ceremony, Rio de Janeiro is desperate for an uplift and fearful of what will happen when the athletes leave
As dusk falls over Copacabana beach, Ubira Santos, a 63-year-old sand sculptor, relaxes with a few friends on deckchairs in front of one of his distinctive creations.
A handful of extraordinarily callipygian sand-women lie prone, as if sunning their backs, beneath a gnome-sized statue of Christ the Redeemer, with one reaching up to embrace his feet.
Back in 2013, during the popes visit to Rio de Janeiro, when millions of Catholics gathered on the beach, Santos covered up their outsize bottoms, out of respect, he says. For the Olympics next month, he is planning to add a boxer and a couple of wrestlers to the sculpture, but he has no plans to abandon his sand goddesses.
Theyre the stars of the show, he says. Santos is looking forward to the Games and the hope of earning more money from the tourists who typically drop a couple of reais in an upturned plastic bottle in return for a photo, but his expectations are tempered by the reality of life in the Olympic city. Things are pretty bad here in Brazil at the moment, he says. Im just hoping for a lot of tourists, and that things improve.
That sentiment is widely shared. Crisis-hit Brazil desperately needs an Olympic lift. After two shockingly awful years of economic decline and political turmoil, it is close to a depression in more ways than one.
The happy-go-lucky, funny, sunny stereotype of Cariocas as Rios residents are known was always more marketing ploy than reality. But even the veneer of a joyful city has been challenged by a flood of gloomy news.
Since Brazil was knocked out of the World Cup it hosted in 2014 with a dire 1-7 semi-final defeat to Germany, the national mood has gone from bad to worse. The economy has declined or stagnated in eight of the past 10 quarters. With GDP having shrunk by close to a tenth the steepest decline since the 1930s the recession is virtually a depression. Once challenging Britain and France for fifth place in world output rankings, Brazil is now in danger of slipping out of the top 10, having fallen behind India and Italy.
Father of truck driver who committed atrocity said he was violent as a boy but showed no jihadi tendencies
Outside the family home a two-storey, whitewashed compound in the Tunisian town of Msaken Monthir Bouhlel was at a loss to understand how his son could have taken such a wrong turn.
As a boy, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel had been troubled and often violent. His father remembered him as being always alone, always depressed. But he insisted the teenager had shown no jihadi tendencies, only self-destructive ones. He would become angry and he shouted, Bouhlel said. He would break anything he saw in front of him.
Nothing, however, in that stormy adolescence could have prepared his family for what Lahouaiej-Bouhlel did in France on Thursday night. Their shock was profound when news broke early Friday that his identity card had been found in the truck he used to kill 84 men, women and children on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.
Indeed, the shock verged on denial. Repeated phone calls to Lahouaiej-Bouhlel from relatives in Msaken went unanswered. Why would my brother do something like this? his brother Jabeur told Reuters. Weve been calling him since yesterday evening but hes not responding.
Nothing in Lahouaiej-Bouhlels upbringing suggested a militant path, with neighbours in Tunisia and France saying he preferred women and drinking to religion, rarely visiting a mosque. The family lived a regular life in what is a prosperous part of Tunisia.
Once a small town, Msaken has in recent years been swallowed up by the expanding Sousse coastal conurbation, its wealth fuelled by miles of hotels along glittering beaches. The town has handsome cafes and wide boulevards, its prosperity underlined by a shiny Renault dealership on the main street.