Minimum broadband speeds are likely too low, government watchdog says

Image: Alex Castro / The Verge Since 2015, the Federal Communications Commission has maintained that minimum broadband speed should stay the same: 25 megabits per second for downloading files, and 3 megabits per second for uploading. Now, a government watchdog is telling the FCC to re-evaluate these rules in a new report, saying small businesses in 2021 require more bandwidth to effectively run their operations. The report, produced by the Government Accountability Office, also shows examples of small businesses around the country which aren’t even getting the minimum speed required by the FCC. One Vermont inn pays $78 per month for 10 Mbps speeds This isn’t the first time the… Read More

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Art gallery owner selling Hunter Biden’s paintings estimates they’ll go for $75,000 to $500,000 each

Hunter Biden Kris Connor/WireImage A gallery owner selling Hunter Biden’s paintings estimates they could go from $75,000 to $500,000 each. The gallery owner will sell Hunter’s artwork without disclosing who buys them, even to Biden. The arrangement puts the White House in an ethical gray area, experts told The Washington Post. See more stories on Insider’s business page. A gallery owner who struck an arrangement to sell Hunter Biden’s paintings says the individual pieces of art could go for anywhere from $75,000 to $500,000 each, The Washington Post reports. White House officials came to an unprecedented agreement with the gallery that allows Hunter, President Joe Biden’s eldest son, to earn… Read More

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Oakland A’s: Pinder goes on IL with hamstring injury

The Oakland Athletics placed Chad Pinder on the injured list again on Thursday, and they expect to be without their key utilityman until at least early August. The A’s placed Pinder on the 10-day injured list before their game against the Houston Astros because of a right hamstring strain he suffered the previous night. Oakland selected the contract of 30-year-old infielder Jacob Wilson from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Pinder’s place. “It’s going to be a while,” Manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s had hamstring (injuries) before. This one is in the middle of the hamstring and these things are probably at least a month.” Pinder, who has played in just… Read More

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How to fix an Apple Pencil that’s not working

If your Apple Pencil isn’t working, it’s probably easy to fix. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider If your Apple Pencil isn’t working, it might just need to charge. If your Apple Pencil still isn’t working after a charge, reset its connection to your iPad and then pair it again. You should also make sure that your Apple Pencil and iPad are compatible. Visit Insider’s Tech Reference library for more stories. Apple prides itself on making accessories that “just work,” no fiddling with settings or complicated button layouts required. That’s why it can be immensely frustrating when one of those accessories – like your Apple Pencil – stops working. Luckily, these issues usually… Read More

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The best deals on Xbox consoles, controllers, and games right now – including $20 off ‘Resident Evil Village’

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Microsoft’s latest Xbox consoles, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Microsoft Microsoft’s newest consoles, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, are still super popular and hard to find in stores. Though consoles are hard to find, you can often find discounts on accessories and games. Below, we’ve compiled the best deals on Xbox consoles, games, accessories, and subscriptions. Deals on Xbox consoles have been few and far between with Microsoft’s new video game consoles, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, in high demand. While newly released Xbox games will continue… Read More

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As restaurants grapple with sky-high poultry prices, Beyond Meat’s vegan ‘chicken tenders’ couldn’t come at a better time

Beyond Meat’s vegan chicken sliders. Beyond Meat Beyond Meat launched its newest plant-based meat alternative, vegan chicken tenders. Farmers are struggling to keep up with demand, sending the US into a chicken shortage. Restaurants owners say the price of wings have more than doubled in the past few months. See more stories on Insider’s business page. If you’ve noticed the price of chicken wings going up at your favorite joint, you’re right: Prices are high thanks to a national supply shortage. But for restaurants and diners looking for an alternative to high-priced chicken wings may be in luck. Beyond Meat on Thursday launched its latest meat alternative, plant-based chicken tenders.… Read More

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A Definitive Style Guide To The Best White Tank Tops

Due to the frenzy of best dresses — from nap dresses to long sundresses and open-back dresses — that’s taken over the collective summer closet, other seasonal-fashion favorites are getting overlooked. Take, for instance, the white tank top. The trusty no-fuss piece is a warm-weather workhorse: born to be paired with any bottoms (from bikini to denim); offered in a robust range of materials (from cotton to silk); taking on the form of many a style (from oversized to cropped). As we delve into the thick of summer — and dress fatigue creeps in — we’re starting to see white tank tops trend across our social media feeds. And, it… Read More

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Report: Microsoft giving employees $1,500 bonus in recognition of challenging pandemic year

A quiet Microsoft campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. (GeekWire File Photo / Todd Bishop) Microsoft is giving employees $1,500 in bonus pay for weathering the “unique and challenging” circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an internal company memo seen by The Verge on Thursday. The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant said the one-time bonus will apply to eligible employees in the U.S. and internationally who are below corporate vice president level and started on or before March 31, 2021. The memo was written by Microsoft chief people officer Kathleen Hogan. Microsoft has 175,508 total employees, including 101,277 in the U.S. and 57,651 in the Puget Sound area. The Verge reported that… Read More

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‘Encanto’: Disney evokes the magic of Colombia with music by Lin-Manuel Miranda

By Antonio Ferme | Variety Disney Animation Studios has released the first trailer for “Encanto,” which releases this November. Marking Disney’s 60th animated feature, the Colombia-set film will follow family members who all possess magical powers, like super-strength, shape-shifting and the abilities to control animals and plants. However, Mirabel, voiced by “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “In the Heights” star Stephanie Beatriz, is the only person to not possess a special gift. When she discovers that her family’s magic might be under threat, she realizes that she is the only one who can save it. The film is directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush, co-directed and co-written by Charise Castro Smith… Read More

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Feds accuse Walnut Creek dentist of illicit side hustle: Trading prescription painkillers for cocaine

OAKLAND — For the past eight months, state and federal authorities have investigated a suspected drug trafficking organization in East Contra Costa that came with an unexpected twist: allegations a Walnut Creek dentist was trading opiate prescriptions for cocaine. In a recently-unsealed federal complaint, federal prosecutors in the Bay Area charged Dr. Alireza Moheb with distributing a controlled substance and conspiracy to acquire prescription pills by fraud. The charging records allege Moheb conspired with two Antioch-area drug dealers, but both their names have been redacted from public court records. Moheb was released on a $100,000 bond at a court appearance July 2. His attorney did not respond to a request… Read More

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