How gyms convince new members to stay past January

How gyms convince new members to stay past January

Nearly half of new gym-goers stop working out by the end of January, but gyms like Crunch and Planet Fitness try to keep them longer. Each year, losing weight and exercising more are among the top goals on new year’s resolution lists. Fitness chains across the country profit from this trend annually, signing up droves of people who’ve decided to begin the year by getting into shape. But many new gym patrons cancel their membership…

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AT&T wireless CEO on fake 5G complaints: ‘that makes me smile’

AT&T wireless CEO on fake 5G complaints: ‘that makes me smile’

The leader of AT&T’s wireless division indicated that the carrier won’t back down from its misleading 5G advertising, saying he’s happy to be causing consternation for his competitors. “If I now occupy beachfront real estate in our competitors’ heads, that makes me smile,” AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan said during an appearance on stage at CES today. Donovan was responding to criticism from Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint over AT&T’s decision to update some of its…

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A federal judge blocked New York’s latest attempt to crack down on Airbnb

A federal judge blocked New York’s latest attempt to crack down on Airbnb

The law would have required Airbnb and similar platforms to give the city detailed reports on host activity. Depending on whom you ask, Airbnb is either a platform where regular folks can make a little extra cash by renting out spare rooms or a hotbed of illegal activity that lets unscrupulous landlords convert regular apartment buildings into unregulated hotels. Airbnb’s marketing materials tend to opt for the former description; in New York City, government officials…

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Oscars will reportedly forgo host for the first time in 30 years

Oscars will reportedly forgo host for the first time in 30 years

The Academy Awards will forgo a proper host for the first time in three decades, according to a new report from Variety. Sources told Variety, “Producers will select a crop of A-listers to introduce various segments instead of relying on one marquee name to kick things off in a monologue filled with Trump zingers.” The show is also expected to “play up a high-profile year for music in film, thanks to likely nominees Lady Gaga,…

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Saudi teen may get asylum in Australia after plea goes viral

Saudi teen may get asylum in Australia after plea goes viral

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun fled her family claiming she feared for her life. A Saudi teen who made international headlines this week after fleeing to Thailand to seek asylum from her abusive family may now get what she’s desperately been seeking. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has referred Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun’s case to the Australian government. The Australian Department of Home Affairs confirmed this Wednesday, saying in a statement that the government “will…

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With museums and parks closed during the government shutdown, vacations are being ruined

With museums and parks closed during the government shutdown, vacations are being ruined

You may want to double-check your travel itinerary. As the government shutdown continues, travelers are being forced to amend their trips. Transportation Security Administration agents are calling in sick, creating long lines at airports. And even when travelers reach their destination, sightseeing might look a little different. Many museums and monuments aren’t allowing in visitors, and national parks across the country have closed parts or even all of their grounds. There are 418 national park…

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Essential tech products that you can save a lot of money on

Essential tech products that you can save a lot of money on

Being engrossed in the world of tech can prove to be an expensive pastime, but it doesn’t have to be. Sure, some enthusiast products will always be a little pricey, but a few must-have gadgets are super easy to find discounted — so much so that you should think twice before paying full price for them. We’ve all be there before: getting price-gouged for a set of throwaway earbuds at the supermarket, or paying extra…

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