Argos online bank holiday sales: the best home, garden and tech deals available now

Argos online bank holiday sales: the best home, garden and tech deals available now

Argos online bank holiday sales: the best home, garden and tech deals available now

The Argos bank holiday sale is right around the corner, and if their previous sales are anything to go by, then it should offer some truly outstanding discounts on a whole range of home, garden and tech deals. In this article, we’ll be constantly scanning the Argos indexes for the very best deals and presenting them over to you, so no matter what type of deal you’re looking for, you won’t miss out.

Even though the bank holiday sales don’t officially start until next week, there are actually still some great deals to be had on their store page right now. So, if you’re not in a patient mood, you won’t even have to wait to bag yourself a great deal because we’ve got all the best ones right here.

Amazon extends work from home regime till October 2 - Latest News

Amazon extends work from home regime till October 2 – Latest News

Amazon.com Inc has told staff whose job can be done from home that they can do so until at least Oct. 2, pushing out the timeline on a return to work for many employees as it faces scrutiny over conditions in its warehouses.

“Employees who work in a role that can effectively be done from home are welcome to do so until at least October 2,” an Amazon spokesman said in an emailed statement on Friday, adding it was applicable to such roles globally.

The statement did not specify how much of the company’s overall workforce that covered and which roles.

It said the company is investing funds in safety measures for employees who wish to come to the office “through physical distancing, deep cleaning, temperature checks, and the availability of face coverings and hand sanitizer.”

New York Attorney General Letitia James told Amazon last week it may have violated safety measures and labor practices amid the virus outbreak as the company fired a warehouse protest leader in March.

Workers at warehouses and other facilities have stayed operational to keep deliveries flowing to customers stuck at home in government-mandated lockdowns.

Other employees have been working from home since March.

The company has raised overtime pay for warehouse workers and hired 175,000 people last month while rival brick-and-mortar retailers had to shut stores. It had 798,000 full and part-time workers globally as of Dec. 31.

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Working from Home? It’s Time for a Digital Deep Cleaning

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By Duane Cameron

If your company is struggling to adjust to an all-remote workplace, you’re not alone. With so many people working from home full-time for the first time, there naturally will be some hiccups, frustrations and miscommunications. In order to stay productive, now is the time to do a deep spring clean—and I’m not just talking about your garage or closets.

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Coronavirus pandemic or not, a digital deep clean is one major thing that will help you feel more in control in your home or business. Studies show that getting organized and eliminating excess stuff calms anxiety, and makes us feel more energized and productive. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the path to inner peace lies in you, your coworkers or your employees purging all your unread emails (in fact, focusing too much on “inbox zero” is actually worse for your mental health).

Instead, it’s better to get a handle on your tech devices’ storage, security and updates. These things are crucial to your ability to work from home, not to mention keeping your kids or grandkids occupied and staying in touch with loved ones.

Here are some “tech spring cleaning” tips to help you get the most out of each device you might use in your home office—and in your workplace, once you return to normal operations.

For your phone, personal computer, tablets and other Internet-enabled devices:

Back it up, then back it up again. In general, make sure all your devices back up to the cloud every 24 hours. According to experts, you need to manually back up your computer any time you upload something you don’t want to lose, like family photos or important documents.

Run updates. Don’t keep ignoring those notifications that updates are available. Updating your device to its latest operating system will ensure that bugs are fixed, and your device runs as efficiently and quickly as possible.

Clear your browser cache as often as possible. This is essentially hitting “refresh” on your browsing history, which gets rid of “cookies” that companies use to track your activity, which helps your device run faster. Plus, it keeps your Internet history from falling into the wrong hands. Here’s how to clear your cache on any browser.

Delete all unnecessary data. On your phone, remove text threads over a year old, erase your call history and delete old voicemails. On any Internet-connected device (including your smart watch), get rid of the apps you don’t. This includes “bloatware,” like that stock market app on iOS, that comes pre-loaded onto devices.

For your bank, social media, apps or other online accounts:

Set up two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication requires anyone logging in to your accounts to enter a code that is sent to the contact number or email address on file for you. This is essentially an extra layer of security that makes it harder for hackers to access your information—and many tech experts say it’s a necessity.
Update all your passwords to cybersecurity “industry standard.” If you’re still using “Password123” or your dog Fido’s name as your password across all devices, you’re putting your information at serious risk. Pick a different password for each website, application, or social media platform you log into, and try to make them long strings of random characters or multi-word phrases (think “P@s$w0^d2304” or “FidoismydogandIlovehim32948”).
Consider using a password manager. It’s hard to keep track of complicated passwords, especially if you’re using a different one for each device like you’re supposed to. This is where password managers like LastPass or 1Password are useful. These secure browser extensions only require you to enter each password once, and then remember them for you every time you need to log in to one of your accounts.

For your smart home devices:

Run all patches and updates. Updating Internet-of-Things (IoT)-enabled devices, like your smart home thermostat or security system, is just as important as updating your phone or computer, since these gadgets actually impact the physical safety and comfort of your home.

For your inbox:

Auto-sort your incoming email. Most email providers make it easy to keep your email organized automatically through multiple filters or inbox categories. If you go to the “Help” section of your GMail or Outlook account, for example, you can find instructions for doing so.

Unsubscribe, unsubscribe, unsubscribe. Most of us have been automatically enrolled in a mailing list we never wanted to join and unsubscribing from these individually can get overwhelming very quickly. Use a service like unroll.me to unsubscribe from emails you no longer want to receive.

Following these tips will keep you, your family and your employees safer as everyone navigates a new normal, and help you get more done with your day—so set aside some time this spring to do a digital deep clean on your tech.

Duane Cameron has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He is currently an executive for Cox Business, helping to bring innovative products and services to Southern California businesses.

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“Impractical.”

“Elitist.”

“You think I got a lot of money, is it?”

These are some responses and quips I have seen to many articles about making work-from-home (WFH) life easier since the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Not surprisingly, these articles recommend we buy stuff, with some offering expensive options such as premium computer mice and gigantic monitors.

I have written a WFH buying guide in these pages too.

But I have to admit: It is only prudent to be careful with money in these trying times. After all, who knows if I will still have a job tomorrow?

So, here are some low-or no-cost ways of making our WFH set-ups more pleasant.

USE BOOKS AS A MONITOR STAND

A monitor or laptop stand is good for propping up your monitor or laptop to the correct height, so you do not slouch or suffer neck aches when working for long periods.

But you want to save money, possibly to splurge on that dream monitor stand later, right?

The interim solution is simple: Use books or magazines instead.

Dust off books you have not read for ages and put them to a better use. Stack enough books under the monitor or laptop to raise it to the ideal height, so your eyes are level with or slightly below the top of the display.

Furthermore, your stack of books is easily height-adjustable – just add or remove a book to get the perfect height.

On the downside, you cannot slot your keyboard under your monitor or laptop like you can with a monitor stand, so as to save table-top space when you are not working.

But a monitor stand would not entice you to read a book when your working day is over.

USE YOUR IRONING BOARD AS A COMPUTER TABLE

Many WFH guides recommend setting up a space at home just for work. But many people here live in shoebox apartments where space is a premium.

So how does one eke out his or her own space to work?

One simple solution: Use your ironing board. It is probably under-used right now. There is no need to iron your work clothes now that you are in WFH mode.

With your ironing board probably height-adjustable, it will be easy to tweak it to level with whichever chair or sofa you are sitting on.

The ironing board is also lightweight and easily portable. You can place it in front of your sofa, so you can watch the news on television while typing on your work laptop.

The remaining space on the ironing board can even serve as a temporary “pantry” on which to place coffee and snacks, provided the iron rest does not have huge holes as some do. Mine doesn’t.

When your work is done, simply fold up the ironing board and stow it away to reclaim your space.

USE YOUR SMARTPHONE AS A WEBCAM

Need a webcam for video conferencing with your colleagues because your office laptop does not have a built-in one – or its poor resolution makes you look like a TV presenter from the 1980s?

If you are unable to buy one because they are sold out – last I checked, they were – or you are not willing to make the investment, you can use your smartphone as a webcam.

Also, truth be told, your smartphone likely has a better camera than most desktop webcams out there.

But it will require you to spend some money on an app, such as iCam ($6.98).

There are many similar apps – with some of them being free – but they support either exclusively iPhones or Windows computers.

I found the iCam to work well with Android smartphones, iPhones, and Mac and Windows computers.

You need to buy and download the app to your smartphone, then download the free iCamSource program to your computer.

Follow the on-screen instructions to ensure the smartphone app can connect and “talk” to the computer program.

When they are able to talk to each other, your smartphone will be used as the default webcam during your Google Meet or Zoom conference calls.

One last thing: You probably need a phone stand to prop up your smartphone during these calls.

You can make one with binder clips or a clothes hanger.

Otherwise, you can build some strong arm muscles from holding up your smartphone during conference calls.

Hack your home workouts with this groundbreaking gadget

Hack your home workouts with this groundbreaking gadget

Here’s the secret about getting in shape quickly: To see real results, you don’t have to necessarily work harder. The key is to work smarter.

What exactly does that mean? Working smarter translates to investing in products that will help amplify your workouts so that even a quick circuit training session can leave a lasting impact on your well-being. Take, for instance, the Power Plate MOVE, a whole-body vibration trainer that can turn a quick 15-minute workout into a heart-pumping, sweat session.

The plate delivers high-quality vibrations from 30 to 40Hz while users perform their typical workouts on its surface—crunches, pushups, bicep curls and all. These vibrations can activate their muscles quickly and naturally, and, because every targeted muscle in your body is engaged and working harder for the duration of the workout, your results will be magnified.

Many Power Plate users report significant weight loss, the reduction of both body fat and cellulite, as well as toned muscles by using the device. Moreover, the vibrations produced by the Power Plate will help strengthen your core, as well as improve your balance and mobility.

Other notable features of the product include its six different frequency modes which range from a relaxing massage setting to an intense workout one and its lightweight design that allows you to move the Power Plate from room to room in your home with ease. Its customer reviews don’t hurt either, with current customers singing its praises. As one current Power Plate user notes, “I use Power Plate with everyone that comes in the gym. It’s useful as a warm-up or cool-down tool as well as intensifying almost any standard exercise movement.”

If you needed any more incentive to add a Power Plate to your exercise routine, shoppers who use the code POWERPLATE15 at checkout can get an additional 15% (or nearly $450) off their Power Plate purchase, making the final total just $2,545.75.

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