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June 10, 2021  

U.S. to Donate More Vaccines as EU Endorses Travel Certificates

Today’s topics covered by Quick News Daily include the United States buying and donating 500 million more  COVID vaccines, travel certificates in the EU, and the Biden Administration doing its own national security review of TikTok.

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June 7, 2021  

Biden and Harris Make First Foreign Trips

Get caught up on the biggest news with the Quick News Daily Podcast! Today, we cover the first Alzheimer's drug to be approved by the FDA in nearly 20 years, President Biden and Vice President Harris' schedules for their first foreign trips in office, and what the U.S. plans to do with our extra COVID vaccines.

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June 4, 2021  

It’s (E)Mail Time!

Today, the Quick News Daily Podcast is back to its original format (almost). We cover some of the biggest stories from the recent days, including Dr. Fauci's emails, the Trump Administration seizing the phone and email records of journalists, and the dubious story about COVID's origins in a Chinese lab.

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May 29, 2021  

The Best Websites (Part II)

Quick News Daily is back with more websites you can use every day to make your life easier! The websites featured in this episode are:

  • StandardNotes.org
  • LastPass.com
  • JoinHoney.com
  • FileHippo.com
  • UnitConverters.net

If you haven't heard it, check out The Best Websites You Haven't Heard About (Part I) right here!

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May 27, 2021  

5 Websites to Boost Your Productivity (Part I)

  1. ilovepdf.com 

And as you may guess from the title, it's got everything to do with PDF’s. You can edit PDFs there, you can convert them to other formats, you can convert formats like a Word document to a PDF, and the thing about this one, and all the other ones I'm going to mention, are completely free.You don't have to download anything, so if Adobe Acrobat costs money, or some of the other PDF editors cost money or make you download something, you don't have to do any of that with this site.

  1. virustotal.com 

Here you can scan files and websites for viruses if you think a link may be sketchy. You can either look it up by a URL (i.e. google.com) and see if that is safe, or you can drag and drop files that you've already downloaded but haven't installed yet. I will say it's not as good as a paid service like McAfee or some other antivirus that you install on your computer, but it is better than nothing in. It does provide a little bit more peace of mind.

  1. wordhippo.com 

It's exactly like Thesaurus.com, but infinitely better. There are more synonyms for the word you're looking up, you can look up phrases, you can look up sentences with particular words in them, and you can even do some basic translations. It is just such a better tool overall and has way more functionality than Thesaurus.com, and it's still super easy to use. You can just look up words in it, you don't have to do anything else with it. It’s not like you have to be super skilled with computers to get this. It's very basic and user-friendly.

  1. smile.amazon.com

This is exactly like Amazon in every single way, but instead, if your product qualifies, the Amazon Smile Foundation makes a donation to a charity that you choose. The donation is just 0.5% of the purchase, but it is better than nothing and it doesn't change the price for you at all. The money comes out of Amazon's end and goes straight to your charity. It does sound almost too good to be true, so I'm sure if you look a little bit harder, there probably is some sort of catch somewhere along the way, but at least on the consumer end it doesn't appear that there is.

 

  1. temp-mail.org | 10minutemail.com

The thought behind these is that they generate some random email address that no one has and that no one would ever have (because it's not like @gmail or @yahoo or anything like that), and you can use it to sign up for things like free trials. Not only could you potentially get more free trials, but you also don't have to get all those annoying emails; you don't get on the spam list. They don't sell your information because it's not your information, it's not anyone's information, it's just a randomly generated email address. I will say that sometimes you do have to sort of alter it on your own, which can cause some problems, because some websites are smart enough to guard against this sort of thing. In some of those cases, you can add a number or something at the end and then usually it'll work. The only caveat there is that if they do send verification emails to make sure that it's actually your address, obviously you won't get it. But, if you do use this and the website does allow one of the email addresses from one of these two websites, they both have an inbox where you can get messages and click on those verification links. As the names suggest, these are only temporary, usually about ten minutes (especially in the case of 10minutemail.com). temp-mail.org is a little bit more restrictive in that you can only get a new one every so often (you have to upgrade to get a new email address more frequently), but 10minutemail.com is actually pretty good.

 

This is only a limited set of websites. I have so many more that I can list off and go over, so think of this as a “part one”. Stay tuned in the future for other websites that can help boost your productivity in your everyday life!

May 24, 2021  

The Best Websites You Haven’t Heard About

On this episode of the Quick News Daily Podcast, I shake up the format of the show and bring you a different type of news.

Today, I talk about six websites that you can use in your everyday life to be more productive, more creative, safer online, and give back!

They're free to use and don't require you to download anything! These websites are:

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