Need an extra PC for working or schooling from home? Here are some solutions

Laveta Brigham

You’re not alone if you’ve been faced with this dilemma: The kids are now schooling from home and each need a computer to attend classes and get work done, yet budgets are tight because of a lost job or reduced hours because of the pandemic.

To complicate matters further, parents may also be working from home this fall, and they, too, need a computer to get things done. And it may be your responsibility to pick one up in this B.Y.O.D. (“bring your own device”) work world we’re in today.

Understandably, you might not be able to afford a fancy new computer for everyone in the home. If taking turns with a desktop or laptop isn’t a viable option, the following are a few suggestions and workarounds that won’t break the bank.

Chromebook, headphones, desks: Virtual school supplies come with real spike in spending

Chromebooks typically cost less than Windows PCs and Macs. So long as the school (or office) says it’s ok for getting work done – and a lot of your files are stored in the cloud -- it might be perfectly fine for your needs. This is the Lenovo 100e, for $169.
Chromebooks typically cost less than Windows
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Is an Algorithm Less Racist Than a Loan Officer?

Laveta Brigham

Brennan Johnson, left, and Trevor McIntosh, who secured a mortgage for their home through, in front of their home in Wheat Ridge, Colo., August 18, 2020. (Benjamin Rasmussen/The New York Times)
Brennan Johnson, left, and Trevor McIntosh, who secured a mortgage for their home through, in front of their home in Wheat Ridge, Colo., August 18, 2020. (Benjamin Rasmussen/The New York Times)

In 2015, Melany Anderson’s 6-year-old daughter came home from a play date and asked her mother a heartbreaking question: Why did all her friends have their own bedrooms?

Anderson, 41, a pharmaceutical benefits consultant, was recently divorced, living with her parents in West Orange, New Jersey, and sharing a room with her daughter. She longed to buy a home, but the divorce had emptied her bank account and wrecked her credit. She was working hard to improve her financial profile, but she couldn’t imagine submitting herself to the scrutiny of a mortgage broker.

“I found the idea of going to a bank completely intimidating and impossible,” she said. “I was a divorced woman and a Black woman. And

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How Does Carvana Work?

Laveta Brigham

Photo credit: Mark Ralston - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mark Ralston – Getty Images

From Car and Driver

Carvana is an online-only used-car retailer that performs almost all the functions a physical dealer would offer: buying and selling cars, accepting trade-ins, and financing purchases. Naturally, the company’s site contains a thorough FAQ page, but here’s a primer on how it works.

How do I find and buy a car?

It’s as easy as going to the Carvana home page and clicking “Search Cars.” Vehicles costing from around $7000 to $100,000 are sourced from auctions and dealer partners, trade-ins, and cars Carvana buys from private sellers.

Clicking on a car pulls up the vehicle detail page. If someone else has just begun the purchase process, a pop-up displays how long the vehicle’s being held for the other customer. Photos with the “Purchase Pending” graphic have been bought and won’t be available again unless they are returned. You can

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As Facebook struggles to fight misinformation ahead of the 2020 elections, Google is escaping the spotlight

Laveta Brigham

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, during Google's annual developer conference in 2013. <p class="copyright">Justin Sullivan/Getty Images</p>
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, during Google’s annual developer conference in 2013.
  • As tech companies gear up to fight misinformation ahead of the 2020 elections, Facebook has received the most scrutiny amid a steady flow of reporting that highlights its missteps.

  • Meanwhile, researchers say Google has been “getting a pass on transparency” by hiding behind Facebook and being less willing to share data about its own products, specifically around political advertising.

  • Google is the largest digital ads company and plays a key role in what advertisements millions of Americans see while watching YouTube, viewing search results, and across the internet about the electoral candidates, issues, and voting.

  • Google said it’s “committed to delivering the highest standards in transparency, choice and controls” by verifying advertisers, banning narrowly targeted ads, and making ad details available in a public archive.

  • But researchers argued that Google’s rules around political

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Valentino and Roberto Cavalli Make Top-Level Changes + More

Laveta Brigham

Sept. 18, 2020: Valentino‘s general manager for the Middle East region has been promoted to the role of CEO of the Americas. Laurent Bergamo, whose appointment is effective immediately, will report to chief commercial officer Marco Giacometti. As part of his responsibilities, Bergamo will supervise the development of the luxury fashion house’s retail, wholesale and online distribution networks in the United States, Canada and Mexico. He has been replaced in his former post by Simone Bertolini.

Sept. 18, 2020: Gian Giacomo Ferraris is exiting his post as CEO of Roberto Cavalli. According to FN’s sister publication WWD, the exec announced the news to his team “with mixed feelings, which include some satisfaction, a bit of sadness and a few regrets.” Ferraris joined the company from Versace in 2016, succeeding Roberto Semerari. He departs the company at the end of the year.

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How Web 3.0 Creates Value for Users, Not Platforms

Laveta Brigham

When Satoshi Nakamoto invented Bitcoin in 2009, we began to envision decentralized finance as an alternative to traditional banking. A little more than a decade later, we are starting to see that technologies behind Bitcoin can be used to create a fully reimagined internet – one that leverages our collective computing capacity, data and devices to become far more powerful and resilient than it is today. 

To say the internet has created astounding pathways for opportunity and success is an understatement. It has democratized access to information, created boundless economic opportunities and connected people worlds apart. In 1990, fewer than 1% of the world’s population was online. Thirty years later, that number has jumped to 59% of the world’s ever-growing population. Even narrowly defined, the internet today contributed 10% of the U.S. economy. It is undoubtedly one of the most important technologies ever invented.

This article is a part of

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Apple Fitness+ doesn’t terrify the founder of this Peloton rival — here’s why

Laveta Brigham

If two of the hottest names in at-home fitness are worried about Apple Fitness+, they sure aren’t showing the public. That says a lot about the total addressable market for at-home fitness in the post COVID-19 pandemic world — leaving the door open for many players to compete effectively.

Earlier this week, Apple took the wraps off its first fitness experiences designed for the Apple Watch and iPhone. Launching later this year, Apple Fitness+ will offer studio-style workouts that focus on popular training methods such as cycling, treadmill running, rowing, high intensity internal, yoga, dance, and core.

“We do welcome Apple’s entry into the space. We see it is as further validation of the shift to working out from home,” Tonal founder Aly Orady told Yahoo Finance’s The First Trade. Tonal, a Peloton rival, is a connected strength training platform.

In typical Apple services form, it will make the pricing

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EU to introduce crypto-assets regime by 2024, EU documents say

Laveta Brigham

By Huw Jones

LONDON (Reuters) – The European Union will introduce new rules within four years to make cross-border payments quicker and cheaper through the use of blockchain and crypto assets like stablecoins, two EU documents showed.

The European Commission is due to set out its strategy for encouraging greater use of digital finance at a time when 78% of payments in the euro zone are in cash. It also wants a rapid shift to “instant” payments generally as pandemic lockdowns showed the growing role of cashless payments.

The EU executive will present a draft law to clarify how existing rules apply to crypto assets and set out new rules where there are gaps, the documents said.

“By 2024, the EU should put in place a comprehensive framework enabling the uptake of distributed ledger technology (DLT) and crypto-assets in the financial sector,” the documents said. “It should also address the

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The Best Workplaces for Women are expanding the turf for women in finance

Laveta Brigham

Finance has typically not been welcoming to women. But the “boys club” of yesterday is changing. A sign of the times: Financial firms rule this year’s list of Best Workplaces for Women. Nine organizations in financial services and insurance earned a spot in the top 20—triple the number on last year’s list.

What’s behind the shift? One reason is that the industry is evolving, with the value of financial advice changing. Almost nowhere is digital transformation shaking up an industry as it is in finance. With a finger swipe across a smartphone, investors can access their accounts and see how their portfolios are doing.

But women are adding value in ways that “robo-advisers” cannot compute.

“In the past, the value of financial services or the value of a financial adviser was in constructing a portfolio or trading stocks,” said Kristin Johnson, chief human resources officer at Edward Jones, No. 5

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New York City, the nation’s largest school system, is ‘in an impossible situation’ amid the coronavirus pandemic

Laveta Brigham

It’s been a rough week for the millions of children, parents, educators, and city officials involved in the reopening of New York City schools. 

After grappling with a shortage of teachers and buildings that are not ventilated well enough to deter transmission of coronavirus, the nation’s largest school district again delayed the start of in-person learning.

“The [New York] Department of Education has put P.S. 125 and many other schools in the city in an impossible situation,” Tamara Tucker, president of the parents association at P.S. 125 in Morningside Heights, which serves students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, told Yahoo Finance. “And I don’t want to penalize the schools for being hamstrung like that.” 

Students return for their first day of in-class schooling following the pandemic at New York City's Preschool of the Arts, having their temperatures checked before proceeding into the school, Tuesday, 15 September 2020. (PHOTO: B.A. Van Sise/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Students return for their first day of in-class schooling following the pandemic at New York City’s Preschool of the Arts, having their temperatures checked before proceeding into the school, Tuesday, 15 September 2020. (PHOTO: B.A. Van
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