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Tech Matters: All about the EU’s new battery law

With an emphasis on sustainability and consumer budgets, the European Council has passed a new regulation requiring all smartphones to have replaceable batteries by 2027. The idea is not only to save on resources and reduce waste, it will also increase the useful life of phones. Consumers ...

Me, Myself, as Mommy: Reading is reading, no matter the material

I met my husband when I was 16 at a Halloween dance inside Northridge High School. Brian was one of those Layton kids, growing up in the expansive metropolis with a mall (the only place that really mattered to a teenage girl), or at least it was compared to Clinton with its fields, Russian ...

Fischer: I quit — Pool problems give me that sinking feeling

Today I turned in my resignation. Not from real estate. The only way I would ever resign from real estate is to put me in a pine box and bury me in the ground. As a side note, this is not an invitation to do so. Either way, as of today, I have quit my unwanted job as an ad-hoc, unpaid, ...

Tech Matters: An introduction to Threads, new Twitter rival

There’s a new social media platform designed as a more pleasant version of Twitter — text-based without an emphasis on hardcore and often controversial news. Called Threads, it’s tied into Instagram and, like Instagram, owned by Meta, the company we once knew as Facebook. The only way to ...

Fischer: Unlocking the source of my personal conflict with keys

Keys are the bane of my existence. Whether it is to lock, unlock, obtain, hang onto, find or hold, these simple small pieces of shaped metal with incisions cut to fit the grooves of a particular lock have somehow become my personal kryptonite. As an example, a few weeks ago, I was showing a ...

Commentary: What’s in store for Ogden/Salt Lake homebuyers in 2023

Conventional wisdom would suggest that warm weather states, more often than not, make the most preferred retirement destinations. However, retirees and residents alike consider Utah a pretty great place to call home notwithstanding the Beehive State’s snowy winters. According ...

Tech Matters: How to avoid Prime Day scams

Amazon Prime Day: Some call it Christmas in July, and it’s true that organized online shoppers can get deals on great holiday gifts, but it’s also important to understand the risks. Prime Day runs from July 11-12, and cyber criminals are looking forward to it just as much as ...