‘Two Screens for Teachers’ to supply extra monitors in Seattle and puts out call for help in other cities

The two-screen setup of an elementary school teacher in Seattle. (Photo courtesy of Two Screens for Teachers)

Remote teaching is about to get a little bit easier for thousands of teachers in Seattle Public Schools. The nonprofit organization “Two Screens for Teachers” announced Tuesday that it’s purchasing a second computer monitor for every teacher who needs one, and plans to deliver about 3,000 monitors at a value of around $430,000.

Started by a small group of Seattle startup veterans, Two Screens for Teachers aims to boost teacher productivity through added technology, helping to make remote instruction less stressful during the ongoing pandemic.

Matt Lerner and Mike Mathieu are behind the idea. They previously co-founded Walk Score, a Seattle startup that sold to Redfin in 2014. Their hope is that their latest cause will spread beyond Seattle and they can inspire techies in other cities to purchase monitors for the thousands

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Mars is shining extra bright. Here’s why and how to see it.

Mars is putting on quite a show for skywatchers this month.

For most of October, Mars will be brighter in the night sky than anything else in its vicinity, offering people a clear view of the red planet. Mars is also days away from reaching “opposition,” a celestial alignment in which Earth, Mars and the sun form a straight line in space, with Earth in the middle.

Mars will be at opposition Oct. 13. On that day, Mars will rise as the sun sets, reach its peak in the night sky at midnight, and then set as the sun rises again. If it’s a clear night, skywatchers can expect the red planet to outshine anything else in its region of the sky.

Mars oppositions typically occur every 26 months. Since Earth is closer to the sun, it circles the star two times in roughly the time it takes Mars to

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Apple is giving away a few extra months of TV+ to some users

Apple is giving some of its TV+ subscribers a few extra months of its streaming service free of charge. The company has been offering free one-year subscriptions to the service with the purchase of new devices since TV+ launched last November. But now that those early users are set to reach the end of their initial free trial, Apple says it will add on as much as an extra three months.

Importantly, Apple isn’t offering this deal to everyone, and exactly how much extra time gets added to your subscription will depend on when you signed up. Anyone who got the free trial prior to January 31, 2020, will have their subscriptions extended until February 2021. So if you first signed up in November, you’ll get an extra three months, but if you signed up in January you’ll only get one additional month. 

A similar deal also applies to people

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15 ways to make extra cash before the end of the weekend

15 ways to make extra cash before the end of the weekend
15 ways to make extra cash before the end of the weekend

Whether you’re struggling to make rent or just saving up for a new smartphone, you’d be glad to have some extra money in your pocket during the pandemic.

Millions of Americans are feeling the pinch these days, especially now that the $600 bonus unemployment benefits are long over and Washington still hasn’t agreed to send more stimulus checks.

Got money woes? You find lots of lists online claiming to have answers, but it’s hard to tell which methods really work and which ones are scams.

To make things easier, we’ve checked out a bunch of money-saving ideas and have put together this roster of 17 legit ways you can give your bank balance a boost during these tough times.

1. Check if you’ve got any unclaimed money lying around

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W. Scott McGill / Shutterstock

It’s possible that you

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