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Best Zoom Fails

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As our stay-at-home situation continues, expect the ongoing online classes, meetings, conferences, interviews, and virtual court sessions. Although Zoom greatly benefited us through these trying times, there are always some epic fail moments that we wished never happened. Well, that’s the downside of video calls. No wonder I’m always paranoid if my webcam or mic is turned off. Here’s 10 of the best zoom fails on the internet we can learn from: 

Zooming While Driving

It’s ironic how a state senator drives while on a video meeting. As the video gains attention online, Sen. Brenner clarifies that he wasn’t distracted while driving. His focus is on the road while listening to the meeting. However, it’s amusing to watch the senator multitask the Zoom meeting and his driving. Well, that’s a busy life for you. 

“I’m Not A Cat” 

Lawyer Rod Ponton accidentally entered the virtual court case in a cute kitten filter. It’s funny how his frantic voice matches the worried expression on the filter. The highlight of this video is when the lawyer assures he’s not a cat. Well, don’t worry. I’m sure the judge is aware you’re not a different species. 

The Bathroom Trip

Aside from being one of the best zoom fails ever, it’s also the one mistake we never want to make. It’s unavoidable to visit the bathroom once nature calls. However, this Zoom meeting suddenly went wrong when Jennifer forgot to turn off her camera. Imagine the embarrassment once she realized her colleagues joined her bathroom trip. Yikes. 

Rocco’s Parliament Debut

Rocco, a UK parliament member’s cat, decides to interrupt the meeting while flexing its tail to the other members. It’s funny how John Nicolson casually said, “I apologize for my cat’s tail,” once he noticed the slight interruption. Well, the perks of working from home with your pet, never a dull moment.  

I Can See Your Underwear!

Another perk of working from home is never wearing pants. But, of course, you don’t have to broadcast it to everyone to see. This is not a Zoom fail video, but it’s too good not to include on the list. The lesson of this Google Hangouts call? Never forget to end the call once you’re done with the team meeting.

Always Double-Check Your Zoom Name

It’s always an awkward moment if your Zoom screen name is not appropriate to be used for formal meetings. So aside from your microphone and webcam, never forget to double-check your name.

“Are you okay? You’re upside-down.” 

Another filter failure strikes when Tom Emmer, a Republican lawmaker, got stuck upside down during a virtual meeting. This is one of the reasons why we need to double-check our equipment before an important meeting. The best part? His colleagues reassure Tom by saying, “at least you’re not a cat.” 

“Did he fall?”

This video features a teacher trying to get his students engaged in his class. First, he jokes that he’s at the ledge of the Empire State Building. Then, he continues by faking that he’s falling, but the joke turns real when he falls off his chair. At least he made his students laugh, right? 

Zoom Fail Double-Kill 

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Not 200 people witnessing the most embarrasing thing that has ever happened to me #zoom #fail #embarrased #college #FallDIY #ThatWitch #fyp #trending

♬ original sound – Michael Winner

Yes, another TikTok failed. If you think painting your face blue will go unnoticed in your Zoom class, well, think again. If you believe that’s embarrassing, how about panicking and ranting on TikTok while thinking the mic is off? 

This Zoom is an instant double-kill for this poor soul. It keeps getting worse! If you make sure to follow these simple rules, you’ll avoid being listed on the best Zoom fails list.

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Did You Drop Your Smartphone in The Ocean? Here’s How to Retrieve It

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Even if COVID-19 remains present after two years, it’s not stopping people from going on beach vacations. After all, cases aren’t as high as before, and many people have been vaccinated against the virus. And when it comes to beach vacations, it means more swimming and fun water activities, such as snorkeling, watching dolphins on the boat, and parasailing. We get carried away doing these activities that unfortunate incidents befall us. And one of those unavoidable incidents is accidentally dropping your smartphone in the ocean or sea. You’ve worked so hard to buy the device, only for it to slip away into the ocean. There’s a possibility that you can still retrieve it, though. But what do you do after you drop your smartphone in the ocean? Here’s what you need to do.

Look For Your Phone

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You can still retrieve your phone from the ocean IF you accidentally dropped it in a shallow part of it. Use your feet or hands to feel for the phone. And if you have a net or something to scoop it up, do that too.

However, Do NOT in ANY CIRCUMSTANCES try to retrieve your phone IF it fell somewhere deep. You need to accept the fact that it’s long gone and it’s with the sea now. If this happens, contact your mobile phone provider immediately if you have a plan with them. They could help you with reassigning your old number to a new phone.

Switch the Phone Off and Leave it to Dry

Once you retrieve your phone, turn it off immediately. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to get snaps for your Insta or take videos for TikTok. However, this is a necessary measure once it’s out of the water. Plus, make sure to dry it with a clean towel. Since you’re still at the beach and a few hours away from civilization, this is your best bet in ensuring your phone doesn’t take any more damage.

Remember the uncooked rice myth? Yeah, that’s not true. It’s no longer recommended to put your phone in uncooked rice because it will cause further corrosion. In an old interview, David Naumann said in the USA today that if you drop your smartphone in the ocean, you can put it inside a Ziplock bag. You’ll add purified water there and a pinch of baking soda. Baking soda is necessary to counter corrosion.

Bring It to A Pro ASAP

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You can be tempted to fix your smartphone once you get home. But the best person to deal with this situation is a professional. It can be difficult to take the phone apart, especially if you’re not familiar with how to do it. Once you’re back home, immediately take it to a repair shop and tell them that you accidentally dropped it in the ocean.

Preventive Measures

To prevent any data loss, why not back up your files on a cloud? That way, if you lose your phone or drop it in the ocean, you can still have your files when you get a new one.

And if you’re going to the beach, make sure to put the smartphone inside a waterproof bag. It will keep your phone dry and secure!

Unfortunately, this guy can no longer retrieve his phone. And this is why you need to take preventive measures to avoid a scenario like this.

And for other stories, news, or tips, read more here at Owner’s Mag!

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N.Y. Teamsters, DGA Among Organizations Supporting Reproductive Rights

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There has always been some contention in this country about whether labor unions do more harm than good. This is, of course, despite the long list of objectively positive results from their efforts. 

An impromptu rattling off of union fruits would include: ending child labor, the eight-hour workday, worker’s compensation laws, a minimum wage, the literal f*cking weekend— and a host of other benefits that have (just barely) prevented the keepers of wealth from realizing a Dickensian capitalist dystopia. 

Through collective bargaining, all workers are made stronger. But for those of us still on the fence, New York’s Local 210 offers yet another instance of unions pushing for the betterment of common people. 

Local 210 for Reproductive Rights

Local 210—a New York-based union responsible for representing NYC-based SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity staff in collective bargaining— has recently passed a resolution aiding reproductive rights. 

The announcement follows the Supreme Courts’ recent decision to overturn Roe. v. Wade—a move that stripped the bodily autonomy from over half the U.S. population, and did so against the will of nearly two-thirds of the country.

The resolution states that the Local “condemns the Supreme Court’s attack on women and affirms that reproductive healthcare services should be private, safe, accessible and legal” 

It also outlines several steps the Local is taking to help those affected by the ruling, such as working with other unions, legislators, and organizations to “ensure reproductive health care access to Teamster members who live in New York and those traveling here for care.” 

Local 210 recording secretary Bernadette Kelly announced the news on Twitter on July 11th, describing it as “a resolution that commits to ally ship [sic], resistance and organizing.” 

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with 1.4 million members, is one of the largest labor unions in the world, and the most diverse in the U.S. 

But, they aren’t alone in their efforts to provide resources to those whose reproductive rights are under siege.

Directors Guild of America joins fight for bodily autonomy

Last Monday, the board of trustees for the Directors Guild of America approved two amendments. One of which will cover abortion services for participants’ dependent children. The other covers abortion travel costs for participants living or working on DGA-covered projects in states where safe, legal abortions are not available. 

Both of these amendments provide some breathing room for DGA members whose rights have been recently stripped.

“The actions taken today by the Plans Trustees demonstrate strong and decisive leadership to ensure that our members and their dependents will continue to be able to have access to safe abortion services regardless of where they live and work,” DGA president Lesli Linka Glatter said in a statement. 

For more information regarding reproductive rights, please consult the following list of websites.

Resources for Abortion Rights

Abortion Clinics OnLine 

Abortion Clinics OnLine is a directory of providers of abortion and other reproductive health care services. The site allows you to choose, by state and city, from a list of abortion clinics. Clicking on a clinic links you to the clinic’s homepage, which provides more detailed information on abortion procedures, patient instructions, prices, maps, and other educational information.

Advocates for Youth

This site provides materials for young people and their advocates in the United States and abroad. In addition to a comprehensive publications list and ordering information, the site includes a series of fact sheets and briefing papers on a wide range of issues from adolescent pregnancy and childbearing to sexual abuse and violence in Sub-Saharan Africa to young women of color and the HIV epidemic. Notably, this link also includes an international program survey, which allows readers to search by country to find out about various programs working to meet the reproductive and sexual health needs of youth throughout the world.

Alan Guttmacher Institute

This site provides information on abortion, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, and teen pregnancy, as well as a section on relevant laws and public policies. A large number of articles from AGI’s periodicals, briefing papers, and reports are also available. These include online versions of the most recent issues of The Guttmacher Report on Public Policy, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, and International Family Planning Perspectives.

American Association of University Women

The American Association of University Women is an organization that supports equity and education for all women and girls. This site contains useful research on reproductive issues ranging from adolescent sexuality to abortion coverage bans. 

National Abortion Federation 

NAF’s website features resources for pregnant women as well as abortion providers. It includes links to NAF publications and fact sheets and information about finding a qualified provider.

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood’s site is one of the best sources of online information regarding safe sex, contraception, and abortion. It includes legislative updates, pro-choice advocacy tools, a special section for teens, as well as resources in Spanish. 

For more union coverage by Owner’s Mag, check out the following stories:

Billionaires Be Warned: Organized Labor on the Rise

Former Nintendo head urges gaming CEOs to welcome worker’s unions

The First Amazon Union Have Two Words for Jeff Bezos: Ha ha

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Top 10 Best Prime Day Deals 2022

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Amazon’s biggest day is back, folks! 

Prime Day 2022 has arrived and the deals are more exciting than ever. There are thousands of discounts for you to peruse, but we’ve taken the time to find the 10 best deals. Of course, you’re welcome to fall helplessly into the Amazon rabbit hole. But just in case you want to save a little time and get straight to the good stuff, here are the top 10 best prime day deals in 2022. 

Up to $700 Off TVs

New TV anyone? For all televisions that run Amazon’s Fire TV you can find a seriously insane discount on a brand new set. That plus a cute little Fire TV stick and you’ll be good to binge your favorite Prime series. 

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$50 Air Fryer

We all have those friends who will not shut up about their Air Fryer. If you want to give in to the peer pressure and don’t actually know how to cook, these deals are hot hot hot

…oof. That was corny…

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Roomba Rampage

If you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to snag yourself a sexy Roomba, now’s your chance! Get all that dirt, junk, and pet fur off your floors!

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30% Off Video Doorbell

You know, the Blink Video Doorbell may be a little creepy, but they’re incredibly popular, and for good reason! Update your home and get a small sense of security with this stupidly discounted item!

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$50 Off Earbuds

There’s nothing like a great pair of noise-canceling earbuds to shut off the annoying outside world. Save up o $50 off a pair of Echo Buds and zone out. 

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$40 Off Smartwatch

If you’re on a health and fitness journey and you don’t have a Fitbit smartwatch, you’re seriously missing out. This snazzy piece of tech is getting a modest discount. Treat yourself and keep better track of your health. 

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Save Hundreds on Android Phones

Samsung’s new Galaxy 5G phones are some serious contenders in the smartphone world. And they ain’t cheap. You better snag one of these deals and see what has all tech experts raving!

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E-Books As Little As $2

Personally, I’ll always prefer the feel, sound, and smell of a physical book to an ebook. But who am I to judge? They’re, like, super popular. For the reading junkie, you’ll have a chance to stock up on a whole bunch of new reads for as little as $2! Or free for Prime members in some cases. 

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Over 40% Off Chromebook

Chromebooks have risen in popularity as the affordable laptop option. Well, now they’re about to get even more affordable. These well-rated and reviewed computers are something you want to get ahold of! Now!

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$100 Off Grills

It doesn’t feel like summer unless someone’s got the grill going. Weber is an iconic brand and we couldn’t be more excited about this latest deal! So, light that fire, invite some friends, and pig out on a discount!

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