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Turkeys and touchdowns: How to watch the 2023 NFL Thanksgiving games | PCMag

“During football season, millions of Americans glue their eyeballs to their television screens to catch hard-hitting NFL matchups on a weekly basis. However, there’s something extra special about watching the big Thanksgiving football games. Surrounded by food and family, with absolutely no reason to leave the couch, you can lazily absorb all the pigskin action. It’s a classic tradition, one made even more convenient by modern technology. So forget watching via cable. Here’s how to catch the NFL's Thanksgiving football games using a streaming TV service.”

You don’t need a new computer; you just need a new OS [Partner]

Stuck using that same old computer you’ve had for years? As tempting as it is to ditch it for something shiny and new, that’s not the only way to achieve a fresh and updated feel. Windows 11 is Microsoft’s latest operating system, and it’s now on sale for $22.97, its lowest price to date. It has more tools for productivity and accessibility than its predecessors, and it’s got better security (we’re assuming) than whatever you’re currently working with. Download it to your PC, keep it for life with a one-time payment, and let that modernized interface fool you into thinking your computer is brand-spankin’-new. [Ad]

Cosmic bonfire: Webb finds 500,000 stars illuminating Milky Way’s core | Interesting Engineering

“The latest James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) images have revealed the hidden features at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy. The Webb telescope's extraordinary resolution and infrared sensitivity have allowed astronomers to investigate the galaxy's dense center like never before. The region is often characterized by the presence of dense concentrations of stellar dust and gas, primarily hydrogen and helium, which are the raw materials from which stars are born.”

Airlines will make a record $118 billion in extra fees this year—their websites are designed to get you to pay | FastCompany

“It’s not your imagination: Airlines are piling on more fees and extra charges, driving up the cost of air travel. Across the industry, revenue from what’s known as ancillary sales — fees for selecting seats, checking bags, and buying food, to name a few — will reach a record $117.9 billion in 2023. That’s a 7.7% increase from pre-pandemic records, according to a recent study from airline consultancy firm IdeaWorks and B2B car rental company CarTrawler.”

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I took pictures of the moon with 3 phones. This one had the best shot | Mashable

“As someone fascinated by celestial wonders, I decided to take pictures of the moon with the iPhone 15 Pro Max. Then I thought, ‘Wait a minute; I have two other phones. Could they possibly beat the iPhone 15 Pro Max in astrophotography?’ That's when I whipped out the Google Pixel 8 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.”

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