Vitamix FoodCycler turns eggshells, banana peels and food scraps into compost fast

Summer may be winding down, but my fall garden is just getting started, so I was eager to try out the Vitamix FoodCycler FC-50. The FoodCycler is a kitchen appliance that turns food scraps into compost. Compost provides nutrients to soil and helps feed your garden flowers, fruits and vegetables, as well as other plants in your yard. 

Like

  • It’s easy to use
  • It’s fast

Don’t Like

  • It’s expensive
    -It’s a little noisy

At $400, it’s definitely expensive, but it’s also efficient, easy to use and avoids the pest concerns associated with traditional outdoor compost bins. It’s also a fantastic choice for folks living in apartments. Its small half-gallon capacity isn’t ideal for anyone with a lot of food waste on a daily basis — and It does make noise as it works, but it isn’t much louder than a standard dishwasher.

The Vitamix FoodCycler FC-50 is a solid option for anyone with small-scale garden and landscaping needs who wants to repurpose food otherwise bound for the landfill. 

Read more: I’ve reached the ‘making my own butter’ phase of quarantine

The FoodCycler weighs 27 pounds and measures 14.3 inches tall by 11 inches wide with a depth of 12.6 inches.

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Second stimulus check: Who could get a new payment first and how fast could it come?

How soon could your second stimulus check come? We lay out some possible dates from when the bill is passed to when your money could actually arrive.


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Though increasingly uncertain whether it could happen by Congressional legislation or executive action, or even at all, there is still potential for a second stimulus check of up to $1,200 per adult to be approved before the end of the year. We can predict some potential schedules that the IRS could follow to send out new direct payments, but even if you qualify for more money, you might not get it right away. 

And if you’re among the 9 million Americans who still haven’t gotten that first payment, or you are a parent awaiting a $500 share for each dependent (here’s how young they can be and still get their own stimulus payment), you have until Sept. 30 to make a claim.

CNET created a handy stimulus check calculator to help you estimate how much you might be due, if there is a second round of stimulus payments eventually. But when could you actually get paid? Let’s examine all the current details for clues. This story was recently

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How to use Readdle’s Documents app as a file manager for your iPhone or iPad

You can use the Documents by Readdle app to work with files on your device and in the cloud.

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Apple offers its own Files app as a type of file manager for your iPhone or iPad. The app does let you access local and online files, but it doesn’t provide a wealth of options. If you need a more powerful file manager for your Apple device, you may want to check out the Documents by Readdle app.

SEE: Apple iOS 13: A cheat sheet (free PDF) (TechRepublic) 

Freely available for iOS and iPadOS, the basic version of Documents acts as a central hub for your files with access to your device’s photo albums and other folders. You can grab files stored in the cloud through such services as OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, and SharePoint. You can manage your files by copying, moving, deleting, and sharing them. You can even view and open many types of files.

First, download Documents by Readdle for your iPhone or iPad from Apple’s App Store. Open the app to see the default folders and sample files already collected (Figure A).

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How to recycle, trade in, donate, or sell your iPhone 11

With the pending release of the iPhone 12 later this fall, first adopters and iPhone fans look to find a way to make a smooth transition between their current and newest smartphones.

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max come in midnight green, space gray, silver, and gold finishes.

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A new era—and iPhone—is on the imminent horizon and many are scrambling to find a way to get the iPhone 12 into their eager hands. If you’re on a contract service plan, your provider will likely offer some sweet deals. Still, people are increasingly buying their phones outright and patronizing providers that offer for a single person or a group, a set monthly subscription rate that can be canceled anytime without penalty.

You can formally recycle—through bins such as UpCycle4Hope, Eco-Cell—trade it in with your provider, or sell it through a post on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. But each represents a form of recycling. Eventually, when a phone becomes wholly obsolete, it will become e-waste, but until then, phones are refurbished and passed on, or sold to others for whom “the latest and greatest” is of less importance.

SEE: TechRepublic Premium editorial calendar: IT policies, checklists, toolkits,

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