The Simple iPhone Cursor Hack That Will Make Texting Easier

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iStock.com/izusek

Your iPhone is a handy little computer, but there’s one feature that has always been annoying. Unlike with a computer and a mouse, you can’t just click around the screen to move your cursor. Or at least, we didn’t think you could.

That’s why this tweet from Atlanta-based food blogger Krissy Brierre-Davis of Krissy’s Kitchen blew our mind. It’s one of those iPhone hacks that is useful, but not at all intuitive. Rather than pausing your typing to hold your finger down on your text and then moving your cursor within that disorienting magnifying glass that pops up, you just have to hold down your space bar.

Press your finger to the space bar as you type, and the letters on your keyboard will disappear. You can now move your finger back and forth horizontally, and your cursor will move across the text. You don't need to put your finger on the text at all—you can do it all from the space bar.

Now, you have no excuse not to fix your autocorrect typos before you hit send.

Need more smartphone tips? Apple Support's Twitter feed has previously shared some other little-known tricks to help you get the most out of your phone. And before your phone runs out of steam, check out these tips for improving your battery life.

[h/t Krissy Brierre-Davis]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

Funko
Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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These Are America's 20 Happiest States

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Natalya Zaritskaya, Unsplash
Personal happiness is subjective, but there are many factors that contribute to someone's well-being. Income, sleep habits, and work-life balance are a few examples. By gauging how these factors affect people across the country, WalletHub was able to put together a map ranking the happiest states in the U.S. in 2020. To compile the list below, the personal finance website determined how all 50 states performed in three categories: emotional and physical well-being, work environment, and community and environment. These three labels cover more than 30 specific criteria, including divorce rates, unemployment rates, adequate sleep levels, and average work hours. Hawaii tops the list, earning a total score of 69.58 out of a possible 100. It ranks second in emotional and physical well-being and third in community and environment. Just behind The Aloha State is Utah, which beats out all other states when it comes to work environment. Minnesota, New Jersey, and Maryland round out the top five. You can read the full list of America's 20 happiest states below. Judging happiness levels by state is just one way to view the country's mental health. For an even more localized snapshot of happiness across the U.S., check out the country's happiest cities.
  1. Hawaii
  2. Utah
  3. Minnesota
  4. New Jersey
  5. Maryland
  6. California
  7. North Dakota
  8. Iowa
  9. Idaho
  10. Connecticut
  11. Nebraska
  12. South Dakota
  13. Massachusetts
  14. Virginia
  15. Washington
  16. Vermont
  17. New York
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Nevada
  20. Arizona