shopping

Microsoft Edge and Bing add price comparisons for holiday shopping

As Amazon Prime Day approaches, Microsoft has implemented a price-comparison tool within Microsoft Edge to help shoppers evaluate the best deal.

The price-comparison tool is one of a number of new features coming to Edge, in conjunction with Microsoft’s Bing search engine. Those features include the formal launch of Bing Rebates, which offers Microsoft Rewards members site-wide discounts as they shop online.

Unfortunately, Microsoft’s new price comparisons aren’t as easy as entering search terms in a search box. Instead, Microsoft has made them part of its Collections feature, which essentially bookmarks individual webpages inside a Collection. However, a Collection is more than a just a folder of bookmarks, as Microsoft’s Bing sniffs each webpage and pulls out the relevant data: price, availability, and so on. It’s this pricing data that Microsoft will extract and then hunt down on competing websites.

Note that the numbers Edge and Bing are extracting represent

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beauty

Add Functionality and Beauty to the Backyard with a Pergola

Build your own pergola with tips from top home improvement pros

As fall hits full stride, now is the perfect time to enjoy backyard time with family and friends. Top landscape designers say autumn is also a good time to dig into projects that can take your backyard living experience to the next level.

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A pergola adds visual interest and a comfortable, protected gathering area to the backyard living space. (Photo: Business Wire)

According to landscape designer, Doug Scott, pergolas are a popular backyard addition, and for good reason. They add both functional value and aesthetic interest to virtually any outdoor living space.

“In addition to creating a comfortable, protected outdoor gathering space, pergolas are also a beautiful addition to your yard,” Scott said. “They inject a certain level of architectural interest, while complimenting your home and your property’s

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beauty

Add comfort and beauty to your home with new floors

As we head inside for fall, it’s a great time to look around our homes and think about options for flooring updates.  

A new flooring surface can refresh and revitalize the look of your interior, whether you redo a room or the entire house. Plus, it can make cleaning up after muddy boots easier, and enhance your home’s resale value.

We asked two Seattle-area flooring and design pros about a few of the most popular options for new floor surfaces.

New hardwoods

For living areas, hardwood flooring is considered the go-to choice. And while traditional oak floors are still beloved, prefinished engineered hardwoods are increasingly popular. Made of layered wood, with quarter-inch-thick hardwood as the top layer, engineered hardwood planks are easier to install (no need to sand, stain and finish) and less susceptible to warping in humid environments such as kitchens and baths.

And engineered hardwoods don’t require a

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style

Toddies And Throws To Add Style To A COVID-19 Winter

With winter approaching and an ever-present threat of a second wave of COVID-19, the U.K. hospitality industry is turning to ways of helping customers through a cold snap. 

For example, Caorunn is a gin distillery based in Speyside in the Scottish Highlands. Like its neighbouring whisky distilleries, it’s aware of a growing demand for toddies as heated drinks often referred to and has developed Apple Winter Toddy 

Says Samantha Peters, its Global Communication Manager, “Socialising with friends outdoors this winter may come with a few sacrifices, but a hot toddy is the quintessential winter warmer.” 

Restaurants and bars providing blankets is a Scandinavian import; a practical manifestation of

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