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Extension’s Cooking Basics series helps people navigate through the kitchen | Features

As restaurants closed in the beginning of the pandemic, many Americans learned just how much they had come to rely on them.

People had to start finding their way around the kitchen. That was a big task in a country where, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, people on average spend 54% of their food bills in restaurants.

Employees at the Manhattan-based K-State Research and Extension service thought they could help.

“At the beginning of the pandemic, Extension decided to do just a quick needs assessment with our clients,” said Lisa Martin, extension agent for the expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.

The survey asked people what issues were the most important to them at the time — cooking and getting meals on the table hit high on the list.

“We had curriculum that we used with teaching, but we really didn’t have anything in fact sheets, and

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Lorraine Bracco Will Renovate a Home in Sicily for New HGTV Series

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Lorraine Bracco is getting into the home-renovation business — and the home-renovation television business — on HGTV’s “My Big Italian Adventure.”

In the upcoming series, the “Goodfellas” and “Sopranos” actress will remodel a 200-year-old, 1,075-square-foot home that she purchased in Sicily for exactly one euro. Her reno budget will be many, many, many multiples of that.

Bracco will be joined in the tiny hilltop town of Sambuca di Sicilia by an architect, a contractor (Piero) and a translator (Cynthia).

The mayor of Sambuca famously created the one-euro program to help sell the town’s vacant homes quickly and inexpensively. The goal was to encourage families to return to the rural oasis, but the catch is that renovation on the homes must be completed within three years of purchase.

Bracco’s centuries-old home

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Why the Xbox Series S will run games designed for Xbox One in their ‘Xbox One S mode,’ rather than ‘One X mode’

The Xbox Series S is the affordable alternative to the next-gen Xbox Series X, designed to replace the current Xbox One consoles. The Xbox Series S is, over all, a superior system to that of the Xbox One X, but with some drawbacks in terms of RAM and raw GPU power. While games running on the next-gen GameCore OS environment should perform better than they would’ve done on the Xbox One X, games being built first for Xbox One will remain in their “Xbox One S” version on the Xbox Series X, and not take advantage of the 4K resolutions offered by Xbox One X titles.

Gamespew obtained the following statement from Microsoft, clarifying the matter.

“Xbox Series S was designed to be the most affordable next generation console and play next generation games at 1440P at 60fps. To deliver the highest quality backwards compatible experience consistent with the developer’s

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Home Improvement Stars Reunite for Building Competition Series on History

History is giving Home Improvement fans the next best thing to a full-blown reboot, reuniting Tool Time duo Tim Allen and Richard Karn for a building-themed reality competition series, TVLine has learned.

The 10-episode series, tentatively titled Assembly Required, will “spotlight the best and brightest builders from across the country, at their home workshops, as they compete to breathe new life into everyday household items in desperate need of fixing. This new series will push each contestant to their limits while testing their ability and ingenuity to not only rebuild it but to build it better. In each episode, Allen and Karn will also dive into the unique history around these items to celebrate the men and women who crafted them, and the techniques used.”

Karn will serve as host, executive-producing alongside Allen. Assembly Required is expected to premiere sometime in 2021.

“Let’s face it — we’re living in

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The 100 People Transforming Business series showcases leaders driving innovation in enterprise technology

  • Digital transformation has long been the goal for companies wanting to stay competitive, particularly as applications of artificial intelligence (AI) have proliferated. 
  • Enterprise technology entered a whole new phase unexpectedly with the global pandemic, leading to a proliferation of working-from-home solutions.
  • AI continues to underpin enterprise technology transformation, in everything from semiconductors to collaboration tools. 
  • 100 People Transforming Business is an annual list and series highlighting those across industries who are changing the way the world does business. Check out the full list for 2020.

For years digital transformation has been one of the most consistent themes of enterprise tech, as companies across every industry begin the long slog toward modernizing their IT and their businesses.

When the coronavirus crisis upended the world, that plodding transition revved to warp speed. Companies that barely had an online presence had to shift their operations online nearly overnight.

“We will see five years

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