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7 Super-Useful Apps for Last-Minute Trips

You’ve spent all week looking at #vanlife pictures at work and now you simply have to get out of town. The beach would be great, but you’ll take the mountains. Or the city. Really, anywhere but here. It’s time to let that tiny computer in your pocket do the work for you. In recent years, …

Here’s how Silicon Valley’s startup guru can instantly tell if you should start a company

With four IPOs and eight startups under his belt, students and budding entrepreneurs frequently seek him out for advice, including what to do with their careers.<p>But one thing Blank has learned from working in Silicon Valley since 1978 : building a startup or becoming a consultant isn't a hard …

Deals on the coolest gadgets from CES 2016

Save big on the latest VR headsets, drones, and smart devices.<p>As usual, CES 2016 provided us with a glimpse of things to come in consumer tech this year. From virtual reality, smart home devices, the internet of things, and more, there was no shortage of awesome, cutting edge gadgets on display. …

5 research-backed ways to tell if someone is lying

We're going to see what the research has to say on detecting lies, avoiding deception and more. And this is the industrial strength package. We'll look at how to avoid being deceived by the pros in this arena: con artists.<p>To get the real answers, I called an expert. Maria Konnikova is a …

5 smart home gadgets to create your home of the future

Any homeowner knows that a lot of free time goes into taking care of your house. But what if your house could take care of you? That's the dream of the "smart home" – and while there's no true sci-fi intelligent home that can do everything you need, we're getting closer.<p>Every day, 5.5 million smart …

11 Reasons You Should Pull the Plug on Entrepreneurship Right Away

You've heard people say, "Entrepreneurship isn't all it's cracked up to be."<p>Have you been ignoring their subtle warnings? It's true! Entrepreneurship isn't a bed of roses. It is not for the faint of heart. It is really hard work, and there are some very low times indeed.<p>If you are still banging …

Netflix Is Making a Major Change to Help You Find What to Watch Next

Because you will need a new TV show eventually.<p>Ever wonder how Netflix figures out what to show you on its homepage? Like most major websites, it's the combination of several complicated algorithms. But Tech Insider reports that the site has decided to let users around the world help show you what …

Google and Apple, once enemies, unite thanks to the FBI

The fault lines dividing Silicon Valley's two most powerful technology companies shifted this week, however briefly, as Google was compelled to stand …

How to Get Your Best Night's Sleep

So whatever you're doing late at night, shut it off and go to sleep instead. For most people, sleeping in is not an option and therefore going to bed earlier is the only way to get the recommended amount of sleep.<p>You probably already know that sleep is one of the most important habits in our lives. …

You Will Find This Iraq War Story Very Hard to Stomach

A few words about the burn pits.<p>If you read no other interview, read the one in Salon with author (and former soldier) Joseph Hickman about his new book, <i>The Burn Pits: The Poisoning Of American Soldiers.</i> You once again will want to bury Dick Cheney in a fire ant nest. You once again will wonder why …

Bones found at prison may belong to real-life Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Archaeologists’ discovery could be remains of Martha Brown, whose public hanging in 1856 was watched by Thomas Hardy<p>Archaeologists may have unearthed the remains of a woman whose execution had a lasting impact on the writer Thomas Hardy, inspiring the fate of one of his most beloved creations – …