Al Brofman

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How impressive is the camera in iPhone 6 and 6 Plus? Let Iceland show you

If you’re among the thousands standing in line for a new iPhone, you probably have a little time to kill. So this 8 minute video demonstration of the …

30 tips every new iOS 8 user should know

iOS 8: How to install and use your favorite keyboard app

Apple on Wednesday released iOS 8, which brings many interesting new features to iPhone and iPad owners, including support for third-party keyboard …

How to use all the awesome new Messages features in iOS 8

It might not seem like it on the surface since last year’s iOS 7 update included a huge revamp of the entire iOS interface, but iOS 8 is Apple’s most …

Apple just rolled out a great new way to buy iOS apps

During this year’s WWDC, Apple made several announcements related to iOS, OS X and the App Store that targeted both regular device users and app …

Everything you need to know about iOS 8’s Family Sharing feature

Apple has rolled out a ton of great new features with iOS 8 but one that has flown a bit under the radar so far is Family Sharing, a new feature that …

These are the best third-party keyboards for iOS 8 on the App Store

Whether you’re currently in the process of downloading iOS 8 or you’re trying to uncover all the hidden features that Apple didn’t highlight before …

Was That a Glacier I Froze Next to at the Top of Kiersage Pass?

A half century or so ago, I took a trip to the top of the Sierra, where I made the acquaintance of the fragile land of delicate meadows and lakes and dramatic ice fields and glaciers just below the jagged peaks that form the mountain range's spine. As I recollected my adventure, it became more and …

KitchenAid Multicooker and Stir Tower stirs up automatic meals

No meal makes itself. As soon as more than one ingredient is combined with another, there is a meal. Now, of course we could all go around plucking ready-to-eat fruit and veggies straight from what grows out of the ground, but a meal that does not make. A snack, maybe, but not a meal. Even a salad …

The World's 7 Most Retiree-Friendly Nations

Before you spend a lot of time and money conceiving a plan for a new life overseas, take a close look at the options for establishing residency in each country on your list. Understanding the various visa options available to you is an important part of making your ultimate where-to-retire-overseas …

10 awesome things you didn't know your phone could do

You've had your smartphone for a while. But let's face it: you've never read the manual. You take great pride in the fact you know how to use it. Then, it happens.<p>You see someone do something extraordinary with his or her phone that you did not know was even possible. Friends don't let friends have …

Lumo Lift review: A posture tracker that puts design over details - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Lumo Lift goes beyond typical fitness metrics to measure your posture. It's also comfortable to wear and can even pass as an accessory.<p><b>The Bad</b> The Lift app's offers too much design and not enough data.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> The Lumo Lift offers a fresh alternative to other fitness trackers, …

Incredible easter egg reveals Steve Jobs’s most amazing speech hidden in your Mac

Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was a man of many talents, and among them was his uncanny ability to motivate people. Privately, numerous accounts …

Stunning Snapshot Reveals Dazzling Star Factories

Changing Planet<p>This mosaic of images from the 2.2-meter telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows two dramatic star formation regions in the southern Milky Way, located in the Carina-Sagittarius spiral arm of the galaxy.<br>Courtesy of ESO/G. Beccari<p><b>Two giant star clusters tucked away in</b> …

Simple.TV antenna DVR debuts ability to share recorded TV shows

Simple.TV is one of several new DVRs that allow cordcutters to record TV shows off broadcast TV and watch them on a variety of mobile devices and digital set-top boxes like Roku. But now Simple is upping the ante on its competition with a new feature that allows users share their recordings with …

Phew! You may spend less than you think during retirement

How much will you be spending in retirement? That’s a worrisome question for the roughly 8000 Baby Boomers who will turn 65 each day for the next 15 …

21 Reasons You Should Visit Buenos Aires

With its wide, European-style boulevards, incredible food, raucous nightlife, Buenos Aires is a city unlike any other.<p>And while Argentina once again finds itself in economic limbo, its capital remains a vibrant place to visit. The current exchange rate makes it relatively inexpensive for foreign …

Argentina

The Ultimate Demise of Common Core - Part III: The Logistics

From an idealogical perspective, the differences that divide Americans are also what make the nation unique and great. When it comes to education, however, there seems to be a competing theory that differences should be dismissed in favor of finding a standardized way to teach all K-12 students. …

Education

How to stop iPhone apps from tracking your location without you knowing

Last week, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> confirmed an earlier report shedding light on the fact that Foursquare’s iPhone app is constantly tracking users’ …

8 Homemade Pest Control Remedies That Really Work

Unwanted pesky critters and pests can put a damper on the joy you get from your home and garden. Try combining some of your household products and get your own homemade pest solution. Check out the ideas and helpful homemade remedies below, to keep your house and garden free of unwanted guests.<p><b>1.</b> …

Gardening

25 Google Search tricks you won’t know how you ever lived without

Hundreds of millions of people around the world use Google Search more than any other Web service as they seek out information on anything and …

Don't Worry, Be Happy: How Eliminating Worrying Can Enhance Your Life

Throughout my life, I have been a world-class worrier. My anxieties have ranged from small OCD-type behaviors -- returning home multiple times to make sure I locked the door or turned off the oven -- to the infinitely more fertile field of worrying about my children (waiting up with bated breath …

Why Do We Believe Dreams Are So Real While We're Dreaming?

<i>By Daniel Oldis and Marjorie Noble via DreamsCloud</i><p>"Mark's" late grandfather is a goldfish. Mark and the goldfish are playing chess. As Mark prepares his checkmate move, a hammerhead shark knocks over the chessboard and demands the $13 that Mark owes him. Mark's late grandfather flops off the table …

Mind-Bending Video Shows Liquid Boiling, Freezing At Same Time

How's this for a "state" of confusion?<p>This YouTube video (above) features a flask of cyclohexane that's been put under a vacuum. As the pressure in the flask is lowered, the cyclohexane on top begins to freeze as the cyclohexane below boils, simultaneously waffling between a solid and a liquid …

Netflix’s massive new content wave is going to put unprecedented pressure on HBO

The future keeps happening. Facebook just passed IBM in market cap and now Netflix has passed HBO in subscriber revenue, hitting a giddy $1.146 …

Five affordable LEDs to replace that burnt-out light

Light bulbs used to be throw-away purchases meant to last a year, tops. Now, with incandescents on the way out and LEDs on the way in, things are changing fast. Buying a bulb means choosing a light that you'll be living with for years, maybe decades.<p>The good news is that 2014 has seen a veritable …

Top 10 Unknown Gadget Pionerds

Unlike famous and successful independent inventors such as Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell, most the folks who invented the gadgets and technologies that enable our 21st century lives perform in relative obscurity. These "pionerds," a portmanteau of "pioneer" and "nerd," are mostly hidden …

5 Incredibly Simple, No-Effort Ways To Save $1,000 This Year

Of all the things to enjoy about your home, the unholy surprise of opening up one's energy bill doesn't make the list. There are, however, a few simple ways to cut down these costs (and then some).<p>In the video above, home expert Peter Walsh reveals five easy ways to save money that don't involve …

9 Life Lessons Only Grandparents Can Teach

Nowadays, you can study multivariable calculus on Khan Academy, master the perfect winged eyeliner look on YouTube, and learn how to make DIY soaps, creams and butters on Pinterest. However, there are some life lessons that only grandparents can teach us. Here are the best ones:<p><b>Marry your best</b> …