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The 13 biggest mistakes tourists make when visiting Rome, according to locals

Chances are, if you're traveling to Rome, you're planning to visit popular attractions like the Colosseum, the Vatican, and the Trevi Fountain. While those are great, there are ways to see them without making the same common mistakes many first-timers to Rome make.<p>On a recent Quora thread, Roman …

Italy

How the John Muir Trail Turned Me into a Committed Through-Hiker

The phrase: “I can't believe this is happening!" was said over and over as my friend, Alison, and I packed and repacked our bags the day before …

Most Personality Quizzes Are Junk Science. I Found One That Isn’t.

<i>Our science staff is trying to lead a more scientific life in 2018. Throughout the week, we’ll be questioning whether some of our favorite habits and</i> …

Apple iOS 11.2.5 Release: It's A Big One

So far Apple iOS 11.2.5 is a mystery. Why Apple has jumped four version numbers (from iOS 11.2.1) is a mystery. What it contains is a mystery. But following the last week of iPhone power throttling revelations (and a fully deserved backlash), the upcoming iOS 11.2.5 just became the biggest and most …

iOS

Start streaming: How to store your existing media in the cloud

Years ago, the thought of watching movies on a phone was absurd — our connections were too slow, or they took up too much space. Today, if we still …

Google Play

Homemade Breakfast Sausage Is Almost Laughably Easy and Impresses Everyone

You're 10 minutes away from homemade sausage patties. Make a few batches and freeze them for brunch emergencies.<p>If I'm betting on a breakfast sandwich race, I'm always rooting for sausage, egg, and cheese. There's nothing wrong with a BEC, but something about a griddled sausage patty feels more …

9 Tips for Better-Than-Delivery Fried Rice

By Alex Delany<p>If you've got some almost-stale rice you're halfway there.<p>Fried rice is that takeout staple that everyone from hungover college students to too-tired-to-make-dinner-tonight professionals can agree is delicious. It's a wonderful food, but figuring out how to make fried rice at home …

The 10 most popular workouts of 2017

The trendiest workouts of 2017 went far beyond the mat.<p>Instead of slow, body-flexing stretches and heart-pumping balances, the most popular exercises this year focused on fast and intense moves.<p>Here they are, ranked by how often they appeared in Google searches — along with what the science says …

Exercise

How to Have a High-End Ski Vacation Without All the High Prices

A luxury hotel in a tony mountain town will cost a fortune. But if you forfeit proximity you can tap into peak perks without the ski in/ski out price tag. Other cost-cutters? An off-peak, midweek visit, advance purchase of lift tickets, eating strategically and taking advantage of resort</b> …

We Found the One Water Park in Orlando with No Lines (and It's Incredible)

Picture it—a sunny day in December, you've just escaped from the frozen north, highs are supposed to climb into the 80's, and all around, there's …

Disney World

Where Are Top Chef’s Past Winners Now?

As Top Chef starts the competition to find its 15th winner, we check in on how past champions are doing.<p>As <i>Top Chef</i> Colorado prepares to kick off this …

How often you should wash everything in your home, according to science

A cleaning guide for your inner germophobe.<p>Cleanliness can be somewhat subjective: some folks wear things once and feel compelled to wash them, while others wear them five times before exposing them to some kind of soap. But when it comes to cleaning your home, there are some standards to consider, …

Cleaning

30 Reasons to Thank God for Victoria's Secret Angels

Here at Maxim, we're a fan of models of all sizes and origins, from the rising stars at top modeling agencies to the lovely up-and-comers using …

Fashion Modeling

Kaley Cuoco Filmed Herself Completely Topless During a Wardrobe Change And Nearly Broke the Internet

A clip of <i>The Big Bang Theory's</i> smoldering female star is making the rounds right now, for good reason.<p>For some reason, Kaley Cuoco <i></i>whipped out her …

Cristiano Ronaldo's Favorite Weather Girl Sol Perez Keeps Blowing Everyone's Minds on Instagram

Move to Mexico or Argentina for the balmy weather. Stay for the weather girls. We already know we'd love to wake up in Monterrey every day to Yanet …

Save the Oceans With This Nude Calendar From Belgian Bombshell Marisa Papen

When model Marisa Papen saw the state of some our oceans and beaches, where hazardous plastic litter lines seashores the world over, she was spurred …

Swimwear

Maxim Cover Girl Alexis Ren Sizzles in Brand New Bikini Beach Videos

Instagram sensation Alexis Ren is riding high following the release of her Maxim cover—her first-ever magazine cover.<p>Everyone is buzzing over her …

12 hidden tips and tricks every iPhone X owner needs to know

The iPhone X ushers in a new age of all display, notches, facial recognition, Animoji, and new gestures for controlling everything.<p>You may find …

Batteries

Stop Using Excel, Finance Chiefs Tell Staffs

Ubiquitous spreadsheet software that revolutionized accounting hasn’t kept up, CFOs say<p>By<p>Tatyana Shumsky<p>Tatyana Shumsky<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@MissShumsky<p>Tatyana.Shumsky@wsj.com<p>Adobe Inc.’s finance chief Mark Garrett says his team struggles keeping track of which jobs have been filled at …

Financial Planning

Bumped From an Overbooked Flight? Here's Exactly What You're Owed

We've officially entered the busiest travel season of the year, and flight delays, cancellations, and overbookings are unfortunate inevitabilities. …

This is the Least Visited Country in Europe

Travel<p>It’s also one of the oldest and smallest nations in the world.<p>Europe attracts more international tourists than any other region of the world, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The staggering 616 million people that visited the continent last year faced the tough …

The New Vitamix Blender Is Cheaper than the Pros and Just as Amazing

The Vitamix E310 is the cheapest full-sized version yet, and our food editor loved it.<p>If, like me, you are the kind of person who uses their blender a lot, it’s just a matter of time before you come to see the world of blenders as I do: There’s the Vitamix, and there’s everything else. It’s not …

Former Disney Star Bella Thorne Posted an Un-Retouched Nude Photo, And She Looks Hotter Than Ever

Bella Thorne's latest Instagram photo isn't just sexy for an un-retouched shot. It's one of the most eye-popping pics of the fiery redhead we've ever …

Photo Editing

12 everyday stretches that will help you stay flexible and fit at any age

When it comes to stretching, there are a lot of options to choose from.<p>But what are the best everyday stretches for anyone looking to avoid sore muscles, get more flexible, and protect his or her muscles from injuries?<p>We turned to Marilyn Moffat, a professor of physical therapy at New York …

Yoga

Here's The Reason Your Old Devices Feel So Slow And Make You Want to Upgrade

And what you can do about it.<p>Plenty of misconceptions and conspiracy theories surround this topic. Internet searches for 'iPhone slow' spike after …

Upgrading To 4K HDR TV: What You Need In Addition To A 4K Television

There are good reasons why global sales of 4K UHD TVs are predicted to increase more than 50% in 2017 compared to last year. 4K TVs, especially those with HDR (High Dynamic Range), display gorgeous video, 4K content is increasing every day, and prices are coming down. Watching 4K video involves …

Candice Swanepoel Crushes It On Instagram With Smoking Hot Topless Shots

Candice Swanepoel became a mom six months ago and these sizzling topless shots she posted on her Instagram Saturday seem to show that something about …

The 15 Sexiest GIFs Of Scarlett Johansson

54K<p>SHARES<p>Scarlett Johansson is one of the sexiest actresses in Hollywood—and we've got the GIFs to prove it. The talented A-list actress, who has …

Nine things cruise newbies need to know before walking the gangplank | Style Magazine | South China Morning Post

First-time cruisers have a lot to wrap their heads around. There are hundreds of cruise lines out there, and sifting through the options – like the …

iOS 11: How to turn off your iPhone without the power button

There are some handy new features in iOS 11 that aren’t very sexy, but can be really useful when needed. One of these new features is the ability to power down your iPhone without the sleep/wake (power) button.<p>iOS 11 brings the option to completely shut down your iPhone with the software. This …