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Smart bulb colors your world without breaking the bank

If you found the transition from incandescent to fluorescent painful, you will be relieved to know you are in the midst of a lightbulb moment. This is the year when the price of LED-based smart bulbs, with the color and quality of light controlled by mobile apps, falls far enough to go …

Home Automation

Why Apple Pencil blows away Wacom Cintiq

<i>This is a guest post by Linda Dong, a graphics expert and former designer at Apple. It originally appeared on her personal website.</i><p>A lot of hesitation (or dismissal) of the new Apple Pencil seems to stem from people’s belief that the Wacom Cintiq, currently regarded as the pinnacle of professional …

How To Improve Your iPhone's Battery Life In 8 Steps

You can thank us later.<p>You know the struggle: You're about to Snapchat the world's most flattering selfie, or delete an accidental "Like" that totally shows you're still stalking your ex on Facebook -- and your phone unexpectedly dies.<p>The iPhone in particular is notorious for having terrible …

7 Things Really Successful People Always Do Each Morning

How you start your morning will impact the tone of the whole day. Here's how the most successful people begin things right.<p>Each morning is filled with the unknown. It could be your best day yet or, perhaps, the worst. You do have a fair amount of say in which way the day actually goes. That is, …

Self-improvement

Action-Based Email App Dispatch Comes To The iPad

Everyone has their own favorite email app, there are plenty out there to choose from, but one of the best under-the-radar offerings (and my personal choice) — Dispatch — just got an update that finally adds support for the iPad.<p>Dispatch is a $6.99 iOS-only affair that connects to more than 20 …

Apps

5 tricks to free up space on your iPhone

Use these tips to free up storage space on your iOS device -- and keep it free.<p>When you start running short on space on your iPhone, you can start deleting apps and offloading photos and videos to free up space or you can expand your storage. You can also try to trick your iPhone into freeing up …

How to extend your Wi-Fi network with a power line adapter

Learn how to clone your Wi-Fi network with the TP-Link Wi-Fi Range Extender.<p>Power line adapters are a cheap and easy way to create a wired network throughout your home, and some models include Wi-Fi capability. I recently installed the latter variety in the form of the TP-Link TL-WPA4220KIT and now …

Dogfights in Star Wars: Battlefront are a disorienting mess

And that's why you'll probably love them<p>It's the stuff of every <i>Star Wars</i> fan's fantasies: a grand battle between X-Wings and TIE fighters, peppered with laser cannon fire and big explosions. That's what <i>Star Wars: Battlefront</i> promises with its newly announced Fighter Squadron multiplayer mode, and …

Wise retired workers share their career tips for young graduates

Those leaving the job market have these words of wisdom for young people starting their careers<p>What if you could start your career over and avoid all the mistakes that you made first time round?<p>An online jobs board has canvassed 1,500 people who retired within the past decade to find out their …

One Simple Chart That Shows the Problem Facing Big Oil

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Oil & Gas Industry

10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders

No one ever became a great leader without first becoming a great communicator.<p>Great leaders connect with people on an emotional level every time they speak. Their words inspire others to achieve more than they ever thought possible.<p>Great communicators are intentional about it, and there are 10 …

That European summer vacation just got a whole lot cheaper

Don’t look now, but Europe is cheap. <i>Really</i> cheap.<p>A confluence of events, from a sputtering Greek economy to record-low European interest rates, have …

From Japan, a Brilliant Notebook Hack for Organizing Your Notes

A simple trick to easily index and find the information you need<p>My notes are a mess. I desperately wish I could carry just one notebook, but every …

Hands-On: Emulsion for Mac is a Simpler Alternative to Adobe Lightroom

Last week, we took a look at an excellent Photoshop alternative for Mac OS X, Affinity Photo Beta. This week, we are taking a look at a possible …

3 (More) Ways To Stack Images for Photos With the Wow Factor

In a previous article, I discussed 4 ways to stack images in order to get better results. That's not all, however. There are more things that you can …

Why You Should Hire Your Kids This Summer

Could you use some extra help in the business this summer and an excellent tax write-off? Putting your children work in your business, even if only for the summer, is one of the most underutilized tax-saving strategies today. It can also be a great way to teach your kids some work ethic, …

13 Apps That'll Teach You Something New Every Day

Superfood for your noggin.<p>The buzz around "brain-training" apps like Elevate, Lumosity, Peak, and others recently came into question after a 2014 study by the Stanford Center on Longevity doubted the effectiveness of brain games to improve your cognitive abilities.<p>The study concluded that …

Lonely Planet's best places in Europe 2015

Europe is a magical miscellany of peoples and places, and the range of destinations can be overwhelming if you’re planning a trip. To narrow down the choices, we asked our team of Europe-based editors and authors to pick a list of 10 destinations looming large in their travel plans right now.<p>This …