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Silicon Valley parents are raising their kids tech-free — and it should be a red flag

It's 9 a.m. in Sunnyvale, California and Minni Shahi is on her way to work at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino. Her husband, a former Googler named Vijay Koduri, is meeting his business partner at a local Starbucks to discuss their startup, a YouTube clip-making business called HashCut.<p>Shahi and …

Silicon Valley

7 surprising books that will make your life better

I read a lot of books. I reference at least one book a week in these blog posts but I have to read a lot more than that — usually 4 to 5 times as …

Books

10 incredibly useful online sites you didn't know about until now

If you had to guess, how many different websites do you think exists in the world today? From simple blogs to complex businesses, the internet spans the gamut dispensing and gathering a myriad of information. Keep your answer in your head because, at the very end of this article, I’ll tell the …

Ernest Hemingway

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Replay Video<p>SETTINGS<p>OFF<p>HD<p>HQ<p>SD<p>LO<p><i>Video provided by Dailymotion</i><p>Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from …

50 Tough Questions You Never Ask Yourself, But Should

Lasting growth begins with introspection. These thought-provoking questions will set you up to achieve your life and business goals in the New Year.<p>With the dawn of every New Year, pledges are made by hopefuls everywhere to do or change something big in their life and business. Most of these …

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his choices One in five doesn’t represent over 300 years of women in literature: a response What is missing: …

4 Essential Tips for Staying Safe While Traveling

As the economy continues to bounce back from the recession, domestic and international travel will continue to increase. In fact, the U.S. Travel Association predicts Americans will take 2.1 billion domestic trips this year - an increase of 1.6 percent.<p>Adults 50 and over are some of the nation's …

5 Tricks For Super-Cheap Flights To Thailand

It's a long haul from the United States, but you'll find the journey is worth it the minute you land. The exhilarating sights and sounds of Bangkok, the perfectly turquoise Andaman Sea, the romantic resorts of Koh Samui, the unique cuisine of Chiang Mai ... we could go on forever.<p>Want to plan the …

Acer's adorable little Revo One mini PC takes on the Mac Mini

Acer Revo One mini PC hands-on<p>Tiny size, big power<p>Tons of storage<p>Small size<p>Insert SD card<p>Ports galore<p>Peak inside<p>The beefy Liquid X2 Android …

6 Packing Tips for Hoarders

<i>(Photo: Fuse/Getty Images)</i><p>Does the hoarder within take over when it's time to pack? You're not alone. Overpacking, triggered by the fear of leaving something important behind is quite common. But it's curable. The key to letting go of all that excess stuff is to declutter and get organized -- both …

Hanging Out in Hanging Lake (Colorado Rocky Mountains)

Photo Credit Heather Hummel Photography<p>While living in Colorado a few years ago, a friend took me on a hike to Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs. She mentioned that it was an easy hike, and it was in fact moderate with rocks acting as steps much of the way. The added bonus was the river that flowed …

The Remarkable Ruins Of Maui's Abandoned Highway

Once upon a time, over 500 years ago, the island of Maui was circumnavigated by a vital trade route -- the King's Highway.<p>The road was originally built by native Hawaiians under the reign of King Pi'ilani, but was revitalized in the 1800s by prisoners, inspiring the moniker "the road that sin …

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6 of the Most Unbelievably Cheap Paradises on Earth

By: John Marshall<p><i>Credit: Justin Sawn/Flickr</i><p>Everyone at one time or another has wanted to get away from it all and beach/ski/paraglide-bum it in some foreign land. Small problem: that's very expensive. Or is it? (That's our sweet rhetorical way of saying maybe not.) Check this list of 12 shockingly …

Ray Bradbury

Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

The Brain

10 Things Not to Miss in Budapest

A city on the rise from the ashes of war and occupation, the Hungarian capital has become a must-see destination. Budapest is truly a tale of two cities, Buda and Pest, separated by the Danube River. Here are our suggestions on getting the most out both Buda <i>and</i> Pest.<p><b>Check out Chain Bridge</b><p>The Chain …

9 Ways To Fall Asleep Faster (Without Counting Sheep)

<i>By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>If you feel wide awake when your head hits the pillow at night, you're not alone. Approximately 60 million Americans report having experienced insomnia in any given year, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Even worse, 40 …

The World's 20 Best Skylines, Ranked

<i>By Matt Meltzer</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>Beauty, as we all learned from watching <i>The Twilight Zone</i>, is a very subjective thing. And while there aren't any cities in the world that people think are beautiful even though they really look like disfigured space aliens, our ideas about what makes a pretty …

9 Places That Are Surprisingly Cheap This Year

(Photo: Peter Zelei/Getty Images)<p>Call it the year of the bucket list. A strong dollar in destinations around the world is making this an amazing time to go farther and do more for much, much less in 2015. Find great value around the globe -- from usually pricey destinations like Japan and France to …

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You Won't Believe These 17 Photos Are Real (But They Are)

At Oyster, we're known for our honest, undoctored hotel photography, and in our Photo Fakeout series we've shown just how different from reality some marketing images can be. But we've also encountered plenty of hotels that were truly as beautiful as advertised. These photos we took at various …

The World's Best Cruise Ships for 2015

The winners of the 2015 Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards have been announced, naming the best cruise ships of the year, based solely on member reviews posted to the Cruise Critic website.<p>Disney Cruise Line's Disney Dream was named Best Large Ship; this is the third year in a row a Disney ship …

Cruises to feed your intellect and imagination

Even if you've spent most of your cruise basking in the Mexican sun or eating your way through the Mediterranean, your vacation can feed more than your need to just relax and unwind.<p>Thanks to guest speakers, you can learn about topics as diverse as reality and scripted TV shows and South American …

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7 Ways to Free Yourself From Debt—for Good!—in 2015

These smart and easy strategies can get you back in the black before you know it.<p>If you’re in debt, getting out may seem impossible.<p>One in eight …

The Best Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Your Money

Improving the “envelope” of your house is the quickest way to save big on heating and cooling costs.<p><b>Q: Our 100-year-old farmhouse costs a fortune to</b> …

10 Best Island Getaways for 2015

If you were looking for an extra excuse to plan that coveted island getaway, 2015 delivers many motivations to fly off somewhere remote, exotic, and wondrous. Whether you want to be amongst the first to experience newly minted resorts, are in search of a good fun-in the-sun party, or are eager to …

Surreal Places You Won't Believe Actually Exist

Our imaginations take us to grand and colorful places that we can not conceive as a reality. But what if those colors actually existed right here on Earth?<p>There are places right here on our planet that are absolutely extraordinary. They defy norms and go far beyond the beauty that a typical …

Ski Resorts Woo High-End Guests With Olympian Meet-and-Greets

Private ski lessons are so passe. The latest on-mountain perk for those with seemingly unlimited funds is spending the day with an Olympian.<p>The …

6 Reasons Why Long Distance Train Travel Is Worth It

Taking a long-distance train is not the fastest mode of transportation, but it’s certainly much more relaxing than being crammed into flying metal tube with 150 of your closest friends. As long as you’re not in a hurry, it’s a great way to unplug, de-stress and maybe even meet some new friends. …

Ski Bums Pick: North America's 10 Most Livable Ski Towns Year-Round

Is this you?<p>You have moments when you study the calendar in front of your office desk and question what you did with all those days gone by. Your body feels sluggish and you think your back might be permanently arched from hunching over a computer. You spend more time commuting to earn a living …

DEA agents conduct checks on NFL teams' medical staffs

Federal drug agents surprised at least two<p>NFLteams, including the San Francisco 49ers, on Sunday by showing up to check on their doctors while a growing class-action lawsuit by former players alleges that the league illegally handed out painkillers and other prescription pills.<p>The Drug Enforcement …

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