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Little-Known Newsletter Beats Market Year After Year - For Four Decades

The crowded investment newsletter business is fiercely competitive, so superior or strong performance is difficult to achieve — and sustain. But one particular newsletter, “The Prudent Speculator,” has been beating the market on an annualized basis, not just for a brief period of time but for four …

These 197 Tech Companies Are The World's Most Valuable Unicorns

What are the world’s most valuable private technology companies?<p>A new map released by CB Insights identifies the 197 companies globally that are considered “unicorns,” meaning that they have a valuation of at least $1 billion.<p>Collectively, these companies are valued at approximately $679 billion …

Venture Capital

Inspiring Designs Highlighted By Sunken Tubs

Compared to regular tubs which protrude from the ground, sunken bathtubs are carved into the floor and this gives them this dramatic character which …

Life is good for U.S. home sellers

It's good to be a home seller right now ... really good.<p>That's because it's the most profitable time to sell a home in almost 10 years.<p>Homeowners who sold in the first three months of this year saw an average price gain of $44,000 from purchase, according to a report from Attom Data Solutions …

Real Estate

How to Write a Rental Agreement That'll Keep Tenants in Line

All landlords dream of having their rentals inhabited by perfect tenants—and that all starts with having them sign a rental agreement that spells out …

Real Estate

Now anyone can use Google Duo for audio calling

Google's simple video calling app Duo just got a little more advanced. Google announced that it will bring audio-only calling to Duo users worldwide, after first introducing the feature in Brazil in March.<p>Duo is Google's take on Apple's FaceTime, with some important differences. First, while …

Google

Best ways to earn Southwest points without flying

Did you know you can earn points that will get you free flights without ever stepping foot on a plane?<p>Many airlines have teamed with major credit card companies to offer bonus miles at sign up or you can earn miles while shopping But if you're partial to Southwest, you can do more than just shop to …

Adobe's experimental app copies one photo's style to another

Photo retouching and style matching (not to be confused with Prisma-like Instagram filters) is challenging work that requires a trained eye and hours of labor. At least, it was, until AI took that job, too. Researchers from Adobe and Cornell University have showed off an experimental app called …

The best places to see this summer's 'Great American Total Solar Eclipse'

A mighty darkness is about to descend upon the land, and sky watchers couldn't be more thrilled.<p>On Aug. 21 the Earth, sun and moon will blow our minds during a total solar eclipse that will last a little more than an hour and 33 minutes, coast to coast.<p>The celestial bodies will line up to block the …

Jackson Hole

The Best Skiing Spots In the U.S. Based on Snowfall, Cost, and More

If you’re trying to find the best places to hit the slopes, look no further. These are the top 10 skiing and snowboarding destinations in the U.S.<p>To …

10 Swim Spots So Stunning You Should Plan Your Entire Trip Around Them

Dive on in at these natural wonders! 💦<p>When the weather outside is frightful, a body of perfect blue water starts to sound especially enticing. And there’s no reason NOT to plan an entire trip around the perfect swimming spot, just like you’d set your sights on an incredible hike or dreamy …

7 ways to make sure someone doesn't steal your brilliant app idea

It’s been quite a while since the very first mobile app was developed. Yet, the prospects and idea of trying out a new app still excites users. This accounts for leading mobile app stores teeming with millions of apps and an overwhelming amount of app downloads every year.<p>This is a strong …

The world's 20 greatest beaches

The US Virgin Islands Will Give You Money to Visit in 2017

This is not a drill.<p>When daydreaming about your life next year, are you envisioning yourself lounging on a beach with the wind in your hair and some sort of fruity tropical drink right beside you? No? Well, YOU SHOULD. Because in 2017, the US Virgin Islands will pay you to take a vacation …

Tiger Woods, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on board for South Side golf mecca

On a gorgeous August day, Tiger Woods halted his top-secret visit to Chicago's South Side to ask this question: Where are the kids?<p>Woods and Mark Rolfing led a motorcade of a dozen golf carts at Jackson Park and South Shore, two city-run, century-old courses with enormous potential. Nearby, …

The Best Hot Springs in California: Big Sur, Ojai, and Beyond

When thinking of idyllic ways to pass time, a body of water and a beautiful view will suit just about every agenda. And the ultimate body of water to find “out there” is a hot natural spring, one that you can soak in for a few hours before the time comes to mosey back home. A hot spring has healing …

40+ of the most otherworldly spots on Earth

I LIVE in the mountains of British Columbia. It’s vast, wild, and the scale is hard to grasp. It takes some bizarre looking landscapes to give me a …

Swedes love black, Indians love pink: Here's what colors are hot around the world

Twenty-four percent of kids clothes in Sweden are black, which is true for only 12% of kids clothes in India. Some places just like color more.<p>EDITED, a fashion analytics firm that tracks online merchandise, shared some charts on the color distribution of kids clothes in markets around the world. …

An Eater's Guide to Chicago

Chicago is no longer a simple meat and potatoes town. Restaurants in the nation's third-largest city have grown to a level of sophistication that rival any food scene in the country. Consider this your guide to the best food and drink the city has to offer.<p>Welcome to the Land of Fine Dining …

6 Must-Have Real Estate Investment Tools

Before starting any real estate investment, you want to have a number of tools ready that will simplify and make certain tasks more efficient. It’s …

28 Ingenious Uses For Coconut Milk

If coconut milk isn't already one of your pantry staples, these recipes will change that. The creamy, dairy-free "milk" is an excellent addition to a variety of dishes from breakfast to dessert, like oatmeal, curries, ice cream, and more. Think beyond the basics and try out any of these 28 creative …

The Best Hotels in Every State 2015

The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa offers guests a relaxing break on the Gulf Coast. The 550-acre property overlooking Mobile Bay is …

World's Cheapest Travel Destinations

Traveling the world can be expensive, but don’t worry, Nothing Familiar has you covered! If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that even in the …

Central America

Babies’ brains are wired to learn multiple languages at once

Any adult who has attempted to learn a foreign language can attest to how difficult and confusing it can be. So when a three-year-old growing up in a bilingual household inserts Spanish words into his English sentences, conventional wisdom assumes that he is confusing the two languages.<p>Research …

Language Learning

5 Mortgages That Require Little or No Money Down

Homebuyers with little money for a down payment are finding more home loans available for a low down payment or even no down payment.<p>The Federal Housing Administration, or FHA, insures loans with small down payments, and private mortgage insurers have relaxed their down-payment requirements. It's …

13 hidden attractions in London that even locals might not know exist

But the two-millennia-old city has much more to offer than Big Ben, the London Eye, and Trafalgar Square. London's streets are laced with underground speakeasies, rooftop gardens, historical relics, and oddly innovative forms of public transport.<p>We've collected 13 of the least conventional …

England

Science shows these are the only kinds of bug spray that actually work

The virus is spread by aggressive mosquitoes that bite during the day, and in addition to wearing long sleeves and pants, or staying inside, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends anyone over two months old should use insect repellent in areas where mosquitoes are …

Mosquitoes

1 Almost Foolproof Way to Achieve the Goals You Set, Backed by Science

We all have goals. Here's an easy way to make sure you achieve yours.<p>Anyone can be <i>good</i> with a little effort. Anyone can be <i>really</i> good with a little more effort.<p>But no one can be <i>great</i>--at <i>anything</i>--unless they put in an incredible amount of focused effort. There are no shortcuts. There are no …