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10 essential Finder tricks every Mac user should know

In Mac OS X, you’ll spend much of your time in the Finder, the part of your operating system that manages files and such. While you might think you know all there is to know about it, the Finder is a complex and wonderful app — with its own special tricks to master.<p>Here are 10 essential Finder tips …

Operating Systems

Seven Perfect Days in Belize

I have been traveling to <b>Belize</b> every year for more than a decade and am already planning my next trip.<p>Why? As the only English-speaking country in Central America, as well as one of its smallest (it’s about the size of New Jersey), Belize is surprisingly easy to navigate. Local residents are …

Central America

Secure Your Mac By Setting A Firmware Password [Quicktip]

You may be using <b>a password to secure your data</b> on your Mac – and you should, but unless your Mac is encrypted, a tech-savvy thief can still access …

Apple TV: The ultimate guide

Welcome to your new set-top box.The fourth-generation Apple TV is here. It brings Siri, third-party apps and game controllers, a new Home screen, …

Smart TV

New app solves maths equations in seconds

While helping their children solve basic math problems is possible for most parents for a while, it can become tricky as the exercises get more and more complicated.<p>That’s why a Croatian entrepreneur decided to create an app using character recognition software, that allows smart phones to solve …

Mathematics

For Success at School, Personality May Beat Brains

When it comes to success in school, being smart isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Personality may have a lot more to do with academic success than …

The 'Miracle' Berry That Could Replace Sugar

Miracle fruit contains a protein called miraculin that tastes sweet enough to replicate the effect of sugar. Why isn't it widely used as a healthy sweetener?<p>Of all our senses, taste is the one that people associate most strongly with expectations of pleasure. But indulgence comes at a cost. Almost …

This Startup Will Make You A Personalized Health Plan Based On Your Genes

A new startup is spending millions of dollars on a dashboard that lets doctors build health plans for patients based on their DNA.<p>When the FDA ordered 23andMe to stop giving customers medical information based on their DNA, they unintentionally opened a new market niche. The rapidly declining cost …

This Electric Bicycle Could Be The Future Of Transportation

The bike wasn't just moving, it was <i>pushing</i>, adding extra propulsion to my own pedaling, giving me a boost with every revolution of the pedals. Faster than expected, I reached the end of a quiet block leaning into a corner. I took a straightaway for a few blocks and pushed 20 miles an hour without …

Science Points to the Single Most Valuable Personality Trait

Research is pointing to <i>conscientiousness</i> as the one-trait-to-rule-them-all in terms of future success, both career-wise and personal.<p>“It would …

Three Projects That Make LEGO Toys Into High-Tech Tools

LEGOs aren't just for kids. They're also a maker's best friend.<p>Hand a kid some LEGOs, and you’ll get anything from a sword to a starship. The same adaptability that makes the bricks amazing playthings also endears them to makers, who use the simple toys to create complex machines—at a fraction of …

28 Secrets of Exceptionally Productive People | Inc.com

Occasionally, I stumble on my own productivity tools and strategies, but mostly I borrow them from others.<p>So does Ryan Holiday, the author of the best-selling The Obstacle Is the Way (a really great book) and the compulsively readable <i>Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator.</i><p>He's also …

Apple acquires BookLamp, which was once a great book recommendation site

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Apple(s AAPL) has acquired BookLamp, a site that used “book DNA” and computer algorithms to yield better book recommendations. …

Apple TV likely to gain Continuity this fall, allowing tighter integration with Mac & iOS

Alongside the introduction of the current Apple TV design in fall 2010, Apple launched AirPlay. In short, AirPlay allows a user to watch a movie, listen to a song, or view a photo on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch (or Mac in some cases) and stream that content to the Apple TV. AirPlay typically works …

How to stream video from your Mac to your TV, with or without Apple TV

Need to stream video from your Mac? Use this guide to figure out what it takes<p>The menu options are pretty self explanatory — you can mirror your …

Smart TV

Don't Be Afraid To Cancel Cable — Here's How To Get All The Programs You Love

Secret swims: the cenotes of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula

Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula has undeniably stunning beaches around Cancún, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. But those who wish to cool off from the sun and teeny-bikini flashiness can escape to a secret underworld of turquoise pools where Mayans communicated with the gods.<p>At these hidden locations, you …

14 habits of exceptionally likable people

One thing that will never change in business is the advantage charisma offers. The ability to form lasting relationships built on genuine empathy will always beat out a cold-blooded Machiavellian approach in the long run<p>The writer Napoleon Hill recognized this as a young business journalist and …

Our Favorite Burger Recipes from Classic to "Crunchified"

Juicy burgers—from beef, to turkey, to veggie—that you'll want to get on your grill right now.<p><b>Fire up that grill already</b>—it's practically begging for one of these juicy burgers to make that delightful sizzling noise.

Cooking

How to turn any enemy into a friend

Let's be honest: There are just certain people we love to hate -- our bitchy boss, our monster-in-law, our boyfriend's unfairly fit former flame. But rather than harbor ill will, what if you could flip those relationships from bad to better? It's possible, and we're here to tell you …

Wall-mounted charging station plus earphone/cable storage

<b>Materials:</b> Forhoja set of 3 boxes, electric drill with centre bit, wood glue, a few small nails, strip of 4×1 cm wood, extension lead<p><b>Description:</b> We …

DIY Puffy Paint Lanterns

<b>Here is how I would make these beauties...</b><p><b>You</b> <b>will need:</b><p>-1 mason jar<p>-1 fine point marker<p>-puffy paint<p>Draw your design with a marker<p>trace with puffy …

7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often | Inc.com

Happiness: Everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those in their early 40s. (I'm no psychologist, but that's probably about when many of us start thinking, "Wait--is <i>this</i> all there is?")<p>Good news and bad news: Unfortunately, approximately 50 percent of your …

Happiness