Andrew McCrea

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Change These Settings on Your New TV for a Better-Looking Picture

If you’re one of those people who buys a brand-new TV, spends hours straining your back trying to place it in your home entertainment center (or …

Tutorials

Apple trade-in guide: Where to get the most money for your used iPhone, iPad or Mac

With iPhone launch season around the corner, we're rounding up where to get the most money for your used device at leading buyback providers, such as …

IPad Pro

One Way to Plot a Novel

Plotter or Pantser?The first decision a writer faces at the beginning of a long fiction project is whether they are going to plot it or pants it. One …

Writing

How to Side Hustle your Writing Career While Working Full-Time — #1: Making Time

<i>Part 1: 5 Tips for Finding the Time to Work on Your Side Hustle</i>Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped …

Good Writing is Not Written, It’s Assembled

2 Powerful Writing Lessons from Ryan Holiday and Derek HalpernProlific writer Stephen King once said,“If you want to be a writer, you must do two …

Writing

Simple Steps to Protect Yourself on Public Wi-Fi

Accessing the internet isn't normally a problem when you're inside the confines of your own home—it's secure, it's easy to connect to, and it's …

Wi-Fi

Seven Useful macOS Tips You Might Not Know

There are many hidden features in both macOS and iOS that often go under the radar, either because they haven't received a lot of attention from Apple in marketing materials or they've been forgotten after a period of time.<p>In our latest video over on YouTube, we've done a second video in our macOS …

Keyboard Shortcuts

The Equation That Will Make You Better at Everything

As an athlete, if you want to improve something—your 100-meter time, say, or your deadlift PR—you’ve got to apply a challenge, some sort of “stressor,” and then follow it with a period of rest and recovery. Too much stress without enough rest and you get injury, illness, and burnout. Not enough …

San Antonio

Know thyself… by writing your first novel

Don’t worry what others think. You are writing for yourself<p>Once you find the sweet spot, your story will flow out of you<p>Writing a novel is a scary prospect. They’re so long and winding, they can seem never-ending. The main obstacle might seem to be starting – the terror of the blank page – but the …

Creative Writing

5 Amazon obscure settings you should change now

The items we buy say a lot about our lifestyles, our finances, and our domestic lives. If you have an Amazon account, the amount of data that the retail giant collects is astonishing. Many people don’t know you get much more just free two-day shipping with a Prime account.<p>With these different areas …

Amazon Echo

How to Make Your Wifi Router as Secure as Possible

Though more router manufacturers are making routers easier to set up and configure—even via handy little apps instead of annoying web-based …

Wi-Fi

Thomas Friedman: We're in the Middle of 3 Climate Changes, Not Just 1

Contrary to popular belief, <i>New York Times</i> columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Friedman believes we’re in the midst of not just one …

North Atlantic

iPad Slow? Learn How to Speed up iPad, Even Older Ones!

If you have an older iPad, you may have noticed that it's not as fast as it used to be and asked yourself, "why is my iPad so slow?" There are lots of different reasons why your iPad may be running more slowly than it did when you first bought it, and luckily there are just as many ways to speed it …

Apps

How to Clean Your Filthy, Disgusting Laptop

You know your laptop is filthy. You can see the dirt and grime on your keyboard. You can see that circle of skin oils on the middle of the trackpad. So when’s the last time you cleaned it?<p>Using a freshly cleaned laptop is almost as satisfying as getting a brand new one. The keys are clean, the …

Cleaning

Read 'The Cabin At The End Of The World' And You Won't Sleep For A Week

The worst kind of horror plays for shock — for extremes of blood and gore and screaming nonsense. It is instantly recognizable for existing in a universe too far gone from our own to truly haunt anyone still tethered to the everyday.<p>The best kind of horror is soft. Quiet. Almost gentle in its …

Books

A 5-year, 33-city home price forecast (which you’ll like unless you live in Sudbury, Regina or Moncton)

Briefing highlights<p>A five-year home price forecast<br>• Markets at a glance<br>• Canadian dollar tops 76 cents<br>• Ottawa to aid steel, aluminum<br>• Final tariff list also expected<br>• Business confidence strong: survey<br>• April GDP inches up 0.1 per cent<p>Housing market outlook<p>If you’re a price-obsessed policy maker fretting over …

Get Gmail to Stop Archiving and Start Deleting

<b>Q.</b> <i>When I swipe to get rid of a message I don’t want in the Android Gmail app, it says Archived instead of Deleted. I don’t want these messages around, so how do I delete them, and how do I get rid of anything that was “archived”?</i><p><b>A.</b> The Gmail app for Android gives its users two choices for …

When to Fertilize a Lawn, and How: A Lawn Lover's Guide

Knowing when to fertilize a lawn—and how—is a big part of keeping your yard lush and amping up that all-important curb appeal. Fertilizing, after …

Toronto’s directionless summer real-estate market draws lowball offers

House hunters in the Toronto area seem apprehensive that they might overpay for a home in a lacklustre market. Homeowners are hesitant to sell now and risk missing out on a bigger payday if the market rebounds in the coming months.<p>Patrick Rocca of Bosley Real Estate Ltd. says the action has been so …

The best writing advice I have ever received

After failing so hard the first time, the person who gave it to me isn’t even a writer.I have been struggling to write for a very long time.In truth, …

The Guide to Google's New Tasks App for iOS and Android

Google Tasks has been around for nearly ten years. While digital to-do lists are great for keeping yourself organized, Google’s attempt always felt …

Apps

Hey Boss, You Don’t Want Your Employees to Meditate

Mindfulness meditation, a Buddhism-inspired practice in which you focus your mind entirely on the current moment, has been widely embraced for its instrumental benefits — especially in the business world. Companies like Apple, Google and Nike provide meditation rooms that encourage brief sessions …

A Real-Life Hacker Reveals What You Should Stop Doing Online

One tip: Before you Insta that photo, pay attention to what's in the background.<p>Stephanie Carruthers is a “white hat” hacker known as Snow whose clients include both Fortune 100 companies and startups. In 2014, she won the Social Engineering Capture the Flag competition at DEF CON, one of the …

Social Media

Apple to Close iPhone Security Hole That Law Enforcement Uses to Crack Devices

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has long positioned the iPhone as a secure device that only its owner can open. That has led to battles with law enforcement officials who want to get information off them, including a well-publicized showdown with the F.B.I. in 2016 after Apple refused to help open the locked …

Take these easy steps to help you downsize

When your children move out or if you have lost a spouse or are simply ready to downsize, the empty rooms in our home — along with the burden of lawn upkeep and home maintenance — may become too much. The thought of living in a smaller, cozier space is an attractive one — until the paralyzing fear …

Sometimes You Have to Quit to Get Ahead

We’ve all heard the saying: “Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”<p>But what if we’ve been looking at quitting all wrong? What if, rather than a step backward, <i>quitting with intention</i> can be a way to leap toward your goals?<p>Enter “strategic quitting,” a seemingly counterintuitive approach to …

Your Apple Watch workout is about to get way better

Apple announced some great new features for the Apple Watch with WatchOS 5: a Walkie Talkie app, Siri shortcuts and Podcast support. But as someone who uses her Apple Watch mostly for its fitness and workout features, those are the improvements I'm most looking forward to with the new update.<p>Here …

Millennial housing crisis? Turns out, it’s real and worse than you thought

Grant Duarte’s parents were just 25 when they bought their first house, a three-bedroom redbrick with a double garage in Mississauga, Ont. It was …