Ben Mills

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I make $200,000 a year in passive income after retiring at 34, and it works only because I followed 5 steps

Ever since landing my first job post-college in 1999, I've been determined to build enough passive income in order to not have a job. A future that included getting into work by 5:30 a.m. and leaving after 7:30 p.m. each day for decades seemed too brutal to endure.<p>In 2009, I decided that if I could …

Real Estate

Square Expands Cash App Bitcoin Service to All 50 US States

Mobile payments firm Square now lets customers buy and sell bitcoins via its Cash App in all 50 U.S. states.<p>The company – which was co-founded by …

Jack Dorsey

The Sengled Solo Smart Bulb packs a JBL Bluetooth Speaker: $17 (Reg. $30)

Sengled USA (99% lifetime positive feedback) via Amazon is offering the Sengled Solo Light Bulb with built-in JBL Bluetooth Speaker for <b>$17.23 shipped</b> when code <b>40S47FYX</b> has been applied at checkout. That’s 40% off the rate it typically fetches and is the best price currently available. This smart …

Light Bulbs

Most people don't know about these credit card perks that can save you hundreds of dollars

When you get a new credit card, you probably know something about the rewards and the sign-up bonus. If you tend to carry a balance, hopefully you …

Personal Finance

Alexa's intercom-like announcements arrive on Sonos One and Beam

One of the more useful features of Amazon's Alexa voice assistant is the ability to create custom recordings and use them as announcements for your entire network of Alexa-enabled connected speakers. Now, Sonos is getting the feature, too: announcements are coming to Sonos One and Sonos …

Smart Homes

The Seven Simple Principles of Conversion Centred Design (CCD) and How to Use Them

Oli Gardner – the Creative Director of Unbounce (a landing page builder for marketers), is an advocate of CCD. He says that deploying CCD makes each …

Interaction Design

How To Cook With A Sous Vide For Restaurant-Worthy Results At Home

<b>Rib Eye With Herby Fingerling Potatoes And Horseradish Cream</b><p>This could well be the best steak you’ll ever make. Pre-searing gives you a head start to …

Cooking

This device can turn any TV into a giant touchscreen

The first time I saw Microsoft demo its upcoming new Surface Hub 2, I was blown away. I mean seriously, just look at this thing!<p>Of course, then I …

Tech Trends

How much are those decorative smart lights adding to your power bill?

Smart lights are coming for your walls.<p>First came the color-changing smart light strips from names like Philips Hue meant to light things up under your cabinets or behind your TV. Then came Nanoleaf and its smash-hit triangular light panels that change colors on demand, sync with your music and …

Home Automation

Nobody Is Terraforming Mars Anytime Soon, NASA Says

There's not enough trapped carbon dioxide to thicken the planet's atmosphere much.<p>Nobody thought terraforming Mars was going to be easy. But now, a new study in <i>Nature Astronomy</i> suggests that with current technology, transforming the Red Planet into a verdant oasis would actually be impossible.<p>It …

Carbon Dioxide

10 Brilliant Storage Ideas to Steal from These Tiny Airbnbs

10 Brilliant Storage Ideas to Steal from These Tiny, International Airbnbs<p>July 25th, 2018<p>Image Credit: Airbnb<p>If you want to (affordably) escape to an …

Storage Ideas

Google Street View for iOS updated with iPhone X optimization

Slowly but surely, Google has been rolling out updates to its collection of iOS apps to add support for the iPhone X. Earlier this month, it finally released an update for Inbox to add iPhone X optimization, and now the Street View app is getting the same treatment…<p>In an update today, Google bumped …

Google Street View

Philips accidentally leaks details on Hue Outdoor LightStrips

When Philips Hue launched its array of outdoor smart lighting products in July, it conspicuously lacked an outdoor counterpart to the company's …

Home Automation

Craig Steely positions Pam and Paul's House on hillside in Silicon Valley

US studio Craig Steely Architecture has created a two-level home for a sloped site in northern California, with vast stretches of glass that overlook …

Architecture

This Is the Most Popular Whole30 Recipe on Pinterest

The whole idea behind the Whole30 program is that a person can reset their eating habits by eliminating potential "trigger foods" for 30 days, then …

Go deal-hunting in the Amazon Warehouse with an extra 20% off for a limited time

Ahead of Prime Day next week, Amazon is offering an extra 20% discount on over 200,000 products available on Amazon Warehouse exclusively for Prime …

How to make the perfect burger with celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck

What's the best hamburger you've ever eaten? Can you remember?<p>Now, wouldn't you like to know how to cook it? Enter: Wolfgang Puck, legendary head …

Delicious Shrimp Recipes You Can Make in Under 30 Minutes

1 of 10<p>Chilled Shrimp with Saffron Aïoli<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 10<p>Mini Shrimp Rolls<p>3 of 10<p>Southern Shrimp Rolls<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 10<p>Smoked …

Proof That Kitchen Contractors Do IKEA Hacks Better Than Us

When professional kitchen renovators get into the IKEA hacking game, the results are pretty spectacular. Combine NW Homeworks' knowledge and …

13 Sci-Fi Movies On Netflix That'll Actually Blow Your Mind

We live in an age where it's taken for granted you can plop down on the couch and have instant access to hundreds, if not thousands of streaming …

IRS Unlocks The 'Door' For High-Income Savers

For years, there’s been a debate raging in the financial planning community surrounding something that’s colloquially become known as “The Back-Door Roth IRA.” Some practitioners (including myself) have been advocates of the planning strategy, which involves a two-step process that effectively …

Retirement

You've Probably Never Heard of This Delicious Shrimp (It Tastes Like Lobster)

All hail Royal Reds, the huge crimson shrimp that taste like lobster and scallops, the crown jewel of Gulf shrimp.<p>Fishermen must venture far and deep …

This Private Airline Club Promises Ridiculously Cheap First Class Flights (Video)

A new service is preparing to launch flights next year, with one-way tickets available starting at $280.<p>When AURA launches next year, it hopes to …

Air Travel

Most highly paid programmers know Python. You can learn it via an online course for just $44.

Contrary to what <i>Silicon Valley</i> portrays, you’ll need more than drive and intelligence to land a high-paying job in the tech world. You’ll need to be …

Amazon Prime Day returns July 16th, here’s how to find the best deals

Prime Day is back<p>Amazon Prime Day is back on July 16th for the fourth entry in what’s become an annual tradition of deals and discounts on a massive variety of products, with cut prices on everything from TVs to headphones to video games to laptops to Amazon Echo products (of course).<p>Like Black …

Sonos Beam review: Smart features trump minor audio compromises

Sonos has earned itself a dedicated army of enthusiasts. And with good reason, too: The company pretty much defined the multiroom/connected speaker space, bringing home audio into the internet era. So, it's no surprise, then, that when rumors of a new product appear, forums and fan pages start to …

Audiophile

Review: LG C8 OLED 4K TV

Shopping for a TV is like trying to pick out the best wave in the ocean. Most TVs are indistinguishable from each other—unless your eyes happen to …

Nathan Myhrvold: ‘Nasa doesn’t want to admit it’s wrong about asteroids’

Any patent holder who enforces their rights gets called a patent troll. Silicon Valley feels very threatened by anything that could challenge its own authority<p>Nathan Myhrvold is the former chief technology officer of Microsoft, founder of the controversial patent asset company Intellectual Ventures …

Asteroids

10 Beach Towns You Can Actually Afford to Buy a House In (+ Listings We Love)

1 of 20<p>St. Marys, Georgia<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 20<p>Hot Listing<p>3 of 20<p>Astoria, Oregon<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 20<p>Hot Listing<p>Advertisement<p>5 of 20<p>Pensacola, …

Apple has a new app that lets you measure almost anything with your iPhone

Apple is launching a new Measure app in iOS 12 in the next few months that will let you size anything with just your iPhone.<p>You no longer have to go …