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11 plants to make your garden bee-friendly

How your own backyard can help a population under threat<p>As the worldwide decline in bee populations reaches crisis point, B.C. bee organizations are …

10 Ways To Make The Most Of Every Day

The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams. – Og Mandino<p>Each …

DreamPad pillow plays music only you can hear

The DreamPad pillow requires no headphones, instead using vibrations to send its soothing sounds into your head.<p>Falling asleep to the sound of music or podcasts can be such an individual thing. Your partner might not want to listen to Yanni or Dan Patrick. Wearing earphones while you sleep can be …

Audiophile

Can a simple app really give you superhero sight?

Researchers from the University of California at Riverside say playing their Ultimeyes game could dramatically increase your vision. Crave's Michael Franco goes eyeballs-on.<p>Crazy-good vision sounds like something a character in a game might possess. But a researcher at the University of California …

Apps

Samsung releases new alarm app that allows you to dedicate processing power to science

Samsung has decided to take advantage of unused processing power, and allow the user to dedicate it to science. Samsung announced that they were …

Here's How You Can Vastly Increase The Number Of Shows And Movies You Can Get On Netflix

Say hello to Hola.<p>A free browser extension, Hola allows you to visit websites that are otherwise blocked in your country.<p>For Netflix subscribers, that includes the U.K. version of the site, along with a bunch of other versions, all of which have their own ever-evolving libraries of TV and</b> …

Can LED LCD look as good as plasma?

As we approach the inevitable end of plasma televisions, can LED LCD really offer comparable picture quality? Perhaps.<p>For many years now, plasma televisions have been the standard for picture quality and value. Sure, there have been some great-looking LCDs, but for the best overall image, the best …

Televisions

The 'Just Right' Reaction When You Mess Up At Work

You’re tackling a typical day at the office, juggling meetings, phone calls, and that hyperactive inbox of yours, when suddenly it hits you—the worst possible feeling to have at work. Your heart drops, your face goes cold, and your adrenaline kicks in. You’ve just realized you’ve made a …

How To Perform At Your Peak Every Day: 10 Tips For Working Smarter In 2014

<i>This is the first in a two-part story on how to manage your mental energy to do your best work. Click here for the second article, “7 Types of Experience Your Brain Needs To Function At Its Best.”</i><p>It’s a common scenario for many of us.<p>You start the day with an idea of what you want to work on and …

What Happens To Old And Expired Supermarket Foods

As darkness falls, your local supermarket becomes a hive of activity. From canned vegetables and salad dressings to fresh vegetables and deli meats, countless items are removed from shelves by night staff. Approaching their expiration dates or because they are no longer at their peak quality, most …

Fastest Way to the Top of Your Career

Last week, I attended a great panel hosted by New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) called “The Fastest Way to the Top” where five successful women at all stages of their careers discussed the importance of finding mentors and sponsors along the way to support you, offer advice and help you …

Final Cut: Words to Strike from Your Resume

If you’ve applied for a job recently, you’ve probably looked over that 8½ x 11” summary of your career more times than you can count—and tweaked it just as often—in pursuit of the perfect resume.<p>But before you add another bullet point, consider this: It’s not always about what you add in—the best …

6 Fundamentals That Can Make You A Better Manager In 2014

When it comes to management, I’ve always been a bigger believer in fundamentals than fancy. Sure, there’s nothing at all wrong with, say, presentation skills that spellbind an audience of thousands, but when it comes to operational effectiveness, chances are that will be determined by how well you …

6 Reasons Leaders Make Bad Decisions

Employees are growing noticeably more frustrated with their leaders. Employees want their leaders to have their backs and listen to their concerns; to provide clarity of purpose and performance expectations; and to chart a roadmap for the future. They expect leadership from their leaders – but …

8 Tiny Money Moves That Can Revamp Your Financial Life

Saving a lot of money is like trying to run a marathon.<p>If you dwell on how long the race is, you might not even get off the couch. But if, instead, you focus on putting one foot in front of the other and running one mile, and then two miles, and so on, suddenly a marathon doesn’t seem quite as …

2013 Audi S6 Quattro review: 2013 Audi S6 is a wolf in sheep's clothing - Roadshow

<b>The Good</b> The <b>2013 Audi S6</b> features a solid cabin technology package with a built-in data connection for searching the Web for destinations, downloading driver assistance data, and creating a Wi-Fi hot spot for passengers. The 4.0-liter turbocharged sedan packs more performance than you can legally …

Anonymous hacks North Korea's Twitter and Flickr accounts

The "hacktivist" group also takes credit for accessing a North Korean news and information site, which is currently offline.<p>Anonymous continues to target North Korea with its latest round of exploits.<p>Citing the threat posed by the North Korean government, the "hacktivist" group defaced the …

North Korea

Hey, HP board, how do you like them Apples?

commentary Three years after its release, Apple's iPad continues to erode PC sales. HP's new board members will have to deal with the slow-motion collapse of the PC market -- partly because of the popularity of the iPad.<p><b>commentary</b> Back in 2011, Hewlett-Packard's chairman Ray Lane was photographed …

MacBook Air

Man allegedly double-texts, knee-steers -- with kid in back

A man is arrested in Alabama after allegedly telling police he's been "double-texting" since he was 15. That is, texting on two phones simultaneously.<p>I am bracing myself for a knee-jerk reaction here.<p>For this is the story of a man who is said to have taken multi-tasking to an entirely exalted level.<p>…

Crime

ITC says Samsung text-selection feature infringes Apple patent

A decision from a judge from the federal agency that deals with trade disputes could keep Samsung from shipping phones to the U.S.<p>A U.S. trade agency judge has decided the text-selection feature Samsung has on its mobile devices infringes an Apple patent. If upheld, the ruling could stop Samsung …

Patents

The game I'm playing all weekend: Vector

Available for Android and iOS, this stylish, parkour-inspired take on Mirror's Edge provides tons of endless-runner fun. And it's free!<p>Mirror's Edge. Rush City. Temple Run. Subway Surfers. Agent Dash. Pitfall. If endless runners are your thing, you'll find no shortage of them in Android and iOS app …

Mad Men

Microsoft: Facebook Home? Wait, that's Windows Phone

Redmond seems somewhat aghast that Mark Zuckerberg's great, new app-less tool bears some sort of resemblance to the Windows Phone launch of 2011.<p>You may have been one of those who felt enthralled and delighted at Mark Zuckerberg's launch of Facebook Home yesterday.<p>You also may have felt appalled …

Windows Phone

How to take a screenshot in BlackBerry 10

It really couldn't be easier.<p>BlackBerry recently launched its BlackBerry 10 platform with the Z10, with the keyboard-equipped Q10 on the horizon. While the new operating system does come with the ability to share your screen with fellow BBM users, not everyone has a BlackBerry 10 device. In those …

Mobile Technology

Top-rated reviews of the week (pictures)

2013 Audi S6 Quattro The conservatively styled 2013 Audi S6 Quattro is a high-tech sport sedan that makes few compromises where cabin technology, on-road performance, and optional safety features are concerned. Read the review .<p>Updated: April 8, 2013 / Caption: CNET Reviews staff / Photo: Antuan …

Consumer Tech

Facebook Home and the next stage of iPhone vs. Android

analysis Facebook Home signals a new era in the war between Android and iPhone, and right now Google has the advantage.<p>The home computing revolution of the 1980s and '90s was defined by a battle between two titans: Apple and Microsoft. After its IPO and the introduction of the Macintosh, Apple was …

Google Play

EA the worst company in America? Again?

Electronic Arts COO attempts to express understanding of why his company is again in the Final Four of the Consumerist's Worst Company awards. Is the company really so bad?<p>It's that time of the year again.<p>The one where companies vie to be worse than Comcast.<p>That used to be the plot, at least, to …

Manchester United FC

Meet the design guru trying to make Windows Phone relevant

Former Nike designer Albert Shum joined Microsoft five years ago to infuse design thinking into the software giant's product development process.<p>You might not know who Albert Shum is, but it's a pretty good bet you know some of the products he helped design.<p>He was among the group of designers …

Windows Phone

HTC profits smacked by delayed launch of HTC One

The mobile phone maker was hit by a new low in profitability last quarter due to the delay of its new flagship phone.<p>The late launch of the HTC One smartphone put a damper on HTC's first-quarter profits.<p>For the quarter ending in March, net profit plummeted to 85 million Taiwanese dollars ($2.85 …

Mobile

Microsoft may announce next generation of Xbox on May 21

The new console could be pricey and require an "always on" Internet connection.<p>Microsoft will spill the beans on its next-generation Xbox at an event on May 21, according to Windows blogger Paul Thurrott and a report from The Verge.<p>Originally scheduled for April, the event was pushed back to May, …

Xbox

Facebook Home leaks out before its official release

The prerelease version proves somewhat buggy, a mobile news site reports.<p>Facebook Home, the social network's latest, major push into the mobile devices arena, has been leaked before its official debut in the marketplace.<p>Mobile news site MoDaCo obtained a copy of a prerelease build of Facebook Home …

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