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Amazon Echo: The Alexa commands that all parents need to know

opinion<p><b>Amazon Echo is a new addition to my house.</b><p>The kids have been asking for one for months because they loved chatting with Alexa at our friends’ …

Smart Homes

10 Items in the IKEA Kids Section You'll Want for Yourself

(Image credit: IKEA)<p>Before I had kids, I would typically hightail it through the children's section of IKEA watching to be sure my toes didn't get …

Living Rooms

These 9 electric bikes are stylish and loaded with innovative features

Electric bikes — that is high-tech battery-powered bikes — are becoming more popular as a means of practical transportation.<p>According to the New York Times, the number of electric bikes purchased in 2017 far surpassed the number of electric cars sold, with over 35 million e-bikes purchased. One …

Electric Bikes

Should you pay extra to insure your rental car?

As with your personal vehicle, when you rent a car you want to make sure you have adequate insurance coverage for damage to the rental, damage to the …

Do you pay estimated taxes? Here's what you need to know under the new tax law

How much should I pay?<p>That's the question facing people who must pay quarterly estimated taxes and have to send their first check to the IRS by April 17.<p>The question is especially tricky this year because the new federal tax law changed income tax rates and eliminated or added tax deductions, …

Retirement

LED 101: Your cheat sheet for the light bulb aisle

The new look of light

Smart Homes

Title insurance is a scam and it’s time for a government takeover

Iowa’s state-run system is by far the cheapest in the nation—and the most effective<p>Of all the paperwork and hassle that goes into closing on a new home purchase, one of the most overlooked is also one of the most costly—title insurance.<p>A lot of homebuyers don’t even know they need title insurance …

Can I Get Social Security If I'm Not a U.S. Citizen?

There's a lot of confusion about benefits for noncitizens.<p>Millions of Americans receive Social Security benefits, and nearly everyone who works in …

The best espresso machine, grinder and accessories for beginners

<i>By Cale Guthrie Weissman</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>After putting in more than 60 hours of research, we enlisted a …

How to Negotiate Your Next New-Car Lease Like a Pro

Car salespeople will tell you that most people who end up leasing a new vehicle don’t walk through the door thinking of themselves as lease customers. Rather, like proposals on New Year’s Eve, leasing often just kind of happens, and the person has to live with the consequences of a spontaneous …

Personal Finance

Suntory releases their Essence of Suntory Whisky line

The line features limited bottlings from their Yamazaki, Hakushu, and Chita distilleries.<p>Author:<p>Staff<p>Publish date:<p>Social count:<p>14<p>14<p>SHARES<p>Suntory is …

Japan

How to Remove Scratches From Your Car Using Products You Have At Home

Another scratch in your car? What a drag. But, get this: using just a few of these ordinary household items could help you get the scratches out, …

Repairs

Your Amazon Order Might Lock You Out of Trusted Traveler Programs

You wouldn’t think online shopping could get you in trouble with customs, but if you accidentally order counterfeit merchandise on Amazon it just …

eCommerce

Don't Set Up an LLC Without Doing This 1 Thing | Inc.com

You're starting a new business. Your friend told you to set up a limited liability company (LLC). So you set one up and opened up a bank account. You're ready to dive in. But you forgot one thing--how is the LLC taxed? It seems your friend forgot to mention this part.<p>Understanding LLC taxation can …

Finance

HP recalls laptop batteries due to overheating issues

If you've got an HP notebook or mobile workstation computer, you'll want to check out the latest battery recall from the company. Lithium-ion batteries for affected HP laptops were shipped between December 2015 and December 2017. There have been eight reports of the battery packs overheating, …

Workstations

Apple will give you more cash for your dusty old Mac

Apple has increased its trade-in values for a bunch of old Mac models. Machines released in 2009 and later could now earn you up to $2,500. That’s a generous $1,000 more than the previous limit.<p>If you were thinking about treating yourself to a new Mac this Christmas, Apple just made it a whole lot …

As Amazon And eBay Flood With Illegal Goods From China, Beijing Cracks Down On Foreign E-Commerce

It has been well documented that American e-commerce platforms such as Amazon and eBay have become cesspools of counterfeits and other illegal and potentially dangerous goods that are mostly coming in from China, but, impervious to the apparent irony, Beijing is upping the regulations on foreign …

eCommerce

Here's what a credit or ATM card skimmer looks like — and the one trick to use to protect yourself

Did you know that your credit card information and — worse! — your debit card account details can be accidentally compromised by your own hand?<p>The …

The Power User’s Guide to Safari

Apple’s Safari web browser tends to get a bum rap because it’s a pretty boring and comes with every Mac, but over the years Apple has quietly made it …

How to Get Files from Your Mac into the iCloud Drive App on Your iPhone

With iOS 10 and MacOS Sierra, Apple has added multiple new tools for easily working across your devices. iCloud Drive, which was introduced with iOS 9, allows you to access files from your Mac on your iPhone. This process of transferring your Mac documents to your iPhone has become easy with iOS 10 …

iCloud

13 tips every iPad owner should know

Apps

Logitech Bluetooth Music Receiver review: Forget the aux cord, this little box turns any stereo into a wireless music system - CNET

Forget the aux cord, this little box turns any stereo into a wireless music system<p><b>The Good</b> The Logitech Bluetooth Music Receiver streams audio from nearly any mobile device to any stereo or powered speakers with an open input. It's easy to connect via either 3.5mm or RCA and you can link multiple …

Tech Trends

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You Can Access Hidden iPhone Features With These Secret Codes

<b>Just when you thought you had gotten your head around your iPhone, it turns out there are secret codes that you can dial on your phone to unlock lots</b> …

7 common ways people lose money while moving — and how to avoid them

However, the price can vary dramatically depending on where you live, where you're moving and how much stuff you're moving, according to Michael Keaton, senior director of communications for the American Moving & Storage Association.

Michael Keaton

Visit this site before you pay hackers a ransom for your files

The use of ransomware has been on the rise in recent times. Earlier this year, a hospital in Hollywood paid $17,000 in Bitcoin to hackers who’d encrypted its files so they’d unlock them; a Canadian university paid $20,000 to attackers for the same reason just last month.<p>And no, individuals aren’t …

Ransomware

5 Things You Should Never Do With a Turbocharged Car

If you own a turbocharged car, learn why you shouldn't do these five things.<p>The days where you needed to be an expert to drive a turbocharged performance car (like the first-gen 911 Turbo shown above) are long gone, but there's still some skill involved. If you want to preserve the life of your …

10 Essential Skills Every New Homeowner Should Have

Ah, the joys of homeownership -- you can paint the walls any color you choose, let Fido run free in your backyard, and finally leave your bike outside your side door, without getting a citation from your property-management company.<p>There are many perks of having a place to call your own, but the …

Home Improvement

How to Stop Robocalls … or at Least Fight Back

Pestering prerecorded calls are reaching record highs, and even hit our cellphones; here are ways you can try to stop them<p>“This is a final notice from the IRS. The nature and purpose of this call is to inform you we have received legal petition notice concerning a tax fraud against you. Before this …

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