Diane Meal

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Here's Why I Plan to Take Social Security at 64

There are good reasons to start collecting early and to start late -- here's why I'm aiming closer to the middle.<p>When to start collecting Social …

Retirement

3 Things That Affect When You Should Apply for Social Security

You can apply for Social Security as soon as age 62 or as late as age 70. When is the best time for you?<p>There are many potential factors that could …

Retirement

You're probably approaching your Social Security claiming decision all wrong

Being shortsighted could wind up costing you a lot of money.<p>The facts are in, and chances are that when you retire you'll be in some way reliant on Social Security income to make ends meet.<p>According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), 62% of today's senior beneficiaries lean on the program …

Retirement

People are reading your email. Here’s how to make them stop

<i>(in)Secure is a weekly column that dives into the rapidly escalating topic of cybersecurity.</i><p>“No one at Google reads your Gmail,” wrote Suzanne Frey, …

Apps

Get rid of junk hiding in your Mac with just a single click

Spring may be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean that your spring cleaning chores are over.<p>You've purged your closet, you've deep cleaned your …

Cleaning

Here are 37 states that don't tax Social Security benefits (and 13 that do)

Retirees in these states could potentially keep more of their Social Security benefits.<p>Nearly three-fourths of U.S. states don't tax Social Security benefits at all, although your Social Security benefits can be taxed by the IRS regardless of where you live. Here's a quick guide to the 37 states …

Retirement

This Social Security strategy can help protect your identity

When it comes to protecting your Social Security number, there is a crucial step you should take: Sign up for an online account with the Social …

I Finally Decided to Buy an Apple Watch, and Why the Series 3 Was Worth the Wait

<i>Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links.</i><p>I am a bit of a technology geek, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that I am drawn to …

Gmail spam mystery: Before you change your password, read this

There's something weird afoot in the world of Gmail. As widely reported earlier -- first by Mashable, then by our sister sites ZDNet and TechRepublic -- some people have noticed spam messages in their Gmail Sent folders.<p>That can only mean one thing, right? Those accounts have been compromised, …

When My Spouse Dies Do I Get Social Security?

The rules on collecting a Social Security widow benefit are complicated. The amount of benefits a surviving spouse can get depends on factors like …

Retirement

This is what the new Gmail will look like (Update: it's here)

<b>Update (April 25):</b> <i>Google is rolling out the Gmail update to its desktop web interface starting today; to try it, click on the settings button with the gear icon in the top right corner of your inbox, and then click ‘Try the new Gmail.’ To switch back, go to the same menu and select ‘Go back to</i> …

Google Keeps a Record of Your ENTIRE Search History. Here’s How to Delete It in 4 Easy Steps

You can also download a file of your entire search history.<p>YouTube. Panera. Facebook. Equifax. Every week, it seems, there’s a new hack to worry …

How To Clean Your Overwhelmed Gmail Inbox (By Hand)

Image: iStock<p>There comes a time when enough is, quite simply, enough. I had been putting off the task of organising my sprawling Gmail inbox for …

How to choose between Apple’s iPad and iPad Pro

If you look at an iPad and an iPad Pro side by side, you won’t notice much of a difference. The Pro is a little bigger, it has slightly thinner bezels, there are some metal dots on one edge — and that’s about it.<p>With Apple’s update to the entry-level iPad on Tuesday, the two full-sized tablets are …

Social Security 101: How to File for Benefits

Nothing worth doing is ever easy, and so it goes with Social Security. When the time comes to file for your benefits, be prepared. Here are the nuts …

Retirement

Transform Your Smartphone Into A Universal Remote

Your smartphone is the IRL equivalent of a magic wand. It can do all sorts of extraordinary things, from tracking your footsteps to summoning Chinese …

iPhone battery troubles? 3 easy fixes

So, your iPhone doesn't work like it used to. Maybe it has slowed considerably, or it powers off prematurely.<p>The good news: You might not need to splurge for a new device. It could just be your battery.<p>To check quickly, search for "Battery" in Settings. A small noticewill appear at the top of the …

Mobile Technology

9 Frequently Asked Medicare Questions

Healthcare coverage only gets more important as we get older. Find out what you're entitled to receive from this federal insurance program.<p>More and …

Social Security: Good claiming strategy can net an extra $1M

The difference between a good Social Security claiming strategy and a bad one can mean losing out on more than $1 million, one expert says.<p>“The no. 1 one thing that I want everyone to know: don’t take the decision lightly, Bill Meyer, founder and managing principal of Social Security Solutions, …

Your iPhone tracks every place you visit. Here’s how to see the map.

Your iPhone knows where you are, and it remembers where you have been. It keeps a record of your frequent hangouts — aka “significant locations” — and uses this data to make location-based suggestions using Siri and to power other features. Don’t panic, though: This data is kept on your phone, not …

Track Down

The 30 Best Movies On Netflix Right Now, Ranked

<b>Last Updated: May 11th</b><p>The Netflix name has meant many things during the company’s relatively short existence: a source for DVDs by mail, a pioneer of online streaming, a network responsible for some of the best shows not on TV, as the first half of the phrase that ends “and chill.” However, when it …

How to take advantage of Apple’s $29 iPhone battery replacement program right now

Apple surprised customers this past weekend when it announced that it’s discounted iPhone battery replacement program had launched well ahead of …

What can I do to increase my Social Security benefits?

One tip could increase the average Social Security income by as much as $9,000.<p>The average Social Security benefit for all workers in 2018 is just $1,404 monthly, or $16,848 yearly. That's a fairly low income for almost a quarter of married couples and more than 4 in 10 singles who rely on Social …

8 Changes to Social Security in 2018

Social Security's retirement age and COLA are just two of the changes for the new year.<p>For 2018, the basic structure of Social Security is the same …

The Health Monitoring Capabilities and Potential of the Apple Watch are Coming into Clearer Focus

Apple has made it clear that they now see the Watch as primarily being a fitness tracker and health monitoring device. While it runs apps and fills several other roles, these are now its primary functions and we can see that most of their development and new features are focused on these areas. …

Apple Responds to Complaints over iPhone Slowdowns, Cuts Battery Replacements to Only $29

Apple tends to be a tight-lipped company, controlling the news and the narrative around them and their products whenever possible. However, sometimes that isn’t possible, and the recent customer dissatisfaction and negative press bonanza over their decision to throttle the processors of iPhones …

CARROT Weather is My Favorite Apple Watch App

It may seem odd to choose a weather app as my favorite on Apple’s smallest screen, but this is actually one of the more useful categories on the Watch. Well, it should be, anyway. Unfortunately, many of the name brand watchOS weather apps fall somewhere between “meh” and flaming hot garbage right …

Tips and Tricks: Synching Music to the Apple Watch

One of the reasons that I’ve never mentioned this tip before is because, until recently, I hadn’t used this feature myself. Until I got the Apple Watch 3 with LTE, that is. I used to use the Watch as a way to control my music on my iPhone, but thanks to the device independence that comes with a …

Apple Watch

Everything Apple will be working on in 2018

Apple released a boatload of things in 2017, and in typical Apple fashion, it made a lot of money doing so.<p>Most of these things weren’t surprises. We got a new Apple Watch and Apple TV that look and generally act like the previous models; a differently sized iPad Pro; expanded Mac computer lines …

Tim Cook

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …