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3 fast ways to gauge your financial health

Are you on track financially?<p>To assess where you stand, you could hire a financial planner or, alternatively, spend time plugging information into an …

Five ways to have a richer, fuller retirement

With a little effort, retirement could be a lot better for a large number of people, says certified financial planner Marc Freedman, the author of the new book <i>Retiring for the Genius</i> and CEO of Freedman Financial in Peabody, Mass.<p>What some retirees need to do is rethink their approach and create a …

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Looking for someone to hire for a home project? Ask any associate in any brick-and-mortar Lowe’s, and they’ll now direct you to the web.<p>Specifically, they’ll guide you to Porch.com, accessing the site either on their own phone, or on yours, or on in-store computers at designated kiosks. Lowe’s has …

MyHeritage Passes 5 Billion Historical Records, Adds 5 Million Daily

MyHeritage, the popular family history network for genealogy buffs with offices in Tel Aviv, Israel and Lehi, Utah, today announced that its digital library of historical records has now passed the 5 billion milestone. In total, MyHeritage now features 5.18 billion records.<p>For genealogy-related …

Threadless Launches Type Tees, An App That Lets Anyone Put Their Funny Slogan On A T-Shirt

E-commerce site Threadless has spent the last decade crowdsourcing art for its t-shirts and allowing users to vote on which designs it should run. Now it’s giving more power to its customers and enabling them to create and have small runs of t-shirts with funny sayings they come up with.<p>To do so, …

Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, Plex and more services launch on Amazon Fire TV (update: full list)

After announcing its new Fire TV set-top box today, Amazon naturally revealed a content lineup to go along with the $99 streaming device. That includes the new Amazon Video series we've been hearing about and TV shows it's signed up as Prime streaming exclusives. Amazon also announced several apps …

Affordable Asus Chromebox Cloud PC Fires Shot Across Microsoft's Bow

Recently I spent some quality time testing (and tearing down) the new Asus Chromebox small form factor Chrome OS PC. This little 5×5-inch brick runs Google's latest Chrome operating system and the model I tested was based on an Intel Core i3 dual-core (Haswell) processor, 4GB of 1600MHz RAM and a …

Robotiky makes coding as simple as A B C++

Meet Robotiky, the two-wheeled robot toy that teaches people young and old how to program.<p>Robotiky -- described as "Scratch meets Lego Mindstorms" -- …

Arizona Won Apple's Sapphire Plant with Tax Breaks, Energy Infrastructure, and Responsiveness

A new report from <i>Bloomberg</i> takes a look at how Mesa, Arizona was able to secure its deal with Apple to bring the company's new sapphire manufacturing plant to the city. That facility is set to begin operation this month with production at a scale massive enough to support a shift to sapphire …

Toshl’s Incoming Update Brings Monsters and a Beautiful Take on Personal Finance

Toshl, the startup that wants to help you track all of your personal finance and expenses, is prepping a new version of the app for the Web and iOS that brings a whole new look and feel, as well as a number of new tweaks and features designed to make the platform more sticky with users.<p>Speaking to …

Google Cloud SQL Hits General Availability

Google today announced the general availability of Cloud SQL, which, as its name implies, is a MySQL database that lives in Google’s cloud. Among the new features is the encryption of customer data, a 99.95 percent uptime Service Level Agreement (SLA), and support for databases up to 500GB in …

Bitcoin Crash: Digital Currency Prices Fall Hard | Fortune.com

Last week I pointed to a decline of 23% in the market cap of major digital currencies in July, asking if this was the bottom. Now we have an answer: Not by a long shot.<p>This past weekend brought brutal declines for the two biggest digital currencies. Bitcoin fell to around $1,863 (38% off its …

How CivicScience is massively disrupting consumer research, 400 million opinions a year

Free is a really attractive business model if you want to grow fast. Which is probably why CivicScience has found a way to give free research to journalists and free visitor information to websites … and a way to make money selling something else to an entirely different market.<p>The site has …

Dropbox Outlines Its Principles For Handling Government Data Requests

Joining other leading technology firms, Dropbox today detailed the number of national security requests it received in the preceding 12 months for user data of its customers: 0-249.<p>While Dropbox applauded the recent legal change that allows it to disclose that number in increments of 250, it stated …

FeeX Raises $3 Million To Help You Avoid Paying Hidden Retirement Fees

FeeX, which helps users save on hidden retirement fees, has raised $3 million in Series A funding from Blumberg Capital. Co-founded by Uri Levine from Google-acquired Waze, the startup aims to raise awareness of excessive fees through its crowdsourcing platform. The funding will go towards the …

Here's What Exploding Natural Gas Prices Mean For The American Consumer

"About half of all U.S. homes use natural gas as their main source of heating fuel, and nearly another 40 percent rely on electricity, which is increasingly being generated from natural gas," said Wells Fargo Securities' Sarah Watt House and Michael Brown.<p>Fortunately for the U.S. consumer, these …

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All Time Favorites<p>We put Shark Tank's bizarre and amazing products to the test<p>4:02<p>The tech 'Back to the Future' predicted for 2015 -- and what it missed<p>5:50<p>Emoji dos and don'ts<p>2:49<p>Super-creepy 3D-printed cape responds to onlookers (Tomorrow Daily 248)<p>7:53<p>Behind-the-scenes of Disneyland's 60th …

Your Body Can Kill Cancer. It Just Needs Better Instructions.

Researchers have been programming peoples' immune systems to recognize and destory cancer.<p>Part of what makes cancers so insidious is that they’re not invaders: They’re our own cells turned against us. That means the body usually doesn’t see them as a threat. But over the last few years, teams at …

Arctic blasts create record demand for natural gas

January has already seen seven of the top 10 demand days on record.<p>The latest blast of frigid temperatures pushed residential and commercial demand for natural gas to its second-highest total on record Tuesday.<p>With temperatures plunging throughout much of the country, demand is just 4% below the …

Tips for a Weed Free Yard

Use these tips to banish weeds from your yard once and for all.<p>A layer of mulch 3 to 4 in. deep will keep most weed seeds in the soil from sprouting …

How to Make a Garage Refrigerator Work

Summer or winter, it takes extra energy<p>Find the model number of your refrigerator and contact the manufacturer’s parts department to see if it offers …

Simple Wall Stenciling

How to stencil a decorative border at the top of your walls.<p>Stenciling is a traditional decorative technique that perfectly complements a …

How Arduino Is Becoming The World’s Social Network For Hackers And Makers

By Natalia Rodriguez5 minute Read<p>No central website exists where makers–the folks in the DIY tech community–can gather around and show off what …

The Best DIY Winter Home Decorations Ever: 18 Great Ideas

Here you can find some great ideas for the best diy winter decorations for your home. They all look lovely and they are perfect choice if you want to …

Faux Barn Wood Painting Tutorial

Okay folks, are you ready for the Faux Barn Wood Painting tutorial!?...<p>I ask if you're ready, because there are about a trillion photos. <i>ha!</i> Even …

30 Easy Peasy DIY Valentine’s Day Crafts

For the most romantic day in the year, Valentine’s Day we have selected interesting diy crafts. Be creative for the Valentine’s Day and give cute …

Potting in DIY Style

I have been wanting a <b>potting bench</b> for quite some time. After all, I am a gardener, and don't we all NEED a handy place to play with dirt in pots? …

The RunnerDuck Strawberry Planter Tree, step by step instructions.

Depending on how accurate you were at making your cuts and assembly last week, will have a lot to do with how well the shelves will fit.<p>You will need …

31 DIY Ways To Make Your Backyard Awesome This Summer

While you're impatiently waiting for summer to just GET HERE already, start planning your outdoor space.

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