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10 of the best beaches in Europe for families

From the Baltic to the Med, Joanne O’Connor suggests 10 fine sandy strands, and nearby places to stay. Please use the comments to add your own suggestions<p>Greece has no shortage of gorgeous beaches, but when it comes to accessible and child-friendly options, the Cyclades island of Naxos is hard to …

The Best Apps to Run a Startup From Your Phone

There’s been an explosion in software designed for small companies. Here are the best offerings.<p>Small-business owners can carry the back office in their front pocket.<p>There has been an explosion in mobile applications aimed at tackling everything from human resources and payroll to scheduling and …

Small Business

The Future of Mobile Chatting: Commerce

Facebook, others strive to copy China’s WeChat success in linking messaging apps to shopping, services<p>In 2011, Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. launched a smartphone app so people could send each other free text messages. Five years later, WeChat’s hundreds of millions of users in China …

Messaging Apps

Gadget makes your $10 earbuds sound like $200 headphones

What if those lame EarPods that Apple included with your iPhone could sound like top-of-the-line headphones?<p>I'm no audiophile, but even I can hear a clear difference between cheap headphones and high-quality headphones. That is, until I plugged my crappy headphones into the new BoomStick.<p>A tiny $99 …

The 7 things nobody tells you about being an entrepreneur

<i>This post is in partnership with Entrepreneur. The article below was originally published at</i> <i>entrepreneur.</i><i>com</i><i>.</i><p>By Sarah Vermunt, Entrepreneur<p>There’s no …

The Five Best Wine Books for Beginners

Don’t know your Pinot Noir from your Pinotage? These introductory works give budding oenophiles a head start<p>By<p>Lettie Teague<p>Lettie Teague<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>Lettie.Teague@wsj.com<p><b>THE MOST POPULAR</b> wine books are beginner’s guides, a publisher once told me. Whether directed at “dummies” or …

World Trade Center

This Map Shows the Ultimate U.S. Road Trip

The concept of a road trip is as American as apple pie, and yet, devising the “best” U.S. driving route is a bit of a head scratcher. Much depends on …

National Parks

The 12 disruptive tech trends you need to know

By<p>People pay plenty of money for consulting giants to help them figure out which technology trends are fads and which will stick. You could go that …

American big business faces the G20 in a fight for $2.1tn in unpaid tax

Pfizer’s controversial takeover of Allergan has thrown a new multinational crackdown on tax avoidance into sharp relief<p>Less than two months ago, the finance ministers of the G20 gathered for a celebratory dinner in Peru to mark agreement on a “once-in-a-century” package of reforms to combat tax …

Taxes

Apple, Banks in Talks on Mobile Person-to-Person Payment Service

Service would be a rival to PayPal’s Venmo platform<p>Apple Inc. is in discussions with U.S. banks to develop a payment service that would let users zap money to one another from their phones rather than relying on cash or checks, according to people familiar with the matter.<p>The move would put the …

Venmo

Cost of Credit-Card Fraud Is Set to Shift

Retailers that haven’t upgraded systems to accept more secure chip cards to assume risk<p>By<p>Robin Sidel<p>Robin Sidel<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>Robin.Sidel@wsj.com<p>A change that is putting new credit cards in many Americans’ wallets will also shift billions of dollars of card-fraud liability to …

Credit Cards

Review: Samsung Pays Where Apple Can’t

Samsung Pay leaps past Apple Pay by letting newer Galaxy phones work with old-school credit card readers<p>Apple Pay made it easy to pay for things with our phones, but it sure is hard to find. Now a far-out technology called Samsung Pay has figured out how to make phone payments work at almost every …

Samsung Pay

Questions Families Need to Ask About Paying for College

Too often, money issues aren’t even on the table. That’s a big mistake for both parents and students.<p>When parents and children talk about applying for colleges, they consider all sorts of factors: the school’s prestige, the location, even the food in the dormitories.<p>But often there’s one thing that …

College & University

These Apps Can Finally Get You to Save Money

Shaky savers can find financial discipline using Acorns, Digit.co, Level Money or Mint<p>Nothing in the history of money has been more diabolically efficient at getting us to spend than a smartphone. It’s an instant-gratification machine for music, games, takeout and catching a ride, anywhere, all the …

Personal Finance

How to Install Windows 10 on Your MacBook

By<p>Joanna Stern<p>Joanna Stern<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@JoannaStern<p>JoannaStern<p>joanna.stern@wsj.com<p>One of the best Windows 10 laptops—if not the best—is made by Apple.<p>It may sound like heresy but Microsoft’s brand new software not only works great on Apple’s MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Retina, …

Windows 10

Windows 10 Laptops: In Search of Great Hardware to Match Great Software

The perfect Windows laptop doesn’t exist, but there are some good options—just make sure you have $600 to spend<p>Listen really closely, and you can hear the cries of Windows laptop users.<p>Windows 10 is truly great, but it doesn’t put an end to the affliction caused by inferior screens, …

Windows 10

To Feed Billions, Farms Are About Data as Much as Dirt

Startups such as Google-funded Granular offer software to run farms with precision, efficiency<p>By<p>Christopher Mims<p>Christopher Mims<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@mims<p>christophermims<p>christopher.mims@wsj.com<p>Mark Bryant is a farmer in Ohio with 12,000 acres, on which he raises corn, soybeans and soft …

Resource Planning

England to Roll Out Tailored Billboards

Company to collect information on riders using Wi-Fi to build ‘Minority Report’-like ads<p>BIRMINGHAM, England—Advances in image-detection software are starting to enliven one of the world’s oldest forms of advertising: the billboard.<p>Ocean Outdoor U.K. Ltd., one of Britain’s largest digital billboard …

When Patients Manage Doctors

People with multiple chronic illnesses often must take charge of managing their own care<p>One in four Americans lives with more than one chronic illness; three out of four among those 65 and older.<p>Managing those people’s health care is often difficult. Integrated health systems, such as Kaiser …

Startups Vie to Build an Uber for Health Care

Services splint strains and suture wounds on-site; Are house calls better than ER visits?<p>Darren Gold had a stomach virus the first time he used an app called Heal to summon a doctor to his Beverly Hills home. He liked the Stanford-trained doctor who showed up so much that he called Heal again when …

Health Care

Patients Seeking Alternatives to Statins May Undergo Rigorous Vetting

People who avoid taking statins for managing high cholesterol face hurdles to costly new treatments<p>By<p>Ron Winslow<p>Ron Winslow<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@ronwinslow<p>Ron.Winslow@wsj.com<p>A powerful new class of drugs promises to change the management of heart disease for high-risk patients who …

Cleveland Clinic

How much retirement income will $1 million generate?

<i>How much retirement income can I get from a $1 million nest egg? --Darrell, Texas</i><p>I hate to sound as if I'm equivocating, but the answer depends on a whole bunch of factors, including your age, your sex, the level of interest rates and the investment returns you earn, how long you would like the …

The Smartest Way to Take a Vacation

Scientists study how to get the most benefits in health and well-being from a getaway<p>Should you take a brief vacation, or a weekslong excursion? Go somewhere new, or relax at the family beach house?<p>Psychologists and researchers have been studying how to create an ideal vacation that boosts our …

Study Skills

Hollywood’s Other Piracy Problem: 3-D Printers

Specter of digital piracy hangs over sales of ‘Star Wars’ blasters and other toys long considered immune to such forces<p>Right after watching the trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” last April, Ken Landrum began building his own Stormtrooper gun. From his home in St. Louis, he cobbled together …

4 Tools To Make You A Better 401k Investor

Robo Advisors are all the rage. Launched over the past several years, several have grown to over one billion in assets under management. Wealthfront manages $2 billion, Betterment and Personal Capital about $1.5 billion. While still small compared to the goliaths of the industry (Vanguard manages …