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How to survive a nuclear bomb: 3 steps to save you in case of a missile or attack by North Korea

How likely is the threat of nuclear war? Despite escalating tensions with North Korea, some experts say fears are overblown. Others caution that the …

This Simple Math Helps You Decide When to Take Social Security

Thousands of dollars are at stake based on when you claim benefits.<p>Social Security provided $955 billion in benefits to 62 million seniors in 2017, …

Why KWGT is an essential tool for Android themers and widget lovers

A good widget can improve both the usefulness and the beauty of a home screen. A stylish weather widget can give you a heads-up before you roll out …

How to replace your old, outdated 3-way light switches

Here's how to swap outdated three-way light switches for something much better.<p>Archaic light switches might as well be from the stone age. All they do is turn a light on and off. They can't dim lighting gently or remember the brightness level you prefer. Outdated switches don't play nicely with LED …

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How to make YouTube Kids safer for your children

Kids are encountering disturbing videos on the filtered version of the streaming app. What can parents do?<p>YouTube Kids is has reached the terrible twos. Released in 2015, the free app attempts to eliminate the unseemly parts of YouTube by offering only cartoons, educational shows and other …

Internet

How to add more voice commands to your device

Those of us who have the good fortune of having Google Assistant on our phones are right now enjoying the ability to control our devices without having to lift a finger. Need directions? Want to send a text while driving? Need to set a timer? Hear a joke? Turn off Bluetooth? Search the web? Just …

How to use the document scanner on iPhone and iPad

Apple's document scanner might be the only scanner you'll ever need, ever again.If you've been using an iPhone for a few years, you probably have …

7 tips and tricks for navigating the iPad on iOS 11

Apple's iPad is like a brand-new device after installing iOS 11.<p>After installing iOS 11 on an iPad, you're undoubtedly going to notice things are way different. For starters, there's a bona fide app dock now. Also, multitasking has been completely redone. Here are a few tips and tricks for …

Apps

The Equifax Data Breach Is Massive -- Here's How to Protect Yourself

Equifax announced a data breach that could affect 143 million consumers. Here's what you need to know.<p>On Thursday, Sept. 7, <b>Equifax</b> announced a data …

42 Gmail Tips That Will Help You Conquer Email

It's time you became a Gmail power user. These tips will get you there.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions …

​How to Kill Thousands of Mosquitoes | Men’s Health

<b>Related Video:</b><p>Thankfully, Dan Rojas of Green Power Science has come up with an ingenious, pesticide-free way of eliminating the little bugs. Watch Rojas describe below how he killed 8,000 mosquitoes in just two nights, and then check out what you'll need for your own set-up.<p>What You'll …

New Google Forms Visually Explained for Teachers

July 28, 2017 Today's post is on the new Google Forms' guide we published a few months ago. The guide, which is based on instructions and insights …

Google

14 tips and tricks for Spotify

While the website isn't as good as a dedicated app for the service, you can access your Spotify on a web browser.<p>If you're one of the 50 million paid …

15 tips for Gboard, Google's supersmart Android keyboard

These pro tips make texting with Gboard even easier.<p>If you already use Gboard on Android (or iOS), you probably already know the basics. There are some great features you may not be taking advantage of, but totally should.<p>1. Type and translate<p>If you have a friend who speaks another language -- or …

Apps

How soon can I retire?

<i>"How do I calculate the earliest possible date I can retire -- my "take this job and shove it!" date -- beyond which working is my choice and earnings are gravy?" --Jason, New York</i><p>Like Jason, many of us are counting down to the day we can say "shove it!" to a job we hate and pursue our own …

Retirement

4 times when you might need a financial planner

DIY is all the rage, but there are situations when you should call in a professional — like when you’re rewiring a bathroom or reworking your investment portfolio.<p>If you’re dealing with the former, call an electrician. Please. And when it comes to managing your money, you might want a financial …

Personal Finance

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 …

Entertainment

26 Google Maps Tricks You Need to Try

The mapping product that can do everything can actually do a whole lot more.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate …

Maps

Get Your Millennials Off Your Payroll

As I hand over another hundred-dollar bill to each of my twenty-something daughters, I wonder, am I enabling or supporting them? And am I the only Gen-X parent consistently shelling out for health insurance, car insurance, cellphones and general overhead? I posed the question to the masses. The …

Personal Finance

24 important Google Docs Tips and Add-ons for Teachers

May 3, 2017 Google Docs has tons of interesting features that can immensely enhance your productivity level as a teacher and educator. However, most …

Education Technology

How to turn anything into a PDF on your iPhone or iPad

Stop! Don’t download that PDF converter app for iOS. You don’t need it. What if I told you iPhones have come with a built-in PDF-conversion tool since iOS 10?<p>Once you know where this iOS PDF converter is buried, you can quickly and easily turn anything into a handy PDF on your iPhone or iPad.<p>On the …

How to make your Apple iPad kid-friendly

Everything from cases and apps, to privacy settings that keep your child's iPad (and your credit card) safely locked down.<p>Giving a kid an Apple iPad, even a used hand-me-down model, opens up a wide world of videos, games and educational apps. But taking just a few minutes to run through the …

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How to tether your iPad to your phone

Save yourself some money and forgo an LTE iPad by using your phone's hotspot feature.<p>With just a few taps you can connect your iPad to your iPhone or Android device, turning it into a portable Wi-Fi hotspot.<p>Using an iPhone<p>If you know how to select a Wi-Fi network on your iPad, you already know how …

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How to Get the Most Out of Google Maps

Google Maps is hand-down one of the best navigation apps on Android and iPhone, but considering most of us use it <i>while</i> driving, it’s easy to miss …

The Massive Tax Refund Mistake Millions of Americans Are Making

Taxpayers have good intentions with their refunds, but are suffering from poor execution.<p>We're entering the heart of tax season, which for many …

Personal Finance

3 serious problems with the 4% retirement rule

The 4% rule can help you plan for your future retirement income, but you can run into deep trouble if you're rigid about it. Here are its main flaws, and how to deal with them.<p>As you plan for retirement and form an educated estimate of how much money you'll need, part of your calculations will …

Retirement

Home Affordability Calculator - CNNMoney

Methodology<p>To arrive at an "affordable" home price, we followed the guidelines of most lenders. In general, that means your total debt payments should be no more than 36% of your gross income.<p>Once you enter your monthly debt (including credit cards, student loan and car payments), we come up with a …

Cost of Living

A Beginner's Guide to Automating Your Digital Life

With apps like IFTTT and Flow, you can make your world smarter without buying a thing.<p>IFTTT (If This Then That) and Flow are both incredibly useful apps that are also pretty hard to describe. Basically, they let you plug different apps and services together, from Facebook and Instagram to iOS and …

10 podcasts that will help boost your productivity

Once you know a way to be more efficient and effective — a new approach, a new mindset, a new strategy or technique — that tool is yours forever.<p>And so is your ability to get more done.<p>Fortunately, learning ways to be more efficient and effective is really easy, especially if you listen to the …