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Language-learning apps that you need now

Going on an overseas trip soon? Need to familiarize yourself with a local language?<p>Up your linguistic game with a language-learning app.<p>Say goodbye …

10 Designer-Approved Ways to Decorate on a Budget

"Oh that? Yes, that's definitely a fine antique..."<p>Cutting corners when decorating on a budget can be a tricky affair. You don't want to accidentally skimp in the wrong places—better to spend a little more on a couch that won't fall apart in a year or two, and spring for a wool rug that doesn't …

Home Decorating

Top 21 Beaches in the World

Travel<p>Find perfection in these places where land meets water.<p>Ask true beach lovers to name a favorite swath of surf and sand, and the answer changes with the tides. Luckily our planet is covered in oceans, seas, and lakes, which means there’s a beach to indulge any whim. From pearly crescents …

Beaches

DuckDuckGo celebrates 10 billion anonymous searches

The privacy-focused search engine says it’s growing faster than ever<p>The ongoing impact of the Snowden revelations and Donald Trump’s ascendance to the US presidency is pushing more and more web users to privacy-focused services. Worldwide downloads of secure messaging app Signal grew 70 percent in …

Russia Accuses Ukraine of Trying to Sabotage Donald Trump's Campaign

A top official in the Russian government has accused Ukraine of attempting to sabotage Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.<p>Russian Foreign Ministry …

Your Creative Calendar: 56 Things To See, Hear, and Read In December

• The Great American Baking Show, premieres December 1 on ABC.<br>• Pacific Heat, premieres December 2 on Netflix.<br>• Pete Holmes: Faces and Sounds, premieres …

Help! What Do I Do When My Boss Is a Millennial?

Millennials are taking over the workplace so rather than panic, learn how to work with them.<p>You're excited! You've just landed a new job at a startup, and it's exactly what you've been looking for. But before you've had a chance to settle in, surprise, you discover that your new boss is a …

Jaybird X3 Bluetooth headphones give AirPods a run for their money

SAN FRANCISCO — Rene Oehlerking is positively stoked that Apple killed the headphone jack on the iPhone 7.<p>That’s because, as chief marketing officer of Jaybird, he’s been touting the winning combo of killer audio and wireless freedom for years. With its controversial move, Apple made Bluetooth …

Headphones

Crystal ball-like robot will fill your home with sunlight

LONDON — Dr. Diva Tommei, 32, was once a Bioinformatics PhD student at Cambridge University who was spending way too much time in a dark office.<p>That …

Duolingo introduces chatbots to hone your conversational skills

Free app Duolingo is a great way to learn the basics of a new language, with small daily lessons that gradually increase your skills, with rewards for progressing. Now the service has added a new feature that's a little different from the back-and-forth translation -- text-based chatbots.<p>These are …

It’s not just you: Psychology reveals why clowns are so creepy

For the past several months, creepy clowns have been terrorizing America, with sightings of actual clowns in at least 10 different states.<p>These fiendish clowns have reportedly tried to lure women and children into the woods, chased people with knives and machetes, and yelled at people from cars. …

What's the best work schedule for your age?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The moment you may have been dreading is here. Lazy summer days have come to an end, and more structured back-to-work or back-to-school schedules have commenced.<p>But will your new daily schedule be the healthiest for your brain and body?<p>Scientists have long known that you have an internal …

Teens

No headphone jack? No problem. Here's some wireless headphones to choose from.

Rumors have it that the new iPhone, which is being launched later today, will have no headphone jack. Without any sort of official confirmation, we …

Consumer Tech

What's streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu in September

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sure the weather is still nice, but with summer time winding down and kids heading back to school, it's time to catch up on your streaming entertainment.<p>September is bringing in a bumper crop of shows, movies, and documentaries on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Now and Acorn.<p>There's new …

The 10 Most Beautiful Coastal Towns in Spain

Spain has more than 1,000 miles of Mediterranean coastline (just for starters), a mix of ancient port cities and resort towns that draw the European aristocracy. But true beauty isn't confined to seaside landscapes—the food of San Sebastián, the art of Málaga, the marbled walkways of Alicante make …

In pictures: 10 iconic rail journeys you must do in your lifetime

Five of the best meditation apps

Boost your mindfulness and try to rise above digital distractions with these apps to carve out time for peaceful reflection<p>The first rule of mindfulness might be to switch your smartphone off. From checking emails at bedtime to constant, needy push notifications from mobile games, our phones can …

A Stanford dean on adult skills every 18-year-old should have

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What are the skills every 18 year old needs?</i> <i>Answer by Julie Lythcott-Haims, Author of NYT bestseller How to Raise an Adult; former Stanford dean; podcast host.</i><p>1. An 18-year-old must be able to talk to strangers<p>Faculty, deans, advisers, landlords, store …

5 takeaways from the Democratic debate

<b>Flint, Michigan (CNN) —</b> It was no Republican debate -- nobody talked about the size of their hands or made up demeaning nicknames -- but Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were ready for action Sunday night.<p>Personal frustration peeked through as Clinton unloaded new attacks on Sanders over his …

Middle-class

How to Erase Everything You've Said to Google

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The most uplifting videos of 2015

By Jenny Starrs<p>Jenny Starrs<p>Video editor, politics<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Amid the sad news that often overwhelmed headlines in 2015, there were some shining moments of joy, kindness and humor. Whether it was celebrities going out of their way to perform good deeds or everyday people brightening others’ …

School Administration

10 TED Talks That Will Help You Be a Better Parent

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20 non-toy holiday gift ideas for kids

By Jamie Davis Smith<p>Children everywhere have already begun to give serious thought to their holiday wish-list while parents everywhere have already begun to cringe with the realization that in just a few weeks more toys will be invading their home.<p>The good news is that not all gifts need to involve …

Holiday Gift Ideas

Why We Hurt Each Other: Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Truth of the Human Spirit

In 1908, Indian revolutionary Taraknath Das wrote to Leo Tolstoy, by then one of the most famous public figures in the world, asking for the author’s support in India’s independence from British colonial rule. On December 14, Tolstoy, who had spent the last twenty years seeking the answers to …

15 apps every foodie must have on their phone

There's more to being a foodie than simply snapping beautiful photographs of your dinner.<p>In fact, one could argue being a foodie is a life-long …

Apps

An Education in Personal Finance

Everyone needs an education in personal finance. It’s one critical subject missing from classroom curriculums. When the transition from childhood to adulthood begins, personal finance—money management, investment advice, understanding the merits of a 401K—becomes essential to our development.<p>The …

Watch out, Slack and Google Docs: Pingpad might be the next big thing

There are greats apps for groups to complete tasks and great apps for group communication. In Pingpad, the group has a single app that allows for both.<p>Pingpad is a stew of many different first generation apps for notes, lists, calendars and instant messaging. In one space, a group can work across …

Google Docs

Here's a breakdown of the speech that won the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking

On August 15, Saudi Arabian security engineer Mohammed Qahtani won the title of Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking. He survived seven rounds of a competition that lasted six months and included 33,000 competitors from around the world.<p>He and nine other finalists competed …

First Click: Don't fear Gmail's Priority Inbox, it could change your life

Wielding my thumb of approval like Caesar<p>At first Google’s machine learning algorithms did a reasonable job at figuring out what was important. It was far from perfect but I wasn’t expecting much. So I kept at it, diligently following Google’s advice to mark messages as either "important" or "not …