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These are first 7 Alexa skills you should enable

After you take the time to set up your new Alexa speaker, explore some of its topical features, and find other ways it can help you through the day, digging into third-party skills is the next logical step.<p>But the world of Alexa skills can be daunting. There are so many to choose from, it can be …

Smart Homes

Power all Apple Devices at Once With the iMate Charger

If you’re one among the millions of Apple loyalists out there, a new product is aiming to completely streamline your ecosystem. It goes by the name …

Gear & Gadgets

Soliom Doorbell is a truly wireless video doorbell that’s solar powered

Video doorbells have taken home security by storm and have popped up seemingly everywhere. One area that seemingly no one has innovated yet is in powering these doorbells.<p>Currently, you have to use rechargeable batteries or swap out regular batteries on a constant basis (every several months) to …

Home Automation

Kensington Dock is the Surface Studio mini you’ve always wanted

While the Surface Pro 2-in-1 tablets were a surprise hit, they weren’t exactly a revolutionary device at a time when 2-in-1 tablets were becoming …

Gear & Gadgets

Encrypted flash drives: convenience and performance unmatched by the cloud

<b>Why it matters:</b> After exploring the possibility of using cloud services for work exclusively, there is only one possible conclusion: it is a giant …

The Coolest Fan Yet?

During the warmer seasons, a desk fan can become a permanent feature in the workspace, but they often carry an unwelcomed, poorly considered design, …

20 Bottles of Whiskey Dad Will Freak Out Over on Father’s Day

Better than any power tool out there.<p>If you grew up watching your dad indulge in a glass of whiskey after a long day or as a nightcap, you probably didn’t get why it was so great until you became an adult and tried for yourself. Now, you can really appreciate it and understand that it’s more than …

Stunning California Mountaintop Getaway Built with Prefab Modules

Looking at this stunning mountaintop retreat, it’s very hard to believe that it is a prefab home. Yet, it is specifically the prefab nature of this …

Twelve South Debuts New 'AirFly' Wireless Transmitter for Using AirPods With In-Flight Entertainment Systems

Twelve South today announced the launch of the AirFly, a new adapter accessory that's designed to let you use your AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones in situations where only wired headphone jacks are available, such as on an airplane or at the gym.<p>When you fly, in-flight entertainment systems …

L'Atelier du Vin Bilame Cork Pull

A favorite of bartenders and sommeliers who deal with older bottles, L'Atelier du Vin's Bilame cork pull has earned its reputation over the years. It …

7 books that will make you smarter in a single plane ride

Flying offers the opportunity to disconnect from the internet — unless you pay for it — and turn your mind off from the constant barrage of phone notifications.<p>Why not spend that time getting smarter on a topic you've always wanted to learn more about.<p>With that in mind, Business Insider found seven …

Globalization

Here are Warren Buffett's most valuable investments

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has made nearly $2 billion on its investment in Apple.<p>The conglomerate bought more in the third quarter just as the stock, with the rest of the tech sector, continued to hit new highs.<p>Many of his other investments aren't doing too badly either, to say the …

Investing

24 Must-Have Tools for Running a Growing Company Today

How many tools does it take to run a company today? The answer (from this Data Tracking Company) might shock you.<p>According to data gathered by Siftery, a tool that tracks and suggests software used by businesses, top companies today use an average of 37 different tools or software platforms to run …

Review: BandWerk’s Apple Watch bands offer premium leathers to suit all tastes

While I’ve never seen myself as a key target for Apple’s fashion-oriented approach to the Apple Watch, I have been surprised. From initially wearing the black sport band full-time, I’ve actually come to enjoy having a variety of bands to change up the look.<p>I do have one of Apple’s woven nylon …

Smartwatches

Intel Compute Stick review (2016): Second time's the charm

I had high hopes for Intel's original Compute Stick, but it ended up being a massive disappointment. Sure, it was cool to have a fully functional computer the size of a few thumb drives. But it was awfully slow and limited in some truly baffling ways (only one USB port?!). Now with Intel's …

Casio's latest MR-G goes all black and gets a bezel made of Cobarion

The stealthy flagship features a bezel that's stronger than stainless steel.<p>Author:<p>Staff<p>Publish date:<p>Social count:<p>13<p>The top-of-the-line MR-G …

A Bright, Right Night Light!

Zing, named appropriately because it aims at bringing some zing into your life, is the kind of thing you plug in once and forget about, while it …

RoadRunner Residence / North Arrow Studio

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The RoadRunner Residence aims to inject new life into a classic design. The flat-roofed single story …

Behold: The Alexa-enabled smart home controller of your dreams

The ability to control all of your connected devices from your smartphone is great. The ability to control all of your connected devices with your …

Use the Five Folder System to Finally Organize Your Email Inbox

We’ve come a long way from the simple “trusted trio” method of organizing our inbox, and for many of us our email is as disorganized as it’s ever …

Russian plane crash: Choir members on board, no sign of survivors

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Russian military plane carrying members of the army's official choir traveling to perform in Syria has crashed in the Black Sea near Sochi. There are apparently no survivors, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.<p>The ensemble was "flying to congratulate Russian air force pilots in …

Russia

The best apps for your new Windows 10 PC

New PC? Start here<p>Congratulations! You just unwrapped a new Windows 10 PC for the holidays! Now you're wondering what the best apps are to install on your new machine. Fortunately, we're here to help, with some of our top picks to try out on your new PC.<p><i>We've rounded up our favorite and most-used</i> …

5 Planners That Will Make 2017 Your Most Productive Year Yet

Stop procrastinating and achieve your professional and personal goals in the new year.<p>As we approach the new year, many entrepreneurs are reflecting on the last 12 months and looking for ways to more efficiently reach their goals in 2017. There are plenty of apps that will help you increase your …

The Ultimate Whiskey Buyers' Guide

It’s the holiday season and for the $72 billion dollar spirit industry, that means parties, gift giving and a nice drink or two to escape those pesky in-laws.<p>In 2015, whiskey continued to boom. Irish whiskey and Single Malt Scotch alone increased 19.9% and 13.5% to $664 and $732 million …

The best men's haircut for every face shape

We have a recommendation: instead of just saying "the same as last time" or "the usual," take into account your face shape for a brand-new hair style. Some styles look better or worse based on your face shape, and this infographic — based on the one our friends at Men's Hairstyles Today put …

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This Cheap $20 Toolkit Can Open 99 Percent of Your Gadgets

Were the electronics makers of the world to have their way, every time one of your gadgets broke, you’d simply buy a new one. But most gadgets can be …

89 of the Best Watches Made Today, at Every Price

The biggest mistake one can make when buying a watch is judging it by its price tag. Some $80 Seikos are as loved and respected by watch enthusiasts …

Watches

Subaru 7-seat concept previews bigger, bolder future

The Viziv-7 is the latest in a line of concept four-wheel drives from Subaru, the most recent of which launched in Tokyo last year. Although it has …