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The Bay Area's Best Hikes by Region

The Bay Area is a hiker's paradise (duh, that's why most of us live here). Countless trails weave and wander through chaparral, oak savannah and …

Hiking

You need to drive America's 10 quietest roads

Baseball, cookouts and days at the lake are some of America's favorite summer season pastimes, but there is no rite of passage greater than the …

National Parks

Say Goodbye to ICOs, Crypto-Fundraising Has a New Form.

The most disputable part of the cryptographic money industry remains that of the adrenaline pumping, 100x-giving Initial Coin Offering, or ICO.<p>In any …

Cryptocurrency

The Best Thru-Hikes You've Never Heard Of

The Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails get all the attention—and the foot traffic—but there are plenty of long walks that aren’t crowded. These five offer the best glimpses into unspoiled wilderness, spanning each region of the country. From hot springs and vistas in the Rockies to …

Hiking

Exploit puts popular web and mobile apps at risk

A new exploit could allow users to bypass security checks in Electron, a popular cross-platform development framework. The exploit, posted by Trustwave, has been patched and developers should update their apps as soon as possible.<p>The exploit could allow cross site scripting in some apps by turning …

Apps

The Corner of California You’ve Never Been to Has Junipers, Waterfalls, and Unbelievably Starry Skies (Video)

“Where the West still lives.”<p>California is full of clichés. Sandy beaches line the coast, the ocean waves dotted with surfers. Hollywood starlets …

National Parks

Mount Everest Isn't Really The Tallest Mountain on Earth

Sorry, climbers.<p>Ever since Sir Edmund Hillary reached its peak back in 1953, thousands of adventures have set out to conquer the deadly summit of …

10 of the Best Places to Hike in the United States

The United States is a huge country with tons of variety, so there’s no shortage of awesome places to lace up the boots, get that blood pumping, and …

Why a middle-class lifestyle can now cost you over $300,000 a year

Let me tell you a sad story: In order to comfortably raise a family in an expensive coastal city like San Francisco or New York, you've got to make …

Personal Finance

Skyline Drive Is the Must-Take Road Trip This Spring

Meandering along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Skyline Drive offers visitors spectacular scenery and rugged outdoor adventure. The National …

5 National Park Honeymoons for the Earth-Loving Couple

Earth-loving newlyweds who want to bask in the beauty of Mother Nature during your honeymoon, look no further! We’ve got just the thing for you—a peek at some of the best national parks from which to celebrate your wedded bliss. There may be nothing glamorous about the rugged outdoors, but that’s …

It Took Steve Jobs Less Than 60 Seconds to Share the Best Leadership Advice You'll Hear Today

Resist the urge to fix all your team's problems, and do this instead<p>Back in the spring of 1992, Steve Jobs was invited to speak to a group of students at the MIT Sloan School of Management. (According to MIT, the lecture was a bit of a surprise, the result of the efforts of a Sloan student whose …

The Best 20 Hikes In America

America is home to some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world and while we definitely plan to indulge in the hot dogs, fireworks, and …

Is technology driving your pet insane?

Be aware of the secret flicker and noise that home technology may transmit to your pets.<p>Few of us would put up with a TV that emits an annoying whine or a light bulb that flickers, but for our pets, that may the world around them.<p>Their senses are tuned differently than our own and may detect a …

Pets

10 San Francisco Bay Area Hikes with Scenic Endings

Chilly weather lies ahead, folks. Now would be the perfect time to prepare for a nice weekend trek wth your favorite autumn attire. After all, that …

The robots are killing Tesla

The robots are killing Tesla.<p>In a rare win for humans over robots in the battle for labor efficiency, Wall Street analysts have laid down a compelling argument that over-automation is to blame for problems at the billionaire Elon Musk's electric-car company.<p>That is to say, the very innovation and …

Declutter Your Kids Brain By Doing These 6 Things

When it comes to options, sometimes less is more.<p>Today's children have playrooms stacked to the ceiling with plastic, battery-operated toys of every size, shape, and color. These same kids can watch up to eight hours of TV per day, a number that would have shocked the parents of yesteryear.<p>Growing …

Top 10 Hiking Trails in California

When people think of California, they will most likely think of the weather, beaches, and one of the most popular and populous cities in the country, …

How to Group Mac App Icons More Prominently in Your Dock

In macOS, the Dock provides convenient one-click access to your most frequently used Mac applications. The simplest way to organize docked apps is to click and drag them into your preferred place, but here we're going to show you a lesser-known trick for arranging docked items more clearly.<p>To …

AMAZING 10 INCREDIBLE HIKING TRAILS TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE

when you go for a swim in a secluded swimming hole after a twelve mile hike in the highest temperatures to reach the most gorgeous 100 foot waterfall …

Hiking

It just got much easier to wage record-breaking DDoSes

Exploits that abuse memcached servers threaten the stability of the Internet.<p>It just got much easier to wage distributed denial-of-service attacks of …

How to give your Finder window superpowers

The Finder has been with the Mac since day one, way back in 1984. But just because it’s old, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have some new tricks. Did you know, for instance, that you can add a path bar to the bottom of the window to show the path of the current folder on your Mac? Or that you can add …

Operating Systems

The Worlds of Ultima

Proud papa Warren Spector with a copy of <i>Worlds of Ultima II: Martian Dreams</i>.In the very early days of <i>Ultima</i>, Richard Garriott made a public promise …

Cover Art

This Place is Officially the Best U.S. Destination for 2018

It's that time of year again. Lonely Planet have released their list of the best destinations in the United States — and in 2018 it seems that west …

Top 10

Our Top 19 Traditional Chinese Vegan Recipes

Here on the blog we try to cater to a broad range of tastes and diets, but of course, there’s no denying that our family is solidly omnivorous with a …

Food

Inside Cupertino’s Upcoming Breakthrough Product: Apple Glass

Apple is working on something big. And if all goes according to plan, that something could eventually replace the iPhone.You might have guessed that …

Augmented Reality

People are already flipping the Telegram ICO for millions, even though it’s not on sale yet

The world of initial coin offerings (ICOs) is attracting so much interest that some investors are able to double their money—on paper—before an offering has even begun. This is the case with the chat app Telegram, which is targeting a blockbuster $1.2 billion ICO.<p>The offering is due to open to the …

Cryptocurrency

The sudden death of the website

You may not know me or even my company, LivePerson, but you’ve certainly used my invention. In 1995, I came up with the technology for those chat windows that pop up on websites. Today, more than 18,000 companies around the world, including big-name brands like T-Mobile, American Express, Citibank …

As threats to California’s giant redwoods grow, the key to their salvation might be in their complex genetic code

SAN VICENTE REDWOODS, Calif. – The road from Highway 1 rises along the western slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains, through vineyards and horse farms, …

10 Laws Of UX, Illustrated

A handy guide for remembering Fitts’s Law, Jakob’s Law, and more.<p>Good design tends to follow general principles that give designers overarching guidelines to work within. But for user experience and interface designers, there are also laws that govern the nitty-gritty. For instance, it’s helpful to …