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If You Suffer From Tight Hips, Find a Wall ASAP, and Do This Amazing Stretch

Tight hips are a common affliction among us desk dwellers. They can lead to lower back pain and tightness in our legs and just make us feel all around uncomfortable. Free your tight hips by finding a wall and doing this life-changing stretch (no really, it's <i>that</i> good!).<p>Known as figure four, you can …

Yoga

Best Black Friday Deals Under $100

You don't need to look far to find Black Friday deals priced at less than $100. But at this time of year, it's always difficult to know whether that …

Apple Pay Cash: How to use your iPhone's new Venmo-like feature

After an unexpected early release of iOS 11.2, Apple on Tuesday flipped the switch on Apple Pay Cash.<p>Like PayPal or Venmo, Apple Pay Cash is a peer-to-peer payment feature that lets you send and receive money through iMessage. Not only does Apple Pay Cash make it easy to pay someone, but it also …

Apple Pay

California is different – even when it comes to selling a home

Buying a home in California is different than buying a home in many other states in our great nation.<p>According to buyers relocating from the …

Review: watchOS 4 breathes new life into fitness side of the Apple Watch

Ars tests watchOS 4 on an Apple Watch Series 2—is the update worth it?<p>WatchOS 4 officially became available to all Apple Watch owners last week even …

Article: Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of watchOS 4

This week Apple released watchOS 4, the fourth major update to its flagship wearable device in the two years since it’s been available. While the …

Secret Apple Watch controls: How to use the Digital Crown and side button!

For a tiny device, the Apple Watch has a lot you can do with buttons, gestures, and taps.In some ways, the iPhone X takes after the Apple Watch's …

The complete list of Cortana commands

If you don't use Cortana, Microsoft's voice-activated personal assistant, you're missing out on some handy, hands-free functionality -- especially now that she's fully integrated into Windows 10, and Windows 10 is <i>everywhere</i>.<p>Like Apple's Siri and Google's Google Now, Cortana is an intelligent …

Windows 10

AirPods are gobbling up the totally wireless earphone market

Everyone laughed at AirPods when they were announced a year ago. Now, consumers are buying them faster than Apple can make them.<p>While Apple doesn't provide specific sales data, the latest report from NPD analyst Ben Arnold says that AirPods are leading the category of totally-wireless earphones by …

Tech Trends

Add these 5 calendars to Google Calendar

Once you get into the habit of regularly adding events and tasks to your calendar, it can become an irreplaceable asset to your digital organization. But calendars can be used for so much more than scheduling meetings or remembering birthdays.<p>You can subscribe to existing calendars, share calendars …

Apps

How to set a recurring alarm with the Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo makes a pretty great alarm clock. All you have to do is tell Alexa when you want to wake up.<p>Before the Echo's recent major update, you had to tell it exactly when you wanted to wake up every night before dozing off. This wasn't exactly ideal.<p>Amazon recently made life easier by …

Smart Homes

How to set up multiroom playback across all of your Alexa devices

Alexa has all sorts of tricks up her sleeve, but voice-activated playback of your favorite music has always been front and center. This week, Amazon doubled down on her ability to stream tunes by letting you group multiple Alexa speakers for simultaneous playback throughout your home.<p>You'll …

Google Home expands its smart home reach with Z-Wave

Soon, you can build your own Google-controlled smart home.<p>At IFA, Berlin's annual tech showcase, Z-Wave is showing off a module that will allow you to upgrade your smart home with voice controls through the Google Assistant. Soon, if you have a Raspberry Mini Computer, a Western Digital MyCloud …

Smart Homes

How to bring Alexa into every room of your home

<i>Editors' Note, January 31, 2017: Thanks to</i> Amazon's ESP feature<i>, you no longer have to worry about device overlap since only the closest Echo will respond to you if multiple devices hear your command. The second half of the piece has been updated to reflect this change.</i><p>It's time to think big …

Smart Homes

All the new Alexa announcements from IFA 2017

As with this year's Consumer Electronics Show in January, IFA, the European counterpart to CES going on this week in Berlin, has ushered in a steady beat of new devices that work with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant. Below you'll find a list of everything the CNET crew on the ground here in Germany …

Smart Homes

Did Alexa and Cortana just become best friends?

Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana are personal assistants you can talk to, and now they're going one better. They'll soon start talking to each other.<p>If you use Windows for work but you also have an Amazon Echo, you'll soon be able turn to your Echo and say, "Alexa, open Cortana." That'll give …

What to expect from Europe's biggest technology show

In between gawping over the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and waiting for Apple to invite us to the unveiling for its new iPhone(s), CNET heads to Berlin this week for the biggest, oldest and oddest technology show in Europe.<p>First held in 1924 as the "Berlin Radio Show," IFA (or Internationale …

Gear & Gadgets

Amazon's Alexa coming to Bragi's 'smart' earphones in October

Over time Bragi has been steadily adding new features to its totally wireless "smart" earphones and in October owners of The Dash and Dash Pro will be able to add Amazon's Alexa voice assistant by downloading Bragi OS (BOS) 3.1 at update.bragi.com.<p>Onvocal's OV was the first wireless Bluetooth …

Smart Homes

Amazon Prime: 22 benefits every member gets

Amazon Prime is best known for two things: free two-day shipping and Netflix-style video streaming. Those are decidedly worthwhile perks, especially considering the relatively low $119 annual subscription charge, but a Prime membership affords more than just shipping and streaming. A lot …

Tech Trends

How to deep clean granite countertops

Granite counters look fantastic, are rather resilient when it comes to wear and tear or heat and, when properly sealed, easy to clean.<p>But perhaps a stray coffee cup may have left a light brown ring on your precious granite, or you have an oil stain just won't come out.<p>Once you know how to care for …

Cleaning

September 12 said to be iPhone 8 day

The world will get its first look at the 2017 iPhone models on September 12, according to the Wall Street Journal.<p>The paper reports that Apple will unveil three new iPhones that day, citing anonymous sources "familiar with the matter." Apple may host the event at the Steve Jobs Theater on its new …

Mobile Technology

I went to Whole Foods and Amazon tried to sell me an Echo

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>It was the promise of cheaper avocados that did it.<p>No, we don't make avocado toast at home, but my Mexican-American girlfriend's tacos are better than any in the western world and Monday is taco night.<p>So …

Cross-Selling

Avocado toast for days: Here are the best Whole Foods-Amazon deals

If you never shop at Whole Foods because, well, it seems like everything there costs more, here's good news: Now that Amazon has completed its acquisition of the chain, expect to see lower prices on a variety of products. Starting today.<p>According to an Amazon statement issued last week, you'll see …

Avocado Toast

Alexa’s new music feature makes your Echoes work like Sonos speakers

While Amazon's Alexa speakers are capable of controlling your home, helping you cook dinner and order things without lifting a finger, the speakers especially excel at streaming music. However, until recently, Alexa speakers haven't played well together. Having multiple Echo or Echo Dots spread …

Smart Homes

Here's how peer-to-peer Apple Pay payments will work

Apple Pay can be used to pay online or at stores, but it'll soon get peer-to-peer payments, too. That means payments to friends or anyone else you have on your contacts list. The feature was announced in June at Apple's developer conference, where it was marketed as one of the big upgrades in iOS …

FinTech

Amazon launches multiroom music playback for Alexa

If you've got a couple of Amazon's Alexa-enabled smart speakers scattered throughout your home, then here's some news you've probably been waiting to hear. Starting today in the US, UK and Germany, you can sync those speakers up for whole-home audio playback, or tell one speaker to play music on …

Tech Trends

Google wants to be your travel agent

Google is doubling down on its price-tracking-for-travel features. The search giant said Tuesday that it's expanding the information it gives travelers looking to book airline flights and hotels. The idea is to help people find the cheapest price.<p>With features like this, Google is putting itself in …

Flying

​Download free e-books from your local library -- here's how

If you're an insatiable reader and you want as many e-books as you can get for free, look no further than the library. Recently, the New York Public Library put 300,000 books on an app called SimplyE. The app is available for Android and iOS, but is only available to those with a NYPL library …

Apps

Long Waits And Long Odds For Those Who Need Social Security Disability

By the time Stephenie Hashmi was in her mid-20s, she had achieved a lifelong dream — she was the charge nurse of one of Kansas City's largest intensive care units. But even as she cared for patients, she realized that something was off with her own health.<p>"I remember just feeling tired and feeling …

Join the discussion: What are the best third party bands for Apple Watch?

Are you someone who prefers the classic look of the milanese loop? Love the style of the Hermes bands but don't want to break the bank? Obsessed with …

Smartwatches