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How to see everything Google knows about you

The tech giant collects tons of data about you, including your search history, location, and voice searches that help improve Google's services and provide relevant ads.<p>But you might be surprised to know that Google can easily take a look at all of the data it has on you.<p>In October, The Guardian …

Google

How to Become the Ultimate Grill Master

Memorial Day marks the start of the serious grilling season, and there’s no better weekend to bolster your grill-master game. Luckily, honing your …

BBQ

14 books that will change the way you think about money

A lot of what holds people back from financial success are their thoughts and beliefs about money — not their job title or salary.<p>It turns out, you're probably already making enough money to become rich, as David Bach preaches in "The Automatic Millionaire"; and you <i>can</i> splurge on a $4 mocha and …

Personal Finance

The Bluetooth headset that keeps you awake at the wheel

Pounding coffee and Red Bull can only do so much to keep a driver from falling asleep at the wheel. But one company has developed a discreet Bluetooth headset that nudges you before you doze off.<p>The Vigo Bluetooth headset uses an infrared sensor, an accelerometer and an algorithm that tracks …

Samsung takes the wraps off a trio of experimental gadgets

Including a waistline-tracking smart belt and VR motion controllers<p>At CES in January, Samsung will show off for the first time ever a trio of devices from its Creative Lab or C-Lab program — a startup incubator within the company dedicated to developing employees' experimental product ideas. The …

Wearable Tech

7 Essential Tips for Negotiating a Huge Raise

Feel like you deserve a raise? Here's how to ask for one and get it.<p>Getting your boss to agree to a salary increase is rarely smooth sailing. From timing to lack of funding, we've all heard a heap of excuses as to why our request is being denied. While you can't reclaim lost raise opportunities …

Microsoft's newest app turns anyone into a programmer

As software continues to eat the world, there's more demand than ever for mobile apps in every facet of our lives.<p>But while the consumer app market just keeps growing and growing, the number of business apps just isn't keeping pace. Meanwhile, users are stuck using their old legacy software, tied …

Apps

11 tips about money from my new millionaire friend

I don't know what y'all are drinking these days, but you're dropping off some mighty fine nuggets around this blog lately! And I'm loving it! I think you need to merge together and come up with your own financial blog or something, haha …<p>But for now, you sit there and read this gem my new friend …

Personal Finance

This Edible Water Blob Could Change Hydration Forever

It can be tough to get your recommended daily intake of water, but one innovation is making it easier than ever to keep a bottle, or blob, of H2O on …

How Often Should You Upgrade Your iPhone? An Experiment

GIF<p>I’m a gadget nerd. I love having the latest and greatest phone. But my wife is more frugal—she’d rather run her phone into the ground before …

8 Great Gadgets to Upgrade Your Next Road Trip [SPONSORED]

You have your phone with its battery at 100 percent. You have great playlists to get you down the road. You even have got a proper emergency kit full of essential tools in case of trouble on the road. What you need to take this road trip from good to great are a few key gadgets that are going to …

Gear & Gadgets

Make Your Own Plant-Based Meal Replacement Powder to Save Money

Meal replacement drinks (think Ensure or Muscle Milk) can get pretty pricey at your local grocery or supplement store, so here’s a more affordable …

Nutrition

Catch some quality Z’s this weekend with your #AndroidWear. The Sleep as Android app helps you fall ...

Catch some quality Z’s this weekend with your #AndroidWear. The Sleep as Android app helps you fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up at the optimal …

This Calculator Helps You Crack Any Master Combination Lock in 8 Tries

Forgot your Master lock combo? Or want some incentive to not use a Master padlock? There’s a website for that.<p>The video above from Samy Kamar shows …

Clockwise

Ask Unexpected Questions to Catch Someone in a Lie

Whether you’re trying to finagle the truth from a teenager or you suspect a friend is fabricating a story, catching someone in a lie takes a bit of …

Psychology

What to Do When Your Boss Finds Out You're Job Hunting

It’s an awkward scenario that you’ll likely face in your career: you’re looking for a new job and your current boss gets wind of it before you tell …

Scan Images Into Text with Google Keep's OCR Feature

GIF<p>Web: If you're a regular Google Keep user, you might have missed a (relatively) new feature in the app. If you paste an image into a note, Google …

How to Be a Perfect Guest in the 21st Century

Your mother's missive to "Be polite!" might suffice to help you get by as a tolerable guest. But if you really want to shine as an exceptional and …

Ray wants to be the last remote control you’ll ever buy

David Skokna wants to simplify TV, one button at a time. That’s why Skokna and his team at Ray Ventures are introducing a remote control to replace …

Smart TV

CoStar's People of Note (Jan. 25 - 31)

It's time to update those contact managers with CoStar's People of Note, reporting news on significant new CRE hires and promotions. This week's …

Real Estate

The Best Time to Buy Anything During the Year

A bit of planning can save you a ton of money when it comes to buying throughout the year. Here’s your comprehensive, always up-to-date guide on the …

Top 5 laptops of 2014

Laptops are facing a lot of competition from tablets and even large smartphones, but they’re still the mainstay device for getting work done. Here are the best of 2014.<p><b>13-inch MacBook Air</b><p>The MacBook Air hasn’t changed much over the past few years, but that’s a testament to its design, which was …

​The Best Fitness Tracker for Every Need

Like many of you, I work in front of a computer. They’re powerful devices, but they also suck your will to live and trick you into never, ever …

Hone a Knife on the Rough Edge of a Vehicle Window

If you're out fishing, hunting, or camping, a decent knife is a good thing to have on hand. If you haven't honed the blade in a while, you can do it …

This Infographic is a Cheat Sheet For Clever Microwave Uses

We might forget occasionally how powerful microwaves are. Not only can they heat food quickly, but they're useful for a variety of other tasks. This …

Set up Chromecast guest mode on Android

​If your guest is using an Android 4.3+ device, you no longer have to share your Wi-Fi password for Chromecast access.<p>If you're going to be hosting a social gathering, then you'll love the newest feature to land on your Google Chromecast. Now you can allow guests to stream to your TV without …

Take The 'Old School' Design Out Of PowerPoint

A few months ago I was sitting in the ‘green room’ behind a stage waiting to deliver a keynote speech to an audience of entrepreneurs and business leaders. I couldn’t see the person speaking on stage ahead of me, but I heard the audio feed. I began taking notes because his talk was so interesting. …

This Innovation Will Change Camping Forever

Although many of us have fond memories of loading up in the station wagon and pitching a tent for the weekend, the nostalgic experience hasn’t quite kept up with modern technology. But you have a chance to Kickstart a product that could change that. The Camp Caddy is a camp kitchen on wheels set to …

Camping

How To Be A Great Manager If You're Shy

Recently, Muse career expert Melody Wilding talked about how to manage shy employees—which got me thinking about the flip side: What about when the boss is shy?<p>It seems like a contradiction. Managers are supposed to be authoritative, bold leaders. And shy people tend to hold back, avoid social …