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How to simplify and standardize your Android smartphone with the Google Now Launcher app

Before you create a reminder, make sure you have Google Now turned on.<p>There are a few ways you can create a reminder in the Google app:<p>Touch the …

Google Play

18 Skewers to Bring to Every Summer BBQ

As of tomorrow, it’s FINALLY officially summer! We all know grilled skewer recipes are essential for all those upcoming warm-weather get-togethers, but you don’t always have to get the grill involved when serving kabobs for dinner. Even strawberry shortcake can get a skewer makeover for summer. …

Cooking

Song of the Summer 2016: Industry Insiders Pick Their Favorites

For EW’s new Summer Must List—the one with Nick Jonas on the cover, on newsstands now—we asked industry insiders and top artists to peer into their …

One simple practice that will dramatically increase your emotional intelligence

This is often a good thing. Think about it: Good reflexes can help you avoid a car accident or jump to a friend's aid without hesitation.<p>But we get into trouble when we let emotions rule those reactions. For example, how do you typically respond when:<p>You read an email that implies you dropped the …

Self-help

I read 164 books in 2015 and tracked them all in a spreadsheet. Here's what I learned. - Vox

My life became a cultural wasteland after my daughter was born. No more books, no more movies — only television provided a last, desperate bastion of artistic connection, consumed in small doses through a semi-conscious daze. I felt bad about not reading; as a librarian with two English literature …

Books

Will Your Aging Parents Engage With You About Their Life?

All aging parents should have the "four talks" with their elder children (boomers). No child wants to be the initiator of these discussion, so we elders can take the bull by the horns and get it started. Then there will be those of us who are reluctant, and therefore, if the elder parents won't, …

Turns Out You Can Make Pretty Much Any Recipe In The Slow Cooker. Here's How.

Picture this: You throw everything into a pot. Then it's off to go run errands or even go to work for the day. Hours later, you unlock the door, and return to a perfectly cooked dish. This can happen for most traditional recipes -- because they can be adapted for a slow cooker. Don't believe us? …

Cooking

Scientists find the brain’s missing ‘pipes’

“Throw out the textbooks” and “missing link” are words rarely heard anymore in science, but that’s what researchers around the world are saying about the recent discovery of microscopic lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.<p>That physical link was long thought absent, …

Immune System

The Strange Success of Wolf Hall

The BBC show about Henry VIII speaks to our own political moment.<p><i>Wolf Hall,</i> which debuted last night on PBS's Masterpiece after a ballyhooed six-episode run on BBC2 in the United Kingdom, is the unlikeliest of hits. As a former professor of Renaissance literature who spent several years of his life …

Wolf Hall

This Wi-Fi Router Provides the Fastest Connection

After spending a total of 200 hours researching and testing over 20 Wi-Fi routers, plus analyzing reader comments and feedback, the $100 TP-Link …

Wi-Fi

Our Best Kebab and Skewer Recipes for Your Grilling Pleasure

14 skewer and kebab recipes, from salmon to chicken to lamb.<p><b>Ice pops, corn dogs, cotton candy—there's nothing like food on a stick.</b> But the grand-daddy of stick cuisine will always be grilled kebabs. Check out these recipes to see what we mean.

Cooking

4 Motivating TED Talks to Help You Bounce Back From Failure

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We’ve all heard the preachy platitude “Failure isn’t an option.” And, generally speaking, it’s not. At least not an option most would purposely choose. But failing is inevitable. Everyone eats humble pie in some way at some point, …

Motivation

Our Crispy Oven Fries

potato, carrot and rosemary kugel

… September looks to be an exhausting month… i’m not complaining but sometimes I do wish I could find the ‘off’ switch and power down… or at least …

Salted Brown Butter Rice Crispy Bars

When I first saw this recipe by Smitten Kitchen, I didn’t know how I felt about tampering with the classic Rice Krispie Treat (one of my childhood …

7 Valentine's Day Crafts For Your Home

Here comes another holiday sneaking up on us! I always look forward to Valentine’s Day, not because I want chocolates and flowers but because I get …

Chemicals

Banana Mango Kale Smoothie and the Late Night Kale Haul

Today’s smoothie is probably one of the ‘go-to’-est smoothies around, a banana mango kale smoothie. The perfect trifecta of favorite fruits and …

Homemade Caramel Made Right Every Time

<i>Dawn Perry, photos by Zach DeSart</i><p>A salted caramel always makes for the ideal winter fix. With a few tips from the BA Prep School, you can have homemade caramel candies in your dessert arsenal.<p><b>SEE MORE:</b><b>Ingredients We Can't Cook Without</b><p>Undercook your caramel mixture and you'll end up with a stiff …

Baking

Salted Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies

Salted Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> December 18, 2012 137<p>Know what happens when you make an entire batch of truffle cookies one …