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What to Stream This Weekend

Five films that master the art of suspense.<p><i>Each week, Richard Brody picks a classic film, a modern film, an independent film, a foreign film, and a documentary for online viewing.</i><p>“In a Lonely Place”<p>With Annette Bening taking on the mighty challenge of incarnating Gloria Grahame in “Film Stars Don’t …

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Ranking The Best New Shows On Netflix You Can Stream Right Now

For the weekend of April 7, Streamline recommends “Collateral” in the top Netflix spot for the fifth time.<p>Over the last few weeks, Netflix has debuted far more original movies than original shows. “Collateral” is very, very good, but it has only maintained that top spot for so long because Netflix …

Entertainment

Julian Barnes, Sebastian Faulks, Leïla Slimani … the best fiction for 2018

Books by Rupert Thomson, Aminatta Forna and a clutch of brilliant debuts are among the novels to look out for this year<p>It feels like 2018 has more than its share of debut novels to get excited about. <i>The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock</i> (Harvill Secker)by Imogen Hermes Gowar nails the 18th century as …

Books

How to Check Your iPhone’s Battery Life

Now that Apple’s admitted to slowing down iPhones with degraded batteries, you’re probably interested in figuring out whether your battery is losing …

Mobile Technology

Gmail's Priority Inbox and this search trick will fix your email headache

There's no shortage of ways to manage your email, but if you use Gmail, here's a one-two punch that'll quickly clean up your inbox.<p>The crux of our …

Hansel y Gretel: Children's Story in Spanish With Vocabulary Lessons

'Hansel and Gretel' in Spanish<p>Hansel y Gretel vivían con su padre, un pobre leñador, y su cruel madrastra, muy cerca de un espeso bosque. Vivían con …

How to find the shows you want to watch on YouTube TV

YouTube TV has access to tons of great programming from dozens of different channels. If you can't find the shows that you're interested in though, …

YouTube TV

How to speed up your Wi-Fi

Optimize your internet connection.<p>No one likes slow Wi-Fi—it's right up there with creaking doors and leaking taps as one of the most frustrating household problems. To boost your upload and download speeds back up to where they should be, try making these tweaks to your router and other …

The best feature on Netflix you’re probably not using

I recently flew cross-country from New York City to Los Angeles, California. Since I don't sleep too well on planes, I figured it would be the perfect time to catch up on some movies and television I haven't had the time to watch.<p>I was flying Virgin America. And while the airline offers a selection …

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7 ways to navigate YouTube like a pro

These tips will help you make the most of YouTube's features for your next viral video binge.<p>On the surface, YouTube can be a bit boring. Sure, the videos you watch are entertaining, but the app or website itself doesn't offer much. Or does it?<p>As it turns out, there's a whole heckuva lot to …

Internet

54 New Titles That You Must Read on Flipboard

As the single place for news for every passion, we’re proud to be partnered with some of the best content creators on the planet. No matter which Smart Magazine you follow, Flipboard surfaces quality stories from experts who bring authority and enthusiasm for whatever they’re covering. Here’s a …

5 apps that keep you safe while traveling [Tech Travel Tips]

At home, you can pretty much trust your own Wi-Fi network, and you kind of have to trust your cellular provider. But as soon as you fetch up at a hotel, airport, Airbnb rental or coffee shop, you risk everything.<p>Short of leaving your MacBook or iPhone out on the table while you visit the bathroom …

Apps

10 hidden features of Spotify you need to know

Master Spotify with these tips.<p>I agree, Spotify is confusing. It's also incredible, giving you access to millions of songs for free (with the occasional ad) or ad-free for $9.99 a month. Spotify was the reason I finally stopped buying CDs or purchasing albums in any form so many years ago. For less …

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Tips and tricks for getting the most from Google’s great service<p>By now, you’ve almost certainly heard how good Google Photos is. Your friends, family, and coworkers are probably using it and singing the app’s praises. It makes backing up your photo library effortless. It can identify people — even …

Mobile Photography

Eight Things You Hate About Gmail and How to Fix Them

Dear everyone,<p>I hope this email finds you doing…Actually, I just hope this email finds you, period.<p>With so many messages—there’s your boss, there’s Aunt Bertha, there’s a 10%-off sale at the Gap—it’s easy to miss stuff. I used to think I was terrible at email, but it’s not me, it’s email. …

Apps

Scan text with your iPhone and make the real world searchable

Paper is still great for a lot of things. It’s lightweight, it’s fairly water-resistant, and is just about the best tool available for reducing the number of trees in the world. But it doesn’t sync with iCloud, and anything written on it is not searchable.<p>Luckily, there’s an easy way out of this …

Apps

100 awesome iPhone apps that will turn your phone into a jack-of-all-trades

YouTube used to come with your phone, but with iOS 6, Apple removed it. Luckily, Google brought it back. If you need to know what YouTube is, please …

Apps

This ingenious app teaches you a new language in your spare seconds

Every day, there are countless seconds that slip by that could probably be put to better use.<p>A set of new apps from researchers at MIT’s Computer …

16 of the coolest apps and gadgets you should use the next time you travel

Thanks to technology, gone are the days of overpaying for flights, struggling to book a place to stay when you travel, or suffering through terrible meals at subpar restaurants.<p>But with so many available apps and gadgets to help you out, which ones are really going to save you time and money or …

Apps

11 default iPhone apps you can replace with much better ones

Delete Maps, Mail and Safari and never look back — there are much better versions of the default apps you get when you first get a new iPhone.<p>You …

How to fix disappearing iPhone passwords

Once you've changed your Apple/iCloud password you may find it keeps disappearing from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Here's how to bring it back …

Apple Pay

Walter Scott prize for historical fiction unveils 2017 shortlist

Judges hail vintage year as major authors including Sebastian Barry and Rose Tremain contend alongside unfamiliar names for £25,000 honour<p>Sebastian Barry and Francis Spufford are to replay their battle for the Costa book of the year award after both were shortlisted for the 2017 Walter Scott prize …

Books

Apple's Workflow App: What It Is and How to Use It

Apple has acquired an new app that will let iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad users get things done faster than ever before. <br>The app, called Workflow, …

Consumer Tech

The best ways to back up all your photos to the cloud

Keep your digital memories safe<p>If your mobile phone (or laptop) falls in a lake, what happens to those years of digital photos you've been saving up? Unless you've got them safely backed up somewhere else, they're likely to be gone forever. Which is why getting them synced to the cloud is such a …

Books

Your iPhone Has A Secret Feature You Probably Never Knew About

iPhones are like clown cars: it seems like every time we turn around, another secret feature is being divulged. How many more can there be? Only time …

Text Messaging

If You Have A Smart TV, Take A Closer Look At Your Privacy Settings

Your high-tech TV may be listening and watching.<p>Over 40 million US households own smart TVs, a category that made up more than half of TVs shipped globally in the first quarter of 2016. These high-tech internet-connected displays offer viewers the ease of access to services like Netflix, games, and …

Helen Dunmore: facing mortality and what we leave behind

The novelist, recently diagnosed with cancer, considers the question of legacy and how a wander through a graveyard inspired her latest novel Birdcage Walk<p>What is left behind by a life? Avoiding this question can be as much of an art as answering it. Philip Larkin wrote of ambulances, inexorable as …

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