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10 Things Confident People Don’t Do

In “The Empire Strikes Back,” when Yoda is training Luke to be a Jedi, he demonstrates the power of the Force by raising an X-wing fighter from a swamp. Luke mutters, “I don’t believe it.” Yoda replies, “That is why you fail.”<p>As usual, Yoda was right—and science backs him up. Numerous studies have …

Self-improvement

Alexa May Have Won CES, But It Still Has a Fight Ahead - MIT Technology Review

Amazon doesn’t have an official presence at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but it’s making no shortage of headlines thanks to its Alexa …

Automation

Am I nuts to put 100% of my retirement savings in stocks?

<i>My wife and I plan to retire next year. Since nearly all of our basic living expenses will be covered by Social Security and an immediate annuity, I plan to invest 100% of our retirement savings in stocks. I figure Social Security and my annuity effectively act like a big position in bonds, so</i> …

Retirement

Pictures of the Week 10.13.16

Shia Islam

Leg Training: Bring Out the Big Wheels

Lifters tend to break down into two categories: those who squat and those who don’t. The squatters, it is believed, stand to gain the most muscle and …

Workouts
Retirement

This is The Biggest Threat To China’s Stock Market

Mark Twain is attributed with saying that history may not repeat itself, but it certainly does rhyme. What we are seeing this week in terms of the …

Stock Markets

What would you pay to be happy?

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Happiness

With Windows 10, The OS Becomes A Service Instead Of A Series Of Major Releases

Microsoft is moving to a different kind of software model with Windows 10. A developer evangelist noted that Windows 10 would be the “last version of Windows” during the company’s Ignite conference this week, and a follow-up confirmation from an official Microsoft spokesperson revealed (via the …

Software

The 5 Best Smartphones Right Now

Thanks to some intense competition in the smartphone space, upgrading your handset isn’t as easy as it used to be. Not too long ago it was iPhone, …

Mobile Technology

Strategic Debt Can Help in Retirement

Baby boomers are entering retirement in record numbers and 44 percent of them have concerns about their level of debt, according to a 2014 report by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). While concern and responsibility with debt are warranted, one expert argues eliminating all debt is …

Agent's Take: How Uncle Sam could decide where Ndamukong Suh plays

Falcons? Lions? Colts? Jags? Raiders? Ndamukong Suh is about to get paid, but his free-agent choice could come down to state income tax. Ex-agent …

NFL

D'Angelo to perform on Saturday Night Live on Jan. 31

The soul singer D'Angelo will perform on "Saturday Night Live" at the end of the month, marking his most high-profile televised appearance since releasing his long-delayed album "Black Messiah" in December. The singer will appear on the Jan. 31 episode, which, according to news first reported by …

Ford promises bounce back year

Ford Motor reported a sharp drop in profits at the end of last year but predicted better times are ahead in 2015.<p>Its operating income tumbled 20% in the final quarter of 2014 and 30% for the full year, although that result was better than expected.<p>The nation's No. 2 automaker had been expecting to …

Time Warner
College Football
Basketball

London looks to take U.S.\’s place as bitcoin capital

How to Make Beer Can Chicken

<i>Each week this summer, Cara Nicoletti of The Meat Hook is helping us get to know our favorite cuts a little bit better – and introducing you to a few new ones, too. Read on, study up, then hightail it to your nearest butcher.</i><p><i>Today: It may look a little silly, but the flavor of this beer can chicken</i> …

Alibaba Is Not A Threat To US Internet Companies

Everybody loves superlatives, and it is definitely Superlatives Week for the tech press. Alibaba’s IPO will represent “surely one of tech’s largest ever” Kara Swisher of Re/code intoned. Heather Somerville and Brandon Bailey of the San Jose Mercury News said that the company would have “an …

Google Appears to Be Testing a Stunning Gmail Overhaul

Google is constantly testing new designs and features, but Geek recently spotted a beautiful new visual overhaul of Gmail’s web interface.<p>The leaked images show a radically simpler inbox with less clutter and a big focus on email itself. These leaked desktop designs also match up with a previous …

What Men Really Want When It Comes to Work

Sure, there's salary and vacation time, but there's one more benefit on the minds of many men — even in their 20s and 30s — when it comes to job necessities.<p>Eighty-nine percent of men say paternity leave is hugely important to them, says a new Boston College study to be published in June.<p>That puts …

How to compete with all-cash homebuyers

More homebuyers than ever are paying with all cash. How do you get in on the game if you aren’t rolling in dough? NBC’s personal finance expert Sharon Epperson shares her tips.

Personal Finance

Deals: iPad mini Tough Armor Bundle by Spigen

Here’s a good looking offer at the new iPad Insight Deals section – the Spigen Tough Armor bundle for the iPad mini and Retina iPad mini. It includes a Spigen Tough Armor case, a Crystal screen protector, and a MFi certified lightning cable.<p>The bundle comes in at $54.99, 42% off the standard …

ZTE Is Selling The $99 Open C Firefox Phone Exclusively On Ebay

If you’re into open source, unlocked phones that cost less than a month of phone service, take note. Manufacturer ZTE is selling their first Firefox OS phone on Ebay for a piddly $99, a price that should make it a great choice for folks looking for a solid phone with a solid pedigree and an …

Samsung design: the good, the bad, and the ugly

It’s not easy to claim the top spot in the worldwide smartphone market. You can’t do it without offering consumers something compelling and that starts with great design. According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung shipped 89 million units in the first three months of this year, for a commanding 31.2% …

Electronics Industry

What does Apple stand to gain from Dr Dre's Beats headphones?

Dr Dre's headphone brand may seem like an odd fit with Apple's image, but music and powerful people have their own appeal<p>Apple is reported to be buying Dr Dre’s headphone brand Beats for $3.2bn, in a deal that would be the Cupertino-based company’s largest acquisition to date. But what does Beats …