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10 Easy Brunch Recipes To Impress Your Guests

The Thanksgiving feast may be over, but your houseguests will still be hungry. Don't stress yourself out by being a short order cook. Most of these brunch recipes can be made in advance, and <i>all</i> of them have some serious "wow-factor."<p><b>1. Drunken Caramel French Toast</b><p>Golden caramel, buttery challah and …

Microsoft's Black Friday deals start now, at prices as low as 10 cents

The newest Black Friday deal is already under way -- and the deals start as low as 10 cents.<p>Microsoft is on a "10" kick because of its Windows 10 operating system (which, the company reminds us, just passed 110 million device installs). Thus, 10 days of deals -- now through November 29 -- with …

[Deal Alert] Google Offers Another $6 In Free Play Store Credit For Each Chromecast Or Android TV Device You Own

The Chromecast is already a pretty fantastic deal for a streaming gadget, and it just keeps on giving. It looks like Google is repeating the $6 offer …

Verizon adds 'XXL' plan with 18GB of data for $100 per month

Plus $20 for every phone on your plan<p>Apparently Verizon's new, simpler S, M, L, and XL-sized data plans weren't enough for some customers. Very soon after unveiling its new set of data packages, Verizon has today returned with a fifth option: XXL. It offers 18GB of data for $100 each month, but the …

Speed up my phone - what can I do to make that happen?

Android devices have a tendency of getting old. And not only in the physical way, prolonged usage can also take a toll on performance, making it seem like you need to upgrade your phone sooner than you thought. What gives? Well, if you have been wondering “what can I do to speed up my phone”, you …

BLU Pure XL officially announced - QHD display, 24MP camera and a fingerprint scanner for $350

BLU, the manufacturer behind last year’s popular Life Pure XL smartphone, has released a new device today that boasts some impressive specs and a cheap price point. The BLU Pure XL is the latest to come from the Florida-based company, and is one of the more powerful devices it has ever produced.<p>The …

Comcast is offering cheap internet for old folks

Comcast is launching pilot schemes for its low-cost internet service aimed senior citizens, coming to San Francisco and Palm Beach County, Florida. It forms part of Comcast's Internet Essentials service that launched in 2011,offering cheaper internet connections to low-income families since 2011. …

5 urgent questions about Windows 10 answered

It's about a month since Windows 10 launched and the early reviews are mostly positive. On my site, Komando.com, I've had readers report everything from smooth sailing to minor annoyances to serious problems that made them go back to Windows 7 or 8.1. With major new software that's to be …

Tucson's Savory Invention: The Sonoran Hot Dog

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Go to Tucson, Ariz., and you’ll discover why so many locals there are raving about what they believe is the most delicious Mexican-inspired hot dog of all time: The Sonoran hot dog.<p>“It’s not just your ordinary hot dog with a little bit of ketchup and mustard. This is a whole new …

The five biggest changes to media playback in Windows 10

Windows 10 is finally here, and with the most robust and fully featured version of Microsoft's PC operating system to date, it appears the company has finally atoned for its former Windows 8 sins. While some of the changes are obvious -- hello Start menu, my old friend -- some take a little …

Verizon Drops Contracts and Subsidies for New Customers

The company is also simplifying its monthly plans by taking a cue from the fast food industry, offering plans in small, medium, large and extra large.<p>Verizon announced Friday that it will stop subsidizing phones for new customers, at the same time fully doing away with two-year contracts as …

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Verizon kills off service contracts, smartphone subsidies

Verizon is shaking up how you pay for your wireless service.<p>Verizon Wireless on Friday introduced a set of new data plans that require customers to pay for their smartphone in monthly installments or buy it outright. The new plans go into effect August 13.<p>It's a radical change in how Verizon …

Warren Buffett's 9 Tips for Happiness and Success

Warren Buffett knows a thing or three about becoming wealthy and successful, and the Oracle of Omaha is not averse to handing out mostly excellent …

The Secret Startup That Saved the Worst Website in America

How a team of young people, living in a repurposed McMansion in Maryland, helped rebuild Healthcare.gov<p>Loren Yu was on a weekend trip in Los Angeles when he received an urgent email from a friend. The friend, Kalvin Wang, had a proposition.<p>"If your response isn’t ‘no way,’ then we should talk ASAP, …

Microsoft rethinks the browser with Edge (hands-on)

Microsoft's has built a new, Modern browser for Windows 10.<p>Microsoft Edgeis a fast, modern browser that's intended to replace Internet Explorer. It's bundled into Windows 10 , and packs a number of new features that hope to lure folks away from the likes of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.<p>But even …

How To Solve 6 Common Facebook Frustrations

If you're a Facebook user, you know that Facebook updates their software to introduce new features that claim to improve your experience -- and they do it without warning.<p>It's hard to find the time to study the details of the latest update, which leaves many of us perplexed when using Facebook. …

How to Get Wall USB Ports Without Wiring Anything

The SnapPower faceplate fits right over your existing outlets<p>You may have seen those electrical outlets that incorporate USB ports, allowing you to charge your mobile devices without the blocky adapter. The new SnapPower Charger on Kickstarter makes this tech much simpler to install. There's no …

Microsoft to take on Google Chromebooks with $149 Windows 10 laptops

In an attempt to take on Google's popular Chromebooks, Microsoft is reportedly working on developing two affordable laptops which will run on the …

Microsoft To Launch $149 Windows 10 Notebooks

According to a recent report Microsoft is looking to take on Google’s Chromebooks with a new range of budget Windows 10 notebooks which will retail …

HTC hints they may consider Android 5.1 for One M7 after all

Yesterday we reported that Android 5.1 would not be coming to the HTC One M7, at least according to the company’s VP of Product Management, Mo Versi. As our comment section can attest to, many folks were none to pleased by this news. Thankfully, HTC has heard the complaints surfacing on Twitter and …

Windows 10 will be free for software pirates

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users this summer, but Microsoft is also extending its offer to software pirates. "We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10," says Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Windows chief, in an interview with Reuters. …

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Why Apple's HBO Deal Isn't a Streaming TV Game-Changer (Yet)

Monday’s news that HBO is coming to Apple devices without a cable subscription is likely to make fans of HBO’s massively popular <i>Game of Throne</i>s say …

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Microsoft's New Keyboard Works on Any Device, Anywhere

How often does it happen that you need to blast out a quick email or jot down an idea, but it's too long to tap out on your phone's tiny keyboard, and you left your laptop at home or don't want to deal with getting it out and booting it up? Microsoft hopes it's quite often. The company's new …

Prevent your Mac password from being bypassed

A nefarious individual could purloin your Mac and bypass your user account password in order to access your data or wipe your system clean and begin using it as their own. It's possible to reset a password by booting into Recovery Mode or from an external drive.<p>Thankfully, there two precautions you …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Own A Chromecast? Google Wants To Give You $6

The Chromecast is already a damned great little device. Pretty much the only thing* that would make it better is if Google randomly gave you free money for owning one.<p><i>(*except for 5ghz WiFi support, that’d be good too.)</i><p>What do you know! That’s what they’re doing today.<p>As noted by Android Authority, …

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Three ways to learn Android programming in 2015

Now that the new year is firmly off and running, what about you? Are you just plodding along, or did you come up with a resolution for the new year? …

New Windows 7 Patch Is Effectively Malware, Disables Graphics Driver Updates And Windows Defender

*<i>Due to some valid complaints regarding my usage of the term “Malware,” I’ve updated the headline with a more accurate description of the Windows Update: “Badware,” which is unintentionally harmful software.</i><p>If you have Windows 7 set to automatically update every Tuesday, it may be time to …

The best cheap tablet you can buy

Shot on location at WeWork. Also available on YouTube.<p>The Winner<p>Asus Memo Pad 7 (ME572C)<p>The Asus Memo Pad is a remarkably high-end tablet. It has everything: Android 4.4, a brand-new Intel processor, a light and thin, yet sturdy body. It's black and sharply cornered, almost like one of Nokia's old …