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Everything you need to know to stand-up paddleboard Lake Tahoe year-round

The Chronicle has launched a new weekly Travel newsletter! Sign up here. Enter your email at the top and check the box marked “Travel.”<p>One late fall …

Tahoe

20 super-secret spots around Tahoe: Where to escape the crowds this fall

Lake Tahoe dazzles in summer when the waters are an almost Caribbean turquoise blue and the surrounding conifer-cloaked mountains are dusted in a light coating of snow resembling powdered sugar.<p>Winter is equally beautiful when stormy weather churns up the lake into an electrifying navy blue stew …

Tahoe

Ten Tips for Capturing Stunning Sunset Photos

Sunsets can provide some of the most beautiful images in a photographer’s portfolio, but the dramatic light and vibrant colors can be challenging to …

Landscape Photography

Man Comes Up With the Most Punderful Road Signs to Make Passersby Smile

Whether you love them or hate them, the art of the pun should not be <i>punderestimated</i> (sorry), as it takes skill to craft comical wordplay that can make people laugh and cringe at the same time. One group to master the art of funny puns is the Indian Hills Community of Colorado, who’ve been making …

Jokes

Advanced Neko Rigging Secrets for Better Bass Fishing

FLW Tour pro Shin Fukae tells me the correct pronunciation of Neko rig requires a short “e” sound like “gecko,” rather than a long “e”, as in “week.” …

Fishing

Yamaha’s Wi-Fi-enabled turntable lets you stream vinyl anywhere at home

We’re huge fans of the recent vinyl revival and the countless new products from acclaimed audio brands that have come with it. But unless you have a …

Audiophile

Hidden Medieval Door Leading to Smugglers’ Caves Discovered Underneath Scottish Castle

Legend has it that a piper and his dog once ventured into the caves below Scotland’s Culzean Castle, determined to refute locals’ belief that the …

Archaeology

Apple tries teaching photo editing over the phone

Apple is once again offering one-on-one tutorials on photo editing. Oddly though, these training sessions are given over the phone.<p>There are grounds to question the usefulness of a lesson in which neither the teacher nor the student can see what the other is doing. Perhaps an in-person Today at …

Apple

How to use AirPort Express for AirPlay 2 with existing router

As we reported earlier this afternoon, Apple today pushed an update for its discontinued AirPort Express. Within the update, it included support for AirPlay 2, which lets you create a multi-room audio system.<p>AirPort Express is a router first, but what many people don’t know is you can actually use …

Airports

Apple Updates AirPort Express Firmware with AirPlay 2 Support

Apple has released version 7.8 of the firmware for compatible AirPort Express WiFi routers to add AirPlay 2 support. Although there had been hints in iOS betas that the latest iteration of Apple’s peer-to-peer streaming technology was coming to the Express routers, its addition still came as a …

Airports

Apple just turned your ancient AirPort Express router into an AirPlay 2 wireless speaker dongle

You've got to hand it to Apple. Even though the company hasn't updated its AirPort Express router since 2012, and even though it discontinued the entire AirPort line earlier this year, Apple isn't just letting its Wi-Fi router become a doorstop. Today, Apple imbued the AirPort with a brand-new …

Tech Trends

How to Pack a Backpack for a Hiking Trip

Learn how to pack your backpack properly, comfortably and conveniently to make your next multi-day hike a gem.Backpacks have come a long way since …

Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction

Before he was a big game hunter, before he was a deep-sea fisherman, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman who would rise very early in the morning and …

Turn your old Apple Watch into real cash in time for an upgrade

This year’s Apple Watch refresh could be the biggest yet. With rumors surrounding a new design and a larger edge-to-edge display, every smartwatch wearer is going to want to upgrade.<p>To help you pay for yours, you can turn your old Apple Watch into real cash. And we can show you where you’ll find …

Apple Watch

I've Been Drilling Pilot Holes Wrong My Entire Life. Here's How I Learned to Correct My Technique.

So, ever since I learned to use an electric drill, I've followed this rule: when joining two pieces of wood, you drill an appropriately sized pilot …

How to Whiten Grimy Grout

If your tile grout is dirty and stained but still sound, consider whitening the grimy grout with this easy, inexpensive four-step process.<p>When …

15 Milky Way Photography Examples That Will Blow Your Mind

Looking at well done Milky Way photography examples is something that is almost guaranteed to motivate you to go out and try to get these types of …

5 Bass Fishing Rigs Every Angler Should Know

We've had a bunch of requests to do a piece on how to tie several rigs for bass fishing with soft plastics and when and where to fish them. We'll …

Delete old iOS backups to free up tons of space on your Mac

I was shocked to discover that the biggest chunk of data occupying my MacBook's ($1,269 at Amazon.com) limited storage were iOS files. Needless iOS files, to be exact. I was unknowingly storing iPhone ($825 at Amazon Marketplace) backups on my Mac for an iPhone and an iPad ($345 at Amazon …

MacBook Pro

Hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail

Lake Tahoe is 122,200 acres of cobalt blue water and reflections of the Sierra. The best way to really get to know it: The Tahoe Rim Trail. The …

Hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail

Lake Tahoe is 122,200 acres of cobalt blue water and reflections of the Sierra. The best way to really get to know it: The Tahoe Rim Trail. The …

Tahoe

How to disable My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing without erasing your photos

Macworld reader PJ wrote in to ask about disabling My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing without losing anything. He received dire warnings when …

If Your iPhone Keeps Dying, Check for Weirdly Behaving Apps

Battery issues are one of the more headache-inducing problems you’ll ever deal with as an iPhone owner. Whether it’s Apple’s alleged planned …

Learn How to Solder Copper Pipe Yourself

Don’t be intimidated by soldering. In this easy-to-follow video from GOT2LEARN, you’ll see that soldering a leak-free joint is actually a very …

The 10 Best Hiking GPS Apps

Planning your perfect hike, training run, or bike ride is just an app away with one of these GPS hiking apps. Your smartphone is an essential …

10 Best Pedal Kayaks: The Ultimate List (2018)

Pedal Kayaks are a remarkable innovation in small watercraft. You move faster through the water, are positioned more comfortably than most other …

Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You

There are lots of experiences you might hope to have while exploring the great outdoors. Taking in scenic views after summiting a hike, enjoying …

Disease

Drop Shot Rig: How to Rig Bass Fishing Soft Plastics

A drop shot rig has grown to be one the most effective ways to fish for pressured bass or spooky bass in clear water. It's effective fished …

5 Best Rigs for Bass Fishing Soft Plastics

Fishing a plastic worm or other soft-plastic bait remains the most popular way to catch bass among anglers. There are 5 basic rigs for bass fishing …

5 Plastic Worms for Deep Summer Bass Fishing

If you’ve been bass fishing long, you’ve undoubtedly fished a plastic worm. But we still get a lot of questions about what worms to use when and …