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5 Free Apps To Overcome Your Forgetfulness

Whether you need to remember when your bills are due or to drink more water, this edition of Free App Friday is for you.<p><b>Carbodroid (Android)</b><p>We’re made of the stuff–and need about two to three liters of it per day–to stay sharp and healthy. If you need a nudge to grab a glass of water, Carbodroid is …

5 Companies Building Keyboards for iOS 8

Following all the hullabaloo at WWDC this week, with OS X Yosemite, iCloud Drive, iOS 8, HealthKit, HomeKit, and a brand new programming language unveiled, you could have been excused for glazing over this tantalizing tidbit: third-party keyboards are coming to iOS.<p>Just as potential car-buyers may …

Why LinkedIn is morphing from a social network into an online newspaper

On May 5th, LinkedIn will celebrate its 11th birthday. It announced last month that 300 million people had signed up for the professional social network. This evening, LinkedIn will report earnings for first quarter of this year, which analysts expect to surpass the company’s own guidance.<p>Despite …

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America's best craft breweries

It wasn't long ago when the American beer market was dominated by a handful of acrid, factory-produced brews that bore only a passing resemblance to what those in other climes called 'beer'. Thankfully, those days of choking down foul-tasting swill are long gone, with an explosion of microbreweries …

How To Learn A Foreign Language In 3 Months

"French and Spanish, English, German, and Brazilian Portuguese..." he ticks them off for me. "And Esperanto."<p>That last one is a made-up language, or a "constructed international auxiliary language," meaning it was designed to help people from different nations without a common tongue …

Language Learning

Travel Smarter With Tech

For most people, the point of travel is to get away. Get away from work, from stress, from the all-too-familiar trappings of home. While an “offline” vacation, away from email and phone calls, is certainly laudable, a little bit of tech can go a long way in actually <i>relieving</i> stress.<p>Saving money, …

Oggl for iPad: Even More Fun with Photo Filters

When Hipstamatic unveiled its new Oggl for iPhone last spring, the new app was a refreshing update on a rapidly ageing photo trend. For some advanced photographers whose interest ran toward more artistic creations, the whole lo-fi filter scene was starting to show some wear and tear.<p>And now, a …

How to Rip a DVD with Handbrake (for Beginners)

How to Rip a DVD to Your Computer

Say you have a movie on DVD, but you want to watch it on your phone, tablet, somewhere else. You can “rip” that DVD—or turn it into a movie file on …

Audio Converter Lite Does What You'd Expect in Just a Few Clicks

OS X: If you don't want to use iTunes, OS X doesn't really provide an easy way to convert audio formats. There are a few apps out there, but most …

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With Chromebooks A Success, Google Adds Focus On Chromeboxes

When you think ChromeOS, chances are the first thing that comes to mind are Chromebooks. Since 2012, though, Google and its hardware partners have also been quietly selling its Chromeboxes, the desktop equivalents of the ChromeOS laptops. Now that Chromebooks seem to have found their place, with …

Here Are 13 Apps We Couldn't Live Without In 2013

It’s been an important year for apps, those chicklet-sized, colorful squares on your smartphone, not just because the companies behind them continued to command multi-billion dollar valuations, but because of their increasing impact on offline life. A few years ago, the apps we couldn’t live …

Springpad for iOS updated with customized smart notebook templates

Springpad, the popular personal organizer app, makes it even easier to stay organized with their latest update by introducing customized notebook templates. These themed notebooks include different categories: Recipes, For Later, Tasks, Work Project, Holiday Gift Planner, Books, Movies, and Home …

Dropbox updated with new design for iOS 7, AirDrop, and more

As first shown by <i>9to5Mac</i>, Dropbox has updated its iOS app with an all-new design for iOS 7 and several new feature and improvements. The update brings a streamlined iPad interface, improvements to the sharing process, an updated PDF viewer, and AirDrop support on iOS 7 devices.<p>Version 3.0 also …

A guide to the eateries of France

There's a vast number of eateries in France. Most have defined roles, though some definitions are becoming a bit blurred. Here's a quick guide:<p>Auberge<p>An <i>auberge</i> (inn), which may also appear as an <i>auberge de campagne</i> or <i>auberge du terroir</i> (country inn), is usually attached to a rural B&B or small hotel …

Skin Analytics Keeps An Eye On Your Skin

Over time, our skin ages. We don’t see many of these subtle changes but it’s happening. Also, moles or other skin blemishes change over time – sometimes slowly, sometimes more rapidly, but one thing is for sure, we don’t normally see or detect these changes until it’s too late.<p>More than two million …

7 health benefits of drinking hot cocoa

From the 'too good to be true' file: Hot cocoa has some really surprising health benefits.<p>Oh those clever Mayans. When they weren’t busy developing …

What to do in the garden this week: sort onions and sow sweet peas

Helen Yemm's gardening checklist. This week: sort our your good onions from the bar and start sowing sweet peas for next year<p><b>Sow sweet peas</b><p>Sow some <b>sweet peas</b> in <b>Rootrainers</b> now. Germinated in the autumn, they make sturdier plants than those sown in spring. Take a look at our guide to sweet pea …

The best figs to grow in your garden

There are several varieties of this luscious fruit, but choose wisely which figs to grow and you’ll benefit until season’s end<p>Come harvest time, there are some fruits you can never have enough of. The luscious fig, that augurs summer’s end, is ready to be harvested at this last moment of plenty; it …

Beer Experts Say These Are The 20 Best Beers In The World

Stanford University computer science post-doc Julian McAuley and assistant professor Jure Leskovec released a paper earlier this year outlining how our tastes change as we consume more products and gain more expertise.<p>Their theory was the more experience we have, the more we will like certain …

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7 Apps To Beat Stress In The Workplace

Work, kids, in-laws, spouses, mass transit systems—life in general can cause a heck of a lot of stress for the average thinking human. Pressure come from all angles in the fast-moving, modern world.<p>It’s only right that we have various oases that we can escape to when the going gets rough. As you’d …

6 Spectacular Make-Ahead Dinner Party Dishes

Six make-ahead dnner party mains, from lamb to seafood soup to eggplant parmesan.<p>As impressive as they look, the best thing about these entrées is that they're prepared in advance, which means you'll spend more time with your guests and less time in the kitchen on party night.

Two for One Dinner and Brunch: Portuguese Baked Eggs

You can make the base for this Portuguese Baked Eggs recipe ahead of time, then eat it both for dinner and brunch the day after.<p><i>It's the freakin' weekend, which means you should not be awake early enough for breakfast. Sleep in. It's all about brunch.</i><p>There are two things you need to think about …

3 Gadgets That Lead to a Happier, Healthier Life

They've been called "Big Mother"—gadgets designed to help you sit up straighter, breathe deeper, and slow down at mealtime. O editors test-drive …

Gear & Gadgets

Caramelized Peaches + Cream with a Toasted Crumble

Caramelized Peaches + Cream with a Toasted Crumble.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> August 30, 2013 68<p>You know my stance on peaches.<p>I firmly believe that you really only …

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