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Report: All Intel Processors Made in the Last Decade Might Have a Massive Security Flaw [Updated]

There’s small screwups and big screwups. Here is tremendously huge screwup: Virtually all Intel processors produced in the last decade have a major …

Information Security

Life with a Sense home energy monitor, the first month

<b>Measuring individual appliance's energy consumption is one thing. But Sense aims to give you a bigger picture.</b><p>TreeHugger has long hosted a debate …

3 Ways to Have a Happy Retirement, According to People Who've Already Retired

How to tilt the odds in your favor.<p>“Happiness,” it’s been said, “is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it will evade you.” In other …

Retirement

3 Serious Problems With the 4% Retirement Rule

The "4% rule" is extremely handy and can help you figure out how much to save for retirement -- but it could also be dangerous, if you're not aware …

Top 10 self-defense gadgets that could save your life

Self-defense weapons and gadgets are great to have but it is important to know when to use them and when not to.<p>It is important to point out that …

Self Defense

Technology is destroying the most important asset in your life

<i>“Money isn’t the most important thing in the world. Your time is.”</i><p>Parents, teachers, and mentors all around the world have spoken these words to us, in one form of another, throughout our lives. It makes sense, too.<p>Most of us come to realize at some point that money is a means, not an end. It …

This wireless box turns your iPhone into a portable recording studio

If you’re a musician, there are plenty of ways to get recordings into your iPhone or iPad. Almost everyone uses either the Voice Notes or Music Memos to capture ideas, and there is a small universe of music apps for iOS, along with hardware to connect your instruments or high-quality microphones. …

Music Production

The complete list of Alexa commands so far

Here are all the things you can ask Alexa to do. (Dad jokes included.)<p>Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, is infiltrating your home, your beach trips and even your ride to work. Now that there are many ways to interact with Alexa -- with the Tap, Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Look, Echo Show, Dash Wand and the …

Smart Homes

How to bring Alexa into every room of your home

Finding the right combination of Amazon Echo devices can be a tricky balancing act, we'll walk you through it.<p><i>Editors' Note, January 31, 2017: Thanks to</i> Amazon's ESP feature<i>, you no longer have to worry about device overlap since only the closest Echo will respond to you if multiple devices hear</i> …

Smart Homes

Here's how to protect your Yahoo account from hackers

Yahoo's 3 billions accounts were hacked. Instead of deleting your account, it's better to mothball it and move to another email service like Gmail.<p>The biggest data breach in history just tripled in size. Yahoo announced Tuesday that every single one of its 3 billion accounts were hacked from a 2013 …

Yahoo

Pad & Quill introduces three new rich iPad Pro cases with linen, leather, and wood

With the iPad Pro now available and shipping around the world, the artisanal Apple accessory makers at Pad & Quill have introduced three new high-end cases to hold and protect the larger tablet. Whether you’re looking for a book-style carrying case that holds Apple Pencil or a nice leather bag that …

Windows 10: broken update forces some users into endless reboot loop

Mandatory automatic update for operating system causes issues as broken patch makes it reach certain percentage of installation before failing and rolling back<p>Some users of Windows 10 are reporting issues installing one of Microsoft’s first updates for the new operating system, which traps them in …

Windows 10

Apple extends its iPhone 5 battery replacement program until 2016

Battery life is one of the most discussed aspects of the iPhone, but some handsets have it worse than others.<p>If you bought an iPhone 5 in the six month window between September 2012 and January 2013, you could be eligible for a free replacement due to a battery fault.<p>Apple first launched its iPhone …

Having Wi-Fi problems on OS X Yosemite? Here's a possible fix!

By changing this option, your Mac won't slip onto another Wi-Fi network without you typing in your administrative password to make the change.<p>Katz …

Acorns for Android Micro-Invests Your Spare Change

Back in August, we brought you news on Acorns, a new iPhone app that wants to help you get rich through micro-investing your spare change. And today, it’s available for Android too.<p>Unfortunately, the app remains a US-only affair. But as with the iPhone incarnation, Acorns for Android connects up …

Immortalize yourself on a brick in the Nikola Tesla Museum

A new Indiegogo campaign lets you get your name or a short phrase (or even a haiku!) on a brick in the upcoming museum for the storied inventor.<p>The dream of having a museum dedicated to inventor and futurist Nikola Tesla is taking shape -- brick by brick.<p>Thanks to a new Indiegogo campaign that lets …

Tesla

Use AirDrop to share files between OS X Yosemite and iOS 8

When you need to move files quickly between two Apple devices, AirDrop is an incredibly useful tool. It started out as a Mac-to-Mac thing, and then iPhone-to-iPhone, but with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, AirDrop becomes even more powerful: Now you can share files from Mac to iPhone (or iPad) and vice …

iCloud Drive hits Windows ahead of Mac

The software lets Windows users tap into Apple's new iCloud Drive to save and retrieve documents, photos and other files.<p>Windows users who want to try out Apple's new iCloud Drive can now do so via new software. But sorry, Mac users, you're still out of the loop, at least officially.<p>On a new …

iCloud

I finally got my iPad to take calls like an iPhone (but it wasn't easy)

Two of the neatest features I expected from<p>Apple's newiOS 8operating system for its mobile devices involve that old disrespected function, voice calling on the phone.<p>One enables Wi-Fi calling on the<p>iPhone-- the device can connect for voice calls, not only data services, when its Wi-Fi connection …

The IPO is dying. Marc Andreessen explains why.

Today, Andreessen is a prominent venture capitalist at the firm Andreessen Horowitz. I asked him to talk about how the stock market has changed over the last two decades. In the 1990s, it was common for small companies to have initial public offerings (IPOs), in which they offer their shares for …

Get an Epson MegaPlex MG-50 projector for $239

Designed to dock with 30-pin iDevices, this all-in-one projector turns any room into a theater. And it works with other sources, too.<p>In case I haven't mentioned it lately, Cheapskate readers are some of the most awesome people on the planet. You have no idea how much I appreciate your kind words …

Gear & Gadgets

Gift Guide: The complete guide to home music production on your iPad or Mac

With an iPad and few accessories, these days anyone can have a functional recording studio in their home for less than the cost of a Mac. Whether you’re just getting started and want a modest iPad recording setup in your living room, or you’re looking to setup a full-blown home studio with your …

Stromer ST1 e-bike comes to the U.S.

Swiss manufacturer Stromer, an electric-bike brand of BMC, recently launched its ST1 pedal-assisted electric bike in the United States. The 500-watt …

How to make Windows 8 look like Windows 7

Windows 8 is provoking a Marmite-like reaction among users, but that doesn't mean you'll fall directly into the love or hate camps. It's more likely …

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The Mill LA teams with Sonos Studio for “Bugs” interactive multimedia experience

This week the folks behind VFX studio The Mill LA have joined with Sonos Studio for an interactive multimedia installation event that’ll be going by …

2015 Audi A3 Sedan / S3 Sedan

Hey, Benz CLA? Let's create a new segment—and then fight to the death.<p><i>Help Wanted: American buyers for new compact sedan from German luxury brand. No, not the one with the three-pointed star. No, not the company with the non-kidney-shaped kidney grille, either. Must like dual-clutch transmissions,</i> …

4G LTE

The Perils Of Working From Home

Earlier in my career as a journalist, I worked in an office. For nearly two decades, I trudged in every day and never did my job from home unless I was sick.<p>Over the past 10 years, however, I’ve crafted my trade from my home office in Washington, D.C.; in reality, it’s more of a floating …

Sleep Pillow Sounds: white noise machine app review

Sleep Pillow Sounds: white noise machine app<p>Price: $1.99<p>Sleep Pillow Sounds: white noise machine app by Clear Sky Apps LTD is designed to help you …

The one bright spot for the music labels: Digital

The financial picture of the music industry is still bleak, but YouTube, Spotify, and other services are helping.<p>The music industry is still in rough shape, based on data released today by the Recording Industry Association of America. But U.S. digital revenues continue to climb, helped by the …

RIAA