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5 Tax Deductions That Could Save You Big Bucks in 2016

Photo: www.stockmonkeys.com<p>Even if you haven't filed your 2015 tax return yet, there's little you can do at this point to increase your tax refund or reduce your tax liability -- aside from contributing to an IRA. However, it's not too early to start thinking about your 2016 taxes. Some of the …

Personal Finance

Why women are probably the best coders on GitHub

Women are better coders – that’s according to a preliminary analysis of bug-fixing suggestions made on GitHub that looked at how many fixes to code were accepted – but that’s only true if they hide their gender.<p>Contrary to popular views about coding, in the paper ‘Gender bias in open source: Pull …

San Luis Obispo

Essential security apps for your smartphone and tablet

Hackers would love to weasel their way on to your smartphone or tablet, just like they try to do your computer. That's how they steal sensitive information like account details, passwords, important texts, intimate photos and whatever else possible.<p>Unfortunately for them, mobile gadgets are a bit …

ShopAndroid Canada Thanksgiving Sale - Save 20% on all accessories!

This year, Canadian Thanksgiving falls on Monday, October 13th, and to help celebrate we're having a sale! From now up until October 14th, if you use …

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 10

We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check …

iMessage for Android 'MySMS' Goes Premium

It’s been a couple of years since we last caught up with MySMS, the platform that syncs your text messages across mobile, Web and desktop.<p>We called MySMS an iMessage for the rest of us, as it means users can write texts from their PC and sync everything across all their platforms. It’s also a …

Microsoft Offering Mobile Users 15GB Extra OneDrive Storage

Microsoft is now offering 30GB of free cloud storage to mobile users, which includes iOS, Android, Windows and Windows Phone devices, with just a …

WD My Passport Wireless offers untethered extra storage

Western Digital, which makes data storage solutions, among other things, is finally bringing its external hard drives to the wireless age. With the …

Western Digital

This Wi-Fi Router Provides the Fastest Connection

After spending a total of 200 hours researching and testing over 20 Wi-Fi routers, plus analyzing reader comments and feedback, the $100 TP-Link …

USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3: One port to connect them all

CNET editor Dong Ngo explains USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 and the significance of these peripheral standards.<p>Look around your house and chances are you have at least a few devices that use Universal Serial Bus. On average, some 3 billion USB ports are shipped each year, making it by far the most …

Computer Hardware

Windows 9 will morph to fit the device it's running on

Still holding onto your trusty copy of Windows 7 with a steely kung-fu grip? Well partner, it looks like Microsoft's next operating system, codenamed "Threshold," or, Windows 9 in the common tongue, is aimed right at you. The OS will apparently ship in three different flavors (desktop, tablet and …

Dropbox founder Drew Houston explains his success

Drew Houston founded online file-sharing service Dropbox seven years ago. The firm is now estimated to be worth about $10bn (£5.9bn).<p>But it was not an overnight success, and he had several failed ventures along the way.<p>Mr Houston explains how he came up with the idea for the firm and the factors …

Dropbox

The Geeksphone Revolution Goes On Sale, Letting You Dual-Boot To Android And Firefox OS

The mobile market may still essentially be a two horse race, with Android and iOS enjoying a significant lead, but there are lots of upstarts trying to make inroads, too. One of those is Firefox OS, Mozilla’s attempt to bring a web-first focus to smartphones. Geeksphone has been an early Firefox OS …

It's now possible to run Android 4.2.2 on the BlackBerry Z10, sort of

An update for Blackberry’s not-so-popular BB10 has started rolling out, and with the update to 10.2.1 comes the ability to easily run Android apps. Although BB10 has been able to run Android apps for a while now, previously .APK files first had to be converted to the .BAR format before they would …

Google Play

Tesla Completes First Coast-To-Coast Supercharger Route

While likely not committed with the driving of a silver spike, Tesla has completed the first Supercharger line spanning from each coast. This achievement now makes it possible to drive a Tesla Model S from LA to NYC, recharging the vehicles exclusively through Superchargers. Best of all, at these …

Y Combinator-Backed Cambly Offers On-Demand Access To Language Tutors On iPad, iPhone, And Desktop

There’s no better way to learn a language than by talking with a native speaker. But let’s face it — it’s not always easy to find or connect with them. Cambly solves that problem by creating an on-demand marketplace of native English and Spanish tutors that students can instantly connect with …

Safari support completes Adblock Plus five-browser sweep

All the top desktop browsers now can use a plug-in that blocks Web site ads -- except for nonintrusive ones from companies that pay to be whitelisted.<p>Adblock Plus, a browser plug-in that wipes what it deems to be more intrusive advertisements off the Web, has completed its sweep of the top browsers …

BlackBerry bringing Channels and Voice Chat to BBM for Android and iOS next year

Remember how excited you were for BBM to hit Android and iOS and then BlackBerry continued to fake us all out with imminent releases? Thankfully, that's now all in the past and BBM is a reality for those of us not on BB10 devices, but still its feature set leaves something to be desired. The good …

Beauty for darker skins – best skincare products for black and Asian women

From a standout cleanser to the perfect lip balm, here are the top five beauty products that won me over in 2013. What would you recommend?<p>Christmas is for giving and all that jazz – I get that, truly I do. But when everyone else is suitably taken care of in the present department, who deserves …

Google Drive for Android now lets you find and replace text

Mobile writers just got a little more control over their masterpieces. An upgrade to Google Drive for Android now lets users find and replace text; they can also insert tables and named styles. A few file management tweaks are in store as well, such as a new two-column view on tablets and an option …

The one problem with Dropbox’s $8 billion valuation: The service is too easy to leave

Recently I ran out of space on the consumer-focused cloud storage service Dropbox, which as of this morning is reportedly valued at $8 billion. Dropbox has been (cleverly) backing up all my photos every time I connect my phone to my laptop, encouraging me to fill up my allotted gigabytes and get me …

Google Drive

iPad Air vs iPad 4: specs comparison

Expand Collapse<p><i>News Team</i><p>Joined:Jun 22, 2012<p>Messages:1,430<p>Thanks Received:105<p>​<p>The iPad Air is a serious improvement over the forth-generation iPad, as …

For Android tablets, 8 (inches) is the new 7

commentary Today's selection of Android 8-inchers, while rather pricey, are showing more creative differentiation than we're used to seeing in the 7-inch category.<p>The tablet market had its breakthrough moment when Apple's iPad arrived sporting a nearly 10-inch screen. Later, much of the significant …

Offline over the Weekend? Read All the Tech News You Missed Here

It’s alright, we forgive you. We understand. You had other things to do and couldn’t spend the weekend with your eyes glued to the screen scouring for tech news. Really, it’s okay.<p>Of course, that means that you missed some of the weekend’s biggest news and best reads, but we’ve put them all …

Microsoft Surface 2 review: a second chance for Windows RT?

We get the sense Microsoft wants to distance itself from the original Surface RT. After taking a $900 million hit on unsold inventory, the company held a press event where it saved the Surface 2 for last and billed it as a major redesign. "Surface 2 is not subtle, but a revamp," Panos Panay, …

Galaxy S4 now lets you talk to Samsung's Gear smartwatch with latest update

As Android updates have gone as of late, there really hasn't been much to get excited about -- not until we break into Kit Kat, anyway. But the rollout of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to Samsung's former flagship the Galaxy S4, now live according to <i>SamMobile</i>, is notable as it adds compatibility with the …

What’s the best smartphone? The top models face off

The big guns are out from all the major phone manufacturers, and it's a real battle royale on all carriers. Big, powerful phones with 4G LTE connections, high-quality cameras, and HD screens — which do you really want? To help thin the herd a bit, we've put together this little cheat sheet with the …

Gear & Gadgets

Windows 8.1 review

A year ago, Microsoft "reimagined" the look and feel of Windows, and placed a risky bet on the future of computing. Touch is everything, it said, and nearly everything about Windows 8 was designed to be used in a world without laptops and desktop PCs. But most people still use laptops and desktops, …