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These smart home gadgets take your new Amazon Echo or Google Home to the next level

With the delicious meals eaten, family gatherings over and the gifts unwrapped, the holiday fanfare is finally winding down. If you’re up to date with the latest technology, odds are pretty high that you found an Amazon Echo or Google Home underneath your tree. To help you get the most out of your …

Smart Homes

The Slow Cooker Recipes Our Readers Saved Most in 2017

For years I've been wishing for the ability to save recipes on Kitchn (perhaps you have too), and this year it finally happened. Like many readers, …

Cooking

Guidemaster: Everything Amazon’s Alexa can do, plus the best skills to enable

Make the most out of Alexa by using these features and skills each day.<p>If you've just introduced one of Amazon's Echo devices into your home and feel …

How, When, & Why to reset the PRAM & SMC on your Mac

Is your Mac acting just…<i>odd</i>? Stuff like drives not appearing, screens not adjusting correctly, Bluetooth problems, AirPort non connecting? Maybe your fan is running non-stop or your battery has said that it is 50% charged…for two days…and your MacBook is <i>plugged in</i>. Yeah, these aren’t problems that …

Transform Any Document into a Searchable PDF with Adobe’s Scan App

Using your phone to scan documents isn’t anything new. With apps like Scanner Pro and Turbo Scan out there, if you own a smartphone there’s pretty …

The best ways to watch movies and TV on your phone

Turn on, tune in, sit back.<p>Just 10 years ago, the idea of settling down to watch a movie on your phone was unthinkable. And yet here we are—people are binge-watching more than ever before using the devices we carry around in our pockets.<p>The key to watching movies and television shows on your …

Keep using Kodi to watch pirated films and TV shows for free, says company

Kodi says it will keep its software free and open, and has encouraged people to keep using it, amid a piracy streaming crackdown in Europe.<p>In April, …

AI-equipped Apple Watch can detect the signs of a stroke

The Apple Watch may become a useful tool in detecting an abnormal heartbeat, according to a study by heart rate app-maker Cardiogram and the UCSF Health lab. They determined that the wearable, when paired with neural network algorithms, is 97 percent accurate in detecting paroxysmal atrial …

The Amazing Dinosaur Found (Accidentally) by Miners in Canada

Known as a nodosaur, this 110 million-year-old, armored plant-eater is the best preserved fossil of its kind ever found.<p><b>On the afternoon of March 21, 2011,</b> a heavy-equipment operator named Shawn Funk was carving his way through the earth, unaware that he would soon meet a dragon.<p>That Monday had …

11 Great iPad Tricks and Hidden Features You Must Try Today

Are you making the most of your iPad? With these tips, you will save time, save batteries and most of all, save your sanity! From getting Siri to …

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Macs Infected by Windows Malware Disguised as Flash

Mac users beware: an infamous and sophisticated Windows malware has made its way to macOS, and it could infect your machine via a common outlet.<p>The …

How to send voice messages from Apple Watch

Apple Watch lets you easily message other people using dictation for voice-to-text input, but sometimes it’s just easier to send a voice recording to quickly express yourself over iMessage. Here’s how to send voice messages from Apple Watch.<p>Prior to watchOS 3, the default behavior in the Apple …

Walkie-talkies

17 iPad tips and secrets you’ll use

I’ve tried to solely include iPad-only features here, though I have included a couple that work across iOS which I think come into their own on the …

Apps

How to Clean Up and Optimize Your Sluggish Mac

Your Mac is running a little slow these days. It takes forever to boot up. You have to delete something just to download that file attachment from …

How to take a screenshot on a Mac — and 15 other useful keyboard shortcuts

There are a ton of hidden keyboard shortcuts in MacBooks and Mac computers. Here are the best and most useful ones that only power users know about.<p><b>Volume:</b><p>1. Turn up or down the volume in 1/4 increments: press and hold "Option," "Shift," and either "Volume Control" key.<p><b>In the "Finder" …

Keyboard Shortcuts

Watch SpaceX stick the landing after a secret mission for a U.S. spy agency

Watching SpaceX plant a rocket directly on its landing pad or drone barge after returning space is always a cool experience. But when the reusable …

How to Save Photos Taken Within Messages to the Photos App

If you take a photo within Messages, it isn’t automatically saved to your iPhone. If you take a photo you really like, you’ll want to manually save it with this tip. It’s nice that iPhone doesn’t automatically save those photos so that you aren’t accidentally taking up too much space or saving …

26 iPhone secrets, shortcuts and hidden features you should know about

Apps

6 Key Changes on Your iPhone With Apple's New iOS 10 Software

The software update will change the look and feel on your phone. Here are some of the most important features you should be aware of.<p>CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) -- Your iPhone will look and feel different with the iOS 10 software update.<p>It will be easier to move around and do more without switching …

How to transfer data from old iPhone to iPhone 7

Now that iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are officially available for pre-order, you may be tempted to ditch your existing model for a shiny new one.<p>Before you upgrade, however, you’ll likely want to migrate all of your info from the old iPhone to the iPhone 7. This includes apps and games, media (such …

How To Disable iOS 10 Press Home To Unlock / Open On Lock Screen

Here's how to disable iOS 10 Press home to unlock / open on the lock screen and revert it back to iOS 9-style one-click unlocking on iPhone, iPad or …

You Asked: How Often Should I Shower?

Some people don’t feel clean without a long hot shower. But is a daily shower necessary—or even healthy?<p>“I think showering is mostly for aesthetic …

Four Risks That Could Push the U.S. Economy Into Recession

Many economists believe the U.S. faces a non-negligible risk of entering a recession within the next year. Asked to rank the probability of being in recession at some point over the next 12 months, respondents to The Wall Street Journal’s monthly survey of economists, on average, put the odds at …

Economy

How to Upload Photos to Instagram Without Opening the App

Instagram just made uploading photos and videos to its platform a little bit quicker for iPhone users.<p>A recently released update introduces a …

Swiping away iPhone apps does nothing for battery or performance, and users should stop doing it, experts say

Millions of people, every day, are making a huge mistake with their phones. It is finally time that people stop swiping away apps.<p>Huge numbers of …

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20 Tricks You Can Use to Score a Cheap Hotel Room

<i>By Terence Loose, Contributor</i><p>If you're looking for a cheap hotel room, it's only gotten more difficult over the years. In fact, the average daily rate for U.S. hotel rooms has increased in the past seven years, to $121.37 in 2015, according to statistics resource Statista.<p>That doesn't mean you …

Personal Finance

Obscure Disease May Offer Backdoor to New Treatments for Alzheimer's and Other Killers

About 100 times rarer than Parkinson’s, and often mistaken for it, progressive supranuclear palsy afflicts fewer than 20,000 people in the U.S.—and …

Is Your Child Coding Yet? New Building Blocks Teach Programming Basics

Children can use plastic Osmo Coding blocks to command a cute character on an iPad screen<p>When parents these days hear the old saying “The jobs of tomorrow haven’t been invented yet,” they tend to add, “so my child had better learn to code.” As software has redefined a range of industries and …

Kids

Best smartphone cameras: Galaxy S7 vs. iPhone 6s vs. Nexus 6P vs. Lumia 950

Samsung vs. iPhone, Nexus vs. Lumia. It's time to find out who makes <i>the best</i> smartphone camera.Recently a new smartphone waltzed onto the scene, …