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Want to buy a smart plug? Read this first

If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times. Smart plugs are one of the most underrated smart home products out there. No, they aren't the flashiest, but they can automate dumb products in your home with ease and bring them into your smart home ecosystem. To make sure you get the best fit …

Home Automation

How to Send and Receive SMS Messages on iPad and Mac via Text Message Forwarding

Ever since iOS 7, Apple has provided a Text Message Forwarding service that can push SMS messages received through your iPhone's cellular network to your other Apple devices.<p>Using the same network, the forwarding service also allows you to send messages from your iPad or Mac to other phone numbers, …

Security

How to find and delete where Google knows you've been

Even if "Location History" is off on your phone, Google often still stores your precise location .<p>Here are some things you can do to delete those markers and keep your location as private as possible. But there's no panacea, because simply connecting to the internet on any device flags an IP …

Maps

The world's most dangerous venomous animals are all in Australia

Some of the world's deadliest animals have venom that's thousands of times more toxic than cyanide and can kill a human in minutes. Brown snakes, funnel web spiders, and the blue-ringed octopuses are among the animals that you do not want to mess with. We spoke with Steve Trim at Venomtech who …

Zoology

Gardening 101: Fuchsia

Fuchsia, <i>Fuchsia:</i> “Lady’s Eardrops”<p>Two years ago when I traveled to the west coast of Ireland in August, I expected to see plenty of velvety green …

Emerald Isle

The Best Places to Visit in California for Major West Coast Wanderlust

Start ticking these Golden State stars off your list.<p>California has a mind-numbing amount of places to visit and incredible attractions to see. From …

California

Why You Might Want to Get a Premium Credit Card Instead of Buying Travel Insurance

After seeing posts in various online travel communities about instances where travel insurance saved the day after long hospital stays or required …

Personal Finance

Leave the Crowds in Bora Bora and Visit These 5 Secluded Islands Instead

When daydreaming about an escape to French Polynesia, many think first of Bora Bora, that green-and-blue blip on the radar in the Society Island …

Tahiti

Rick Steves: Discovering the wonders of Santorini

The words "Greek Isles" evoke visions of sun-bleached houses shoulder-to-shoulder against a hillside with a mesmerizing view of glittering blue water. But with more than 200 Greek islands scattered across the Aegean and Ionian seas, where do you start?<p>Chances are, Santorini is the island you're …

European Travel

Best Greek islands guide and how to choose the right one for your holiday

The Greek islands offer everything you could want for a dream holiday; incredible beaches, crystal clear swim-friendly waters, delicious food and …

European Travel

10 Best Cyprus Beaches You’ll Fall in Love With

From Fig Tree Bay’s fine golden sand to Coral Bay’s limestone headlands, these Cyprus beaches make for a dream holiday in the sun.<p>When you travel to …

Beaches

This Stunning Greek Island Is Just As Beautiful As Santorini—But Without the Crowds

While the Greek islands of Santorini and Mykonos get all of the attention, there's another, less crowded destination that's just as stunning.<p>Located …

European Travel

A Local in Greece Gave Me a Tip for Visiting the Country, and It's the Opposite of Everything You've Been Told

Use this tip on your next trip.<p>Traveling to Greece during the peak summer months can feel both like a dream and a nightmare.<p>The islands are warm, …

European Travel

Octopus research shows that consciousness isn’t what makes humans special

Whether or not octopuses should be viewed as charming or terrifying very much depends on your personal perspective. But it’s hard to deny their intelligence.<p>Octopuses can squirt water at an annoyingly bright bulb until it short-circuits. They can tell humans apart (even those who are wearing the …

The 12 Best Travel Apps to Make Your Next Vacation Easier (and Cheaper)

Don't take on a new adventure without them.<p>To be able to travel is one of life’s greatest privileges. It can also be a huge pain in the ass. There are budgets to set, hotels to book, and currency to exchange. You’ve got enough to think about already. So get a bunch of apps that do the lion’s share …

Apps

Portugal Off The Beaten Path: The Algarve and The Azores

Portugal, as I’ve shared over the last few weeks, is an incredible up-and-coming European destination. Lisbon and Porto are both vibrant, fun cities …

European Travel

Kyoto Gardens is officially one of the UK’s best hidden gems

Towards the tail end of Kensington High Street is the sweet sanctuary of Holland Park. Fifty-four glorious acres of land previously belonging to …

England

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 …

Photo Sharing

Nine Neolithic Wonders of Orkney

When we think of historical places which date back thousands of years it's natural to think of the Pyramids, Stonehenge or the ruins of ancient Mesopotamia. Yet Scotland's Orkney region - an archipelago made up of over 70 islands - boasts some of the very best Neolithic sites on the planet. With …

Archaeology

This Magical Spray Will Tell Your Dog Exactly Where to Poop

With a simple spray, you'll have your dog potty trained in no time!<p>Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just point to a spot that you want your dog to go …

Pets

10 unmissable hikes in Scotland

If you want some world-class hiking head to the Scottish Highlands & Islands.<p>Scotland’s mountains break no world records for height any more than its …

Hiking

Stik Boat

Part kayak, part skiff, the Stik Boat is designed to be the ideal fishing boat. Its streamlined hull lets it operate in just three inches of water, …

Boats

Problem Solved! Get Stuck Screws Out With This Tiny Tool

Backing out a screw with a stripped head can be tough. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a set of different-size screw extractors on hand. The one …

Woodworking

Try these low-maintenance cover crops to boost soil over winter

CORVALLIS - No one wants to go through the winter with no clothes, not even the soil that grows our plants. So jacket up the soil in cover crops.<p>If …

Gardening

Summer Ain’t Over! Head to One of the Most Underrated Beaches in the U.S.

1 of 14<p>To find the perfect, destination-worthy beach, it’s easy to assume you need to head to some brand-name international tourist destination like …

Beaches

How to Use Neem Oil to Prevent Garden Pests

Neem oil is a derivative of the Asian evergreen tree. A natural steroid, it causes insects to lose their appetite and lose interest in laying</i> …

Gardening

Tell Us Your Best Edinburgh Travel Tips

We’re a couple days late to the Fringe Festival, but there’s still time! This week on Hack Your City, we want to hear what’s good in Edinburgh, now …

Commuting

Seed Saving Made Easy | In the Garden

Saving seeds is an integral part of sustainable gardening. It’s also a great way to save money and ensure that you’re growing what you think you’re …

Gardening

How to Start Vermicomposting

<i>Join the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors as they walk you through three vermicomposting systems and talk about their personal methods and mistakes!</i><p>For more …

Sustainable Living

All About Rhubarb Plants - Organic Gardening

Your won’t have to spend all winter and half the following summer yearning for freshly picked, homegrown fruit once you put in a rhubarb patch. …

Organic Gardening