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Underground San Francisco: What's buried or hidden under the city

When a catastrophic earthquake struck San Francisco in the early hours of April 18, 1906, it ruptured gas mains all over the city. Soon, fires were consuming the quake-damaged buildings, block by block. Over the course of three days, 500 city blocks were demolished by fire, burning virtually …

San Francisco

The Chrome Extensions We Can't Live Without

Nearly two-thirds of internet users turn to Chrome for their browsing needs, but far fewer take full advantage of its available extensions, the …

Google

TripIt now lets you know how long the airport security line is in real-time

If you're a frequent traveller, you might have already heard of an app called TripIt. TripIt lets users streamline their entire travel itinerary by …

Airplanes

Why We Love the Raspberry Pi

Anytime someone asks me how to turn their weird tech project into reality, my immediate instinct is to recommend the Raspberry Pi. This $35 computer, …

Raspberry Pi

A step-by-step guide to get richer, healthier, and happier in 31 days

If you don't yet have a plan for 2018, you might be in trouble.<p>Lucky for you, we've already made a plan for you. Above is our 31-day guide to starting off a healthy, wealthy, happy year. Each day is accompanied by a task, along with a quick explanation, below, of why it's important.<p>Read on to find …

Sheryl Sandberg

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Each month, we ask 10 DJs and music directors from public radio stations around the country to tell us about the songs they keep playing. This month's mix features several collaborations between well-known artists and up-and-coming stars.<p>Otis Jr. and a band of Louisville all-stars (including …

The 15 Best Bourbons You Can Buy in 2018

Bourbon has never been more popular than it is right now. This definitive guide of the best bourbons of 2018 explores everything you need to know …

Whiskey

9 Favorite New Podcasts Of 2017 (That Aren't 'S-Town')

Oooh boy, 2017 has been quite a year. Donald Trump was inaugurated as the United States' 45th president, devastating hurricanes hit Texas and Puerto Rico, and there's been a massive uprising around sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.<p>For anyone looking to take a break from the news, …

Watch Kronos Quartet's Testament To Collaboration At NPR Music's 10th Anniversary

Credit: NPR<p>Collaboration. It's at the heart of many of NPR Music's finest moments. And it's in the DNA of the intrepid Kronos Quartet, which some 40 years ago began working with composers around the globe to spotlight new music.<p>Opening our 10th anniversary concert at the 9:30 Club in Washington, …

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

Live Broadcast: December 16, 2017 with Jeff Tweedy, The Staves & yMusic, Punch Brothers, and Tom Papa

Jeff Tweedy<p>As founding member and leader of the groundbreaking American rock band Wilco and co-founder of the alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, <b>Jeff</b> …

The 50 Best Albums Of 2017

30. Ron Miles<i><br>I Am a Man</i><p>The cornet, as Ron Miles plays it, is an instrument of warm color and rounded projection. There's no hint of stridency in his tone, and not much slash in his attack. But it would be a gross underestimation to file him away as an easy listen, or someone who'd trade urgency for …

10 iPhone texting tips you'll wish you'd known all along

These are the not-so-obvious tips iPhone pros use.<p>If your iPhone ($899.00 at Walmart) is constantly binging and buzzing and you are continually apologizing for missing texts and not responding in a timely fashion, then it might be time to dig in to some of the features in iMessage that can help …

iOS

James Brand's Elko is what most people need in a pocket knife and nothing more

Because you don't really need that 200-in-1 multi-tool.<p>Author:<p>Staff<p>Publish date:<p>Social count:<p>0<p>Because you don't really need that 200-in-1 multi-tool.<p>0<p>…

Review: Chocolate Hub 2 is a delicious Mac companion and an even better stocking stuffer

When Apple decided to drop USB for USB-C I was actually excited about it, contrary to most people’s reactions. Thankfully there are many companies like 23Devices making solid products to help us be more productive with the tools we have.<p>You could chalk up my positive reaction to the fact that I was …

MacBook Air

5 Foam Roller Stretches You Need To Know About If Your Back Is Always Sore

Dealing with a perpetually sore back can be uncomfortable as hell. Whether you're going super hard with deadlifts in the gym, or your spine insists …

Pain

iPhone and Android wireless charger pads: Which one is the best?

Choosing a Qi charger pad for your smartphone is not as easy as it sounds.<p>If you're a new iPhone 8 or iPhone X owner, you probably know one of the …

Gear & Gadgets

The Online Privacy Tool You Should Already Be Using

These days being without a VPN is like leaving your front door open. Windscribe hides your IP, encrypts your connection, and does not keep logs of …

Airline gate agents share 8 of their favorite travel hacks

Airline customer service reps know a thing or two about travel.<p>From the moment you step into the airport to when you finally board your flight, it's these airport workers' job to help you successfully navigate getting from point A to point B.<p>What's more, with the perks that come along with working …

Airlines

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 …

Operating Systems

School's out! Here are 100 things to do with your kids in San Francisco this summer

Just in time for kids getting out of school in San Francisco, we've refreshed our popular list of 100 fun things to do with kids in the city, presented in the photo gallery above.<p>Yes, many of us have summer trips planned to faraway places, but when you're in town, what's better than exploring your …

Use Apple Pencil to mark up PDFs in Mail app

Today we’ll learn how to open and edit a PDF right in the iOS Mail app, and then send it on its way, all without opening any extra apps. Given that a lot of PDFs we receive are documents that need to be checked over, or signed, and then returned, this tip is a real time-saver.<p>Instead of waiting …

Amazon FreeTime cheat sheets educate parents on kids TV

Nobody will judge you for not watching <i>Dora</i> or the 43rd <i>Frozen</i> short on Amazon FreeTime with your kids. Problem is, you won't be able to talk about their shows, books or games with them if you have no idea what they're about. Thankfully, Amazon has launched a new Parent Dashboard that shows how much …

How I made my own VPN server in 15 minutes

People are (rightfully) freaking out about their privacy as the Senate voted to let internet providers share your private data with advertisers. While it’s important to protect your privacy, it doesn’t mean that you should sign up to a VPN service and tunnel all your internet traffic through VPN …

Google's New Free Software To Speed Up The Internet

The common JPEG could be about to get a lot smaller thanks to Google’s new software. This could lead not only to a faster Web, but also to direct savings on storage costs for everyone from hosting services to hobbyist photographers and especially smartphone users on metered connections.<p>Back in …

Software

How to get Siri to read articles and other text on iOS and macOS

While Siri may not be the perfect companion some wish it was, the personal assistant’s voice can lend itself to our lives in a variety of helpful ways. For the past few months I’ve been using Siri to read all the text I want to read but don’t actually <i>need</i> to read. Having the personal assistant read …

iOS

20 shows you have never heard of that you should be watching right now

There is too much television.<p>According to one recent study, in 2016 there were 455 original scripted series on broadcast, cable and streaming sources (and well over 1,400 primetime series in total). And the proliferation of TV series shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. According to some …

Amazon’s Rekognition learns to guess your age

You know how old you are. You know how old your friends think you are. Heck, you even know how old Microsoft thinks you are. But at the end of the day, does anyone other than Amazon really matter?<p>Until now, the only way for you to know how old Amazon thought you were was to look at products …

Netflix extension for Chrome is your shortcut to a ton of hidden categories

Though its offerings are now available in more than 130 countries worldwide, Netflix has a sea of hidden content underneath its main selection of categories – and now there’s a nifty plugin that gives you access to all of its invisible listings straight from your browser.<p>Available for free, Netflix …

Software

Turn an old laptop into a Chromebook-Linux hybrid

With a few minutes and a few free tools, you can resurrect nearly any aging PC with a fresh, fast, Chrome-like interface.<p>Common scenario: You buy a new laptop, thinking you'll sell, donate or hand down the old one... but it never happens. Maybe you don't want to deal with the hassles of Craigslist …