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5 Smart Home Companies to Watch in 2014

If 2013 was the year smart home became sexy again, 2014 is the year it will go mass market.<p>And while service providers with managed home services are a big part of why smart home is reaching a wider audience, here are some other interesting companies helping to lead the charge in 2014.<p><b>Revolv</b><p>A few …

When You Criticize Someone, You Make It Harder for that Person to Change

“If everything worked out perfectly in your life, what would you be doing in ten years?”<p>Such a question opens us up to fresh possibilities, to reflect on what matters most to us, and even what deep values might guide us through life. This approach gives managers a tool for coaching their teams to …

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Drinking More Than 4 Cups Of Coffee A Day Linked With Higher Death Risk For People Under Age 55

A new study is adding further proof to the idea that good health is really about taking things in moderation.<p>While the numerous health benefits of coffee have been well-documented, a new study suggests drinking <i>too much</i> of the caffeinated stuff is linked with a higher risk of early …

15 Business Etiquette Rules Every Professional Needs To Know

The rules are slightly different from standard social settings, yet business schools rarely discuss professional etiquette topics.<p>In her new book "The Essentials Of Business Etiquette," Barbara Pachter writes about the specific skills professionals need to understand when presenting themselves in a …

Business School

Travel News, Tips, and Guides

travel<p>Travel<p>Theme Parks<p>Read StoryArthur LevineSpecial to USA TODAY<p>Today in the Sky<p>National Parks<p>Read StoryTracy L. BarnettSpecial to USA TODAY<p>Cruise ship pool decks that will blow your mind<p>Top 25 markets to buy a vacation rental<p>Why Disney updated the Pirates of the Caribbean…<p>Exposed urinals near …

Travel

A Guide to Some of the Best GPS Fitness-Tracking Apps

There’s no shortage of health and fitness apps out there, so we thought we’d take a look at some of the more popular GPS fitness-tracking apps for runners, walkers and cyclists, to see what’s good about them, what’s not so good and, well, hopefully help you decide which is best for you.<p>Please note, …

How to Protect Your Knee to Help Avoid Cartilage Loss and Meniscal Tears

The knee is one of the most stressed joints in our body due to our bipedal or upright stance and thus gait. It is a joint articulated by two of the longest lever arms in our body: the femur and tibia. For you physics minds out there, that equates to a high torque and pressure across this …

Physiotherapy

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5 Best Free Antivirus Software Options

Best Free Antivirus Software<p>1. AVG Antivirus<p>2. Comodo<p>3. Ad-Aware Free<p>4. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.70<p>5. Avast Free Antivirus<p>If you don't already …

Your metadata can show snoops a whole lot. Just look at mine

If I thought an NSA spy was sitting around in some foreboding government building, proactively trying to track my every move and figure out all my …

7 Keys for Creating Stunning Urban Landscape Photography

When thinking of landscape photography, what often comes to mind are photographs of mountainsides or desolate beaches, but landscape photography is …

Landscape Photography

TECH NOW: How to fly under the radar online

If the recent news about the government's ability to peek into your private data worries you, you aren't alone. According to pro-privacy search engine DuckDuckGo, site traffic has surged some 44% since news of the <b>NSA's Prism</b> program broke. Even if you aren't concerned, a bit of security is never a …

'Crazy ants' invade Southern states, altering ecosystem

America's ecosystem is under siege as the "crazy ant" invades the South and displaces other species, including the fire ant.<p>If you're in Texas, Florida or other Southern states this summer, watch out for "crazy ants," warns Edward LeBrun, a University of Texas research associate who studies the …

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5 Signs That Your Body Is Starving For Vitamins

"With today's diet of processed foods, it's easy to become vitamin-deficient, either by not eating enough of the right foods or not absorbing them properly due to digestive issues," says Dr. Susan Blum, the founder of the Blum Center for Health and the author of the new book The Immune System …

Wellness

5 Things Happy People Do

Sages going back to Socrates have offered advice on how to be happy, but only now are scientists beginning to address this question with systematic, …

What It Really Takes to Stay Happily Married

Divorce doesn't break my heart. It comes awfully close when there are children involved and parents forget that people matter more than furniture, …

The Best Interview Questions You Never Ask

Job interviews are not fun.<p>Candidates hate to do them, and hiring managers struggle to find the time to squeeze them in. For most executives, they’re viewed as a necessary evil to building a team — a box to be checked, a hurdle to get over, so they can get back to business.<p>Worse, interviews are …

On holiday: Countries with the most vacation days

The United States is the only developed country in the world without a single legally required paid vacation day or holiday. By law, every country in the European Union has at least four work weeks of paid vacation.<p>Austria, which guarantees workers the most time off, has a legal minimum of 22 paid …

How Vinegar Could Save 73,000 Women A Year From Cancer

Almost two decades ago, a doctor named Surendra S. Shastri was put in charge of preventative oncology at Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, India. One of his biggest jobs: to figure out how to cut the toll from cervical cancer, which kills 200,000 women a year in the developing world but is rare in …

How To Book Cheap Plane Tickets

Who am I to come up with such arrogant nonsense? I am a hardcore traveler and I travel more than most. Travel matters to me, and being in control of the travel experience is essential in order to enjoy it.<p>I don't want to end up having to get up at 04:45 because a random travel agent has decided …

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To Avoid Jet Lag This Summer, Travel Like a Scientist

Scientists are studying a wide range of strategies to help long-distance travelers avoid the dreaded feelings of jet lag.<p>Frequent fliers often have sworn-by practices to combat jet lag, whether it's adjusting a sleep schedule days before a trip, taking the hormone melatonin, seeking out bright …

Jet Lag

Thieves Targeting Carry-On Bags on Planes | The Tarmac

Don’t think it could only happen in a bad flight dream. Airport police at Los Angeles International are reporting a rise in theft from carry-on bags …

How to effectively complain to get results

Not every purchase goes as planned, and it can be frustrating. How you handle the situation affects the time it takes to resolve things and the money you may get back. Here are some tips on how to effectively complain to get an issue resolved to your liking:<p>1. Take emotion out of it. For starters, …

Hear the One About the Guy Who Put His Wife on the Terrorism Watch List? | The Tarmac

There’s a funny story in the paper today: “My husband has been traveling overseas on business at least once a month for the past few years. His …

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The Advanced No-Gym Bodyweight Workout [INFOGRAPHIC]

Think bodyweight training can’t get intense? Our favorite no-equipment moves are getting a whole lot more kick-ass — from head to toe. Designed by …