How To Take Care of Your Smartphone Battery the Right Way

Your smartphone is a minor miracle, a pocket-sized computer that can fulfill almost every whim. But none of its superpowers matter a bit if it runs out of juice. With removable batteries becoming more and more rare, you've got to take good care of the one you got. Fortunately, it's not to hard keep the lithium-ion… » 12/26/14 12:30pm Yesterday 12:30pm

5 Ways to Make Old, Stale Wine Tasty Again 

Using things is always superior to wasting them, but squandering alcohol is an especially galling dissipation because alcohol is delicious and excellent. Most of the hard stuff has a long shelf life, but if you uncork a bottle of wine and forget to finish it off within a few days, it gets vinegary and bilious-tasting.… » 12/19/14 5:00pm 12/19/14 5:00pm

How to Do as Little Work as Possible Without Getting Fired

Just after college, I spent nearly six soul-crushing years in business casual clothing pushing paper from one side of a desk to the other. But a crippling caffeine addiction isn't the only thing I picked up from my time as a cubicle monkey. I also discovered the art of doing nothing without arousing the suspicions of… » 12/13/14 11:00am 12/13/14 11:00am

How to Fly During the Holidays Without Losing Your Mind

Starting today, Americans will engage in the county's annual combat ritual: Holiday Travel Season—a brutal tradition pitting travelers against the monolithic security and transportation apparatus in a race to their respective destinations. Believe it or not, it's possible to make it through with your dignity intact.… » 11/26/14 11:55am 11/26/14 11:55am

How to Cook Thanksgiving Dinner in Your Microwave

Thanksgiving is meant to be a time of reflection and solemn appreciation of the joyful bounties that our lives have bestowed upon us—or, more likely, a time to gorge on football marathons and good food. But who wants to spend every waking turkey day hour over a hot stove? Not you. Here's how you can cook an entire… » 11/22/14 12:00pm 11/22/14 12:00pm

How to Lock Down Your Internet-Enabled Houseful of Gadgets

Our houses are quickly filling with an internet of things—smart TVs, DVRs, thermostats, and more all online, all the time. But to a hacker, each of these devices is a digital door or window into your home (network). Here's what you need to do to keep your devices locked against outside intrusions. » 11/08/14 12:00pm 11/08/14 12:00pm

How to Use the Internet to Get (and Stay) in Shape

Even if you can't afford a swanky Equinox membership but can't stand packing in among the masses at 24 Hour Fitness, you've got no excuse for letting your body go to pot over the winter. With these websites at your disposal and a bit of sweat equity, you'll be ready for beach season. » 10/26/14 12:00pm 10/26/14 12:00pm

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Get the Most From Your Chromebook Even When It's Offline

Some folks would have you believe that, without an Internet connection, your spiffy new Chromebook only slightly less useful than the box it came in, but that's simply not true. They may not be able to match a MacBook's performance, but these lightweight laptops are far from helpless when the connectivity runs dry.… » 10/18/14 12:00pm 10/18/14 12:00pm

It's Time to Enable Two-Step Authentication on Everything. Here’s How.

Yesterday's news that hackers might've stolen some 7 million Dropbox credentials should've scared you into changing your password. And if you didn't already have two-step authentication enabled on your account, it should be pretty good reminder that you need to turn it on for every account possible. » 10/14/14 3:46pm 10/14/14 3:46pm

5 Water Saving Bathroom Devices You Can Install Yourself

California remains in a deep drought, and this winter's expected precipitation levels aren't expected to be much more than a than a drop in the bucket, so to speak, for the state's parched aquifers. That means it's the responsibility of every citizen to conserve as much water as possible in this time of need. But that… » 10/11/14 12:00pm 10/11/14 12:00pm

How to Defend Your Home Against the Prying Eyes of UAVs

If you want protection from privacy intrusions by private UAV pilots, don't go all Annie Oakley on your neighbor's quadcopter like this guy; that's super illegal in most American cities. Instead, try these simple means of dissuasion. You'll definitely look like a bit of a loon, but that's just the price of freedom.… » 10/04/14 12:00pm 10/04/14 12:00pm