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Top music streaming services in 2018

The best music streaming services

The world of on-demand music streaming has never been more crowded. As more and more listeners shy away from physical recordings in favor of massive online music libraries, music streaming services keep popping up, each offering a varied amount of songs, features, and its own quirks. But only a choice few have what it takes to join our list of the best music streaming services. Continue to full article…

The Best Online Music Streaming Services of 2018

Streaming music services are so vital to the industry that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) now factors music streaming into its Gold and Platinum album certifications. In fact, Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, a rather forgettable hip-hop album, is the first record to go platinum based entirely on online plays, streaming more than 3 billion times worldwide. Like Bob Dylan said, the times, they are a-changing. And for the better. Mostly. Continue to read full article…

What’s the Best Music Service for You?

Picking a streaming music service isn’t exactly easy, as most offer similar sets of features, and while some are dying (RIP Groove Music) and some are eliminating features (Amazon’s Music Storage is going bye-bye) some are gaining new payment plans. So while most offer millions of songs, playlists made just for you and the option to save music for offline listening, what makes each truly unique? We’ll get you familiar with the reasons why you’d like a service (and why you might not like it), as well as the price of entry. Continue to full article…

Pandora is still very popular, but it’s feeling the heat

Internet radio company Pandora has launched its new on-demand streaming service, Pandora Premium. Like Spotify, Apple Music, and Rdio before it, the new service will let you pick and choose from millions of songs, however you’d like, for $10 a month.

Considering how popular the on-demand model has become in recent years, common wisdom would suggest that Pandora is entering the game too late. But as this chart from Statista shows, Pandora does have one advantage: It’s still very well-known. According to a recent survey of 2,000 people by Edison Research, Pandora is the most listened-to audio streaming service in the US, and by a good margin at that. Continue to full article…

Spotify, Tidal, Pandora, Google’s Play Music, Apple Music, iHeartRadio, Deezer, Slacker, Slacker Radio, SoundCloud, iTunes Radio


Where to shop in bulk online

Wayfair the new online bulk store

In a faltering retail world, Wayfair is the online home furnishings company that continues to go strong and fend off Amazon’s advances. The largest online-only furniture retailer in the US boasted $3.4 billion in revenue in 2016 thanks to its competitive prices, bottomless product selection of “A Zillion Things Home,” and rabbit hole of an inspiration section. Continue to full article…

Save With Boxed: Tiny Prices On Your Favorite Everyday Products

Routine grocery shopping is on my all-time top five least favorite things to do.
So I was thrilled to hear about Boxed—a company that delivers groceries and household essentials, in wholesale club sizes, to your door at tiny prices … without a membership fee.
It’s not that I hate the grocery store. I enjoy planning a meal and picking up fresh meat, produce, and a bottle of wine. Continue to article…

What Is and How Does It Work?

In August 2016, Walmart announced it was paying about $3 billion for e-commerce startup, leaving a lot of people scratching their heads. The company launched in summer 2015, positioning itself as a direct competitor to Amazon and warehouse stores like Costco. Though it has struggled to become a household name, Jet has seen steady revenue growth since its splashy debut — and with Walmart’s resources behind it, the site may be poised to become a retail giant after all. Continue to full article…

The Top 8 Sites for Online Grocery Shopping

Did you know that many stores offer consumers the ability to shop for their weekly groceries online? Shopping from home for your grocery store items is a great way to deal with this necessary chore: It’s convenient, it’s a time saver, and many times it’s possible to take advantage of sales online that shoppers would not be able to otherwise.

This isn’t just for packaged goods, either. Many stores offer shoppers the opportunity to order fresh produce, meats, dairy, and other products online and get these items delivered directly to their homes. In addition, many products that aren’t necessarily found easily in stores can be found online; sometimes for a much cheaper price. You might even be able to take advantage of online rewards or cash-back offers, too. Continue to full article…


Super Bowl LII 2018, the teams, the players, the half time and the commercials

The Teams:

Ranking the Patriots’ five Super Bowl rosters since 2007

The 2017 NFL season marked Pro Football Focus’s 12th collecting data on every single play of every single NFL game. Next Sunday will also mark the fifth time in that span that the New England Patriots will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. With grades on all those rosters heading into the big game, let’s see how this year’s Patriots team stacks up talent-wise with the other four. Continue reading…

A Brief History Of The Eagles in the NFL Championship and Super Bowl

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Here’s a brief history of the Eagles’ championship success throughout their history.

Related: Malcolm Jenkins: ‘We’ve Been The Best Team All Year’

The team has won three NFL Championships, in 1948, 1949, and 1960, but has won no Super Bowls in its two appearances.

NFL Championship Era

In the pre-Super Bowl era, the Eagles still competed in the National Football League. The winners of the Eastern and Western divisions faced off in the NFL Championship. Four times the Eagles appeared in the NFL Championship game, winning it twice. Continue reading full article…

The Players:

Can the Eagles Stop the Patriots From Getting Yet Another Ring in Super Bowl LII?

Now that the dust has settled on a wild NFL championship weekend, football fans find themselves in a familiar position: Preparing to cheer for whichever team happens to be playing the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

After a comeback win over the Jaguars in Foxboro Sunday night, Tom Brady and company are returning to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in the last seven years. And yet agin, they’ll be playing a new opponent. This time it’s the Eagles, who waxed the Vikings on Sunday and return to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2005, when the Pats, led by Brady, beat them 24-21. Continue to full article…

Super Bowl: How the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles match up

The 52nd Super Bowl will see the New England Patriots face the Philadelphia Eagles. The Patriots, behind star quarterback Tom Brady, are aiming to win their third title in four years. Here’s how the two teams stack up. Continue to full article…

Commercial to Watch!
2018 Super Bowl Commercials

The Half Time Show:

Justin Timberlake at 2018 Super Bowl Halftime Show ‘Makes the Game Worth Watching’: See Fan Reactions

Justin Timberlake fans were struggling to catch their breath Sunday night (Oct. 22), overcome with excitement after it was confirmed JT will headline the Super Bowl Halftime Show on Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. Continue to full article…

Going to a football party but you don’t watch? Here’s an explainer video so that you don’t look like you don’t know jack.

Cryptocurrency and why you should pay attention

The 6 Most Important Cryptocurrencies Other Than Bitcoin

Bitcoin has not just been a trendsetter, ushering in a wave of cryptocurrencies built on decentralized peer-to-peer network, it’s become the de facto standard for cryptocurrencies​. The currencies inspired by Bitcoin are collectively called altcoins and have tried to present themselves as modified or improved versions of Bitcoin. While some of these currencies are easier to mine than Bitcoin is, there are tradeoffs, including greater risk brought on by lesser liquidity, acceptance and value retention. Since Bitcoin prices are soaring new highs, we look at six cryptocurrencies, picked from over 700 (in no specific order) that could be worth your while. (Related reading, see: How Do Bitcoin Investors Combat Price Volatility?) Continue to article…

2017 is the year cryptocurrency joined the global financial system

This week, the value of a single bitcoin officially cleared $10,000, a new high point that’s over an order of magnitude greater than its price at the start of this year. Bitcoin has defied market expectations before, but in 2017, it didn’t just become more valuable. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have become an acknowledged part of the financial system — albeit a nebulous one. Continue to article…

7 Cryptocurrency Predictions From the Experts

Fortune convened some top cryptocurrency entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, bankers, and others to chat about the future of digital money at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo. last week. A select group met at the Aspen Institute for a breakfast roundtable discussion on Wednesday morning. Continue to article…

Making sense of bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and blockchain

There has been a lot of noise recently about terms like “bitcoin,” “blockchain,” and “cryptocurrency.” Some of it is hype, but some of it points to important forces in the financial services industry. So what does it all mean?

We can help. We’ve pulled together a few short articles that explain why a lot of industry observers are paying close attention.

Let’s start with some quick definitions. Blockchain is the technology that enables the existence of cryptocurrency (among other things). Bitcoin is the name of the best-known cryptocurrency, the one for which blockchain technology was invented. A cryptocurrency is a medium of exchange, such as the US dollar, but is digital and uses encryption techniques to control the creation of monetary units and to verify the transfer of funds. Continue to article…

Everything You Need to Know About Cryptocurrency And Why It’s The Future Of Money

In a matter of weeks in November 2017, bitcoin surged from a fringe investment to a global sensation. In mid-November, the price was around $3,000 for a single bitcoin; on December 6, 2017, it surpassed $19,000. At the time of publication, the value was hovering around $15,000.

Bitcoin is having a moment — really, it’s had a year. No matter if you think it’s a bubble about to burst, or hope your investments will pay back big in the long run, there is one clear takeaway: Cryptocurrency is changing the future of finance. What’s not yet clear is how the technology behind bitcoin, and cryptocurrencies like it, will alter our national and global financial systems. Continue to this article…

How to keep your data safe when surfing in a coffee shop or library


Why you need a VPN when browsing on public Wi-Fi

We’re all familiar with Wi-Fi, and the convenience it affords. Technically, Wi-Fi refers to a technology that enables computers and other devices to connect to the Internet and communicate wirelessly. Wi-Fi is configured using a wireless adapter to create a “hotspot.” Once a connection is established, users within range of the hotspot can connect to the Internet network.

Wireless networks are located either in the home, which is generally referred to as a “closed network,” or in public places, which can be open or closed depending on the security settings in place. Public Wi-Fi is often unsecured, posing security risks to users. Read full article…


‘All wifi networks’ are vulnerable to hacking, security expert discovers

The security protocol used to protect the vast majority of wifi connections has been broken, potentially exposing wireless internet traffic to malicious eavesdroppers and attacks, according to the researcher who discovered the weakness.

Mathy Vanhoef, a security expert at Belgian university KU Leuven, discovered the weakness in the wireless security protocol WPA2, and published details of the flaw on Monday morning. Read full article…


14 Tips for Public Wi-Fi Hotspot Security

For its 2017 Wi-Fi Risk Report, Symantec chatted with thousands of adults who used public Wi-Fi hotpots in 15 countries across the globe. You’d think it would show people concerned for their privacy and in fear of identity theft, spying, and worse. Wrong. Read full article…


One of the ‘Biggest Online Security Threats Ever’? Wi-Fi Security May Have Been Cracked

Your internet connection might not be secure.

WPA2, the security protocol used to protect most Wi-Fi connections, has reportedly been cracked. This means that wireless internet traffic could be vulnerable to eavesdroppers and attacks.

At 8 a.m. EDT October 16, researchers plan to share the findings of their proof-of-concept exploit called KRACK, which is short for Key Reinstallation Attacks.

US-CERT, the Computer Emergency Readiness Team, issued the following warning, first published by Ars Technica: Read full article…