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7 smart home gifts that make your life easier

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Here it is, that time of year when everyone is putting new things on their Amazon wish lists so early-gift-buying relatives don’t waste their money on something you won’t like or won’t need. If making your home function more smoothly and easily is something you’re planning for this year, these 7 cool futuristic devices can help.

1. Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation

You’ve been considering one of these for years, right? Maybe now’s the time. After about a week, the Nest learns your schedule and turns down air conditioning or heat when you’re not at home to save you money. This version has a brighter display and a technology called Farsight — if the thermostat sees you walking towards it, it lights up to display the time or temperature. If you have Alexa, the Nest’s functionality is even cooler: “Alexa: turn the temperature up two degrees!”

Buy it: $ 247

2. Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch

Seize control of your lights — you’re no longer a slave to the little plastic flicky thing on the wall, and you don’t have to go into a dark and creepy house with a bunch of scared kids, either. The Caseta Wireless kit comes with everything you need to control your lights with your smart phone, with Lutron’s Pico remote (which comes with the Caseta), or by voice — you can use Alexa or Siri to dim the lights for your just-about-to-fall-asleep toddler, or turn the lights off at bedtime to let your dawdling tween know it’s really, truly time to go to sleep.

Buy it: $ 159

3. iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum

Oh, you don’t think you need a robot vacuum. That’s because you’ve never left the house and returned to find your floors swept squeaky-clean. Let me paint a picture for you: Your inquisitive toddler breaks into the rice. You hear the telltale shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh sound of a million pieces of rice going everywhere from the other room. As you carry your now-sobbing toddler off for the nap she so richly deserves, you bark to Alexa or Google assistant to start up the Roomba. When you return, your floors are tidy once more. You can also program the Roomba to make its rounds whenever you like (every other day?) to keep dust or pet hair under control.

Buy it: $ 324.99

4. Hestan Cue Smart Cooking System

We live in the future, my friends! This astonishing system is like a culinary class in a box. It comes with a smart induction burner (that you plug in) and a pan; you download the app, and your phone guides you through recipes, as the burner turns itself up and down automatically while you’re cooking (no need to keep an eye on it!) and cooking times count down. You’ll be turning out restaurant-quality dishes in no time.

Buy it: $ 499.95

5. ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide

If you haven’t tried sous vide (pronounced sue veed) cooking yet, you’re in for some cheffy fun. This gadget, which is roughly the size of an immersion blender, goes inside pots and heats water up to whatever temperature you specify. Your food, cooked in vaccuum-packed plastic in the water, will cook to the perfect temperature hands-off — no need to poke it with a probe, or carefully time the cooking, or even do much of anything besides turning the Joule on. You do that by using an app on your phone — or, even better, with Alexa, which allows you to hands-free command the Joule to do stuff like “Cook the steak like last time” or “Alert me when the chicken is done.”

Buy it: $ 199

6. Ring Video Doorbell 2

Ding dong, someone’s at the door. And you’re pinned under a baby. Is it worth potentially waking the baby up to see who’s there? Wouldn’t it be nice to reach out for that phone at your elbow, find out who it is, talk to them (“Do you have my package?”), and let them in, right from where you are? Oh, you’re not home? And one of your kids forgot their keys? And they’re locked out on the doorstep? Button press, button press, button press. Now they’re not.
Buy it: $ 199

7. Ooma Telo Free Home Phone Service

Ready to break your landline? Connect the Ooma Telo to your high-speed Internet and activate online. BOOM. You’re making static-free phone calls for free, and the only bill you’ll get from the phone company is a teeny tiny one for the taxes and fees required by law. You’ll be able to make local calls, nationwide calls, international calls (for low additional rates) call 911, and use voicemail, call waiting, and caller ID. Even cooler, if you’re an Amazon Echo user, you can use Alexa to yell out a contact name or number to dial hands-free.

Buy it: $ 79.99

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5 Smart Hustles to Take Your Business to the Next Level

It’s time to get your “smart hustle” on.

Self-described “small business evangelist” Ramon Ray has helped scores of entrepreneurs achieve that goal with his 12th Annual Smart Hustle Small Business Conference. Held in the heart of Times Square at the New York offices of Microsoft, the event provided actionable business-building advice, ranging from leveraging a firm’s “smallness” as a competitive advantage to boosting revenues by “tapping into the passions” of customers.

 

(Ramon Ray, speaking at the 12th Annual Smart Hustle Small Business Conference. Image: File)

 

Ray, who has served as a popular speaker spreading the gospel of entrepreneurial growth at BLACK ENTERPRISE’s Entrepreneurs and TechConneXt summits, produced an event that offered the same attributes as his presentations: infectious energy, full engagement, and accessible strategic gems. Among his speakers: renowned tech entrepreneur and author Seth Godin; highly acclaimed business coach Carl Gould; and innovative CEO of online bulk shopping service Boxed, Chieh Huang, just to name a few on this week’s program.

 

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In past conversations about Smart Hustle, which is also a magazine, Ray told me it was  designed for entrepreneurs who have owned and operated their business for five years or less, found their niche in the marketplace, and are “willing to grind to get their company to the next level.” He’s had firsthand experience: The tech-savvy author and global motivational speaker has launched four ventures and sold one.

Here are just four simple but powerful nuggets that can help you hustle:

 

Profit from knowing every detail about your customer

 

In a live podcast with Avanti Entrepreneur Group founder and CEO David Mammano, business coach Carl Gould (who says he’s mentored over 5,000 companies and helped motivational guru Tony Robbins develop the famous 18-second, fear-facing  “firewalk”) discussed the value of making unshakable connections with customers.

Asserts Gould: “There’s a market for everything. Your challenge is whether you can bring your product or service to the market profitably and sustainably. [To do that], you must know your ideal client pretty well.” 

Gould offers three specific guidelines to figure out “what makes your client tick and what they will pay a premium for.” He encourages entrepreneurs to find out answers to the following questions:

  1. What keeps your customers worrying at night? “When they’re up at 2 a.m. and wide awake, what is on their mind?”
  2. What makes your intended prospects “feel guilty or do they get grief for [something] at the end of the workday.” If you have the answer then you’ll know what issues dominate their daily conversations.
  3. What’s going on in your prospect’s world right now that makes calling you or hiring you an absolute urgency? Identify a given customer’s trigger point and market directly to it at a premium level.

 

Use competitors’ weaknesses to promote your company’s strengths

 

To better position your business, Gould advises, identify the top five complaints about your competitors and then be able “to make the promise in your niche that now one has the guts to make.”

Gould illustrated his point by using Netflix as an example. The company used the numerous shortcomings of the business model of Blockbuster to unwind the one-time video rental king. Consumers’ biggest complaints: Having to go back and forth to video stores; parking problems; fees for late returns; fines for not rewinding returned videos; and lack of available titles. Before adopting its current digital model, Netflix was a mail-order business that provided home delivery with a money-back guarantee that their customers would not suffer past inconveniences.

In communicating your “unique selling proposition,” Gould argues that entrepreneurs should spend less time sharing their core values or mission statements on websites, marketing materials, and business plans but clearly emphasize their promise to solve client’s problems and frustrations.

 

Boost sales through likability

 

Michael Katz, founder of Boston-based Blue Penguin Development, says he helps professional service firms distinguish their companies from the pack by positioning them as “likable experts.” He asserts that tact represents one of the best ways “to leverage smallness [and] do things that large businesses can’t do.” Moreover, he maintains the likability factor can give your company an edge-especially when battling rivals with similar competitive strengths and capabilities.

Here are Katz’s strategies to increase your appeal:

  1. Tell stories. Customers become more engaged when you can provide historical, humorous, and engaging facts about your company and its products and services.
  2. In dealing with clients, Katz says, apply the world’s greatest (and most underutilized) relationship-building tool: handwritten notes. He maintains that even in today’s tech-driven environment, personalized correspondence continues to be far more effective than emails in that they “get a 100% open rate” and customers are more likely to treat them as valuable keepsakes. “I have visited clients who have received my notes and I’ve seen them tacked to a wall in their office,” he says. “It’s not about penmanship but making a connection.”
  3. Help people that can’t help you. By doing so, you can build a reputation for putting people first.

“You should do what you do in your personal life when you’re trying to make friends,” he says. “You want people to see you as a three-dimensional person and not like every other businessperson.”

 

Put yourself in your customer’s “house” to gain more influence

 

Leadership development expert Mitch Fairrais told the Smart Hustle audience that most people “tend to be wired for self-interest.” He maintained, however, that entrepreneurs can reap greater benefits, gaining “the ability to deal with others from their vantage point. Helping people get want they want is the best way to get what you want.”

He advised attendees to adopt the philosophy: “Tu casa es mi casa” or “Your house is my house.”

It starts, he says, with what he calls “airline emergency listening,” citing that if a pilot told passengers about a mid-air malfunction they would focus on instructions of flight attendants unlike the crew’s reception before take-off. “Don’t spend too much time strategizing at the door and be present to what the other person is saying. You can then better understand what you can do for them.”

Lastly, Fairrais says the most important parting question to ask a client or prospect: “Is there anything I should have asked that I haven’t? Usually, the response offers greater insight on how to best personalize service or the need for an urgent remedy.

Fairrais cautions business owners against canned presentations and salesman spin. He told conference attendees that the direct approach builds trust-the core component of influence.

 

Scaling your business through the grind

 

Boxed CEO Huang shared how he scaled up his online and mobile membership-free wholesale retailer for “urban consumers who didn’t have the physical means to buy products from Costco and other warehouse clubs from a garage startup in 2013 to a multimillion-dollar national enterprise today.

 

(Boxed CEO, Chieh Huang. Image: File)

 

As his business grew (by the end of 2014 it had customers coast to coast and grew to its number of strategically located fulfillment centers) Huang discovered that “in solving the problem of those that [were unable] to access warehouse clubs, we had stumbled upon the fact that providing time to people who didn’t have the patience to go to warehouse clubs was a much bigger business. We couldn’t have done it by planning the business a year ahead and waiting for it to be perfect before we launched. It’s by walking that path and grinding and hustling every day that all these different paths emerged in front of us. You can’t see what’s around the corner until you work it.”

In scaling the business, they discovered three elements that drove Boxed’s value: pricing, convenience, and branding. As such, Boxed is now positioned to take a larger chunk of the online/mobile segment, or 2% of the $ 200 billion retail market. Asserts Huang: “There’s room for a bunch of different players. So many businesses have grown incredibly well in the shadow of Wal-Mart in the offline world. So much money is being spent online now that you have multi-hundred-million-dollar businesses like ours growing in the online world as well.”

Boxed has grown into a sophisticated operation in a short time. Its fulfillment centers are huge four-story, robotic structures that handle the flood of orders. Selfie-cams follow and tape each order, and each video is sent to the customer. “Millennials love it,” Huang says of this customized feature.

In recounting his entrepreneurial journey, Huang offered his philosophy of scale: “In the beginning, it was about living the dream, starting a business in a garage. Now, as our business has scaled, it’s no longer about the money or the glory. We are now building our brand based on how we do good for people. So as you scale your business, there are different ways to think about it. There’s scale of people. There’s scale of revenue. There’s scale of systems. But, I hope you do a gut check of yourself and ask are your motivations scaling.”

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Tim Cook loves AR but says the technology to support Smart Glasses isn’t ready

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Amid reports that Apple has been busy developing a pair of advanced smart glasses, Tim Cook went on record during a recent interview with The Independent and essentially put to bed any hopes that such a product might see the light of day anytime soon. Though Cook didn’t deny Apple’s interest in such a product, he flat-out said that the technology needed to make such a product feasible simply isn’t mature enough right now.

“But today I can tell you the technology itself doesn’t exist to do [smart glasses] in a quality way,” Cook said. “The display technology required, as well as putting enough stuff around your face – there’s huge challenges with that. The field of view, the quality of the display itself, it’s not there yet.”

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10 historical Halloween costumes for smart girls and boys

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You can’t go wrong with a Halloween costume based on history. Portraying a historical figure helps kids understand history in a new way — not as dusty old-timey events that existed only in the pages of a book, but real things that happened to real people.

Most historical figures are also easily recognizable — kids HATE people asking what they’re supposed to be — and lend even the smallest trick-or-treaters an air of dignity. So whether it’s Cleopatra or Alexander Hamilton who makes your kids’ eyes light up, here’s what you need, or can easily whip up at home.

1. Joan of Arc

She changed history in France — and was a badass with a really cool outfit. This version in particular has a great hood that’s made of mesh that looks a bit like chain mail, yet is still light and soft, and the dress is comfy and warm (though you may want to add a flesh-colored bodysuit underneath or a cloak on top). Though the costume is pictured with the sword, it doesn’t come with — pick up this good-looking California Costumes Crusader Sword & Shield Costume Accessory for $ 17.53 extra if your child wants the accessories. This version of the costume is only available for youth sizes 8-14; if you want the costume for a smaller child, look for “knight” or “warrior” costumes, particularly if they have “chain mail” head accessories and a fleur de lis on the front.

Buy it: sizes 8-16 $ 30.31-$ 36.95

2. Alexander Hamilton

Kids crazy over the musical will be eager to slide into colonial wear. We love this costume because it comes with the tricorn hat, which kids love playing with. It doesn’t come with the wig — a Hamilton costume may not need it, if your child does or if you want to turn your Hamilton costume into a George Washington, wigs can be had for $ 12.31 — or the shoes. You can fashion your own colonial look at home with white or black socks, and buckles made out of cardboard and tinfoil.

Buy it: sizes 6-12 $ 23.25-$ 28.99

3. Lady Liberty

A costume with great pomp, circumstance, and dignity, Lady Liberty’s green robes have the added bonus of being super comfortable. Carrying a book and a torch adds to the realism — but kids tire quickly of carrying things, so add that fact into your consideration. This costume comes with the headpiece, but not a torch. You can fashion something torch-like with an empty paper towel roll and some tissue paper, or buy a pre-made beauty for an extra $ 10.

Buy it: sizes 6-12 $ 10.06-$ 15.99

4. Blackbeard

No child can resist a pirate costume with its swagger, skulls, and crossbones. Why not allow your child to be the most notorious pirate of them all? Read up a little on pirates and what they did (and do!) — Blackbeard was a surprisingly gentlemanly pirate, despite his fearsome image, yet still a thief and a strongman. We like the fanciness of this particular pirate’s costume for toddlers through age 4, but if your child is older or doesn’t care for this costume, all a Blackbeard getup really requires is ragged pants, a white flouncy shirt, a vest, and a bandanna. This costume doesn’t come with a sword, which could be a good or bad thing for you.

Buy it: sizes 3-6 $ 18-$ 29.99

5. Cleopatra

The Egyptian ruler has an absolutely beautiful costume that can make even the silliest child glide along with royal dignity. You can make your own Cleopatra out of any tube of fabric (a pillowcase will do!) with a jeweled collar, and a headdress and a belt. But when a Halloween costume is this beautiful (and comfortable!) it’s hard to resist buying a ready-made costume.

Buy it: sizes 4-14 $ 19.75 to $ 24.17

6. Uncle Sam

Warning: Donning Uncle Sam’s trademark red-white-and-blue threads may lead to uncontrollable anthem-singing and razzle-dazzle. Teach your child a little about who Uncle Sam is — a drawing used for patriotic posters and graphics who’s supposed to be a little like the spirit of America personified — and you’ll be knee-deep in patriotism in no time. This costume for kids age 4-12 comes with the jacket, hat, pants, and bow-tie; you’ll have to supply your own white shirt, shoes, and goatee. You can buy a goatee for $ 12.60, but kids are notably non-fond of things they have to wear on their faces, so you may just want to leave it out altogether.

Buy it: sizes 6-12 $ 10.99-$ 13.97

7. Amelia Earhart

Any child in an Amelia Earhart hat and goggles looks so cool and walks so tough. This costume has the added bonus of making kids feel brave and adventurous. With its jacket and hat, it’s warm for chilly Halloween nights, and comfortable, too. You can fashion your own Earhart duds with the aviator cap, goggles, a brown jacket (preferably a bomber), and light pants tucked into boots. But these costumes come with all the pieces except the boots.

Buy it: For toddlers age 2T-4T, $ 39.99; for sizes 4-10, $ 54.99; and for sizes 10-16, $ 28.81

8. Robin Hood

He wasn’t a real person — but his place in English folklore is so old and firmly established that he’s a real historical figure now. Read your child a few thrilling Robin Hood tales, or show them a movie — Men in Tights, perhaps? Or the Disney version? — and you’ll soon have a green-clad child leaping heroically around your living room. If you’re short on funds, fashion your own easy Robin Hood costume by cutting jagged sleeves and bottoms on a green shirt and pants. The hat and bow and arrow are a little harder to DIY. Both of these costumes come with the hat but not the bow and arrows. If you want to let your child have a bow and arrow, we like this toy version for $ 10.99 for very little kids, or this one for just $ 4.79. Warning: If you let your children have a bow and arrow, they might break it before Halloween night is over, and they will definitely try to hit you in the butt with the arrows.

Buy it: sizes 4-12, $ 9.38-$ 13.95; and for sizes 8-14, $ 23.56-$ 25.30

9. Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln is a classic because of that killer stovepipe hat. What kid can resist a Lincoln hat? Hey! That’s the guy on the penny! You can make your own Lincoln costume with any dark suit-like clothing plus the hat. We’ve seen stovepipe hats fashioned out of cardboard tubes, but they’re not comfy and will be quickly discarded. Better to buy a costume version, or better still, this costume that comes with the hat, jacket, a vest with a dickie so it looks like there’s a shirt under it, and the bow tie. It also doesn’t come with the facial hair. Fake beards are very uncomfortable — you can make comfy and serviceable-looking whiskers with any black/brown makeup, like mascara or Halloween paint.

Buy it: sizes 6-12, $ 12.52-$ 21.93

10. Rosie the Riveter

Her costume is iconic, cool, recognizable, comfortable, and warm — and she makes anyone who wears it feel like they can do it! Fashion your own with a chambray or denim shirt, jeans, a red-and-white bandanna, red lipstick, a strong bicep and a tough expression. Or buy this cool denim jumpsuit, which has a nametag and zips up the front like a real mechanic’s, and give your child something to fix, quick!

Buy it: sizes 3-14 $ 37.65-$ 56.25

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How to activate Smart Invert in iOS 11

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The new “Smart Invert” feature in iOS 11 is a dark mode, but smarter. 

For a while, Apple has been trying features to ease the nighttime burden on our eyes when they’re staring at screens, with greyscale mode in iOS 8 and Night Shift in iOS 9. Smart Invert, iOS 11’s go at eye relief, inverts some colors, but leaves images, videos, and some apps untouched, aiming to dampen your screen’s glow without leading to the really weird image contortions that we saw with previous iterations of the feature. 

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Smart Money Moves Every Woman Needs to Master

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This year’s Women of Power Summit included a session titled “CFO of You: Smart Money Moves Every Woman Needs to Master,” which empowered women with the knowledge, resources, and confidence they need in order to overcome their financial fears and make good financial decisions.

Hosted by Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, three different financial experts shared their personal testimonies, struggles, and helpful nuggets about financial success. In addition to moderating the panel, Ashley Fox, a Black Enterprise contributor and the founder and CEO of Empify, also offered insight on how to make your money last while she was moderating the panel. “Our responsibilities and our money is our job,” she said stressing the importance of taking responsibility when it comes to self-educating oneself about money.

Here are a few of the gems that the speakers shared.

 

Jacquette Timmons, President and CEO of Sterling Investment Management Inc.:

 

  • “You don’t manage money, you manage your choices around money.”
  • Purchasing life insurance is important because it gives your family the ability to grieve without interruption. “Passing on wealth is not about death, it’s about love.”
  • Get a prenup: You work really hard for what you build and you need to protect it.
  • It’s important to recognize and understand the “sheconomy” or “the local spending power of women,” which is estimated to reach $ 18-20 trillion by 2020. This gives women the financial power to use [and] flex their collective dollars as a form of activism and support films, products, companies, and causes that support them.

 

(From left to right: Ashley Fox, Michelle Fisher, Jacquette Timmons, and Vania Laguerre)

 

Michelle Fisher, Founder & CEO of Blaze Mobile:

 

  • You don’t spend what you don’t know that you have, which is important to “take advantage of your company’s 401(k).”
  • Invest in your own products. “Become divas of your own products.” We have, historically, been able to do more with less. So, “if there is a trail, go ahead and blaze it.”
  • Fisher, who currently owns 42 patents, emphasized the importance of protecting your ideas with copyrights and getting your inventions patented. Plus, patents can help you attract investors and make money if you license your patent. You “can’t underestimate the value of protecting your ideas.”

 

Vania Laguerre, Vice President and Sr. Resident Director, Global Wealth and Investment Management at Merrill Lynch:

 

  • When facing a difficult situation, like a divorce or a major career change, it is important to “know yourself.” You have to find your strength within yourself.
  • After sharing the tough lessons that she learned following her divorce, Laguerre advised the women to “become a little bit more selfish” when it comes to protecting your assets and interests.

 

After the panel, Fox shared tips for millennials looking to build wealth. Watch below.

 

 

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5 Smart Saving Tips for Single Women to Build Wealth

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All my single ladies, hands up—don’t be shy! It’s your time to not only to enjoy adventures and the freedom of being unattached but to also get your finances in order for your future—whether it includes a beau not.

In fact, the numbers are in your favor: more women are outliving men, snubbing social stigmas by buying homes without a spouse. Likewise, more women are waiting longer to marry, especially in the higher-earning groups. Being single is a great time to make investments and tap into the extra income you may have, before it’s time to buy diapers, pay school fees, or split extra bills with a mate. Or, if you are a single mother, it’s a great time to think about ways to enhance your financial outlook to ensure the future of your family.

“When you’re single, you have to fend for yourself financially at all times, versus having a spouse that can help contribute to the household bills. So, for single women, it’s even more critical to ensure that you have a healthy savings account, in the event of an emergency,” says Dominique Broadway, personal finance expert and founder of Finances De•mys•ti•fied.

Below, Broadway offers five more savings tips for single women to take charge of their financial freedom, one step at a time:

 

1. Determine a realistic savings goal based on your current financial picture.

 

“You want to sit down, look at all of your income and expenses, and determine how much you can actually afford to save every month,” Broadway says. “You can start with saving 10% of your income as an initial goal, however, once you do your budget, you will be able to determine if you can save more or less than that.”

 

2. Be clear on exactly why you’re saving and draft a plan.

 

“For example, if you want to create an emergency fund, you can set a goal of saving three to six months of your monthly expenses,” Broadway says. “Set the date of when you want to reach this goal, break the goal down into monthly or even bi-weekly amounts, start saving the amount automatically, and watch your savings grow. You can do this same strategy if you are saving for a house, trip, or whatever your heart desires.”

 

3. Find something or someone to keep you accountable.

 

“Apps like Dobot are a great tools that help you set a goal and plan to save toward it,” Broadway says. “Digit is great as well for enhancing your monthly savings by automatically saving small amounts for you, so you won’t even miss it. If you need more accountability, working one-on-one with a financial coach can ensure you don’t stray away from your goals.”

 

4. Create balance in terms of your savings goals and your social or dating life.

 

“Dating and your social life can hurt your finances if you let it,” she says. “It’s great to hang out and have a good time, just make sure that fancy brunch on Saturday doesn’t have you eating Ramen noodles for the next two weeks. Set a ‘Going Out’ budget that can keep you happy and entertained.”

 

5. If you get off track with your savings or hit a financial road bump, take action to change course immediately. 

 

“It’s important to identify what threw you off track so you can be alert if that issue rises again,” Broadway says. “Don’t beat yourself up about it, but make a conscious effort to get back in the game and reach your goals.”

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Ikea’s smart bulbs are finally compatible with Siri, Alexa, and Google Home

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Installing Ikea’s Trådfri was a breeze. I just followed the handy instructions, and a few minutes later my home was slightly smarter. But as soon as I finished, I realized there’s one critical piece missing. Ikea’s intelligent home products were not compatible with Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google’s Home. Thankfully, that all changes today.

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The 16 Best Black-Hosted, Smart, and Funny Podcasts of 2017

The podcast landscape is currently seeing an uptick in black-hosted and black-curated original podcasts—and we are all here for it.

As more black-hosted podcasts have been hitting the scene, from the ratings and reviews, they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. So now is your chance to catch up on these smart and insightful, and at times, hilarious episodes.

If you haven’t yet given podcasts a try, chances are you’re missing out on some valuable information presented in an efficient and entertaining way. In recent years, this medium of information intake has taken off.

According to The Neiman Journalism Lab, podcasting has 57 million monthly U.S. listeners in 2017, up 23% year over year. And 85% of podcast listeners consume majority or entirety of an episode.

Data from the Pew Research Center shows that podcasting continued to grow in both audience and programming in 2015. About one-third of Americans now say they have listened to a podcast, according to Pew’s State of the News Media 2016 report. Podcast listening grew 23% between 2015 and 2016. And between 2008 and 2016, the percentage of people who listened to a podcast has more than doubled. So what are you waiting for if you haven’t given this form of media a go yet?

From Larry Wilmore and Jenna Wortham to comedians like Phoebe Robinson and Desus Nice, and our very own Black Enterprise staffers, many of the current black-hosted podcasts offer valuable insight on everything from personal finance, pop culture, and tech trends to politics, race, wellness, and more.

Whether you’re looking for a serious hour of learning money tips, seeking perspectives on politics, or a lighthearted escape offering good laughs or lifestyle tips, these podcasts are well worth lending an ear and subscribing to.

Read on to enrich your life and elevate your podcast-listening game.


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Personal Finance/Career:

 

1. Joblogues: Joymarie Parker and Cortney Cleveland

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For the young professional seeking job advice and financial empowerment, Joblogues could be your go-to podcast. Co-hosts Joymarie Parker and Cortney Cleveland describe it as “candid, career conversations with young professionals around the globe.” According to their website, more than 20,000 multicultural women tune in monthly for career advice, inspiration, and lots of laughs.

 

2. The Ash Cash Show and Money Mondays with Ash Cash

Ash Cash (Image: Selena Hill and Ash Cash)

 

You can find your financial motivation with personal finance expert and TV/radio personality, Ash Cash. The Ash Cash Show is focused on personal finance with an aim to empower people to achieve financial freedom. Cash and crew speak to everyday people about everything from money and business to even changing the world and everything in between. The Money Mondays with Ash Cash podcast provides actionable tips on how to budget, invest, and save yourself from debt, whether you’re a seasoned workforce vet or college student.

 

3. Chris Hogan’s Retire Inspired Podcast

Known as America’s voice on retirement, Chris Hogan tackles topics including how to find extra money for retirement, the ultimate 401(k) questions you should be asking, and how millennials can approach retirement planning. With each insightful episode, his aim is to help you create the retirement you have always dreamed of.

 

4. Two Black Guys with Good Credit: Shaun Lynda and Arlington Forbes

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Hosts Shaun Lynda and Arlington Forbes “will educate, entertain, and inspire you to achieve your financial goals.” Both are financial experts—Forbes has a background in entrepreneurship while Lynda previously worked on Wall Street. The podcast is part of the Financially CLEAN network, launched in 2006 by Lynda because of his desire to pass on the knowledge he had gained over his career to the next generation.

 

Social Commentary/Culture:

 

5. Still Processing: Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris

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The New York Times‘ Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris are both powerhouses when it comes to expertly dishing out thoughts from the black perspective. So naturally, their podcast, Still Processing, is one worth tuning into, especially when you want some intelligent journalistic insight on matters like black health, LeBron James, and the toxic racial climate in America.

 

6. Black On The Air: Larry Wilmore

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The Emmy-award winning comedian is back on the air giving his sharp and pointed opinions on race and politics in America. For fans of The Nightly Show, this podcast is a refreshing respite to the missing black perspective on late night television after its untimely cancellation. From conversations like what it means to “sound black” and the current president’s lack of regard for the truth, Wilmore once again holds no reservations about his opinions.

 

7. 2 Dope Queens: Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams

2 Dope Queens podcast hosts, Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams. (Image: Instagram)

 

If you haven’t heard about the Lenny Kravitz debate by now, we can only implore you to immediately download and listen to Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams hilariously debate back and forth about Lenny Kravitz’s hotness—a topic they call the greatest mystery of our generation. Beyond Lenny, these comedy queens dish out commentary and laughs every week about a range of random topics with guests like Gabrielle Union and Nicole Byer.

 

8. Snap Judgment: Glynn Washington

Since its launch in 2010, Snap Judgment has become a titan of the podcast platform and remains a popular mainstay. Host and Executive Producer Glynn Washington curates intriguing and engaging stories each week that are guaranteed to make listeners question, cry, laugh, and come away more informed and well-rounded. Their slogan, “storytelling with a beat,” is indicative of the podcast’s successful attempts to overlay music that fits and flows with each narrative, expertly pulling the listener in more.

 

9. Bodega Boys: Desus Nice and The Kid Mero

Desus Nice and The Kid Mero host the podcast, Bodega Boys. (Image: Instagram)

 

If you want to tune in with some laughs on all things pop culture for the week, Desus Nice and The Kid Mero have you covered. From hilarious impersonations of Donald Trump using words like “lit” and “we out here” to a mashup of weekly pop culture references ranging from Rihanna to LeBron James and Whoopi Goldberg, these two Bronx comedians provide an unfiltered and funny take.

 

Tech/Science

 

10. BE the Code: Sequoia Blodgett

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Offering insight on all things tech, BE the Code is hosted by Sequoia BlodgettBlack Enterprise’s tech editor in Silicon Valley, and it is a must-listen for anyone looking to venture into the tech entrepreneurial space or looking to learn more about the tech world. It explores matters related to technology that are important to African Americans and those within the African diaspora, and is filled with winning strategies and game-changing advice from top innovators out of Silicon Valley, celebrities, and rising stars. We recommend checking out her interviews with Monique Woodard, Venture Partner at 500 Startups and Mike Brown, the former NFL player turned tech entrepreneur.

 

 

11. StarTalk Radio: Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Everyone’s favorite astrophysicist puts together a highly informative, clever show each week on StarTalk Radio, “where science, pop culture and comedy collide.” DeGrasse Tyson’s comedic co-hosts, including Chuck Nice, lend a hilarious bent to the podcast. And deGrasse Tyson doesn’t disappoint when it comes to guests. Big names like Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, and journalists Baratunde Thurston and Fareed Zakaria have all shined their light and intelligence on listeners.

 

Politics

 

12. Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio: Selena Hill

 

Selena Hill Selena Hill, Black Enterprise’s digital editor. (Image: file)

 

Let Your Voice Be Heard! is an energetic, award-winning weekly show founded, executive produced, and co-hosted by Black Enterprise’s digital editor, Selena Hill. LYVBH is committed to informing, educating, and empowering millennials on political and social issues via discussion and in-depth interviews with influential leaders. Past guests include Sen. Cory Booker, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former ACLU President Nadine Strossen, and Russell Simmons.

13. Intersection: Jamil Smith

Senior editor at The New Republic, Jamil Smith’s podcast is taking a clear look at identity politics in the U.S. Each episode delves into how race, gender, and all the ways we identify ourselves and one another intersect. From activists and politicians to journalists and everyday folks, each episode is packed with plenty of worthy conversation starters.

Wellness/Mental Health

 

Therapy for Black Girls: Dr. Joy Harden

 

Psychologist Dr. Joy Harden. (Image: therapyforblackgirls.com)

 

This podcast stems from Dr. Harden’s namesake online space that is dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of black women and girls. Each week the Atlanta-based psychologist chats about “all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.” She shares practical tips and strategies to improve your mental health, and also discusses the latest news and trends in the field.

 

14. The Friend Zone: Dustin Ross, Francheska Medina of HeyFranHey & Assanté

The Friend Zone podcast. (Image: Instagram)

 

Think of this health and wellness podcast as your friend and confidant for all things related to mental hygiene, because, “who wants their mind to be musty?” Whether it’s a discussion on relationships, race, or being true to yourself, this insightful and funny podcast will get you through a long week or help you start a Monday right.

Music

 

15.  The Combat Jack Show: Reggie Ossé

The Combat Jack Show calls itself the undisputed No. 1 hip-hop podcast. Hosted by Reggie Ossé, a former hip-hop music attorney, each episode features interviews with icons like Rza, Talib Kweli, and Chuck D who dish about their experiences, philosophies, and viewpoints in conversations that extend beyond music.

 

16. Afropop Worldwide: Georges Collinet

If you’re looking for a podcast that discusses music beyond the borders of North America, Afropop Worldwide is a good starting point. From the black music of Peru to Ghana’s regional pop and neo-traditional music, this podcast expertly curates stories of music from the African diaspora, adding in intriguing historical and cultural details.

 

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Dick Gautier, Best Known as Hymie the Robot in Get Smart, Dies at 85

Tony-nominated actor Dick Gautier, known for his role in Bye, Bye Birdie and the hit TV sitcom Get Smart, has reportedly died. He was 85.

Gautier’s daughter Denise told The Hollywood Reporter that her father died Friday night at an assisted living facility in Arcadia, California, after suffering from a longtime illness.

Gautier started his career working as a stand-up comic and he went on to star as Conrad Birdie in the hit 1960 musical Bye, Bye Birdie. His Elvis-inspired role scored him a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

Another beloved role of Gautier’s was his portrayal of Hymie the robot on the hit 1960s sitcom Get Smart. Portraying Hymie, Gautier quickly became a fan-favorite, despite his few appearances on the show.

In 1989, Gautier returned as Hymie for the TV movie Get Smart Again!, and he lent his voice to several animated shows, including Tom and Jerry and The Addams Family. His latest role was a cameo on Nip/Tuck in 2010.


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There’s nothing worse than whipping out your smartphone during a meeting, and few things will turn someone off to you quite like a mid-conversation text message or even a quick glance at your phone.

Using your phone at inappropriate times annoys your boss and colleagues according to research from USC’s Marshall School of Business, and if you work with women and people over forty they’re even more perturbed by it than everyone else.

The researchers conducted a nationwide survey of 554 full-time working professionals earning above $ 30K and working in companies with at least 50 employees. They asked a variety of questions about smartphone use during meetings and found:

  • 86% think it’s inappropriate to answer phone calls during meetings
  • 84% think it’s inappropriate to write texts or emails during meetings
  • 66% think it’s inappropriate to write texts or emails even during lunches offsite
  • The more money people make the less they approve of smartphone use.

The study also found that Millennials are three times more likely than those over 40 to think that smartphone use during meetings is okay, which is ironic considering Millennials are highly dependent upon the opinions of their older colleagues for career advancement.

TalentSmart has tested the emotional intelligence (EQ) of more than a million people worldwide and found that Millennials have the lowest self-awareness in the workplace, making them unlikely to see that their smartphone use in meetings is harming their careers.

Why do so many people find smartphone use in meetings to be inappropriate? When you take out your phone it shows a:

  • Lack of respect: You consider the information on your phone to be more important than the conversation at hand, and you view people outside of the meeting to be more important than those sitting right in front of you.
  • Lack of attention: You are unable to stay focused on one thing at a time.
  • Lack of listening: You aren’t practicing active listening, so no one around you feels heard.
  • Lack of power: You are like a modern-day Pavlovian dog who responds to the whims of others through the buzz of your phone.
  • Lack of self-awareness: You don’t understand how ridiculous your behavior looks to other people.
  • Lack of social awareness: You don’t understand how your behavior affects those around you.

I can’t say I’m surprised by the USC study’s findings. My company coaches leaders using 360° assessments that compare their self-perception to how everyone else sees them. Smartphone use in meetings is one of the most common coworker complaints.

Bringing It All Together

It’s important to be clear with what you expect of others. If sharing this article with your team doesn’t end smartphone use in meetings, take a page out of the Old West and put a basket by the conference room door with an image of a smart phone and the message, “Leave your guns at the door.”

What do you think of smartphone use during meetings? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

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Western Europe – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide To Customs & Culture

Western Europe – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide To Customs & Culture


The historic countries of Western Europe – Austria, Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland – are the jewels in the crown of European civilization. Their importance and attraction for the rest of the world are so great that the region is the prime travel destination for businesspeople, tourists, and students. Western Europe is a relatively compact geographical area, containing an enormous diversity of landscapes, peoples, and cultures. The historically competitive Western Europeans are unlike each other in many ways, yet share an underlying system of values, and the restless Western European spirit of enquiry, enterprise, and adventure has had a decisive impact on world history. In the past, their empires spread their languages, religions, arts, and ideologies around the globe, and today the world beats a pathway to their doors. For foreign visitors, first encounters in Western Europe can be overwhelming. The richness and complexity of the different national cultures are difficult to take in, and people’s behavior and reactions can be surprisingly unpredictable.For example, attitudes to time vary. In Germany it’s rude to be late; in France it’s rude to be on time. In business there is a range of negotiating styles. And because there is more to communication than speech, it is easy to misread the signals in other people’s societies. Even smiling can sometimes be wrong – in France it’s distinctly uncool to smile at strangers. Western Europe is ideal for student travelers, businesspeople, or academics who will be visiting several countries on their trip and who don’t wish to be burdened with eleven books on different destinations. In this it is unique. No other book captures the essence of eleven national cultures in a single volume. Drawing on the wealth of information in the individual Culture Smart! country guides, it focuses on those situations in each country where visitors are likely to come into contact with local people. Beyond listing the dos and don’ts, it explains the cultural context of different or unexpected behavior. It tells you about beliefs and attitudes, and alerts you to local manners and sensitive issues. Full of fascinating insights and practical advice, it will help you navigate your way through uncharted seas, avoid gaffes and misunderstandings, and establish a rapport with people wherever you are.
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How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Smart Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing

How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Smart Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing


You’ve heard of amazing deals, online discounts, outlet shopping-but has anyone showed you how to shop for free? Meet Kathy Spencer-hot, hip mom of four who can whittle a 7.22 grocery bill down to one penny. One penny. Now, this smart, sassy, step-by-step savings guide teaches you how to do just that by revealing: Kathy’s killer two-for-one shopping strategyWhich stores have the best savings-and how to cash inMonth-by-month steals and off-season shopping secretsHow to amass so much free stuff that you’ll have to give it away You’ll learn how to find the best savings and combine them with store promotions, coupons, rewards programs, and store credit to get almost anything for free-from organic produce to makeup, baby formula to brand-name clothing. With an eye toward cutting your monthly spending on the basics, Spencer guides you through many popular stores-including CVS, Kohl’s, Office Max, PetSmart, Target, and Home Depot-and explains how to maximize your savings. Follow Spencer’s plan, and before you know it, you’ll be shopping for free.

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Lord & Taylor Kids Double-Pleat Wool Blend Dress Pants – Smart Value

Lord & Taylor Kids Double-Pleat Wool Blend Dress Pants – Smart Value


An essential part of every male’s wardrobe; these smart dress pants from Lord & Taylor are a must-have. Featuring an extend-tab waistband and front angled pockets; he’ll look super sharp in these handsome dress pants.
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Samsung Smart Camera WB800F 16.3MP CMOS WiFi Digital Camera with 21x Optical Zoom, 3″ LCD

Samsung Smart Camera WB800F 16.3MP CMOS WiFi Digital Camera with 21x Optical Zoom, 3″ LCD


Immediate, effortless image sharing-that’s the idea behind the classically influenced Samsung WB800F SMART CAMERA. Quickly deliver exceptional images to family, friends or your smartphone with the Direct Link hot button or via the Hybrid Touch User Interface. The 21x zoom, 23mm wide-angle lens and Best Face technology help you create stunning pictures and Full HD video that are too good to keep to yourself.
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BetaFlex Royal Electronic Smart Mini Exercise Bike

BetaFlex Royal Electronic Smart Mini Exercise Bike


BetaFlex Electronic Smart Mini Exercise Bike is designed for working class who needs intensive workout every day but requires different programs to fulfill different exercising plans. This smart mini exercise bike has selection of four automatic working modes with different choices of workout plans. It allows you to choose different speeds exercising time calorie burnt and distance that you want to run.

The concept is to not only maximize the workout result of losing weight and burning maximum calories but also help you get in shape with the performance goals you need. Its detachable handheld controller with LED backlight and LCD screen instantly displays the intensity of your workout while you are running on the machine. It is your simple way to improve your body flexibility and circulation at home or in office. Ride to vitality. The ultimate bike for health inspiration.

Features:
Selection of different speeds
Manual operation: Selection of different workout time and speed settings (Timer) based on individuals need.
Auto operation: With auto program setting (5 preset work out programs to choose)
Clockwise and anti-clockwise rotating
Choose different modes based on the selection of the calorie distance or rotating speed
Safety protection: Automatic shut off if the machine is not in use for over 60 seconds
Selection of four automatic working modes including ramp rolling mountain and valley
With detachable LCD display handheld controller and LED backlight
Measures 17x12x9.5 inches and weights 12 lbs
Shipping weight 15 lbs
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The Smart App

The Smart App


New technologies can change everything. Three computer science undergrads come up with the next big thing. Will their creation help the world or enslave it? Techies want to emulate it, IT companies want to buy it, the government wants to stop it. It might make the creators rich but it might also get them killed.In his latest novel, The Smart App, Roy Raymond explores the coming of the next big thing in computer technology; an App that makes your smartphone just a little bit smarter. Maybe it’ll take 10 years for the real thing to come along – maybe it won’t. Raymond comes up with a story that is outrageous, shocking and entirely credible.As Raymond was finishing his novel, the world experienced an Arab Spring and a tussle over Blackberry censorship after the London riots. What’s going to happen next? Read the book……

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Raymarine Dst800 Thru Hull Tilted Element Depth/speed/temp Smart Sensor For St70 Instruments Plastic Degree

Raymarine Dst800 Thru Hull Tilted Element Depth/speed/temp Smart Sensor For St70 Instruments Plastic Degree


Raymarine Dst800 Thru Hull Tilted Element Depth/speed/temp Smart Sensor For St70 Instruments Plastic Degree . DT800 Tilted Element Thru-Hull smart transducer. 235 kHz Frequency. NMEA 2000 compatible. Depth, Speed, & Temperature. Operates at 235kHz so there is no interference with your 50/200 kHz fishfinder transducer. Airmar’s Smart Sensors have embedded microelectronics, meaning the signal is processed from within the transducer itself, eliminating the need for an ST70 transducer pod. Compatible with the following instruments: ST70 (direct connect to ST70 backbone, no pod required) Compatible hull material: aluminum and fiberglass Hole diameter for installation: 2″
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Teething Bling TZBAN Smart Mom Jewelry Tanzanite Bangle

Teething Bling TZBAN Smart Mom Jewelry Tanzanite Bangle


Teething Bling Baby Teething Pendant Teething Bling is designed to look like real stone jewelry, but is actually made from federally approved silicone, the same material teething toys are made from- Smart Mom Jewelry has been baby tested! Your baby can pull and tug at your jewelry and it will stand true- The silk cord has a breakaway clasp for safety- Teething Bling is even dishwasher friendly!- Style: Bangle Pendant- Color: Tanzanite- SKU: SMRTM067

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The Smart Dieter’s Cheating Guide: Eat and Watch Pounds Melt Away

The Smart Dieter’s Cheating Guide: Eat and Watch Pounds Melt Away


EAT, CHEAT, And LOSE POUNDS The Smart Dieter’s Cheating Guide dares to reveal the secret formula for the only proven system for weight loss on a long term basis–How to eat less without serious deprivation through heightened awareness, understanding, and command of the mind. The reader is invited to look into the mind-sets of the dieter–explored over many decades by widely known psychiatrist, Dr. Harvey Widroe–and to observe the behavior and the dieting mythologies to which millions of dieters almost tragicomically subscribe. We become able to discover those thoughts and feelings in an interactive process, and to learn from the failures and triumphs of others as we assure our own dieting success–losing weight by easily eating fewer calories. Taking into account the unavoidable problems of day-to-day life that usually lead to diet failure, The Smart Dieter’s Cheating Guide helps the reader develop and adopt useful, concrete strategies for successful weight loss. Unlike any other diet book, The Smart Dieter’s Cheating Guide lays out the truth. Other diet books do not even mention their astronomical failure rates. Since the demands of real life distract us from the discipline of dieting, diets that force us to slavishly count calories or prepare special food invariably lead to cheating and failure. With The Smart Dieter’s Cheating Guide we come to understand how many of us use denial of reality, projection and rationalization to sabotage our weight loss efforts. Then with increased awareness of how we think about eating, we come to master a few simple hard to forget principles and techniques that become part of us and enable us to achieve goal after goal in the war for weight control.Each of us develops our own system for sensible, easier food choices within the complexity and stress of real life.
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AARP’s Drive Smart

AARP’s Drive Smart


Driving isn’t what it used to be. Today you’re facing new rules of the road, distracted drivers, and updated technologies—entertainment and GPS navigation systems, ringing cell phones and beeping texts—that demand you take your eyes from the road, despite the hazards.That’s why AARP Driver Safety—the program that offers the nation’s first and largest driver improvement course for drivers age 50 and older—offers Drive Smart: How to Stay Safe—and Save Money.This e-book provides expert advice on today’s traffic rules, driving conditions, vehicle technologies, and the dangers presented by other drivers. You’ll find—More than 125 tips to refresh your knowledge of the rules of the roadRecommendations to help you save money on auto insurance, fuel, and other driving-related expensesStrategies to help you avoid distractions, drive safely in inclement weather and recognize when it may be time for a loved one to stop drivingDrive Smart: How to Stay Safe—and Save Money provides valuable information to help you keep safe behind the wheel. And if you suspect your loved ones’ driving skills could use a tune-up, then pass this e-book to them, too. ABOUT THE AUTHORAARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning. We advocate for consumers in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www. aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP VIVA, a bilingual news source. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make

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Striiv Play Smart Pedometer

Striiv Play Smart Pedometer


– Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) (Rechargeable)0.49 oz0.5″1.1″2.0″It’s a fitness tracker with some style Striiv Play is an ultra thin device with a sleek polycarbonate face. With a single touch, you have immediate access to your activity stats, trophies and the time. Since it’s designed for people on the go, Striiv Play has a durable, nickel plated clip for secure fastening to your belt, pocket, bra or purse. Play Smart Pedometer Micro-USB Cable Quick Start Guide AccelerometerActivity Time TrackerBarometric AltimeterBatteryBeltBluetoothCalorie CounterDistance CounterOLEDPC ConnectivityPedometerPlay Smart PedometerSTRV01-002-0CStep CounterStriivStriiv, IncTime Functionhttp://www.striiv.com
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101 Tips for the Smart Stepmom: Expert Advice from One Stepmom to Another

101 Tips for the Smart Stepmom: Expert Advice from One Stepmom to Another


Proven Advice from a Successful Stepmom Today’s woman who finds herself dating, engaged, or married to a man with kids often feels alone, misunderstood, and weary. In this down-to-earth book, Laura Petherbridge offers real answers from someone who’s walked in her shoes–and now has good relationships with her grown stepchildren. This topically arranged resource includes tips on parenting, coping with the children’s mom, finances, and celebrating special occasions. The reader will learn how to better understand her blended family, navigate the drama, and gain the respect of her stepkids. The bite-sized tips are perfect for the busy stepmom, offering solutions she can immediately implement–and see change begin.

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ZOPO ZP200 4.3inch MTK 6575 1GHZ 3D Touch Screen Android 2.3 Dual SIM GPS/A-GPS Bluetooth 3G Smart Phone Black

ZOPO ZP200 4.3inch MTK 6575 1GHZ 3D Touch Screen Android 2.3 Dual SIM GPS/A-GPS Bluetooth 3G Smart Phone Black


This is ZOPO ZP200 4.3inch MTK 6575 1GHZ 3D Touch Screen Android 2.3 Dual SIM GPS/A-GPS Bluetooth 3G Smart Phone Black. Tmart.com store provides apple accessories, electronics, tablet PCs, cool gadgets, cell phones, LED flashlight, car accessories, phones accessories, toys, health and beauty supplies, computer accessories, video games accessories, holiday gifts and security camera.
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Free Shipping. Carepeutic BetaFlex Royal Electronic Smart Mini Exercise Bike

Free Shipping. Carepeutic BetaFlex Royal Electronic Smart Mini Exercise Bike

Allowing the user to pick from a variety of speeds, times, calories burnt or distance, the Carepeutic BetaFlex Royal Electronic Smart Mini Exercise Bike is a must have piece of home fitness equipment for those that are trying to get in shape or maintain their shape. A detachable hand-held controller with LED backdrop and LCD screen makes it easy to see the progress you are making. The bike includes a manual operation that allows the user to match the workout to his or her needs, or an automatic operation that has five pre-set work out programs. The user is able to rotate the pedals both clockwise or counter-clockwise. Includes a ramp, rolling, mountain, or valley mode.

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  • Weighs 12 pounds
  • Includes an auto-shut-off feature that turns the bike off after 60 seconds of inactivity

This item ships directly from the manufacturer. Item takes 1-3 days to process and leave their facility. APO/FPO shipping unavailable
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Ultimate Cleansing Cloths for Baby -Smart Value

Ultimate Cleansing Cloths for Baby -Smart Value


The Ultimate Cleansing Cloths from Noodle & Boo comes in a film package with plastic closure that is ideal for travel and home use. Petal-soft cloths are soaked in a mild; alcohol-free; no-rinse solution and made with an alcohol-free formula that soothes and hydrates skin with vitamin E; aloe and chamomile.
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