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The Space Home Screen

Android: If you've been obsessed with the new Cosmos series, or you're just playing Portal 2 for the jillionth time, a space-themed home screen would …

Lock Screen

Personal Zen Scientifically Reduces Anxiety in 25 Minutes

iOS: Psychology professors have made a new game, Personal Zen, can reduce anxiety in stressed individuals. All it takes is playing the free game for …

Isaac Mizrahi on the Pain "Plus Size" Can Cause

"If you're going to do clothes, you need to do them in a whole size range."<p>During a recent interview with the Huffington Post, designer and <i>Project Runway: All Stars</i> judge Isaac Mizrahi expressed his concern that fashion is under representing plus-size women.<p>"I wish the plus-size thing was just …

Popcorn Time: Hollywood's Nightmare Is Only Just Beginning

While nerds who already regularly use pirating software were unimpressed by Popcorn Time, branding it "simply a fancy bittorrent client", they were missing the point. This is an easy-to-use interface, that anyone can use to pirate any film. In particular, it offers a huge wealth of classic movies. …

Popcorn Time Is Like Netflix For Pirated Content

Think of Popcorn Time like Netflix, just with movies worth watching. Find a title and click “Watch It Now”. That’s it.<p>The media catalog is impressive. Everything from first run movies to classics like Hook are available to watch. Frozen, American Hustle, Gravity — even Delivery Man if you’re a …

An Engineer Explains Why You Should Always Order the Larger Pizza

Most of us tend to order a pizza based on the amount we plan to eat—and there's nothing wrong with that—but if you're trying to make your dollar …

Italian Food

Jumpshare Makes File Sharing as Easy as Dragging and Dropping

Windows/OS X: Jumpshare, the previously mentioned webapp for hassle-free file sharing, now has a desktop utility that makes sending documents, …

Unlock The Library - History Extra

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BBC

Night Mode Drops Your Phone's Brightness Far Below Normal Levels

Android: While many smartphones are pretty okay at detecting changes in ambient light, most have a minimum brightness setting that can still be a …

Google Play

Jobscan Analyzes Your Resume, Helps You Get Past Computer Screeners

Applicant screening software may be all that's standing in the way between you and a job interview. To get past it, you need to make sure your resume …

Extension Defender Roots Out Adware Extensions in Chrome

Chrome: With the furor over adware extensions in the Chrome Web Store not going away anytime soon, it's helpful to have an add-on that'll tell you …

Dark Sky Updates with iOS 7 Design and Extended Forecasts

iPhone: Previously mentioned Dark Sky was always a bit of a niche weather app because it only predicted the weather in the short term, but a new …

Weather

Streamus Turns Chrome Into a YouTube Powered Music Player

Chrome: Using YouTube for music is great because it's free, has pretty much every song out there, and it works everywhere. The problem is that it's …

What We're Reading This Weekend: Historical Fiction

Twelfth-century Germany, Victorian-era America, China in the 1900s: Our staffers are in the mood for some time traveling, and these three novels do …

TweetBits Sorts Your Favorited Tweets for Later Reading

Twitter might not be a perfect replacement for RSS feeds, but it's still great for discovering new content. TweetBits makes it easier to sort through …

Mobile Devices

The Top 50 Companies That Mine and Sell Your Data (and How to Opt Out)

We all know that our personal data is very valuable to marketers and other agencies—and that it's collected and sold by data brokers. …

Five Best Photoshop Alternatives

Adobe Photoshop is the market leader when it comes to photo retouching, image editing, or even creating new images from scratch. However, for most …

Streak Tracks Your Email, Lets You Know Who Read It, When, and Where

Chrome/Safari: Streak, an email organization suite for Gmail, unveiled message tracking today. Now, it integrates with Gmail (or Google Apps), pops …

Apps

Backtick Supercharges Chrome with Handy Commands and Scripts

Chrome: If you want to take your browsing powers to a whole new level, try this Chrome extension. Calling itself a "console for bookmarklets and …

Handy

Momentum Adds Inspirational Quotes and To-Dos to Chrome’s New Tab Page

Chrome: It's easy to get distracted when you are in your browser. Momentum is a new extension that makes the New Tab of Chrome into a place to …

Failure Games Gets You Accustomed to Risks and Failures

iOS 7: The one thing stopping you from taking that risk—whether it’s entrepreneurial or personal—is the fear of failure. AppSumo’s new app, Failure …

App Store

This Video Shows 11 Travel Hacks for Packing More Efficiently

Dave Hax, "Efficiency Engineer" for Holiday Inn, showcases quite a few tips for smart and efficient packing, including how to fold a suit jacket and …

Hacking

“People in the Middle Ages coped better with death than we do”

<i>Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, Death</i> <b>airs on BBC Four on Wednesday 9 October at 9pm</b><p>We spoke to historian Helen Castor about her new television …

Middle Ages

How Can I Help a Friend Who Seems Depressed?

Dear Lifehacker,<br>My friend hasn’t been herself lately. She seems terribly sad and withdrawn, and I don’t know how to help her. What’s the best way to …

The Android Benchmarks You Can Actually Trust

We all know companies try to offer benchmarks that show their gadgets in the best light possible, but you can only fudge the numbers so much before …

Android News

How to Grow Your Personal Brand When You're an Introvert

I had just finished a talk at a leading technology company when an engineer approached me. “I liked your ideas about personal branding, and I can see …

The Things Nobody Tells You About Grief

I’m on countdown mode. It’s been almost a year without my mom. In my head, this breaks down into hundreds of phone calls, cups of tea, and hugs and …

Are Early Upgrade Plans Worth It?

Sprint finally crossed the finish line and now all four major carriers have an early upgrade plan in place. Are they better than just buying phones …

Mobile

Android Device Manager Can Now Lock Your Phone Remotely

The previously launched Android Device Manager just gained the ability to remotely lock your phone with a new password. You'll have to activate ADM …

Android News