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10 Recent Music Releases To Listen To That Aren't Taylor Swift

It's getting hard to escape Taylor Swift since the release of <i>1989</i> -- in addition to conquering radio, she's also taken over the entirety of New York City. But even though it seems like whole world is swept up in Swift-mania, the music world has been quietly pumping out some amazing, non-Taylor …

What's killing your battery? Android's top 10 performance-sapping apps

Is your phone or tablet battery constantly reduced to a sliver of red on the screen? New research has found the worst performance-draining apps on Android devices, and Facebook is the biggest culprit.<p>It may seem to consume every spare moment of our lives, but the world's most famous social …

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10 Words And Phrases That Are Killing Your Cover Letter

These common, sneaky words and phrases show up in writing that’s trying too hard to impress.<p>For creative writing, Joyce Carol Oates got it right when she advised, “Be daring, take on anything.”<p>But when you are trying to make a good first impression on your future boss, concision and confidence sets …

8 Lesser Known, but Very Useful, Apple Mac Utilities

Your Mac comes with a bunch of Apps pre-installed, neatly organized in the Applications folder. You’ve got the iWork suite, AddressBook, iCal and some other useful applications. Also in there is another folder called Utilities.<p>You might have used a few of the applications within it, but there’s …

Steven Pinker: 10 'grammar rules' it's OK to break (sometimes)

Among the many challenges of writing is dealing with rules of correct usage: whether to worry about split infinitives, fused participles, and the meanings of words such as "fortuitous", "decimate" and "comprise". Supposedly a writer has to choose between two radically different approaches to these …

10 Free Android Apps Everyone Should Download

Every time I get a new Android smartphone or tablet, I install certain apps right away, before I even really start to play with the device — apps I …

40 Clever Life Hacks to Simplify your World

Back in January the Sifter posted <i>50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World</i>. The post went on the be one of the most shared articles in the history of the …

When your Mac runs slow, give it a tuneup

Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often than it did when your machine was new. The operating system just …

Here's How to Stop Facebook From Snooping in Your Web History

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>This week, Facebook announced it was expanding its evil empire adding targeted advertising based on …

13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

You <i>think</i> you know how to Google? You don't know how to Google.<p>Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.<p>Define A Word<p><b>The Scenario:</b> …

How to master Android Voice Commands, beyond Google Now

When Apple first introduced Siri with the iPhone 4S, it was not the first time the world had seen voice control, but it did mark the first time a major company was releasing it to the world simultaneously on millions of mobile devices as their most prominent feature.<p>Despite its innumerable flaws …