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How to rank on the first Google page if you have a low-authority site

The other day I was reviewing an archive of my client’s SEO articles and their rankings. A whole lot of articles didn’t even make the top-30 positions because the competition had much higher DA ranks.<p>Since we were syndicating more newsworthy content to high-profile publications likes Forbes, …

What Is Lucid Dreaming and How Do I Get Started?

Welcome to Lifehacker’s <b>Lucid Dream Workshop</b>. Each week we’ll learn a little more about the mysterious realm of sleep science, dreams, and how to …

We No Longer Have Three Branches of Government

I served in Congress for 16 years and taught civics for 13 more. Our government no longer looks like the one I told my students about—or the one the Constitution describes.<p>For more than a dozen years, teaching government classes to graduate students at Harvard and Princeton, I filled my students’ …

Political Science

The Rosewood Massacre: How a lie destroyed a black town

From the bruises on her body, it was clear Fannie Taylor had been beaten.<p>The story she told to explain them away destroyed an all-black town in …

How Slavery Changed the DNA of African Americans

8.4K<p>SHARES<p>Our genetic make-up is the result of history. Historical events that influenced the patterns of migration and mating among our ancestors …

97 companies file opposition to Trump’s immigration order

Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and other tech companies filed an amicus brief tonight voicing opposition to President Trump’s executive order on immigration on the grounds that it is discriminatory and has a negative impact on business.<p>The companies filed their brief in a case brought by …

Uber drivers threaten to strike over tips and fares

Groups of Uber drivers across the country are organizing to go on strike this weekend unless the on-demand transportation company agrees to increase fares and add a tipping option.<p>The drivers, who are coordinating over Facebook, are proposing a strike that begins Friday evening and lasts through …

6 reasons why Boston is America’s unlikely tech hub

When it comes to tech hubs, many entrepreneurs think they need to be based in Silicon Valley in order to thrive. Others look to tech centers like Silicon Alley or fast-growing Austin to establish their startup. Despite its rich history in technology and innovation, Boston is often a city that gets …

Lenovo's 'Smart Cast' phone projects a keyboard onto your desk

Typing on smartphones has never been tremendously easy, but Lenovo thinks it has a solution to the physical limitations of a 5-point-something inch …

Unorthodox Sprite drone tolerates abuse and actually flies

When you picture a consumer drone, something bulky with four or six props <i>à la</i> DJI probably pops to mind. But the folks behind a new model on Kickstarter think that such UAVs have two big problems -- namely, they're hard to carry and break easily if you mess up. They built The Sprite to overcome …

Drones

CEO Kevin Gibbon Says Shyp Still Isn’t An On-Demand Company

Shyp still isn’t explicitly an on-demand service, according to company CEO Kevin Gibbon.<p>Despite having a service that allows users to summon someone who will ship something for them, Gibbon still said onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt NY the company is still more comparable to FedEx and UPS, rather …

Kickstart A Drone Exoskeleton For Your Phone

Yes, it can take selfies<p>Whenever I play with the miniature computer in my pocket that I call a phone, I often think, “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to lose this in a tree far from where I am?” PhoneDrone, a new crowdfunding project on Kickstarter, envisions a world where this is possible. …

AT&T stumbles in helping customer with $24,000 phone bill

It wasn't what Ron Dorff said. It was how he said it.<p>The 83-year-old Woodland Hills resident wanted to let me know he was having problems with his phone company, AT&T.<p>I get calls like this every day. But Dorff's desperation was clear. I could hear it in his voice.<p>"It's the bill," he explained. "The …

SimplyCook Is A Recipe-Kit Startup That Avoids Being In The Fresh Food Delivery Business

UK startup SimplyCook is another recipe kit service. However, unlike competitors HelloFresh, Gousto, Marley Spoon, and Shuttlecook, the company doesn’t send you all of the fresh ingredients required to turn its recipes into food on your table.<p>Instead, the subscription service consists of recipe …

Graphene produces a working 3D holographic display

Since "Help me, Obi Wan, you're my only hope" hit the big screens in 1977's "Star Wars," we've been dreaming of a full-3D holographic display. Mastering the technology isn't easy, though. We've seen multiple attempts that approximate a 3D display, like a 2D image visible from all directions, but …

Graphene

Google's Launched a Troll-Slaying Patent Marketplace

Google has announced a new experimental patent buying service. It’s soliciting proposals from companies and individuals who want to sell their patents.<p>One reason for the scheme, which the company is calling the Patent Purchase Promotion, is to outflank trolls who swoop in to grab intellectual …

Samsung app helps Alzheimer's patients remember their families

If you've seen <i>Still Alice</i>, you know how important a smartphone can be for an Alzheimer's patient -- it helps jog memories that might otherwise be lost. Samsung is clearly aware of this, as it just released a dedicated Backup Memory app to stimulate the memories of early-onset patients. The Android …

Alzheimer's Disease

Tiny robots pull objects up to 2,000 times their own weight

The equivalent of a human dragging a blue whale<p>Engineers from Stanford University have created miniature robots named "MicroTugs" capable of pulling and lifting objects more than 100 times their own weight. The strongest of the bots weighs just 12 grams but can pull objects 2,000 times heavier than …

The Operator App Wants To Make Online Shopping Less Like Online Shopping

From Uber cofounder Garrett Camp and former Zynga exec Robin Chan, the new Operator app matches online shoppers with sales reps.<p>The Internet has changed how we shop: We have more options, more information about those options, and we never have to interact with another human in order to complete a …

If you're horrible on the internet, Clear app could save your job

Picture the scene — you wake up fuzzy-headed after a few drinks, grab your phone, and discover you've said something horrendous and offensive on the internet. Do you own up to it, apologize, try to grow as a person? Or do you download an app that will search through your entire archive of social …

University of California

What if there were a pill that made you more compassionate and more likely to give spare change to someone less fortunate? UC Berkeley scientists have taken a big step in that direction.<p>A new study by UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco researchers finds that giving a drug that changes the …

Why ‘Do It For Me’ Is The Next Big Thing

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Anthony P. Lee is a General Partner at Altos Ventures, a venture growth equity fund focused on investing in high-growth, founder-led software, mobile and Internet companies.</i><p>Now that we are a 15 years into the software-as-a-service (SaaS) revolution, many of us in Silicon Valley are …

Stalk Everyone You Know With Crystal's Eerily Accurate App

Crystal, a new app that analyzes public data to tell you exactly how to communicate with people, has had us all at TNW looking up our friends and family today (as well as ourselves, of course) to find out what it knows about us.<p>What’s surprising is that it’s often eerily accurate. The app touts …

Brain Training App Peak Scores $7 Million Series A Round

Late last year I declared a penchant for so-called brain training games, which claim to be able to help you improve your cognitive ability, while also cleverly tapping into the casual mobile gaming phenomena. Then I got bored. If these apps are supposed to improve one’s ability to focus and retain …

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Carpool startup Ride launches, with a different plan in mind

The latest entrant in the ride-hailing industry is hoping to make waves by focusing more on car-sharing with commuters rather than on-demand rides.<p>Is there room for another ride-hailing startup?<p>That's what a new smartphone app called Ride is hoping to find out. It's muscling into the increasingly …

Transportation

YouTube: Hank Green tells fellow creators to aim for '$1 per view'

Good news: online video star Hank Green has made around $2m of advertising revenue from the billion views of his videos over the last eight years. Bad news: he spent more than $4m making them.<p>Green isn’t downcast, though: he wants fellow YouTube creators to look beyond the current advertising rates …

Advertising

Jamstik+ is a backpack-friendly 'smart guitar'

The first time I encountered Jamstik, a guitar controller for Mac and iOS, was at CES 2013. Zivix -- the team behind the product -- came to our trailer and gave us a demo. That was a prototype, which eventually got crowdfunded and did pretty well as history tells it. Now there's Jamstik+ with a few …

Guitar

The Innovator’s New Crystal Ball: Crowdfunding

Getting support from interested users before you launch reduces the three major risks social entrepreneurs face when introducing a product.<p>The crowdfunding movement has one overarching objective: to democratize access to capital. It uses technology to eliminate the inescapable bottlenecks and …

UN says Israel, not Iran, North Korea or Syria worst violator of human rights

What country deserves more condemnation for violating human rights than any other nation on earth? According to the U.N.’s top human rights body, that would be Israel.<p>Last week, Israel was the U.N.’s number one women’s rights violator. This week it is the U.N.’s all-round human rights …