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This is the last weekend to get 'Star Wars' in your Google stuff

Back in November 2015, Google asked users to pick the Light Side or Dark Side of the Force, and launched a bunch of "Star Wars"-themed bonus goodies to promote the new "The Force Awakens," including:<p>Gmail gets new backgrounds<br>• YouTube's progress bar and volume slider turn into red or blue …

Star Wars

Here’s an easy way to get your smart home started

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Amazon From the Nest to the Echo, the tech industry really wants to get in your house. Yet, while there are a number of connected home …

Home Automation

A Japanese lifestyle guru explains how to organize your home once — and then never again

Marie Kondo is the queen of organization. Her book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing," reveals her instructions for organizing your space in one sitting, and then never having to do it again.<p>Her methods have garnered a significant social media …

List-Worthy

When You Should (and Shouldn't) Emulate Famous Creative Routines

You've probably heard that Benjamin Franklin woke up at 5am, or that Alan Turing had a messy desk. But just because great men and women had these in …

Build a DIY Sliding Door Bookshelf to Hide Your Secret Lair

I don't know about you, but I will never outgrow my child-like desire to have secret passages and hidden rooms in my house. This sliding door …

How to Cultivate a Creative Thinking Habit

Think of your most common habits and the regular culprits come to mind—biting your nails, snacking late at night, cracking your knuckles. Do …

Creativity

You Need a Budget (YNAB) Is Now Free for College Students

This seems to have been somewhat under the radar, but if you weren't aware, you can get YNAB for free now if you're a college student. You just send …

The Helix Desktop

Erelde's Windows desktop isn't full of bells and whistles, just a visually striking wallpaper and a few widgets to help him keep track of a few …

Build Your Own Fold-Out Set of Mini Solar Panels

Solar panels can be a handy way to get a little extra juice, particularly if you're out camping or away from an outlet. These mini solar panels fold …

Solar Panels

Five One-Hour Routines That Will Improve Your Life as a Freelancer

Who is your most valuable client? It's not the one who brings you the most money. Nor is it the one who is most famous. <i>You</i> are your most important …

Frustration, Not Violent Content, May Cause Aggression in Gamers

Video games sometimes get a bad rap for causing aggressive behavior (though this correlation is in dispute to say the least). New research suggests …

Break Down the Cost of Your Financial Dream to Help Achieve It

Most of us have big dreams. But maybe your dream is so expensive, you think it's impossible. With some planning, it might be more attainable than you …

The Gorgeously Green Workspace for Two

Some home offices don't make you feel like you're trapped indoors, but rather have an open, breezy atmosphere, thanks to lighting, light wall color, …

The Three Key Steps to Creativity: Copy, Transform, and Combine

In an information economy, originality and creativity are all-important skills. They're also some of the most misunderstood ideas. Speaking at TED, …

Hide Spare Cash or Other Secret Stuff in a Hidden Wall Compartment

We all need to hide stuff every once in a while. YouTube user supergokue1 shows how to create a small compartment in the wall where you can stash …

The Performance Benefits of Discrete Video Cards (Even for Non-Gamers)

If you're a PC gamer, you know that upgrading your computer's video card will give you the best gaming performance boost. PCWorld argues, however, …

Ask Dr. Nerdlove: Why Did She Choose Him Over Me?

What's up, everyone? Welcome to the latest installment of Ask Dr. NerdLove, the only dating advice column that understands the difference between …

Relationships

Be a Better Negotiator with These Three Rules

Negotiations are tough, but even if the idea of negotiating scares you a bit, you don't have to be a pro to get what you want. Scientific American …

Body Language

Use NFC Tags to Unlock Your Computer

NFC, or Near-Field Communication, is useful for all sorts of things, but you can also use it to lock or unlock your PC when you sit down to work. The …

Raspberry Pi

The Seven Easiest Vegetables to Grow for Beginner Gardeners

You don't need a green thumb to grow a bounty of fresh vegetables right in your backyard or balcony. Whether you're a gardening novice or just want …

Real World Services That Are Cheaper Than You'd Expect

From dry cleaners to house cleaners, thousands of services exist to make our lives easier. Oftentimes, we think those services cost an arm and leg, …

Personal Finance

Make Matches Waterproof With Nail Polish

Once they are wet, matches are useless. As a precaution while camping or for any other use, waterproof matches are the way to go. No need to buy …

Nails

Why Eating Seasonally and Locally Is Better for You (and Your Wallet)

Health experts and chefs both often say you should eat "seasonally," or include foods in your diet that are grown at the same time of the year you …

Agriculture

Stop Telling Yourself You're Too Busy

Ever feel like you're overwhelmingly busy? Of course you have. We all do. But chances are, you might not be as busy as you think—and knowing this …

Top 10 Ways to Beef Up Your Custom-Built PC

Building your own computer is the best way to get the perfect PC for your needs. Want to take your custom build even further? Beef it up with these …

Make Watermelon Smoothies in Seconds with a Drill and a Coat Hanger

Watermelon is delicious, and before it's gone for the season, here's a quick and fun way to make watermelon smoothies for a picnic, backyard …

How to Burn More Calories Through the Day (Without Even Noticing)

It’s amazing to me how easy it is to forget to move. This year was the first time in about five years that I found myself gaining weight. It wasn’t a …

The Best and Worst Careers, Based on Job Outlook and Work Environment

Finding the right career involves a lot of trial-and-error and research. On the research front, take a look at this infographic highlighting the best …

The Complete Guide to Making Money in Your Spare Time

We all could do with a few extra dollars in our pocket, but unless your boss is a fan of giving you free money, you’ll probably have to work for it. …

Roll Your Own Solar Gadget Charger with Spare Parts

There are plenty of solar-powered device chargers out there, but you can save a few bucks (and have some fun), but hacking together your …