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Red States Are Leading the Way in Renewable Energy

Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added to the nation’s grid in 2015, …

Renewable Energy

This Warning about Dangerous Apps for Kids is Going Viral

Post lists current popular apps among kids and discusses possible dangers, from sexting to bullying to child predators.<p>Shutterstock<p>A Facebook post …

The Life Of A Blind Kitten Becomes The Year’s Most Magical Indie Game

Wanderment is a particles-based 3-D platformer in which you have to guide a blind kitten back home<p>Is there anything sadder than a blind kitten? Yet <i>Wanderment</i>, a new indie game by developer Andrew Wang, makes the journey of a blind kitten across town into one of the joyous, magical interactive …

Kittens

Babypod entertains your fetus with an insertable speaker for your baby maker

Wearables are so last year.<p>As we close the door on 2015, Babypod wants to send the year off with a bang by bringing us, for lack of a better term, insertables.<p>The Babypod is a small speaker women insert into their, well, <i>you know</i>, that emits low volume (54 decibels) music.<p>The minds behind the …

25 of our favorite typefaces released in April

A new month, a whole new bunch of typefaces to drool over. Scroll down to see which typefaces stood out the most in April. Keep going and you’ll find our March issue.<p>Neue Haas Unica is an extended, reimagined version of the Haas Unica design, a Helvetica alternative that achieved near mythical …

Silk's revamped data publishing platform can make the most boring subjects beautiful

First launched in 2011, Silk lets you upload data via a spreadsheet or input it manually. You can also add images, to keep things visually interesting, and link items to a specific geographic location.<p>Entered data can then be automatically arranged into a variety of graphs or charts, depending on …

Google turned millions of public photos into timelapses showing how Earth changes

This is a brilliant way to use the millions of free public domain images that are just sitting around.<p>Researchers at the University of Washington and …

You can now use an iPad as a monitor for a Windows PC

Duet Display has been transforming old iPads into fast MacBook displays for months now, but it’s turning its attention to the Windows world today. For just $9.99 you can download Duet and use an iPad as a monitor on a Windows PC. There’s no complex setup, and it’s really just plug and play to turn …

Apps

10 essential Finder tricks every Mac user should know

In Mac OS X, you’ll spend much of your time in the Finder, the part of your operating system that manages files and such. While you might think you know all there is to know about it, the Finder is a complex and wonderful app — with its own special tricks to master.<p>Here are 10 essential Finder tips …

Top 10 Mac keyboard shortcuts everyone should know

Mastering a few crucial Mac keyboard shortcuts will make using your Apple computer easier and much more efficient. Cutting your reliance on your mouse will help you work more quickly, and you’ll undoubtedly impress your family, friends and co-workers to no end. You might even end up becoming the …

Operating Systems

Nikon's 1 J5 gets 4K video and a retro makeover

Nikon 1 mirrorless cameras have, arguably and perhaps unfairly, not been given the respect they deserve, thanks to their smaller 1-inch-type sensors …

Cameras

How to Change How Many Lines of an Email Are Previewed in the Mail App on iPhone

Do you ever wish you could see more (or less) of an email's content before deciding whether to open or delete it? Luckily, you can. Perhaps you want to see less of an email preview for added privacy on a shared device, or maybe you want to see more lines of the email so it’s easier to decide …

Apps

15 apps for transforming your phone into the ultimate toolkit

From apps that makes budgeting beautiful to ones that let you know the exact minute it's going to rain, there's something for every lifestyle.<p>We've collected the best of the best in this unique mix, and we tossed in a few lesser-known surprises to show what modern apps can do.

Apps

Top 10 Lifehacker Posts of All Time

Lifehacker launched exactly ten years ago today (happy birthday to us)! In light of the occasion, let's take a look back at some of the most popular …

'The Queen of Code' Gives The Lowdown On Grace Hopper

Considering the scandalous lack of women entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, and the debased treatment some receive in the industry, it can be hard to remember that women helped form the backbone of computing when it mattered most.<p>‘The Queen of Code,’ a brand new 16-minute film from actress Gillian …

5 dangerous apps you don’t know your kids are using

If you're a parent or a grandparent, you know kids pick up the latest technology lightning fast. Of course, that means the children in your life can also be using apps and visiting sites that are totally inappropriate for their ages. Worse yet, you might not even realize it.<p>Let’s look at five …

Taiwan orders parents to limit children's time with electronic games

Parents in Taiwan face hefty fines if they let their offspring spend too long gaping at televisions or playing video games<p>Parents in Taiwan are now legally obliged to stop their children spending too much time using "electronic products" such as video games and televisions.<p>Under rules passed last …

China

10 Best Chrome Extensions You May Not Have Tried

Beste Chrome extensions<p>I’m a huge fan of adding functionality to my browser, and we’ve featured some great extensions to supercharge Chrome in the past. Here are a few more Chrome extensions that you might not have heard of, but are certainly worth a try.<p>Jot<p>If you’re constantly working in your …

10 Tricks to Make Yourself an Evernote Master

Evernote is well established as the go-to app for organizing just about everything in your life. Whether it's notes for a novel or bookmarks from the …

Apps

Top 10 Gmail Labs and Features You Should Enable

As if Gmail wasn't powerful enough, you can find all sorts of goodies and extra features in Gmail Labs. The list is pretty massive, so we've narrowed …

prosthetic knowledge — A Brief History of Graphics Five part web series...

<b>A Brief History of Graphics</b><p>Five part web series put together by Stuart Brown [devblogahoy] is a collection of short videos looking at the history of …

Palettab Chrome Extension offers color themes and fonts right from your browser tab

Looking for font/color theme ideas? Palettab, a Chrome browser extension whose mission in life is to generate ideas for your creative projects, is conveniently located in the next tab.<p>Run by COLOURlovers, an international online community of over 4 million, each palette of five colors has its own …

Segway Inventor Dean Kamen Thinks His New Stirling Engine Will Get You Off The Grid For Under $10K

For the new issue of Forbes Magazine I wrote an article about David Crane, the visionary CEO of NRG Energy. When I met Crane for lunch a couple weeks ago, no sooner had we sat down than he began singing the praises of this new contraption he had in his basement. The machine — which can generate 10 …

Pixelmator 3.2 revamps the Repair Tool, adds locked layers, 16-bit support for all Macs and more

The Pixelmator team is relentless, releasing significant updates to the application every few months. Version 3.2 (codenamed ‘Sandstone’) is no exception and can be downloaded from the Mac App Store now. Codenamed Sandstone, this iteration adds a majorly-revamped Repair Tool, 16-bit channel editing …

Three hacks for adding permanent storage to your MacBook Air or Retina Pro through the SD card slot

MacBook Airs and Retina MacBook Pros offer practically zero upgradability, but one area that there is some flexibility with is storage. Many third party memory manufactures are taking advantage of the SD card slot present in MacBook Airs and Retina Pros to add semi-permant storage to these Macs. We …

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 …

The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate

It's time to accelerate the shift toward a low-carbon future<p>In the struggle to solve the climate crisis, a powerful, largely unnoticed shift is …