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Amazon's new Part Finder scans your nuts and bolts to find odd parts

A new Amazon feature first spotted by <i>TechCrunch</i> helps anyone with an iPhone find odd parts that might otherwise involve a trip to the hardware store.<p>Called “Part Finder,” Amazon‘s new tool is one of the more useful computer vision tools to date. It takes advantage of the iPhone‘s excellent optics …

Barcodes

How To Use Kanban To Become Insanely Productive: A Short Guide

Are you searching for the perfect productivity system?<p>First the bad news: It doesn’t exist. You’re going to have to do the work no matter what system you use.<p>Now the good news: Kanban is an easy-to-use and -learn system that can help avoid feeling overwhelmed by those endless To Do lists.<p>Let’s dive …

Project Management

How to Make Your Wifi Router as Secure as Possible

Though more router manufacturers are making routers easier to set up and configure—even via handy little apps instead of annoying web-based …

Wi-Fi

These phone models have highest failure rate: is your device on the list?

• Samsung is number one on the list of manufacturers with high failure rates, according to a new report.<br>• Xiaomi and Motorola were number two and three, respectively.<br>• Xiaomi’s Redmi 4 was number one on the list of phone models with high failure rates.<p>A new report, covering mobile device repairs, has …

Mobile Technology

Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You

There are lots of experiences you might hope to have while exploring the great outdoors. Taking in scenic views after summiting a hike, enjoying …

Disease

Natural, sensitive, eco-friendly laundry detergent pods

Effective. Eco-Friendly. Economical.<p>Superior cleaning for your laundry, dishes and home.<br>Make the switch to a better, safer clean shipped direct to …

Environmentally Friendly

How the Eisenhower box can organize your life

In a typical day, how many things are scribbled on your to-do list? You might have a key deadline for a work project or family commitments to handle. …

Time Management

The Complete 35-Step Guide For Entrepreneurs Starting A Business

Starting a business entails understanding and dealing with many issues—legal, financing, sales and marketing, intellectual property protection, liability protection, human resources, and more. But interest in entrepreneurship is at an all-time high. And there have been spectacular success stories …

Small Business

Xara Cloud is an easy to use design tool to help businesses create better looking content

Xara is on a mission to help businesses create better looking content, and in turn save us all from having to consume visually unappealing marketing and comms material. The German startup has developed Xara Cloud, a design tool that resides in the cloud and attempts to bridge the gap between …

Graphic Design

Tyler Florence's Hack Will Forever Change the Way You Make Mashed Potatoes

Food Network chef Tyler Florence shared his mashed potatoes recipe with us, and I immediately had to try it. Traditionally, potatoes are cooked in water before being mashed together with butter and cream (or milk). However, Tyler suggests cooking the potatoes in the cream itself, so no potato-y …

Recipes

Why Google Chrome Now Uses More Memory

With over 60% market share, Chrome is the undisputed king of web browsers. A key factor behind this is Google’s commitment to keeping it seamlessly updated with essential fixes and optimizations, but now the company has admitted Chrome’s latest upgrade comes with an unavoidable side-effect…<p>In a …

Google Chrome

How to water your plants while you’re away

You've worked hard to grow beautiful houseplants and a healthy vegetable garden with a consistent watering schedule. If you head out on vacation, you don't want your plants to suffer.<p>Here are four methods to keep your plants watered while you're away. They also work great for the forgetful gardener.<p>…

Gardening

How to Record the Screen on Your iPhone or iPad

Need to capture exactly what’s on your screen? The built-in Screen Recording tool can create a video of your screen activity and can also help you …

Google Chrome

This essential oil can take on superbugs (and it’s probably already in your pantry)

Over time, superbugs have gotten stronger. The antibiotics that used to work against the hard-to-treat bacteria are often no longer effective, and …

Microbiology

Improve Your Financial Well-Being with Clarity Money: Budget Planner App

Combine all the features of your favorite money apps into this one-stop shop for managing your finances. Not only does Clarity Money give you an overall picture of your spending habits, it offers suggestions, shows you monthly breakdowns of your spending habits, gives you the opportunity to cancel …

Personal Finance

The 7 Best Presentation Software Tools For Entrepreneurs

Having great ideas, knowing the facts you want to convey and presenting a pitch deck so successfully that you get funded can be very different things. Regardless of the stage of your company, a lot of your success is riding on a few slides.<p>This is something I was reminded when I covered the pitch …

Infographics

6 things the happiest families all have in common

Family life is hectic. Most of us play it by ear and hope it works out well. Or maybe you haven’t started a family yet but when you do you want to do …

Genealogy

Transfer Money Online

Easy & Intuitive<p>Depending on how much you’re transferring, simply log in to your bank's online banking system to transfer your funds.<p>Internet …

How to Make Your Mac Play Nice with Your Android Phone

Getting iPhones to play nice with Windows can be a challenge, but so can getting Android to play nice with Macs—and it’s that second setup we’re …

Apps

Microsoft Teams' new free plan looks like a better deal than Slack's

It’s not secret Slack has dominated workplace communication among tech companies the last few years, but Microsoft began to fight back when it introduced Teams back in 2016. There was just one problem: Teams didn’t have a free option. That changes today.<p>A free tier is pretty much essential for …

Microsoft Teams

How did music notes get their names?

<b>Hey. I’d like to introduce you to Boethius and Guido. Both of them died centuries ago but it’s important that you know who they are so you can be</b> …

Northern Italy

Here are the 16 leaking VPNs to avoid

A VPN is a virtual private network—a way to protect and encrypt your web traffic from prying eyes. There are dozens of VPN services available, but …

Information Systems

This tiny $37 accessory will be the best thing that ever happened to your Apple Watch

It doesn’t matter which Apple Watch generation you have or which model you wear, the same $37 device will be the best Apple Watch accessory you ever …

Tech Trends

Olio, the app that lets you share unwanted food items with your neighbours, picks up £6M Series A

Olio, the hyperlocal food sharing app that wants to help tackle the world’s food waste epidemic, has picked up $6 million in Series A funding.<p>The U.K. startup offers a location-based app and website that lets you list and post a photo of unwanted food items to be shared with other people in the …

Sustainability

The "Big Bang" of Alzheimer’s: Breakthrough study uncovers genesis of the disease

Impressive new research led by scientists at UT Southwestern, has discovered the earliest point in a neurodegenerative process that is thought to …

Dementia

Save Everything You Copy on iOS and macOS with Paste 2

<b>Mac:</b> When updating Lifehacker’s Mac Pack for 2018, some readers noticed that I didn’t include any clipboard management apps this time around. It’s …

Apps

Thousands of apps are now recording your phone screen without permission

Third parties are using apps to record your phone screen, without any prior notification, study finds.<p>We've all been that poor sucker. One moment …

Apps

This self-sufficient tiny house is designed to pop up anywhere

If you’ve ever dreamed of living off the grid without giving up contemporary comforts or style, you’ll love Petit Place, a sustainably minded tiny …

selfsufficient

People not getting enough exercise from long walks – report

Walking is just not enough, according to a new review of the evidence from Public Health England, which reveals a major disconnect between the exercise people need and what they actually do.<p>Those who thought 10,000 steps a day or a brisk daily trudge from a further bus stop meant they were doing …

Exercise