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This Week's Top Downloads

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.<p>Earlier this …

DigiCal Is One of the Most Flexible, Customizable Calendars We've Used

Android: DigiCal is a smart calendar for Android that's brimming with features, multiple ways to view your appointments and agenda, and so many home …

Lockwatch Reports Failed Attempts to Unlock Your Phone With Pictures

Android: If someone tries unsuccessfully to unlock your phone, you'd probably like to know who and where. Lockwatch serves your need by emailing you …

Unlock Your Car with a Bluetooth Powered Keyless Entry System

Unlocking your car isn't exactly tough, but if you want to spice it up a bit, The Mercuino Project shows off how to unlock your doors with Bluetooth …

How to Check Your Windows and Doors for Costly Air Leaks

Now that the hot and humid weather of summer is giving way to the cooler temperatures of the coming season, it's time prepare your home for the …

FreedomPop Now Offers Completely Free Mobile Phone Service

Free voice calls, free texts, free data. Yes, really. FreedomPop, which started out offering free mobile internet access, now is launching the first …

Themer Launches Android Beta, Gives Your Phone a Makeover with One Tap

Android: My Color Screen, the site dedicated to sweet customized phone layouts and designs, is coming out with a one-tap Themer app on October 1st. …

How to Create Your Own Customized Version of Android with Xposed

Traditionally, if you want to really customize your Android experience, you have to root your phone and flash a new ROM—essentially a whole new …

Fruumo Is a Feature-Packed but Fast New Tab Page for Chrome

Chrome: You have all sorts of ways to customize your new tab page in Chrome, but if you're looking for something with a ton of customization options …

Fix and Repurpose Your Broken Crap This Weekend

Just because something breaks doesn't mean you have to throw it away. A lot of DIY projects can take materials from a broken item and turn it into …

Top 10 Tricks for Better Apartment Living

Apartment hunting can be stressful, and living in an apartment isn't always a picnic either. From noisy neighbors to horrible landlords and tight …

The Best Clever Uses for Text Expansion

Text Expansion can save you hours of typing every week, whether it's canned email responses, code snippets, or something else. But you can also use …

How to Create a Custom Refresh My PC Image with Recimg

Engadget Giveaway: win one of three Nest thermostats, courtesy of Amazon!

A lot of us don't have much in the way of home automation, but we'd venture to guess that most of us would absolutely love having a smarter residence. Amazon knows this, and it wants to celebrate its Home Automation store by hooking you up with a Nest thermostat. The smart thermostat -- which …

Get Discounts on Gym Memberships With Your Health Insurance

Contrary to popular opinion, your health insurance provider has a vested interest in you staying healthy. Naturally, many companies offer discounts …

Five Ways to Save Serious Money on Car Repairs

If you drive, there's probably little you hate more than getting your car repaired. It's usually an expensive, time-consuming hassle no one looks …

How to Make Your Entire Internet Life More Secure in One Day

We talk a lot about both privacy and security here at Lifehacker, and while it's relatively easy to be more secure than you are right now, it often …

Surespot for Android Offers Free, End-to-End Encrypted Chats On the Go

Android: Plenty of services promise that your messages will disappear when viewed, or that your conversations are private, but Surespot actually …

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. …

Build a Powerful Hand Pump From Scratch with PVC Pipe

If you ever need a big pump to move water or air, it's not too hard to make your own with PVC pipe.<p>The video above should give you a great idea of …

How to Trick Your Brain to Create a New Healthy Habit

Have you ever started a diet or exercise program but didn't stick with it? If you're like millions of other people, you've set out with the best …

Master Your “Body Clock” to Eat, Sleep, and Work More Efficiently

<i>Why are so many Olympic records broken in the afternoon? Does the body perform differently at this time of day than say, early morning? The team at</i> …

Automatically Unlock Your Android When You Get Home

How to Ditch iTunes for MediaMonkey and Keep Syncing to iOS