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Kennedy Adds Context to Journal Entries

iPhone: Whether you’re taking notes or writing in a journal, sometimes it’s hard to remember exactly what it was that sparked your writing. Kennedy is an app that adds all kinds of data to your entries, including news, location, music, and plenty more. At its core, Kennedy is a pretty simple journal or notes app. […]

Why Empathy Is Your Most Important Skill (and How to Practice It)

S TL;DR: Empathy is the most important skill you can practice. It will lead to greater success personally and professionally and will allow you to become happier the more you practice. This post originally appeared on Chad Fowler’s blog. I’ve never considered myself a real programmer. I know at this point it’s probably silly to […]

Three Simple Rules to Sustain Creativity

Creative work isn’t easy, and it’s pretty often that people find themselves stuck in a rut, with some type of creative block, or just plain unmotivated to work. Writer Michael Nobbs, who suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, has three rules that he follows every day to help him maintain his creativity. Nobbs’ rules are by […]

Welcome to Lifehacker, After Hours: Time to Turn On Incognito Mode

Here at Lifehacker, we think of ourselves as a home base for the helpful, practical, and productive…and we’ve never been what you would call “edgy.” We’ve never strayed too far from our more conservative nature. Today, we’re changing that. Welcome to After Hours, a new Lifehacker sub-blog dedicated to…well, tips and tricks we wouldn’t normally […]

It May Be Cheaper to Buy a Touch Screen Laptop

You may have avoided buying a touch screen laptop because they were more expensive than their regular-screened cousins. But even if you don’t see the need for the touch screen, you can probably save a bit of money by buying one anyway. DealNews reports that touch screen laptops of all sizes are not only 45-62% […]

Controllers for All Pairs Your PS3 Controller with an iOS Device

iOS (Jailbreak): So far, the game controllers for iOS have been pretty terrible, but if you’re jailbroken, the Controller for All tweak allows you to use your PS3 controller for any game that supports Apple’s controller software. We’ve talked before about pairing a PS3 controller with your iOS device, but Controller for All is meant […]

Motivation, Wallets, and DIY Vaseline Alternatives

S Readers offer their best tips for getting motivated, making a slim DIY wallet, and making your own Vaseline alternative. Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just […]

Top 10 Ways to Trick Your Brain Into Doing What You Want

S Ever feel like your brain is out to get you? Like it’s convincing you to do things that aren’t actually in your best interest? Our brain is a funny thing, and sometimes the only way to fight it is to trick it right back. Here are 10 ways you can overcome your brain’s tricks […]

Hello SMS Brings Tabs and Easy Photo-Sharing to Text Messages

S Android: In KitKat, Google has replaced the old Messaging app with Hangouts. If you still want a dedicated app for SMS, or if you’re on an older version of Android and want a better messaging app, Hello SMS is a strong contender as a beautiful replacement with a unique tabs-based interface. Hello SMS takes […]

Deal With Interruptions as Soon as They Arrive to Boost Focus

S We’ve always said you shouldn’t check email too often and that even a three-second distraction can be hazardous for productivity. Leo Widrich, cofounder of Buffer, disagrees and has found it useful to heed Zen Habits’ author Leo Babauta’s mantra for interruptions: “Deal with it only once.” “Deal with something only once. Do it now. […]

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