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The Important Things You Should Do When You Get a New Computer

You’ve just gotten a new computer. Nice! You’re probably excited to tear open the box and set it up, but there are a few boring-but-important tasks that will save you disappointment and even heartbreak (not to mention money) later. Here are a few things you should do whenever you buy a new PC. Save Your […]

Bypass Groupon to Support Local Businesses (or Even Get a Better Deal)

Groupons and other online social coupons are great way of saving money, but they cost the business tremendously. When you pay $25 for a Groupon that gives you a $50 value, the merchant gets around $12.50. If you just mention the Groupon without buying it, you could get a similar deal. Instead of buying online, […]

PSA: Teach Your Friends and Family About “Tech Support” Scams

You’ve probably heard about the popular “tech support” scams making the rounds these days. Someone claiming to be from Microsoft calls you, asks you to accept a remote connection, then they take control of your computer. You may be smart enough to avoid this, but your friends and family might not be—so take this time […]

Do Something Personally Rewarding, Not Productive, for Happy Commutes

A long and tiring commute can eat into your productivity, but that doesn’t mean you should try to be productive while commuting. Instead, do something that makes you happy, says says productivity coach Hillary Rettig. Shortening your commute is the ideal option since it’s also good for your health. But a long commute can make […]

Create a “Brag Folder” in Your Inbox for Easy Resume Updates

When you do need to send out your resume, recalling all your achievements at your current job can be tough. That’s why The Daily Muse suggests keeping a “Brag Folder” in your email inbox where you save any praiseworthy message. Every time a client sings your praises, a colleague gushes over your contributions to the […]

My Paid Apps Tracks All Google Play Buys and In-App Purchases

S Android: Over the years, you have probably paid for several apps and made in-app purchases on the Google Play Store. If you want one place to see all of these transactions, My Paid Apps is a good option. The app will look up all the transactions made with a Google ID, including paid apps, […]

Switch Passive Learning Tasks to Active Ones for Better Studying

When you have to study a lot, your focus can waver. In such cases, the kind of studying you do can have a big effect on how much you learn. Scott H Young, author of Learn More Study Less, suggests switching from passive learning to active learning tasks to make better use of shorter study […]

Five Best Desktop Microphones

S Whether you just take a lot of video calls over Skype or Hangouts, record podcasts, make music, or you’re a burgeoning YouTube celebrity, you’ll need a decent microphone for your desktop—one better than whatever’s already built-in. This week we’re looking at five of the best, based on your nominations. Earlier this week we asked […]

Easily Remove Dark Circles from Under the Eyes in Photoshop

One of the less attractive features of most people—especially those of us who are pretty tired—are the bags under our eyes. If you want to make someone look a little more awake, you can remove them pretty easily in Photoshop using a curves layer. Dani Diamond, of photography blog Fstoppers, explains in the video above […]

Turn a Super Nintendo into an Arcade Machine

S What’s better than a Super Nintendo? A Super Nintendo arcade! Instructables user Nzen Mods put together a compact machine that even sports the traditional color scheme. Although not a beginner’s DIY project, creating your own SNES arcade isn’t the hardest project you’ll come across. The case was made from polycarbonate sheets, which you can […]

How to Take Better Pictures with Your Smartphone’s Camera

S Camera phones have come a long way in the past few years, but they don’t always take point-and-shoot quality pictures on the first try (let alone DSLR quality). Here’s how to squeeze the best quality photos out of your smartphone’s camera. Blast from the past is a weekly feature at Lifehacker in which we […]

Fit Your Storage Cabinet Next to Dishwasher for Easy Unloading

Unloading a dishwasher is one job no one loves, but you can make it a whole lot easier by just assigning the space next to it for storing plates, knives, cups and other everyday items, says Myquillyn of Nesting Place. While renovating her kitchen recently, she planned for the dishwasher to be right next door […]

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