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Most Popular File Encryption Tool: VeraCrypt

Most Popular File Encryption Tool: VeraCrypt

Keeping your personal data safe doesn’t have to be difficult—as long as you keep the sensitive stuff encrypted and under your control. That’s why this week we’re looking at the five best file encryption tools you can use to encrypt your data locally so only you have the key. Earlier in the week we asked […]

Looney Tunes Animator Chuck Jones on Being Funny: It’s About Delivery

Looney Tunes Animator Chuck Jones on Being Funny: It’s About Delivery

Having a good sense of humor can make you more charismatic and become the type of person people like to be around. Being funny isn’t always easy, however, and legendary animator Chuck Jones believes the main ingredient is how you say or do something—not what you say or do. Chuck Jones—most known for his animation […]

The Simplest Way to Find Out Your "Secret" Uber Passenger Rating

The Simplest Way to Find Out Your "Secret" Uber Passenger Rating

Uber drivers get ratings, but as a passenger, so do you. We found a handy script to get your Uber passenger rating, but that loophole got shut down pretty fast. Turns out, there’s an easier way: just ask. Find Out Your Uber Passenger Rating with this Script Find Out Your Uber Passenger Rating with this […]

Reframe Your Budget in a Positive Light to Actually Stick to It

Reframe Your Budget in a Positive Light to Actually Stick to It

Creating and following a budget can be an emotionally challenging task. You can feel restricted by the limits of your spending and what you can’t afford. Inspire yourself to stick to your budget by thinking about what you can do rather than what you can’t. Top 10 Tricks for Building the Perfect Budget Top 10 […]

How We Work 2015: Heather Yamada-Hosley’s Gear and Productivity Tips

How We Work 2015: Heather Yamada-Hosley’s Gear and Productivity Tips

Every week we feature insightful interviews with experts who share their productivity tips, recommended gear, and life hacks. Now its our turn to give our answers. Here are a couple tips, tricks, and thoughts I use to get by. Location: San Francisco, CA Current Gig: Freelance Writer, Content Strategist at NerdWallet One word that best […]

Open Stubborn Jars with a Non-Lubricated Condom

Open Stubborn Jars with a Non-Lubricated Condom

Some jars just refuse to open. If you’re in a pinch, a non-lubricated condom can give you the grip you need to remove the lid. You can even make multiple elastic bands out of one so it doesn’t go to waste. In honor of Condom Awareness Month, Instructables user mikeasaurus looked for the best unusual […]

Develop Your Situational Awareness with the "OODA Loop" System

Develop Your Situational Awareness with the "OODA Loop" System

In a world of smartphones and headphones, we often forget how to be aware of our surroundings. That can be dangerous—or rude, depending on the situation—but you can help yourself out with the “OODA Loop” learning system. Originally developed by Air Force fighter pilot and military strategist John Boyd, the OODA Loop is designed to […]

Build a Covert Bone Conduction Speaker and Radio That Fits In a Pen

Bone conduction speakers give you the ability to hear things that nobody else can by vibrating your own bones, and this covert system—that fits perfectly inside of a pen—can be activated by simply biting down on it. Using a standard FM radio receiver and piezoelectric transducer, creator Ben Krasnow has built the perfect clandestine listening […]

How We Work, 2015: Thorin Klosowski’s Gear and Productivity Tips

How We Work, 2015: Thorin Klosowski’s Gear and Productivity Tips

Every week, we ask notable people how they work. This week, we’re turning that gaze into our own navels. Today, it’s my turn, so here are some of my favorite apps, tricks, and whatever else I do to get things done. Location: Seattle, WashingtonCurrent Gig: Writer for Lifehacker, 549.55GB free space availableOne word that best […]

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