Spies used YouTube videos and Microsoft log-ins to take over devices

Watching silly YouTube videos and checking your Microsoft Live account might sound harmless enough — too harmless, in fact, to lead to a security breach. But, thing is, they’re not as safe as you think: if a law enforcement agency or your government wanted to keep tabs on your actions, they could’ve easily used those […]

Twitter tries sharing your favorite tweets with others

Have you recently noticed people commenting on your Twitter favorites, even when you didn’t (intentionally) share them with the rest of the world? You’re not alone. The social network has started putting your favorites and following activity in your followers’ timelines, whether or not you’re mentioned — if you really like an article, others may […]

How would you change Lenovo’s Yoga 11?

Back in the old days, Yoga was all about sitting quietly wearing earth tones, so when Lenovo announced a range of transforming laptops, we were delighted. While the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 was a revelation, the, um, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 was a significantly more underwhelming proposition. That’s because it was running Windows RT, Microsoft’s […]

Sony Alpha 5100 is the smallest APS-C camera with a built-in flash

If you’ve been holding out on purchasing an Alpha 6000 because you don’t need an electronic viewfinder, Sony’s got a mirrorless camera just for you. Internally, the Alpha 5100, which replaces the NEX-5T, is nearly identical to its pricier counterpart, with a 24.3-megapixel sensor and a BIONZ X processor. You also get a 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 […]

Surprise! Even North Koreans download porn

Yes, the internet does exist in North Korea — it’s just that most users are trapped within the country’s virtual confines, unable to access most websites outside their ISP’s walled garden. According to BitTorrent monitor ScanEye, though, some do get to bypass the country’s security and end up downloading various TV shows, as well as […]

​Pay Off Your Credit Cards Mid-Month Before Applying for a Loan

You’d think you’d have a great credit score if you pay off your credit card balances every month, but that’s not always the case. If you owe a lot on your credit card, you might want to pay the balance early before applying for a loan. We’ve already told you about paying your credit card […]

Create a Chrome Search Shortcut With a Right Click

Chrome: Many of you probably know how to create a site specific search within the Chrome Omnibox. You may not know that you can actually do it from lots of sites with a simple right click. How to Search Lifehacker.com Using GoogleHow to Search Lifehacker.com Using GoogleHow to Search Lifehacker.com Using Google Due to the […]

Overcome Social Anxiety with the 3-Second Rule

Some of us find it hard to just walk up to strangers and start talking—we get anxious and overthink the situation. Avoid the stress by making the decision to go up to the person within 3 seconds. Over at Live Your Legend, Scott Dinsmore gives 32 tips for attending large events. His 3-second rule is […]

Schedule Your Workouts When on the Road to Stay Committed to Fitness

When traveling for work or on vacation, it’s easy to avoid exercise. Many of us get too busy or just slack off. Schedule a time and place for your workouts in advance to keep yourself accountable. We’ve covered how to work out while traveling in the past. Over at Nerd Fitness, they suggest scheduling these […]

Consider Working From Home on Wednesdays Instead of Fridays

If you work from home for part of the week, you may be tempted to make Friday your telecommuting day. Shifting that day to Wednesday, though, can help break up the week (and make it more likely that your boss’ll let you telecommute). How Can I Convince My Boss to Let Me Work from Home?How […]

Are you still just a wantrepreneur? 7 ways to validate your startup idea

Ariel Rosenthal is a co-founder at Xprt, a new startup looking to save people the hassle and the headache of doing extensive research before buying a product. I don’t know if you ever experienced a eureka moment - a second when everything comes together and an amazing idea pops into your head. As someone who is in the business […]

Twitter’s latest experiment turns favorites into retweets (and it’s annoying lots of people)

Twitter is back in experimental mode, but its latest test is annoying people. A sizable number of users are seeing tweets favorited by others in their timeline, just like retweets. They are also getting notifications when others follow someone new. This was first brought to my attention a couple of weeks ago, but Twitter appears to have widened the experiment to […]

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