One of Lifehacker's main tasks is to help you save money. But once you've saved money, where should you spend it in order to maximize the usefulness of your money spent—or even your happiness? To answer that, just look at what you spend your day doing, proportionally, and allocate money accordingly. I'm going to call…
Hello friends! As of today, I'm saying goodbye to both Lifehacker and Gawker Media. It's been an amazing six years at Gawker, and I'm grateful for the time spent here.
iOS and Android: Steam's desktop apps for Mac and PC are fantastic not just for playing games, but communicating via chat, organizing via Steam Groups and even reading news on upcoming titles. Their new iPhone and Android apps let you do all this on your phone.
iOS (Jailbroken): If you've ever wanted to secretly take a picture of something with your iPhone without anybody knowing, the default camera app is not the way to do it. But if you've jailbroken your phone, you can install SlyCam, from Cydia, to take photos from your Notification Center.
I'll start out with as strong a recommendation on The Nerdist Way, written by Chris Hardwick, as I can give: You should buy this book. Now I'm going to tell you why.
iOS (Jailbroken): One of the major annoyances with the iPhone's default Messages app is that it barely shows any timestamps next to your messages. In previous iOS versions, you could long tap a message in order to see its timestamp, but with iOS 5 that feature is completely gone. If you've jailbroken your phone, now…
Reader Christopher is responsible for this week's Work Sounds: Interloper by Carbon Based Lifeforms. Christopher says they're an ambient duo from Sweden, and with their mellow, yet not-uninteresting sounds, they definitely qualify as a track you can leave on in the background while you work.
Everyone knows that having good posture while sitting is important, but not all of us have the resources (or the generous office managers) to afford quality chairs that support our backs. I've been testing out the BackJoy Posture+, a little seat cushion type thing that forces you to have good posture. It works!
Boxee's one of the best streaming boxes (think Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, MLB, as well as local AVI and MKV files from your network) already, but they've just added a $50 USB attachment that lets the machine receive live TV over the air (OTA).
iPhone (Jailbroken) Using Siri to control your phone is super handy, but having to activate the feature every time you want to issue a new command is annoying, especially when driving. There's a way (albeit battery-intensive) to have Siri respond to voice commands all the time.
Skitch, the popular screenshotting tool for Mac, has a very cool webpage feature that might not be evident just by using it. I know I've been using Skitch for nearly four years and never discovered that you can easily drag a URL from your browser onto Skitch and have it take a screenshot of the entire webpage.
The old anecdotal saying that you should never go to sleep angry just got backed up by science, thanks to UMass Amherst neuroscientists. Their study concludes that if you have a negative emotional response—their examples were for viewing an unsettling picture or experiencing a traumatic event—the response is reduced…
This week's Work Sounds is courtesy Adam Dachis, who recommends Lemon Jelly, a band that I've never heard of until now. It's light and poppy, and despite having vocals interspersed with the music, it's non-distracting enough to put on in the background.
If you've got a TiVo Premiere, you're going to be happy with the latest software update that adds some long-desired features. Not only can you now stream video from one TiVo Premiere to another TiVo Premiere in your own house, but all the TiVo Guide menus have been updated to HD.
If you ever want to log into your Google account when you're at a public computer, where you're unsure whether or not there's a keylogger installed, there's now a simple solution. And it's from Google!
One of the most annoying cleaning tasks in the house is cleaning water stains and soap scum off of shower doors with a squeegee every time you shower. However, if you use a little logic and realize that your shower doors are glass, just like your car windows, the same glass treatment spray can work on both.
No matter how careful we are when zipping up our jackets, we all have times where the edges get caught in the zipper and you have to spend minutes—or Windex—getting it out. With just a long piece of string or wire, you can prevent this from happening.
This week's Work Sounds comes from commenter tomstrummer, who points us to the collaboration/split EP Confines of Heat, by The Mercury Program and Maserati. It's what you come to expect from WS: Little to no vocals and nothing too distracting or uptempo.