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Fix Your Bad Sleep Habits With the Shleep App Fix Your Bad Sleep Habits With the Shleep App

There’s a lot of pricey sleep tech out there, not to mention supplements and products aimed at giving you more “energy” during the day. But most of us, if we’re feeling tired all the time, just need to get our butts to bed.

How to Find the Most Evil Subreddits How to Find the Most Evil Subreddits

You can find just about anything on Reddit, for better or worse. It’s one of the reasons why the site remains so universally popular, as it’s an easy way for newbies to have near-unlimited access to everything that used to be a little harder to find: day-of downloads for new movies, streams of their favorite sporting…

Make Your Term Paper Look 10% Longer With This Font Make Your Term Paper Look 10% Longer With This Font

Listen to me, a professional writer: School and college teach you bad writing habits. One of those bad habits is padding out your work to reach a minimum page count. Anything you do to “cheat” at your page count, by making less text look like more, is an act of noble rebellion. And the new font Times Newer Roman is an…

The Essential Windows Apps for 2018

There are so many Windows apps out there, that picking a list of the very best, most must-install software for your desktop or laptop feels daunting. We’ve pored over pages of recommendations, countless forum posts, and lots of comments to come up with this year’s Lifehacker Pack for Windows, a list of software…

How Mental Health Apps Are Messing With Our Heads How Mental Health Apps Are Messing With Our Heads

Even before you download an app to help you meditate, or to manage your depression, it’s speaking to you. Apps’ marketing often implies that everyday stresses should be seen as mental health issues, and that you’re on your own (with the help of the app, of course) to fix whatever is wrong with you.

The Essential Mac Apps for 2018

There are a bunch of great apps you can install on your Mac—no question there. Separating amazing apps from must-have apps is the hard part, and we don’t want you to spend hours analyzing the Mac App Store (or scouring the web) to find the very best and most useful apps. We’ve made a list of champions across four…

The Most Customizable Weather App Is Now Available for Android The Most Customizable Weather App Is Now Available for Android

Carrot Weather, the famously mouthy weather app for iOS and Mac, is now in beta on Android. The app reports the weather with sarcastic patter, doing a mediocre impression of the abusive AI from Portal. Thankfully, you can switch to “professional” mode and enjoy a sophisticated, customizable weather app without…

The Best Call Recorder for Skype Is Ecamm Call Recorder The Best Call Recorder for Skype Is Ecamm Call Recorder

I’m a journalist. (Kind of.) I have to record calls a lot, to supplement my notes. When I make a call over Skype, I use Ecamm Call Recorder, a simple but full-featured Mac-only Skype extension.

Download Free Stuff From Reddit's Favorite Websites Download Free Stuff From Reddit's Favorite Websites

“What are some cool websites where you can download free stuff?” asked redditor howtoadvanced. He got over 5,000 answers. We’ve gone through and categorized the best ones, identifying each resource. You could spend the rest of your life just entertaining and educating yourself with the free books, music, games, apps,…

Read PDFs on Your Phone With GoodReader Read PDFs on Your Phone With GoodReader

iOS: If Hell exists, I will spend eternity being forced to read PDFs on my phone. I’ll be pinching and zooming some D&D playbook or work document, struggling to fit the whole page on the screen while making the text big enough to read, then doing the whole thing again on the next page. And I won’t have GoodReader, the…

RealtimeBoard Is a Simple Virtual Whiteboard RealtimeBoard Is a Simple Virtual Whiteboard

No virtual whiteboard is perfect for everyone—and every virtual whiteboard service seems to shut down after a few years. While we’ve recommended several over the years, the only one still around is Twiddla, which is so feature-rich that it might feel too complicated (and ugly) for some projects. If so, try the simpler…

Bring Your Own Sound Effects With This Soundboard App for Mac Bring Your Own Sound Effects With This Soundboard App for Mac

There are plenty of existing soundboard apps (and sites), but the new app Farrago may be the best. Like most apps from Rogue Amoeba, it’s a fairly powerful tool with a smart and friendly interface, and you can try it out free before you shell out $49 for a license (currently on sale for $39).

Declutter Your Mac Desktop Declutter Your Mac Desktop

MacOS: Some people keep their computer desktop neat. Some people are happy to keep their desktop messy. For those who want a clean desktop but have trouble maintaining it, there’s Declutter.

How to Make a Podcast on Your Phone How to Make a Podcast on Your Phone

Podcasting should be stupid easy. The underlying technology isn’t much more complicated than blogging. But so far, there’s no Blogger or Tumblr of podcasting, to make podcast recording accessible to anyone with a phone. Until yesterday’s release of Anchor 3.0 for iOS and Android.

Use These Apps to Get Immediate Help for the Homeless Use These Apps to Get Immediate Help for the Homeless

“Apps for homeless people” might sound a bit weird. But cheap smartphones, outreach programs, and youth homelessness mean that many people have a phone but no home. (As of 2011, almost two thirds of homeless youth owned a cell phone.) And in several cities, they can use mobile apps to find food, shelter, and other…

Search Faster With This New Mobile Browser Search Faster With This New Mobile Browser

iOS/Android: I hate mobile browsing. When I open Safari, I’m usually trying to google something quickly, then go back to my other apps. Lately I’ve been trying the mobile browser Cake, publicly released for iOS and Android today, and it’s made searching much faster.

How to Protect Your BitTorrent Client From This Potential Hack How to Protect Your BitTorrent Client From This Potential Hack

Still using BitTorrent to exclusively download legally acquired content like operating system images or files you want to share privately with friends? If so, you might want to double-check your security settings to protect yourself from what researchers at Google’s Project Zero are calling a “low complexity hack”…

Wipe the Internet Clean With This Extension Wipe the Internet Clean With This Extension

If you want a gentle reminder not to waste time online—without investing in a full-featured paid app like Freedom—try Nothing on the Internet, an extension for Chrome and Safari that turns off all the content of the web, leaving a zen-like expanse of empty wireframes.

RememBear Is a Good Password Manager for Beginners RememBear Is a Good Password Manager for Beginners

You know by now that you absolutely need a password manager. But you never get around to buying one. Let’s fix that right now with RememBear, a new password manager that’s easy to install and figure out. We tested it, and while we still prefer 1Password for most users, we recommend RememBear for beginners, especially…

Get Off Your Lazy Butt With an App Named ‘Sluggard’ Get Off Your Lazy Butt With an App Named ‘Sluggard’

macOS: Sometimes when I’ve been sitting at my desk for a few hours, I think about how sitting is killing us and how I should really take a break and go out for a walk or get in a workout. And then I get up, bring lunch to my desk, and keep working.

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