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The Best Student Discounts for Tech in 2018 The Best Student Discounts for Tech in 2018

The best part of back-to-school time isn’t the part where you suddenly have homework and a huge social calendar to deal with; it’s the student discounts. Getting free or discounted hardware and software that normally costs a lot of money feels great, and is something you should definitely exploit (using your college…

Stop Letting Your Smartphone's Battery Die Before You Charge It Stop Letting Your Smartphone's Battery Die Before You Charge It

There’s nothing I hate more than people doing the wrong thing “just because” they’ve always done it. In this case, blasting movies, games, or music on their smartphones to eat up all the battery until the device shuts off, because that’s the only “safe” way to charge it.

How to Use Your Phone When the Screen Is Cracked How to Use Your Phone When the Screen Is Cracked

You drop your phone and the screen shatters. Ugh. While you’ve probably been smart about putting your critical data on the cloud—right?—there might be some things you still want to extract from your smartphone before you take it in for repair or swap it out for a new one. Or you not be in a position to afford a new…

How Do You Back Up Your Data in the Cloud? How Do You Back Up Your Data in the Cloud?

The subject of file backups and online storage came up the other day at a Lifehacker staff meeting, and resident door-holder Nick Douglas chimed in that his solution for backing up his laptop was easy: He never keeps any important files on it. Everything—and he means everything—lives in the cloud.

How to Perform a Reverse Image Search the Easy Way How to Perform a Reverse Image Search the Easy Way

If you’ve stumbled across an image on the internet—perhaps on your favorite social media site—and you want to know more about it, you can always ask the person responsible for the post. Odds are good that they probably just cribbed the image from somewhere else, and don’t know any more about where it came from. But…

Google One Is Now Available to Everyone in the U.S., But Is It a Good Deal? Google One Is Now Available to Everyone in the U.S., But Is It a Good Deal?

Google launched its new “Google One” cloud storage plans back in May and started rolling its paid storage customers over to the new service. Today, Google is opening up Google One for new U.S. customers. Here’s what you get and how Google’s new cloud storage offerings stack up against the competition.

iOS Users: Don't Forget to Grab the 'Obscura 2' Camera App for Free iOS Users: Don't Forget to Grab the 'Obscura 2' Camera App for Free

iOS: The words “Apple” and “free” are a bit like oil and water—just ask anyone who works at the company and doesn’t get to partake in the Silicon Valley custom of free lunches and dinners for all. However, Father Cook is feeling generous this month, and Apple is offering up the excellent Obscura 2 camera app for free.…

How to Create or Experience Audio in Augmented Reality

iOS: Augmented reality feels a little gimmicky—there are only so many games you can play on your coffee table, monsters you can drop into your backyard, and items you can sort-of measure. However, augmented reality apps that are thoughtful in their approach, like Fields, are incredibly fun to play with.

How to Get Back Into (or Start) World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth How to Get Back Into (or Start) World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

It’s a big day today for World of Warcraft, the massive multiplayer online game from Blizzard Entertainment. The game’s seventh expansion officially kicks off at 3 pm (PT) for North American players, ensuring many a geek will be skipping dinner tonight—or ordering in—as they devour as much content as they can get …

Change These Settings on Your New TV for a Better-Looking Picture Change These Settings on Your New TV for a Better-Looking Picture

If you’re one of those people who buys a brand-new TV, spends hours straining your back trying to place it in your home entertainment center (or affix it to your wall), and starts watching your favorite show to celebrate... you missed a crucial step. Your television, new or old, comes with a bunch of settings that are…

Why Can't I Get Predictive Text on My Desktop Computer? Why Can't I Get Predictive Text on My Desktop Computer?

Nothing kills typos faster than predictive text. Just think of how often you go about your day, texting away, using your smartphone’s built-in capabilities to predict the big words you’re trying to type before you finish them. If you’re good, you can compose a decent thought without ever hitting an actual letter.

Why You Shouldn't Install Fortnite APKs on Your Android 

Android: Fortnite Battle Royale, one of the most popular battle royale games around, is finally on Android. And you get first dibs with the beta if you own a Samsung device—a list that includes its flagship Galaxy S9 / S9 Plus (and its predecessors, the S8 / S8 Plus); the Note 8 (and the just-announced Galaxy Note 9,…

How to Set Up Bluetooth in an Older Car (or a Newer, Fussier Car) How to Set Up Bluetooth in an Older Car (or a Newer, Fussier Car)

Maybe you bought a brand-new phone; maybe your phone just went through a major OS update. Either way, the result is the same: you can’t connect it via Bluetooth to your older car anymore, which means you’ve lost the ability to rock out, enrich yourself with podcasts, or make hands-free calls.

This Chrome Extension Alerts You If a Website Was Recently Hacked This Chrome Extension Alerts You If a Website Was Recently Hacked

Chrome: Keeping up on the latest security information is tough, and odds are good that you don’t think about website hacks very much unless you see a headline that a particular site or service exposed your user name and password.

How to Prevent Robocalls and Minimize Phone Spam How to Prevent Robocalls and Minimize Phone Spam

It’s the Year of the Robocall, it seems. I haven’t noticed this directly, but a number of friends, colleagues, and internet posters seem to be inundated with bullshit phone calls now more than ever before. What great times we live in, where anyone with an auto-dialer can blast out millions of calls to people who don’t…

This Alarm App Makes You Take a (Good) Picture to Turn It Off This Alarm App Makes You Take a (Good) Picture to Turn It Off

iOS, Android: I’m pretty sure Alarmy is evil, but perfect, because a good alarm clock should be two-parts irritating, one-part useful. You don’t want to hate your alarm clock whenever it wakes you up each morning, but a great alarm app shouldn’t be very easy to turn off (tempting you to you go back to bed).

How to Play Older Gaming Consoles on HDMI-Only TVs

The nostalgia effect is powerful. If you’re still clinging to your old-school Nintendo Entertainment System (however you pronounce it) there’s no reason to let it collect dust in a closet or a forgotten corner of your home entertainment system. Your older gaming consoles will still work with your fancy new television,…

See What's Playing in Spotify or iTunes from Your Mac's Menu Bar See What's Playing in Spotify or iTunes from Your Mac's Menu Bar

Mac: When you’re jamming to some background music while browsing the web, getting work done, or chatting with friends, a song might pop up on one of your playlists that you absolutely love. The more this happens throughout the day, the more distracted and disjointed your work is going to feel—and you’ll never be able…

The 2018 Lifehacker Pack for Windows: The Essential Windows Apps

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…

Resize Your Windows Apps to Any Dimensions You Want with 'Sizer' Resize Your Windows Apps to Any Dimensions You Want with 'Sizer'

Windows: It’s been a long, long time since we talked about the Windows app Sizer, recently rewritten to be more compatible with Windows 10 apps. It’s almost embarrassing given the usefulness of this little utility. With the press of a few keyboard buttons, you can reconfigure the size of apps on your screen to any…

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