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Lifehacker after effects
[March 30, 2016 – 09:37 am]
Lifehacker after effects

Around 10 million women in the U.S. take some form of birth control pill, and with good reason: the Pill is one of the most effective birth control methods. But messing with your hormones can alter your sex life in positive and negative ways. Here’s what you need to know, as a pill-taker or as the partner of one. How the Pill Works While the phrase “the Pill” seems to imply one particular pill, there are actually dozens of birth control pills on the market. Each one has different dosages of hormones that help the body prevent pregnancy. Most pills contain a combination of progestin…

Lifehacker virus malware
[March 28, 2016 – 07:22 pm]
Lifehacker virus malware

With the growth of malware threats on Android, it definitely makes sense to use an antivirus app, but unfortunately, a new study reveals many security apps have miserable detection rates, so you need to choose wisely. Here are the ones that performed best. AV-Test inspected 41 Android virus scanners against 618 types of malware. Nearly two-thirds of them identified less than 65% of those types of malware—making them unsuitable or unreliable for your mobile security, the firm writes. The top 7 apps, those with green boxes in the chart above, are: Avast, Dr. Web, F-Secure, Ikarus…

Lifehacker watch TV online
[March 25, 2016 – 01:53 pm]
Lifehacker watch TV online

One of the more annoying things about Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon s television streaming libraries is the vast difference between the selection available. It would be almost impossible to get a thorough idea of who has the better library without searching for hundreds of TV shows on each service and comparing them manually. So we did just that. We all have our own impression of what kind of selection different companies have, but we wanted to get a clearer picture. To do that, we searched for 250 shows on Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime to see who has the best selection…

Lifehacker Top 10 DVD Ripper
[March 23, 2016 – 02:50 pm]
Lifehacker Top 10 DVD Ripper

There s nothing quite like the feel of a new book, the smell of an old record, or the joy of heading to the comic book store every Wednesday. Sometimes, though, those physical collections can be a burden—like when you re starved for space or want something more portable for traveling. Here are 10 forms of media you can take into the digital age. 10. Scan Photos to Your PC You ve probably already switched to a digital camera for most of the photos and video you take, but is any of it organized? And what about all your photos from the pre-digital days? If you have a flatbed scanner…

Lifehacker Self watering planter
[March 21, 2016 – 01:19 am]
Lifehacker Self watering planter

If you d like to have delicious home-grown tomatoes but lack a garden to grow them in, you ll definitely want to check out this ingenious and inexpensive self-watering system. Ray Newstead, silicon valley executive by day and gardening aficionado by night, wanted a more efficient way to grow tomatoes. He was tired of the wastefulness of having to deeply water large areas of soil to make sure his plants were well watered, along with the hassle of weeding all the nuisance plants that sprung up between his beloved tomatoes. His solution was to create a simple self-watering container…

Lifehacker.com iPhone apps
[March 18, 2016 – 05:21 pm]
Lifehacker.com iPhone apps

IOS is not lacking in Twitter clients, and many of them are the practically the same. Tweetbot stands out amongst all the rest not because of any special feature or function, but because everything it does it does so well. Platform: iPhone Price: $3 Features Quick access and navigation of your timeline, mentions, direct messages, favorites, retweets, and lists. Supports multiple accounts Search for tweets Automatic URL shortening through multiple services Easy photo and video uploading and sharing through multiple services Create drafts of tweets to send later Built-in location…

Lifehacker Pack for Firefox
[March 18, 2016 – 02:10 pm]
Lifehacker Pack for Firefox

If you ve ever had to re-install Firefox, or you re installing Firefox for the first time on a new computer, you know it can be a pain to hunt down and install your favorite extensions. This week, I m going to try to relieve some of that pain using previously-mentioned Firefox extension Mass Installer. The Mass Installer extension reads a list of extension URLs from a text file and automatically installs them all in one fell swoop. Obviously that s pretty handy, but you still have to hunt down the URLs of your favorite extensions and paste them all into a text file, and who…

Best FTP server Lifehacker
[March 14, 2016 – 05:57 am]
Best FTP server Lifehacker

Mac OS X is, fortunately, blessed with a variety of really nice file transfer apps that support many services and protocols. Nonetheless, Transmit still manages to be the best pick of them all thanks to its comprehensive feature set, excellent user interface, and amazing speed. Platform: Mac OS X Price: $34 Features Supports file transfers via FTP, SFTP, SSH, Amazon S3, and WebDAV FXP support for direct server-to-server transfer Very fast (much faster than previous versions) Simple bookmarking system with history Bandwidth-limiting options Path bar navigation Multitouch navigation…

Lifehacker Top 50 apps
[March 11, 2016 – 09:51 pm]
Lifehacker Top 50 apps

Programming is one of the most valuable skills you can pick up in these modern times, whether for career prospects or to stretch your brain and create something awesome. If you re just getting started on your coding journey, here are ten tips and resources to set you off on the right foot. 10. Figure Out Why You Want to Learn to Code The direction you go in will depend in large part on why you want to learn to code in the first place and how much time you have to devote to learning. If you want to be a professional programmer, signing up college courses might be your best bet…

Lifehacker Linux live CD
[March 11, 2016 – 06:00 pm]
Lifehacker Linux live CD

If your system won t boot, you re running into strange PC performance problems, or you want to test your hardware for failures, you ll need a good system rescue disc to save the day. With the right one, you can boot to it, use your machine like normal if you have to, scan for viruses, test your hardware, fix partitions, repair your operating system, and more. We asked you last week which rescue discs you thought were the best—the most flexible, functional, and packed with the most useful tools. Then we took at look at the five best system rescue discs based on your nominations…

Lifehacker Deals website
[March 7, 2016 – 01:26 pm]
Lifehacker Deals website

According to the wedding planning website theknot.com, 39 percent of weddings begin with a proposal between Thanksgiving and Valentine s Day. Everyone wants to buy the perfect ring. Being one of the most expensive purchases we make in our life, it is important to plan ahead and understand the process. It will make both the recipient and your wallet happy. Talk Finances Before you head out ring shopping, it is important to sit with your loved one and talk about finances if you have not done so already. Not about the ring, but in general. Do you and your significant other have…

Lifehacker invoices software
[March 7, 2016 – 11:28 am]
Lifehacker invoices software

If you re going to succeed as a freelancer, it s important to have a good record-keeping system in place to track billable hours and invoice your clients. MakeSomeTime is an easy way to keep track of how you spend your workday. This web-based app lets you give clients a detailed explanation of exactly how much time you spent working on their projects. Once you ve registered for a free account, just enter the projects you re working on, along with client information like billing address and notes you need. Then, when you re ready to buckle down just enter what task you re starting…

Lifehacker text expansion Linux
[March 7, 2016 – 05:03 am]
Lifehacker text expansion Linux

Linux doesn t have very many choices in the realm of text expansion, making the go-to app for the platform—AutoKey—our choice for the best. Platform: Linux Price: Free Features Type a short snippet that can expand to text of virtually any length Create collections of phrases in folders, and assign a hotkey or snippet to display a popup menu for that folder Create more advanced scripts with the built-in Python scripting engine, letting you accomplish nearly any task that you could perform with the keyboard Filter windows by title or class to exclude snippets from expanding in…

Lifehacker Amazon app store
[March 4, 2016 – 02:48 pm]
Lifehacker Amazon app store

Android: Amazon s latest update to its Appstore makes it more competitive to Google Play. Amazon Appstore now offers a new Test Drive feature where you can try out an app before buying it (unlike Google Play s 15-minute refund policy where you have to buy an app first). Test Drive, in beta, comes with Amazon Appstore for Android version 2.6.53, but, as the release notes reveal, it only works on select Android phones and for a limited selection of apps right now. Apparently, only the apps using basic touchscreen features for now work with Test Drive. (Also, I tried it on my…

Lifehacker time Machine
[February 28, 2016 – 07:23 am]
Lifehacker time Machine

I ve got a Mac laptop and a Windows desktop, and my Windows desktop has a mighty large hard drive begging to be used for my Time Machine backups. Here s how to set it up. UPDATE: For an easier, more up-to-date version, check out this guide This process should work on Linux, as well, but I ll focus on the Windows side of the coin. Step One: Create a Shared Folder on Your Windows Network and Connect to It from Your Mac One nice thing about offloading your Time Machine backups to your Windows computer is that it doesn t need a dedicated drive at all; you just need a folder that…