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Here’s How Your Kids Can Build Lego Models Digitally and Then Buy Their Own Creations 

The best way to get your kids into Legos is to hand them a tub of Lego bricks and say, “Here, go wild.” But eventually, they may want to think even bigger and work with more bricks than they own. This free tool lets them build virtual Lego models with about 10,000 different parts, and […]

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How Apple’s New Software Turned My Life Upside Down

Software updates are exciting. I keep telling my friends this, and when they get behind on their updates, I’m all, “Hey, you’re missing out on good stuff!” This is part of the reason why I’m sometimes the guy who downloads beta versions of software. The bugs are annoying, but hey, the features are better. This…Read […]

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Lifehacker Pack for Mac: Our List of the Essential Mac Apps 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 […]

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Star Wars’ Ships Have Terrible Aerodynamic Designs

When you’re flying around in space, where there’s no air or wind resistance, aerodynamics aren’t important. That’s why the Star Trek Borg ship is just a giant cube and still works just fine. But when ships are also visiting planets with atmospheres, aerodynamics do come into play—and apparently neither the Rebels nor…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Make Sure You Take Work Breaks with the macOS App ‘Time Out’

macOS: I’m busy. You’re busy. We’re all busy. Sometimes, the sheer amount of crap you have to deal with can almost feel overwhelming, but a good way to get control of your chaotic to-do list without going crazy is to make sure you’re getting enough downtime, too.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Find Stories and Messages in Snapchat’s Latest Redesign

Earlier this year, Snapchat rolled out a drastic redesign meant to make the confusing social network a little easier for newcomers to understand. But the new layout flopped, and now Snapchat is admitting defeat with a second redesign that undoes almost all of those changes.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Clipy Turns Your macOS Clipboard into a More-Useful List

As much as we’d love it, Clipy is not a macOS version of Clippy, that little animated Windows paperclip that asks you how you’re doing and gives you useful life advice. It’s a must-have utility that makes your macOS clipboard ten times more powerful, if there was any way to measure that sort of thing.Read […]

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How to Remove Google Apps From Your Android Phone

Android: Google and Android are typically a package deal. Even if Samsung or Sony makes your phone, you’ll still find it loaded with Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, YouTube, and all the other apps that makes up Google Play Services. But it’s possible to totally “de-Google” your Android device—strange as that sentence is…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Force Archive Websites to Pick up Webpages with This Handy Tool

Website archive services like the Internet Archive: Wayback Machine are incredibly useful for when you need to see old versions of sites—either for nostalgia or because you’re looking for a specific bit of information that has since been overwritten or deleted (like a story you wrote for a former employer, for…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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How to Delay Getting the Windows 10 April 2018 “Spring Creators” Update

Microsoft is officially rolling out the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, also known as the Spring Creators Update, to computers tomorrow. While that might mean you’ll get it first thing, the company typically rolls those updates out slowly, which means you also might be waiting for a bit. If you’re anxious to get it now, […]

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If You’re an iPhone-loving Windows User, You’ll Want iTunes From the Windows Store

Before we begin, Windows users, let’s start the affirmation: We use Windows. We all agree that iTunes has a terrible design. We will throw a party if Apple ever modernizes its app, but we hate that iTunes is the best possible option for synchronizing content with our iPhones and iPads. Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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iOS/Android App of the Week: Fing – Network Scanner

What’s on your network? You can always pull up your router’s web interface to get a sense of which devices are connected, but you’re probably just going to get a list of MAC addresses and assigned IPs—not very helpful. The app Fing – Network Scanner (iOS, Android) is a great, free way to get a […]

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macOS App of the Week: Amphetamine

Go ahead and get your Breaking Bad jokes out of your system. We’ll wait. Once you’re done, we recommend installing Amphetamine as soon as you can. This app is a super-tiny download, and it’s like giving your macOS machine caffeine pills. Once activated, your system will stop going to sleep.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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This Clever MacBook Touchscreen Hack Works Surprisingly Well Considering It Costs $1

To date, Apple’s mostly useless Touch Bar is the closest the company has ever come to selling a touchscreen Mac. But if you’ve got a spare dollar in your wallet, you could upgrade your MacBook with touchscreen-like functionality all by yourself using this wonderfully clever hack.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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iOS/Android App of the Week: WideProtect and Mr. Number

There are plenty of apps you can use to manage all the annoying phone calls you get on a regular basis—scammy calls, robocalls, survey calls, and anything else that doesn’t fall into the category of “calls from real people about things I care about.” Sometimes, though, you need to bust out the nuke. For iOS, […]

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