Every man should have at least one good suit. However, different events often call for different attire, and keeping multiple suits around is a luxury few of us can (or want to) afford. Still, you’d be surprised how much versatility you can get out of …
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How-to guides are our lifeblood here at Lifehacker. We love going through a project step-by-step so you can spend a weekend making something awesome. Here are the most popular how-tos from this year.Read more…
Mini and Micro and Nano, oh my! A guide to cutting your own SIM cards
My favorite blog posts always start with the disclaimer of “We’re not responsible if you do this and it makes bad stuff happen.” But, we’re not, and it could. You’ve been sufficiently warned.
I have a feeling a lot of us are ordering a Moto X today. Enough to crush the website, at least. Each and every one of us who ordered is going to need one thing — a Nano SIM. Most Android phones currently use a Micro SIM, some older models use a Mini SIM (note that a full-sized SIM looks like a credit card, and none of your phones use one), but the Moto X uses a Nano version.
You can get a new SIM card from whoever provides your cell service, but for some of us that means waiting for the mail or driving a few miles or more to go pick one up. And there’s a good chance it won’t be free. Luckily, cutting your own isn’t that difficult.
Manually updating your GPe HTC One to KitKat is surprisingly easy
Android 4.4 KitKat is here for the Google Play edition HTC One, and as usual it’s slowly rolling out to certain handsets via an over-the-air update. But as tends to be the case with some OTAs, not all devices are receiving the update right away. Fortunately there’s a relatively easy way to manually load the update onto your device — we’ve got a step-by-step guide after the break, and the process is actually a bit easier than the usual method of “sideloading” updates. The entire process can be done on the device itself, without connecting it to a computer.
Check past the jump to get started.
We’ve featured a ton of survival and MacGyver tips over the years that could help you out of a fix, but what if you’re next to someone else who’s having an emergency? Don’t just stand there as the person chokes or faints! Know what to do in these life-…
On a good day, you’ll get to the airport, breeze through security, get on your plane, and take off and land on time. Most of us know how often that actually happens, however, and have come to expect delays of some kind. While you can’t make the trip go…
With so many options available, picking the right laptop can prove awfully difficult. How do you know you’ll end up with a reliable model? Or one that will last you at least three years without feeling outdated? While you can’t predict the future, y…
These days, you can track just about anything with the right device: how you move, sleep, drive, and even how you eat, giving us the opportunity to quantify…anything. But how much data do we really need, and at what point does this information cause …
No notification light on your new Moto G? Here’s a quick, simple solution
Motorola launched its new entry-level phone, the Moto G, in multiple countries around the world last week. And after using ours for the past few days we’ve noticed a strange quirk to do with the phone’s notification LED — it doesn’t seem to work at all, and there’s no software switch for it anywhere in the Settings app. Emails, texts and missed calls all failed to trigger the flashing white LED, nor could we use third-party apps like LightFlow to activate it.
The glitch is a side effect of restoring from your Google account to the Moto G, which is part of the setup process for the phone. The feature downloads apps and settings from the cloud, which is usually a good thing. But in some instances it can tell the Moto G to restore the notification LED setting from another phone, leaving the light disabled with no way to re-enable it.
Fortunately there’s a simple fix for this issue, and it’s one that apparently applies to some other Motorola phones too …
With the right tools and a little knowledge, there’s no need to wait for your OTA
Update: Nexus 7 (2102) link has been added. Get to flashing!
Update 2: And the Nexus 10 is now good to go.
The Android 4.4 update has started rolling out to the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets around the world. But if your tablet has yet to receive the update, then don’t despair — we’ve got a quick walkthrough that’ll get you updated in a few minutes, assuming you’ve got a little experience with a command line.
Note that this is for stock Nexus tablets, and for people who want to update without really doing any real hackery, but don’t mind a little command line work. Nothing we do here is permanent, other than the update itself. If you’ve already flashed a custom recovery, you should be able to update manually using that, instead of our method. And with that…
Caution: This guide is intended for technically proficient users only. Proceed at your own risk. Dragons ahead, etc.
- A completely stock Nexus tablet running the latest build of Android 4.3
- The latest version of the Android SDK installed
- The OTA packages: Nexus 7 (2012); Nexus 7 (2013); Nexus 10
Check past the break to see the full manual update process.
The travel season is here, and just like every other year, you’ll find lines, parking nightmares, security snafus, and other annoyances waiting for you at the airport. Unless, of course, you turn it into an adventure instead. A little foresight, some planning, and smart use of the many amenities available can turn a sucktastic trip to the airport into an event to look forward to. Here’s how.
Not too long ago, Amazon introduced Glacier, an online storage/archiving solution that starts at just a penny per GB per month. Depending on your storage needs, Amazon Glacier could be the most cost-efficient way to back up your data for a lifetime. He…
Don’t want your text messages going to Google Hangouts? There’s an easy way to go back to your old Messaging app
As of version 2.0, the Google Hangouts app for Android can handle SMS messages as well as regular instant messages. When you start it up for the first time you’ll be asked if you want to use Hangouts for SMS or not. Tap yes and your existing messages are imported into the app, and you’ll receive future SMS notifications through Hangouts instead of your preloaded SMS app. Tap “Maybe later” and you’ll continue using your preloaded Messaging app.
But what if you’ve tried it and want out? Well, turns out there’s a simple way to disable SMS in Hangouts and go back to using the built-in app.
It’s that time of year. Office holiday parties are coming up, families get together for the holidays, and we slowly start to dread the fancy, formal parties that flood our calendars. Don’t worry! As long as you know what to expect, formal affairs aren’…
Email isn’t perfect, but it sure has an advantage over snail mail. If you don’t want a message, you can delete it instead of recycle it. If you want to reply, you can do so in a minute. Sometimes you need to actually mail letters and packages, however….
It’s easier to unlock your Nexus 5 bootloader than it is to decide if you want to do it
If you’re receiving your shiny new Nexus 5 in the near future, you’ll want to think about unlocking the boot loader. It’s a bigger undertaking than the folks on the Internet make it out to be, and doing it later is a huge pain in the kiester, so it’s worth talking about.
First things first. Since it’s a Nexus device, it was designed to be easily unlocked. There is no extra encryption layer, no signing your life and warranty away at the website of the people who made your phone, and no software hacks to try to bust your way around things. You only need the SDK and be able to use the command line — which are things you need to know about before you ever decide to unlock your phone anyway.
The new API 19 SDK tools include an easy way to record what happens on your Android’s screen
Ever wanted to record exactly what’s happening on your Android screen? Anyone who writes about Android for a living sure does, and now that KitKat is in the wild we see it will be easy to do with the latest version of Android.
You’ll need the SDK installed, which is a little barrier for some, but there are plenty of folks in the forums to help make that happen for any computer, be it Windows, Mac or Linux.
That’s also where you’ll find Phil’s mini How-To on screen recording, complete with examples. If you have you Nexus 5 already, or have put some flavor of KitKat on your current phone, jump in and give it a look. It’s easier than you think!
A little bit of work and a lot of Google magic lead to wonderful results
The latest version of the Google+ app brings with it another new app on your device: Photos. That’s Google+ Photos to be exact, and it’s an app that gives you access to all of your pictures and videos, both on-device and online, in a single place. Along with providing a system for managing your pictures, the latest version of this app also provides an interesting way to display your art, called “Auto Awesome Videos.”
Incredibly similar to HTC’s “Video Highlights,” Auto Awesome Videos combine your pictures and videos into an artistic short film, adding filters, cuts and some background music to an otherwise run-of-the-mill set of pics. The end result is quite impressive as well — stick around after the break and see how it’s done.
KitKat makes it easier to swap or uninstall custom launchers
Many of us enjoy using custom home screen launchers on our Android phones, but the process of switching between them has never been entirely foolproof. That’s changed in the latest Android 4.4 KitKat, which introduces a new top-level menu in the Settings app allowing you to select your default launcher. That means you don’t have to traipse into the Apps menu, find your custom launcher, then clear its defaults to change back. The new Home menu also gives you an easy way to uninstall custom launchers, by pressing the trash icon next to it.
Check out our video above for a quick walkthrough on the Nexus 5.
The launcher — the app that controls how your home screens look and act — arguably is the most important part of an Android smartphone. And from the earliest devices, we’ve seen manufacturers and app developers diverge from Google’s solution and roll their own interpretations. (To varying degrees of success, for sure.)
In Android 4.4 KitKat, Google changed things up once more adding a couple of simple but much-needed features — the ability to add home screens, and the ability to rearrange your home screens.
Oh, Google Now is still attached to the far left — that’s not going anywhere anytime soon, probably. But these new additions are welcomed, and easy to get used to.
We’ve got your primer videos after the break.