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Look up Movies, Music, Locations, and More with an OS X Shortcut

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 16:00

Command+Control+D has always been a handy shortcut for looking up the definition of a word on the Mac, but now in Yosemite you can look up a heck of a lot more, including suggestions from iTunes, the App Store, movie showtimes, and more.

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Give Up on Unnecessary Projects to Accomplish More

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 15:00

You probably have one major project that’s been on your to-do list for ages. Weeks, or even months, in fact. Here’s a productivity tip that should help: just drop it.

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Stop Searching for the Barcode to Get Through Self-Checkout Faster

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 14:00

The self checkout at the grocery store is amazing, and if you want to speed up your self-scanning game, here’s a tip: Stop looking for the barcode, just swipe it. If you get good at it, you can walk out with a cart of groceries in less time than it would take a checker to scan and bag them for you.

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PSA: Remember, You Can Sell Your Broken Gadgets on eBay

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 13:00

It’s a sad day when a beloved piece of tech finally bites the dust. But don’t go throwing it in the garbage! Remember that you can sell broken tech on eBay and put a little cash back in your pocket.

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Top 10 Lazy Yet Smart Ways to Spring Clean Your Home

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 10:00

It’s spring cleaning time. Even if you have the urge to clean your home from top to bottom, perhaps your natural laziness is keeping you from getting started. No worries, here are ten MacGyver-ish ways to freshen your home with minimal effort.

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Turn IKEA Cubbies into a Rustic Apothecary Chest

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 09:00

If you didn’t see the before pictures you’d probably never guess that the rustic apothecary chest on the right was actually made from a basic IKEA cubby console. What a transformation.

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Today's Best Deals: The Best Headphones, Chromecast, Swimsuits, & More

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 08:37

Today on Adorama, you can pick up the X version of your favorite headphones for just $109 after a $20 rebate. That's a whopping $60 less than usual, and the best price we've ever seen. If you're not familiar with the these semi-legendary cans, readers voted them in as their favorite pair of headphones on Kinja Co-Op, they finished second in a Lifehacker Hive Five , and Lifehacker editorial named them their mid-range pick for best headphones . [Audio Technica ATH-M50x Headphones, $109 after $20 rebate]

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Why You Need Boredom, Distraction, and Procrastination in Your Life

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 18:30

Most of us—no matter how many time-saving techniques we employ—don’t have enough time to waste. But productivity comes at a cost: having that down time is extremely beneficial. We fight against boredom, distraction, and procrastination all the time, but that doesn’t mean you should get rid of them completely.

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This Video Debunks 10 Popular Misconceptions About Home Appliances

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 18:00

You probably spent a lot of money on your home’s appliances, so you might as well get the most out of them. Here are some of the most common myths and old wives’ tales about dishwashers, refrigerators, and other appliances.

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Check If Seeds are Still Good to Plant with the Wet Paper Towel Test 

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 17:00

When you’re planting a garden , you want to make sure you’re not wasting time, energy, and garden space with bad seeds. Before you go and buy all new seeds, however, test out what you have with a wet paper towel.

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The Minor Tweaks that Change How Your AeroPress Tastes

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 16:30

It’s no secret that we love the AeroPress, and one of the big appeals of the AeroPress is how flexible it is . Case in point, NPR spoke with with World AeroPress Championship organizer Tim Varney about how to tweak your methods for the perfect cup.

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How to Write with Substance and Improve Your Communication

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 16:00

Nothing drags down writing more than spreading good ideas over too many words. Making keystrokes matter has only grown in importance as communication and the text that powers it become increasingly inseparable.

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Build a Simple, Five Part Portable Raspberry Pi

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:30

We’ve seen some cool portable Raspberry Pi projects, but they’re all pretty complex. Instructables user PiJuice takes a much simpler approach, using just five standard parts to take their Pi on the go.

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This Versatile Dyson Vacuum is Deeply Discounted Today

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:00

The Dyson DC35 transforms from a compact-but-powerful hand vacuum into a full length stick vac in seconds, and is of course completely cordless too. Dyson dominated the nominations for your favorite vacuum, and today’s price is about $40-$50 less than usual. [Dyson DC35, $175]

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Discover Users Can Now “Freeze” Misplaced Credit Cards

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:00

When you misplace a credit card, the first thing you usually do is cancel it in case it falls into the wrong hands. But it's a hassle to wait for a new card and update your information. Discover cardholders can now get around this by temporarily freezing their cards instead of canceling them altogether.

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Make Running with a Jogging Stroller Less of a Hassle with These Tips

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:00

A jogging stroller can be a great way for moms and dads to squeeze in a workout without paying for babysitting time. It takes some getting used to, though—and that’s why we love these tips from Runner’s World about improving the experience.

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More Numbers You Should Add to an In Case of Emergency Contacts Group

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 13:00

By now you hopefully have at least one contact in your phone’s address book labeled as ICE (in case of emergency). In addition to this person, you might want to create an ICE group for quick access to all sorts of support you might need.

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Make a Strawberry Tower with Built-in Water Reservoir

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:30

The best strawberries you'll ever taste could come from your garden. Build your own strawberry tower from recycled plant pots and you'll have berries a plenty this growing season.

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