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Most Popular DIY Projects of 2016

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 20:00

Whether you’re building your own computer or making repairs on your house, the do it yourself attitude is always prevalent here at Lifehacker. Here are the best DIY guides, projects, and ideas we posted in 2016.

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The Secret to Looking Relaxed in Group Photos

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 19:00

Everyone loves group photos, but getting one where everyone looks natural when they know they’re on camera isn’t easy. The key is to look as relaxed as possible, even if you’re the one taking the shot and encouraging your subjects to pose. Here’s what we mean.

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Remains of the Day: T-Mobile's New Service Lets You Use One Phone Number on Multiple Devices

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 18:30

T-Mobile has a new service called Digits that lets you use one phone number across multiple devices. You’ll be able to log in on any compatible device and have access to all your call history and messages. That and more in today’s news.

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Make Your Smartphone Less Distracting by Switching Your Screen to Grayscale

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 18:00

If you find yourself overly-dependent on your smartphone, and can’t help but check it every few minutes for no reason, this simple tweak might make it easier to cut back.

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The Best Way to Humblebrag Without Sounding Like a Jerk

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 17:30

Being able to boast about your accomplishments or abilities without making everyone around you roll their eyes is an art form. There’s a time and place for it, and according to a recent study, there’s even a right and wrong way to do it.

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I'm Ken Jennings and This Is How I Work

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 17:00

Ken Jennings didn’t become a household name overnight. He became a household name over exactly 74 nights. Ken, of course, holds the record for the longest winning streak on the television trivia show Jeopardy! and has since become a best-selling author.

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Make Crispier Roasted Potatoes by Roughing Them Up First

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 16:30

Boiling your potatoes with salt or vinegar before you roast them can help make your roasted potatoes come out crispier, but there’s an even better way. All it takes is a little baking soda.

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3D Print The Best Present Ever With 20% Off at Shapeways

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 16:06

If you haven’t taken advantage of Shapeways for the most unique gifts out there, now’s your chance. Grab 20% off everything with the code TECHLOVERS. You can choose from already printed stuff (I got my boyfriend a mini Eames lounge chair last year) or upload a model and create your own. There’s basically a 3D printed…

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FindLectures Is a Huge Repository of Free Digital Lectures

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 16:00

The internet is filled with free educational lectures, and many of those lectures are spread across a variety of platforms, from free university sites to YouTube. FindLectures attempts to provide a single place to search through them.

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Codemade Is a Big Collection of Open-Source Electronics Projects

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 15:30

When it comes to tracking down DIY electronics project ideas, you’ve got a lot of solid web sites out there. Codemade is a web app that gathers a bunch of those sources together.

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Most Winter Boots Have Terrible Grip on Ice

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 15:00

Your winter boots have to protect you from the cold and prevent slush from leaking in. That’s easy enough to check in the store: just look for insulation and waterproofing. But how do you know whether those boots will keep you from slipping on an icy sidewalk? A lab in Toronto has found the answer.

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Photography Mapped Is a Fun, Interactive Tool to Learn How Your Camera Works

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 14:30

We’ve seen a few great online tools for learning how to use the manual settings on a camera before, but Photography Mapped is a new web tool that’s worth playing around if you’re new to manual photography.

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Make the Fluffiest, Softest Cookies With Cake Flour

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 14:00

All cookies are delicious in their own right, but sometimes you have a craving for specific kind, and those cravings should be indulged. If you have a hankering for the soft, fluffy, Lofthouse-style cookies, you’ll need to grab some cake flour.

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The Total Idiot's Guide To Doing Basic Motorcycle Repairs 

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 13:54

I’ll be honest: I’m a terrible mechanic. I’ve got a scar on my forearm from the last time I changed the brakes on my Mini. Any repair work I’ve ever done has been a financial decision, not a leisure one. But! Even someone like me, who has the dexterity of a drunken penguin, can do basic motorcycle maintenance.

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Send Files Between Devices Without Uploading to an Intermediary With Takeafile

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 13:30

Whenever you email yourself a file or use something like Dropbox to transfer files between devices, your data lives on a server somewhere as an intermediary. If you’d rather cut out the middleman, Takeafile.com uses peer-to-peer technology to transfer files, no plugins required.

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How to Download Netflix Movies to Your SD Card and Save Space on Your Phone

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 13:00

Rejoice, you can download Netflix movies and TV shows to watch offline. Unfortunately, it only downloads to your built-in storage by default, which can lead to some slow, cluttered phones. If you’d rather use the extra space on your SD card for all those Stranger Things episodes, here’s how.

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This $50 Fitness Tracker Will Bully You Into Better Posture

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 12:35

The world is full of fitness trackers that can count your steps and estimate calories, but today only, we’ve found a deal on a wearable device that can also help you improve your posture.

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A Trio of OXO Kitchen Accessories Have Never Been Cheaper

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 11:19

OXO makes some of the most popular kitchen accessories on the market, and three of their products are cheaper than ever today on Amazon. It should go without saying, but any of these would make a fine gift for the holidays.

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 Five Tasty, Edible Gifts That Are Easy to Make

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 11:00

A good food gift doesn’t need to be an expensive gourmet gift basket, but it should be thoughtful, delicious, and a little unexpected. These edible and drinkable presents are thoughtful and customizable, and will make your gift stand out in a sea of boring fruitcakes.

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The IRS Has a New Tool That Shows Your Account Balance

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 10:30

If you owe the IRS money and you want to see your tax details in one place, they recently released an online tool that shows your balance. Taxpayers can log on, check their account balance and pay directly from IRS.gov.

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