Apple clamps down on its App Store refund loophole in Europe

Apple probably thought it was doing everyone a favour when it introduced a two-week refund policy for iTunes and App Store purchases in Europe. But of course, as is always the way with technology, if there's an unintended flaw hidden away you can gua

SpaceX lands its rocket on a barge, but a reusable Falcon 9's still far off

"Close, but no cigar." That was how SpaceX founder Elon Musk described his company's first attempt at landing the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage on a barge in the middle of the ocean. To be clear, it wasn't a complete disaster: the first stage didn't

External Chargers in Every Shape and Size, Laser Level, and More Deals

We've found a ton of external battery pack deals today, from the enormous to the pocketable.Read more...

Learn to Become a Morning Person with This Free Email Course

Even if you're naturally a late riser, you can still train yourself to get up earlier without much struggle and enjoy those early morning perks . This email course from Little Green Dot aims to help you get up brighter and happier so you can get m

Sweep Your Chimney Without Getting on the Roof

Chimney maintenance is often overlooked, but your safety relies on a well cleaned chimney. This chimney cleaning do-it-yourself kit will clear your flue in no time.Read more...

Dell Venue 8 7840: The first 5 things you need to know

Dell's long-awaited Atom-powered tablet is finally available, and we're giving it a first look Might 2015 finally be the year we see Dell and Intel make waves in the Android space? If the Dell Venue 8 7840 is any indication, both companies could hav

Tesco announces grocery shopping app for Google Glass

One of the U.K.'s major grocery store chains, Tesco, has released a new app for Google Glass that allows folks at home to scan the barcode for stuff around the house and order them for delivery. The app also lets you peruse prices and nutritional in

HTC One M8 Developer and Unlocked Edition get Android 5.0 Lollipop!

If you've got the developer or unlocked edition of the HTC One M8, check for a system update. Android 5.0 Lollipop is now available. The update — software version 4.16.1540.8, if you're interested in such things — weighs in at 584 megabytes. T

Neiman Marcus' digital mirror compares clothes side by side

If you've ever wanted to see yourself in a few different outfits before deciding on your next wardrobe, Neiman Marcus now lets you view them side by side. The retailer's Memory Mirror takes video and stills of what you try on for comparison, in addit

Why did Tinder just buy a photo messaging app?

Strangely, for an app that's all about appearances, Tinder has never allowed its users to directly send images to one another. That could be set to change, however, as the dating startup has announced its first ever acquisition: Tappy, a Snapchat-lik

Make a 15-minute Pact With Your Partner for More Manageable Arguments

Arguments are inevitable in any relationship, but what's worse is when you say something so harsh one of you holds a long-lasting grudge—even after the argument ends. Make a pact with your partner to not say anything the two of you won't be able

The Best Tools for Managing Your Long Term Investments

Investing your money is one of the most complex things you can do with it. It's a lot easier if you have tools that can show the right perspective. Here are the best ways to manage your finances, depending on your needs.Read more...

How to fix poor audio on your Nexus 9

Not all audio tracks are created equal, turning off the emulated 'surround sound' may help Ever fire up a movie (even one you've downloaded) in the Google Play Movies and TV app on your Nexus 9, and noticed the sound was just horribad? That underwat

Researchers can profile Facebook users with just their likes

Remember the time you liked a beer pong video on Facebook and thought nothing more of it? That may have said more about you than your friends and family ever knew, according to researchers at Cambridge and Stanford. They created a computer program th

PlayPermissionsExposed Reveals Changes to Android Permissions

Android (Xposed ): Last year, Google made a change to how Android permissions are handled that could allow some new privileges to slip through unnoticed . PlayPermissionsExposed is an Xposed module that fixes this so you won't be taken by surprise.R

14 Ways to Wrap Gifts with a Cloth

Some gifts are just too oddly shaped for a traditional wrapping job. When wrapping paper just won't cut it , you can use a cloth to wrap just about anything.Read more...

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Save 50% today on these Samsung Galaxy Note 4 skin cases

Looking for a simple, affordable skin case to protect your Samsung Galaxy Note 4? Today's your lucky day. This durable skin case from Mobi Products comes in 5 colors, absorbs impacts and is extremely slim in design so bulk will never be an issue. Get

Nexus 9 now available in sand color, but only as 32 GB model

Anybody holding out for the beige version of the Nexus 9 can now pick one up directly from the Google Play Store. You'll have to pony up for the 32 GB model, and your geography may limit availability (no love for us Canadians). If you're in the U.S.

Woody Allen to create his first television series for Amazon Studios

Amazon has signed up famed movie writer and director Woody Allen to create his first television series, which will be shown exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Amazon signs Woody Allen for his first TV show

Even Woody Allen is getting into the streaming content game. The prolific writer and director has scored a deal with Amazon Studios to produce his first-ever television series. Unfortunately, there's no word on a title, casting, or even what the heck

Automatic's car tracker works with Nest to give you a cozy arrival

Your car and house may soon be having conversations about your whereabouts, thanks to a new feature from Automatic's car tracker. The $100 dongle (US only) -- which attaches to your car's ODB-II port to track your driving and save fuel -- now works w

Load Up on Cheap Kindle Books During This One-Day Sale

Whether you want to learn a new programming language, get lost in a space opera, or brush up on your WWII history, Amazon's got something for you today in a massive Kindle ebook sale.Read more...

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Start at the End to Achieve Your Desired Outcome

When you're working on a creative project, it sometimes helps to begin working on the last part and work backwards, as Edgar Allen Poe often did with his poems.Read more...

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Subscribe to Pocket, Evernote, Wunderlist, and LastPass for just $60

There are a number of popular productivity subscriptions many take advantage of, but for a limited time only, you'll be able to gain access to a bunch for just $60. Evernote, LastPass, Pocket, Wunderlist and the New York Times have teamed up to laun

How to get your iTunes music onto Android

Getting your Apple based music onto your Android device need not be a chore If you've been a long time user of an iPod, iPhone or iPad there's a good chance that the majority of your digital music collection is tied up inside iTunes. If you're movin

Facebook will alert you when kids go missing in your area

Facebook will now show amber alerts in its news feeds to inform users about missing or abducted children. The social network launched the venture with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to deliver the information in specific, targ

Promo gives you subscriptions to five big productivity services for $60

Like the idea of using cloud-based services to keep your life organized, but don't relish the idea of paying a huge amount just to use the paid versions of those services? That won't be a problem for about... oh, the next month or so. Evernote, LastP

"Send The Elevator Back Down"

Success doesn't come easy, but no one manages to make their dreams work without a combination of hard work and others opening and holding the door for them from time to time. As you reach for your goals and benefit from the opportunities others give

What You Should Know About Taxes When You're a Freelancer

Becoming a freelancer doesn't just change the way you work; it also changes the way you manage your money. One area that requires special attention when you're self-employed is your tax filing.Read more...

If You Have Medical Debt, Your Credit Score Is About to Get Better

For many, debt or damaged credit is largely due to high medical bills or gaps between what insurance will cover and what the doctor wants to be paid. FICO is poised to do something about that this year with a new formula for how your score is calcul

Facebook adds targeted AMBER Alerts in its News Feed

Facebook will now include targeted AMBER Alerts in its News Feed on both its mobile and desktop versions. The new feature was put in as part of a new partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to help find missing kids f

Google's Flight Search feature lands in India

Google is making it easy for Indian customers to find great deals on flights by launching its Flight Search feature in the country. The service, which was first launched in the US in 2012, lets customers access flight tariffs from a variety of airli

Uber strikes deal to share its data with city planners

Privacy issues over abuse of its "God View" customer-tracking app has led to a difficult few months for Uber. With that in mind, a deal to share passenger data might not seem like a great move, but that's exactly what Uber has just announced. In a bl

ResumePlaylist Saves Your Place on YouTube, Starts Where You Left Off

YouTube playlists are great for watching a ton of episodes of an old show, music videos from a compilation, or a bunch of Let's Play videos in order, but if you close your tab or browser, you'll have to remember where left off. ResumePlaylist is a s

A Shy Person's Guide to Making Yourself Heard In a Group Conversation

Some folks have the gift of gab and know exactly how to run a conversation in a group setting, but some of us feel as if we're being ignored . Here are a few tips to help you jump into a group conversation and actually be a part of it.Read more...

Samsung reportedly getting set to launch entry-level Galaxy J1

Samsung's latest entry-level handset will allegedly be called the Galaxy J1. SamMobile states that the device will be the first in the Galaxy J series, which will be targeted at the budget segment. The device is claimed to feature utilities like Ult

The UK wants to essentially ban all secure communications

In the wake of the recent terror attacks in Paris, the UK Prime Minister David Cameron has called for stronger legislation against secure forms of communication. Encryption wasn't specifically mentioned, instead the Conservative party leader reaffirm

Reviewed: New Logo for Maritiem Museum by Taken by Storm

Do the Wave Established in 1873 and located on the historic Leuvehaven harbor in Rotterdam, the Maritiem Museum, as its name sug

23andMe will offer your genetic data to researchers (with your consent)

The genetic samples you send to 23andMe aren't just useful for discovering your roots or potential illnesses -- they could soon help pharmaceutical research, too. The company has struck a deal that opens its DNA research platform to Pfizer's scientis

Delsey's new luggage weighs itself, charges phones, forecasts the weather

CES was flooded with a bunch of "internet of things" for the home, but frequent travelers will likely appreciate this connected luggage better. Leading luggage maker Delsey has been working on a connected suitcase called Pluggage for the past two yea

AllCast media streaming finally comes to iOS

The slow road for AllCast to bring its media streaming app to iOS is over, as today marks the app's launch on Apple's mobile OS. I got a chance to spend some time with it, and, even without any experience with its Android counterpart, getting around

Motorola: Lollipop update coming to 2014 and 2013 phones really soon

A few of Motorola's devices, including the Moto X 2014, have already received an update to Lollipop, but if you're still waiting for the latest version of Android to hit your particular device, there's reason to be excited. Luciano Carvalho, a softw

Lollipop update starts rolling out to Galaxy S5 in the UK

After rolling out the Lollipop update in Poland, Russia, Malaysia and Spain, Samsung is now making the update available to Galaxy S5 users in the UK. If you're rocking the device in the region, head to your device's settings to check if an update is

Here's how accessories will use your iPhone's Lightning port

Apple already lets accessory makers use the Lightning port on iOS devices for headphones. However, it's reportedly close to opening the floodgates to more devices... and if 9to5Mac's leaked specs are accurate, the company will let these peripherals d

New NASA and environmental bosses don't like science

Well, this is more than a little depressing: The politician who tried reducing NASA funding (and successfully shut it down for over two weeks) is now in charge of the senate subcommittee that effectively controls NASA. More than that, one of the most

Use your iPhone to access Google's Chrome Remote Desktop

Google said it would allow both iOS and Android users to leverage its Chrome Remote Desktop feature on-the-go, but Apple faithful have yet to get the chance... until today. Once you've installed the desktop app from the Chrome Web Store, access to th

Engadget Daily: Pentagon social accounts hacked, Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review and more!

Happy Monday, folks! In case you hadn't heard, a hacker group claiming ties with ISIS hijacked a couple of the Pentagon's social accounts. NBC is reporting that the Defense Department is "taking appropriate measures" to get to the bottom of the incur

CNN teams with the FAA to make drones work for news gathering

CNN has been looking into the prospect of using drones for news reporting for months, but it now has an important ally in its corner: the FAA. The two organizations have forged a research agreement that will create an official framework for UAV use b

Xiaomi teases new thin flagship device ahead of Jan 15 unveiling

Xiaomi took to its Facebook page today to tease a new flagship device that it is set to unveil on January 15th. If the company's hype is to be believed, we're definitely in for a treat with a new device that's both super-thin and large.

Your Chromebook will let you load a new OS through a USB drive

If you've been aching to try a different operating system on your Chromebook without running it in a window or otherwise jumping through hoops, you're going to get some relief very shortly. Google's Chrome OS team is adding support for an easy debugg

The Grid-It Friendly IT Bag

There's just something special about a well organized bag. Reader Jessica Hayes shares the bag she uses for IT work, with just about everything nicely organized into a couple Grid-Its.Read more...

3D-printed music scores help the blind feel every note

It's increasingly apparent that schools can do exceptional things when you give them 3D printers. Need proof? The University of Wisconsin's Mechanical Engineering department is using its advanced selective laser sintering printer to make a wide range

Prevent Burst Pipes by Letting Faucets Drip in Freezing Weather

Below freezing weather means you should take steps to winterize your home . This Old House recommends you keep pipes that run through an exterior walls from bursting by letting water run through them at a trickle.Read more...

UK Prime Minister wants to ban encrypted messaging apps

In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in France, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has come out in support of banning encrypted messaging apps. According to a new report, Cameron alluded that he would be for banning encrypted communication apps,

DTS is making movie and TV dialogue even easier to hear

Compared to other trade shows (E3 being the prime offender), the Consumer Electronics Show floor is relatively quiet. That didn't stop the folks at DTS from showing off their new DTS:X codec however. It separates audio into objects instead of channel

Local Motors' 3D-printed car meets the Detroit Auto Show

Local Motors already pulled off its "3D print a car on the tradeshow floor" stunt once, so of course it's doing it again at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. This time however, the Strati that it's building is production-read

Keep More Home-Baked Pizza for Yourself with This Slicing Trick

When you've got a delicious frozen or take'n bake pizza, you want to make sure you get a good portion of it before it all gets eaten up. This slicing method gives you two healthy strips of pizza goodness all to yourself and no one will ever notice.R

MLS soccer app updated with Material look, fresh colors and new content

We've rolled over into 2015, and that means the major yearly update to the official MLS soccer app is here. This year the design changes are big to fit in with the overall re-branding of MLS itself, from the new logo down to the strong use of white

Music from 'Galavant' is hitting Google Play Music All Access weekly

If Arthurian-ish musical comedies are your thing, and lets be honest they probably should be, you had better be watching Galavant. If you're anything like me, however, just watching the episodes isn't enough. The four week musical treat that has tak

Despite artist tension, Spotify subscriptions are growing quickly

At the end of 2014, artists like Taylor Swift pulled their music from Spotify citing inadequate compensation and music being made available to non-subscribers free of charge. Those vocal lashings didn't stymie growth though, as the streaming service

Make Meeting New People Easier with a Brief "About-Me" Script

Meeting new people is tough for some of us, but a pre-determined script that describes who you are and what you do can make the whole process a lot smoother.Read more...

Six Tips on Disciplining Children from an Experienced Teacher

Have you noticed how kids behave differently at school than at home? As an early education teacher, one of the most common questions I get from parents how I get the children to behave. Here are the discipline techniques I've learned that work at bo

Smart lock screen security options in Android 5.0 Lollipop

Smartly unlock your device When Google first showed off what would become Android 5.0 Lollipop at Google I/O 2014, they gave us a sneak peak of what it had in store for the new Smart locks. During the keynote presentation the Trusted devices Smart l

Dell Venue 8 7840 specs

The Dell Venue 8 7480 is one of the first major Android tablets to be released in 2015, and it's already one of the most exciting. It's impossibly thin, solidly built and has a screen that should be the envy of just about everything else out there.

CBS News' iOS app now lets you watch its online-only network

You no longer have to sit at your computer to watch CBS' online news network. The broadcaster has overhauled the CBS News iOS app with both a fresh interface and more video options, including CBSN's live and on-demand feeds. It's now easier to follow

Chrome Remote Desktop Arrives on iOS

iOS: Google just released the iOS app for its Chrome-based remote desktop application. With the app installed on your iOS device and the extension in Google Chrome, you can login and use your home computer remotely. Read more...

Use This Calculator to Decide if Dropping Cable Will Save You Money

At a glance, it seems like you'll always save money by ditching the cable subscription, but depending on what services you need to buy to replace cable, that might not be the case. Slate put together a handy calculator to help you make your decision

Adidas' next move is to keep young students fit and healthy

In the US, child obesity is an ever-growing concern that's desperately in need of a remedy. Knowing this, Adidas is now looking to help the cause and, in the process, make it fun for young people to take care of their fitness. The sporting gear compa

Thieves tried to swipe credit cards using an iPod nano

Now that phones come with large internal storage and microSD card slots, a lot of people have probably forgotten about their old iPod nanos. Some thieves from Gatley, Stockport, England have found a new use for theirs, though: with a little duct tape

Burstio Turns iOS Burst Photos Into GIFs

iPhone: The burst mode on iOS is great, but Apple doesn't provide a good way to piece them all together. Burstio turns those photos into GIFs or videos. Read more...

When to Donate Blood so You Don't Screw up Your Workout Routine

Giving blood is a great way to help others, but what happens when you show up to your next workout a pint low? Some aspects of fitness bounce back quickly, but you might want to put off any races or competitions for a few weeks.Read more...

What are the Best Touchscreen Gloves?

It's freezing outside, and you want to check Dark Sky to further hammer home just how cold you are, but your smart device rejects the inputs from your obsolete gloves, asserting that they haven't changed since at least The Odyssey. You need hand pr

Ask an Expert: All About Managing Email Overload

Managing the river of email you receive is a fact of life in the contemporary workplace, whether it's needless memos or unwanted newsletters filling your inbox. Do you strive to read and respond to everything? Or is "inbox zero" an unrealist

Sony launches the first [email protected] beta app for Xperia Z smartphones

Sony has launched the first beta version of its [email protected] Android app for all of its Xperia Z smartphones. The app is designed to use a smartphone's idle processing power to help simulate the unfolding process of proteins for medical research.

Razer's 24-hour sale will save you up to 50% off nearly everything they sell

Razer is celebrating the numerous awards and accolades it received during CES 2015 last week, including our own for the Razer Forge TV, with a special 24-hour sale. The event will cut the price of all of its peripherals and accessories. such as its

GE's super-fast CT scanner could save lives, definitely makes gory GIFs

Few people enjoy having a CT scan. In a bleak hospital room, you have to lie flat on your back as a huge circular scanner shoots focused X-rays through your flesh and bones. The entire process can feel a little intimidating, which is why GE Healthcar

When to Lose the "Sandwich Method" and Give Direct Criticism Instead

No one wants to sound like a jerk when giving constructive criticism, but sometimes we bury the point when trying too hard to spare feelings. Dive straight to the point without sandwiching praise around it if the kindness in your delivery is muddl

Jumpstart Your Day With Extreme Temperatures In Your Morning Shower

Mornings are tough, but the right kind of shower can help. Alternate between extreme cold and hot temperatures to get energized and ready for your day. Here's why it works.Read more...

10 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Intellectual Property Law

How well do you understand copyright and trademark law? When you travel about the Internet or make art, do you know what you are and aren't allowed to do, or do you have intellectual property myths stuck in your brain. We take a few claims we've se

Announced: Flaunt: Digital and Self-promo Samples

Call for Samples Development of the second edition of Flaunt continues and we are looking for

Hackers claiming ties to ISIS take control of Pentagon social accounts

A group referring to itself as the CyberCaliphate and claiming ties to ISIS appears to have taken over social media accounts belonging to the United States Central Command. For the past hour or so, the group has been using CENTCOM's YouTube and Twitt

Make Your Dreams a Reality with the WOOP Method

You have two options in life: strive to achieve your dreams, or keep dreaming them. The WOOP method is a practical system to help you turn wishful thinking into reality. Here's how it works.Read more...

Should I Use a DIY PC for My NAS or Buy an Enclosure?

Dear Lifehacker, I'm thinking about building a NAS (Network-Attached Storage) for storage and backups, but I don't know if I should build a computer or use an old one I have kicking around, or if I should buy a special enclosure like a Drobo or Syno

Automatic Smart Driving Assistant adds 'Works with Nest' integration

The Automatic Smart Driving Assistant now works with the Nest Thermostat. With the new integration, users can create new rules for their Nest Thermostat based on their car's activity. The integration has several filters for things like location, tim

Razer's got a big 50% off sale going on, today only

If you've been anxiously waiting for a price drop on one of Razer's gorgeous, very expensive laptops, today is the day for you: the hardware-maker is celebrating its Best of CES 2015 awards with a massive, one-day sale. The Razer Edge is getting a 30

$12 Headphones That Won't Tangle, Logitech Harmony, and More Deals

Amazon's in-house magnetic earbuds are actually pretty great , and luckily, you don't have to buy a Fire Phone to get them. Normally, they sell for $19, but today only, you can get a pair for $12, plus a $1 Amazon MP3 credit. [Amazon Premium Earbud

Lumoid Lets You Test Fitness Trackers Before You Buy

Fitness trackers come in many shapes and sizes with varying capabilities and reviews , so it's tough to really be sure which one you should get. Lumoid's Try Before You Buy service lets you do just that so you don't fork over a lot of cash for a la

Tool School: Start Basic Woodworking with a Jigsaw

Whether you're building a step stool or a table, you can start your woodworking career by building with a jigsaw. Jigsaws can cut straight as an arrow or on curves of your choosing, and anyone can handle this tool regardless of experience.Read more.

How to Set a Target Body Weight for Better Chances of Diet Success

Everyone knows that losing weight is difficult. The greatest challenge, however, is keeping that weight off. Knowing your target body weight, and then eating like you're at that body weight, can provide a roadmap that allows you to make sustainable

HTC Desire 820, Desire 620 to be available from Mobiles.co.uk in January

Two of HTC's more recent devices are headed to British phone retailer Mobiles.co.uk: the mid-range HTC Desire 820 and Desire 620. The Desire 620 will be priced between £15 and £20 per month, while the 820 will cost between £18 and £22 per month.

Buy a Chromecast from Best Buy, get up to $66 for Google Play and Hulu

At $35 the Google Chromecast is a hell of a deal, but Best Buy's sweetening an already sweet pot. Right now if you buy a Chromecast it comes with 2 months of Hulu Plus and 90 days of Google Play Music All Access, which is $46 worth of content — bu

How NVIDIA plans to drive the adoption of autonomous cars

One of the biggest surprises at this year's Consumer Electronics Show was just how deep NVIDIA is getting into the automotive field. Given how reliant on armies of sensors the autonomous cars of the near future will be, however, it makes sense that t

President's proposals would protect hack victims and student data

President Obama's State of the Union address is going to include at least two proposals that could affect how companies handle your data. One, the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act, would require that firms tell their customers about data

Get Rid of Clutter by Throwing Things Away "By Default"

Keeping your objects as long as possible is easier on your budget, but also leads to a lot of clutter. Instead of trying to keep your stuff for as long as possible, make your default decision one to throw it out.Read more...

How to Trick Yourself Into Drinking More Water Every Day

Water is the best thing you can put in your body, yet so many of us ignore it throughout the day. Here are some great ways to trick yourself into developing a healthy habit of drinking lots of water every day.Read more...

Facebook discussed investing in Xiaomi, ended up not doing that

A new report claims that Facebook held investment discussions in late 2014 with China-based smartphone company Xiaomi. However, those talks did not result in a formal deal between the two companies.

Chevy Bolt EV concept hints at the future of affordable electric cars

Those rumors of GM developing its own affordable electric car? Yep, they're true. Chevrolet has unveiled the Bolt EV concept, its vision of a vehicle that can deliver 200 miles of all-electric driving for about $30,000. It's not as slick as a Tesla M


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