Random Is a News Reader that Forces You Out of Your Filter Bubble

iOS: One of the best ways to make sure you break out of your filter bubble is to read different news sources with multiple perspectives on a variety of topics. Random, a news-reading app for iPhone and iPad, breaks you out by intentionally guiding you to new topics and interesting articles at news sites you may not… » 10/21/14 6:30am Today 6:30am

How to Turn Your Laziness Into Efficiency

They say necessity is the mother of invention, but if that's the case, laziness must be its father. After all, the beauty of laziness is that you'd rather do something you want to do—even if that's nothing—than work. Let's harness that desire and use it to be productive—-so you have more time to kick back, of course. » 10/20/14 10:00am Yesterday 10:00am

Thank you SO MUCH for both of these, especially the refresh tip! That was irritating the crap out of me and this is a perfect solution. Still sucks I have to change views to refresh and then go back to the list view (which I prefer) but it's better than highlighting/right-clicking/refreshing. » 10/17/14 6:55am Friday 6:55am

Dust Right After Returning from Vacation for a Longer-Lasting Clean

Dusting is my least favorite household chore. Here's a tip to get more bang for your dusting buck: If you're away for any significant period, like a vacation, dust as soon as you get back. The air has settled, you'll pick up more dust, and you'll get a longer-lasting clean before you have to dust again. » 10/17/14 5:00am Friday 5:00am

Five Minute Journal for iPhone Improves Your Mood in Moments a Day

There are plenty of benefits to journaling, whether you take time to write out your full thoughts or just spend a few minutes jotting down the things you're most grateful for every day or lessons you've learned. Five Minute Journal for the iPhone makes this process easy enough to do on the go. » 10/17/14 4:30am Friday 4:30am

These DIY Laser Dog Goggles Light Up the Night (and Look like a Borg)

It's not going to make your dog walks faster, easier, or more productive, but these DIY laser goggles for your dog will certainly make those late night walks more interesting, and a bit more fun. Plus, your dog looks like a Borg drone, which is just awesome. » 10/16/14 4:30pm Thursday 4:30pm

Should I Upgrade to Mac OS X Yosemite?

Dear Lifehacker,
So Yosemite is coming out today. It looks like it has some great features, but it's still an upgrade, and any upgrade has a chance of going bad. You guys have been using it; what do you think? Is it ready for prime time, or should I wait for the next patch to fix the bugs people will inevitably find? » 10/16/14 11:30am Thursday 11:30am

What's the Best Linux Desktop Environment?

There's no shortage of ways to customize your Linux installation, but one of the biggest is choosing your desktop environment. Some distributions have a preferred one, but you can always change it. Others ask you up front what you'd prefer. This week, we're looking to you Linux users—which do you think is the best? » 10/16/14 5:00am Thursday 5:00am

Most Popular iPhone 6 or 6 Plus Case: Apple Leather Case

If you have a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you have tons of options to keep it safe from drops and falls, bumps and scratches. Last week we asked you for your favorites, then looked at the five best iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases. Over 12,000 votes later, we're back to crown your winner. » 10/15/14 2:15pm Wednesday 2:15pm

The Features That Matter on Your Next Router (and the Ones That Don't)

Shopping for a router used to be as simple as buying the thing everyone said was good. These days, you have to understand a ton of technical terms, from "beamforming" to "MIMO" and "dual band". Some of these are useful, but others are marketing fluff. Let's dive in and separate the useful from the rest. » 10/15/14 8:00am 10/15/14 8:00am

This Video Explains When Carbon Steel Knives are Better than Stainless

Carbon steel knives are popular among chefs and people who love to cook for a number of reasons, but they're also much more expensive than stainless steel. To find out if the performance delta was worth the price, America's Test Kitchen brought some serious science to bear. Here's what they found. » 10/14/14 6:30am 10/14/14 6:30am

Should I Contribute to Crowdfunding Campaigns (Like Kickstarter?)

Dear Lifehacker,
I've seen a lot of Kickstarter campaigns lately that promise great rewards and have awesome ideas. Some of them are already fully funded, others need a little help. Is it safe to give them my money if they're already funded? How can I tell if the end result is going to be as awesome as they promised? » 10/13/14 10:00am 10/13/14 10:00am

Five Best iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases

If you've recently picked up a shiny new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you probably want something to protect it from drops and falls, or scratches and dings. There are tons of cases available, from the super-expensive to the slim and cheap. This week we're looking at five of the best, based on your nominations and votes. » 10/12/14 8:00am 10/12/14 8:00am

How to Build a Personal Career Plan and Get Out of Your Dead End Job

We've all heard it before: "You're lucky to have any job." But just because you have one doesn't mean you have to just slog through a crappy one, or deal with the career you don't want. You may just be looking at your position as "just a job" and you have no idea what kind of career you want. It doesn't have to be… » 10/10/14 5:00pm 10/10/14 5:00pm