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How to Fix OS X Yosemite Download Problems

How to Fix OS X Yosemite Download Problems

Apple's let the OS X Yosemite beta out into the world, but it's not without its problems. In fact, two quirks are causing issues before you can even download the software. Here's how to fix them.

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Donate Home Improvement Leftovers and More to Habitat for Humanity

Donate Home Improvement Leftovers and More to Habitat for Humanity

There are lots of places to donate clothing and other items to charity, but few will take things like interior doors or sink fixtures. Habitat for Humanity, however, does—and many of their local ReStores will pick your home improvement remnants up for you.

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This Week's Most Popular Posts: July 18th to 25th

This Week's Most Popular Posts: July 18th to 25th

This week we finished up our annual Lifehacker Packs , interviewed Ira Glass about how he works , ran down the best antivirus programs , and hacked our grills . Here's a look back.

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Shake Cereal Boxes Side to Side for More Evenly Distributed Particles

Shake Cereal Boxes Side to Side for More Evenly Distributed Particles

One of the mysteries in life is why, when opening a box of cereal, the biggest pieces are all at the top, while the tinier bits are stuck at the bottom. Mental Floss explains this "Muesli Effect" phenomenon and how a simple box shake can fix it.

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Hotel WiFi Test Ranks Hotels by Wi-Fi Speed and Quality

Hotel WiFi Test Ranks Hotels by Wi-Fi Speed and Quality

For many of us, decent Wi-Fi ranks right up there with location and price when it comes to choosing a hotel. Hotel WiFi Test makes it easy to choose a hotel with quality, fast wireless internet access for guests.

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​MultCloud Ties Together All Your Cloud Storage Services

​MultCloud Ties Together All Your Cloud Storage Services

If you like to take advantage of free space for your files, you no doubt have several cloud storage accounts. MultCloud helps you access and search all of your files in one place so you don't need to sign into several accounts.

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Here's Why You Shouldn't Gamble With Your Oil Change

Here's Why You Shouldn't Gamble With Your Oil Change

To many car lovers, the idea of paying a stranger to change your oil is just wrong. Some people don't have the time or the inclination to pull off the self-serve oil change and they often go to those quickie oil change places. This can lead to horrific results.

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The Biggest Pitfalls of Long-Term Goals (and How to Beat Them)

The Biggest Pitfalls of Long-Term Goals (and How to Beat Them)

If you set your mind to it, you can achieve most short-term goals, like losing weight in a few months. Future targets are much more difficult, like where you see yourself three years down the line. Before you set off on these long-term goals, it's good to know what pitfalls you can expect and mentally prepare for them.

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Deals: Whiteboard for Any Wall, Gaming Mouse Under $20, Nespresso

Deals: Whiteboard for Any Wall, Gaming Mouse Under $20, Nespresso

The compact and excellently-reviewed Nespresso Pixie with included milk frother is down to its lowest price ever by a solid margin today one of the lowest prices we've seen. Deals on this don't tend to last long, so grab yours fast. [Nespresso Pixie with Milk Frother, $194]

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​Stop Overthinking Tipping and Just Put Down 20 Percent

​Stop Overthinking Tipping and Just Put Down 20 Percent

It's one of the eternal questions: How much should you tip? Is 15 percent too little? Should I tip the delivery guy a percentage or a set amount? Budgets are Sexy suggests you just stop thinking about it and give everyone 20 percent, every time.

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​GMD Immersive Adds Distraction-Free Full-Screen Mode To Android Apps

​GMD Immersive Adds Distraction-Free Full-Screen Mode To Android Apps

Android: KitKat introduced full-screen, Immersive mode apps—but only a few apps support the feature. GMD Full Screen Immersive Mode is a free tool hides the status bar and navigation bar in apps so you can better focus on what you're doing.

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To Have Kids or Not to Have Kids: Your Best Arguments

To Have Kids or Not to Have Kids: Your Best Arguments

Most of us have an opinion one way or another about having children (and for those who aren't sure yet, this post may be especially for you). We asked you the reasons behind your choice, and here are some of the best ones we heard.

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Backwards is Forwards, in the Friday Open Thread

Backwards is Forwards, in the Friday Open Thread

Is it that time again? Yes. Yes, it is. Ask (or answer) burning tech queries, share your hacks and recipes and DIYs, or just talk foolishly amongst yourselves on any topic in the hackerverse. Any topic at all.

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Control All Your Laptop's Hardware from the Windows Mobility Center

Control All Your Laptop's Hardware from the Windows Mobility Center

Windows: Your laptop has a ton of hardware with various settings to fiddle with. Some you can access from the task bar, others are buried in the Control Panel. However, most can also be found in the lesser-known Windows Mobility Center.

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Deadspin Keith Olbermann Torches The NFL For Degrading Every Woman Who Watches | Gizmodo Comcast Emp

Deadspin Keith Olbermann Torches The NFL For Degrading Every Woman Who Watches | Gizmodo Comcast Employees Spill How Hellish Life Is on Their End of the Phone | io9 Russia Has Lost Contact With Its Gecko Sex Satellite | Kotaku Crossdressing Ex-Maid Allegedly Torches Building in Attempted Robbery

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A Beginner’s Guide to Opening an IRA

A Beginner’s Guide to Opening an IRA

If you're thinking about saving for retirement, you probably know that an individual retirement account (IRA) is one of your options. But what exactly is an IRA, and is it right for you? Follow our beginner's guide to the IRA to find out.

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Filter Twitter by Number of Retweets for Better Search Results

Filter Twitter by Number of Retweets for Better Search Results

We already know that Twitter search is pretty useful for things beyond sharing your breakfast . However, there are some undocumented search operators that you can use to filter out the junk.

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If You Still Can't Justify a Purchase Three Days Later, Return It

If You Still Can't Justify a Purchase Three Days Later, Return It

We all know what it's like to have buyer's remorse. The moments leading up to a purchase are filled with justifications, biases, and rationalizations. If you're still wrestling with the decision a few days later, though, take whatever it is you bought back.

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This Free MIT Photojournalism Course Helps You Take Meaningful Photos

This Free MIT Photojournalism Course Helps You Take Meaningful Photos

We highlight a number of free online courses in our Lifehacker U series, but this free course from MIT on documentary photography and photojournalism is completely free, open to the public, and will teach you to improve your photography skills, even if you're not trying to catch a scoop.

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Nutrino Offers Personalized Meal Suggestions for Your Health Goals

iOS: Nutrino wants to make it a little easier to build meal plans and make good health decisions based on your personal fitness and nutrition goals. In a way, they want to put a dietitian in your pocket to help you stay motivated, make better choices, and take the stress out of meal planning.

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Survey Reveals Keywords Do Still Matter on Your Resume

Survey Reveals Keywords Do Still Matter on Your Resume

Most of us assume keywords only really matter when it comes to getting your resume past a bot and into human hands . A new survey of over 3 million resumes, all ranked by hiring managers, reveals that keywords are still important to people, too, and leaving them off could cost you an interview.

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The Conveniences You Never Knew You Needed Until You Tried Them

The Conveniences You Never Knew You Needed Until You Tried Them

Some things really do make your life easier, even if you hate to admit it. Sometimes we're stubborn, and don't give something a good look until it falls into our hands, and then we discover it's a huge time saver and wonder where we were without it. Let's build a list of those things, so no one has to suffer again.

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The Big Red Desktop

The Big Red Desktop

Sometimes simple is the best way to go, and while a lot of our desktops have pretty wallpapers and well placed skins, this one takes a simple motif and runs with it. It only displays the most basic information, and that's all DeviantArt user sharmander3 needs. here's how it's all set up.

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iOS: Google updated the Gmail app today with improved integration with Google Drive, making download

iOS: Google updated the Gmail app today with improved integration with Google Drive, making downloading and attaching documents from Drive simpler, as well as new account management options, like changing your profile picture in the app's settings. Grab the update here: Gmail | iOS App Store via iPhone Hacks

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Keep Your Room Cool at Night by Facing Your Fan Out, Not In

Keep Your Room Cool at Night by Facing Your Fan Out, Not In

Running that AC can cost you a pretty penny, but you still need to cool down at night so you can sleep comfortably. Real Simple notes that a fan blowing air out of your room is better than one blowing in.

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