Create Short Aliases for Frequently Accessed Pages by Telling Chrome…

You can trick Chrome into thinking that any super-long URL is a much shorter one by adding it to the list of "other search engines" in the browser's Preferences pane. One great use for this is to get to frequently-used Google Docs files, like in the image above. » 6/24/11 11:00am 6/24/11 11:00am

How to Automate Your Ego Searches for Ninja-Like Online Awareness

There's no shame in admitting that you occasionally Google yourself; it's worth keeping an eye on what the internet has to say about you. But if you're manually searching your name on Google, revisiting blog posts you've commented on to see if anyone's replied to what you've said, and searching for (non-@)mentions of… » 6/24/11 8:00am 6/24/11 8:00am

Applist.Me Makes Sharing Your Favorite Apps with Friends Easy

Windows/Mac OS X: Applist.me is a free app that scans the iTunes apps folder, creates a list of all your installed apps, and lets you share it with a simple short link. With this app, you don't have to cringe when friends or family get a new iPhone or iPad and ask the inevitable question, "what apps should I get?" You… » 6/24/11 6:00am 6/24/11 6:00am

Want Better Naps? Sleep in a Hammock

A group of Swiss scientists studied the effects of sleep in hammock-like conditions by hooking a dozen people up to EEG units while they fell asleep on gently rocking beds. The end result was basically Science confirming what hammock-enthusiasts have been saying for years—the gentle rocking motion not only puts you to… » 6/24/11 5:30am 6/24/11 5:30am

InterNETmittence Saves Battery Power by Killing Android's Data…

Android: Maintaining a solid data connection eats up a lot of battery power, and turning it off to save juice usually means remembering to toggle it back on again. InterNETmittence is a free app that toggles Android's data connection for you, but also remembers to turn it back on later. » 6/23/11 1:00pm 6/23/11 1:00pm

Upgrade Ordinary Pots to be Self-Watering and Worry-Free

If you don't like sticking shiny bits of glass and plastic in your potting soil, you can upgrade the pot itself to get some self-watering freedom. Just wrap a sponge in some wicking fabric (like a shredded t-shirt) and place it on a bed of rocks at the bottom of your pot. Refill the pot and go about your gardening as… » 6/23/11 6:30am 6/23/11 6:30am

Chrome Canary Now Syncing Hand-Typed URLs

Chrome Sync is already pretty full-featured, but one of the few things that's been missing is its ability to sync URLs that users manually type into the Omnibar. Chrome Canary users can now activate that feature, by heading to their about:flags page and enabling it, then checking the box for "Typed URLs" in the… » 6/23/11 6:00am 6/23/11 6:00am

Hulu Plus Now Available on Some Android Devices, with More to Follow

It's been a few months since Hulu first mentioned their upcoming Android app, but it's finally beginning to show up in the Android Market. At the moment, only six devices are supported, including the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, and Motorola's Droid 2, Droid X, and Atrix. » 6/23/11 4:00am 6/23/11 4:00am

Best Buy Wants in on the Party, Launches "Music Cloud"

Best Buy seems to have just launched a cloud music service. Music Cloud, as it's called, has a free version and a premium version. The free version gives you access to a web player and storage, but the premium version (priced at $3.99/mo) also allows use of apps, which are available on Android, iOS, and Blackberry… » 6/22/11 7:30am 6/22/11 7:30am

Things You May Not Have Known You Can Fly with: Lighters, Over 3oz. of…

The San Francisco Chronicle recently got confirmation from TSA officials that there are more items specifically allowed in carry-on luggage than you might expect. Among them are whips, chains, handcuffs, vibrators, and other personal "toys" that don't exceed certain measurements—in other words, they're OK to go as… » 6/22/11 6:30am 6/22/11 6:30am

Friend Lifehacker on Facebook to Get Nuggets of Usefulness in Your Feed

Sure, your friends might have some interesting things to say throughout the day, but why take chances? Lifehacker's on the big blue social network in the sky, and we're only a Like button away from adding useful nuggets of information to your feed—which could come in handy on those days when nobody's filling it up… » 6/22/11 4:30am 6/22/11 4:30am

Upgrade Your Wallet with an Ultra-Thin USB Flash Drive

While everyone else is rushing to convert their wallets into data, one Instructables user was converting his wallet into data storage. By taking a cheap, $12 ultra-thin USB flash drive dongle and sewing one tiny piece of Velcro, Instructables user "Activist" was able to upgrade his leather wallet into the 21st century. » 6/21/11 6:00am 6/21/11 6:00am

How to Ego Search Online When You've Got a Common Name

Sometimes you just have to know what people are saying about you on the internet. It may not be vain for you to want to know these things, but it can be pretty difficult to satisfy that curiosity. The problem isn't so much a lack of tools, since there's no shortage of search engines, but more an abundance of people… » 6/21/11 4:00am 6/21/11 4:00am

Make Your Own Industrial-Style Clothing Rack

If you've ever been stuck with a closet-less space and tried using a store-bought clothing rack to save space, you know they tend to be as flimsy as they are ugly. Ryan Plett fixed this problem at his place by building his own, out of heavy steel pipes. The whole rig cost him $71 and a few hours of his time, but the… » 6/20/11 6:30am 6/20/11 6:30am