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The Difference Between Antivirus and Anti-Malware

Antivirus is a confusing matter: it’s called antivirus, but there are tons of other types of malware out there. So…do those programs also scan for spyware, adware, and other threats? Here’s how to make heads or tails of it all, and which tools you can trust to keep your PC clean.Read more…    

How I Turned My iPhone Into a Simple, Distraction-Free Device

When people see my iPhone they’re like, “My God, man, do you have some kind of crazy phone virus?” It’s got no web browser. No email. No Twitter, no Instagram, no Facebook.Read more…    

Comment Cards, VLC Videos, and SSD Space Wasters

Readers offer their best tips for filling out comment cards at restaurants, playing video streams in VLC, and cleaning up a full SSD.Read more…    

TODAY

How To Keep Travel From Wrecking Your Body

It goes without saying that modern methods of travel—planes, trains, and automobiles—are a hell of a lot better than ye olde horse and buggy days, but convenience has a cost. Many hours of remaining sedentary exact a serious tax on your body. While nothing you do can make a long trip a zero-impact affair, there are some things you can do to mitigate the stresses you put on your physique. Read more
SwiftKey Adds Cloud Sync for Your Dictionaries, Is On Sale for 50% Off

Android: SwiftKey, your favorite Android keyboard, added a new feature today called SwiftKey Cloud that backs up your language profile so you can access it on other devices. It’s also on sale for $1.99.Read more…    
Is using a baking steel better than using stone or ceramics?

Great discussions are par for the course here on Lifehacker. Each day, we highlight a discussion that is particularly helpful or insightful, along with other great discussions and reader questions you may have missed. Check out these discussions and add your own thoughts to make them even more wonderful!Read more…    
Tempo Smart Calendar Adds Contexual Information With Company Cards

iOS: Today, previously mentioned Tempo Smart Calendar released an update that brings Company Cards. These cards provide contextual information about the company you’re dealing with.Read more…    

YESTERDAY

The Five Mistakes That Can Ruin Any Handshake

At the forty or so seminars I give yearly, I always ask the same question: “Who here has ever received a bad handshake?” Invariably everyone raises their hands—no surprise there. Perhaps you’ve wondered, as I have, “How can so many people get something so simple as a handshake wrong?” What’s even more startling is how long we remember those bad handshakes.Read more…    
Give Your Desktop the Need for Speed with These Wallpapers

You can start to feel a little stationary when sitting at a computer all day, but some fast-paced images can move you right along. Set your desktop to some speedy wallpapers and race to your next task.Read more…    
Chrome’s Experimental Search UI Ditches the Text Box, Adds An App Menu

Chrome: If you use Chrome, you probably haven’t touched an actual search box in a while, instead using the Omnibox. With Chrome 29, you can try a new search interface that gets rid of it altogether.Read more…    
Hacker Challenge: Hack Your Back Yard

Welcome to our next Hacker Challenge! Each week, we issue a new challenge. You get until Sunday to prepare your submission and send it to us. That gives you a few days to think about it and a whole weekend to work it up. Our editors pick the best submissions and our favorite will be featured right here on Lifehacker!Read more…    
I’m Hoa V. Dinh, and This Is the Story Behind Sparrow

We love Sparrow. With its clean interface and seamless integration with Gmail, it’s our favorite email client for both Mac and iPhone. The Sparrow team (who was recently acquired by Google) managed to build something that’s incredibly useful and a pleasure to interact with. How did they do it, and what were the challenges along the way? We caught up with Sparrow’s co-founder and CTO Hoa V. Dinh to
Netflix’s Introduces “My List” to Replace Instant Queue

Today, Netflix introduced a new feature that replaces the old, clunky Instant Queue called My List. Instead of hiding behind a menu, your saved shows will appear right alongside whatever you’re browsing for.Read more…    
The NSA Can Reach 75% of All US Internet Traffic

The WSJ is reporting that the NSA can actually reach and spy on more of the Internet than they’ve publicly said. In fact, it looks like the NSA can reach roughly 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic. And yes, the NSA can read your e-mails too.Read more…    
Do You Check In on Social Networks?

Call it a privacy risk. Call it a fun way to keep up with friends, a clever way for businesses to offer you deals, or an automated way to journal your own activities. Checking in your location on social networks can be all these things. Do you do it?Read more…    
Google Keep Adds Reminders So You’ll Never Forget to Act on Your Notes

Google’s underrated note-taking app, Keep, just got a lot better. Now you can add time- or location-based reminders to your notes.Read more…    
Microsoft is simplifying the way users managing multiple aliases on Microsoft accounts today, stream

Microsoft is simplifying the way users managing multiple aliases on Microsoft accounts today, streamlining how users add, remove, and manage aliases across their different services. Read more here.Read more…    
SmartBreak Tells You When to Take a Break Based on How You Use Your PC

Windows: Most programs that encourage you to take healthy breaks do so at timed intervals (e.g., every 20 minutes). SmartBreak is a more intelligent utility that adjusts break times according to your computer usage.Read more…    
IFTTT’s Twitter Triggers Are Back for Twitter-Based Automation

IFTTT, the awesome webapp automation service we love so much, just brought back it’s formerly-discontinued Twitter triggers. Now you can use Twitter to automate all your favorite web services. Check out IFTTT’s blog post for more info.Read more…    
How Can I Determine the Real Value of My Car?

Dear Lifehacker,I’m not exactly a savvy sales person, but I need to sell my car. I know how much I paid for it and how long I’ve had it, but I don’t know how to translate that into a sticker price. How can I figure out how much my car is worth?Read more…    
Get Rid of Private Mortgage Insurance by Making Home Improvements

You don’t have to refinance or wait until you’ve made enough mortgage payments to get rid of private mortgage insurance (PMI). Upgrades that improve the value of your home can help you save the substantial amount of money going towards PMI.Read more…    
Roll Your Own Dropbox Clone with a Raspberry Pi and BitTorrent Sync

Want to keep your files in sync but not have them stored on somebody else’s server? If you have a Raspberry Pi, you can create your own Dropbox-like solution using the free BitTorrent Sync utility.Read more…    
Try Out Lifehacker’s New Text Annotation

Heads up, Lifehacker readers and commenters: We’ve got an awesome new feature we’re testing out called text annotation.Read more…    
Make the Ultimate Pizza at Home with a $5 DIY Brick Oven

Pizza stones (or, alternatively, unglazed ceramic tiles) give pizzas, breads, and much more a marvelous crust. Use two layers of pizza stones or tiles and you can turn your oven into a brick oven of sorts.Read more…    
How You Work

Over the past year, we’ve chatted with lots of productivity heroes about their habits, workspaces, inspirations, and more in our How I Work series. Now, we want to hear from you! Read more…    
System Lens Shows You What’s Eating Your Mac’s Battery

OS X: Got an app or two running down your battery? Never really sure what it is? System Lens pays attention to active processes and how much they utilize the CPU. It warns you of the greedy ones so you can keep an eye on what’s killing your battery.Read more…    
Chronos Shows You How You’re Spending Your Precious, Limited Time

iOS/Android: If you run out of hours in the day wishing you could make time for more important things, Chronos can tell you how much time you spend at work, home, the gym, in traffic or transit, and so on. It compiles all of the data into useful reports so you can see exactly where the hours go.Read more…    
Start and End a Conversation with Someone’s Name to Memorize It

If you have trouble remembering names (like I do sometimes), a great way to help yourself remember is to start and end your first few conversations (especially your first one) with a person’s name. It helps cement it in your mind and attach their name to their face so you’ll have an easier time remembering later.Read more…    
Instantly See Which Side of Your Car the Gas Tank Is On

You probably know where the gas tank is on your car, but if you rent a car, share one with your family, or get a new one, you probably forget. Here’s an easy way to always know where the gas tank is.Read more…