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Why We Have To Learn To Live With Uncertainty

Experiments dating back to the 1960s show people have less of a reaction to viewing an unpleasant image or experiencing an electric shock when they know it’s coming than when they’re not expecting it. That’s because uncertainty, a long-known cause of anxiety, makes it difficult to prepare for events or to control them.


Perfect Your 'Splash' Photography With An Arduino

Fancy electronics can make taking great photos easier, but no all of us have the cash to purchase everything we need. However, if you have some time on your hands and a knack for building, you can master “splash” shots, like the one above, with a DIY rig comprised of wood, a solenoid and an Arduino Uno.


Everything You Should Know About Baking Ingredients

There’s nothing wrong with strictly following a recipe when it comes to baking, but if you want to experiment with quantities you can quickly transform a delicious treat into a food disaster. Understanding how different ingredients (and amounts), such as milk, butter and baking powder influence the process can be extremely helpful.


Tech Deals: 50% Off Selected Swann Security, Buy One Get One Free Acer Windows Tablet And More!

There are some incredible tech savings to talk about this week — from home security systems at 50 per cent off, to buy one get one free tablets and and the ultimate party sound system — there’s something for everyone, or everything for someone.


Get Yourself A $29 Google Chromecast From Dick Smith

Chromecast was already a decent buy at its recommended price, but if you can get it at a discount, the deal gets even sweeter. If you’re willing to go through a few hoops, you can pick up Google’s streaming dongle for a mere $29.05 from Dick Smith.


Windows 8 And 10: Quickly See Which Apps Are Slowing Down Startup

Task Manager can’t replace dedicated tools such as Process Manager, but the application has seen incremental improvements with each major Windows update. In 8 and 10, it even includes a new tab, called “Startup”, that lets you see which applications are slowing down the boot process.


Free Games Friday: Hero Sky Epic Guild Wars, Polyform, Agent RX

The weekend’s almost here, so you have time to relax and check out a free game (or three) on your smartphone. Here are the highlights from the last week.


Video Briefly: Apple Vs Spotify, Steampunk Lamp, Best Of Top Gear

Brief video items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: The Top 10 episodes of Top Gear, amazing solar eclicpse compilation, CSIRO RV Investigator.


The Basic Recipe For Machine Learning Explained In A Single PowerPoint Slide

Deep structured learning is one of computer science’s most intriguing disciplines. Essentially, it involves the creation of computer systems that can make reasoned decisions based on prior experience with learning data sets — in short, a computer that can “think” for itself. But how do you build a machine learning system that actually works? This PowerPoint presentation attempts to map out the entire process in a single slide.


Free Apps Friday: Golden Bricks, The Cleaner, SkySafari 4

Are you looking to make your smartphone or tablet more useful? Each week, we collect the latest productivity apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone; all of which are 100 per cent free! Here are this week’s highlights.