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How To Stop People Hacking Your Webcam

There are concerns that thousands of private webcams around the world could be streaming live images to anybody who wishes to view them — without their owner knowing — thanks to a Russian website providing a convenient list of every camera that can be accessed.


Forge Your Own Mini-Sword With A Hammer, Nails And A Blowtorch

Imagine a sword. Now think of words that match with that image. Sharp. Steel. Cutting. S-words for $400. None of those are “adorable”, “cute” or “dainty”. But one look at this tiny blade, smithed by the person (or persons) behind Inspire To Make, and you’ll be hunting around for your own miniature tools to forge your own.


Android Studio Hits Version 1.0, Now Has A Release Candidate

Android Studio has been in beta since its 0.1.0 release back in May 2013. As of October this year, it’s reached the lofty version number of 0.8.14 and while that’s the official build, if you poke a little further you’ll discover that a release candidate for v1.0 is now available for curious Android developers.


Veghacker: My Dreams Seem More Intense Without Meat

One of the main reasons I’m not eating meat for a month is to see what difference it makes to my physical state — will I feel “healthier”? Will I lose weight? Something I didn’t anticipate what was that my dreams would become much more intense.


What Can You Claim When Airlines Lose Your Baggage?

If you get on a plane and your baggage ends up being delayed, damaged or lost, who’s responsible: you or the airline? And what rules apply when you’re flying between different countries — even if you don’t have travel insurance?


Chrome's Nasty GPU Memory Leak, And How To Replicate It

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Chrome’s signed distance field setting for fonts and how it seemed to be the cause of a memory blowout in the browser’s GPU process. Unfortunately, the issue was not related to the SDF feature and in fact is a known bug that was introduce a few versions ago.


The Nexus 6's Performance Crippled By A Feature You Can't Disable

It’s not an unreasonable expectation that a new phone should be faster than its predecessor and in the case of the Nexus 6, it’s definitely a more powerful device than the Nexus 5. Unfortunately, a decision by Google with Android 5.0, also known as “Lollipop”, the gadget isn’t running anywhere near as quickly as it should, according to tech review site Anandtech.


Dick Smith Super Weekend Sale!

Fancy a giant 50-inch Sony LED Smart TV for Christmas — on sale for this weekend only: just $799 (you save $400!). Other Super Weekend deals include 15% off HP Laptops over $500, and a massive up to 45% off Swann DIY home security camera kits. Take a look.


Video Briefly: Squirrel Burglar, Dragon Age Nooky, Iceberg Collapse

Brief video items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: Squirrel nabs GoPro camera, Dragon Age Inquisition gets frisky, TV wall mounting explained.


Freebie Friday! 100% Free Apps For iOS, Android And Windows Phone

At the end of each week, we bring you a list of the latest free mobile games for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone. Deals this week include Angry Birds Seasons, Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals and Things for iPad. Download them all without spending a cent!