gadgets

Activity Trackers Compared: Most Suck At Tracking Your Sleep

Your fitness tracker may claim to measure your sleep, but how accurate is it? To find out, sleep specialist Dr Christopher Winter tested several popular trackers in a one-night sleep study in his lab.


Charge Your Phone In Half The Time: Quick Chargers Explained

If you bought a phone in the last year, it might have included some kind of quick charger. Here’s how they work to charge your phone in half the time of a typical charger.


Remember To Set Up Your Gadgets With Energy-Saving Features Turned On

There are a lot of ways to save energy, but some of the easiest ones are right in your electronics’ settings. When you buy new gadgets, remember to set them to save energy when you first configure them.


The Limefuel Rugged Keeps Your Gear Charged, Can Take A Beating

Battery packs are easy to come by, but it’s more difficult to find a battery pack that will keep your gear charged, charge it completely if it’s low on battery, and still be sturdy and well-built enough to go with you anywhere. The Limefuel Rugged fits the bill perfectly. Here’s why.


Ask LH: What's A Good MP3 Player For My Car?

Hi Lifehacker, I am after an MP3 player that will be used mostly to play music and podcasts in the car. What would be the best sort of MP3 player for this sort of task, both in value and features?


The CIA Escape And Evasion Survival Bag

CIA agents need to be prepared for everything, and sometimes that means surviving on limited resources. Their survival kit is tiny, but it includes everything needed to get out of town and live for a while.


The Most Useful Space-Saving Geek Tools

You can’t always have a bag with you — and sometimes, you just don’t want to. But that doesn’t mean you need to leave your gadgets and tools behind. There are ways to fit your geek essentials in your pockets. Here are some of our favourites.


The Kano Kit Teaches Kids To Build Computers And Learn To Code

You have a lot of options for excellent little starter kits for electronics of all kinds. But if you’re looking to teach a kid about programming, the Kano Kit is a fantastic new option.


The Skills We've Lost To Technology (And How To Get Them Back)

Technology usually makes our lives easier. It also makes it so we don’t have to practise a few basic skills. After years of smartphone use, many of us can’t even remember a phone number. Here’s how to get the skills that matter back.


How To Ditch Carbs With A Spiralizer

The spiralizer is the latest gadget taking healthy kitchens by storm — it turns vegetables such as zucchini, carrot and sweet potato into noodles, tagliatelli and even “risotto” rice. If you’re doing low-carb, gluten-free, raw or paleo, or just hate vegetables, it could be the device for you. Here’s how you can replicate grain-based pasta and rice with a fraction of the carbs and calories.