gadgets

Give Your Glossy Tech A Brushed Finish With Stripping Pads

If you hate the look of glossy plastic (or if your gadgets have just gotten scratched and marked beyond recognition), you can give it a better looking “brushed” finish. All you need to do is sand it down with some stripping pads.


Google Nexus Player Goes On Sale In Australia Next Week

Google announced the Nexus Player, which runs Android TV, a big-screen friendly version of Android, last October — but it was a US-only release at the time. From next week, you’ll be able to officially buy it in Australia.


How To Properly Set Yourself Up For A Technology Cleanse

Every once in a while it’s good to take pause and evaluate how you use technology in your everyday life. One way of doing so is to do a ” technology cleanse”: get off the grid, if only for a little while, and see how it affects you. But you shouldn’t just quit cold turkey; here’s how to prepare for your digital detox.


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.