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Assess Your Motivations Before Sharing A Celebrity Death On Social Media

Yesterday, the critically lauded singer/songwriter David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69. By now, you’ve doubtlessly seen the news shared on social media more times than you can count. You might have even added a post of your own, complete with a YouTube music video or album cover. In the modern age of Facebook and Twitter, it seems everyone wants to be part of the grieving process. But how many of us are truly devastated fans? Or do we just want to be part of the cultural Zeitgeist?

Most Popular Features And Essays Of 2015

How-Tos and explainers may be our bread and butter at Lifehacker, but occasionally we just have to share a rant, personal story, or exposé. Here were our best features and essays in 2015.

How To Get A Perfect All-Google Experience On The iPhone

Apple makes a great operating system and a solid phone, but some of their apps leave a little to be desired — especially the disaster that is iCloud. I’ve replaced all my usual tools with Google apps, and even on iOS, it’s a remarkably seamless experience.

PCs Vs Consoles: Why I'm A Console Gamer

With the release of every new console, I always have to ask myself: is this the year I return to PC gaming and stop buying consoles? The answer, every time, is a resounding no. Here’s why.

Consoles Vs PCs: Why I'm A PC Gamer

I haven’t bought a console since the original Xbox back in 2001. Why? I already have a gaming machine with better graphics, a better controller and more flexibility… and it didn’t cost much either. I’m talking, of course, about a PC.

Five Reasons Why You Shouldn't Buy A Next-Gen Console (Yet)

In less than a month, the next generation of video game consoles will be upon us. On November 22, the Xbox One will officially launch in Australia, followed by the PlayStation 4 on November 27. Doubtlessly you’ve already spent plenty of time deciding which console is best for you — but have you considered holding off altogether? Here are five reasons why you’re probably better off waiting at least a year.

When It Doesn't Pay To Be Google's Guinea Pig

Besides a killer algorithm and brand-name recognition, Google’s greatest strength is its speed at releasing new products. We get to play with new, cool and ever-improving tools for free. Recently, though, we’ve seen that being unwitting lab subjects can kind of stink.

Stop Paying For Windows Security; Microsoft's Security Tools Are Good Enough

When it comes to keeping your Windows PC secure, all of the scare tactics and overblown virus stories out there make it hard to feel safe online. The fact of the matter is that you don’t need to pay for Windows security.

Digsby Joins The Dark Side, Uses Your PC To Make Money

The popular Digsby instant messenger client not only bundles half a dozen “optional” crapware applications, it’s also using your computer to crawl the web, do stock market research, and more. It’s time to uninstall.

What Works: The Web Way Vs. The Wave Way

Ed. note: Anil Dash is one of the smartest guys we know and a modern-day Nostradamus regarding emerging technology, so when he speaks up, we’re eager to hear his take. Today he’s talking Google Wave and its obstacles to adoption.

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