Music affects our brains in all kinds of wonderful ways. Upbeat music is great for working out and classical music can help you focus, but even sad music has its perks. Here's why we love listening to sorrowful songs and why they deserve to be on your playlists.
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The warm weather in the northern hemisphere means the start of US music festival season, where all of your favourite bands play their hits for throngs of revellers. If you don't want to spend a fortune on airfares or can't stand the crowds, there are alternatives. Here's how to bring a little of that experience home so you can enjoy it from the comfort of your couch.
Around a month ago, Google finally released the Chromecast SDK . What this meant for us is that shiny new Chromecast apps would be coming down the pipe. And pipes they most certainly have come down! Here are some of the best (and most essential) apps for your Chromecast.
Network latency is a major concern for many cloud-based apps, and that problem doesn't just apply to productivity tools. Challenges with latency have led to a major design change in the Xbox One version of the SmartGlass mobile companion application.
Hi LH. I recently received an email from my ISP on behalf of ip-echelon.com with the subject: 'Unauthorized Distribution of the Copyrighted Motion Picture', claiming I'd been responsible for an illicit download. I live in a share house of four, with the internet in my name. The date of this alleged incident happened on a week when I was away interstate.
The best thing about owning a media centre is that you're in control and can watch whatever you want at a time that suits you. Unfortunately, you also end up with the hassle of troubleshooting your system when plug-ins break, files won't play, and nothing seems to work properly. Here's how to take an home theatre PC (HTPC) that's driving you crazy and whip it back into shape so you can enjoy the show.
It might be iPhone 5 release day, but not every game developer wants to build for Apple's small screens and restrictive rules. If you're a budding game mogul, how can you choose the right platform, and how can you ensure your game actually gets noticed?
There's so many "new" media options out there — YouTube, blogs, podcasting, torrents — that it would be a brave soul who tried to calculate what the "new media" industry is worth. But the Boston Consulting Group has had a bash, calculating that Australians get $24 billion of "value" from new media, over and above what they actually pay for it.
A month ago, we reported on how in-flight entertainment on some Qantas planes is now ludicrously up-to-date. I'm pleased to report that the title list is continuing to be updated, with The Descendants, My Week With Marilyn, The Arist and many others all in evidence on a flight I took yesterday.
Your phone is already the centre of your digital life, handling everything from calls to games to email to entertainment. Let's take your phone and all of the media you have on it to the next level, by turning it into a jukebox full of music, movies, and photos that you can play on almost any TV, stereo system, computer or other device you may come across, whether you're moving from the living room to your bedroom or your house to a friend's place. The technology is already built into your phone and the gear you have at home; all you need to do is unlock it. Here's how.
Our recent competition to win a Belkin ScreenCast AV4 attracted lots of entries, and saw plenty of readers sharing horror stories of the cabling nightmares in their lounge rooms. It was a difficult task but we've picked the winners.
Belkin's ScreenCast AV 4 eliminates cable hassle by letting you stream AV from up to four devices in your home, giving you high-def entertainment without cable hasle. Lifehacker has four to give away. Want to win one? Read on to find out how.
Over at our sibling games site Kotaku, Mark has written an excellent analysis of why SOPA (and similar legislation) is pointless and how movie companies should concentrate on making it easier to buy their products online. Definitely worth a read.
The Microsoft Kinect is a great gaming accessory for motion and exercise games, but if you have a small living room or apartment, it can be pretty tough to use. One easy way to put some distance between you and the lens so your Kinect sees you more easily is to mount it on the ceiling or in another high place over the television, instead of right on top or below.