Why It's Better To Fail As Quickly As Possible

Most of us don’t like to admit when we’ve failed, so we tend to put it off for as long as possible. Google X’s Rapid Evaluation head Rich DeVaul explains why this costs money and time, and how it ultimately hinders progress.


How To Limit Gmail's Personalised Ads

Google’s algorithms have always scanned Gmail messages to display personalised advertisements, but a recent update to the terms of service has everyone talking about it again. You can’t stop scanning altogether, but if you want to limit what kinds of ads you see — and even get rid of some — you can do so with a few tweaks.


Make Your iPhone Automatically Dial Someone's Extension

We don’t remember phone numbers too often nowadays because our smartphones remember them for us. But what about when you need to dial an extension, too? Rather than write it down in a note, Yahoo! Tech reveals a simple way to make your iPhone do the work for you.


Do Not Disturb Disables An Assortment Of Annoyances Around The Web

Chrome: Ad blockers are popular, but they don’t cover everything. Do Not Disturb ups the ante by blocking content widgets, data miners and a bunch of other things that might annoy you.


GoogolPlex Adds Tons Of Commands To Siri, No Jailbreak Required

Siri seems to get new powers all the time, but it’s still not useful unless you’re really hooked into Apple’s apps. If you want to add some new commands and don’t mind a slow response time, GoogolPlex is a clever little hack that let you control all sorts of things from Spotify to a Nest thermostat.


Facebook Introduces Opt-In 'Nearby Friends' Feature

Today Facebook began rolling out a new feature called Nearby Friends. It does exactly what it sounds like: tells you when your friends are nearby so you can get in touch with them.


Outlook.com Can Now Import Mail From Other IMAP Mail Services

If you’re a fan of Outlook.com but still use a few other accounts for mail — like Gmail or Yahoo — you can import your mail and manage it from Outlook.com’s awesome interface.


Hide Read Receipts In WhatsApp To Keep Your Messaging Habits Private

Like a lot of text messaging clients, WhatsApp shows when a recipient views a text. That can be annoying and intrusive. If you want to disable those last seen messages, there’s an easy way to do it.


Briefly: LEGO PS4/Hobbit Hybrid, Science's Enduring Mysteries, The Perfect Male And Female Body

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: Aussie creates a customised PlayStation 4/Hobbit diorama out of LEGO bricks, 10 amazing discoveries that remain unexplained by science, the perfect male and female body — according to both genders.


Extreme Commuting: I Am An Extreme Moron

I’m a planner. I plan stuff in ridiculous detail. And yet despite having mapped out every element of my trips for this week’s Victorian extreme commuting experiment, I foolishly forgot to fully check one of the most obvious factors: trackwork.