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Improve Your Video And Photo Editing With A Gaming Mouse

Gaming peripherals are great for productivity as well as games — they often come with macro buttons you can program special commands for. Over at DIY Photography, they explain that gaming mice are especially great, since the extra programmable buttons can do in one click what keyboard shortcuts may take several to accomplish.


Ask LH: What's A Good University Laptop?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m just starting my second year of university and my home laptop is too bulky to take with me. I’m on the hunt for a secondary laptop but since I’m a full-time student, I’m on a bit of a budget. I don’t have too many requirements — just that it is smaller, has long battery life, fits at least 2 USB ports and runs relatively smoothly. I’m really struggling to make a decision here. Any suggestions?


Planhacker: The Best No-Contract Deal On Each Mobile Network

Contract phone plans are a bad deal: not only are you stuck with the same phone and network for two years, you often end up with smaller data and call allowances than with a no-contract prepaid or month-by-month deal. We’ve eliminated the also-rans and come up with one firm recommendation for the best value no-contract prepaid deal on each of Australia’s mobile networks.


How Much Data A FaceTime Call Uses

FaceTime’s a great way for iPhone users to make video calls. But have you ever wondered how much data gets eaten up by these electronic tête-à-têtes? The guys from Calling All Geeks ran some numbers and the results may surprise you.


Zoho Showtime Is A Live Web Presentation Tool For Slideshows, Including PowerPoint

If you do a lot of public speaking or presentations in front of people, Zoho Showtime could make your life (and job) easier. Showtime makes it easy to take questions from your audience, let them save slides or go back to see previous ones, and you can control the presentation from your phone.


Learn A New Skill Faster By Subtly Tweaking Your Practice Sessions

Practicing a lot doesn’t necessarily make you better at learning a new skill. Scientists at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have found that one key to mastering a skill quickly is to slightly change how you practice the skill.


What Makes A 'Superboss'?

How your boss manages you can have a lasting impact on what kind of worker you become in the future and affect the way you deal with your subordinates if you do end up in a management role. We take a look the qualities that a “superboss” would possess based on the experiences of a software industry veteran.


Talkey Generates Smart Replies To Text Messages, Sends Them With One Tap

Android/Android Wear: Talkey analyses your incoming text messages and intelligently generates plain-language responses appropriate for the message. It’s ideal for when you’re busy and don’t have time to type a long message, and it even works with a tap from your Android smartwatch, if you have one.


Briefly: Best Beauty Bloggers, 50% Off Domino's Pizza, RIP Bugs Bunny

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: Top scientists condemn CSIRO job cuts, the top Asian beauty bloggers, Bugs Bunny voice actor dies.


Swipe To Shut Down A Windows Touchscreen PC With This Shortcut

Have a Windows touchscreen laptop or tablet and want to control it more with taps and swipes? Here’s a “slide to shutdown” shortcut for you.


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