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Why People Believe Conspiracy Theories

Why are conspiracy theories so prevalent, and how do they intersect with other phenomena such as climate change denial? Stephan Lewandowsky, chair of cognitive psychology at the University of Bristol, answered questions on the topic posed by the public on Reddit. The Conversation has curated the highlights.


Chrome Remote Desktop Arrives On Android

Android: Google has finally released an Android counterpart to its Chrome-based remote desktop application. Install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension for Chrome and now you can log in to your computer remotely from Android.


ZenPen Is A Distraction-Free Online Writing Zone

There are a lot of useful distraction-free writing tools out there. If you’d rather not download an app, ZenPen is a wonderful web-based alternative with a simple design and minimal clutter.


Why The Hardest Tasks Matter The Most

Life hacking is all about doing things easier, but it’s important to remember that not everything is easy. There aren’t many “get rich quick” schemes in life — whether you’re talking about money, productivity, relationships or something else. Sometimes, the hardest tasks are the ones that matter the most.


Blue Mail Snoozes Emails For Later, Turns Them Into A Task List

Android: If you like to look at your email as if it were a to-do list, then Blue Mail is designed with you in mind. It lets you snooze mails for later so they act as reminders, and you can even turn your inbox into a task list and mark each message as “done”.


Why Office 365 Home Is A Better Buy Than Office 365 Personal

Having announced it last month, Microsoft’s cut-price edition of its Office 365 subscription suite, Office 365 Personal, went on sale yesterday. While it might be tempting to save $40 by purchasing the Personal edition, we think that’s a mistake and you’d be better off with the Home edition. This is why.


Gmail Makes It Easier To Insert Phone Photo Uploads

Want to include a recent photo in that email you’re sending from the Gmail web client? That process has become a little easier, with Google adding a new ‘Insert photo’ button that accesses the photos most recently uploaded from your phone.


Stop Telling Yourself You're Too Busy

Ever feel like you’re overwhelmingly busy? Of course you have. But chances are you might not be as busy as you think — and knowing this simple fact can reduce a lot of stress.


Add A Spreadsheet Style 'Sum' Menu To Any App With This System Service

Mac: The “Sum” function in spreadsheets is useful, but we don’t all make our lists in Excel. Fortunately, Coder Brett Terpstra has built an OS X System Service that allows you to total up any set of numbers in any document.


Use Wikipedia's Mobile Site For Easier Split-Screen Research

Being redirected to a mobile version of a website on the desktop can be obnoxious. However, as reddit user Holy_Jay points out, Wikipedia’s mobile site makes split-screen reading on the desktop much nicer.