Crowdfunding campaigns are effective ways for people to help others in need. But news that a couple conspired with a homeless man to create a heartwarming Good Samaritan story to scam people out of money highlights the importance of vetting viral feel-good stories before donating.
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Kickstarter is a dangerous place full of (what appear to be) shiny, shiny toys. How do you know what projects will give you said toys, and how do you know which will end in extreme disappointment? We've dug up an easy list of questions that'll help you decide the viability of any crowdfunding campaign.
There are literally thousands of different protective phone cases, car mounts, mike mounts and arm-bands for today's smartphones. But there are relatively few systems that let you use the same case across different scenarios. Instead of having to extract your phone from its case when you use an arm-band or want to clip your phone to your bike, why can't you simply clip the case to whatever mount you need? That's what Australian-designed Quad Lock does. It's system that lets you use one case with several different mounts.
A ton of fake GoFundMe donation pages were set up for the family of Robert Godwin Sr earlier this week after he was murdered in the US. It's a nasty trick, no doubt, but this isn't the first time scammers have preyed upon sympathetic contributors, and it won't be the last. Here's how to spot the fake campaigns before you throw your money away.
Crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo are a great way to get new inventions off the ground -- but for every success story there are countless far-fetched pipe dreams that crashed and burned. If you're currently sitting on a product idea that you think has mass appeal, it pays to see what the market is currently funding. This infographic counts down the 13 biggest success stories of 2015: from the bee hive "honey tap" to a card game about exploding kittens.
Dear Lifehacker, I've seen a lot of Kickstarter campaigns lately that promise great rewards and have awesome ideas. Some of them are already fully funded, others need a little help. Is it safe to give them my money if they're already funded? How can I tell if the end result is going to be as awesome as they promised?
Multi-tools, such as the screwdriver "pen", are certainly not a new invention, but finding a high-quality one that meets most, if not all, of your needs can prove a challenge. A recent Kickstarter project for the "Tool Pen" could provide you with the piece of kit you need, especially if you find yourself constantly loosening and tightening an array of different nuts and screws.