Productivity

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Android: Setting up a new Android phone means you'll be spending more than a few minutes in the Google Play Store, downloading apps. It also means you'll be dealing with more than a few annoying pop-ups in the form of notifications from all these new apps. It's easy to deal with the overwhelming amount of vibrations, dings and dots if you know what to turn on (and off).

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Android: Whether they're front and centre or lurking behind the scenes, nearly every app is taking a nibble (or a huge bite) out of your mobile data. You could comb through your phone's stats and see which app is using the bulk of your data plan, or you could install Datally, Google's new data management app. It's able to see how much data your phone is using to stay connected, and alert you to apps that consume more than the amount with which you're comfortable, granting you the ability to cut their access off with a single tap.

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There is not shortage of free mobile and desktop applications available on the internet. Unfortunately, most of them are either rubbish or trick you into parting with your cash via in-app purchases. But if you take the time to sort the wheat from the chaff, you'll find plenty of excellent apps that truly are free.

We're thankful every day for all the free apps out there that improve our lives (and the developers that make them!). Here are 50 our favourites.

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Websites go down from time to time. Fortunately, if you just need to access a page you've visited previously to grab some details, you don't have to worry about getting a 404, thanks to Chrome's cache, which Google has made more accessible than ever.

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This past month I participated in National Novel Writing Month (also known as "NaNoWriMo"). It was fun, exhausting, stressful and, at times, miserable. But it was also one of the greatest lessons I've ever learned regarding time management and creativity.

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Even the busiest worker suffers from poor motivation every once in a while. Maybe it's been too long since your last holiday or maybe that work project you poured your heart and soul into failed miserably. Whatever the reason, you need to buck up before it starts affecting your professional reputation. This infographic explains 10 tried-and-tested methods that will help you to stay motivated.

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The early birds will inherit the earth. At least that’s what a 2009 University of Leipzig study found. The researchers concluded that “morning people were more proactive than evening types.”

But being an effective early riser isn’t just about waking up before everyone else. It’s about putting yourself in a positive mindset and getting important things done before everyone else.

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Anyone using an iPhone might think it's difficult to switch to an Android device. But Google's latest smartphone, the Pixel 2, alleviates the anxiety of switching by taking care of all the annoying parts, such as copying your photos or contacts. You'll need to change some settings before you can transfer from one operating system to the next, but the entire process is a lot less stressful than importing and exporting data you might have trouble properly identifying or moving (everyone hates VCF files).

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Google isn't the only company creating useful apps for the web. There are plenty of great online resources not made in Mountain view, provided you know where to look. Here are 12 of our favourite online apps and websites that are worth collecting in your browser's bookmarks, ready to go at a moment's notice, to convert files, enhance photos, make GIFs, pick colours, transfer documents and more besides.

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In this episode we talk to Mira Jacob, author of the novel The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing, about how her novel took her 10 years to write, and what she learned in the process. We also hear from Lifehacker staff writers Nick Douglas, Patrick Allen and Beth Skwarecki about National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo), wherein writers pledge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Beth has completed NaNoWriMo 10 times; Patrick is trying it this year for the first time. Nick investigates why anyone would do such a thing.

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There are maybe 10 things in the world that deserve the title "best-kept secret", and one of them is comedian Nicole Drespel. A legendary improv coach and teacher at the Upright Citizens Brigade, Nicole has appeared in Broad City and 30 Rock, and written for The Chris Gethard Show on TruTV and Wet Hot American Summer on Netflix. She currently hosts the podcast InBox, where she and co-host Matt Stroup dig through their guests' email and chats.

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Android: The latest version of Android, Oreo, was released in August, and brought with it a host of new features that made Android more user-friendly. It also bundled services that made it easier for hardware manufacturers to update their own device's software. Unfortunately, buying a brand new phone today doesn't guarantee you'll get access to the latest operating system, and could result in you being stuck with last year's version of Android for quite some time.

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We knew it was coming, but today, US FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced his plan to gut net neutrality and hand over control of the internet to service providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon (which also happens to be Pai's former employer). This could have global implications, even affecting Australians.

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A single morning commute is enough time to gather a thousand seething resentments. People shove you, they litter, they smoke while blocking the footpath. By the time you show up at the office, you might be in full Rorschach-from-Watchmen mode. Instead, fill yourself with the cleansing fire of a kind act.