I think the point about reading other sites and sources is good (though it also touches on sexism in the larger industry...I follow a lot of sites that are "female-centric" because they're about doing housework, which is...uncomfortable). Not just from a coverage perspective, but from a general "We could stand to be… » 9/17/14 3:00pm Today 3:00pm

The Best Ways to Use Google's New(ish) My Maps Tool

Yesterday, Google updated its long-forgotten My Maps tool. The service has been masquerading as Maps Engine Lite, but with a new release, a shiny new Android app, and integration with Google Maps proper, it's worth knowing just what all you can do with it. » 9/17/14 10:00am Today 10:00am

Misunderstood Money Math: Why Interest Matters More Than You Think

Interest is quite possibly the most complex bit of math that the average person has to use everyday. Like the Force, it can be used for good, for evil, and it binds the galaxy together. » 9/16/14 2:00pm Yesterday 2:00pm

I think part of the problem is that the subsidy model in the US encourages this (at least on an alternating basis). The end of a contract leads to terminology like "I'm due for an upgrade." Now, I upgrade regularly because my job demands it, but most people don't really need to. But once your two years is up, you now… » 9/15/14 11:04am Monday 11:04am

Yipgo Saves Formatted Text Notes, Appointments, More in the Browser

We like plain text to-do lists around here, but they naturally limit you a bit. Yipgo mitigates this by keeping the text-only interface, but allowing you to designate to-dos, appointments, and more with certain formats. It will then compile all the important stuff into an agenda view for you. » 9/15/14 7:30am Monday 7:30am

I hate to be navel-gazey, but this is exactly how it worked for me. I was a Lifehacker commenter for years and I submitted a guest post or two in the hopes of getting hired on, but I never did. I started writing at a fan-made site called the Noisecast (run by Gizmodo readers) and used that to get a job at RootzWiki.… » 9/12/14 2:33pm Friday 2:33pm

FWIW, Whitson and I have very, very different experiences with online dating (as we've talked about a lot) so I'll throw in my two cents: I spent years (off and on) with sites like OKCupid and now I'm dating a girl I met in person at a convention, no internet required. From a certain perspective, it would seem online… » 9/12/14 8:14am Friday 8:14am

Secrecy Locks Your Files in Encrypted, Password-Protected Vaults

Android: We've talked before about how to protect your sensitive data. If you use an Android phone, Secrecy might be one of the better solutions. Not only does it hide files in password-protected vaults, it encrypts them when not in use. » 9/12/14 6:30am Friday 6:30am