How to Get Better Quality Out of Your Video Chats

So you’re all excited to hop on a video chat with grandma, but the quality is less than desirable. The video is choppy, the audio echoes and cuts out, and you can barely see the person on the other end. Before you flip that table, here are a few things you can tweak to make sure you’re getting the best quality… »7/25/15 9:40am7/25/15 9:40am

Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing?

Dear Lifehacker,
Is it possible for someone to actually be addicted to the Internet? I mean, we all love our phones, and maybe I check mine whenever it buzzes, but is that the same as being addicted to alcohol or drugs? I've heard of people being so addicted to video games that they forgot to eat or feed their kid.… »3/25/15 1:15pm3/25/15 1:15pm

All the Tech We've Used to Intercept Every Kind Of Communication

Spy cameras are probably the most axiomatic gadgets when we talk about intelligence-gathering techniques. But intercepting and decoding messages is just as important as taking pictures. Here's a look at all the devices spies have used to tap into voice, mail, phone, radio, morse, electronic messages, and other signals. »2/13/15 3:00pm2/13/15 3:00pm

Don't Quit the Social Networks You Hate. Bend Them to Your Will

We get it: No one likes Facebook. Twitter is full of trolls. Social networks can be a pain, but they're also great ways to stay in touch with friends and talk to new people. Even so, every few weeks we hear from someone who wants to just "quit" Facebook altogether. Here's why that's a silly idea, and what you can do… »2/04/15 12:26pm2/04/15 12:26pm

The importance of physical contact captured in a beautiful video

Spanish filmmaker Francisco Montoro shows in this beautiful video that communication goes beyond words. Nowadays, thanks to the Internet, we can connect with each other in many ways, but we are certainly missing the most important one. The one that creates the strongest bonds: Physical contact. »10/02/14 12:30am10/02/14 12:30am

Amazing 1960s Predictions About Satellites, Email, and the Internet

It's hard for many of us living here in the early 21st century to imagine a world without satellites. Well, in fairness, we don't really think about satellites at all. Much like electricity or tap water, we only remember how vital they are when they stop working. Our GPS devices, smartphones, and modern military… »8/25/14 5:22pm8/25/14 5:22pm

How Mad Men-Era Americans Imagined the World Would Look In 1970

The AMC show Mad Men is in its final season, with its mid-season finale (yeah, I don't know what that means exactly either) airing this past Sunday. The show started with 1960 as its backdrop, and we now see characters in the world of 1969. A lot changed in that decade and, of course, it's a fictional representation… »5/27/14 6:21pm5/27/14 6:21pm

It Takes Longer To Compose Texts That Have A Lie In Them

Most people lie. Whether it's once and a while or daily, everyone has to do their thing and sometimes lying seems like the best way to make it all work. But liars have tells, which can be just as important in life as in poker. And a new study suggests that people take longer to respond to texts when they're cooking up… »9/08/13 9:19am9/08/13 9:19am

This Depression-Era Carphone Was Way Ahead of Its Time

Today if your car breaks down or you're in an accident, help is little more than a phone call away. It's something that many drivers of the 21st century take for granted, what with our Space Age smartphone technology. This automotive safety net, of course, wasn't available in the 1930s. But one visionary who was… »8/13/13 12:40pm8/13/13 12:40pm

How To Send a Photo Around the World (in 1926)

Today, we take for granted the ability to send photos halfway around the world in an instant. (Which is probably why that popular smartphone photograph service is called Instant-Gram™.) But a century ago, getting a photograph across an ocean was a much more involved process than simply snapping a mirror selfie and… »7/01/13 1:14pm7/01/13 1:14pm