How to Save Water (And Not Get Fined) In This Drought

Sprinkling scofflaws in the drought-stricken state of California are about to get an expensive wake up call. As water consumption rates climb despite Governor Brown's call for a voluntary 20 percent per household reduction, the State Water Board has voted to impose fines up to $500 for a variety of wasteful outdoor… » 7/19/14 12:00pm 7/19/14 12:00pm

How to Get the Best Sleep of Your Life on an Airplane

Navigating your way through clueless tourists, grabby TSA guards, and disinterested ticket counter clerks is only half the battle. Once you make it to your seat, you've still got an entire flight to endure. Your best airplane strategy is almost always to sleep through the entire ordeal, but how does one sleep… » 7/12/14 12:00pm 7/12/14 12:00pm

15 Dead Simple IFTTT Recipes That Will Make Your Life Way Easier

IFTTT—If This Then That—is an automator that links different internet connected services (think: Gmail) and devices (think: your smartphone). After turning on each service, or channel, you can use it as a trigger for another service, or vice versa. It may sound complicated, but it's actually a nice, intuitive way to… » 7/10/14 3:20pm 7/10/14 3:20pm

How To Recover Old Versions and Deleted Files in Dropbox

Dropbox offers an excellent way of syncing files across computers and devices, sharing files with others and automatically backing up your photos. The more you dig into the app, the more features you uncover, and one tool you might not know about is the ability to recover deleted files. » 6/30/14 9:40am 6/30/14 9:40am

How to Turn Your Mobile Device into a Universal Translator

Whether you're traveling to Tanzania, Taiwan, or Tokyo, you're likely going to run into situations where English is not the primary language. But rather than blow hundreds of dollars on Rosetta Stone or fumble through archaic paperback phrasebooks, drop one of these helpful real-time translation apps on your phone… » 6/14/14 12:00pm 6/14/14 12:00pm

How to Outfit Your Entire Home With LED Light

Now that incandescents have gone the way of the dinosaur and everybody's generally agreed that CFLs are terrible, it's finally the dawning of the age of LED. And there has been no shortage of bulb makers stepping up with offerings to hang in your house. Here are some of the latest and greatest options available on the… » 6/07/14 1:00pm 6/07/14 1:00pm

How to Stream Anything from Android to AirPlay

The AirPlay wireless streaming system makes sharing stuff between your phone and TV incredibly easy—but only if stick with Apple gadgets. Try to share content from an Android and suddenly you're out of luck. But with these third-party streaming apps, Airplay and Android can finally speak the same language. » 5/31/14 12:00pm 5/31/14 12:00pm

How to Build a Moat to Keep Out the Mongol Horde (and Your Neighbors)

Goddamn Mongolians keep knocking down your city walls? The fix is easy: build a moat. Just follow the instructions from William Gurstelle's new DIY home security manual, Defending Your Castle and you'll have your very own perimeter defense/neighborhood water hazard filling up in no time. » 5/17/14 12:00pm 5/17/14 12:00pm

How to Get Your Bike Back After It's Been Stolen

Bike theft is a major problem throughout America with an estimated 800,000 to 2 million bikes going missing each year. That's a cost of nearly $50 million—and that's just the small minority of thefts that are actually reported. And with ever increasing numbers of urban commuters forgoing cars for bikes, this silent… » 5/10/14 12:00pm 5/10/14 12:00pm

How To Pass a Urine Test (Or At Least Stand a Fighting Chance)

You've got enough to worry about for that upcoming job interview without stressing over whether or not you'll be judged by what you pee into a cup. And sometimes it's just too late to go all the way straight-and-narrow. Fortunately there are ways of maximizing the chance that your future employment won't be… » 4/19/14 12:00pm 4/19/14 12:00pm