Make the Switch from Windows XP

As of Tuesday, the venerable Windows XP operating system is going kaput. Microsoft is pulling update support for the OS, leaving it vulnerable to rapidly mutating cyber threats. There's precious little time to make sure your computer isn't left to the wilds of the Internet. Here's how to make the jump to the modern era … » 4/05/14 12:00pm 4/05/14 12:00pm

Train Your Brain to Get Smarter, Faster

Though we can't all hope to match Sherlock Holmes' preternatural deduction abilities and knack for witty repartee, with a little practice you can build a Mind Palace just as lavish as the famed detective's. Here's how you can improve your memory and reasoning skills in your free time. » 3/15/14 12:00pm 3/15/14 12:00pm

A Simple Trick to Keep Your GoPro Footage Steady

GoPro is the bestselling camera in the world because like a good date, you can take the tough sucker anywhere. Just mount it on your surfboard/snowboard/bicycle and it'll snag back dope fisheye footage for your bragging video. Handholding a GoPro, however, yields shaky results. » 2/24/14 5:58pm 2/24/14 5:58pm

Become a Master of the Secret Menu

You may already be familiar with In-N-Out's fabled secret menu, but it's just one of several popular food chains whose order options aren't limited to what's on display. In fact, there's a menagerie of exotic items and flavor combinations just waiting to be uncovered, if you know what to ask for. Here are five of… » 2/22/14 11:00am 2/22/14 11:00am

How to Cut the Cord and Ditch Cable Once and For All

The imminent merger between Time Warner Cable and Comcast heralds the start of a new era: one of even more expensive channel bundles, and even longer waits for service. It's time to make like a rat and get the heck off this sinking ship of cable television. Here's how you can keep watching your favorite shows without… » 2/15/14 1:04pm 2/15/14 1:04pm

Lead a Better Life by Obsessively Tracking Every Aspect of It

Blame the RPG's. After a generation of character building and class development in video games, quantifying our own personal stats has become as second nature as Second Life. And with these handy apps and gadgets at your disposal, you'll be power leveling through your days in no time. » 2/08/14 12:00pm 2/08/14 12:00pm

Four Ways to Winterize Your Bike Before Next Week's Commute

So what if the East River is iced over and the mercury refuses to climb into the double digits? Commuting on your bike through snow can still be faster and more enjoyable than waiting on an overcrowded subway car. Here's how make sure your two-wheeler is ready to face Old Man Winter. » 1/25/14 12:00pm 1/25/14 12:00pm

How to Install Parental Controls on All of Your Gadgets

Let's face it, the internet is a wicked cesspool of filth and debauchery filled with weirdos, pervs, and foul-mouthed trolls. You can ensure that your kids remain untainted by these corrupting influences while they surf the web simply by activating the integrated Parental Controls of every major OS and gaming system.… » 1/18/14 12:00pm 1/18/14 12:00pm

How To Take Care of Your Smartphone Battery the Right Way

Your smartphone is a minor miracle, a pocket-sized computer that can fulfill almost every whim. But none of its superpowers matter a bit if it runs out of juice. With removable batteries becoming more and more rare, you've got to take good care of the one you got. Fortunately, it's not to hard keep the lithium-ion… » 12/25/13 8:55am 12/25/13 8:55am

How to Set Up Your New iPhone the Right Way

You got a new iPhone! Maybe it's a thumbprint-reading 5S or a pastel rainbow 5C. Either way, what now? Here's what you need to get started with your new iPhone, whether you're a first-timer or an iOS pro. » 12/25/13 8:50am 12/25/13 8:50am