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News and Top Stories
Feedly Pro ReopensWhen Feedly announced Feedly Pro, we noted some of its better features: The ability to search for and within articles, Evernote integration, and premium support. Feedly shut it down the same day, but now it’s back with a few new features and changes.
Windows 8.1 is on the way! Microsoft announced today that Windows 8.1 is officially finished and in RTM state, though it still won’t be able for official download until October 18th. Check out more at the Windows blog.
Flickr for iOS Adds Custom Filters, Pro Effects, and Shooting Grids iOS: Flickr just got a pretty great update on iOS. You can now create custom filters, use Photoshop-grade editing tools, shooting grids, and more.
Eight Ways I Hacked My Tiny Apartment to Fit All My Stuff Decluttering is an unending art form. Sometimes, the solution is to get rid of things you don’t need, but other times you have to keep a bunch of stuff in a small space. If you find yourself in a cramped home, here are some ways to keep your things stored without contributing to a mess.
Where Should I Sell My Smartphone to Get the Most Money? Dear Lifehacker, I want to get a new smartphone, but I don’t have an upgrade and so I need to sell my current one for enough money in order to make this purchase affordable. Where’s the best place to sell it so I make the most money?
Where Should I Buy Parts When I Build a PC? Dear Lifehacker, I built a new computer recently and it was a nightmare. It took months of going back and forth with Newegg to get parts that worked, and their service was horrible. What other vendors do you recommend?
Questions and Answers
Kevin writes, “I recently took a Seagate hard drive out of my Dell laptop, with the intention of making an external hard drive. I bought the enclosure and put the hard drive in, and when I plug the drive into my Windows 7 laptop, the LED light comes on and I feel the drive turning, but the computer does not register. On my old Vista laptop, the drive shows up as Unknown Device in Device Manager. However, the drive does not show up on the Disk Management section, so I can’t format the drive or assign a drive letter. What’s wrong?”
This sounds like a bad power supply or a bad enclosure to us. Try a different enclosure or power cable and see if that works.
Eliezer writes, “We do not yet have speakers throughout our house. Our music collection is also not centralized—it’s on CDs and various devices. What is the easiest and most cost-effective way to listen to music throughout the home, both as far as devices on which to store the music as well as a speaker setup with which to listen?”
We think AirPlay is the best solution. Buy a couple of cheap used AirPort Express stations (or get some Raspberry Pis) and you’ll be able to stream music from your computers, iPhones, iPads, and even Android devices with AirAudio. If you want to consolidate your music libraries, MediaRover is a good option.
“How can I change the radio (2G, 3G, LTE) that my Android phone uses at any given time?”
It depends on your phone and carrier. Some may have options to change these in Settings > Wireless & Networks or Settings > Mobile Data. Others may require you to download a widget from the Play Store, or root and flash a custom ROM.
Luis writes, “I like listening to music while I take a shower, but my cell phone speakers aren’t loud enough and there is no electric outlet in the bathroom to plug in Bluetooth speakers or anything else. I found a shower head with speakers on Amazon, but it was $ 150. It’s there any way I came make this happen at a good price and does not take up much space?”
Yes! There are lots of cheap waterproof, battery-powered players. Whitson uses this one.
- “Are there any methods or ways of Hackintoshing a PC when a DSDT cannot be found for your motherboard?”
The answer is…maybe. Our recommendation is to check out InsanelyMac and see if anyone has any experience with that motherboard. It won’t be as easy, but it might be doable.
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