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CE#670: The 50 Free Apps We’re Most Thankful For (Lifehacker)

The 50 Free Apps We’re Most Thankful For

Whitson Gordon

It’s the time of year where we all give thanks, and among many other things, we here at Lifehacker are thankful for all the free apps out there that improve our lives (and the developers that make them!). Here are 50 of our favorites.

We asked you which free apps you’re most thankful for, you offered hundreds of suggestions both classic and new. Here, we’ve taken your votes (and added a few of our own) and ranked our 50 apps using those votes as a guide. So without further ado, here are 50 free apps for your downloading feast.

The 50 Free Apps We’re Most Thankful For

1.    Dropbox

Category: Cloud Storage
See also: Top 10 Clever Uses for DropboxThe Cheapskate’s Guide to Getting Free Dropbox SpaceHow to Get 8GB+ Extra Dropbox Space for Free with Google AdWords,How to Supercharge Your Dropbox with Wappwolf, and more Dropbox coverage

2.    Google Chrome

Category: Web Browsers
See also: The Always Up-to-Date Power User’s Guide to ChromeHow to Really Browse Without Leaving a TraceWhich Browser Should I Use: Firefox or Chrome?How and Why Chrome Is Overtaking Firefox Among Power Users, and more Chrome coverage

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CE#665: Can a Windows 8 Tablet Like the Surface Really Replace My Laptop? (Lifehacker)

Dear Lifehacker,
I’m liking what I’ve seen from Windows 8, and the Microsoft Surface looks like a really great tablet/laptop hybrid. But can it really replace my laptop? I don’t want to get one if I can’t do any real work on it.

Sincerely,
Suspicious of the Surface

Dear Suspicious,
The Surface does look more like a hybrid than it does a tablet: it’s thin and lightweight, comes with a keyboard cover for better typing, allows you to run the traditional Windows desktop, and is cheap enough that it would seem to make a great laptop replacement. However, while it’s a solid tablet, Windows RT makes it fall a little short as a laptop replacement. We’ve been using the Surface for a few weeks, and here’s what we’ve found.

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CE#654: Major Felix (Felix Baumgartner Jump Footage / Major Tom Mashup)

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CE#653: The tech behind Felix Baumgartner’s stratospheric skydive (ExtremeTech)

 

Sixty five years ago today, Captain Charles Yeager became the first man to travel faster than the speed of sound in his X-1 aircraft. Daredevil Felix Baumgartner just became the first man to accomplish the same feat without a plane — or indeed any assistance at all. In an almost unimaginable stunt, the 43-year old Austrian has jumped from a specially constructed balloon at over 128,000 feet (39km) above the earth, breaking the world record for high-altitude skydives and speeds in free fall. As you would expect, Baumgartner is no stranger to extreme sports. He is an accomplished BASE jumper and, using a carbon wing, was the first to free fall across the English Channel. On this dive he broke not only the previous altitude record of 102,000 feet for a skydive, but likely the speed of sound and the record for fastest free fall during his descent.

The Red Bull Stratos team backing Baumgartner describes their feat as a “mission to the edge of space.” Years in the planning, the team has gone through many iterations of equipment and practice jumps before finally being ready to make the record-setting attempt from Roswell, New Mexico. Capsule damage during a training jump and poor wind conditions took turns delaying the effort, but today, Sunday, October 14th, 2012, Baumgartner was finally able to launch.

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CE#642: The Internet A Decade Later (Infographic – The Big Picture)

 

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CE#641: 10 Ways Mobile Technology Is Changing Our World (TIME)

MOBILE TECH SPECIAL

Your Life Is Fully Mobile

We walk, talk and sleep with our phones. But are we more—or less—connected?

By NANCY GIBBS | August 16, 2012 |

Just as remarkable as the power of mobility, over everything from love to learning to global development, is how fast it all happened. It is hard to think of any tool, any instrument, any object in history with which so many developed so close a relationship so quickly as we have with our phones. Not the knife or match, the pen or page. Only money comes close—always at hand, don’t leave home without it. But most of us don’t take a wallet to bed with us, don’t reach for it and check it every few minutes, and however useful money is in pursuit of fame, romance, revolution, it is inert compared with a smart phone—which can replace your wallet now anyway.

Whatever people thought the first time they held a portable phone the size of a shoe in their hands, it was nothing like where we are now, accustomed to having all knowledge at our fingertips. A typical smart phone has more computing power than Apollo 11 when it landed a man on the moon. In many parts of the world, more people have access to a mobile device than to a toilet or running water; for millions, this is the first phone they’ve ever had. In the U.S., close to 9 in 10 adults carry a mobile, leaving its marks on body, mind, spirit. There’s a smart-phone gait: the slow sidewalk weave that comes from being lost in conversation rather than looking where you’re going. Thumbs are stronger, attention shorter, temptation everywhere: we can always be, mentally, digitally, someplace other than where we are.

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CE#638: The 100 Best Android Apps of 2012 (PCMAG.COM)

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Any Radio 1 fans out there? The Beeb is perhaps my all-time favorite general news source. Its mobile app doesn’t disappoint, letting you watch video reports, listen to live radio, clip articles for offline reading, and read the latest updates on the fly.

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