Does lifehacking make life better or make you work more?

It was inevitable. Lifehacking, the ingenious little tricks meant to make our life better, has experienced a backlash, with critics arguing that the benefits of lifehacking are nonexistent and in fact, these short cuts actually make us work more.

Does lifehacking really make life easier? (Credit: imgur.com)

Does lifehacking really make life easier? (Credit: imgur.com)

Initially inspired by technology, lifehacking was meant to get things done in a more efficient manner, leaving us with more time to focus on the things and activities that were important to us. But has that noble starting point held true? Read more

2016 presidential election: Who will we see on the ballot?

I always tell myself that this will be the year that I really do my research before heading to my polling station to vote in the presidential election. If you’re like me, you wait until the last minute to do any sort of research on the presidential candidates and you head to your voting location feeling uninformed.

While it may seem early, election season has already begun. (Credit: MemeCenter)

While it may seem early, election season has already begun. (Credit: MemeCenter)

Here’s an early look at who we can expect to see on the ballot for the 2016 presidential election. Read more

How to make the most of your college experience

For college students, the four years you spend on campus are about getting an education that will set your future path. But there is also so much more to the college experience, including many things to do during that time that will enable you to make the most of the time you spend on campus.

One sign that it's time to make the most of your college experience. (Credit: Yellow Brick Road)

One sign that it’s time to make the most of your college experience. (Credit: Yellow Brick Road)

From the fun you should accomplish by the end of freshman year to how to get serious about exam prep, read on for all the tips you need to make the most of your college experience. Read more

The truth about unpaid internships

For college students, getting an internship is one more step toward a career. Prospective employers like to see internships on resumes, and internships provide real work experience that adds to your academics and helps you be prepared for a career path after graduation.

Learn more about unpaid internships. (Credit: University Times)

Learn more about unpaid internships. (Credit: University Times)

But when considering your prospects of getting a job offer, there is a significant difference between paid and unpaid internships. Read more

Ed O’Bannon vs. NCAA — Should college athletes be paid?

For the NCAA there is more than just March Madness going on right now; the organization currently is in court, hoping to overturn last August’s ruling from the U.S. District Court in Oakland, California, regarding payment for college athletes.

Should athletes receive a stipend from the NCAA? (Credit: Danielle Grossman)

Should athletes receive a stipend from the NCAA? (Credit: Danielle Grossman)

Former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon is behind the court case, which received even more attention when it became the focus of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” on Sunday, March 15. What will happen during the appeal, and how will any decision affect the billion-dollar industry that is the NCAA? Read more

DIY electronics projects for college students

If you like to tinker with do-it-yourself projects then you might be a member of the maker movement. This community of electronics aficionados takes pleasure in various DIY electronics projects that are created from simple electronics circuits. Some of the electronics maker projects include robots, wireless cameras, toys and 3-D printing.

It's easier than you think to come up with DIY electronics projects. (Credit: MemeGen)

It’s easier than you think to come up with DIY electronics projects. (Credit: MemeGen)

Tools that were created specifically to help college students learn how to use electronics include Arduino software and the Raspberry Pi single-board computer. Let’s take a look at how you can get started with your DIY electronics projects. Read more

Congratulations 2015 Alternative Spring Break Contest Winners!

Last month we began a search for a group of students, who were willing to spend their spring break serving those in need. Students who were looking to utilize their leadership skills to make an impact in the community for our annual CengageBrain Alternative Spring Break Contest.

Winners of the 2015 Alternative Spring Break Contest by CengageBrain. (Credit: AB Damar)

Winners of the 2015 Alternative Spring Break Contest by CengageBrain. (Credit: AB Damar)

Our search has ended with immense success! We at CengageBrain are proud to announce that the Alternative Breaks Damar group at the University of California, San Diego have been awarded the 2015 CengageBrain Leadership in Service Award. Joie Fan, Zenas Singh, Xuyao (Sunny) Jiang, Alma Montenegro and Connie Ruan will receive $2,500 towards funding their alternative spring break project. Read more

Change your style—DIY fashion makeover for men and women

Ready to change your style? Whether you are simply in desperate need of a fashion makeover, or are just tired of your old look, giving yourself a DIY reboot in terms of clothes, hair and makeup is easier than you may think.

Refresh your image with a DIY fashion makeover. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Refresh your image with a DIY fashion makeover. (Credit: QuickMeme)

For men and women, here are some ideas to help you refresh your image. Read more

New rules from the FCC on net neutrality

The issue of net neutrality has garnered a lot of media attention lately as the FCC has been determining what the new rules will be. Open access to the Internet has become an accepted fact of life, but some had wanted to change that, allowing certain companies to charge more to use their content or to get it faster.

Learn about the new rules on net neutrality. (Credit: Rife Mob)

Learn about the new rules on net neutrality. (Credit: Rife Mob)

Here are some things you need to know about net neutrality and the new rules issued by the FCC. Read more

Top 10 ways you can tell spring is coming

If you haven’t been hibernating all winter, you’ve likely experienced some of the polar vortex, ice storms, freezing rain, record-breaking snow falls, that Mother Nature has thrown our way.

And chances are, you’re more than ready for warmer days. Here are the top 10 ways you can tell spring is coming, you know, to keep your hopes alive that winter will soon be over. Read more