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Most Popular Airline for Frequent Fliers: Southwest Airlines

Most Popular Airline for Frequent Fliers: Southwest Airlines

If you're in the air often or just want an airline generous with its frequent flyer program, you have plenty of options. Last week, we asked you which airlines you thought were the best for frequent travelers. Then we highlighted the top five airlines based on those nominations. Now we're back to highlight the winner.

Most Popular Airline for Frequent Fliers: Southwest Airlines

Voting was fairly tight all weekend, but Southwest Airlines took the top spot with just over 32% of the votes cast. Those of you who voted for it praised its broad availability, flexible flights and scheduling, and the fact that its progam is based on dollars spent, not miles traveled, which makes benefits easier to reach.

Om second place with close to 26% of the vote was Delta Airlines. Love them or hate them, they're one of the world's largest, and thus one of the most broadly accessible. In third place with over 18% of the vote was discount airline JetBlue, well regarded for comfortable, modern planes and customer service. With 15% of the vote, British Airways took fourth place, and bringing up the rear with just shy of 9% of the vote was Alaska Airlines.

The Hive Five is based on reader nominations. As with most Hive Five posts, if your favorite was left out, it's not because we hate it—it's because it didn't get the nominations required in the call for contenders post to make the top five. We understand it's a bit of a popularity contest, but if you have a favorite, we want to hear about it. Have a suggestion for the Hive Five? Send us an email at!

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Get Social With Lifehacker and Your Favorite Readers

Every day, we post selections of our stories to different social networks so you can stay up to date and share with friends. Why not join us on your preferred network and add a little awesome to your day?

While you're around, you can make your social networks of choice even happier places by following your favorite Lifehacker writers. You can see what kinds of things they get up to in the off hours, what they're reading on other sites, and sometimes even pick up extra tips and tricks.

And don't forget—you can always keep up with our stories by adding our RSS feed to your favorite newsreader. Whatever way you choose to keep up with us, thanks for joining in on the fun!

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screenprinting - making the perfect screen

lion-tee big.jpgthere are many tutorials on the web instructing home-based screenprinting techniques, but most fail to mention the two most important tips for creating quality, affordable prints at home. The first is the importance of how taught or tight the mesh must be, the second involves something called the "snap". This instructable shows how to make adjustable screens to ensure the tightest of screens, and then explains the "snap"DSCF1426.JPGThis is what is required for this tutorial:
1 pine strip (1.8m long) and 22mm x 22mm.
4 x bolts (70mm x 6mm) with their accompaning nuts.
a drill (with 6mm bit).
staple gun.
wood glue.
mesh ( i've sourced mine from screenprinting suppliers and is a 55 mesh count)

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What Should I Do Now That I've Bought a House?

Moving is always a challenge. Home ownership is always a challenge. But moving into your first new home after being a renter brings both challenges and exciting opportunities. How do you transition into being a home owner and what cool possibilities does that new ownership present?

Paul writes:

I'm a long-time follower of Lifehacker. Very recently, I ran into a problem I think I could use some help with. I just a bought a new town home and closing date is a month away. Now that the offer has been accepted, these thoughts are crossing my mind:

Moving from 1br to 3 br; what will I do with all that extra space?What to throw away and what to buy new given the situation?Now that I finally own (rented before), what cool things can I do: home automation, lighting decor, etc.?
Have some advice for Paul? Post it below!

Do you have a problem that needs solving and want help from the Lifehacker community? Email us at and we might post it. The best questions are broad enough to apply to other people and have many possible answers (so that you can get lots of opinions from your fellow readers). If you have a question that's specific to you or only has a single solution, send an email to instead.

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Google Reader Is Shutting Down; Here Are the Best Alternatives

Google is closing Google Reader's doors on July 1st, meaning you'll need to find a new way to get your news fix. Here's how to export all your feeds and put them into a new reader (and which ones you should check out).

Google Reader Is Shutting Down; Here Are the Best Alternatives

Before you do anything else, you should save all your Google Reader subscriptions now. According to Google, you won't be able to to this after Reader shuts down, so do it now while you still can!

Head to Google Takeout's Reader page and click the Create Archive button. It'll start building a file with all your feeds, the people you follow, starred items, and more (though most of these won't be importable to other sites).Once it's finished building, click the Download button that appears to get your subscriptions.Open up the ZIP file you just downloaded and go through the folders inside. Inside the "Reader" folder, you should see a file called subscriptions.xml. Extract that to your desktop. This is the file that contains all your subscribed feeds.Save this file in a safe place while you hunt for a new RSS reader, since you may need it more than once!

Google Reader uses a tool called RSS to subscribe to web sites, and there are actually a ton of other RSS readers on the internet. After the shutdown announcement, a ton of awesome readers have come out of the woodwork and improved their offerings, so there's something for just about everyone. Here are some of our favorites.

Google Reader Is Shutting Down; Here Are the Best Alternatives

Feedly (iOS/Android/Web) is by far the most popular Google Reader alternative, and with good reason. It has a clean, beautiful interface that you can tweak to work almost exactly like Google Reader—just prettier. It offers a ton of other views, though, so if you prefer a newspaper-like interface or an image-centric view. They've been adding new features like crazy since Google Reader's death announcement, including a new syncing service (that syncs with popular apps like Reeder and gReader), an extension-free webapp, recommendations and keyboard shortcuts, and more. If you want to use the service that everyone else will be using—and that will sync with the most apps—Feedly is the service you want.

Google Reader Is Shutting Down; Here Are the Best Alternatives

NewsBlur (iOS/Android/Web) is a web-based feed reader that looks and feels a bit more like a desktop reader. You can see stories on the original site, create categories and tags that help highlight the stories you want most, and even create a "Blurblog" of all your favorite stories for others to read. NewsBlur is Free for up to 64 sites, but you can pay $24 a year for a premium account that gets you unlimited sites, more frequent updates, and more. If you're worried about another free service shutting down like Reader did, ponying up a bit of cash could get you a bit of extra security in NewsBlur.

Google Reader Is Shutting Down; Here Are the Best Alternatives

The Old Reader (Web) was built when Google Reader originally shut down its social features. It aims to be what Google Reader used to be: A simple, web-based RSS reader with lots of great sharing features. Its interface should look very familiar, so if you're a Google Reader purist—especially when it comes to the pre-Google+ Reader—The Old Reader might be for you.

Google Reader Is Shutting Down; Here Are the Best Alternatives

Digg Reader (Web/Android) isn't available just yet, but social news site Digg has been working on a much-anticipated RSS reader for awhile. Like Feedly, Digg's reader takes the familiar Google Reader interface and cleans it up a bit, with a few added features like Instapaper sharing, Digg integration (duh), and a "Popular" filter that shows you which articles in your feeds are trending right now. It's still in the very early stages, but it looks pretty solid.

Google Reader Is Shutting Down; Here Are the Best Alternatives

Newsvibe (Web) is for those tired of RSS readers that try to do it all. If all you want is a simple, clean way to read your favorite sites—without all the social features, app integration, and other clutter—Newsvibe is a fast, free, and sparse alternative.

Google Reader Is Shutting Down; Here Are the Best AlternativesS

Pulse (iOS/Android/Web) takes a different approach to RSS reading. Instead of trying to imitate Google Reader or follow the traditional RSS paradigm, Pulse turns your feeds and articles into a visual, image-driven feed, and pushes the stories it thinks you'll like to the top. If you're a bit more visual, Pulse may be just your speed.

Google Reader Is Shutting Down; Here Are the Best Alternatives

Tiny Tiny RSS (Android, Web) is slightly different from the above options. Instead of signing up for a service and depending on them to sync your feeds, you install Tiny Tiny RSS on your own web server or hosting service. You then have your own syncing RSS reader that runs on your terms, and won't get shut down because some company has deemed it unprofitable. It takes a bit of work to set up, but once you get it going, it works great—and has its own Android app too. If you don't want the Google Reader heartbreak to happen to you again, Tiny Tiny RSS will make you happy.

These are far from the only readers out there, but they're the most popular ones, and the ones we'd recommend checking out first. Of course, if you want something different, there's surely something that'll satisfy you. iGoogle fans will love NetVibes. Skimmers should check out Skimr, and picky readers can filter content with Curata. Aol even has a stylish new RSS reader. Desktop users can try something like FeedDemon, Reeder, or even Outlook. When we asked you about your favorite readers, a lot of you even mentioned that you've given up RSS and instead follow their favorite sites on Twitter and Google+, so that's an option as well. Whatever your needs, you're sure to find something out there that works for you.

Still haven't found something you like? Check out this huge list of Google Reader alternatives.

Google Reader Is Shutting Down; Here Are the Best Alternatives

When you've found a reader you want to try out, sign up for an account and import your feeds. This will vary from service to service—a few, like Feedly, might just let you sign in with your Google account to transfer your subscriptions. For most, though, you'll need to do something like this:

Open up your new feed reader of choice and head into its settings.Find the Import option. This will be in a different spot for every reader, but most should have an option to import feeds using an "OPML" file—this is the file you downloaded from Google Reader earlier.Select the import option, and choose the subscriptions.xml you extracted from Google Takeout. All of your feeds should appear in your new reader.This won't import your starred items or know which articles you've already read on Google Reader, but at least you'll still have all your subscriptions. Try out that reader for a few days and if you don't like it, sign up for a different one and re-import your feeds. As long as you keep that subscriptions.xml file saved in a safe place, you should be able to try as many readers as you want, even after Google Reader shuts down.

You've still got one week to figure out which RSS reader you want to move to, so by the time Google Reader shuts down, you should be ready to keep reading news without skipping a beat. In the meantime, join us in the discussions below and share your favorite non-Google RSS reader.

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