Life Hacks – Spoken Edition show

Life Hacks – Spoken Edition

Summary: Daily weblog on software and personal productivity recommends downloads, web sites and shortcuts that help you work smarter and save time. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can't read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at


 Text by Voice for Android Reads Incoming SMS Messages Aloud, Sends Them Using Your Voice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 128

Android: There are a lot of apps out there that can send text messages using your voice, including Google's own in-built Voice Actions. However, not many read your incoming messages out loud when they arrive. That's where Sonalight's new app, Text By Voice, comes in. Once the app is running, Text by Voice is completely hands-free.

 How to Use Google Home to Control Your August Smart Lock | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 135

Smart locks can be great when you need to give someone temporary access to your home and don’t want to hand over a copyable key, or you just want to be able to use your smartphone for access to your pad rather than digging through your purse or bag for your keys. One way you might not be using your smart lock but should is through a smart assistant like Google Home.

 Customer Service Chat Services See Everything You Type, Whether You Send it or Not | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 148

In the latest (or, really, most recently unearthed) instance of the internet being creepier than most users realized, it has come to our attention that the text box you use to communicate with customer service reps at most websites doesn’t work the way you expect it to. In short: it would seem that a lot of companies that let you live chat with customer service reps all utilize a service that allows said reps to see everything you type into the text box, whether or not you press send.

 How to Calm Down, With ASMR University Founder Craig Richard | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 125

Not to be overly presumptuous, but if you’re a person who’s alive in the world at 2018, there’s a good chance that sometimes, you need help calming down. But barring a total geo-political overhaul—or various forms of self-medication—what can you do? In this week’s episode of The Upgrade, Alice and Melissa explore music that instantly calms them down; we interview ASMR expert Dr.

 Back Up and Clone Your Hard Drive with Macrium Reflect | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 136

Our Windows App of the Week isn’t something you’ll probably have to use very often—we hope—but it’s a great tool if you’re upgrading your system and need to move everything from an old hard drive to a new drive. In fact, that’s exactly what I did this weekend when I swapped out one of my secondary hard drives for a new (larger) drive.

 How to Make Small Talk Less Awkward | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 99

No one likes sharing small talk with strangers. It’s awkward, boring, and it seems like you’re just rattling off the same sentences every time. Blogger Emilie Wapnick shows us that it doesn’t have to be that bad: all you need to do is share a small detail of your life to take the conversation from kill-me-now boring to interesting. . . .

 Focus on Accomplishing One Task Today | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 97

It might be the most “Monday” (Mondayiest?) Monday of the year. After a long, turkey-fueled holiday weekend, you now find yourself back at work, dreaming of your pajamas and a bowl of mashed potatoes, rather than your Black Friday-discounted suit and stale coffee. So, start small today.

 CheatSheet Instantly Displays All the Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac Apps | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 92

Mac OS X: Learning keyboard shortcuts is one of the best ways to enhance your productivity, but there are tons to learn—especially when you count individual applications' own special shortcuts. CheatSheet is your Mac shortcuts friend: The free utility quickly summons a list of all keyboard shortcuts for the app you're using. Once you launch CheatSheet (copy the unzipped file to your Applications folder), the tiny app will wait in the background.

 Donate Money, Not Food, to Your Local Food Bank | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 87

If you’re thinking of donating to your local food bank, the best way isn’t to dig in your pantry for unwanted cans, or even to head to the grocery store with some coupons. What food banks and soup kitchens need most is your cold, hard cash. Feeding America notes that they can stretch each donated dollar to cover 10 meals. Food banks get donations and discounts from food producers, and they can buy food in bulk from wholesale suppliers.

 Alton Brown's DIY Turkey Fryer Is the Safest Way to Deep Fry a Bird | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 137

Deep fried turkey is wonderful any time of year, whether it's Thanksgiving or the middle of the grilling season. In this video, Alton Brown shows us how to build a "Derrick," or his original turkey fryer—the one you've probably seen on his safe turkey frying episode of Good Eats. It doesn't take much looking around the internet to find videos of terrible turkey frying fails, some of which lead to catastrophic fires and potential injuries.

 How to Tell the Truth, With MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 618

On this week’s episode of The Upgrade, we’re talking about how to tell the truth—and how to know when the people around you are being less than truthful. We’ll be hearing from MSNBC host and author Lawrence O’Donnell with the story behind his book, Deadly Force—the murder of an unarmed black man and the police cover up that followed.

 Avoid These Types of Behavior in Any Group Setting | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 181

Most communities, online or offline, come with some hard boundaries: no hate speech, no threats, no harassment. But a good community recognizes some more borderline behavior—stuff that isn’t as obviously terrible but can still slowly eat away at discussion, scaring away (or annoying away) good members until only jerks are left. And it can ruin any social group, from a book club or group text to, say, Reddit.

 Roll a New Dungeons & Dragons Character With This iOS Shortcut | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 149

A mind flayer just ate you—or your party—and you’re looking to get back into the action with a brand-new Dungeons & Dragons character. That, or you have a fresh new game coming up, and you need a little inspiration for your next character’s background and personality. Instead of spending an hour staring a blank character sheet, save a little time with the iOS Shortcut “WTF Is My DnD Character.

 Come See Chris Gethard, Akilah Hughes, Brittany Luse & Eric Eddings in Brooklyn | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 116

You know how the exact moment Thanksgiving is over you find yourself wandering the aisles of CVS while “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” blasts over the PA and you’re filled with overwhelming dread, another year come and gone and what have you done with your life? Of course you do. Well, this year is different. This year, you are going to get excited for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season because you are invited to the best party in town.

 Use Wood Pellets for Inexpensive Biodegradable Cat Litter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 85

Wood Pellets are a byproduct of the timber industry; you can get a 40lb sack of them for around $4-6 in the US. They are commonly used as fuel for stoves or as livestock bedding. Many people these days are using them as inexpensive environmentally-friendly cat litter.


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