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


 This Infographic Explains What to Do If Your Lyft Line Gets in an Accident | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 124

Ridesharing services have made many of our time-strapped lives easier, but with these conveniences come a host of other problems: issues with driver and passenger safety, corporate scandals, and of course, the potential for vehicular accidents. Whether the car you’re in gets into a fender bender or rear-ended, here’s what you need to know.

 When to Quit a Failing Project, Like the Republican Health Care Bill, For Instance | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 180

You will never accomplish everything you want. It’s a hard truth to deal with, but if you don’t, you’ll waste your life on unrealistic, unnecessary projects: renovating your entire home, writing a novel, repealing and replacing Obamacare. Sometimes it’s time to give up, like Mitch McConnell did last night after two more senators dropped support for the bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act. We’ve written a lot about the art of quitting.

 First Time Working From Home? Start Slow to Build Confidence | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 168

Telecommuting is pretty easy now. Skype, Slack, and good ol’ Gchat—excuse me, Google Hangouts—make communicating with your colleagues down the hall or around the world a breeze whether you’re in the office or not. But if you’re concerned about starting a telecommute program, or want to start a trial run with your boss, be sure to start small, and provide feedback that’ll help you work from home again in the future.

 Summer Fridays Are Good for Bosses and Employees | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 165

Wrapping up the work week on a beautiful summer day sometimes feels like a slog, and for good reason. The days are hotter, you aren’t getting much done, and your weekend plans are getting closer by the minute. It might sound inefficient, but the increasingly popular early dismissal “Summer Fridays” work perk benefits not only you, but your employer as well.

 How to Greet Someone If You're Not Sure If You Know Them | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 101

Some of us just aren’t great at remembering faces, which can result in an awkward moment when we think we’re meeting someone for the first time and they say we’ve met before. Or even worse, we think we’ve met someone before and greet them that way, only to find out they have no idea who we are. Here’s a one sentence trick to avoiding these embarrassing moments.

 See an Incorrect Google Result? Here’s How to Fix It | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 87

As anyone who’s ever spent time Googling celebrities—or themselves—can tell you, diving down the internet rabbit hole will sometimes bring up some weird results in that right-hand box. So what’s an armchair fact-checker to do? If you know for a fact David Spade is not Dana Carvey, or your birthday is definitely not the same release date as Van Halen’s Women and Children First, you can tell Google yourself.

 Skip the Kennel and Send Fido on Vacation Instead | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 153

Next time you book a vacation for yourself, you should book one for your pooch as well. My dog, Tucker, is under the misperception he’s a human. In general he’s pretty well behaved — that is until you put him in a bedroom or crate when you have friends over, then he’s going to bark his face off because clearly you’ve accidentally excluded him from the party.

 This GameTests Your Ability To Spot Fake News | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 101

Now more than ever it’s important to be able to tell when you’re reading #FakeNews. However, determining whether something is fake or real isn’t always easy. Think you know your stuff? Give Factitious a try. The web game displays actual news stories that have been published around the web, along with source information. Your job is to determine whether what you’re reading is real or fake —and it’s not as easy as it looks.

 Now You Can (Finally) Pay for iOS Transactions With Your PayPal Account | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 126

Thanks to a partnership between Apple and PayPal you can finally put all the money you’ve got in your account to good use. The two companies have announced a partnership that will allow PayPal as a payment option on iOS devices. If you’re lacking a debit or credit card, or just want to use your PayPal balance to cover media purchases, now’s your chance. The feature is long overdue. Users have been able to use PayPal to pay for iTunes purchases on Macs and PCs since 2004.

 There's More to Bastille Day Than Parades and Explosions—A Primer for Trump's Visit | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 249

Today is Bastille Day in France, and President Trump is there to celebrate it. But why? And what exactly is the holiday all about? The History of Bastille Day What we call “Bastille Day” is actually known as la Fête nationale, or French National Day, in France.

 How to Organize a Game of Thrones Death Pool | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 179

The season seven premiere of Game of Thrones is almost upon us. Before all the glorious killing begins this Sunday, why not make watching the show a bit more interesting? We’ve suggested running a Game of Thrones fantasy draft in the past, but Scott Meslow at GQ suggests something a bit simpler: a death pool. The premise is simple: you and your friends make predictions as to which characters will die this season.

 Google’s Backup & Sync Service Is Here to Secure the Rest of Your Data | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 94

If you’re not prepped to handle an unexpected loss of your personal data, Google’s got you covered. It finally released its Backup & Sync service, which lets you upload and sync files from any folder on your computer or connected drives to Google Drive without moving them around. It won’t replace a comprehensive backup service like Crashplan, but is definitely something to look into if you have no real backup plan.

 The Two Day Try-On Rule for Clothes Shopping | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 84

See this dress? I recently returned it almost 48 hours after I bought it. I thought I could pull it off but in reality I looked like a fancy pirate. I’ve always been a big online shopper and a frequent impulse buyer. Because of this, my closet usually consisted of ten things I wear all the time and an embarrassing amount of unworn clothing with the tags still on or, even worse, things I’d ripped the tag off immediately but never left the house in.

 Five Tips That Might Save Your Life In a Knife Attack | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 125

Nobody wants to face a knife-wielding assailant, especially if you’re unarmed, but these five tips might help you defend yourself long enough to escape. Knives are scary because anyone can get their hands on one and they’re pretty to easy to hide. Chad McBroom, owner of Comprehensive Fighting Systems, has been teaching self-defense against edged and impact weapons for several years.

 See Manhattanhenge Tonight at Sunset | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 103

New York, center of the world, is so important it gets its own astronomical event. Tonight at 8:20pm is Manhattanhenge, when the setting sun aligns with the Manhattan street grid, so that from any city block, it seems to sit on the horizon neatly in the middle of the road. (It looks especially grand on main streets like 14th, 34th, and 42nd.) This happens twice a year, on two dates straddling the equinox (in 2017 that’s May 30 and July 12).


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