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


 Play 'Assassin's Creed Odyssey' for Free by Beta Testing Google's Cloud Streaming Service | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 160

Rumors of Google’s entry into the game-streaming space have circulated for ages, but today those rumors were finally confirmed when the company announced it will be teaming up with game publishers for its newly announced Project Stream service. Project Stream will allow users to play fully-fledged console and PC games through their Chrome browser without the need for a gaming PC or console hardware, all thanks to the cloud.

 How to Beat a Polygraph Test | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 145

Polygraph tests often aren't admissible in court because they can't actually detect lies, but instead physical indications that often accompany them. Your intentions aside, it's good to know how to beat the polygraph to ensure it doesn't mistake anxiety for untruths. is a site dedicated to exposing the truth behind the polygraph.

 How to Download Microsoft's Big October Update for Windows 10 Right Now | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 149

Microsoft plans to release Windows 10 version 1809 at the beginning of October, but thanks to a little trick, you can grab the update now and take it out for an early test drive. To get started, you’ll need the following: Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool (version 1803)—but don’t install it yet.

 How to Set Up a Facebook "Legacy Contact" for When You Die | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 132

Today, Facebook made it possible to add a "Legacy Contact," or someone who can gain control of your account and memorialize—or delete—it in the event you pass away. Here's how you set it up. Nobody likes to think about their death, but it's something that we all must prepare for. Though it's a little morbid, this new system makes it much easier for family members or friends to take care of your Facebook account in unfortunate circumstances.

 How to Stop Third-Party Apps From Reading Your Email | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 173

Whenever you click that easy “Sign in With Google” button on a company’s website, you’re granting the app or service access to some of your information. While in some cases that might just be access to your name and email address, for others you’re giving that company the ability to read your email as well. Sure, that sign-on was super simple, but you’re giving something up in return.

 Make Your Holiday Travel Easier with Packing Cubes | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 121

Packing well isn't easy or fun, but it's a lot less stressful with packing cubes. Like mini modular suitcases, they make organization simple and are your best ally in the fight to keep your suitcase user-friendly. I love packing cubes. Traveling with a suitcase was always an extreme frustration before I finally decided to give them a try. You can always try to pack more effectively, but many of the great packing techniques unravel the moment you start unpacking your suitcase.

 How to Autofill Passwords Using LastPass, 1Password, or Dashlane in iOS 12 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 149

There are a lot of fun new tricks in iOS 12. And if you’re big on security—who isn’t!—you’re going to love all the little password-themed features that Apple has dropped into its latest mobile operating system.

 Tell Us Your Singapore Travel Tips | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 134

After watching Crazy Rich Asians, what I want to do in Singapore is party on a cargo ship in international waters and buy an outfit that costs more than my home. What I do not want to do is wade through ankle-deep water in a church. But I can’t afford to do any of that.

 How to Properly Store Wine | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 177

Whenever I’m given (or purchase) a nice bottle of wine, I’m immediately faced with the question of whether or not it’s something I plan on drinking right now, or something I want to drink later. Most people aren’t storing a ton of wine these days, but when you come across a bottle or two that you do want to save for a few years (or a few decades) it’s important to make sure you’re saving that wine the right way.

 Disable Motion Smoothing to Get Rid of "Soap Opera Effect" on New TVs | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 114

If you or someone you know has ever unboxed a new HDTV and set it up only to find the video looks terrible and overly smooth, the problem is simple: Motion Smoothing, which often ships on by default, is enabled on the set, and turning it off will give you the experience you're looking for.

 See the Potential Impact of Hurricane Florence With This Interactive Map | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 171

The National Hurricane Center expects Hurricane Florence to cause “life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding” when it makes landfall later this week, and now there’s a tool that gives us an idea of just how catastrophic that impact will be. This tracker from ESRI takes the familiar prediction model and uses it to calculate some key demographic data for the area inside the error cone.

 Set Your Alarm to the Exact Minute of 'Morning Edition' You Want to Wake Up To | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 100

NPR’s Morning Edition recently revised their clock, the second-by-second schedule of newscasts, longer segments, promos, music beds and funding messages for each hour of the show. The new clock, effective August 13, 2018, represents the first change in Morning Edition’s scheduling since 2014. Most notably, it features two newscasts per hour instead of the three in the old format. Previously, you would hear headlines at 1 minute, 19 minutes and 42 minutes after the hour.

 How to Hack Your Mornings, With My Morning Routine's Benjamin Spall | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 137

Mornings. Many of us hate them; some of us love them; all of us want to make the best of them. But how exactly do we do that? First we ask Benjamin Spall, co-author of My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired, about creating the ultimate morning routine. We also talk to Vanessa Marin, a licensed sex therapist (and regular “After Hours” Lifehacker contributor) about why we should occasionally ditch the routine and just do it.

 The Healthcare Blue Book Tells You How Much Medical and Dental Treatments Should Cost | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 127

Web/iOS/Android: The Healthcare Blue Book is a free guide that reveals fair prices for healthcare services, so you don't end up overpaying (even when using quality healthcare providers). Results on the web and in the mobile apps are customized to your area. Most of us have no idea if the prices doctors, dentists, and other healthcare providers offer are fair or not. That's a big problem especially for the millions of people without health insurance or those with high-deductible insurance accounts.

 Five Healthiest Foods at McDonald's | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 138

They may not be the healthiest foods on the planet (in fact, we can guarantee they're not), but they're among the best you can find at your local McDonald's. Hamburger - 250 calories - 9g fat (3.5g sat) - 520mg sodium There's absolutely no reason you need to eat like you're feeding sextuplets; the original McDonald's hamburger is one of the most reasonably priced items on the menu that is also reasonable on your body.


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