Life Hacks – Spoken Edition
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Welcome back to Mid-Week Meditations, Lifehacker’s weekly dip into the pool of stoic wisdom, and how you can use its waters to reflect on and improve your life. This week’s selection comes from the slaveborn philosopher Epictetus. It’s featured in The Discourses: No greater thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
If you’re looking to use some vacation days, but you’re not sure where you want to go, travel booking siteWander lets you search based on your overall travel budget. Fear not wanderlust-stricken soul. Whether you’ve saved up $500 or $5,000, there’s a trip out there for you. Using data from Skyscanner and Booking.com, Wander can plan out a trip for almost any budget.
Figuring out what to keep in your bag is one challenge. Keeping your bag organized is a totally different hurdle to jump. Systems Engineering student Maximilliano Nicoletti keeps the mess under control with bags within bags and some organizing gear.
In MacOS, clicking an email or “mailto” link in whatever browser you’re using automatically opens Apple Mail, the default email application. Stack Exchange user Randy Marsh suggests a quick settings change to stop Mail from inadvertently launching. To fix the auto-opening issue, open the Mail app, select Mail in the menu bar, and head to Preferences. You can also use the “⌘+,” shortcut.
Messaging services like Slack and Facebook Messenger are just a few places you can play with bots, programs that provide a service within an app or platform. With Botlist, you can find a bot to fit your needs for a variety of services, including bots that’ll shave some seconds off your commute, help you convert files, and keep you on your diet by helping you document your dishes.