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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


 “Balloon Professionals Magazine” Has Good Legal Advice for Anyone Who’s Ever Uploaded a Video | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 142

We’ve all been there: You’re selling custom Mylar balloons of your original character Blonic the Hedgehog when Disney comes knocking on your door with a cease and desist. What are your rights? In the inaugural issue of Balloon Professionals Magazine, IP lawyer Tim Casey provides great advice on copyright infringement and fair use that applies way beyond ballooning.

 6 Microsoft Edge Extensions You Should Be Using | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 178

There aren’t many, but Microsoft Edge does feature a selection of third-party extensions to add some functionality to the new web browser. The budding marketplace doesn’t have nearly as many choices as Google or Firefox’s host of add-ons, but the few it does have will make your browsing experience more intuitive and user-friendly if you’re giving the new browser a try. Save to Pocket Browsing the web means finding stories you don’t have time to read right away.

 Negotiate Anything With This Three-Point Plan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 113

Negotiation is a messy, stressful process. But redditor B1aze688 breaks it down into three fundamental elements: The deal you want, the deal you’ll accept, and what you’ll do if you can’t get either. Never enter a negotiation before you know all three. The deal you want is called your aspiration point. Make it ambitious but realistic, the best deal you could possibly expect from the other party.

 Manage Your Smart Lightbulbs with Emoji Stickers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 142

I recently purchased a few smart bulbs and have plans to expand my collection of smart lights. I did notice a small inconvenience during setup, however: it was hard to tell which bulb was which without staring into an app. So I added a visual aid to my bulbs using emoji stickers. It’s a lot easier to see the “banana” light is out instead of trying to figure out which bulb is “Hue living room bulb 7” while your ceiling fan is off.

 Text SF's MOMA and It Will Respond With Art to Fit Your Mood | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 135

For most people, visiting San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art isn’t exactly a casual trip. I’ve lived in San Francisco 6 years and have only made it once. However, now you can see some of the art from the museum by just texting the museum and asking. I’ve seen more art from its collection this afternoon than I have in years.

 Get Rid of Strong Kitchen Smells With These Easy Tricks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 149

If you live in a small space, then even the smallest of smells can be a big problem. The way my apartment is set up, whenever we decide to cook bacon for breakfast, the entire apartment smells like bacon for at least the rest of the day, sometimes going into the next. If you like the smell of bacon, that’s great. However, going into day two, I’m usually looking for ways to replace the smell with something a little more neutral.

 If You're a Top Performer, Get on Your Coworkers' Good Side | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 151

If you’re a superstar employee, there’s a good chance you have a target on your back. A recent study suggests coworkers want to drag down their top performing colleagues.

 Use a Label Maker to Keep Track of Measurements in Your Home | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 107

Home improvements often mean moving things around, which involves measuring to make sure everything fits. You might jot your window or wall measurements on paper when you move into a new space, but if you want to change something later on, you’ll probably have to take the time to measure again. Luckily it’s easy to immortalize your numerical handiwork: just set it and forget it with a label maker.

 The Truth About Cat Allergies | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 181

Cat allergies, like sexuality, run on a spectrum. If you’re only slightly allergic, you might be ready to bear it, if you can find a cat that will meet you halfway. While there’s no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic cat, some breeds are easier on the sinuses than others. Unfortunately most online advice is unsourced or anecdotal. We asked allergist Joseph T. Inglefield III, M.D. to fact-check some popular beliefs about cat allergies. Breed Matters Dr.

 This App Helps You Fight Traffic Tickets From Home | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 168

You’re driving five miles over the speed limit when you notice blue flashing lights coming up from behind. A police officer pulls you over and gives you a speeding ticket. You can either suck it up and pay the ticket, like most people do, or go to court and contest it. Luckily, there’s an app that lets you contest your ticket without ever having to leave your home. Off the Record is an iPhone and web app with an average success rate of 97%, according to GeekWire.

 Hack an "Easy" Button for Quick Slack Alerts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 96

Working with headphones on usually means you’d rather not be bothered, but sometimes it means you’re just listening to something while you work. If you want to be available despite your cans being on, why not build your own alert button? Enter developer Nick Sypteras, who wanted to solve the problem of coworkers requesting his attention while his headphones were on.

 Stop Blaming Food Poisoning on the Last Thing You Ate | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 166

You’re on your hands and knees praying to the porcelain god, and between each of your wretched retches you curse the name of that restaurant you ate at a few hours earlier. But that place is probably not the culprit, even if you’re seeing that meal in reverse. When you get so-called “food poisoning” it’s almost never the last thing you ingested. As Dr.

 Don’t Walk and Text Unless You Want to Be in the Way | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 173

Walking through a crowded street, you can’t help but notice the people paying more attention to the phone in front of their face than the fast-approaching dog poop on the sidewalk. In a PLOS One study, researchers from Anglia Ruskin University found that people moved more slowly and took longer to avoid obstacles when using their smartphone during a walk. The more in-depth the interaction, the slower people walked.

 Obnoxious Chipotle Order Reminds Us to Be Nice to Service Workers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 221

The most-hated non-politician on Twitter this weekend was designer Josh Williams, who showed off his Chipotle ordering hack (make the employees package each ingredient separately) and asked “Am I weird? Or brilliant?” Twitter mostly chose Option C: Josh is an asshole.

 The Chanctonbury Ring Hike Bag | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 142

When you’re out in the wilderness, it helps to stay prepared. That means more than putting on some hiking boots and bringing a snack to eat. It means packing a bag that’ll get you through with minimal waste and maximum effectiveness. To prep for a day-long hike to the Chanctonbury Ring hill fort, Nat Wagstaff showed off his bag filled with the essentials for a great hiking experience. Also, he’s got some dope patches. The bag is a PDW S.H.A.D.O.


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