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


 Find Your "Pocket of Freedom" to Make Long Commutes More Bearable | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 149

Commutes are frustrating because they make us feel like we don’t have any control. You’re either trapped on a bus or train, or trapped in a car crawling along the freeway. But if you focus on what you can control, your time heading to and from work can become the best, most enriching parts of your day.

 Why You Should Start Massaging Your Dog | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 154

Massaging your dog sounds a little crazy, sure—but if you want to pamper your pet, there may be real benefits to giving your dog the spa treatment. If your dog likes being petted, then they’ll probably enjoy a massage. The two main benefits are stress relief (being a dog is hard!) and building a stronger connection with your pup. Massage sessions relax both of you and give you special time to bond together in a calm environment.

 Why King Oyster Mushrooms Should Be on Your Grill This Spring | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 109

You’ve probably seen king oyster mushrooms, also often called king trumpet mushrooms, before at your local asian grocery, but you might not know exactly what they’re good for. If you’re getting your grill out for spring, now is the perfect time to try out these under-appreciated mushrooms. For starters, these mushrooms are excellent for grilling, I’d say even better than portobellos because they don’t shrink as much or expel as much water during the grilling process.

 How to Safely Keep Track of Ideas While Driving With IFTTT | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 129

Ever get epic ideas while you’re in the car? If so, you’ve probably struggled to figure out how to jot down those ideas without swerving into oncoming traffic. It can be a distraction for sure, but one Redditor has a useful suggestion that involves one of our favorite tools: IFTTT. If This, Then That is an incredible tool that lets you connect two apps and automate certain tasks between them. Want to automatically turn your calendar events into Todoist tasks? IFTTT can help with that.

 How to Opt Into YouTube's New Look, Including the New Dark Mode | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 75

A while back we showed off a little trick to enable YouTube’s secret dark mode. Now, there’s an official way to opt into the new look. How to Enable YouTube's Secret Dark Mode in Chrome How to Enable YouTube's Secret Dark Mode in Chrome How to Enable YouTube's Secret Dark Mode in Chrome If you’re running Google Chrome 57 or above, it turns out there’s a hidden dark mode. Reddit user… Read more Read more The new look isn’t just about the dark mode.

 This Ice Cube Trick Will Make Your Burgers Super Juicy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 69

Juicy burgers that melt in your mouth are one of life’s greatest pleasures. If your patties often turn out tough and dry, this clever method might fix the problem. According to Master Chef judge Graham Elliot, the secret to super juicy burgers is a plain ol’ ice cube. He explained why to Fox News a while back: “Make your patties, then put your little ice cube in there and then when you grill it, it keeps it moist and keeps it from getting dried out.

 Your Android Phone Has a Built-In Childproofing Feature | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 136

Ever needed to hand your phone to a kid? Even if you don’t want to, sometimes you’re trying to keep them quiet at a restaurant, or calm them down at the doctor’s. But handing over an unlocked phone is just asking for the kid to delete all your home screen shortcuts (or, worse, work emails). Fortunately there’s a way to fix this. The feature is called screen pinning, and it’s been hiding in Android’s settings menu since Lollipop.

 Don't Buy Ladybugs to Control Aphids, and Other Gardening Myths Debunked | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 78

Ladybugs eat aphids. So if aphids are eating your potato plants, you might be tempted to mail-order a ton of ladybugs (yes, this is a thing you can do) to solve your garden woes. There’s a flaw in that plan, though: when you release ladybugs, they fly away. I learned the truth about ladybugs, which really should have been obvious from the start, thanks to this video.

 How to Get Your Roommate (or Partner) to Do More Chores | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 143

It’s just common sense that in order to keep peace in your household, chores should be split evenly between the people who live there. Whether you share chores with roommates, a partner, or both, this two prong approach will get them to do more chores without a fight. The first prong is to take a look at the chores that each person is supposed to do and evaluate if they’re similar in effort or time needed to complete them.

 Go Ahead, Have That Fourth Cup of Coffee | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 146

If you’re one of the millions of Americans that downs coffee or other caffeinated beverages to get through the work day, here’s some good news. A new scientific review on the safety of caffeine says drinking up to four cups of coffee, or about 400 milligrams of caffeine, is pretty safe. Good Coffee for Lazy People Good Coffee for Lazy People Good Coffee for Lazy People I love coffee. I drink it every day. I love trying new brewing methods at home.

 This Is How Long Certain Drugs Actually Stay in Your Body | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 181

We’re not encouraging anyone to do drugs, but we’re also not going to pretend that our readers don’t do any. If you do and have to, say, take a drug test for a job, it may be helpful to know how long certain drugs stay in the places they’re most likely to check: your urine, blood, and hair follicles.

 Why Your Cat Loves Small Spaces | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 77

Cats don’t just like small spaces, they love them. From Amazon boxes to grocery bags to the tiny gap between the bottom of your couch and the floor. They’ll even curl up in a square of tape on the floor! But why is your cat so attracted to these small spaces? The answer has to do with the security and protection that these places offer, and regardless of if they’re truly safe or not, it’s about how they make your cat feel.

 What Do You Wish You’d Talked About with Your Partner Before Having Kids? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 82

Raising kids is tough, and if you have a partner helping you, it’s good to be on the same page. Of course, it’s not possible to discuss every little thing before you start having kids, so if you’re a parent, what do you wish you’d talked about with your partner before you had kids? Even if your kids are grown or you’re not with the other biological parent of your kid anymore, you might have advice that could help other soon-to-be parents talk about what matters.

 Collate Is a Privacy-Focused Evernote-Style Notes App | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 107

Windows/Mac/Linux: When it comes to notes apps, you have a seemingly endless trail of options, but it’s rare to find one that’s cross-platform, supports the Evernote-style of rich notes, and works without needing an account somewhere. Collate is just that. The idea behind Collate is pretty easy to get behind. It uses an the now standard “big notes app” organization methods of notebooks with individual notes inside.

 This Interactive Map Shows You When the Weather is Best for Your Next Vacation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 82

If you’re not sure exactly where you want to go on your next vacation, or you know where but are flexible on when you go, this interactive map uses 10+ years of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data to show you what the weather will be like. This first step in travel planning makes sure you’ll have good weather for your trip.


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