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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


 Everything You Need to Know About Building Muscle Mass With Resistance Bands | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 80

Resistance bands are great strength training tools for home or while you travel, but they may not be ideal for building muscle mass when compared to weights. This video explains all. The video, from youtuber Picturefit, goes over the pros and cons of using resistance bands for your workouts. On one hand, they’re great for those who are just getting started. If you don’t life weights already, you’ll definitely see some newbie gains from using resistance bands.

 Data Selfie Analyzes Your Facebook Usage to Show What Companies Can Learn About You | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 102

Chrome: Facebook collects a lot of your data, but you might never get to see what they really learn about you. Data Selfie aims to give you a glimpse by letting you analyze your own Facebook usage. While there’s no way to know exactly how Facebook analyzes your data without working for the company, Data Selfie gives you a rough approximation. Once you add it to Chrome, the extension tracks your activity on Facebook. Everything from what you click on to what you type.

 Keep To-Go or Drive-Thru French Fries Crispy by Leaving the Bag Open | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59

You’ve just acquired some salty strands of golden happiness from your favorite burger joint. Here’s how you get them home crispy and not soggy. The trick, suggests redditor zachtray76, is to leave the paper to-go bag open while you drive home. If you keep it closed, you’ll trap in the warmth, but you’ll also trap in the steam coming off of the hot fries. If that steam can’t escape it will make your fries taste like they’ve been out in the rain.

 The Most Diplomatic Way to Respond to an Offensive Comment at Work | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 128

You’re in the break room when a coworker suddenly says something that seems to attack the core of your being. Resist the urge to fire back, and respond like this instead. When somebody says something that hits a nerve, Joan C. Williams, director of the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings College of Law, and Alexander Czopp, director of the Center for Cross Cultural Research at Western Washington University, highly recommend you avoid leveling any accusations.

 Everything You Need to Know About HDMI 2.1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 142

You may have just gotten used to HDMI 2.0, but HDMI 2.1 is already on its way, and it has all kinds of awesome new features. Here’s what you need to know about the substantial update. Don’t be fooled by the seemingly small jump of going from 2.0 to only 2.1. As Linus Sebastian explains in this video from the Techquickie YouTube channel, HDMI 2.1 is bringing support for all kinds of cool stuff. Here are some of the new features: The biggest news is that HDMI 2.

 Get to Bed Earlier by Making a Deal With Yourself | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 106

I’ve been searching for a way to get myself to bed earlier for years, and I’ve finally found a trick that works for me. I just have to treat myself like a kid and make a deal I know will almost always work in my responsible side’s favor. I’m one of those people that feels like I never have enough time in the day to do all the things I want to do. It’s not that I’m terribly busy, I’m just hungry for experiences.

 Stalkscan Reveals All Your Facebook Info That's Available Publicly | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 175

Web: Facebook’s privacy tools are notoriously complicated and constantly changing. Stalkscan is a third-party tool that can find and highlight any information that’s publicly visible for a particular profile. Despite its creeptastic name, Stalkscan is perhaps best used as a self-audit tool, rather than a way to track someone else. For starters, you need the full link to a person’s profile.

 Focus on Cleaning These Areas When You Have Last-Minute Guests | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 89

If you have last-minute houseguests, you might be stressed at the idea of cleaning your whole house last-minute, too. Here’s an idea: don’t. As Apartment Therapy points out, there are only three areas to clean in order to make your place presentable. The Things You Should Have In Your Pantry to Entertain at Any Time The Things You Should Have In Your Pantry to Entertain at Any Time The Things You Should Have In Your Pantry to… You never know when you might have guests.

 The Best Way to Eat a Fresh Strawberry | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 66

Strawberries are delicious no matter how you eat them, but there’s actually a way to make their sweetness even more flavorful. You’ve probably been eating strawberries backwards the whole time. In an episode of the NHK World travel program J-Trip Plan, Daniel Donny-Clark visits Kiki’s Strawberry House, an all-you-can-eat strawberry farm along the Shimanami Highway and Seto Inland Sea in the Ehime Prefecture.

 Answer the “Tell Me About Yourself” Interview Question With This Formula | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 87

Job interviews can be awkward, especially with open-ended questions like, “So, tell me about yourself.” Where do you start? What do they want to know? Don’t panic, just follow the present-past-future formula, The Muse suggests.

 The Harmless Items That Could Trigger a TSA Search of Checked Luggage | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 142

We all know to avoid packing the obvious things that could make TSA physically search your bag, but sometimes it might still be singled out despite your best efforts. Here’s what the TSA looks for and how to pack your bags accordingly to reduce the likelihood that they search your bag.

 The Best Way to Open a Stubborn Jar When All Else Fails | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 61

You’ve tried banging it on the counter, using a rubber grip, and handing it off to your super strong friend, but you still can’t get that jar open. Here’s what you do. As you’ve probably know already, running the jar lid under hot water can help, but some lids need to be exposed to heat longer for it to actually work.

 Against All Odds, Verizon Brings Back Unlimited Data Starting At $80/Month | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 74

You read that right, though your skepticism is well-placed. Verizon announced over the weekend that it’s bringing back an unlimited data plan, for $80/month for a single line. Of course, there are a few asterisks. The new plan called Verizon Unlimited will be offered as a top tier service, alongside the metered data plans (which Verizon calls Small, Medium, and Large).

 Nachos Building Tips From an Award-Winning Chef | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 67

Nachos may be the perfect finger food. They’re crispy, gooey, and packed with flavor in every bite—if you build them right, that is. These tips will get you on the right track. Chris Shepherd, the James Beard-Award-winning chef at Underbelly in Houston, Texas, knows his nachos. And he recently shared some of his tasty tips with Kate Krader at Bloomberg. Some of the highlights include: You want sturdy, thick chips that can support weight and won’t get soggy too fast.

 How Thieves Can Bypass Luggage Locks and What You Can Do | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 73

As you’ll soon learn, some travel bag locks aren’t that reliable. If people really wanted to get into your luggage, they’d be able to with something as simple as a ballpoint pen. Whether you’re flying or storing valuables in your luggage for whatever reason, other people can get into your bag by jamming a cheap ballpoint pen into the zipper, prying it open, and taking anything that’s easy and in plain sight. It’s really that simple for some bags.


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