annoyances

Apple Will Officially Let You Delete That U2 Album

As part of its iPhone 6 launch earlier this month, Apple dumped a free copy of U2′s new album Songs Of Innocence into every single iTunes account worldwide, and made it all-but-impossible for buyers to get rid of entirely. Now Apple has relented and launched a web site that lets you delete the whole thing if you don’t want it. Here’s what you need to do.


Ask LH: How Can I Get The Smoke Smell Out Of Things?

Dear Lifehacker, We recently moved my father into a long-term care facility. There are a number of wonderful things he wanted my sister and I to have and to share with our children. The trouble is that he was a lifelong smoker and everything reeks from years of smoke. We want to keep these things, but the smell is just awful. What can we do?


Remove Old Wallpaper With Diluted Fabric Softener

Removing old wallpaper is one of the more irritating DIY tasks. Depending on the age, glue and type of wallpaper, getting it off your walls can be an exercise in frustration. But it doesn’t have to be.


Manage Persistent Facebook Friend Requests With Your Restricted List

You open Facebook and you see it again: a request from that one person from that one place that is just dying to be your friend for some reason. If you’re unsure, this trick lets you friend them and simultaneously keep them from getting too personal.


Disc-2-Digital Will Put Your Blu-ray And DVD Discs In The Cloud For A Stupidly Large Fee

While it’s not particularly difficult to rip Blu-rays or DVDs, it’s technically illegal to do so in Australia. Disc-2-Digital is a service that creates legal, cloud-accessible versions of movies you own on physical media — but you’ll pay for the privilege.


Ask LH: Why Does My Spotify Premium Still Feature Ads?

Hey Lifehacker, I’m a Spotify Premium user, so why do I get advertisement notifications on my phone, even when I’m not using the app? Is Spotify Premium even allowed to do this given I pay for the premium “no ads” service?


Email More Than Five Photos At Once With Documents For iOS

iOS: Apple’s Mail app doesn’t allow you to send more than five photos at once on the iPhone. File management app Documents now relieves users of that struggle.


Keep Your Home Insect-Free With These DIY Pest Control Methods

If you’re like me, insects creeping and crawling all over your home is a big no thank you. With some preventative procedures and DIY methods you can keep them out of your house without using any harsh chemicals.


How To Fix Twitter's Biggest Annoyances

Twitter may play second fiddle to Facebook’s social network prowess, but we are still using it in large numbers, even though it has its fair share of annoyances. Here’s how to avoid being repressed by Twitter’s flaws.


The Complete Guide To Avoiding (And Removing) Windows Crapware

Windows has a lot going for it, but it’s also saddled with one of computing’s biggest annoyances: crapware. Here’s everything you need to know about identifying, avoiding and removing unwanted software from your system.