annoyances

Hide Read Receipts In WhatsApp To Keep Your Messaging Habits Private

Like a lot of text messaging clients, WhatsApp shows when a recipient views a text. That can be annoying and intrusive. If you want to disable those last seen messages, there’s an easy way to do it.


CAPTCHA Can Now Be Decoded By Computers

CAPTCHA is evil and must be stopped. This much we know. Here’s another nail in the coffin of the universally-loathed authentication system: it turns out that despite being designed to stop automated processes, CAPTCHAs can actually be easily cracked with the right kind of computing power.


Are You Suffering From Superhero Movie Fatigue?

Symptoms may include sequel-induced nausea, acute aversion to origin stories and a pathological hatred of Ben Affleck. Thankfully, it’s never too late to quit…


How To Turn Off Facebook's Auto-Playing Video Ads

Facebook recently introduced auto-playing video ads on desktop and mobile. Thankfully, there’s now a way to opt out of them. Here’s what you have to do.


Ask LH: How Can I Stop My Sycophantic Colleague From CC'ing The Boss On Every Email?

Dear Lifehacker, What should I do when a co-worker continually copies all their managers in all email communications? It comes off as though they are trying to make me seem bad in front of the bosses because they ignore what I have told them in person and ask question after question that I have already answered.


How To Stop LinkedIn Broadcasting Every Change To Your Profile

Here’s an annoying feature in LinkedIn: any change you make to your profile is broadcast to your network, which can result in people congratulating you on non-existent job changes or suspecting that you’re hunting for a new role. Fortunately, you can stop that happening with a simple settings tweak.


Fix Those Annoying Chrome Font Rendering Problems With A Single Setting

Chrome beta: Google’s browser is great most of the time, but occasionally you’ll come across this weird problem where text looks gross and broken. As of Chrome beta 35, you can fix this with a single flag.


iTunes Volume Controls Assigns Your Media Keys To iTunes

Mac: The volume keys on a Mac keyboard and an Apple Remote only changes the system volume, not the volume in iTunes. If that’s a problem for you, iTunes Volume Control is a simple little app that changes that behaviour.


Fix 'Boomy' Bass In Your Speakers With One Equaliser Adjustment

Recently, I’ve noticed something interesting among midsize speakers: many have a very “boomy” quality that grates on the ears. Fortunately, you can fix this boomy bass by adjusting one equaliser frequency.


How To Avoid Spoiling TV Shows And Movies For Everyone Else

The nature of spoilers has changed over the last few years. Between whole seasons being released at once, movies crossing over with TV shows, and books and shows racing each other to the same ending, it’s hard to know exactly where the spoilers line is and how to avoid being that jerk who ruins it for everyone. Fortunately, we have some tips.