How To Make Browsing The Web On Your Phone Suck Less

No matter how big the screen or how effective the software, web browsing on your smartphone just doesn’t match the ease of browsing on a computer. It’s never going to be perfect, but it can be a lot better. Here’s how to make browsing on your smartphone suck less.

Imagus Is A Hover Zoom Replacement To Enlarge Images On Mouseover

Chrome/Firefox/Opera/Safari: Hover Zoom, the tool that previews full-size images when you hover your mouse on a thumbnail, has recently been embroiled in controversy over issues of malware and privacy. Imagus is a worthy replacement that works on several browsers and across most popular websites.

Ask LH: Why Doesn't Chrome Show Search History Snippets Anymore?

Hey Lifehacker, On my Chrome browsing history it used to show a small extended snippet of some content from the page that was visited underneath the title of the page in the history list. That has since stopped happening and I’d like to get it back. However, I don’t know what it was called and don’t know why it was occurring in the first place! Any advice?

Ask LH: How Can I Make Grey Text More Visible?

Dear Lifehacker, What can I do to counteract the current trendy habit of making text on web pages pale grey? My eyesight is slipping as I get older, I’m having trouble deciphering it. Are there any settings or software that fix this? Thanks, Grey Away

Text Browser Is A Google Apps Script That Makes The Web Text-Only

Sometimes it’s nice to browse a clean text version of a site. Text Browser is a Google Apps Script that renders any page in a text-only. It also works as a proxy so you can view pages that might otherwise be blocked.

Hit The 'Print' Link For Multi-Paged Articles

Many websites force you to click through several pages to read a full-length article, but often if you click on the print link you’ll get the entire article on one page.

Simplify And Automate Private Browsing Mode With These Browser Extensions

If you’re sick of manually opening links in private browsing mode, Firefox and Chrome extensions will get you in with some quick shortcuts.

Australian Companies Concentrating On Mobile Site Development (At Last!)

One of our recurring themes here at Lifehacker is how building a mobile-friendly site is usually a more sensible approach than building apps. It seems local companies might finally be taking notice: one recent survey suggests 75 per cent plan to invest in mobile web sites over the next year.

Just One-Third Of Australian Parents Use Content-Blocking Software

Federal government plans to impose compulsory internet filtering have dropped off the radar somewhat, but here’s more evidence that it’s not exactly top-of-mind for most parents: according to new Telstra-sponsored research, just one-third of Australian parents have installed any kind of blocking software.

What Australians Hate About The Mobile Web Experience

As smartphones become more common, we’re doing more and more of our net browsing on smaller screens, but that doesn’t mean we’re enjoying it. A new survey highlights some of our biggest annoyances with the mobile web, and the relatively slow speed of accessing sites tops the list.