Beware Coronavirus-Themed Malware Disguised As Excel Spreadsheets

Beware Coronavirus-Themed Malware Disguised As Excel Spreadsheets

While many parts of the world are preparing to slowly reopen after months of lockdown, coronavirus-related scams and malware campaigns show no signs of abating. The Microsoft Security Intelligence Team recently disclosed details on two massive coronavirus phishing campaigns duping users into downloading and opening malicious Excel files that grant…

How To Use A QR Code To Add Friends On WhatsApp

How To Use A QR Code To Add Friends On WhatsApp

QR codes probably aren’t something you use on a daily basis, but they are incredibly useful when you need them. If you’re a big WhatsApp fan, you can now use QR codes to import contacts into the app—or share your contact information with others. It couldn’t be any easier to…

Be Extra Cautious With Contact Tracing Apps

Be Extra Cautious With Contact Tracing Apps

As with nearly all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s still so much we don’t know about effective contact tracing. At this point, contact tracing apps have to collect a lot of information about you and share it with other organisations. That’s not conspiratorial paranoia; collecting and sharing your information…

Brush Your Chicken With Mayo Before Roasting It

Brush Your Chicken With Mayo Before Roasting It

My all-time favourite roasted chicken is labneh chicken, but that thing requires a 24-hour marinade, and sometimes I simply do not have the patience. I can’t however, place a chicken—naked and unloved—straight into the oven without any sort of treatment. In these rushed, marinade-less moments, I reach for my BFF:…

NASA Wants To Pay You To Isolate On Fake Mars For 8 Months

NASA Wants To Pay You To Isolate On Fake Mars For 8 Months

If, more than two months into the coronavirus pandemic, you’ve thought to yourself, “hmmm, living in isolation kinda works for me,” NASA may have just the job for you. The space agency is seeking applicants for a social isolation study to develop methods and technologies for future spaceflight missions to…

How To Make Better Burgers, According To An Expert Chef

How To Make Better Burgers, According To An Expert Chef

If anyone could start a burger-centric cult, it would be Chef Chris Kronner of KronnerBurger. His obsession is our reward, and he’s poured years of experimentation and professional experience into A Burger to Believe In — a veritable opus of burger-focused recipes and tips.

What It’s Like To Drive Toyota’s Tiniest Smart Car

What It’s Like To Drive Toyota’s Tiniest Smart Car

A lot of people attend motor shows to see the latest and greatest in luxury sports cars. However, if you don’t care about torque, top speeds or style, there’s the Toyota i-ROAD – an insanely cute three-wheeled smartcar that’s only slightly bigger than a motorcycle. We took one out for…

How To Trick A Toddler Into Taking Medicine

How To Trick A Toddler Into Taking Medicine

Toddlers and medicine aren’t always the best match. They’re sick or they’re teething and you know some medicine will help, but they’re not having it, and logic isn’t getting you anywhere. Parents have developed a few different tricks over the years to deal with the problem (give ‘em a chaser! dip a…

How To ‘Quaran-team’ More Safely

How To ‘Quaran-team’ More Safely

In recent weeks, many of us have begun to explore quaran-teaming, where two households in isolation join forces, whether for social purposes or to help address specific needs. The adult moving back in with her elderly parents who have trouble managing alone, the families who need to swap child care:…

How To Read A COVID-19 Graph

How To Read A COVID-19 Graph

When you see a flat line on a graph, it’s tempting to think, “Oh hey, at least the situation isn’t getting any worse!” But one of the common types of charts we see for COVID-19 is of new cases per day. In that case, a flat line means that things…

How To Stop Group FaceTime Windows From Resizing When People Speak

How To Stop Group FaceTime Windows From Resizing When People Speak

If you’ve done a group FaceTime lately, then you’ve likely experienced the feature that makes participant’s windows change see based on who is talking. The idea is similar to what Zoom does by default, in that it will make the speaker the centre of attention, but if you’re in a…

Smoked Lamb Is Easier Than It Sounds

Smoked Lamb Is Easier Than It Sounds

There are plenty of traditional holiday meals to think about as we near the end of the month. Rib roasts, even more turkey, a sporadic ham or wellington. But I’m a bigger fan of lamb – and not just frenched racks, but whole legs. And with the weather warming up,…

The Dos And Don’ts Of Texting Someone You Want To Date

The Dos And Don’ts Of Texting Someone You Want To Date

Someone you’re interested in dating gave you their number and asked you to text them. Hard part is over, right? Wrong: your entire romantic future here could be determined by your first few text messages. Here’s the best way to approach texting someone you want to date, according to the…

How To Argue With A Flat Earther

How To Argue With A Flat Earther

Hopefully you never find yourself in a situation where you have to engage with someone who believes in a flat Earth. On the off chance that you do, don’t go in unprepared! Here’s some hard ammunition you can use to thoroughly debunk them.

Why It Feels So Good To Cancel Plans Last Minute, And How To Stop

Why It Feels So Good To Cancel Plans Last Minute, And How To Stop

There’s something magical about cancelling plans last minute – yes, I’ve heard the John Mulaney joke. You instantly get to do whatever you want and not feel beholden to anyone. True freedom is only a shameful text away. But flaking out is a slippery slope that can lead to a…

How To Get Refunds For Your Digital PC Game Purchases

How To Get Refunds For Your Digital PC Game Purchases

Sometimes you buy a new PC game and it just isn’t what you expected. Maybe the game isn’t compatible with your hardware or the gameplay just doesn’t click with you. Whatever the case, if you’re feeling buyer’s remorse over a digital copy of a PC game you just bought, you…

Can These Wacky Reading Glasses Fix Your Neck Pain?

Can These Wacky Reading Glasses Fix Your Neck Pain?

We know just how much you’ve been reading lately (or, to be more honest, watching videos on your iPad). Either way, your neck is probably feeling the strain, which is why we decided to test out Lazy Readers.

What To Do If Your Coffee Tastes Sour

What To Do If Your Coffee Tastes Sour

For something that most of us require every single day of our lives, it seems unfair that coffee should require a fairly complex chemical extraction process. Temperature, particle size, and extraction time are the main variables one has to keep in mind when brewing the stuff and—yes—changing these variables will…

Turn A Can Of Corn Into A Creamy Pasta Sauce

Turn A Can Of Corn Into A Creamy Pasta Sauce

Canned corn is not and never will be as good as the fresh stuff—which, thankfully, is just coming in season—but I still keep a few cans around just in case I experience an emergency that calls for either corn casserole or a quick pickled corn. It is admittedly not fantastic…

How To Make Shake Shack Cheese Sauce At Home

How To Make Shake Shack Cheese Sauce At Home

I’m absolute trash for a cheese fry, and I tend to favour a smooth, creamy sauce over stretchy, melted strands. Shake Shack makes a pretty good cheese sauce, but I rarely eat there because I live in Oregon and we do not have one (yet). Also I’m not really leaving…

Upgrade Your Life With Our Award-Winning Podcast

Upgrade Your Life With Our Award-Winning Podcast

Our little podcast has won a Webby and we are beyond excited to share the news. Thanks so much to our dedicated, curious, and delightfully nerdy listeners! We’re so grateful that you continue to tune in as we explore the endless ways in which we can upgrade your lives. Whether…