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Find Your Perfect French Press Ratio With This Coffee Calculator

If you’re trying to dial in your morning brew using a method other than a Keurig pod or a few scoops of grounds in an automatic coffee maker, it can be a challenge to figure out the exact right ratio of ground beans to water. And that’s where a coffee…

Feel Happier by Embracing Kid Stuff

Let’s be real, everything about 2020 is getting old, fast. It was cute when we were all home for a couple weeks, taking in what Tuesday afternoon actually looks like in our home. But after four months of this, my eyes cross at the thought of yet another stroll in…

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Don’t Fall Into the Trap of ‘Precrastination’

We live and work in a culture that values productivity (and in turn, profits) above pretty much everything else. But we’re also big fans of instant gratification. (Isn’t the best part about making a checklist adding a few things you’ve already done, just so you can tick them off right…

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How to Create Your Own Backyard Movie Theatre

Chances are, by this point in the Year of the Pandemic, you’ve had a lot of family movie nights. We’ve also had family movie afternoons and family movie Saturday mornings. Perhaps the novelty is wearing thin and what once was a fun weekly treat is now just another mundane, this-is-the-best-we-can-do…

Why Am I Locked Out of My Netflix Account?

Living in quarantine for the past however many months — how long has it been, anyhow? — I can think of few things worse than what happened to one Lifehacker reader recently. No, they didn’t get coronavirus. That would definitely be the worst-case scenario. They did, however, get locked out…

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Pour Stuff Into the Avocado Hole

I have always appreciated the neatness of an avocado. Once halved, you can scoop the creamy green flesh directly from the skin, which functions as its own little bowl. But the innate functionality of the avocado doesn’t end there — as clever commenter Allan Smitheel points out, once you remove…

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Use Your Chair for a Home Workout

Welcome to the last of our fitness challenge posts for the month. I hope you’ve enjoyed these mini breaks from your day, even though they’re sometimes a little silly. Today, I have a challenge that’s even sillier: put something other than your butt on your chair.

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Can Liquid Chalk Really Double as a Hand Sanitiser?

To protect ourselves from the coronavirus, the CDC recommends keeping your hands as clean as possible, including using hand sanitisers with at least 60 per cent alcohol when hand washing is not possible. Liquid chalk, used by climbers and power lifters to help with grip, often contains a significant amount…

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All the Food Names You’re Probably Mispronouncing

There is no “ch” or “sh” sound in bruschetta. Hummus kinda of rhymes with “doofus”. And croissant definitely doesn’t have an audible “t”. These are just some of the famous-food pronunciations that people regularly screw up. (Don’t get us started on “gyro”.) It’s slightly embarrassing when you’re either placing an…

I’m Productivity Expert Charles Duhigg, and This Is How I Work

What most of us consider advice isn’t actually advice at all. Not useful advice, at least. That’s perhaps the biggest takeaway from my recent interview with bestselling author and productivity expert Charles Duhigg, host of Slate’s How To! podcast missioned to solve life’s problems one question at a time. Good…

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How to Mute WhatsApp Notifications on Android

WhatsApp is testing a new mute function for Android that lets you quickly silence conversations by tapping “Mute” directly from the system notification, rather than having to mute from within the app itself. There’s also a new “always mute” option coming too, replacing the “mute for one year” option. It’s…

Free Up Space in Your Google Account So You Can Back Up Your Phone

Big changes are coming to the Google One cloud storage service, including an all-new iOS app, free phone data backups, and a new data management tool on both iOS and Android. Google already offered a paid, automatic phone backup service for Google users, but the feature will now be free…

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Get Yourself a Fake Male Assistant

Most women reading this have probably been called “difficult,” “bossy” or “impossible” at some point in their professional career (and likely in their everyday lives). It tends to happen when we do something totally out-of-hand like, oh, asserting ourselves in any way — something men are societally conditioned and expected…

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How to Spot the Latest Netflix Phishing Scam

Everyone loves Netflix, especially when they don’t have to pay for it. That’s why you’re sharing someone else’s account, right? Well, scammers love free Netflix, too, and a new phishing attack could get you to give up your precious user name and password, as well as other critical information you…

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It’s Time to Get Our Kids Back on a Regular Sleep Schedule

Between the decimation of normal life in the spring and this long, boring-arse summer we’re all wading through, one thing parents may have become extra lax on is a consistent bedtime. Some days I decide enough is enough (for now) and my son needs to go to bed at a…

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Waffled Tofu Absolutely Rules

Waffle makers are very good at getting foods hot and crispy, and that just happens to be how I like my tofu (and my SPAM, prosciutto crisps, and potato cakes). I also like my tofu saucy, and waffled tofu — with its little square cups — holds sauce like no…

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What You Should Know Before Buying Hand Sanitiser

A peak health body in the United States has restricted the sale of hand sanitisers containing methanol, citing it as a potential poisoning hazard. Australia’s own health regulator has said there’s no need to worry just yet, but there are a few things you should consider before grabbing any old…

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We’re Still in the First Wave

Despite being told for months that the novel coronavirus is unlike anything we’ve dealt with in modern times, it’s still tempting for us to think of it in terms of influenza. (Even though they’re definitely not the same thing.) This makes sense because we’re familiar with the flu, and with…

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Help Save the Monarch Butterfly

Monarch butterflies are in danger — so much so that they may soon be officially endangered. Due to deforestation, climate change and associated habitat loss, monarch populations are in sharp decline, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to decide whether to add the monarch to the endangered…

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How Often Should You Restart Your Phone?

Don’t overthink it. In the age of modern smartphones, there are not many reasons to completely turn your phone off. In the video below, I explain the few instances where restarting your phone can be helpful and why you shouldn’t worry about doing it regularly.

You Can Finally Stream Spotify From Your PC to Google Home Speakers

Spotify is available on almost every popular device we can think of. Each app does virtually the same thing whether you’re listening on a smartphone, computer, or through a smart tv app, but there was an odd limitation for desktop users: You couldn’t cast Spotify to a “Google Cast” device…

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How to Tell Whether It’s Allergies, a Cold or Coronavirus

We’re told to stay home if we feel unwell during the COVID-19 pandemic. But what if your sniffles, sore throat or cough aren’t infectious? What if they’re caused by hayfever or another allergy? You may be doing a lot more isolating than you need to. Although it can sometimes be…