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Block Political Ads on Facebook With ‘Social Fixer’

For those of you still Facebooking, get ready for the best news the platform has dropped in ages. If you aren’t already sick of all the political advertising blowing through your feed, you will be soon — unless you take advantage of a new feature that will hide every political…

What To Know About Health Insurance Before You’re 30

Health insurance is the final frontier for many adults – once you’re familiar with health insurance, you get your Adulting Diploma. We’ve partnered with CUA to clarify some info around health insurance. In saying that, it’s last on the list of things to do for 20-somethings because certain health insurance…

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13 of the Most Resourceful Characters in Film History

There are all sorts of ways to live the Lifehacker lifestyle, and not all of them look like the way I do it, which is usually to encounter a problem in my daily life and then google it (“How to cook murder hornet Lifehacker”). To paraphrase famed car-hacker Dominic Toretto,…

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Please Remove the Membrane Before Cooking Ribs

As far as meaty cooking  projects go, ribs are a fairly easy one. Whether you’re smoking, grilling, baking or pressure cooking, preparing an impressive rack is something most home cooks can master without too much distress. But there is one thing a lot of newbie rib cookers forget to do, and it…

Should I Intervene in My Adult Son’s Relationship?

Just because our kids grow up doesn’t mean we stop being their parent. We still want to protect and guide them and watch them make all the best decisions for a happy, fulfilling life. But how much intervention is too much intervention when it comes to their romantic relationships? One…

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It’s Time to Ask Us Your Burning Health Questions

I’m pleased to announce the return of Lifehacker’s Burning Questions column, in which I answer the health questions that people can’t — or don’t want to — google. As a reminder, this is not medical advice, and I’m not a doctor.

How to Connect Your Favourite Streaming Services to Google Maps

Using your phone while driving is not only dangerous, it’s illegal in most places. However, most of us rely on our smartphones for directions or for rocking out to music and podcasts in the car. Luckily, Google Maps has tons of hands-free navigation controls and helpful shortcuts and voice-integration for…

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‘Bury’ Your Kid’s Plastic Toys in Ice

It’s getting hot outside, the damn virus rates are going down in some areas but up in others, the kids are bored, pools and bikes are sold out, and life is feeling like it will never be normal again. It’s time to bury your kid’s toys in ice.

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What Trump’s New Policy Means for Trans Healthcare In The U.S.

Last week, two black trans women were murdered. Friday, June 12 marked the fourth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, during which 49 people were shot and killed at an LGBTQ venue in Orlando. Friday was also the day the Trump administration announced it was rolling back an Obama-era regulation…

How to Talk to Your Kids About Job Loss

If you’re among the tens of millions of people who became unemployed during the pandemic, you have likely been dealing with more stress than just lockdowns, remote learning and social distancing have brought (and that was enough to begin with). It can be tricky to know whether — or how…

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To Motivate Yourself to Train, Start With a Question

I’ve never been able to keep up a sport or activity without having a driving, maybe obsessive, reason for doing it. I often refer to these reasons as “goals,” but every now and then I have a conversation with someone who, while similarly motivated, doesn’t think of their training as…

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How to Hide Your Background in Microsoft Teams Video Calls

We previously showed you a hack that unlocked custom backgrounds for your Microsoft Teams video chats — allowing you to put yourself in front of an island, a static image of a room in your house or your favourite video game. Well, you can ignore that advice now, because Microsoft…

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Make Better Lemonade With Cocktail Bitters

I have about seven bottles of cocktail bitters on my bar cart, but I really only use two — Angostura and orange — when making cocktails. It’s not that the other flavours are bad, it’s just that I rarely want an old fashioned made with grapefruit or lavender bitters. But…

Supermarkets Are Employing a Self-Surveillance Strategy to Keep You Honest

Retailers have tried many overt tactics to limit theft, such as signs that display images of CCTV cameras, threats to prosecute offenders, bag checks, checkout weighing plates and electronic security gates. These tactics are extremely costly and have failed to stamp out retail theft. Now supermarkets are trying a different…

How to Help a Turtle Across a Road

If you’ve ever seen a turtle crossing the road, you’ll help both the turtle and drivers if you can get it safely out of the way.

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Put a Bulletin Board Under a Puzzle to Make it Easier to Move

Along with the companies that make hand sanitiser and toilet paper, puzzle manufacturers and sellers have been doing a brisk business lately. With everyone confined to their homes for the past few months, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve had more time for slower-paced activities. If your family has hopped…

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What’s New on Netflix the Week of June 15, 2020

This week Netflix is dropping a ton of new content including several original films including “Feel the Beat” the story of a woman that fails on Broadway and returns to her hometown to train a group of young dancers for competition.

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It’s Your Last Chance to Get ‘Hitman: Absolution’ For Free

I don’t care how many Hitman games IO Interactive cranks out, I’ll play every single one of them, even though all of them involve doing the exact same thing: poring over sprawling levels to find the perfect spots from which to execute covert assassinations. And, in my case, scrambling to…

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How to Use Water Jugs as Weights

Dumbbells and kettlebells may still be hard to come by, but containers of water are widely available and nearly free. The trick is finding something that’s the right weight, without being too awkward. In this week’s instalment of our improvised equipment challenge, we’ll be working out with water jugs.

How To Properly Shut Down A Windows 10 PC

How To Properly Shut Down A Windows 10 PC

It’s strange even to type this but when you hit the power button on the start menu to shut down Windows 10, it’s not really shutting down. Yes, it goes through the motions and it may look like your computer’s been powered off and it sort of does, but it…

What Is A Weekly Review And How Can You Get The Most Out Of It?

What Is A Weekly Review And How Can You Get The Most Out Of It?

If you’re familiar with David Allen’s Getting Things Done productivity system, you already know about the importance of the Weekly Review. If you aren’t, here’s a quick overview: Every week, you take time to review not only your upcoming commitments and outstanding to-dos, but also the ways in which those…

The Best Ways To Clean A Metal Water Bottle

The Best Ways To Clean A Metal Water Bottle

To make iced coffee, I favour a wide-mouthed S’well bottle, because I am super basic, but also because I found the opening is wide enough that I can easily fill it with ice and perch my pour-over brewing device atop it to make a quick Japanese iced coffee. Unfortunately, my…

Make A Better, Faster Onion Dip With Burnt Onions

Make A Better, Faster Onion Dip With Burnt Onions

Onion dip is mayhaps my favourite dip, but caramelising onions is both annoying and boring. Since I am already always a little bit annoyed and loathe being bored, I am now all about the burnt-onion lifestyle, and have taken to replacing caramelised onions with scorched ones when making onion dips.

‘Invest’ In Your Kid’s Creative Holiday Project

‘Invest’ In Your Kid’s Creative Holiday Project

As one parent in our Offspring Facebook parenting group looked ahead to the holidays, he decided that his kids needed a purpose. An organising principle. A project. So Isaac Elias and his partner created a presentation in Google Docs, set up a meeting and announced to their kids: This holiday,…

How To Fix The Most Annoying Chromebook Problems

How To Fix The Most Annoying Chromebook Problems

Chrome OS has come a long way since its humble, browser-driven beginnings. You can now use the operating system to install Android apps, access Linux with a click of a button, talk to the Google Assistant and more. But just because Chrome OS is now packing power features into a…

The Best Deals From Petbarn’s Huge Sale

The Best Deals From Petbarn’s Huge Sale

The last few months have been rough for most of us and so we’ve treated ourselves to a little gift or two to make ourselves feel a bit better. If you’ve been neglecting getting little gifts for your furry companions too, let us help you rectify that with the best…

37 Great Games For Laptops And Low-End PCs

37 Great Games For Laptops And Low-End PCs

We all want to have the best gaming setup possible, but we can’t all afford thousand-dollar GPUs and 12-core monster PCs. Sometimes you’re a student stuck with a potato laptop, or you’re just getting by on an entry level rig. And that’s fine, because there are a ton of great…