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How to Meditate With Headspace on Snapchat

Spending lots of hours scrolling on social media and clicking through photos, videos and stories is arguably the opposite of mindfulness, but now you can multitask, at least on Snapchat. The new Headspace Mini comes with six short meditations you can do alone or with friends without ever leaving the…

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Why People Make the Switch to Reusable Cups

People are more likely to use reusable coffee cups if they see others doing it, or if cafe owners charge extra for throwaway coffee cups, our research has found. Our study also found people would be more likely to properly dispose of compostable cups if councils provided dedicated organic waste…

How to Choose a Prenatal Vitamin

Choosing a prenatal is one of the first of many decisions mums-to-be make, and it isn’t an easy one. The ingredient list can be confusing, the pills themselves are large, and they come in a bewildering variety. A search on Amazon yields 507 hits for “prenatal vitamins,” plus there are…

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Create a Video Game with Roblox’s Summer Coding Challenge

If your kids have ever wanted to design and animate their own video games but didn’t know where to start, Roblox has a free coding challenge that can teach them the basics. The challenge, called “Build It, Play It,” gives kids easy-to-follow instructions to help them learn how to create…

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Avoid These ‘No-Log’ VPN Services That Leaked Millions of Users’ Data

I wish we didn’t need VPNs, but they can be a necessary part of a balanced data security breakfast. ISPs, governments, advertisers and even individuals keen on knowing what you do online can find ways to easily track your browsing data. VPNs make doing so harder (but hardly impossible) by obfuscating…

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Force Websites to Have a Dark Theme in Edge Chromium

You might have a dark system theme; you might have set all of your favourite apps to use a dark theme. Even still, the websites you typically visit might not want to play along, which can be a jarring experience while you’re browsing — akin to someone opening a vampire’s…

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How to Make a Face Mask Using Just a Sock

Wearing a face mask in public will soon become compulsory for residents in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire amid a major coronavirus outbreak. Residents in New South Wales are also being urged to consider wearing face masks as Sydney grapples with getting a growing infection rate under control. If you’ve been…

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5 Uplifting Queer Young Adult Fiction Books to Get You Started

Early ventures in queer young adult (YA) fiction followed certain conventions: they tended to be set in the contemporary world and their narratives focused on coming out, bullying, heartbreak or fighting for acceptance. Most unfortunately, these stories also have a long history of ending in tragedy. There is absolutely a…

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How to Figure Out Your Blood Type

Ask a person of a certain age what their blood type is, and chance are they’ll know it offhand. From military dog tags to Cold War-era tattoos on children, the idea was that knowing your blood type could save your life in an emergency situation where you might need blood…

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You Can Make a Bacardi Cocktail Without Bacardi

The daiquiri is the most ubiquitous rum cocktail, and for good reason. It’s delicious, refreshing, and extremely easy to make. It doesn’t need any modifications but — if you do feel the need to switch it up — you can make a completely new (completely pink) beverage by swapping the…

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The Best Videos by Abu Zafar, King of Tech Hacks

For the past year and a half, our intrepid video producer Abu Zafar has written, hosted, and edited some wonderful segments for Lifehacker. In order to wish him well on his new endeavours, we assembled some of his best videos for you to enjoy.

Should I Buy an External Graphics Card If My Laptop Can’t Game?

I enjoy playing PC games at reasonable resolutions and quality settings without setting my legs or desk on fire, which is why I typically don’t even think about a laptop’s gaming capabilities when I’m shopping for something new. Why bother, when my desktop (and its discrete Nvidia RTX card) can…

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Scream Into Your Phone and Have it Played on a Speaker in Iceland

Have you been so angry, frustrated and/or stressed lately that you just want to scream as long as you can into the void? Us, too. But as it turns out, we now have the option of having our blood-curdling wails echo throughout the land — specifically, Iceland. The small island…

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What’s Coming to Disney+ in August 2020

Disney is such a ubiquitous force in commerce, media and culture in 2020 that it’s hard to imagine there was ever a time it wasn’t one of the most powerful brands in the world. But back in the 1980s, the studio that Walt built was in dire straits — though…

Should You Buy a New Mac Right Now or Wait for ARM?

Apple recently announced plans to pivot its Macs from Intel hardware to ARM-based chips that the company will be developing itself. However, the shift to ARM won’t happen all at once, meaning both Intel and ARM-based Mac models will be available at the same time. If you’re thinking about a…

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Spend Time With Beluga Whales, Because What Else Is There to Do

Look, we get it. All the virtual travel articles and see-the-world-from-your-laptop tips were fun for the first few months of the pandemic, when it was all still a novelty. But now that you’ve taken online trips to cities, museums and historical sites around the world, you may be looking for…

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It’s Time to Reduce Stress With Some Virtual Forest Bathing

Taking a walk in a forest can been deeply calming. Even if it’s just off the beaten path and you’re swatting mosquitoes away, you’re someplace different than the houses and buildings where you probably spend your life. A hike or a camping trip, or even a meditative half-hour in the…

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Put a Pickle in Your Shitty Beer

Until about five years ago, I was extremely into craft beer, particularly Belgians and anything spontaneously fermented. But somewhere along the line, I developed an allergy (?) or some sort of “condition” that causes me to sneeze every time I drink a beer that is not excessively light in flavour…

See What You’ve Been BitTorrenting With This Site

Whether you and your roommates are completely new to BitTorrent, or you’ve downloaded enough Linux distributions, public-domain movies, and concert recordings to make your ISP very interested in your monthly data cap, there’s a great tool you should use to check how public your BitTorrent activity actually is.

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Turn Your Frappucino Into an Alcoholic Slushie

Bottled Frappuccinos will never fail to transport me to the year 1999. I am 13 years old — all Clinique Happy and butterfly clips — and sipping a chilled Mocha coffee drink from a glass bottle seems like the height of adult sophistication. I hadn’t really thought about the drink…

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Go Behind the Scenes of ‘Floor Is Lava’

If you haven’t spent your summer watching people bounce off volcanic rocks and disappear into boiling pits of lava, you have been missing out on one of life’s few pleasures these days. Floor Is Lava is the big budget version of the game every kid inexplicably makes up in their own living…

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Understand the Cons of Living Abroad Before You Move

I’m a world traveller and a proud ex-pat, and I’ve lived outside of the U.S. for years. This means people often come to me for advice about moving abroad. One of them that comes up most often is pretty straightforward: “What are some of the downsides?” Let’s review.

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When Updating Your Nintendo Switch, Update Your Joy-Cons Too

Nintendo, I love you, but you’re the worst company in the world for product updates. Take the Nintendo Switch, for example: It receives updates on a fairly regular basis; that’s not the problem. But Nintendo doesn’t always spell out what it’s updating when there’s a new version of your Switch’s…

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How to See All Five Bright Planets at Once This Month

For the last month and a half, we earthlings have been treated to a nighttime sky in which we can point out three planets at once: Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Starting this week, you can add in Venus and — if you use binoculars — Mercury, too. Here’s how to…

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How Australia Could Try Again to Be a Republic

The revelations in the “palace letters” may well renew enthusiasm for an Australian republic, especially coming on top of recent controversies involving both older and younger members of the royal family. A recent poll also suggests increasing popular support for a republic. According to the YouGov poll, 62% of Australians…