Now Is Not the Time for ‘Mum Shaming’

Now Is Not the Time for ‘Mum Shaming’

I became a mum about a decade ago, during the time of the so-called “Mummy Wars,” when parenting bloggers — the vast majority of which were women — often used their social media platforms to promote their style of parenting. During this time, women felt pressed to find their “tribe.”…

How to Blur Your House in Google Maps’ Street View

How to Blur Your House in Google Maps’ Street View

While, sure, anybody could just drive by your house to see what it looks like — all the tin foil in the world isn’t going to shield you from that privacy “violation,” though a fence might help — you can make it harder for people to see your home on…

How to Change Your Default Browser on iOS/iPadOS

How to Change Your Default Browser on iOS/iPadOS

Tired of Safari on your iPhone or iPad? You can install plenty of other great alternatives from the App Store — no problem there. But if you want to use them as your default browser on your device, you’ll have to jump through a few extra hoops.

Use Physical Tokens to Count Your Exercise Sets

Use Physical Tokens to Count Your Exercise Sets

There’s something about exercise that scrambles your brain a little. I know I’m not the only one who stops being able to count accurately after about…set two. So if you have multiple sets of an exercise, or rounds of a circuit, try giving yourself some physical tokens to help count.

How to Print Using Alexa

How to Print Using Alexa

Amazon recently updated Alexa with a new feature that lets users print to-do lists, recipes, and more, with a quick voice command. The AI assistant will also notify you when your ink levels are low and can even set up automatic ink refill purchases at a discount through Amazon.

Which PC Gaming Subscription Service Is Best?

Which PC Gaming Subscription Service Is Best?

When it comes to video game subscription services, console gamers have it pretty easy — they’re mostly stuck with PlayStation, Nintendo, or Xbox’s first-party services. PC gamers, on the other hand, have a lot of choices to pick from.

How Do I Get an iPhone and a Windows PC to Play Nicely?

How Do I Get an iPhone and a Windows PC to Play Nicely?

How do you manage a multi-platform household? Not everyone is completely loyal to Apple, Google, Microsoft, or any other tech company. You might own an iPhone and use a Windows PC. Maybe you prefer your Android’s camera and your MacBook’s keyboard. Perhaps you’re just a big ol’ geek and you…

How to Keep Your WhatsApp Number Out Of Google Search Results

How to Keep Your WhatsApp Number Out Of Google Search Results

Privacy is everything these days. If you don’t want your WhatsApp number showing up on Google search, here’s what you need to do. If you use WhatsApp’s Click to Chat feature, your phone number may be showing up in Google search results. Click to Chat lets users create URL links…

Actually, Brushing Your Teeth in the Shower Is Good

Actually, Brushing Your Teeth in the Shower Is Good

If you’ve ever taken a morning shower without first brushing your teeth, maybe you’ve shared in my observation that the shower’s magic loses a bit of its oomph when your mouth still tastes like a dank, bat-filled coffee cavern. (The bats are my teeth.)

Seriously, Don’t Look at the Sun, Ever

Seriously, Don’t Look at the Sun, Ever

I’m amazed I have to write this, but here goes. If you’ve been on social media then you’ve probably noticed California’s wildfires have changed the sky’s colour to an apocalyptic shade of red. Perhaps it’s really red, like your favourite Star Wars moment. It might even be easier to look…

How to Fix the Latest Windows 10 Sleep Mode Bug

How to Fix the Latest Windows 10 Sleep Mode Bug

The Windows 10 September 2020 update finally fixes the overzealous Drive Optimisation behaviour that put SSDs at risk. Unfortunately, it also introduces yet another annoying bug that disables sleep mode for some users.

Telstra, Optus, Vodafone: Who Has the Best Phone Plans?

Telstra, Optus, Vodafone: Who Has the Best Phone Plans?

Telstra, Optus, or Vodafone is the decision many make when choosing a new phone plan. The three are Australia’s biggest mobile providers, but they’re all very different. All three have their strengths and weaknesses, which can make choosing tricky. Telstra has the largest network but is also by the far…

How to Always Have a Clean Sponge

How to Always Have a Clean Sponge

As former Lifehacker writer Nick Douglas once proclaimed: Every sponge is bad. He wasn’t wrong then, and he isn’t wrong now. But his passionate stance made me think more deeply about my kitchen sponge than I ever had before, and I came to a somewhat disturbing realisation. My sponge? Was…

Let’s Waffle Some Radicchio

Let’s Waffle Some Radicchio

Many people have been shocked to find that I am a prolific maker and consumer of salads. This makes sense, as the persona I put out into the world is somewhat gin-soaked and bacon greased, and waffling Honey Buns and leftover pizza doesn’t help. But I do love a good…

How to Link Websites Without the Eventual Broken Links

How to Link Websites Without the Eventual Broken Links

Have you ever been browsing an older website, only to find yourself face-to-face with a 404 error when you click on a link to a long-abandoned site? What about searching up an old bookmarked article only to find that it’s now stuck behind a paywall?

Use a ‘Bilingual Baby Name Finder’ to Help Name Your Kid

Use a ‘Bilingual Baby Name Finder’ to Help Name Your Kid

If you and your partner come from different language backgrounds, you may find yourself struggling to land on a baby name compatible with both languages. That’s the position Bemmu Sepponen and his partner found themselves in as they were expecting their Japanese-Finnish son and wanted a name that would work…

Why Brides Wear White at Weddings

Why Brides Wear White at Weddings

“A wedding gown represents far more than just a dress. It is also the embodiment of a dream,” said Vera Wang. For most brides in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, that dream is realised in a beautiful white wedding gown. It’s a seemingly timeless tradition that is…

Common Questions About Victoria’s New Roadmap, Answered

Common Questions About Victoria’s New Roadmap, Answered

The Victorian government’s roadmap out of pandemic lockdowns includes new provisions for single people living alone and single parents: the “single social bubble” system, which comes into effect on September 14. Under the new system, if you’re a single person living alone or a single parent with children under 18,…

What to Do If a Magpie Swoops

What to Do If a Magpie Swoops

It’s magpie swooping season in Australia and that means it’s time to learn to dodge and roll. While magpies are a lovable native bird many months of the year, they turn to flying devils during spring. Why do magpies swoop in spring? Magpies swoop to defend their young. That’s why…

How to Quickly and Calmly Remove a Bat From Inside Your Home

How to Quickly and Calmly Remove a Bat From Inside Your Home

Look, we know how many photos of cute bats there are flying around the internet. But unless you’ve been awakened by the flutter of their bony-yet-fuzzy wings hovering directly above your face, you may not truly understand what it’s like to have one in your home. (I’ve also been startled…