How To Type Accents And Symbols On Any Keyboard

Whether you’re doing some Spanish homework or exchanging jokes with your French-speaking amoureux, nailing spelling in a foreign language is pretty important if you’re trying to get your point across without looking like a dunce. Adding accents is easy now, thanks to improved keyboard controls on nearly every device. No…

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?

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…

Boost Chrome Tab Groups With This Beta Feature

Boost Chrome Tab Groups With This Beta Feature

Google recently unveiled tab groups in Chrome. As I wrote in our guide to setting them up ahead of their full rollout, they’re an incredibly useful way to keep your sprawling browser tabs slightly more organised. If nothing else, adding a little colour to Chrome doesn’t hurt; I love how…

Think Of Risk As A Spectrum

Think Of Risk As A Spectrum

As rules relax, we must ask ourselves some strange questions: Is it safe to see a friend? Go to the park? Eat in a restaurant? No matter how many experts you ask, there’s not going to be a clear yes-or-no answer.

What We Know About Coronavirus Super-Spreader Events

What We Know About Coronavirus Super-Spreader Events

On March 10, a choir in Washington State decided to go ahead with practice amid increasing reports of the coronavirus spreading within the U.S. This rehearsal, attended by 61 of the choir’s usual 122 members, lasted for two and a half hours, with attendees taking precautions not to mingle too…

How To Become A Contact Tracer In The U.S.

How To Become A Contact Tracer In The U.S.

During an unprecedented rise in unemployment, there is increasing demand for one job: contact tracers. Part of the U.S. Centres for Disease Control’s multipronged response to the COVID-19 pandemic, contact tracing involves calling people with suspected and confirmed infections and keeping a record of anyone they may have come in close…

How To Hide Facebook’s New Avatars

How To Hide Facebook’s New Avatars

I didn’t expect to get so much grief about Facebook avatars, but the comments for my recent guide to creating these new Bitmoji knockoffs made it clear to me how many of you really, really hate these cutesy new stickers.

Have Far-Away Family Make Bedtime Story Videos For Your Kids

Have Far-Away Family Make Bedtime Story Videos For Your Kids

We’re all about connecting with friends and family via FaceTime and Zoom and whatnot right now. And for some kids, particularly older kids, that can be a great way to curb the feelings of isolation that we’re all feeling. But for younger kids who may not be old enough to…

How To Use Your Smartphone As A Hotspot

How To Use Your Smartphone As A Hotspot

We’ve all been there: You need to work on your computer for a few minutes and there’s no free Wi-Fi in sight. If you have a smartphone in your pocket, you might be in luck. Most smartphone data plans allow you to use your phone as a mobile hotspot, which…