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How to Secretly Open iMessages Without Triggering Read Receipts

We’ll be the first to say that being worried about someone knowing if you’ve read their text message is a little ridiculous. Reading the message is the whole point of texting, and yet…we can also admit there are strategic reasons why you might want a message to appear unread.

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9 Salts That Make Me Very Happy

I really love salt. As a child, I would often get jealous of the cows and their summertime salt licks; as an adult, I have been known to eat large flakes of Maldon like tiny little chips (this is called “snack salt”). All salt is technically sodium chloride, but additives,…

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Decorate With These (Non-Racist) Posters From 19th Century Theatre

One of the skills I envy most in others is the ability to decorate a room with artwork. We’ve lived in our current apartment for going on three years and most of our walls are still vast expanses of blank whiteness. It’s not that I don’t like looking at things…

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How to Watch the NBA 2020 Season: Live, Online and Free

While the threat of coronavirus remains, sports are finding new ways to return. The latest one to make that return is the world-famous NBA league and here’s how you can watch it down under. It all started on 11 March when the NBA made the call to suspend the 2020…

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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…

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Superloop’s Offering a Killer Deal On Its NBN Plans

If you’re after a new NBN plan, Superloop might be a solid option to consider right now. The telco has reduced prices across a bunch of its NBN plans, including ones offering unlimited data. So for now, you’ll be able to take advantage of a $10 per month discount for…

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Teach Your Kids to Take a Meditative ‘Snow Break’

We could all use a little more mindfulness right now, but learning how to start meditating regularly can be intimidating, especially for kids. But adding mindfulness to their daily routine doesn’t have to be about sitting down for 10 or 15 minutes at a time and trying to empty their…

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Build Your TBR With Free Books and Magazines Through Amazon Prime

Like it or not, Amazon Prime has become a major lifeline for many during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing them to get food and supplies delivered quickly to their home. And while free two-day delivery is probably the most popular feature of the service, if you’re only using your account for…

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See When Other Apps Use Your Microphone or Camera With This Android App

One of my favourite tiny features from Apple’s upcoming iOS 14 operating system is a big one for privacy and security — a rare two-fer. Whenever an app accesses your camera or microphone, you’ll see a tiny coloured dot in the upper-right corner of your display, right above your bars…

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16 Tech Gadgets I Keep In (Or On) My Desk at All Times

A geek’s desk might not be as scintillating as a spice rack, but I’m proud of all the tech gear I’ve acquired over the years. While your setup is undoubtedly different than mine, there are a few “universal” items that I think are worth always having within arm’s reach. This…

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Create Your Own Town With This Game

One of the strangest parts about lockdown has been the lack of interaction with your town or neighbourhood. Regardless of whether you live in Manhattan or rural Ohio, when you’re really only staying in, our homes turn into our entire world. Maybe you’ve even started to daydream about creating your…

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Just Make Frosé With Popsicles

Every summer, people lose their shit over frosé, a pink wine slushy that — to me — is perfectly fine. I’ve ordered a few at various establishments with outdoor seating, but I’ve never been inspired to make one at home — understandable when you consider how finicky most frosé recipes…

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How Have You Made Your Home More Livable During the Pandemic?

At the beginning of what would become this pandemic, we were all in some pretty blissful denial about the permanency with which we’d be stuck at home. Schools, offices and other businesses closed, but only for a couple of weeks at a time. Worst-case scenario, we thought, the kids would…