How To ‘Quaran-team’ More Safely

How To ‘Quaran-team’ More Safely

In recent weeks, many of us have begun to explore quaran-teaming, where two households in isolation join forces, whether for social purposes or to help address specific needs. The adult moving back in with her elderly parents who have trouble managing alone, the families who need to swap child care:…

Follow These Rules For Socialising

Follow These Rules For Socialising

More than two months into the pandemic, many of us are trying to find a way to navigate our new normal in a safe, sustainable way. Quarantine fatigue is very real. Even normally cautious people are struggling with taking the proper precautions, simply because of how long this has been…

How To Disable Or Hide Your MacBook’s Touch Bar

How To Disable Or Hide Your MacBook’s Touch Bar

Lifehacker Managing Editor Joel Cunningham had a quirky quarantine-inspired question the other day: His three-year-old keeps on mashing the brightly coloured buttons on his MacBook’s Touch Bar, prematurely ending his participation in various video chats. Cute as that might be [Managing editor’s note: IT’S NOT CUTE], he wanted to know…

Is It Safe To Let A Dog Lick You?

Is It Safe To Let A Dog Lick You?

One of the best parts about dogs is how affectionate they can be. It’s almost like they can sense when we’re hurt or feeling down, and then try to help us with extra snuggles or kisses. But while well-intentioned, those kisses — well, licks — may not always be good…

Wipe The Internet Clean With This Extension

Wipe The Internet Clean With This Extension

If you want a gentle reminder not to waste time online – without investing in a full-featured paid app such as Freedom – try Nothing on the Internet, an extension for Chrome and Safari that turns off all the content of the web, leaving a zen-like expanse of empty wireframes.

How To Argue With A Flat Earther

Hopefully you never find yourself in a situation where you have to engage with someone who believes in a flat Earth. On the off chance that you do, don’t go in unprepared! Here’s some hard ammunition you can use to thoroughly debunk them.

Why It Feels So Good To Cancel Plans Last Minute, And How To Stop

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…

This 3-Ingredient Whipped Dip Is As Pretty As It Is Delicious

This 3-Ingredient Whipped Dip Is As Pretty As It Is Delicious

Creamy, salty dips get all the attention, but dipping one food in another shouldn’t be limited to savoury snacking. Dessert dips make eating fruit more fun, and they’re somehow even easier to make than dips of the oniony ilk. All you need is a creamy cheese and an electric mixer…

The ‘Never Fry With Olive Oil’ Saying Is A Lie

Due to its low-ish smoke point, olive oil isn’t the best choice for searing meats or other single-layer, high-temperature cooking methods. However, as Chef Helen Rennie explains, that doesn’t mean you can’t crank up the heat when cooking a range of foods in olive oil – from caramelised onions to…

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…

Is The U.S. Really Fighting Over Masks?

Is The U.S. Really Fighting Over Masks?

As far as I can tell from my daily walks, masks have quietly become more common over the last month or two. Some people wear them, some don’t, and we all cross the street to avoid each other anyway. But now that rules in some places are requiring masks, social…

Build These Forts Designed By IKEA

Build These Forts Designed By IKEA

These times, they are fort-building times. These are hunker down, curl up, leave-me-the-eff-alone times. But maybe by now, 10(ish) weeks into this pandemic, you’ve run out of fresh ways to toss a blanket over a couple of chairs and call it a fort. I certainly had. But IKEA Russia is…

Don’t Cook Your Grilled Cheese In Mayonnaise

Don’t Cook Your Grilled Cheese In Mayonnaise

I love mayonnaise. It makes mashed potatoes more creamy, it sears a great steak, and it’s an essential part of almost every sandwich. But one application that I cannot get behind is slathering it on the outside of a grilled cheese sandwich. It does not taste that good.

How To Make Five-Minute ‘Breakfast Biscuits’

How To Make Five-Minute ‘Breakfast Biscuits’

You’re not supposed to eat biscuits for breakfast — unless they’re made from oatmeal, raisins and almonds, of course. This tasty, morning-friendly snack is a healthy and novel way to start the day. Best of all, they don’t require baking and only take five minutes to make.

Consider This Before Loaning Money To Family Or Friends

Consider This Before Loaning Money To Family Or Friends

Nothing sucks the air out of a room quite like a relative asking to borrow money from you. No matter how much you love your family, the prospect of loaning your hard-earned money to them can be uncomfortable at the very least.