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It’s a busy day at the office and your left eye has been twitching uncontrollably. So, out of curiosity and irritation you Google it.
Various benign causes — stress, exhaustion, too much caffeine — put your mind at ease initially. But you don’t stop there. Soon, you find out eye twitches could be a symptom of something more sinister, causing you to panic.
Our monkey brains didn’t evolve to understand big numbers without some help. So when you run into an abstract figure, it’s good to have some real-world thing to compare it to. That’s why I memorise a few stats about the U.S. population; that’s why we made a video comparing Jeff Bezos’s money to Beyoncé’s. When you need to visualise a certain number, large or small, search it on Wolfram Alpha, and you’ll get a comparison to some real-world objects.
The Tip of My Tongue subreddit has been helping people remember things for ten years. Next time you can’t remember the name of a movie, a song, a GIF, a book, a stop-motion video turning 20th-century warfare into a food fight... whatever it is, come here and ask.
Not everyone has the time to follow politics as closely as others, especially if you're in another country. Much as we'd like to avoid it, Australia has a stake in the U.S. 2020 election and understanding a bit more about U.S. politics and the stances of political representatives can be useful. If you want to stay on top of all the happenings, a site like Categorized Tweets give you a helping hand.
When you join a new job, there’s a lot you need to learn beyond the official orientation. You need to figure out your unspoken responsibilities, the relationships between people and departments, and a little of the office gossip. If your workplace uses the chat app Slack, you can pick up a lot of that info by searching the archives. You don’t have time to read everything everyone wrote, so here’s how to find the most important (and juicy) stuff.
Android: How do you normally share search results from Google with your friends? I confess, I’ve never copied-and-pasted the gigantic URL for the results page to anyone else; I usually just use the deliciously passive-aggressive “lmgtfy.com” to help them out. Maybe I’m a jerk.
Versus is a tiny website that does a tiny thing, and it does it very well. Enter a product or service — or anything at all — and Versus will tell you the alternatives.
Search for Photoshop, and you’ll get comparable Adobe products Lightroom and Illustrator, and the competitors Gimp, Affinity, Procreate, Krita and Pixlr. It’s useful if you frequently want alternatives to an expensive product or service — especially if you turn Versus into one of your browser’s built-in search engines.
Chrome: Sometimes you just never want to see a certain site in your Google results. Maybe you want to block a sketchy news source, or you don’t want Pinterest in your image search results, or there’s a really gross forum that keeps appearing in searches. Thankfully, you can block a site from future searches with the uBlacklist Chrome extension.
The latest and greatest version of Google Chrome makes changes that most people won’t likely notice, such as tweaks to how the browser loads pages and images. One feature that most folks will notice, however, is the images that pop up when you make searches in Chrome’s address bar, or “Omnibox.”
Google has redesigned the way search results on mobile devices are presented, making website branding more overt. The company says this will help users to better understand where information is coming from with the name of the website and its icon appearing at the top of the results.
Which sounds good until you check the fine print and understand that this is a move towards having branded ads and online shopping made more prominent in search results.
Confession time. This week’s Ask Lifehacker is a bit of a head-scratcher, because the wide world of PDFs is confusing, at best, and typically more frustrating than anything else. There are a ton of different apps you can find that let you open, edit, and mess around with PDFs. Some of them are free and meh, a few of them are free and awesome, and most cost anything from a mild to an outrageous amount of money.