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How to Watch Apple's News and Media Event Monday 

Apple is holding a media event Monday at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino. Kicking off at 10am PT / 1pm ET, Apple is expected to use the event to announce a new video streaming service as well as a new news subscription service built on the bones of Texture, a news subscription app Apple acquired last year. There…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Apple TV, Streaming Video, Streaming Media


How to Boost Mobile Game Performance and Battery Life on Your Android 

As mobile games get more sophisticated and their graphics get better and beefier, smartphones require higher hardware specs in order for these games to look great. Whether your smartphone is brand-new or showing its age a bit, you can probably squeak out higher frame rates. Tweak your phone or tablet’s display…Read more...
Tags: Android, Mobile Gaming, Gaming, Display, Resolution


How Do I Block My Neighbor's Wifi?

Like Michael Myers from those Halloween movies, some things in life are (seemingly) inescapable. Taxes. Politics. Your neighbor’s wifi networks that are strong enough to give you an unusable signal in your home or apartment, no matter where you are.Read more...
Tags: Wifi, Wireless, Networking, Signal, Neighbor, Router


Android Smartphone Running Slow? Try Deleting the App Cache

Android smartphones are great, but they’re not immune to the ravages of time. While scratches or physical wear can be prevented with cases and mindful handling, it can be much harder to stop system slow down, which can creep its way into the user experience until one day your phone doesn’t feel quite so fast anymore.…Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Smartphones, Lifehacks, Pixel, Google Pixel, Android 9, Android 8


How to Learn a Language in Record Time

Acing exams isn’t the only goal of learning. Life is full of opportunities for learning things well that will never have a final test. Learning another language is a goal many people have. It’s also one that many people stumble on. They get stuck, give up and maybe even convince themselves they don’t have the right “gene” for learning languages. There is no gene, however. There’s only ineffective strategies and good ones. Why I Don’t Recommend DuoLingo Because actually using a language is ...
Tags: Google, Learning, Lifehacks, Duolingo, Anki, Benny Lewis, Better Way


Pre-Register Now for the 'Call of Duty: Mobile' Beta on iOS and Android

Following in the footsteps of PUBG and Fortnite, Activision is bringing Call of Duty’s storied multiplayer gameplay to iOS and Android devices with Call of Duty: Mobile. The game will include classic Call of Duty multiplayer modes such as Team Death Match and Free-For-All, and fan-favorite maps like Nuketown.Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Mobile Gaming, Call Of Duty, Lifehacks, Activision, Fortnite, PUBG, Call of Duty Mobile, Fortnite Activision


Double-Check That Your Android Antivirus App Actually Works

Antivirus software is meant to keep our devices free of malicious software, but what happens when it’s the antivirus app itself that’s the problem?Read more...
Tags: Android, Malware, Lifehacks, Antivirus, Android Antivirus


Buy Your Kid's Awkward School Picture

Year after year, my son tends to knock school Picture Day out of the park with a confident stance and natural smile. Except for one year when he was two and-a half and in daycare. Because his friends will one day Google his name, I won’t post it here. Instead, I’ll paint a mental picture for you.Read more...
Tags: Google, Photography, Kids, Lifehacks, School Pictures, Picture Day


Going Green To Save Green

As electricity prices continue to soar, one in three U.S. households is struggling to pay their electricity bills. These rising energy costs hit us where it hurts, often leading to broader budgetary concerns. Using too much energy also harms the economy and the environment. The following benefits of going green can help convince you to make the necessary changes at home: Power Bills Vary Widely, Leaving Us Guessing On Budgets Sometimes, unseasonable weather or an unexpected emergency can leave...
Tags: Technology, Money, Washington, US, Green, Lifehacks, Los Angeles Boston Baltimore, Green Tech Can Help You Save Some Green Solar, Belkin Conserve Strip, Lower My Energy


How to Safely Opt Your Device Out of the Android Q Beta Program

While Google is letting users test out the upcoming Android Q through a public beta program, it’s not going to be for everyone. If you updated to the Android Q beta build and find your device has slowed down, that the battery isn’t as efficient, or that certain apps don’t run the way they’re supposed to (or at all), …Read more...
Tags: Google, Google Drive, Lifehacks, Android 9, Android Q, Android Q Beta


Act Fast if You Don't Want Your Google+ Posts Publicly Archived

Google+ gets the axe on April 2, but some of your old posts may be sticking around—whether you want them to or not. In an effort to preserve internet content, the Internet Archives and ArchiveTeam create digital backups of websites and other internet content that would otherwise be lost to time, and their next project…Read more...
Tags: Google, Social Media, Internet Archive, Lifehacks, Google Plus, Wayback Machine


See What the World Looked Like When the World Wide Web Was Born

The World Wide Web turned 30 this week, and everyone celebrated the best way they know how—by coming up with big lists of all the internet-related topics we’ve dealt with (or obsessed over) the past few decades. That includes dial-up modems, AOL, avatar- and comic-based chatrooms, and Homestar Runner, which are just a…Read more...
Tags: Google, Internet, Web, Anniversary, Aol, Timelapse, Lifehacks


How Can I Search Through PDF Comments?

Confession time. This week’s Tech 911 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…Read more...
Tags: Google, Google Drive, Search, Lifehacks, Pdf, Comment, Annotate


Why Digital Detoxes Don't Work

Being without your phone is a luxury these days. If you can manage it, you are either on vacation, or you have a staff to handle all your digital grunt work. For the rest of us, tech is both a distraction and a necessity. And we are powerless to do much about that. Read more...
Tags: Technology, Smartphones, Phones, Lifehacks, Digital Detox


Delete These Malware-Laden Apps From Your Android Right Now

Digital security researchers have discovered a previously unknown type of ad-serving malware in more than 200 Android apps, some of which have been downloaded by millions of users. The AdWare, which security firm Check Point calls “SimBad,” creates a backdoor and allows its creator to install additional programs,…Read more...
Tags: Android, Google Play, Malware, Lifehacks, Simbad, Delete These Now


How to Sign Up for the Android Q Beta Right Now

The Android OS cycle starts again this week, with Google announcing more details on Android Q and releasing a first, early beta for adventurous types who want to take a peek under the hood. If you’re one of those people, and you have a Google Pixel phone, you can enroll in the beta right now and start trying out…Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Lifehacks, Pixel, Beta, Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Android Q, Samsung Galaxy Fold


Spice Up Google's Carmen Sandiego Game With the Real Theme Song

I have always had room in my heart for the old-school “edutainment” Carmen Sandiego games, because they taught me a decent bit about geography as a kid. I also loved the awesome television show (with the awesome theme song), although I’m pretty sure I had nightmares about being on the show and getting stuck with an…Read more...
Tags: Google, Gaming, Lifehacks, Retro, Geography, Carmen Sandiego, Do It Rockapella


How to Enable Chrome's New Dark Mode

Google announced that the latest update for the Chrome browser, Chrome 73, has begun rolling out to Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. While these updates normally cover security fixes, system-level changes, and new tools for developers, Chrome 73 also includes a handful of new features for general users as…Read more...
Tags: Chrome, Google Chrome, Google, Windows, Chrome Os, Linux, Lifehacks, Chromium, Dark Theme, macOS, Chrome Dark Mode


How to Enable Google Chrome's New Dark Mode (and More) 

Google announced that the latest update for the Chrome browser, Chrome 73, has begun rolling out to Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. While these updates normally cover security fixes, system-level changes, and new tools for developers, Chrome 73 also includes a handful of new features for general users as…Read more...
Tags: Chrome, Google Chrome, Google, Windows, Chrome Os, Linux, Lifehacks, Chromium, Dark Theme, macOS, Chrome Dark Mode


How to Save Important Voicemails for Both iPhone and Android

It’s almost inevitable that we’ll all need to securely and reliably save a voicemail at some point. Whether it’s a message from a loved one who has since died or just an important recording you want to keep, there are several ways to save important voicemails indefinitely.Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Itunes, Google Voice, Iphones, Lifehacks, Voicemail


How to Enable 'Developer Options' on Your New Galaxy S10

Samsung’s brand-new Galaxy S10 arrived Friday, and I have little doubt that many day-one buyers spent all weekend fiddling with a smartphone that “comes the closest to making all those dollars worth it,” as our colleagues at Gizmodo describe.Read more...
Tags: Android, Samsung, Smartphone, How To, Settings, Lifehacks, Gizmodo, Developer Options, Galaxy S10


How to Get Rid of the 'Hole Punch' on the Galaxy S10's Display

Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 might not have a notch, but it does have a hole punch camera on the front.Read more...
Tags: Android, Samsung, Cameras, Lifehacks


How to Access Slack's Secret Dark Mode on iOS and Android

If I could, I would use all my phone’s apps in dark or night mode. Night mode is easier on your eyes and easier on your device’s battery. Now Slack is finally testing a dark mode for its iOS and Android apps.Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Lifehacks, Slack, Dark Mode


Do My Devices Have to Use the Same Wifi Band to Talk to Each Other?

Everyone has questions about wireless networking—and that’s totally OK. There’s plenty you might not know about wifi, even if you’ve successfully set up your router and are sitting there, right now, browsing Lifehacker on your laptop, desktop, smartphone, or tablet.Read more...
Tags: Networking, Router, Wireless, Wifi, Lifehacks, Connection


Wrangle Control of Your Life with a Notion Wiki

It may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes you need another thing to help yourself get organized, even if you’re feeling fatigue about all the apps and services you’re already wrangling. Notion is an all-in-one workspace app that can help you feel less overwhelmed with all the pieces of a particular project, even if…Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Productivity, Mac, Windows, Lifehacks, Project, Organize, Manage


Check if Your Android VPN Is Collecting Personal Data

Granting permissions to apps takes a certain level of trust—trust that an app is honest about the parts of your phone’s hardware and operating system it has access to, and what it does with the data therein. Trust is especially crucial with VPN apps, the point of which is to obfuscate your mobile internet activity…Read more...
Tags: Android, Vpn, Lifehacks, Android VPN, Mobile Vpn


Scan for Competing Wifi Networks With This Free Android App

Android / iOS: A Lifehacker reader alerted me about the existence of Ubiquiti’s WiFiman app in a recent Tech 911 post—thanks, Rick!—and I wholeheartedly recommend it if you’re an Android user. The app also exists for iOS, and it has a few fun features, but it’s not nearly as useful for learning more about all the wifi…Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Router, Wireless, Wifi, Lifehacks, Scanner, Rick, Ubiquiti, Channels


Get Apple to Repair Your iPhone, Even With a Third-Party Battery

If you replaced your iPhone battery with a third-party alternative and need your device repaired, you’re in luck: Apple will now service iPhones with third-party batteries, MacRumors reports.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Repairs, Lifehacks, Battery


Update Google Chrome Right Now 

A security flaw in Google Chrome was under active attack last week; although Google’s most recent Chrome update (hopefully) automatically fixed the problem in your browser, it’s important that you double-check that you’re running the newest version (72.0.3626.121).Read more...
Tags: Chrome, Google Chrome, Google, Security, Updates, Hackers, Lifehacks


How to Move Your Podcasts Between Apps

I’ve long been a fan of the Castro podcast app, mainly because I paid $5 back when the app was on version 2, which unlocked a subset of features that today’s Castro 3 users can’t get without a subscription. (Ha!) However, Pocket Casts—the Shark to Castro’s Jet—now supports playback on Amazon Echo devices via a useful…Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Podcasts, Export, Lifehacks, Amazon Echo, Castro, Import, OPML



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