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


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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…

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How to Block Violent Videos on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube


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Because it’s 2019, and livestreaming has had five years or so to really build up into a mainstream activity that people actually do, this means that horrific acts of violence and terror around the world have a greater-than-zero chance of having some video component attached to them. After all, now that plenty of…

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Try Out iPhone Automation with This List of 150+ iOS Shortcuts 


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I confess, I haven’t really touched iOS shortcuts much since the feature’s big debut last September, but don’t let my laziness dissuade you from fiddling around with them. If you’re just getting started, you should find some awesome premade shortcuts to integrate into your device instead of spending way too much time…

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How to Move Your Podcasts Between Apps


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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…

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Prevent Procrastination With This Chrome Extension


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I’ve found myself in a vicious cycle lately. Whenever I have free time to kill, I’ll typically rotate through the same, stale list of websites, sucking up whatever new content comes along to relieve me of my boredom. I’ll bounce between Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, and Gmail (and occasionally Slickdeals) in one…

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Trick Your Friends Into Installing Smartphone Updates


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Even though Apple can sometimes mess up iOS updates pretty good, the updates that fix these issues are important. So much so, that you really should install them the day they come out. However, most people probably aren’t scanning the web, nor their Settings app, to see when a new iOS update is available.

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Which Wifi Band Should I Use for My Devices?


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Wireless networking is kind of like an emergency kit for your car (or earthquake-prone California home). You don’t really think much about it when it’s there, but you’re going to notice it’s missing when you need it. Also, you want to make sure it’s set up to give you the best possible experience.

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How to Reject Someone on Social Media


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I have to deal with so much stupid on social media, it makes me want to quit nearly every site I’m on at least once a week. Surely you’ve had this feeling as well—perhaps it’s because of an annoying friend, a trend that refuses to die, or some political discourse packed with racism and idiocy.

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What Was Your Facebook Breaking Point?


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Facebook turned 15 earlier this week, and you’ll have to excuse me for not rushing to the bakery and ordering a celebratory cake. It feels like most people don’t want to be on speaking terms with Facebook, even though many still check the site regularly for a quick fix of cute animal pictures, a chance to shit-post at…

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How to Protect Yourself Against Apple’s iPhone Bugs


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Apple has, once again, found itself stuck with an eye-rolling iOS bug that puts your data security and privacy at risk. And, no, this isn’t the usual “someone found a way to bypass whatever authentication method you use” deal that tends to pop up around iOS releases. This one’s a big one: a bug with FaceTime that…

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How Can I Use a Fingerprint to Log into Websites?


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As we round out wake-up week here at Lifehacker, I hope that you, like me, look forward to a generous pour of Tech 911 every Friday a.m. This week, we’re taking on a question that I’ve been curious about for some time—not that I’m never not curious about your questions, but this one is a topic that’s bounced around my…

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Get Help Waking Up With These Quirky Alarm Clock Apps 


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There’s nothing wrong with your smartphone’s alarms. As long as they wake you up in the morning, they’ve accomplished their primary task, and you should commend them for not forcing you to resort to more extreme measures to get out of bed.

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Check Your Stock Portfolio Every Morning With These Sites


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Lifehacker finance Jedi Alicia Adamczyk would warn against the practice—and it’s good advice—but it can be tough to resist the temptation to check the stock market every day. You don’t have to do anything with this information; sometimes it’s just nice to watch the world burn, as it were, because someone said or did…

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How to Pick a Web Host That Isn’t GoDaddy


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I’m not sure there are many people who like GoDaddy, but there are plenty who still use the web registrar and host because they don’t know any better. I can’t fault them. I’m pretty sure I used GoDaddy to register my first domain name, either because I heard the company’s name on a commercial and associated them with…

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These Were Your Biggest Tech Regrets Last Year


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Wifi extenders. Secondhand CPUs. A “piece of crap” Kindle Fire. Lifehacker readers are generally smart and astute, thanks in part to the buffet of productivity tips they feast upon every week. Even the best of us makes mistakes, though.

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How to Watch ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ on Apple TV or Chromecast


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Everyone’s watching Black Mirror: Bandersnatch on Netflix, thanks to its quirky premise of a fully interactive story that lets you choose how it unfolds.

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How to Fix Full-Page Browser Screenshots That Render Black


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There are a bunch of different extensions you can use to take full-page screenshots in your browser—typically a more elegant way to preserve a site’s contents than “printing” it as a PDF or saving it to your computer as a complete website. Since I use Chrome, Full Page Screen Capture has been my go-to for some time,…

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Say ‘Happy New Year’ to Friends in Different Time Zones


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It’s New Year’s Eve, and if you’re the kind of person who likes texting all of your friends when the clock hits midnight in their time zones (in addition to yours), that means you’re in for some mental math tonight. Those who are partying hard—or playing The Jackbox Party Pack, like I probably will be—probably aren’t…

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The Best Technology Guides of 2018


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If I had to pick a theme to sum up technology in 2018, it would be “bother me less.” From social networks that collect way too much data to websites that leak your password to the world to the annual circus of hardware updates that feel less and less worthy of your hard-earned cash, it feels like now, more than ever,…

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