Life Hacker

February 19, 2021
What is 'Web3' and Why Should You Care?

What is 'Web3' and Why Should You Care?

Tech loves to talk about the future, and if you’ve been paying any attention to recent industry headlines, you’ve probably seen the phrase “Web3” bandied about. It’s not a new term, but as the hype around cryptocurrency, NFTs, and the “metaverse” spikes, Web3 is getting a lot more attention. And...

How to Survive the ‘Toddler Screaming’ Phase

How to Survive the ‘Toddler Screaming’ Phase

If you’ve ever had a toddler, chances are, you’ve been the lucky recipient of their “screaming phase.” Note, I didn’t say tantrum phase. No, there is a brand of toddler screeching that has little or sometimes nothing to do with a full-on meltdown about not being able to take home the Paw Patrol...

How to Install a Security Camera Without Breaking the Law

How to Install a Security Camera Without Breaking the Law

It’s becoming increasingly common for homeowners to invest in security cameras, but there are also privacy laws that limit where all those cameras can be pointed. If you’re looking to install security cameras in and around the perimeter of your home, you’ll need to consider those laws as much as...

Stop LinkedIn From Clogging Up Your Inbox Already

Stop LinkedIn From Clogging Up Your Inbox Already

LinkedIn never passes up an opportunity to flood your inbox with emails. Even if you do your best to unsubscribe from every message you receive, the service always seems to find a way to send you even more of them. If you’d rather keep LinkedIn’s updates out of your inbox, it is possible—if...

The Lazy Way to Stuff a Stocking That Doesn’t Look Lazy

The Lazy Way to Stuff a Stocking That Doesn’t Look Lazy

There are two types of Christmas-observing families: Those who are serious about stockings, and amateurs. Like most things, my sisters and I view stocking stuffing as a competition, but we will never beat our mother, who has had three decades to perfect her stocking stuffing methods (with her...

You Can Use Your Apple Watch to Automatically Unlock Your Mac

You Can Use Your Apple Watch to Automatically Unlock Your Mac

You might know about Apple’s feature that lets you automatically unlock your iPhone using the Apple Watch (when you’re wearing a face mask, at least). But you may not have known that this feature has also existed for years on the Mac. As long as you’re wearing your Apple Watch—and it’s unlocked—you...

Your Pixel Will Now Wait Until Everyone Is Smiling Before Snapping a Picture

Your Pixel Will Now Wait Until Everyone Is Smiling Before Snapping a Picture

As long as we’ve had cameras, we’ve tried to take the perfect group photo. You set the camera on a stand, turn on the timer, run back to crowd, say “Cheese!” and hope no one blinked. Of course, someone often does, and you have to take the photo all over again—that is, unless you have a phone that...

You Should Start This Ornament Tradition With Your Kids

You Should Start This Ornament Tradition With Your Kids

Growing up, there wasn’t a strong Christmas ornament tradition in my family. Or one at all, really. There were no hand-crafted trinkets with sentimental value, or delicate keepsakes passed down through generations. The main thing I remember about our tree was its comical 1980s artificiality of...

The Best Winter Running Gear, According to Reddit

The Best Winter Running Gear, According to Reddit

In theory, winter running is easy: It’s just normal running with extra layers. But sometimes it’s tough to find exactly what layers you need. Fortunately, a bunch of cold-dwelling redditors have come through with their recommendations to keep you toasty all winter long.Read more...

16 of the Most Useful iPhone Messages Features You Should Be Using

16 of the Most Useful iPhone Messages Features You Should Be Using

Apple’s Messages is probably one of the most-used apps on your iPhone that you spend the least time thinking about. After all, it’s just texting. But this humble messaging app is actually remarkably feature-packed, and if you spend a few minutes poking around in your settings, you’ll be able to...

Discover Your Perfect Pullup Variation

Discover Your Perfect Pullup Variation

Pulling yourself from arm’s length up to a horizontal bar is a phenomenal exercise for your back, your arms, and your core. But there’s more than one way to do it, and I’m not just talking about the fact that “pullups” and “chinups” are technically two different exercises. There are countless...

The Right Way to Install a Simple Floating Shelf

The Right Way to Install a Simple Floating Shelf

If you’ve got an alcove, corner, or otherwise awkward empty space in a room that needs a little extra storage or decorative touch, the best solution may be a simple floating shelf. Floating shelves are cost-effective to make—and are fairly easy to install—and they can finish off a space that needs...

The Best Ways to Give Money Without Giving Cash

The Best Ways to Give Money Without Giving Cash

In some ways, money is the perfect gift. It’s liquid, which means the recipient has total agency to do whatever they want with it. Cash is the easiest way to give money, and no one’s going to be mad about getting a box full of twenties for their birthday—but unless you’re Robert Deniro in a...

What to Do Before You Have Surgery

What to Do Before You Have Surgery

The idea of surgery can be daunting. You’re unconscious while someone cuts into you, more or less, and there is nothing you can do about it—it is the height of helplessness. For some, none of that is a big deal. For others—especially first-timers—surgery can be really scary. Here are some tips for...

18 of the Best Non-Christmas Christmas Movies (That Aren't ‘Die Hard’)

18 of the Best Non-Christmas Christmas Movies (That Aren't ‘Die Hard’)

Tired: “My favorite Christmas movie is Die Hard.”Read more...

Stop Killing Houseplants (Create a Self-Sustaining Ecosphere Instead)

Stop Killing Houseplants (Create a Self-Sustaining Ecosphere Instead)

Try as I might to keep my indoor plants alive, I am not a natural plant mom. If you’re similarly incompetent, but still want to keep a little slice of nature in your home, let me present to you: the glorious ecosphere.Read more...

Why 'Tubular Skylights' Are Great for Brightening Up Your Home

Why 'Tubular Skylights' Are Great for Brightening Up Your Home

Letting in some natural light can really brighten up your home, especially during the winter months. However, while traditional skylights are an option, they can be costly and add to heating and cooling costs. Tubular skylights are a good alternative, providing natural light year round without...

Don't Overthink Your Latkes

Don't Overthink Your Latkes

Fact: people love latkes. I wish I was one of them. Fried potatoes should be a slam dunk, but most of my Chanukah memories involve skipping the latkes for the applesauce they were served with.Read more...

How to Tell Exactly How Many Christmas Lights You Need

How to Tell Exactly How Many Christmas Lights You Need

There is an unspoken rule dictating that any Christmas comedy must include a scene where one of the characters gets completely tangled in strings of holiday lights. And while that situation may be funny onscreen, when it’s happening in your living room, it can be hard to find the humor in it.Read...

Get Paid $1,234 to Watch 5 of Your Favorite Childhood Movies

Get Paid $1,234 to Watch 5 of Your Favorite Childhood Movies

There’s nothing like curling up on the couch and enjoying one of your favorite childhood movies. Sure, you already know the plot and can recite half of the film from memory, but that’s part of the charm. Most of all, it’s comforting.Read more...

How to Prep Your Garage for Winter

How to Prep Your Garage for Winter

Whether you use your garage as a place to park your vehicles, or as more of a workshop, now’s the time to get it ready for the winter season. But either way, it can be a daunting task, and you may not know where to start.Read more...

How to Wash Holiday Stockings and Other Fabric Decorations

How to Wash Holiday Stockings and Other Fabric Decorations

Maybe you’re the type of person who, at the end of each holiday season, washes all the stockings and other festive fabric decorations before putting them in a carefully sealed container, so everything’s ready-to-go the following year. Read more...

How to Tell If Vintage Furniture Is the Real Deal or a Knockoff

How to Tell If Vintage Furniture Is the Real Deal or a Knockoff

While there have long been diehard fans of vintage and antique furniture, the furniture shortage and resulting delivery delay throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has made higher-end secondhand shopping even more competitive. And with the increased demand has come a flood of fakes, Sydney Gore writes...

Use This Converter to Calculate the Height of Mt. Everest (or Anything Else) in Danny DeVitos

Use This Converter to Calculate the Height of Mt. Everest (or Anything Else) in Danny DeVitos

Are you getting bored with our current units of measurement? Do you constantly weigh the pros and cons of the United States switching over to the metric system, and wonder if there was a better option? Read more...

How to Decorate a Room With Christmas Greenery Without a Whole Tree

How to Decorate a Room With Christmas Greenery Without a Whole Tree

Thanksgiving is over, which means the inflatable lawn turkeys will soon be replaced by inflatable lawn candy canes and holiday lights. And for those who celebrate and decorate for Christmas, it’s time to decide whether to chop a real, live outside tree and bring it into their home for a few weeks,...