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You Can Now Mute Your Annoying Instagram Friends  You Can Now Mute Your Annoying Instagram Friends 

We all have that one friend who’s insufferable on social media. If you’re tired of seeing your Instagram feed cluttered with annoying memes, gloating status updates, or endless selfies, the solution seems obvious: Unfollow them.

How to Stop Accidentally Quitting Your Mac Apps How to Stop Accidentally Quitting Your Mac Apps

It happens at least once a day, always when I’m right in the middle of working on something important: I accidentally brush the Command+Q combination instead of Command+W to close a browser tab, quitting me out of Chrome. Sigh.

Moleskine's Productivity App Makes Organizing Easy and Fun Moleskine's Productivity App Makes Organizing Easy and Fun

For most of my life, I managed to stay relatively organized with nothing but my own memory, but I recently started using Apple’s Reminders app to keep track of major work assignments and personal chores. It gets the job done, but it’s not very exciting to use. I didn’t even realize that fun was an option until I…

How to Turn Your Google Maps Location Icon Into a Cartoon Car How to Turn Your Google Maps Location Icon Into a Cartoon Car

iOS: Earlier this year, Google teamed up with Nintendo to turn Google Maps into Mario Kart, replacing the app’s usual location icon with a fist-bumping plumber riding a red go-kart. The crossover didn’t last very long, but Google is now bringing back some of that magic with a new update to the Maps app on iOS.

Find the Exact Video Moment You're Looking For With the Hulu App's New Scrubber Feature  Find the Exact Video Moment You're Looking For With the Hulu App's New Scrubber Feature 

Most online video players feature some sort of scrubber (the bar at the bottom that lets you skip around in whatever you’re watching), but if you’re on a smartphone, actually trying to use that tool to find the exact right spot is typically more of a hassle than it’s worth. Most of the time, you’re better off just…

Keep Track of Your To-Do List With This Menu Bar App Keep Track of Your To-Do List With This Menu Bar App

I typically start every work day by creating a list of the things I need to accomplish that day. Once something I did in the Notes app, I eventually moved to just using a page in a notebook. As new things pop up I add to that list, ultimately ending in a jumbled mess of a list with things crossed off and others…

How to Get 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' Mode for Any Android Phone How to Get 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' Mode for Any Android Phone

Android: In a perfect world, we would all ignore our phones while behind the wheel, but the sad truth is that some people just can’t resist the dopamine boost of a new text message or Facebook notification.

Keep Yourself from Binging YouTube with the New 'Take a Break' Feature Keep Yourself from Binging YouTube with the New 'Take a Break' Feature

YouTube videos: You can never watch just one. It’s not your fault. YouTube does a great job of keeping you engaged by constantly offering tailor-made suggestions (and an aggressive autoplay system).

How to Find Stories and Messages in Snapchat's Latest Redesign How to Find Stories and Messages in Snapchat's Latest Redesign

Earlier this year, Snapchat rolled out a drastic redesign meant to make the confusing social network a little easier for newcomers to understand. But the new layout flopped, and now Snapchat is admitting defeat with a second redesign that undoes almost all of those changes.

This App Turns YouTube Into Curated TV Stations For Mindless Viewing This App Turns YouTube Into Curated TV Stations For Mindless Viewing

About a year ago, we started binge watching a single show at a time at my house. We typically pick something with at least four or five seasons, and then whenever we’re looking to “watch something” the answer is always the next episode of that show. Yes, we stray from it to catch new episodes of other programs, but…

How to See Your Friends' HQ Answers and Prevent Random Players From Finding You How to See Your Friends' HQ Answers and Prevent Random Players From Finding You

Get excited, “HQuties.” The popular trivia app that you probably stopped playing months ago because it took you forever to win and you only got $2.14 is adding a big social component to the game today—and, going forward, to every Friday game. You’ll now be able to see the completely bogus answers your friends pick,…

How to Set Up Your MacBook From Scratch How to Set Up Your MacBook From Scratch

Can you remember the last time you wiped your MacBook and reinstalled everything? I’d guess somewhere around “never,” but there are plenty of reasons you might want to Exterminatus your system, ranging from the serious (a major error with macOS) to the so-so (your system feels sluggish after all the crap you’ve put on…

How to Make Sure Your Disappearing Signal Messages Actually Disappear How to Make Sure Your Disappearing Signal Messages Actually Disappear

When it comes to messaging apps, Signal is one of the most secure options around, but it turns out the service actually has a pretty big vulnerability if you’re using it on a Mac.

The Best Way to Unmute Web Games and Apps Silenced by Google Chrome's Latest Update The Best Way to Unmute Web Games and Apps Silenced by Google Chrome's Latest Update

Google’s latest update to Chrome came with big changes about how the browser treats autoplaying videos, but it’s now causing lots of audio issues with various web apps and games.

Improve Your Singing With the Tone App for iOS Improve Your Singing With the Tone App for iOS

iOS: Some people become karaoke gods the minute they pick up a microphone, leaving us mere mortals to wonder how they managed to summon Freddie Mercury from an astral plane. Others...need a little practice. While there isn’t one app that will make you the next American Idol overnight, Tone (iOS, free) is a great app…

Create Searchable Audio Transcriptions in Real Time With Otter Create Searchable Audio Transcriptions in Real Time With Otter

iOS/Android: There’s one part of being a reporter that I absolutely despise: transcribing. Whenever I interview folks, I always audio record the interview so I can go back and listen to it later. It’s a great idea in that I can talk to people like they’re actual humans without a laptop in my face, but a bad idea in…

Get the 'Perfect Haircut' Every Time With This App Get the 'Perfect Haircut' Every Time With This App

For the past five years, a woman (read: angel) named Germaine has been cutting my hair. I booked an appointment with her after my former hair stylist moved away, and we talked for a least 30 minutes about how she was going to cut my hair before she picked up a pair of scissors back in 2013.

Give Your Phone an Android P Makeover With the Latest Action Launcher Update Give Your Phone an Android P Makeover With the Latest Action Launcher Update

Android: Android P won’t officially launch until later this year. While you can get in a little early by checking out Google’s latest developer preview, there’s another way to get a taste of Android P on your current smartphone if you’re fearful of buggy beta software.

Keep Better Track of Your Reading Habits With Bookly Keep Better Track of Your Reading Habits With Bookly

iOS: I love to read, I do. When I was a kid, I was that kid who would go to the library and—no joke—check out a huge stack of books in one sitting (mainly Choose Your Own Adventure titles, which I loved). I wish I had more time to read nowadays, but I’m confident that applying a little geekery to my literary pursuits…

This iOS Trick Makes it 100% Less Annoying to Move Apps Around This iOS Trick Makes it 100% Less Annoying to Move Apps Around

Stop the presses. One of the main reasons why I don’t organize my iPhone’s apps is because it takes too much time to long-press on an app, wait for it to wiggle, move it to a folder, and repeat the process for its 60 other friends. But thanks to geniuses over at Finer Tech, there’s a much, much easier way to shuffle…

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