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Today, my wife took our dogs to the vet to get their nails trimmed. Because it was our first time to that vet, she needed their vaccination records. Luckily, I had photos of those records on my phone from when they were last boarded, so it was incredibly quick and easy to send. This got me thinking—we have a baby on…
This question is part of the Ask Lifehacker advice column, where Lifehacker staff answers readers’ burning questions with practical tips. After all, some of the best hacks are borne from the most annoying problems.
Dear Lifehacker, Sierra is out today and some of the new features, like Siri, look pretty great. Of course, it seems like a small enough upgrade, but that doesn’t mean things won’t go bad. You’ve been using it, what do you think? Should I upgrade, or wait?
Dear Lifehacker, I’m not a developer or anything, but I’m really excited about the new improvements in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. Is it safe to install the betas for them? What’s the experience going to be like if I do?
Dear Lifehacker, I like to use my smartphone and tablet in bed. I know that screen time before bed is bad for my sleep, but will features like Apple’s Night Shift and Android N’s Night Mode help me get better sleep and let me read in bed at the same time?
Dear Lifehacker, I have a coworker who swears by Shakeology’s meal replacement shakes. I was shocked to see that a thirty-serving container was $130! Is there any reason to believe these shakes are actually helping her? Better yet, are there other options I could convince her to use instead? I’m worried she’s drinking…
Dear Lifehacker, OS X El Capitan is out today. It looks good, but it’s still an upgrade, and any upgrade has a chance of going bad. You guys have been using it; what do you think? Is it ready for prime time, or should I wait for the next patch to fix the bugs people will inevitably find?
So you’re all excited to hop on a video chat with grandma, but the quality is less than desirable. The video is choppy, the audio echoes and cuts out, and you can barely see the person on the other end. Before you flip that table, here are a few things you can tweak to make sure you’re getting the best quality…
You may have a great job, love your coworkers, and get along with everyone—but those things don’t keep the paychecks flowing. If your employer suddenly stops paying you, either with a promise to make it up later or no explanation at all, you have rights. Here’s what you need to know.
Dear Lifehacker, I’ve heard that I should be “mixing it up” and changing up my workouts at the gym. My friend, who’s a bodybuilder, told me that this is called “muscle confusion” and will force them to grow. I only know a few exercises at the gym so changing it up seems even more difficult. What do I do?
Dear Lifehacker, I keep hearing about automated investment services like Betterment and Wealthfront. They seem great and the easiest way to invest. But are these so-called robo-advisors better than the DIY approach?
Dear Lifehacker, I’m an overweight man who has struggled to lose weight my entire life. My doctor tells me that my BMI is in the “overweight category.” To be honest, I’m happy with my body. I don’t have any medical issues and I try to live healthily as much as possible. Is it possible to be overweight and still healthy?
Dear Lifehacker, I know hard drives can fail, but how long do they really last? Will they last longer if I don’t use them as often?
Dear Two Cents, I’m out of debt, and I’m now saving for a down payment on a home. It’s always been my dream to be a homeowner. But lately, I read a lot of arguments against it in favor of renting. How do I know if it’s a good idea for me? Should I buy or keep renting?
Dear Lifehacker, Interest rates are so low these days that I’m thinking of refinancing my home mortgage. However, I’m worried about closing costs and other potential disadvantages of refinancing. How can I decide whether refinancing now is a good idea or not?
Dear Lifehacker, Pesticides and disease-causing bacteria aren’t welcome guests on my fruits and vegetables. But does washing produce really remove them? And do I have to buy a special product, or can I whip something up at home that’s just as good?