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Block Customer Service Chat Pop-ups With This Browser Extension Block Customer Service Chat Pop-ups With This Browser Extension

Chrome and Firefox: Pop-ups are back, baby! They offer 10% off, they ask you to subscribe to newsletters (sorry), they pull up a chat window so customer service can help you spend your money. If those chat pop-ups freak you out, try blocking them with the Hello, Goodbye extension.

What's Coming and Going From Netflix in April 2019 What's Coming and Going From Netflix in April 2019

Netflix continues its transformation from streaming platform to glorified HBO competitor, adding dozens of original titles in April while losing lots of its licensed catalog. If you’re underwhelmed by Netflix’s own work and you were in this for the classic film library, it might be time to unsubscribe.

I'm Jad Abumrad, Founder and Co-Host of Radiolab, and This Is How I Work I'm Jad Abumrad, Founder and Co-Host of Radiolab, and This Is How I Work

As the creator of Radiolab, Jad Abumrad is not just responsible for one of the most highly regarded radio shows and podcasts, but for a style of sound design that influenced many of today’s most popular audio shows. He’s also the host of Radiolab spinoff More Perfect, a show about Supreme Court rulings and amendments…

What's the Worst Tourist Trap in Your City? What's the Worst Tourist Trap in Your City?

In New York, skip the Statue of Liberty and take the Staten Island Ferry; walk the Manhattan Bridge instead of the Brooklyn Bridge. In Portland, don’t go to Voodoo Donuts, go to Blue Star. In San Francisco, don’t eat at the Stinking Rose; look at the smaller Italian restaurants nearby. Every city (and every state) …

How to Be Better at Small Talk How to Be Better at Small Talk

I’m trying to stop saying “I know.” I say it too much to my friends or my wife when they’re just trying to be helpful. But unless someone’s actually being a dick or assuming I’m an idiot, I don’t need to protect my ego that hard. I win more points if I say “Thanks!” or “That’s true!” and keep the conversation going.…

How to Dim Your iPhone's Brightness More Than You Thought Possible  How to Dim Your iPhone's Brightness More Than You Thought Possible 

The iPhone’s brightness doesn’t go low enough. In the pitch dark, even the dimmest setting can be too bright. But you can make the iPhone’s dimmest setting even dimmer, thanks to a tip from redditor manawesome326. We’ll take you through it step by step.

These Video Games Let You Pet the Dogs These Video Games Let You Pet the Dogs

As our sister site Kotaku has explained, all video games should let you pet the animals. Sadly, many games include dogs, but no way to pet them. Until Congress gets its act together and outlaws this oversight, a new Twitter account, Can You Pet the Dog?, tells you which games do and don’t let you pet the dog. And it’s…

I'm Reproductive Geneticist Dr. Mandy Katz-Jaffe, and This Is How I Work I'm Reproductive Geneticist Dr. Mandy Katz-Jaffe, and This Is How I Work

The Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine is a fertility clinic that helps patients and researches new genetic approaches to fighting infertility and hereditary disease. Dr. Mandy Katz-Jaffe works in research and patient care, developing the genetic technologies that she and her team use in their practice. We…

Scrub Up With the Lifehacker Bathtime Playlist for Adults Scrub Up With the Lifehacker Bathtime Playlist for Adults

When my baby daughter was getting grumpy in the bathtub, and I put TLC’s “No Scrubs” on Spotify, I knew I had something special to share with the world. There are tons of bathtime songs for children, but most of them are tedious. So I made a bathtime playlist for adults (and people of any age who don’t mind some…

Tell Us Your City's Best Parking Hacks Tell Us Your City's Best Parking Hacks

During a Chicago winter, you can reserve a parking spot with a folding chair, a playpen, or a giant teddy bear. Or at least you can try. It’s one of the greatest parking hacks in the world: If you shovel out a snowed-in parking spot in Chicago, and you put a placeholder in the space, a lot of people will honor your…

You Should Own, Like, Eight Pairs of Long Underwear You Should Own, Like, Eight Pairs of Long Underwear

The Lifehacker staff works in a cold office. Sometimes we wear hats, always sweaters, a couple of times even fingerless gloves. And this winter, every day with a high under 45, I’ve worn snug and cozy long johns under my pants. I’m a big toasty cinnamon bun. You should be too.

Find Examples of Word Use With This Web App Find Examples of Word Use With This Web App

A thesaurus is a fruitful tool when you use it befittingly. If you fathom what you’re performing, a thesaurus patronizes you find the merited word for your specific ballgame. But if you ply synonyms without kenning their shadinesses of gist, you will look really speechless. You need to apprehend each word you utilize,…

To Stop Worrying So Much, Deflate Your Own Ego To Stop Worrying So Much, Deflate Your Own Ego

I know from neurosis. Seconds before writing this post, I heard “Hey Soul Sister” come up on our office’s playlist. I saw a visitor sitting someone from outside the company sitting in the lobby, and my bad broken brain thought, Oh no, what if she’s here for an interview and thinks our company is the kind of place…

Name Your Next Project With This Pun Generator  Name Your Next Project With This Pun Generator 

At Gizmodo Media, Lifehacker’s parent company, we love a portmanteau. A lot of our sister sites, as well as their subdomains, are combinations of existing words: Deadspin evokes backspin but also ESPN; Gizmodo contains gizmo and mod. Lifehacker’s subsites find a second meaning within a word or phrase: Skillet contains …

Prepare Yourself for Setbacks in Your Early 20s Prepare Yourself for Setbacks in Your Early 20s

“There is no guidance or set path after college,” says redditor u/InvictaVox in a thread on r/AskMen about growing older. When you’ve been spending most of your life in school, graduating one grade a year, you get used to steady forward progression. You might be able to hold onto that feeling at your first job. But in…

I'm Muralist Jonas Never, and This Is How I Work I'm Muralist Jonas Never, and This Is How I Work

Jonas Never works in public. His murals are seen by thousands of passerby (and soon after by their Instagram followers), but he has less time to paint them than many artists who can work in private. He’s learned to work quickly and maximize his time to create local landmarks around L.A. and beyond. We talked to Jonas…

Every Sponge Is Bad Every Sponge Is Bad

There is no sponge righteous; no, not even one.

How to Play an RPG Anywhere, Any Time How to Play an RPG Anywhere, Any Time

I used to play in the same Dungeons & Dragons campaign every week. Now my friends and I struggle to arrange a play session every few months. At one point I tried to make it work with another group. We made a six-month Doodle calendar to find one date we could meet. We got together, discussed character creation, and…

How to Write the Ultimate Canned Email How to Write the Ultimate Canned Email

If you get a lot of emails that deserve at least a cursory reply, you might feel like no form-letter email could possibly replace all of them. Here’s a clever solution, borrowed from the sci-fi author Robert Heinlein.

Tell Us Your Street Food Tips Tell Us Your Street Food Tips

My best street food hack was hiring the Wafels & Dinges truck to cater desserts at my wedding. Food trucks are the trendiest form of street food right now, but your favorite eatery might be a cart, a stand, a trailer, or someone rolling a cooler through the park.

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