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How Do I Create a Searchable Archive of PDFs? How Do I Create a Searchable Archive of PDFs?

In this week’s tech-advice column at Lifehacker—keep your questions coming, folks!—we’re helping out a reader who has way too many important papers that need to make a magical transition to the digital realm. At least, that sounds a lot more exciting than “Optical Character Recognition,” which doesn’t really roll off…

How to Secure Your Accounts After the Massive 'Collection #1' Password Breach How to Secure Your Accounts After the Massive 'Collection #1' Password Breach

“Another day, another migraine” is a wonderful morning mantra from Spongebob’s Squidward Q. Tentacles, which you can also apply to your account security on a near-weekly basis. It feels like there is always some new data breach or unfortunate leak you have to deal with, and today’s exercise is the big one. The biggest…

How to Pick a Web Host That Isn't GoDaddy How to Pick a Web Host That Isn't GoDaddy

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…

Organize Your Thoughts With This Markdown Note-Taking App Organize Your Thoughts With This Markdown Note-Taking App

Windows / Mac: I confess, I’m not as well-versed in Markdown as I should be, but the awesome, free note-taking app Notable makes me want to learn its intricacies. The app, available for both Windows and Mac, is a full-fledged note-taking experience that’s leagues better than any default apps you’ll ever find on your…

27 Free Alternatives to Adobe's Expensive App Subscriptions 27 Free Alternatives to Adobe's Expensive App Subscriptions

Adobe appears to have upset a number of users with another price increase for its app subscriptions. While the hit only appears to be targeting specific countries at this point—you’re spared, North American users—there’s no reason to think that you won’t have to pay more to subscribe to an Adobe app (or its whole…

Why You Should Try a Digital Power Supply for Your Next PC Build Why You Should Try a Digital Power Supply for Your Next PC Build

I always like knowing what’s going on with my PC, but I tend to only focus on its cooling capabilities, since that directly affects whether my system sounds like a purring kitten or a jet engine while I’m working (or gaming). However, I’ve always been curious to know how much power my system draws, since I tend to…

Twitter Knows Where You Live  Twitter Knows Where You Live 

Does the entire world really need to see where you’re tweeting from? I usually don’t think about how much location data I’m sharing on Twitter, because I don’t think anybody cares about my 1) tweets and 2) where I tweet. However, a new report from Wired has made me rethink my approach. As it turns out, it’s not that…

Why Does My Fiancée See Ads for Things I've Shopped For? Why Does My Fiancée See Ads for Things I've Shopped For?

In this week’s tech-advice column at Lifehacker, I’m tackling the internet’s greatest annoyance. Not screaming YouTube influencers or people who are better than you at Fortnite—I’m talking about targeted ads.

Check Your Favorite Website's Status Page if You Can't Connect Check Your Favorite Website's Status Page if You Can't Connect

A typical part of morning routine—right after the “really?” side-eye I toss at my smartphone alarm—is checking to see what’s new and good on a few subreddits I care about. Imagine my surprise this morning when Reddit started shooting out various error messages whenever I tried to pull up the site.

Make Shopping Fun Again With Any.do's 'Smart Grocery List' Make Shopping Fun Again With Any.do's 'Smart Grocery List'

iOS: There are so many task management apps out there that picking the perfect one for you is a task in itself—one you’ll likely want to track on a to-do list or, honestly, a huge spreadsheet. However, if you’re the one always stuck buying the groceries in your household, a brand-new feature you’ll find in Any.do’s…

How to Block Tracking Cookies with Firefox Focus How to Block Tracking Cookies with Firefox Focus

iOS/Android: If you care more about data privacy than anything else, you should check out Firefox Focus for iOS or Android. This privacy-themed mobile browser gives you considerable control over the data your browsing sessions share with the websites you visit. Best of all, most of its anti-tracking features are…

How to Opt Out of Amazon's Free Samples How to Opt Out of Amazon's Free Samples

It’s always fun to get free things in the mail, especially if they’re a surprise—whether a gift from a friend or loved one or a subtle encouragement from Amazon that you should try out a sponsored product.

Stream Free Radio Stations on Windows and Mac With This App Stream Free Radio Stations on Windows and Mac With This App

The few times I’ve wanted to listen to the radio while I work—because I occasionally get nostalgic for commuting—I’ve found that most radio stations’ websites are terrible. It’s like they’re trying to be this weird mix of a news service, a Tumblr blog, and a grab-bag of complicated web tools for playing music and…

How to Delete Your Online Accounts but Keep Your Data  How to Delete Your Online Accounts but Keep Your Data 

One of the things I like to do every now and then—especially around this time of year—is to start fresh. I’ll think about all the services I’ve signed up for and don’t actually use. Going through and deleting them helps me feel better about my digital sprawl, and it’s a practice I recommend everyone try regularly.

How to Block Distracting Websites with Your Hosts File How to Block Distracting Websites with Your Hosts File

There’s no shortage of browser extensions you can use to stay productive by blocking distracting websites throughout the day. (Sorry Reddit, YouTube, and Facebook.) But are they really that effective at keeping you from doing the work you need to get done? If you don’t have much self-control, you can disable or…

Should I Use My Personal Laptop for Work? Should I Use My Personal Laptop for Work?

Welcome to the first Lifehacker tech-advice column of 2019! This week’s question from Lifehacker reader Mike is something that many of us have had to deal with at one point in our lives: the irritating balance between technology, one’s personal life, and the demands of one’s professional life.

These Were Your Biggest Tech Regrets Last Year These Were Your Biggest Tech Regrets Last Year

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.

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

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.

How to Fix Full-Page Browser Screenshots That Render Black How to Fix Full-Page Browser Screenshots That Render Black

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,…

Say 'Happy New Year' to Friends in Different Time Zones Say 'Happy New Year' to Friends in Different Time Zones

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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