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How to Customize Swipe Gestures on Mail, Gmail, and Inbox How to Customize Swipe Gestures on Mail, Gmail, and Inbox

To be honest, I’m not sure what different swipes do on your favorite email app, because every app is a little bit different. And it’s possible that you don’t like how your favorite email app handles swiping. Maybe you’d rather delete messages than archive them; maybe you just like swiping in one direction over…

How Can I Use the Same Password on My MacBook, iPad, and iPhone? How Can I Use the Same Password on My MacBook, iPad, and iPhone?

Sometimes, the best tech problems aren’t the super-specific, why-is-this-doing-that-thing-and-now-smoking-help kinds of questions. This week, a reader sent in a fairly generic question that’s applicable to everyone, because it concerns our favorite topic: passwords.

Prevent DNS Rebinding Attacks by Adjusting Your Router Prevent DNS Rebinding Attacks by Adjusting Your Router

Programmer (and artist) Brannon Dorsey wrote up a fascinating and fairly technical piece about the perils of DNS rebinding the other day. It’s worth a read if you have even the slightest interest in how web browsers work to prevent one site—a scammy site, let’s say—from sending a request to another site—your bank—and…

Haggle Online With 'PriceWaiter' for Google Chrome Haggle Online With 'PriceWaiter' for Google Chrome

Chrome: The PriceWaiter extension—a name-your-own price system that almost sounds too good to be true at first—is only available for Chrome right now. (Sorry, Firefox users.) And when you install the extension, you’ll probably notice... absolutely nothing, at least at first.

Don't Get Duped by Crappy Third-Party Chargers or Cables

Nobody likes spending $50 for a cable to replace the one that came with your smartphone, tablet, or other battery-draining device. You know, the cable you can’t find, the one that’s weirdly frayed, or the one that your loving pet chewed to pieces. While you might be tempted to go super-budget for a replacement, first…

How to Share YouTube Videos Like a Pro How to Share YouTube Videos Like a Pro

I doubt you’ve given much thought to how you share the latest and greatest YouTube videos you find, because you probably have a routine: click or tap on the video’s URL in your browser’s address bar, copy it, and paste it into a text message or group chat. Easy, right?

How to Get Started in Google's New Podcasts App How to Get Started in Google's New Podcasts App

Android: There are plenty of people who don’t need bells and whistles when an easy-to-understand, well-designed app will do. And that’s my impression of Google’s new Podcasts app—teased for some time and finally made available for download as of yesterday.

Fix This Mac Security Flaw by Deleting Your Quick Look Cache Fix This Mac Security Flaw by Deleting Your Quick Look Cache

A new, unpleasant report making the rounds today is a great reminder that your Mac’s Quick Look feature—useful as it might be for previewing files by mashing your space bar—stores information about the contents of encrypted USB drives you’ve connected to your system.

Turn Your Mac into a Simple Sound Recorder Turn Your Mac into a Simple Sound Recorder

Mac: Sometimes, an app doesn’t have to do a lot to be incredibly useful. And that’s exactly why I like Simple Recorder. As its name implies, it allows you to turn your Mac into a miniature sound-recording machine, whether you’re looking to capture the noise blasting out of your speakers or the sounds of wherever it is…

Find đź’© Faster With Emojicopy Find đź’© Faster With Emojicopy

Windows/Mac: I casually mentioned the existence of Emojicopy the other day in one of our secret Lifehacker chat rooms, and I was surprised to find that nobody else had ever heard of this site. Which then got me thinking: How do most people hunt down emoji to drop into messages, blog posts, and other important…

Explore the Universe with SpaceEngine Explore the Universe with SpaceEngine

Windows: I’m sitting in Las Vegas as I type this, and little makes you want to launch yourself off the face of the Earth faster than running into a group of loud, yelling bros looking for that next sweet bar where they can fill up on Coors Light.

Let Bob Ross Beat Away Your Stress Like a Wet Brush Let Bob Ross Beat Away Your Stress Like a Wet Brush

Sometimes, the best and only way to unwind is to pop open a bottle (or can) of your favorite beverage, dim the lights a little bit (or light up a candle or two or twenty), and fire up some Bob Ross videos.

How to Add Custom Buttons to the Touch Bar on a New MacBook Pro How to Add Custom Buttons to the Touch Bar on a New MacBook Pro

We’re back with another Apple-themed issue of Tech 911, where I give it my all to help you figure out the issues you’re having with your computer, smartphone, device, or life.

Control Windows' Volume Settings Better With EarTrumpet Control Windows' Volume Settings Better With EarTrumpet

Windows: To be honest, Windows 10's volume controls aren’t that special. You can set the volume for the default speakers you’re listening to; you can change your default speakers (from your monitor’s crappy built-in speakers to your awesome headphones, for example); and ... that’s it.

Fight Fake News with This Chrome Extension Fight Fake News with This Chrome Extension

Chrome: The same open-source software company that wants to keep crappy advertising out of your browser also wants to keep “fake news” from enriching your life. Or, at the very least, Eyeo wants to show you whether your favorite news sites are full of FUD and bias. And If that’s your cup of tea, take a big, strong…

Find the Fastest Wireless Network Near Your City Find the Fastest Wireless Network Near Your City

I’m not the biggest fan of Verizon’s stance on net neutrality, the wireless carrier’s costs, or the unrelated fact that I still can’t get FIOS in Silicon-freakin’-Valley, but according to PCMag, Verizon Wireless has the fastest wireless service in the country. The carrier might not have the fastest service where you…

How to Continue to Download Chrome Extensions Without Using the Chrome Store  How to Continue to Download Chrome Extensions Without Using the Chrome Store 

I can’t recall the last time I didn’t install an extension from the Google’s Chrome Web Store. However, developers—up until now—have been allowed to offer their extensions as inline downloads. In other words, they could drop a download button on a website, you’d click on it and see a typical installation confirmation…

Test Out Your Next Nail Polish Color With an Augmented Reality App  Test Out Your Next Nail Polish Color With an Augmented Reality App 

iOS / Android: I got my nails done a few weeks ago, and it felt great, but I highly recommend trying Wanna Nails (iOS, Android) before you head into the salon so you aren’t fumbling around with color choices. And if you’re more a DIY person for nail maintenance, you can avoid purchasing a color you end up hating. Let…

The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Messy Chrome Bookmarks The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Messy Chrome Bookmarks

Woe is the Chrome user who has an overflowing Bookmark Bar—or worse, that single folder they use to store anything interesting they see online.

Infinity Dashboard Makes Your Mac a Warehouse of Useful Information Infinity Dashboard Makes Your Mac a Warehouse of Useful Information

Mac: Widgets? Old and busted. Filling your Notification Center full of apps and services? The more stuffed it gets, the less useful it is. At least, I don’t like having to scroll up and down through pages’ worth of items if I need a quick glance at my most meaningful data.

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