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Get Ahead of Twitter Harassment by Checking Your Lists Get Ahead of Twitter Harassment by Checking Your Lists

Being harassed on Twitter is never fun. And it can happen to you whether you’re already a decently well-known figure with that blue check mark of authenticity, an up-and-comer in the world of online witticisms, or if you came up with a single tweet that blew up beyond your wildest expectations. Or, of course, if…

See What the World Looked Like When the World Wide Web Was Born See What the World Looked Like When the World Wide Web Was Born

The World Wide Web turned 30 this week, and everyone celebrated the best way they know how—by coming up with big lists of all the internet-related topics we’ve dealt with (or obsessed over) the past few decades. That includes dial-up modems, AOL, avatar- and comic-based chatrooms, and Homestar Runner, which are just a…

How to Block Violent Videos on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube How to Block Violent Videos on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

Because it’s 2019, and livestreaming has had five years or so to really build up into a mainstream activity that people actually do, this means that horrific acts of violence and terror around the world have a greater-than-zero chance of having some video component attached to them. After all, now that plenty of…

How Can I Search Through PDF Comments? How Can I Search Through PDF Comments?

Confession time. This week’s Tech 911 is a bit of a head-scratcher, because the wide world of PDFs is confusing, at best, and typically more frustrating than anything else. There are a ton of different apps you can find that let you open, edit, and mess around with PDFs. Some of them are free and meh, a few of them…

How to Stop Your Roommates From Messing With Your Amazon Echo How to Stop Your Roommates From Messing With Your Amazon Echo

I first realized something was wrong when I started getting reminders on my iPhone about upcoming appointments at 9 p.m.—not a time I’m typically booked with something to do. And then there were the subjects of the appointments themselves: “Check for herpes,” said one. The second? A reminder to try some NSFW acts with…

Spice Up Google's Carmen Sandiego Game With the Real Theme Song Spice Up Google's Carmen Sandiego Game With the Real Theme Song

I have always had room in my heart for the old-school “edutainment” Carmen Sandiego games, because they taught me a decent bit about geography as a kid. I also loved the awesome television show (with the awesome theme song), although I’m pretty sure I had nightmares about being on the show and getting stuck with an…

How to Enable 'Developer Options' on Your New Galaxy S10 How to Enable 'Developer Options' on Your New Galaxy S10

Samsung’s brand-new Galaxy S10 arrived Friday, and I have little doubt that many day-one buyers spent all weekend fiddling with a smartphone that “comes the closest to making all those dollars worth it,” as our colleagues at Gizmodo describe.

How to Create a Portable Version of Cinebench R20 How to Create a Portable Version of Cinebench R20

I was thrilled to read about the launch of Cinebench R20 last week. That’s one of the geekier things I’ve ever said, but it’s still true. This free benchmarking app is great for putting your PC through its paces, if you’ve been curious about how fast it runs (and how well it might stack up against other systems).

Try Out iPhone Automation with This List of 150+ iOS Shortcuts  Try Out iPhone Automation with This List of 150+ iOS Shortcuts 

I confess, I haven’t really touched iOS shortcuts much since the feature’s big debut last September, but don’t let my laziness dissuade you from fiddling around with them. If you’re just getting started, you should find some awesome premade shortcuts to integrate into your device instead of spending way too much time…

Do My Devices Have to Use the Same Wifi Band to Talk to Each Other? Do My Devices Have to Use the Same Wifi Band to Talk to Each Other?

Everyone has questions about wireless networking—and that’s totally OK. There’s plenty you might not know about wifi, even if you’ve successfully set up your router and are sitting there, right now, browsing Lifehacker on your laptop, desktop, smartphone, or tablet.

Scan for Competing Wifi Networks With This Free Android App Scan for Competing Wifi Networks With This Free Android App

Android / iOS: A Lifehacker reader alerted me about the existence of Ubiquiti’s WiFiman app in a recent Tech 911 post—thanks, Rick!—and I wholeheartedly recommend it if you’re an Android user. The app also exists for iOS, and it has a few fun features, but it’s not nearly as useful for learning more about all the wifi…

Organize Your Gmail Inbox Fast by Right-Clicking Organize Your Gmail Inbox Fast by Right-Clicking

I hang my geeky head in shame for never trying this earlier, but I just noticed the other day that you can right-click in Gmail to pull up a useful Gmail-themed context menu. In fact, it’s probably faster to organize your emails this way than to select an email and use the chubbier buttons toward the top of Gmail’s UI…

How to Control Your Roku Using Amazon's Alexa How to Control Your Roku Using Amazon's Alexa

I have a Roku TV mounted to the wall above my desktop PC—which will surely kill me one day here in earthquake-prone California—and I always have to look through piles of stuff to find the remote. Sure, I could turn it on with my universal remote as well, but that’s all the way across the room.

How to Shorten Your Lengthy Gmail Messages How to Shorten Your Lengthy Gmail Messages

Chrome: I write long emails. It’s a habit I should break, but I tend to err on the side of thorough replies over brief ones. A few adverbs later and boom! It’s like reading a New Yorker piece in your inbox.

How to Move Your Podcasts Between Apps How to Move Your Podcasts Between Apps

I’ve long been a fan of the Castro podcast app, mainly because I paid $5 back when the app was on version 2, which unlocked a subset of features that today’s Castro 3 users can’t get without a subscription. (Ha!) However, Pocket Casts—the Shark to Castro’s Jet—now supports playback on Amazon Echo devices via a useful…

Why Does My Laptop Take 30 Minutes to Start Up? Why Does My Laptop Take 30 Minutes to Start Up?

One of the more annoying situations you can encounter is a desktop or laptop that takes forever to load. It gets there eventually, but one of the surest signs that something has gone wrong is when your system takes a lot longer to boot into Windows or macOS than ever before—especially if you’re waiting minutes, not…

The Ultimate Guide to Reinstalling Windows From Scratch The Ultimate Guide to Reinstalling Windows From Scratch

There comes a time in every Windows user’s life when things start to feel slower. Perhaps you’ve been installing and uninstalling a ton of applications, or you’ve been mucking around with obscure Windows settings (or worse, the registry). Maybe you even decided to live life on the wild side, like me, and signed up for…

How to Turn on Your Windows PC Automatically Each Morning How to Turn on Your Windows PC Automatically Each Morning

Most of us have morning rituals, and yours probably involves a computer at some point. And while it’s not that hard to press the power button, wait for your system to boot up, and then type in your Windows password to log into your desktop, those are a lot of time-consuming steps that morning you has to sit and do. If…

Create Free Overlays for Your Game Streams With This Site  Create Free Overlays for Your Game Streams With This Site 

As much as I’ve wanted to give game-streaming a try, I’m always tentative to jump into the Twitch waters for two reasons: I don’t have a solid background behind my gaming desktop’s chair, which would make it tricky to key out everything but my face, and I don’t have any neat animations that would keep all 10 viewers…

Organize Your Browsing with This Chrome Dashboard Extension Organize Your Browsing with This Chrome Dashboard Extension

Chrome: The Great Suspender is an extension I recommend to anyone who ever uses Google’s Chrome browser, because it’s an excellent way to keep the browser’s memory use as low as possible. While it’s a delicious meal all on its own, I also recommend pairing The Great Suspender with the Chrome extension Cluster.

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