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We're the Founders of the Hard Times, and This Is How We Work We're the Founders of the Hard Times, and This Is How We Work

For years, there was one good satirical news site on the internet. The Onion (now a sister blog of Lifehacker) had many imitators, none of them successful. Then the field opened up: Reductress parodied women’s media; Babylon Bee and Landover Baptist made fun of Christian culture; the Onion launched a weirder site…

What's the Most Interesting Bar in Your City? What's the Most Interesting Bar in Your City?

Every bar should have a “thing.” My very favorite bar, Burp Castle in the East Village of Manhattan, is themed like a monastery; the bartenders wear monks’ robes and gently shush the patrons to keep the noise down. My local Brooklyn bar, High Dive, isn’t quite so distinctive, but it serves popcorn and has pinball in…

Oh God, Sinemia Has a New 'Unlimited' Movie Plan [Updated] Oh God, Sinemia Has a New 'Unlimited' Movie Plan [Updated]

Movie-theater subscription service Sinemia just announced a new “unlimited” plan for $15/month. You can only see one movie a day, but you can see it at any theater at any time. Update 3/29/19 4:25 p.m.: Sinemia tells Lifehacker there are no blackouts on particular movies—a common problem with competitor MoviePass. On…

How to Appreciate Home After a Vacation How to Appreciate Home After a Vacation

On a good vacation, I always catch myself thinking, “Man, it would be nice to live here.” I might be right, but only accidentally—of course living in a city feels nice when you don’t have to do any work. That feeling makes for a letdown when I get back home, and all my normal responsibilities are waiting for me.…

Diversify Your Stock Photos With Broadly's Gender Spectrum Collection Diversify Your Stock Photos With Broadly's Gender Spectrum Collection

Stock photos tend to lag behind the culture. They fill business photos with just men, or under-represent minorities, or only show people filling outdated cultural roles. It’s an issue we run into a lot at Lifehacker, where we have to illustrate upwards of 15 posts every day on a limited photo budget, and want to…

I Wish I'd Learned This Phrase Before I Went to Another Country I Wish I'd Learned This Phrase Before I Went to Another Country

Learning a language for a trip is different from learning it on a large scale; Duolingo is way too comprehensive, as is anything that tries to build up from fundamentals of grammar. You need a few phrases, like “please” and “thank you,” “What does this mean?” and “Where is the bathroom?” But most of the time, I needed…

How Tokyo Hacks Its Streets and Subways How Tokyo Hacks Its Streets and Subways

New York is actually a great city to wander in—it’s pretty safe, pedestrian friendly, and laced with public parks and waterfronts. But when Lifehacker sent a team to Tokyo to find the local hacks, damn was I jealous of the city planning. There are lots of touches that make Tokyo easy to navigate and pleasant to wander.

Gmail's 'Canned Responses' Feature Is Finally Good Gmail's 'Canned Responses' Feature Is Finally Good

Gmail’s template feature just got a badly needed redesign. Poorly named “canned responses,” this isn’t the feature where Gmail suggests a two-word reply to an email. (That’s “smart reply.”) This is a much more useful feature, buried in the “Advanced” settings menu on Gmail’s desktop interface, that lets you save…

Always Bring Stomach Medicine When You Travel 

We still don’t know what got us sick in Tokyo. But when four Lifehacker staffers traveled there together this month, three of us caught different bugs at different points. For me, that meant an upset stomach and diarrhea that sent me to bed at 6 every night and made fine dining impossible. I had great luck with…

How to Think Like Stephen Wolfram How to Think Like Stephen Wolfram

Stephen Wolfram is in the business of making people smart. His creations, including Mathematica, Wolfram Alpha, and Wolfram Language, help people think computationally, and he’s not being arrogant when he compares them to the invention of mathematical symbols. As the founder and CEO of Wolfram, he oversees a team of…

What's the Best Museum in Your City? What's the Best Museum in Your City?

Museums are the crown jewel of a city. Even a mediocre city usually has at least one solid museum you can blow an afternoon on; most have enough to fill an entire trip. Some are universally acknowledged as treasures: everyone knows the value of the Louvre, the Smithsonian, the Met. Fewer, but still many, know about…

Blast This Playlist While You Get Ready to Go Out Blast This Playlist While You Get Ready to Go Out

When I’m getting ready to party, music is crucial. It’s the overture to the whole night of carousal (or of chatting on the couch in someone’s living room with a clear plastic cup of Two Buck Chuck). With the help of the Lifehacker team, Gizmodo Media colleagues, and Twitter followers, I’ve lined up eight whopping…

Always Buy Socks as a Trip Souvenir  Always Buy Socks as a Trip Souvenir 

Last week I went to Tokyo. I got myself a windbreaker and I got my baby a pop-up book and a mobile. I got origami paper and tea and a wifi-enabled zoom-lens earwax picker. I bought trinkets for my friends—stickers, pins, a pop-up book, a bracelet, a squishy peach that looks like a butt. Of course I got lots of snacks.…

Which Transcription Service to Use for Every Job [Updated] Which Transcription Service to Use for Every Job [Updated]

With audio transcription, you get what you pay for. For a dollar per minute of audio, Rev will give you a well-formatted transcript. For 25 cents a minute (a little lower for large volumes), Trint will give you a transcript riddled with errors, but will help you correct it with a sophisticated editing tool. And for 10…

Track Multiple Time Zones in Your Menu Bar With This Little App Track Multiple Time Zones in Your Menu Bar With This Little App

MacOS: We still like Clocker, the free time zone clock for your menu bar. But if you have to track a lot of time zones, you should also look at Menu World Time, another free menu bar world clock with a slightly different interface.

Stop Walking on the Escalator Stop Walking on the Escalator

Escalator walkers and escalator standers are forever locked in struggle—they are like toilet paper over-the-roll installers and under-the-roll installers, or GIF pronouncers, or one-spacers and two-spacers, only brought head to head every day in the malls, airports, offices, train exits, and sundry moving staircases…

I'm Maya Ajmera, Publisher of 'Science News,' and This Is How I Work I'm Maya Ajmera, Publisher of 'Science News,' and This Is How I Work

The 98-year-old Society for Science & the Public publishes the nonprofit science magazine and site Science News, and runs several STEM competitions for students. Its current president and CEO is Maya Ajmera, who previously founded the grant-making nonprofit Global Fund for Children. We talked to her about her work at…

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…

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