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Read a Halloween-Themed Fantasy Novel That Perfectly Captures the Horrors of 2020I love reading, but I love telling people what to read almost as much. For five years, it was basically my job. And because reading the right book at the right time—to suit a mood, answer a question, or satisfy a craving—is definitely a hack, I want to keep doing it. If you’re looking for just the right book to read, ask me. Otherwise, I’ll be happy just to tell you what you need to read right now.
Why is My iPhone Harassing Me About a Missing Update?As many Lifehacker readers know by now, I love a good operating system beta. Risking life on the wild side in return for early access to new features is a trade-off I’m always willing to make, and it generally hasn’t been an issue on my Windows PC or various smartphones. My friends, however, haven’t always been as lucky.
How to Save Money on (Good) CoffeeLook, if coffee is one of the small daily habits that brings you true joy, we’re not here to tell you to cut back or spend less. The cliché that money spent on avocado toast and lattes is what’s holding you back from being a millionaire is oversimplified and, well, silly. So drink what you enjoy, and pay for the “best” coffee you can afford.
How to Summon AR Ghosts With a Google SearchHalloween is my favorite holiday, but just like everything else in 2020, this year won’t be as festive for most of us. If you’re starved for some good-natured spooky vibes, you can try banishing the blah by summoning a ghost or reanimated skeleton to dance for you—digitally, at least.
What to Do if You See a GhostSo you’ve had an encounter with a ghost. All of a sudden the air turned cold; a light flickered; a shadowy figure floated in a dark corner; when you asked if you were in the presence of a spirit, the Ouija planchette in your shaking hand dragged itself toward “YES.” Naysayers be damned, you know you’ve been contacted by the other side. What do you do?
The Out-of-Touch Adults' Guide to Kid Culture: Sweater Weather EditionStarbucks is selling pumpkin spice lattes. The days are getting shorter. America is slipping into a chaotic death spiral from which it may never recover. In other words, it’s fall! So put on a cozy sweater and get ready for an Out of Touch Guide that’s positively autumnal.
How to Watch Tonight's 'Hocus Pocus' Charity Reunion ShowFor members of a certain generation, Hocus Pocus is among the most iconic Halloween-themed films ever made. These fans will definitely want to join their coven as the three Sanderson Sisters—played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimi—get together tonight for a live-streaming charity reunion show.
How to Hide Porn on Your Windows PCThis article is about how to hide porn on your computer. The delicate souls among you can replace the word “porn” with “important files” and the same basic methods still apply. For everyone else, real talk: It’s not very difficult to hide porn files on your PC, with the caveat that you’ll never be able to keep them away from someone who is truly dedicated to finding out what’s stored on your machine.
How to Legally Record Calls With Android 11's Screen RecorderGoogle’s call recording feature is a helpful perk for Android users, but it’s only available on some devices. There are third-party apps that can do the same thing, but many of them require root access to your phone. Luckily, if your phone runs Android 11, the OS’s built-in screen recorder can record phone calls with no root or extra apps required.
How to Conquer Beard Dandruff Once and for AllIf you’ve gone through the trouble of growing and maintaining a lustrous beard, the last thing you want is for your glorious facial hair to be overshadowed by white, flaky beard dandruff. It’s itchy, unsightly, and can turn a dark-colored shirt into a warning sign for those who might otherwise be attracted to you. But never fear: there are plenty of ways to keep dandruff at bay and make sure your beard is always in tip-top shape.1
Add These DIY Home Improvement Projects to Your Winter To-Do ListWinter is coming, as they say. And as the pandemic continues to rage, we’re all preparing (or we should be) to hunker down at home even more so for the next few months. This creates both a need for basic winterization as well as an opportunity to tackle DIY projects while you’re stuck inside.
How to Clean Your Taxidermy“I know a lot of people think you’re quirky,” my dad told me, “but I need you to know that you’re just a redneck.” This comment came shortly after I sent him a picture of the newest addition to my taxidermy collection, a mule deer mount my boyfriend gave me for my 32nd birthday.
Use Your Kid to Get Out of a ConversationChildren—especially the young variety—tend to be inconvenient in most situations. I’m not blaming them for this, I’m just saying that a person doesn’t realize how easy it is to do something as basic as, like, walk out the front door until they have small children to drag along with them. Everything is harder and slower and more full of stuff when kids are involved.
How to Remove Adobe Flash from Windows 10 in 5 MinutesThere’s really no reason to have Adobe Flash sitting around anymore. Nobody uses it, modern web browsers will rid themselves of it by the start of next year, and it’s been a perpetual thorn in the side of device security for years—even though, yes, it allowed us to have a lot of fun on Newgrounds back in the day.
If You Work During the Daylight Saving Time Change, Check Your PaystubDaylight Saving Time ends early this Sunday. (Here’s our post on the history of the time change.) Aside from changing your clocks, there’s another reason it’s worth noting the change, particularly if you’re an hourly employee.