We're All Getting Free N95 Masks, With a Catch

Some governments in other parts of the world have been providing free tests and masks for a while. The U. S. just got on board with the trend last week, promising to send four rapid tests to each household (you just need to request them at covidtests.gov). Now, we’re getting free N95 masks—but only three per adult.

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Source: LifeHacker – We’re All Getting Free N95 Masks, With a Catch

Do You Really Need to Devein Shrimp?

Most needs are actually deep wants. I don’t need Maldon salt, but my scrambled eggs aren’t the same without the crunchy flakes. I don’t need to remove every germ from every garlic clove, but doing so can reduce bitterness. I don’t need an inflatable hot tub, but I bought one anyway. Do I need to devein every shrimp I…

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Source: LifeHacker – Do You Really Need to Devein Shrimp?

12 Reasons You Should Buy a Wii U in 2022

If you were to ask someone at Nintendo about the Wii U, they’d likely say “Wii U? What Wii U? We make the Switch; that’ll be $350.” If it were up to the company, the world would entirely forget about this flop of a console. After all, the Switch prints money, and the Wii U was a dud, right? Commercially, sure. But in…

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Source: LifeHacker – 12 Reasons You Should Buy a Wii U in 2022

What to Know About Facebook’s New ‘Privacy Center’

Facebook has introduced a new Privacy Center that gives users more control over how the platform collects and uses their data. Meta’s former namesake has long been the subject of complaints and concerns about its privacy and data policies. Now, users have a little more say over what data Facebook has access to.

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Source: LifeHacker – What to Know About Facebook’s New ‘Privacy Center’

How to Roast a Whole Chicken Without Messing It Up

There is something quite homey and family-oriented about the site of a whole roasted chicken. It makes a warm and welcoming centerpiece, can feed multiple people, and tells the guests at your table “I can cook” in no uncertain terms. If you eat meat, it’s a good staple to have in your arsenal of homemade meals.

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Source: LifeHacker – How to Roast a Whole Chicken Without Messing It Up

What Is the Best Indoor Temperature for Your Dog?

We recently covered how cold is too cold to take your dog outside for a walk. But what is the best indoor temperature for our furry friends? The short answer is: Generally what is comfortable for us will be comfortable for them (unless you’re one of those people who sleeps with the windows open during a New Jersey…

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Source: LifeHacker – What Is the Best Indoor Temperature for Your Dog?

How to Effectively Navigate the Health Care System, According to Reddit

Even the simplest visit to the doctor has a lot of moving parts: You have to make the appointment, wait for the appointment, and answer the same questions three times in a row because it seems like nobody actually reads your chart. Fortunately, the subreddit r/medicine has tips for navigating this whole situation.

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Source: LifeHacker – How to Effectively Navigate the Health Care System, According to Reddit

18 Things You Need to Know to Prevent a Home Burglary

The thought of someone breaking into your house and stealing your stuff is terrifying, and a lot of the “conventional wisdom” about how prevent it seems to prey on that fear. It’s not necessarily wrong advice, but it often seems based on our fear instead of reality, and often proposes a lot of (usually expensive)…

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Source: LifeHacker – 18 Things You Need to Know to Prevent a Home Burglary

What You Really Need to Survive a Blackout

When you’re a kid, blackouts are exciting—they instantly transform your boring old house into a dark world of infinite adventure. When you’re an adult, blackouts are anxiety nightmares, forcing you to consider how long your food will stay fresh and ask yourself why you let your phone battery drop to 23 percent before…

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Source: LifeHacker – What You Really Need to Survive a Blackout

What Is a 'Buddymoon' (and Should You Take One)?

Traditionally, the honeymoon has been reserved for newlyweds as a time to celebrate, decompress, and, well, get it on. That’s at least partially because, once upon a time, many couples didn’t live together or have sex until marriage. Needless to say, times have changed—as relationship coach and counselor Jonathan…

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Source: LifeHacker – What Is a ‘Buddymoon’ (and Should You Take One)?

15 of the Best Shakespeare Adaptations Ever Filmed

Joel Coen’s expressionistic new take on The Tragedy of Macbeth has been (at least) a modest hit, and certainly a buzzy critical success. It’s very hard to quantify success for a movie with a dual streaming and theatrical release strategy during a Covid uptick, but it seems that few people have complaints about its…

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Source: LifeHacker – 15 of the Best Shakespeare Adaptations Ever Filmed

10 Voice Memos Features You Aren't Using, but Should Be

Some built-in iPhone apps do such a good job there’s no need to look for third-party alternatives. While you might not give it much attention, Voice Memos is one of those apps, and it gets even better every few years. If you’re looking for a voice recorder that backs up your content and syncs between your devices,…

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Source: LifeHacker – 10 Voice Memos Features You Aren’t Using, but Should Be

Why You Should Stop ‘Gamifying’ Your Health and Fitness

Whenever there’s a task you don’t want to do, there’s a guaranteed way to feel worse about it: Just add a whole layer of guilt and disappointment on top. Streaks that you’ll inevitably break, badges you don’t care about, check-in notifications that bug you when you were just trying to relax. Ahh, gamification.

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Source: LifeHacker – Why You Should Stop ‘Gamifying’ Your Health and Fitness

What's New on Hulu in February 2022

The 1990s encompassed my teen years, so of course I know all about Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee and the 1995 leak of their infamous sex tape. A viral sensation in those heady, early days of the internet, for a time it gained a level of fame that eclipsed that of its featured players, a Playboy model and Baywatch

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Source: LifeHacker – What’s New on Hulu in February 2022

Why You Should Save Your Cooking Water for Your House Plants

I am typically not good at caring for house plants. I currently have three indoor plants, all of which are “alive,” but they are not exactly thriving. Perhaps it’s the low light levels in the Pacific Northwest (I hear there are lamps for this), or my sporadic watering schedule. Or perhaps my plants are not getting the…

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Source: LifeHacker – Why You Should Save Your Cooking Water for Your House Plants

How to Spot a COVID Testing Scam

This week, the Better Business Bureau issued a warning about the proliferation of COVID testing scams. According to the BBB, fake websites and janky in-person testing centers are using COVID testing as an excuse to steal people’s personal and insurance information and/or make a few bucks. Here are some tips to avoid…

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Source: LifeHacker – How to Spot a COVID Testing Scam

What Is OLED Burn-In? (And How to Avoid It)

OLED screens are known for two things. First is their excellent image quality and high contrast levels, which you can now experience on all manner of OLED-equipped TVs, PC monitors, smartphones, tablets, and handheld gaming consoles. The second is “OLED burn-in.”

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Source: LifeHacker – What Is OLED Burn-In? (And How to Avoid It)

The Fastest Way to Edit Audio From Your iPhone or Mac

Trimming audio on an iPhone is surprisingly hard—but doing so on a Mac is surprisingly easy. While there’s a dedicated audio trimming tool in the QuickTime app, the iPhone and iPad have no such option. Sure, there’s the built-in Voice Memos app, but it doesn’t support editing external audio files. Even so, you can

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Source: LifeHacker – The Fastest Way to Edit Audio From Your iPhone or Mac

This Basic Skincare Routine Won't Overwhelm You

As someone who has done little more than wash with Target-brand face cleanser and use $4 Suave lotion on my face for the better part of four decades, when it comes to skincare, I’m a newbie. Through a mix of cluelessness, willful ignorance, and a little luck, I didn’t need to understand proper skincare or devote…

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Source: LifeHacker – This Basic Skincare Routine Won’t Overwhelm You