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Most Popular How-To Guides of 2016

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 01:00:00 GMT

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Step-by-step guides are our bread and butter here at Lifehacker, and you seem to enjoy reading them as much as we enjoy writing them. From start to finish, here are the best how-to guides we published in 2016.

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Lifehacker Is Hiring a Writer

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 00:30:00 GMT

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Lifehacker is looking for a new voice! You’ll need experience, an eye for tech and productivity, and above all, a love of Lifehacker and of helping people live their very best lives. Sound like you? Here’re the details.

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Display Holiday Cards Without the Clutter with a Simple Ribbon

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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Hanging your holiday cards is a great way to decorate for the season, but if you have a lot, they can look cluttered or messy. This method is a clean, simple way to keep your cards where you can see them without adding clutter, and all you need is a wide cloth or paper ribbon.

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Remains of the Day: Amazon to Open Grocery Stores Without Any Checkout

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 23:30:00 GMT

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Amazon is developing a grocery store that won’t have any cashiers or checkout counters at all. Instead, they’ll intelligently track whatever your pick up and tie it to your Amazon account. That and more in today’s news.

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Anthony Bourdain's Tips for Making a Better Burger

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 23:00:00 GMT

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The burger is a versatile dish, but doing too much with it can make it messy and difficult to eat. And the more flavors you add, the less opportunity the beef has a chance to shine. These tips will help you keep it simple and make the best burger possible.

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This New Law Will Protect Your Negative Yelp Reviews

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 22:30:00 GMT

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Last week, Congress passed a law that will make it illegal for companies to retaliate against U.S. consumers who post negative reviews online. Yes, soon you’ll be able to give a bad business one star without having to worry about being bullied or sued.

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The Best Value In Chef's Knives Is Just $28 Today

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 22:11:00 GMT

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Victorinox’s Fibrox 8” chef’s knife is one of your favorite chef’s knives period, and by far the best value in the industry. It’s also the knife I’ve used almost every day for almost five years. Amazon has it for $28 right now, which is an absolute steal for the quality you’re getting. Needless to say, it would also…

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Why You Shouldn't Plan Your Fun Too Carefully

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 22:00:00 GMT

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Have you ever found yourself dreading a leisurely activity you had eagerly scheduled days or weeks in advance? I first caught myself doing this a few years ago when I was traveling home to Turkey. I had excitedly made plans to meet up with some old friends. But to my surprise, as the date approached, I started to feel…

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Your Most Important Task of the Day Isn't the Only Important Task

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 21:30:00 GMT

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Taking care of your most important task at the beginning of your work day is one of the best pieces of productivity advice floating around. But it only helps if you actually follow through with your work the rest of the day.

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The Most (and Least) Punctual Airlines in 2016

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 21:00:00 GMT

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If you’re flying this holiday season, a new Forbes study suggests you should do yourself a favor and fly on Delta, and avoid Frontier if possible. The study used three years of on-time data to pick out the most on-time airlines, and the ones with the most delayed arrivals and departures.

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This $10 Swiveling Surge Protector Keeps Your Plugs Out of the Way

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:27:27 GMT

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This is everything you could want in a $10 surge protector. Six outlets, two USB ports, and a swiveling design that minimizes the distance the whole setup will project out from your wall once everything’s plugged in.

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If You’re a “Non-Smoker” Who Only Smokes Casually, You’re Not Off the Hook

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 19:55:18 GMT

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It’s not just heavy smokers that are setting themselves up for a future of cancer and heart disease. A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that people who averaged just one cigarette per day still had a 64 percent chance of dying early, compared to nonsmokers.

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Android 7.1.1 Rolls Out to Nine Devices With New Emoji, Home Screen Shortcuts

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:15:06 GMT

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Most people still haven’t received the first version of Android Nougat, and yet Google’s still plugging away at minor releases. Today, the company announced 7.1.1 which brings new emoji, GIF search in supported apps, and home screen shortcuts.

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Three Tricks to Get the Most Out of a Cheap Kit Camera Lens

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:00:00 GMT

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The lens you use with your camera plays a huge part in determining the quality of photos you get, but a lot of casual photographers don’t want to invest in expensive lenses and stick to whatever comes with the camera. Here are a few ways to eke out a little more functionality out of a kit lens.

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All Timelines Has the Correct Viewing Order of Movies, TV Shows, and Books

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 19:30:00 GMT

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Web: Fantasy author Terry Prachett’s Discworld series has spanned over 30 years of books and short stories, and there’s no way for a newbie to know where to jump in and start. Luckily, All Timelines is a web service that will tell you, along with guides for virtually every other pop culture franchise.

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Uber Now Tracks Your Data After It Drops You Off

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 19:00:00 GMT

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Uber recently updated to collect user location data in the background. Basically, the app can now see your location five minutes after your trip ends, even if you’re not actively using it. There’s a way to get around it, though.

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The Perfect Holiday Gift: Save 60% on Custom Photo Books, Calendars, and Cards From Amazon

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 17:34:00 GMT

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Just in time for the holidays, Amazon’s taking a whopping 60% off custom-printed cards, calendars, and books.

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Why You Might Skip a Period Even If You’re Not Pregnant

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 18:30:00 GMT

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Pregnancy is the most common reason for a missed period, but it’s not the only reason. In this video, SciShow explains a few other reasons you might skip a period.

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Lifehacker New York Meetup, This Thursday at 7:00 PM

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 18:15:00 GMT

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A few members of the Lifehacker staff (Alan, Andy, Eric, Thorin, and Patrick) are in New York this week, and we want to get together with you guys and have some drinks. If you’re in Manhattan (or nearby), come join us at Revival in the Gramercy/Union Square area (Google Map here) on Thursday, December 8th! Sorry, 21…

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Microsoft Dream Job Helps You Design Resumes and Presentations to Land Your Perfect Gig

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 18:00:00 GMT

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Microsoft Dream Job is a resource packed with tools to help you land your dream job. You can find free templates for resumes, presentations, and portfolios, as well as interview advice.

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Pets Ride Free on Amtrak Through March 31

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 17:30:00 GMT

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Traveling with pets can be tough. It can also be expensive. If you have to travel with a pet within the next few months, Amtrak has a promotion that allows them to ride free through March 31 (but you’ll have to book soon).

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The Best PCs You Can Build for $300, $600, and $1200

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:15:00 GMT

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We’ve walked you through building your own computer before. In this post—which we’ll update periodically as prices and components change—we’ll walk you through the hardware we’ll need for three different system builds: a budget workstation, a powerful all-purpose PC, and an enthusiast’s system for gamers and…

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What Hiring Managers Are Thinking During Your Salary Negotiation

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:00:00 GMT

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It’s easy to tell your friends to negotiate when they get a job offer. But when it comes to you? There’s this nagging little voice that says, “Do not do anything that might ruin this.” And while you’d tell your friend to take a deep breath and relax, it’s only natural to react like this when it feels like your…

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Mint Updates to Include Bills in Your Main Budgeting Account

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 15:30:00 GMT

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Mint is your favorite tool for budgeting and now there’s another reason to love it. They’ve updated their web app to include a tab for Mint Bills. Now you can see all of your upcoming bills and even pay them directly from your Mint account.

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