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Spotify has been quietly killing your SSD’s life for months

Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services out there. But it turns out it’s also a dangerous one, at least for your SSD’s life. The …

This Guy Made Amazon's Alexa Speak Through A Robotic Speaking Fish

Why use Amazon’s Echo when you can make Alexa speak through a mounted, singing fish?<p>That’s what developer Brain Kane wanted to find out when he …

How to restore Mac startup chimes on 2016 MacBook Pro

By now, you’ve probably heard that the new MacBook Pro doesn’t automatically play Apple’s iconic startup chord when you power it on.<p>While not met with the same hostility as the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack on iPhone 7, the change definitely upset some people. Especially since the sound …

Your iPhone is tracking your movements. Here’s how to stop that.

In the age of the internet, it's probably unsurprising to hear iPhones are constantly tracking their users' locations. Many times it's because of an …

Apps

Teardown Reveals New MacBook Pro Without Touch Bar Has Removable SSD

The new entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar has only been available for a day and just made its way into Apple retail stores, but OWC has already managed to take apart one of the machines to get a glimpse inside.<p>The teardown is still underway, but OWC can confirm that the new …

Netflix Has a Solution for Annoying Trick-or-Treaters

This DIY doorbell gives kids all the treats they need without you ever having to leave the couch.<p>On Halloween, what’s better than snuggling up on your couch, popping a bag of buttery popcorn, and binge watching scary movies all night? Then the doorbell rings. It’s a group of trick-or-treaters. You …

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10 iconic Vines to watch before Twitter pulls the plug

In an abrupt and unexpected announcement today, Vine parent company Twitter said it will discontinue the app “in the coming months.” No explanation was given for the decision made hours after a Twitter quarterly earnings call.<p>Vine account holders will be allowed to download their work, and the Vine …

Add AirPlay Mirroring To Xbox One For Streaming Content From iPhone And Mac, Here’s How

Here's how to add AirPlay Mirroring functionality to Xbox One for streaming content from iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Mac devices.<br>[ Continue reading …

How to Turn Off the 5 Most Annoying iOS 10 Features

There's a lot to love about iOS 10, Apple's latest mobile operating system. But there are some features users don't love. At all. Ever since Apple released iOS 10, we've been hearing from readers who want to know why iPhone can't slide to unlock anymore and what is going on with the iPhone Home …

Apps

How to move your iTunes library to an external hard drive

After decades of digital music, it's not unlikely if you've amassed quite the collection of music on your computer's hard drive. If your iTunes …

Operating Systems

How to make the most of Spotify playlists

Tips for a better, more personal Spotify<p>A playlist is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.<p>Playlists — where emotions lurk in every shadow and the mysterious alchemy of memory is constantly bubbling and brewing! Playlists — where you can cut the filler tracks and go all killer, all the time. …

Amazon’s Prime Photos service now lets you share storage with 5 family members

Amazon Prime Photos has been given a refresh, thanks to new features designed to improve discovery, engagement, and sharing. Starting today, U.S. Prime members can use what’s called a “Family Vault,” which grants unlimited photo storage to five family members at no additional cost. In addition, the …

This Secret Keyboard Shortcut Speeds Up iPhone and Android Typing

Hidden text-expanding features in iOS and Android are guaranteed to save you time<p>Life is too short to type out the same stuff, over and over again, on your smartphone’s cramp-inducing keyboard.<p>Thankfully, both Android and iOS have hidden tools that turn a short phrase into a big chunk of text: your …

Keyboard Shortcuts

Netflix will reportedly add offline mode before the end of the year

Everyone, including us, has been waiting for Netflix to add one specific feature: Offline viewing.<p>It might finally be coming. According to sources, he long-awaited addition will arrive for the desktop and mobile applications of its video streaming service before the end of the year.<p>Dan Taitz, COO …

3 Essential Mac Hacks That Will Make You 10 Times More Productive

Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.<p>There are certain ones that …

Apps

How to activate Siri with ‘Hey Siri’ on macOS Sierra

The ability to activate Siri by saying “Hey Siri” is an incredibly useful feature on iOS. Want to do it on macOS Sierra? Too bad you can’t.<p>Or, rather, you can’t through the usual Siri system preferences. However, if you’re really intent on being able to start up Siri without hitting a single key or …

Heavens to Betsy, Hennessey Is Making a 600-HP Raptor 6x6

The Hennessey VelociRaptor 6x6 has 150 extra horses and 50 percent more wheels than the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor.<p>Six hundred horsepower. Six-wheel-drive. Meet your terrifyingly awesome twin-turbo nightmare: The Hennessey VelociRaptor 6x6.<p>Hennessey Performance took one look at the 450-horsepower 2017 …

Sports Cars

These Beefed-Up Ford F-150 Trucks Are Coming to SEMA

Four trucks show off unique modifications<p>Ford has previewed four different F-150 trucks it will reveal at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas next month. From unique custom paint jobs to power upgrades and action sports accessories, these four trucks offer a little …

Trucks

Amazon bundles 1,000+ books into your Prime subscriptions

In addition to faster shipping for products from its online store, Amazon’s Prime subscription plan offers numerous benefits, including unlimited photo storage, as well as music and video streaming. It’s now adding books and comics to its premium offering for users in the US with Prime …

Twitch adds ad-free viewing, premium features for Amazon Prime subscribers

Twitch is letting viewers power up accounts using the Amazon Prime subscription service.<p>Live-streaming outfit Twitch said Friday that it will be letting viewers who have an active Amazon Prime membership eliminate ads and subscribe to one channel per month for free, among other video-game-related …

Here's how many miles you have left when your car's empty light comes on

Running your car on empty is a dangerous gamble — it's tough to imagine a worse situation than breaking down on a 70-mph highway or twisty back road.<p>So it's helpful to know exactly how many miles your car can travel once that low-fuel warning light turns on.<p>You might be tempted to trust the …

Insurer Will Subsidize Apple Watch Purchases to Promote Health

Apple won a big backer from the world of healthcare, insurance giant Aetna, for its fitness-focused smartwatch strategy. In a first, Aetna said it …

Spotify will now serve up a daily selection of personalized playlists

The new feature, Daily Mix, aims more at comfort, not exploration<p>I'm a huge fan of Spotify's Discover Weekly, a personalized playlist that refreshes every Monday. And I'm getting into Release Radar, a companion to Discover Weekly that arrives on Friday and focuses on surfacing newly released music …

It's time for car companies to dump large badges

At the moment, however, we're in a bit of a cookie-cutter episode. Not quite as same-old-same-old as the mid-to-late 1990s, when everything seemed to aspire to the condition of Lexus, or the mid-2000s when Audis were widely visually emulated.<p>For the most part, however, a compact sedan looks like a …

DogLogBook wants to make you a better pet owner through tech

Want to know "who's a Good Boy, who's a Good Boy now?" There's an app for that.<p>DogLogBook, which was created by a team from the Faculty of Veterinary …

Amazon adds another Prime benefit: free podcasts from Audible Channels and free audiobooks

Amazon this morning rolled out another perk for subscribers to its Amazon Prime membership program: free access to Audible’s short-form digital programming called Audible Channels, as well as a selection of free audiobooks. Amazon says members will have access to a rotating selection of over 50 …

Tech Trends

Surgeons use robot to operate inside eye in world first

British surgeons hail successful procedure to remove membrane 100th of a millimetre thick from retina<p>British surgeons have successfully performed the world’s first robotic operation inside the eye, potentially revolutionising the way such conditions are treated.<p>The procedure was carried out at John …

Robotics

The giraffe is not one species but four, scientists discover

Scientists have stuck their necks out and decided that the giraffe is not one species, but four.<p>Until now, only a single species of giraffe made up of several sub-species had been recognised.<p>But new DNA evidence shows that four distinct species of the animals exist - and they are genetically at …

Amazon Is Preparing to Disrupt the Auto Industry

It's called Amazon Vehicles. And the potential is huge.<p>I hate shopping for cars.<p>After our family car's air conditioning went out for the third time in two years, my wife and I decided not to put any more money into it. So I started the process: beginning a list of pros and cons, doing the research, …

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