We’re turning the lens around for this week’s Tech 911. Lifehacker Managing Editor Virginia Smith posed a question in our internal Slack channel that cuts wide and deep: “It’s safe to delete photos from my iPhone, right?” The answer is a bit more complicated than you might think—and can have disastrous consequences if you get it wrong. Do you have a tech question keeping you up at night? Tired of troubleshooting your Windows or Mac? Looking for advice on apps, browser extensions, or utilities you can use to accomplish a particular task? Let us know! Tell us in the comments below or email [email protected] It’s incredibly safe to delete photos from your iPhone. If your iPhone’s space is filling up, if you don’t like the composition of a shot, or if you’ve offloaded your photos to another service or storage device, delete away. Your smartphone won’t mind. Of course, by “safe,” you’re actually … [Read more...] about Why Did iCloud Delete All of My Photos?
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If you’re the kind of Mac user who never likes taking their hands off of the keyboard, an app launcher utility like Alfred can be your best friend. Alfred runs in the background of your computer, popping up when you summon it via a quick keyboard shortcut. From there, you just start typing, and your results show up in real time—whether you’re finding applications or files, making calculations, looking up word definitions, viewing your clipboard history, hunting down contact info, or any number of other handy functionalities. The beauty of app-launcher apps like Alfred is that everything you typically need is just a few keystrokes away Alfred’s core features are free, but the app’s real magic is found in its workflows, customizable triggers that are only available if you purchase a Powerpack license. Powerpacks start at about $25 for an individual user license or $38 for a family license, covering the software’s latest version, or $45 for a single … [Read more...] about The Best Alfred Workflows to Streamline Your Mac Usage
We check out a lot of apps at Lifehacker, and we’ve recently written pretty big roundups of the must-haves for Android and iOS. Still, there’s a lot out there, and that can make it difficult to find the best app for whatever it is you’re trying to do. For this week’s Tech 911 column, we’re answering an app-themed question from Lifehacker reader John: “I’ve been a long time user of Google News because I love being able to swipe through each post and stop on the ones that interest me. However, ever since that UI update that made everything white, I’ve noticed it stopped syncing properly in the background. Like I literally have to keep the app in the foreground as it downloads or it won’t download all the posts properly. If I read Lifehacker on Google News while online, it now seems to load unnecessary menus (or something) that makes my phone lag. Do you have an alternative to suggest?” Hmm. I don’t really use many … [Read more...] about What’s the Best App for Reading the News?
Networking can be a little confusing, especially when something you’ve done (or not done) doesn’t make any logical sense whatsoever. You set up a new cable modem and wireless router, and have worse speeds than you did than when you used your older gear. You wire your house with gigabit Ethernet, only to watch your connection switch between gigabit and fast Ethernet for no reason whatsoever. The weird networking issues continue. Here’s a simple query we received this week from Lifehacker reader Cheryl: “My public IP address says a whole different city and state. Why is that? The IP address changes as well. Please advise. Who can I contact?” First off, I wouldn’t sweat it. Really. I’d be a lot more worried about my ISP’s speeds than my external IP address (which you can look up right here). I did that right now, and the site tells me that IP address originates from a California city that’s kind-of close to where I live (about … [Read more...] about Why Does My IP Address Come From a Different State?
Every week, we share the shortcuts, workspaces, and productivity tips of our favorite experts. This week, we’re going behind the scenes at Lifehacker. I’m Levi Sharpe, and this is how I work. Name: Levi SharpeLocation: New York CityCurrent Gig: Podcast producer, Gizmodo MediaCurrent mobile device: iPhone 7Current computer: MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, mid 2014)One word that best describes how you work: Awesome First of all, tell us a little about your background and how you got to where you are today. I got my undergrad degree in Philosophy and in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz. Afterward, I moved to New York City for a girl and with no career goal in mind. I spent all of my money on the move and buying a pair of boots and a peacoat, because I moved during the blizzard of 2010 with some canvas Vans and a thin corduroy jacket. That’s when I realized that New York doesn’t want people to live in it, but we do for some reason, … [Read more...] about I’m Levi Sharpe, Lifehacker Podcast Producer, and This Is How I Work