Four tech life hacks you need to know


A LIFE hack is a strategy, technique, trick or shortcut that can help make life easier – by speeding up efficiency, enhancing productivity and sometimes minimising a source of annoyance with a quick trick.

This week, we bring you four clever life hacks with a decidedly tech-orientated twist.

1. Re-open an accidentally closed tab
We’ve all been there. You’re browsing the web with more tabs open than should be legally permissible. Next thing you know, you accidentally close an important tab and simply can’t remember what the URL was. Not to fear, if you press Command+Shift+T, your most recently closed tab will spring back to life.

2. Charge your iPhone faster
If you’re looking to charge your iPhone and time is of the essence, you might be well-advised to put your device into Airplane Mode before charging. While doing so doesn’t always speed things along, the charging time can be significantly reduced if you happen to be in an area with a less than optimal cellular signal. Either way, even a 5 per cent increase in charging time is welcome when you’re in a time crunch.

3. Save money on flights by deleting cookies
Booking a flight online can be exceedingly frustrating. Not only do the cheapest flight options often include multiple layovers that add hours upon hours to your trip, but you also have to deal with prices seemingly changing on the hour.

One way to skirt around this is to delete your cookies and erase any evidence that you visited an airline website before. Doing so will ensure that you will be presented with the real travel price and not a price based on some algorithm that is programmed to charge users a tad more when the site recognises that you’ve searched for a specific flight several times.

4. How to print when running extremely low on black ink
If you need to print and are running desperately low on black ink, follow these two tips. First, change the font colour to #010101 which is 99 per cent grey.

Secondly, save on ink by adjusting the type of font you use. Century Gothic, for example, uses on average 30 per cent less ink than Arial. The top five fonts according to for low ink usage are Century Gothic, Times New Roman, Calibri, Verdana and Arial.

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