A New-wave of Tech Hacks

Let’s talk tech hacks. We can all agree that there’s something incredibly satisfying about putting common household items to new uses and solving vexing problems. At this point, we’ve seen enough hack genius to be considered connoisseurs of the genre. Whoever first used Lego men and binder clips to organize all of their cords and chargers deserves some kind of award- it’s just brilliant. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

 

We’ve also noticed quite a few other winning hacks pop up across the Web: Genius tablet stands, impromptu phone speakers, and an egg carton laptop coolers, to name just a few.

 

Not to diminish the inventiveness (and necessity) that led to those amazing hacks, but after doing a little more digging, we found some lesser-known ones that make up for their obscurity with usefulness. They’re so clever and simple that we had to confirm them before we believed they actually worked.

 

Here are our favorites:

 

 

Soda Can Wi-Fi Booster

 

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The soda (or beer) can antennas make your Wi-Fi signal more directional and concentrated, and according to studies, actually will boost your signal as long as you’re somewhere in front of your Wi-Fi router (and the exposed inside of the cans). Conversely, if you’re behind the cans, your signal will actually be weaker than normal.

 

 

Emergency Cell Phone Charger

 

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All you need is a 9-volt battery, a car charger, and a metal key. You never know when you’ll need this hack, but it’s great to have in your back pocket. The value of being able to make an emergency call or two when you really need it cannot be measured.

 

 

Pen Spring Cord Protector

 

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Got a phone charger cord in danger of becoming frayed from use? Find an extra clickable ballpoint pen and steal its spring. All you have to do is put that spring into action by wrapping it around the frayed cord, and your problem is solved.

 

Your Head is an Antenna

 

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Ok, so this subtitle is a little misleading. In truth, there’s some disagreement as to why your skull seems to extend the reach of your car fob, but it sure does come in handy as you hunt for your car in a crowded parking lot. Who cares how it works? It just does.

 

And yes, it looks a little ridiculous, but parking lots can get blazingly hot & frustrating. Desperate times call for desperate measures!

 

Camera Phone Underwater Housing

 

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Sure you could buy one of those phone cases that protect your phone underwater, but there’s a cheaper alternative. Just use a clear drinking glass to keep your phone dry as you lower it into the water. You won’t be able to use the viewfinder, so be sure to take plenty of photos from different angles to increase your chances of getting the perfect shot. Make sure you leave plenty of space between the top of the glass and the water level just to be extra careful. Capturing masterpieces can get splashy.

 

Now here’s an extra tip: Once you’ve taken and selected your favorite semi-submerged photo, have it printed up and waiting for you before you even get home with our handy mobile printing feature.

 

 

We’re on the hunt for more tech life hacks. What’s your favorite? We’d love to hear them (and perhaps feature them in another blog).

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