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''Lifehacker'' is a weblog about life hacks and software that launched on January 31, 2005. The site was originally launched by Gawker Media and is currently owned by G/O Media. The blog posts cover a wide range of topics including: Microsoft Windows, Mac, Linux programs, iOS and Android, as well as general life tips and tricks. The website is known for its fast-paced release schedule from its inception, with content being published every half hour all day long. The Lifehacker motto is "Tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done." In addition, ''Lifehacker'' has four international editions, Lifehacker Australia, Lifehacker Japan and Lifehacker UK which feature most posts from the U.S. edition along with extra content specific to local readers.

History

Gina Trapani founded ''Lifehacker'' and was the site's sole blogger until September 2005, when two associate editors joined her, Erica Sadun and D. Keith Robinson. Other former associate editors include Wendy Boswell, Rick Broida, Jason Fitzpatrick, Kevin Purdy, and Jackson West. Former contributing editors include The How-To Geek, and Tamar Weinberg. ''Lifehacker'' launched in January 2005 with an exclusive sponsorship by Sony. The highly publicized ad campaign was rumored to have cost $75,000 for three months. Since then, a variety of tech-oriented advertisers have appeared on the site. ''Lifehacker''s frequent guest posts have included articles by Joe Anderson, Eszter Hargittai, Matt Haughey, Meg Hourihan, Jeff Jarvis. On January 16, 2009, Trapani resigned as ''Lifehacker''s lead editor and Adam Pash assumed the position. On February 7, 2011, ''Lifehacker'' revealed a redesigned site with a cleaner layout. Then, on April 15, 2013, Lifehacker redesigned their site again to match the other newly redesigned Gawker sites, like Kotaku. On January 7, 2013, Adam Pash moved on from ''Lifehacker'' to a new start-up, and Whitson Gordon became the new editor-in-chief. On January 1, 2016, Whitson Gordon parted ways with Lifehacker to another popular technology website, How-To Geek, as their editor-in-chief replacing Lowell Heddings. In his announcement, Gordon confirmed that Alan Henry would take over as the interim editor pending interviewing processes. Alan Henry became the new editor-in-chief on February 1, 2016. On February 3, 2017, Alan Henry left his position at ''Lifehacker''. He has since moved on to write for the New York Times. On February 28, 2017, Melissa Kirsch became the editor-in-chief. Alice Bradley was named editor-in-chief in June 2020. Lifehacker was one of six websites that was purchased by Univision Communications in their acquisition of Gawker Media in August 2016.

Podcast

''Lifehacker'' staff ran the ''Ask Lifehacker'' podcast, which was discontinued in April 2014. From May 2014, former Lifehacker writer Adam Dachis hosted Supercharged, a podcast with the same theme and set-up, on which Lifehacker writers Alan Henry, Whitson Gordon, Eric Ravenscraft, Thorin Klosowski and Patrick Allen frequently co-hosted. As of January 2017, ''Lifehacker'' has a weekly podcast calle
The Upgrade
It is hosted by Melissa Kirsch and Alice Bradley and features experts and Lifehacker staff "helping you improve your life, one week at a time".

Staff

According to thi
letter from the editor on Lifehacker
Alan Henry will no longer be the Editor-in-Chief at Lifehacker and has sinc
joined The New York Times
Gizmodo Media announced Melissa Kirsch as his replacement in February 2017. Alice Bradley was named editor-in-chief in June 2020.

Accolades

*In 2005, ''TIME'' named Lifehacker one of the "50 Coolest Web Sites" in 2005, one of the "25 Sites We Can't Live Without" in 2006 and one of the "25 Best Blogs 2009" *CNET named Lifehacker in their "Blog 100" in October 2005. *''Wired'' presented Gina Trapani with a Rave Award in 2006 for Best Blog. *In the 2007 Weblog Awards, Lifehacker was awarded Best Group Weblog. *''PC Magazine'' named Lifehacker in "Our Favorite 100 Blogs" in October 2007. *US Mensa named Lifehacker as one of their top 50 sites in 2010.

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