Identify Your Voice’s “Mask” to Optimize Your Natural Pitch and Tone

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You’d think talking would be one of those things we’ve mastered by the time we’re adults. Yet we haven’t even got breathing properly down. If you’re trying to make your voice sound better and project more, start by finding your voice’s “mask.”

As explained by the Art of Manliness, you can identify your voice’s “mask” by closing your lips and generating a casual “mmhmm” sound. As you do this, you’ll feel a slight vibration in the area of your face between your upper lip and nose. This will help you find your natural pitch and tone, what’s known as the “mask” area. It’s also much better than trying to force a deeper tone by speaking from the throat:

When you speak from your lower throat to get that low pitch, you produce a sound that lacks carrying power. Try speaking with an artificially lowered pitch again. Go as low as you can, but speak as loud as you can. Dimes to donuts you couldn’t get very loud and your voice sounded sort of muffled. I also bet your vocal cords felt a bit strained too.

The advice is aimed towards men, who may more often feel pressure to speak in a lower voice than normal. However, everyone can benefit from learning to speak in a natural tone. Even if you’re not trying to make your voice sound clearer, it’s helpful to avoid unnecessary strain on your vocal chords and reduce voice strain and soreness.

How to Develop a Manly Voice | Art of Manliness

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iCloud Tabs, Inbox Receipts, and Siri Voices

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iCloud Tabs, Inbox Receipts, and Siri Voices

Readers offer their best tips for viewing iCloud Tabs in Chrome, finding receipts in your inbox, and checking out all 32 Siri voices in one place.

Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn’t fit it in—the tip didn’t make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favorites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments, email it to tips at lifehacker.com, or share it over at our user-run blog, Hackerspace.

ThunderCloud Lets You Access iCloud Tabs in Chrome

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Jeffrey shares a Chrome extension that lets you view iCloud tabs in Chrome for Mac:

I just released an extension for Google Chrome for Mac OS called ThunderCloud. ThunderCloud makes it very easy to access your iCloud tabs, directly in Google Chrome. It just adds an button next to the URL bar, and when clicked it’ll list all of your iCloud tabs.

FindMyDonations Scans Gmail Inbox for Receipts

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John shares a site for finding receipts in your Gmail inbox:

We just launched a free online service to help Gmail users get a bigger tax refund this year. It scans your inbox for any receipts (purchases or donations) so that you don’t miss any potential deductions.

Listen to All 32 Siri Voices in iOS 7.1

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Thijs shares a site where you can listen to all 32 Siri voices:

I made a blog post in which you can hear ALL the different text-to-speech voices used in iOS 7.1. It’s 26 languages in total, and for each of the 32 voices I included both qualities (default + ‘enhanced’) so you can hear the difference.

Give Your Car a Good Shine with Hair Conditioner

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Emily shares a tip for shining up your car:

We used hair conditioner while washing our car to give it a really good shine. It also helped prevent water marks left over if you don’t hand dry after the wash.

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