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Print Out These Emoji Cutouts for the Easiest Halloween Costume Ever

Yesterday 10:28 AM — Emojis have taken over the way we laugh and cry, tell stories, give responses, and show our excitement to get a drink after work—without any actual text required. Can you imagine a world with emoji characters now? I sure can't. With the ubiquitousness of emojis around the world, on smartphones, tablets, and social networks, how could this not be your first thought for a ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Which Stores Accept Apple Pay? The Always Up-to-Date List

Yesterday 4:33 PM — Now that iOS 8.1 is out, Apple Pay is ready to be accepted at over 220,000 stores across the country using your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. But which businesses will actually accept Apple Pay? Here's your always-up-to-date list. Firstly, since the new iPhone 6 models have NFC-technol ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Conserve Battery Life by Auto-Switching to 2G Data When Your Screen Is Off

Yesterday 3:40 PM — When you're actively using your phone, a certain amount of battery drain is to be expected. But, if your device is just sitting in your pocket draining its battery, that's when you need to take action. Among the biggest screen-off battery draws are the various connections tha ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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AHS Freak Show: DIY Ethel Darling (The Bearded Lady) Makeup FX for Halloween

Yesterday 1:53 PM — Bearded women are typically more freaky than scary—yet when it comes to American Horror Story, nothing is as it seems. With the introduction of Ethel Darling this season, played by Kathy Bates, bearded women have entered the pantheon of creepy, alongside the show's many other ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Theme the Quick Settings Icons on Your LG G3

Yesterday 12:12 PM — While the Quick Settings feature on Android is great, manufacturers like HTC, LG, and Samsung took it a step further in their custom skins. For instance, on Samsung devices, you can access the most common toggles at the top of the Notification tray, and you can tap once to acc ...more

LG G3 » How-To
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How to Make a Simple Minecraft Steve Costume for Halloween

Yesterday 1:53 PM — There's no doubt going to be a lot of Steves running around this Halloween, as Minecraft still has a huge community, but those posers are probably just buying their Minecraft costumes. Is ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Set Up the Bloody Mirror Prank

Yesterday 10:27 AM — It's almost time for Halloween, and it's not Halloween without a good scary prank. Here's one, that if done correctly, will really freak out just about anyone. Results vary depending on w ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Easy DIY Nicki Minaj Costume from the "Anaconda" Music Video

Sun 12:57 PM — Weeks before the music video for Nicki Minaj's Sir Mix-a-Lot-sampled single “Anaconda” dropped, an internet frenzy was sparked thanks to the help of an extremely racy cover image, several ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Get Meta This Halloween with a Lazy, Last-Minute DIY Selfie Costume

Yesterday 8:40 AM — Selfies have been around for quite a while, but with the popularity of social media (in particular Instagram) they've become ubiquitous in our culture. There's even mobile apps dedicated solely to selfies. If that and your news feed isn't proof enough, just check with the Oxfo ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Enjoy Some Politically Incorrect Laughs with CardCast for Android & iOS

Sun 2:55 PM — The future of game night is digital. Your Chromecast is great for watching Netflix or YouTube, but get more use out of it by making it the centerpiece for your next fun get-together. The beauty of using a Chromecast to cast games on a TV is that there's no need to write down ...more

Chromecast » How-To
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The Fastest Way to Delete Unwanted Photos & Screenshots on Your iPhone

Sun 12:57 PM — Apple doesn't make it very easy to delete things quickly from your Photos library, mainly for two reasons. First of all, if you delete multiple pictures at once, it's difficult to know the full details of each individual one you're selecting because the tiny thumbnails don't s ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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10 Awesome Non-Sexy Halloween Costume Ideas for Women

Sun 12:56 PM — Halloween costumes have gotten pretty boring. Most women dress up as a "slutty (insert occupation here)" and the costumes have started to all look alike. Not that there's anything wrong with wearing something skimpy, it just feels like somewhere along the line we lost all crea ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Too Lazy for Jack-O'-Lanterns? Make Your Pumpkins Glow in the Dark This Halloween

Sun 12:56 PM — Halloween is less than a couple weeks away, so it's about that time you start thinking of cool ways to decorate your house (if you haven't already), and pumpkins are an obvious choice. Pu ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Become Ryuk from Death Note for Halloween

Sun 12:55 PM — Ryuk, the popular anime death god character from Death Note, has instilled fear into many. Just from the live action movie version, his horror penetrates through the screen. I mean, c'mon ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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DIY Olaf Costumes: Low-Cost Halloween Looks for Frozen's Silly Snowman

Sat 1:29 PM — With a November 2013 release, Disney's Frozen just missed Halloween. That means that everyone had to wait an entire year to dress up as their favorite princess or snowman—and that time ha ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Enable Kids Mode on Any Android

Sun 12:34 PM — Whether if it's to play games or watch Netflix or YouTube, children love using our smartphones and tablets. As an uncle of many, I don't mind my nieces and nephews using my gear, but I do mind them opening apps they have no business being in, like my photo gallery or messaging ...more

Nexus 7 » How-To
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Halloween Makeup Guides: DIY Caesar Face Masks

Sun 11:00 AM — Looking for a costume that breaks the mold of skimpy and clinging fabrics? Stay warm on Halloween and impress at any spooky event by turning yourself into a perfect recreation of the apes in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Typically, creating an ape costume requires heavy lay ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Carve a Styrofoam Stormtrooper Helmet for Halloween

Sun 10:51 AM — Stormtroopers were once the elite soldiers of the unstoppable Galactic Empire that ruled the Universe. Then little ol' Luke Skywalker came along and destroyed the Death Star, ending the evil empire forever. Since then, poor Stormtroopers all over the world have been left witho ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Change the Color of Your OnePlus One's Lock Screen

Sun 9:47 AM — As much as it pained me to lose lock screen widget functionality, I just can't bare changing out the sleek-looking lock screen that's standard on the OnePlus One. The latest OTA introduced a new transparent theme, and while that's a welcomed improvement, I need more options! ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Make a Cardboard Captain America Shield for Halloween

Sun 8:38 AM — As if Captain America: The First Avenger wasn't awesome enough, Marvel hit us with Captain America: The Winter Soldier this year, and it was even more spectacular than its predecessor. Grossing nearly $260 million in domestic sales, it's safe to say America loves Captain Ameri ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Force Google Voice Typing to Use Offline Mode (& Save Data) on Android

Sat 1:29 PM — As smartphones become increasingly integral parts of our lives, so does data throttling. Personally, I try to save data any way that I can, so to stave off unnecessary usage, I use the GoogleOfflineVoice to limit the amount of data consumed by voice typing. With this Xposed m ...more

HTC One » How-To
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How to Hack Wi-Fi: Evading an Authentication Proxy Using ICMPTX

Sat 12:04 PM — Welcome back, my greenhorn hackers! In previous Wi-Fi hacking tutorials, I have shown you ways to create an Evil Twin, to DoS a wireless AP, and to crack WEP and WPA2 passwords, but in this tutorial, I will show you something a little bit different. In many restaurants, hotels, airports, airplanes, and cafes, they have open authentication on the wireless AP, but once ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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How to Creep Out Your Workmates on Halloween: Windows Edition

Sat 12:03 PM — Want to get even this Halloween? Want to scare somebody with nothing but a few lines of code? Here's how it can be done... So, with arguably the best holiday quickly approaching us, I th ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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10 Sexy Halloween Costumes That Are Just... Wrong

Sat 12:03 PM — Every year, Halloween seems to get a little less scary and a little more slutty. But hey, I'm not complaining. Neither are the other 3.5 billion males on the planet. Only it does get a li ...more

Halloween Ideas » Inspiration
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How to Make Yosemite Look More Like Classic, Pre-Mac OS X Systems

Sat 10:22 AM — Nostalgia sometimes gets the best of us—hence the reason we geek-out when we see emulators for SNES on Apple devices or N64 on Android. The excitement lies in getting our hands on classi ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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Halloween Food Hacks: These Organic Pumpkinsteins Don't Need Any Carving

Sat 10:58 AM — We've already told you how the Japanese pioneered growing specially shaped watermelons (including square, heart, and Godzilla egg). Now it turns out an organic farmer just north of Los Angeles is doing them one better. Tony Dighera has figured out a way to grow "Pumpkinsteins ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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AHS Freak Show: DIY Twisty the Clown Makeup FX Ideas for Halloween

Sat 8:51 AM — Every season of American Horror Story introduces characters who are truly terrifying. From the witches of last year's Coven to the ghostly resident of the show's first season, each new chapter of the TV series offers a host of ghoulish and ghastly costume ideas perfect for sca ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Get Spotify's Desktop Beta App for Mac & Windows (Now with Touch)

Fri 4:42 PM — Without much notice, Spotify launched Desktop Open Beta a few weeks ago, a program that allows anyone to download, test out, and provide feedback on the latest beta version of their deskt ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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AHS Freak Show: DIY Blind Fortune Teller Makeup FX for Halloween

Fri 2:16 PM — There's no TV show that stands out quite like American Horror Story. With its crazy characters and nightmarish storylines, there are countless costume ideas hiding in its episodes. With ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Download All the New Android Lollipop Wallpapers Right Now

Fri 12:36 PM — The final preview build of Android Lollipop is out (which you can install right now if you have a Nexus 5 or 7), and it's a great look at what the official release will look like when it' ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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An In-Depth Visual Look at Android 5.0 "Lollipop"

Fri 3:22 PM — Google's got a hit on its hands with this one. Android 5.0—AKA "Lollipop"—will be making its official debut next month, but a new preview build has given us a glimpse into the future, which looks brighter than ever. New accents, beautiful animations, and a lighter overall col ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Make a Really Badass Michael Myers Costume for Halloween

Fri 2:16 PM — Michael Myers from the Halloween movie franchise might be one of the scariest villains ever to be depicted on screen. He is a popular Halloween costume choice, but most of the newer masks and other costume products made of Mike Myers are not very faithful to the original—or th ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Install the New Android 5.0 "Lollipop" Preview Build on Your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7

Fri 12:05 PM — Update - October 17th, 2014 In advance of the official release of Android 5.0 "Lollipop", Google released a brand new set of preview images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) this morning. These images are as close as we're gonna get to the final build of Lollipop, and can be easily installed using a Windows PC. The method below will be the same for installing the new ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Enable True Stereo Sound on Your Galaxy S5

Fri 11:15 AM — With all of the top-notch specs that the Galaxy S5 sports, the only minor quibble users have had with its hardware is the speaker situation. A front-facing earpiece is used for phone calls, but all other media is restricted to a single rear-firing speaker. Developer langeveld ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » How-To
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How to Engineer a No-Slip Sandwich

Fri 9:17 AM — Most of us know how to make a sandwich, but how many of us know how to make a sandwich correctly—i.e., so that the slippery ingredients like tomatoes and cucumber don't come gushing out the other end when we take a bite? And while some might classify this as a not-really-a-pr ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Get an Android "Lollipop" Home Button That Doubles as a Battery Meter

Thu 5:53 PM — With the new version of Android due out very soon, Android 5.0 "Lollipop" has received a ton of press lately. It's all well-deserved, of course, because the new "Material Design" interface is absolutely beautiful. While we've covered methods on how to get a little bit of that ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Get the New "Eye Experience" Camera on Your HTC One M8 Right Now

Thu 3:41 PM — As carriers finalize their variations of the Android 4.4.4 update, we're left with only brief glimpses of what the new "Eye Experience" holds in store for us while we wait. However, thanks to a system dump of an updated European HTC One M8 and some clever hackery by donmarkoni ...more

HTC One » How-To
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How to Pre-Order the Nexus 9 a Day Before Google Will Let You

Thu 4:16 PM — The Nexus 9 is the hybrid update to the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. It's in the sweet-spot for great size and portability, and it'll be one of the first devices to natively run Android's new Lo ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Get Instagram Preview Photos Back on Twitter

Thu 11:27 AM — In late 2012, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom made a sudden and controversial change to his social media service when he removed Twitter Card support. This was seen as a move not only agains ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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How to Make a Creepy Slender Man Costume for Halloween

Wed 2:41 PM — Scary costumes are the only way to go for Halloween (even if they're sexy). But instead of shelling out upwards of 150 bucks this year for some store-bought outfit, save your cash for thi ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Create a Bootable Install USB Drive of Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Thu 4:06 PM — Apple released the new Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite in the Mac App Store for everyone to download and install for free on October 16th, 2014, but downloading a 5+ GB file for each of your computers will take some serious time. The best thing to do is download it once and create a bootable install USB drive from the file for all of your Macs. Just make sure that once you have ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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Chicks Do Gore: 10 Nauseating Halloween Makeup Tutorials

Thu 2:18 PM — Being a male, I may be the only one among my gender stating this, but I'm sick of girls using Halloween as an excuse to dress scantily. Why can't more girls skip the playboy bunny costume and get this gnarly? Below, ten badass Halloween looks executed by girls only... 1. The ...more

Halloween Ideas » Inspiration
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Make Your Phone's Dialer Look Like Android Lollipop's

Thu 1:58 PM — Google's latest mobile operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop, is coming out very soon for Nexus devices, but it will be some time before any other devices get to experience it. However, there are other ways to get the Lollipop feel on non-Nexus devices right now. Unlike the ...more

Samsung GS4 » How-To
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This Innocent Calculator Is Really a Secret App Safe for Android

Thu 9:32 AM — Trust can be a touchy subject in general, and is often required when sharing personal information—especially so when handing our phones over to others. You may not have a ton of secret or nefarious information on your device, but that doesn't mean you want your mom or snoopy c ...more

Samsung GS4 » How-To
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Google's New Nexus Devices & Android 5.0 "Lollipop" Coming Very Soon

Wed 5:55 PM — It's that time of year again, folks. Each fall, Google debuts a new device alongside the latest iteration of its mobile operating system—but this year marked the release of three new Nexus gadgets. In a stark contrast to the circus-like atmosphere surrounding Apple's iPhone E ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Make a Cheap Ice Bucket Challenge Costume for Halloween

Wed 5:22 PM — With over 2 million uploaded videos and over 28 million people who had talked about it online by the end of August, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was the most viral social media event of 2014. Its popularity provided the ALS Association with $115 million in donations to date, w ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Sunrise Gives Your Android a Hybrid Agenda/Calendar View

Wed 3:55 PM — If you're anything like me, you rely heavily on your calendar to keep on track throughout the week, month, and year. While Android's built-in Google Calendar provides an excellent cloud-based solution for keeping our schedules properly maintained, it's not perfect. If you wan ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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DIY Princess Anna Costume & Makeup from Disney's Frozen

Wed 2:41 PM — Despite being the main character, Princess Anna from Walt Disney's animated film Frozen does not have the most visually recognizable outfit. That means that the streets will be crowded this Halloween with kids and adults dressed up as the more visually unique characters, like ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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TouchPal's Update Makes It the Most Themable Android Keyboard to Date

Wed 12:43 PM — Accumulating approximately one million downloads on the Google Play Store in less than 72 hours from its initial release, TouchPal instantly became a favorite among Android users. With the keyboard functioning on all cylinders, Chinese app developer CooTek set their focus on ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Halloween Food Hacks: Easy Spooktacular Hors d'Oeuvres

Wed 11:34 AM — It's never too early to start planning for the best holiday of the year, right? We've already shown you how to make chillingly creepy cocktails, shrunken heads out of apples and potatoes, and a slew of DIY costumes, whether you want to go as Groot or an emoji. Now it's time to think about the most important part of any good Halloween party: the food. If you need inspira ...more

Food Hacks » How-To