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Hack Like a Pro: Creating a Virtually Undetectable Covert Channel with RECUB

Yesterday 11:34 AM — Welcome back, my budding hackers! We've spent a lot of time learning to compromise Windows systems, and we've successfully compromised them with Metasploit, cracked their passwords, and hacked their Wi-Fi. However, very little time was spent developing ways to extract the information from the system once inside. Obviously, if we compromise a system, we're likely after ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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How to Change Font Size & Text Colors in Snapchat on Your Galaxy Note 2

Yesterday 5:32 PM — In an attempt to keep things simple, Snapchat has a limited amount of editing features, made up of "smart" photo filters, drawing pens, and special text captions. If you want more editing capabilities, you'll be pleased to know there's a way, no thanks to Snapchat, but you wil ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 softModder » How-To
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How to Make Your Dirty Blender Clean Itself

Yesterday 3:51 PM — Cleaning a blender thoroughly is a pain in the ass, especially when you try and get all the goop out from underneath the sharp blades without nicking your knuckles. Alas, it is a necessary chore, otherwise you end up with disgusting dried gunk that ends up in your next batch o ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Verizon Customers, Your KitKat Update Is Just Around the Corner for Your Galaxy S4

Yesterday 2:45 PM — As reported by Android Geeks, the Verizon variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will finally see its update to Android 4.4 KitKat. Based on the leaked image of an internal Verizon document, th ...more

Samsung GS4 softModder » Inspiration
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Turn Your Galaxy S4 into a TV-Pranking Machine with a Universal Power Button

Yesterday 11:46 AM — April Fools may be over, but any day is a good day to prank someone, and the best time to do it is when everyone's eyes are glued to the television. Turning off a TV during a climatic mo ...more

Samsung GS4 softModder » How-To
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How to Watch the Coachella Music Festival on Your HDTV All Weekend

Yesterday 8:23 AM — One of the world's largest music festivals in kicking off this weekend in southern California, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. With a diverse lineup ranging from AFI to Empi ...more

Chromecast softModder » How-To
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How to Unlock Your Fingerprint-Protected Galaxy S5 Using Only One Hand

Yesterday 1:00 PM — The fingerprint sensor on the Samsung Galaxy S5 gets a little flack for its functionality, and that's mainly because the setup instructions ask you to swipe your index finger over the sensor to unlock your device or make mobile payments (and of course, because it was already h ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 softModder » How-To
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Trick Out Your Nexus 7's Lock Screen with a Custom Lockring Icon

Yesterday 10:08 AM — If you're as bad at locking your Nexus up as I am, you have the "slide" option set for your screen lock. It may not be the most secure option, but it's definitely the easiest way to unlock your device while being able to utilize lock screen widgets. Now look at your lock scre ...more

Nexus 7 softModder » How-To
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Heartbleed Still Lingers: How to Check Your Android Device for Vulnerabilities

Yesterday 8:22 AM — Unless you've been living under a rock with no internet connection, it's safe to say that you've heard of the Heartbleed flaw that allows practically anyone with the right knowledge to steal your personal information, such as passwords, credit card numbers, and e-mail addresse ...more

Android softModder » How-To
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How to Add the "Knock Off" Feature to Your HTC One M8 Without Rooting

Thu 4:56 PM — Your new HTC One M8 has a ton of really cool features, some of which relate to waking the device up. A swipe up to unlock to your last active screen, a swipe down to access the voice dialer, and a double-tap (or knock) to wake the device and bypass the lock screen. But the on ...more

HTC One softModder » How-To
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Apple's CarPlay Finally Revealed: Here's What You Can Expect

Thu 3:15 PM — Integrated rather secretively into iOS 7.1, CarPlay gives a better hands-on experience when driving, working with the car's built-in display to help you find directions, send and receive ...more

iOS softModder » How-To
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Facebook Introduces "Nearby Friends" for Increased Stalking Power

Thu 1:21 PM — Facebook today has unleashed a new way to creep...er...keep in touch with "friends" using the official Facebook apps on Android and iOS. Dubbed Nearby Friends, the new feature will allow ...more

Smartphones » Inspiration
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How to Add a Sleep Timer to Any Music Player on Your Samsung Galaxy S3

Wed 11:07 AM — Silence can therapeutic at times, but unsettling at others. When I'm in bed at night, I need some sort of background or white noise to help me fall asleep. Pure silence just does not do i ...more

Samsung GS3 softModder » How-To
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The Essential Secrets for Perfectly Slicing Meat

Thu 12:24 PM — Knowing how to cut and slice raw meat is a skill all omnivorous cooks need in their arsenal. However, raw meat's limp and gelatinous character can be challenging to work with, especially when you're trying to slice it into symmetrical, attractive sections for a stir-fry or a stew. Inexperienced cooks often end up sawing and hacking at the flesh, which leaves you with r ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Assign Your Volume Buttons Almost Any Task on Your Galaxy S4 Without Root

Thu 11:14 AM — The new HTC One and Nexus series devices have already replaced their physical navigation keys with soft keys, and it's inevitable that we'll see more and more of this on future mobiles. Samsung continues to buck the trend entirely, but no manufacturer as gone as far as to remo ...more

Samsung GS4 softModder » How-To
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How to Turn Your HTC One into the Ultimate Gaming Machine

Thu 8:17 AM — What's the point of having a 1080p screen if you're not using it to get in some quality gaming time? Google Play is great for downloading games, but you probably already have an extensive library of games for your consoles, so use those! Emulators are a dime a dozen, but Retr ...more

HTC One softModder » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: The Ultimate Social Engineering Hack

Thu 9:19 AM — Welcome back, my greenhorn hackers! Although we have focused primarily on technical hacks here, social engineering can sometimes be especially effective. This one requires a bit of technical skill, but not too much. In addition, it's limited by how specific a target you can choose—but it will work. What Is Social Engineering? Social engineering is the art of getting ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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How to Access & Control Your Computer Remotely with Your Nexus 5

Wed 5:26 PM — With popular remote desktop app LogMeIn recently ending its free service, lots of Android users have begun looking for alternatives. There are some good ones out there like TeamViewer and Microsoft Remote Desktop, but today, Google released an app that makes a pretty good cont ...more

Nexus 5 softModder » How-To
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Google's Official Camera with Photo Sphere Is Now Available for All Android Devices on KitKat

Wed 2:02 PM — Google has released their standalone camera app to Google Play, and it's available for all Android devices running KitKat (Android 4.4+). Even if you're sporting the new HTC One M8 or the Samsung Galaxy S5, it's worth a download. Its biggest highlight is Photo Sphere, which p ...more

Android softModder » Inspiration
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How to Tell if Your “Expired” Eggs Are Still Good to Eat

Wed 4:23 PM — A lot of people rely on the date on the packaging to tell them when food has gone bad, even with eggs, but the "sell by" dates are often rather arbitrary, and do not correlate to expiration dates. If you've been tossing away your eggs based on the dates on your carton—you're wrong. Your eyes and nose are the best tools for determining freshness with meats, produce and ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Categorize Old & New Photos Automatically by Topic on Your Nexus 7 for a Tidier Gallery

Wed 12:13 PM — It can be a pretty exasperating ordeal to hunt for one image on your tablet when you have hundreds and hundreds of photos in your gallery. Luckily, there are ways to make this a pain-free process on your Nexus 7, as well as make sure it's never a problem in the future. Previo ...more

Nexus 7 softModder » How-To
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How to Fix a Soft-Bricked HTC One by Flashing a New ROM via ADB

Tue 11:27 AM — Flashing ROMs can be a tricky process, and sometimes you can end up leaving yourself without a ROM at all, often referred to as a soft brick. If you accidentally wiped your internal memory before a flash or forgot to download the ROM before wiping your system partition, don't ...more

HTC One softModder » How-To
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9 Easy Tricks for Upgrading Oreos from Delicious to Irresistible

Wed 9:08 AM — Bored of eating Oreo cookies on their own? Stick a jumbo marshmallow and a Hershey square in-between the cookies and melt in the microwave to make Oreo s'mores. For a savory-sweet snack, crush them into small pieces and mix with a bag of freshly popped popcorn. For an even more decadent treat, you can also make Oreo pies, bake an entire Oreo cookie inside a cupcake, or ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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DIY Cat Toys You Can Find at Home

Wed 9:07 AM — Cat toys can be unnecessarily expensive. Using items you already own, you can provide your cat with new and fun ways to play. Look around, you may have dozens of potential cat toys that w ...more

Cats » How-To
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Why the iPhone 6 Will Most Definitely Be a Bigger Phone

Tue 3:48 PM — Apple is very tight lipped about their products, and their iPhone is certainly no exception, but when products depend on global manufacturing, it's nearly impossible to keep good secrets ...more

iOS softModder » Inspiration
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How to Unlock the Hidden Developer Options on Your HTC One M8

Tue 1:34 PM — Your shiny new HTC One M8 is a pretty stellar device. From controlling your entertainment center to lock screen gestures and camera shortcuts to being pretty damn indestructible, this dev ...more

HTC One softModder » How-To
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How to Make Garlic-Infused Olive Oil & Vinegar at Home

Tue 2:27 PM — Garlic—it stinks so good! It's one of nature's most wondrous foods, being both delicious and incredibly healthy. What's not to love? Well, it is kind of a pain to prep, whether you're peeling a couple of cloves for a sauce or a whole head and trying to mince it finely. One way to get around the whole peeling and mincing issue every time you want garlic in a dish is by b ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Download & Play Nintendo DS Games on Your iPad or iPhone—No Jailbreak Required

Tue 11:51 AM — Nintendo fans rejoice! Not only can you play classic NES games on your iPad or iPhone without jailbreaking, you can play Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Color games. And that's not it. Now, ...more

iOS softModder » How-To
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Today Only, You Too Can Become a Glass Explorer—Update: They Sold Out!

Tue 8:42 AM — For one day only, at least until the commercial launch, you can purchase Google's Glass and become a Glass Explorer. That's right, no requesting an invitation and no waiting for acceptanc ...more

Google Glass softModder » Inspiration
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Android 4.4.3 Update Rolling Out Now for the Nexus 5

Mon 3:32 PM — It appears that the next iteration of KitKat, Android 4.4.3, is fast approaching. If the past is any indication, today's update to the Nexus 5 software changelog on Sprint's website tells ...more

Nexus 5 softModder » Inspiration
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Gmail Scans Your Emails for More Targeted Ads (Here's How to Limit What You See)

Tue 9:59 AM — Google recently updated their TOS to reflect the email scanning practices they use in Gmail, which are used to display more relevant ads, among other things. The actual scanning of Gmail emails is nothing new, but the update to Google's terms of service is meant to clarify wh ...more

Internet » How-To
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How to Make Your Own Febreze (And Save Up to 97% Per Bottle)

Mon 6:11 PM — If you're a Febreze fanatic, you're well aware that the "odor eliminator" can be pretty pricey, and that's reason enough to stop buying it. There are cheaper ways to stop smells from invading your home, from using lemons to de-stink a litter box or garbage disposal, to using ...more

Housekeeping » How-To
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Stop Procrastinating: How to Lock Yourself Out of Addictive Apps on Your Galaxy S4

Mon 4:43 PM — While it may be impolite to play around on a smartphone at dinner, having it consume my attention while I'm on a deadline or trying to study can prove disastrous. With Netflix and social media just a tap away, it's a dangerous game of wills, one that the phone usually wins. F ...more

Samsung GS4 softModder » How-To
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How to Theme the Stock Phone Dialer App on Your Nexus 5

Mon 11:16 AM — When it comes to smartphones, we can sometimes get a little carried away with the "smart" aspect of it all. Things like apps, games, and softMods take center stage, and we can almost forget that the device also functions as a phone. So, we're here today to give some overdue l ...more

Nexus 5 softModder » How-To
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One Thing You're Not Doing That You Should for Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mon 12:56 PM — I have a theory that chocolate chip cookies are the gateway drug to cooking. The recipe is easy, no special equipment is required, and at the end, you get warm, fresh-from-the-oven cookies that are simply irresistible. It's how I got hooked on baking and cooking, and anecdotal evidence (i.e. me asking my other kitchen-obsessed friends and a few culinary students) suppor ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Put Your Nexus 7 in Deep Sleep Mode to Conserve Battery Power Throughout the Day

Mon 9:59 AM — Battery life is precious to all mobile device users, and nothing is worse than running out of it. The only thing that can save a device from the dreaded low battery warning is the charger, but who carries those around? Most of the time, what drains a device's battery is the c ...more

Nexus 7 softModder » How-To
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10 Unique & Unusual Decorating Techniques for Easter Eggs

Mon 8:32 AM — Hate making mistakes when you paint your Easter eggs? Cover your eggshells in chalk paint and decorate with chalk so that if you make a mistake, you can always erase it off and start over. If painting is not your thing but cheesy temporary tattoos are, you can pretend your eg ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Run MIUI's Apps & Launcher on Your Galaxy Note 2 Without Rooting

Sun 5:46 PM — While rooting your Galaxy Note 2 certainly has its advantages—everything from increasing security to relieving the Power button of its duties—it's definitely not for everyone. Whether yo ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 softModder » How-To
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There's a Total Lunar Eclipse Monday Night—Here's How to Watch the "Blood Moon" Rising

Sun 2:37 PM — Get ready to look up in the night sky very soon, because you're in for a real treat. There will be a total lunar eclipse on the night of Monday, April 14th, and folks living in the United ...more

Astronomy » How-To
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The Foil Lids on Your Snack Pack Foods = Handy Makeshift Spoons

Sun 11:38 AM — We've all been in this situation: you've packed your own lunch and can't wait to get to the little vacuum-sealed cup of dessert you brought along. You keep rummaging in the bottom of the ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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A Beginner's Guide to Gluten-Free Baking

Sun 1:02 PM — What is gluten, why do some people think it is pure culinary evil, and why are there more and more products devoted to being free of this mysterious substance? Here's what one person thinks: What Is Gluten Really? Gluten is a protein found in wheat (including lesser-known species of wheat like kamut, einkorn, and spelt), barley, rye, and triticale (a cross between whea ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Put Your Galaxy S3's Screen to Sleep Just by Double-Tapping the Display

Sun 10:52 AM — The "Knock Knock" features on LG's G2 phone have proven popular and useful enough to spawn various apps and mods cloning these abilities for other devices. Porting the "Knock On" feature ...more

Samsung GS3 softModder » How-To
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How to Turn Your Videos into Animated GIFs on the Nexus 5 with No Quality Restrictions

Sun 8:19 AM — Now that Hangouts is Android's default messaging app, it's given us a lot of cool new features. A bouncing ellipsis lets you see when the other party is typing, and an indicator shows you whether they've read your message or not. You can even answer the age-old question of "Wh ...more

Nexus 5 softModder » How-To
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This Intelligent Personal Assistant for Your Galaxy S4 Is Way Better Than S Voice Could Ever Be

4/12 1:21 PM — One feature of Samsung devices that's less useful than I had expected is S Voice, the voice assistant that ships with all new Galaxy devices. The voice is annoying, the features are lacking, and it's an all around subpar product. With Google Now, Siri, and now Microsoft's Cort ...more

Samsung GS4 softModder » How-To
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How to Make Truly Crispy Roast Potatoes in the Oven

4/12 3:27 PM — A perfectly cooked roast potato is a study in contrasts: the outside should be crisp, crunchy, and salty, while the inside is tender and fluffy. Too often, however, roast potatoes come out overcooked, greasy, and tough. But never fear! With this handy guide, you'll be able to produce perfectly crisp roasted potatoes at home every single time, no matter which of the met ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Two Simple Tricks to Taking Clearer, Sharper Photos on Your HTC One

4/12 12:11 PM — Despite having the UltraPixel branding, the M7's camera can leave you feeling a little let down. The picture quality is clear and the low-light shots are decent, but when looking at the same shots taken on a friend's iPhone, you may feel a little inadequate. You could always ...more

HTC One softModder » How-To
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How to Block Phone Calls More Efficiently & Conserve Battery on Your Galaxy Note 3

4/12 10:52 AM — When it comes to blocking unwanted calls, your Android device comes stocked with a native blocking feature that allows you to reject certain phone numbers. That being said, the native blocking feature on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 isn't the prettiest or the smartest, with its n ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 softModder » How-To
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How to Get iPhone Ringtones, Notifications, & System Sounds on Your Nexus 5

4/12 9:28 AM — As Nexus owners, we love our device's operating system, and it's probably the reason we went for a pure Google experience in the first place. But that doesn't mean there's not room for improvement in Android, especially when the OS has so many freely available softMods to tink ...more

Nexus 5 softModder » How-To
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How to Play the Largest Pokémon Game in History on Your Android Device

4/11 7:22 PM — Online gaming is nothing new, and with live YouTube streams becoming ever more popular, there always seems to be a way to watch people play video games. Twitch TV offers the same spectator experience you've come to know and love, but the people over at TwitchPlaysPokémon have ...more

Android softModder » How-To
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How to Unshrink Jeans & Other Clothes That Shrunk in the Dryer

4/12 7:06 AM — Is your cotton tank top or beloved pair of jeans feeling a bit tighter than usual? If you need to un-shrink an article of clothing that has been left in the dryer for too long, then you can use baby shampoo, hair conditioner, or simply water to gently stretch and pull the fabric back into its original shape. For clothing made of cotton, wool or cashmere, you can soak t ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To