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Ingredients 101: Why Properly Rinsing Rice, Barley, Farro, & Quinoa Is So Damn Important

Yesterday 11:58 AM — Many lazy cooks skip rinsing off their grains before they cook 'em, but that's a big mistake for a few reasons. Some grains have coatings on them that need to be rinsed off to cook properly and taste good. In other cases, grains are stored with diatomaceous earth to keep out insects and mites; the same stuff used to kill garden pests, fleas, and bedbugs at home. While ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Show Someone a Photo on Your iPhone Without Them Swiping Though All of Your Pics

Yesterday 6:01 PM — When showing someone a photo on my iPhone, I inevitably get that friend or family member that swipes left or right, trying to sneak a peek at other pictures in my Camera Roll. It's not that I have a smorgasbord of shocking or defamatory photos, I just feel like I shouldn't ha ...more

iOS Tips » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: How to Crack Passwords, Part 3 (Using Hashcat)

Yesterday 4:28 PM — Welcome back, my greenhorn hackers! Continuing with my series on how to crack passwords, I now want to introduce you to one of the newest and best designed password crackers out there—hashcat. The beauty of hashcat is in its design, which focuses on speed and versatility. It ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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On the Fence About Something? Anonymously AskInternets for the Answer

Yesterday 2:37 PM — There will always be a time when you're not entirely sure what you're doing with a certain subject. But the days of weighing the pros and cons yourself are coming to an end. Whether it's ...more

Android Tips » Inspiration
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How to Turn Your Toast into the Most Delicious Selfie Ever

Sun 4:08 PM — It can be argued that selfies are the worst thing to come out of our generation. It can also be argued that they're the greatest function to come from our modern digital world. But if we ...more

Tech Pr0n » Inspiration
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BloomSky Is Your Personal Backyard Weather Reporter

Sun 12:44 PM — If you live in a small town, weather apps can be unreliable. Before moving to Los Angeles, I always had to add or subtract five degrees or so from what my weather app said because I could ...more

Tech Pr0n » Inspiration
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How to Turn Any Photo You Want into a Custom Emoji Icon on Your iPhone

Yesterday 1:47 PM — The biggest hurdle faced when text messaging (besides more convincing lies) is accurately communicating our emotion and tone. Anything we say can be interpreted in various subjective ways by the recipient, and that's why we have emoji—to illustrate what we actually want to say ...more

iOS Tips » How-To
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Care Inspires Care, Celebrating Our Caring Impact Together

Yesterday 12:30 PM — This story is brought to you by Johnson & Johnson. With the FIFA World Cup™ as the international stage, Johnson & Johnson looked to make the world a more caring place through Care Inspires Care™. From shining a spotlight on community members who do extraordinary acts of care ...more

Parenting » Inspiration
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How to Secure Android Apps with Mathematical Expressions on Your Galaxy S4

Yesterday 10:33 AM — Security is a priority for many when they first set up their mobile devices. Nobody wants to have a stranger or nosey friend go through their phone and discover risqué photos or embarrassing text messages. These days, the closet is gone—everyone keeps their skeletons in their ...more

Samsung GS4 » How-To
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Theme Your Nexus 5 with Flat System Icons & Translucent Pull-Downs

Yesterday 8:45 AM — Yes, I know. Nexus owners aren't exactly the biggest Apple fans out there. That "Pure Android" experience was one of the main reasons we bought our Nexus devices. But give the other side some credit—the iPhone's operating system has come along way, and is still the champ when ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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8 Reasons Why You Should Be Playing Even More Video Games

Mon 4:54 PM — Although your friends might roll their eyes every time you talk about playing Clash of Clans, Call of Duty, or Candy Crush Saga, your excessive gaming habits might actually be making you healthier than everyone else. I've got your attention now, right? Read on for 8 insanely good life-improving reasons to keep gaming online, or, for all of you kid gamers out there, 8 ...more

Mind Hacks » How-To
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Attention: Your Galaxy Note 3 Can Be Used as a Heart Rate Monitor

Mon 3:26 PM — Your heart is constantly work for you, yet you think nothing of it—and Samsung wants to change that. They stuck a dedicated heart-rate monitor on the Galaxy S5, they're putting one in the upcoming Note 4, and they're bound to slap one in every Galaxy device thereafter. While ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 » How-To
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How to Make Google Now Obey Custom Voice Commands—Even Without Root

Mon 2:08 PM — It seems like custom Google Now commands are a dime a dozen these days. With Commandr for Google Now giving non-rooted users their first taste of custom voice commands just a couple weeks ago, you may wonder why we're covering this subject again. Unlike Commandr, the app Auto ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Why You Should Always Order Large—At Least When It Comes to Pizza

Mon 12:59 PM — Check it out: you save more dough (ba dum bump) when you order a large pizza than with any other size. Why is this true? NPR reporter Quoctrung Bui's engineer friend pointed out that a medium pizza was twice as big as a small one, yet only cost slightly more. Less Money, Mo' Pizza Inspired, Bui crunched the numbers and proved that the large pizza is actually cheaper i ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Prevent the Screen from Waking When Plugging in Your Galaxy S4 to Charge

Mon 11:00 AM — Much like the high volume warning, there are various minute features on Android that users either hate or just find annoying. Thankfully, there are developers out there that sympathize. It may seem frivolous, but one feature that a lot of people want eliminated is the screen w ...more

Samsung GS4 » How-To
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How to Quickly Launch Your Favorite App from Any Screen on Your Nexus 5

Mon 9:06 AM — Even though there are over 1.3 million apps available for Android, we normally confine ourselves to a select few for day-to-day usage. With an average of 41 apps installed per user, most apps on our smartphones lay idle for the majority of the time we spend using them. Instead ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Sponsored Post: 7 Craftsmen Authentic to Their Passion

Mon 8:36 AM — Video: . 1) Guitar Maker While wood is a tricky medium to work with, Matt Rubendall doesn't shy away from the challenge. He is obsessed with creating the perfect guitars from this imperfect material. Matt's pride in his craftsmanship has earned him a reputation for crafting so ...more

Construction & Repair » Inspiration
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How to Get CyanogenMod's "Theme Engine" Themes on Your Nexus 5

Sun 9:01 PM — Surely you've heard of the wildly-popular custom ROM CyanogenMod, right? As the longest-tenured third-party firmware for Android devices, CM has been able to maintain its popularity by supporting a wide array of devices and offering many customization options. One such custom ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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8 Ice Cream Hacks You Need to Know Before Summer Ends

Mon 7:59 AM — To prevent melted ice cream from leaking out of the pointy bottom of a cone, plug the hole up with a marshmallow before adding any ice cream on top. This will also give you a nice treat when you're almost finished, as the marshmallow will absorb some of the ice cream. Or, if you like the flat-bottomed cake cones, you can cut a hole out of a paper plate (or a coffee fil ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Install & Multi-Boot Bodhi Linux on Your Nexus 7 (& Why You Should)

Sun 5:23 PM — When people first learn that their Android device is capable of dual-booting different operating systems, e.g. Linux, they almost universally respond with, "That's so cool." And for those of us ambitious enough to actually try one out, we are typically filled with glee as we s ...more

Nexus 7 » How-To
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How to Increase Battery Life on Your Samsung Galaxy S5 by Automating Data

Sun 3:48 PM — When you're not using your phone, it doesn't make much sense that it would be wasting power by maintaining an internet connection for the inside of your pocket or purse. Well, perhaps you need a little bit of intermittent data here and there so that apps can update themselves ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » How-To
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How to Eat Better by Making Healthy Food More Visible

Sun 12:44 PM — We tend to assume that eating is mostly a physical act, but the mind has so much to do with the choices we make. We've already shown you how clenching your fist can lead to better food choices and how you can trick yourself into choosing better meals at restaurants. Now by si ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Update Your Nexus 4 to Android L

Sun 10:59 AM — Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you're probably well aware that the Android world has been buzzing with excitement over the recently debuted Android L preview build that was released for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 at Google's I/O conference. This i ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: How to Crack Passwords, Part 2 (Cracking Strategy)

Sun 8:05 AM — Welcome back, my hacker apprentices! Last week, I started off my password cracking series with an introduction on the principles and technologies involved in the art of cracking passwords. In past guides, I showed some specific tools and techniques for cracking Windows, online, Wi-Fi, Linux, and even SNMP passwords. This series is intended to help you hone your skills ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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This Really Is the Coolest Cooler Ever

Sun 8:05 AM — I honestly believe that everyone on earth owns the same blue cooler—you know the one. Cooler technology hasn't changed since the '50s, and frankly, it's time to mix things up, with a buil ...more

Tech Pr0n » Inspiration
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Jibo Is the Cutest (Or Possibly Creepiest) Personal Assistant

Sat 1:55 PM — In 1999, Robin Williams starred in Bicentennial Man, a movie in which Williams played a robot named Andrew Martin, taking care of a family as a their nanny and personal assistant. For alm ...more

Tech Pr0n » Inspiration
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GoTenna Will Let You Text Even When Service Is Down

Sat 7:43 AM — You're hiking up a beautiful mountain when all of a sudden you remember it's your mother's birthday. You begin to panic—you forgot her birthday last year, and you know if you don't say so ...more

Tech Pr0n » Inspiration
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Food Myth Debunked: Why You Need to "Smash" Your Burger for Maximum Flavor

Sat 2:45 PM — Many home cooks were taught never to press down on a burger as it cooks since that would ruin your all-beef patty by getting it to release the juices it needs to stay tender and moist. Turns out that is total hooey—a complete myth. In fact, wildly successful burger chains Shake Shack and Smashburger have predicated their success on the principle that you need to press, ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Cheering Sad Friends Up Might Not Be the Best Way to Help

Sat 12:12 PM — Contrary to popular belief, taking someone's mind off their sadness and telling them to "cheer up" doesn't do much good. Misery loves company, and while it may be a tiresome cliché, there's actually some science behind it. By joining a friend's moody state and commiserating w ...more

Mind Hacks » How-To
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Take Control Over Your MacBook's Fans for a Cooler, Smoother-Running Laptop

Sat 11:26 AM — MacBooks are built for creation and creativity. They're built to withstand our careers, our hobbies, and our everyday use. I use mine every day, and there's nothing I'd recommend more for computing needs. However, not all MacBooks are built the same. The newer MacBooks models ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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How to Get Your Gmail Messages Read Aloud on Your Nexus 5

Sat 10:23 AM — Google's text-to-speech engine is getting pretty good these days. In a recent update, the computerized voice that reads on screen text (like Google Now search results) got an audio quality bump that brought its clarity up to its highest level yet. And with each update, that ro ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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How to Change the Color of an Object Before Taking the Photo with Your HTC One

Fri 7:07 PM — Aside from the most basic functions, most of us are pretty useless when it comes to Photoshop. Yes, we can all add filters, but who wants to see everything in black-and-white or sepia? Why not change a sunflower blue, your hair pink, or your lips purple—without having to spend ...more

HTC One » How-To
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Why You Don't Really Need to Season Your Cast-Iron Pan

Sat 9:31 AM — I love my cast-iron skillet, but I never seasoned it properly. Instead, I took that sucker out of its packaging, wiped it down with a damp cloth to remove any factory dust, and started cooking with it ASAP. And you know what? It works just fine. Here's the thing: if you have the time and the patience, seasoning and maintaining your skillet will really pay you back in s ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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9 More DIY Home Remedies for Relieving Itchy Mosquito Bites

Sat 7:43 AM — You can buy salves and creams from the drugstore created specifically for relieving itchy mosquito bites, but it's far less expensive and more convenient to use a home remedy that can pro ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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Congress & President Obama Are About to Make Cell Phone Unlocking a Breeze

Fri 5:34 PM — Beginning early last year, fed-up consumers started a petition on WhiteHouse.gov to bring the freedom to unlock back to those who have paid for devices and want to take them to other carr ...more

Smartphones » Inspiration
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Squishy Skin-Like Material Created for Transforming Robots

Fri 8:38 AM — Say goodbye to the age of metal robots—C-3PO and K9 are a thing of the (future) past! Anette Hosoi, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics at MIT, and her former grad ...more

Tech Pr0n » Inspiration
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Google Celebrates Chromecast's Birthday with Free All Access Music

Thu 10:11 AM — It's hard to believe it's already been a year since I was frantically searching every Best Buy in the Los Angeles metropolitan area to find one with a Chromecast in stock. With its wildl ...more

Chromecast » Inspiration
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How to Fix & Improve the Buggy Skype App for Android on Your Galaxy Note 3

Fri 4:26 PM — Of the sixty or so "must-have" apps that are installed on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3, there's only one that I need to use and hate with a passion. Skype. Whenever using it, I'm consumed by dropped calls, mic issues, poor quality, and random crashes, among other things—and I'm no ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 » How-To
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How to Prank Your Friends with Random Cat Facts Text Messages

Fri 2:50 PM — It's time to enjoy one of America's longest lasting favorite pastimes. No, not baseball—pranking our friends! With the internet currently overrun with countless pictures and memes of cats, there's no way for your feline-hating friends to surf the web without coming across a ki ...more

Android Tips » How-To
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How to Get Apple's RSS Visualizer Back as a Screensaver in Mac OS X 10.8 & Higher

Fri 12:32 PM — Back in the day when computers relied on CRT monitors, having a static image displayed for too long actually resulted in the image being burned into the screen. For this reason, screensavers were developed, which display animated images in constant motion to prevent burning in ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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How to Unlock the Hidden HTC Music Channel on Your HTC One

Fri 9:41 AM — Sense 6 came with a ton of new features for the HTC One, but for some reason, HTC decided to keep one of them hidden to all non-Harman Kardon editions. Music Channel is a music visualizer that can also link into the GraceNote music catalog and display lyrics for any compatibl ...more

HTC One » How-To
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Slurping's Mandatory: Why Getting Messy with Ramen Makes It Taste Better

Fri 11:03 AM — Sometimes when non-Asians go to ramen bars, they're mildly weirded out by watching the patrons eat. To the uninitiated, the eating behaviors can seem kind of extreme. Why are people hovering over their bowls like animals at a feeding trough? Why do they let endless lengths of noodles dangle from their maw as they slurp—very, very loudly—over their bowls of broth? The mo ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Lock Any App with Fingerprint Security on Your Galaxy S5

Fri 7:22 AM — If you keep sensitive data on your phone, you've surely considered a "lockout" app before. There are many such apps that can add an extra layer of security to other apps within Android. For instance, you can require a PIN or password before anyone is able to launch a particula ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » How-To
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How to Re-Enable Zoom for Websites That Block It in Safari for Your iPhone

Thu 5:07 PM — While some mobile sites have built-in text-resizing tools, many do not. A lot of those that don't won't even let you pinch-to-zoom. That makes it difficult for people with low vision to read small fonts on their iPhones. In some cases, like with photo captions, even those with ...more

iOS » How-To
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How to Cook for Garlic & Onion Haters: Alternatives & Substitutes

Thu 3:42 PM — Hard as it is to imagine, there are people out there who loathe garlic and onions. Some might have allergies or medical conditions like IBS, or are supertasters (i.e. people who carry a certain gene that makes them extremely sensitive to how certain foods taste). Others might ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: How to Find Exploits Using the Exploit Database in Kali

Thu 1:12 PM — Welcome back, my budding hackers! When we are looking for ways to hack a system, we need a specific exploit to take advantage of a certain vulnerability in the operating system, service, or application. Although I have shown you multiple ways to exploit systems here in Null B ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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How to Control Your Samsung Galaxy Device from a Mac or Windows Computer

Thu 11:33 AM — With AirPlay for iOS, Chromecast Screen Mirroring, and even third-party PC-pairing apps to play around with, getting your devices to interconnect could not be any easier than it is today. Samsung has never been prone to leave a feature unexplored, so in this mold, they create ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » How-To
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The Simple Trick to No-Mess Fry Dipping on the Go

Thu 6:53 AM — You're in your car. You've got a bag of piping-hot French fries with you. You want those fries in your mouth ASAP, but you also want to dip them in ketchup. So what do you do? If you're like most human beings, you squirt the ketchup onto a napkin or in a corner of your burger ...more

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

Thu 9:30 AM — The new Mac OS X isn't available for everyone just yet, but if you have a copy of the Developer Preview or the public OS X Yosemite Beta (you can request your copy here), the next logical step is to create a bootable USB drive of it. Unfortunately, it's not going to be as easy as it was when we created a bootable USB drive of Mavericks, since this is a beta build, but ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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How to Reset Your Nexus Lock Screen Password

Thu 9:10 AM — It happens to everyone: you set a lock screen password in a hurry and cannot remember it the next day. To unlock your device again, you need to reset the password (or PIN, pattern, etc). ...more

Nexus 7 » How-To