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9 Handy Uses for Cream of Tartar

9:23 AM — Though cream of tartar, also known as potassium hydrogen tartrate, is commonly used in the kitchen to stabilize egg whites when making meringues or meringue toppings, it can also be used as a DIY cleaning product and to repel ants from your home, among other things. Read below for more practical uses for cream of tartar. Click on image to enlarge.

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Use Any Standard Watch Band with Your Apple Watch

4:28 PM — Your Apple Watch only looks as good as the band that it's bound to, but if you're looking to purchase one directly from Apple, expect to spend anywhere form $149 (for the Milanese Loop) to $449 (for the Link Bracelet). Instead of spending all that money on a new Watch band, w ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: Digital Forensics for the Aspiring Hacker, Part 6 (Using IDA Pro)

3:04 PM — Welcome back, my greenhorn hackers! Digital forensics and hacking are complementary disciplines. The better you are at digital forensics, the better hacker you are, and the better hacker you are, the better you are digital forensics. Unfortunately, few people in either profes ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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How to Install a Custom Recovery on Your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge

1:14 PM — In the realm of Android mods, none is more powerful than a custom recovery. This is installed in place of the stock offering, and it lets you back up your entire system, flash mods, and install custom ROMs. Recently, the guys over at Team Win Recovery Project released a versi ...more

Samsung Galaxy S6 » How-To
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May the Fourth Be with You: 4 Ways to Celebrate Star Wars

12:00 PM — A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a man by the name of George Lucas wrote an amazing trilogy about a new world and the power of the Force… and then subsequently ruined the franchise 22 years after the original release date. Fast forward to 2015, where nerds and geeks ...more

MacGyverisms » How-To
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5 Apartment Improvements You Can Do in an Hour

10:34 AM — Presented by Apartments.com When looking for a new apartment, it's hard not to notice the improvements (on large and small scale) needed prior to moving in. While your landlord may be taking care of new carpeting, cleaning the central air vents, and fresh paint on the walls, ...more

Housekeeping » How-To
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How to Remove the Boot-Up Sound on Your Galaxy S6

Yesterday 3:46 PM — Mobile service providers have an uncomfortably strong grip on the Android platform as a whole. For instance, all four U.S. versions of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge play their carrier's obnoxious jingle every time they boot up. You don't get any say in the matter—if you buy your p ...more

Samsung Galaxy S6 » How-To
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Add a Pop-Up Dictionary to Any Android App for Quick & Easy Word Definitions

Yesterday 1:14 PM — When you're browsing the web, going through emails, or reading a book or magazine, you'll occasionally come across a word or phrase that you haven't seen before. This would be a perfect time to have some sort of built-in dictionary lookup service, but most Android apps lack su ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Having Just One Plant in Your Workspace Can Boost Your Overall Productivity

Yesterday 12:54 PM — There are a number of ways to give your productivity a kicktstart, from taking a break from your distracting smartphone to just taking a break, plain and simple. Yet finding the motivation to start working doesn't require any effort at all—just a little bit of green. Bring Na ...more

Mind Hacks » How-To
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The Easiest Way to Record Your Android's Screen Using a Mac

Yesterday 11:46 AM — As a Mac and Sasmsung Galaxy S6 user, I quickly realized that the two devices don't play well with one another out of the box, and using ADB commands to record my Android's screen isn't as simple as it is would be with a Windows PC. Though you might feel like attempting to us ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Root the Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge

Sat 5:01 PM — Thanks to leaks and hard working developers, rooting tools for brand new Android devices are usually available right around the time of the smartphone's release, if not earlier. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are no exception. CF Auto Root, by renowned dev Chainfire, has n ...more

Samsung Galaxy S6 » How-To
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Make Sriracha Even Better with These DIY Salt, Powder, & Mayo Versions

Yesterday 9:59 AM — Sriracha has quickly become one of the country's most universally loved condiments. The addictive and affordable chili sauce seemingly goes on anything, and with anything, and never seems to get old. To wit: when I studied abroad, all of our food was boring, pre-packaged Sysco shipments; for three months, I smothered every breakfast, lunch, and dinner with Sriracha. And ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Quickles: DIY Pickles That Take Only 10 Minutes to Make

Sat 12:59 PM — Pickles are one of those rare foods that most people love, but never even think of making. Most home cooks shy away from making pickles because they take time and patience, and because the grocery store option is both cheap and delicious. I'm very much one of those people who ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Bored? Have Fun Chatting with a Bot About Anything & Everything on Android

Sat 12:00 PM — We all have those moments where we're bored or lonely, and in those times, just having anyone to talk to would be awesome. But maybe your friends are all busy, or everyone you know is at work and nobody's responding to your text messages. That's the perfect situation to chat ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Add Custom Replies for Messages on Your Apple Watch

Sat 11:20 AM — The display on the Apple Watch is way too small to even attempt typing on it, which is why the Messages app only allows for responses using default replies or by speaking a message. But y ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Move Any Screen Freely for Easier One-Handed Use on Android

Fri 8:41 AM — With smartphone screens getting bigger by the generation, one-handed mode mods are becoming rather prevalent. Most of these function by shrinking the screen to a more manageable size, but ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Change the Layout of Apps on Your Apple Watch

Wed 2:58 PM — Depending on how many Watch-compatible apps you have, the Home screen on your Apple Watch is either insanely clean or absurdly messy. When I first synced my Watch with my iPhone, I was at ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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7 More Unexpected Uses for Epsom Salt

Sat 10:26 AM — If you ever want to try rebooting your car batteries before calling a towing service, make a solution out of 1 ounce of epsom salt dissolved in warm water, and apply the solution to the battery cell before starting your car. Epsom salt can also be used for making your hair less oily, alleviating bruises, boosting your vegetable garden, and more. Read below for more pra ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Make Fast, Easy Single-Serve Risotto in the Microwave

Fri 2:27 PM — Ah, bello risotto. There are few comfort foods in the world that provide the same savory creaminess. Yet for all its simplicity, risotto has gotten a bad rap as a difficult dish to cook. ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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13 Ways to Extend & Save Battery Life on Your Apple Watch

Fri 1:05 PM — While the Apple Watch does have up to 18 hours of battery life each day on a full charge, your results will vary depending on how often you use it and what you're actually doing with it. If your Apple Watch isn't lasting all day long, we've got some battery-saving tips you ca ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Food Tool Friday: These Drinking Glasses Will Rock Your World

Fri 11:32 AM — What's not to love about a glass of wine? It tastes delicious. It takes the edge off your day. It helps you and your guests unwind and lets the conversation flow. All in all, it's a beautiful thing. What's not so beautiful is having someone knock over a giant glass of red and ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Use Handoff on the Apple Watch to Continue Tasks on Your iPhone

Fri 10:06 AM — Continuity, introduced back when iOS 8 and Mac OS X 10.10 were released, lets users seamlessly connect all of their Apple devices together. With it came a feature known as Handoff that "hands off" an app or task from one Apple device to another, like starting an email on your ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Microsoft's HowOldRobot Analyzes Photos to Guess Your Age—Is It Accurate?

Thu 4:39 PM — In a study attempting to observe virality in real time, two Microsoft engineers, Corom Thompson and Santosh Balasubramanian, used Microsoft's recently released Face detection API to create How-Old.net and track its usage in real time. Suffice it to say the study went well, an ...more

Digiwonk » Inspiration
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Nexus Player Practically Half-Off: $70 with a Free $20 Google Play Credit

Thu 2:47 PM — Google's Android TV-powered set-top box normally sells for about $100, but for the next 4 days, the Nexus Player can be purchased for roughly half that price when you consider credits. When purchased through this page on Amazon, you'll get a list price of $69.27, but that wil ...more

Cord Cutters » Inspiration
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Blowing on Your Thumb Can Calm Down Stress on the Spot

Thu 1:56 PM — If you're feeling stressed, there are many home remedies you could use for relief. Meditation, yoga, acupressure, an ear massage, more sleep, shower soothers, playing video games… the list is endless. But a lot of these methods require a significant amount of time, so what do ...more

Mind Hacks » How-To
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5 Reasons Why You Should Always Keep Stale Cereal

Thu 12:12 PM — It happens to even the most avid cereal eaters: sooner or later you open a box, unfurl the crinkled plastic bag, and find that the cereal inside is stale. Maybe you forgot about it, maybe you ate it too slowly, or maybe you just found a new, better cereal and left it behind like Andy left Woody. Either way, the crunchy goodness is now stale, and you grab the box and wal ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Silence Notifications & Shutter Sounds in Your Galaxy S6's Camera

Thu 10:10 AM — Some variants of the Galaxy S6 will allow you to silence the camera shutter sound with an option in the app's settings menu. But this is not true of all models, plus there's an additional annoyance—when you're filming video and you get a notification, you'll actually hear this ...more

Samsung Galaxy S6 » How-To
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How to Personalize Sound Quality for Headphones on Your Galaxy S6

Thu 8:42 AM — Chances are your hearing isn't the same as the person next to you. Personally, I have moderate hearing loss, so I tend to turn the volume nob towards the loud side. For others, it may be that one ear is slightly better or worse than the other, not only in perceiving volume, bu ...more

Samsung Galaxy S6 » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: How Antivirus Software Works & How to Evade It

Wed 6:10 PM — Welcome back, my tenderfoot hackers! As hackers, we often are required to get past antivirus (AV) software or other security measures. To do so effectively, we need to have some understanding of how AV software works. In this tutorial, we will take a cursory view of how AV software works so that you can better strategize on how to evade detection by it. The antivirus ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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Help Loved Ones with Alzheimer's Preserve Fond Memories Using This Android App

Wed 4:12 PM — Modern medicine utilizes cutting-edge technology more than ever, so it would only make sense that the powerful handheld computers we all carry around these days could play a big role in wellness. A team of Alzheimer's researchers working in conjunction with Samsung have recen ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Stream Music & Videos from Cloud Services on Android

Wed 1:05 PM — Smartphones generally have limited storage, but counter this issue with an always-on internet connection. This led to the proliferation of cloud storage services, which allow us to store and access our large media libraries remotely. The problem here is that most cloud storag ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Weird Ingredient Wednesday: Huitlacoche, the Disease You Want to Eat

Wed 11:11 AM — It's an unspoken rule that diseases are not things that you want to purposely consume. So if anyone ever offers to cook you something made out of a disease, just kindly say no... unless it's huitlacoche. Huitlacoche (pronounced weet-la-COH-cheh) and sometimes spelled cuitlacoche in America, is a plant fungus often referred to as corn smut (appetizing name, right?). And ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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11 Awesome Uses for Paint Chips

Wed 9:50 AM — Paint chips, small cards that show different colors from paint manufacturers, can be picked up for free at your local hardware store to help you decide what color you want to paint your living space. They can also be used for a number of crafty DIY projects, such as making you ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Change Emoji Colors on the Apple Watch

Tue 5:12 PM — On the Apple Watch, along with the conventional emojis we've grown to love, there are new animated emojis that add a new dimension of fun for you and your friends. Unbeknownst to many, these animated faces also include a feature that allow you to change their color. Video: . W ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Force-Close Running Apps on the Apple Watch

Wed 8:32 AM — It probably doesn't happen much, but occasionally you'll run into a frozen or bugged-out app on your iPhone or other iOS device. That's where force-closing comes in, allowing you to close ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Clear All Notifications at Once on the Apple Watch

Tue 7:29 PM — Functioning as an extension of your iPhone, the Apple Watch makes monitoring and receiving notifications convenient with just a glance, leaving your iPhone in your purse or pocket. But ju ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Quickly Switch Between Apps on the Apple Watch

Tue 4:01 PM — Apple Watch doesn't include a multitasking feature like its iPhone companion, so there's no way to show active apps or swipe up to force-close one. Watch is an extension of the iPhone, no ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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LG’s New G4 Flagship Phone: Everything You Need to Know

Tue 1:53 PM — It's already that time of year again—LG has unveiled its latest high-end smartphone, dubbed the G4. In past iterations, LG released its flagship devices in the fall. But slowly over the course of the past 2 years, the release schedule has been bumped up to be more in line with ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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Revolutionize Your Coffee Game with These Cold Brew Hacks

Tue 1:18 PM — Summer is right around the corner, which means it's time to switch from perfect hot coffee to perfect cold coffee. A nice icy glass of cold coffee is wildly refreshing and just plain delicious. In my opinion, it's the key to enjoying any sunny day (warning: if you don't alread ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Customize the Face on Your Apple Watch

Tue 11:07 AM — Customization helps your device stand out from the rest, and that sentiment is no different when it comes to the Apple Watch. Unlike every other Apple device before it, the Watch allows y ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Use Siri on Your Apple Watch

4/27 4:45 PM — If you have an Apple Watch, it's easier than ever to ask Siri for directions, send a quick text, or locate the nearest Chipotle—because you don't need to pull out your iPhone anymore. Luc ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Add & Delete "Friends" on Your Apple Watch

4/26 8:19 PM — Accessing and getting in touch with your favorite contacts has never been easier thanks to the Friends feature on the Apple Watch. Video: . How to Use the Friends List on Apple Watch Usi ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Crack Any Master Combination Lock in 8 Tries or Less Using This Calculator

Tue 7:03 AM — Master Lock combination padlocks have been known to be vulnerable to an attack that reduces their 64,000 possible combinations down to 100. I've devised a new attack for cracking any Master combo lock that simplifies the process and reduces the amount of work down to only 8 combinations. Use this calculator in conjunction with the instructions below to find the 8 possi ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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How to Bypass Snapchat's Caption Character Limit on Your iPhone

4/27 6:32 PM — Snapchat developers insist that the app stay true to what its always been: a service for snapping and sharing self-destructing images. This belief is further hit home with their strict 31-character text limit, which some people refuse to abide by. Namely, Snapchatter Shayne Sk ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Set Up & Use Apple Pay on Your Apple Watch

4/27 5:46 PM — As you're probably well aware by now, the Apple Watch isn't just for sending text messages and checking Instagram—you can also use it as your wallet. With Apple Pay compatibility, you can use your Watch to make purchases at any retailer that accepts the payment service. Lucki ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Find Your Misplaced iPhone Using Your Apple Watch

4/27 3:29 PM — Like all absent-minded people, I occasionally misplace my iPhone around the house. It's typically just under a cushion after being swallowed by my couch, but I instantly go into panic mode from the insecurity of not having my phone on me at all times. Before the Apple Watch c ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Launch Apps While the Screen Is Off on Your Galaxy S6 Edge

4/27 2:13 PM — Samsung has a long-standing reputation for packing their devices with lots of added functionality, and the Galaxy S6 Edge is no exception. It comes with a nifty feature called "Information stream," which allows you to get quick, at-a-glance information by swiping the edge of y ...more

Samsung Galaxy S6 » How-To
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How to Make Microwavable Banana Boats in Their Peels

4/27 1:05 PM — I'm a sucker for snacks. The way I see it, why not eat throughout the day, when you can eat throughout the day? Snacks come in all shapes and sizes, but the best ones fit these criteria: they're packed with flavor, they're not horrible for you, and they're easy to make. Enter ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Secure Photos, Videos, & More on Your Galaxy S6 Using Private Mode

4/27 11:27 AM — If you have a smartphone, chances are you have something on it you don't want others seeing. Whether it be photos, videos, or documents, some things are best left private. Not everyone is a saint, after all. On a Samsung Galaxy S6, you can lock down specific apps using your f ...more

Samsung Galaxy S6 » How-To
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The 10 Germiest Things in Your Home & How to Clean Them

4/27 8:54 AM — Did you know that one of the most germ-infested items in your home is probably your kitchen sponge? It is full of bacteria and germs that thrive in dark, moist places. To ensure that your sponge is at its maximum cleaning potential, not simply a breeding ground for more germs, zap it in the microwave for two minutes or simply toss it in the dishwasher with your next loa ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To