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The Food Hacks Guide to Breading & Frying Meat to Perfection

Yesterday 2:17 PM — Whether you call it chicken-fried steak, country-fried steak, Milanese, wiener schnitzel, or breaded cutlet, there's something irresistible about a piece of meat that's been treated until it's thin and tender, dredged in beaten egg and flavorful bread crumbs, then fried until the coating is crisp enough to shatter when you bite into it. Check out the rabbit Milanese fro ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: Abusing DNS for Reconnaissance

Yesterday 11:52 AM — Welcome back, my tenderfoot hackers! As you know, DNS, or Domain Name System, is critical to the operation of the Internet. It provides us with the ability to type in domain names such as www.wonderhowto.com rather than the IP address. This simple service saves us from having ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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Monitor System Usage Stats in Your Mac OS X Menu Bar

Yesterday 10:41 AM — Like a car, your Mac needs to be monitored and cared for to keep it running as smoothly as possible. While your vehicle comes with a ton of gauges to keep track of your oil, temperature, and in some cases, even tire pressure, your Mac has no easy way to watch for low memory or ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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4 DIY Methods for Removing Burned-On Food from Pots & Pans

Yesterday 11:52 AM — Even the most seasoned kitchen cooks experience the annoyance of accidentally burning food on their pots, pans, and casserole dishes. When dishwashing soap and water doesn't work, what is ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Track Your iPhone 6 Shipping Status

Fri 9:55 AM — Unless you're waiting in line for your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, it's a sure bet that you'll be sitting by at home for your new device to get delivered today. Preorders were record brea ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Horizon: The Solution to Crappy Vertical Videos on Android

Thu 2:22 PM — If you hold your phone upright while taking a video, you've surely seen the horrific end results. When you try to play the video back on any other display, roughly 70 percent of the scree ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Resize the Google Keyboard on Any Android

Yesterday 9:28 AM — Google Keyboard, which comes pre-installed on Nexus devices (and is available for all others from the Play Store), is one of the most functional keyboards currently available for Android. With features like gesture-based typing, next-word prediction, and even text expansion ma ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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9 Ways to Use Gatorade for Function, Fun, & Frivolity

Sat 3:05 PM — Gatorade: its popular red flavor can stain the whitest fabric, and its sweet taste is oddly refreshing after breaking a sweat. If you've ever participated in a sport, you probably spent halftime at games and practice breaks chugging the stuff. Though it made its name as a spor ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Stop Waiting Around! Bring Eggs, Milk, & Butter to Room Temp in Minutes

Sat 6:32 PM — I'm an impulsive baker, which means that the instructions to "bring ingredients to room temperature" make me want to kick myself for not thinking ahead. Sure, some ingredients like milk or water you can heat up, but that means messing up an extra pot or pan. If you've planned ahead, you'll set these ingredients outside so they can lose that refrigerated chill.. Butter, ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Transform Your Android into a Sony Xperia Z3

Sat 12:36 PM — Sony's latest flagship, the Xperia Z3, comes with some pretty high-end hardware, but what really draws me to it are the aesthetics of its ROM, Xperia UI. Even though my HTC One M8 can still go toe-to-toe with the Z3 in a performance matchup, there is something about Sony's UI ...more

HTC One » How-To
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Make Your Android Auto-Wipe Your Data When Stolen

Sat 11:21 AM — Losing your phone is a much bigger ordeal today than it was just 10 years ago. Our smartphones carry with them lots of sensitive data that, in the wrong hands, is capable of being used for identity theft and fraud. One of the smartest things you can do to help avoid such a di ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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How to Maximize Your iPhone's Battery Life in iOS 8

Sat 9:51 AM — The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are supposed to last a lot longer in your pocket with improved battery life, but that doesn't mean that iOS 8 will be that friendly on your older iPhone model. All of those awesome new features could be killing your battery, but with some simple tweaking, your battery life concerns will be a mere afterthought. Don't Miss: The Coolest 33 Feat ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Downgrade an iPhone to iOS 7.1.2 from iOS 8

Fri 4:02 PM — There are a lot of great new features in iOS 8, but not everyone is enjoying them. Some of you may just genuinely prefer iOS 7 over iOS 8, and some of you may be experiencing lag on older devices like the iPhone 4S, however minimal it may be. Whatever the reason, if you don't ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Clean "Uncleanable" Scorched Spots from Pots & Pans

Fri 2:37 PM — You're in the middle of cooking and a car alarm, cute kitten, or neighborhood brawl made you step away from the stove for a few minutes longer that you should have. It happens to almost every home cook. Most of the time, nothing dramatic happens, but every now and then, you en ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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The 6 Best Third-Party Keyboards Available Right Now for iOS 8

Fri 12:39 PM — With over a million downloads in less than 24 hours, SwiftKey's third-party keyboard for iOS 8 is now the most popular application in the iOS App Store—and for good reason. So many people have been waiting to ditch their stock QuickType keyboard to use swipe gestures, themes, and have an overall better experience typing on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Now that iOS 8 ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Set Chromecast Background Images as Your Android's Wallpaper

Fri 11:30 AM — Google's Chromecast streaming device is a marvel of functionality and form. Even with powerful features such as screen mirroring and collaborative party playlists, it's the device's idle screen that first catches the eyes of most folks. Breathtaking photos of nature and citys ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » How-To
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Don't Buy the BS: iOS 8 Works Just Fine on iPhone 4S

Thu 7:31 PM — Shortly after the official release of iOS 8, news outlets like BGR, Gizmodo, and Huffington Post were instructing iPhone 4S users to refrain from updating (which were practically regurgitations of an Ars Technica piece). I'm not here to sway you in one direction or the other, ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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Food Hacks Explains: What Makes or Breaks a Perfect Pie Crust (& Why)

Fri 8:19 AM — Making a good pie crust can seem intimidating to the uninitiated, but once you master this skill, a whole world opens up to you. Not only can you make all manner of fruit, custard, and cream-filled pies once you know all the tricks, you can branch out into the world of quiches, savory pies, and flaky, crispy turnovers, too. We've already told you how to get perfect, fir ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Snapchat Directly from Your Photos App on iOS 8

Thu 6:22 PM — Thanks to Apple's new extensibility features in iOS 8, developers are now able to create extensions for their apps that let you perform actions in notifications, widgets, and in stock Apple apps without having to open up the specific app itself. Check out: The Coolest 33 Feat ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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The Ultimate S Pen Customization Tool for Your Galaxy Note 3

Thu 5:33 PM — When it comes to dictating what happens when the Galaxy Note 3's S Pen is detached, the stock settings that Samsung provides are severely lacking. There are only two measly options: launching Samsung's own Action Memo app, or displaying the Air Command menu. If you want to la ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 » How-To
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How to Recover Your Missing iPhone Photos & Videos in iOS 8

Thu 3:25 PM — After updating to iOS 8, some of you have probably noticed that a lot of your pictures and videos are missing from the Photos app. Even if you were to restore your iPad or iPhone to your last backup, they would still be missing. But don't worry, that's just because albums work ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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6 Cheap & Easy Ways to Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Thu 10:48 AM — With all the kitchen sink debris that goes down the drain, it should be no surprise that your garbage disposal sometimes gets a little smelly and needs some extra cleaning. Using common household items from your kitchen or medicine cabinet, you can easily clean your garbage di ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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12 Food Hacks for Perfect French Toast, Every Time

Thu 12:45 PM — French toast is one of those things that everybody kind of knows how to make, but few people know how to do really well. And while the dish originally does hail from France (its original name, pain perdu, means lost or wasted bread), it has become a beloved American breakfast dish. Here's how to make sure that your French toast comes out with a crispy, crunchy exterior ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Customize Android's Volume Panel (No Root Required)

Thu 9:30 AM — Your phone's volume panel is one part of the user interface that usually goes unnoticed to themers and developers. With themes capable of changing the look and feel of the fingerprint sca ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » How-To
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Why You Shouldn't Install iCloud Drive on iOS 8

Wed 1:16 PM — Don't hit that button yet! I know that everyone is eager to update to iOS 8 as soon as humanly possible, but when it comes to enabling iCloud Drive, you need to wait. All the hype with t ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Silence Notifications for Specific Message Threads in iOS 8

Wed 10:07 AM — As hilarious and fun as group messages can be on your iPad or iPhone, they can also be equally annoying. You may not necessarily want to leave a group message thread, but you don't want t ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Passcode Lock Your Photos & Messages Apps in iOS 8

Thu 2:10 AM — I hate to break it to you, but you're probably here because you were trolled. Thanks to a Photoshopped image making rounds across Twitter, Apple fans were tricked into believing that iOS 8 allowed them to lock individual apps, accessible only through a passcode or fingerprint ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Add Widgets to Your iPhone's Notification Center in iOS 8

Wed 5:53 PM — While they're not exactly what you would expect if you know anything about Android, Apple has finally introduced widgets for their iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices running iOS 8. You Gotta See: The Coolest 33 Features in iOS 8 You Didn't Know About Showing up-to-date i ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Add an Emergency Medical Card to Your iOS 8 Lock Screen

Wed 4:30 PM — In case you get hurt in a car accident, take a nasty tumble, fall down a cliff, or get struck by lightning (okay, those last two are a little extreme), it's always good to carry up-to-date information about your health, in case you can't speak for yourself. A physical medical ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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The Ultimate Guide to Freeing Up Space on Your iPhone in iOS 7

Wed 10:25 AM — Running out of storage space on your iPhone is annoying, but trying to free some up is downright aggravating. Until they figure out a way to throw a terabyte of flash memory in there, you're going to have to do some spring cleaning every now and then, especially if you're tryi ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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14 iOS 8 Privacy Settings Everyone Needs to Understand (And Probably Change Right Now)

Wed 12:00 PM — Keeping data private is vital in the days of smartphones and the free-floating information they carry. Justin wrote a guide on many of the deeply hidden and sometimes concerning privacy settings in iOS 7. Now we're back to cover some of the new (and old) privacy settings in iOS 8 that you need to address right now. Don't Miss: The 33 Best Hidden Features of iOS 8 Don't ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Everything You Need to Know About iOS 8 for Your iPad, iPhone, & iPod Touch

Wed 9:22 AM — Now that you've updated your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to iOS 8, there's a lot of cool new things to explore. If you felt a little overwhelmed from all of the detailed information available in our Coolest Hidden Features of iOS 8 post, then I've got a simple breakdown of all ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Update Your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch to iOS 8

Wed 7:42 AM — iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch owners: it's that time again. iOS 8 has been released to the public, and those who have been eager to update since Apple's WWDC announcement won't have to wait any longer. Since iOS 8 promises to pack a bunch of new, really great features, it's tim ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Search Your iPhone Photos by Date or Location in iOS 8

Wed 8:11 AM — Skimming through the hundreds of photos you may have on your iPhone for that one selfie of you and your friends in Los Angeles can be a tedious task, especially if you were inebriated and ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Hidden Zoom Features in iOS 8 Makes Reading Small iPhone Text Easier for Everyone

Wed 3:18 AM — Apple took great strides to enhance Accessibility features on iOS 7 for low-vision users, adding button shapes, dark colors, bold keyboard text, and more. With iOS 8, Apple looks to conti ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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iOS 8's New Camera Lets You Set Timers & Control Exposure

Wed 3:02 AM — Among the additions that Apple's included in iOS 8 for iPhones are a couple of new features to the Camera app, including a timer and manual control of the exposure setting. Hit up the vid ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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The Coolest 33 Features in iOS 8 You Didn't Know About

Wed 3:30 AM — Apple's newest mobile operating system, iOS 8, is out for the general public, and we've got a rundown on the best new features you can use on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. While there's not a huge visual change as there was from iOS 6 to iOS 7, there's still plenty of cool new features in iOS 8 to be excited about. Don't Miss: 13 iOS 8 Privacy Settings Everyone Ne ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Send Audio, Picture, & Video Messages Faster on Your iPhone in iOS 8

Wed 3:10 AM — Texting just got a whole lot better for your iPhone. In iOS 8, you can send an in-the-moment picture or video without exiting the conversation you're in, and you can also send voice messages! Plus, they'll self-destruct, similar to Snapchat. Video: . Audio Recordings Text mes ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Leave a Group Chat on Your iPhone (Finally!)

Wed 3:03 AM — Group messages make for some hilarious conversations with your friends, and are also a great way to update multiple people without sending individual text messages. But as awesome as they can be, they can also be as equally annoying. We've all been there; you either get preoc ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Email & Text Multiple Photos Faster in iOS 8

Wed 2:55 AM — As it is right now, you can only send 5 images by email at the same time from your Camera Roll in iOS 7. There are some workarounds to increase that number, but a new feature in iOS 8 is ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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This Secret iOS 8 Feature Gives You Quicker Access to Apps Based on Your Location

Wed 2:37 AM — Location-based app shortcuts in iOS 8 work at places like Starbucks, the Apple Store, as well as train stations, banks, hospitals, grocery stores, and more. When you're in the vicinity of ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Download All 15 Wallpapers from iOS 8 Right Now

Wed 1:55 AM — Patience is a virtue that many of us do not possess, which is exactly why we've previously shown you how to acquire the initial wallpapers for Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 beta. Now, than ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Add, Remove, & Reorder Share Options on Your iPhone (iOS 8)

Wed 2:51 AM — The "share sheet" is the small window that pops up whenever you tap the share icon on your iPhone, and in iOS 7, the options listed are limited. No Instagram. No Dropbox. No Pinterest. Besides email, messages, and iCloud, the only third-party options to choose from are Faceboo ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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The Good & Bad About iOS 8's New Swipe Gestures in Mail for iPhone

Wed 2:27 AM — Staying on the move while managing email is a priority for many of us, from parents to students to business professionals. Seems that Apple had this in mind when improving the stock Mail application in iOS 8, which now includes swipe gestures that make marking messages as read ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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The 5 Best Hidden Safari Features in iOS 8 for Your iPhone

Wed 2:10 AM — Apple's new iOS 8 has a ton of new features, and so does their revamped Safari app, only some of the features aren't quite as obvious as others. In this guide, I'll show you my 5 favorite Safari secrets in iOS 8 for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Video: . You Can Access Rec ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Hey, Siri: How to Activate Siri in iOS 8 Without Lifting a Finger

Wed 2:06 AM — It seems that Apple is taking a page from Google's book with their new "Hey, Siri" voice activation feature in iOS 8. This feature mimics the one found in Google Now, the voice-activated intelligent personal assistant available to just about all Android users. Apple's version ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Set Up TouchPal & Other Third-Party Keyboards on Your iPhone in iOS 8

Wed 1:58 AM — Rather than just use the stock Apple keyboard on your iPad or iPhone, iOS 8 now lets you use keyboards from TouchPal, Fleksy, SwiftKey, Swype, and more. I'll be showing you how to set up a third-party keyboard on the iOS 8 beta builds, as well as giving you a firsthand look a ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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iOS 8 Lets You Add Rich Text & Photos (Even GIFs) To Notes on Your iPhone

Wed 1:41 AM — Quickly jotting down grocery lists, recommended books, phone numbers, and addresses, among other things, has been a pretty straightforward process on an iPad or iPhone. Through the Notes app, you can enter information and have it seamlessly synced across all of your iOS device ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Get to Know iOS 8's New Photo Editing Tools

Wed 1:53 AM — The new Camera app in iOS 8 has a few really great features, but some of the best photo-centric features were packed into the iPhone's photo editing tools. These new editing features can create even more dynamic images than before, no Instagram required. In this guide, I'll b ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Reply to Texts, Trash Emails, Snooze Reminders, & More with Interactive Notifications in iOS 8

Wed 1:31 AM — Notification banners and alerts aren't new to iOS, but the ability to expand and interact with them is. Apple's new iOS 8 has ushered in some small, yet convenient features to the banner and alert notifications that make them truly interactive. The new additions, as you will s ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To