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Any Asshole with Your Phone Number Can Cripple Your iPhone

Yesterday 3:55 PM — Thanks to a newly discovered iOS exploit, a text message can now ruin your day. It will literally cripple your iPhone, and the worst thing is that anyone with a phone that supports double-byte unicode can do it to you. While it initially sounded like bullshit, we tried it out several times here, and to our surprise, it worked perfectly each time. The exploit involves a ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Create & Restore Backups, Flash ZIPs, & More Without Tripping KNOX on Your Galaxy S6

10:42 AM — KNOX is a major pain for Samsung owners who like to modify their devices. Its combination of hardware and software security measures make things rather difficult when you're trying to modify system-level files and functions without voiding your warranty. Recently, a new root ...more

Samsung Galaxy S6 » How-To
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The Best Way to Peel a Mango

8:12 AM — For the longest time, I only ever did one thing with mangoes. I would cut off a chunk of the fruit, squeeze some lime over it, and eat it straight out of my hands as though it were a watermelon slice. I didn't do this because I loved devouring mango in the messiest way possibl ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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iPhone Messages App Keeps Crashing? Here's How to Fix It

Yesterday 5:31 PM — If your iPhone is rebooting or your Messages app is constantly crashing, you might be the victim of a recently discovered iOS exploit. This exploit allows pretty much anyone with a smartphone to send you a text message attack that can reboot your iPhone, as well as crash your ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Weird Ingredient Wednesday: How to Train Your Dragonfruit

Yesterday 2:20 PM — Even the most unadventurous eaters can usually be coaxed to take a bite of an exotic fruit (except, perhaps, the notoriously stinky durian). After all, fruit is sweet, juicy, and filled with natural sugars. Don't Miss: Bite into Black Sapote, the Chocolate Pudding Fruit So d ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Turn Your OnePlus One into an Android/iOS Hybrid

Yesterday 12:24 PM — While its hardware may already be a little outdated compared to newer flagship phones, the OnePlus One is still a great value thanks to the dedicated community that continues to develop ROMs for it. Cyanogen 12 and Oxygen OS are the two most popular ones, but neither offers th ...more

OnePlus » How-To
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How to Download & Save Any File Type onto Your iPhone

Tue 4:26 PM — On an Android device, you can download almost any file type into a neat and tidy "Downloads" folder, and those files can then be accessed with an appropriate app, shared via email, or transferred over to your computer. On an iPhone, there is no such folder, and saving files fr ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Prepare an Emergency Survival Kit for Earthquakes & Other Natural Disasters

Yesterday 10:17 AM — Have you ever put together a basic survival kit for your home in case of an earthquake or natural disaster? If not, you should, because you'll want to be prepared should the worst happen. To cover your bare minimum necessities, gather at least seven days' worth of non-perishable foods, water, a first aid kit, a flashlight and portable radio with spare batteries, local ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Cut Tomatoes the Right Way

Tue 6:03 PM — Tomatoes are the perfect barometer for kitchen knives and knife skills. If you've ever watched an infomercial for a set of knives, you've surely seen the enthusiastic host waxing about ho ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies Naturally Using Cloves

Tue 1:48 PM — Fruit flies are nearly as frustrating as ants and equally impossible to eradicate—but there are a few ways to get rid of them. We've already shown you that apple cider vinegar, dishwashing soap, and plastic wrap is a great way to trap and kill fruit flies, but if you just want ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Autocorrect Only Fixes Mistakes, but This Android Keyboard Helps Prevent Them

Tue 12:03 PM — My reliance on autocorrect has made me a horrible speller. I take it for granted that it'll catch all my mistakes, but it only ends up making matters worse (especially when it inadvertently makes correct words wrong). So instead of relying on autocorrect to fix typos, why not ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Hacking SCADA

Tue 11:21 AM — Welcome back, my hacker novitiates! Now, and more so in the future, wars will be fought hacker v. hacker. The number of soldiers, guns, tanks, and ships will be less important in your success in warfare than the number of well-trained hackers you have. Every nation and every ...more

Null Byte » Inspiration
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Easy Ways to Find Time to Work Out During a Busy Week

Tue 9:56 AM — Brought to you by Berocca® Video: . Sometimes 24 hours a day just isn't enough time to accomplish everything on your list. In an ideal world, you would never have to sacrifice a fitness session because of too much on your plate, but this isn't always the case. If this sounds t ...more

Diet & Weight Loss » How-To
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Homemade Dog Treats: 3 Easy Recipes You Can Make for Your Pooch

Mon 11:11 AM — Want to mix up the flavor profile of the food you are feeding your dog? Show your pooch some extra love with homemade dog treats recipes that are healthy, organic, and do not use any weird, overly processed chemicals in the ingredients. For a no-bake doggie treats recipe, you can mix together peanut butter, canned pumpkin, honey, and other ingredients into a bowl, make ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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Top 10 Free First-Person Shooter Games for Your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch

Mon 11:11 AM — Whether it's terrorism or brain-hungry zombies you're neutralizing, first-person shooters are an awesome way to immerse yourself within a new world and kill some time with your iPad or iPhone. And with so many games available in this genre, we wanted to show off ten of our abs ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Remove Almost Any Stain Using Alcohol

Mon 11:11 AM — There are countless methods and cleaners aimed at eliminating stubborn stains from everything to clothing, carpet, and furniture. But completely removing every last trace of a stain doesn't require an arsenal of chemical cleaners and repeated cycles in the washing machine. Mos ...more

Housekeeping » How-To
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How Your Apple Watch Can Help You Find Your Parked Car

Mon 11:11 AM — Everyone's forgotten where they parked their car at least once. Either you forget to take note of the section you parked in, or maybe it's more of a Dude, Where's My Car? type of situation. Either way, you're left to circle the same street or parking structure, over and over, ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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See Which Apps Are Using Your Network Connection Right from Your Mac's Menu Bar

Mon 11:10 AM — Monitoring your Mac with widgets can be the first step in identifying bandwidth issues, but finding the root of the problem can be a completely different story. Usually you will have to open up Activity Monitor in Mac OS X to look for apps hogging your bandwidth, but with Load ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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What You Should Eat (& Avoid) When You’re Hungover & Why

Mon 11:10 AM — As glorious as a good drink (or five) can be, the aftermath of alcohol on the body is one of life's least enjoyable features. A few hours of fun can come at the expense of a day or two of feeling dead to the world, with an upset stomach, an aching body, and a headache that makes it feel as though your friends used your head for a piñata. If this is you, you have my con ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Why You Should Add a Spoon to Your Beauty Routine

Sun 11:54 AM — There are countless beauty tools, from expensive brushes that perfect your application of powder to carefully shaped smoothing pads that help you to blend your makeup. Yet hiding in your silverware drawer is a free and highly useful beauty tool that can help you create an even ...more

Makeup » How-To
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How to Add Custom Widgets to the Lock Screen on Android Lollipop

Sun 8:54 AM — When Lollipop was released, Android's lock screen got a huge makeover. But most of the changes were made for aesthetic purposes rather than functionality. In fact, one of KitKat's best lock screen features was removed altogether—the ability to add custom widgets. We've since ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Run Your Favorite Android Apps on Your Computer

Sun 8:55 AM — Google recently announced the beta release of a developer tool called ARC Welder for Chrome, which allows developers to run and test their Android apps on any computer with the Chrome browser installed. Outside of developers, ARC Welder can be run by everyday users to bring Android to their computer. All you need is the latest version of Chrome, an APK of your favorite ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Upload Instagram Photos Straight from Your Computer

Sun 8:54 AM — In an attempt to remain a mobile-exclusive app, Instagram doesn't let users upload photos or videos from their computer. On the Instagram web app, you can pretty much only like and comment on items in your feed, but what about all of those photos on your computer that scream # ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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How to Install Sony's Newest Album & Walkman Apps on Almost Any Android

Sun 8:53 AM — Sony's Xperia line of smartphones are beautifully crafted and have many great features. But considering the fact that Sony has evolved into a media company over the last two decades, it's their media-related apps that stand out the most. Just recently, they've updated their s ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Dehydrate Food Without a Dehydrator

Sun 8:53 AM — I grew up in a rural town, and that meant that we dehydrated a lot of food. Even with a hungry family of five, there was no way that we could eat all of the season's tomatoes before they molded, or all of the orchard's apples before they grew soft, or all of the wild mushrooms that we picked. And so our dehydrator was always getting a good workout. But dehydrating food ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Get Detailed Reports of Your Data Usage on Android

Sat 7:55 AM — Amazingly enough, some of us still have to worry about exceeding our monthly mobile data limits. You'd figure carriers would have given the customers what they want by now by offering truly unlimited plans, but with two conglomerates sitting atop the U.S. cellular market with ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Build Your Own BBQ Chimney

Sat 7:54 AM — When I was in college, I invited a girl over for a date. It was a glorious spring day, and I thought it would be the perfect time to fire up the unused barbecue that had been sitting on my patio all school year. I prepped all the food, chilled all the beer, and then I realized ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Free Up Space on Your Mac by Removing Unnecessary Language Files for Apps

Sat 7:54 AM — It's nice that most apps ship with multi-language support, but if you only need to utilize one, those extra language packs are doing nothing more than taking up space on your computer. And when you're getting close to filling up your hard drive, every little bit counts. Inste ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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How to Check Your iPhone's Battery Life from Your Apple Watch

Sat 7:53 AM — Considering how the Apple Watch works as an extension to your iPhone, it would've seemed like a no-brainer to include the ability to view your iPhone's battery life from the Watch, but in true Apple fashion, they did not. Thankfully, developer Kelly Pangburn did Apple's job f ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Quintuple Your Alcohol Options with These Easy Infusions

Sat 7:53 AM — Unless you're well off, you've probably experienced the hard liquor purchasing conundrum. You know the one: you want to stock your home bar with more than just one spirit, but you don't want to drop $100 or more just so you can have some variety in your alcohol cabinet. Thankfully it's very easy to handle that problem with just a few extra dollars. How? By infusing you ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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10 Ways to Use Exam Gloves in the Kitchen

Sat 7:52 AM — While medical exam gloves are commonly associated with hospitals and not the kitchen, they actually are unexpectedly useful for a number of cooking and cleaning uses that require handling extremely messy things. For example, you can avoid getting weird food gunk from getting ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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5 Chrome Extensions That Make Buying from Amazon Even Better

Fri 5:23 PM — Amazon makes it exceptionally easy to purchase anything you want in just a few minutes. From textbooks for school to live ladybugs, its more surprising when you can't have something delivered to your doorstep in a few day's time. Don't Miss: 5 Things You Need to Know Before B ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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Unlock the 'Adapt Display' Screen Mode on Samsung Galaxy Devices for More Accurate Colors

Fri 2:10 PM — AMOLED display panels like the one found in most Samsung Galaxy devices, including the Galaxy S6 models, are known for their deep blacks and vivid colors. The downside here is that the colors tend to be over-saturated and not very realistic. Samsung countered this issue by of ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Get Dolby Atmos Surround Sound on Any Android

Fri 10:52 AM — Dolby may have made a lot of Android users angry by only offering their Atmos surround sound equalizer to Lenovo and Amazon, but we all know that exclusivity is only temporary in the Android world. Thanks to worstenbrood, we now have a ported version that can be installed on a ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Food Tool Friday: Make Grilled Cheese in Your Toaster with No Mess

Fri 12:23 PM — Grilled cheese is one of my favorite foods, ever. However, there are times in my life when I haven't had access to a full kitchen, and it's pretty hard to make a good grilled cheese sandwich without one. Don't Miss: Make Amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Every Time Thankfully, there's now a little invention that makes it entirely possible to make a pretty good grilled ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Make Amazing Garlic Paste Without a Clunky Garlic Press

Fri 9:00 AM — There may be no kitchen appliance as controversial as the garlic press. Professional kitchens and many avid cooks despise it, while others staunchly defend it. On the one hand, Julia Chi ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Boost Performance & Battery Life on Your Rooted Android Device

5/21 3:29 PM — Performance boosters generally get a bad rap, but that doesn't mean they should all be dismissed—particularly when they're as well thought out as the latest work from developer Danijel Markov. After recognizing a few inefficiencies in the way Android handles memory management ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Install the Sling TV App on Your Nexus Player

5/21 1:56 PM — UPDATE 5/21/15 Dish Network has finally released the official version of its SlingTV app for the Nexus Player and other Android TV devices. The app can be installed through the Google Play Store, where you'll find it front and center in the "Entertainment Apps" category. As a ...more

Cord Cutters » How-To
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How to Customize Spotlight Search in Mac OS X Yosemite

5/21 1:28 PM — Spotlight, Apple's selection-based search system, received a major facelift on Mac OS X Yosemite. Packed with dozens of new features, such as a central search window and increased app suggestions, the reworked Spotlight was a breath of fresh air. While the Spotlight Search to ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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How to Block Ads While Surfing the Web on Android (No Root Needed)

5/21 11:22 AM — Ad blocking on Android usually requires root access, but a new browser from the makers of Adblock Plus is looking to change this. It's based on the Firefox browser, so the interface is already nice and polished despite this being brand new software. The app is still in its be ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Steam Food Without a Steamer Basket

5/21 9:05 AM — I'm not a big fan of single-use tools, especially ones that don't get used particularly often. And I'm especially not a big fan of seldom used single-use tools that take up a large amount of space. One of these tools is the steamer, which is on the list of "kitchen essentials" despite being large, clunky, and not commonly used. Steamers are actually incredibly easy to ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Get Apple's Force Touch Feature on Android

5/20 4:40 PM — Apple's latest round of devices—including the MacBook Pro and Apple Watch—use a new touch input method that can detect when you've applied a bit more force than usual. Dubbed "Force Touch," this gesture simulates a long-press or right-click, but it usually requires special har ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Make Cheaper, Healthier, & Tastier Pancakes with This Easy Pancake Mix Recipe

5/20 2:32 PM — You can make a pretty strong case for pancakes being the ultimate breakfast food. They taste like a treat for a special occasion, yet they're not bad for you (presuming you don't share my whipped cream and maple syrup habits). They can be customized and accessorized, and they ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Weird Ingredient Wednesday: These Edible Flowers Will Shock You (Literally)

5/20 12:16 PM — Eating flowers is a time-honored culinary tradition, from nibbling on nasturtiums to grazing on candied violets. And why not? They look beautiful and lend a unique floral flavors to salads, desserts, and anything in between. Don't Miss: Weird Ingredient Wednesday—Zucchini Blo ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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Mute Shutter Sounds, Schedule Texts, Disable Status Bar Icons, & More on Your Galaxy S6

5/20 11:04 AM — Carriers like to distinguish their Android phones from the competition by making small changes to the interface here and there. This practice is so common that Android now has a built-in system for managing these small tweaks. A series of XML files known as CSC (customer soft ...more

Samsung Galaxy S6 » How-To
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18 Ways to Add More Iron to Your Diet

5/20 9:46 AM — Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the United States, and how much or how little you properly consume iron on a daily basis can be the difference between feeling constantly tired or feeling like you are energized enough to seize the day. Read below for the most iron-rich foods you can add to your diet, both coming from animal sources and plant ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Connect an Android Wear Smartwatch to Your iPhone

5/19 3:37 PM — Believe it or not, not every Apple lover is willing to make the commitment and fork over $350+ for the Apple Watch. Like many others, I'm not willing to put that much faith into Apple's first attempt at wearable tech. Thankfully, if you or a buddy have a Moto 360 (which costs ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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What the Heck Was Stuxnet!?

5/19 2:03 PM — As many of you know, I firmly believe that hacking is THE skill of the future. Although the term "hacking" often conjures up the image of a pimple-faced script kiddie in their mother's basement transfixed by a computer screen, the modern image of the hacker in 2015 is that of ...more

Null Byte » Inspiration
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This Hack Makes It Easy to Inflate an Air Mattress Without a Pump

5/19 12:40 PM — Air mattresses are great when you have guests sleeping over or want to camp in total comfort, but air mattress pumps are a different story. An electric one is loud and doesn't do much good at the campsite, while a manual one is easily broken or forgotten about. Luckily, there ...more

MacGyverisms » How-To
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Use Instagram's Layout App to Create Easy Photo Collages in No Time (Android & iOS)

5/19 11:10 AM — If you're one of the many that likes to upload collages to Instagram, the Facebook company has a new tool for you. Instagram announced a brand new application called Layout to help facilitate the process of creating photo layouts to post onto social media or just share with fr ...more

Smartphones » Inspiration