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How to Secretly Take Photos on Android Without Launching Your Camera App

Yesterday 10:19 AM — The art of taking secret photos is one that requires keen awareness and skill. Not only do you need to ensure that your subject remains oblivious, but you also need to make sure that no one near you notices what you're attempting to do. It's great when you buddy is acting a fool, but sucks when they stop their shenanigans when they notice you pulling out your camera pho ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Dull Knife? Use Your Car Window to Make It Sharp Again

7:43 AM — Although wear and tear on kitchen knives is unavoidable, it's extremely frustrating when I can't cut through tough, fatty tendons in meat or even make a clean slice through an onion. If you don't have a steel rod or water stone to sharpen your knives, or even a cheap knife sha ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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You're Tying Your Shoes Wrong—Here's How to Lace Them for Hurt-Free Feet

Yesterday 5:08 PM — Upgrading from velcro-only shoes to laced-up sneakers is an important step in life. Days are spent practicing the perfect bow-tying method, and people even argue as adults over tying with the bunny ear method versus the loop-and-wrap trick. Despite the years of shoe tying exp ...more

Fashion » How-To
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How to Get Back the Old YouTube Player if You Hate the New Transparent Design

Yesterday 2:48 PM — YouTube has officially rolled out their new video player design, featuring transparent controls floating above the video, replacing the opaque ones. While you've been able to enable this player for a while now, YouTube finally flipped the switch and enabled it site-wide. Probl ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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The Perfect Three-Course Meal for Peanut Butter Lovers

Yesterday 1:45 PM — The peanut butter and jelly sandwich has officially left the building. When you eat this every other day in elementary school, you've sort of reached your limit. The thing is, peanut butter itself is delicious and quite versatile if used in the right way. Let's explore this ki ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Create This Easy Hologram Projector to Use on Your Smartphone in Just Ten Minutes

Yesterday 11:46 AM — Holographic technology has made a push towards becoming a reality for everyday consumers, most recently with the introduction of the Microsoft's HoloLens, which combines real-world and virtual elements in one awesome device. While it may be a while until that this technology ...more

Smartphones » How-To
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6 Unexpected Beauty, Health, & Home Uses for Rice Water

Yesterday 8:23 AM — Rice water refers to the cloudy water that is leftover after washing rice in a bowl, or the excess water drained from a pot used for cooking rice in boiling water. Whichever method you prefer, rice water can be saved in a separate container once cooled, then used for a number ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Use Your PS4 Controller to Play Games on Your Mac

Sun 5:20 PM — I'm a PlayStation 4 owner, but also enjoy gaming on my Mac. Though it may not be as synonymous with computer gaming as a Windows system, it's still a great experience. But what makes it even better is ditching the keyboard and mouse for my PS4's DualShock controller. Don't Mi ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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The 15-Minute Trick That'll Stop Your Junk Food Cravings for Good

Sun 3:02 PM — Who doesn't experience food cravings? Whether you're trying to adhere to a strict diet, or simply hoping to avoid sugary, fatty foods, curbing cravings can feel like a monumental task. How do you say no to the tantalizing chocolate cake laying before you at a birthday party? ...more

Mind Hacks » How-To
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Tor on Android: How to Stay Anonymous in Apps & When Browsing the Web on Your Phone

Sun 12:44 PM — Keeping your online data and identity private is an uphill battle, but with the anonymity network Tor, you have a pretty decent line of defense from prying eyes. But while Tor is great for desktop users, since they can simply install a Tor browser or plugin, it's a bit more c ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Why You Should Start Eating Raw Meat (Or Eat More of It)

Sun 10:37 AM — A friend of mine is a classically trained chef, and she often invites me over to her house to eat whatever goodies she has concocted. A few years ago I asked her the cliché question that every chef is sick of answering: "What's your favorite food?" I was expecting something e ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Top Free Android Games for the Adventurous (No Couch Potatoes Allowed)

Sat 6:37 PM — The increased sophistication of smartphones and apps have allowed us the luxury to never leave our homes. Everything from coffee to food to dry cleaning can be delivered straight to your door without ever leaving your couch, which can can be a godsend during the winter months ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Arcade Hacking: 6 Tricks to Getting More Prize Tickets Out of Game Machines

Sat 4:31 PM — Arcade games have always been more about chance than skill (at least when I play them). Whether you're at a children's party at a Chuck E. Cheese's or drinking it up with your pals at a barcade like Dave & Buster's, you'll find similar games that hold the golden ticket to fun ...more

Cons » How-To
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5 Ways to Make Your Vegetables Taste Better

Sat 3:28 PM — I like to think of myself as a pretty calm and even-keeled person. I rarely get angry or annoyed, and I don't even get peeved very frequently. For better or for worse, that often changes in the kitchen. When it comes to culinary matters, I'm a little more emotionally invested ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Make Your Own Summer Slurpee at Home

Sat 11:18 AM — On days when it's too hot to even drive to the convenience store in an air-conditioned car to get an iced Slurpee, it's better to stay indoors and make your own summer Slurpee at home. All you need are a packet of Kool-Aid, club soda, sugar, and crushed ice cubes. Simply mix ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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Everything You Need to Disable in Windows 10

Sat 8:00 AM — Windows 10 is the most cloud-oriented version of Windows to date—yet, while this means you get some nifty new features, it also means some of your personal data is being shared with Microsoft's servers. Don't Miss: 45+ Tips & Tricks You Need to Know for Windows 10 In general, Microsoft has proven to be a fairly trustworthy company when it comes to utilizing your data ...more

Windows Tips » Inspiration
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How to Hide System Tray Icons on Windows 10

Fri 4:12 PM — As familiar as it may look at first glance, there are still tons of subtle changes in Windows 10. Many options that existed in past versions have been moved, and virtually every system menu received at least a small visual makeover. Take the system tray for an example. It's s ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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How to Get Lock Screen Widgets Back on Android Lollipop

Fri 1:50 PM — The transition from Android KitKat to Lollipop was pretty drastic in the looks department. Google's new Material Design guidelines changed the way many parts of the UI function, like the notification drawer, status bar, and most notably, the lock screen. Don't Miss: How to Pr ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Set Google as the Default Search Engine for the Taskbar in Windows 10

Fri 11:54 AM — Out of the box, Windows 10 allows you to search the web right from the taskbar. However, the search engine is set to Bing, and there is no option to change it like you can in the Edge browser. Don't Miss: 45+ Tips & Tricks You Need to Know for Windows 10 This is surely to ir ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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The Best New Hotkeys & Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10

Fri 8:53 AM — These days, operating systems are becoming more and more touch-oriented, or at the very least, heavily mouse-driven. Nonetheless, while novice users will find it easier to tap and click their way around, power users know that keyboard shortcuts are still the fastest way to get ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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Tuiles: The Coolest Food You're Not Using (Make Them in Only 10 Minutes!)

Fri 10:22 AM — My favorite finishing touch to any dish is a tuile. Small, elegant, and simple—even its name makes it sound delicate. Tuiles are garnishes that are malleable when directly removed from the oven and crisp up as they cool down. I love them because they complement both savory and sweet dishes and can add a nice alternative texture to creamy dishes. Read on to learn how to ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Remove Vocals from Any Song to Make a Karaoke or Instrumental Track

Thu 3:49 PM — Finding an instrumental or karaoke version of a song can be pretty easy, unless you're dealing with a song that isn't popular. That leaves you with just the full version of the song, complete with vocals. So how do you convert it into an instrumental or karaoke version? There ...more

Recording & Production » How-To
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How to Prevent Windows 10 from Auto-Updating

Thu 12:28 PM — In a bit of a strange decision, Microsoft has made it to where some users don't have a choice in the matter of applying failed automatic updates. When a Windows or driver update comes your way and fails to apply for any reason, your computer will continue to attempt applying t ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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The Hacks of Mr. Robot: How to Send a Spoofed SMS Text Message

Thu 1:54 PM — Welcome back, my rookie hackers! As most of you know, Mr. Robot is probably the best hacker TV show ever! This is a great show about a cyber security engineer who is being enticed to hack the very corporation he's being paid to protect. This show is so good, I began a series to demonstrate how to do the hacks he uses in the show. The Spoofed Text Message in Episode 5 ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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Bottled vs. Tap: 5 Reasons Why You Should Choose City Water Over Plastic

Thu 10:58 AM — There is a huge myth that most Americans believe, and it might be the marketing triumph of the 20th century. We pay an absurd markup (Zero Hedge says as much as 280,000% for "designer" wa ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Disable Adaptive Brightness on Windows 10 for Maximum Screen Brightness

Thu 9:14 AM — You're smashing your keyboard to increase your screen brightness, yet it won't go any higher, but you know you've been able to set it higher before. Angered by this, you get up and move your laptop, only to suddenly notice that the display does in fact get a lot brighter. Now ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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The Ultimate Guide to Using Cortana Voice Commands in Windows 10

Wed 2:20 PM — Cortana, Microsoft's voice-activated personal assistant, originally launch on Windows Phone, but is now built directly into Windows 10 complete with "Hey Cortana" voice search (take that, Apple). It can help you locate files, set up reminders, control music. Don't Miss: How t ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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How to Get Your Computer Ready for the Windows 10 Update

Wed 12:30 PM — The day has finally come, and after quite a bit of hype and buildup, Windows 10 is now officially available. The update itself is on a staged rollout, which means it will be slowly becoming available to users over the coming weeks and months, so don't panic if you haven't alre ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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Weird Ingredient Wednesday: Liquid Nitrogen, the Trendiest Element in Modern Cooking

Wed 11:51 AM — If you've ever turned on an episode of Iron Chef or Top Chef, chances are you've seen a contestant in gloves and goggles, yielding a canister that looks far more fit for a chemistry lab than for a kitchen. Wonder what's in the canister? Liquid nitrogen, the go-to tool/ingredie ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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45 Tips & Tricks You Need to Know to Master Windows 10

Wed 10:52 AM — Windows 10 is officially here, and frankly, there's a ton of new features in Microsoft's latest operating system. From the return of the Start menu to the new Edge browser, Windows 10 can take some getting used to. Luckily, we've done a lot of the leg work for you, and what follows are all the tips and tricks, big and small, that you need to know to get you quickly up ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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How to Make an Easy No-Sew Pet Bed for Your Cat or Dog

Wed 10:52 AM — Want to treat your furry best friend to a new pet bed? All you need are two identical pieces of fleece, batting, and a pair of fabric scissors. The best part is that there is zero sewing involved. Simply measure out two identical rectangular pieces of fleece (the size depends ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Reclaim Up to 20 GB of Hard Drive Space After Installing Windows 10

Wed 10:52 AM — Whether you're upgrading to the Windows 10 Insider Preview or the official build of the operating system, you'll notice a significant hit on hard drive space—up to 20 GB taken away from you. For those with older or even solid-state hard drives (SSDs), this can be a substantial ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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How to Get Rid of the Search Bar & Task View Button in the Taskbar on Windows 10

Wed 10:51 AM — More than likely, the first thing you noticed after booting up Windows 10 initially was a handful of new items in the taskbar across the bottom of your screen. Windows 8 users were probably glad to see the Start menu button back from the dead, but just to the right of that Win ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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What You Need to Know About Using the New File Explorer in Windows 10

Wed 10:50 AM — Quite a few things have changed with Windows 10, but one of the more central features that has received a makeover is the old Windows Explorer program, which has been renamed to File Explorer in this version. You can still locate and launch all of the files and folders you ha ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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How to Enable the Hidden Dark Mode in Windows 10

Wed 10:51 AM — Ah, the fabled dark mode. In the past, many users were delighted to find the existence of something called Royale Noir, a dark theme option that was available for Windows XP. Yet for reas ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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How to Use the Hidden Screen Recorder Tool in Windows 10

Wed 10:51 AM — Up until now, if you wanted to record videos of the apps on your screen, you had to rely on a third-party option. However, Windows 10 changes this thanks in part to the new Xbox app. One ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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How to Change App Title Bar Colors in Windows 10

Wed 10:50 AM — As the Insider Preview builds of Windows 10 progressed, certain features were removed as new ones joined the fray. Some came back, while others disappeared, seemingly for good. One featur ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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10 Things You Need to Know About Microsoft's Edge Browser in Windows 10

Wed 10:50 AM — There are a bunch of new and interesting features packed inside of Windows 10, but one of the most exciting ones is the Microsoft Edge web browser, the long-awaited replacement of Internet Explorer. While the "e" icon that you know so well will remain the same, albeit with a ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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10 Free Texting Apps for Android That Are Way Better Than Your Stock SMS App

7/28 3:02 PM — Texting has become the king of communication—gone are the days where everyone called each other. These days, it's down-right weird when someone calls first. Whether it be on a phone or on a computer, SMS and MMS messages are the most common way people keep in contact, so why n ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Disable the Lock Screen on Windows 10

Wed 10:49 AM — If your PC setup includes a mouse and keyboard, you'll be happy to know that most of the touchscreen-first features of Windows 8 have gone by the wayside in Windows 10. Where it once requ ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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How to Make a Full System Image Backup on Windows 10

Wed 10:49 AM — Just recently, I was experimenting with a dual-boot Windows setup, and somehow managed to wipe my primary Windows installation in the process. "Why," I asked myself, "Why didn't I make a ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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How to Set Different Wallpapers for Multiple Monitors in Windows 10

7/28 12:12 PM — Windows 8 had an easy "Set for monitor" option that allowed you to use different wallpapers on a multi-monitor setup—an option that is seemingly absent from Windows 10. But with a quick c ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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How to Get Song Lyrics for Apple Music on Your iPhone

7/28 10:43 AM — My all-time top songs are the ones that speak to me on a deeper level, and it's through the lyrics that artists are able to make that connection. It's a feeling unlike any other when it seems that an artist or song is speaking exclusively to you or your current circumstance. ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Remove Live Tiles & Resize the Start Menu in Windows 10

7/27 3:26 PM — The Start menu is finally back in Windows 10, but a lot has changed since we last saw it in Windows 7. From a visual standpoint, the first difference you'll notice is the addition of live tiles, which occupy the right half of the Start menu and provide quick information from y ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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How to Cut a Cooked Steak the Right Way

7/28 9:05 AM — There is no greater food to master than steak. If you can make a steak that's only marginally better than your neighborhood Applebee's, you'll still have friends waiting outside your door for steak night. And if you can make steak as good as that expensive gourmet steakhouse you went to for your birthday? Well, your popularity is about to increase dramatically. Don't M ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Tell Your Friends: How to Protect Yourself from Android's Biggest Security Flaw in Years

7/27 4:34 PM — Researchers at the cyber security firm Zimperium have recently uncovered a vulnerability in roughly 95% of Android devices that has the potential to allow hackers to take total control ov ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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These 6 Flavors Turn Crunchy Chickpeas into Snacking Gold

7/27 2:11 PM — Whether you call them chickpeas, garbanzo beans, or Egyptian peas, these little morsels are one of my favorite snacks—when properly seasoned, that is. Being mild in flavor on their own, they're incredibly versatile and fun to experiment with. (They're also incredibly healthy.) ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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9 Surprisingly Toxic Foods

7/27 9:23 AM — Tin cans have resin linings that contain bisphenol-A (BPA), which has been linked in animal lab testings to a number of ailments that include reproductive problems, heart disease, and obesity. Tomatoes are high in acidity, which means that the content of canned tomatoes eats a ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Use Instagram in Any App from Your iPhone's Keyboard

7/27 11:34 AM — In the U.S., smartphone users spend more time on Facebook and Instagram than on any other app. If this sounds surprising for any reason, it shouldn't. Anyone that's browsed Instagram in a moment of boredom knows that a few minutes can quickly turn into an hour down a rabbit hole filled with Likes, Follows, and straight-up lurking. If you're one of many who checks Insta ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Skip Scented Candles: Make Scented Light Bulbs with Flavored Extracts Instead

7/26 3:12 PM — Do you ever walk into a nice boutique, a friend's house, or a fancy restaurant, and think, “I wish my house smelled like this”? Because I sure do. The problem is that most people rely on ...more

Food Hacks » How-To