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24 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for Procrastinators

Yesterday 6:57 PM — Are you one of those people that waits until the last minute to come up with a costume for Halloween? Unless you're a makeup artist, have a ton of money, or are ultra-crafty, coming up with a good Halloween costume is always a low-priority task. That is, until it's Halloween and you're having a panic attack. Don't panic, though, because there are plenty of good DIY cos ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Shoot 4K Video with Manual Focus & More on Your Nexus 5 (Lollipop)

Yesterday 5:22 PM — One of the biggest under-the-hood changes in Android 5.0 is a new, robust Camera API. When Lollipop makes its official debut, this API will allow developers to hook into your phone's camera sensor like never before. Developer Chih-Mao Chen has already started taking advantage ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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How to Use the Much-Improved Face Unlock Feature in Android Lollipop

Yesterday 2:35 PM — I think it's safe to assume that most of us appreciate a little privacy and security when it comes to our mobile devices, which is exactly why we have lock screens that require unique passwords, patterns, or PINs. Although someone can discretely peer over your shoulder to see ...more

Nexus 7 » How-To
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How to Make Candy Corn Vodka Cocktails for Your Halloween Bash

Yesterday 5:21 PM — Do you like candy corn? Do you like vodka? Well, then this candy corn vodka cocktail will be a huge hit at your Halloween party (at least, with you). Candy corn is one of the most hated, ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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These 6 Cheap & Easy DIY Masks Are Perfect for Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

Yesterday 5:20 PM — With only a day left until Halloween, a full and detailed costume is too much to throw together for most people. But you still have to dress up as something, right? No one will give you c ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Make an Easy, Last-Minute Polygon Mask for Halloween

Yesterday 1:38 PM — Halloween is coming fast. It's one of those things that always seems to sneak up on you before you're prepared, so if you don't have tons of free time to make your own kickass costume, yo ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Bee-Do, Bee-Do! 5 Awesome DIY Minion Halloween Costumes from 'Despicable Me'

Yesterday 1:57 PM — Last summer, Universal Pictures released the sequel to the popular 2010 animated film Despicable Me, bringing back everyone's favorite characters—the Minions. They're adorable, yellow, and they speak a gibberish "Banana Language." What's not to love? If you're planning on dres ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Craft a Realistic Rocket Raccoon Costume for Halloween

Yesterday 1:38 PM — This year's biggest film certainly didn't come as a surprise: with another incredible comic book creation, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy wowed audiences more than any other movie. With its unique team of heroes, Guardians provided a set of ready-made Halloween costumes. Al ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Quick Tip: Make Your Halloween Treats Glow in the Dark with Tonic Water

Yesterday 1:35 PM — If you're throwing a party for Halloween or making homemade goodies for trick-or-treaters, there's no shortage of spooky foods and drinks you can cook up. But if you want to take it a ste ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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10 Truly Last-Minute Halloween Costumes That Don't Totally Suck

Yesterday 1:05 PM — With only a few days left until Halloween, your options might be rather limited if you still don't have a costume. You may have laughed while some people spent the entire month of October ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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9 Insanely Lazy Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas Using Only What You've Got

Yesterday 12:09 PM — I'm one of those types of people who waits until the very last minute to find a Halloween costume, and thanks to last year's attempt at buying one at a local costume shop the day before H ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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10 Creative Women's Costumes That'll Keep You Covered This Halloween

Yesterday 1:05 PM — Halloween is a night to dress up as any character you'd like—but for women, that typically means wearing something skimpy or downright absurd. From "sexy" policewomen to nearly undressed fairy tale princesses, we're surrounded by costumes that leave little to the imagination. ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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That Was Fast—Nexus 6 Sells Out in 60 Seconds

Yesterday 10:38 AM — If you were eagerly refreshing the Nexus 6 order page this morning for a chance to snag the latest from Google and Motorola, we hope you were quick to purchase. About a minute after the 32GB models went on pre-order, both the Midnight Blue and Cloud White models were sold out. ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Prevent Carved & Uncarved Pumpkins from Rotting

Yesterday 11:58 AM — Pumpkin carving and decorating is a favorite pastime during this time of year. After you've carved an amazing design or face into a pumpkin or two, you want to show it off through your window or set it out on your porch for the neighbors to see. Without knowing the tricks to save your holiday pumpkins, they can turn slimy, moldy, and mushy in as little as three days. Th ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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These Free Printable Masks Are About as Lazy as Halloween Costumes Can Get

Yesterday 11:58 AM — You told yourself you wouldn't be one of those lame people who throws on a mask and shows up at costume parties, but here we are a day before Halloween and you still have nothing. Unless ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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DIY Missing Eye Makeup: Create a Gruesome, Realistic Halloween Costume Using a Sock

Tue 2:51 PM — I'm always looking for the easiest and quickest way to dress up for Halloween. It has been one of my favorite holidays for years, but I absolutely hate having to buy a costume—or even wor ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Build a Minecraft Creeper Head Halloween Costume

Tue 2:40 PM — If you love Minecraft, and you're trying to find out what to dress up as for Halloween, try building a Creeper head. If you wear a green shirt, you'll have the perfect Minecraft costume. ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: An Introduction to Regular Expressions, Part 2

Yesterday 10:05 AM — Welcome back, my hacker novitiates! A short while ago, I introduced you to regular expressions. Regular expressions are a language that is particularly useful for finding complex text patterns in streams of data. Although first developed for Perl, regular expressions are use ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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The Fastest Way to Change an App's Notification Settings in Android Lollipop

Yesterday 8:26 AM — Notifications sometimes come in bulk on Android—especially after booting up. While some of them are helpful or informative, most can be immediately dismissed as soon as they come in. The traditional way to adjust notification preferences, like blocking and priority, requires ...more

Nexus 7 » How-To
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Automatically Disable Distractions on Your Mac for a Productivity Boost

Tue 4:30 PM — Getting things done isn't easy when you're bombarded with alert sounds and notifications all day long on your Mac. Here's how you can quickly remove those distractions with just a single click. Step 1: Download the Automator Apps This part is pretty easy. Just click here to ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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Get Custom iPhone Alerts for Shows, Films, Games, Weather, & More with Hooks

Tue 1:49 PM — While it's not too hard to remember to watch your favorite TV show every week, it's almost impossible to remember to watch all of your favorite shows. Add on to that sports games, live music events, and new film releases and you'll find yourself in a disorganized mess with a l ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Carve, Char, & Contort a Creepy Miniature Jack-O'-Lantern for Halloween

Tue 2:40 PM — This year for Halloween, don't just settle for the normal cutesy pumpkin carvings—make these creepily charred and contorted miniature jack-o'-lanterns instead. Not only do these mini pump ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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5 Meticulously Crazy DIY Halloween Costumes

Mon 2:49 PM — While some of us like to keep it simple with the Halloween costumes, there's the whole other side of Halloweeners that go all out with theirs These are five of the more crazy and interest ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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5 Extremely Flammable Jack-O'-Lanterns That'll Set Your Heart on Fire

Mon 2:46 PM — The pumpkin is everyone's favorite cucurbit come Halloween time, and while there are only a few types of Halloween-friendly pumpkins out there, there is definitely no shortage of what you ...more

Halloween Ideas » Inspiration
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Auto-Reply to Missed Calls & Texts on Android When You’re Busy

Tue 12:38 PM — Whether you're in a movie theater, driving, or just want to temporarily unplug from the grid, you need to ignore or completely silence your phone. You'll still receive calls and texts during this time, but in a world where people expect instant gratification, you'll end up loo ...more

Samsung GS4 » How-To
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What We Thought We Knew About Saving Money on Airfare Was Wrong

Tue 11:29 AM — Tuesday has long been considered the best day to save money on a plane ticket. Airlines typically announce new deals on Monday, so by Tuesday, all other airlines have matched their competitor's lowest fares. It's a tip that I learned at a young age from my father and was solid ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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When You Can't Sleep, Eat This

Tue 10:07 AM — Being able to sleep deeply and fully is one of the foundations for real health. When you go without it, you feel subhuman and incapable of dealing with the world—just ask a student who's had to pull an all-nighter or the parents of a newborn. In fact, many studies have shown that lack of sleep or irregular sleep is linked to acne, weight gain, and depression. Video: . V ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Banish Multi-Page Articles & Slideshows Forever

Mon 4:59 PM — So, you're scanning the internet for some cool articles to read during your lunch break and you come across something pretty interesting—"The 50 Most Incredible Things Every Person with a Brain Should Know." That sounds interesting, so you click, and boom, you are hit with the ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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Fake Smiles Are Bad for You & Here’s Why

Mon 3:50 PM — Can you tell when someone is shooting you a fake smile? Even though fake smiles are easy enough to see through, we all still do it, attempting to show others just how happy we are when we're really feeling less than fantastic. Unfortunately, every smile we fake makes us a tiny ...more

Mind Hacks » How-To
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Laplock Protects Your MacBook from Thieves in Public Places

Mon 2:50 PM — Coffee shops are a relaxing place to get work done on your laptop; there's free Wi-Fi, fresh coffee, and people generally leave you alone. Inevitably, those cups of coffee will go straight through you, resulting in a much-needed bathroom break. But while you're attending to yo ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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Give Your Friends Access to "Inbox by Gmail" Without Any Invites

Mon 1:24 PM — Google's new Inbox by Gmail service offers a new take on email with a particular emphasis on productivity. But, as an invite-only service at this stage, not many people can access Inbox just yet. While users who have been lucky enough to receive an invite to the service will ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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Throwing a Party This Halloween? Try Some of These Chillingly Creepy Cocktails

Mon 2:42 PM — If you're too old to trick-or-treat (are you ever really?), throwing a Halloween party is the next best thing. You could always just serve beer and jungle juice like most other people wil ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Horrifying Halloween Makeup: DIY Scarred Face with Flayed Human Skin Mask

Sun 1:18 PM — As if skinning a human wasn't sick enough on its own, there's people out there that take it a step further by wearing it. The most notable example would be Ed Gein, the inspiration for su ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Carve an Amazing Halloween Pumpkin: 5 Sinister Jack-O’-Lantern Designs

Sun 1:17 PM — Need help with some last-minute pumpkin carving? This guide will show you 5 different jack-o'-lantern designs just in time for Halloween. In the video below, you'll see how to make pumpk ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Unlock the Galaxy S5 Notification Panel & Quick Settings on Your Galaxy S4

Mon 11:20 AM — Since the release of the Galaxy S5 back in April, the process of converting older models, like the Galaxy S4, to replicate the look and feel of the newest S-family member was inevitable. Galaxy users didn't want to be left out, and for good reason. The revamped interface of the S5 introduced a new color palette that was a definite improvement from the flat boring colors ...more

Samsung GS4 » How-To
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Here's How to Get Amazon's Chromecast Competitor for Only $20

Mon 10:31 AM — Amazon has launched its Chromecast competitor, the Amazon Fire TV Stick, which is available for pre-order today. This little dongle has four times the storage and twice the memory of Google's Chromecast, plus many of the features found in Amazon's Fire TV set-top box. Pricing ...more

Amazon Fire » How-To
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Which Stores Accept Apple Pay? The Always Up-to-Date List

Mon 9:17 AM — Now that iOS 8.1 is out, Apple Pay is ready to be accepted at over 220,000 stores across the country using your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. But which businesses will actually accept Apple Pay? Here's your always-up-to-date list. Firstly, since the new iPhone 6 models have NFC-technol ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Access Widgets from Anywhere on Android

Sun 1:19 PM — Placing widgets on your device's home screen is a quick way to gain instant access to shortcuts or to specific aspects of an app, like music controls or weather forecasts. As more and more developers create various types of app drawers and shortcuts, many overlook widgets and ...more

Nexus 7 » How-To
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Get LG's Double-Tap to Sleep on Any Samsung Galaxy Device

Sun 9:40 AM — With the Power key located on the back of the device, LG included a convenient "double-tap to sleep" function in their G2 and G3 devices. The function allows users to simply double-tap the display to put their device to sleep instead of picking it up and pressing the Power key ...more

Samsung GS4 » How-To
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10 Costumes That Will Get You Laid at Your Next Halloween Party

Sun 1:17 PM — To steal a quote from Mean Girls, Halloween is the one night when a girl can dress like a total slut and no one can say anything about it—but why do girls get to have all the fun? Why can't guys use the day to be good looking? Scary good looking? Well, use one of the followin ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Make a Living Rorschach Mask with Morphing Inkblots

Sat 10:08 AM — Watchmen may be old(ish) news, but cheap and legit costumes never go out of style. Easily the most sought after character for Halloween (it might be a little cold outside if your hoping to pull off Dr. Manhattan), Rorschach with his trench coast and splotch-filled mask make fo ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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The 10 Most Viral Costumes for Halloween 2014

Sun 10:58 AM — For something to go viral, it usually has to be some combination of the incredibly absurd, hilarious, tragic, or overall meaningful to the times to become a hit, and like any other year, 2014 certainly had its fair share. A handful of stories dominated the news for weeks on end, with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the sexy felon mugshot guy, and the iCloud celebrity nude ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Turn a Tortilla into a French Crêpe

Sat 6:12 PM — Making a good crêpe takes practice and commitment. The batter is rich—most recipes incorporate melted butter, whole milk, and several eggs—and the cooking of the crêpe requires good techn ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Get Android Alerts for When Your Favorite Websites Update Content

Sat 2:19 PM — The problem with striving to be on the bleeding edge of what's new for your smartphone, or really anything else in life, is having to constantly check websites and forums for new content. And with lots of that browsing happening on our phones, the aimless page loading and refr ...more

HTC One » How-To
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10 Totally F'd Up Halloween Makeup Looks to Terrify Trick-or-Treaters With

Sat 1:49 PM — For some people, a costume is just a necessary prerequisite to get into Halloween parties. If you're female and you're going the sexy route, it's not too hard to find something to wear, but transforming yourself into something terrifying takes a little more work. The details ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Quickly Encode a Video for the Web with This Drag & Drop Automator Action

Sat 11:37 AM — Automator takes the work out of common repetitive tasks. I don't enjoy compressing videos for quick sharing or uploading to the web, so I created an Automator action to handle the process for me. Step 1: Download the Automator App This part is pretty easy. Just click here to ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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10 Cheap, Easy, & Awesome DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Sat 11:12 AM — Kids get all the fun on Halloween. They get to dress up as their favorite characters and collect free candy, but with none of the responsibility that comes along with buying or making a costume. If you buy premade costumes for your children, it can be pretty expensive, and th ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Theme TWRP on Your LG G3 for a More User-Friendly Recovery

Sat 10:08 AM — It wasn't too long ago that I showed you how to unlock the LG G3 bootloader and install TWRP, and while the process was extremely easy, the custom recovery can look a little intimidating to new users. Even long-time users who know how to navigate it find it boring to look at, ...more

LG G3 » How-To
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Make Phone Calls Right from Yosemite's Notification Center

Fri 4:15 PM — Thanks to Apple's implementation of Continuity on Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, communication is truly a seamless thing. Without even looking at my iPhone, I can message or call friends comfortably from my computer or iPad. Even better, with the latest iOS 8.1 update, you can ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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How to Get the Most Out of Google's New Inbox by Gmail

Sat 9:26 AM — Google's new Inbox by Gmail service wants to fundamentally change the way you handle email, so a bit of a learning curve is to be expected when you're first using the utility. As of right now, the service is invite-only, but if you were lucky enough to get in on the ground floor, you're probably wondering, "How the heck do I use this thing?" The basic premise is relati ...more

Digiwonk » How-To