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Here's Everything You Should Know About Samsung Pay

8:56 AM — Mobile payment systems have been around for almost 5 years now, starting with Google Wallet. But when Apple got into the game last year with their new Apple Pay service, things really started to take off. Around this time, Samsung responded by acquiring an up-and-coming mobile payments company that owned the rights to an incredibly innovative technology called Magnetic ...more

Samsung Galaxy S6 » Inspiration
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How to Monitor Your Heart Rate on Your Phone Without a Heart Rate Sensor

Yesterday 2:51 PM — Samsung created quite a buzz when it debuted a built-in heart rate sensor on the Galaxy S5 back in 2014, but amazingly, not many other manufacturers decided to follow suit. It's really a shame, too, since data from a heart rate sensor would go perfectly hand in hand with the i ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Optimize Your Mac for the Best Gaming Experience Possible

Yesterday 1:16 PM — When most people think of "gaming computers," they're probably thinking of Windows-based PCs. They offer a huge variety of devices with better equipped software and hardware for a cheaper price, and there are more available games than there are for OS X-based systems. But tha ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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How to Get iOS-Style Spotlight Search on Android

Yesterday 10:44 AM — Google Now is great for looking up movie times or finding your parking spot, but if you need to track down a file you downloaded, you're relegated to using a file explorer and, depending on your organizational skills, this can either be extremely easy or a huge pain in the ass ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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New Amazon App Gives Away $10,000 Worth of Paid Apps for Free

Wed 2:55 PM — Whether it's delivery drones or getting the U.S. Postal Service to ship packages on Sundays, Amazon continues to remain innovative and ahead of the game, as further evidenced with the release of their new application, Amazon Underground. While the app can potentially replace ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Make Brown Sugar in 20 Seconds

Yesterday 9:05 AM — We've all been there: in the middle of making our favorite cookie recipe, when suddenly we realize we don't have one of the staple ingredients. Out of flour? You're SOL. Out of eggs? You might be able to find a good substitute. Out of brown sugar? If you have white sugar and some molasses on hand, then just make a batch. It only takes a few seconds. How to Make Your Ow ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Weird Ingredient Wednesday: The Wonders of Black Garlic

Wed 2:21 PM — Garlic: almost every cuisine in the world considers it a staple, and for good reason. Its pungent flavor gives depth and character to food. Dishes made without it seem bland and forgettable. And on top of all that, it's been studied for its potential anti-cancer properties (an ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Easily Tweak, Mod, & Customize Windows 10

Wed 1:58 PM — Every time Windows gets a significant update, the vast majority of existing tweaking utilities become obsolete. For every option that you fine-tuned with one of these tools on Windows 7 or 8, there's a change in the registry or system settings that cause your tweaks to now poi ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: Linux Basics for the Aspiring Hacker, Part 26 (Apache Configuration)

Wed 12:12 PM — Welcome back, my hacker novitiates! In an earlier Linux Basics tutorial, I had demonstrated the basics of the Apache web server. Since Apache is the world's most widely used web server on the Internet (as of July 2015, Apache was 38%, IIS was 26%, and Nginx is 15%), the more ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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The Easy Way to Make Delicious Maki Sushi Rolls at Home

Wed 10:47 AM — Without a doubt, sushi is one of my favorite foods—dainty and delectable, while also fun to make. So let's get started with maki rolls, aka makizushi, probably the most iconic form of sushi. You know, the one filled with rice and your standard sushi ingredients, rolled up in a ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Make Your Own DIY Watercolor Coffee Mug

Wed 9:03 AM — Using water, nail polish, and a white ceramic mug, you can easily create your own artsy DIY coffee mug with a "watercolor" effect colored on its surface. Simply fill an empty, disposable container (like a disposable pie pan) with warm water and add a drizzle of nail polish. Y ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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You're Uninstalling Mac Apps Wrong: Here's How to Remove Them Completely

Tue 5:36 PM — Uninstalling an app on your Mac isn't as straightforward as you would think. When you drag and drop an app into the Trash, then empty it, the main app itself may be gone, but many associated files and folders are left behind. So how do you get rid of them? There are a couple o ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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How to Fully Control Your Android Device from Any Computer

Tue 5:37 PM — Have you ever been using your computer when a friend randomly decides it's time to start up a text message conversation? You usually have to stop what you're doing on the desktop, then go pick up your smartphone and respond to the text. Then, if your buddy replies with another message, you have to juggle back and forth between your mouse and keyboard and your handheld d ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Stop Spammy Notifications on Your Phone

Tue 3:29 PM — Have you ever had one of your Android games post a notification in a lame attempt to remind you to play? This is becoming a common practice these days, and to me, it's about as annoying as a Best Buy blue shirt when I'm just trying to check out the latest TVs. Or perhaps you' ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Hide Private Photos with an Uncrackable "Passcode"

Tue 2:33 PM — When it comes to security, there are usually only a handful of things that you want protected from prying eyes on your iPhone—private photos, scandalous videos, and important text, such as credit card and social security numbers. Protecting your iPhone with a lock screen pass ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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The One Android Setting You Must Change Before Traveling Abroad

Tue 1:33 PM — With all the stress that goes into booking flights and lodging, packing (and not forgetting) everything you'll need, finding pet sitters, and everything else that goes with a trip overseas, there's the added stress of staying connected while abroad. Don't Miss: 11 Tips to Mak ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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A Sports Psychologist's Guide to the Perfect Workout Playlist

Tue 12:00 PM — The right music can spur you to pick up the pace during an intense workout, pep you up before you hit the treadmill or walking path, and even encourage you to lift for just a few extra reps. Although we all have our favorite workout playlists, scientists have discovered what i ...more

Mind Hacks » How-To
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How to Share Paid Android Apps for Free (Legally)

Tue 12:53 PM — Last year, Apple debuted a feature that allows families to share iTunes and App Store purchases across their various accounts. Us Android users, on the other hand, have to buy separate copies of apps for each of our accounts—well, at least from an official standpoint. Truth be told, though, it's fairly simple to work around this issue. If you live in a multi-Android ho ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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The Single Most Useful Keyboard Shortcut Every Mac User Should Know

Tue 11:14 AM — Keyboard shortcuts can make using your Mac faster and easier, and leave your mouse feeling archaic. With just a few taps, you can save files, open new tabs, or play a movie—all without using your mouse even once. Don't Miss: 30+ Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Be Using on YouTu ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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How to Turn Your Phone's Screen On Just by Waving

Tue 10:35 AM — The Samsung Galaxy S6 includes a pretty nifty feature known as "Gesture wake up," which lets users wave their hand over their locked display to wake it, making those periodic notification checks from the lock screen a lot more simple than having to press the power or home key ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Downgrade iOS 9 Back to iOS 8

Tue 10:18 AM — If you couldn't wait to test drive iOS 9 before its official release this fall, you probably have the beta software on your iPhone right now. However, if you're not a fan of all the bugs and glitches that accompanies it, it's not too late—you can still downgrade back to the la ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Make a Perfect Meringue Without Any Egg Whites

Mon 1:19 PM — I'm a big proponent of playing with your food. I love when chefs and home cooks try new things, invent bizarre creations, and push the culinary envelope. But some things are the way they are for a reason, and they shouldn't be messed with. Cakes should be fluffy. Steaks shoul ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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6 Useful Android Gestures You Might Not Know About Already

Mon 3:40 PM — People like to cite the iPhone as the device that started the smartphone craze, but the truth is, smartphones had existed for years by the time Apple got into the game. The real groundbreaking feature that this device brought to the table was a multi-touch screen to go along with its "smart" functionality, and this is still the main method we use to interact with our de ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Cortana for Android Has Leaked & Here's How to Install It (Update: It's Now on the Play Store)

Mon 12:18 PM — Cortana, Microsoft's personal assistant for its Windows Phones and Windows 10, will soon be released for Android. That is, officially released. It's hard to keep a good thing locked away, and to that end, Cortana for Android has been leaked, thanks to APK Mirror. Don't Miss: ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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More Than Just Candles: 12 Practical, Surprising Uses for Beeswax

Mon 9:16 AM — Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honeybees and can also be used for your home. Commonly associated with making your own DIY candles, beeswax is the perfect DIY product for making your own lip balm, non-toxic crayons, mustache wax, and more. Other than making your own beau ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Color Code Android Notifications Without Root Access

Mon 11:13 AM — Theming is one of the many facets of Android that gives it a leg up on its iOS competition. With the right home launcher and icon theme, you can completely change the look and feel of your device in just a few minutes. Don't Miss: How to Make Your Android Unique & Theme Everything In the spirit of customization and theming, today we'll show you how to ditch your ticke ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Get Back the Classic Look & Feel of Explorer in Windows 10

Sun 4:20 PM — In modern versions of Windows, Microsoft made quite a few changes to Windows Explorer, the first of which is a new name—File Explorer. Another huge change that most will notice is that File Explorer now has a new look sporting the Ribbon interface. The Ribbon interface, which ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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How to Manage Safari Username & Passwords Saved on Your iPhone

Sun 2:49 PM — Every time you log in to a website in Safari on iOS, you're also asked if you would like to save the username and password—a great feature of just about all browsers that makes it so that don't have to enter your credentials each time you access website in the future. While th ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Hack Bluetooth, Part 1: Terms, Technologies, & Security

Sun 12:20 PM — Welcome back, my novice hackers! This new series on Bluetooth hacking was inspired by a recent episode of Mr. Robot (my favorite TV show). In episode 6, Eliot hacked the bluetooth keyboard of the police office in order to hack the prison and release his nemesis, Vera. This is just one of the many hacks we will explore in the series. Today, Bluetooth is built into near ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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How to Make Your Mac's Screen Saver the Apple Watch Clock Face

Sun 10:52 AM — Most of us only see our screen savers in passing, as some sort of slide show or animation as we glance up at the screen or walk by the computer. Usually, anything is better than a boring blank screen—even the classic Pipes screensaver is better than nothing. Don't Miss: Set Y ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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Keep the Party Going with These 5 Drinking Games for Android

Sat 4:19 PM — If you ever need to spice up a party, drinking games can really get things started quickly. The objectives are generally to complete tasks or challenges, but it's really all a thinly-veiled excuse for increasing everyone's alcohol intake in a hurry while testing levels of ineb ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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3 Gluten-Free Alternatives for Delicious Sandwiches

Sun 9:27 AM — Let me start by saying something controversial: I despise the gluten-free fad. I think gluten is delicious (I go through at least two loaves of bread a week, with a healthy dose of pretzels and pasta in there as well), and I think many of the health myths surrounding gluten are either fabricated or hyperbolic. Don't Miss: WTF Is Gluten? Finally, a Definitive Answer Bu ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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This Hair Care Product Will Keep Water Spots Off Your Car for Good

Sat 1:34 PM — Taking care of your car requires effort, whether you take it to the pros for washes, waxes, and detailing, or you spend time to make it shine yourself—and it often seems that, right after your car is sparkling again, rain or midnight moisture appears to cover its surface in wa ...more

Maintenance » How-To
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How to Make Your Own Sweetened Condensed Milk at Home

Sat 11:35 AM — To make your own sweetened condensed milk at home, all you need are milk, sugar, butter, and about two hours of your time. Simply place milk and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to a very low simmer for about two hours until liquid volume is reduced ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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Make Your Own Spices at Home for More Flavor & Less Money

Sat 11:02 AM — In my opinion, spices are the key to a successful kitchen. With a healthy array of spices and spice mixes, you have the foundation for nearly any dish that you want to make; the culinary world is your oyster. With a depleted cupboard of spices, however, nearly every recipe looks intimidating and unattainable. Don't Miss: Ingredients 101: Buying, Grinding, & Tempering S ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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10 Android Apps That'll Make Your Next Movie Night Better

Sat 10:03 AM — With so much streaming content now available for cord cutters, settling on just one title to watch can be a daunting task. There are countless services like Netflix or Amazon Prime that offer a seemingly unlimited amount of content, and sorting through to find something to wat ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Add the Weather Forecast to Your Calendar on Windows 10

8/21 3:25 PM — The Calendar app that ships with Windows 10 has a nice little feature that will help make your days more productive by showing the current five-day weather forecast. Of course this isn't new to other popular weather apps, but it's nice to see Microsoft listening to user feedb ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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How to Make Your Own Lipstick at Home (Using Crayons!)

8/21 1:20 PM — Often, despite your favorite makeup mecca's rows and rows of endless colors, applicators, and brands, it's hard to find the perfect shade of lipstick—especially one at the price you want. Rather than resorting to what's available in stores, turn to your stovetop and a box of c ...more

Makeup » How-To
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34 Beautiful Material Design Apps to Replace Your Old, Ugly Ones

8/21 11:51 AM — I have a personal rule when it comes to an app's interface: If it doesn't follow Android's design guidelines, it was probably written with Apple's iOS in mind first and foremost. And if that truly is the case, I almost take this as a personal insult. I'm not a second-class ci ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Make Surprise-Inside Cupcakes (AKA Piñata Cupcakes)

8/21 10:12 AM — Cupcakes are special treats by themselves, so surprise-inside piñata cupcakes are extra special for birthdays and special occasions. You can customize these with any flavor of cupcake and any type of candy or chocolate treat you want to stuff them with. Don't Miss: Use Candy to Make Your Cupcakes Look Pro What You'll Need: Plain, unfrosted cupcakes (homemade or from a ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Combine Multiple Filters in Photos & Videos on Snapchat

8/21 8:51 AM — Snapchat provides a handful of filters and overlays which allow you to show off your location, make your pictures more colorful, or even display how fast you're moving. But unlike Instagram, Snapchat only allowed you to use a single filter per photo or video... or at least tha ...more

Smartphones » How-To
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Microsoft Beat Google to the Punch with a "Now on Tap" Clone for Android

8/20 2:37 PM — One of the biggest new features in the soon-to-be-released Android 6.0 Marshmallow is something Google is calling "Now on Tap." Essentially, this service will be able to scan the contents of any screen on your Android device, then after you long-press the home button, it will ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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Not Just for Food: 10 Laundry Tasks Your Freezer Excels At

8/20 12:52 PM — Laundry isn't enjoyable. It requires heavy lifting, stinky clothes, and a lot of stain removal if you're the messy type. Yet it's a necessary evil if you want to ensure you're covered for your days at work each week. Don't Miss: No Iron? Here's a Stupid-Easy Way to Get Rid of ...more

Housekeeping » How-To
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4 Refreshing Sangria Variations to Make Summer Even Better

8/20 11:19 AM — Sangria... the elixir of summer. When properly prepared, there are few things more refreshing and magical. If you're looking for a way to mix things up and "get out of the bottle," try one of these lovely libations before the warm weather ends: peach-mango sangria, pineapple-b ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Latest Windows 10 Update Lets You Change Title Bar Colors & Here's How to Do It

8/20 9:17 AM — Microsoft has been listening to user feedback, and they've finally done something about one of the most common minor gripes with Windows 10. As of build 10525, there's now an option for changing the title bar color in apps, so you won't have to use this old workaround to perso ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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Download All the New 6.0 Marshmallow Wallpapers on Your Android Right Now

8/19 1:24 PM — Android 6.0 Marshmallow is due out later this fall, but Google has already released three preview builds of the upcoming version. So if you really wanted to give Marshmallow a try, you could install the preview on your Nexus device right now. But if you just wanted to get a li ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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The Hacks of Mr. Robot: How to Spy on Anyone's Smartphone Activity

8/20 12:11 AM — Welcome back, my greenhorn hackers! As all you know by now, I'm loving this new show, Mr. Robot. Among the many things going for this innovative and captivating program is the realism of the hacking. I am using this series titled "The Hacks of Mr. Robot" to demonstrate the hacks that are used on this program. In the third episode, Tyrell Wellick, the technically-astut ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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How to Check if Your Significant Other Used Ashley Madison to Cheat on You

8/19 3:24 PM — Unless you've been living under a rock or ignoring recent news headlines, Ashley Madison, the dating site for married people (or individuals in a committed relationship) has recently been hacked. Millions of their users are shitting their pants, and for good reason, as all of ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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Weird Ingredient Wednesday: The Magic of Pork Dust

8/19 11:51 AM — A no-carb, gluten-free substitute for breadcrumbs. Sounds and probably tastes like cardboard, right? Unless you're talking about Pork Dust. Yes, you read that right. Pork. DUST. Don't Miss: Caul Fat—Is It Better than Bacon? These savory and rich ground-up pork rinds have abs ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Make an Easy No-Bake Watermelon Cake

8/19 10:39 AM — When it is too hot to use an oven but you want to have a dessert for a summer party, you can very easily make your own no-bake cake out of watermelon, whipped cream, chopped almonds, and fresh fruit. Simply slice off the top and bottom of a mini seedless watermelon so that it can rest on a flat surface. Cut off the rinds on the sides and then set the watermelon "cake" ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To