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9 Easy Tricks for Upgrading Oreos from Delicious to Irresistible

9:08 AM — Bored of eating Oreo cookies on their own? Stick a jumbo marshmallow and a Hershey square in-between the cookies and melt in the microwave to make Oreo s'mores. For a savory-sweet snack, crush them into small pieces and mix with a bag of freshly popped popcorn. For an even more decadent treat, you can also make Oreo pies, bake an entire Oreo cookie inside a cupcake, or ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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Google's Official Camera with Photo Sphere Is Now Available for All Android Devices on KitKat

2:02 PM — Google has released their standalone camera app to Google Play, and it's available for all Android devices running KitKat (Android 4.4+). Even if you're sporting the new HTC One M8 or the Samsung Galaxy S5, it's worth a download. Its biggest highlight is Photo Sphere, which p ...more

Android softModder » Inspiration
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How to Categorize Old & New Photos Automatically by Topic on Your Nexus 7 for a Tidier Gallery

12:13 PM — It can be a pretty exasperating ordeal to hunt for one image on your tablet when you have hundreds and hundreds of photos in your gallery. Luckily, there are ways to make this a pain-free process on your Nexus 7, as well as make sure it's never a problem in the future. Previo ...more

Nexus 7 softModder » How-To
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How to Add a Sleep Timer to Any Music Player on Your Samsung Galaxy S3

11:07 AM — Silence can therapeutic at times, but unsettling at others. When I'm in bed at night, I need some sort of background or white noise to help me fall asleep. Pure silence just does not do it for me. Whether it's a fan oscillating left to right, or the TV playing, I need backgrou ...more

Samsung GS3 softModder » How-To
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Turn Your Galaxy S4 into a TV-Pranking Machine with a Universal Power Button

Yesterday 5:54 PM — April Fools may be over, but any day is a good day to prank someone, and the best time to do it is when everyone's eyes are glued to the television. Turning off a TV during a climatic moment is the best way to prank a TV-obsessed sibling or friend, but it's even more hilariou ...more

Samsung GS4 softModder » How-To
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DIY Cat Toys You Can Find at Home

9:07 AM — Cat toys can be unnecessarily expensive. Using items you already own, you can provide your cat with new and fun ways to play. Look around, you may have dozens of potential cat toys that w ...more

Cats » How-To
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How to Unlock the Hidden Developer Options on Your HTC One M8

Yesterday 1:34 PM — Your shiny new HTC One M8 is a pretty stellar device. From controlling your entertainment center to lock screen gestures and camera shortcuts to being pretty damn indestructible, this dev ...more

HTC One softModder » How-To
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Today Only, You Too Can Become a Glass Explorer—Update: They Sold Out!

Yesterday 8:42 AM — For one day only, at least until the commercial launch, you can purchase Google's Glass and become a Glass Explorer. That's right, no requesting an invitation and no waiting for acceptanc ...more

Google Glass softModder » Inspiration
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Why the iPhone 6 Will Most Definitely Be a Bigger Phone

Yesterday 3:48 PM — Apple is very tight lipped about their products, and their iPhone is certainly no exception, but when products depend on global manufacturing, it's nearly impossible to keep good secrets contained. Apple's Been Worried for a While Now Apple has seen its growth decrease over ...more

iOS softModder » Inspiration
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How to Download & Play Nintendo DS Games on Your iPad or iPhone—No Jailbreak Required

Yesterday 11:51 AM — Nintendo fans rejoice! Not only can you play classic NES games on your iPad or iPhone without jailbreaking, you can play Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Color games. And that's not it. Now, thanks to @angelXwind, we can add Nintendo DS to our list of non-jailbreak emulators for ...more

iOS softModder » How-To
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How to Make Garlic-Infused Olive Oil & Vinegar at Home

Yesterday 2:27 PM — Garlic—it stinks so good! It's one of nature's most wondrous foods, being both delicious and incredibly healthy. What's not to love? Well, it is kind of a pain to prep, whether you're peeling a couple of cloves for a sauce or a whole head and trying to mince it finely. One way to get around the whole peeling and mincing issue every time you want garlic in a dish is by b ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Fix a Soft-Bricked HTC One by Flashing a New ROM via ADB

Yesterday 11:27 AM — Flashing ROMs can be a tricky process, and sometimes you can end up leaving yourself without a ROM at all, often referred to as a soft brick. If you accidentally wiped your internal memory before a flash or forgot to download the ROM before wiping your system partition, don't ...more

HTC One softModder » How-To
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Gmail Scans Your Emails for More Targeted Ads (Here's How to Limit What You See)

Yesterday 9:59 AM — Google recently updated their TOS to reflect the email scanning practices they use in Gmail, which are used to display more relevant ads, among other things. The actual scanning of Gmail emails is nothing new, but the update to Google's terms of service is meant to clarify wh ...more

Internet » How-To
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How to Make Your Own Febreze (And Save Up to 97% Per Bottle)

Mon 6:11 PM — If you're a Febreze fanatic, you're well aware that the "odor eliminator" can be pretty pricey, and that's reason enough to stop buying it. There are cheaper ways to stop smells from invading your home, from using lemons to de-stink a litter box or garbage disposal, to using ...more

Housekeeping » How-To
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Stop Procrastinating: How to Lock Yourself Out of Addictive Apps on Your Galaxy S4

Mon 4:43 PM — While it may be impolite to play around on a smartphone at dinner, having it consume my attention while I'm on a deadline or trying to study can prove disastrous. With Netflix and social media just a tap away, it's a dangerous game of wills, one that the phone usually wins. F ...more

Samsung GS4 softModder » How-To
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Android 4.4.3 Update Rolling Out Now for the Nexus 5

Mon 3:32 PM — It appears that the next iteration of KitKat, Android 4.4.3, is fast approaching. If the past is any indication, today's update to the Nexus 5 software changelog on Sprint's website tells ...more

Nexus 5 softModder » Inspiration
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There's a Total Lunar Eclipse Monday Night—Here's How to Watch the "Blood Moon" Rising

Sun 2:37 PM — Get ready to look up in the night sky very soon, because you're in for a real treat. There will be a total lunar eclipse on the night of Monday, April 14th, and folks living in the United ...more

Astronomy » How-To
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The Foil Lids on Your Snack Pack Foods = Handy Makeshift Spoons

Sun 11:38 AM — We've all been in this situation: you've packed your own lunch and can't wait to get to the little vacuum-sealed cup of dessert you brought along. You keep rummaging in the bottom of the ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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One Thing You're Not Doing That You Should for Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mon 12:56 PM — I have a theory that chocolate chip cookies are the gateway drug to cooking. The recipe is easy, no special equipment is required, and at the end, you get warm, fresh-from-the-oven cookies that are simply irresistible. It's how I got hooked on baking and cooking, and anecdotal evidence (i.e. me asking my other kitchen-obsessed friends and a few culinary students) suppor ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Theme the Stock Phone Dialer App on Your Nexus 5

Mon 11:16 AM — When it comes to smartphones, we can sometimes get a little carried away with the "smart" aspect of it all. Things like apps, games, and softMods take center stage, and we can almost forget that the device also functions as a phone. So, we're here today to give some overdue l ...more

Nexus 5 softModder » How-To
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Put Your Nexus 7 in Deep Sleep Mode to Conserve Battery Power Throughout the Day

Mon 9:59 AM — Battery life is precious to all mobile device users, and nothing is worse than running out of it. The only thing that can save a device from the dreaded low battery warning is the charger, but who carries those around? Most of the time, what drains a device's battery is the c ...more

Nexus 7 softModder » How-To
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10 Unique & Unusual Decorating Techniques for Easter Eggs

Mon 8:32 AM — Hate making mistakes when you paint your Easter eggs? Cover your eggshells in chalk paint and decorate with chalk so that if you make a mistake, you can always erase it off and start over. If painting is not your thing but cheesy temporary tattoos are, you can pretend your eg ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Run MIUI's Apps & Launcher on Your Galaxy Note 2 Without Rooting

Sun 5:46 PM — While rooting your Galaxy Note 2 certainly has its advantages—everything from increasing security to relieving the Power button of its duties—it's definitely not for everyone. Whether you're concerned about voiding your warranty or just really like your stock device, rooting ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 softModder » How-To
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A Beginner's Guide to Gluten-Free Baking

Sun 1:02 PM — What is gluten, why do some people think it is pure culinary evil, and why are there more and more products devoted to being free of this mysterious substance? Here's what one person thinks: What Is Gluten Really? Gluten is a protein found in wheat (including lesser-known species of wheat like kamut, einkorn, and spelt), barley, rye, and triticale (a cross between whea ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Put Your Galaxy S3's Screen to Sleep Just by Double-Tapping the Display

Sun 10:52 AM — The "Knock Knock" features on LG's G2 phone have proven popular and useful enough to spawn various apps and mods cloning these abilities for other devices. Porting the "Knock On" feature ...more

Samsung GS3 softModder » How-To
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How to Get Rid of Annoying YouTube Ads on Your HTC One

Fri 1:41 PM — YouTube makes money hand over fist every year selling ad space to companies, but unless you're reaping those benefits, they can be pretty annoying. Luckily, there is a simple way to get r ...more

HTC One softModder » How-To
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The Galaxy S5 Has Been Rooted!

Fri 8:27 AM — Chainfire, the renowned Android dev who brought us tools like CF-Auto-Root and 500 Firepaper, among many other apps and tools, has done what he always seems to do, which is root devices b ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » Inspiration
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How to Turn Your Videos into Animated GIFs on the Nexus 5 with No Quality Restrictions

Sun 8:19 AM — Now that Hangouts is Android's default messaging app, it's given us a lot of cool new features. A bouncing ellipsis lets you see when the other party is typing, and an indicator shows you whether they've read your message or not. You can even answer the age-old question of "Wh ...more

Nexus 5 softModder » How-To
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This Intelligent Personal Assistant for Your Galaxy S4 Is Way Better Than S Voice Could Ever Be

Sat 1:21 PM — One feature of Samsung devices that's less useful than I had expected is S Voice, the voice assistant that ships with all new Galaxy devices. The voice is annoying, the features are lacking, and it's an all around subpar product. With Google Now, Siri, and now Microsoft's Cort ...more

Samsung GS4 softModder » How-To
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How to Make Truly Crispy Roast Potatoes in the Oven

Sat 3:27 PM — A perfectly cooked roast potato is a study in contrasts: the outside should be crisp, crunchy, and salty, while the inside is tender and fluffy. Too often, however, roast potatoes come out overcooked, greasy, and tough. But never fear! With this handy guide, you'll be able to produce perfectly crisp roasted potatoes at home every single time, no matter which of the met ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Two Simple Tricks to Taking Clearer, Sharper Photos on Your HTC One

Sat 12:11 PM — Despite having the UltraPixel branding, the M7's camera can leave you feeling a little let down. The picture quality is clear and the low-light shots are decent, but when looking at the same shots taken on a friend's iPhone, you may feel a little inadequate. You could always ...more

HTC One softModder » How-To
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How to Block Phone Calls More Efficiently & Conserve Battery on Your Galaxy Note 3

Sat 10:52 AM — When it comes to blocking unwanted calls, your Android device comes stocked with a native blocking feature that allows you to reject certain phone numbers. That being said, the native blocking feature on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 isn't the prettiest or the smartest, with its n ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 softModder » How-To
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How to Get iPhone Ringtones, Notifications, & System Sounds on Your Nexus 5

Sat 9:28 AM — As Nexus owners, we love our device's operating system, and it's probably the reason we went for a pure Google experience in the first place. But that doesn't mean there's not room for improvement in Android, especially when the OS has so many freely available softMods to tink ...more

Nexus 5 softModder » How-To
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How to Play the Largest Pokémon Game in History on Your Android Device

Fri 7:22 PM — Online gaming is nothing new, and with live YouTube streams becoming ever more popular, there always seems to be a way to watch people play video games. Twitch TV offers the same spectator experience you've come to know and love, but the people over at TwitchPlaysPokémon have ...more

Android softModder » How-To
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How to Unshrink Jeans & Other Clothes That Shrunk in the Dryer

Sat 7:06 AM — Is your cotton tank top or beloved pair of jeans feeling a bit tighter than usual? If you need to un-shrink an article of clothing that has been left in the dryer for too long, then you can use baby shampoo, hair conditioner, or simply water to gently stretch and pull the fabric back into its original shape. For clothing made of cotton, wool or cashmere, you can soak t ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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The Secret to Neutralizing Nasty Paint Fumes & Odors (Hint: It's in Your Kitchen)

Fri 4:08 PM — A new coat of paint is an easy, cheap way to make your home look instantly better, but dealing with paint fumes for days afterward isn't so fun, especially if you have kids or pets. Most household paints have VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in them that release fumes as the ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Make Incompatible Apps Work in Multi-Window View on Your Galaxy Note 2

Fri 12:09 PM — Multi Window, a feature that was greatly improved with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, is still quite limited on the older Note 2, allowing only the use of a few stock applications to multitask with. While we've already covered a way to get more apps in Multi Window ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 softModder » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: How to Use Driftnet to See What Kind of Images Your Neighbor Looks at Online

Fri 10:16 AM — Welcome back, my tenderfoot hackers! We have looked at a number of ways that we sniff traffic on the network with such tools as Wireshark, tcpdump, dnsiff, and others, but each of these tools is only capable of pulling packets off the wire. Those packets can be examined for various attributes such as the source and destination IP address, what port is going to and com ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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How to Get the S5's New Rounded Quick Settings Toggles on Your Samsung Galaxy S3

Fri 9:04 AM — Samsung's TouchWiz skin gets a lot of flak for its appearance, namely the garish colors on the quick settings toggles. The bright green on dark blue scheme is definitely an eyesore compared to the ones in stock Android, and even other manufacturer skins like HTC's Sense. It a ...more

Samsung GS3 softModder » How-To
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The Easiest, Greenest Way to "Hand" Wash Your Clothes

Fri 8:15 AM — When your washing machine is broken and the laundromat is too far away, the first thing that probably comes to mind is dumping all your dirty clothes in the tub and laboriously scrubbing with your hands. I'm too lazy to do that, but I'm not willing to go out in grimy clothes. ...more

MacGyverisms » How-To
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Everything You Need to Know About the New Samsung Galaxy S5

Fri 8:27 AM — The Samsung Galaxy S5 was just officially announced at Mobile World Congress. The new flagship device will be available worldwide beginning April 11, 2014, including all major U.S. and in ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 softModder » Inspiration
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Doctor Says Google Glass Saved His Patient's Life

Thu 6:34 PM — There's been a lot of discussion lately about the practical uses of Google Glass. Sure, you can use them for translating text instantly or further engraining yourself in social media, but ...more

Google Glass softModder » Inspiration
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Dropbox Releases Two New Apps to Help Corral Your Emails & Pictures

4/9 4:16 PM — Dropbox, the cloud backup tool that is a mainstay on many of our devices, has added two companion apps to its service. Earlier today, we showed you a glimpse into a new testing version of ...more

Android softModder » Inspiration
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How to Fix the Random Auto Brightness Spikes on Your Nexus 5

Thu 4:31 PM — If you've ever noticed, even just for a fleeting moment, that the auto brightness on your Nexus 5 seemed to "glitch out"—you are not alone. Several Nexus 5 owners, myself included, have complained of a seemingly random spike in auto brightness levels towards the high or low e ...more

Nexus 5 softModder » How-To
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Just How Unbreakable Is the New Samsung Galaxy S5?

Thu 2:36 PM — You've been there. Those precarious few seconds between dropping your expensive smartphone right on its face and reaching down to survey the damage. Or maybe you got thrown in a pool while your device was in your pocket, or you dropped that sucker right into the toilet bowl. H ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 softModder » Inspiration
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Drop Everything! Here's How to Secure Your Data After Heartbleed: The Worst Web Security Flaw Ever

Thu 1:18 PM — This time it's serious. Really. The largest web security vulnerability of all time went public on Monday, April 7th, 2014, resulting in widespread panic throughout the Internet as system administrators scrambled to secure their websites from the OpenSSL bug known as Heartbleed. This bug is so bad, it not only breaks encryption, but causes affected servers to spit out ...more

Internet » How-To
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How to Make Milk-Filled Cookie Cups & Shot Glasses at Home

Thu 11:43 AM — Food may be a necessity for all living things to survive, but nothing makes you feel more alive than crossing over into the gluttonous zone of overindulgence. While eating a whole tub of homemade ice cream might satisfy your monthly need to gourmandize, there's a way to take i ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Hollywood's Nightmare: Watching Pirated Movies on Your HDTV Is as Easy as Buying a $35 Chromecast

Thu 9:09 AM — Popcorn Time is an app that streams movies directly from torrents on to your computer, and it's seen its fair share of publicity, being lauded as a free Netflix alternative and chastised as an illegal file-sharing network. After a brief legal scuffle influenced the original d ...more

Chromecast softModder » Inspiration
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How to Create Stop-Motion & Time-Lapse Videos on Your Samsung Galaxy S4

Thu 7:47 AM — If you've seen ParaNorman or Fantastic Mr. Fox, then you have some kind of idea of what stop-motion animation is. Basically, these artists make objects, or small figures, appear to be moving on their own by manipulating and repositioning them in the smallest increments, then c ...more

Samsung GS4 softModder » How-To
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How to Make Your HTC One M8 Feel Like a Google Play Edition Without Rooting

4/9 6:02 PM — The all new HTC One M8 is the latest Android flagship making the rounds through major carriers hoping to beckon your purchase. Coming in at about $200 for most carriers with a contract, it makes a good case for itself with its advanced features and solid price point—but, there ...more

HTC One softModder » How-To