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How to Make Smoked Ice for One-of-a-Kind Cocktails

11:50 AM — A long time ago I was reading an issue of Saveur and saw an article about a trendsetting bar in Portland. The bartender at the joint had started making enormous blocks of smoked ice for his cocktails. When a patron ordered a drink that called for the smoked ice, the bartender would chip off a large chunk and place it in a glass with the booze. Then, as the ice slowly me ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Import Your Spotify Playlists into Apple Music

1:35 PM — With iOS 8.4 and iTunes 12.2, we got our first look at Apple Music, Apple's new streaming subscription service. While it's a little late to the party, there is definitely an incentive for iOS and Mac OS X users to switch over from competitors due to its heavy integration with ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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Google Stores Your Voice Search History—Here's How to Delete & Prevent It for Good

10:17 AM — It's no secret that Google stores your search history in order to provide you with targeted ads when surfing the web. What's even more interesting (or freaky) is that your Google Now voice searches are also being stored, and you can actually listen to them right now. Don't Mi ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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This Awesome 3-Ingredient Fruit Dip Will Change the Way You Snack

8:19 AM — Apples are great snacks, and they're often paired with peanut butter or sliced cheese for a well-rounded energy boost of carbs, fat, and protein. The apples are an important part of the equation, as they are low-calorie and full of vitamins, nutrients, fiber, and lots of other ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Some of the World's Most Notorious Hackers Got Hacked

Yesterday 5:11 PM — This past weekend, one of the most notorious hacker organizations in the world, Hacking Team, was hacked by some unknown organization. The Hacking Team is an Italian company that sells it software and services to companies and governments (yes, my rookie hackers, there are leg ...more

Null Byte » Inspiration
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How to Set Apple Music Songs as Alarm Sounds on Your iPhone

Yesterday 2:46 PM — Don't like how Apple's default Radar ringtone—or any other tones—wake you up in the morning? Then don't use them as your alarm sound. Instead, use your favorite song to get you out of bed. Ever since iOS 6, you've been able to pick a song stored on your iPad or iPhone to use ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Control Your Mac Apps with Custom Trackpad Gestures

Yesterday 1:24 PM — Remembering keyboards shortcuts can prove difficult, especially when there are so many to remember, not to mention that they differ from app to app. While tools like CheatSheet can make them easier to use, today I'm going to show you how to enter them without using your keyboa ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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6 Delicious Ways to Cook with Coffee

Yesterday 11:43 AM — No offense to water, but if I could survive on coffee alone, I would. I swear I'm not addicted... I just really, really, really love the taste of a cuppa joe, whether it's hot, cold, frothed, milked, flavored, plain, whatever! And while my favorite thing to do with coffee will always be to drink it, recently I've become crazy about using coffee in cooking. Don't Miss: ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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The 5 Best Free File Explorers for Android

Yesterday 10:22 AM — One of Android's biggest strengths when compared to other mobile operating systems is its open-file structure. While most devices don't come with a built-in file explorer, a third-party app can be installed easily, and this will allow you to browse and manage your entire stora ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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The Hacking of Blackhat, the Movie

Sun 6:19 PM — A while back, I wrote review of my favorite hacking movies of all time. Two of my key criteria were; (1) how realistic was the hacking, and (2) are the hackers portrayed as the "good guys." This past winter, a new hacker movie was released, appropriately named Blackhat starrin ...more

Null Byte » Inspiration
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9 Easy Ways to Remove Moles from Your Skin at Home

Yesterday 8:54 AM — While you can go to the doctor to have an unsightly mole professionally removed, there is a good chance that a DIY home remedy can reduce or completely eliminate the appearance of your mole using items found in your kitchen or medicine cabinet for a much cheaper price. For an easy remedy, simply apply apple cider vinegar directly onto your mole over the course of sever ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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10 Ways to Trick Your Android Phone into Using Less Data

Sun 6:19 PM — Ever watched Netflix on your phone only to realize an hour later that you forgot to turn Wi-Fi on? That's a whole lot of data used. If you've ever gone over your allotted mobile data lim ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Build a Self-Ventilating Litter Box for Your Cat

Sun 12:49 PM — One thing the whole Internet can agree with is that cats are cute and (sometimes) cuddly. But what those endless cat videos you find yourself watching for hours on YouTube don't tell you is that cats stink. While cats aren't the source of the smell, owning a cat means a stinky ...more

Cats » How-To
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How to Turn Skittles into Fruity Sprinkles for Vivid, More Flavorful Desserts

Sun 12:49 PM — Baking used to be a fun, relaxing hobby and a way to make treats for friends and family. These days, this hobby has become a creative battleground among out-of-work graphic designers with Pinterest accounts. People everywhere are now upping their baking game by adding interest ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Get Rid of Razor Burn Fast (& Prevent It from Happening)

Sun 12:12 PM — No matter how fresh, sharp, or clean a razor is, it can still create an itchy, inflamed trail of razor burn bumps. When razor burn appears, it's unpleasant, and can even affect your next shave. Reducing the redness and irritation can be a tricky process, requiring special pro ...more

Home Remedies » How-To
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How to Transform MnO2 into Mn2O3

Sun 12:12 PM — In this experiment, we're going to get Mn2O3 (manganese(III) oxide) from MnO2 (manganese(IV) dioxide). Mn2O3 forms brightly red or a dark red colored crystal. It is used in Li-ion batteries, since (in a form of a crystal) it conducts electricity (much like MnO2). There isn't ...more

Science Experiments » How-To
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How to Make Your Own Rainbow Flowers Using White Roses & Food Coloring

Sun 7:45 AM — Whether you want to avoid the cliche of expressing love through red roses or simply want to engage in a fun and simple DIY experiment, making your own rainbow roses using white roses and food coloring is a very simple project that will result in beautiful and unique floral eye candy in a matter of days. To create your own unique-looking roses with a multicolored tie-dy ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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10 Clever Ways to Cook Out Without a Grill

Sat 2:40 PM — Summer's here and that means it's time to break out the grill and get your grub on. If you find yourself without a grill, however, it may seem as if half your summer plans of swimming by the pool while stuffing hot dogs in your face could be ruined. But have no fear as all is ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How Anyone (Even Pirates) Can Get Windows 10 for Free—Legally

Sat 2:29 PM — Windows 10 is due to be released on July 29th, and the majority of existing Windows users should be eligible to upgrade to the newer version for free. But there's been a lot of confusion about which older versions of Windows will be eligible for the free update, and some unce ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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10 Cookout Tricks That'll Make You a Seasoned Grill Master

Sat 2:26 PM — Barbecue season: it's the perfect time to play with fire, produce your best burger ever (until next year that is), and find even more ways to make beer a part of your daily life. However, even a grilling badass occasionally gets stumped by minor BBQ problems. No worries: We've got solutions! Don't Miss: 14 Food Hacks You Need to Know for Grilling Season 1. Out of Kind ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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DIY Fireworks: How to Make Your Own Sparklers at Home

Sat 9:53 AM — The 4th of July is the time of year where we light things on fire in order to show our undying patriotism, but another way to show your love for America is by saving a buck or two. Luckil ...more

Explosives & Fireworks » How-To
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How to Make a Mini Flamethrower, Exploding Fireball, & Flint Bomb Sparkler with Disposable Lighters

Sat 9:42 AM — Whether you've got an itch for a mini-flamethrower, a shower of burning sparks, or a exploding ball of flames, these little fireworks-producing lighters may be the answer to your pyrotech ...more

Mad Science » How-To
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How to Create a Light Painting Vortex Using a DIY Reusable Steel Wool Cage

Sat 9:40 AM — There's no shortage of uses for steel wool, but the majority of them tend to be on the pyromaniacal side, like DIY fireworks. This trick by Mike Mikkelson is no different—it uses a homema ...more

Photography » How-To
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How to Blur Fireworks with Your DSLR for Some Wicked July 4th Photos

Sat 9:39 AM — Try "unfocusing" your photographs for some dreamy, evocative and somewhat abstract takes on life. Check out the two tutorials (here and here) from Michelle Geoga in the Lights! Camera! Ph ...more

Photography » How-To
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8 Mouthwatering S'Mores Food Hacks for Summer

Sat 9:36 AM — One of the best things about summertime is that there's lots of outdoor cooking, whether you're on a camping trip or grilling. And what better way to end your meal than with the classic d ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Grill Pizza Like a Pro

Sat 9:36 AM — When I was a kid, there was just pizza. You ordered from whatever nationwide chain was near you and they made your pizza in an oven. There certainly weren't these highfalutin pizza subset ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Why You Should Use Boiling Hot Water for Faster Ice Cubes

Fri 3:12 PM — It's a small but very real frustration: you want a chilled drink, but you open the freezer only to see nothing but empty ice trays. Fortunately, there's a simple way to make ice cubes qui ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Small Talk 101: How to Have Less Awkward Conversations with Strangers

Sat 9:34 AM — If you are like most people, going to a party or mixer full of complete strangers probably does not sound like your idea of a fun night. But if you arrive at the event armed with an open attitude and a few interesting anecdotes about yourself, you may be surprised by how plea ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Make Tequila Sunrise Popsicles

Sat 9:33 AM — Sometimes just drinking your alcohol can feel a little dull and boring. Eating your alcohol, however, is always a party. Whether you're hosting a party and looking for a unique idea to serve drinks, or have a problem with people judging you for drinking at noon, all you have ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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10 Essential Xposed Modules Every Rooted Android User Needs

Fri 3:40 PM — There are many reasons to root Android, but for me, the most important one is to have the Xposed Framework. Xposed gives you access to hundreds of modules, which take away the need to manually modify core system files to add new features and functionality to your Android devic ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Celebrate the Red, White, & Blue with These 10 Patriotic Cocktails

Fri 1:51 PM — Fourth of July usually means barbecues, patriotism, and getting piss drunk. Okay, well not really, but a little inebriation is usually on the menu, and nothing says America more than serving patriotic drinks at your party. Here are our 10 favorites. Don't Miss: 5 Red, White, ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Take Amazing Long-Exposure Photos of Fireworks with Your Android Phone

Fri 3:12 PM — Long-exposure photography gives us the ability the capture some pretty amazing shots by delicately capturing moving elements in an image while keeping the shutter at a slow speed. While that's great for things like traffic, scenery, and carnival rides, it can come in especially handy for the 4th of July fireworks. While DSLRs are second-to-none when it comes to taking l ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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14 Food Hacks You Need to Know for Grilling Season

Fri 12:47 PM — It's summer and you know what that means: it's time to break out the grill and cook food over red-hot coals. Even if you're not a grill master extraordinaire, you can use these hacks to f ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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6 Watermelon Hacks You Have to Try This Summer

Fri 12:47 PM — Watermelon is the perfect snack for hot temperatures. It's hydrating, crisp, and refreshing, especially when it's chilled. Yet some people aren't content with leaving a good thing alone, ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Take Perfect Fireworks Photos with Your Android Phone

Thu 2:30 PM — Many of you are ready to capture the litany of 4th of July fireworks that will litter the night sky, but if you're using a Samsung, Google, HTC, LG, or another brand of Android device to ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: How to Build Your Own Exploits, Part 3 (Fuzzing with Spike to Find Overflows)

Fri 10:34 AM — Welcome back, my hacker novitiates! In the previous two posts in this series, we looked at the basics of buffer overflows. In this post, we will look at one technique for finding buffer overflows. We will try to send random, oversized, and invalid data at a variable to see wh ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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Food Tool Friday: Why You Need to Cook on a Himalayan Salt Block

Fri 9:36 AM — Salt is a miraculous substance. From the Ancient Egyptians to the Christian Bible, many cultures believe it to have mystical powers that can ward off evil, among other things. Whatever your personal beliefs about salt's psychic and healing abilities, one thing is undeniable: ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Make Perfectly Sized, Uniform Patties for Sliders & Mini Burgers Without Getting Your Hands Dirty

Fri 9:02 AM — There is no such thing as a pulled pork slider. In fact, there is no such thing as a pork slider. Or a chicken slider. Or turkey or fish. The term "slider" actually means a lot more than just a hot miniature sandwich, and if it's not beef, it automatically missed the first cut ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Make Homemade Ketchup, Mustard, & Other Common BBQ Condiments

Fri 9:02 AM — Planning a BBQ this summer? While it may be tempting to buy your ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce, and mayonnaise from the store, it's actually really easy to whip up your own homemade versions in your own kitchen. Aside from the DIY aspect, they will be healthier and taste b ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Remove the Apple Music & Connect Tabs from iOS 8.4's Music App

Thu 5:02 PM — In an attempt to get more people to subscribe to Apple Music, the Music app was completely revamped in the iOS 8.4 update for iPad and iPhone to include new tabs for New, For You, and Connect. But if you don't plan to use Apple's streaming music service, and don't care to fol ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Shuffle All Songs in Apple's New Music App in iOS 8.4

Thu 5:02 PM — If you updated to iOS 8.4 already to try out the new Apple Music service, there's one important change you need to know about—there's no longer a "Shuffle" option for all songs in your library. Don't Miss: How to Disable Apple Music's Auto-Renewal Don't Miss: How to Remove th ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Make Slow Burning Fuses from Yarn, Sugar, & Potassium Nitrate

Thu 3:03 PM — Here's how to make a simple form of a slow burning fuse from materials around the house. WARNING: Ignition of an incendiary or explosive material may not be legal in your area, so check local laws before attempting. Use of this video content is at your own risk. Video: . I ma ...more

Mad Science » How-To
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How to Downgrade Your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 to iOS 6.1.3

Thu 10:25 AM — If you've updated your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 to a version of iOS 7, iOS 8, or even iOS 9, you've probably noticed that its performance is a little more sluggish than it was back when it had iOS 6 and lower on it. Now, thanks to a tutorial from tihmstar, you can downgrade the op ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Android Security: 13 Must-Know Tips for Keeping Your Phone Secure

Thu 1:18 PM — These days, that pocket-sized computer we call a smartphone is home to your entire digital life. But with the onset of mobile payments and online banking, the line between your virtual world and the physical realm is becoming increasingly blurred. We vigilantly remember to lock our doors and close our curtains at night to help keep the bad guys out, but can oftentimes ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Chain Fuse Smoke Bombs & Sparklers

Thu 12:17 PM — The chain fuse is one of the linchpins of every elaborate fireworks display that you've ever seen. This video shows you how to construct one at home using some cool colored smoke bombs an ...more

NightHawkInLight » How-To
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How to Make a Fire Wire (Easy Steel Wool Fireworks)

Thu 11:56 AM — Once you've reached an age where sparklers are no longer fun, it's time to upgrade to science and steel wool. It may be basic chemistry, but as you'll see in the video, simplicity can ama ...more

NightHawkInLight » How-To
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How to Build Your Own BBQ Chimney

Thu 9:51 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 m ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Rock Your Next Summer Party (10 Insane Tricks for the Perfect Backyard Bash)

Thu 9:15 AM — Parties are a great way to celebrate and have fun with your good friends, so to make sure your next party rocks, I've assembled some of the biggest life-hackers on YouTube to bring you 10 outrageous party tricks your guests will not forget. Video: . All these YouTubers posted ...more

MacGyverisms » How-To
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5 Red, White, & Blue Foods That Are Perfect for Fourth of July

Thu 8:15 AM — Independence Day is right around the corner, and that means three things: fireworks, cold beer, and great food. I always love to cook festive foods for the Fourth of July, and I don't just mean the classics, like grilled chicken and brats. I mean foods that celebrate the Stars ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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This Easy Photo Trick Makes Fireworks Look Like Brilliant Sky Creatures

Wed 5:52 PM — Anyone who does a lot of photography knows that the right exposure can make all the difference in the world. Taking a picture of something in motion requires a long exposure, so if you've ...more

Photography » How-To