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Crack Any Master Combination Lock in 8 Tries or Less Using This Calculator

7:03 AM — Master Lock combination padlocks have been known to be vulnerable to an attack that reduces their 64,000 possible combinations down to 100. I've devised a new attack for cracking any Master combo lock that simplifies the process and reduces the amount of work down to only 8 combinations. Use this calculator in conjunction with the instructions below to find the 8 possi ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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How to Customize the Face on Your Apple Watch

11:07 AM — Customization helps your device stand out from the rest, and that sentiment is no different when it comes to the Apple Watch. Unlike every other Apple device before it, the Watch allows you to customize the information that appears on the UI—without the need for any jailbreaki ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Bypass Snapchat's Caption Character Limit on Your iPhone

Yesterday 6:32 PM — Snapchat developers insist that the app stay true to what its always been: a service for snapping and sharing self-destructing images. This belief is further hit home with their strict 31-character text limit, which some people refuse to abide by. Namely, Snapchatter Shayne Sk ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Set Up & Use Apple Pay on Your Apple Watch

Yesterday 5:46 PM — As you're probably well aware by now, the Apple Watch isn't just for sending text messages and checking Instagram—you can also use it as your wallet. With Apple Pay compatibility, you can use your Watch to make purchases at any retailer that accepts the payment service. Lucki ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Use Siri on Your Apple Watch

Yesterday 4:45 PM — If you have an Apple Watch, it's easier than ever to ask Siri for directions, send a quick text, or locate the nearest Chipotle—because you don't need to pull out your iPhone anymore. Luckily, Apple made it fairly painless to get Siri up and running on the Watch, so let's go o ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Find Your Misplaced iPhone Using Your Apple Watch

Yesterday 3:29 PM — Like all absent-minded people, I occasionally misplace my iPhone around the house. It's typically just under a cushion after being swallowed by my couch, but I instantly go into panic mode from the insecurity of not having my phone on me at all times. Before the Apple Watch c ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Launch Apps While the Screen Is Off on Your Galaxy S6 Edge

Yesterday 2:13 PM — Samsung has a long-standing reputation for packing their devices with lots of added functionality, and the Galaxy S6 Edge is no exception. It comes with a nifty feature called "Information stream," which allows you to get quick, at-a-glance information by swiping the edge of y ...more

Samsung Galaxy S6 » How-To
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How to Make Microwavable Banana Boats in Their Peels

Yesterday 1:05 PM — I'm a sucker for snacks. The way I see it, why not eat throughout the day, when you can eat throughout the day? Snacks come in all shapes and sizes, but the best ones fit these criteria: they're packed with flavor, they're not horrible for you, and they're easy to make. Enter ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Secure Photos, Videos, & More on Your Galaxy S6 Using Private Mode

Yesterday 11:27 AM — If you have a smartphone, chances are you have something on it you don't want others seeing. Whether it be photos, videos, or documents, some things are best left private. Not everyone is a saint, after all. On a Samsung Galaxy S6, you can lock down specific apps using your f ...more

Samsung Galaxy S6 » How-To
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The 10 Germiest Things in Your Home & How to Clean Them

Yesterday 8:54 AM — Did you know that one of the most germ-infested items in your home is probably your kitchen sponge? It is full of bacteria and germs that thrive in dark, moist places. To ensure that your sponge is at its maximum cleaning potential, not simply a breeding ground for more germs, zap it in the microwave for two minutes or simply toss it in the dishwasher with your next loa ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Add & Delete "Friends" on Your Apple Watch

Sun 8:19 PM — Accessing and getting in touch with your favorite contacts has never been easier thanks to the Friends feature on the Apple Watch. How to Use the Friends List on Apple Watch Using the s ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Uninstall Apps from Your Apple Watch

Sat 1:20 PM — Regardless of the size and metal-type you purchased, storage and space are limited on the Apple Watch, so stuffing it full of apps like you'd do on your iPhone may not be in your best int ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Take Screenshots on Your Apple Watch

Fri 4:48 PM — Whether it's to flaunt your new digital face on Instagram or to show off a unique app to your friends, you'll ultimately need to know how to take a quick screenshot with your shiny new Ap ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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9 Ways to Lock Your Android Without Using the Power Button

Sun 5:35 PM — Given how much use it gets on a daily basis, the power button is always one of the first hardware features to call it quits on an Android phone or tablet. So if your power button is acting up, or you don't want it to, you can extend its lifetime by simply finding ways to use i ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Turn Your Apple Watch Case into a Charging Dock

Sun 4:46 PM — For all that money spent on a new Watch, Apple could've given us more than just a charger and its case. I mean, the case is nice and all, but what realistic use is there for it? In all honesty, it'll probably find its way onto a shelf high above in the closet—but it doesn't ha ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Science Says You're Taking Too Many Showers (Are You?)

Sun 1:34 PM — My morning just doesn't start without a cup of coffee and an incredibly hot shower. There's nothing better than sloughing off sleep with a dose of warm, cleansing water. Except, as scientists are pointing out, our habit of showering daily isn't exactly the healthiest choice. T ...more

Mind Hacks » How-To
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How to Find & Delete Dumb, Offensive Posts on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter

Sun 12:21 PM — One tweet can get your fired from your job. At least, in the cases of Gilbert Gottfried, Rashard Mendenhall, Ozzie Guillen, and Mike Bacsik, who were all either fired or forced to resign from their jobs after posting regrettable tweets online. An ex-GOP aide for Jeb Bush was ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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The Trick to Making Perfect Oven-Baked Eggs Every Time

Sun 10:54 AM — Easter may have come and gone, but my love of hard-boiled eggs sure hasn't. Yet as much as I love hard-boiled eggs, I hate making them; I have to work in small batches to have consistent results, and they're always a little overdone, crumbly, and sometimes even green. Enter the brilliance that is Alton Brown: oven-baked eggs. You can make an enormous batch (a standard ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Use the Apple Watch as a Remote Shutter for Your iPhone's Camera

Sun 10:09 AM — There's a built-in timer feature on the iPhone's Camera app that helps you set up your device, step back, and take a photo before time runs out. This feature is useful when there isn't another person around to take a photo of you, or when you don't want to be missing from a me ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Swap the Back & Recents Keys on Your Samsung Galaxy S6

Sat 5:02 PM — The buttons on most Android devices are laid out (from left to right) in a Back, Home, Recent Apps format. Samsung is the lone exception to this rule, which flip-flops them, so this can make for an inconsistent experience if you own multiple Android devices. But thanks to a f ...more

Samsung Galaxy S6 » How-To
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Beef Up Your Recipes with Beef Salt

Sat 3:55 PM — Beef: it's what for dinner. And if you really like the taste of it, it can be what you season the rest of your dinner with, too. My favorite food hacks are the ones that not only make cooking easier or cooler, but more flavorful as well. That's why I was pretty excited when I ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Add Essential Oil to Toilet Paper to Eliminate Bathroom Odors

Sat 2:04 PM — With fragrance-filled sprays, scented candles, diffuser sticks, and other air-freshening products, the scent lasts just a few minutes and doesn't always mask what you were hoping to cover up. When it comes to the bathroom, scented toilet paper might sound like a terrible (and ...more

Housekeeping » How-To
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How to Get Cyanogen OS 12 to Work with Your 5 GHz Wireless Router

Sat 12:51 PM — No one is perfect, and this goes double for software developers. All of the quality assurance testing in the world does nothing when you put a new OS in the hands of everyday users, since we all use our devices in different places and for different reasons. Recently, Cyanogen ...more

OnePlus » How-To
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How to Fix a Frozen or Malfunctioning Apple Watch by Restarting It

Sat 11:08 AM — Like most new technology, the Apple Watch has its fair share of bugs and glitches. A common problem that you'll run into is a frozen screen due to a malfunctioning app. While this can be frustrating, the solution can be as simple as a quick reboot, so let's show you how to do ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Make Your Own Temporary Tattoo

Sat 10:21 AM — Whether you need very temporary skin art for a costume or simply want to test-run a potential tattoo design before it gets permanent, making your own temporary tattoo only requires wax paper, a printout or drawing of your desired design, black eyeliner, rubbing alcohol, baby powder, liquid bandage, and a lot of patience. Read below for instructions on creating your own ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Load Music Directly onto Your Apple Watch to Play with Bluetooth Headphones

Fri 7:34 PM — As someone who loves to run around my neighborhood, the Apple Watch feature that excited me the most was the ability to go out and exercise while listening to music, all without having to lug my iPhone around. After unboxing the Apple Watch, that's one of the first features I ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Pair & Set Up Your Apple Watch with Your iPhone

Fri 4:17 PM — The Apple Watch is finally here! We'll have loads of guides and videos for you guys to check out in the following week and beyond, but we thought it'd be best to start off showing you how to set up and pair that brand new beautiful Apple Watch of yours to your iPhone. Step 1: ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Turn Your Apple Watch Gold (Without Spending $10,000)

Fri 6:15 PM — With the first wave of Apple Watches being received today, you're probably busy setting yours up and playing with all its features. Regardless of whether you purchased the Apple Watch Sport or the Apple Watch, you're probably fine with not having spent the extra 10,000-17,000 dollars on the Apple Watch Edition. But then there's Casey Neistat, who just couldn't leave we ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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If You Have a Galaxy S6 Edge, DO NOT USE This Feature

Fri 1:48 PM — I picked up my Galaxy S6 Edge on release day and have loved it ever since. Did I spend an extra hundred bucks for the mostly-aesthetic Edge display? Yup! Did I have buyer's remorse about my frivolous spending? Not even a little. But lo and behold, I found myself at Best Buy t ...more

Samsung Galaxy S6 » Inspiration
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Food Tool Friday: Yes, You Can Compost (Even Without a Yard)

Fri 12:28 PM — Food waste is a topic near and dear to my heart, but the truth is, no matter how dutiful we are about finding ways to double-down on food scraps, a lot of stuff goes into the trash needlessly. Composting is the obvious answer. This is the process of taking organic waste (thin ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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No Data, No Problem—Use SMS to Connect to Your Favorite Web Services on Android

Fri 10:35 AM — Recently, a group of Duke University students got together to tackle an age-old problem with mobile devices. You see, mobile data coverage isn't exactly ubiquitous, and many folks have restrictive mobile data plans, which means internet connectivity is not always an option. The end result of their work is an app that allows you to connect to web services such as Google ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Use Google Search to Locate Your Android Phone or Tablet, Send Directions to It & More

Fri 9:07 AM — A set of cool new Android-related Google Search functions made their debut this week, which will allow you to locate your phone, send directions to your mobile device, set alarms and reminders, and send notes from any web browser. These new features will require that you have ...more

Digiwonk » Inspiration
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Hack Like a Pro: Metasploit for the Aspiring Hacker, Part 8 (Setting Up a Fake SMB Server to Capture Domain Passwords)

Thu 4:55 PM — Welcome back, my neophyte hackers! In previous tutorials, we learned how to steal system tokens that we could use to access resources, how to use hashdump to pull password hashes from a local system, and how to grab password hashes from a local system and crack them. In each ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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How to Launch Apps from the Side of Your Screen (A Perfect Mod for the Galaxy S6 Edge)

Thu 2:26 PM — With the Galaxy S6 Edge, the curved display is mainly an aesthetic feature. Unlike the Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung didn't include many software features to take advantage of its unique design, outside of the scrolling tickers and night clock. For instance, with the Note Edge, yo ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Get Back the Old (& Better) Bookmarks Manager in Chrome

Thu 11:11 AM — Chrome has been pushing out a lot of new changes lately, but not all of them are as good as they think they are. Earlier this year, there was an update that changed how user profiles worked, which made it harder to actually switch profiles. Luckily, there was a way to get back ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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10 Smart Storage Hacks for Your Small Kitchen

Thu 12:54 PM — There are a lot of frustrations when you're dealing with cramped living quarters, but you can do a lot of good cooking in your tiny kitchen if you make the most of your space. These storage hacks will make it easy to cook delicious meals, no matter how limited your square footage. 1. Add Shelves Everywhere There's probably a lot of unused wall space in your small kitc ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Make Google Play Music's Interface Better on Android

Thu 9:22 AM — Google Play Music is an awesome app—even if you don't subscribe to their $9.99/month All Access service, you can still use it to store and stream up to 50,000 of your own songs for free. Add to that the fact that it's a pre-installed app on most Android devices, and there aren ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Facebook's New Hello App Makes Your Android's Dialer & Contact List Smarter

Wed 5:12 PM — If a tree falls in the woods and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound? If a person makes calls but doesn't have a Facebook account, are they even really a person? Yes, of course they are, but it just makes life easier when you're part of the world's biggest social ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Make Herb-Infused Simple Syrup (& Why You Should)

Wed 4:05 PM — The balanced and refreshing taste of a cocktail should always entice you into another sip. You'll know you're drinking something of quality when no specific ingredient, including booze, dominates its taste. A great cocktail can even mirror a great meal by exhibiting flavors like fruit, smoke, and herbs. And adding these flavors while making cocktails at home isn't hard ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Install Cyanogen OS 12 on Your OnePlus One

Wed 2:57 PM — They might be a little late to the party, but the Cyanogen team has finally released their newest ROM for the OnePlus One, Cyanogen OS 12. The launch had to be pushed back a few times due to some technical issues, but now we finally get to see what the Cyanogen team has cooked ...more

OnePlus » How-To
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Google Just Launched a Cell Service—Here's What You Need to Know About Project Fi

Wed 12:40 PM — Rumors have had Google making a foray into the mobile carrier world for quite some time, but today, the Mountain View tech giant finally made things official. The new service, dubbed Project Fi, will be a Mobile Virtual Network Operator, or MVNO, that uses existing Sprint and ...more

Smartphones » Inspiration
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How to Change Backlight Duration for the Back & Recents Keys on the Galaxy S6

Wed 12:18 PM — For some strange reason, not all variants of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have a menu option for changing the backlight timeout for their capacitive keys. According to user reports, only the AT&T variant of these phones has such an option. But thanks to an app from devel ...more

Samsung Galaxy S6 » How-To
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Weird Ingredient Wednesday: Caul Fat—Is It Better Than Bacon?

Wed 10:50 AM — There are tons of greasy drippings that can be used to flavor up any dish, but none will ever be more delicious than animal fat. The bigger and fatter the animal, the juicier and tastier their fat is. For those of you who have had your fill of bacon-anything, here's your next ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Make DIY Rock Candy at Home

Wed 9:27 AM — Not to be confused with Pop Rocks, rock candy, which is large chunks of crystallized sugar, is a wonderfully simple snack in and of itself, and can be used to dissolve in tea or coffee as well as on top of other desserts. As far as making your own Pops Rock candy goes, it is actually ridiculously easy. All you need is some water, a glass mason jar, sugar, food coloring ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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The Easiest Way to Send ADB Commands to Your Android Device

4/21 6:17 PM — Android Debug Bridge (or ADB for short) serves as a remote terminal interface for executing shell commands on any Android device. Put simply, ADB lets you send commands from your computer to your phone or tablet, some of which would require root access if they were performed o ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Remove Scratches & Scuff Marks in Your Car's Paint Job with Toothpaste

4/21 4:57 PM — Whether you drive a new or used car, discovering a new dent, scratch, or scuff mark can send you into a frustration spiral. While there are many DIY ways to deal with dents, scratches and scuff marks are trickier because you could make your car's paint job look even worse. But ...more

MacGyverisms » How-To
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Mimic the Galaxy S6's SOS Feature on Any Android Device

4/21 2:19 PM — Smartphones are great at keeping us busy with games, social media, and messaging apps, but there has been a recent push for them to also help keep us safe (and I'm not talking about from hackers, though that is equally important). A while back I covered an app that sent out a ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Make Any Android Device Easier to Use with One Hand

4/21 10:49 AM — Our hands aren't necessarily getting any bigger, but smartphones still seem to be getting larger and larger. With average cell phone display sizes nearly doubling since 2007 (leading to new terminology like "phablet"), reaching all corners of a screen can become nearly impossi ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Sharpen Kitchen Knives with a Newspaper

4/21 12:10 PM — Just like skinning a cat, there's more than one way to sharpen a knife (disclaimer: while I advocate sharpening your knives daily, please don't ever even consider skinning a cat). There's a stone, for an uber-sharp finish; the underside of a mug, for an awesome makeshift sharpening tool; the chef's daily ritual, honing with a sharpening steel; and then there's the remar ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Increase Attachment Size for Secondary Email Accounts in the Gmail Android App

4/21 9:22 AM — The Gmail app recently became stock Android's central hub for all of your email accounts. Instead of being limited to just Gmail accounts, the app can now handle POP3, IMAP, and exchange ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To