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5-Minute Super Bowl Snacks for the Win

4:50 PM — Planning a Super Bowl party, or any football-themed party for that matter, can be fun for even the most craft-adverse host, as almost anything brown can turn into a football with just a little decoration. With a little planning, you won't be serving up any Pinterest fails this Sunday night. The easiest to way to create five-minute Super Bowl treats is to turn your choc ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Automatically Pause Music During Spoken Maps Directions on Your iPhone

3:23 PM — Maps is great for getting turn-by-turn directions in unfamiliar territory, but how many times does your favorite song have to be rudely interrupted by that navigation voice telling you to turn left or right? Yes, you need those spoken directions to get to where you're going, b ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Google Now Adds Cards for Lots of Third-Party Apps

1:50 PM — Of the Google services that come bundled in Android devices, none is more useful than Google Now. By combining search with timely cards that hope to guess your next move before you even make it, Google Now is everything a virtual assistant should be. Starting today, the servi ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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Food Tool Friday: A Flexible Fish Spatula Can Do It All

12:39 PM — Most people who cook end up having at least three or four different kinds of spatulas in their drawers. I personally have at least five. However, if I had to do it all over again, I would purchase only one, and that would be a flexible fish spatula. Flexible fish spatulas are ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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Boost Performance & Battery Life on Your Nexus 6 by Lowering the Display Resolution

10:41 AM — The Nexus 6 is one of the few devices on the market that sports a 1440p "QHD" display. This means that the amount of pixels displayed is higher than almost any other smartphone, which sounds great on the surface, but is not without its drawbacks. For one, most apps and games ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Add New & Improved Features to Your OnePlus One's Camera App

8:50 AM — The camera in CyanogenMod, CameraNext, takes some pretty impressive shots when compared to those offered by HTC Sense and Sony Xperia, but it doesn't have many of the features that make it a real competitor. Even the Color OS version of the OnePlus One has received better revi ...more

OnePlus » How-To
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How to Watch the 2015 Super Bowl XLIX Live Stream Online from Anywhere

Yesterday 3:34 PM — 2015 is quickly shaping up to be the year of the cord cutter, with various media companies finally warming up to the concept of offering live streaming content. In the wake of Dish Network announcing a streaming cable service called Sling TV and Sony unveiling a similar platfo ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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Super Bowl Snacks: Gatorade-Infused Treats for Game Day

Yesterday 5:35 PM — Gatorade and football go hand in hand, from player endorsements to the traditional Gatorade shower that coaches get at each Super Bowl. So, get in the game-day spirit with these Gatorade-infused drinks, desserts, and snacks. The good thing about Gatorade is that it comes in every color of the rainbow—so feel free to make these in your favorite team's colors. You're pro ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Are Your Chargers Faulty or Slow? Here's How to Test Them on Android

Yesterday 2:05 PM — Not all smartphone chargers put out the same amount of current. The adapter in your car probably charges your phone a lot slower than the one plugged in at your bedside, and if you use wireless charging, it may be a bit slower still. Even considering the variance in listed am ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Roadie App Lets You Ship Things Cheaper & Make Money While You're Traveling

Yesterday 12:43 PM — The next time you plan on going on an adventurous road trip, get paid for it! With the the new mobile app called Roadie, from developer Marc Gorlin, you can get paid to go where you're already going. Essentially working as a Lyft- or Uber-like service for people's possessions ...more

Smartphones » How-To
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Turning Video Clips into High-Quality GIFs Is the Easiest Thing Ever with Imgur

Yesterday 12:01 PM — Imgur has just released a brand new feature to make GIFs better than they ever have before. Video to GIF is a tool that allows you to quickly paste any video link, easily select a clip fr ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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Reframe "But" to Share Criticism More Kindly

Tue 6:18 PM — There's perhaps no statement more classic (and more annoying) than the "but" sentence. We've all heard it before: "I love you, but..." No matter what fantastic, complimentary remark came ...more

Mind Hacks » How-To
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Launch Any Navigation App Directly from Google Search on Android

Tue 4:47 PM — When you search for a specific location or business with the Google app, a Knowledge Graph card is usually the top result. This card displays a handy mini-map and offers a quick link for ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: How to Anonymously Torrent Files with Tribler

Yesterday 11:28 AM — Welcome back, my nascent hackers! One of the many reasons I write this blog is to help you keep the Internet free and open. Throughout human history, whenever a government or other powerful entity has wanted to subjugate a people or group, the first thing they do is isolate t ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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Find & Share Local Wi-Fi Passwords for Free Internet Everywhere You Go

Wed 4:49 PM — Thanks to Verizon Wireless, I pay over $220 a month for my phone bill. It's just me on the plan—no family members, and it's not even unlimited data. So, when I receive that data alert message telling me that I've used up 90% of my plan and that I've still got a few more week u ...more

Smartphones » How-To
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6 Delicious Ways to Use Up Leftover Champagne

Yesterday 9:39 AM — Unlike wine, you can't re-cork or stopper leftover bubbly after you've opened it, but all is not lost even if you haven't managed to finish every last drop. You can use your leftover champagne to make light-as-air crêpes or pancakes, to create a detox face mask, to cook seafood and rice, or to make dips and salad dressings. #1. Make Light-as-Air Champagne Crêpes Lefto ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Get Early Access to CyanogenMod 12's Theme Engine on Your OnePlus One

Wed 3:11 PM — CyanogenMod has always been on the forefront of ROM customization, and its newest release, CyanogenMod 12, is no exception. In the newest nightlies, they have included an updated version of their Theme Engine, which allows you to effortlessly change the way your entire system ...more

OnePlus » How-To
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How to Save Locations in Google Maps for Offline Use

Wed 1:41 PM — Before heading out on a hike, or any excursion for that matter, it would be wise to take a map with you just in case you get lost while on your quest. But let's be realistic, few people are going to use a physical map—or even know how to obtain or read one—in this digital age ...more

Smartphones » How-To
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Weird Ingredient Wednesday: You Should Be Adding Charcoal to Your Food & Here's Why

Wed 12:18 PM — Charcoal is a famously prized substance when it comes to food and drink. Grilling aficionados swear by it, and its purifying properties make it the main ingredient in Brita filters (and its alternatives). Powdered charcoal is also a cooking ingredient. Yes, that's right: it can actually go in your food—and the results are delightful. Some even say that because of charc ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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Connect Your iPhone to Your Mac Like Never Before with Pushbullet

Wed 10:54 AM — With Apple's Yosemite build of Mac OS X came Continuity, a feature that has allowed us to connect our mobile devices to our computers, letting us access apps, send text messages, answer phone calls, and more while seamlessly switching from one device to the other. Pushbullet, ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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How to Quit Smoking: An Illustrated Guide

Wed 9:34 AM — Was it your New Year's resolution to quit smoking this year? Whether you are a first-time quitter or a chronic relapser, this is the year to kick this unhealthy habit for good. Like with any bad habit you want to break, the first important step is to make an honest, specific ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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No Pasta Maker? Use Your Paper Shredder for Homemade Noodles Instead

Tue 3:00 PM — Normally, office supplies and food don't mix, but you can use a paper shredder to make fresh pasta in your very own home (...or office). In other words, you don't have to buy a bulky and expensive piece of equipment to make fresh pasta. If you already have a paper shredder, you can simply feed pasta dough through it for perfect tagliatelle noodle strips that will taste ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: Python Scripting for the Aspiring Hacker, Part 2

Tue 1:39 PM — Welcome back, my fledgling hackers! In an earlier tutorial, I introduced you to probably the most popular scripting language for hackers, Python. To become a professional hacker, you need to have some scripting skills and Python is a good choice if you want to master just one ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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Control Music Playing on Your Mac Using a Quick-Access Widget on Your iPhone

Tue 11:41 AM — Using shortcuts to control the playback of your music on your computer makes life just a little bit easier. Instead of needing to open up an app, we've shown you how to use keyboard shortcuts, a Notification Center widget, and even Siri to control music on your Mac. Now we're ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Get Custom ROM Options on Your Nexus Without Installing a Custom ROM

Tue 9:31 AM — If you've ever flashed a custom ROM on any of your devices, one of your main motivations for doing so was likely the set of neat tweaks and extra options that come with something like CyanogenMod. Another deciding factor was probably the fact that most custom ROMs offer a much ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Mikoto Gives Your iPhone YouTube Background Music, Contact Photos in Messages, & More

Mon 4:13 PM — Mikoto, from Karen Tsai (aka angelxwind), is a free jailbreak tweak unlike any other. With Mikoto, you can customize features in your favorite iOS apps to an extent that you would've never thought possible. Not only is the tweak elegantly designed, but it also has more settin ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Make Hasselback Potatoes (& Other Amazing Baked Spuds)

Mon 5:03 PM — Potatoes are one of cheapest, most nutritious whole foods that you can make and eat. Is it any wonder you can find budget-friendly, low-fat potatoes in every cuisine in the world? I love simple baked potatoes, but it's always good to change it up. Here are some of my favorite ingenious ways to dress up and enjoy the humble potato. #1. Hasselback Potatoes If you've ne ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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NFL Comes to YouTube: Game Highlights, Analysis, & More

Mon 3:08 PM — YouTube and the National Football League have announced a partnership that should greatly improve the online experience for gridiron fans. In a posting on their official blog, YouTube out ...more

Digiwonk » Inspiration
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You Can Now Grab Free TV Show Episodes & Songs in iTunes

Mon 1:56 PM — Apple is offering free full episodes of popular TV shows and free songs from artists with its most recent update to the iTunes Store. In the Music section, "Free on iTunes" seems to have ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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Scan Book Barcodes in Stores for Quick Access to Reviews on Android

Sun 11:48 AM — Purchasing an actual book from a brick-and-mortar store is becoming increasingly less common for people to do, but it hasn't completely gone out of style just yet. There's something about ...more

Samsung GS4 » How-To
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How to Use Null Byte to Study to Become a Professional Hacker

Mon 1:16 PM — Many newbie hackers, new to both hacking and Null Byte, have written me in recent weeks asking where and how they should begin their hacking studies here. I'd like to dedicate this tutorial on how to use Null Byte to systematically study hacking, so that you too can "Hack Like a Pro." Getting Started Probably first and foremost, you must install Kali Linux, a Linux di ...more

Null Byte » Forum
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Facebook Lite: A Smaller Version of the App with a Huge Upside

Mon 12:33 PM — As one of the most frequently used and popular applications available, Facebook is now attempting to be a little more considerate for those Android users that don't have a bleeding-edge device or fast data connections. Like starting quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts Andre ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Make Your Own Sore Throat Lozenges

Mon 10:38 AM — It's that time of year again. The month after we exchange gifts, most of us tend to exchange germs. Cold and flu season always seems to creep up on us, often leaving us ill-prepared to deal with the ailments. For those of you suffering from fits of coughing and a sore throat ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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9 Non-Shower Uses for Shower Curtain Rings

Mon 9:11 AM — If you ever need to carry multiple plastic bags of heavy groceries from your car to your home, but don't want to strain your fingers or take multiple trips, use a shower curtain ring to carry all of them at once. Other than keeping your shower curtains hanging from your shower curtain rod, shower curtain rings are also perfect for hanging and organizing pretty much any ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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Organize Your Mac's Dock by Adding Blank Spaces as App Icon Dividers

Sun 5:40 PM — Terminal is powerful tool that every Mac OS X user should explore. With it, we've shown you how to save iPhone voicemails, extract and back up text messages, and even check for vulnerabilities in your system, all using commands issued from within Terminal. Now, thanks to Redd ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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How to Back Up Any Partition on Your Android Device

Sun 1:16 PM — When installing flashable ZIPs and custom ROMs, we always hear the same old adage: "Make a full NANDroid backup first." Trouble with this is that you don't always need an entire system backup, since many mods only apply to specific folders on your device. And while custom reco ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Why You Should Eat Cookies for Breakfast

Sun 10:06 AM — Cookies for breakfast seem like a clear dietary no-no, but these three-ingredient breakfast cookies are easy, healthy, portable, and can be made in advance. They're also dairy-free, egg-free, and have no added processed sugar, so they can also be called allergy-friendly cookies. If you use gluten-free quick oats in this recipe, they are also gluten-free breakfast cookie ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Tiny Apps Is a Complete Floating Multitasking Suite for Android

Sun 9:53 AM — With Android devices getting bigger by the year, you'd think there would be a native multitasking solution by now. While Samsung and LG have included such features in their customized builds of Android, the stock base that manufacturers start with still doesn't include multita ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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3 Tips to Better Tasting Beer

Sat 2:35 PM — We are living in a golden age of craft beers. Originally invented by the ancient Egyptians, every culture now has its own tastes regarding beer. The process of making beer is so multi-faceted, it's a miracle that any gets made at all. However, there are lots of steps along th ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Permanently Browse in Desktop Mode on Android

Sat 4:03 PM — The majority of Android web browsers carry a "desktop mode" feature that makes mobile websites look like normal computer versions. Mobile versions are designed to work faster and more eff ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Improve Your Mood to Increase Brain Power

Sat 1:19 PM — We've all heard the cliches: always look at the glass as half full; a smile can change your entire day; and there's always a silver lining. Whether you're someone who is constantly complimented on their rosy outlook or can't seem to stop frowning at everything around you, you ...more

Mind Hacks » How-To
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Save Your Pickle Juice for Pickletinis, Hangovers, & More

Sat 11:53 AM — The next time you finish that last pickle spear, don't pour the leftover green juice down the drain. You can use your leftover pickle juice in cooking, in cocktails, and as a post-workout performance shot. Pickle juice gives the salty, sour flavor to cucumbers, and is made of ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Make Your Own Sleep Salve

Sat 10:18 AM — Having trouble falling asleep? Using coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax, and essential oils, you can easily concoct your own DIY, nice-smelling sleep salve that will help you drift off to slumber with minimal effort. Simply heat together 1 cup coconut oil, 1 cup olive oil, and 4 tablespoons grated beeswax in a glass bowl placed in a double boiler until everything is melte ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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Control Volume Directly from the Notification Tray in Lollipop

Sat 9:01 AM — If there's one gripe I have with Android Lollipop, it's the new volume menu. When Priority mode was introduced, the stock volume panel was revamped to accommodate it, and somewhere along the way a bit of functionality was lost. The way things are now, there are only two metho ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Convert Almost Any File Type Straight to Your Cloud Account

1/23 4:23 PM — Converting files from one format to another can be a pain. Sometimes you have to download software that you'll only end up using once. Other times you have to use a shady third-party conversion site that's riddled with ads. Not to mention that after a while, unless you're extr ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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Jump to the Bottom or Middle of a Page on Your iPhone, Not Just the Top

1/23 2:46 PM — When surfing the web in Safari, you can double-tap the status bar to quickly scroll back up to the top any webpage. In other iOS apps that have the shortcut enabled, you can get the job done even faster by tapping the status bar only once. The only bad thing about this feature ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Turn Your Smartphone into a Wireless Mouse & Keyboard for Your Computer

1/23 1:13 PM — While you can do a lot of things on your smartphone that were once only done on a computer, having a laptop is still necessary and critical for many tasks. Often times, the two devices work very well together. We recently covered Google's Chrome Remote Desktop, an app that al ...more

Smartphones » How-To
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Food Tool Friday: Jaccard Beats All Other Meat Tenderizers

1/23 11:33 AM — Meat tenderizers are absolutely necessary when dealing with leaner, tougher cuts like flank or skirt steaks. And while fruit like papaya, kiwi, and pineapple contain enzymes that can tenderize meat, the results can be hit-or-miss, and impart a fruity flavor that you may not al ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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Tutanota for Android, iOS, & Web Keeps Your Emails Private with End-to-End Encryption

1/23 10:02 AM — In the wake of the NSA scandal and celebrity-photo hacks, lots of people scrambled to find more-secure ways to send text messages, share emails, and surf the internet. Known for their incredibly secure data networks, Germany's email services saw a remarkable increase in new us ...more

Smartphones » How-To
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Get Lollipop-Style Status Bar Icons on Android Jelly Bean or KitKat

1/23 8:36 AM — Android Lollipop promises tons of new features and functionality when it comes to a device near you, but as we wait, it's almost painful to see the screenshots and demo videos from Nexus ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » How-To