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After Halloween Guide: How to Remove Makeup, Face Paint, Fake Blood, & Body Glue from Skin & Clothing

1:58 PM — Becoming someone else for Halloween is a lot of fun, but it can take a ton of tools to accomplish. An elaborate costume can require you to slather yourself in all kinds of makeup, paints and glues, and putting it on is only half the work. The real fun starts when the party's over and you have to remove it all. Every product has different ingredients, so the way you wash ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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11 Clever Candy Wrapper Crafts You Can Do After Binging on Halloween Chocolate

5:52 PM — Halloween night for most people with kids means tons of candy. That translates into tons of trash from candy wrappers. But even though you probably wouldn't think it, there's no shortage of alternative uses for those wrappers, from clothing and accessories to home decor. This ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Android Devices Will Activate Apple Pay on Your iPhone 6

5:08 PM — Apple Pay is ready for use at over 220,000 outlets across the United States. By using your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, all you have to do is point your device at any NFC-enabled point-of-sale system compatible with Apple Pay, press your fingerprint on the home button, and voilà—you've ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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Temporarily Override Your Mac's Sleep & Screen Saver Settings from the Menu Bar

2:57 PM — Although sleep mode and screen savers contribute to the security and energy preservation of my MacBook, it can become a nuisance when they initiate unwelcomely. Yes, I could just change these settings in System Preferences, but to do this every time I momentarily leave my Mac ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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This Is What Android Lollipop Will Look Like on Samsung Galaxy Devices

2:05 PM — The guys over at SamMobile were lucky enough to get their hands on an early preview build of Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Samsung Galaxy S5, as you can see in their video below. The operating system has definitely not reached its final form yet, but the progress is very clear. ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » Inspiration
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How to Make a Fake Bullet Wound on Your Head

2:57 PM — A bullet wound to the head is one type of fake wound you probably don't have to worry about people thinking is real. If it was, you'd be dead! This video from 0RainbowAngel0 will teach y ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Create Fallen Angel/Dark Fairy Makeup for Halloween

12:52 PM — Learn how to create a dark fairy/fallen angel look for Halloween with these tips from makeup artist Julia Graf. This look is perfect for any spooky occasion, while also making any normal ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Recipe for Horror: How to Make Fake Blood Capsules for Halloween

9:11 AM — Want to go the extra mile with your scary costume this Halloween? Use blood capsules so that at an opportune moment, fake blood can slowly dribble out of your vampiric mouth like you've ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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My Secret to Always Finding Good Beers, Wines, & Spirits

12:52 PM — If you struggle with deciding which wine you should buy for an intimate dinner, or the type of beer with the highest alcohol content that doesn't taste like tree bark, then check out some of these great alcohol-friendly apps to make better booze decisions. There are a lot of ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Add Timed Reminders to Your Android's Notification Panel

10:57 AM — Many reminder apps offer various bells and whistles that make them overly complicated to use when all you want to do is one or two things. If the only things you care about doing are setting quick reminders and adding timers, you probably don't care about cloud syncing or cale ...more

Samsung GS4 » How-To
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10 More Truly Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas for the Cheap & Lazy

9:11 AM — If you still have no idea what to wear for Halloween, but don't want to spend a lot of money or time putting together a costume that doesn't completely suck, welcome to the club. Last year, I shared a roundup on truly last-minute Halloween costumes for the cheap and lazy, and ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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Last-Minute Halloween Quickie: 100+ Free Printable Masks

9:09 AM — If you've run out of time for all of our more time-consuming Halloween costume ideas, here are 20 places on the web for free, downloadable paper masks. There must be at least 100 options among these 20 links to satisfy your last-minute costume needs! If none of these work for ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Create a Punk Rock Witch Makeup Look for Halloween

8:44 AM — Thanks to "Mean Girls," we now know that Halloween is the only time you can dress like a slut and get away with it. Which means that if your concept of a witch costume still includes a cr ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Make Realistic Looking Fake Blood

Yesterday 5:57 PM — In the mood to whip yourself up a bowl of fake, realistic-looking blood? Chances are, your kitchen and bathroom already contain the things you need to make that perfect red goo that will ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Dress Like a Ninja for Halloween with Only a T-Shirt

Yesterday 5:56 PM — Got ninja skills but no ninja costume? The solution is simple... a plain, black T-shirt. That's pretty much all it takes to be one hell of a badass ninja on Halloween. Well, you should al ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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24 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for Procrastinators

Yesterday 4:44 PM — Are you one of those people that waits until the last minute to come up with a costume for Halloween? Unless you're a makeup artist, have a ton of money, or are ultra-crafty, coming up with a good Halloween costume is always a low-priority task. That is, until it's Halloween and you're having a panic attack. Don't panic, though, because there are plenty of good DIY cos ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Fix Scrolling Lag in Apps on Your OnePlus One

Yesterday 4:44 PM — The hardware running your One is nothing short of powerful, but the people at OnePlus can't control how developers choose to utilize that power—or rather, not utilize it. Most popular developers have removed all signs of lag from their apps, but others still have archaic lines ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Say No to Slutty: 10 Creative Women's Halloween Costumes That Won't Sacrifice Your Self-Respect

Yesterday 4:22 PM — Some women see Halloween as a once-a-year opportunity to dress in something skimpy without dealing with as much scrutiny as usual. That can be fun, but not everyone is comfortable enough wearing so little, and the costumes are so boring and repetitive. Some of us just don't fe ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Make a Simple Minecraft Steve Costume for Halloween

Yesterday 4:24 PM — There's no doubt going to be a lot of Steves running around this Halloween, as Minecraft still has a huge community, but those posers are probably just buying their Minecraft costumes. Is ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Make a Minecraft Creeper Costume

Yesterday 4:16 PM — If you're a huge fan of Minecraft, then you probably know what a Creeper is and, therefore, want to be one for Halloween. After all, not everyone can be Steves and Snow Golems. This versi ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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What the Apple Watch Interface Would Look Like on Your iPhone

Yesterday 2:11 PM — The first thing most of us noticed after Apple announced plans for its wearable—the Apple Watch—was the importance and focus they placed on its interface. Starkly different from their And ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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Remove the Annoying “Wi-Fi Connected” Notification on Android

Yesterday 4:16 PM — Call it OCD if you will, but I make it a priority to have a clean Notification panel. Like a chalkboard that isn't wiped spotless, I get an unsettling feeling that something in the universe isn't complete when there's unnecessary clutter in the drop-down. For this reason, I lo ...more

Samsung GS4 » How-To
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7 Halloween Makeup Tricks Using Common Household Items

Yesterday 11:41 AM — Need to look like a rotting, decaying zombie corpse for Halloween? Rather than bribing your special effects makeup artist friend to treat you one for the night, simply grab some toilet paper and Elmer's glue to papier-mâché your face into flaky, rotting grossness. To add some ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Make a Spooky, Last-Minute Jack-O'-Lantern for Halloween Without a Pumpkin

Yesterday 11:39 AM — Love carving jack-o'-lanterns, but hate dealing with all the gunky pumpkin seeds afterward? There are plenty of no-carve ways to decorate a pumpkin for Halloween, but what if you're sick ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Add Creepy Apparitions to Your Halloween Photos Using the Pepper's Ghost Illusion

Yesterday 11:37 AM — Photographers have been using the Pepper's Ghost Illusion for over a century to play up the level of creepiness in their photos. Many of the pictures that claim to be real "sightings" use ...more

Photography » How-To
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10 Truly Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas for the Cheap & Lazy

Yesterday 11:34 AM — It's officially the day of Halloween, and unlike your more artistically-minded friends who've been working on their hand-stitched, conceptually brilliant Halloween costumes since May, you ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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'Halloweenify' Your Photos with Google+ Auto Awesome

Yesterday 10:33 AM — With Halloween fast approaching, social media sites are abuzz with ghosts stories and pictures of cool costumes. By contrast, regular photos just seem to be lacking that macabre feel. Google+ wanted to spice things up this Hallows' Eve, so they've introduced a new Halloweenif ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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Shoot 4K Video with Manual Focus & More on Your Nexus 5 (Lollipop)

Wed 5:22 PM — One of the biggest under-the-hood changes in Android 5.0 is a new, robust Camera API. When Lollipop makes its official debut, this API will allow developers to hook into your phone's camera sensor like never before. Developer Chih-Mao Chen has already started taking advantage ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Android Lollipop—All the New Features You Need to Know About

Yesterday 9:24 AM — We've already seen the visual changes that Android 5.0 will soon bring to the table, but Google spent just as much time altering things under the hood. Awesome new functionality and hardware capabilities have been added left and right, and with the OS set to make its official debut in early November, it's high time we had a look at some of these tweaks. With features r ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Make Candy Corn Vodka Cocktails for Your Halloween Bash

Wed 5:21 PM — Do you like candy corn? Do you like vodka? Well, then this candy corn vodka cocktail will be a huge hit at your Halloween party (at least, with you). Candy corn is one of the most hated, ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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These 6 Cheap & Easy DIY Masks Are Perfect for Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

Wed 5:20 PM — With only a day left until Halloween, a full and detailed costume is too much to throw together for most people. But you still have to dress up as something, right? No one will give you c ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Make an Easy, Last-Minute Polygon Mask for Halloween

Wed 1:38 PM — Halloween is coming fast. It's one of those things that always seems to sneak up on you before you're prepared, so if you don't have tons of free time to make your own kickass costume, yo ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Use the Much-Improved Face Unlock Feature in Android Lollipop

Wed 2:35 PM — I think it's safe to assume that most of us appreciate a little privacy and security when it comes to our mobile devices, which is exactly why we have lock screens that require unique passwords, patterns, or PINs. Although someone can discretely peer over your shoulder to see ...more

Nexus 7 » How-To
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Bee-Do, Bee-Do! 5 Awesome DIY Minion Halloween Costumes from 'Despicable Me'

Wed 1:57 PM — Last summer, Universal Pictures released the sequel to the popular 2010 animated film Despicable Me, bringing back everyone's favorite characters—the Minions. They're adorable, yellow, and they speak a gibberish "Banana Language." What's not to love? If you're planning on dres ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Craft a Realistic Rocket Raccoon Costume for Halloween

Wed 1:38 PM — This year's biggest film certainly didn't come as a surprise: with another incredible comic book creation, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy wowed audiences more than any other movie. With its unique team of heroes, Guardians provided a set of ready-made Halloween costumes. Al ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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10 Creative Women's Costumes That'll Keep You Covered This Halloween

Wed 1:05 PM — Halloween is a night to dress up as any character you'd like—but for women, that typically means wearing something skimpy or downright absurd. From "sexy" policewomen to nearly undressed fairy tale princesses, we're surrounded by costumes that leave little to the imagination. ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Quick Tip: Make Your Halloween Treats Glow in the Dark with Tonic Water

Wed 1:35 PM — If you're throwing a party for Halloween or making homemade goodies for trick-or-treaters, there's no shortage of spooky foods and drinks you can cook up. But if you want to take it a ste ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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10 Truly Last-Minute Halloween Costumes That Don't Totally Suck

Wed 1:05 PM — With only a few days left until Halloween, your options might be rather limited if you still don't have a costume. You may have laughed while some people spent the entire month of October ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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9 Insanely Lazy Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas Using Only What You've Got

Wed 12:09 PM — I'm one of those types of people who waits until the very last minute to find a Halloween costume, and thanks to last year's attempt at buying one at a local costume shop the day before H ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Prevent Carved & Uncarved Pumpkins from Rotting

Wed 11:58 AM — Pumpkin carving and decorating is a favorite pastime during this time of year. After you've carved an amazing design or face into a pumpkin or two, you want to show it off through your window or set it out on your porch for the neighbors to see. Without knowing the tricks to save your holiday pumpkins, they can turn slimy, moldy, and mushy in as little as three days. Th ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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These Free Printable Masks Are About as Lazy as Halloween Costumes Can Get

Wed 11:58 AM — You told yourself you wouldn't be one of those lame people who throws on a mask and shows up at costume parties, but here we are a day before Halloween and you still have nothing. Unless ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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DIY Missing Eye Makeup: Create a Gruesome, Realistic Halloween Costume Using a Sock

Tue 2:51 PM — I'm always looking for the easiest and quickest way to dress up for Halloween. It has been one of my favorite holidays for years, but I absolutely hate having to buy a costume—or even wor ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Build a Minecraft Creeper Head Halloween Costume

Tue 2:40 PM — If you love Minecraft, and you're trying to find out what to dress up as for Halloween, try building a Creeper head. If you wear a green shirt, you'll have the perfect Minecraft costume. ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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That Was Fast—Nexus 6 Sells Out in 60 Seconds

Wed 10:38 AM — If you were eagerly refreshing the Nexus 6 order page this morning for a chance to snag the latest from Google and Motorola, we hope you were quick to purchase. About a minute after the 32GB models went on pre-order, both the Midnight Blue and Cloud White models were sold out. ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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Hack Like a Pro: An Introduction to Regular Expressions, Part 2

Wed 10:05 AM — Welcome back, my hacker novitiates! A short while ago, I introduced you to regular expressions. Regular expressions are a language that is particularly useful for finding complex text patterns in streams of data. Although first developed for Perl, regular expressions are use ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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The Fastest Way to Change an App's Notification Settings in Android Lollipop

Wed 8:26 AM — Notifications sometimes come in bulk on Android—especially after booting up. While some of them are helpful or informative, most can be immediately dismissed as soon as they come in. The traditional way to adjust notification preferences, like blocking and priority, requires ...more

Nexus 7 » How-To
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Automatically Disable Distractions on Your Mac for a Productivity Boost

Tue 4:30 PM — Getting things done isn't easy when you're bombarded with alert sounds and notifications all day long on your Mac. Here's how you can quickly remove those distractions with just a single click. Step 1: Download the Automator Apps This part is pretty easy. Just click here to ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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How to Carve, Char, & Contort a Creepy Miniature Jack-O'-Lantern for Halloween

Tue 2:40 PM — This year for Halloween, don't just settle for the normal cutesy pumpkin carvings—make these creepily charred and contorted miniature jack-o'-lanterns instead. Not only do these mini pump ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Get Custom iPhone Alerts for Shows, Films, Games, Weather, & More with Hooks

Tue 1:49 PM — While it's not too hard to remember to watch your favorite TV show every week, it's almost impossible to remember to watch all of your favorite shows. Add on to that sports games, live music events, and new film releases and you'll find yourself in a disorganized mess with a l ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Auto-Reply to Missed Calls & Texts on Android When You’re Busy

Tue 12:38 PM — Whether you're in a movie theater, driving, or just want to temporarily unplug from the grid, you need to ignore or completely silence your phone. You'll still receive calls and texts during this time, but in a world where people expect instant gratification, you'll end up loo ...more

Samsung GS4 » How-To