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Make Killer Pizza at Home with These Easy Ready-Made “Crusts”

Yesterday 1:06 PM — Pizza. It's seen you through your best and worst times. It was there during your first relationship and the subsequent dumping. It got you through college, and maybe even your twenties. Domino's phone number is programmed in your speed dial, and though you won't admit it out loud, you love pizza, you really do. So what do you do when it's three o' clock in the morning ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Get the Dark Mode Boot Screen on Your Pre-2011 Mac Running Yosemite

Yesterday 10:01 AM — When Yosemite was released, a more detailed boot screen came to your Mac. So now, just like on Apple's mobile devices, you will see a loading bar telling you how far into the startup process you are. Apple also decided to add a black version of this boot screen to newer Macs, ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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Enable LED Flash Alerts for Calls & Notifications on Galaxy Devices

Sat 4:39 PM — I'm the type of person that rarely has an audible ringer enabled on my phone. Haptic feedback (vibration) is enough for me... most of the time. When my phone isn't in my pocket, I become the type of person who frequently misses calls and texts—and no one likes that person. A ...more

Samsung GS4 » How-To
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How to Create a Wide-Range Scanner

Yesterday 1:06 PM — Following my recent forum question, I have been able to create a wonderful little tool that scans the Internet (or part of it). This will be a short how-to explaining how to make one, and ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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Make Siri Play Spotify Music on Your iPhone

Thu 4:39 PM — Apple has slowly opened up functionality for Siri, allowing the personal assistant to recognize songs, toggle settings off and on, make purchases, post to Facebook and Twitter, and much, ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Quick Tip: Access App Info Pages from Lollipop's Recent Apps Menu

Thu 3:16 PM — On earlier Android versions, you were able to hold down on an app's icon in the recent apps menu (aka app switcher) and jump straight to the app's info page. From there, you could easily ...more

Nexus 7 » How-To
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Disable Forced Encryption on the Nexus 6 for Faster Performance

Sat 3:05 PM — One of the more talked-about features of Google's new flagship device is the fact that all of the data on the Nexus 6 is encrypted by default. At face value, this certainly seems like an added bonus for the 6-inch phablet, especially in this day and age with growing security c ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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6 DIY Cat Toys You Can Make Out of Household Items

Sat 1:25 PM — Need to keep your favorite feline entertained at home? Using common household items lying around your bathroom or kitchen, you can craft together DIY cat toys that cost nothing to make and will provide endless entertainment for your favorite cat. Cut toilet paper rolls into r ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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Open on Thanksgiving: Where to Eat if You Don't Want to Cook

Sat 11:34 AM — Who says you have to cook on Thanksgiving? If you need a break, have surprise guests in town, or simply don't want to be in the kitchen cooking all day long, never fear: you have options. Plenty of places large and small will make a meal for you and your loved ones on Novembe ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Record a Snapchat Video While Playing Music on Your iPhone

Fri 4:27 PM — If you've ever tried to record a Snapchat video of a song playing in your car, you know that it's impossible to do if the song is playing on the same device that you're Snapchatting with. I connect my iPhone to my car stereo via Bluetooth to play music, but if I try to record ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Slim Down Incoming Call Alerts on Android to a Tiny Lollipop-Style Popup

Sat 9:16 AM — When playing a game or using an app, incoming call alerts can be extremely irritating on my Galaxy S4 because they insist on taking over the entire screen. The alert is a little different on other Android phones, depending on the manufacturer's skin, but all are fairly intrusive in one way or another. However, in the new Android 5.0 Lollipop, incoming call alerts are n ...more

Samsung GS4 » How-To
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iOS 8 Glitch Lets You Hide Stock Apps Without Jailbreaking Your iPhone

Fri 2:44 PM — Apple's newer Tips app may definitely be helpful to some iOS 8 users, but personally, it's not telling me anything I don't already know. Like many other stock Apple apps that I don't use on my iPhone, I immediately hid Tips in a folder, placed that folder to the side, and forg ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Food Tool Friday: Make Fast Espresso on the Go

Fri 12:53 PM — Coffee lovers take their beverage of choice seriously. Some even go out of their way to find their own kopi luwak (cat poop coffee) just to see if it lives up to all the hype. While you may not be that adventurous, chances are you'd love a gadget that created a delicious shot ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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Customize Shortcut Icons for Contacts, Playlists, & More on Your iPhone's Home Screen

Fri 11:28 AM — I've previously shown a few ways to make your iPhone a little more unique by customizing app icons on the home screen, and while those processes did not require a jailbreak, they were a pain in the ass. Thankfully, there's a better way to customize app and shortcut icons that' ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Exclusive & Free Albums You Can Download Right Now on Google Play Music

Fri 9:47 AM — Google's music offerings have been on a roll lately. First they announced a new music video streaming service called YouTube Music Key, offering ad-free playback with background listening. Then they stated that the new offering would be rolled in with their Google Play Music s ...more

Digiwonk » Inspiration
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How to Break Bad News More Comfortably

Thu 1:34 PM — Being the bearer of bad news is unpleasant; there's nothing more uncomfortable than offering up a spoonful of negativity. Whether you're a supervisor who spends a lot of time interviewing and rejecting candidates, or simply someone who has to say "no" to a friend, it's never f ...more

Mind Hacks » How-To
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YouTube Music Key Is Live: How to Enable Background Playback, Download Tracks, & More

Thu 9:42 AM — We recently showed you YouTube's new music streaming service, YouTube Music Key, with it's promise of ad-free music complete with background listening and offline play. Well, if you check your YouTube app, there's a good chance that Google flipped on the service for you. Activ ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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Today Only: Download Star-Lord's Official Mixtape for Free

Thu 12:40 PM — Guardians of the Galaxy was one of 2014's biggest box office hits, and it's thanks to a great cast of characters and some awesome music. Star-Lord's mixtape was given to him by his mother ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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Kali Linux NetHunter for Nexus Devices

Wed 2:30 PM — Hello, everyone. After visiting the Kali Linux website, I discovered something that was released along with 1.0.9a which I overlooked, and that is Kali Linux NetHunter. "NetHunter is [a ...more

Null Byte » Forum
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Get 90 Days of Google Play Music for Free (Instead of Just 30 Days)

Tue 2:20 PM — When it comes to subscription-based music streaming services, the conversation doesn't go much further than Spotify and Google Play Music (previously called "All Access"). Both services a ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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Why Cold, Leftover Pizza Always Tastes So Damn Good

Thu 12:22 PM — Cold pizza is the holy grail of leftovers. That's a statement that elicits a slew of impassioned feelings. Either you love the idea of biting into soft crust and cold, fatty cheese, or scowl at the idea of pizza that isn't hot, crisp, and melty. Yet if we were to stand by the former sentiment, how would we argue on its behalf? Food Science Explains Why Cold Pizza Rules ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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Message Other Drivers on the Road Using Just Their License Plate

Thu 10:40 AM — Ever wanted to communicate with another driver on the road, but just didn't know how? Sure, you could flag them down by waving or honking at them, but that assumes that they're in close p ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Add a Custom Background Image to Your iPhone's Control Center

Wed 5:01 PM — A few months ago, we showed off a great third-party keyboard for iOS 8 called CooolKey which lets you customize the keyboard itself with any background image you want. Well, take that idea and apply it to the Control Center and we have CCBackground. This is a Cydia tweak, so ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Exclusive Samsung Milk Video App Is Here for Galaxy Devices

Wed 3:44 PM — As competition for Spotify and Pandora, Samsung released Milk Music earlier in 2014, a free music streaming service for their Android devices. While Milk was unique to Galaxy owners only, it was popular enough that we showed you ways to get it on non-Galaxy devices as well. N ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 » How-To
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How to Update Your OnePlus One to Lollipop Today

Wed 1:45 PM — The vague 90-day release window for CyanogenMod 12 has done nothing to stop my craving for Lollipop on my OnePlus One. Luckily, there are other "unofficial" means of getting my hands on it. Since CyanogenMod still gives users a way of building their own variants of their ROM, ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Clean Up Liquid Spills More Easily with Flour

Wed 11:56 AM — Spills happen in the kitchen, and while every good cook knows to clean as you go, not every cook has an endless supply of cleaning materials. Besides, one spill can exhaust your entire stockpile of sponges, paper towels, and rags in a matter of minutes. Particularly egregious ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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8 More DIY Home Remedies for Relieving Chapped Lips

Wed 10:29 AM — Got chapped lips? If you don't have any chapstick, you can use a variety of household or kitchen items to alleviate dry, flaky lips. Simply apply castor oil, almond oil, mango butter, beeswax, or milk cream onto lips as needed. You can also soak rose petals in a bowl of milk for several hours and mash them into a paste before applying onto lips. For more DIY home reme ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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Replace Contacts in Your iPhone's App Switcher with System Toggles

Wed 9:25 AM — From my experience, the recent contacts in the iOS 8 app switcher is a love-hate feature. On the plus side, it's a speed dial for not only phone calls, but messages. On the downside, it's a way for others to see your favorite contacts and who you've contacted most recently. W ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: Using TFTP to Install Malicious Software on the Target

Tue 4:17 PM — Welcome back, my fledgling hackers! Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, we can only get a command shell on our target system. For instance, with Metasploit, it's not always possible to get the all powerful Meterpreter on our target system. In other cases, we may be able to c ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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Fake Your GPS Location on Android to Trick Apps & Targeted Ads

Tue 2:44 PM — You wouldn't send your GPS coordinates to a completely random stranger just because he or she asked you for it, right? So why are you constantly sharing your location (and other data) to apps on a daily basis? While there are many apps that need your location in order to func ...more

LG G3 » How-To
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Make Your iPhone's Volume HUD Less Annoying in iOS 8

Tue 11:08 AM — Back in iOS 7, Apple decided that it was actually a good thing to make the volume controls HUD translucent. This, of course, means that whatever you're watching on your screen will be obstructed temporarily whenever you adjust the volume. Apple never fixed this issue in iOS 8 ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Turkey Day Hacks: 7 Alternatives to Traditional Stuffing

Tue 9:23 AM — When it comes to Thanksgiving, some people live for stuffing, (or dressing, if that's what you call it). Personally, I love all stuffing, even the boxed kind. However, even the classics can start to feel a little staid and dull after a while. Why not try giving your Thanksgiving stuffing a little pizzazz by playing around with alternate forms, surprising ingredients, o ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Snapcash: Send Money to Friends Directly in Snapchat

11/17 6:00 PM — Snapchat is definitely not known for its stellar privacy or security features, but that hasn't stopped them from gaining millions of users. Now, those millions of users can do more than j ...more

Smartphones » How-To
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Create & Share Your Own GIFs for Messages in Google Hangouts

11/17 5:11 PM — While chatting in Hangouts on Android, inserting an emoji or animated sticker can instantly make the conversation more fun, but they'll eventually lose their charm, as most things do. Eve ...more

Nexus 7 » How-To
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Add Movie Trailers to Your iPhone's Netflix App

11/17 3:04 PM — At one point, Netflix did have trailers for movies online, but they have long since abandoned the practice for a number of reasons. Firstly, trailers have to be licensed in addition to fi ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Use Your Command Line to Cast Almost Any Music or Video File Type

11/17 12:37 PM — Using a combination of my phone, laptop, and an arsenal of apps and plugins, I can send pretty much anything to my Chromecast. However, nothing is ever perfect, and the file type that was still giving me headaches were torrent and magnet files. Yes, I could download them to m ...more

Chromecast » How-To
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Theme TouchWiz on Your Galaxy Note 3 with Android Lollipop

11/16 2:40 PM — While the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is sure to get an Android 5.0 Lollipop update, there's no official confirmation on when exactly that will happen (rumors state January). In the meantime, there are a number of ways to get some of Lollipop's features on your KitKat device right n ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 » How-To
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7 Home Remedies for Preventing & Treating SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

11/17 10:24 AM — Feeling the winter blues? While it is common to experience a little bit of a letdown when the daylight hours get shorter in the fall and winter months, for some people it becomes a persistent depression that lasts for days, with symptoms that include fatigue, crying spells, body aches, irritability, loss of interest in activities, and more. If you think you have season ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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Mario Live Wallpaper: Classic Side-Scrolling Action for Your Home or Lock Screen

11/16 1:01 PM — Nothing else quite sums up my childhood like Super Mario, the Italian plumber who constantly had to defeat Bowser to save Princess Peach (aka Princess Toadstool) from danger. While it's e ...more

Nexus 7 » How-To
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Make Your iPhone's Dock Transparent in iOS 8

11/16 9:47 AM — It's not the additions Apple brought to iOS 8 that irk me, but what they didn't add that breaks my heart. We did get some cool new features, like battery stats and interactive notifications, but what about a simple customization feature that most—the option to have a transpare ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Play Your Favorite SNES Games in Any Web Browser—No Emulator Required

11/16 8:37 AM — You'd be hard-pressed to find a working Super Nintendo in someone's house nowadays, but back in my adolescence it was gaming heaven. But now there's no reason to have an SNES console at home, because there are so many ways to play those retro games without one. All it takes is ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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Add Custom or Pre-Made HTML5 Widgets to Your Mac's Desktop

11/15 4:23 PM — Apple hasn't been the most avid supporter of widgets over the years. Yes, they added them to the Notification Center in Yosemite, but that requires a drawer to be opened and closed whenever you want to check them. In my search for a better solution, I came across Ubersicht by ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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Add an Indicator for Download Progress to Your Android’s Status Bar

11/15 1:41 PM — Not every mod you add to your Android will revolutionize the way you use it, but many of them can make things a little more simple and convenient for you on a regular basis, like sliding across the status bar to adjust brightness or swiping the screen to put your display to sl ...more

Samsung GS4 » How-To
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11 Hidden Lollipop Features for Your Nexus 5

11/15 4:23 PM — When Android 5.0 rolls out to the Nexus 5, several changes and new features will come along with it. The over-the-air update is already rolling out, and if you don't want to wait, you can get it right now. We've pored through the massive changelog—which includes over 700 Nexu ...more

Nexus 5 » Inspiration
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Stop Accidentally Liking Photos & Videos in Instagram's iPhone App

11/15 1:00 PM — Instagram is all about sharing and interacting with others, but sometimes we hide in the shadows and lurk. Whether their ex-lovers, current crushes, former high school classmates, or future coworkers, we silently view their content without them knowing. You can deny it all you ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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5 Reasons You Should Stop Sleeping In

11/15 10:29 AM — Are you someone who always struggles to wake up in the morning, no matter how much you've slept? For most, the thought of getting out of bed any earlier sounds horrific. Yet dragging yourself out of bed and towards the coffee maker a few hours earlier each day can have benefit ...more

Mind Hacks » How-To
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How to Disable Read Receipts (Blue Check Marks) in WhatsApp

11/14 3:15 PM — Sometimes you just don't want people to know that you've read their message. It doesn't mean you hate them or are too cool for them, you just might not want to respond right away. For instance, if you're driving. Furthermore, many people believe this to be a lapse in privacy. ...more

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

11/15 9:42 AM — We've already seen the visual changes that Android 5.0 Lollipop has brought 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 already out now, it's high time we had a look at some of these tweaks. With features ranging from new notification ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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11 Crafty & Practical Uses for Colorful Fall Leaves

11/15 8:53 AM — With the abundance of colorful fall leaves in the autumn season, it would be a shame not to do something about it before it all disappears into the dead of winter. For a super-easy crafty project, you can simply gather a handful of colorful fall leaves, preserve them in wax o ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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Reply to Messages with Your Favorite Rap Lyrics Using RapKey for iPhone

11/14 2:19 PM — Now that Apple has added support for third-party keyboards in iOS 8, the ways we can communicate with our "peeps" has expanded beyond emojis and standard text messages to GIFs and even rap lyrics now. RapKey takes some of the best and most popular rap lyrics, then lets you cho ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To