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How to Get the Strongest Wi-Fi Connection on Your Android Every Time

Yesterday 12:28 PM — If you work at a large office or have a multi-story home, you're probably familiar with Wi-Fi range extenders. Since one hotspot isn't always enough to cover an entire area, Wi-Fi repeaters are generally set up in larger areas to capture and rebroadcast the original signal. Unfortunately, Android doesn't handle these types of situations particularly well. Because of th ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: Metasploit for the Aspiring Hacker, Part 3 (Payloads)

11:35 AM — Welcome back, my tenderfoot hackers! As you know, Metasploit is an exploitation framework that every hacker should be knowledgeable of and skilled at. It is one of my favorite hacking tools available. Metasploit enables us to use pre-written exploits against known vulnerabil ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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A Sneak Peek into Apple's New Campus

10:41 AM — Celebrity skin picks weren't the only things leaked over Labor Day weekend. A raw video shot by Jason McMinn, using a GoPro mounted to a helicopter drone, gives us a look at Apple's new campus, currently under construction in Cupertino. Video: . The 8-minute video shows a huge ...more

iOS Tips » Inspiration
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Condi Is Like Tasker for Your Android, Only Easier

8:56 AM — No matter whether you're a seasoned Android veteran, or just starting to get into the scene, you have probably heard of Tasker, the king amongst all the various automation tools available. Tasker is great for keeping your phone loaded up with the perfect settings no matter th ...more

HTC One » How-To
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I Stopped My iPhone's Auto-Correct Fails—So Can You

Yesterday 12:29 PM — We've all had that moment where auto-correct mistakenly "corrects" a word or phrase that we're type. Whether it's because of obscure words, a different language, uncommon names, or curse words, auto-correct has a way of messing things up—even when its intentions are good. If ...more

iOS Tips » How-To
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Rotate Any Orientation-Locked App on Android

Yesterday 12:29 PM — Some apps have a nasty habit of ignoring your Android's auto-rotation settings and locking the display into either portrait or landscape orientation. When you open one of these apps, the screen goes into landscape view and you're forced to hold your phone differently. Convers ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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The Definitive Guide to Ad Blocking on Android

Yesterday 12:28 PM — The Play Store is loaded with just about any app you can imagine. While many are free or have a "lite" version of a paid app for download, often enough, these freebies have intrusive ads cluttering up your screen. The internet is already riddled with ads on every webpage, so ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 » How-To
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Quickly Close & Switch Apps on the Fire Phone

Yesterday 12:28 PM — Aside from a collection of new features, like Carousel Pinning, the latest update to the Amazon Fire Phone also ushered in Quick Switch functionality, allowing for quickly switching betwe ...more

Amazon Fire » How-To
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Painlessly Restore Apps & Settings After Flashing a New ROM

Sun 9:58 AM — Restoring data is not always the easiest thing to do when you flash a new ROM on Android. Google can back up your contacts and Wi-Fi passwords, and various tools can back up your apps and ...more

HTC One » How-To
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Search All the Content Spotlight Can't in Your Non-Apple Apps

Sat 10:21 AM — Spotlight is awesome for finding items in the stock Apple apps, but what if you want to search through the rest of the apps on your iPhone? Let's say you want to check out all of the lat ...more

iOS Tips » How-To
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How to Say "No" Without Sounding Like a Jerk

Yesterday 12:27 PM — A work acquaintance you don't know very well invites you to his backyard barbecue and you don't really want to go. Do you politely decline or do you feel paranoid about hurting his feelings and say "yes"? While it is a good thing to want to be a nice and helpful person, being a people-pleaser and saying "yes" to other people's requests at the expense of your own commit ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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You'll Love These 10 Clever Beauty Hacks (Using Household Items)

Sun 10:50 AM — Break out the office supplies and kitchen utensils, because improving your morning makeup routine is about to get a lot easier. Some of the things you have lying around the house can prov ...more

Makeup » How-To
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Mod Stops Rapid-Fire Texts from Blowing Up Your Phone

Sun 10:01 AM — Everyone has that one friend who just can't help but send multiple texts in rapid-fire succession, when they just as easily could have been consolidated into one easy-to-read message. Alert after alert, this becomes extremely annoying as your phone shoots notification sounds a ...more

Samsung GS4 » How-To
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Finally, an Easy Way to Share Large Video Files from Android

Sun 10:00 AM — Sharing files has always been one of Android's greatest strengths. A system of "share intents" allow apps to freely exchange data with each other, making it possible to take a picture with your favorite camera app, then send it over to your choice of photo-sharing apps, for in ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » How-To
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The Fastest Way to Get OTA Updates with a Custom Recovery on Your Nexus 5

Sun 10:00 AM — If you have a custom recovery installed on your Nexus 5, you're able to flash custom ROMs and lots of other cool Gadget Hacks. But when it comes time to receive and Over-the-Air (OTA) update directly from Google, having a custom recovery installed can be a fairly big hindrance ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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How to Make Money from Your iPhone Photos

Sun 10:00 AM — While the majority of photos taken on phones are used for personal reasons, mediums like Instagram and Flickr offer a means to show them off to the world. But those pictures of your brunch or beach day can actually go beyond that to make you some money. While apps like Foap a ...more

iOS Tips » How-To
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DIY Pedal-Powered Phone Charger for Your Bike

Sun 9:58 AM — Being healthy and active will help you live longer, but finding the strength to work out? That's hard. What does it do for me right now? I mean, here I sit, writing this article, thinking about going for a run, and I feel good just for thinking about running. But will I do it? ...more

MacGyverisms » How-To
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Encrypt & Hide Sensitive Files on Android with Andrognito

Sat 3:21 PM — We live in a time where privacy is rare and our files can be easily accessed by just about anyone. Having your phone protected by a passcode is great, but if someone figures it out, they can easily access anything on your phone. That may not be a big problem for many of us, b ...more

HTC One » How-To
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Get Text Messages in Facebook-Style "Chathead" Bubbles

Sat 3:21 PM — When Android 4.4 was released, the massive changelog led to some awesome new features getting lost in the virtually endless list of new tweaks. One such change was the ability to set a default text messaging app, which streamlined the existing process of installing a third-party SMS client. Third-party messaging apps have been around since the dawn of Android, but none ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » How-To
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Get “Do Not Disturb” on Any Nexus Device

Sat 10:20 AM — Oddly enough, stock Android does not come with a "do not disturb" function out of the box. Samsung has their own version built into to TouchWiz called "Blocking Mode," and Apple has had their "Do Not Disturb" feature since iOS 6, so why is stock Android so late to the game? N ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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How Skittles Shots Changed the Way I Think About Alcohol

Sat 8:26 AM — A couple months ago, I attended a Pokémon-themed party. Everyone dressed as their favorite Pokémon or trainer, Poké balls flew around the backyard, and more importantly, there was a lot of Poké booze. My friend who created the colorful drinks you see below informed me that the ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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11 Green & Inexpensive DIY Solutions for Cleaning Your Toilet

Sat 8:26 AM — In addition to unclogging your toilet using common household items, you can also clean and disinfect your toilet for cheap without ever having to use expensive and chemically-toxic toilet cleaners ever again. To prevent toilet rings from ever forming in your toilet bowl, peri ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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VLC: The Best Android Media Player You're Not Using

Fri 5:23 PM — In 2012, VideoLan published a beta release of their wildly popular desktop media player, VLC, for the Android platform. However, because the non-profit development team did not have access to popular North American Android devices, they opted to exclude the USA and Canada from ...more

Android Tips » Inspiration
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School Report? Let Android Handle Your Bibliographies for You

Fri 3:50 PM — Yellow buses are beginning to trickle into traffic. Retailers are pushing pens, pencils, and notebooks. Grumbling Facebook statuses run rampant through your feed. Surely you recognize the signs—school is starting. For some, it already has. There's some fun stuff about school, ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 » How-To
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Theme the Fingerprint Scanner on Your Galaxy S5

Fri 11:28 AM — The Galaxy S5's fingerprint scanner feels like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. Giving you the ability to lock your device without having to fuss with a PIN or password every time you go to use it, the feature is definitely one of the device's main selling points, esp ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » How-To
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Get Quick Access to Media Apps When You Plug in Headphones

Fri 2:14 PM — As soon as you plug a set of headphones into a Samsung Galaxy series device, a bar pops up in the notification tray that lets you select from a list of "recommended apps" for earphones. It's a convenient little feature that shows the apps you're most likely to use based on previous activity. The only drawback with this feature is that you're unable to edit the list of ...more

Nexus 7 » How-To
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How to Save Any Instagram Pic to Your iPhone's Camera Roll

Fri 9:54 AM — As a picky "liker" on Instagram, I make sure to only double-tap on the photos that I truly enjoy looking at: delicious cheeseburger shots, Siberian Husky snaps, music festivals photos, and obligatory baby pictures that my mom posts from my youth. All of these pictures are one ...more

iOS Tips » How-To
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New Tech We Like: Hotel Robots, Texter-Shaming Theaters, "Smart" Stickers, & More

Fri 8:27 AM — Last week's tech roundup featured iPhone 6 clones, an all-in-one sleep tracker, Xbox One updates, and other cool gadgets. This week, there's a lot more to show off, and a bunch of stuff that I need to get my hands on! Everything from app updates to putting stickers on your fav ...more

Tech Pr0n » Inspiration
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Bypass the LG G3's Dual Window Restrictions for Use with Any App

Thu 5:26 PM — Watching a YouTube video while surfing the web is real multitasking, and easily achievable on the LG G3. Like the "Multi Window" feature on Samsung Galaxy devices, the G3 has the ability ...more

LG G3 » How-To
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Add No-Touch Scrolling to Your Android

Thu 2:26 PM — It's really amazing how much you can do with root access on an Android device. From various themes to porting exclusive funtionality from other devices, the power of Superuser privileges ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Hack Boosts the OnePlus One’s Max Volume Limits

Wed 1:09 PM — Though they share the same name, the HTC One and OnePlus One have completely different sound quality. HTC had put a lot of time and effort into fine-tuning their BoomSound technology, whi ...more

Android Tips » How-To
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Android + Drive Assist = Augmented Reality Goodness for Your Car

Thu 4:18 PM — While texting and driving may get you a ticket, there are still a ton of uses for your phone in your car, music and navigation just to name a couple. Every Android device comes with access to GPS and traffic updates, but none of those apps really have your back in real-time. ...more

HTC One » How-To
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Get the Galaxy S5's Ultra Power Saving Mode on Your Note 3

Thu 10:22 AM — My phablet has incredible battery life, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't like it to last even longer. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Note 3 does not come equipped with Ultra Power Saving Mode, which can keep the phone running for another 24 hours with only 10% power remaini ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 » How-To
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How to Remove Duplicates & Customize the “Open With” Menu in Mac OS X

Thu 12:26 PM — As a regular Mac OS X user, I have a love/hate relationship with the "Open With" contextual menu. Sometimes, it has just what I need. Other times, it's often packed with unnecessary or duplicate items, or missing the app I want to open the file up with the most. Unfortunately, the "Open With" right-click menu does not have its own preferences, so there is no one way to ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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How to Hack Wi-Fi: Choosing a Wireless Adapter for Hacking

Thu 8:20 AM — Welcome back, my budding hackers. So many of you are interested in hacking Wi-Fi that I have decided to revisit my Wi-Fi Hacking series with some updated and more in-depth material. I st ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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How to Save Snapchats on Android Without Being Detected (No Root Required)

Wed 6:40 PM — While screenshotting a received Snapchat has never been a hard thing to do, saving one without being noticed is a completely different story. Previously, you would have to have either a rooted Android or jailbroken iOS device to save one of those self-destructing messages unde ...more

Samsung GS4 » How-To
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Boost Battery Life by Taming Android's Background Location Checks

Wed 2:48 PM — An app can request a wakelock to prevent your Android device from entering sleep mode so that it can sync data in the background. This obviously drains your battery, because instead of running in low-power sleep mode, your processor is fully activated while it performs its tas ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » How-To
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Know Your Android Tools: What Is Fastboot & How Do You Use It?

Wed 4:11 PM — If you've ever owned an HTC device or anything in the Nexus line, odds are, you have typed the word "fastboot" into your command line at one time or another. That said, odds are, you have only just barely scratched the surface of what this handy little Android tool can do. Let's take a deeper look. What Is Fastboot? Fastboot is a tool/protocol for writing data directl ...more

Android Tips » How-To
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How to Recover Deleted Files & Photos on Android

Wed 10:48 AM — Losing important data is the modern-day equivalent of misplacing your wallet or keys. We have tons of vital information stored in our digital worlds, and losing any of it can be devastating. But if you've accidentally deleted something important from your Android device, there ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Play Any Android Game with a PS3 Controller (Or Other Gamepad)

8/26 6:11 PM — Many game developers have finally realized that in order for their games to be successful, they have to support Android. To really win Android users over, they should also accommodate us hardcore gamers who have OTG cables with the ability to hook up controllers to our devices ...more

HTC One » How-To
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8 Non-Cooking Uses for Turmeric

Wed 9:02 AM — Turmeric, the vibrant yellow spice commonly used in Southeast Asian cooking, can also be used outside of the kitchen to disinfect wounds, relieve burns, add an extra golden glow to facial moisturizer, and more. If you ever feel like you are coming down with a cold or the flu, add a teaspoon of turmeric to a cup of warm milk to relieve your unpleasant symptoms. In addi ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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Instantly Detect When Online Articles Are Actually Ads

8/26 4:01 PM — Earlier this month, John Oliver spent a segment on Last Week Tonight explaining native advertising, a practice followed by many online media outlets such as BuzzFeed, The New York Times, and VICE, which combines editorial content along with sponsored advertisements. Video: . W ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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Trick Spotify into Playing Any Song in Its Free Android App

8/26 1:24 PM — With over 20 million songs, Spotify has become my go-to source for music. I can stream tunes to my desktop or phone, without ever having to worry about storage space being eaten up. One key difference between the desktop and mobile version that really bugs me is the lack of o ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 » How-To
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The Easiest Way to Create GIFs on Your iPhone

8/26 2:59 PM — A pen is mightier than the sword, but a picture is worth a thousand words. That's why I tend to use more emoji and GIFs than actual text in messages. They visualize my emotions like words could never do, and now more so than ever thanks to apps like iMoji, which lets you creat ...more

iOS Tips » How-To
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Customize TWRP Recovery with Free Themes

8/26 8:37 AM — There are so many mods we can apply using a custom recovery. From themes to bug fixes and feature ports, a typical rooted user spends a decent chunk of time in TWRP Recovery. As often as we use TWRP, it's high time we showed the ZIP-flashing software a little love itself. Usi ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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8 Reasons Why Getting Off Your Ass at Work Is So Important

8/26 12:18 PM — If you've read any health news in the past year or so, you've probably been bombarded with headlines announcing that frequent sitters face certain death, even when you're just relaxing and watching TV at home. From increased health risks and added laziness, sitting is becoming a really dangerous habit. And it's not just killing your lifespan and lovely physique—it's al ...more

Mind Hacks » How-To
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Record Phone Conversations on Any HTC One

8/26 10:05 AM — While the legality of recording phone conversations varies from state to state, it's still a sought-after feature for most people. How else are we going to shame all of those bad Comcast customer service reps? Since it's a legal gray area, HTC and other smartphone manufacturer ...more

HTC One » How-To
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Mod Removes Note 3's Camera Quality Restrictions

8/25 3:36 PM — With a 13 megapixel camera that can record in full 4K, there's a lot to love about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from a photographer's perspective. The image quality in my photos and videos are top-notch and nothing to complain about, but as with all things tech, things could alwa ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 » How-To
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Finally, an App That Forces Your Kids to Answer Your Calls

8/25 4:41 PM — When a Houston mom got tired of her kids seemingly refusing to return her calls, she decided that she'd take action. Sharon Standifird's vision was to create an app that would somehow force children to get into contact with their parents. Having no experience with app development, Standifird quickly taught herself the ropes and hired an experienced developer to help wit ...more

Android Tips » How-To
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Sync Your Android Clipboard with Windows (& Vice Versa)

8/25 1:49 PM — Pushbullet is one of those apps that helps separate Android from its competition. By pushing the boundaries of cross-platform data syncing and file sharing, the service truly demonstrates ...more

Android Tips » How-To