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How to Delete Files on Android So They Can't Ever Be Recovered

11:00 AM — When you delete a file, Android doesn't actually remove it from your storage drive—instead, it simply marks that space as empty and pretends the file doesn't exist anymore. But deep down inside, the file that you originally wrote to that location is still physically there, at least until you randomly happen to save another file on top of that same spot. This is how app ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Automate Tasks More Easily on Android with MacroDroid, Tasker's Simpler-to-Use Cousin

3:00 PM — When it comes to Android automation apps, Tasker has never had much competition. But considering how difficult it can be for a novice user to get the hang of things, and factoring in Tasker's drab and complicated interface, there's definitely room for another developer to step ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Android Basics: How to Add Your Own Ringtones & Notification Sounds

1:00 PM — Android's flexible operating system allows for lots of customization, and one of the most common ways to add personal flair to your smartphone is to set your own ringtones and notification sounds. On Android this feature is no only supported, but it's actually very simple. Ch ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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I Ditched My iPhone for Windows & Went Right Back After 100 Days

9:00 AM — I've been an iPhone user in the iOS ecosystem for years now after a brief stint in the Android realm. But, I'm also enthusiastic about varying forms of technology in general; I realize that iOS is far from perfect and that healthy market competition is beneficial for all. So, ...more

Smartphones » Inspiration
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How to Start a Fire with a Lemon

7:00 AM — There's no doubt you've heard the old saying, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." The phrase was penned in an obituary to a dwarf actor in 1915 by an anarchist named Elbert Hubbard, who lost his life five months later aboard the RMS Lusitania when it was torpedoed by ...more

MacGyverisms » Inspiration
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Watch Your Tunes Dance to the Beat Right in Your Android's Status Bar

5:00 AM — Music is definitely more immersive when it's accompanied by a bit of visual stimuli, which is why CyanogenMod and other custom ROMs have started integrating music visualizers into elements of the Android system UI. It's a great effect, but it's not necessarily something that's ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Store Meat to Avoid Freezer Burn

3:00 AM — Frozen meat is a saving grace for weeknight meals. Whenever I crave a certain protein, all I need to do is defrost it. Sometimes, I don't even need to defrost it in order to use it. But every once in a while, I would pull a frozen chicken breast out of my freezer only to see ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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See All the Newest Features of Your Apps in One Convenient Place

Yesterday 3:00 PM — By default, the Play Store app on Android is set to automatically update your apps in the background. This definitely makes it easy to ensure that you're always running the latest versions, but it does come with some downsides. For instance, apps will occasionally have update ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Sleep on Long Flights Like a Pro with These 13 Must-Know Tips

Yesterday 1:00 PM — There's absolutely nothing comfortable about flying, unless you happen to be tiny enough to fit into the limited space offered on airplanes, or wealthy enough to afford a first-class ticket. And if you're about to embark on a long flight, catching a few Zs can feel like an imp ...more

Travel Tips » How-To
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This Trick for Making Eggs Is a Real Game-Changer

Yesterday 11:00 AM — At this point, you probably think that you've read everything there is to read about different ways to prepare eggs. There are the usual ways (scrambled, soft-boiled, hard-boiled/steamed/baked, sunny-side up, poached, the "overs") and the more unusual ways (in clouds, crispy p ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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These 5 Recipes Prove That Tea Is a Delicious Addition to Anything

Yesterday 7:00 AM — A cup of ginger tea with lemon first thing in the morning, a pick-me-up cup of green tea (or matcha) to fight off the afternoon slump and a soothing cup of chamomile tea to help me unwind before bed—I would be lying if I said I weren't a major tea enthusiast. Don't Miss: Gree ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Get Android N Features on Your Phone Right Now

Yesterday 9:00 AM — The Android N preview build for Nexus devices comes packed to the brim with new functionality: multi-window mode, a dark theme, and a data-saver toggle, just to name a few. However, unless you have a Nexus device, it will be a while before you get these exciting new features by default. Don't Miss: How to Get Android N Beta Updates on Your Nexus Most OEMs insist on sk ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Install Gello, Cyanogen's New Chrome-Like Browser Without Any Google

Yesterday 5:00 AM — The development team behind the popular custom ROM CyanogenMod has been working on an all-new Android web browser for almost a year now. But after countless hours of work, their fork of Chrome's open-source counterpart, Chromium, is finally ready for the public. The browser i ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Create Emoji Art from Your Photos Using This Fun Tool

Yesterday 3:00 AM — While there are tools online that let you turn photos into interesting emoji art, and mobile apps that let you create emoji mosaics, none do it better than an iPhone app by second verse, which makes it a super easy, highly customizable process. Fotomoji, introduced last Febru ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Block Spam from Facebook Messenger Bots

Fri 1:00 PM — Automated bots are growing on Facebook Messenger, and while they can be helpful, they also have the potential to get very annoying, very quickly. That's because these bots are enabled by default to send you "sponsored messages," or, you know, spam. Unfortunately, there doesn' ...more

Smartphones » How-To
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XDA Labs Makes Installing Third-Party Apps & Hacks Easy

Fri 9:00 AM — If you're looking to customize your Android beyond its stock options, things can get confusing quickly. One of the best places to get into developer mode is the XDA forums. XDA is home to hundreds of independent Android developers, all eager to showcase their wares. Everythin ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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10 Amazing Icebox Cakes, No Baking Required

Fri 11:00 AM — With the warm summer months right around the corner, just the thought of having to bake anything in your oven may have you perspiring profusely. But you don't want to give up dessert, especially not luscious, layered cakes, so what's a sweaty sweets-lover to do? Icebox cakes to the rescue! The icebox cake is a no-bake delight that requires absolutely no heat and very ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Why the HoloLens' Small Screen Makes It Better, Not Worse

Fri 7:00 AM — Microsoft's HoloLens is certainly a leap into the future of mixed reality interfaces, but it's not without drawbacks. Its most notable drawback is its small field of view, cutting off objects you feel like you should be able to see. But there's good reason for that limitation ...more

Holographic Insider » Inspiration
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Rehydrate Rock-Hard Dried Fruit with This Clever Hack

Fri 5:00 AM — Dried fruit makes a great snack or salad topping, but after a while, they tend to become fossilized, rock-hard versions of their former selves. At this point, most folks probably just toss them out, as they're unpleasant to chew on when eaten raw and even more unpleasant to ea ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Untrust the Suspicious Blue Coat Certificate Authority on Mac or Windows

Fri 3:00 AM — While it may not sound scary right off the bat, Blue Coat Systems now has an intermediate certificate authority. If you don't know what a certificate authority (CA) is, or who Blue Coat is, who cares, right? But you should... whether you use Mac or Windows. Blue Coat is notor ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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If You're Seeing Lock Screen 'DU' Malware When Charging, Uninstall These Apps Right Now

Thu 12:02 PM — There's been a recent outbreak of malware on Android, and it came from an unlikely source—the Google Play Store. Several established apps have received updates over the past couple of weeks that contained an unwanted add-on called either DU Quick Charge, DU Battery Boost, DU B ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Creative 3-Ingredient Add-Ins That Make Vanilla Ice Cream to Die For

Thu 5:00 PM — During our high school years, one of us (hint: her name starts with a B) worked at Cold Stone Creamery. She loved working there, and from this love emerged a fascination with adding creative ingredients to plain ol' vanilla ice cream. We now keep this blank palate of frozen goodness in our freezer at all times and are constantly amazed by the endless combinations that ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Upgrade Android's Power Menu with Material Design & Lots of Features

Thu 11:00 AM — Depending on your device, Android's power menu can range from utilitarian and boring to almost completely useless. Some devices don't even allow you to reboot, let alone reboot to recovery mode or Fastboot, and for such a centralized menu, the glaring lack of Material Design s ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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What to Do if Google Maps Won't Stop Asking You to Calibrate Your Compass

Thu 5:00 AM — A lot of users with newer Android devices, particularly the Nexus 6P, have been complaining about issues with their device's compass. I've experienced the issue a few times myself—when you open Google Maps and try to get directions somewhere, you're prompted to calibrate your ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Crispy Poached Eggs—A Fried Twist on a Classic Breakfast

Thu 7:00 AM — Eggs bring life to almost any dish. Toast with avocado? Put an egg on it. The same old salad you eat for lunch everyday? Put an egg on it. Stir fry leftovers? Put an egg on it. Better yet, put a crispy battered poached egg on it. Fried poached eggs aren't much more difficult to make than the regular poached eggs you're used to, and they'll add a surprising textural com ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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This Tropical Fruit Is Actually as American as Apple Pie

Thu 3:00 AM — If you think that "pawpaw" is just an affectionate name for your grandfather or a cute way of talking about your cat's feet, you're missing out on one of the most interesting fruits out there. The pawpaw is that rare tropical fruit that is actually indigenous to the United St ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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Install This App to Get 2 Free Months of Google Play Music's Streaming Service

Wed 11:00 AM — Google Play Music has teamed up with TripAdvisor to make planning your next vacation a little more fun, and they're throwing in a nice deal for good measure. Google is offering new subscribers a free two-month trial of its music streaming service when you install the TripAdvi ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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8 Killer BBQ Tricks You Need to Know This Grilling Season

Wed 1:00 PM — Grilling season is upon us. We love standing around a barbecue with an icy cold beverage in hand, enjoying the delicious smell of smoky food and chit-chatting with pals. It's our favorite time of the year! So we're constantly on the hunt for tricks that enhance our favorite warm-weather activity, and we've rounded up 8 of the most interesting BBQ hacks we found so far ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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This App Makes Finding Material Design Apps on Google Play Super Easy

Wed 9:00 AM — More often than not, when you find an app that offers a particular functionality, there are ten other apps on the Google Play Store that offer virtually the same features. But the reason we choose one app over the alternatives is mainly due to one thing—a preference for the us ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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These Easy Hacks Transform Trader Joe's Frozen Foods into Gourmet Feasts

Wed 5:00 AM — If you have a local Trader Joe's, you know first-hand how enchanting the frozen aisles are—almost every item offers the promise of a delicious meal or dessert. (We're always tempted to open the package and eat the cookie butter cheesecake, stat.) While cooking from scratch is ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Turn Your Nav Bar into a Music Visualizer with This Easy Mod

Wed 7:00 AM — CyanogenMod, the popular custom ROM available for many Android devices, has a nice little feature that displays a music visualizer beneath your on-screen navigation keys while you're listening to your favorite songs. It's a subtle touch, but it makes for a more immersive experience when you're jamming out while using your phone or tablet. But not everybody is willing t ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Make an Origami Water Balloon

Wed 3:00 AM — If you want to prank someone with a water balloon, but don't actually have any water balloons lying around, just use some paper instead. Yes, I know... paper doesn't sound like something that will work, but with you'd be surprised what can be done with a little origami. Don't ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Get the HTC 10's All-New Stock Apps on Any Android Device

Tue 1:00 PM — HTC's newest flagship smartphone, the HTC 10, has been met with nearly universal acclaim. Most reviewers point to the device's gorgeous hardware as its biggest selling point, but at the same time, it certainly has some nice software to match, as this year's Sense 8 may be one ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Make Whipped Cream in 1 Minute with Just a Mason Jar

Tue 3:00 PM — You're better than a can of Reddi-wip, which is why you should always make fresh whipped cream at home. It's extremely easy to make, won't have all those nasty preservatives, is thicker and creamier in consistency (like cream should be), and tastes much richer. Don't Miss: 4 Healthier Whipped Cream Alternatives While homemade whipped cream isn't difficult to make usin ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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OnePlus 3 Leak Shows a Better Screen & NFC—But Smaller Battery

Tue 11:00 AM — We've got some new information about the upcoming OnePlus 3, thanks once again to leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks). According to him, the phone will sport a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 820 SoC, 64 GB of internal storage, and a 16-megapixel rear camera. Also, for th ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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This iPhone App Lets You Try Tattoos Out Before Getting Inked in Real Life

Tue 10:19 AM — If you're in the market for a new tattoo, the biggest hurdle to clear is imagining exactly how it's going to look. It's going to be part of your identity for the rest of your life, so you have to make sure it looks just right—or as your mom probably told you, "Think of what it ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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10 Free Icon Packs That'll Change the Look & Feel of Your Android

Tue 7:00 AM — Being able to customize the look and feel of your device is the main reason a lot of folks choose Android over iOS. And perhaps the single biggest way to visually overhaul your phone or tablet's UI is to apply an icon pack, which can liven up your home screen with bright color ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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Flip Your Breakfast Script with These Savory Oatmeal Ideas

Tue 3:00 AM — I am officially breaking up with my daily breakfast of avocado toast and embarking on a promising new relationship with savory oatmeal. Yes, you read that right—savory oatmeal. Don't Miss: Homemade Oatmeal Trumps Store-Bought Every Time I've never been a "sweets for breakfas ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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Forget Boiling—Steam Lasagna Noodles Instead for Better Results

Tue 5:00 AM — Homemade lasagna is a delicious, irresistible comfort food—but not if you're the one making it. Handling lasagna noodles can be a painful process that leaves you clutching hot noodles with sore, bare hands—something that's hard to avoid if the noodles are sticking together. Don't Miss: Revolutionary Pasta Hacks You Need to Know Instead of just suffering through, swap ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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The Easy Trick to Fixing App Store Problems on Your iPhone

Mon 2:00 PM — You find and update all of your apps using the iOS App Store, and if you have updates scheduled automatically, it could be working hard on a daily basis. With all of that work, it can lose its footing from time to time and cause things not to work as they should. Sometimes ne ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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These Edible Name Tags Are a Fun Way to Keep Track of Your Drink

Mon 11:00 AM — Summertime means lots of parties, picnics, and barbecues—and wherever a group of fun-loving adults can be found basking in the sun's rays, delicious cocktails are sure to flow freely. The larger the party, however, the more glasses there are to keep track of. That leads to a ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Use Potatoes to Clean Your Cast Iron Pans

Mon 9:00 AM — Onion scrubs, salt and olive oil blends, a baking soda slurry... despite the many methods already out there to clean your (old or brand-new) cast iron cookware, there's one you may not have considered: using a potato. Don't Miss: The Ultimate Potato Cheat Sheet According to ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Take Babka to the Next Level with These 11 Variations

Mon 3:00 AM — It seems like everything old is new again these days where food is concerned, and that includes the recent renaissance of babka. The name of this rich, rolled yeast bread, with roots in both the Jewish and non-Semitic Eastern European communities, means "little grandmother" in ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Get One of Samsung Galaxy's Best Features on Any Android

Mon 5:00 AM — Newer Samsung devices like the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S7 come with a pretty cool feature that lets you take vertically-scrolling screenshots to capture an entire app or website. But right now, this is still a Samsung-exclusive feature, as it relies on the underlying TouchWiz framework to capture these long screenshots. Fortunately, for those of us who don't own a new ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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It's Actually Really Simple to Make Fritos, Doritos, & Tostitos at Home

5/22 1:00 PM — Chips are one of the most overpriced snacks on the market, and they're wildly unhealthy... even though they don't need to be. Don't Miss: How to Turn Boring Ol' Cauliflower into Chips B ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Google Photos Has a Killer Feature That Lets You Make Home Movies, Collages, & GIFs in Just a Few Taps

5/22 11:00 AM — Google Photos is one of the best photo management services out there. It allows you to back up an unlimited amount of high-quality images without ever paying a dime, the photos and videos sync flawlessly across all of your devices, and its neural network-powered visual search ...more

Smartphones » How-To
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Your Smartphone's Fingerprint Scanner Can Easily Be 'Hacked' with a Printer

5/22 9:00 AM — Using a fingerprint scanner to keep intruders out of your phone might not be as secure as you think. Two researchers from Michigan State University, Kai Cao and Anil K. Jain, developed a relatively cheap and effective way to beat fingerprint readers, and successfully tested th ...more

Smartphones » Inspiration
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These 'Eggs in Clouds' Are the Heavenly New Way to Enjoy Breakfast

5/22 7:00 AM — Scrambled, sunny side up, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, over easy, and poached: there are only so many ways to cook an egg before you get bored and look for inspiration somewhere else. Don't Miss: 10 More Egg Hacks That You Shouldn't Live Without Luckily, Teri Lyn Fisher and Jen ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Android Basics: How to Set Up Google Now

5/22 5:00 AM — Android's personal assistant is more than just a sassy backtalker—it's a full-on suite of all the information you could need at a given time. Google Now, as it's called, uses data from various sources to predict what you'll want to know before you even search for it, and it's ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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If You've Run Out of Shaving Cream, Give These 10 Household Items a Try

5/22 3:00 AM — Running out of any shower necessity is just a temporary annoyance, but it always seems worse when it's an empty can of shaving cream or gel. Sure, you could dry shave or use whatever liqu ...more

MacGyverisms » How-To