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Get Breathtaking Aerial Wallpapers for Your iPhone's Home Screen

Yesterday 2:50 PM — If you're looking to spruce up your iPhone's home screen, look no further than Aerial Wallpapers, a Tumblr blog that specializes in bringing you the most unique and breathtaking aerial photographs from across our planet, filled with both natural and artificial scenery. João Paulo Bernardes, the owner of the blog, sifts through the archives of both the Airbus Defense an ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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Get Lollipop's "Priority Mode" Notifications for Calls on Your KitKat Device

1:29 PM — Android 5.0 has a cool new feature called Priority Mode that allows you to silence your phone's ringer except for when certain people call you. It's something you'd enable right before bedtime, for instance, if you don't want to be disturbed unless it's someone important tryin ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » How-To
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5 Weird & Easy Ways to Water Your Christmas Tree

11:32 AM — Christmas trees, once decorated and brightly lit, are the penultimate holiday decoration, but authentic pines loose their brilliance fast if you're not giving them any nourishment. Plus, they are major fire hazards without regular hydration. However, watering one requires a lo ...more

Christmas Ideas » How-To
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Launch Note 4-Style Floating Windows from the Multi Window Tray on Your Galaxy Note 3

10:14 AM — One of the Note 3's best features is Multi Window mode, which allows users to display more than one app on the screen at the same time, taking advantage of the large and high-resolution display. When the Galaxy Note 4 was released earlier this year, it improved on the Multi W ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 » How-To
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Take Quick Notes on Android Without Leaving Your Current App

Yesterday 4:43 PM — So you just bought a fancy new Nexus 6 complete with its gorgeous and gigantic display—now what? Unlike Samsung's TouchWiz, stock Android doesn't sport any cool split-screen features, so how do you really take advantage of all that screen real estate? A useful multitasking to ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Use Your Computer to Send & Receive WhatsApp Messages Faster

Yesterday 1:28 PM — Pretty much my only gripe with computer-side messaging clients like Mighty Text is that they don't allow you to send and receive messages shared through WhatsApp, the popular third-party messaging application, which was purchased earlier this year for $19 billion by Facebook. ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Hang a Christmas Wreath Without Damaging Your Door

Yesterday 12:20 PM — Whether you choose to hang an authentic or artificial pine Christmas wreath on your door, or an entirely different type, like ones made of paper waste or even food, chances are you've spent a year or two struggling with how to keep your decor hanging. With one easy to apply, q ...more

Christmas Ideas » How-To
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8 Additional Home Remedies for Relieving Common Cold Symptoms

Yesterday 10:57 AM — Have you come down with the dreaded common cold during the holiday season? While it is always recommended to rest your body, drink a lot of water and eat chicken soup, some of the less common home remedies listed below may also help expedite the recovery process. If chicken soup isn't really your thing, how about a bottle of kombucha? Adding probiotics to your diet is ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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Feeling Smart? Test Your IQ with Your Android Device

Yesterday 9:38 AM — Whether it's heated competition during trivia night at the bar, board game night with the family, or just another weekday in front of the TV watching Jeopardy, it seems like a natural human condition to want to test our intelligence. Measures of intelligence are a constant pa ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Turn Your Android's Wallpaper into a Christmas & New Year's Countdown Clock

Fri 4:57 PM — Christmas is only a few days away with New Year's right around the corner. If you're like me, you count down the days until Christmas for family and presents like a little kid, and then count down the days until New Year's like an adult that can't wait to have their first cock ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Theme Your iPhone's Home Screen with Falling Snow for the Winter

Fri 3:06 PM — Just in time for the holiday festivities, iOS developer Tristan Kennedy has created a snowy HTML widget for your jailbroken iPhone's home screen called SnowScreen. Simply apply the widget and you'll have a falling snow animation layered over whatever wallpaper you already have ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Food Tool Friday: Get Some Whisky Stones

Fri 1:47 PM — Connoisseurs of hard liquor always face a dilemma: how do they chill their spirits without diluting the flavors? After all, if you've shelled out big bucks for a bottle of single malt, you really don't want to mess it up with an ice cube that has freezer burn. (As for refriger ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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Slow Down: Too Much Productivity Can Be a Bad Thing

Fri 12:16 PM — Our workdays are typically filled with one thought: get as much completed as possible. Whether you face an inbox filled with tasks or just a project or two, both our bosses and our inner ...more

Mind Hacks » How-To
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How to Build a Gingerbread Downton Abbey (With Martha Stewart)

Fri 9:08 AM — Bow down, peasants: your gingerbread house just got owned. By whom? Martha Stewart, of course. The lifestyle guru has constructed elaborate gingerbread buildings in the past, but this yea ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Disable the Photo Auto-Enhance Feature in Facebook's Mobile Apps

Thu 10:12 AM — Facebook is really good at two things: connecting people all over the world and force-feeding changes to its users (ahem...Facebook Messenger). Now, its most recent "feature" adds the ab ...more

Smartphones » How-To
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Disable the Redundant Google Now Swipe Gesture on Nexus Devices

Fri 10:44 AM — When on-screen buttons were introduced alongside Android 4.0, it didn't take long before Google added a gesture to these virtual navigation keys. Since then, an upward swipe originating from the home button has always been a shortcut to Google Now on Nexus devices. But these days, the stock Google launcher dedicates an entire home screen to Google Now, and always-liste ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Theme Your Galaxy Note 3's Air Command Controller Window

Thu 5:04 PM — The Air Command window on Samsung Galaxy Note devices makes it easy to access all of the features that the S Pen has to offer, such as Action Memo, which turns your handwritten notes into actionable links, and Pen Window, where you can draw a square on the screen to open a cer ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 » How-To
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How to Fill in Ugly Bare Spots on Your Christmas Tree

Thu 3:11 PM — You've found the perfect tree—or so you think. As hard as we try to display an ideal tree each year, both plastic and pine can disappoint, especially when you're shopping on the cheap. Whether you use an artificial or authentic Christmas tree, sometimes you discover gaping, b ...more

Christmas Ideas » How-To
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Ingredients 101: How to Salt Your Food Like the Pros

Thu 1:15 PM — In order to make your food taste good, your favorite restaurant is most likely using way more salt than you think they are (among other pro secrets). Which is why when you ask just about any professional cook what the biggest problem with most home-cooked meals are, they almost always answer that they're "undersalted" or "underseasoned." (In cooking lingo, to "season" f ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Use the Earpiece & Speaker Together for Surround Sound on Your Galaxy Note 3

Thu 11:27 AM — Located at the bottom of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 lies the speaker from which music, notifications, and most other audio comes from, which provides warm and clear sound when needed. When you need the audio to be louder, that's where third-party speakers come in handy, which ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 » How-To
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How to Bypass Restrictions to Install Hearthstone on Any Android Device

Wed 6:32 PM — Blizzard Entertainment, the wildly successful video game developer that brought us World of Warcraft and StarCraft, has finally released their popular trading card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to the Android platform. If you've never heard of it, Hearthstone is an off ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Calm Your Fear of Public Speaking for Better Presentations

Wed 4:42 PM — Sweaty palms, stuttered speech, and terror blackouts: if you're someone who absolutely despises speaking before audiences, you've probably experienced side effects like these. No matter how well prepared we are, or how familiar our audience is, giving a presentation can be an ...more

Mind Hacks » How-To
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Weird Ingredient Wednesday: The Wonders of Black Garlic

Wed 3:38 PM — Garlic: almost every cuisine in the world considers it a staple, and for good reason. Its pungent flavor gives depth and character to food. Dishes made without it seem bland and forgettable. And on top of all that, it's been studied for its potential anti-cancer properties (an ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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Use Siri to Control iTunes, Put Your Mac to Sleep, & More from Your iPhone

Wed 2:24 PM — While Apple's Continuity feature has certainly impressed me, I can't help but feel like it could be used to create a better connection between my iPhone and Mac. Sure, Handoff allows me to pick up where I left off in certain applications between the two devices, and it lets me ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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Adjust Display Brightness Right from Your Android's Status Bar (No Root Required)

Wed 12:34 PM — Adjusting the brightness on your Android device is a simple but highly utilized action. For the most part, aside from the Sprint LG G3 variant, the brightness slider can be conveniently found nestled in your notification panel. And though it is easy to access, there is a small ...more

Samsung GS4 » How-To
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12 More Cold Winter Hacks to Get You Through the Rest of the Winter Season

Wed 11:07 AM — Need to bike around in cold weather to get to places? Winterize your bike by adding plastic zip ties around your tires to add more traction when you are biking through ice and snow. Avoid the dreaded scenario of having to defrost a frozen lock by using hand sanitizer, muscle heat rub, or in the case of car door locks, placing a magnetic strip over the opening where you ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Resize Extremely Long "Open" & "Save" Dialog Boxes in Mac OS X Yosemite

Wed 9:33 AM — Yosemite is definitely an improvement over Mavericks, but there are still some painfully obvious and annoying bugs that occur within certain apps. One such example is the elongated "Open" and "Save" dialog boxes, which sometimes stretch all the way down so that the "Open," "S ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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How to Keep Root, Custom Recovery, & Disabled Encryption When Updating Your Nexus 6

Tue 2:10 PM — One of the main reasons to buy a Nexus device is the fact that they're always the first to get new Android updates. Another great selling point for the Nexus series is that the devices are amongst the easiest to root and mod. Unfortunately, though, these two features are somew ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Top 10 Mistakes Most Novice Cooks Make (& How to Prevent Them)

Tue 5:28 PM — The ability to make a meal for yourself used to be one of those life skills you had to learn or otherwise you would starve, but the rise of convenience foods, takeout, and other aspects of modern living have made it entirely possible to be a grown person and not know what to do in the kitchen. Making food is an essential act that grounds us. It's a way to reconnect wit ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Repel Mosquitos, Dogs, & Annoying Friends with High-Frequency Tones on Android

Tue 4:24 PM — There are few sounds that actually make me cringe whenever I hear them: silverware scraping on a plate, nails scratching on a chalkboard, and piercing high-frequency tones. While the former two terrors require some physical hardware, sending out high-frequency sounds is as eas ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Make Your Own Photo Snow Globe

Mon 2:50 PM — As the holidays draw closer and closer, stores are getting more and more crowded, and of course, many have put off their Christmas shopping until the very last minute. Why not avoid the mall rush this holiday season and make a personalized do-it-yourself snow globe to gift to ...more

Christmas Ideas » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: How to Build Your Own Exploits, Part 1 (Introduction to Buffer Overflows)

Tue 11:08 AM — Welcome back, my fledgling hackers! With this first article, I am initiating a new series intended to convey to my readers the skills necessary to develop your own exploits. As many of you know, soon after an exploit is found in the wild, software developers begin to work on ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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How to Set Up Continuity & Handoff Between Your Mac & iPhone

Mon 5:02 PM — Earlier this year, Apple announced Continuity, a feature for Yosemite and iOS 8 that lets you connect your iOS devices to your Mac in order to access apps, receive phone calls, send text messages, and more while seamlessly switching between the two. Within Continuity exists H ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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Enable the Hidden Number Row in Google Keyboard on Your Android

Tue 8:34 AM — If you utilize strong passwords—which you absolutely should be—you've probably had to go back and forth between keyboard screens multiple times to input various letters, numbers, and symbols. The Google Keyboard does have numbers easily accessible via a long-press in the top row of letters, but if you're using a lot of numbers frequently, those half-second delays can b ...more

Nexus 7 » How-To
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Become a Better Worker by Taking More Breaks

Mon 3:47 PM — I'll admit it: I've spent many eight-hour workdays stuck at my desk, staring at my computer as my breaks slip past unnoticed. I frequently tell myself I'll take one in a few more minutes—but somehow, the entire day will pass and I won't have taken a single break. It's common ...more

Mind Hacks » How-To
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Fix Slow Auto Brightness Adjustments on Any Samsung Galaxy Device

Mon 11:48 AM — Picture this scenario—you're using your phone in a dimly-lit room, then you move to an area with a lot more ambient light, and Auto Brightness kicks in within a few seconds to ramp up the backlight. That's the way it should be, right? But then you move back to the darker area, ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » How-To
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Ingredients 101: Selecting, Cleaning, & Storing Fresh Mushrooms

Mon 1:23 PM — Eating vegetarian isn't just for vegetarians. There are plenty of reasons, health and economics-wise, to consider forgoing the meat for a meal or three. Rather than get deep into the world of fake meat (although there's many a tasty alternative to be found there, to be sure), you should consider getting to know your humble-seeming fungal friend: the mushroom. Thanks to ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Take Full Control Over “Low Battery” Alerts on Your iPhone

Mon 10:25 AM — The prevalence of smartphones has had profound effects on how we communicate, view media, and preserve memories, among other things. But all of these new forms of doing things are snatched away from us as soon as our phones lose power. While work is constantly being done to st ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Boost Sound Quality on Your Nexus 6 with Viper Audio

12/14 4:17 PM — The front-facing stereo speakers on the Nexus 6 certainly pump out some awesome sound—but it could always be better, right? Audiophiles will be happy to know that the team at Viper Audio has recently released a Nexus 6 Lollipop-compatible version of their popular sound qualit ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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7 Tips for Staying Warm in Your Bed During a Cold Winter

Mon 8:42 AM — Trying to fall asleep in a cold bed is the worst. Avoid this unpleasant scenario by investing in a heated mattress pad so that by the time you are ready to check out for bedtime, your bed and blankets are already toasty. For a more DIY approach, use a heated water bottle and heated fabric pads filled with uncooked rice or beans and place them under your blankets before ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Extend the Life of Your Disposable Razors & Keep Them Sharp

12/14 3:13 PM — Early in the morning, there's almost nothing worse than discovering your razor is dull midway through your pre-work routine. No matter how hard you try to preserve those precious blades, it can seem like they're dull every time you reach for the razor. With one, seconds-long s ...more

MacGyverisms » How-To
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Make Your Photos Go Viral with Plague for Android & iOS

12/14 1:43 PM — Most people's fascination with social media these days is the instant gratification that can come with it. Whether you post an image on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter, a minute or two later your phone will receive a notification informing you of a buddy or two who l ...more

Smartphones » How-To
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Get the Sense Camera on Your Google Play Edition HTC One M7

12/14 11:48 AM — While I do enjoy the vanilla Android Lollipop experience that comes with the Google Play Edition HTC One, I do miss the sweet camera that ships with Sense. Luckily, the people behind Liberty ROMs found a way to port that camera over and now we can enjoy the best of both worlds ...more

HTC One » How-To
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Use One App to Listen to Spotify, SoundCloud, & YouTube Music on Your iPhone

12/13 4:17 PM — There are a lot of music apps on my iPhone's home screen, and the reason I have so many is because I can't get all of the songs I want from just one service. I use Spotify to listen to new releases, SoundCloud for remixes and unreleased tracks, and YouTube for just about anyth ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: Metasploit for the Aspiring Hacker, Part 4 (Armitage)

12/14 10:03 AM — Welcome back, my hacker novitiates! As you know by now, the Metasploit Framework is one of my favorite hacking tools. It is capable of embedding code into a remote system and controlling it, scanning systems for recon, and fuzzing systems to find buffer overflows. Plus, all of this can be integrated into Rapid7's excellent vulnerability scanner Nexpose. Many beginners ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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How to Prevent the Harmful Effects of Working in a Windowless Cubicle

12/13 3:10 PM — Sitting in a cubicle and never seeing sunlight during the workday is unpleasant to even think about—and sitting in a flourescent-light cube can have terrible effects on both our work performance and overall attitude. Yet there are ways to counteract the effects of cubicle sitt ...more

Mind Hacks » How-To
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Get Nexus 6 "Ambient Display" Notifications on Your Nexus 5

12/13 1:49 PM — Android "Lollipop" introduced a ton of cool new functionality. Unfortunately, the Nexus 5 didn't get all of these features, as some were exclusive to other devices. For example, the Ambient Display function on the Nexus 6 that shows new notifications as they come in with a bla ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Christmas Food Hacks: 9 Edible Wreaths to Deck Out Your Holiday

12/13 1:00 PM — Christmas is lumbering around the corner, which means holiday wreaths are starting to pop up on doors across the nation. While we're always fans of a practical DIY, we especially love the edible kind. We gathered the easiest, tastiest “recipes” to edible wreaths for you to peruse below. Many of these wreaths should cost you no more than a Hamilton and use ingredients y ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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11 Festive Party Hacks for the Winter Holidays

12/13 11:47 AM — Are you expecting a lot of guests for an upcoming holiday party? To make your home smell like the holiday season, simmer orange peels, cinnamon sticks, cranberries, and cloves with water on a stovetop for several hours to make your indoor space smell really good. You can also ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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Upgrade Your Dock to Six App Icons on the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus

12/13 9:28 AM — Like most iPhone users, I place my most essential apps in my dock as it allows for easier access to them from the home screen. Unfortunately, iOS restricts the dock to just four measly apps, but there may be five or six that I really want to place in it. If you have a jailbro ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To