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12 More Cold Winter Hacks to Get You Through the Rest of the Winter Season

Yesterday 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 Bypass Restrictions to Install Hearthstone on Any Android Device

Yesterday 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

Yesterday 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

Yesterday 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

Yesterday 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)

Yesterday 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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How to Resize Extremely Long "Open" & "Save" Dialog Boxes in Mac OS X Yosemite

Yesterday 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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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 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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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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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 m ...more

Christmas Ideas » How-To
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You Can Now Create & Share GIFs Directly from YouTube Videos

Fri 4:19 PM — When I stumble upon something interesting on YouTube, sometimes I just want to share a few seconds of it with friends. That's where GIFs come in handy: they're small in size, easy to shar ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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How to Remove the Audio Recording Button in iOS 8's Messages App

Fri 1:47 PM — Ever accidentally sent an audio message to someone through the Messages app? It happens to me all the time. My finger slips towards the right side of the keyboard and all of a sudden a on ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » 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

Sun 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

Sun 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

Sun 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

Sun 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

Sat 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)

Sun 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

Sat 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

Sat 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

Sat 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

Sat 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 ...more

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

Sat 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
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Food Tool Friday: The Moroccan Tagine Is the Best-Looking Slow Cooker You've Never Heard Of

Fri 2:56 PM — Tagine is both the name of a cooking vessel and also the dish that is cooked within it. In fact, some might say tagines are the national dish of Morocco. These slow-cooked stews and braises, often combining meat, vegetables, spices, and dried fruits, have a character unlike an ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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Get Fast Access to Your Most Used Apps, Shortcuts, & Toggles from Any Screen

Fri 12:01 PM — We all have apps that we use most frequently, or system preferences that we're regularly adjusting. Whether it's Netflix or a new game that you're hooked on, there are times when you want quick and easy access versus searching for them, even if they're on your home screen. In ...more

Nexus 7 » How-To
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Unlock Your iPhone with Custom Images Instead of Numbers

Fri 9:58 AM — One feature that the majority of iPhone owners utilize is the device's passcode security lock. And while iOS 8 ushered in device customizations that add a whole new level of personalization on the Apple's mobile devices, the lock screen passcode page remains frustratingly the ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Mince Garlic Without Dirtying a Cutting Board

Fri 8:27 AM — Some nights, I'm a lazy cook and only want to chop one clove of garlic for my immediate needs instead of prepping a giant batch and freezing it the way I normally do. The only problem is if I'm already feeling that lazy, I really don't feel like dirtying a whole cutting board. However, I still want my garlic to be finely minced so it suffuses my dish with its wonderful, ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Stop Handing Out Your Wi-Fi Password by Enabling "Guest Mode" on Your Chromecast

12/11 4:55 PM — Chromecasts can make for some fun nights. Whether you're setting up a collaborative YouTube watch list, letting everyone add to a giant party playlist, or playing games like Cardcast and Big Web Quiz, Google's streaming media stick is a hit by all accounts. The only bummer of ...more

Chromecast » How-To
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How to 1-Click Root Many Android Devices with Kingo Android Root

12/11 2:24 PM — To Android users, especially advanced ones, rooting their phones or tablets is becoming a necessity. Rooting Android could be complicated, if you do it all by yourself, even with a step-by-step tutorial. However, what Kingo Android Root offers you is a true one-click experienc ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Here's How You Can Make a Real Difference in the Aftermath of the Michael Brown & Eric Garner Grand Jury Decisions

12/11 2:56 PM — In the aftermath of the unindicted police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, we've been told that the system worked as intended. When our legal system's outcome is at conflict with what a majority of Americans believe is just, it's clear that some changes are needed. But what specifically needs to change? And what can an average citizen with a moral and just cau ...more

Legal Issues » How-To
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HTC's Gallery App Updated with New Tagging & Editing Modes (APK Inside)

12/11 12:33 PM — With most of HTC's staff working on getting Sense updated to Android Lollipop, their piecemeal approach to individual app updates now comes to their Gallery app. The new update is available for all HTC devices running KitKat, but if you have the HTC Service Pack installed, it ...more

HTC One » Inspiration
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How to Root, Unlock, & Restore Your OnePlus One with Bacon Root Toolkit

12/11 9:56 AM — Keeping your OnePlus One running smoothly can be taxing, especially if you spend most of your day looking for ways to tweak performance settings like me. Sometimes I get lucky and end up with a faster phone, but because I experiment so much, I often end up restoring it back to ...more

OnePlus » How-To
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Google Search for iOS Updated with Material Design, In-App Maps, & More

12/11 11:52 AM — Google has updated its Search application for iOS with their new Material Design aesthetic, taking cues from Android's redesigned look with refreshed colors, depth effects, and new animat ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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Leaked: Full List of Microsoft's "12 Days of Deals"

12/10 1:20 PM — Microsoft has a great holiday-themed sale going on right now, but in an apparent effort to generate daily clicks, they're only revealing two deals at a time. Each day between December 8th ...more

Digiwonk » Inspiration
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Hangouts for Android Updated with Material Design, Stickers, & More (APK Inside)

12/10 11:04 AM — Google's original messaging service got a nice version bump today. Hangouts now sports stickers, video chat filters, an updated Material Design interface, and a few new features that shou ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Enable Stereo Sound on Your Nexus 5

12/10 4:53 PM — At $349 off contract, the Nexus 5 has always been one of the best bang-for-your-buck smartphones on the market. In order to keep the price that low, however, Google had to pass up on some of the minor features that other flagship phones offer. Stereo sound, for instance, is b ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Make a Multi-Cookie Cutter to Save Time in the Kitchen

12/10 3:28 PM — Did you know that cookies are one of the most popular holiday desserts? Sugar cookies in particular are so easy to make and easy to decorate. They are the perfect treat for your office, friends, and family…or just yourself! Keeping in mind that free time is a rare luxury righ ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Add a Power Menu to Your iPhone for Quick Reboots, Resprings, Safe Mode, & More

12/10 12:55 PM — For those of you who have been taking full advantage of the jailbreak for iOS 8 that's available, you can understand and appreciate what this really offers iPhone users—sovereignty. Unli ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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9 Ingenious Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

12/10 10:03 AM — Over time, it is easy to accumulate a bunch of empty pill bottles once you are done with your prescription medications. Other than storing small objects such as parking meter quarters, matches, flossers, toothpicks, and small arts and crafts supplies, what are some other unexpected ways to use an empty pill bottle? For a cheap and easy cat toy, simply place a tiny bell ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Make No-Churn Ice Cream

12/10 8:37 AM — The idea of a no-churn ice cream seems like the ultimate dessert hack. But, in fact, this concept has been around for at least the past 100 years in what Italians call semifreddo. The food linguist in you might think this dessert is just “semi” or “half “ cold. Despite the co ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Themeboard: Designer Themes for Your iPhone Packed into One Keyboard

12/9 4:43 PM — Third-party keyboard support, introduced earlier this year by Apple with iOS 8, was initially pretty awesome. I loved playing around with all of the different options available in the iOS App Store, including SwiftKey, TouchPal, GIF Keyboard, and Swype. Regardless of all the ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To