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How to Make Amazing Garlic Paste Without a Clunky Garlic Press

9:00 AM — There may be no kitchen appliance as controversial as the garlic press. Professional kitchens and many avid cooks despise it, while others staunchly defend it. On the one hand, Julia Child called it a "wonderful invention." On the other hand, Anthony Bourdain, in his must-read book Kitchen Confidential said, "Misuse of garlic is a crime. Old garlic, burnt garlic, garli ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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5 Chrome Extensions That Make Buying from Amazon Even Better

5:23 PM — Amazon makes it exceptionally easy to purchase anything you want in just a few minutes. From textbooks for school to live ladybugs, its more surprising when you can't have something delivered to your doorstep in a few day's time. Don't Miss: 5 Things You Need to Know Before B ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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Unlock the 'Adapt Display' Screen Mode on Samsung Galaxy Devices for More Accurate Colors

2:10 PM — AMOLED display panels like the one found in most Samsung Galaxy devices, including the Galaxy S6 models, are known for their deep blacks and vivid colors. The downside here is that the colors tend to be over-saturated and not very realistic. Samsung countered this issue by of ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Food Tool Friday: Make Grilled Cheese in Your Toaster with No Mess

12:23 PM — Grilled cheese is one of my favorite foods, ever. However, there are times in my life when I haven't had access to a full kitchen, and it's pretty hard to make a good grilled cheese sandwich without one. Don't Miss: Make Amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Every Time Thankfull ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Get Dolby Atmos Surround Sound on Any Android

10:52 AM — Dolby may have made a lot of Android users angry by only offering their Atmos surround sound equalizer to Lenovo and Amazon, but we all know that exclusivity is only temporary in the Android world. Thanks to worstenbrood, we now have a ported version that can be installed on a ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Boost Performance & Battery Life on Your Rooted Android Device

Yesterday 3:29 PM — Performance boosters generally get a bad rap, but that doesn't mean they should all be dismissed—particularly when they're as well thought out as the latest work from developer Danijel Markov. After recognizing a few inefficiencies in the way Android handles memory management ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Install the Sling TV App on Your Nexus Player

Yesterday 1:56 PM — UPDATE 5/21/15 Dish Network has finally released the official version of its SlingTV app for the Nexus Player and other Android TV devices. The app can be installed through the Google Play Store, where you'll find it front and center in the "Entertainment Apps" category. As a ...more

Cord Cutters » How-To
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How to Customize Spotlight Search in Mac OS X Yosemite

Yesterday 1:28 PM — Spotlight, Apple's selection-based search system, received a major facelift on Mac OS X Yosemite. Packed with dozens of new features, such as a central search window and increased app suggestions, the reworked Spotlight was a breath of fresh air. While the Spotlight Search to ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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How to Block Ads While Surfing the Web on Android (No Root Needed)

Yesterday 11:22 AM — Ad blocking on Android usually requires root access, but a new browser from the makers of Adblock Plus is looking to change this. It's based on the Firefox browser, so the interface is already nice and polished despite this being brand new software. The app is still in its be ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Steam Food Without a Steamer Basket

Yesterday 9:05 AM — I'm not a big fan of single-use tools, especially ones that don't get used particularly often. And I'm especially not a big fan of seldom used single-use tools that take up a large amount of space. One of these tools is the steamer, which is on the list of "kitchen essentials" despite being large, clunky, and not commonly used. Steamers are actually incredibly easy to ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Get Apple's Force Touch Feature on Android

Wed 4:40 PM — Apple's latest round of devices—including the MacBook Pro and Apple Watch—use a new touch input method that can detect when you've applied a bit more force than usual. Dubbed "Force Touch," this gesture simulates a long-press or right-click, but it usually requires special har ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Make Cheaper, Healthier, & Tastier Pancakes with This Easy Pancake Mix Recipe

Wed 2:32 PM — You can make a pretty strong case for pancakes being the ultimate breakfast food. They taste like a treat for a special occasion, yet they're not bad for you (presuming you don't share my whipped cream and maple syrup habits). They can be customized and accessorized, and they ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Weird Ingredient Wednesday: These Edible Flowers Will Shock You (Literally)

Wed 12:16 PM — Eating flowers is a time-honored culinary tradition, from nibbling on nasturtiums to grazing on candied violets. And why not? They look beautiful and lend a unique floral flavors to salads, desserts, and anything in between. Don't Miss: Weird Ingredient Wednesday—Zucchini Blo ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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Mute Shutter Sounds, Schedule Texts, Disable Status Bar Icons, & More on Your Galaxy S6

Wed 11:04 AM — Carriers like to distinguish their Android phones from the competition by making small changes to the interface here and there. This practice is so common that Android now has a built-in system for managing these small tweaks. A series of XML files known as CSC (customer soft ...more

Samsung Galaxy S6 » How-To
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18 Ways to Add More Iron to Your Diet

Wed 9:46 AM — Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the United States, and how much or how little you properly consume iron on a daily basis can be the difference between feeling constantly tired or feeling like you are energized enough to seize the day. Read below for the most iron-rich foods you can add to your diet, both coming from animal sources and plant ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Connect an Android Wear Smartwatch to Your iPhone

Tue 3:37 PM — Believe it or not, not every Apple lover is willing to make the commitment and fork over $350+ for the Apple Watch. Like many others, I'm not willing to put that much faith into Apple's first attempt at wearable tech. Thankfully, if you or a buddy have a Moto 360 (which costs ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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What the Heck Was Stuxnet!?

Tue 2:03 PM — As many of you know, I firmly believe that hacking is THE skill of the future. Although the term "hacking" often conjures up the image of a pimple-faced script kiddie in their mother's basement transfixed by a computer screen, the modern image of the hacker in 2015 is that of ...more

Null Byte » Inspiration
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This Hack Makes It Easy to Inflate an Air Mattress Without a Pump

Tue 12:40 PM — Air mattresses are great when you have guests sleeping over or want to camp in total comfort, but air mattress pumps are a different story. An electric one is loud and doesn't do much good at the campsite, while a manual one is easily broken or forgotten about. Luckily, there ...more

MacGyverisms » How-To
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Use Instagram's Layout App to Create Easy Photo Collages in No Time (Android & iOS)

Tue 11:10 AM — If you're one of the many that likes to upload collages to Instagram, the Facebook company has a new tool for you. Instagram announced a brand new application called Layout to help facilitate the process of creating photo layouts to post onto social media or just share with fr ...more

Smartphones » Inspiration
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7 Tricks That Make Boxed Cake Mix Taste Like Homemade

Tue 9:23 AM — Ask ten different people how they feel about boxed cake mixes, and you'll likely get ten different answers. Some baking purists will berate them and throw them in the same category as garlic presses and knife sets sold on infomercials. Many people will say that they prefer not to use mixes, but keep one in the pantry just in case. And I dare you to find a college studen ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Get Real-Time Effects That Describe the Weather Outside on Your Android's Wallpaper

Tue 7:38 AM — Living in Southern California means I don't really have a need to check the weather all that often. But every now and then, I'm caught off guard by a particularly chilly or hot day—no one wants to be the only person walking around with a T-shirt and sandals on a rainy, 50-degr ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Thaw a Frozen Steak in Minutes

Mon 4:38 PM — It's a basic law of cooking: whenever you're really craving something, you don't have it. All you want is a glass of wine? Chances are you finished the bottle while braising meat last night. Want nothing more than a sandwich right now? Yep, you finished the bread with breakfas ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Tunedeck Will Change the Way You Use Spotify When Driving

Mon 3:25 PM — While the Spotify interface isn't overly complicated or confusing, it's not exactly safe to use when behind the wheel. Thankfully, a new app from Navideck is here to make driving with a Spotify premium membership easier and safer for your daily commutes. With the app, premium ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Take Snapchat Photos Using Your Apple Watch

Mon 12:32 PM — To take group shots and better selfies on your iPhone, you can use your Apple Watch as a remote shutter for the Camera app—but what if you want to take a snapshot or video with a different app? Reddit user JaJaWa recently discovered a trick that turns the Digital Crown on the ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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15 Surprising Things You Can Make in a Crockpot

Mon 9:25 AM — While crockpots are commonly used for making soups and stews or for slow-cooking meats, they are also surprisingly useful for making other foods that you may not associate with a slow cooker, such as brownies, bread, cheesecake, fruit butters, and even yogurt. For unconventional, non-edible uses, crockpots also come in handy for many DIY craft projects. You can use a s ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Boost Headphones Volume on Your Galaxy S6 Edge

Sun 6:47 PM — The Galaxy S6 Edge comes with a very nice pair of earbuds, which might possibly be the best set I've ever owned. They're quite comfortable, and they provide clear and robust sound, but they could still use just a little boost in volume. If you've found that your Galaxy S6 Edg ...more

Samsung Galaxy S6 » How-To
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How to Bypass Location Restrictions to Use Any Snapchat Geofilter You Want on Android

Sun 4:03 PM — Late last year, Snapchat introduced location-specific photo filters, dubbed geofilters, made up of graphic overlays and stickers. Everything from entire cities and major events to museums, national parks, and restaurants have filters available—but the caveat is that they're av ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: How to Find the Exact Location of Any IP Address

Sun 1:52 PM — Welcome back, my tenderfoot hackers! Have you ever wondered where the physical location of an IP address is? Maybe you want to know if that proxy server you are using is actually out of your local legal jurisdiction. Or, maybe you have the IP address of someone you are corresponding with and want to make certain they are where they say they are. Or, maybe you are a for ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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How to Receive Notifications When Your Name Is Mentioned in Messages

Sun 12:33 PM — Group chats can get annoying real quick if the people in them are sending rapid-fire texts without hesitation, especially if none of them are any interest to you specifically. Luckily, it's easy to mute notifications for specific message threads. You can even leave a group cha ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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Add Tap-to-Scroll Functionality on Android to Quickly Jump to the Top or Bottom of Any Page

Sun 10:55 AM — I'm an Android fan through and through, but occasionally, I see a feature or two on iOS that makes me a bit jealous. This was the case when I first discovered the useful functionality that lets you scroll to the top of a page by simply tapping the status bar on an iPhone. But ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Why You Should Cook with Beer More Often

Sun 9:25 AM — "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." We've all seen the quote, attributed to Benjamin Franklin, on numerous shirts, glasses, and bar signs. It's a good, if overused slogan. It makes one clear, indisputable point: beer is great, and life is better with it. Ironically, Benjamin Franklin didn't actually say those words, but that really only tells us ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Take Smooth Time-Lapse Videos with Microsoft's Hyperlapse

Sat 3:54 PM — Smartphones don't generally play nice with tripods, so videos taken with our handheld devices make terrible source material for time-lapse photography. Back in August, Instagram countered this dilemma with an app called Hyperlapse that used an image stabilization algorithm to ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Send ADB Commands to Android Straight from Chrome

Sat 2:34 PM — Google's Chrome browser is evolving into a very powerful platform. Not only can it be used to view your favorite website or mirror tabs to your Chromecast, but now that it has an App Engine, more powerful tools can be run within Chrome. Android developer Koushik Dutta has jus ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Turn Your Favorite Snack Food into Seasoning

Sat 12:33 PM — You know how when you finish a bag of potato chips, Cheetos, or some other glorious savory junk food snack, there's always some bits and crumbs in the bottom of the bag? And you know how you pour those into your mouth, making sure to get every last speck of dust, because it's ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Fix Deep Sleep Issues Caused by Rooting Your Galaxy S6

Sat 9:37 AM — As the developer behind the most popular root methods for hundreds of Android devices, Chainfire knows the ins and outs of Android root procedures. But this doesn't mean he's infallible—occasionally, some of his root utilities can cause minor bugs. Many users have reported th ...more

Samsung Galaxy S6 » How-To
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12 DIY Cleaning & Personal Care Products You Can Make Out of Liquid Castile Soap

Sat 11:16 AM — Castile soap is named for Castile, Spain, and is traditionally made from locally produced olive oil from the region. In current times, Castile soap refers to a category of soap that is made from 100 percent plant-based oils and does not include chemical detergents, making it a completely natural, biodegradable, and environmental-friendly product. Now commonly found in ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: How to Spy on Anyone, Part 3 (Catching a Terrorist)

5/15 3:37 PM — Welcome back, my novice hackers! Previously in my "Spy on Anyone" series, we used our hacking skills to turn a target's computer system into a bug to record conversations and found and d ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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How to Launch Apps, Tasks, & Websites Directly from Your iPhone's Notification Center

5/15 1:45 PM — An app called Launcher was released for iOS 8 last September that let users open any installed app directly from a widget in the Notification Center pull-down. For some reason, Apple didn't take too kindly to this and banned Launcher from the iOS App Store just a few days afte ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Food Tool Friday: This Cloth Bag Is Actually a Powerless Slow Cooker

5/15 11:56 AM — Meet the Wonderbag. The "first non-electric slow cooker" uses an insulated bag made of poly-cotton fabric, polyester, and repurposed foam chips. You bring your one-pot meal to the desired cooking temperature, usually via the stovetop. Then you turn off the heat, pop the pot in ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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4 Ways to Clean Up the Status Bar on Your Galaxy S6 (Without Rooting)

5/15 10:45 AM — The Galaxy S6 might just be the best Android phone on the market right now. From a hardware standpoint, Samsung truly knocked this one out of the park with its finely-crafted build quality and amazing screen. But the lone drawback here is that TouchWiz is still as intrusive a ...more

Samsung Galaxy S6 » How-To
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How to Earn Free Google Play Credits on Android by Filling Out Surveys

5/14 4:11 PM — Make no bones about it—Google is an advertisement company first and foremost. Nearly everything they do is geared towards targeting the right people with the right ads. In this vein, they've released an app that will actually give you real money to spend in the Google Play St ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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5 Unconventional Uses for Leftover Cookie Dough

5/15 9:29 AM — While I frown upon any form of uneaten cookie, sometimes we overestimate our late-night cravings for baked goods leaving us with extra cookie dough at 4 a.m. If you're in the privileged dilemma of not having enough excess dough to make another batch of cookies but just enough left over that you can't justify tossing it, don't fret. Here are five effortless and unexpecte ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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See How Long Your Android Has Before Automatically Shutting Down from a Low Battery

5/14 2:02 PM — Even if my phone has only 1% of battery life left, I'll keep using it until I can get to a power source somewhere. Most times I never make it to a charger, and my device eventually powers down on its own. Yes, there is a low battery warning, but it'd be more helpful if we cou ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Make Contact Photos Look Sharper & Less Pixelated on Android

5/14 12:42 PM — For every contact photo you add, Android keeps two copies. The first is stored at a 720p resolution, and this is used for high-definition imagery when you're looking at a full-sized contact card. But the second image is only 96 pixels by 96 pixels, and this is used for all thu ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Apple Flaw Lets Thieves Completely Reset Your Apple Watch & Get Away with It

5/14 10:52 AM — There's a recently discovered flaw by iDownloadBlog that lets thieves reset a stolen Apple Watch without a hitch, which is the result of Apple not including the Activation Lock feature that iPhones have had since iOS 7. Activation Lock requires your Apple ID and password to e ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Weird Ingredient Wednesday: Say Yes to Squid Ink

5/13 1:34 PM — I have a thing for black foods, whether it's mysterious, lovely black garlic (the secret to its color: fermentation) or adding charcoal powder with its reputed health benefits to cookies, cakes, and breads. Now add one more ingredient to the list: squid ink. It goes by many o ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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The Secret to Making Strawberries Taste Like Candy

5/14 10:00 AM — I'm as adventurous an eater as just about anyone, but some foodie trends leave me scratching my head and wanting nothing more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But sometimes the trends become trends because they're, well, brilliant. Such is the case with strawberries, ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Root Almost Any Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge Without Tripping KNOX

5/13 11:48 AM — Both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have had root methods available to them before the phones were even released, but the problem with these existing root methods is that they would trip the KNOX counter on your device. Why Tripping KNOX Is Bad for Your Phone To give you a bit of ...more

Samsung Galaxy S6 » How-To
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Apple Watch Vulnerability Lets Thieves Use Apple Pay Without Your PIN

5/13 6:01 PM — No, your Apple Watch isn't totally hacker-proof, despite what some have claimed. The basic idea behind its security is that the Watch can detect when it is removed from a wrist, and automatically requires a passcode to be entered if removed (if one is set up, which is a requirement for using Apple Pay). So we set out to trick the sensor into thinking it's still on a wr ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Make Your Mac Look & Feel More Like Your iPhone

5/13 3:41 PM — Is your Mac starting to feel messy and sluggish after using iOS 8 on your iPhone every day? Even with all of the iOS-friendly features built in to Mac OS X Yosemite, your Mac can still fe ...more

Mac Tips » How-To