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Hack Like a Pro: Digital Forensics for the Aspiring Hacker, Part 9 (Finding Storage Device Artifacts in the Registry)

Yesterday 11:35 AM — Welcome back, my fledgling hackers! In this series, I am trying to develop your knowledge of digital forensics, which is valuable whether you're choosing a career in it or just want to know how your hacker activity can be traced. Few professional digital forensic investigators have a hacking background, but the best ones do. The occupation of digital forensic investig ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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The Best Music Apps for Android

Yesterday 3:22 PM — Remember portable MP3 players like the classic iPod? Seems like forever ago that they were all the rage, and I don't think I've seen a real one in the wild for a good 5 years now. These devices died out so quickly as a direct result of the onset of smartphones, which allow us ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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What Would You Have Listened to in the '60s? Find Out on Spotify

Yesterday 1:19 PM — Spotify's newest feature, called Taste Rewind, claims to know what you would've listened to back in the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, and oughts ('00s), all based on your listening history and favorite artists. While I was skeptical at first, I tried the feature out for myself and ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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5 Inspired Non-Biscuit Uses for Canned Biscuit Dough

Yesterday 9:26 AM — In my opinion, biscuits made from scratch (American biscuits, that is, not the British kind) are just flat out amazing, but I'm typically too lazy to actually make them. That's why I always have a can/tube of refrigerated biscuits on hand. They're not only good for quick biscuits and gravy or as a simple side of bread, they can be used for so much more—sweet or savory! ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Step Up Your French Toast Game with New Bread, Flavors, & Toppings

Wed 3:07 PM — In the world of breakfast, a great trench of injustice divides French toast and pancakes. Just look at the average brunch menu. While pancakes are treated to a wealth of variety (chocolate chip, silver dollar, blueberry, banana, and even some with pop culture references), Fren ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Weird Ingredient Wednesday: You Should Be Adding Charcoal to Your Food & Here's Why

Wed 1:26 PM — Charcoal is a famously prized substance when it comes to food and drink. Grilling aficionados swear by it, and its purifying properties make it the main ingredient in Brita filters (and its alternatives). Powdered charcoal is also a cooking ingredient. Yes, that's right: it c ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Use Android Wear with an iPhone

Wed 12:15 PM — Google has finally released the iOS version of Android Wear, so if you own an Android smartwatch, you can finally connect it with your iPhone. Previously, we covered a nifty hack that let you use an Android Wear smartwatch with iOS, but that functionality was severely limited ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Add Background Music to Your Android's Home Screen

Wed 10:09 AM — Newer gaming systems like the PlayStation 4 have a nice, subtle feature that goes a long way towards helping create a more immersive experience. Any time you're on the main menu or home screen, an ambient background music track is playing, which adds an aural appeal to an expe ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Read Your Own Palm Lines

Wed 8:52 AM — Palmistry is the art of characterizing or foretelling the future through the reading of palm lines. Though there are certainly many variations and techniques when it comes to interpreting the meaning of palm lines, you can brush up on Palmistry 101 by getting acquainted with your four major palm lines: the heart line, head line, life line, and fate line. Once you've id ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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Schedule Your Mac to Start, Shut Down, Restart, & Sleep Whenever You Want

Tue 4:03 PM — Work, school, and everything in between keeps us pretty busy—so much so, that sometimes we run out of the house with our shirts on backwards, our headphones misplaced, and our computers running all day long. While I can't help you with the first two problems, I can definitely ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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YouTube Gaming vs Twitch: Which One Is Right for You?

Tue 1:28 PM — Dropping upwards of $60 on a new game can really break the bank, and being a struggling college student leaves me having to decide whether to pick up the latest title or, you know, eat. But often my more primitive urges win out, meaning the only way to enjoy the latest and gre ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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5 Delicious Things You Can Make on a Pizza Stone Besides Pizza

Tue 11:05 AM — It goes without saying that a pizza stone is one of the keys to making a perfect pizza. The science behind pizza stones is relatively simple: the stone conducts and holds heat, which keeps the oven temperature steady even when a cold ingredient (such as an uncooked pizza) is i ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Clean Up Your Home Screen App Clutter in Just One Tap

Tue 9:16 AM — Time takes its toll on your home screen. Before you know it, your clean app pages start filling up with social media, music streaming, video, and dozens of other kinds of apps. And let's face it, a lot of those apps are never touched after the first few times you use them. Yo ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Uninstall Malware from Your Android Device

Tue 8:49 AM — Let's say you got a little careless while installing apps from unknown sources, and now your Android device has been infected by malware. Or perhaps your friend has come to you for help after they had haphazardly installed random apps until their phone was filled with popups and garbage like that. Don't Miss: The Best Antivirus Apps for Android Regardless of how thing ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Protect Yourself from the Biggest Jailbreak Hack in History

Mon 5:08 PM — Hackers have stolen over 225,000 Apple user's account information from countries all over the world—including the United States, China, and France—in what many are reporting to be the big ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Weightlifting Can Improve Your Memory, but Lazy People Can Do These 5 Things Instead

Mon 3:05 PM — It's no secret that exercise is good for you, but you may be surprised to know that a good workout can actually boost your memory, too. They key to giving your body and your brain muscles a good workout is by adding more weight and pushing hard for an extra 20 minutes. Accord ...more

Mind Hacks » How-To
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How to Make a Perfect Soufflé Every Time

Mon 1:19 PM — At-home cooks tend to be scared of soufflés. Either they don't rise at all or they end up all sad and lopsided. However, when successful, the end product cannot be matched in impressing your guests. As a dinner party appetizer with a wow-factor, try a savory cheese soufflé. F ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Disable Video Autoplay on Twitter (Android, iOS, & Web)

Mon 12:03 PM — It's bad enough that we have to deal with autoplaying video advertisements all over the Web, so why do we have to be subjected to autoplaying videos on Twitter, too? Autoplay video are muted by default, but that doesn't make them any less annoying, especially if you have a sma ...more

Smartphones » How-To
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How to Have a Netflix Party & Watch Movies with Friends Remotely

Sun 12:30 PM — "Netflix and chill" may have started off as a funny pick up line, but I cannot tell you how many hours I've spent with dates and friends doing exactly that. This is great when you have a bunch of people over at your place, but there is always that one person stuck at home, wor ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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Storm Spotting 101: How to Use Clouds to Predict the Weather

Mon 9:04 AM — Is it possible to gauge what the weather is going to be like without checking your smartphone? By looking at the shape of clouds and how high they are in the sky, you can start getting a hang of predicting what the weather will be like in the next day or two. Cumulonimbus clouds are the big, puffy clouds that go up to 50,000 feet in the air and usually predict the arri ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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Veggies for Dessert: 3 Recipes That'll Make You Feel Good About Eating "Bad"

Sun 11:07 AM — I think we've all had that childhood (or adult) desire to have ice cream for dinner. But veggies for dessert? It's something I had nightmares about as a kid. That being said, the truth is that when properly prepared, veggies can easily star in desserts as the main ingredient. ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Properly Clean Your Smartphone or Tablet—Without Damaging It

Sun 9:29 AM — I record close-cropped videos and take macro still shots with my smartphones on a daily basis, so as you would expect, I spend a lot of time cleaning these devices. Over the course of a couple years, I've fine-tuned my cleaning regimen, and at this point, it's down to a near-s ...more

Smartphones » How-To
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The Easy, Foolproof Method to Making Perfect Hollandaise Sauce

Sat 2:00 PM — In an age where restaurants can charge $20 for eggs Benedict at brunchtime (if you're lucky enough to even get a reservation on a Sunday), many people long for a way to create this classic dish at home. But once you've taken pains to perfectly poach an egg and gently crisp you ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Bring Back User & Content Folders to the Start Menu in Windows 10

Sat 11:41 AM — The Start menu has definitely seen many changes over the years—from the traditional menu that was present from Windows XP to 7, to the Start screen in Windows 8, to the hybrid of the two in Windows 10. And while the return of the Start "menu" has received near-universal praise ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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6 Easy Ways to Increase Battery Life on Your Android Device

Sat 1:29 PM — Smartphones have otherworldly specs these days, so it's relatively uncommon that you hear someone complaining about display resolution, build quality, or general speed and performance. At best, these are secondary concerns, with the number 1 issue almost unilaterally being battery life. Over the past year here at Gadget Hacks, we've covered lots of awesome ways to sque ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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16 Tips for Staying Awake When You're Tired

Sat 10:50 AM — While there's an art to surviving the all-nighter, there's also an art to staying awake throughout the day when you are operating on little to no sleep. Here are a few general tips: Drin ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Create Flashable ZIPs to Easily Install Multiple Apps

Sat 9:29 AM — If you've switched ROMs before or flashed quick mods on your Android device, you've probably used TWRP or another custom recovery to install them. But another great purpose for flashing through a recovery is to install your own custom .zip file filled with everything a fresh R ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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5 Surprise-Inside Desserts That Make Baking Even More Fun

8/28 2:17 PM — Surprise desserts (aka peekaboo desserts) are a gorgeous way to celebrate anything, whether it's a birthday, new baby, or just a brand new day. You can pretty much hide anything you want inside: candy, a cool design, and even other desserts. To help inspire you, try one of the ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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The Hacks of Mr. Robot: How to Hide Data in Audio Files

8/28 1:07 PM — Welcome back, my hacker apprentices! A you know, Mr. Robot is my favorite TV show this year, and not just for the realistic hacking. Rami Malek, the actor who plays Elliot, is incomparable in his depiction of a young man with social anxiety who is alienated from a superficial, materialistic society and wants to make a better world. I believe we will see a lot more of t ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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Don't Like CyanogenMod? Here Are 4 Great Alternative ROMs for Your OnePlus One

8/28 11:33 AM — I've been involved in the Android scene for a very long time and have grown to develop a love/hate relationship with CyanogenMod. While I do like the stability they offer in their custom ROMs, they don't always include the flashy features on top of their vanilla Android base. ...more

OnePlus » How-To
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Food Tool Friday: Why You Need to Cook on a Himalayan Salt Block

8/28 10:37 AM — Salt is a miraculous substance. From the Ancient Egyptians to the Christian Bible, many cultures believe it to have mystical powers that can ward off evil, among other things. Whatever your personal beliefs about salt's psychic and healing abilities, one thing is undeniable: ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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Here's Everything You Should Know About Samsung Pay

8/28 8:56 AM — Mobile payment systems have been around for almost 5 years now, starting with Google Wallet. But when Apple got into the game last year with their new Apple Pay service, things really started to take off. Around this time, Samsung responded by acquiring an up-and-coming mobile payments company that owned the rights to an incredibly innovative technology called Magnetic ...more

Samsung Galaxy S6 » Inspiration
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How to Monitor Your Heart Rate on Your Phone Without a Heart Rate Sensor

8/27 2:51 PM — Samsung created quite a buzz when it debuted a built-in heart rate sensor on the Galaxy S5 back in 2014, but amazingly, not many other manufacturers decided to follow suit. It's really a shame, too, since data from a heart rate sensor would go perfectly hand in hand with the i ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Optimize Your Mac for the Best Gaming Experience Possible

8/27 1:16 PM — When most people think of "gaming computers," they're probably thinking of Windows-based PCs. They offer a huge variety of devices with better equipped software and hardware for a cheaper price, and there are more available games than there are for OS X-based systems. But tha ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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How to Get iOS-Style Spotlight Search on Android

8/27 10:44 AM — Google Now is great for looking up movie times or finding your parking spot, but if you need to track down a file you downloaded, you're relegated to using a file explorer and, depending on your organizational skills, this can either be extremely easy or a huge pain in the ass ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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New Amazon App Gives Away $10,000 Worth of Paid Apps for Free

8/26 2:55 PM — Whether it's delivery drones or getting the U.S. Postal Service to ship packages on Sundays, Amazon continues to remain innovative and ahead of the game, as further evidenced with the release of their new application, Amazon Underground. While the app can potentially replace ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Make Brown Sugar in 20 Seconds

8/27 9:05 AM — We've all been there: in the middle of making our favorite cookie recipe, when suddenly we realize we don't have one of the staple ingredients. Out of flour? You're SOL. Out of eggs? You might be able to find a good substitute. Out of brown sugar? If you have white sugar and some molasses on hand, then just make a batch. It only takes a few seconds. How to Make Your Ow ...more

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

8/26 2:21 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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How to Easily Tweak, Mod, & Customize Windows 10

8/26 1:58 PM — Every time Windows gets a significant update, the vast majority of existing tweaking utilities become obsolete. For every option that you fine-tuned with one of these tools on Windows 7 or 8, there's a change in the registry or system settings that cause your tweaks to now poi ...more

Windows Tips » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: Linux Basics for the Aspiring Hacker, Part 26 (Apache Configuration)

8/26 12:12 PM — Welcome back, my hacker novitiates! In an earlier Linux Basics tutorial, I had demonstrated the basics of the Apache web server. Since Apache is the world's most widely used web server on the Internet (as of July 2015, Apache was 38%, IIS was 26%, and Nginx is 15%), the more ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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The Easy Way to Make Delicious Maki Sushi Rolls at Home

8/26 10:47 AM — Without a doubt, sushi is one of my favorite foods—dainty and delectable, while also fun to make. So let's get started with maki rolls, aka makizushi, probably the most iconic form of sushi. You know, the one filled with rice and your standard sushi ingredients, rolled up in a ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Make Your Own DIY Watercolor Coffee Mug

8/26 9:03 AM — Using water, nail polish, and a white ceramic mug, you can easily create your own artsy DIY coffee mug with a "watercolor" effect colored on its surface. Simply fill an empty, disposable container (like a disposable pie pan) with warm water and add a drizzle of nail polish. Y ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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You're Uninstalling Mac Apps Wrong: Here's How to Remove Them Completely

8/25 5:36 PM — Uninstalling an app on your Mac isn't as straightforward as you would think. When you drag and drop an app into the Trash, then empty it, the main app itself may be gone, but many associated files and folders are left behind. So how do you get rid of them? There are a couple o ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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How to Fully Control Your Android Device from Any Computer

8/25 5:37 PM — Have you ever been using your computer when a friend randomly decides it's time to start up a text message conversation? You usually have to stop what you're doing on the desktop, then go pick up your smartphone and respond to the text. Then, if your buddy replies with another message, you have to juggle back and forth between your mouse and keyboard and your handheld d ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Stop Spammy Notifications on Your Phone

8/25 3:29 PM — Have you ever had one of your Android games post a notification in a lame attempt to remind you to play? This is becoming a common practice these days, and to me, it's about as annoying as a Best Buy blue shirt when I'm just trying to check out the latest TVs. Or perhaps you' ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Hide Private Photos with an Uncrackable "Passcode"

8/25 2:33 PM — When it comes to security, there are usually only a handful of things that you want protected from prying eyes on your iPhone—private photos, scandalous videos, and important text, such as credit card and social security numbers. Protecting your iPhone with a lock screen pass ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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The One Android Setting You Must Change Before Traveling Abroad

8/25 1:33 PM — With all the stress that goes into booking flights and lodging, packing (and not forgetting) everything you'll need, finding pet sitters, and everything else that goes with a trip overseas, there's the added stress of staying connected while abroad. Don't Miss: 11 Tips to Mak ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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A Sports Psychologist's Guide to the Perfect Workout Playlist

8/25 12:00 PM — The right music can spur you to pick up the pace during an intense workout, pep you up before you hit the treadmill or walking path, and even encourage you to lift for just a few extra reps. Although we all have our favorite workout playlists, scientists have discovered what i ...more

Mind Hacks » How-To
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How to Share Paid Android Apps for Free (Legally)

8/25 12:53 PM — Last year, Apple debuted a feature that allows families to share iTunes and App Store purchases across their various accounts. Us Android users, on the other hand, have to buy separate copies of apps for each of our accounts—well, at least from an official standpoint. Truth be told, though, it's fairly simple to work around this issue. If you live in a multi-Android ho ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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The Single Most Useful Keyboard Shortcut Every Mac User Should Know

8/25 11:14 AM — Keyboard shortcuts can make using your Mac faster and easier, and leave your mouse feeling archaic. With just a few taps, you can save files, open new tabs, or play a movie—all without us ...more

Mac Tips » How-To