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Stop Wasting Water: 15 Ways to Conserve More Water During a Drought

Yesterday 10:01 AM — If you are living in California, you have probably already heard by now that the state is in a severe drought of unprecedented levels. Even if you don't live in a drought-affected area, it is extremely vital for everybody on this planet to conserve water as much as possible. Fortunately, there are a number of simple changes you can make to your day-to-day habits that c ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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7 Harmless (But Slightly Evil) Back-to-School Pranks for Your Gullible Dorm Mates

Yesterday 5:53 PM — It's that time of year when high school students say goodbye the their past four years of coddling, ready to enter the "real world" and the next chapter of their lives—college. It's a time of growth, change, and new friends, along with all the timeless memories that go with t ...more

Practical Jokes & Pranks » How-To
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How to Take & Share Photo Spheres on Your iPhone Using the New Google Camera for iOS

Yesterday 3:53 PM — I've been using the Photo Sphere Camera from Google on all of my Android devices ever since it came out on Jelly Bean 4.2, which lets me create riveting 360° panoramic images. Apple has its own built-in panoramic mode, but it only takes 240° images, and I've never found any s ...more

iOS Tips » How-To
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The Trick to Squeezing Out Every Last Bit of Juice from Lemons, Limes, & Other Citrus Fruit

Yesterday 2:38 PM — Cooks both humble and great are constantly trying to figure out how to get the most juice out of lemons and limes. Why? Because they add so much freaking flavor to everything and are endlessly useful in cooking. Sometimes, it's even a matter of squeezing the most out of your m ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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The Battlefield Where Speed Is Everything

Yesterday 2:35 PM — This post is brought to you by the Smithsonian Channel. Video: . They can accelerate faster than a Ferrari, strike with 10 times the g-force of a space shuttle, and outmaneuver a fighter jet. Whether the battlefield is the dark underworld of the forest, the bizarre netherworld ...more

Cats » Inspiration
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How to Downgrade Apps on Your Galaxy Note 3 or Other Android Device

Yesterday 12:56 PM — Normally, it's good to automatically update your apps to the latest version, but sometimes those updates take away features that you've grown to love. Google Maps used to track your bus route and alert you to whenever your stop was approaching, but not anymore. Every Snapchat ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 » How-To
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How to Connect to Protected Wi-Fi Hotspots for Free Without Any Passwords

Yesterday 11:34 AM — Depending on who you ask, internet connectivity should be a basic human right. With Google recently embarking on a project to provide internet capabilities to remote corners of the world using balloons and satellites while Facebook attempts to do the same with unmanned drones, ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » How-To
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Nature's Secret Code: How to Pick Perfectly Ripe Fruit Every Time

Yesterday 8:17 AM — Biting into a perfectly ripened piece of fruit is enough to convince you to give up baked goods and plant your own garden. The combination of flavor, juice, and sweetness in a ripe mango, apple, plum, or berry is the stuff of life itself. Alas, most people don't know how to choose fruit that's properly ripe. As Brian Everett of Jacob Farms/Del Cabo Organics explains, " ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Remove Password Obfuscation from Your Nexus 5 for Easier App Logins

Tue 5:55 PM — When it comes to passwords, the longer and more complex they are, the better the security. Even professional hackers say so. But if you've ever tried to type in such a password, you've surely noticed that it can be a bit of a pain. Mistype one character, and you're probably go ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Hide Your Call & Message History for Specific Phone Numbers Using Reflection for Android

Tue 3:26 PM — Only scumbags hide their call and message history, right? Wrong. While it may seem like a tactic for the unfaithful, it's still a good thing to do for certain contacts on your phone that you don't want to block outright. Blocking someone on your phone seems cruel, because you ...more

Samsung GS4 » How-To
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How to Pit Apricots, Plums, Nectarines, & Other Stone Fruits Like a Chef

Tue 2:07 PM — Summer is the season to enjoy stone fruit: peaches, plums, nectarines, and apricots are all kissed by the sun and bursting with juicy flavor—which is all well and good when you're eating them as is. But trying to cut up soft, ripened stone fruit for jams, baked goods, chutney ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Install the Xposed Framework on Your Rooted LG G3 for 100s of Fast & Easy Mods

Tue 11:59 AM — If you've done any root-level hacking or modding on any of your previous Android devices, you're probably well familiar with Rovo89's famous Xposed Framework. This tool allows you to customize pretty much any Android device to your heart's content without needing an unlocked ...more

LG G3 » How-To
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Important: Back Up Your Galaxy Note 3's EFS & IMEI Data for Emergency Restores

Tue 10:28 AM — The options for customization are virtually endless when you're rooted and have an unlocked bootloader and custom recovery. However, there is always risk involved when flashing new mods or installing new ROMs. I always make backups in case something happens, but when I'm testi ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 » How-To
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Boost Performance & Battery Life on Your Galaxy S5 with These "Build.prop" Hacks

Tue 9:09 AM — The build.prop file in an Android device is home to many system-level values and settings. Everything from screen density to video recording quality is covered in this file, and people have been editing these entries to get new functionality and better performance since Androi ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » How-To
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12 Delicious Egg-in-the-Hole Remixes You Gotta Try

Tue 7:55 AM — Okay, so you've read our guide on how to make the perfect poached egg. Maybe you've also read our tutorials on making great hard-boiled eggs and even scrambled hard-boiled eggs. Now comes the question: what's next? Well, it's time to look at what accompanies the egg. You can't always eat in on an English muffin or toast. That can get pretty stale after a while (pun int ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Add a Password, Pattern, or PIN Lock to Any App on Your HTC One or Other Android Device

Mon 5:06 PM — Keeping prying eyes off your device isn't always the easiest thing to do, especially once you lend somebody your phone to make a call. Seems that whenever someone is scrolling through your pictures or checking out your new phone, they always end up somewhere you don't want the ...more

HTC One » How-To
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How to Root Your LG G3 (Any Carrier Variant)

Mon 3:35 PM — The world of root is upon us, folks. While the LG G3 has be available for purchase for a couple of months now, rooting had been a shaky subject. International and T-Mobile variants enjoyed root from day one, while various security patches left the AT&T and Verizon Wireless var ...more

LG G3 » How-To
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Convert Any KitKat ROM on Your Nexus 4 or 5 to a Faster Flash-Friendly File System

Mon 2:12 PM — If you're anything like me, you started down the Android-modding path for two distinct reasons; to run cutting-edge software and squeeze every bit of performance out of your hardware. Utilizing the new F2FS file system on your rooted Nexus 4 or 5 fulfills both of those desires ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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How to Speed Up the TouchWiz Launcher on Your Samsung Galaxy S5

Mon 9:35 AM — The Galaxy S5 is definitely not lacking when it comes to computing power. With a Snapdragon 801 processor, an Adreno 330 GPU, and 2 gigabytes of RAM, it can take almost anything you throw at it. But the stock launcher on Samsung Galaxy devices has a few noticeable hiccups, pa ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » How-To
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How to Use Up Lettuce & Other Greens Before They Go Bad (Without Making Any Salads)

Mon 12:28 PM — I love me some salad, but I'm also kind of a big baby when it comes to eating them. The greens have to be perfectly crisp and fresh, which is why I'm such a nut about storing them properly, including rethinking how I use my refrigerator, using a paper towel or dry cloth to wrap them, or even puffing a little CO2 into the plastic bag to keep them fresh. I've even develop ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Add Any eBook Format to Your Kindle Fire HDX

Mon 10:42 AM — Loaded with a gorgeous display and a powerful processor, the Kindle Fire HDX is an impressive all-around tablet, especially when it's used for what Amazon Kindles were built for—reading e ...more

Amazon Fire » How-To
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How to Cast Reddit GIFs & Images from Your Android Phone to Your TV

Sun 11:00 AM — Reddit is home to tons of fun and unique content. A starting point for the various memes and videos that eventually make it into your Facebook feed, you could seriously spend all day just ...more

Chromecast » How-To
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How to Install a Third-Party Keyboard on Your Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

Sun 8:13 AM — With so many keyboard options available for Android, there's no reason to limit ourselves to the default one, or to just the ones available in the Amazon Appstore. While the Appstore does ...more

Amazon Fire » How-To
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6 Easy Home Remedies for Treating Earaches

Mon 8:18 AM — If you have an earache, look no further than your kitchen or medicine cabinet. For a non-intrusive remedy, simply rub a little Vicks VapoRub along the outer part of your ear (never inside the ear canal) and place a heating pad over the affected ear. If you have a syringe or c ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Record Your iPad's or iPhone's Screen (No Jailbreak or Computer Required)

Sun 1:17 PM — Due to security and privacy concerns, Apple doesn't allow any applications to record your iOS device's screen. If malicious, an app could theoretically continue recording even after you think it's off, allowing it to capture account and password information that you enter on y ...more

iOS Tips » How-To
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How to Make Amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Every Single Time

Sun 2:56 PM — The beauty of a grilled cheese sandwich is that even a mediocre one still tastes pretty good (I find the same is true with pizza). However, chefs and cooking pros have come up with some great tricks that will turn a regular grilled cheese sandwich into something sublime. Once you know their tips, you can elevate your humble grilled cheese into a thing of beauty and a j ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Prank Your WhatsApp Friends by Sending 100 Messages in Only 1 Second

Sat 4:07 PM — When I got my first smartphone, it didn't take long before my friends and I created a game that we liked to call "Paste-Send." You see, instead of having to use T9 to type out text messages, the touch-based interface made copying and pasting incredibly easy. So that meant we c ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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How to Make a Smartphone Projector for Less Than $5

Sat 12:30 PM — There's nothing better than gathering up all the cushions, pillows, and blankets in your home and having a good ol' fashion movie night. But if you're still rocking the old 19-inch TV your parents gave you in college, you may want to upgrade to something bigger. If you've got ...more

MacGyverisms » How-To
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Advice from a Real Hacker: How to Create Stronger Passwords

Sat 4:07 PM — People who know that I am a professional hacker often ask me what they can do to make their computers and personal information safe from people like me. The answer, of course, is that nothing will make you completely safe, but there are a number of measures any computer user can take to reduce the chances of being a victim of a hacker. Why You Should Be Choosing Strong ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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How to Take Free Classes at Home with Coursera & Your Chromecast

Sat 12:29 PM — Whether you are just starting or returning to college, or have already been out in the real world for some time, it's always a good idea to stay on top of your game by keeping your intell ...more

Chromecast » Inspiration
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How to Create App Folders on the Amazon Fire Phone

Fri 11:29 AM — The first thing we usually do with a new smartphone is download apps, and lots of them. There are your must-have games, utility apps, and of course—the free daily "app of the day" from Am ...more

Amazon Fire » How-To
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How to Pin Apps to the Carousel on the Amazon Fire Phone

8/14 10:44 AM — The latest software update to the Amazon Fire Phone packed a lot of new and enhanced features, one of which makes the Carousel (a favorite feature of mine) much more useful. The Carousel ...more

Amazon Fire » How-To
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The Ultimate Garlic Cheat Sheet: Which Type of Garlic Goes Best with What?

Sat 10:55 AM — Go to a chain supermarket, and chances are you'll see one type of garlic—maybe two or three if you're lucky. However, there's a mouthwatering slew of Allium sativum out there, far beyond those papery white bulbs most of us encounter at the nearest Stop 'n' Shop. While most recipes don't say specifically what kind of garlic to use, once you know the basic varieties, you ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Get the Android L Lock Screen on Your Galaxy S4 or Other Android Device

Sat 10:55 AM — This year's Google I/O brought the announcement of Android L, as well as the Preview builds of L for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013), installed using either ADB on Windows or fastboot on any computer. Unfortunately, those of us without a Nexus device are out of luck—but not ent ...more

Samsung GS4 » How-To
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Save Battery by Mirroring Your Android Screen to Chromecast with the Display Off

Fri 5:45 PM — Screen mirroring was a long-awaited feature for the Chromecast, now available for select devices (and even more with root). While great news for those who couldn't wait to play games, watch movies, and browse pictures on a big screen, it did mean that you had to keep your devi ...more

Chromecast » How-To
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Liquid Witch Hazel: 12 Reasons Why You Should Have Some at Home

Sat 9:10 AM — Witch hazel is a type of shrub with fragrant yellow flowers, and its bark and leaves are extracted and used for many medicinal uses. Witch hazel extract contains chemicals called tannins, and you can find this clear liquid astringent in drugstores and grocery stores (probably near the rubbing alcohol). When applied directly to the skin, witch hazel helps reduce swellin ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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Jesus Miracles Explained: This DIY Transmogrifier Lets You Turn Water into Wine

Fri 3:26 PM — For many years, scientists have wondered about the miracles that Jesus performed. What they didn't know, however, was that he was a master of all bar and prop tricks. Walking on water, feeding 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish, and that whole coming back from ...more

Cons » How-To
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Get Smarter Every Time You Unlock Your LG G3 or Other Android Phone

Fri 2:11 PM — There are countless lock screens you can apply to your Android device, but very few offer more than just quick access to apps or advanced security functionality. Since you probably unlock your device a gazillion times every day, why not use this to your advantage and let it te ...more

LG G3 » How-To
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How to Use HTC's Zoe to Create & Share Pro-Quality Videos on Any Android KitKat Phone

Fri 12:34 PM — In recent months, HTC has decided to start breaking its proprietary apps out of its own ecosystem and into the Google Play Store. Along with the benefit of allowing its users to update their system apps more easily, this move also means that other folks can get a glimpse of what it's like to use an HTC device. As a part of this recent initiative, Zoe—one of HTC's most ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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How to Theme the Navigation & Status Bars on Your Nexus 5

Fri 9:31 AM — Over the course of covering the Nexus 5 for the last 6 months, I've come to realize that almost every hack out there will work for this device. I also cover the Galaxy S5, and let me tell you—hardly any of the cool mods I come across work for that phone. In this regard, we are ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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How to Adjust Contrast & Hue Levels on Your LG G3 for a More Vivid Display

8/14 6:33 PM — The first thing you probably noticed after turning on your LG G3 for the first time was its gorgeous Quad HD display. The G3 is the first device to offer the soon-to-be standard QHD screen, and it's a beauty. That being said, the colors can look flat and dull, especially when ...more

LG G3 » How-To
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These Cake Hacks Are So Damn Pretty You'll Have to Eat Another Cake

Fri 8:14 AM — Cake! It's so great that there's a band named after it. 50 Cent wrote song lyrics about it. Apparently famed poet Emily Dickinson was also famous for her cake-baking abilities. But no matter how you slice it, the cakes we're talking about stand head and shoulders above your everyday dessert just because they're so damn great-looking. Call us superficial, but we'd want ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Answer, Mute, & Reject Calls Without Ever Leaving the Current App You're In

8/14 5:34 PM — These days, phones are more like portable entertainment systems. It's a hybrid mobile device for gaming, texting, watching movies, and listening to music more than it is an actual "phone" that you talk on. While the person who is calling you may not be all that annoying, the ...more

HTC One » How-To
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How to Increase Headphones & Speaker Volumes on Your Samsung Galaxy S5

8/14 3:26 PM — These days, most of the hardware components in smartphones evolve at a breakneck pace. Batteries gain capacity while decreasing in size, displays continue to get sharper as graphics rendering steadily improves, and processors clock higher speeds at every generation. Audio qua ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » How-To
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One-Minute Pasta! Plus More Revolutionary Pasta-Cooking Hacks You Need to Know

8/14 1:10 PM — Everything you thought you knew about cooking pasta is wrong. When I took cooking classes in Italy, they taught me to bring a large volume of salted water to a rolling boil, add a drop of olive oil so that the noodles wouldn't stick together, and wait several minutes until it was al dente (which literally means "to the tooth," i.e., firm and not mushy when bitten). I ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Add Functionality & Declutter the Android Lock Screen on Your Nexus 5

8/14 12:34 PM — The Android lock screen interface is an integral part of our everyday use. For those of us who use lock screen security, it functions as a barrier between the sensitive data contained within our smartphones and potential outside access. Even if you don't use a pattern or PIN t ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: Linux Basics for the Aspiring Hacker, Part 21 (GRUB Bootloader)

8/14 9:41 AM — Welcome back, my aspiring hackers! Many of you have installed Kali Linux as a virtual machine (VM) using VMware or VirtualBox, while others have installed Kali (or BackTrack) in a dual-boot system. The drawback to installing these hacking systems as a VM is that it then requi ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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How to Beat a Telemarketer: 8 Surefire Ways to Keep Them from Calling You Back

8/13 6:46 PM — Telemarketers can be as terrifying as a villain from a horror film. Your phone rings with an unknown 800 number, and you immediately fill with a sense of dread. There's no way to get them to stop calling; you imagine the number appearing on your phone at all hours of the day and night, haunting you. Even worse, if you accidentally answer one of those calls, you'll be s ...more

Mind Hacks » How-To
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How to Take a Screenshot on Your Amazon Fire Phone

8/13 4:41 PM — Screenshots are all the rage. From sharing high game scores with friends to placing conversation threads online for the world to see to secretly capturing Snapchats, this function of smartphones is prevalent through modern society. Samsung has their palm swipe gestures, and j ...more

Amazon Fire » How-To
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How to Unlock the Hidden Menu & Run a Diagnostic Test on Your LG G3

8/13 4:19 PM — If you notice any issues with your LG G3, pinpointing the culprit can an arduous task. It could be a hardware issue, a resource-heavy app, or a bloatware-infested operating system. Regardless, you'll want to know where the issue lies so you can better troubleshoot the problem ...more

LG G3 » How-To