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10 Third-Party Apps for Facebook Messenger You Should Install Right Now

Fri 3:47 PM — Facebook essentially strong-armed us all into installing their standalone Messenger app for mobile devices, but the recent initiative that allows third-party development on the platform definitely makes it worth your time. We've been having a lot of fun with all the new Messenger apps, sending GIFs, videos, avatars, and more directly from message threads, so I wanted t ...more

Smartphones » How-To
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How to Play & Record Thousands of Worldwide Radio Stations on Android

Yesterday 2:53 PM — Back in the '80s, recording live radio was as simple as popping a cassette tape into your boombox and pressing the record button. While we've come along way with regard to accessing radio stations thanks to websites and apps that stream live broadcasts over the internet, it's ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Make a Week's Worth of Salad at Once

Yesterday 1:55 PM — Greasy fast food. Snacks. Candy. Empty stomachs. What do these all have in common? They're all things that people commonly have for lunch during the week, because it beats the hassle of having to plan, make, and pack lunches before their workday. Enter the beautiful world of ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Repaint Old Wooden Furniture

Yesterday 5:45 PM — Bored of your living room furniture? As a weekend DIY project, one easy way to give new life to old wooden furniture is to add a new coat of paint. All you need are a drop cloth to cover ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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How to Lock Your Photos, Videos, Files, & Passwords in a Digital Safe for iOS

Yesterday 12:09 PM — If you are anything like me, you have a knack for taking silly selfies of yourself, i.e., taking scotch tape and wrapping it around your face to make yourself look like the blob, or perhaps you like taking selfies of yourself in weird or unusual situations doing weird and unus ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Play Super Mario 64 Directly in Your Web Browser

Yesterday 10:40 AM — Yup, you read that right. As of now, you can actually play the first level of one of the most popular video games of all time—Super Mario 64—directly in your web browser. Developer Erik Roystan Ross redesigned the first level of Super Mario 64, originally called Bob-Omb Battl ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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Cyberwar: Hacker vs. Hacker

Yesterday 9:35 AM — From time immemorial, human beings seem to be at odds with one another. When these differences become so heated and unresolvable, it eventually erodes into physical violence. This violence has manifested into some of the most horrific exercises in human history, things which e ...more

Null Byte » Inspiration
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Use Your iPhone to Sell Unwanted Gadgets Without Ever Leaving Your Home

Fri 1:37 PM — If you want to sell all of the old electronics lying around your home, it takes a lot of work. If you go the eBay route, you have to take tons of pictures, describe it accurately, wait for a week until someone bids on it (or not), then package it, ship it, and wait for feedbac ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Food Tool Friday: DrinkTanks' Growler & Kegulator = Your Very Own Portable Beer Keg

Fri 11:52 AM — With all due respect to the fine folks at DrinkTanks, it's a little surprising that no one came up with their idea sooner. After all, last I checked, beer was pretty darned popular. Still, the company has come up with the ultimate toy for beer drinkers. (Santa, I've been good this year, I promise... please, please, please put this under the tree come December.) It's a ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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Meet Periscope, Twitter's Meerkat Killer for Live Streaming Video on Your iPhone

Fri 10:30 AM — At any moment, you can open up Meerkat and start live-streaming a video from your smartphone, available for anyone to watch. Thanks to its popularity at SXSW and the backing of several big Hollywood players, the app just announced that it's receiving $14 million in funding. A ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Use Augmented Reality to Try on the Apple Watch with Your iPhone

Fri 9:05 AM — Starting April 10th, you'll will be able to book 15-minute appointments online to try on an Apple Watch in person at Apple Stores across the world. With the April 24th release date just around the corner, making an appointment is a great idea for those who are unsure about whi ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Use Those 'Useless' Leftover Toilet Paper Tubes to Clean in Tight Spots

Thu 4:16 PM — How many times have you thrown out the remaining cardboard tube from an empty roll of toilet paper? Most of the time, they don't even make it to the recycling bin, and with the average American using over 20 rolls each per year, that's over 6.4 trillion tubes being wasted each ...more

MacGyverisms » How-To
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How to Disable Lock Screen Album Art in Android Lollipop

Thu 2:22 PM — Since version 4.4 (KitKat), Android has taken the album artwork for any song that's currently playing, as well as videos, podcasts, and other media, then used it as the background image for your lock screen. While many users have enjoyed this little tweak, others aren't quite ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Turn Yourself into Animated Emojis That Are Accessible from Your iPhone's Keyboard

Thu 12:11 PM — Yes, emojis are the [insert poop emoji here]. They can help improve your love life and even let you portray emotions in a more diverse and well-rounded way now. But combining emojis with GIFs? Well, that's some next-level [insert poop emoji here] right there, and with a new iO ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to See Passwords for Wi-Fi Networks You've Connected Your Android Device To

Thu 10:51 AM — Over the course of owning your Android device, you've probably connected to dozens of Wi-Fi networks. School, home, work, the gym, your friends' and family's houses, coffee shops—each time you typed in one of these Wi-Fi passwords, your Android device saved it for safekeeping ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Dishwasher Cooking: Delicious Recipes You Can Make While Cleaning Your Dishes

Thu 9:27 AM — This sounds a little crazy, and it is—in a good way. Cooking food in the dishwasher while it cleans your dishes multitasks your appliance and saves time and energy. And who doesn't want to spend less time over a hot stove? How Dishwasher Cooking Works Most dishwashers wash on the hot setting at temperatures between 125–160°F depending on which stage of the dishwashing ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Find Out When & Where Your Samsung Galaxy Device Was Manufactured

Wed 5:04 PM — Before you purchased your smartphone or tablet, the device had already embarked on quite a long journey. From product development to manufacturing, your Samsung Galaxy device had already developed a rich history prior to your ownership. If you've ever wondered exactly where a ...more

Samsung Galaxy S5 » How-To
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How to Upload Full Panoramas to Instagram from Your iPhone

Wed 3:36 PM — Using your iPhone camera's panorama feature is great way to capture wide-angle views of scenery, such as sweeping cityscapes, broad landscapes, and seemingly never-ending skies, as well as that awesome party or get-together you just threw. While panoramic photographs do a gre ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Weird Ingredient Wednesday: Hops—They’re Not Just for Beer Anymore

Wed 1:43 PM — Hops have always been known as the driving force behind beer, but now they're starting to grow their own culinary wings. Slowly but surely, this bizarre and bitter plant is showing up on more and more menus across the country as it catches on as a trendy and up-and-coming ingr ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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How to Get LED Color Effects for Music Playing on Your Android

Wed 12:05 PM — We previously showed you how to make your Android's LED notification light dance to music, but the app itself was limited in customization options, the devices it worked on, and the music apps and services it worked with. Now we'll be showing you a similar app that supports mo ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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PhotoMath for Android Lets You Solve Difficult Math Problems with Your Camera

Wed 10:48 AM — I'm not a fan of this practice, but many developers release their wares on iOS before eventually porting their apps to Android. This was the case for PhotoMath, a popular and very useful app that can solve math problems with your smartphone's camera. The app is incredibly int ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Confirm Your Location with Touch ID to Give Yourself an Alibi

Tue 5:16 PM — One of the biggest hits this past fall wasn't a movie, television show, or book—it was an unassuming podcast called Serial, which centered around an unsolved murder from 1999 of a high school student in Maryland. Adnan, the accused murderer, says he had nothing to do with the ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Make Your Own Non-Toxic Dryer Sheets

Wed 9:23 AM — While they may make your clothes smell fresh after a cycle in the dryer, commercial dryer sheets contain many harmful and toxic chemicals that have been linked to causing cancer. Making your own reusable and non-toxic dryer sheets, on the other hand, cost nothing to make and will still keep your clothes smelling fresh without any dependence on synthetic materials. Rea ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: How to Keep Your Internet Traffic Private from Anyone

Tue 3:13 PM — Welcome back, my rookie hackers! "How can I travel and communicate over the Internet without being tracked or spied on by anyone?" It's a question many Null Byteans have asked me, so I h ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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Android Alternatives for Instagram’s New Collage-Making Layout App

Tue 1:50 PM — Instagram recently rolled out their new Layout app that helps users build photo collages more easily, and it's quick and easy to use with great results. Unfortunately, only those with an iOS device can enjoy Layout at the moment, with the Android version slated for release "in ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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iOS 8.3 Brings Siri Speakerphone Calling & Easier App Downloads

Tue 12:38 PM — After receiving the fourth beta for iOS 8.3, we can assume that the official release shouldn't be too far behind. Along with plenty of bug fixes from prior iOS versions, Apple is also ushering in a few minor features that are sure to ease some annoyances. You've probably alre ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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The Science of Sourdough & Why It Tastes So Much Better in San Francisco

Tue 11:01 AM — As a lover of food, I'm often asked, “If you could only have one food the rest of your life, what would it be?” My answer is always the same: sourdough bread. (Okay, it's not always the same... I usually cheat and say sourdough, fancy cheese, and a good beer.) Admittedly, I'm ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Enhance Chrome's Incognito Mode with Search Functions on Android

Tue 9:47 AM — For some odd reason, the Chrome Browser on Android doesn't allow you to search selected text when you're in Incognito Mode. This must have been an oversight on Google's part, because the feature is definitely present with the browser in its normal viewing mode, allowing you to ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Change Netflix's Pesky Horizontal Scrolling into a Movie Grid View for Easier Browsing

Tue 8:15 AM — Netflix was my proverbial gateway drug to cord-cutting, as I'm sure it was for many others. Yet as much as I truly love Netflix and its service, there are some annoyances I have with the interface of the desktop web version. Yes, finding movies and TV shows is easy, but my ma ...more

Cord Cutters » How-To
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Lollipop's 'On-Body Detection' Smart Lock Keeps Your Android Unlocked While You’re Moving

Mon 4:33 PM — Google recently rolled out a new Smart Lock option labeled "On-body detection" for Android Lollipop via an update to Google Play Services. As I'm sure you can gather from the name, this new function keeps your phone or tablet unlocked using the built-in accelerometer to determ ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Make Perfect Coffee Every Time with These Java Pro Tips

Mon 3:23 PM — There are lots of great reasons for going out to a fantastic coffee shop for a cuppa. Coffee shops have a lovely ambiance, are a perfect place to meet with friends or do some work, and are a great excuse to get out of the house. Seeking out a perfect cup of coffee, however, shouldn't be one of the reasons that you hit up your local café. Why? Because you can do it at h ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Use Instagram's New 'Layout' App to Create Easy Photo Collages in No Time

Mon 1:58 PM — 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

iOS Gadget Hacks » Inspiration
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Keep Your Car Windows Fog-Free Using This Creative Hack

Mon 12:23 PM — Whether you live in foggy California or icy Massachusetts, you've more than likely struggled with a cloudy, vision-impairing window that makes even the shortest commute impossible. While you can get rid of fogged up windows pretty easily using your vehicle's defogger system, ...more

MacGyverisms » How-To
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How to Mimic the iPhone's Status Bar on Your Android

Mon 10:39 AM — As an Android user, there aren't many elements of my friend's iPhone that I find myself envious of, because anything he can do on iOS, I can surely find a way to do on Android...often better. That being said, I have to admit that one feature I do like is the minimal style and ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Add Sound Effects to Your Snapchat Videos

3/22 6:34 PM — Just recently, Snapchat decided to implement a feature that it had long been lacking—the ability to play music and record a video at the same time. For those of us that are jailbroken, we've had this feature for some time, but now that everyone has the ability, how should you ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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11 More Weird & Wonderful Uses for Magnets

Mon 8:42 AM — Other than displaying your favorite take-out menus on your refrigerator, magnets can be used in a number of surprisingly useful ways around the home. For example, placing a magnetic adhesive strip on the bottom of your Swiffer mop means you can sweep your floor clean and also pick up stray metal objects like earrings or paper clips that could get lost while vacuuming. ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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Hack Like a Pro: How to Extract Email Addresses from an SMTP Server

3/22 2:55 PM — Welcome back, my budding hackers! If we are considering a social engineering attack against a target, we are probably going to need email addresses. By having the email addresses of people within an organization, we can tailor our social engineering attack to particular peopl ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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DIY Pain Relief: 7 Weird Ways to Reduce Aches & Soothe Burns

3/22 12:20 PM — No one ever wants to experience pain, whether it's as small as a stubbed toe or as great as recovering from surgery. Yet so much of our lives causes pain, lasting or brief in its form. With a few mental tricks and unusual home remedies, you can relieve some of the most common ...more

Mind Hacks » How-To
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How to Theme Hangouts for Android with 23 Custom Colors

3/22 11:10 AM — Hangouts is a great cross-platform messaging service from Google that works with almost any device, making it one of the few messengers that can be installed on Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android gadgets alike. With its many useful features, one of the few debatable downsides is i ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Make Your Android's Status Bar Clock Change Colors Throughout the Day

3/21 5:49 PM — When you see a color depicted on your computer, smartphone, or tablet, odds are it was processed as a hex triplet before it was rendered. Most modern websites and operating systems use a hexadecimal coding system to signify certain colors, and these are represented as 6 letter ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Why “Whipping” Cooked Pasta in Sauce Creates a Perfect Dish

3/22 10:05 AM — Most cooks know they should stir pasta a few times while it's cooking, for obvious reasons: as the noodles cook, they release a glue-like starch that makes them stick to one another. Stirring prevents them from clumping together in an unwieldy, inedible mass. Now Mark Bittman in The New York Times discusses a great technique from Italy that helps you produce a plate of ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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How to Unsubscribe from Paper Junk Mail Using Your Phone

3/21 3:01 PM — The only mail I like getting comes in the form of an Amazon package, but when I go to my mailbox, it always ends up being a pile of credit card offers and catalogs I could never see myself ordering from. Those pieces of junk mail usually end up in the trash, which is horrible ...more

Smartphones » How-To
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DIY Bacon Rose Bouquet: Who Says Bacon Can't Be Romantic?

3/21 1:06 PM — Although Valentine's Day has come and gone, love is still alive and well. And what better way to show your significant other your love than by surprising him or her with life's most precious, romantic gift—bacon! Who doesn't love bacon? Especially when it comes in many variet ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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This Live Wallpaper Uses Ocean Water Levels to Display Your Android's Battery Life

3/21 11:24 AM — Live wallpapers, like the classic Mario-themed one we previously covered, is a great way to spruce up your device and get some simple amusement. Unfortunately, they also drain more battery than conventional wallpapers. Which brings me to ASUS LiveOcean. With their ocean-theme ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Magic Leap's Virtual Reality Demo Video Is (Literally) Too Good to Be True

3/20 3:03 PM — Magic Leap, the virtual-reality software group backed by Google, just released a teaser video on their YouTube channel. In a word, it's amazing. Video: . But then you think about it, and other words come to mind, like ridiculous and, well, bullshit. I mean, how can this VR tec ...more

Digiwonk » Inspiration
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9 Crafty DIY Refrigerator Magnet Ideas

3/21 9:58 AM — Turn your refrigerator door into a mini-garden by scooping out the top of a wine cork, adding a small air plant, and then hot gluing a small magnet on the back of your wine cork. Just make sure to mist the air plant with water every week to keep it green and healthy. Read below for more crafty DIY refrigerator magnet ideas that you can very easily make on your own. Cli ...more

The Secret Yumiverse » How-To
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Make Perfectly Moist Fish with the No-Cook Poaching Method

3/20 4:35 PM — Poaching, the cooking method that gently cooks food at the barest simmer, is awesome because it keeps in moisture and flavor. The no-cook poaching method is even better, because you don't ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Use Your Android Device as a Wiimote-Style Controller to Play Tennis on Your Chromecast

3/20 2:36 PM — If you were around when the Nintendo Wii first launched, you remember how revolutionary the device was at the time. When I first encountered one, I was amazed at the simplicity of its controls, namely the fact that the Wii Remote (aka Wiimote) just felt like such a natural way ...more

Cord Cutters » How-To
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Food Tool Friday: Inspire Your Kids to Cook with a Safe Mini Knife Set

3/20 1:27 PM — When you have a parent who cooks—and has you act as sous chef—the kitchen automatically becomes a less intimidating place. In other words, kids who know their way around the kitchen will most likely become adults who cook for themselves, which also means that they'll eat more ...more

Food Hacks » Inspiration
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Get a Taste of the New Galaxy S6 with This Weather Widget for Any Android

3/20 11:38 AM — With the release of various new and updated Samsung Galaxy S6 apps and features, like Smart Switch, Smart Remote, and wallpapers, something that's a home screen staple for most Android us ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To