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How to Get the Most Out of Google's New Inbox by Gmail

Yesterday 9:26 AM — Google's new Inbox by Gmail service wants to fundamentally change the way you handle email, so a bit of a learning curve is to be expected when you're first using the utility. As of right now, the service is invite-only, but if you were lucky enough to get in on the ground floor, you're probably wondering, "How the heck do I use this thing?" The basic premise is relati ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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How to Turn a Tortilla into a French Crêpe

Yesterday 6:12 PM — Making a good crêpe takes practice and commitment. The batter is rich—most recipes incorporate melted butter, whole milk, and several eggs—and the cooking of the crêpe requires good technique. You have to learn to deposit and swirl just the right amount of batter to get the th ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Get Android Alerts for When Your Favorite Websites Update Content

Yesterday 2:19 PM — The problem with striving to be on the bleeding edge of what's new for your smartphone, or really anything else in life, is having to constantly check websites and forums for new content. And with lots of that browsing happening on our phones, the aimless page loading and refr ...more

HTC One » How-To
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10 Totally F'd Up Halloween Makeup Looks to Terrify Trick-or-Treaters With

Yesterday 1:49 PM — For some people, a costume is just a necessary prerequisite to get into Halloween parties. If you're female and you're going the sexy route, it's not too hard to find something to wear, but transforming yourself into something terrifying takes a little more work. The details ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Quickly Encode a Video for the Web with This Drag & Drop Automator Action

Yesterday 11:37 AM — Automator takes the work out of common repetitive tasks. I don't enjoy compressing videos for quick sharing or uploading to the web, so I created an Automator action to handle the process for me. Step 1: Download the Automator App This part is pretty easy. Just click here to ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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10 Cheap, Easy, & Awesome DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Yesterday 11:12 AM — Kids get all the fun on Halloween. They get to dress up as their favorite characters and collect free candy, but with none of the responsibility that comes along with buying or making a costume. If you buy premade costumes for your children, it can be pretty expensive, and th ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Theme TWRP on Your LG G3 for a More User-Friendly Recovery

Yesterday 10:08 AM — It wasn't too long ago that I showed you how to unlock the LG G3 bootloader and install TWRP, and while the process was extremely easy, the custom recovery can look a little intimidating to new users. Even long-time users who know how to navigate it find it boring to look at, ...more

LG G3 » How-To
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How to Make a Living Rorschach Mask with Morphing Inkblots

Yesterday 10:08 AM — Watchmen may be old(ish) news, but cheap and legit costumes never go out of style. Easily the most sought after character for Halloween (it might be a little cold outside if your hoping t ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Unlock the Hidden SuperUser App in CyanogenMod 11S on Your OnePlus One

Fri 12:29 PM — The OnePlus One comes with CyanogenMod 11S built in, but there are certainly some traditional CyanogenMod features missing from this version. One of the most obvious missing ingredients i ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Be a Human Pincushion for Halloween: DIY Voodoo Doll Costume & Makeup

Thu 4:41 PM — Voodoo you want the best costume this year? You're probably laughing so hard right now that you need to hold yourself together with pins and needles, right? But seriously, voodoo and dar ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Make Phone Calls Right from Yosemite's Notification Center

Fri 4:15 PM — Thanks to Apple's implementation of Continuity on Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, communication is truly a seamless thing. Without even looking at my iPhone, I can message or call friends comfortably from my computer or iPad. Even better, with the latest iOS 8.1 update, you can ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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Use Keyboard Shortcuts to Email More Efficiently in Google Inbox

Fri 2:12 PM — While the new Google Inbox is currently invite-only, if you were able to snag one, you'll want to learn the best ways to navigate it. Google Inbox coins itself as "The inbox that works for you," and after a brief run through of it, we think it's definitely living up to that sl ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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This iOS 8 Shortcut Lets You Toggle Brightness Using Your iPhone's Home Button

Fri 10:53 AM — Automatic brightness adjustments are supposed to make it easier to maintain good visibility on your phone, but it really never works as intended. It usually doesn't adjust properly, leading you to manually pull up the Control Center to adjust brightness via the slider. While ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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DIY Elsa Costumes: Icy Halloween Looks for Frozen's Snow Queen

Fri 10:51 AM — When I was young, I wanted nothing more but to be able to freeze things just like one of my favorite X-Men characters, Iceman. Now, Disney's most successful animated film to date, Frozen, brought another icy childhood favorite to the scene—The Snow Queen. And with Halloween ri ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Create One Inbox for All Your Instant Messaging Apps on Android

Fri 9:24 AM — Your favorite instant messaging service might not be your friend's preferred choice of communicating, and your sibling might prefer yet another. So when they send you messages via different apps, it's like having one address but multiple mailboxes on a single porch. To fix th ...more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 » How-To
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Use Your iPhone's Camera to Solve Difficult Math Problems Instantly

Fri 7:31 AM — Math homework isn't the easiest thing to get through quickly, no matter how prepared you are. Knowing your stuff simply won't cut it. Going through dozens of equations in one sitting could take up hours of your time. Even when you finish, there's always going to be that one pr ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Outsmart Mice

Fri 7:30 AM — This post is brought to you by TOMCAT. Video: . TOMCAT 1 oz. bait blocks kill up to 12 mice, based on no-choice laboratory testing, which begs the question, what will they do with all those dead mice? TOMCAT presents the Dead Mouse Theatre series featuring the dramatic tales o ...more

Housekeeping » How-To
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Go Green This Halloween with These DIY Gamora Makeup Looks

Thu 4:42 PM — With Guardians of the Galaxy's popularity this year, Gamora will obviously be the go-to costume for anyone looking to stand out in a crowd. Not only is she a strong, intergalactic warrior, but she's the perfect persona when you need to become part of your friends' group Guardi ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Jailbreak iOS 8 on Your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch (& Install Cydia)

Thu 4:11 PM — Well, that was fast. Usually it takes a few months for a jailbreak method to be uncovered for new versions of iOS, but the team as Pangu were not only up to the task, they knocked it out of the park. You may recall that Pangu was the software behind the iOS 7.1.X jailbreak, a program that took months to flesh out. Now they're back, less than a month after the release o ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Lock Down Your Google Account with Google's New Physical Key

Thu 1:48 PM — While most of us don't think twice about dragging a pattern or using Touch ID to open our phones, or entering a password in for our email and bank accounts, these features are there to protect some of our most private information. Only problem is, they don't do a good job of i ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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Hacker Hurdles: DEP & ASLR

Thu 9:15 AM — This is the first installment in a new series that I am calling "Hacker Hurdles." These are things, methods, techniques that make our job as hackers more challenging and difficult. Don't misunderstand me, these items don't make our task impossible, but rather more challenging ...more

Null Byte » How-To
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Killer Cupcakes: 6 Cute & Creepy Halloween Desserts

Thu 1:16 PM — While it's true that the once ubiquitous cupcake no longer strides the culinary landscape like a mighty colossus, it is still a force to be reckoned with, especially when certain holidays roll around, like Halloween. It makes sense. Not only are cupcakes the ultimate convenience food, they lend themselves to all kinds of decorations. Read on to see all the creative way ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Get Instant Answers Right from Chrome's Search Bar

Thu 11:00 AM — Google continues to be the most commonly-used search engine for a reason. While continuing to stay ahead of the pack with advanced semantic search functions, Google even introduced Knowle ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Make a Free Microphone Pop Filter Entirely Out of Paper in 5 Minutes

Thu 9:15 AM — In this video, I'm going to show you how to make an effective DIY pop filter using nothing but a few sheets of paper and a tissue. This will give you an excellent quality recording with y ...more

Recording & Production » How-To
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Appear.in Makes Video Chatting Easy with No Logins or Downloads

Wed 5:46 PM — These days, phone calls aren't always the best way to communicate with others. Maybe you need to reach people out of the country, or you simply want to have a more visual conversation. Ei ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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Best Halloween Costume Ever

Wed 5:45 PM — This is quite possibly the most disturbing Halloween costume ever. Seriously. It nailed creepy down to a tee. A friend of Redditor YouHadMeAtBacon did this gory unzipped zipper face makeup, and it's by far the best I've ever seen. Unzipped Zipperfaces in Action The following ...more

Halloween Ideas » Inspiration
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Noseprint Security: How to Unlock Your iPhone with Your Nose

Wed 4:36 PM — The Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S was one of the phone's biggest selling points. Now, the Touch ID system can do more than just unlock your phone, like pay for stuff, and is even present on the new iPads (as well as iPhone 6 models, of course). But what happen ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Log into Your Favorite Websites Using Your Phone's Camera

Wed 3:06 PM — With all of the different websites we use in our day-to-day lives, keeping track of our numerous login credentials can start to become a hassle. This has created a market for password managers that aim to centralize these account credentials and generally streamline the proces ...more

Digiwonk » How-To
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How to Be Maleficent for Halloween: DIY Horns, Dress, & Makeup for Cheap

Wed 1:22 PM — Casting Angelina Jolie as Maleficent was a no-brainer on Disney's part. No one else could project beauty, elegance, and fear simultaneously just like the animated villain in Sleeping Beauty did. But what sets the character apart from other evil witches, or any other Disney cha ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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21 Must-Know Tips & Tricks for Mac OS X Yosemite

Wed 11:54 AM — By now, you've probably already installed 10.10 Yosemite, the newest version of Mac OS X, on your computer. While you most certainly noticed the visual changes, you might have missed some of the really cool additions. We've spent the last few days getting to know it, and let me tell you, this isn't a mere redesign—there are a ton of new features packed in that make lif ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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Organic, Cage-Free, Natural: The Truth Behind Egg & Chicken Labels

Wed 8:01 AM — Food labeling is a tricky beast. For instance, when I read the words "cage-free" on an egg carton, I think it means that happy chickens frolic in a sunlit meadow all the livelong day until they're gently herded into a clean, sweet-smelling coop to lay a few dozen eggs—which I ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Yes, Yosemite Is Tracking You, But You Don't Need to Freak Out

Tue 6:15 PM — One of the biggest improvements in Mac OS X Yosemite came to the Spotlight search feature, allowing users to not only search through their applications, but also their emails, text messages, iCloud, and the web. But with this great power, it seems that Spotlight collects your ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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Easily Resize Images for the Web with This Drag & Drop Automator Action

Tue 3:41 PM — Automator takes the work out of common repetitive tasks in Mac OS X. One of my least favorites is resizing images for the web, so I created a drag and drop action to quickly do it for me. Step 1: Download the Automator App This part is pretty easy. Just click here to downloa ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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Install the Android 5.0 Lollipop Messenger App on KitKat

Tue 1:49 PM — With all of the cool new animations and features in the upcoming Android 5.0 Lollipop release, some pretty awesome system apps may have been overlooked amidst the fanfare. Most noticeably, a new Messenger app was added to the OS, containing many touches of Material Design. A ...more

Android Gadget Hacks » How-To
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How to Open Third-Party Apps from Unidentified Developers in Mac OS X

Tue 3:41 PM — Apple has a built-in way to protect you from opening up potentially malicious apps on your computer in Mac OS X Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite. This setting, named Gatekeepe ...more

Mac Tips » How-To
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How to Do Complex & Scary Zombie Makeup for Halloween

Tue 1:37 PM — Zombies are in, as always, and if you want to ride the wave of zombie madness this Halloween, check out this two-part video guide. It will teach you how to create really scary professiona ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Make a Simple Minecraft Steve Costume for Halloween

Mon 1:53 PM — There's no doubt going to be a lot of Steves running around this Halloween, as Minecraft still has a huge community, but those posers are probably just buying their Minecraft costumes. Is ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Root the New Android 5.0 Lollipop Preview on Your Nexus 5 or 7

Tue 11:59 AM — It didn't take long at all for developer Chainfire to sort out a root method for the new Android 5.0 preview build. After handling a few issues with changes to the SELinux kernel module, Chainfire pushed out an update to his popular SuperSU root app. Nexus Root Toolkit developer Wugfresh took the ball and ran with it from there, incorporating Chainfire's updates into h ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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Apple's iOS 8.1 Update Gives iPhones Everything That iOS 8 Promised

Tue 11:02 AM — While the adoption of Apple's newest mobile operating system, iOS 8, was smoother than its predecessor, there were still a lot of bugs and features that needed ironed out. There were lost cellular signals, missing Camera Rolls, a confusing iCloud Drive, and no functioning Appl ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Halloween Food Hacks: How to Make Bloody Jello Worms the Right Way

Tue 8:52 AM — The interwebs is a great source of information, but sometimes said information is not always legit. That can be frustrating when it comes to making fun food, costumes, and arts and crafts for Halloween, like this bowl of "bloody" gummy worms. There are certain tricks you need ...more

Food Hacks » How-To
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Which Stores Accept Apple Pay? The Always Up-to-Date List

Mon 4:33 PM — Now that iOS 8.1 is out, Apple Pay is ready to be accepted at over 220,000 stores across the country using your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. But which businesses will actually accept Apple Pay? Here's your always-up-to-date list. Firstly, since the new iPhone 6 models have NFC-technol ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To
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Conserve Battery Life by Auto-Switching to 2G Data When Your Screen Is Off

Mon 3:40 PM — When you're actively using your phone, a certain amount of battery drain is to be expected. But, if your device is just sitting in your pocket draining its battery, that's when you need to take action. Among the biggest screen-off battery draws are the various connections tha ...more

Nexus 5 » How-To
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AHS Freak Show: DIY Ethel Darling (The Bearded Lady) Makeup FX for Halloween

Mon 1:53 PM — Bearded women are typically more freaky than scary—yet when it comes to American Horror Story, nothing is as it seems. With the introduction of Ethel Darling this season, played by Kathy Bates, bearded women have entered the pantheon of creepy, alongside the show's many other ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Theme the Quick Settings Icons on Your LG G3

Mon 12:12 PM — While the Quick Settings feature on Android is great, manufacturers like HTC, LG, and Samsung took it a step further in their custom skins. For instance, on Samsung devices, you can access the most common toggles at the top of the Notification tray, and you can tap once to acc ...more

LG G3 » How-To
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Print Out These Emoji Cutouts for the Easiest Halloween Costume Ever

Mon 10:28 AM — Emojis have taken over the way we laugh and cry, tell stories, give responses, and show our excitement to get a drink after work—without any actual text required. Can you imagine a world with emoji characters now? I sure can't. With the ubiquitousness of emojis around the world, on smartphones, tablets, and social networks, how could this not be your first thought for a ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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How to Set Up the Bloody Mirror Prank

Mon 10:27 AM — It's almost time for Halloween, and it's not Halloween without a good scary prank. Here's one, that if done correctly, will really freak out just about anyone. Results vary depending on what you have available. You will need an older bathroom mirror cabinet to successfully exe ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Easy DIY Nicki Minaj Costume from the "Anaconda" Music Video

10/19 12:57 PM — Weeks before the music video for Nicki Minaj's Sir Mix-a-Lot-sampled single “Anaconda” dropped, an internet frenzy was sparked thanks to the help of an extremely racy cover image, several promo pictures with her "dancing" with label-mate Drake, and a teaser clip that showed Ni ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Get Meta This Halloween with a Lazy, Last-Minute DIY Selfie Costume

Mon 8:40 AM — Selfies have been around for quite a while, but with the popularity of social media (in particular Instagram) they've become ubiquitous in our culture. There's even mobile apps dedicated solely to selfies. If that and your news feed isn't proof enough, just check with the Oxfo ...more

Halloween Ideas » How-To
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Enjoy Some Politically Incorrect Laughs with CardCast for Android & iOS

10/19 2:55 PM — The future of game night is digital. Your Chromecast is great for watching Netflix or YouTube, but get more use out of it by making it the centerpiece for your next fun get-together. The beauty of using a Chromecast to cast games on a TV is that there's no need to write down ...more

Chromecast » How-To
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The Fastest Way to Delete Unwanted Photos & Screenshots on Your iPhone

10/19 12:57 PM — Apple doesn't make it very easy to delete things quickly from your Photos library, mainly for two reasons. First of all, if you delete multiple pictures at once, it's difficult to know th ...more

iOS Gadget Hacks » How-To