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This Week's Top Downloads

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 19:00

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.

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Make DIY Fire-Starter Pills With Paper and a Plastic Syringe

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 18:00

Good kindling makes starting any type of fire easier, whether it’s your barbecue, fire pit, or a campfire under the stars. These compact fire-starter pills make for great kindling and are super easy to make.

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Gmail Sender Icons Adds Favicons to Gmail for Easier Skimming

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 17:00

Chrome: Favicons are great in browsers because they make it easy to discern one site from another in your tabs at a glance. Gmail Sender Icons takes that same approach to your Gmail’s inbox.

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BatON Shows How Much Battery Is Left In Your Bluetooth Headset

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 16:00

Android: If you use a Bluetooth headset with your phone, you’ll want to know when its battery is about to die. BatON can monitor your accessories and give you a notification when you need to charge them.

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Improve Your Day's Focus by Answering “What Would Make Today Great?” 

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 14:00

In our day to day, it can be hard to focus on the truly important things when everything seems important and to-do lists can be their own sort of hell. Instead of dealing with overwhelm, start by answering, “What would make today great?” to define the things that would make you happy that you did them.

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Making Out is the Most Enjoyable Way to Prevent Tense Jaws and Headaches

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 12:00

Tense jaws are, quite literally, a pain. Like many people, I tend to clench my jaw when I’m stressed—or concentrating, or awake—which often leads to not only sore jaws but terrible tension headaches. Luckily, there is a very fun way you can loosen your jaw and prevent all this; you just need a make-out buddy.

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Top 10 Productivity Tips From Former Presidents

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 11:00

Presidents’ Day is this Monday, which means it’s the perfect time to look back on how some of the greatest people this country has known got things done. Here are ten of our favorite tips from former U.S. presidents.

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10 Clever Uses for Zip Ties

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 10:00

Putting common office supplies to new and interesting uses is definitely old-school life hacking, and one of the most versatile items you can use are zip ties. Here are ten things you can do with zip ties when you’re feeling like a cubicle MacGyver.

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Stay Moist Wherever You Are With Amazon's One-Day Humidifier Sale

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 09:25

Is winter air drying out your skin and attacking your sinuses? Amazon’s marking down a trio of popular compact humidifiers in today’s Gold Box.

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The Most Common Cocktail Sweeteners and How to Use Them

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 19:00

If there’s one ingredient that most cocktails call for, it’s some kind of sweetener. But between all the syrups, sugars, and honeys, things can get confusing. Here’s what you need to know to mix the best drinks at home.

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Remains of the Day: YouTube Ending 30-Second Unskippable Ads

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 18:30

YouTube will be phasing out 30-second preroll ads that you can’t skip. Sounds like good news! They say they want to focus on other, more engaging ad formats, but there will still be 15 and 20-second ads that aren’t skippable. That and more in today’s news.

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Make Your Player's Handbooks Infinitely More User-Friendly With Some Tabs

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 18:00

Nothing bogs down an epic Dungeons & Dragons session like four people thumbing through a player’s handbook for 10 minutes. With a few sticky label tabs, you can find what you need without slowing your games down.

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Giphy Collects Together Thousands of Animated GIFs to Help You Learn Sign Language

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 17:30

Knowing at least a few phrases in American Sign Language is always useful and there are few videos that are a more popular means of learning it than the Sign with Robert series. Giphy has teamed up with Sign with Robert to put together a ton of animated GIFs to help you learn a variety of phrases.

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Build a Weird, Single Song Playing Music Player With a Raspberry Pi

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 16:30

Ever wanted to own a music player that plays one random song at a time? Probably not, because that’s ridiculous. Regardless, it’s a fun project, and over on Hackster.io, DIYer Alain Maur shows off how to build it.

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Groceries Will Soon Have Practical, Standardized Expiration Dates

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 16:00

We’ve long known that the expiration date on groceries is a mess of different terms that mean absolutely nothing. Now, the Food Marketing Institute and Grocery Manufacturers Association have put together a plan that simplifies the label you’ll see on food.

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This Trick Keeps Your Pushups Honest

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:00

A proper push-up takes you all the way down to the ground—but it’s easy to cheat by only going partway down. To be sure you’re getting the full challenge and benefit out of each rep, pick up your hands every time your chest hits the floor.

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The Best External Drives For Your PS4

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 14:45

The clouds have parted, the heavenly choirs are singing, and the PS4 is finally adding support for external hard drives, meaning you’ll no longer have to perform minor electronic surgery to store more games on your console. But this begs the question: What drive should you buy?

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Be an Excellent Host and Give Out Bagels as Party Favors

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 14:00

You know what I miss about grade-school birthday parties? The party favors. Adults should give more party favors and, according to Kelly Conaboy of the Hairpin, those party favors should be bagels.

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