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The Stormy Sea Desktop

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:00

This desktop is simple enough, and Flickr user jsmorley explained that they wanted something just personalized a bit, but nothing over the top. The end result is this dramatic desktop that’s also easy for anyone to duplicate. Here’s how.

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Revive Leftover French Fries by Turning Them Into a Topping-Ready Potato Waffle

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 18:00

Fries just aren’t as good when you reheat them, but that doesn’t mean you should trash the leftovers. Grab your waffle iron and transform them into a crispy base for all kinds of tasty toppings, like cheese, meat, or even a fried egg.

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How to Keep Up With All the Awesome Stuff at Comic-Con This Weekend

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 17:35

San Diego Comic Con kicks off this week and it’s going to be packed to the brim with geeky announcements, posters, trailers, and teases for your favorite shows and movies. Here’s how to keep up with everything that’s going on

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Remains of the Day: You Can Now Play Your Plex Music Library on Sonos Devices

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 17:30

Plex is a helpful way to organize all you media and stream it between devices , but you’ve been out of luck if you also happen to use wireless Sonos speakers. That is—queue the drumroll—until now!

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The Differences Between Wasps and Bees, and How to Identify Their Nests

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 17:00

Wasps, hornets, yellowjackets, and bees all have a lot in common, but there are plenty of ways to tell the difference between them. If you’re not sure what’s causing that constant buzzing out in your yard, these tips will help you find out.

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Increase Your Likability by Asking People to Finish Their Stories

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 16:30

When someone gets interrupted while telling a story to your group, it’s the perfect opportunity to make yourself seem more attentive and likable by asking that person to continue.

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I'm Justin Rosenstein, Co-Founder of Asana, and This Is How I Work

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 16:00

It should come as little surprise that the creator of Asana, a popular project management tool, dutifully tracks his own work with eager intent. Every little detail matters to Justin Rosenstein, from the minutiae of how his product works to the five glasses of water carefully lined in a row on his desk in preparation for the day.

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Pick a Good Eggplant at the Store by Looking at Its Skin and Stem

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 15:30

If you’re shopping around for some fresh eggplant, these simple rules of thumb will help you avoid the ones that have gone bad.

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Enable the Expanded Save Panel on Your Mac Instead of the Obnoxious Dropdown Menu

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 15:00

When you go to save a file on your Mac, you almost always have to click the dropdown arrow if you plan on saving that file anywhere different than where Apple wants you do. This gets annoying, but a Defaults-Write points to a Terminal command that changes this behavior.

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Swiftmoji Finds and Predicts the Perfect Emoji While You're Typing

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 14:30

Android/iOS: We’ve all grown pretty accustomed to how handy predictive text can be, but if emoji is your preferred mode of communication, Swiftmoji, a new keyboard from SwiftKey, is going to be more your speed.

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Learn to Run a Fast Mile With This Training Plan

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 14:00

If you’re bored with running down long stretches of road, here’s your chance to add some variety by taking your running to the track. Nike’s latest training plan will introduce you to sprint-based workouts with the goal of running your fastest-ever mile.

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Treat Your Ears to a Pair of Wireless On-Ear Headphones For $36

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 13:45

We’ve seen our fair share of cheap Bluetooth ear buds, but how about on-ears? Mpow’s Muze Touch headphones are wireless, foldable, and can run for 12 hours on a charge. That’s a heck of a package for $36. Remember, your next phone might not have a headphone jack, so this is as good a time as any to get accustomed to wireless.

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Scrivener Crams Its Massive Manuscript Writing Tool Onto iOS

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 13:30

iOS: Scrivener is one of the best tools for organizing your longform writing, but the lack of a mobile app has always been an issue. Today, that’s finally remedied with the release of Scrivener for iPhone and iPad.

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Transform Seafood Into a Fresh, Spicy Dish with Chile Water

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 13:00

Due to laziness and a strong desire to not turn on any sort of heat source during the summer, I have become a huge fan of dishes that can be prepared without any actual cooking. Perhaps that’s why I’m so enamored with the idea of aguachile, in which super-fresh seafood is “cooked” in a spicy, citrus-y chile water.

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Shoot Long Exposure Photos in Daylight Using Welder's Glass

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:30

Shooting long exposure photos in daylight can create beautiful images that capture movement in a scene, but the filters required can be prohibitively expensive for casual photographers. As this video shows, though, all you really need is a cheap piece of welder’s glass.

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How to Jailbreak Your Kindle

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:00

Last week we learned you can jailbreak every current model of Kindle. Even better, while the process is a bit time-consuming, it’s also pretty easy to do. The end result is a Kindle that’s a little more pleasurable to use. Here’s how to do it.

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The Taxpayer Advocate Service Can Help Resolve Your IRS Issues

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 11:30

If you have an ongoing tax issue, like this Bankrate reader who’s waited two years for a refund, the IRS offers assistance. The Taxpayer Advocate Service is designed to help taxpayers resolve a number of different problems.

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A Normal Parent's Guide To Homeschooling

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:02

“No school today?”

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Lifehacker Pack for Android: Our List of the Essential Android Apps

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:00

With over two million apps in the Play Store, Android is home to one of the biggest app stores in the world. Soon they’ll even be on your favorite Chromebooks as well . In this year’s annual Lifehacker Pack, we’re picking the must-have downloads for every category of app you could ever need.

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