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The Highway at Night Desktop

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:00:00 GMT

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Reader Sebastian submitted this beautiful desktop to our Desktop Showcase, and the combination of the wallpaper and a few tasteful skins is a solid, sharp look. Here’s how he set it all up.

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TP-Link's Newer, Smaller Smart Plug Has Never Been Cheaper

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:56:43 GMT

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Wi-Fi smart plugs have been around for awhile, but only now are they getting small enough to only cover up a single outlet. The new TP-Link Smart Plug Mini is the same TP-Link Smart Plug you know and love, but you know, miniaturized.

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Simmer Stew in the Oven for Hassle-Free, Even Cooking

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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There’s something about a stew pot, simmering on the stove, but for the ultimate in low-effort cooking, pop it in the oven. You’ll get even, all-around heating, free up your burners, and you won’t have to stir or fiddle with it as often.

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Remains of the Day: Offline Playback Is Coming to Hulu

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:30:00 GMT

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Later this year Hulu subscribers will be able to download shows and watch them offline. Netflix added the feature at the end of last year, alleviating in-flight boredom for many subscribers without Wi-Fi. That and more in today’s news.

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The Best Way to Eat Shrimp Prepared Four Different Ways

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:00:00 GMT

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Shrimp are a popular food, but even those who’ve had it before might have some questions on how to approach different shrimp dishes. You need to know what utensils are best, how to peel them, and when it’s okay to eat the shell.

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Today's Best Deals: Activewear, CarPlay, iPhone Cases, and More

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:55:00 GMT

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Amazon’s one-day activewear sale, an Aukey condenser microphone, and CarPlay for for existing vehicle lead off Wednesday’s best deals.

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Burner, the Disposable Phone Number App, Gets Nomorobo Integration to Block Spam Calls

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:30:00 GMT

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Burner’s latest update adds support from Nomorobo, the spam call blocking service that keeps telemarketers from ruining your dinner.

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We Are Julia Collin Davison and Bridget Lancaster, Hosts of America's Test Kitchen, and This Is How We Work

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:00:00 GMT

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For over sixteen years America’s Test Kitchen has approached cooking through a methodic, scientific lens, explaining how to execute a recipe to perfection. In a crowded landscape of culinary television, they stand out for their rigorous testing and accessible recipes.

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How Isaac Asimov Avoided "Getting Stuck" While Working

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:30:00 GMT

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When you’ve hit a wall while working on a project, there’s no sense in banging your head against it. Here’s how Isaac Asimov, the prolific science fiction author and science writer, worked his way through creative blocks.

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MenuBar Stats 2 Is a Mac System Monitor With Support for Plugins

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:00:54 GMT

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Mac: You have tons of options for different system monitors on the Mac, but if you’re looking for something a little more customizable than the rest, MenuBar Stats 2 is worth a look.

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Pull Up the Get Info Box on a Spotlight Result in macOS With a Keyboard Shortcut

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:30:00 GMT

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Spotlight is a great way to search for just about anything on your Mac, but it’s usually a couple more clicks to get to the Get Info panel if you need it. OS X Daily points out you can get there quickly with a keyboard shortcut.

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How to Stop Mold From Building Up Inside Baby and Bath Toys

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:13:39 GMT

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Cute, squeezeable toys—from Sophie la Girafe to the humble rubber ducky—can fill up with a slimy black mold if moisture gets inside. Fortunately, it’s possible to clean them, and even to prevent the slime from taking hold in the first place.

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How Do I Sell A Car Privately If I Still Owe Money On The Loan?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:23:00 GMT

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You will typically get more for your car by selling privately, rather than to a dealer, but that transaction can get complicated if you still have a balance on your loan. With a little preparation and clear communication with the buyer, you can navigate these extra steps successfully.

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Hemingway, the Writing App That Helps You Edit, Adds Distraction-Free Mode, PDF Export, and More

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:30:00 GMT

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Windows/Mac: Hemingway was originally a clever little web that highlighted common writing errors to help you edit. Then, it came to desktop. Now, it’s getting a free update that adds in a new distraction-free editing mode, PDF export, and more.

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The Best Pizza Sauce Requires One Ingredient and No Cooking

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:00:00 GMT

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The best homemade pizza is made with the best ingredients, but that doesn’t mean those ingredients need to be complicated. In fact, the best pizza sauce has only one ingredient and it requires no cooking at all.

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Save $9 On One Of Your Favorite Anker Desk Lamps

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:31:56 GMT

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Anker’s Lumos line of desk lamps are is our readers’ favorite, and the A4 model (now sold under Anker’s home line, Eufy), is on sale for $31 today, down from its usual $40. The standout feature here is four different color temperatures at five brightness levels, meaning you can energize yourself for an all-nighter, or…

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This Tool Calculates How Much Your Investment Fees Add Up Over Time

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:30:00 GMT

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When you buy and hold a mutual fund in your retirement account, you pay an expense ratio, which is basically a fee to the firm that manages the fund. Typically, expense ratios range from about 0.15% to well over 1%, which doesn’t seem like a huge difference. However, expense ratios add up over time and this calculator…

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Just Open & Type is a Fast, Minimal Notes and Journaling App

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:30:00 GMT

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iOS: There is no shortage of apps for writing down your thoughts, but many writing and note-taking apps suffer from feature bloat that impede the actual writing. Just Open & Type forgoes the unnecessary stuff and lives up to its name.

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Squeeze More Battery Out of Your Phone With Android Doze Apps

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:00:00 GMT

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Android Doze is an unsung hero, saving your battery when you’re not using your phone. Third-party apps like Greenify, ForceDoze, and Naptime can squeeze even more juice out of your phone, but they can do a whole lot more if you tweak them.

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Take a Free Digital Photography Class From Harvard

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:30:00 GMT

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Photography isn’t as easy as many people assume, but you can learn the basics on your own. And if you need some structured lessons, this 12-module course from Harvard will teach you everything from exposure settings to reading histograms.

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How to Choose, Clean, and Care for Your Cutting Boards

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:05:00 GMT

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If you do any amount of cooking, you’re going to need to cut, chop, and slice, and that means you’re going to need a surface on which to perform all of that cutting, chopping, and slicing. Cutting boards come in a varietyof materials, and picking the right one can make all the difference.

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Deepfocus Mixes Ambient Background Noise With Music

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:30:00 GMT

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Some people work or study better in silence, and silence drives other people nuts. If you like background noise, Deepfocus helps you mix music with ambient sounds to help you stay focused while you work.

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Get Set For the Super Bowl With This $14, Amplified HDTV Antenna

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:13:00 GMT

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All of a sudden, it’s 2017 and the Super Bowl is a few weeks away. If you don’t have cable, but are looking for a cheap and easy alternative to streaming the game, how about this $14 amplified antenna?

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