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The Essential Android Apps for 2018

Which Android app is worth a spot on your new smartphone or tablet? Trying to find the very best of the best is a challenging process, because there are millions of apps to pick from on the Google Play Store. Even if you just scan Google’s “top free” or “top paid” list on a daily basis, you’ll miss out on a lot of…

Get YouTube's Dark Mode (and Ditch Ads) with 'YouTube Vanced' for Android Get YouTube's Dark Mode (and Ditch Ads) with 'YouTube Vanced' for Android

Android: For whatever reason, Google has yet to give its Android YouTube app the long-awaited update that finally unlocks dark mode. iOS users can dark mode. Web viewers can dark mode. But Android? It’s the light side or nothing (at least, as of when we wrote this article).

Make Your Shots Look More Cinematic With These Video Editing Tricks Make Your Shots Look More Cinematic With These Video Editing Tricks

So you shot some footage for your indie film, but it doesn’t quite look like the stuff you see on the big screen. These simple video editing tricks will help make your footage look a lot more like the stuff the pros shoot.

This App Turns YouTube Into Curated TV Stations For Mindless Viewing This App Turns YouTube Into Curated TV Stations For Mindless Viewing

About a year ago, we started binge watching a single show at a time at my house. We typically pick something with at least four or five seasons, and then whenever we’re looking to “watch something” the answer is always the next episode of that show. Yes, we stray from it to catch new episodes of other programs, but…

How to Make Japanese-Style Iced Coffee How to Make Japanese-Style Iced Coffee

Nothing livens up a hot afternoon quite like a cup of iced coffee. Trouble is, a lot of the iced coffee out there is just stale, leftover hot brewed coffee that’s been chilled, or cold brewed coffee with a much different taste. Enter Japanese iced coffee—the best of both worlds.

Mute Autoplay Videos With the Latest Chrome Update Mute Autoplay Videos With the Latest Chrome Update

Chrome 66 is out, and if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t really care when your web browser has a new update, you might want to rethink that approach for this version. Though your browser will automatically update to Chrome 66 (technically, 66.0.3359.117), you should manually trigger that update right now for…

How to Tie Your Shoes With One Hand

Most of us learned how to tie our shoes a certain way using both of our hands. A story about a bunny that goes into a hole or something? Whatever. You don’t need two hands to tell that tale. Here’s how Team U.S.A Paralympic athlete Megan Absten gets her shoes on before a big race, using just one hand.

Necking Doesn't Mean You're in Love

What is love (baby don’t hurt me)? It’s a tough question to answer, and people have been asking it since the dawn of civilization. Perhaps the best way to identify love is to learn what it’s not. This beyond-hokey instructional video from 1950 actually helps draw a clearer line between love and infatuation.

The Best Way to Fold Your Socks

A messy sock drawer means a messy life. You deserve a better start to your day than rummaging around for a matching pair. You could replace all your socks with twenty identical pairs, or you could learn to fold your socks right, so they don’t stretch out or come unmatched. In the video above, we demonstrate the ideal…

'Endless Thread' Podcast Host Ben Brock Johnson Knows the Secret to Great Nachos 

“Endless Thread” is a podcast all about stories found on Reddit. We recently invited host Ben Brock Johnson to our podcast, and while he was here, we had him tell some tales of his own on video. Learn what app he can’t live without, why he refuses to put together anything that involves an Allen wrench, what he’ll…

How to Peel and Slice a Mango

My love for mangos is deep and eternal, but there is no denying that they are slippery little buggers, which makes them a pain to peel. Fortunately, there are two easy ways to peel the gorgeous, golden fruit, neither of which require any single-use, fruit-specific tools.

Why Tim Ferriss Does Not Own a Car 

Recently, Tim Ferriss visited our podcast studio to record The Upgrade. We told him that was all he wanted from him, but then we got out the camera and locked the door. (Oh, we’re kidding. Like he couldn’t bust through any door built by mere mortals, anyway. That’s probably the subject of his next book.)

How to Tame a Wild Horse

Ever wondered how horses go from being wild, free-spirited animals to people’s most faithful travel companion? Grab your lasso, put on your cowboy hat, and get ready to become a horse whisperer. I mean, you’ll probably never need to tame your own horse, but if you did, this is how the masters do it.

Use This Website as Your Antidote to the Mind-Numbing Kids' Videos on the Internet   Use This Website as Your Antidote to the Mind-Numbing Kids' Videos on the Internet  

The stuff that kids watch can be mind-numbingly inane—we get it, Dora’s map, YOU ARE A MAP. Rion Nakaya, a design director and video producer, had the same gripe when she saw the type of video content that was targeted for her three-year-old back in 2011. And then it hit her: Who says children only need to watch…

Use Amazon Prime Now to Help Those in Need

You probably see it all the time: someone sitting alone out in the cold, holding a sign with a scribbled plea for help on it. Well, even if you don’t carry cash anymore, or have time to run to a nearby store, you might still be able to help them with this clever act of kindness.

Why You Should Never Microwave a Hard Boiled Egg

Thinking of finishing off that soft boiled egg in the microwave? Or quickly heating up that already hard boiled egg because it’s too cold? Don’t do it unless you want insanely hot egg on your face.

You Should Definitely Watch Japanese Game Shows With Your Kids   You Should Definitely Watch Japanese Game Shows With Your Kids  

The television lineup at our house is usually strictly divided: there are shows for my kid (80%), shows that my husband and I watch (19.5%), and shows we all enjoy as a family (basically School of Rock). I can now enthusiastically add something to that neglected third category: Japanese game shows.

Six Weird Ways to Start a Survival Fire Without a Lighter or Matches

The times when you need a fire and the times when you have things to start a fire easily don’t necessarily coincide. For those instances, when your survival depends on you keeping warm, you have to get creative with what you can find. These six methods use some unusual tools to turn dry tinder into a toasty campfire.

Is It Legal to Smoke Weed on the High Seas? Is It Legal to Smoke Weed on the High Seas?

Marijuana law is complicated. While many states are legalizing and regulating the substance, the federal government still says possession is against the law. But what if you take to the ocean to get high? Can you still get in trouble out in the deep blue?

Bizarre Old Sesame Street Video Shows You How a Saxophone Is Made

Before “How It’s Made,” there were Sesame Street’s video factory tours: the peanut butter factory dubbed with bluegrass, the postage factory printing dog stamps, the chewing gum factory narrated by excitable children, the 70s-ass cheese artisans, the boisterous hamburger bun factory. The smell of Crayola still makes…

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