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Grill The Ultimate Bacon Burger!

With a few secret moves, you can build the summer’s best burger.<p>You probably think you already grill the ultimate burger. Maybe you have your own secret weapon you blend into the burger meat. Or maybe you have a proprietary technique to shaping the patties. But, regardless of your burger …

8 Ways to Upgrade Your Gin and Tonic

There's nothing simpler than a classic gin and tonic. But the old-school cocktail can be made fizzier, boozier and more intense. Mad genius Dave Arnold reinvented the G&T with high-tech equipment, but there are easier ways to do it at home. Here, eight ways to dress up and remake one of the world's …

Ode to a Coconut

It's incredible how a single ingredient can change a chef's perspective. For me it was the coconut.<p>Though I've spent years in kitchens across the U.K., it wasn't until I moved to Mustique that I discovered the wonders of this fascinating little fruit. Mustique is lush with coconut trees and I …

4 Cornmeal Alternatives for Crispy-Crusted Trout Fillets

Cornmeal isn’t the only way to get that fillet nice and crispy. Here, four more ways to coat and fry trout.<p>Coating a trout fillet in cornmeal before …

No-Bake Energy Bites Are The Little Healthy Snack Your World's Been Missing

Snackers, rejoice! The no-bake energy bite is everything you never knew was missing from your snack routine. Sure, the office vending machine will miss you, but you'll have confidently moved on.<p>This delightful treat is entirely customizable, portable and -- most importantly -- delectable. To craft …

10 Belgian Beers You Should Be Drinking Right Now

<i>Joshua M. Bernstein</i><p>"Want one?" Stillwater Artisanal's Brian Strumke asked me last Saturday, extending a cold can of bright-yellow Classique.<p>Normally, this question would've been a no-brainer. His earthy, fruity, and slightly funky session beer is one of my favorites, perfect for quaffing from …

Why You Should Be Drinking Tepache Cocktails

Fermented pineapple liquor. We're into it, and so are bars across the country. Here are 6 new cocktail recipes that feature tepache<p>It only took a few centuries, but <b>tepache</b>, a Mexican pineapple beverage with pre-colonial roots, has now arrived at bars all over the United States. The gently boozy …

Flavors

Rum, White and Blue: American Rums for July 4th

Every July 4th, you hear a whole lot about American whiskey, and with good reason -- drinking bourbon and rye from the good ol' US-of-A is a pretty terrific way of celebrating our independence from the gin-guzzling Brits. It doesn't hurt that whiskey, rye at least, has a connection to the birth of …

15 Dinner Recipes that You Should Really Eat for Breakfast

Our favorite breakfasts look an awful lot like dinner—here are the best nontraditional breakfast foods to start your day.<p><b>It's time breakfast breaks free from its shackles.</b> Think about it: We're totally cool with pancakes and bacon for dinner, so why shouldn't we inject a little dinner food into our …

Cooking

The Most Important Kitchen Tools to Bring to a Vacation Rental

Vacation rental kitchens aren't always up to snuff, so bring along these tools and ingredients to make sure you'll enjoy the best of the local produce<p>If you're anything like us, you travel to eat. Farm stands, cheese shops, butchers, bakeries—that's our kind of tourist attraction. And renting or …

From Cocktails to Dessert: A Complete Menu for Your Next Summer Dinner Party

You've invited friends over for dinner, now you've got to decide what to cook. Try this easy and foolproof Mediterranean-style menu. All of the dishes are crowd-pleasers and you can make most of them ahead of time, so all that's left to do when your guests arrive is reheat and fire up the</b> …

Recipes

The 7 Most Common Ways to Screw Up Your Chocolate Chip Cookies

It might seem impossible to mess up chocolate chip cookies, but people do. Here are the 7 mistakes you should avoid when baking them.<p>Chocolate chip cookies might be the first thing you ever baked—scoops from a tub of cookie dough, dropped straight onto your baking sheet. Though those drop-and-bake …

Master the Art of the Summery Sunday Supper With These Light & Bright Recipes

A classic Sunday supper doesn't have to mean heavy, hearty braised meat—try these lighter, fresher projects for dinner this weekend.<p><b>We love hunkering down to tackle a big recipe on winter weekends</b>. But just because the weather's hot and steamy up doesn't mean you can't tackle a stellar dinner …

Cooking

Samsung Gear Fit Review: A Combined Fitness Band And Stylish Smartwatch For Your Galaxy Smartphones

The Samsung Gear Fit is one of three smartwatches announced this year by the South Korean company. Focusing on exercise and the quantified self, the Gear Fit is a smartwatch with a higher purpose. I’ve been wearing one for the last two weeks to review both the Gear Fit and the S Health software it …

Android Malware Holds Your Photos, Videos for Ransom

A new type of malware found on Android devices can take your mobile photos, videos and documents hostage and hold them for ransom.<p>According to <i>Ars</i> …

Inside HealthKit: Apple’s Answer to the Quantified You

Apple’s plan to help apps, third party devices and healthcare services collect, quantify and share your health data is ambitious and, if it works as …

New Chrome extension hopes to demystify encryption

Google launched a two-pronged attack against unencrypted email on Tuesday, divulging which webmail providers don't encrypt their customers' webmail in a new Transparency Report update, while making it easier for individuals to implement the tough email encryption standard known as Pretty Good …

Acer shows off 'Extend' app allowing you to control your phone from your PC

For every promising concept we see, there's one that gets scrapped before ever making it to market. That's what happened with Acer's "Extend" dock, an accessory that would have allowed you to connect your smartphone to a clamshell-style dock with a display, keyboard and a spare battery to recharge …

Long-Delayed Connected Device Tile Finally Starts Shipping

The Bluetooth-powered lost item finder called Tile, which last summer raised $2.6 million via crowdfunding, has finally begun shipping, the company now claims. Early backers may be a bit skeptical, given the delays the company experienced since raising a significant round of funding many months …

Defend Your Cubicle With A Nerf Sentry Gun

You'll be the undefeatable champion with this one<p>Tell workplace pen thieves and pranksters how you really feel with a barrage of foam darts. This project hacks a Nerf gun to automatically fire at large heat signatures. Simply replace the toy’s trigger system with a servomotor, wire up a home …

Meet the Smartisan T1, a surprisingly unique Android phone from China

A little over a year ago, a fresh Chinese startup by the name of Smartisan ("smart" and "artisan" combined) showed off its first work: the Android-based Smartisan OS. What caught our attention was its truly unique UI and insanely thoughtful UX features, so naturally, we had very high expectations …

Your corporate internet nightmare starts now

<i>Boop boop beep boop — *snap* — boop boop.</i> You stare at the decaying paint chips on your bedroom ceiling while that stupid jingle loops again. It’s the only ringtone that comes free with your AT&T phone, and you hear it everywhere. You hear it when you wake up. You hear it when you’re walking down …

How the NSA & FBI made Facebook the perfect mass surveillance tool

<i>Update May 15 at 3:11 PM ET: Facebook and Akamai responded to VentureBeat’s report. Read their responses here.</i><p>The National Security Agency and the FBI teamed up in October 2010 to develop techniques for turning Facebook into a surveillance tool.<p>Documents released alongside security journalist Glenn …

Tado unveils Cooling system for smartening up air conditioning systems

Want to stick some smarts into your old non-connected air conditioning system rather than buying some fancy-pants new unit? Tado, the German Nest(s …

Kickstarter of the Week: KEEO Carbon – The First Keyholder w/a Smartphone Tracking App

- May 11, 2014<p>I will admit that I have lost my keys at least 10 times in my life. In most cases I found them after a frantic search, but it is a …

Scientists uncover a secret of aging: Young blood helps restore elderly mice

A group of studies focused on properties of blood linked to rejuvenation, and human clinical trials are coming soon<p>Sarah Gray<p>May 5, 2014 5:00pm (UTC)<p>Three studies, two from Harvard and one from Stanford, track the miraculous ability of young blood to rejuvenate both mental and physical abilities in …