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How-To: Remap Windows keyboards to match the Mac keyboard layout

Over the last few days I’ve been finding myself using a keyboard designed for Windows users on my Mac. The reason behind such a change was that my MacBook Pro’s keyboard was causing wrist pain. The shallow key travel of the MacBook’s keyboard is partly to blame.<p>I just so happened to have an …

Turn Your iPhone Camera Into A Lousy VHS Camcorder

This app is extremely cheesy, but it’s so charming, and so well executed, that we can love it without burying our affinity under some ironic detachment. VHSCam, by Rarevision, is a $4 app that turns the pristine HD videos of your iPhone into the murky, glitching tape reels that define home videos …

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The Backed Pack: Nuimo smart controller is one disc to rule them all

<i>Each week our friends at Backerjack provide an update on a hot crowdfunded tech gadget. This week we profile Nuimo, which has tripled its funding goal.</i><p>With the number of apps for it slowly increasing, the smartwatch has a shot at supplanting — or at least complementing — the smartphone as the …

Why the DIY smart home revolution won't work

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) is seemingly everywhere – from home improvement to healthcare. The DIY Network is an entire television channel devoted to projects you can do yourself. When a simple search can find pages of Pinterest projects for every room in your house and day of the year, the allure and …

How to set up a personalized start page on your own domain that works everywhere

There are several browser add-ons to add frequently visited sites and other features to your blank New Tab page, but I prefer using a custom start page hosted on my domain instead.<p>It’s a simple page that just contains a bunch of links in columns, along with a clock and a Google search box. I run …

10 Easter Brunch Recipes That Will Become Family Favorites

Whether you are looking for something sweet, savory, healthy or indulgent this Easter, I've got you covered. And the best part -- all of these Easter recipes are incredibly easy!<p><b>1. Spinach & Cheese Strata</b><p>This elegant brunch strata -- really a savory bread pudding with spinach, cheese and cubes of …

15 Best Egg Dishes for Easter Brunch

Get ready for Easter Sunday with these eggy recipes.<p>Get ready for Easter Sunday with these 15 eggy recipes.<p>1. Brioche with Prosciutto, Gruyère and …

No Need to Hunt: 11 Drinks the Easter Bunny Left for You to Enjoy

<i>Pictured: Sloe Gin Fizz recipe from CHOW</i>Whether you celebrate Easter or not, the sight of Cadbury Creme Eggs and marshmallow Peeps on grocery store …

The 10 Best Budget Bourbons

With the holidays behind us, it's time to scale back, tighten the belt, buckle down, and engage in other cliches that mean spending less money on booze. This week, we'll start considering the best ways to save a little cash and still drink well, one spirit at a time.<p>Today, I'm covering bourbon. …

Fitbit announces three new activity trackers, including a GPS watch

The last year has been a bit rough for Fitbit. The biggest thorn in its side has obviously been the allergic reactions to, and the subsequent recall of, its Force fitness tracker. Despite having spent the better part of 2014 without its flagship model on store shelves, the company still holds a …

How to Improve a Classic Bloody Mary -- With Pickles

<i>All week long, we're highlighting some of our favorite New York-based makers, whose goods you can find in our I Heart NYC collection on Provisions. Follow along for a taste of New York -- without stepping foot on a subway.</i><p><i>Today: Rick Field of Rick's Picks gives a nuanced boost to the classic Bloody</i> …

Upgrade Your Garage Door with Arduino and RFID

[Jason] really wanted to build an RFID controlled garage door opener and decided to turn to Arduino to get the job done. For someone who’s never …

How to Make Perfectly Flaky Biscuits

<i>There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.</i><p><i>Today: It's brunch season, which means only one thing -- it's time to perfect your</i> …

How to Make a Vinaigrette Without a Recipe

<i>Here at Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.</i><p><i>Today: Food52's Associate Editor Kenzi Wilbur holds vinaigrettes near and dear to her heart. This is how she makes</i> …

Portable Pies are the Best Pies

Ever been tempted to eat an entire pie by yourself? Now you can! Enter the blueberry hand pie.<p>There is no greater joy than holding an entire pie in your hands and then eating the entire thing. Of course, this sort of irresponsible behavior is also rather conducive to bellyaches. So how is one …

Grilled Steak with Parsley-Parmesan Salad

4 Servings<p>The rich and beefy flatiron is also known as a top blade steak, but you can use any cut.<p>May 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>1½ pound flatiron steak<p>3 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling<p>Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper<p>2 cups fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves<p>2 oz. Parmesan, …

White Peach Sangria Recipe

Herbaceous and tart, this is a cocktail drinker's sangria. Rosemary and gin add a layer of herbal complexity against the sweetness of white peaches.<p>Ingredients3 ripe white peaches, pitted and cubed6 tablespoons sugar1 tablespoon juice from 1 lemon9 (3-inch) sprigs rosemary, plus more for garnish if …

All About Flank Steak, and 6 Tips on How to Cook It

<i>Each week this summer, Cara Nicoletti of The Meat Hook is helping us get to know our favorite cuts a little bit better – and introducing you to a few new ones, too. Read on, study up, then hightail it to your nearest butcher.</i><p><i>Today: We're learning all about flank steak -- including how to cook it to</i> …

Soda Recipe: Homemade Ginger Ale

Peel and finely grate the ginger (I use a Microplane). You should have about 2 tablespoons of grated gingerroot.<p>Bring the water to a boil in a small …

Ultra-Smashed Cheeseburgers Recipe

Classic smashed burgers are all about maximizing that deep, brown crust. But I found myself wondering: What if I were to take this to the extreme? Was there a way I could pack even more flavor into a burger? And thus, the ultra-smashed burger was born. Same burger size, but twice the amount of …

How to Make a Tom Collins

<i>When he's not busy running the cocktail program at New York City's Maialino, Erik Lombardo is giving us the rundown on all things spirits -- and showing us the best ways to drink them.</i><p><i>Today: Our official drink of summer -- and how to adapt it all season long.</i><p>Maintaining a well-stocked liquor …

5 Tricks to Making a Really Excellent Burger

<i>Each week this summer, Cara Nicoletti of The Meat Hook is helping us get to know our favorite cuts a little bit better – and introducing you to a few new ones, too. Read on, study up, then hightail it to your nearest butcher.</i><p><i>Today:</i> <i>From cuts to fat content to seasoning, Cara is teaching you 5 simple</i> …

The Food Lab Turbo: Easy Fingerling Potato Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing

Dill, potatoes, and sour cream go hand in hand. Just ask any Scandinavian and they'll tell you. That said, most Scandinavian-style potato salads tend to be extraordinarily creamy. This version uses only the barest touch of sour cream, instead relying on good technique to pack the potatoes with …

Dublin Iced Coffee

Makes 1 Servings<p>A delicious mix of caffeine, dessert, and danger.<p>June 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 oz. strong cold-brew coffee<p>2 oz. stout (such as AleSmith Speedway or Guinness)<p>1½ oz. Irish whiskey<p>¾ oz. simple syrup<p>1/2 ounce heavy cream<p>Freshly grated cinnamon stick (for serving)<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Mix …

All About Smoking + A Pulled Pork Sandwich

<i>Sunday Dinners comes to us from our own chef/photojournalist/farmer/father figure Tom Hirschfeld, featuring his stunning photography and Indiana farmhouse family meals.</i><p><i>Today: A smoky, fuss-free pulled pork sandwich -- just in time for barbecue season.</i><p>The barbecue we know today is a far cry from …

How To Make Classic Pulled Pork

<i>Each week this summer, Cara Nicoletti of The Meat Hook is helping us get to know our favorite cuts a little bit better – and introducing you to a few new ones, too. Read on, study up, then hightail it to your nearest butcher.</i><p><i>Today: We're showing you how to make classic homemade pulled pork, no</i> …

Memphis-Style Barbecue Nachos, and Some Thoughts on Sauce

<i>Sunday Dinners comes to us from our own chef/photojournalist/farmer/father figure Tom Hirschfeld, featuring his stunning photography and Indiana farmhouse family meals.</i><p><i>Today: Rethink your nachos with a tangy-sweet barbecue sauce straight out of Memphis.</i><p>Great barbecue is about the cut of meat, the …

5 Ways to Make Iced Coffee Better

<i>It is officially iced coffee season. So today, Stumptown Coffee's Katie Bernstein is showing us how to make our cold brew better -- from gear to add-ins, like ice cream and booze.</i><p>Good iced coffee is much more than just the sum of its parts. The right method and the right coffee to use also depend …

Hiring up, but Yellen 'dashboard' signals caution

WASHINGTON (AP) — With employers ramping up hiring and the unemployment rate sinking in the past year, pressure is rising on Janet Yellen's Federal …

The buried Mac setting that can save your inkjet's color ink

It feels like my Canon Pixma inkjet is perpetually low on ink -- color ink, in particular. One of the three color ink tanks seems to be always low or out of ink.<p>I often print a document in color when I don't need to because the grayscale option is buried in Preview's print window. If it were on the …