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​Keep Mosquitoes at Bay with This Plastic Bottle Bug Trap

No one wants to be eaten alive by mosquitoes, but there's no need to resort to harsh chemicals to keep them at arm's length. Instructables user …

6 Ways Your Smartphone Can Replace Your Entertainment Center

They can text, tweet and take pictures — but can smartphones replace an entertainment center?<p>Sure, you can download Netflix or the HBO Go app, but …

10 Pancake Common Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them

How to make pancakes like a short order cook. Just avoid these common mistakes!<p>For many Americans, pancakes evoke a certain kind of nostalgia. People make pancakes because they're delicious, crowd-pleasing, and easy. Well, sort of easy. There are a few crucial mistakes that home chefs commonly make …

How to Keep Mosquitoes Away - Nature and Environment

<i>Learn how to keep mosquitoes away with these handy suggestions to repel mosquitoes before they attack.</i><p>Humans have been taking aim at mosquitoes since …

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How to force a patina on carbon steel

Last week I offered a quick review recommending my favorite, dirt cheap pocket knife: the Opinel No. 8. Examining one of my carbon steel blades I was …

How to Run a Portable Version of Windows from a USB Drive

Ever wanted a copy of Windows you can take with you wherever you go, to use on any computer you want? It's possible: here's how to install a portable …

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Knife Skills: How to Cut Citrus Fruit Into Wedges, Slices, and Suprèmes

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>This week, we're gonna show you how to cut citrus fruits into slices (rounds), wedges, and <i>suprèmes</i> (a.k.a. fancy-pants segments). Seems like simple stuff, right? And it is, but doing it right can make a world of difference in how your finished dishes look <i>and</i> taste.<p>…

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The Man Who Duped Millionaires Into Paying Big Bucks For Fake Wine

He was the man with "the nose of a blood hound," as one wine critic once put it.<p>Rudy Kurniawan was once the toast of the fine-wine world, renowned for his ability to find some of the rarest — and priciest — wines in the world.<p>He was also, prosecutors alleged, a fraud who duped some of the country's …

Battlefield 4 review: bullet drop

Battlefield 4 melds elements of its predecessors, but their baggage weighs it down<p><i>Battlefield 4</i> is pushed forward by its legacy, even as it carries that weight on its shoulders.<p>Developer DICE is moving the series towards bigger, well, battlefields — more vehicles, more emergent spectacle, more …

Two men robbed of their Xbox One consoles minutes after buying them

Two men have been robbed of their top-of-the-range games consoles minutes after buying them.<p>The pair, aged 25 and 27, were among the first to get their hands on the brand new Microsoft Xbox One in Gloucester when it went on sale at midnight on Friday.<p>Gloucestershire police said the men had returned …

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Grand Theft Auto V accounted for 50% of all games software sold last month—and that’s bad news

<i>This item has been corrected.</i><p>Two sets of numbers out this week show just how quickly the ground is shifting in the videogame industry. Figures from the NPD Group, released monthly and watched closely, show a bumper September for videogame retail sales. Total US sales came in at $1.08 billion across …

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2014 Z/28: The Baddest Camaro Ever

It costs more than a ZL1, has less horsepower, and only comes with one speaker. So why would you want a Z/28? Because its the most aggressive, driver-focused Camaro ever made. Oh, and its warrantied for driving on the track.<p>It costs more than a ZL1, has less horsepower, and only comes with one …

Stuck loading Grand Theft Auto Online? Try these fixes

Grand Theft Auto Online — the multiplayer element of open-world action game Grand Theft Auto V — launched Tuesday, but a lot of players haven’t even made it through the tutorial yet. Publisher Rockstar said to expect problems at launch, and actually getting into the first tutorial race is now the …

Troy Polamalu times the Titans snap count perfectly, wrecks Jake Locker

Troy Polamalu has to have ESP at this point. Jake Locker has to have a pretty huge bruise.<p>Troy Polamalu has some disturbing, innate ability to guess when the opposition is going to snap the ball. Jake Locker found that out Sunday in violent fashion.<p>This was so close to being the most hilarious …

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Carbyne could upset graphene as the strongest material in existence

Graphene, a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon atoms, has been the recent wunderkind of the material science world. It is the strongest material in …

Leaked NSA audit reveals thousands of “unintentional” surveillance incidents in U.S.

An internal NSA audit and other documents leaked by Edward Snowden have revealed widespread privacy violations as a result of the agency’s …

Manual reveals how Sony's rumored 'lens cameras' will actually work

Sony's new "lens cameras," wireless accessories that clip onto your smartphone and turn it into a high-quality point-and-shoot camera, have been detailed again, this time through a leaked manual. <i>Sony Alpha Rumors</i> (SAR) has previously leaked photos of the devices, and is back now with a lot more …

'Fatberg' dead ahead! 15 tons of slime and wet-naps clog London sewer

A 15-ton "fatberg," caked with grease and fortified with wet wipes, was extracted from London sewers — in the nick of time — by an expert team of sewage flushers from the Thames Water company.<p>Had the titanic mass gone undiscovered, a company press officer told NBC News, "We could have had sewage …

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FBI Can Remotely Activate Android Smartphone And Laptop Mics, WSJ Reports

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the FBI employs a number of high-tech hacker tactics in its efforts to round up information on suspects, including the ability to remotely activate microphones on Android devices and notebook computers, according to one of its sources who is described as a …