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You've Been Doing it Wrong: The Smart Guide to Microwaving

A refresher course for the hottest culinary gadget of the 1980s<p>A microwave is a tool that few of us use to its full potential. Cue the physics professor: Inside a microwave, a vacuum tube called a magnetron blasts electromagnetic waves at whatever's placed in front of it, the same way a light, an …

Recipes

Best of 2014: 10 Funniest 'SNL' Sketches

Star-Lord, Gandalf and <i>Titanic</i>'s Jack and Rose all make appearances among our favorite <i>Saturday Night Live</i> sketches of the year.<p>There are certainly …

Caramelized Onions Common Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them

It's surprisingly tricky to make caramelized onions. Here's what most people get wrong when cooking them.<p>Caramelized onions are good on pretty much…everything. The only problem? They're surprisingly tricky to make. They take time to slowly brown and caramelize. It's easy to burn them—and it's easy …

Ten Questions to Ask When Hiring a Contractor

Stephen Fanuka, host of DIY Network and HGTV’s Million Dollar Contractor, lays out ten questions to ask when hiring a contractor<p>After years of overseeing building and renovation projects for decorators such as Nate Berkus, Eric Cohler, Thom Filicia, and Gordon Kahn (not to mention celebrity clients …

Hollywood Salaries Revealed, From Movie Stars to Agents (and Even Their Assistants)

Who rakes in a whopping $75 million? Who are the highest-paid TV stars? And how much can you make working in an agency mailroom? In its Money Issue, …

Fast & Furious

'The West Wing' First Episodes: THR's 1999 Review

<i>On Sept. 22, 1999 at 9 p.m., The West Wing premiered on NBC. Earlier that Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter reviewed the new drama, praising the</i> …

Bon Appétit's Rules for Going Out to Eat: Where to Sit, What to Order, How to Share

From when to go to where to sit to what to order, these are the rules that (highly opinionated) Bon Appétit staffers insist on when going out to eat<p>We at <i>Bon Appétit</i> eat at a lot of restaurants. A <i>lot</i>. And none of us more so than resident restaurant-goer <b>Andrew Knowlton</b> (the guy ate three dinners a …

Cooking

Military kit through the ages: from the Battle of Hastings to Helmand

Photographs by Thom Atkinson of military kit through the ages suggest that while technology evolves apace, the experience of soldiers in the face of war is unchanging<p>On a winter’s day in 1915 the family of one Capt Charles Sorley – athlete, soldier and poet – received a package. It was his kit bag, …

British History

What is Audio Return Channel (ARC)?

ARC, or Audio Return Channel, is an HDMI feature, built into many TVs, receivers, and sound bars. It has the potential to simplify setup, but it comes at a potential cost. Here's what you need to know.<p>Audio Return Channel, or ARC, uses a single HDMI connection to send audio from a TV to the sound …

9 tips every Windows user should know

Bypass the sign-in screen<p>Boot to desktop mode<p>Understand the Start button<p>Customize the Start menu<p>Disable hot corners<p>See all of your apps<p>Change the default apps<p>Set a universal wallpaper<p>Create a system image<p>Bonus: Don’t forget about updates

How to Reheat Leftovers, from Pizza to Pasta to Eggs

Our ultimate guide to reheating leftovers like pizza, rice, chicken, steak, pasta, pancakes, eggs, fish, vegetables, muffins, coffee, tea, pie, and risotto

Cooking

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra review: the best phone you'll probably never buy

What we're about to describe is the same kind of phenomenon we experienced with 5-inch phones in 2010. If you recall, that year marked the debut of the Dell Streak 5, an absolutely massive smartphone / tablet hybrid for that time. Fast-forward to 2013, when 5-inch screens are the norm and 6.44-inch …

Cinnamon Sugar Scones

Clever folds in the dough hide pockets of cinnamon and sugar in these simple, lightly sweet scones from <i>One Bowl Baking</i>. Top with your favorite jam, clotted cream, or nothing at all.<p>Excerpted from One Bowl Baking by Yvonne Ruperti. Copyright © 2013.<p>Read the Whole Story<p>Ingredients<b>Scone Batter</b>1 3/4 …

Spaghetti Junction: The $4 Spaghetti That Tastes Almost as Good as the $24 Spaghetti From Roy Choi's 'L.A. Son'

Spaghetti in marinara sauce is not the first meal that comes to mind when I think of <b>Roy Choi</b>. Where does Italian food fit into his Korean-Mexican-American cuisine, and why is it featured in his new cookbook, <i>L.A. Son</i>? Marinara was one of the first dishes Choi mastered once he recovered from his …

Make-Ahead Side Dish Recipes | Slideshow | Leite's Culinaria

Sweet. Spicy. Earthy. And a touch puckery. When did anything--or anyone--at your table boast such character? Certain to compensate for your duller …

Learn the secrets of Google Now voice commands (infographic)

This handy chart lists more than 60 commands for interacting with Google's voice assistant, including some fun Easter eggs. They work with the iOS version, too.<p>At the risk of incurring Android fanboy wrath, Google Now is a lot like Apple's Siri: it responds to voice commands and can perform lots of …

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10 top tips for your Sony Xperia Z1

The Xperia Z1 is arguably Sony's most accomplished smart phone to date, offering incredible power, a pin-sharp HD screen, amazing photographic …

Gear & Gadgets

Install PS4 updates via a USB flash drive

Don't have access to an Internet connection? No need to worry, the PlayStation 4 can be updated with a USB flash drive.<p>A software update will be available for PlayStation 4 owners as soon as they power on the system. While the update isn't required (single player games can still be played without …

Stunning Artistic Home Features Floating Staircase

Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld has designed <i>Casa Cubo</i>, a personal museum of sorts, for an anonymous couple in So Paulo. More than just a place of rest, it is a space for the art enthusiasts to display their wonderful collection. The home away from home is both an architectural project that …

Architecture

How to Make a Peanut Butter Cup the Size of a Pizza

Do you like peanut butter cups? Of course you do! Now it's time to super-size that love—into a PBC cake the size of a small pizza<p>It will come as no surprise to reveal we're Big Fans of peanut butter cups. We like them so much we ate a whole bunch to find out which brand is the best. But for serious …

Dessert

Avegant's head-mounted virtual retinal display offers brilliant definition, we go hands-on (video)

We've never seen a product quite like this, and for Avegant, that's very good news. The startup's prototype virtual retinal display (VRD) delivers insanely sharp definition and a realistic image even with low-resolution sources by projecting directly into each eye using an array of two million …

The Equus Bass 770 in Motion

Proudly put together by the good people of Detroit, this all-American vintage beauty packs all the<p>Proudly put together by the good people of Detroit, this all-American vintage beauty packs all the luxury of modern technology. The Equus Bass 770 by Michigan boutique manufacturer Equus Automotive is …

BitGym will let you exercise your way through Street View scenery (video)

Exercise-driven video tours are nothing new, but Active Theory may have a found a way to keep them interesting with its upcoming BitGym app for Android and iOS. The motion-tracking fitness title will now include Street View Hyperlapse videos that take athletes across whole regions, like New York …

How to recover your lost or stolen phones, tablets, and other devices

Technology is increasingly the target of crimes, but it can also be used to fight back against the perpetrators.<p>Your camera is stolen. Drag an image you shot with the device into a Web page and a free service searches popular photo sites for other images taken with the camera. If the thief posted a …

Identity Theft

US Navy's X-47B is the first unmanned plane launched from an aircraft carrier (video)

After limbering up with taxi tests since December, the X-47B unmanned combat air system has finally taken off from an aircraft carrier, making it the first pilotless plane to have successfully done so, and with a catapult launch to boot. Despite the craft's ability to fly on its own, it was …