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This Week’s Top Downloads

This Week's Top Downloads

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.

DisplayFusion 7.0 Further Improves Multi-Monitor Wallpapers in Windows

This Week's Top Downloads

A new version of DisplayFusion is out, with tons of new online wallpaper sources (including Astronomy Picture of the Day, Google+, Facebook, Imgur, and more), along with improvements for monitor splitting. The update is free for DisplayFusion Pro users, and new licenses are 40% off through the holidays. Read more here.

Category Tabs for Google Keep Makes Organizing Your Notes Easy

This Week's Top Downloads

Chrome: We love Google Keep, but Category Tabs for Google Keep adds color-coded categories to make it even more useful. Just install the Chrome extension and organizing your Keep notes will be easier than ever.

The Best Privacy and Security-Focused Web Browsers

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Your web browser knows a lot about you, and tells the sites you visit a lot about you as well—if you let it. We've talked about which browsers are best for privacy before, and the best tools to lock your browser down, but there are also entire browsers designed to keep your data as secure and private as possible. Let's take a look at some of them.

Universal ADB Utility Simplifies Common Android Command Line Tasks

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Windows: ADB and fastboot are two immensely powerful tools. If you're new to using them, or just want to simplify the process a bit, Universal ADB Helper can make certain tasks a snap.

IFTTT for Android Gets New Look, a Bunch More Channels

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Android: IFTTT for Android is just as awesome as its web-based counterpart. Today it gets even better with an updated design, plus a couple dozen new channels

Duet Display Mirrors Your Mac's Screen on Your iPad without Lag

iOS/Mac: We've seen plenty of options for display mirroring between a Mac and an iPad, but they tend to be laggy because they work over Wi-Fi. Duet Display fixes that problem by only working over a wired connection.

Add Continuity Support to Older Macs with a Bluetooth Dongle

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Continuity is one of the cooler sets of features in OS X Yosemite, but it's limited to newer Macs that support Bluetooth LE. Now, you can easily add that feature to your older Mac with a Bluetooth dongle and a bit of software.

EasySIMBL Customizes Your Mac with Powerful Plugins

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Mac: There's plenty of software out there to customize your Mac, but EasySIMBL takes a different approach than most. Instead of an app with a bunch of options, EasySIMBL lets you install your own plugins to customize apps, OS X, and more.

Noizio Plays Coffee Shop and Other Ambient Sounds to Help You Focus

This Week's Top Downloads

Mac: There are plenty of tools to help you focus with a little ambient sound, whether it's raindrops falling, the buzz of a coffee shop, or something else. Noizio is a little different because it brings those sounds to the desktop in the form of a menubar app for your Mac

Bop.fm Integrates YouTube, Spotify, and More Into One Player

This Week's Top Downloads

iOS: Bop.fm is a great way to easily share music across services on the web, but their new iOS app makes listening a heck of a lot easier on the go too.

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it’s probably mileena for me. i love her playstyle so much, especially in MK9, it’s super fun to play as her and try out new combos etc. plus, i’ve also just love her as a character! she’s ferocious and beastly but doesn’t let it affect how she portrays herself as a female warrior. 

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Top 10 Food Staples You Can Make Better and Cheaper at Home

Top 10 Food Staples You Can Make Better and Cheaper at Home

Many simple foods are not only easy to make at home, they'll likely be cheaper, healthier, and much tastier than the store-bought varieties. From cheese to peanut butter, here are a few DIY, delicious food projects.

10. Vanilla Extract

Top 10 Food Staples You Can Make Better and Cheaper at Home

Pure vanilla extract is really easy to make—you just need vanilla beans and a cup of vodka, rum, or bourbon. Not only do you get a much better ingredient than the store-bought version (and more extract than if you bought the same amount), everything you use the vanilla extract in (cookies!) will taste better as a result.

9. Cheese

Top 10 Food Staples You Can Make Better and Cheaper at Home

Making your own American cheese, cream cheese, and other cheeses (homemade ricotta is amazing) is surprisingly easy with just a few basic ingredients. Besides having really fresh cheese, you can mix in other flavors if you like.

8. Buttermilk

Top 10 Food Staples You Can Make Better and Cheaper at Home

Most of us don't have buttermilk around all the time, and when we do need it for something, the carton is often too big and we end up wasting the whole thing. Add a little vinegar or lemon juice to milk, though, and you can whip up some buttermilk in a few minutes on the cheap.

7. Spice Mixes

Top 10 Food Staples You Can Make Better and Cheaper at Home

Cajun seasoning, Old Bay, and other pre-packaged spice mixes are very easy to recreate on your own when you have the ingredients list. So instead of paying $5 for a bottle you might not use up before the mixes get stale, just stock up on the basic spices that are behind these mixes. And if you haven't tried it already, you might want to make your own bacon salt too. (Who am I kidding? Go make some bacon salt.)

6. Stock

Top 10 Food Staples You Can Make Better and Cheaper at Home

When you make your own stock, you turn kitchen scraps—things you would normally throw away—into an awesome base for soups and other dishes. Make chicken stock like a pro and customize its flavor and healthiness to your liking. You don't even need a recipe to make vegetable stock.

5. Alternative Milks

Top 10 Food Staples You Can Make Better and Cheaper at Home

Soy milk, nut milks, and nut butters are all cheaper to make at home, not to mention fresher. Our own Dave Greenbaum says he saved 20% on almond milk when DIYing it using organic almonds at home—plus the added benefit of getting almond meal, which you can use in other recipes.

4. Cocoa Powder and Instant Hot Cocoa

Top 10 Food Staples You Can Make Better and Cheaper at Home

You only need three ingredients to make better-tasting, higher quality cocoa mix: powdered chocolate or cocoa, sugar, and a little salt. If you want your hot chocolate to be creamier and taste more chocolatey, add in a few more ingredients to your hot cocoa mix and you'll be all set in these cold winter months.

3. Bread

Top 10 Food Staples You Can Make Better and Cheaper at Home

There really is nothing quite like freshly baked bread. Although some breads may take more time and effort than it's worth, many breads can be made with just a minuteor 5 of prep time. You don't even need a breadmaker: a pressure cooker will bake a warm loaf in minutes or you can "bake" bread dough on the stovetop.

2. Peanut Butter

Top 10 Food Staples You Can Make Better and Cheaper at Home

DIY peanut butter is worlds away from the commercial stuff. All you need is a food processor and five minutes (plus roasted peanuts, of course) to concoct your own better-tasting peanut butter. Let Alton Brown show you how to roast peanuts for it in a wok.

1. Salad Dressing

Top 10 Food Staples You Can Make Better and Cheaper at Home

When you know the formula for salad dressings, there's no need to ever buy packaged dressing (which often has so much salt, sugar, and other ingredients you might not care for), since it's so easy to combine simple ingredients into a great vinaigrette.

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