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Bokeh, that creamy out-of-focus area in photos, can be manipulated to achieve subtle and beautiful results. Today we’re going to show you how to turn some dirt cheap materials into a custom bokeh lens hood.

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This fascinating TEDTalks video shares interesting history and facts about asteroids that have crashed to Earth in the past, asteroids currently in the ‘solar neighborhood’, and ways that we could defend our planet from them.

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iOS: If you’re looking for a way to legally (albeit not with Apple’s blessing) get Siri on your jailbroken iPhone or iPad, Spire is a clever port of the application that downloads all the copyrighted components directly from Apple.

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As the size of your Power over Ethernet (PoE) project grows, the price grows along with it. This DIY solution will help you roll out a modest PoE system without breaking the bank.

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Like button explained… [MakeUseOf]

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Chrome: You have a bunch of tabs open, you want to share them with a friend, but you don’t want to cut and paste all the URLs. One-click solution Tabulate! takes the hassle out of sharing your tabs.

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Once a week we round up some of the reader questions we’ve answered and share them with the greater How-To Geek audience. This week we’re looking at trouble shooting a monitor with black bars, how to retrieve a file from a system restore point, and finding duplicate photos.

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Android: Dropbox just rolled out an update for their Android mobile client; grab it today to enjoy a slew of new features including faster menus, bulk upload, and more.

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If you’re a board game fan you’re all to familiar with how precisely the box components fit when you first unwrap it and how loosely they fit afterwards; use this clever hack to keep things tight and tidy.

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Android: If you’re worried you’re not getting enough sleep but not sure how to keep a close eye on it, SleepBot is feature-packed app that analyze your sleep patterns, integrates with alarm clocks, and more.

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Running Windows 8 from a USB should not be confused with installing Windows on a USB drive–in this case, instead of installing it on the drive, we’re just running it straight from the portable drive. Here’s how to do it.

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Continuing our series on using Windows Server 2008 as a desktop OS, today we’ll talk about how to re-enable the sound features, which normally aren’t needed on a server, but would be useful if you are using it as a desktop.

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Ubuntu’s Unity desktop environment has customizable keyboard shortcuts and animations, but its options are all hidden. We’ll show you how to get started with the CompizConfig Settings Manager and point out some of Unity’s more interesting configuration options.

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Our Christmas edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness such as Facebook’s upcoming addition of sponsored story ads to your newsfeed, the breach of US Chamber of Commerce systems by Chinese hackers, the lawsuit against Sony for their no-suing rules, and more.

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