Fresh Tools of The Week

From HTML5UP to Intubus, and Gridzzly; this weeks listicle of fresh tools, apps and websites for designers and developers include some really cool resources that are worth trying out for each comes loaded with cool features. These tools are handy resources that are worth using incase one gets stuck in between or else the smart way is to make optimum sue ensuring efficiency and ease.

Take a look at this week’s list of cool tools, apps and websites that have just been introduced to let you make your pick and try them out. Also, we have listed down previous three week’s list of tools incase you have missed out any.

Fresh Tools of The Week [3rd May-9th May]

Fresh Tools of The Week [26th-April-2nd May]

Fresh Tools of The Week [18th-April-25th April]

Fresh Tools of the Week for Designers and Developers

1. HTML5 UP

This is an online tool that offers up great HTML5 site templates which are fully responsive, incredibly customizable, built on intelligent CSS3 and HTML5, and are released completely free under a Creative Commons license.

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2. Gridzzly

Gridzzly is an online service that comprises of custom printable grid paper for you all to choose from a variety of styles including dot grids and line grids. Users can easily choose their grid size using the slider and print a sheet that fits their specific needs.

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3. Overlook.io

Overlook.io is the In-Browser Test Management that lets users test their web app live in the browser. Developers can make optimum use of Overlook.io to put structure around their in-browser testing.

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4. Slowy

Slowy is a real-world connection simulator and bandwidth limiter. It is a tool that helps simulate custom connection’s conditions and limits the network traffic to a specified destination port or interface. It is created for web developers who want to test a website with a real-world connection.

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5. Kaku

Kaku is an Adobe Photoshop plugin that lets user to translate their text layers to a different languages. Users can easily pick up a text layer, set the original language and the one to translate to and a new text layer will be added to their document with the translated text.

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6. Intubus

Intubus is an online tool that lets users sell stuff on their site or social networks. Upload any type of file including graphic, video, music, photo, software or text file thereby setting the price you need, add a description and make a widget. The widget contains your content and other Intubus member’s content in addition. Its as simple as that.

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7. Leaving Pixels Behind

Leaving Pixels Behind is a slideshow with a vector workflow for designers from Todd Parker. With 130+ slides, valuable tips for designers working with vector images or illustrations, this comes as a handy resource worth checking out.

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We will be coming up with fresh tools, apps and websites for designers and developers in the upcoming weeks. So stay tuned and check out what handy tools are rolled out to ease your job.

Source : theneodesign.com

 

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45 Best Free Blogger Templates 2014

Blogspot is the first CMS i ever remember and the first i have used and that too for years before skipping to others due to limited resources back then. Recently blogspot community has evolved to a much higher scale and we can see templates released for blogger without any pause. Many sites give away a lite version of their paid template to us and it is a boon to the blogging community. Lite version is all we need to start our business by the way from scratch.

Most free blogger templates here are recent and many sites doesn’t even has the templates listed here as of right now. Some special releases has been informed and we have listed them here just for you. One, two , three column templates all of them are here even though with little effort and play we can alter the look of the template completely. 2013 has seen huge release of themes for blogspot compared to the last years. When i was using blogger there were almost no quality themes and i had to change website appearance by myself.

Please use this opportunity as in this modern day with rise in technology enthusiasts and themes coders we now see large number of free templates for the blogger community. Also share these newly found templates within your blogger community. The Download file contains xml file and you may have to import the xml to customize your blog. Importing theme xml file and restoring is child’s play as it works flawlessly without messing up the website contents. Enough said, we will continue to update this topic with clean & free blogger templatesreleased in 2013 and further so stay tuned. Share in your comments and add any newly found template as we will include theme here for you. Here are some responsive premium blogger templates 2014 for you.

Sorbet

A blogger template which seems to be inspired by wordpress hexa theme which i have used recently. This theme is clean and responsive with more focus on typography, content  sidebar.

Released: 30 March 2014

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Sorbet Blogger

Moments Blogger Template

A responsive personal blog style template with two columns for each navigation menu on the left and right sidebar.

Release on : 06 Feb 2014

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Moments

Typefocus

A simple two column template for blog-spot bloggers with nice typography and feature images. The sidebar and responsive design layout will inspire everyone.

Released: Jan 2014

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Typefocus Blogger

 

HaletanisLux

A magazine style blogger template with clear blog items, responsive designs, content slider, social buttons etc.

Created on : 24 Jan 2014

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HaletanisLux

Dieting

A dieting website template for blogger with unique slider and responsive design.

Created on: 21 March 2014

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Dieting Template

 

ShotMag – Minimalist Photoblog Blogger Template

A blogspot template file which has been crafted to perfection to suit travel, blog or toe-hr creative websites of your choice. A responsive design will let the website scale to any screen size also helping to create, modify the template.

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ShotMag

LepontoMag Free Blogger Template

LepontoMag Blogger Template is a Beautiful Business Blogger Template with 2 Columns, Right Sidebar, 3 Columns Footer, Featured Content Slider, Top Drop down Menus and Social Buttons.

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LepontoMag

SkyBlue

SkyBlue is a free blogger template with 1 column,responsive design, gallery-styled, fresh look, rounded corners, exclusive design for Blogger, footer columns etc.

DemoDownload

SkyBlue

FameMag – Blogger Template for News & Magazine

FameMag is a minimalist Blogger template for multi-purposes. You can use this blogspot template for writing a personal blog or invite your friend to write as a magazine website.

DemoDownload

FameMag

Magazine Easy News

Easy News is so clean, flexible and has a fully responsive Blogger Template! This template gives you an awesome tool to launch a daily news or magazine website. Easy News has a lot of awesome features, check them out below!

DemoDownload

Easy News

Educator

Educator Blogger Template is utterly stylish yet decent and sober theme designed for BlogSpot based websites. We have designed this template for all those colleges, universities and other institutions who want to have an amazingly professional website with not a lot of expenses.

DemoDownload

educator

Flat Mag Responsive Blogger Template

Flat Mag Responsive Blogger Template is a multi-purpose straight Blogger template precisely designed for multimedia, news bulletin, Entertainment and Technology blogs. With elegant green color scheme, Fla tMag gives you visitors the experience of their life as they go though the responsive and flexible design.

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FlatMag

Vortex Responsive Blogger Template

Vortex is 100% responsive, high functioning and multimedia magazine style blogger template designed for richly professional bloggers and webmasters. It has some efficient features and functionalities that would certainly make you go gaga about this template. Most importantly, this template looks different on each and every device. For example, check it on your PC, Laptop, iPad and even your smartphones you will find all layouts a slight different from others, we call it the excellent designing. Other than that, it has some noteworthy features which are listed below.

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vortex

Fabric

Fabric Blogger template is a simply, and minimalistic theme presenting a woven style that is pleasingly unique among modern web design, Fabric is a premium looking blogger template with the great typography which brings out the true beauty of the Theme.

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Siren Free Blogger Template

Siren Blogger Template is a xml blogger theme is a blog style post and have very nice use of intro. This is very nice template with is a very good.

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Siren

Free Chalkboard template

An old classic styled theme made for new generation monitors as it is fully responsive. The standard two column website will be interesting to see as well.

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Classic Chalkboard

Plazify Responsive Blogger Template

Plazify is a fully responsive magazine template (you can check yourself by resizing your browser) has 2 sidebars and clean layout area.

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Plazify

NewsMagazine – Three Column Blogger Template

This Is a Two Column Blogger Template with Left and Right Sidebars.The Template Colors Are mainly White, Black, Grey and Blue.

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NewsMagazine

TechMatters – Two Column Blogger Template

This Is a Two Column Blogger Template with a Right Sidebar. This xml blogger template will suit great for your technology blog.

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TechMatters

Sentify Responsive Blogger Template

Sentify is super clean and modern design make it suitable for any type of website: creative, agency, portfolio, blog and many more, It is a very powerful, super clean and responsive design. Coded with care in HTML5 & CSS3, Well designed layout area of sentiy also.

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Sentify

Codify Magazine Blogger Template

This is a modern magazine blogger template, which can look great on coding blogs, news blogs, including amazing notification bar.

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Codify

Central Blogger

A magazine template which is simple in design and will suit your design website which is updated daily.

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Central

Cool Three Column Blogger Template

This is another Template with a Left and Right Sidebar and it looks gorgeous straight away. Chilling template for your cool website must try.

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CoolMax

Free Blogger Template – Responsive Portfolio

Responsive Portfolio is a free, professionally designed template for your Blogger site with many useful features. Developed for those who want to showcase their portfolio, it includes the ability to display a jQuery carousel, and the whole template adjusts according to the size of the device it is viewed on.

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Personal Portfolio

RoadRunner Blogger Template

Roadrunner blogger template is a wide theme, designed for users who used to add tons of Ads on their blog. 3 column template with a wide post area. We’ve added 2 navigation bar on left side-bar and a fixed navigation area on top.

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RoadRunner

Tech Blog

We’re releasing a simple (little bit stylish) template which is named as Tech Shadow for all the blogger users.  Totally for tech blogs and menu at the bottom still impress me.

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Tech Shadow

Galauness Grid Blogger Template

Galauness is free premium blogger template with Elegant, Clean and Minimalist Design representing a grid system this theme can help you for many purposes.

DemoDownload

Galauness

 

COM4ME Under Construction Blogger Template

COM4ME is a simple and under construction blog blogger template. its design using blue and black color, there have auto count down option, you can use this theme before start blogging.

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Catalog e-commerce Grid template

Another template with grid styled layout which will impress your visitors for sure. This catalog theme will be useful for e-commerce website due to its grid style and adding cart options will be very easy with blogger.

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Catalogspot

 

PureZ Blogger Template

PureZ is a magazine style clean blogger template. its 2 column blogger template with 1 right sidebar and 4 column footer area.

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PureZ

Mangos

A two column template for magazine and news websites as it is compatibly with every browser.

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Mangos

Blue Blogger Template.

A blue & chilly magazine template specially made for blogger and is free to download at any time. Take your time and grab this special  two column theme.

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Blue blogger

Minute Grid Template

Minuet is a grid based Blogger template with awesome parallax header and tablet optimized layout. This template is coded in best practice and featuring a clean, modern, and minimal design, packed with many possibilities from Template Designer.

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Minute grid

Timeline Blogspot

A timeline inspired template which everyone will love. Using this for blog or news will also bring great results.

DemoDownload

Timeline

K-44 White

This responsive template is probably one of the most beautiful blogger template available to us till date. The template has massive number of unique features which brings the user interaction at its best.

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K-44 White

True Pixel

The template has a elegant look and is very attractive. This template has many in built features in it and is suitable for all type of blogs.

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True Pixel

Flat Blue Magazine Template

A clean flat magazine template colored in blue is just perfect for latest designs trends.

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Movie Blogger Template

A movie blog with free downloads. I guess free to provide freely available movies.

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Posted Blogger Template

A premium looking magazine / news theme which will make your website look clean and nice.

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Posted

Flat Green Blogger Template

A green flat template with horizontal layout on the front page make this perfect for photography authors.

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Spring green

Kont Magazine Blogger Template

Making a professional blog with these magazine / blog template wont get any easier. Suitable for tech blogs, gaming community etc.

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Kontify

Metro Blogger Template

Metro reminds me of inspiration site dedicated on showcasing user interface designs of new apps, tablets etc. A unique style of magazine of magazine blog including subscription and sliders.

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Metrofy

Montric Magazine Blogger Template

A perfect top class magazine template for blogger, no questions asked. This fully packed template consists of  functional scripts designed just enough to fit in the overall Blogger Magazine and with a clean flat design it makes the website stand out.

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Montric

 

35 Free And Professional-Looking WordPress Themes

A theme is the backbone of any website and no blogger wants a poorly designed website. The themeis the part of your blog which will reflect who you are, and what you think of, so it’s very important to have a suitable yet highly attractive theme that will match the purpose of your blog. When it comes to selecting good quality themes, however, most bloggers are not ready to pay big bucks for premium themes.

professional looking wordpress themes

Professional yet free WordPress themes are hard to find, but when quality is your first priority, you need to have the best theme for your WordPress blog. We all know that there are lots and lots of sites out there where you can get great-looking, jaw-dropping WordPress themes for your blog. But almost all of them will make your wallet lighter.

Because we all know that there are other expenses involved when managing a blog, I have decided to compile a list of free premium-quality themes — in no particular order — for WordPress. I hope our readers will find a suitable theme for their blog from the list.

Recommended Reading:21 Free Premium WordPress Themes to Impress

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8 Best Open-Source Ecommerce Platforms to Open Your Own Store

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The modernization of world had led to coming of many businesses online. Businesses have realized the importance of coming up online. That is the main reason why most of the businesses have opted for e-commerce websites. When it comes to some best open source Ecommerce platforms, you have plenty of choices. It might be very difficult for you to decide an open source Ecommerce platform for your own website that might serve people as an online store. Here is the list of some of the best open source Ecommerce platforms on which you can open your own online store.

Best Open-source Ecommerce Platforms

OsCommerce

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This is one of the oldest e-Commerce platforms available to create a good website. This platform was created by Harald Ponce de Leon and was started in year 2000 in Germany. More than 14000 live websites are using this platform. Some of its great features are:

  • It is a free open source e-commerce website creating tool

  • Free templates are available

  • More than 7000 add-ons

  • Customer and order management from the site dashboard

PrestaShop

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More than 150000 websites are powered by PrestaShop. It is a free open source e-commerce solution that has got following features:

  • It has got over 2500 modules

  • It is very easy to use and has got simple site management, product management, products displays, client accounts etc.

  • It has got analytics and reporting features

  • Good marketing and SEO capabilities

  • Customer support from dashboard

OpenCart

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It is another great shopping cart to create your own online store. You can utilize this tool on any server with MySQL and PHP running on it. Websites created using this tool are highly optimized on search engines. It offers you choice of tax payment in different countries. Other features of this e-Commerce platform are:

  • It is free open source tool

  • It has got one of the best order management

  • It is simple and easy to use for beginners

VirtueMart

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It had been designed to work with Joomla. It is a clean cart to make customers feel comfortable and easy to navigate. Some of its best features are:

  • Customers can create account

  • They can track their order history

  • Multiple language and currency support

  • Unlimited products and categories

Magento

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Magento is a free open source Ecommerce platform that helps you to create a good business website. This platform was created by Varien in 2008. It is built in Zend Framework. It is the fastest growing Ecommerce solution in the world. More than 150,000 businesses are running their business website on this platform. Some of its best features are:

  • It has got reliable and stable structure

  • It is an free open source platform

  • You can easily adjust the existing features and replace them with new one

  • Some other features are: catalog management, shopping cart, checkout, search etc.

Ubercart

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This tool is designed for the people who are selling products like file download, event passes & tickets, event registrations, or something like that. It should be integrated with Joomla to use it without any interruption. It can also work with Drupal too. You can customize your store in your own way.

Zen Cart

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This is developed by Zen Cart Development team in 2012. It is more CSS based and quite easy to use as compared from OsCommerce. Some of its best features are:

  • It offers great customer management on dashboard

  • It is easy to handle, modify, and install

  • It has got an user friendly interface

ZeusCart

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The user interface of ZeusCart is user friendly and very attractive. This resource is especially designed keeping small and medium businesses in mind. It offers you SEO friendly URLs, E-mails, tier pricing and many more exciting features.

Telstra plans 4G Skinet network for planes

Telstra has unveiled a nationwide plan to provide 4G mobile broadband on domestic flights.

Dedicated transmitters on the ground will use upward-facing antennas to send signals to shark-fin shaped antennae on the underside of aircraft, even as aircraft travel at close to 1000km/h.

On a number of test flights between Sydney and Melbourne, involving four ground stations, the telco was able to maintain 4G throughput of up to 15 megabits-per-second (Mbps), with an average throughput of 10 Mbps.

“These test flights are encouraging,” said Mike Wright, Telstra’s executive director of networks, in a blog post on Monday.

He said the network, called Skinet, might one day deliver high-speed broadband connectivity to consumers.

It could also be used for remote monitoring and control applications, he added.

Wi-Fi is available on some commercial flights via satellite technology, but coverage can be patchy.

Further tests will be conducted this year as the company explores whether a nationwide 4G network for planes is economically viable.

Wright said Telstra is working with authorities to investigate getting access to extra space on the radiofrequency spectrum.

 

Source : zdnet.com

Apple returning to peripherals business

According to reports, Apple is reported to be in negotiations to purchase Beats Electronics, a maker of high-end headphones and a streaming music service. It’s a potential buyout in the billions and its all makes me wonder if Apple is reverting to its old, old ways when it comes to peripherals. And that may not be so much of a bad thing.

There’s been a lot of speculation about why Apple would pay a few billion for a maker of high-end headphones. It’s difficult for some to see the return on the investment. However, I can see one. But first a history lesson.

Apple returning to peripherals business?

Many reorganizations ago, Apple developed and manufactured a long list of digital peripherals selling digital cameras, scanners, printers, input devices, and storage. It was a big business for the company, from several divisions. And many of these peripherals weren’t commodity, me-too products. There was plenty of R&D and investment in the products and the technology.

For example, I once owned a Apple QuickTake, one of the first digital cameras for consumers, the first of which shipped in 1994. Mine had a maximum resolution of 640 by 480 pixels and could hold up to 16 high-quality (count ’em) images. It connected to my Mac with a serial connection. It’s difficult to imagine nowadays when the iPhone that’s carried on one’s pocket sports an 8-Mpixel resolution.

Check Out: History lesson: Apple vs. Microsoft reorganizations

However, When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, he determined that these divisions, while profitable, were a distraction to the primary business of the company, the making of Macintosh computers and its software.

I wrote a story about this in the August 4, 1997 issue of MacWEEK, which followed the summer Macworld Expo in Boston.

Apple’s Imaging division reportedly will play a dimished role in the company by the end of the year. Sources said Apple will pull the plug on further developments of most products, including its low-cost StyleWriter inket printer line, digital cameras and scanners.

The change was a strategic decision made after a review last week by Apple advices Steve Jobs, according to sources. Apple will “stop shipping boxes other people can do,” one source said. …

According to sources, one project that may be kept is a high-performance FireWire-based printer that can use the Display Postscript technology built into the forthcoming Rhapsody OS.

As you might recall, it took years for Apple to refine Rhapsody into the shipping Mac OS X and the FireWire printer described never shipped. It was essentially a more-advanced version of the printer that shipped with the NeXT box.

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Jobs’ point was on the mark. He didn’t want to pour money into products that were becoming increasingly commoditzed, particularly printers, scanners and digital cameras. However, Apple still sells peripherals that support its in-house and adopted technologies, and enable the company’s integrated-solution approach. For example, this would include its Thunderbolt monitors and its gesture-savvy Mac input devices.

There’s plenty of speculation about what Apple wants with Beats. I will add to that speculation: Apple may be eyeing the currently nascent, but developing market for high-resolution audio (HRA). The performance demands of this high-bit-rate, high-sampling-rate music is considerable.Neil Young recently announced the Pono system, comprising the PonoPlayer and PonoMusic Store. It targets this HRA segment.

However, there are other paths to HRA than Pono or Sony. For example, I recently purchased Light Harmonic Labs GEEK, a small hardware amplifier and DAC (digital-to-analog converter) that connects to a computer through USB and permits the playing of HRA files in full fidelity and 3D Sound. There are plug-ins that support the playing of these files in iTunes. Still, that’s not the integrated approach that Apple puts out.

Apple could provide an integrated hardware, software and service solution for this high-resolution content. Apple has the engineering know-how for the hardware and software sides, as well as its own base of iTunes customers who might be interested in stepping up for these solutions. The Beats customer base will certainly be interested in this content and give the Apple solutions (Apple/Beats, that is) an readymade evangelizing and knowledgable segment.

21 Cooking Tips That Will Change Your Life

 

1. Use two bowls to cut corn off the cob without getting kernels everywhere.

21 Cooking Tips That Will Change Your Life

Wrap a small bowl in a paper towel (to keep it from slipping) and set upside-down inside a big bowl. A bundt pan works great for this too, if you have it.

2. Instantly core a head of iceberg lettuce by slamming it down on a cutting board.

 

3. Pre-soak pasta and it will cook in about 60 seconds.

Pre-soak pasta and it will cook in about 60 seconds.

Sounds weird, but it works! Soak the pasta in water in a sealed bag for a couple hours or overnight. Then you can cook it super super fast in boiling water or just add it straight to a hot sauce in a pan and let it finish cooking there.

4. Use a sharp knife (CAREFULLY) to pit an avocado.

21 Cooking Tips That Will Change Your Life

Safest to put the avocado down on the cutting board first, or maybe invest in some rad chain mail gloves.

5. Slice avocadoes right in the skin to make neat cubes.

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Then scoop out the chunks with a spoon.

6. Put a dish towel or damp paper towel under your cutting board to keep it from slipping and wobbling.

Put a dish towel or damp paper towel under your cutting board to keep it from slipping and wobbling.

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Yay for safety!

7. Use a spoon to peel a kiwi from the inside out.

21 Cooking Tips That Will Change Your Life

Cut the ends of the kiwi off, then slide the spoon under the skin around the kiwi.

8. Grate frozen butter straight into pastry dough for fast, even distribution.

 

This is great for pie, biscuits, and anything else where you want to incorporate butter quickly while it’s still cold.

9. Hold cherry tomatoes between two plastic lids to slice them all at once.

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10. Caramelize onions in half the time by adding a little baking soda.

Caramelize onions in half the time by adding a little baking soda.

You can read the full explanation of how this works over at Serious Eats. Love that SCIENCE!

11. Microwave an ear of corn and it’ll fall right out of the husk.

21 Cooking Tips That Will Change Your Life

No silk! Thanks, Ken.

12. Grate ginger with a microplane instead of mincing it.

Grate ginger with a microplane instead of mincing it.

You can freeze the ginger first to make it firm and easy to grate.

13. Coat your cheese grater with nonstick spray for delightfully clean, easy shredding.

21 Cooking Tips That Will Change Your Life

14. Microwave lemons and limes to get more juice out.

Microwave lemons and limes to get more juice out.

Zapping citrus for 15 or 20 seconds helps break down carbohydrates in the fruit and encourages maximum liquidity. Get more info here.

15. Peel a whole head of garlic by shaking it really hard.

 

16. Use an apple slicer to quickly cut potatoes into perfect wedges.

Use an apple slicer to quickly cut potatoes into perfect wedges.

One of those things you can’t believe you didn’t think of.

17. No need to peel potatoes before boiling them; the skin will just slide off once they’re cooked.

21 Cooking Tips That Will Change Your Life

Transfer them to an ice bath when they’re done cooking, then twist the peel off with your hands. This works best with Russet potatoes.

18. Freeze meat to make it easier to slice for stir-fries and stews.

Freeze meat to make it easier to slice for stir-fries and stews.

And jerky!

19. Pit cherries with a paper clip.

21 Cooking Tips That Will Change Your Life

Watch CHOW’s whole video to see how.

20. Whip cream by shaking it in a mason jar.

Whip cream by shaking it in a mason jar.

And if you keep shaking long enough, you can take it all the way to butter!

21. Peel lots of boiled eggs at once by shaking them around in the pot.

 
 
 

The shells will get broken up and then slip right off when you rinse them. You can also try shaking the eggs in a closed Tupperware container.