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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.

How to Put Android On Your Desktop with Remix OS

This Week's Top Downloads

Remix OS, which came out yesterday, is a killer Android variant that brings a slick desktop-style interface to Android. Now, you can install it on a USB stick and try it out on your computer.

The Winter Cottage Desktop

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Reader Alec used a little Übersicht magic to make his mac a little more welcoming when he sits down to work, and informative when he gets up to leave it. Here’s how he set everything up.

VLC Arrives on the Apple TV with Support for Multiple Streaming Options and Video Formats

This Week's Top Downloads

VLC is one of those fantastic little apps we’ve all come to love, and today Apple TV users can finally get in on the action with the new Apple TV app.

Unlock Google Maps’ New Hidden Driving Mode In the Latest Update

This Week's Top Downloads

Android: Google Maps’ Navigation feature has been one of Android’s best for a long time. It would be nice, however, if you could see things like traffic updates and nearby gas stations without entering a destination. Now, you can.

The Best Recipe Manager for iPhone

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Managing a vast collection of recipes used to be as simple as pulling out a box of index cards. Now things are a little smarter, but that also means they’re a bit more complicated. To wrangle all your recipes into a sensible order on your iPhone, we like Paprika.

The Double Helix Home Screen

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You probably have a ton of apps on your phone. Rather than fill up fifteen home screens with shortcuts, Google+ user augusto laux created this elegant double-helix design to put all his shortcuts in one place.

Journey Is a Journal App With Photo Support and Calendar View

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Android/Chrome/Web: Keeping a journal has a ton of healthy side benefits. Journey, the photo-friendly journaling app, makes it even easier with a calendar and atlas view for reviewing your entries.

Dashlane 4 Makes Changing Passwords on Hacked Sites Easier, Adds a New Interface, and More

This Week's Top Downloads

Windows/OS X/Android/iOS: Dashlane is one of our favorite password managers, and today the service updated with a new, consistent interface across all devices, an updated “password changer” that lets you change passwords on a site without even visiting it, new languages, and more.

Skype Translator Is Now Available in the Main Skype App

This Week's Top Downloads

Windows: Skype’s relatively new translator app that allowed users who speak different languages to video chat together. Now, it’s becoming a feature of the regular Skype app.

SKRWT Brings Perspective Correction To Your Smartphone Photos

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Android/iOS: Most photo editors for your smartphone come with the same features: color correction, maybe a few filters, and basic cropping. SKRWT adds something new with a ton of perspective correction tools.

Loopback for Mac Manages Multiple Microphones and Other Audio Inputs

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Mac: If you need to route audio from one Mac to another, say, from a microphone to Skype to Audacity, the go-to tool has long been the often baffling, occasionally unreliable Soundflower. Loopback is a new app that does the same basic thing, but makes it a heck of lot easier to manage.

Interact Simplifies Managing Group Contacts on iOS

iOS: Managing contacts on iOS is not a particularly pleasant experience, and organizing any kind of group chat over email or text is a chore. Interact is a contacts manager that simplifies both of those things.

Ex-con convicted in scheme to smuggle drugs into prison via drone

Drone-delivery defendant Thaddeus Shortz. (credit: Allegany County Sheriff’s Office )

A jury convicted a 25-year-old Tennessee man Friday for conspiring to smuggle—via a drone—illegal drugs, prescription drugs, pornography and tobacco into a Maryland maximum-security prison.

Thaddeus Shortz, 25, of Knoxville, was arrested in August outside the Western Correctional Institution in Maryland, where he was released in April. The authorities said they found a drone, and six packages of illicit contraband in his truck—worth about $35,000 in prison. An officer testified that the defendant, who faces decades in prison when sentenced later this month, admitted to using a drone to smuggle contraband into the prison about a half-dozen times before. A Maryland State police officer testified that the defendant got $4,000 a pop for each of his successful drops, and was “almost boastful about it.”

A 12-member jury deliberated a little more than two hours before convicting Shortz after a two-day trial. The defendant did not put on a defense.

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Xiaomi puts a 4100 mAh battery in the $105 Redmi 3 budget smartphone

As 2016 begins, Xiaomi continues to make budget devices with features and materials that no one would usually think of as “budget.” The company announced its newest low-cost smartphone, the Redmi 3, which looks even more like an iPhone than other Xiaomi phones thanks to an all-metal body and an impressive battery bump.

While the Redmi Note 2 has colorful, plastic back sides, the Redmi 3 models appear to come in gold, silver, and gray metal. It’s not a shock that the latest Redmi phone is getting the metal treatment since Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 phablet was upgraded in the same way at the end of last year. In comparison to the Redmi 2, the 13-megapixel rear camera on the Redmi 3 has been moved to the top left corner of the device, reinforcing its “cheaper iPhone” identity—other than that, the phones have similarly simple designs.

Xiaomi upped nearly all of the specs in the Redmi 3, with the jaw-dropper being its new 4100mAh battery. The Redmi 2 only had a 2200mAh cell, meaning the new handset will reportedly have 80 percent more juice that its predecessor. It’s also quick-charging, but Xiaomi hasn’t stated how long it will take for the Redmi 3 to power up completely. The new model also comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor (vs. the Redmi 2′s Snapdragon 410 CPU), a 5-inch HD display, a 5MP front-facing camera in addition to the 13MP on the back, 16GB of onboard storage (expandable via microSD up to 128GB), and 2GB of RAM. It’s dual-SIM capable as well, but one of the SIM card slots doubles as the microSD card slot, so you’ll only be able to have two SIM cards installed if you forego the extra storage.

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The Beginner DIY Skills That Pay Off Most

When it comes to saving money, some DIY projects aren’t worth the time and effort. You have to weigh the difficulty of the project with the cost of hiring a professional. Money savvy couple Mike and Lauren share the DIY skills that pay off most.

In the video, Mike and Lauren “find the overlap between the highest paid trades and DIY projects that have the lowest barrier of entry.” Here are the top three on their list:

Paint: “Anybody can paint a room. It just takes more patience than experience…they say that paint is 90% prep work.”

Unclog a drain: “Skip the draino, buy a plumbing snake, and save yourself a fortune.”

Basic car maintenance: “Mechanics charge 90 dollars an hour, but that’s just for repairs. If you’re going in for an oil change, they’re going to tack on little fees here and there…”

Of course, this can be subjective. Painting an entire room might not be worth your time, depending on how much free time you have and how much you earn. But Mike and Lauren offer a solid idea of which DIY skills pay off most in general. They explain each skill in detail and offer a few more, so check out the video in full.

Most Profitable DIY Skills for Beginners | Mike and Lauren

New material can store solar energy to warm you up later

Solar projects are usually focused on generating electricity, but we could arguably save more power by storing heat. Scientists from MIT have created a new type of solid material that does exactly that. When exposed to sunlight, it assumes a "charged…

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Doesn’t Look Terrible?

GM has had a fraught relationship with electric cars, to put it politely. If we’re being impolite, because this is Jalopnik and we are terrible people, the GM EV1 and the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac ELR were case studies in What Not To Do And Also This Is Bad. But GM’s first new electric vehicle in 20 years, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV , actually doesn’t… look… terrible?

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B-52 And Fighters ​Fly Low Over South Korea, Sending Ominous Message To The North

Tensions are cranking up on the Korean Peninsula after North Korea executed its fourth nuclear test last week. Now the U.S. has made a clear show of deterrence by dispatching a B-52H bomber for drills over South Korea, culminating in a low-level flyby of Osan Air Base while surrounded by a a phalanx of fighters.

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Samsung’s weird wearables include a smart suit and solar purse

We've already seen some crazy product concepts from Samsung's secret labs, but the company also had a few more unique wearable ideas over at its CES booth. How does a suit equipped with NFC tags sound? Or maybe a purse that charges your phone with so…

Two months after FBI debacle, Tor Project still can’t get an answer from CMU

Proof of connection: the site check.torproject.org will show you if you’re connected via Tor. (credit: Tor)

It’s been quite a few months for the Tor Project. Last November, project co-founder and director Roger Dingledine accused the FBI of paying Carnegie Mellon computer security researchers at least $1 million to de-anonymize Tor users and reveal their IP addresses as part of a large criminal investigation.

The FBI dismissed things, but the investigation in question is a very high-profile matter focused on members of the Silk Road online-drug marketplace. One of the IP addresses revealed belonged to Brian Farrell, an alleged Silk Road 2 lieutenant. An early filing in Farrell’s case, first reported by Vice Motherboard, said that a “university-based research institute” aided government efforts to unmask Farrell.

That document fit with Ars reporting from January 2015, when a Homeland Security search warrant affidavit stated that from January to July 2014, a “source of information” provided law enforcement “with particular IP addresses” that accessed the vendor-side of Silk Road 2. By July 2015, the Tor Project managed to discover and shut down this sustained attack. But the Tor Project further concluded that the attack resembled a technique described by a team of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers who a few weeks earlier had canceled a security conference presentation on a low-cost way to deanonymize Tor users. The Tor officials went on to warn that an intelligence agency from a global adversary also might have been able to capitalize on the vulnerability.

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John McAfee on his new startup and why he should be president

Perhaps the only way John McAfee could surprise us again is by doing something as pedestrian as joining another tech company. These days, he's more known for his love of guns and drugs, not to mention fleeing Belize after getting involved in a murder…