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Disable This Animation to Make Windows 10's Start Menu Open Faster

Windows 10’s new Start Menu is pretty dang useful. That doesn’t matter much, though, if it takes forever to load. If you’re finding the menu a bit …

Get Windows Media Center Running on Windows 10 in a Few Easy Steps

Microsoft has officially killed off Windows Media Center, but there’s still hope for you if alternatives like Kodi just don’t seem to fill the void. …

Five best third-party Android launchers to customize your device experience

One of Android’s best features is the ability to download and install custom third-party launchers. Don’t like the way your phone home screen looks or how the apps are organized? Fine. Change it. But finding the best one, or a good one for that matter, can sometimes be a daunting challenge. And …

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How to find a lost or stolen Android phone

If you’ve fallen victim to a lost or stolen Android phone – don’t worry! There are a number of steps you can take to get your smartphone back into your hands. From third party applications to simple security methods that are already built in to your Android device, today we’re going to walk you …

Android News

How Sneaky Are Your Android Apps?

Many free Android apps are constantly pinging URLs, which could drain your battery or result in unwanted tracking.<p>PCMag reviews products …

The Best Cheap Cell Phone Plans You've Never Heard Of

There are a lot of options beyond the big four phone carriers in the US. If you're looking to save money, these lesser-known plans might be the …

The 100 Best Android Apps of 2018

The Google Play store is brimming with selection, but these are the Android apps you really need.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may …

Apps

Live and direct

The definitive oral history of 1980s digital icon Max Headroom<p>On Thursday, April 4th, 1985, a blast of dystopian satire hit the UK airwaves. <i>Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future</i> was a snarky take on media and corporate greed, told through the eyes of investigative journalist Edison Carter (Matt …

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How to Unlock Your Phone

Do you need to know how to unlock your phone? We have details for all the major U.S. carriers right here.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we …

Facebook Wants to Help You Sell Your Stuff Within Groups

Facebook is rolling out some new tools to improve the buying and selling experience within Facebook Groups.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but …

The 16 Best Android Apps You Should Download Right Now

Whether you're a smartphone novice or a master of custom ROMs, these are the apps that every Android user needs to check out.

Weaved Hauls Your Raspberry Pi Projects Online

Playing with Raspberry Pi is a lot of fun, but what happens when you want to get some real work done? While it’s not difficult to make a RaspPi board do cool stuff, getting it to communicate with the wider world is a bit of a challenge. That’s why Ryo Koyama, Mike Johnson, and Doug Olekin made …

My Weekend With Inbox: How Google's New App Got Me Organized

Google tosses out the old way of doing email as it attempts to reorganize our digital lives.<p><b>Last week Google introduced a radical new mail app</b>, built on top of Gmail, that promises to cut through the pain of managing your inbox. Countless apps and extensions have promised to relieve the suffering …

8 Ways to Lower the Odds of Being Ticketed When Police Pull You Over

How do bad cars happen? How, for instance, did Pontiac's Aztek—the greatest failed model in recent history—get all the way from flawed design to ugly product? We asked Bob Lutz, our industry expert and man-about-town. Here's the inside dope.<p><i>(Photo Credit: Visions of America/Contributor/Getty Images)</i><p>…

The 30 Sci-Fi Stories Everyone Should Read

A highly subjective but absolutely essential authoritative list.<p>In life, there are consequences to testing ideas. Some are good, other are very, <i>very</i> bad. You never know where ideas will lead you. Thankfully, we have science fiction. The best writers in the genre are future architects who create …

Literature

New bike pump hides in the crank axle

If you own a higher-end road or mountain bike with a Shimano drivetrain, then chances are it's got a "secret" storage compartment: the hollow space …

The Best Uninstallers

If you're going to uninstall software, do it right. These utilities quickly remove PC desktop applications without leaving behind junk that can slow …

Sale in Google Play Store will get you Assassin's Creed Pirates for just ten cents

Google just pushed out notification of an app sale in the Google Play Store. The sale will get you up to 85% off some games, and marks the return of something we haven’t seen in a long time, apps for less that 99 cents.<p>Here is a short list of games in the sale, in no particular order:<p>Assassin’s …

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10 Free Android Apps Everyone Should Download

Every time I get a new Android smartphone or tablet, I install certain apps right away, before I even really start to play with the device — apps I …

Tested: 4 Apps for the Stat-Geek Cyclist

We test four that will record your speed, elevation, distance, location, and more.<p>Way back when, you needed a dedicated cycling computer to track your pedaling. Now all you need is a smartphone (and maybe a handlebar mount). Cycling apps abound that can measure distance, speed, elevation, and track …

Simple Training Plan to Lose Weight, Ride Faster

Maybe you haven't pedaled a bike since you were eight and need a nudge to start up again. Or you're still finding your way on a bike—but looking to get serious about dropping some extra pounds. Either way, this six-week blueprint is guaranteed to help you shed weight, get stronger, and feel happier.<p>…

Tik Keychain

We all know that bundles of keys can take up a ton of space in your pocket or bag — but if you think about it, it's not really the keys themselves …

How To Turn Your Old Windows, Mac, Or Linux Laptop Into A PC Gaming Powerhouse

I’m willing to bet you have a dilapidated HP, Gateway, or Dell laptop gathering dust in a closet somewhere. Or perhaps like me you have a MacBook Air that you tote around to conventions or use at home for work, writing, and browsing the web. Maybe an Ubuntu or Linux Mint box is more your speed. …

Here's How to Quit the iPhone and Switch to an Android

This story originally appeared on Business Insider <br>Last week, news broke that a former iPhone owner is suing Apple. She alleges that when she changed to a non-Apple device, she stopped getting text messages.<p>In fact, an Apple employee admitted that if you switch from iPhone to Android, iMessages …