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Google Assistant guide: Make the most of your virtual assistant

What is Google Assistant?<p>Google Assistant is Google’s virtual assistant, available on Android and iOS mobile devices, as well as smart home devices like smart speakers and smart TVs. Think of it as your own personal assistant, that can help you at a moment’s notice with a variety of tasks, and all …

Apple’s AR is closer to reality than Google’s

Google's Tango is about the future whereas Apple's ARKit is about the present<p>Apple has often been accused of acting like it invented things that others have been doing for years. That complaint is not without merit, however Apple can lay claim to <i>transforming</i> existing things into mainstream …

Augmented Reality

Apple's new anti-tracking system will make Google and Facebook even more powerful

The brutal logic of online advertising<p>The internet is an ad-tracking machine. It’s been true for long enough that we rarely talk about it anymore, but it bears repeating. For all the free speech and free information, nearly any site you visit will come with a dozen different tracking cookies, …

Digital Advertising

Help Me, Tom’s Guide: How Do I Move Files to My Android Phone’s SD Card?

As the center of your digital life, your smartphone is greedy for storage. If you’ve got a phone that only offers 16 or even 32GB of capacity, that …

New battery technology charges smartphones in seconds and lasts for a week

Scientists at the University of Central Florida are working to patent the new technology.<p>Scientists have developed a new process for creating a …

Repair, replace, refund? What to do about the Samsung Note 7 recall

As far as product recalls go, this one is big.<p>On September 2, Samsung announced it was stopping sales of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in Australia. Just hours later, the company confirmed that it was stopping sales worldwide and would be voluntarily replacing every single device sold …

Samsung will exchange US Galaxy Note 7 devices as early as next week

Customers can swap for a replacement Note 7 or a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge<p>Following today's announcement of a worldwide recall of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, Samsung has issued an official statement on how it will exchange devices for customers in the US. The US carriers have already halted sales and …

How to take better photos with a Galaxy phone

Shooting phenomenal photographs with your DSLR can be relatively easy, but getting the same stunning quality and clarity with your smartphone is a …

Mobile Photography

T-Mobile announces $25 ‘Plus’ add-on for unlimited LTE hotspot/tethering, HD video & faster speeds

After announcing its new T-Mobile One data plan to replace its existing plans and give all customers unlimited data in the process, the company today announced a new T-Mobile One Plus add-on to offer unlimited 4G LTE tethering and more.<p>In addition to being able to use your phone or tablet as a …

Mobile

Is Apple Too Far Behind Samsung? iPhone 7 Pre-release Survey May Surprise

Is Samsung’s Galaxy series lead over Apple too wide — even with the imminent iPhone 7 release? A survey may provide the best answer so far.<p>Earlier this month, I highlighted a post at TechnoBuffalo with the headline, “The Galaxy Note 7 is miles ahead of the iPhone.” The author went on to cite the …

Google Duo has been downloaded 5 million times on Android since its release

Google's Duo video calling application has been out for about a week now. It was released on August 16, but it took 2 days to propagate globally. …

There’s a hidden menu in Android that lets you unlock experimental features — here’s how to use it

But you might not know that Google itself keeps a few settings tucked away in a hidden menu called the System UI Tuner.<p>It's not available on <i>every</i> device — you'll have less luck if yours has a heavy UI skin — but it's worth checking out to see which features might be coming to future Android …

Android News

Here's the quickest way to disable carrier bloatware on your Samsung Galaxy Note 7

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is without question a great phone. The hardware, camera, processor, build, and just about everything else make the Note 7 …

iPhone Keeps Asking For Apple ID Password: How to Fix This?

Apple continues to surprise its users with its trademark software hiccups after launching iOS. This time, like earlier, iPhone keeps popping up for …

iTunes

How To Remove / Uninstall iOS 9.3.3 Jailbreak From Your iPhone Or iPad The Right Way

Here's how to remove, un-jailbreak, delete, or uninstall iOS 9.3.3 Pangu / PP jailbreak from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch the right way.<br>[ Continue …

How to Replace the iPhone 6 Battery (Complete Guide) (Video) | Drippler - Apps, Games, News, Updates & Accessories

If you iPhone 6 won’t hold a charge anymore or it straight up just crapped out, it might be time to get a replacement battery. Essentially all …

iPhone 7 and Apple's next Retina Display frontier: Wide Color

In 2010, Steve Jobs introduced a new leap forward in display resolution for iPhone 4 that passed up the rest of the industry to deliver pixels …

IPhone 7

This sleek new case from SanDisk adds up to 128GB to your iPhone

How would you like to protect your iPhone while simultaneously expanding its storage capacity by up to 128GB? That’s exactly what SanDisk is going to …

Secret iPhone codes you should know about

The iPhone has been on the market since 2007, yet it still hides many secrets. Want to obscure your number when calling someone? Just input a simple …

Awesome gadget transforms your smartphone into a head-up display for your car

Your neighbor up the block just paid $60,000 for some fancy car and <i>still</i> had to pay another $800 or even $1,000 or more to add a head-up display, …

Use this clever trick to see your iPhone's true signal strength

Ever find yourself questioning how accurate those little signal strength dots are on your iPhone?<p>Luckily, there's a trick to reveal your iPhone's true signal strength, and it takes less than a minute to enable.<p>First, you'll need to access a hidden app on your phone called Field Test Mode. To do …

iPhone 5

Serious weaknesses seen in cell phone networks

America’s digital adversaries may have spent years eavesdropping on officials’ private phone conversations through vulnerabilities in the global cell …

5 Built-In iPhone Features You Might Not Know About

Apps, apps, apps! With so much focus on how the App Store's 500,000+ apps can enhance your iPhone, it's easy to forget just how much it can do right …

Apps

How-To: Reduce iPhone screen brightness beyond what’s possible in Control Center or Display & Brightness settings

My iPhone 6s is not jailbroken, but there are still a couple of tricks that I employ that make it closer to that of a jailbroken phone. For example, getting rid of animations — a feat normally reserved for users willing to jailbreak — is now available to all iOS 9 users via the handy SpringBoard …

Verizon and AT&T really are better for most people — here's why

Let's be honest: If you want the best chance to stay connected to a mobile network, AT&T and Verizon are your best bets. Just look at their coverage …

T-Mobile

Here's what happens to your smartphone after you trade it in

There are a few things you can do with your old smartphone when it's time to buy a new one.<p>Without a doubt, the best option is to sell it and use that money to offset the cost of your new phone.<p>You could sell your phone directly to someone else on online marketplaces like eBay or Craigslist, in …

Simple ways to save big money on a smartphone and cellular plan

Buying a new smartphone or cellular plan is a major headache, with smartphones released monthly and carriers continually adjusting their plans to entice consumers. You could spend a solid week visiting every carrier website looking at plans, working out costs, doing phone comparisons and hunting …

iOS 9.2 tips and tricks

Get the most from iOS 9.2<p>Even minor updates to Apple's operating systems can contain significant new features. iOS 9.2, for example, doesn't contain …

How to watch today’s Apple TV and iPhone event live

iPhone