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How to make an old Android phone feel new again

Old Android phones are everywhere. They're in closets, kitchens, desk drawers — and, yes, even in the pockets of productive business people who …

Android Phones

Switching phones like a pro: How our reviewers do it

Switching phones can be a complete pain. Not only do you have to make sure all of your data is backed up, but you also have to find ways to transfer your accounts and make sure all your favorite apps get reinstalled.<p>Our reviewers at <i>Android Authority</i> have become pros at switching between devices …

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This $80 smartwatch has a longer battery life than the Apple Watch or Fitbit and many of the same features — here's what it's like

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Amazfit<p><b>The Amazfit Bip ($79.99) proves you don't have to spend more than $100 for a good smartwatch.</b>• <b><br>I've worn it daily for more than a</b> …

Batteries

How to sync photos between Android and Windows with 'Your Phone' by Microsoft

Need an easy way to sync and see photos from your mobile phone on your PC? If you have an Android phone and the latest Windows 10 Insiders build, Microsoft has a trick up its sleeve.<p><b>SEE: 2018 Best Apps for Android, iOS, Windows & Mac</b><p>Among several new features in the latest Windows 10 Insider …

The best ways to reuse or recycle an old Android or iOS device

It’s only been a decade since the very first iPhone was launched, and yet it seems as if smartphones and tablets have been with us forever. With …

eReaders

You can use aluminum foil to strengthen your Wi-Fi signal

But we don't 100 percent think you actually need to do this.<p>Wi-Fi signals are ubiquitous, but even though they're invisible to us, the materials they interact with still affect them. These electromagnetic waves can travel through wood, glass, or concrete, but not water, so—pro tip—don’t put a fish …

How to send and receive texts from the comfort of your computer

Don't let your phone distract you.<p>When you're already sitting at your desk, you don't want to keep digging your phone out of your pocket to peck out SMS messages. So send them from your computer. This way, you don't have to let your smartphone distract you too much—and you'll have an easier time …

Unlocked Cat S61 Lands In The UK

The unlocked Cat S61 is now available in the UK, the handset is available from Unlocked Mobile for £789 including taxes.<p>The Cat S61 is designed to be …

How to get the most space in your cloud storage—without paying to upgrade

Free up some spare room.<p>Cloud storage services have given us an easy, hardware-free way to back up and transfer files. Some of them even give you a little space for free. However, the key word is "little." Once you start uploading files and folders, that free storage fills up fast.<p>Before you go …

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Android Messages now lets users send text messages from their computers

Google is closing the gap between Android and iOS.<p>In an update rolling out today, Google is (finally!) releasing desktop support for the texting …

Pixel 2 vs. OnePlus 6: Which Android phone is best?

When it comes to choosing an Android phone, it may seem like the go-to option is the Samsung Galaxy S9 (or S9 Plus). But there are plenty of others that don't cost as much, including the Google Pixel 2 from 2017 and the OnePlus 6, which was released in May.<p>The Pixel 2 is Google's marquee phone, and …

How to Make Calls Anonymously

One of the hottest topics in the mobile space revolves around privacy and how it can be achieved. As an increasing number of hackers and government …

Privacy

Google's Grasshopper app is a fantastic way for beginners to start coding

Google's workshop for experimental projects, Area 120, released a really interesting new app for Android and iOS.<p>Grasshopper: Learn to Code for Free …

Android Phones

The General Data Protection Regulation - How Oracle Security Solutions Can Help

Author: <b>Patrick McLaughlin</b>, Oracle Fellow specialising in Security<p><b>The GDPR – an evolution of the 1995 Data Protection Directive</b><p>Organizations are …

How to stop Google from tracking everything you do online

Google launched a new page that makes it easier for users to stop it from tracking everything you do online. (It knows a lot of what you do. Check …

Windows 10 now has a powerful screenshot tool

If you take a lot of screenshots on your PC, you’ll be happy to know that Microsoft is making it a whole lot easier to do more with them in Windows 10.<p>If you grab the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build, you’ll find that the Screen Sketch annotation tool that was previously part of Windows Ink …

Windows 10

Broccoli is the only vegetable you actually need to eat, according to a doctor

• <b>It can be a challenge to get your five-a-day of fruit and vegetables.</b>• <b><br>According to a doctor, broccoli is all you need.</b>• <b><br>The green vegetable is good for healthy gut bacteria, bowel health, and improving immune health.</b><p>The next time you go to make a green smoothie, you can put down the spinach and other …

5 things to consider before installing smart light switches

When turning your old, dumb house into a smart home, one of the best places to start is with lighting. For starters, you can test the waters with a single smart bulb or set of lights — letting you dip a toe in the smart light pool before diving in head-first.<p>When it comes to smart lighting, one of …

Seven automated smartphone commands you should try

Teach your old phone some new tricks.<p>Your smartphone is supposed to make life easier. Good news: You can step up its convenience by automating some of the ways you use it. With these seven automated commands, you get to spend less time fussing with your device and more time on the stuff that really …

Windows 10 update bug locks machines running Chrome, Cortana and others

The new Windows 10 April 2018 update is causing apps such as Google’s Chrome browser and even Microsoft’s own Cortana virtual assistant to freeze and lock up computers.<p>The bug within the latest version of Windows 10, which rolled out to the general public on Monday, has caused hundreds of users to …

Google employees want to teach you to code for free with their latest app

A bunch of Google employees participating in the company’s Area 120 internal incubator have launched Grasshopper, a free mobile app for Android and iOS that teaches you the basics of programming.<p>It’s beautifully designed and is suitable for just about anyone who can be trusted to use a phone on …

How to boost your Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus battery life

Here are some tips on eking out more power from Samsung's flagship phones<p>Despite some of the leaps in performance and camera tech brought to this …

Windows 10 is getting a big update on April 30. Here's what you need to know

The Timeline is by far the most notable change. Accessible by pressing Win+Tab, it replaces the old Task View with a mode that lets you see the apps and documents you’ve used in Chronological order. It makes it easy to resume work on an old project by resuming a previous array of Windows without …

How to transfer Android photos to PC or back them up in the cloud

Our phones can do so many great things, but one of the most important is that our Android phones take pictures, capturing the life and the insanity …

Amazon made an efficient Android browser called Internet, and it’s now available in India

Amazon now has an Android web browser app that’s designed to use minimal storage and data. It’s called... Internet. The app has been sitting unspotted in the Google Play app store since March. Amazon hasn’t publicly announced its launch, which was reported by <i>TechCrunch</i>. It’s currently only …

Microsoft brings its antivirus protection to Google’s Chrome browser

Microsoft is releasing its Windows Defender antivirus scanner for Google Chrome this week. The software giant has released a Chrome extension, that includes a list of malicious URLs that will be blocked in Chrome. The extension is designed to stop malware being loaded onto PCs from malicious sites, …

24 hidden Android settings you should know about

Master your Android phone.<p>Android phones come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, but within, they all run the same basic operating system. That Android code includes settings that let you tailor your smartphone to your needs. In this guide, we collected 24 lesser-known customizations for you to …

Apps

How to: Automatically mark archived emails as read in Gmail or Inbox

One of the things that most annoyed me when switching from Gmail to Inbox as my main email client was how you could no longer mark emails as read. My …

Apps

How To: Get ALL of Your Data onto Your New Android Phone

Setting up a new Android phone can be a pain. Although Google has some automated features, it does not restore everything. When it comes to …

Apps

This app uses machine learning and AR to teach you how to draw

For some people drawing comes naturally. But, if you’re anything like me, your stick figures look like misshapen horrors for whom death would surely be a relief. Enter Sketch AR: the AI-powered app that aims to make you a better artist regardless of your current skill.<p>The idea is pretty simple: you …

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