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What are some of the best designed Android apps? Google answers

Android apps have come a long way. In the early days of the Android Market, many criticized the look and feel of the average Android app, especially when it came to design. Things have changed for the better since then, and Apple’s App Store no longer has a monopoly on beautifully designed, …

Yes, the NSA contributed code to Android, but don't freak out about it

To call the avalanche of leaks triggered by Edward Snowden a scandal is an understatement. Not a week passes without an embarrassing disclosure, and the secretive National Security Agency is at the center of it all.<p>The NSA is allegedly snooping on the electronic communications of everyone from …

SHOULDERPOD is a really cool smartphone accessory for taking better pictures and video

One of the great things about modern smartphones is that we have pretty great cameras bundled in. We love to take photos, share them with friends on social media, and capture a quick video for posterity. In the modern age of Ultrapixels and 20 megapixel cameras in devices, we’ll want to transcend …

Best unlocked Android phones, June 2013

In America, you mostly buy phones from a carrier at a discounted price in exchange for a monthly bill, which usually comes out at about $70 a month or even more if you want extra features or added data on the plan.<p>What many Americans don’t realize however, is that most of the world elsewhere buys …

Phone customization: Do we want it? Do we need it?

I believe that phone customization is, in and of itself, the epitome of Android. You look at 100 Android phones from 100 random people and you’re likely to get 100 different configurations. Different widgets, apps, launchers, and even OEM skins in you’re into that sort of thing. So why not phone …

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 review (video)

It seems as if Samsung is on a quest to offer a smartphone in just about every size. While many don’t like big phones like the Note 2, Samsung decided to go even further with the Galaxy Mega 5.8, the little brother of the Galaxy Mega 6.3, which is easily one of the largest smartphones on the market.<p>…

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Sony Xperia Z Ultra: By the numbers

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has held its own against some stiff competition in the past, but with its successor still a few months away, a rather large shadow has loomed upon it. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra might just be the Galaxy Note 2’s biggest competitor yet, and in more ways than one.<p>So after …

Google pays AdBlock Plus not to block its ads

Ever look for an ad filtering browser plugin to keep annoying, obtrusive advertisements off of your computer screen? Chances are you ended up installing Adblock Plus, a free product with millions of users. What you probably didn’t know, though, is that Adblock doesn’t function as indiscriminately …

24 Crazy Creative Kitchen Storage Ideas

More room to buy more things!<p>If you're lacking on kitchen storage space but aren't feeling a huge reno, it's time to trick out the cabinets, drawers, and island with a few space-saving ideas. Rethink the little nooks and niches and you'll have counter space for days. No demo day required!

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I Heart HGTV Blog

June 30<p>Who doesn't love a party that revolves around melted butter?<p>June 30<p>Mom, can you send us off to camp, please?<p>June 29<p>This is for the …

How to Clean Your House in 5 Minutes

Pull your place together in no time.<p>Last-minute guests arriving any minute? Here are quick and easy tricks to conquer chaos and pull your home together in no time.

Interior Design

14 Ways To Create The Most Organized Bedroom Ever

Start with creating a "drop zone" just outside the door.<p>Everyone hates to do it, but once you organize your bedroom, you'll feel <i>so</i> much better. You may not even know where to start, but that's where these tips and tricks come in. Trust us, they're <i>good</i>. (Once everything's in order, check out these …

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