15 July 2017

Doogee Mix: Dual Camera Bezel Less Phone for under $200


Chinese phones have a reputation for being cheaper clones, but that’s a broad and sweeping statement that’s not always fair. In the case of the Doogee Mix however, it’s almost entirely fair: the Doogee Mix is a clone of the Xiaomi Mi Mix. They didnt even bother to change the name, but they did change the price. Available in blue or black for less than $200, the Doogee Mix packs a good amount of power in a stylish design, alongside a 5.5 inch “bezel less” display. There’s even a dual-sensor camera in there. Does this hit a sweet spot of...

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5 Brilliant Game of Thrones Sites & Apps for Fans of TV or Books


Everyone is excited about the launch of the seventh season of Game of Thrones. The season also comes before the new book in the series, which means what happens on TV is the first anyone will know about events. If you’re new to the ground-breaking TV series, there are ways to find out everything you need to know about Game of Thrones. But for true fans, they need a little more. These awesome sites and apps should satiate all those needs. Importantly, it doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of the books or the series. And there’s a special treat...

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Google Play Music Now Offers New Release Radio


Google Play Music now recommends new music via a station called New Release Radio. This station offers up new music Google thinks you’ll enjoy. And with this one idea Google Play Music becomes a more viable competitor to Spotify, which specializes in recommending new music. Streaming music services are here to stay, with the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music adding users at an impressive rate of knots. People are subscribing because these services represent great value for money, but they’re staying for the new music recommendations. Google Play Music Knows New Release Spotify has been helping...

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10 More of the Funniest Video Games Ever Made


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While many folks play video games as an escape, others enjoy the artistic excellence of select games. Every aspect of a game, from its pacing to immersion factor and even the soundtrack, is important. For these gamers, playing is not just about entertainment. It’s about getting a reaction, and there’s no greater reaction than laughter. We previously wrote about the funniest games ever made, but the laughs don’t end there. Along with providing fantastic gameplay, the creators of these controllable comedies made a particular effort to make these games hil–arious. Here are ten more of the funniest games out there for...

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10 Great Deals You Can Get on VPNs, Gadgets, Courses, and More


Looking to do a little shopping? Well, today is your lucky day because we’re featuring lots of deals on lifetime VPN subscriptions, online courses, and fun gadgets! VPN Subscriptions PureVPN: Lifetime Subscription ($89.99) Key Features: Connect up to 5 devices at a time Has over 550 servers in 141 countries that’ll help beat geographic restrictions Works with routers, game consoles, smart TVs, and just about every mobile and PC OS Unlimited bandwidth Easy to get up and running VPN Unlimited: Lifetime Subscription ($49.99) Key Features: Servers in 70+ locations in 50+ countries Unlimited bandwidth to browse and download all you want Easy to use app...

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12 Epic Podcasts for Side Hustle Ideas You Can Start Too


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You have a full-time job. A Martian day would be great for those extra sixty minutes. But you still want to make an extra buck from your talents. Or you want to start a side business and have the idea sewn up on a yellow pad. No time? Think again. One of the best ways to get priceless advice for you multitasking side hustle beasts is through podcasts. Absorb the success stories, unearth tons of ideas, and keep chugging on with whatever you’re working on. We’ve put together a list of 12 podcasts you’ll want to start with. There’s a little...

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Which Tech Companies Can You Trust With Your Data?


Everyone reading this will have dealings with various tech companies. Often on a daily basis. From your ISP to your favorite online retailer. From your social network of choice to the company that gets you from A to B. These companies are often ingrained in our everyday lives. Few of us consider whether we should trust these companies with our data. Especially when governments around the world come knocking. So which companies have our backs and which would sell us out at the first sign of trouble? The Electronic Frontier Foundation has the answer… Who Has Your Back? Every year...

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14 July 2017

Let Your Photos Shine With a Custom Background: Here’s How Using GIMP


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It’s easy to change the background of a photo in Photoshop, but you don’t have to pay for expensive software if you don’t want to. GIMP is the best free image editing software around, and it’s almost as powerful as its commercial counterpart. Changing the background in GIMP is simple, and there are several different ways to do it. In this guide we’ll take a look at two of the best solutions — one very quick the other more precise (and powerful). Before You Begin If you’re new to GIMP you might be confused by its unusual user interface. By...

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Are Today’s Amazon Deals Any Good? Let’s Find Out [US/CA]


We're in the afterglow of Prime Day, but Amazon still has a lot of deals available. Are they actually worth getting? Let's dig in and find out!

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How Cheap Can You Actually Go on Computer Speakers?


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Getting top-of-the-line stuff is great. You can walk around knowing that you have the best thing available. In the case of computer speakers, you’re looking at hundreds of dollars — no small strain on the budget. Yeah, you get incredible sound quality, but do you need it for the way you use a computer? Today, we’re going to ignore all the expensive stuff and examine how cheap you can actually go for speakers that’ll get the job done. Will there be sacrifices? Of course, but we’re going to break down what you’ll lose with the cheap models and give you...

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Take the Perfect Selfie With These Fantastic Android Apps


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Whether you love them or hate them, chances are you have taken a selfie at some point in your life. Selfies are insanely popular, and it’s no surprise that developers are continuously creating apps to take that perfect selfie. With so many apps to choose from, how can you know which ones are worth installing? The following selfie apps are some of the most popular options on the Play Store and have some great features. Whether you’re looking for filters or real-time effects, these apps can help you out. 1. Candy Camera Candy Camera is the must-have selfie app on...

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New Music Friday – This Week’s Best Releases [UK]


Friday means the end of a busy week, and the start of the weekend. It also has come to mean that it’s time for new music. Some of this week’s highlights include new releases from The Vamps, Coldplay, and Status Quo, and more. While all the releases are available in digital and physical formats, you could save money and skip the hassle by streaming them instead. Amazon’s Music Unlimited streaming service is just £7.99/month for Prime members and has a collection of over 40 million songs. There is even a 30 day free trial if you want to take Music...

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The Easiest Way to Recover Unsaved Microsoft Excel Files


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Have you ever lost an Excel file because you accidentally closed it without saving? Or because your computer crashed? It’s really frustrating — but you don’t have to start over! There are a few ways you can recover unsaved Excel files. You might not get the latest version with all of your most recent changes, but it’s a lot better than starting from scratch. Let’s take a look at those recovery methods to see how it’s done! Recovering Excel Files in Windows There are three main methods of recovering unsaved and overwritten files from Excel. If you close an unsaved...

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How to Buy Safely on AliExpress and Avoid Scams


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It’s not always easy to stay safe while you’re shopping online. For every legitimate and reputable site, hundreds want to take your money and run for the hills, never to be seen or heard from again. If you want to stay safe, it’s important to research the site you’re making your purchases on. How does it protect buyers? Is it easy to avoid frauds and scams? How does the site handle disputes and refunds? Today, we’re going to dive into the world of AliExpress and answer some of those questions. What Is AliExpress? AliExpress is part of the Alibaba Group....

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How to Keep Your House Cool Without an AC This Summer


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If it’s really hot out and you want to stay luxuriously cool, you need an air conditioner. There’s no getting around that. Ideally you’d use a smart thermostat like Nest or Ecobee3, which keeps your home at optimum temperatures while using the least amount of electricity. But if you don’t have an AC, can’t install one, or want to reduce AC usage as much as possible, then you’ll be happy to know that energy-friendly options do exist. Just remember to temper your expectations. If it’s 100F outside, these methods won’t bring your house down to 75F. But if you’re okay...

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4 Keys Missing From Your Keyboard and How to Add Them


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Are there keys on your keyboard that you haven’t pressed for weeks? Even with the most common keyboard shortcuts, you might never have reason to hit keys like Scroll Lock, some of the F1-F12 keys, or Pause. What you’d appreciate more are keys that let you access certain functions that you actually use immediately. Even better, you can add many of these to your existing keyboard. That’s what we’re going to accomplish today. Here’s how to stop wasting keyboard space with functions you don’t use and add some useful new keys under your fingers! 1. Browser/App Shortcut Key Chrome OS...

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Streamline iTunes by Removing Unnecessary Media Libraries


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Rightly or wrongly, iTunes has a reputation for being an unwieldy and hard-to-use app. It’s worse on Windows than on macOS, but neither is great. It’s a shame. A decade ago it was the leading music player, but Apple’s insistence on turning it into a one-stop shop for everything media-related has led to it becoming far too bloated. Luckily, there are a few ways users can streamline their iTunes experience, one of which is to remove unnecessary media libraries. If you only want to use the app as a music player and aren’t interested in podcasts, apps, videos, ringtones, and everything...

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How to Keep Track of Disappearing Songs in Spotify Playlists


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You may not realize it, but a common problem on Spotify is that your playlists get shorter over time as songs are quietly removed from the platform. Luckily, it’s easy to find out which songs are no longer available so you can find them elsewhere. To find out which songs are no longer available on your playlists, go to Settings > Display Options and make sure that Show unavailable songs in playlists is toggled on. Now head back to your playlists and you’ll see any songs that have been removed from the list will appear (they will be grayed out and unplayable). Now that you...

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How to Default Your iPhone Calls to Speaker Mode


Voice calls are probably far from the most important thing you do on your iPhone, but voice calls themselves are still important, especially if you conduct business from home and deal with multiple clients every day. In cases like these, it’s better to use speaker phone because it frees up your hands — for writing notes, finding files on your computer, or multi-tasking simple chores during longer calls. And instead of switching to speaker mode every time you make or receive a call, you can just set your iPhone to use that mode by default.  You just need to tweak...

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Experience What Work Felt Like in Windows 95


People remember some operating systems more fondly than others. Nobody wants to take Windows Vista out for a spin just for the heck of it, but nostalgia for Windows 95 still exists. But was Windows 95 really that great? A new free browser game, titled It Is As If You Were Doing Work, lets you experience what it felt like working in an office using Windows 95. When you start, you’ll find yourself in a rip-off version of Windows 95. To climb up the corporate ladder, do your job by sending emails, setting slider values, and clicking through dialogue boxes....

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Please Stop Spreading the Jayden K. Smith Hoax!


You are not going to get hacked by someone called Jayden K. Smith. That is an absolute fact. Unfortunately, people will believe anything they read on social media these days. And so the legend of Jayden K. Smith, hacker extraordinaire, has taken hold. And it’s your duty to stop it. While there are undoubtedly people called Jayden K. Smith on Facebook, none of them are extraordinary hackers with the power to hack you if you befriend them. And yet a message warning people not to accept a friend request from Jayden K. Smith has somehow gone viral. Jayden K. Smith...

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8 Cool Smartphone-Controlled Toys You Secretly Desire!


Your smartphone has plenty of games to keep you entertained, but that’s not the only way it doubles as a toy. There are some awesome gizmos that you can control with an app, making them better than any toy you had as a kid. Sure, you can build an RC car with an Arduino, but it’s not as fancy as a toy. If you really want to have some fun, treat yourself to one of these gadgets. Because no matter how old you get, don’t forget about the child within you. Sphero BB-8 Droid ($60) Sphero is obviously the first...

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How to Use a Java ArrayList


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A Java ArrayList is a general-purpose resizeable array. It provides most of the facilities generally expected of arrays in other languages. These include: accessing elements using an index, adding, removing and updating elements, dynamic re-sizing, iterating over the elements, etc. Most of these operations have been specially tweaked for general purpose usage. There are a few other types of “arrays” (classes that implement the List interface, to be technical) which are intended for special purposes. These include: LinkedList supports fast insertion and removal at intermediate indices. Vector is similar to an ArrayList but is synchronized and is suitable in place...

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You Can Now Buy HDR Movies From Google Play


Google Play is offering HDR movies for the first time. This means selected titles will take advantage of the technology known for making the blackest blacks look blacker and the whitest whites look whiter. Unfortunately, there are a number of hoops you’ll have to jump through first. HDR, or High Dynamic Range, refers to the range between the dark and the light on your TV. Therefore, HDR-compatible television sets offer a sumptuous picture, with a huge contrast between dark and light, and a massive range of rich colors and tones between the two extremes. And now Google Play is supporting...

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13 July 2017

Why a Digital Inheritance Vault Can Protect Your Online Data


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It is easy to hoard digital accounts. I’m sure most people cannot remember every account they’ve ever created. The internet is a vast place. Services come and go. Sometimes creating an account is the only way to get access to a specific file or publication. Add in your enormous digital footprint — photos, music, videos, and so on — and keeping track of what is important becomes difficult. The succession of your digital world is becoming equal to your physical life. We make a will declaring how we can our earthly belongings at the moment of death, so why not consider our digital...

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How to Annotate Screenshots and Images on Android Like a Pro


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Taking a screenshot is a common practice for smartphone users to show the world what they’re seeing. It is an extremely effective way for professionals working on software products to point out specific things in the interface to their peers. You can see how important they’ve become with Apple introducing easily accessible annotation tools in iOS 11. Many Android phones, like the ones made by Samsung, already have built-in annotation features. Your Android phone may or may not, so let’s talk about interesting apps that help enhance your screenshot or image before sharing. 1. How to Highlight a Portion of...

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Why Hardly Anyone Calls Linux “GNU/Linux”


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You’re interested in Linux and have read a few blog posts. Along the way, you’ve come across a funny name: GNU/Linux. What do those letters mean, and why do people keep appending them to Linux? I can answer that question, and as I do, I’ll be dropping you into the middle of a debate that has persisted in the Linux world for decades. Now, with that out of the way… Linux or GNU/Linux, which is it? What Is GNU? The decade is the 1980s, and the computer industry is in a period of transition. A Supreme Court involving Apple case...

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The Complete Windows 10 Creators Update Troubleshooting Guide


The Windows 10 Creators Update has been available since early 2017. If you’ve not upgraded yet, you can grab a copy of the latest build directly from Microsoft’s website. As with any operating system update, some users have been reporting bugs and annoyances. If you’re one of the affected users, it can be frustrating. Your productivity will suffer. But don’t worry. Whether it’s a problem with the installation process or an issue that’s arisen after a few months of usage, MakeUseOf is here to help. We’re going to investigate some of the most common problems with the Creators Update and...

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The Best Cases and Covers for the Kindle, Paperwhite, Voyage, and Oasis


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Amazon’s Kindle series is the best of all ebook readers out there. But like with any gadget, it isn’t immune from damage. Plus, some people don’t like the soft plastic feel much. Put a cover on it and you’ll protect your Kindle — but it also changes the reading experience. Amazon makes its own cases for all Kindles, but with that branding comes a higher price tag. It’s unnecessary too since most third-party case makers offer the same or better product for cheaper. Now, only you can figure out which Kindle is right for you. But no matter which one...

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This Is the Easiest Way to Create a Pie Chart in Microsoft Excel


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A pie chart is a wonderful tool for displaying information visually. It allows you to see the data relationship to a whole pie, piece by piece. Plus, if you use Microsoft Excel to track, edit, and share your data already, then creating a pie chart is the next logical step. By using a simple spreadsheet of information, we will show you how to make a useful pie chart. And once you get the hang of it, you can explore options using more data. Import or Enter Your Data The most important aspect of your pie chart is the data. Whether...

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5 Reasons You Need to Stop Using Free VPNs Right Now


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I know, free VPNs are tempting. After all, why would you want to pay for something you can get for free? It’s the same reason illegal Kodi boxes and IPTV subscriptions are so popular. But just like pirating the latest films has a downside, so too does using a free VPN. You’re going to compromise your safety, security, and possibly even your personal data. Oh, and your privacy, even if they are “virtual private networks.” Paid VPN services — like ExpressVPN — don’t charge a lot of money per month. They are will within the budget of most people and offer a...

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5 Ways To Bypass Torrent Connection Blocking


There’s a worldwide war against torrents right now. Content-makers and copyright holders are trying their best to shut down access to torrent hosting websites. Some ISPs (Internet Service Providers) are under pressure to block all torrenting activity. But there are still some ways you can bypass these torrent blocking efforts. In a world where you don’t need to be a pirate any more, blocking the illegal download of copyrighted works should no doubt be stopped. But blocking the act of torrenting, which can also have legitimate purposes, isn’t the right way to go about it. That hasn’t stopped some over-zealous...

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What Is a PDF File and Why Do We Still Rely on Them?


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Have you opened a PDF this week? Chances are you work with them regularly. Despite some other file types fading into obscurity, PDFs are still a popular choice (despite Adobe Reader becoming unnecessary). Have you ever wondered why this is? Let’s explore how PDFs work, why they’re important, and the reasons they still enjoy so much popularity. The History of PDF PDF stands for Portable Document Format. Created by Adobe, it first launched in the early 1990s as a way to completely store a document in one file. Because the web was young when PDF was growing, they were mainly...

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Never Get Stuck in Traffic Again With Google Home or Google Assistant


One of Google Home‘s biggest advantages over competitors like Amazon Echo is the surrounding Google ecosystem and all the data that comes with it — and it all works right out of the box. Don’t have Google Home? You can use Google Assistant instead. One place you can really see this shine is when using Google Home or Google Assistant to check traffic conditions. It works at any time for any destination. Just use the following voice commands with the specific address or the name of a store or business: “How long will it take to get to Costco?” “How long will...

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Get a Heads-Up on Cutting-Edge Tech With Microsoft’s New Podcast


It’s not always easy to find podcasts you want to listen to, especially ones about technology. It seems comedy and crime are the two vogue genres of the podcast world at the moment. So when a fresh podcast comes along, it’s certain to grab our attention — and the new .future podcast from Microsoft has done exactly that. If you love tech talk, it won’t disappoint you. I promise. Wait, Microsoft Makes Podcasts? Yes! It seems the tech giant isn’t solely focused on making operating systems and collecting as much of your data as possible. While several of the company’s developers...

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You Can Now Use PayPal to Buy Stuff on iTunes


Apple is finally playing nicely with PayPal by allowing its users to set PayPal as their payment method. This means that Apple fans in 12 countries will now be able to use PayPal to pay for purchases from the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, and iBooks. Which previously wasn’t possible. Apple has always maintained a tight grip over the payment methods used on its platforms. Which was bad news for PayPal users and even worse news for PayPal itself. Now, Apple is relinquishing a little bit of control over how you pay for stuff while ensconced in the Apple ecosystem…...

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The 5 Toughest Samsung Galaxy Cases Money Can Buy


Smartphones aren’t made to last. Sure, there are exceptions like rugged phones meant for outdoors, but those are outliers. When you buy a new phone, it’s smart to put a case on it for added protection. Samsung is the largest worldwide seller of Android phones today. Naturally, plenty of third-party accessory manufacturers make cases for its phones. But you need to avoid low-quality accessories. So let’s find out the toughest cases you can buy if you’re a Samsung user. LifeProof Fre Series Since the launch of the Galaxy S5, Samsung’s flagship phones have been water-resistant. But well, water-resistant doesn’t mean...

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Make TextEdit More Powerful With These 9 Hidden Features


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When it comes to native Mac apps, TextEdit is perhaps the most foundational. It’s a simple text editor that seems rather unexciting, especially with all of the other great text editing options out there. But TextEdit has a few tricks up its sleeve that make it a great option for all sorts of tasks. It doesn’t have the power of its third party competitors, but don’t dismiss it out of hand! Let’s look at what this Notepad killer can do. 1. Version History Because TextEdit is tightly integrated into macOS, it gives you the opportunity to keep track of the version history...

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32 Genius DIY Hacks for Phones and Tablets


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Smartphones and tablets have taken their place as the dominant form of consumer technology. We almost all have one or the other. More often than not it serves as our media center, social hub, reference and organizer all in one. We have covered ways to recycle your old phone or what to make with an old tablet, along with when it is a good idea to try to repair your own phone or when to leave it up to the professionals. Today we are concentrating on DIY hacks for your current phone or tablet. This mega list is split up...

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Prime Day Is Over But Today’s Deals Are Just as Good [US/CA]


Prime Day has already ended, but don’t worry, there are still some tremendous deals available! In fact, many of these are all-time lows! US Deals TOMOLOO Hoverboard with Bluetooth Speaker (Refurbished) ($273.75) TOMOLOO Hoveroard with Bluetooth Speaker and Lights - Black Hover Board with App UL2272 Certified… TOMOLOO Hoveroard with Bluetooth Speaker and Lights - Black Hover Board with App UL2272 Certified… ▶ Verified Safety: Comply with all U.S safety regulations Buy Now At Amazon $273.75 Lowest Price: Today’s Deal ($273.75) Average Price: $374.19 User Rating: 4.6/5 (FakeSpot Grade: D) Deal Quality: Good Panasonic Link2Cell DECT 6.0 1-Line Bluetooth Cordless...

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12 July 2017

This Is the Best Way to Root Your Android Device


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Rooting — a process that grants system-level access to certain apps and utilities — has long been a part of the Android experience among enthusiasts and power users. But it’s under threat from a feature built into the operating system itself. It’s called SafetyNet, and it enables apps to check whether a device is unlocked or rooted — and then block them. Android Pay uses it, Pokemon Go uses it, and Netflix uses it. Pretty much any app that requires a certain level of security, especially those that use DRM or process payments, will likely end up using SafetyNet. Fortunately,...

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How to Build a Security Camera Network Out Of Old Smartphones


These days, building a wireless home security camera system isn’t really such a huge deal, especially if you have the right equipment. Wireless IP webcams are ideal, because they can be placed anywhere in the house and they don’t need to be connected to a computer. But if you don’t have any wireless cameras, old smartphones work just as well. Remember though, any home security system, whether DIY or commercial may not be as secure as your think. That is, creating just such a wireless surveillance network using not wireless webcams, but wireless smartphones. Preferably old, worn out smartphones a...

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Windows Phone Is Dead As Microsoft Ends Support


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Microsoft has officially pulled the plug on Windows Phone, having ended all support for Windows Phone 8.1. This means that if you’re still using a phone powered by Window Phone 8.1 then you now belong in the same camp as those people persevering with the also-dead Windows XP. We used to write about Windows Phone. We treated it the same as Android and iOS. And then we realized nobody was reading the articles because no one actually cared. That is until we declared Windows Phone dead, at which point hundreds of people felt compelled to complain. Now, Windows Phone is...

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Apple Gets Behind Augmented Reality With ARKit


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WWDC revealed Apple’s plans for Augmented Reality. AR is something long-rumored as Cupertino’s next big thing. With ARKit, Apple readies developers to bring you Augmented Reality apps using your iPhone and iPad. With integration into SpriteKit and SceneKit, it should be easy for developers to update their apps. But how will this affect the apps of the future? What Is Augmented Reality? As James wrote in his coverage of Apple’s VR efforts, Pokemon Go was many people’s first taste of AR apps. It was a simplistic beginning, putting a simple overlay of the Pokemon on the image in your camera. It...

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Why It’s Time to Try Diablo 3 and The Rise of the Necromancer


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Do you have an itch for slaying hordes of evil minions? How about collecting a ton of loot in an epic dungeon crawling adventure? If you just answered “Yes” to the aforementioned questions, then Diablo 3 is a game that would be right up your alley. Diablo 3 originally came out in 2012 for the PC/Mac (console versions came later), and was followed up in 2013 by the huge Reaper of Souls expansion. There have been plenty of updates and patches in the past few years that have kept the game interesting with end-game content. While many issues plagued the initial...

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7 of the Biggest Myths About Kodi, Debunked


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Kodi has exploded in popularity recently. Some of the increased interest is as result of its undeniably fantastic features, but some derives from negative media coverage surrounding the illegal “fully loaded” Kodi boxes. As the the software has grown in popularity, so too have the number of lies, myths, and pieces of misinformation. A quick look at the Kodi Facebook page or forums reveals the developers are constantly battling complaints from uninformed and misinformed users. If you’re just beginning your Kodi journey, read this article. It’ll ensure your expectations are aligned with the reality of the situation, so you won’t be...

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How To Backup Windows 10 Drivers Using PowerShell


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There are a number of reasons why you would want to backup drivers installed on your Windows 10 PC. Maybe you want to reinstall Windows 10 and don’t want to download all drivers again, maybe the driver for one of your device is no longer available, or maybe, your internet connection is not speed enough […]

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Handy Flowchart Templates for Microsoft Office


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Creating a flowchart might be a very easy task for some. And if you follow our article, you can make a gorgeous one in Microsoft Word. But what if you do not want to start from scratch? These templates for Microsoft Office let you create a flowchart quickly in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. Whether for a business purpose or a personal one, you will be off to a great start with these handy and easily editable options. Why Use a Flowchart? If you need to document or explain a process or procedure, there is no better way than with a...

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File Formats 101: Open vs. Closed, Text vs. Binary


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The file is one of the fundamental parts of the computing experience. But what is a “file” anyway? It’s an icon on your desktop, an entry in a list that opens your budget as a spreadsheet, and a name you can give to your latest selfie. At the end of the day, a “file” is a collection of bits (zeroes and ones) arranged in a pattern that some application understands. Developers may keep these patterns secret, which may make users keep a particular program despite alternatives. Other developers may actually encourage adoption of their formats. In some cases you may be able to easily open and interpret...

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How to Change Text Sizes and Fonts in Windows 10


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The default font size in Windows 10 can be too small for some, especially when on a higher resolution screen. We’re going to show you how to adjust your system text size to your liking, along with how to change the font while you’re at it. If you want to enlarge more than just the fonts, or only want a temporary zoom, we’ll also show you how to use some simple and in-built Windows tools to achieve that. Change Your Text Sizes If you’re running the Creators Update or beyond for Windows 10, you’ll need a third-party program to be...

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How to Fix That Random Pop-Up in Windows


Sometimes, even with troubleshooting knowledge, a problem pops up in Windows that you just don’t how how to diagnose. Recently, many users have reported an instantaneous pop-up flashing on their screen. Because it happens so fast, it’s basically impossible to see what’s causing it. But we’ve determined the cause. A friend of mine used a screen recorder to capture the brief pop-up. It looks like this: If you can’t tell from the screenshot, this is a Command Prompt window running for a process called OfficeBackgroundTaskHandler. Microsoft has confirmed that this is a bug and has fixed it in the latest...

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The Best Place for Guaranteed Free-to-Use High-Quality Images for Any Reason


There are plenty of sites out there with user-generated royalty free photos, but few are curated and closely-monitored like Unsplash. Powered by a community of photographers, the site is curated by Crew, a marketing agency, so that all photos that appear on the site are handpicked. This is important for two reasons: You’re confident that you’re getting high-quality photos, and might even find it difficult to narrow down your choices. You’re confident that the photos are completely free to use. While other sites provide Creative Commons photos, the fact that users upload the content directly to those sites means there’s no quality control...

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