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How not to buy a phone on Black Friday – three simple rules to smarter phone purchases

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Carriers aren't looking to cut you a deal. Installment plans are just contracts by another name. Last year's phone is not "just as good" as this year's.

These are the three golden rules of Black Friday smartphone shopping. There are other important things to consider, sure, but those are the fundamentals that everyone needs to know and abide, because if you don't, you could end up with a phone you don't want that's stuck on a carrier you don't want to be with.

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How not to buy a phone on Black Friday - three simple rules to smarter phone purchases was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

How not to buy a phone on Black Friday – three simple rules to smarter phone purchases

Monday, November 19th, 2018

Carriers aren't looking to cut you a deal. Installment plans are just contracts by another name. Last year's phone is not "just as good" as this year's.

These are the three golden rules of Black Friday smartphone shopping. There are other important things to consider, sure, but those are the fundamentals that everyone needs to know and abide, because if you don't, you could end up with a phone you don't want that's stuck on a carrier you don't want to be with.

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How not to buy a phone on Black Friday - three simple rules to smarter phone purchases was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

How to turn off those pesky Google Maps notifications

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Google Maps is one of the company's best products, right up there with Search, Gmail, and Photos. It has evolved quite a bit over the last few years, and while some things have improved, other additions are more annoying than helpful. Take those notifications you get after visiting a store or restaurant, for example. You know, the ones asking you to review the place, answer questions, or upload photos.

Not all of them are bad, mind you, such as the alerts to a change in your commute.

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How to turn off those pesky Google Maps notifications was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Android phones with the best resale value in 2018

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Usually, you can't buy a phone with the intention of later flipping it for profit like, say, a house or a car. But planning your purchase around sustained resale value can be a good way to budget for more frequent upgrades. In fact, I'm regularly asked by friends and our more budget conscious readers which models and brands I've noticed hold their value the best, so here's a brief list of my (relatively) safe bets.

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The Android phones with the best resale value in 2018 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

What to look out for when buying a Chromebook

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Chromebooks are just like any other tech products - some are good, and some are not so good. While they avoid some of the pitfalls of Windows laptops, like spinning hard disks and bundled malware, you still have to deal with potentially under-powered hardware or a lack of support for certain features.

This guide highlights what you should avoid when buying a Chromebook, especially older models that often appear as refurbs at major retailers, or used on sites like eBay and Swappa.

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What to look out for when buying a Chromebook was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

How to install Linux applications on Chrome OS

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

One of the most exciting new features in Chrome OS is the ability to run applications designed for Linux. Most software that can run on Ubuntu, Debian, or other Linux distributions will work. This is the first time it has been possible to (officially) run traditional desktop software on Chromebooks, and the possibilities are endless.

Unfortunately, the feature is a bit tricky to figure out if you don't already have experience with Linux.

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How to install Linux applications on Chrome OS was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The best Chromebooks for school

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

If there's one area where Chromebooks are undeniably dominating, it's in education. Chromebooks made up 60% of mobile device purchases by K-12 schools in the US last year, and since 2014, they have led classroom notebook and tablet shipments. As it turns out, schools love cheap computers that back up everything to the cloud and can be easily reset.

Chromebooks aren't just great for schools; they're great for students as well.

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The best Chromebooks for school was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

How to get around IFTTT’s cap on sending SMS messages

Saturday, July 28th, 2018

If This Then That, or IFTTT for short, is a pretty great service. There are hundreds of connected services, allowing you to automate your email, smart home, social networks, and more. Many people use the service to set up push notification alerts, like one for when the International Space Station flies over your home or for when the pollen count is high in your area.

Push notifications are great, but they require you to install the IFTTT mobile app, which not everyone wants to do.

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How to get around IFTTT's cap on sending SMS messages was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

How to improve privacy and security on Android

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

Your smartphone contains a massive amount of information - photos, contacts, access to online accounts, and much more. Even though Android itself is a fairly secure platform, some data about your phone's settings and usage is sent to Google's servers. If you want to limit data collection and make your phone more secure, here are some tips you can try.

Make sure Android Device Manager is on

You probably already know about the Android Device Manager, which allows users to easily track down a missing Android device.

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How to improve privacy and security on Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

How to remove your Google voice search history and opt out of future collection

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Google's speech recognition technology is insanely good - perhaps the best in the industry. But did you know Google stores all your voice searches? Every time you say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google," a snippet of audio containing the command is sent to the company's servers, where it is deciphered. These audio snippets are stored indefinitely (to improve accuracy), unless you delete them and opt out of future collection.

Delete audio recordings

If you want to permanently delete these recordings, Google makes it easy to do so - if you know where to look.

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How to remove your Google voice search history and opt out of future collection was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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