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Why Choosing Between Android and iOS Still Matters Why Choosing Between Android and iOS Still Matters

Fire up an iPhone X alongside a Galaxy Note 8 and you might not think there’s all that much to choose between Android and iOS any more. They offer the same apps, in the same sorts of grids, with similar approaches to notifications and quick settings, and at this stage in the game you’re probably happy with your choice…

5 Smartphone Upgrades You Didn't Know You Needed 5 Smartphone Upgrades You Didn't Know You Needed

If you don’t have the need or the budget to upgrade your smartphone, then the next best thing is buying an upgrade for the phone you’ve already got. Cases, battery packs, and wireless charging pads are the obvious calls, but there are a ton of more exciting upgrades out there for you to spend your money on too—and…

Why Comparing Smartphone Specs is a Waste of Time Why Comparing Smartphone Specs is a Waste of Time

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone then you’re naturally going to want to look up key details such as processor speed, RAM, storage space, battery size, and the camera’s megapixel rating, but weighing up these raw specifications is increasingly becoming a waste of time. Here’s why.

T-Mobile Customers: If You Got a Confusing Text About Phone Hijacking Scams, You’re Not Alone T-Mobile Customers: If You Got a Confusing Text About Phone Hijacking Scams, You’re Not Alone

For the last few weeks, T-Mobile customers have been receiving text message alerts warning them about “an industry-wide phone number port out scam.”

Social Media Is Bad, So Here Are 7 Other Apps to Use On Your Phone Social Media Is Bad, So Here Are 7 Other Apps to Use On Your Phone

You’ve stood at a bus stop, or in a line at the grocery store, or you’ve sat waiting for a movie to start, so you immediately reach for Facebook or Twitter or Snapchat, right? Well, maybe not, because here are seven app categories we’ve picked out that are a better use of your downtime than scrolling through posts…

How to Keep Your Family and Friends From Snooping on Your Laptop and Phone How to Keep Your Family and Friends From Snooping on Your Laptop and Phone

Many of us are more security savvy than ever when it comes to our phones and laptops, but there’s one threat you might not be protecting against—the people inside your own home. Whether you’re worried about nosey housemates, clumsy kids, or horrible siblings, these are the steps to take to make sure your stuff stays…

How to Avoid Being Tracked on Your Laptop, Phone, or Fitness Tracker How to Avoid Being Tracked on Your Laptop, Phone, or Fitness Tracker

Today we’re all being tracked by more gadgets than ever before, and in ways that might not be immediately obvious; but it is possible to put restrictions on the data that your laptop, your smartphone, and even your fitness tracker can collect about you—in particular, where you are and what you’re doing with your…

All the Ways You Can Upgrade Your Smartphone's Keyboard All the Ways You Can Upgrade Your Smartphone's Keyboard

You spend a lot of time working with the keyboard on your smartphone, so any little improvements or tweaks you can apply here can make a big difference to your mobile life. If you’ve never ventured beyond the confines of your phone’s default keyboard, here are a few of the upgrades you’re missing out on. It’s time,…

Why You Should Still Be Buying Digital Downloads Why You Should Still Be Buying Digital Downloads

Music streaming is the future, apparently, which means the digital download had a bright and brief existence—lasting from the end of the 1990s to (presumably) the end of the 2010s. But before you erase all your carefully collected MP3s from the disk and close down the iTunes Store for the last time, we’ve got some…

How to Use Your Smartphone to Diagnose Bad Wi-Fi How to Use Your Smartphone to Diagnose Bad Wi-Fi

Bad wi-fi got you down? You’ve got a host of hardware options that can help you out, from mesh routers to Wi-Fi repeaters, but before you upgrade any set up, do some detective work—with some carefully chosen apps you can work out where your wi-fi network is failing and come up with better possible solutions.

Combine Your Phone and Wallet With This Discounted Card Holder Combine Your Phone and Wallet With This Discounted Card Holder

You have to carry your phone, and you have to carry a wallet (for now), but there’s no rule saying that they can’t be one thing.

4 Ways Google's Android Beats Samsung's Android and 3 Ways It Doesn't 4 Ways Google's Android Beats Samsung's Android and 3 Ways It Doesn't

Google and Samsung are locked in a battle at the premium end of the Android smartphone market, and one of the reasons why you might pick a Google Pixel 2 over a Samsung Galaxy Note 8—or vice versa—is the on-board software. We put the two flagship devices side by side to see how Pixel Android compares to Samsung…

How to Easily Switch Your Two-Factor Security to a New Phone How to Easily Switch Your Two-Factor Security to a New Phone

When you’re switching phones after an upgrade or an accident, the job of checking up on your two-factor verification apps can get lost in the hustle of transferring photos, contacts, messages, and all the other stuff that more quickly comes to mind. Without your security codes, though, you might get locked out of your…

All the Ways Your Smartphone and Its Apps Can Track You All the Ways Your Smartphone and Its Apps Can Track You

The little pocket supercomputers we all constantly carry around with us aren’t just supplying us with useful information, they’re also collecting a host of data on us and our habits, all of the time. Here’s a guide to what gets collected by your smartphone and the apps running on it, and how you can take back some…

Why Your Speakers Sound Terrible and How to Upgrade Why Your Speakers Sound Terrible and How to Upgrade

Your phone has one, your laptop has one, and you’ve got a smart one in the corner of your room telling you the weather—but what makes a good speaker different from a so-so speaker? Why you might consider upgrading the audio capabilities of your TV or computer, and what should you look for if you do?

Here's Why Your Gadgets Get Slower Over Time Here's Why Your Gadgets Get Slower Over Time

It is a truth universally acknowledged that as gadgets get older they slow down—your 3-year-old laptop or phone isn’t going to have the same spring in its step as it did when you first unboxed it. But what are the factors that cause this inevitable sluggishness? Is your precious device quite simply wearing out?

All the Annoying Tech Chores You Need to Do When You Have Time All the Annoying Tech Chores You Need to Do When You Have Time

Like your car, or your kitchen, your tech devices will run best when they’re maintained properly—and that means finding time to do all those low-level maintenance tasks that aren’t much fun, but can keep everything stable and smooth, and avoid problems in the future.

14 Useful Apps to Install on Your New Phone 14 Useful Apps to Install on Your New Phone

You’re staring down at your shiny, unwrapped, brand new smartphone—so what do you do next? Where do you start with the hundreds of thousands of apps at your fingertips? These are the apps we always install first on any new iOS or Android device.

The Best Apps and Add-Ons to Improve Your Writing The Best Apps and Add-Ons to Improve Your Writing

Whether you write for business or pleasure or both, you want your prose to be at the very least comprehensible and free from typos—and as usual, there are apps for that. These are some of the best tools we’ve come across for keeping your writing as neat, as tidy, and as impactful as possible.

7 Essential Checks to Make Before Ditching Your Old Phone 7 Essential Checks to Make Before Ditching Your Old Phone

It’s the season for the giving and receiving of gifts, and whether someone else has generously bought you a smartphone or you’ve decided to treat yourself, it’s time to bid farewell to your old handset and face the future with your new one. But wait—we’ve got a few checks you need to make first.

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