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Email Aliases Are an Incredible, Sanity-Improving Hack Email Aliases Are an Incredible, Sanity-Improving Hack

We’re all fighting a battle against the daily deluge of incoming emails, and one of the ways you can turn the tide—and get your inbox a little more organized—is by creating an email alias. This feature is available on email services from Google, Apple, and Microsoft, and is also useful for protecting your identity and…

How to Get Back in Any Device You're Locked Out Of How to Get Back in Any Device You're Locked Out Of

Of course, it’s generally a good idea to remember the PIN codes and passwords you need to get access to your devices, but should you find yourself locked out of a phone or laptop and utterly unable to remember what your login credentials are, we’re here to help. Here’s how to get back into your devices after you’ve…

The Incredible Old-School iTunes Feature I Hope Apple Doesn't Kill The Incredible Old-School iTunes Feature I Hope Apple Doesn't Kill

Time is moving on, as it tends to do, and iTunes—a media suite that made its debut in 2001, almost two decades ago—is potentially on Apple’s chopping block. This year’s macOS refresh has been being tipped to feature separate apps for TV, music, podcasts, and ebooks, with iTunes maybe hanging around, Internet…

Which Browser Engine Powers Your Web Browsing—And Why Does It Matter? Which Browser Engine Powers Your Web Browsing—And Why Does It Matter?

As you might have heard, Microsoft is rebuilding Edge from the ground up, this time using the Chromium code that also underpins Google Chrome. Essentially it’s a switch to a different browser rendering engine—but what exactly is such an engine? And how does it affect your browsing experience? We’ll guide you through…

The Best Alternative Apps to Install Instead of Your Phone's Defaults The Best Alternative Apps to Install Instead of Your Phone's Defaults

Your phone comes with a stack of apps to get you started—and they’re fine, up to a point. But if you stick with the apps Apple and Google give you, then you’re missing out on a whole world of quality third-party alternatives. Here’s a guide to some of the best we’ve used.

Impress Your Friends With Intimate Knowledge of Movies and Shows You've Never Watched Impress Your Friends With Intimate Knowledge of Movies and Shows You've Never Watched

Going to the movies or binge-watching TV can be fun, sure, but it’s also time-consuming, and quite possibly expensive too—and thanks to the wonders of the modern-day internet, it’s no longer necessary. You can get clued up on that killer twist, or super-emotional showdown, or scarcely believable character arc, via a…

21 of the Best Gmail Features You Might Not Have Found Yet 21 of the Best Gmail Features You Might Not Have Found Yet

Almost everyone is using Gmail these days, but how many of those users know all the tricks and features Google has dropped into its email platform over the last 15 years? How many neat options on the web and mobile remain undiscovered by the Gmail masses? Let us bring you right up to speed with the best Gmail features…

5 Ways Your Phone Still Can't Beat Your Laptop 5 Ways Your Phone Still Can't Beat Your Laptop

It seems as though with every passing year the smartphones in our pockets become more powerful and capable—and more prepared than they’ve ever been to be the only computing device we need in our lives. However, before you give away or sell that old laptop without replacing it consider these scenarios where you really…

How to Leave No Trace on a Borrowed Computer How to Leave No Trace on a Borrowed Computer

Say you need to borrow someone else’s laptop or desktop, but you don’t want to leave a digital trail of breadcrumbs behind you when you’ve gone. Maybe you’re using a public computer, or maybe you’re just borrowing a friend’s and don’t want to mess up all their own settings and preferences too much—how do you make sure…

5 Awesome AI Experiences You Can Test Out in Your Browser Right Now 5 Awesome AI Experiences You Can Test Out in Your Browser Right Now

Artificial intelligence is already everywhere, and its influence is growing. It can be hard to get your head around exactly what AI does and how it can be deployed though, which is why we present to you these five fun online experiments—all you need is a web browser and a few minutes to see some of the party tricks AI…

Samsung One UI vs Stock Android: What's the Best Version of Android for Your Phone? Samsung One UI vs Stock Android: What's the Best Version of Android for Your Phone?

Picking a smartphone isn’t just about picking between iOS and Android because if you choose Android you also need to weigh up all the different flavors of Android on the market. Google, Samsung, Sony, LG, OnePlus, HTC, Motorola and the rest all do Android differently, and Samsung recently revamped its own mobile OS…

The Cheapest Ways to Get HBO, Showtime, and Most Other TV Channels You Really Want The Cheapest Ways to Get HBO, Showtime, and Most Other TV Channels You Really Want

Life has never been better for those wanting to get some quality television programming beamed towards their eyeballs: Channels like HBO, Showtime, and many others are now available in all kinds of formats on all kinds of apps, including whatever it is that Apple is rolling out later this year.

How to Upgrade Your Morning Alarm Clock Experience on Your Phone How to Upgrade Your Morning Alarm Clock Experience on Your Phone

Many of you probably get up every day with the help of an alarm on your smartphone. But are you using your phone’s alarm to its full potential, or settling for the standard default ringtone at a certain time and leaving it at that? These are the tricks, the apps, and the gadgets that can upgrade your wake-up…

I Tried Google Maps' Experimental Walking Directions of the Future I Tried Google Maps' Experimental Walking Directions of the Future

The perfect scenario for Google’s new Visual Position System, or VPS, is one you’ve probably been in already: Emerging from a subway station in a strange city. You’ve got your route planned out on your phone, but you don’t know which way is which, or the names of the roads—if you set off in the wrong direction…

All the Game Streaming Services Google Stadia Is Up Against All the Game Streaming Services Google Stadia Is Up Against

This week Google announced Stadia, a gaming service that runs from the cloud rather than a console in your living room or a souped-up gaming rig in your study. The concept of streaming games over the web isn’t new though—these are the other services that Stadia is going up against, and what they offer.

How Phishing Scams Are Evolving—And How Not to Get Caught How Phishing Scams Are Evolving—And How Not to Get Caught

Phishing is one of the most reliable methods a would-be hacker can take to access your digital accounts or even your bank account—and these kinds of attacks are becoming more common and more sophisticated over time. Even if you think you know a phishing email when you see one, new strategies continue to spring up.

Simplify Your Life With the Best Minimal Apps for Your Phone Simplify Your Life With the Best Minimal Apps for Your Phone

Life is complicated enough without apps that are weighed down with features you don’t need. Make your smartphone an oasis of calmness, tranquility, and elegant design choices with our picks for the best minimalist apps of the moment—they stick primarily to the job they were made for, and are easy on the eyes.

15 New Features We've Already Spotted in the Android Q Beta 15 New Features We've Already Spotted in the Android Q Beta

Android Q is here—in an early, beta form—and if you’ve got any generation of Pixel phone on hand then you can give it a test run. We’ve been playing around with the beta edition, and these are the most significant changes we’ve spotted, alongside the new features Google has been trailing.

How to Enable Dark Mode Nearly Everywhere It's Available Right Now How to Enable Dark Mode Nearly Everywhere It's Available Right Now

Dark mode can make software easier on the eye, give you a refreshing change from the norm, and even save on battery life if you’re using an OLED display—here are all the apps and platforms offering the option of a dark mode right now, and how to enable it in each case.

Please, for the Love of God, Make Sure You Delete Things Properly Please, for the Love of God, Make Sure You Delete Things Properly

Your personal data—be it financial spreadsheets or web searches—is not something you want to be leaving behind for other people to find, and totally wiping your activity off devices or the web takes a few more steps than you might have realized. Don’t worry though, as we’re going to walk you through the process.

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