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Listen to Amazon Music or YouTube Music For Free Through a Smart Speaker Listen to Amazon Music or YouTube Music For Free Through a Smart Speaker

Two of the biggest music streaming services—Amazon Music and Youtube Music—now offer free versions available for an array of various smart speakers and smart home devices.

Delete These Sketchy Android Apps That Are Tracking You Without Permission Delete These Sketchy Android Apps That Are Tracking You Without Permission

A recent Buzzfeed article points out that several popular Android apps available on the Google Play Store have been collecting and storing sensitive user data without encryption or permission.

How to Delete the Contacts That Facebook Uploaded Without Your Permission How to Delete the Contacts That Facebook Uploaded Without Your Permission

Facebook’s public image has been taking a beating lately, and things just keep getting worse for the social media platform. According to a recent report from Business Insider India, Facebook has been uploading info from its users’ email contacts since 2016. Facebook did this “unintentionally” and without warning when…

Learn High Valyrian From 'Game of Thrones' With Duolingo's Course Learn High Valyrian From 'Game of Thrones' With Duolingo's Course

Popular language learning app Duolingo is capitalizing on the Game of Thrones’ season eight hype by releasing an updated version of its High Valyrian course, making it easier for fans to learn one of the oldest languages of Westeros with minimal time commitment.

Budget Your Google Play Spending With this New In-App Setting Budget Your Google Play Spending With this New In-App Setting

One of the best things about apps is their affordability. Often, mobile apps can do things that desktop or web-based software and service can, but at fractions of the price. Even in-app purchases and monthly subscriptions for premium versions of some apps are usually minuscule—often no more than a cup of coffee.

How to Get a Free PC Copy of 'Assassin's Creed Unity' How to Get a Free PC Copy of 'Assassin's Creed Unity'

In response to the recent fire that devastated Notre Dame—one of the world’s oldest and most iconic cathedrals and iconic part of France’s national history—French video game publisher Ubisoft is offering a free PC copy of Assassin’s Creed Unity (normally $30) for a limited time. The offer will last from April 17 until…

How You Can Sign Up To Play With (Or Against) OpenAI's World-Class Dota 2 AI This Weekend How You Can Sign Up To Play With (Or Against) OpenAI's World-Class Dota 2 AI This Weekend

This weekend (and this weekend only), Dota 2 players can witness first-hand the wold-champ-defeating skill of OpenAI’s competitive Dota 2 AI, OpenAI Five. The AI has been trained using a technique called “deep reinforced learning” which has seen the AI play over 45,000 years-worth of Dota 2 in just 10 months. This…

How to Run Diagnostics Tests on Your Smartphone How to Run Diagnostics Tests on Your Smartphone

If you’ve never run a diagnostics test on your own smartphone, it’s worth doing—especially as your phone starts to show its age, or if you purchased a “new” smartphone secondhand and want to get a feel for its condition.

Prevent Amazon From Eavesdropping On Your Alexa Conversations Prevent Amazon From Eavesdropping On Your Alexa Conversations

Fun fact: Snippets of your Alexa conversations may be heard and read by thousands of Amazon employees. According to recent reports, Amazon has an international team of employees who work to help Alexa better understand your many commands and develop new ways for the AI to interact with users. This requires them to…

Use Your Android Phone as a Security Key for Signing into Websites Use Your Android Phone as a Security Key for Signing into Websites

All Android smartphones running Android 7.0 or higher can now be used as a security key to log into websites—only Google’s, and only via Chrome for now, but hopefully more sites and browsers will soon support the feature. This is a convenient two-factor authentication method, since most folks have their Android phones…

Update Your Fios Gateway G1100 Router Right Now to Fix Serious Security Risks Update Your Fios Gateway G1100 Router Right Now to Fix Serious Security Risks

Verizon Gateway G1100 routers may be at risk of being hacked due to serious vulnerabilities present on older firmware versions. The simplest way to explain these security risks is that they made it easy to intercept login credentials and gain access to a router remotely. If you’re interested in a more detailed and…

How to Turn Any Android Smartphone into a Google Pixel How to Turn Any Android Smartphone into a Google Pixel

Android’s flexibility means manufacturers can build their own versions of the OS to suit their hardware, but there’s an elegance to the stock Android experience found on Google’s devices—one that other Android smartphones can’t match.

Here's Everything Worth Checking Out in Android Q Beta 2 Here's Everything Worth Checking Out in Android Q Beta 2

Android Q Beta 2 is now available, and it adds a new batch of features for beta testers to try out.

How to Force 'Better Performance' Mode for USB Drives in Windows 10 How to Force 'Better Performance' Mode for USB Drives in Windows 10

With the latest Windows 10 update, Windows 10 1809, Microsoft has changed the default USB drive transfer setting to favor quick removal over better performance.

Remove Stalkerware From Your Devices With Kaspersky's Software Remove Stalkerware From Your Devices With Kaspersky's Software

We often envision the perpetrators of spyware attacks as remote hackers with anonymous identities, breaking into our networks, accounts, and even devices via digital means. However, in recent years, one of the most common uses of spyware is in cases of domestic abuse. Often, abusive partners will use otherwise “legal”…

How to Find Ethical Alternatives to Almost Every App or Service How to Find Ethical Alternatives to Almost Every App or Service

We love the convenience and feature-rich nature of the apps and products big corporations can offer you, but we’re also proponents of personal autonomy and control over your online experience. However, it’s one thing to just turn your back on the big corporations; it’s another to do so mindfully and ethically.

How to Turn Google Calendar into Space Invaders How to Turn Google Calendar into Space Invaders

Google’s April fools gimmicks for 2019 have been pretty fun. Not only can you turn maps into a game of Snake, you can also turn Google Calendar into the arcade-classic Space Invaders.

How to Schedule Emails With Gmail's New Feature How to Schedule Emails With Gmail's New Feature

Inbox for Gmail might be dead, but Google is at least making an effort to make the core Gmail experience better, and as of Google’s most recent update to the email service, you’ll no longer have to rely on third-party Chrome extensions to schedule out your messages.

How to Use Swipe Controls to Manage Your Gmail Inbox on iOS How to Use Swipe Controls to Manage Your Gmail Inbox on iOS

Google announced swipe gesture controls are coming to Gmail iOS starting today, and should be available to all iOS Gmail users soon. Though the update doesn’t add any new commands to Gmail, it makes it much easier to quickly manage your inbox by letting users customize what left or right “swipe” actions do.

Why 'AMP' Is Going to Be a Big Deal for You and Your Emails Why 'AMP' Is Going to Be a Big Deal for You and Your Emails

It’s been a year since Google announced AMP support would be coming to its email apps and web clients, and the rollout has finally started. (A handful of other email providers have joined the cause as well.)

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