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How to Set Up Opera’s Mobile VPN for Secure Browsing on Android How to Set Up Opera’s Mobile VPN for Secure Browsing on Android

We’ve discussed the importance of using a VPN for web browsing several times before, but almost always in the context of finding a VPN to use alongside your desktop browser (and other activities). However, many mobile developers are baking VPNs directly into their browsers, the latest being Opera on Android.

Organize Your Trading Card Game Collections with These Apps Organize Your Trading Card Game Collections with These Apps

Trading and collectible card games (TCGs and CCGs, for short) can be a lot of work, especially as you start to accumulate boxes and boxes of physical cards.

How to Submit a Bug Report to Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and More How to Submit a Bug Report to Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and More

Leaky security, hardware exploits, crashes, broken features—every piece of hardware or software is prone to bugs and vulnerabilities, and it’s likely you’ve had the misfortune of dealing with them at some point in your tech life. While most people grin, bear it, and wait for the problem to fix itself, you can also…

What's RCS Messaging and Why Should You Care? What's RCS Messaging and Why Should You Care?

Google has officially adopted the next-gen “RCS” text messaging protocol, which doesn’t really matter right now if you don’t use its Google Fi service. However, the company is also pushing every single carrier to move to RCS from SMS—a much-needed upgrade—and that will have a significant impact on your texting,…

Why Bluetooth 5.1 Will Make it Easier to Find Your Missing Car Keys Why Bluetooth 5.1 Will Make it Easier to Find Your Missing Car Keys

Developers can now start playing with the next iteration of Bluetooth—that convenient little technology that lets you stream music to nearby devices or go on a run without cables connecting you to your smartphone. Though it will still take some time for Bluetooth 5.1 to make its way to phones, laptops, and other…

The Best WhatsApp Alternatives The Best WhatsApp Alternatives

Facebook is planning to merge its three messaging services—WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram’s private messages—into a single messaging platform.

Spot Untrustworthy News Sources With Microsoft's Edge Mobile Browser  Spot Untrustworthy News Sources With Microsoft's Edge Mobile Browser 

Microsoft is expanding its war on fake news to the mobile front. The latest update for its Edge browser app incorporates a news-flagging feature that was previously only available on the desktop version as an optional plug-in.

What You Need to Know About HDMI 2.1 and 8K TVs in 2019 What You Need to Know About HDMI 2.1 and 8K TVs in 2019

You’re going to hear a lot about HDMI 2.1 in 2019. It’s the latest iteration on the A/V connection format that consumers have used since it replaced previous A/V connections nearly two decades ago, and with 8K TVs ready to beat down the door into your living room, HDMI 2.1 is a necessary and much-anticipated upgrade.

How to Reduce Windows 10's Upcoming Reserved Hard Drive Storage Requirement How to Reduce Windows 10's Upcoming Reserved Hard Drive Storage Requirement

Windows 10 users may soon notice their hard drive storage organized a bit differently.

How and When You Can Access The Biggest Upcoming Google Assistant Features How and When You Can Access The Biggest Upcoming Google Assistant Features

Google’s aptly named AI helper, Google Assistant, is poised to have a great year in 2019. Not only will the digital assistant be spreading to numerous devices old and new, but there are a host of new features coming, too, several of which were shown off at CES 2019 last week.

Protect Your Privacy From Your Own Cloud Security Cameras Protect Your Privacy From Your Own Cloud Security Cameras

How many people put a sticky note over their laptop webcams because they’re worried about someone spying on them? Rumors of hackers accessing webcams and USB microphones are ever-present in today’s technological world, but it’s even worse when the manufacturer responsible for a connected camera is the one leaking…

You Can Download and Play a Free Version of Cult-Favorite Horror Game, 'P.T.' [Updated]

Update: It appears the developer plans to pull the game from Itch.io next week. If you haven’t downloaded and plan to play it, grab it quick before yet another version of P.T. disappears. Original story follows.

How to Get the January Android Security Update Right Now How to Get the January Android Security Update Right Now

Google’s monthly Android Pie security update for January 2019 is available now. As with previous updates, it fixes numerous potential security shortcomings in the Android OS that could be exploited by hackers and malicious programs. While these fixes apply to all Android Pie devices, the January update also has Pixel…

5G Phones Are Coming Soon, But You Should Wait to Buy One 5G Phones Are Coming Soon, But You Should Wait to Buy One

With just about every major US cellphone service provider prepping their 5G network rollouts, you’ve probably seen 2019 hyped as the beginning of the “5G revolution,” or something similar.

How to Teach Your New Smart Speaker to Understand Your Voice How to Teach Your New Smart Speaker to Understand Your Voice

Not all smart speakers are created equal. In fact, some barely meet the qualifications to be called “smart” in the first place—but they’re getting better at answering your questions, assuming they can understand what you’re saying.

How to Schedule Text Messages on Android How to Schedule Text Messages on Android

Whether you have friends or family members who work and live different schedules than you, or you find yourself sending more “happy belated birthday” messages than you’d like, having the ability to schedule text messages ahead of time is an incredibly useful feature.

How to Get Assassin's Creed Odyssey for Free  How to Get Assassin's Creed Odyssey for Free 

Video games are a popular holiday gift, and publisher Ubisoft is channeling some serious winter cheer by giving away one of its best releases of 2018—Assassin’s Creed Odyssey—for free as a gift to those who participate in Google’s Project Stream beta.

How to Set Up and Use Family Link, Google's Parental Controls App How to Set Up and Use Family Link, Google's Parental Controls App

Google has rolled out screen time and app management features to the Chrome OS version of its parental supervision app, Family Link, so now you can remotely manage and monitor your child’s activity on laptops and tablets running the OS, as well as on any Android device running Android 5.1 or higher.

Windows 10 Collects Activity Data Even When Tracking Is Disabled, But You Can Block It [Updated] Windows 10 Collects Activity Data Even When Tracking Is Disabled, But You Can Block It [Updated]

Another day, another tech company being disingenuous about its privacy practices. This time it’s Microsoft, after it was discovered that Windows 10 continues to track users’ activity even after they’ve disabled the activity-tracking option in their Windows 10 settings.

How to Backup Your Allo Conversations Before Google Shuts it Down  How to Backup Your Allo Conversations Before Google Shuts it Down 

Google’s short-lived messaging service, Allo, is going the way of Google Reader, Google Health, and the Dodo bird. It’s not a surprise—Google began porting and integrating some of the more interesting features (like Google Assistant and web support) from Allo into Messages app for Android earlier this year, signaling…

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