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5 of the Best Cheap Android Phones in 2017

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

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Premium smartphones are becoming more advanced every year — but with these improvements, prices are soaring. Luckily, there are manufacturers who are using these technological advancements to deliver better hardware at lower prices. A few years ago, $200 might have bought you something that barely qualifies as a smartphone. But things have changed drastically, especially with huge Chinese companies entering the mobile phone market. Here we take a look at some of the best cheap Android phones — ones with decent hardware and an even better price. 1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Not everyone outside of China is familiar with...

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8 Cool Things You Can Do With Amazon Prime Video

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

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If you have Amazon Prime, then you have Amazon Prime Video (also known as simply Prime Video). And Prime Video gives you access to thousands of TV shows and movies that you can stream on demand. The Prime Video library is full of high-quality shows, and that includes a number of exclusive titles only available on Prime Video. I’m not here to argue whether Prime Video is better than Netflix or Hulu. I’m currently subscribed to all three), and think they’re all worth watching. But what most people don’t realize is that you can do more than “just stream videos”...

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The 5 Best Laptops Under $500 in 2017

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:30:00 +0000

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You can get a good laptop without racking up a large number on your credit card. For less than $500, you could get a desktop replacement, a long-battery ultrabook, a 2-in-1, or even a gaming notebook. You need realistic expectations though. When you’re buying budget laptops, you’ll get middling performance. You can play games, but not at max video resolutions. A desktop replacement will do everything that your current old desktop does, but not what a modern desktop today can do. That said, $500 isn’t a small amount, and the machine will do the basics of the task you buy...

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Is Skype for Linux Finally Good Enough for Windows Switchers?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000

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Since Alexander Graham Bell shared his unbridled excitement with Watson, telephony has come a long way. From the short-range telephone right up to mobile phone which has now become an extension of our personalities, telephony is one technology has evolved rapidly through the past few decades. Image Credit: Nednapa Sopasuntorn via Shutterstock Certain aspects have not developed at quite the same pace though. Skype for Linux has been one of those developments that has unfortunately drawn the short straw. While the Windows and Mac flavors steamed ahead, the Qt Linux Skype client felt like a narcotic addiction. If you wanted...

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The 7 Best Docs.com Alternatives for Online File Sharing

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000

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On December 15, 2017, Microsoft is shutting down Docs.com, one of the arms of its Office Suite ecosystem. Current users of Docs.com have been told to migrate their files to another service or online storage. Docs.com was an easy way to share Office files online. It lets you publish your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations for the world to see. An integration with Office 365 Online meant that it was easier to publish any file you saved on OneDrive. So where do you go once Docs.com stops working? Here are the best alternatives. 1. SlideShare: What Microsoft Recommends Microsoft officially said...

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Google Shares Your Data, But Is It All Bad News?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000

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You might have heard about Google’s intention to give worldwide authorities wider access to the personal details of account holders. This is supposedly an effort to counter terrorism. Giving secret services better access to everyone’s private data means an increased chance of catching terrorists and stopping atrocities. Or at least that’s how it appears. Because Google is actually helping us by ensuring our data is more secure by overthrowing a decades-old bill. How’s It Being Reported Google has stuck its head above the parapet, and spoken about data sharing. Naturally, this has resulted in the technology giant receiving considerable grief...

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5 Gmail Annoyances You Really Hate (and How to Fix Them)

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000

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Gmail is one of the most popular email providers in the world. Along with Outlook and Yahoo, it forms part of a triumvirate of services that control more than 90 percent of the planet’s email market. However, for an app with more than a billion active monthly users, it can be surprisingly annoying. There are lots of little glitches you need to overcome. Occasionally, they can be bad enough to hinder your productivity. In this article, we’re going to look at five of the worst Gmail annoyances. Some of them can be solved using workarounds and third-party apps, some of...

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3 Pro Tips for Navigating YouTube Videos on Mobile Devices

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:30:25 +0000

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YouTube is always adding new features, which helps it stand out as the premiere video-hosting website. While many of these only pertain to the desktop experience, users on YouTube mobile are finally get a few features of their own. Did you know that YouTube’s Android and iPhone app has a few tricks up its sleeve? Here are a few to supercharge your mobile video watching. 1. Instant Skip Ahead Sometimes a video is long-winded and takes too long to get to the point, or maybe you missed a critical moment. In those situations, you can try YouTube’s instant ten-second skip....

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How to “Always on Top” Any App in Windows 10

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:30:15 +0000

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Since its launch in mid-2015, Windows 10 has won over many Microsoft-skeptics. A host of new features and an improved user interface have helped make it the best Microsoft operating system since Windows XP. But it’s not perfect. There are still some glaring missing features — features which you feel should be included by default. For example, pinned apps. There’s no way to make sure an app is always “on top” without resorting to third-party tools. Luckily, the third-party tools are excellent. Case in point: WindowsTop. At its core, WindowsTop is a way to keep apps pinned to the front of your...

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3 Free Ways to Create a Quick Logo With Zero Effort

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:30:55 +0000

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One of the big things you need to think about when starting any sort of business or side hustle is a logo. If you don’t have graphic design skills and can’t afford to hire a graphic designer, you could use a free online tool to create your logo. There are some serious caveats to consider when choosing this approach. Most significant is that you run the risk of creating a logo very similar to one created by someone else who used the same tool. This could dilute the identity and branding of your logo. On the other hand, if you simply can’t...

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Download Thousands of Free Music Tracks on YouTube Legally

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:30:40 +0000

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By now, you know that YouTube isn’t only for watching cat videos and smartphone voyeurism. If you’re smart, it can be your go-to place for learning new skills and finding gems for research. But one of the best uses for YouTube is as a source of free music that you can legally download for free and use for all kinds of projects and endeavors. Grab Royalty-Free Music for Any Use The YouTube Audio Library launched in 2013 with 1,000+ free musical tracks. Thanks to our growing smartphone video production skills, we need quality downloads for background music, right? Whether you’re uploading to YouTube...

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10 Sites to Send Free Text Messages to Cell Phones (SMS)

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:45:00 +0000

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Even though users are slowly moving away from SMS text messages to other forms of text messaging, SMS text messages still have their uses. For example, if you have a family member with a dumb phone, they may only be able to receive SMS text messages. We’ve already covered various ways to improve your SMS experience: checking messages from a PC, using alternative SMS messaging apps, and scheduling SMS messages for later. But here’s another nifty trick you should know: how to send free messages to anyone from anywhere. You can do this with a website that sends free SMSes...

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