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Tip of the Week: Switching Your Default Android Browser

Tip of the Week: Switching Your Default Android Browser

Chances are that, if you are a user of an Android device, you prefer Google Chrome as your mobile web browser. However, did you know that you can change your default web browser to a different one? All you have to do is know which browsers are available to use; then all it takes is a quick settings adjustment!

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An Eye on Mobile - The Foldables

An Eye on Mobile - The Foldables

All of the big names in the smartphone industry have produced some incredible flagship devices, but this doesn’t mean you should only consider some of the “top tier” innovations out there. Here are some of the more interesting and innovative devices on the smartphone market today.

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An Eye on Mobile - The Value Devices

An Eye on Mobile - The Value Devices

Value smartphones can sometimes be downright bad. It’s for this reason people pay an extra $50 on top of their service charge to get the latest and greatest phones on the market. If you are someone that doesn’t need the power of a flagship device and doesn’t want to pay for a flagship, here are three phones that can provide a great user experience for under $500.

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Tip of the Week: How (and Why) to Find Your IMEI on Android

Tip of the Week: How (and Why) to Find Your IMEI on Android

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had an easy way to track your device even if it were lost or stolen? Thankfully, this feature exists to an extent for Android devices in the form of the IMEI, or international mobile equipment identity number. If you know this number, you could potentially help mitigate the issues that losing a device can present.

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How Will Android Apps Work on Windows 11?

How Will Android Apps Work on Windows 11?

With the news that Android applications will be available on Windows 11, users can expect to find Android apps available for download… with a few terms and conditions to apply. Let’s look at how this integration is poised to be shaped, and why it may not be all that it is cracked up to be.

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Lost Your Mobile Device? Here’s the First Four Things You Need to Do

Lost Your Mobile Device? Here’s the First Four Things You Need to Do

If you’ve found yourself in the position where your smartphone or tablet is missing, you need to act fast. Time is of the essence, particularly if you have reason to believe your device was stolen. Whether someone absconded with it or you simply forgot it at lunch, here are the critical steps you need to take now—whether you’re an Apple user or on Android.

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Tip of the Week: What to Do Before You Lose Your Mobile Device

Tip of the Week: What to Do Before You Lose Your Mobile Device

It isn’t as though anyone wants to lose their smartphone—for some, the very thought is almost debilitating. However, accidents can happen, so before one does, it only makes sense to put yourself in the best position to deal with a lost mobile device. The process for doing so will differ based on whether your device operates on Android or iOS.

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Tip of the Week: Let Others Use Your Android Device with Guest Mode

Tip of the Week: Let Others Use Your Android Device with Guest Mode

While loaning out your mobile device probably isn’t something you’re particularly keen to do right now, this may have been the case even before there were health concerns involved. After all, your phone really is just a little package of your personal data. What you may not have known, however, is that Android has had a feature—Android Guest Mode—that can help protect you since Android 5.0 Lollipop came out in 2014.

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Be Careful Not to Set this Image as Your Wallpaper

Be Careful Not to Set this Image as Your Wallpaper

What would you think if I told you that you could break your smartphone by setting the wrong picture as its background? Well, you had better start thinking it, as a photograph has been discovered that has precisely that effect when it is set as the wallpaper. Let’s unwrap this admittedly crazy story to get a better handle on the situation.

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Tip of the Week: How to Differentiate Work and Personal Accounts on Android

Tip of the Week: How to Differentiate Work and Personal Accounts on Android

With Bring Your Own Device solutions becoming more popular, you want to be completely sure that your data is safe while also ensuring that you aren’t interfering with your employees’ personal use of their devices. This week, our tip will cover how you can do so with the help of Android’s work profiles feature.

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Tip of the Week: Restore Your Android Apps

Tip of the Week: Restore Your Android Apps

Let’s say you have an Android device and you want to port your applications and data to a new Android device. For this week’s tip, we will take you through the process of migrating your data from one Android device to another. 

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Tip of the Week: Five of Android Pie’s Tastier Features

Tip of the Week: Five of Android Pie’s Tastier Features

Despite Android Q being just around the corner, there’s a lot that Android Pie still has to offer. In fact, the average user might not have any idea that these features exist. This week, we’re offering a few tips that you can use to make your phone even more useful to your productivity.

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Tip of the Week: How to Make Your Smartphone Work Better for You

Tip of the Week: How to Make Your Smartphone Work Better for You

The holiday season is coming to an end, which means it’s time to get back to the grind in the new year. However, if you happened to receive an Android device as a gift (or maybe treated yourself to one, I’m not judging), you can leverage it to make work a little easier. We’ll give you a few tips how.

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5 Browsers to Consider as an Android User

5 Browsers to Consider as an Android User

One of the nice things about browsing the Internet on a mobile device is how many options there are in terms of browsers. However, when trying to select the best, it may not be a bad strategy to stick to familiar names. Here, we review a few solid options that you may consider.

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Taking a Look Inside Android Oreo

Taking a Look Inside Android Oreo

Ever since its announcement, Android’s latest operating system, 8.0 Oreo, has been making waves in the industry. So far, however, only select devices have the opportunity to use it. This doesn’t mean that you can’t take the opportunity to prepare for it, though. Here are some of the most important things to know about Android 8.0 Oreo, as well as Android 8.1. But first, let’s take a look at how much Android 8.0 is currently being used.

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Tip of the Week: 4 Ways to Speed Up Your Chrome Browser on Android

Tip of the Week: 4 Ways to Speed Up Your Chrome Browser on Android

Chrome is an excellent browser to use, especially when the device it is used on is powered by Android. However, you may have noticed that your Chrome for Android browsing seems to slow down, making your mobile computing more aggravating than it has to be. For this week’s tip, we’ll go over a few ways to bring Chrome for Android back up to speed.

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Tip of the Week: Why You Should Keep a Closer Eye on Your Android Permissions

Tip of the Week: Why You Should Keep a Closer Eye on Your Android Permissions

Downloading an app is a fairly straightforward process on an Android device. Access the Google Play store, find the app, and press install. However, when you first try to use the app, things can sometimes become more complicated as your phone starts asking you for vague permissions. For today’s tip, we’ll explore what these permission requests are actually asking for.

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Tip of the Week: Five Ways to Use Your Android Phone Faster

Tip of the Week: Five Ways to Use Your Android Phone Faster

More businesses are moving to mobile technology than ever before, and one of the most popular solutions to this phenomenon comes in the form of Android smartphones. Android devices actually have quite a lot of hidden features that you’ll want to consider so that you can get the most out of your technology. Here are some efficient tips to help you get more productivity out of your Android device.

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Ransomware Increasingly Targets Android Devices

Ransomware Increasingly Targets Android Devices

In recent years, how-to guides and YouTube videos have brought renewed enthusiasm for the phrase ‘Do It Yourself’. From services that will ship all the ingredients needed for a home-cooked meal right to your front door to a kit that contains all of the building materials one needs to make a fully functioning ‘tiny house’, DIY kits have made it easier for someone who is less than an expert to successfully complete a project or learn a skill. The Dark Web has taken this infatuation with ‘DIY’ to a whole new level with a rising increase in the sale of Ransomware kits.

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