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You Can Bring ‘Blob’ Emojis Back to Your Android Phone

I’m generally an Apple man, but even I can admit Android’s “blobs” were the superior emoji. They’re cute, they’re fun, they’re unique, and they were unjustly retired in 2017 in a move to make Android’s emojis look more like everyone else’s. It’s a damn shame, but not a shame you have to live with anymore. If you have…Read more...

Record Your Own Morning Alarm on Your Pixel

How do you prefer to wake up? One of your smartphone’s stock alarm sounds? Maybe a particular song that really gets the day started? Well, if you’re like me, none of these work for you, and you’re left snoozing the alarm endlessly to kick off each and every day. Maybe you need a solution that’s a bit more custom. The…Read more...

Do This When Your Device Won’t Charge

For a while now, our tech has run on rechargeable batteries, and that’s great‚ until we plug in a device and discover it won’t charge. Alternatives like wireless charging can help, but a dead charging port on any device is no fun. But if the charging port on your iPhone, Android, computer, Switch, or what have you…Read more...

The 7 Best Weather Apps to Replace Dark Sky on iPhone and Android

Dark Sky, one of the best weather apps on Android and iOS, officially discontinued service at the end of 2022. Apple bought Dark Sky in 2020 and slowly ported some (but not all) of its features to the Apple Weather app, but its closure means users have to find a replacement. Luckily, there are several great apps on…Read more...

Lifehacker's 22 Favorite Android Hacks of 2022

2022 was a big year for Android. We saw Google release both the Pixel 7 and Android 13, injecting new features and hardware into the Android market. Now, after another full year of using Android OS, keeping up with Google news, and reading about other users’ experiences on forums, we found quite a few Android hacks to…Read more...

Seven Ways to Speed Up Your Old Android

When your smartphone starts to slow down, you may wonder whether it’s the beginning of its end. However, it could just be digital junk accumulated throughout the year gumming up the works. As 2022 comes to a close, now’s as good a time as any to clear the clutter from your Android and start the new year with faster…Read more...

When to Update a Tech Present Before Gifting It

It’s a classic holiday scene: You unwrap a brand new game console, complete with all the games on your wishlist. After weeks of waiting, it’s time to sit back, cocoa in-hand, fire up the machine, and...wait for all of the updates to load. Maneuvering through setup screens and software updates is the worst part of…Read more...

Delete These Malware Apps From Your Android ASAP

It’s unfortunate how often we hear about apps containing malware on Google’s platform (not that they’re alone with a malware problem). Each time we learn about new trojans, it’s a reminder to stay diligent when downloading new apps. This time, the newly-discovered apps have over two million downloads combined, meaning…Read more...

Does Hive's Security Problem Make It Unsafe to Use?

Hive Social recently shut down its servers after security researchers discovered severe security vulnerabilities that put users’ private data at risk. According to German cybersecurity firm Zerforschung, the flaw was serious enough that hackers could access all personal data for all 2 million-plus users, including…Read more...

Android’s ‘Find My’ Alternative Might Be Better Than Apple’s

For those of us with iPhones, sharing our location with friends and family is simple. The Find My app (formally Find My Friends) is your one-stop shop for tracking the contacts, devices, and items in your life. But on Android, there’s not an obvious equivalent. You won’t find a “Share Location” option when texting…Read more...

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