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How to send a confidential message on Gmail

Illustration by Samar Haddad / The Verge Google uses TLS (what is called standard encryption) to keep your emails relatively safe in transit. (The service does also have the more secure S/MIME encryption, but it’s only available for business and educational institutions.) There are, however, other ways you can keep your personal data a little...

How to delete a BeReal

Samar Haddad / The Verge BeReal is a fun app. But one of its less fun qualities is the element of surprise. You don’t see a preview of yourself while the front-facing camera is shooting, and you don’t know exactly when it’s taking your picture. As a consequence, if you’re in a hurry or otherwise distracted, you may end up posting a photo...

How to enable end-to-end encryption on Facebook Messenger

Illustration by Samar Haddad / The Verge While protecting your privacy online has been a subject of interest for a while now, events in the news — for example, the chat history Facebook recently turned over to police — have brought it front and center. But how do you protect your privacy while staying in touch with friends and relatives?...

How to get the Android 13 update on your Pixel right away

Google’s Pixel 6 Pro. | Photo by Becca Farsace / The Verge Google announced on August 15th, 2022, that it would begin rolling out the Android 13 update to its portfolio of Pixel devices. As is usual with Android updates, however, this doesn’t mean that even if you have a qualifying Pixel device (a Pixel 4 or newer, basically), you’ll immediately...

The evolution of my budget standing desk

A sitting / standing desk in the midst of chaos. It took me over two years to recognize that I needed a standing desk. When I started working here at The Verge, one of the first tech toys I got to play with was a desk that you could raise and lower to a standing or sitting position. It was the first time I’d actually tried one, and until...

How to stream your Nest security cameras to your TV using a Google Chromecast

Samar Haddad / The Verge You’re sitting on the couch watching the latest episode of Bluey with your offspring when the doorbell rings or you hear a noise from the nursery. If you have a Google Chromecast hooked up to your TV, there’s no need to whip out your phone or crane your neck to see the Nest Hub smart display in the kitchen — you can...

How to use Flex mode on the Galaxy Z Flip and Z Fold

Samar Haddad; Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge So you’re the proud owner of one of Samsung’s foldables. Look at you, you early adopter! There are obviously a few more ways to use your phone than a typical slab-style phone, and that’s probably why you bought one. Flex mode is one of those features. That’s basically just a term for whenever...

How to take pictures on BeReal

Your friends, for real. | Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images If you’ve been hearing about this BeReal thing but you’re not exactly sure what it is or how to use it, fear not. The concept can be an odd one to wrap your head around, but the app is, by design, one of the more intuitive and low-effort social networks out there....

How to preorder the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 are Samsung’s latest generation of foldable phones. | Image: Samsung After its recent announcements at the August 10th Unpacked event, Samsung’s latest generation of foldable phones are official, and they’re coming out soon. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 are promising many refinements to Samsung’s established...

How to get your Steam Deck to access the Epic Games Store and more

With a little effort, the Steam Deck can run more than just Steam. Steam may certainly have the lion’s share when it comes to building a library of PC games, but why would you leave yourself stranded in Valve’s ecosystem when there are mountains of free games and sales on the Epic Games Store and other platforms? For instance, in 2021, the...

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