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Is the Samsung Galaxy A21 a good buy in 2021?

Is the Samsung Galaxy A21 a good buy in 2021?

Although its high-end devices tend to get the lion's share of attention from the media, Samsung offers a ton of downmarket options, too — many in the sub-$250 space, like the Galaxy A21. When we reviewed it last year, we concluded that, while it wasn't really groundbreaking option in the affordable space, it was a fine pick if it met your budgetary and performance needs. But is that still true today?

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The best ways to sign, edit, and annotate PDF files on Chromebooks

The best ways to sign, edit, and annotate PDF files on Chromebooks

I've been using a Chromebook as my sole productivity machine for about a month now after introducing Chrome OS to my workflow over a year ago. While I've been surprisingly happy with the experience, it took me ages to find the perfect PDF reader to replace the excellent PDF Expert app on macOS. I ended up testing quite a few tools and created a fine selection of solutions that might help you find your preferred workflow for your PDF needs, too.

I personally need a PDF reader to annotate film and TV scripts mostly, but your workflow might differ from mine.

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F-Droid: the definitive un-Play Store

F-Droid: the definitive un-Play Store

Most Android devices (at least those that are decidedly not made by Huawei) come equipped with the Google Play Store. Sure, there are notable outliers, like Amazon Fire tablets, which are somewhat locked into Amazon's parallel app ecosystem, but those are the exceptions that prove the rule. While other device vendors and mobile carriers have historically offered their own app stores, there's also a carrier/network independent distribution system for Android apps: Say hello to F-Droid, the free and open alternative to commercial app stores.

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Asus ROG Phone 5 review, one month later: Still the best gaming phone

Asus ROG Phone 5 review, one month later: Still the best gaming phone

There's no doubt that the Asus ROG Phone 5 is a beast — as a gaming phone, it packs all of the latest and greatest hardware, and that makes it a really chunky boy. Asus has a laser focus on gaming-centric features that will delight its core demographic, but the ROG 5 isn’t a complete nightmare to use outside of gaming either. The ROG Phone 5 offers stable everyday use with the added benefit of killer specs that can be tweaked and adjusted like a gaming PC. This is indeed a phone for gamers, but that means it lacks some popular features, and the software has some rough edges.

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All the new movies and early theater releases you can watch at home right now

All the new movies and early theater releases you can watch at home right now

Movie theaters are slowly reopening, but most of the new releases are headed to streaming services rather than the big screen. Whether you're staying at home to ​limit potential risks, or just saving a few bucks by watching from the couch, we've organized a huge list with many of the newly added films and some upcoming titles.

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Google confirms plans to put another app on the chopping block

Google confirms plans to put another app on the chopping block

Google is relentless in putting all but its most successful ventures out to pasture — it's one of our least favorite things about the company. Only a week has passed since the imminent removal of its Wifi app was scheduled for June, and already, Google is back for more. This time, the search giant has set its sights on Google Shopping, as the company plans to shut down its dedicated mobile app within the next few weeks.

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Firefox is ending support for Amazon Fire TV and Echo Show devices

Firefox is ending support for Amazon Fire TV and Echo Show devices

Firefox came to Fire TV devices way back at the tail-end of 2017, available alongside Amazon's own Silk browser. Although there's plenty of reasons to access the web on a TV, it really only showed up for one reason. During the years where YouTube was unavailable on Amazon's streaming gadgets, Firefox provided an easy alternative. Of course, an official YouTube app has been back on Fire TV since 2019, significantly reducing the need for a third-party web browser. Starting on April 30th, 2021, Mozilla will no longer support Firefox on the Fire TV or its Echo Show.

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Let us send you a free smartphone wallpaper every week

Let us send you a free smartphone wallpaper every week

Customization has always been a key benefit of the Android ecosystem. And while a new wallpaper may not be as immersive as a fresh launcher or an icon pack, it can still go a long way in setting your device apart from the rest. To help you out, we're giving away free wallpapers in every edition of the Android Police Newsletter. Here's how you can get the next one.

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Google suspends Pixel x Play Points promotion you probably didn't know existed

Google suspends Pixel x Play Points promotion you probably didn't know existed

Outside of their respective price tags, both of Google's most recent Pixel phones have a lot in common, including some special offers for shoppers. Anyone who purchased either Pixel between last October and the upcoming end of this month gained access to a promotion, earning 600 Play Points just for buying the phone. Users could redeem these points for Play Store credit or in-game items with apps like Candy Crush Saga and Pokemon Go. If you hadn't redeemed your Play Points yet — or you weren't even aware this deal existed — you'll need to keep waiting. Google has suspended the promotion after detecting "technical issues" with the campaign.

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Google has announced the Pixel 5a 5G, but most of the world won't get to buy it

Google has announced the Pixel 5a 5G, but most of the world won't get to buy it

Google is responding to reports from multiple sources claiming that its Pixel 5a phone has been canceled, saying that it expects to launch a version of the device in the U.S. and Japan later this year.

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