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How to fix your OnePlus phone that's started bootlooping after installing its latest update

How to fix your OnePlus phone that's started bootlooping after installing its latest update

OnePlus has become notorious for shipping either half-baked updates or ones that cause devices to bootloop or worse. The Android 12 developer preview for the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro was pulled back after it bricked devices. While the unstable nature of developer software dilutes the culpability to an extent, it's surely not acceptable when a stable OTA causes the same problem. Unfortunately, the stable OxygenOS 11.2.6.6 update for the OnePlus 9 Pro has lead to similar issues for some people.

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Here's how to fix constant app crashes in Android 12 beta

Here's how to fix constant app crashes in Android 12 beta

Getting to play with Android betas is one of the best things about owning a Pixel phone. But they are,  you know, betas, so weird and frustrating stuff is more or less guaranteed to happen at some point. Case in point: many users have been experiencing constant crashes for major apps over the last week or so.

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How to find specific parts in a YouTube video without having to watch the whole thing

How to find specific parts in a YouTube video without having to watch the whole thing

Among many other things, YouTube has become a platform for talks, events, and educational videos, but in contrast to text, it can be hard to find that one relevant part of a clip you want to give another watch. However, there's a simple trick that can help you find the part you are looking for, as long as you remember some keywords from it. You can use YouTube's excellent transcripts.

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Three hidden Chrome OS 91 features you should enable right now

Three hidden Chrome OS 91 features you should enable right now

It's been a few days since Chrome OS 91 landed on Chromebooks, which introduced helpful features like Nearby Share and a competent media player. Following its release, we've been digging into the new update and uncovering even more that could improve your Chromebook experience. Here are three experimental but helpful features we've found that you can try right now.

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How to get unlimited Google Photos storage for life

How to get unlimited Google Photos storage for life

Big changes just rolled out to Google Photos. The service, which has since 2015 offered free photo uploads, will now count every pic you upload against your Google account storage cap. You can save photos as original quality or "high," but they both take up space. Unless you've still got a first-gen Pixel. Google pledged to offer free photo backups for life on that phone, and it's holding to that. Here's how you can use the 2016 Pixel to keep the free upload gravy train running.

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Tip: search by date to instantly find old pictures in Google Photos

Tip: search by date to instantly find old pictures in Google Photos

Google Photos is designed to be the one place where all your pics live, but what good is simple storage if you can't find the shots you're looking for? Thankfully, Photos has some great search tools, and in addition to helping you find pics featuring a particular subject, it can even narrow down your search based on when you uploaded them. What about if you're looking for photos across a particular time frame?

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How to view your Pixel portrait photos with bokeh off

How to view your Pixel portrait photos with bokeh off

With Google Photos changing up how it counts against your account's storage, it makes sense that more of us are taking a closer look at which pics we've actually been saving. One space-saving change we first learned about last year involves not storing two copies of the same shot when using portrait mode's blurred-background bokeh effect — instead your Pixel only keeps the artistically blurred one. If you're interested, though, there's still a way to get your original back.

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How to transfer all of your Facebook photos and videos to Google Photos

How to transfer all of your Facebook photos and videos to Google Photos

To hear some fans of Google Photos right now, the sky is falling; after long offering free high-quality storage, Photos is finally turning off the tap. Wait, but isn't this post about moving your pics to Photos, not off of it? Yes, and for good reason — as this change has more of us taking a good, hard look at how we archive our images, there are a lot of compelling reasons for why you might want to use Photos, even if that means paying for some storage. And if your old pics are over on Facebook, that's going to mean moving them off.

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How to hack a GPS into your DSLR camera using Google Photos

How to hack a GPS into your DSLR camera using Google Photos

It's almost shocking the extent to which smartphones have replaced dedicated cameras in many of our lives. Between the advanced optics, next-level image processing, and being able to share pics with just a couple taps, who would ever dream about lugging around an old-fashioned point-and-shoot digicam? But for as far we've come, there's still a lot of appeal in larger, more flexible cameras, with their big sensors and interchangeable lenses. As it turns out, you can use your phone to bring a little bit of extra smarts to even a dumb DSLR, helping to modernize your Google Photos pics with GPS info.

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