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15 Chrome productivity extensions to work smarter, not harder, on your Chromebook

Extensions are among Google Chrome's most powerful tools, but it can be hard to weed out the ones that are actually good and helpful versus those that might be resource hogs or woefully outdated. And while web apps are great, extensions work across basically the entirety of the Chrome browser, making them, in a way, the "native" apps of Chromebooks. We know a thing or two about doing work on the web (hi, welcome to our blog!), and we all tend to use Google Chrome for a lot of that work. We've picked up a few extensions along the way that we think you're going to love, so here are 10 of our favorites for working smarter, not harder.

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18 new Android games from the week of May 25, 2020

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have the sequel to the idle RPG Soda Dungeon, a generic gacha game from Ubisoft, and the sequel to the popular platformer Super Fowlst 2. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of May 25th, 2020.

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13 new and notable Android apps from the last week including Krita, Action Blocks, and CatchUp (5/23/20 - 5/30/20)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have the arrival of the painting and drawing app Krita, an accessibility app from Google, and a dialer app from Facebook. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps released on the Play Store in the last week.

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How to turn your smartphone into a professional Zoom webcam: Mounts, lights, and more

While you'd think that the world's webcam supply chain would have caught up with demand from the many millions of folks working from home by now, you'd be wrong. Logitech is still sold out of every model it makes online, and questionable cheap webcams popping up here and there on Amazon probably aren't a wise investment. But you do have a professional webcam at home, you just may have forgotten about it: your smartphone. With a few simple gadgets, you make your phone into a pro videoconferencing rig in a snap, and be the envy of everyone at the virtual office.

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12 of the best weather widgets available on Android in 2020

Weather is one of those uniquely well-suited use cases for Android's powerful widget system. There are a lot of options out there, though, with various configurations and customizations that might appeal to you (and your aesthetic sense) more than others. We've used many of them over the years, and we think this roundup of 12 of the best ones (in our opinion!) should have something for everybody, from the minimalist to the full-on data geeks.

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19 new Android games from the week of May 18, 2020

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have a fantastic cult visual novel, the release of the 3DS emulator Citra, and an interesting new 2D platformer from Crescent Moon. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of May 18th, 2020.

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How to turn your old Android phone or tablet into a remote control for your smart home

Making your home smarter is probably on more people's minds than ever right now, but it can become a seriously dizzying project just remembering all the various voice commands and apps involved, to the point that you might even want a dedicated piece of hardware for controlling it all. Kind of like a universal TV remote, but for light bulbs, cameras, and smart thermostats. And using an old smartphone, you basically can, just as long as it isn't too old.

One of Android's real perks is that, while many phones do stop getting updated eventually, Google supports them for a tremendously long time via Play Store and Play Services updates so that their popular apps continue to work even on seemingly ancient hardware.

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11 great to-do list and task management apps for Android

Whether you use a to-do an app to manage your pending work items or your grocery list, it needs to be simple, and ideally give you the option to share lists with others to be even more productive. We've selected a few popular ones that are easy to use and offer a decent amount of features. Depending on your requirements and usage, some will be straight to the point, while others will come with more advanced functionality. In any case, you'll most likely find one that suits your needs in the list below.

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11 Android widgets that are actually useful

Widgets have long been one of the more unique features of the Android operating system, allowing your various homescreen panels to be more than just a grid of little icons. You can set aside space for functional (and occasionally, actually attractive!), dynamic tools that do everything from control music playback or show you to the weather, to monitoring your phone's CPU and data usage stats. But as widgets have generally declined in popularity, it's become a little tougher to find ones that remain actively supported and, at the least, don't openly clash with modern Android's design aesthetic. Here are 11 of our favorites.

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16 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including Microsoft Family Safety, Wavelet, and OnePlus Game Space (5/9/20 - 5/23/20)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so. Today I have a family safety app from Microsoft, an excellent EQ app that supports a wide selection of headphones, and a gaming app from OnePlus that can optimize your device for a better gaming experience. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers released in the last two weeks.

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