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This smartphone has physical kill switches for its cameras, microphone, data, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi

This smartphone has physical kill switches for its cameras, microphone, data, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi

Modern smartphones can feel like technological black boxes. The mobile operating systems that power them have become incredibly complex, with often hundreds or possible even thousands of various functions that can trigger things like your GPS, cellular modem, or Bluetooth radio. Even when you tell your phone to turn off certain things, like Wi-Fi, our phones don't always do as they're told. But it doesn't have to be that way, provided you're willing to dive very, very deep into the Linux end of the smartphone pool. The PinePhone is one of the few mobile devices with hardware kill switches for common features, giving you full control over your smartphone.

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Tip: Amazon's chat bot is actually surprisingly decent at handling returns and refunds

Tip: Amazon's chat bot is actually surprisingly decent at handling returns and refunds

Buying stuff online is easy, but getting support when things go wrong can be much harder. Walking into a store where you can drop off an item face-to-face and explain why it needs to be returned is a relatively simple process compared to wading through phone menus to speak to someone, or twiddling your thumbs as an underpaid support representative juggles twenty chats at once. But, if you haven't used it yet, Amazon's automated support chatbot is pretty great.

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