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Five ways to save mobile data and lower your monthly cellphone bill

Five ways to save mobile data and lower your monthly cellphone bill

These days, you’ll find Wi-Fi just about everywhere you look — your home, the office, a favorite coffee shop, the local mall, and countless other places. So if you can access Wi-Fi pretty much anywhere you go, why are you still paying big carriers for data you don’t need? With some help from our friends at Ting Mobile — where you can get a Flex plan that saves you money based on how little data you use — we’ve compiled five ways you can reduce your mobile data consumption and kick costly carriers to the curb for good.

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How to enable SD card storage for Android apps like Netflix or Plex on your Chromebook

How to enable SD card storage for Android apps like Netflix or Plex on your Chromebook

The idea behind a Chromebook is an always-connected, always-online super lightweight computer that doesn't need a bunch of storage or local apps to accomplish what you need to get done on the go. The reality is that you still very likely do need expandable storage from time to time for things like downloading TV shows, books, or other media you need to access without Wi-Fi or on a slow (or metered) network.

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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 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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7 Tips and tricks to make the most of Google Photos Live Albums

7 Tips and tricks to make the most of Google Photos Live Albums

It's been a while now since Google Photos first introduced Live Albums, letting you automatically keep up-to-date with collections of people and pets. Hopefully you've been taking full advantage of its power for all these years, but what if you've been neglecting it? Are you not just using Live Albums, but also getting all you can out of them? Let's take a quick look at what the feature's capable of, and how you can tap in to everything it has to offer.

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Tip: Google can read out loud almost any story on your Android phone

Tip: Google can read out loud almost any story on your Android phone

The internet is filled with great written content, but sometimes, you just don't have the time to read everything yourself. That's where a handy but rather hidden Google Assistant feature comes in. When you invoke the Assistant while looking at an article and say something like "Read it," "Read this page," or "Read it to me," it will give you an audiobook version of the content you're seeing. You can even try that with the text right here.

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Your 100+ open Chrome tabs will be easier to navigate with this flag

Your 100+ open Chrome tabs will be easier to navigate with this flag

Joggling bazillions of open tabs has always been a hassle in Chrome. In contrast to Firefox or Safari, the Google browser doesn't make the tabstrip scrollable — tabs just keep getting smaller until you can only tell them apart by favicon, and the rightmost tabs will even start disappearing at some point (I've been there, trust me). Google introduced tab groups to mitigate that problem, but the company has also long been wanting to introduce a scrollable tabstrip as an alternative. And in Chrome version 88, you can finally enable the first version of a scrollable tab bar via a flag.

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Swipe With Friends is like Tinder for finding movies and shows to watch

Swipe With Friends is like Tinder for finding movies and shows to watch

If you've ever tried to find the perfect movie or show to watch with your special someone at night, you know that it's sometimes more of a challenge than it should be — often you just end up scrolling through each other's watchlists and then settle for cable TV due to the lack of a decision. That's where somebody's genius idea comes in: What if there was an app for you and your partner where you swipe left and right on movies that are on your streaming services and when you match, it lets you know. It looks like a few people liked the idea so much they created a service just like that — their own takes on Tinder for movies and TV shows.

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The 10 best tips and tricks for Chrome on Android

The 10 best tips and tricks for Chrome on Android

Chrome is Google's globally popular browser platform, and while the version for Android may not seem as powerful as the full-fledged desktop application, there's more than meets the eye. Chrome for Android has some hidden functionality lurking underneath the surface, and in this roundup, we'll go over ten of the browser's less-obvious features.

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Tip: Android 11's built-in screen recorder also works for voice calls

Tip: Android 11's built-in screen recorder also works for voice calls

Android 11 is the first Android version to ship with a built-in screen recorder on Pixel phones. The native solution has a few tricks up its sleeve compared to third-party options. It's capable of recording sound in a few more places, and you can use that to your advantage when you want to record a phone call (if call recording isn't live in your Phone app, that is). Google even advertises as much in one of its YouTube videos detailing Android 11's top features.

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