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Google's new training game teaches your parents Chrome OS so you don't have to

Google's new training game teaches your parents Chrome OS so you don't have to

Learning to use a new computing platform can be difficult for anyone — even seasoned tech fans like ourselves. Years of muscle memory can make switching from MacOS to Windows or iOS to Android an uncomfortable experience. To assist new Chrome OS users, Google has gamified its tutorials, implementing videos, quizzes, and more into a single space to learn about Chromebooks.

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11 tips to become a Chrome custom search engine jedi

11 tips to become a Chrome custom search engine jedi

When it comes to custom search engines on Chrome, I don't joke, I don't play, I don't mess around. It is a Very Serious Topic™ that comes up countless times in our internal Android Police discussions, more often than not when I figure out yet another useful engine that can shave off precious seconds from our daily workflows. That's usually followed by a ten-minute chat about how clever that latest trick is and how I should write a book about custom search engines. Well, short of writing a long book then trying to find a publisher, here is a guide with all the tips, tricks, and smart ideas I've amassed over the last decade.

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How to make your own self-hosted VPN in under 30 minutes

How to make your own self-hosted VPN in under 30 minutes

VPNs have become a vital measure helping you stay secure online. When you're connected to a VPN, or a private virtual network, all of the traffic from and to your device is funneled through an external server, helping you stay incognito. Your internet service provider can't tell what sites you visit (only that you're using a VPN) or inject content into webpages. VPNs are also great tools when you want to bypass blocked websites and when you need to stay safe on public Wi-Fi networks.

Unfortunately, using certain VPN providers can be just as dangerous as going without a VPN in the first place.

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The ultimate guide for installing the Google Play Store on Amazon Fire tablets

The ultimate guide for installing the Google Play Store on Amazon Fire tablets

Amazon's wildly popular line of affordable Fire Tablets has grown more capable and more powerful over the years (less politely: less awful). But even with time and technical advancement, no amount of wishful thinking can make them ship with out-of-the-box access to Google Play Store. And while Amazon's own Appstore does have some apps and games, it's still missing hugely popular platforms and services like YouTube, Gmail, Chrome, Google Maps, and more.

The good news, though, is that you can get the Play Store on your Fire Tablet, and you can be up and running in under 10 minutes! This guide will take through the required steps fr installing the Play Store on your Fire tab, with detailed instructions for every model produced since 2014.

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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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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 hide people, pets, dates, and certain creation types in Google Photos Memories

How to hide people, pets, dates, and certain creation types in Google Photos Memories

Google Photos doesn't just give us a convenient way to store our pictures all in once place, but also provides some very helpful tools for browsing and organizing them. Memories is a great way to automatically curate your past, and Google continues to flesh it out with more and more collections. But not every image you snap is necessarily one you want to be revisiting all the time, and thankfully Photos is sympathetic to this. In this tutorial, we'll look at all the different ways — new and old — you can hide and disable pics from being highlighted in the Photos app.

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How to find your recently uploaded pics on Google Photos, even if they date back many years

How to find your recently uploaded pics on Google Photos, even if they date back many years

Although I love Google Photos and recommend it to all my friends, I recognize that the service isn't perfect. The user experience could be improved in a lot of ways; for example, the ability to order photos in different ways is missing — you get reverse chronological and that's it. If you're only backing up recent images as you take them, that's not an issue, but if you're uploading older photos, it becomes near impossible to find those images and edit, share, or make albums of them. You might scroll and scroll, try to search for the date if you remember it, and sometimes nothing works.

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7 killer tricks for your Pixel phone's camera

7 killer tricks for your Pixel phone's camera

Got a Pixel? Then you've got one of the best damn cameras in all the Android land. But hold the phone: Your kickass camera can do even more than you realize.

Sure, it takes incredible pictures — but that's just scratching the surface of the Pixel camera advantage. Google's homemade phones have thoughtfully created photo-related software with all sorts of scrumptious smarts baked in. And that means they're overflowing with useful tricks and tucked-away options that are all too easy to overlook.

In honor of my new Pixel Academy e-course — a totally free seven-day email adventure that helps you uncover tons of next-level Pixel treasures — I wanted to share some of my favorite hidden Pixel camera possibilities with you, my favorite Android Police pals.

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Here's how to get Instagram Lite if it's unavailable in your country

Here's how to get Instagram Lite if it's unavailable in your country

Facebook just announced that Instagram Lite is now officially available in 170 countries, but there are still many people who don't have access to this much tighter, 2MB small Instagram experience just yet. That applies to countries like the US, the UK, and many more in Europe. But luckily, there's a simple way to get your hands on it right now via our sister site APK Mirror.

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