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How to enable two-factor authentication on your accounts with Authy

How to enable two-factor authentication on your accounts with Authy

Your online accounts (or at least, some of them) probably have troves of personal data in them, which is why hackers are constantly looking for ways to break into them. Passwords are usually their way in, as many people re-use passwords or choose common phrases. Even sharing the same password across two or more services can lead to trouble, as publicly-accessible password dumps become more common. Two-factor authentication, or 2FA for short, adds a second step to the login process that usually involves a temporary code or physical key — which makes it much harder for hackers to gain access to your accounts.

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How to make Android use the DNS server of your choice

How to make Android use the DNS server of your choice

The Web as we know it today is powered by a technology called the 'Domain Name System,' also known as DNS. It acts like a phone book for the internet, linking web servers with their corresponding website domain names. DNS is what takes you to Google when you type in google.com, so as you can imagine, DNS is a critical part of the infrastructure of the internet.

While most people simply use the default DNS servers provided by their carrier or internet service provider, alternative servers do exist. Google Public DNS has been a popular option for years, and CloudFlare's 1.1.1.1 DNS is a newer service that is quickly gaining ground.

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Tip: Tap and hold on images in Google Photos to see associated motion clips

Tip: Tap and hold on images in Google Photos to see associated motion clips

Google Photos users are probably familiar with the app's many hidden gestures. You can pinch two fingers together in the main library to see smaller and more numerous thumbnails, or expand those fingers to enlarge the thumbnails. When viewing a photo, pinching or swiping down will minimize it and return you to the previous screen, while swiping up will reveal its info. Artem recently discovered a Motion Photo-related gesture, and despite it being quite old, we'd never seen it mentioned before and didn't know about it, so here it is.

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Trying out Google Play Pass? Here's what to look out for

Trying out Google Play Pass? Here's what to look out for

Google Play Pass is rolling out in the United States and everyone's getting a 10-day trial to figure out what sort of apps and games they'd like to install — perhaps even keep around — and which of the tonnage of free, unlockable extra features they'll make use of. But if you're outside our shores and curious as to how you'll go about it when Play Pass comes to your region or are just a bit puzzled and need a little crash course on what's going on, we've got it for you right here.

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How to use assignable reminders on Google Assistant

How to use assignable reminders on Google Assistant

A couple of weeks ago, Google announced a new and very useful Assistant feature: the ability to set reminders and assign them to someone else in your family or household. The option is now live for some users in English (US, UK, Australia) and works just as expected. You can assign a time or location reminder to someone, change it or delete it, check on their progress, and more. So let's take a look at how this works.

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How to disable battery optimization for Google Photos and other system apps on OnePlus devices

How to disable battery optimization for Google Photos and other system apps on OnePlus devices

With the introduction of Doze in Marshmallow, app developers and users had to find the perfect balance between battery life and background activity. Granular options for battery optimization exist on most Android devices, allowing you to single out apps you'd like to give free rein to. This can be crucial for backup apps (Google Photos), companion apps for wearables (Fitbit, Wear), and smart home security apps that require your location to arm or disarm (Nest, SmartThings).

However, some phones like the ones from OnePlus limit your access to battery optimization settings for system apps, specifically, meaning you can't give Google Photos the freedom to run whenever it needs to, which usually results in stalled backups.

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How to install Linux on your Chromebook

How to install Linux on your Chromebook

One of the most exciting new features in Chrome OS is the ability to run applications designed for Linux. Most software that can run on Ubuntu, Debian, or other Linux distributions will work. This is the first time it has been possible to (officially) run traditional desktop software on Chromebooks, and the possibilities are endless.

Unfortunately, the feature is a bit tricky to figure out if you don't already have experience with Linux. In this guide, we'll show you how to set up the Linux container on your Chromebook and how to install applications.

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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

I love Google Photos and I keep recommending it left and right to anyone I know. But Photos isn't perfect and there's still a lot that the service could do to improve the user experience. 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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[Update: No longer works for YT] Tutorial: How to force Picture-in-Picture mode on Oreo for YouTube, Google Maps, Duo, and others

[Update: No longer works for YT] Tutorial: How to force Picture-in-Picture mode on Oreo for YouTube, Google Maps, Duo, and others

One of Android Oreo's best features is Picture-in-Picture mode for phones and tablets. When you press the home button while playing media (on an app that supports PiP), the video collapses to a floating window that you can move around the screen. YouTube is one of the few apps that support this feature already, but it's only enabled if you pay for YouTube Red. Thankfully, there is a way to force PiP mode for any app that supports it, including YouTube and Google Maps.

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Guide: How to set a custom animation speed on Android (works on stock devices)

Guide: How to set a custom animation speed on Android (works on stock devices)

Changing the animation speed is a little-known trick with Android, and can often make your device feel faster. But if you want to make animations faster than normal, you are left with two options - 0.5x the normal speed, or completely turned off.

What if you want something like 75% normal speed? Well, it turns out you can easily set a custom animation speed. Reddit user quantumsuicide wrote a fantastic guide, which I have made a bit easier for ADB newbies here.

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