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How to use a PS4 controller on an Android phone or tablet

The controller for Sony's PlayStation 4, the DualShock 4, is one of the most popular gamepads right now. It's even a great controller for people without PlayStation consoles, since it can also be used with gaming PCs and Android devices. That's right, you could be playing Fortnite, Minecraft, and plenty of other titles on your phone with physical controls with a PlayStation 4 controller.

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Ten tips and tricks for your Google Nest Hub

Google's Nest Hub smart displays have a lot of self-evident uses: checking the weather, setting timers, or watching a little YouTube. But they can feel a bit underwhelming out of the box, especially if you're not the kind of person to go diving into various settings menus and start tuning and tweaking things to your liking. But there are a handful of things we think are worth knowing about using your smart display that can make it a more personalized and more useful companion, even if may not be the powerful stationary home tablet you might have envisioned.

In this guide, we'll go over some helpful features in Google's line of smart displays in particular: the Nest Hub (formerly named the Home Hub) and Nest Hub Max.

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How to preserve some privacy when you're using a Google Assistant speaker

Google Assistant speakers can be great tools, giving you an easy entry into voice-controlled home automation, but they can also feel like spies giving Google intimate insights into your life and daily routines. If you don't want to go without the convenience an Assistant speaker offers, there are at least some things you can do to make it less invasive.

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

Extensions are one of 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be hard to weed out the ones that are actually good and helpful versus those that might be resource hogs or woefully outdated.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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How to enhance privacy on your Android phone

Android and its pre-installed software come virtually free of charge, but Google still earns a pretty penny thanks to targeted advertisements all over the web. Your phone helps the company tailor marketing campaigns to you specifically. If you don't like that and a switch to iOS isn't your jam, there are a few ways to make Google less intrusive on your handset by turning off some default tracking settings. You need to be aware that this will break a few features, though.

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Still waiting for the Play Music to YouTube Music library migration tool? Here's how to request early access

Last week, Google announced that it was finally making it possible for Google Play Music (GPM) users to move their data over to the new YouTube Music (YTM) streaming service. However, the migration tool wasn't made available for everyone immediately and is rolling out over the "next few weeks," so a lot of impatient users have had to sit tight and hope they would get it soon. If you'd like to expedite the process, Google has opened up an early access request form.

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How to install the Google Play Store on any Android device

The Google Play Store is the main place to download apps and games on an Android device. While most phones and tablets that ship with Android already come with the Play Store, there are some exceptions — Amazon's Fire tablets, phones released in China, some e-readers, emulators, and so on.

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Working from home? Get the most out of your old laptop by turning it into a Chromebook

As many of us are now working and schooling from home, you may have be thinking about dusting off that old laptop in the closet. You know, that one that runs Windows... 7? 8? XP? Who can be bothered, honestly? But it's old, it's slow, and you know it's really not going to be very pleasant to use. On top of that, it'll probably be an absolute Swiss cheese of security holes, and you really don't want to be putting a laptop without proper Windows or Mac OS security updates online. You do have a real option to make that machine feel a lot fresher and safer, though, so long as working inside a browser fits most of your day to day needs.

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How to factory reset your Google Home, Nest Mini, Nest Hub, Chromecast, or other Assistant device

While smart speakers have rapidly become ubiquitous in many of our homes, there are practical things about them—like initiating a factory reset when you sell them—that just aren't intuitive without a bit of Googling. And since the Assistant (fortunately) won't abide your voice request to initiate one, that means this is one smart speaker and display feature that requires going hands-on. Fortunately, it's pretty easy in most cases for devices like Google Home, Nest Home, and Nest Hub.

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