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How to hack a GPS into your DSLR or mirrorless camera with the help of Google Photos

Smartphone cameras are pretty great, but sometimes, you'd like to actually pull out that DSLR or mirrorless you own and take it out with some friends for a photoshoot all across town. You'd also like to keep track of where your posse's been that day, but the problem is your kit isn't equipped with a GPS. Well, if you're not aware already, you can link up your phone's location data to your snaps with the help of a couple Google services.

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The best Android power user features you may have forgotten about

Android has been around for well over a decade at this point, with update after update including countless new features. Some of those features are unknown to most people, either because they're hidden inside the system, or because it has been so long since they were introduced that they aren't talked about as much.

We've compiled some of the best power user features in the Android operating system right here, for your reading pleasure. Some of these might sound familiar, but hopefully, you'll find a few surprises.

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Google finally lets you share and collaborate on bookmarks, hides the feature somewhere you won't find

For years now, I've lamented the lack of an easy way to share and collaborate on bookmarks in Google Chrome, which would streamline researching and saving relevant webpages for any couple, family, group of friends, or colleagues. Unfortunately, the option was available in 2015 but was later removed never to surface again. Given Google's prowess at making much more complicated things shareable, like Play Store family purchases or Drive documents, it was and still is surprising that Chrome doesn't support collaboration. But Google has just added a way to collaborate on bookmarks, you just won't suspect where it's located: the Google search app's Collections.

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How to prevent apps "sleeping" in the background on Android

When your phone puts unused apps to sleep, it means well — the intent is to extend your battery life by reducing the number of apps which are needlessly using system resources and wasting power. On some phones, like those made by Samsung, when the OS notices that a particular app hasn’t been run for a while, it’ll hibernate that app automatically, after the sleep delay found in Settings. While a sleeping app can be “re-hydrated” quickly when you try to open it, the app can’t exchange data in the background while it’s asleep. That means incoming notifications could be very delayed (or not arrive at all), leading you to potentially miss what could be an important piece of information from a "slept" app.

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How to back up your WhatsApp pictures in Google Photos and texts in Google Drive

WhatsApp is a great alternative to the built-in voice and messaging apps on your phone, and it's especially handy for international travel or anytime you want to stay in touch while avoiding cellular charges. If you're a regular WhatsApp user, you probably want to ensure you have a dependable backup of all your texts and photos. It's easy to configure Google Drive to automatically back up your text messages, and sync incoming pictures with Google Photos.

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Why you shouldn't be afraid to get a smart door lock, and what to consider before purchasing one

Smart home gadgets are raising a lot of questions about privacy, security, and data mining these days. Speakers that could spy on what you're saying, cameras that could upload your videos to unprotected servers, products from no-name companies that could track your usage or location, and worse yet, devices from lazy providers that could introduce a vulnerability to your network, we've seen it all. In that scary context, it's hard to entrust a connected gadget with your front door lock, the very thing that makes you feel safe inside your own home. Every time I've mentioned smart locks online and in real life, I've gotten the same visceral reaction: No, just no.

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10 Android 10 features to look for when your phone gets updated

Android 10 has already arrived on some phones and tablets, including Samsung's Galaxy S/Note series, Google Pixel devices, OnePlus phones, and more. As with previous big Android updates, we'll continue to see a trickle to more models over the coming months.

Many of Android 10's most important changes are under the hood, or aren't as apparent as a full-on interface redesign, so you'd be forgiven for not noticing every new feature on your own. That's why we're going over the most important features here, and how they can make your smartphone or tablet better than ever.

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How to queue up videos to watch on YouTube (web-only)

YouTube is one of the few video services and apps that didn't offer a playback queue until recently. The feature first showed up in testing in August then rolled out to everyone in November, but so far, it's remained limited to the web and may not be very easy to spot. In this tutorial we'll look at how YouTube's new queue system works and discuss some of its advantages and limitations.

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How to sell your old smartphone for the most money possible

So, you have a new phone (or you're saving up for one), and you need to get rid of your old one. Unless it's an absolutely ancient device, you can probably get at least a few bucks for it. Not only is that money in your pocket, but that also keeps yet another lithium-ion battery device from slowly rotting in a landfill for decades.

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

Amazon's Fire tablets are unique, not just because they're extremely cheap, but also because they don't come with the Google Play Store. Instead, you get access to the Amazon Appstore, which might not have the exact app you're looking for. For example, Chrome and YouTube aren't available.

Thankfully, the Play Store can be installed on Fire tablets in around 10 minutes, and you don't even need a separate PC. This is the ultimate guide to installing the Play Store on Fire tablets, with detailed instructions for every model produced since 2014.

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