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How to play classic DOS games on Android and Chromebooks

You already probably know about video game console emulators for Android, but what if you want to play classic PC titles originally meant for DOS, like Sim City, or DOOM? Well, it's not quite as simple: taking your favorite old PC games on the go can involve anything from setting up virtual drives to running command-line programs.

While it's not the most complex process in the world, you definitely could be forgiven for not knowing where to start, which is why we decided to create this guide. Emulating DOS on Android and Chomebooks (with Play Store support) is totally doable, and you can be up and running in just a few minutes.

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How to use touch controls when playing Google Stadia on your phone or tablet

Gamers would be hard-pressed to find a single instance where touchscreen controls outperform a handheld controller or mouse/keyboard setup. However, the folks at Stadia understand that players don't always have access to the right peripherals when it's time to play. Here's everything you need to know about how to use the native on-screen touch controls in the Google Stadia app.

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This app gives you free access to tons of movies via your local library

All of us know about Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and even totally free streaming options like Pluto TV. But did you know there's an app specifically dedicated to letting you stream tons of your local library's video catalog? You may not be heading the library for movies these days (if your library is even open), but Kanopy is the perfect solution to either the physical media or COVID-closure dilemma, and you might be surprised by what you can find there. Independent films, obscure documentaries, and long-lost oddities await you, along with a slew of classic movies rarely available on traditional streaming services.

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20 Android and One UI software tips and tricks for your Samsung Galaxy phone

If you use a Samsung smartphone, you may not be getting the most out of it. As someone who uses a lot of smartphones on a regular basis, I definitely have a few choice modifications and settings changes I make to get Samsung's phones feeling more intuitive, functional, and just plain better as an overall experience. While not all of these changes may be to everyone's preference, and you may know a few of them, hopefully you'll be reminded of a few choice One UI* and Android options that can make your phone just a little bit nicer to use on a day to day basis.

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How to kick political ads out of your Facebook feed

With election season quickly closing in, your Facebook feed is getting ready to experience a barrage of political ads designed to either capture or dissuade your vote. Luckily, Facebook understands that some users just want to escape the bipartisan mud slinging that clogs its platform every four years. While Facebook is allegedly considering banning political advertising on its platform entirely, it has yet to do so. Here's how you can keep at least some political ads out of your Facebook feed from now through Election Day.

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5 great utilities to make the most of your Galaxy S20

Samsung phones are packed with features on the software and hardware front, and figuring it all out can be daunting. As well as the extras that Samsung includes officially, the specialized hardware and software in its phones allow third-party developers to come up with inventive new apps and add-ons for Galaxy products. There are plenty of apps that take advantage of these extra abilities, so let's focus on five of the best.

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How to install the Google Play Store on any Android device

If you happen to own a device without the Google Play Store installed, getting it up and running is a little trickier than just downloading an APK file and pressing a button. In this guide, we'll attempt to show you how to install the Play Store using a series of steps that may work for your phone or tablet, depending on just how old (or odd!) it is. We can't guarantee these steps will work: there are simply too many devices and versions of Android to account for in a single guide, and too many reasons these steps might fail for a particular combination of them.

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How to transfer all of your Facebook photos and videos to Google Photos

Facebook was around four years before the first Android phone hit the market, and that means many of us have photos living there that far predate our cloud synced, smartphone-snapped photo albums in 2020. It may seem like a bit of a hassle to go in and manually download all these photos and re-upload them to something like Google Photos, but thankfully, there's a much easier way. Using Facebook’s photo and video migration tool, you can now easily copy these precious images over to Google Photos for safekeeping.

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How to make your Samsung Galaxy smartphone feel more like a Pixel

I personally love Samsung's One UI, but not everybody wants their Samsung smartphone to feel quite so Samsung. Getting your phone to feel a little more Google and a little less Galaxy is fortunately quite straightforward, both thanks to Android itself and some of the inherent customization features found in One UI itself. In this guide, we'll show you how to make your Galaxy phone look and feel a bit more Pixel-y. I'll be using my S20 Ultra for this demonstration, but these steps can be used on any Samsung device running One UI 2.0.

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How to find out if your T-Mobile phone has VoLTE support

T-Mobile will stop activating phones on its network that don't support Voice over LTE (VoLTE) starting on August 4th of this year, and existing phones that aren't compatible will completely stop working on T-Mobile sometime in January 2021. The move doesn't give customers much time to replace their devices, especially if they're using a flagship phone and don't want to use something slower.

Thankfully, it's very easy to find out if the phone you have supports T-Mobile's implementation of VoLTE. We'll show you how.

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