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Here's how to enable RCS in the Messages app yourself right now (Update: Carrier-specific servers)

Even though it sounded like there might be some caveats, the big four US carriers recently announced that they'd finally get their act together and roll out a joint RCS system, bringing modern messaging to US customers sometime next year. Too little, too late, carriers. Earlier today, some folks figured out how to forcibly enable RCS on seemingly any recent phone here in the US via Google's Messages app. At first, it sounded too good to be true, but in our own testing, it works.

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How to keep the Pixel 4's Always-on Display always on

With the Pixel 4 finally shipping to users and reaching more and more hands, we're starting to get wind of a few quirks we didn't expect. Due to the new Soli radar chip, some features you may have grown accustomed to might behave differently, like lockscreen notifications being hidden and the Always-on display automatically turning off after about 30 seconds.

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How to fully disable Google location tracking on your smartphone

With a new data breach or tech scandal seemingly every other week, it's easy to get disillusioned by the cavalier mishandling of user data by technology companies. At some point, it gets a little weird when a multi-billion dollar corporation knows more about your whereabouts than your significant other. And as data-collector-in-chief and Earth's unofficial cartographer, Google knows the most about your location. Luckily, the process of thwarting location tracking on your devices is easier than you think, albeit clunky and unintuitive (perhaps the way Google intended).

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How, why, and when you should clear app cache or data on Android

Almost any modern computing device today uses part of its memory to store and access data temporarily. This process, which is meant to speed up your phone, might very well be the reason it's sluggish of late. And if you've ever suffered through using a device with very little storage, you know the pain. So here we take a look at how, why, and when clearing your app cache might serve to speed up your smartphone.

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The best Linux apps for your Chromebook

Linux application support on Chromebooks is pretty great. Even though the feature is primarily aimed at developers, like those who want to get Android Studio running on a Pixelbook, there are plenty of apps that can benefit normal users. We already have a guide about installing Linux apps on Chrome OS, but if you're not sure which apps to try out, we have a few suggestions here.

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How to block spam notifications and rogue ads on Android

Many mobile apps and games include advertisements, which is perfectly fine — the developers have to eat, after all. However, some malicious applications go a step further by sending push notifications containing advertisements, or taking over your entire screen when you don't even have the app open. In a few cases, apps have even been caught pushing ads when the phone is asleep or on the lock screen.

Malicious apps like those shouldn't have been allowed onto the Play Store in the first place, but if you're dealing with annoying spam notifications or full-screen popups, you've come to the right place.

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[Update: Two new offers] Reminder: Grab your Chromebook freebies, including INKredible Pro and Noteshelf

If you've bought any Chromebook in recent times, you've probably redeemed your 100GB Drive storage perk, but Google offers more freebies from time to time, and it's a shame not to pick them up.

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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 fully control YouTube on your TV from your phone, with voice search and queue management

If you have an Android TV (ATV) device, be it a full TV set or a set-top box like the Nvidia Shield TV, you may have noticed one idiosyncrasy in the experience when trying to cast to it from your phone: despite the ATV having a built-in full-fledged YouTube app, casting opens the bare-bones YouTube Chromecast interface. However, there's a little known way to completely control the main app, even if you're not on the same network, with voice search and queue management.

Better yet, this method should work on all TVs that have a YouTube app, not just ATV. That includes the PS4, Xbox One X, Fire TV, and more.

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