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How to disable autoplay in YouTube’s home and subscriptions feeds

YouTube’s silent autoplay feature—found in the home and subscriptions tabs—isn’t the most intuitive concept Google's ever cooked up. For starters, if a video autoplays for too long while you’re scrolling through your feed, the video gets added to your history, even if you don’t click on it. Then if you decide to watch the video at a later time, it starts right where the autoplay left off, instead of back at the beginning. These quirks alone are enough to make you want to pull the plug on autoplay altogether. Luckily, there is a way to banish it from your YouTube feeds.

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Amazon's Fire tablets are slow, but you can (probably) make them faster

Amazon's Fire tablets are a great value, and offer an incredibly affordable way to watch movies, play games, and browse the web on a larger display than your smartphone. But they can be slow, there's no way around it. A big part of that is just the budget-level hardware Amazon powers its cheap tablets with, and unfortunately there's not much we can do about that—after all, we can't just download more RAM. But there are some steps you can take to improve things, and we legitimately think they're worth taking.

We aren't miracle workers, of course—and these steps won't turn your tablet into a high-end device—but there's a good chance you'll see a noticeable difference in performance afterwards.

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How to transfer your uploaded songs on Google Play Music to YouTube Music

Google announced a migration tool for taking your library from Google Play Music library of uploaded songs and getting them onto its new YouTube Music service back in May. Now, it's rapidly becoming more widely available across the globe. It's not immediately intuitive what the tool will and won't preserve, though, and the benefits and drawbacks of taking your cloud music library over to Google's new music streaming platform. In this guide, we'll show you the ins and outs of the tool and everything you need to know about using it.

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How to sideload any application on Android TV

Smart TVs, set-top boxes, and streaming devices with Android TV already have access to millions of applications through the Google Play Store, but there are still some situations where you might want to sideload your own applications (APKs). Maybe you want the latest app updates quicker than the Play Store rolls them out, or you want to try an application that isn't officially available for your specific device.

Whatever your reason for doing it may be, we'll walk you through the easiest way to sideload APK files onto any Android TV device.

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Google Stadia 101: How to get the best performance and reduce lag

If you're trying out Google Stadia while you wait for the latest and greatest consoles from Sony and Microsoft to drop, you're not alone. But gaming in the cloud via a video stream is a lot different technically than playing something on a box plugged into your TV. Your ISP is a huge factor, but so is your home network setup, and the technology you're using to connect to it. In this guide, we'll show you how to make sure you're optimally set up to stream with minimal disruptions and lag.

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The best free and open-source alternatives to Gmail on Android

There are a lot of reasons you might want to use an open source alternative to an app like Gmail. Privacy, security, and supporting open source development top the list, but the simple fact is that an app like Gmail, at the end of the day, needs to generate revenue for Google in order for the service to worth providing. It also has to serve a hugely diverse user base with tons of needs and expectations about email you may not have, where a simpler, more stripped down email experience would do just as well. Here are a few Gmail alternatives for Android that are totally free and open source.

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How to activate dark mode in the Google Play Store app

Despite arriving system-wide on Android 10 back in September 2019, dark mode has been slow to find its way to Google's family of first-party apps. Even the Play Store, one of Google's most essential Android applications, only started its dark theme rollout in March, six whole months after Android 10 dropped. Now that everyone should be on the latest version, here's how to tune the Play Store to your visual liking.

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The ultimate guide to using Windows Your Phone with Android

No matter how much we slam Apple for its closed ecosystem, many of us often find ourselves raving about how well coordinated the iPhone and Mac are. Then we turn to Android, which just can't do all those tricks, leaving us feeling a little peeved— at least until Microsoft came into the picture. Microsoft has all but adopted Google’s mobile OS after its own phone business crumbled, and it has increasing sought to bridge the deep divide between Windows 10 and Android with the Your Phone app.

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The easiest way to mount your Synology NAS on your Chromebook

It's been over three years since I started using my Synology DiskStation NAS to store every photo, video, and other file type I want to keep. In the time since, I've struggled a lot with Synology's web interface, especially its poor file manager experience that refreshes each time you make a simple change. To avoid that, I've been looking for solutions to mount the DiskStation's storage on my Pixelbook, but no tutorial or forum thread suggestion worked. Most were incomplete, others were outdated, some used unnecessary extensions, etc... After multiple trials and errors, and after mixing several recommendations from different users, I managed to get my NAS's shared folders on my Pixelbook, which has made file management a breeze.

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