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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 (developers have to eat, too), but some applications go a step further. Some apps and sites like to push notifications containing advertisements, and particularly-malicious applications might take over your entire screen when you don't even have the app open.

If you're dealing with annoying spam notifications or full-screen popups, you've come to the right place. This guide will help you track down where the ads (or other unwanted content) are coming from, so you can uninstall the app(s) responsible. If you're receiving lots of notifications from your web browser, we'll show you how to manage them.

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5 cool Telegram gestures and shortcuts you should be using

In recent years gestures have become fundamental to the way we interact with our devices, prompting not only Android itself but also the apps that call it home to implement them. A prime example of this is Telegram, one of the best messaging apps out there. With such a rich tapestry of features included in Telegram, it's easy to miss some of them or forget that they exist. So, let's take a look at some of the most useful gestures and shortcuts that are hidden away in Telegram, and why you should be using them.

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A beginner's guide to Tasker: How to automate (almost) anything on your phone

Tasker is one of the most powerful apps on the Play Store for automating tasks on your smartphone, but it's far from the easiest to get to grips with, which is where this guide comes in. We'll flatten the learning curve a little for you, so you can dive in and start creating automations and functions as quickly as possible, with the minimum of fuss or confusion.

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How to free up storage in Gmail

Google provides 15GB of free storage with every account, but that space is shared across all Google products. That means Gmail, Google Drive, Google Photos, and various other services can all be contributing to your used space. On top of that, it can be hard to tell what exactly in Gmail is using up all your storage.

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This app has tons of free live TV and movies streaming 24/7

If you've never heard of Pluto TV before, we aren't surprised: the app gets shockingly little attention for the tons of truly, actually free streaming video content it offers from huge names like Cartoon Network, FOX, and even major movie studios (there's literally a James Bond channel streaming Bond films 24/7). Pluto does have some limitations and quirks, but overall, if you're looking for stuff you probably won't find on Netflix, or that otherwise is often only available on cable cordcutter services like Hulu TV or YouTube TV, Pluto will surprise you with the breadth and depth of its library. Here's how it all works.

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

Laptops are in short supply globally—especially cheap ones like Chromebooks. But if you have an older Windows 7, 8, or even Vista laptop sitting in a closet somewhere at home, it's possible you can convert it into a secure and relatively performant Chrome OS device with the use of a totally free tool. The benefits are obvious: your old laptop gets a new lease on life, and you don't spend any money. As long your laptop still basically works, it's entirely possible you can be up and running with Chrome OS using just a USB stick and the relatively simple instructions below in minutes.

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How to transfer files from Android to macOS

Android and macOS have never been the biggest friends. While Android app development works great on Apple's desktop OS, the situation is much different for simple file transfers. There is Google's Android File Transfer application, but the program is hopelessly outdated, finicky, and prone to crashes when you transfer a lot of data at a time. There's also a 4GB file limit. You don't have to rely on the tool for transfers, though — there are a ton of third-party apps that solve moving files between Android and macOS much better.

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How to start or join a Google Meet session from Gmail

Back in April, Google rebranded its Hangouts Meet service to Google Meet, and soon after made it available to everyone for free. To make it as easy as possible to start or connect to a Google Meet session, Google has baked the service directly into the web browser version of Gmail. Here's how to start using it today.

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This is how to get the Android 11 Beta on your Pixel phone

The Android 11 Beta is now official, and the era of Developer Previews are over. While Android 11 isn't "done," the switch to betas is a sort of milestone for stability as we approach a final release. There are still risks, but Google's transition to a beta branding means you probably shouldn't run into any serious deal-breaking bugs — though there's still some risk. Part of this change also means you don't need to manually install Android 11 via ADB, like you had to with prior Developer Preview releases. In fact, getting it on your Pixel phone is a snap, and here's how to do it.

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