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Sydney Butler

March 31, 2020

How to use a USB mic with Android

Can you use a USB mic with Android? Using an external microphone with your Android smartphone used to be pretty straightforward. All you had to do was plug one into the headphone jack. Now, however, that very jack is going the way of the Dodo. So if you want to use an external mic with your Android phone, what are your options?

March 3, 2020

How to share your trip with someone using Google Maps

Google has added a feature to Maps that lets you share your trip with someone else, simply by sending them a link. It’s a feature that users of services like Uber have enjoyed for years. This super-useful feature is also pretty easy to use, so let’s recap the basic steps.

February 7, 2020

Both Microsoft and Sony are getting into the video game streaming business. Google Stadia and Xbox Project xCloud both look like rather similar offerings on the surface, but are they?

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January 15, 2020

How to check your Android version

As I write this, Android is currently in its tenth iteration. However, which version of Android is your device currently running? Do you know how to check your Android version?

January 6, 2020

How to view the data that Google has collected on you

It’s hard to imagine using the internet without at least one of the many services that Google provides, but they do come at a cost. While Google may not charge users directly for the likes of Gmail or Google Docs, they do collect data on users to create value in other ways. So what information is being harvested from you? How can you view your Google data?

If you live in certain parts of the world or have a YouTube Premium subscription, you can download YouTube videos within the app so that you can watch them offline. Unfortunately, the same functionality isn’t available on Windows platforms, but you can perform a YouTube download in Windows using BlueStacks.

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December 16, 2019

How to get a refund on Google Play Store

It happens to all of us. You buy an app on the Google Play Store only to realize that it’s not what you wanted. The good news is that Google is pretty lenient with refunds, so if you want your money back, here’s how to do it.

December 8, 2019

Are cheap Android phones worth it?

In a time of thousand-dollar Android flagships, it’s easy to forget that there’s a phone for every budget. However, are cheap Android phones actually worth buying? What sacrifices are you really making by opting for the most affordable smartphone options?

How to transcribe speech using Google’s Live Transcribe app

Speech-to-text technology has come a long way since the days of slowly droning into a microphone, hoping that the dictation software gets it at least half right. These days, applications like Siri or the Google Assistant can understand natural speech in real time, with high levels of accuracy. Using your voice to write or control your tech is pretty convenient, but that same technology can be pretty useful for people with hearing problems or anyone who needs live transcriptions of spoken language. That’s where Google’s Live Transcribe comes into the picture.

December 2, 2019

Can you use an Apple Watch with Android phones?

The Apple Watch is one of the most coherent and attractive wearables on the market, so there are sure to be plenty of Android users tempted by its sleek lines and genuinely useful functionality. However, do you need to give up your Android phone to embrace the Apple Watch? Can you use an Apple Watch with Android phones?

November 27, 2019

Do AirPods Pro work with Android?

So you’re a happy Android user, but you’ve been eyeing Apple’s new AirPods Pro with a little envy. “Do Airpods Pro work with Android?” you think to yourself. Well, there’s good news and not-so-good news.

How to use Google Chrome’s built-in password manager

Passwords are the bane of our internet existence. It’s impossible to remember them all. It’s even harder to come up with good ones. A password manager is highly recommended, but did you know that Chrome already has one built-in?

November 25, 2019

Where is the Google Docs download for Windows?

Google Docs and the rest of the Google cloud suite is super-useful, but what happens when the internet goes out? Where is the Google Docs download for Windows?

Google is pretty generous with its cloud storage. Every Google account gets at least 15GB in free storage. Which is a lot! However, for just a few dollars Google One gets you more space plus a few interesting bonus features. So, is Google One worth it?

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Android 10, also known as Android Q, has yet to reach even the latest phones from manufacturers such as Samsung. That doesn’t mean the folks at Google are sitting on their laurels. Rumblings about Android 11 are there if you’re listening closely. No, it’s not “R” for “Razr“, but no one has a picture of Android 11 and that folding Razr is pretty cool.

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Google Stadia offers a tantalizing glimpse of a future where you don’t need an expensive console or PC to play AAA games at 4K and 60 frames per second. Google wants everyone to get in on that experience, but at launch, only a select few phones can actually be used to stream games.

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Google Chromebooks sure look a lot like any other normal laptop. However, when it comes to Chromebooks vs laptops, that resemblance is only skin deep. So which type of clam-shell computer is right for you? It turns out there’s a surprisingly long list of things to consider before making your purchase!

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November 20, 2019

Netflix-style subscription models for video games are quickly gaining popularity. From Microsoft’s Game Pass to EA’s Origin Access, paying a monthly fee to access a library of games seems like an idea with legs. Now both the major mobile providers have their own take, but when it comes to Apple Arcade vs Google Play Pass, which service comes out on top?

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Can you use Google Stadia with iPhone?

With Google Stadia’s launch, it’s natural to want a chance to try this new high-end game streaming service for yourself. The question is, if you’re an iPhone user, can you get in on the game?

November 19, 2019

“Is the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL worth it?” That’s the question on the lips of many a smartphone user following the launch of Google’s latest in-house Android phone. Why are users suddenly contemplating the switch to the Google side of things?

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