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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Oct 05, 2019. 8 comments

What's Your Favorite News Aggregator or RSS Reader?

What's Your Favorite News Aggregator or RSS Reader?

How do you find and read your news? It seems like most people rely on their Facebook or Twitter feeds for the latest headlines, but I’m skeptical of this method. Not only do you have to contend with fake news and shady ads pretending to be headlines , but there’s also a glut of research telling us spending too much time on social media is bad for us physically and mentally.

One of the best...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Sep 26, 2019. 6 comments

How to Block Unwanted Emails, Phone Calls, and Messages in iOS 13

How to Block Unwanted Emails, Phone Calls, and Messages in iOS 13

Is your iPhone getting blown up with spammy messages? Then you should probably update to iOS 13 if you haven’t already. iOS 13 includes a couple of new tools for blocking junk emails and robocalls , and carries over the iMessage blocking options from iOS 12. These make it easy to filter out unwanted messages at the source—whether from specific contacts or en masse. Even better, any numbers...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Sep 25, 2019. 3 comments

How to Force All Apps to Use Dark Mode in iOS 13

How to Force All Apps to Use Dark Mode in iOS 13

It’s been a few days since iOS 13 arrived and brought its system-wide dark theme to iPhones , and already the list of apps that support the new dark UI has expanded beyond the initial batch. While more apps have been updated to support iOS 13's system-wide dark mode, there are still plenty of holdouts. No one likes being blinded by an app with bright UI elements while using dark mode—but...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Sep 24, 2019. 3 comments

Check Out This Massive Collection of Custom Siri Shortcuts for iOS 13

Check Out This Massive Collection of Custom Siri Shortcuts for iOS 13

As of the release of iOS 13, almost all Apple devices come with Siri pre-loaded, making Apple’s AI assistant even more ubiquitous than it already was. But while Siri is a helpful tool that most users can find a use for—especially in conjunction with the Shortcuts app—both Siri vets and newbies can get even more out of their iOS devices by using customized Siri shortcuts.

Instead of...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Sep 21, 2019.

That Leaked List of Samsung Devices Getting Android 10 Is Bogus

That Leaked List of Samsung Devices Getting Android 10 Is Bogus

Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. A screenshot made the rounds earlier this week that allegedly listed all the Samsung devices that were going to receive Android 10. The list caused an understandable excitement for some Samsung owners, hopeful that the latest version of Android would hit device of choice.

Unfortunately, the image appears to be fake—or, at the very least, not...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Sep 21, 2019.

The Best Apps That Now Support Dark Mode in iOS 13

The Best Apps That Now Support Dark Mode in iOS 13

iOS 13 is here , and like Android 10 , Apple’s newest OS update brings an official dark mode to your iPhone. Apps can have their own special looks when you’re using dark mode, too, and the fine folks at Gadget Hacks have provided a long list of various apps that currently support this feature. Some of the standouts include:

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Sep 19, 2019. 18 comments

How Google Fi's Unlimited Plan Stacks Up to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon

How Google Fi's Unlimited Plan Stacks Up to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon

Google’s mobile service, Google Fi, finally has an unlimited data plan. Though the previous sliding-scale “Flexible plan” that defined Fi’s service still remains available, the new unlimited plan offers a more traditional pricing structure, reduced data throttling, and a few other perks. Let’s examine Fi’s new unlimited plan and look at how it stacks up against similar plans from Verizon,...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Sep 11, 2019. 2 comments

Play Jeopardy in Your Car, You Nerd

Play Jeopardy in Your Car, You Nerd

Podcasts, audiobooks, and music can make your daily drives less dull, but for those who want something a little more interactive and mentally engaging, you can now play Jeopardy—hosted by Alex Trebek, no less—through your smartphone using the Drivetime app (Android, iOS). 

The app has teamed up with Sony to celebrate Jeopardy’s 36th season by giving users free daily episodes to play. You don’t...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Sep 11, 2019. 3 comments

How to Share Chrome Browser Tabs Across Devices

How to Share Chrome Browser Tabs Across Devices

Google is finally rolling out a convenient new tool for sharing Chrome tabs between devices. Cross-device tab sharing has been in Chrome Canary builds for a few months, but now appears to be available for many users in the stable desktop and mobile versions as well. We’ll show you how to enable the setting and share tabs from both desktop and mobile.

Before we begin, you’ll need to first be...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Sep 10, 2019. 2 comments

How Vivaldi's New Android Browser Stacks Up Against the Competition

How Vivaldi's New Android Browser Stacks Up Against the Competition

The highly-customizable web browser, Vivaldi, is now available in beta form on Android devices. We’ve tested the Android app and find it to be a very capable mobile browser with plenty of unique features—especially for Vivaldi desktop users—but having yet another great browser app on mobile raises some important questions.

At this point, there are almost as many viable web browser choices for...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Sep 06, 2019. 8 comments

What to Do If Android 10 Kills Your Pixel Phone's Sensors

What to Do If Android 10 Kills Your Pixel Phone's Sensors

Some early adopters have run into a pretty problematic bug with Android 10 on their Pixels. It’s unclear what specifically triggers the bug, but bumping up to Android 10 has, for some users, killed the sensors in their Pixel devices. And as of the time of this publication, there appears to be no way to fix the issue on Android 10.

A number of Pixel users have posted about the bug on the Google...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Sep 05, 2019. 5 comments

Securely Transfer Files for Free With Black Hole's Blockchain-Based Service

Securely Transfer Files for Free With Black Hole's Blockchain-Based Service

We’ve covered many file-transfer services previously, but we recently stumbled upon Black Hole, a relatively new service uses the blockchain-based Blockstack network for user logins, file storage, and delivery. (Best of all: It’s free.)

All files uploaded to Black Hole are encrypted first, and the data is then split and shared among other Blockstack users. This means your files and personal...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Sep 04, 2019. 10 comments

The Best Note-Taking Apps

The Best Note-Taking Apps

We recently polled readers with suggestions for the best note-taking apps. Most of you said you still do things the old-fashioned way with pen and paper—a technique I heartily endorse.

However, when it comes to apps, the responses were surprisingly varied; I had no idea so many different note-taking apps existed. While that meant I had a ton of new software I had to try, the good news is we...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 29, 2019. 16 comments

How to Get Verizon to Block Robocalls for You

How to Get Verizon to Block Robocalls for You

After endless complaints from customers, service providers are making moves to reduce—and hopefully eliminate—the modern-day nuisance of robocalls. Verizon customers have been able to download a free spam filter that blocks robocalls on iOS and Android, but some Android users are now automatically enrolled in the service (no extra app downloads required).

Only certain Android devices are...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 28, 2019. 7 comments

Earn Thousands of Dollars for Finding Bugs in Facebook's Libra Cryptocurrency

Earn Thousands of Dollars for Finding Bugs in Facebook's Libra Cryptocurrency

While we’re still waiting on a specific release date for Facebook’s upcoming cryptocurrency, Libra , the company is aiming for an early 2020 release. That gives you plenty of time to find bugs in the currency’s infrastructure—a project that could reward you handsomely.

For readers who aren’t into crypto yet, the idea of bug-testing digital money might sound strange, but it’s a crucial aspect...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 24, 2019. 9 comments

How to Try Out Apple's New iCloud Website (and Reminders)

How to Try Out Apple's New iCloud Website (and Reminders)

Apple’s Reminders app —an incredibly helpful way to stay organized on iOS and macOS—is once again available via your web browser, thanks to an updated version of Apple’s iCloud website. But you won’t see this, as well as Apple’s other changes, unless you enroll in the iCloud beta test.

Along with resurrected Reminders app, the new iCloud portal comes with an all-new interface (as well as the...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 24, 2019. 11 comments

What Are Your Favorite Apps for Taking Notes?

What Are Your Favorite Apps for Taking Notes?

The internet and subsequent rise of smartphones and cloud storage have revolutionized the act of taking notes. It’s easier than ever to save your thoughts (since we almost always have a connected device within arm’s reach), access them from a variety of other devices, and share them with people who need to know what you’re planning. Instead of losing grocery lists or sudden sparks of creative...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 23, 2019. 5 comments

How to Get Android's New 'Focus Mode' Early

How to Get Android's New 'Focus Mode' Early

The imminent launch of Android 10 (née “Android Q”) will bring a host of new things to do, and several built-in Android apps are also prepping a few fun features that you can try out right now—no Android Q needed. These include Google’s own Digital Wellbeing app, which lets users monitor their device and app usage, set screen timers, and enable special modes to curb distractions.

The app’s...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 21, 2019. 4 comments

How to Delete Multiple Android Messages at the Same Time

How to Delete Multiple Android Messages at the Same Time

Android Messages version 4.7 rolled out this morning, and the new update adds the long-awaited ability to delete multiple messages in a conversation thread. It’s a great, convenient addition, and it’s also strange that it took this long for Android Messages to get a feature that seems pretty commonplace elsewhere.

For those unaware, Android Messages is the default messaging app on many Android...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 20, 2019. 20 comments

Here's Every Device You Can Use to Stream Disney+

Here's Every Device You Can Use to Stream Disney+

Disney+ is almost here. We know many important details about Disney’s standalone streaming service—including how much it’ll cost and what you’ll be able to watch —and the final piece of the puzzle was just revealed: all the devices you can use to stream Disney+ at launch.

And as you’ll see from the following list, there are some notable omissions. Here’s everything that will support Disney+...

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