Game away with your PlayStation controller
Many of our favorite Android games offer controller support, letting you bypass finicky touchscreen controls with the reliability of physical joysticks and triggers. However, while there are many fantastic Android-compatible controllers available, you may want to use a controller you already have.
Not all pop-ups are intrusive ads, Chrome
The Google Chrome pop-up blocker is useful for blocking annoying ads. But sometimes, it can be the problem instead of the solution. Some websites use redirects or pop-up windows to start a download and display verification checks, among other functionality. Your browser may flag them as intrusive ads because it's a default setting, but you can turn it off in the settings menu. However, you'll lose control of how ads and redirects appear on your screen.
Our complete guide to Kindle Unlimited explains what it is, how it works, the cost, the type of content available, and why you should try it
If you received a book recommendation along with the helpful tip that "it's on Kindle Unlimited," you might be intrigued to find out more. In short, it's an e-book subscription service from Amazon that launched in 2014. You can access a massive library of digital books, audiobooks, comics, and magazines for a monthly fee.
Google's answer to Microsoft Copilot
Generative AI has taken the world by storm. While Google has been a few steps behind the competition, it's coming to the fray like a charging elephant. During its Google I/O 2023 event, Google displayed the Duet AI for Google Workspace feature that integrates with all Google Workspace apps, including Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meet, and Gmail, and helps people become more productive. If you have been out of the loop, let us explain Duet AI for Google Workspace and why it's a big deal. So, put in your wireless earbuds, play your favorite music, and let's get started.
One of Acer's top Chromebooks is loaded with features, but did LTE make the cut?
Acer has produced an excellent Chromebook in the Spin 714, loaded with enough features and build quality to elevate it to one of the best Chromebooks available. It's versatile and relatively powerful compared to similar hardware, and a series of price reductions and frequent sales have significantly increased its appeal. With a lengthy list of features that make it a well-rounded multipurpose device, it's natural to wonder if, like other Acer Chromebooks, it also supports communication over 4G LTE or other standards via a SIM slot, which is how Acer's Chromebooks support mobile communication.
Decoding IMEI numbers: A guide to your phone's unique identifier
An IMEI or International Mobile Equipment Identity number is a 15-digit unique number assigned to mobile phones and smartphones that run on the GSM network. When you purchase an Android smartphone, such as one of the Google Pixel or Samsung Galaxy phones, you'll notice that the original packaging has a white sticker detailing its IMEI number. You can also find this number in the phone's software using several methods. In this guide, we explain what an IMEI number is, why it is important, and how you can find it for your phone.
Start accepting voicemails on your smartphone within minutes
Voicemails came from the earlier days of landlines and answering machines but are helpful for smartphones. Because you may not always be around to take a call when you receive it, having someone leave a recorded message to view later is beneficial. Even the best budget Android phones give you access to all the voicemail features you'll need. You can use various methods to check and manage your voicemails after you create your dedicated voicemail number. In this guide, we go over how you can access the voicemail feature on your Verizon Wireless smartphone.
Coping with Shinra's greedy capitalism is no easy feat
Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis is one of our most anticipated Android games in 2023 and is in strong contention to be a hit on your favorite Android gaming phone. Lucky for you, we were able to get a closer look at Ever Crisis during the first closed beta test, so we've created a guide outlining how the battling works, the various growth and enhancement systems, and how exactly the gacha mechanics impact accounts.
There's plenty to watch at home these days, and we're rounding up the best (and worst) movies you can stream
Streaming services have taken over as one of the best ways to catch the latest movies. Whether they're making a stop in theaters before rolling out digital rentals or they launch as first-run originals from the likes of Netflix, Apple TV, or HBO; we're rounding up the best titles so you're not left in the dark — until it's time to start the film, that is. Check back each week (usually on Friday) to see the latest additions for movies that are now available to stream, the latest theatrical releases, and movies coming next week.
People's initials replace the generic silhouette
In its early days, WhatsApp started as a messaging platform for individuals, and later expanded to facilitate group chats, quickly rising to become one of the hottest encrypted messaging apps on the scene. Rival apps like Telegram which were built around group chats have inspired most of WhatsApp’s changes of late. The Meta-owned chat app has been experimenting with different ways to show participant avatars in group chats, especially if they don’t have a profile picture uploaded. Now, we are seeing the company try another approach in this ongoing experiment.
Google Chat users can now hyperlink words with links
Google Chat is a great communication tool, but it has had a major flaw in regard to sharing links. Without being able to hyperlink a word, users have had to type out the entire URL or copy-paste it. It can really clutter a chat, making an unprofessional atmosphere, especially if it's a longer URL. Finally, Google has implemented a new feature that many chat systems — from Discord to Slack — have by default, the ability to hyperlink words in your messages.
Moving between your personal and work profiles is becoming as simple as a swipe
Android’s work profile makes it possible to separate your personal and work life on a single device, and Google’s done a lot to make the work profile feel as integrated as possible. For example, when you have a work profile enabled, the Android launcher adds a separate tab (shown above) that contains all your work apps. In Google’s own apps, you can easily switch between your personal and work profiles by tapping your avatar and then selecting a button in the pop-up dialog. Now, Google’s making it even easier to switch between your profiles.
Feature updates include a redesigned interface, curated podcast feeds, and offline playback for all users
In the dynamic world of music streaming services, other platforms are often judged against the long-established standard set by Spotify. Spotify had a 30% market share in 2022, leaving rivals Apple Music and YouTube Music in the dust with 15% and 9%, respectively. The battle is still far from finished, though, as YouTube Music keeps working to close the gap and provide users with a more complete media platform.
After the Pixel 7 impressed us, what's next for our favorite Android phones?
The Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are likely to be two of the best Android phones of 2023, but we've yet to hear any official news directly from the company on their existence. Leaks and rumors suggest we'll be seeing both phones appear in the second half of 2023. While we did expect to see a teaser of them at Google I/O 2023 alongside the reveal of the Pixel 7a, Pixel Fold, and Pixel Tablet, that didn't happen. The Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro were first teased at I/O 2022, but unfortunately, these phones remain a mystery — unless you follow the rumormill, that is.
Can a $700 tablet compete with one barely costing $150?
While premium tablets with high-end features always seem more attractive, it's often the low-cost option that is the best fit for most people. I'm not immune to the allure of flagship processors and truckloads of RAM, but I'm also honest about my tablet usage. Couch binging does not require a top-of-the-line Snapdragon; you can watch YouTube cooking tutorials with less than 8GB of RAM. The choice between the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 and Lenovo Tab M10 Plus is a decision that needs to be both personal and practical.
One of Roborock’s bestsellers is down to only $400
Technology hasn't advanced quite far enough to give us a tool that magically cleans our homes with just the snap of a finger, but there's something close: robot vacuums. These loyal servants tidy up floors without requiring you to lift a finger and cover places you don't usually see — much less want to be bothered to reach. The best part? You won't hear them complaining. Although it might be you complaining when you learn just how much the really high-quality ones cost, we've got a killer deal to spare you that kind of sticker shock.
There are 108 new additions in total
Emoji are the de facto standard for emoting in conversations (and wallpapers) without using words. Thanks to the Unicode Consortium, the body dedicated to maintaining the international standard for symbols used in conversations, we now have an adequate selection of emoji to pick from. The catalog keeps expanding annually, and this year’s draft with 108 new emoji is now under consideration.
Protect your Moto G Stylus 5G (2023) with these great panels
Motorola’s newest announced Moto G Stylus 5G 2023 model is looking like a solid mid-range Android phone. It’s unclear if it’ll make the list of our favorite Android phones at any point, but it's still a great mid-range option for Android users to check out. If you’re planning on picking up this charming new Motorola device, you’re going to want to make sure you have the right level of protection to keep it looking good for years to come. To help make that easier, we’ll go over some of the best Moto G Stylus 5G 2023 screen protectors to help keep your display looking crystal clear, even if you drop it.
YouTube Music has added a 'Dismiss queue' option in response to user feedback
YouTube Music's most recent update has gotten a lot of heat, mainly because of changes to the mini player that appears when you collapse the Now Playing UI. Users lost the ability to dismiss the mini player through a swipe down gesture — a popular function, as it was the only way to quickly clear the current queue aside from starting a new playlist. Thankfully, another update has provided a solution, but it isn't as convenient as a swipe.
Square Enix masterfully knows how to tease it best Final Fantasy stories
Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis was revealed during the 2021 State of Play livestream. Now that the game has entered closed beta, we can finally see what Square Enix has been cooking. As a fan that's been playing Final Fantasy for over a decade and a half, starting with Final Fantasy IX (working forward and backward), I've sunk my teeth in every spinoff and sequel to every mainline title since. This also includes Crisis Core on the PSP, Dirge of Cerberus on the PlayStation 2, and reading through fan-translated transcripts of Before Crisis, a Japanese-only mobile game.