Phone Upgrade Guide: Should You Buy Now or Wait?

Apple, Samsung and others want us to replace our phones constantly, but many of our problems with current devices can be fixed.

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Take Control of Your Home Screen

Folders, quick-action menus, widgets and a little basic icon organization can make navigating your smartphone a smoother experience.

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How to Power Up Your To-Do List

The free task-reminder app on your phone can keep you and your projects on track.

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5 Tips for Smartphone Voice Tools

A virtual assistant is just one tool that lets you use your voice to share your thoughts, capture a moment or just get things done.

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Supreme Court Backs Google in Copyright Fight With Oracle

The 6-to-2 ruling ended a decade-long battle over whether Google had improperly used Java code in its Android operating system.

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If You Care About Privacy, It’s Time to Try a New Web Browser

A new crop of internet browsers from Brave, DuckDuckGo and others offer stronger privacy protections than what you might be used to.

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The Government’s Lawsuit Is Unlikely to Dethrone Google

The federal government’s lawsuit isn’t likely to derail the company’s market dominance.

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Google Demands Its 30% Cut From App Developers in Play Store

Some companies like Netflix and Spotify had avoided making the payment when people paid for something inside their apps.

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Free the Apps!

Apple and Google have a virtual monopoly on distributing mobile apps — that’s bad for competition.

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The Lesson We’re Learning From TikTok? It’s All About Our Data

We should minimize how much we share with all of our favorite and not-so-favorite apps. Here’s how.

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Popular Chinese-Made Drone Is Found to Have Security Weakness

Researchers found a potential vulnerability in an app that helps power the drones, highlighting U.S. officials’ concerns that Beijing could get access to information about Americans.

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Google Coronavirus Apps Give it Way to Access Location Data

Some government agencies that use the software said they were surprised that Google may pick up the locations of certain app users. Others said they had unsuccessfully pushed Google to make a change.

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How to Make Smartphones Last Longer

In a pandemic-induced recession, it’s more important than ever to take care of our smartphones and other gadgets.

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China’s Software Stalked Uighurs Earlier and More Widely, Researchers Learn

A new report revealed a broad campaign that targeted Muslims in China and their diaspora in other countries, beginning as early as 2013.

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Apple Rejects Facebook’s Gaming App, for at Least the Fifth Time

Apple has repeatedly denied Facebook’s new Gaming app from appearing in its App Store, citing its own rules.

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Coronavirus Contact Tracing: Apple and Google Team Up to Enable Virus Tracking

The technology giants said they would embed a feature in iPhones and Android devices to enable users to track infected people they’d come close to.

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Why Your Phone’s Accessibility Options Are Useful for Everyone

Many assume the “accessibility” features on our devices are helpful only to those with visual or hearing impairments, but they’re useful for everyone.

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How Not to Let Your Phone Ruin Your Vacation

Strategies for traveling without letting your phone keep you from enjoying your trip.

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