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    There’s a pretty healthy economy online for selling and trading used smartphones. Unfortunately there’s no guarantee that even a well-kept and functional device wasn’t subjected to smoke and tar from a smoker. Maybe you can send the device back to the seller, but if you’re stuck with it, that’s a bummer. A buddy of mine recently found himself in this very situation with a phone, and it inspired me to look up what methods could be employed for cleaning a phone out. This is a problem we used to face with studio recording equipment back in the days when voice over announcers would ...

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    Whether you're a recent transplant from BB10 or a curious convert from another Android phone, odds are you're facing a steep learning curve if you've just bought a BlackBerry Priv. Whether you're bowled-over or underwhelmed by BlackBerry's first Android smartphone, the sliding monster with the full QWERTY keyboard is one of the most feature-laden devices on the market today. With so many facets vying for your attention, its easy to get overwhelmed and miss out on the minutiae that make moving into a new phone so enjoyable. After three days with a review device, here's eight of our ...

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    Android has gone through a few iterations of "shut up and leave me alone" "Do Not Disturb" mode, but hasn't gotten it right - until Android 6.0 Marshmallow. At 2am my wife isn't very supportive of me being "Joe the Android Guy™". That seems to be when my nightstand lights up with alerts from all over the world. My nightstand typically has an Android Wear smartwatch cradled and charging, a Nexus 9 and Nexus 7 tablet, my Nexus 6, and usually at least one other phone or device that I'm evaluating. When an alert comes in from Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Skype, Hangouts, Gmail, ...

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    Just when we thought we had this whole "quick charging" thing all figured out and knew which car- and wall-chargers to get, Google went and confused everyone all over again. Yes, it's true that the new Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X support quick charging, but no, despite both phones being built around Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs, neither has "Qualcomm Quick Charge" of any variety (1.0, 2.0, or any other version). What they do have is pretty good, if specifications are to be believed (we'll reserve final judgement until after our full reviews), but there is quite a bit of confusion around what kind ...

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    Today's smartphones and tablets are significantly more useful than phones and laptops of yesteryear. Most of that centers around the availability of today's devices to access the Internet from virtually anywhere. These days we use our phones more to text and interact with web-based services than to make phone calls, and our tablets consume media (streaming audio and video), let us play web connected games, and keep us in touch with our friends via social networks. All of these are enabled by a ubiquitous, wireless connection to the Internet. However, not all wireless connections are the ...

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    Contrary to some rumors circulating around the Internet, I'm not dead (not yet anyway) - I've just been on vacation for the last two-and-a-half weeks. I had a wonderful time with my family, saw some beautiful places, soaked up some sun, and spent way too much money on food. Since I am "Joe the Android Guy™" after all, I had plenty of tech in tow, but before we dive into that, let me give you a little background about how we went about our trip,then share some vacation tech tips to help your next excursion be more enjoyable. Including my mother-in-law, we have eight people in my ...

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    By now it should be pretty clear that we're all carrying around full-featured computers in our pockets. Just like the desktop and laptop computers that we've used for years, our mobile devices have the same features and functionality as their full-sized counterparts - sometimes even more: microphones, cameras, broadband Internet connections, and more. One of the main areas of concern is that our smartphones and tablets are "always on" and "always connected" to the Internet. Combined, these present many threats that most users  may not even realize. Not to worry! Here are a few android ...

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    We've spent the last week or so talking about smartphone security and how the privacy-centric Blackphone can help keep your communications as well as your data private. We've looked at all the technical stuff that's going on to keep you secure, as well as given it our full hands-on review treatment. But what if you don't have a Blackphone? If you're running (virtually) any Android-powered smartphone or tablet, you're in luck! Here are three Android security tips that will improve your security and privacy right now! 1. Encrypt Not long ago we heard of people buying old smartphones and ...

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    Way back when Wi-Fi first came out, there were two versions that you could chose from: 802.11a and 802.11b. From a consumer perspective, there wasn't much difference between the two. Devices based on 802.11b were generally less expensive and more readily available than those based on 802.11a, so the b specification quickly became the consumer standard. 802.11b operates in the 2.4GHz spectrum. These days, it's getting pretty crowded, and to help address the digital noise that comes with it, 5GHz WiFi is making a comeback. 802.11a (5GHz) 802.11a was a standard in 1999 which promised to bring ...

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    At long last, Apple released iOS 7 to the masses today, bringing all newer iOS devices up to speed with the latest features. Visually, the software is quite different than before. Though, fundamentally, it's the exact same software as iOS has always been. We've shown you what's new in this version of software with a tour of last week's GM release. The task switcher looks and operates differently, Control Center is a settings toggle panel that can be access from within virtually any application, and home screen folders no longer have a 16 app limit. The changes, although minute, are quite ...

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    "If I give her any more she'll blow, cap'n!" -- Montgomery Scott Okay, maybe we don't want to go quite that fast, but eeking our every last bit of speed from your Android-powered phone or tablet will save you time, frustration, and possibly even embarrassment. The primary speed enhancing method that may come to mind is over-clocking. It's sort of like blood-doping  in the Olympics. (It's your own blood, so it's okay, right?) If you don't know already, overclocking is the practice of running your processor (CPU, GPU, or both) faster than it was designed to. Doing so usually eats your ...

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