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How to Use Google Maps’ New Detailed Walking Directions

Google has updated Google Maps with a new feature for walking directions that makes the app much more helpful for those getting around on foot. Google Maps’ new Detailed Voice Guidance, as it’s called, is primarily designed for users with sight impairments, though it can easily benefit anyone.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Everything We Know About the Weirdly Skinny ‘Project Gem’ Smartphone

Early details are finally out for the upcoming “Project Gem” smartphone. That’s the latest creation from Essential, the company founded by ex-Google exec, Andy Rubin. The phone itself looks unlike anything that has come before it, confirming long-running rumors that Essential has been working on an unorthodox…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How to Change Firefox’s Default Search Engine for Private Browsing

Just about every web browser lets you specify your default search engine, and some even let you toggle between multiple search engines on the fly. In the upcoming Firefox 71 update, you’ll now be able to set the browser to default to separate search engines whether you’re using its normal or private browsing modes.Read more… […]

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How to Change Your Email Address Without Screwing Everything Up

When you move in the real world, you usually fill out a change of address form with the post office, and boom!—your mail appears at your new home. Changing your email address isn’t quite that simple. Whether you’re leaving an outdated service, moving to a new job, or simply want to get rid of the […]

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Install the October 2019 Android Security Update ASAP

Google’s monthly Android security fixes are normally just for Google devices, but Samsung, Motorola, LG, Oppo, Huawei, and Xiaomi are all rolling out their own versions of the October 2019 security update to patch a major zero-day security vulnerability present on several Android smartphones. Those with vulnerable…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How to Find and Use Google’s Brand-New Privacy Tools

Google recently announced a few new features that give users more control over their data, including three new privacy options for Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Assistant, as well as a new tool for monitoring password security. Here’s a quick rundown of each of the new features, how to find them, and why you may…Read […]

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Why Chrome Uses So Much Freaking RAM

Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers around, but it uses an exorbitant amount of your computer’s memory. A quick look at your task manager will turn up a shocking number of memory-hogging Chrome processes. Here’s why Chrome uses so much RAM—and the steps you can take to curb its gluttony.Read more… […]

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Meet Waymo’s Self-Driving Semi Truck

If you’re here, you’ve probably heard of Waymo, the Google self-driving car spinoff. You probably associate it with Chrysler Pacificas with white blobs mounted on the roof, but Waymo’s got another big, honking trick up its sleeve. Since 2017, Waymo has been quietly developing a self-driving semi truck using the same…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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How to Install Pixel 4’s Live Wallpapers on Other Android Phones

The existence of the Pixel 4 is Google’s worst-kept secret, as far as Google products go. Previous Pixel phones were leaked early, but the Pixel 4 might as well have already had its official announcement considering how much has been outed about Google’s next flagship smartphone. And now, you can get an early look at…Read […]

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How to Install Pixel 4’s Live Wallpapers on Other Android Phones

The existence of the Pixel 4 is Google’s worst-kept secret, as far as Google products go. Previous Pixel phones were leaked early, but the Pixel 4 might as well have already had its official announcement considering how much has been outed about Google’s next flagship smartphone. And now, you can get an early look at…Read […]

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How Amazon’s New Echo Studio Compares to Other Smart Speakers

Echo Speakers have excellent features that make them great for Alexa-powered smart home setups, but they’re not necessarily known for stellar audio quality, especially Amazon’s more affordable options. Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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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…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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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…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Google Docs’ New ‘Live Word Count’ Is Weird and Exists

Google has officially rolled out the most useful addition to Docs we’ve seen in years: a word count. Or, to be more specific, a feature that allows you to get the live word count for whatever document you’re working on. It’s a lot more convenient than having to click through menus to see a static […]

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These Battery Saving Tricks Don’t Work

There are some bad battery hacks out there. A lot of them are holdovers from old advice that has been around since the dawn of the smartphone—advice that’s no longer relevant. In the video above, I bust the three most common battery myths that just won’t go away.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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